Ty Dolla $ign Reveals Album Release Date With Cryptic Tweet

Ty Dolla $ign announced his upcoming album release date — but you have to decode it first.

The rapper took to Twitter on Thursday (Oct. 8) to share a bizarre-looking message with each letter crossed out. However, some clever fans in the comments quickly released that the tweet reads, “The album drops Oct. 23″ backwards.

Back in July, Dolla said his third studio album is called Dream House during an interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood on radio station REAL 92.3.

“Everybody got a dream house in they head and you gotta strive to get to it and it’s possible,” he said, “so that’s what I’m all about, getting to where you supposed to go.”

Ahead of Dream House’s release, the rapper has dropped a number of all-star collaborations, including “Ego Death” with Kanye West, FKA twigs and Skrillex, and “Expensive” featuring Nicki Minaj.

Janelle Monáe & Halsey Get Real About Racist Violence in America: ‘This Country Is on Life Support’

Throughout their careers, Janelle Monáe and Halsey have both been vocal about politics, voting and racial injustice in America. Today, the two stars made their cases yet again in a new set of interviews.

For V Magazine’s new Thought Leaders issue, Monáe and Halsey both spoke at length about the racist violence continuing throughout America, and how U.S. voters have the opportunity to help the country change course in the upcoming election. “This country is on life support,” Monáe said. “The current administration is not even lending an ear to the people: Black people, women, the LGBTQIA+ community…The people I love.”

In her interview, Monáe spoke about how her grandmother imparted to her at an early age the importance of voting in every election as a civic duty. “This is someone who was alive when women couldn’t vote and lived through the [passage of] the Civil Rights Act,” she said. “It was deep for her: She lost friends and family members, saw her brothers and sisters killed, for trying to integrate. She encouraged us to vote in their honor.”

The Antebellum star also spoke about the history of policing in America, and how its racist roots still manifest in discriminatory policies and practices today. “When we’re screaming, ‘Abolish the police,’ it is because we understand that the police were not built to protect and serve us,” she said. “I didn’t know this, but I do now: The first policing institutions in the South, during the civil war, hunted down runaway slaves and killed them. They killed anybody who was trying to revolt. There is still no justice for Breonna Taylor, or for my cousin, who was murdered by the police.”

For her interview, Halsey spoke about her experience as a white-passing, biracial woman in America, saying that she takes her job as a peaceful protester very seriously. “Every time I see a name in the news, it could be my family. Being subject to violence [at the protests] gave me a lot of perspective,” she said. “I’ve always been a part of an activity like that since I was a pre-teen—I was in the streets for Occupy Wall Street—so I’m a seasoned protester. I see people’s values change as they start making money, but they haven’t changed for me.”

The “Without Me” singer also voiced her support for defunding the police, emphasizing that budgets should be reallocated to help social services in desperate need of funding. “The defund the police [movement], and the deconstruction of that really means putting more money into social services and mental health services,” she said. “I’ve seen the way that mental health services can turn someone’s life around, as someone who received them at the benefit of the state before I was making enough money to be able to afford it myself.”

Halsey further emphasized her point by emphatically asking her fans to get out and vote in November. “It’s more important to vote right now than it has ever been. There are millions of lives at risk, and if it’s not millions of lives, then it’s the safety and comfort of millions of lives,” she said. “I’ve seen people line up outside of a GameStop because a new Call of Duty game is dropping. They should be doing the exact same thing at a polling center. It’s like, Go get in line!”

Monáe also made clear the importance of voting in the November election, voicing her support for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ campaign. “The reason why I will be voting is to vote against racist policies that have continued to oppress and traumatize Black people,” she said. “I will be voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and I’m excited to hold [them] accountable. And when Stacey Abrams does [eventually] run for president, I will be voting for her. She is the real deal.”

Latin Artist on the Rise: Meet Nathy Peluso, From Argentina’s Underground Hip-Hop Scene to Latin Grammys

With her R&B-tinged vocals full of soul, unapologetic in-your-face lyrics, and killer dance moves, Nathy Peluso is marking territory in the music industry as Argentina’s next promising star.

Today, she’s a two-time nominee at the forthcoming 21st annual Latin Grammy awards—a recognition she did not expect to happen so early on in her career. “I thought I had to work a lot more to prove what I wanted to prove and for the academy to notice me,” Peluso tells Billboard.

But prior to kicking off her music career that spans a little over three years, Peluso was an aspiring singer focusing on her studies in Pedagogy in visual arts and dance. “I studied things that allowed me to be in art. Singing was like my hobby,” she says.

Peluso’s passion for music goes back to her younger years, attending dance school, chorus and penning her own music—she thanks her parents for instilling a love of the arts, dance, psychology, and theater.

She discovered and began exploring her talent when she would write street poetry and rap bars as part of the then-underground Hip-Hop movement in Argentina.

“I decided to open my YouTube channel and put my music out there, until one day I released my song ‘Esmeralda’ in 2017 and it was amazing,” she notes. “It brought me a lot of new followers who felt connected to my music. Then I released ‘Corashe’ and the rest is history.”

Peluso is currently making the rounds with her sophomore studio album Calambre, home to 12 tracks that showcases her vocal and rhythmic versatility. Although she experiments with neo-soul, perreo fusions, old-school ‘90s rap, tango, and tropical music, to name a few, Peluso says she doesn’t like to define her sound.

“My music has an honest identity. If I create music from the heart, it will always be different,” she says. “Summarizing it to one genre or a specific style would be lying to you.”

Calambre, released under Sony Music Entertainment España, comes a few days after Peluso was nominated at the 2020 Latin Grammys for best alternative song with “Buenos Aires” and the coveted best new artist. “Just being nominated is a huge award. Being able to live this experience is a privilege.”

Learn more about this week’s Latin Artist on the Rise below:

Name: Natalia Peluso

Age: 25

Major Accomplishment: “To be able to release my album ‘Calambre.’ It’s the dream of my life and I feel that this album is going to be essential in my career, in my audience, in my purpose, and that’s what I wished for.”

Recommended Song: “I would say ‘Buenos Aires’ because I composed it in a non-usual place and it shows another side of me. The melody is nostalgic and it’s an intimate song that I deliver with pure honesty, love, and melancholy.”

What’s Next: “Continue promoting my new album and prepare for my live show. I have a lot of faith that it will happen soon. I want to have the best show of my life and tour the whole world. Live shows are my passion. In the meantime, create more music. That’s never going to stop.”

Watch Blackpink Break Down Their ‘Lovesick Girls’ Choreography in Fun ‘Dance Practice’ Video

Last week, Blackpink brought fierce outfits, romantic storylines and, of course, flawless choreography to their video for “Lovesick Girls,” featured on their debut The Album.

On Thursday (Oct. 8), Lisa, Rosé, Jisoo and Jennie stripped it back for a new “dance practice” video, in which they’re seen in casual shorts and boots, busting a move to the song in a rustic looking dance studio.

The choreography matches the sequence at the end of the official music video, where the girls dance in an empty parking lot in front of a neon sign.

Watch the “dance practice” clip below.

How Well Do You Know the Billboard Music Awards? Try Our 20-Question Quiz

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards are fast approaching. The show, featuring performances by such A-listers as BTS, Post Malone, Luke Combs and Icon Award recipient Garth Brooks, is set to air live on Oct. 14.

The BBMAs were first presented 30 years ago, on Dec. 10, 1990. They took a brief hiatus from 2007 to 2010, but have otherwise have been a fixture of the awards calendar for three decades. To celebrate the BBMAs, we’ve prepared this 20-question quiz. Test your knowledge below — remember, 60% needed for a passing grade. I hope your memory of BBMA lore doesn’t have a “Cracked Rear View.”

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will air Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. ET, live from Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre on NBC, with Kelly Clarkson returning for her third year as the evening’s host. The 2020 Billboard Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC Entertainment, the parent company of Billboard.