Miley Cyrus Announces New Album ‘Plastic Hearts,’ Plus Release Date

Miley Cyrus got her Smilers excited for new music when she released the first taste of her next era, the disco-tinged “Midnight Sky.” Now, the singer is making it official.

She announced on Friday (Oct. 23) that her upcoming album, Plastic Hearts, will be arriving on Nov. 27 via RCA Records. The project serves as a follow-up to her 2017 record, Younger Now.

Fans can pre-order Plastic Hearts here, and receive three instant grat tracks, including “Midnight Sky,” and her live covers of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

At midnight, Miley shared a hand-written message to her fans, which explains the album’s long, painful gestation. “I began this album over 2 years ago. Thought I had it all figured out. Not just the record – its songs/sounds but my whole fucking life. No one checks an ego like life itself,” she writes.

“Just when I thought the body of work was finished it was all erased. Including most of the music’s relevance. Because everything had changed.”

Cyrus also unveiled the cover art, which was shot by iconic Rock & Roll photographer, Mick Rock. See below.

 

 

Ariana Grande Leads the White House In ‘Positions’ Music Video: Watch

Ariana Grande is here to save 2020. Just a week after teasing that she will be blessing fans with an album this month, the star dropped the first taste.

“Positions,” which arrived on Friday (Oct. 23), features the pop superstar’s characteristic soaring harmonies and marks her first solo release since her 2019 album, thank u, next. Since then, she has teamed up for a number of collaborations, including “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga, “Stuck with U” with Justin Bieber and “boyfriend” with Social House.

On it, she sings: “Switching the positions for you/ Cooking in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom/ I’m in the Olympics way I’m jumping through hoops/ Know my love infinite nothing I wouldn’t do/ That I won’t do, switching for.”

Its accompanying Dave Meyers-directed music video is a timely one, which sees Grande take the top job in the White House and deal with all the challenges that come with it (looking classy every single moment, of course).

Watch “Positions” below.

Lady Gaga, Michelle Williams & More React to Final Presidential Debate

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden squared off on Thursday night (Oct. 22) for the last time before the Nov. 3 election. The final debate of their campaigns comes in the wake of last week’s canceled debate and subsequent, separate town halls.

Due to the chaotic nature of the first debate in September, the event, hosted by NBC News’ Kristen Welker, has new rules from the Commission on Presidential Debates. It announced that each candidate will have two minutes of uninterrupted time at the beginning of each 15-minute segment, followed by a period of open discussion.

As discussions over Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, healthcare and more heated up, so did Twitter, with celebrities sharing their thoughts on the candidate’s stances.

See below.

Watch Adele & H.E.R. Clarify Who the ‘SNL’ Musical Guest Is in Hilarious Promo

Adele is returning to the limelight and the Saturday Night Live stage, this time as host alongside musical guest H.E.R. for the sketch comedy series.

The two female powerhouses appeared on Thursday (Oct. 22) in a new promo for the episode, masked up to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Hi, I’m Adele and I’m hosting Saturday Night Live this week with musical guest H.E.R.,” the “Hello” singer announces in the clip, to which Kate McKinnon seems confused.

“Wait, her or her?” the comedian asks, pointing to both singers. After a bit of back and forth, McKinnon jokingly takes over. “Yes, me. It is I who will be musical guest this week,” she proclaims.

“Or maybe me?” H.E.R. clarifies as the three nudge to get some screen time. Watch below, and catch both Adele and H.E.R. on Saturday Night Live this weekend (Oct. 24) at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Trey Songz Scores Third No. 1 on Top R&B Albums With ‘Back Home’

Trey Songz earns his third No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart as Back Home debuts at the summit on the list dated Oct. 24. The set pulled 24,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 15, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Of Home’s first-week figure, the majority – 19,000 of its 24,000 units, come from streaming of the album (One unit equals 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.) 5,000 units derive from traditional album sales (each unit here equals 1 album sale) and the remaining 1,000 are made up of track-equivalent albums (10 individual tracks sold from an album equals one unit.)

As mentioned above, Home marks Songz’s third leader on the Top R&B Albums chart, following Trigga, a five-week champ in 2014 and Tremaine The Album, which led for one week in 2017.

Notably, the Top R&B albums chart began in 2012, seven years after Songz’s first charted albums landed in 2005. On the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, which encompasses the singer’s entire career, Back Home enters at No. 9 to secure his 10th top 10 album there. Here’s a full rundown of his top 10 collection:

Album Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
I Gotta Make It, No. 6, Aug. 13, 2005
Trey Day, No. 2, Oct. 20, 2007
Ready, No. 2, Sept. 19, 2009
Passion, Pain & Pleasure, No. 1 (one week), Oct. 2, 2010
Inevitable (EP), No. 4, Dec. 17, 2011
Chapter V, No. 1 (one week), Sept. 8, 2012
Trigga, No. 1 (three weeks), July 19, 2014
Intermission I & II, No. 6, June 6, 2015
Tremaine The Album, No. 2, April 15, 2017
Back Home, No. 9, Oct. 24, 2020

Back Home contains the single and Summer Walker-assisted title track, which has climbed to No. 12 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and become Songz’s best showing on the list since “Slow Motion” rose to No. 2 in 2015.

Sech Talks Black Lives Matter Movement at 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards: ‘Hopefully, People Listen’

Sech had a big night at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Wednesday night, where he took home his first-ever Latin Billboard trophy for best new artist of the year and performed his 2020 hit “Relación” with a gospel choir.

But before taking the stage, the Panamanian artist opened up about the Black Lives Matter movement on the red carpet.

“I don’t know if it made a difference or how people received it, but it came from my heart to truly support everything that was going on and talk about the topic,” he told Billboard, referring to a heartfelt post he shared on social media in June amid the worldwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd and other Black citizens who have died at the hands of police. “Hopefully those people who are not aware listen and take conscience, and those who are, thanks for supporting this cause.”

In the post shared earlier this year, Sech penned his personal experience with racial injustice and why it’s important for people to be informed on the African-American and Afro-Latino community. “Having to fight for the most basic human right, the right to live, just because of your skin color is ridiculous. Racism cannot be tolerated,” he expressed.

Watch the complete interview below.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards took place Wednesday night live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The biggest winners of the night were Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, who each took home seven awards. See the winners list here.

Billboard Latin Music Week

YoungBoy Never Broke Again Freestyles Over Jay-Z’s ‘The Story of O.J.’ in New Video

YoungBoy Never Broke Again boasts he’s “one of the greatest to ever do it” in his new remix of Jay-Z’s acclaimed 4:44 track “The Story of O.J.”

“The Story of O.J. (Top Version)” flips the script from Hov’s original 2017 track, which speaks to how one’s Blackness, regardless of skin tone, wealth and status, is still targeted in a racist society. YoungBoy raps over the Jay-Z- and No I.D.-produced beat, which samples Nina Simone’s “Four Women” to proclaim, “Rap n—a, trap n—a, lover boy, gang member/ Still n—a, that’s me” in the chorus.

Despite calling out record labels as “new-age slavery” and The Shade Room for posting about him, the 21-year-old Baton Rouge rapper feels unfazed as he counts up his stacks of cash and brags about how he’s worth more than $10 million. He also name-drops Reginae Carter, the 21-year-old daughter of his “My Window” collaborator Lil Wayne, by rapping, “I’m tryna convince Fee to tell Reginae/ How big the sh– gon’ be if we have a baby.”

Watch the “Story of O.J. (Top Version)” music video below.