The Vamps Snag U.K. No. 1 With ‘Cherry Blossom’

British pop rock outfit The Vamps now have a second U.K. albums chart crown as Cherry Blossom (EMI) opens at No. 1.

The band’s fifth record held a commanding lead at the midweek stage, shifting as many copies as its two nearest rivals combined, the Official Charts Company reported.

Cherry Blossom couldn’t be stopped as it lands at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, The Vamps’ second following 2017’s Night & Day (Night Edition).

According to the OCC, 87% of its first week total came from physical sales (CD and vinyl), and the LP was the week’s best-seller on vinyl.

Veteran Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell extends his national chart record as his new album Daniel (DMG TV) starts at No. 3, and becomes his 40th U.K. Top 40 album.

The veteran country artist has landed a Top 10 album in each of the last 29 years, and is the first artist to have an LP on the national sales chart each year for the last 32 years.

Daniel’s No. 3 bow is an equal career best, jointly held with O’Donnell’s 2003 album Daniel In Blue Jeans.

Following the announcement of her new, global publishing deal with Reservoir, Georgia-born singer Katie Melua’s Album No. 8 (BMG) enters at No. 7. It’s her eighth Top 10 record.

Philippines-born, British indie rock artist Beabadoobee is new at No. 8 with her debut album Fake It Flowers (Dirty Hit). Beabadoobee was shortlisted for the 2020 BRITs’ Rising Star Award.

Just missing out on a Top 10 berth is Derbyshire glam-metal outfit The Struts, whose third album Strange Days (Interscope) opens at No. 11, for their first appearance on the weekly chart.

Also snagging a Top 20 spot is the 70-track deluxe edition of Tom Petty’s 1994 Wildflowers album, Wildflowers & All The Rest (Warner Records). It’s new at No. 19.

After 11 weeks on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Internet Money complete their climb to the top with “Lemonade” (Tenthousand Projects), their first No. 1.

The hip-hop production and record label collective, founded by Taz Taylor, rises 3-1, following a challenge from Headie One’s “Ain’t It Different” (Relentless) featuring AJ Tracey and Stormzy.

The highest new entry on the current frame is Digga D’s “Chingy (It’s Whatever)” (CGM/EGA) at No. 18, while Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco’s “Lonely” (Def Jam) is close behind, starting at No. 19.

Two tracks climb into the Top 40 for the first time this week. Jax Jones’ “I Miss U” (Polydor) is up 53-39, and Keith Urban & Pink’s “One Too Many” (Capitol Nashville) improves 47-40. “One Too Many” gives Urban his first ever U.K. Top 40 single, and Pink her 34th.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Becomes First Million-Selling Album of 2020 in U.S.

As Taylor Swift’s Folklore album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for an eighth nonconsecutive week (on the chart dated Oct. 31), it also becomes the first album to sell a million copies in the U.S. in 2020.

With another 57,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the tracking week ending Oct. 22 (according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data), Folklore’s total album sales jump past 1 million (to 1.038 million), making it the first album to sell a million copies in 2020. It’s also the first album released in 2020 to sell a million.

Folklore was released on July 24 and debuted atop the Aug. 8-dated Billboard 200. Swift’s last album, Lover, released on Aug. 23, 2019, was the only album to sell a million in the U.S. in 2019. It sold 1.09 million that year, of its now-total 1.22 million.

Folklore and Lover are the only albums released in 2019 and 2020 to sell a million copies in the U.S.

Folklore is Swift’s ninth album to sell at least 1 million copies in the U.S. Those nine albums include all eight of her studio efforts, along with her Christmas release The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection.  

Here’s a look at all of Swift’s million-selling albums, in order of release: Taylor Swift (2006, 5.75 million sold to date), The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection (2007, 1.08 million), Fearless (2008; 7.21 million), Speak Now (2010, 4.71 million), Red (2012, 4.49 million), 1989 (2014, 6.25 million), Reputation (2017, 2.28 million), Lover (2019, 1.22 million) and Folklore (2020, 1.04 million).

Republic Records Rules Top Three on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Republic Records has a banner week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the label lays claim to the top three titles on the list dated Oct. 31, 2020. It’s the first time a label has held the top three since Republic itself did it more than two years ago.

Taylor Swift’s Folklore (released via Republic) surges back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an eighth nonconsecutive week on top, as the set jumps from No. 10 with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 22 (up 170%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (released via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) falls one spot with 66,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1%). 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s Savage Mode II (Boominati/Slaughter Boomin/Republic/Epic) dips 2-3 with 47,000 units (down 29%).

With Republic Records claiming Nos. 1-3 (the label shares distribution credit with Epic on Savage Mode II), it’s the first time a label has held the top three since Republic itself did it on the July 14, 2018-dated chart. That week, Drake’s Scorpion (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) debuted at No. 1, while Florence + the Machine’s High as Hope (Republic) debuted at No. 2, and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys (Republic) held at No. 3.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Oct. 31-dated chart (where Folklore returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Oct. 27. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Beyonce Models a Bright New Ivy Park Look Ahead of Drop 2

Beyoncé offered another look at what’s to come from athleisure brand Ivy Park, modeling one of the coordinating sets herself in a new set of photos this weekend.

“WHERE DO YOUR DREAMS LIE?” reads the caption of one picture of Bey sporting a sporty pantsuit.

WHERE IS YOUR BEAST MODE?” asks another. The images were shared on Beyoncé’s Instagram account as well as on the official Ivy Park account.

The second drop — or “drip” — of the Ivy Park x Adidas collection is scheduled for Oct. 30, following the collection’s first drop selling out immediately back in January.

See Beyoncé’s outfit in the promo shots below.

 

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart for Eighth Week

Taylor Swift’s Folklore surges back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for an eighth nonconsecutive week on top, as the set jumps from No. 10 with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 22 (up 170%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The album’s huge increase is owed to an explosion of sales generated from Swift’s official webstore, where the superstar sold autographed CDs of the set for $25 each for a limited time. Of Folklore’s units earned for the week, album sales comprised 57,000 of that figure – a gain of 709%.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Oct. 31-dated chart (where Folklore returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Oct. 27. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Folklore’s 77,000 units earned in the tracking week ending Oct. 22, album sales (as noted above) comprise 57,000 (up 709%), SEA units total 20,000 (down 7%, equaling 26.35 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs) and TEA units comprise a little under 500 (up 2%).

With another 57,000 copies sold in the latest tracking week, Folklore’s total album sales jump past 1 million (to 1.038 million), making it the first album to sell a million copies in 2020. It’s also the first album released in 2020 to sell a million. Folklore is Swift’s ninth album to sell at least 1 million copies in the U.S. Those nine albums include all eight of her studio efforts, along with her Christmas release The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection.

Folklore’s eighth week at No. 1 also marks its third total visit to the top, as the Republic Records release debuted at No. 1 on the Aug. 8-dated chart and spent its first six weeks at No. 1. It then vacated the top slot for two weeks, and then returned for one week on Oct. 3. It stepped aside for three more weeks, until its latest stanza atop the tally.

Folklore is the second album to enjoy three separate visits to No. 1 in 2020, following Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, which had four visits to the top between December 2019 and February. It debuted at No. 1 on the Dec. 21, 2019-dated chart, then had three more one-week visits on Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.

The last album by a woman to have three distinct stays at No. 1 was Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which had three one-week visits to the top on April 13, May 5 and June 8, 2019.

Folklore continues to have the most weeks at No. 1 for any album since Drake’s Views notched 13 nonconsecutive weeks in 2016. Folklore also continues to have the most weeks at No. 1 among all non-R&B/hip-hop titles, and albums by women, since Adele’s 25 landed 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2015-16.

At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (released via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) falls one spot with 66,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1%). 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s Savage Mode II (Boominati/Slaughter Boomin/Republic/Epic) dips 2-3 with 47,000 units (down 29%). With Republic Records claiming Nos. 1-3 (the label shares distribution credit with Epic on Savage Mode II), it’s the first time a label has held the top three since Republic itself did it on the July 14, 2018-dated chart. That week, Drake’s Scorpion (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) debuted at No. 1, while Florence + the Machine’s High as Hope (Republic) debuted at No. 2 and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys (Republic) held at No. 3.

On the new Billboard 200, Juice WRLD’s former No. 1 Legends Never Die moves 3-4 with a little over 44,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1%).

Tom Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 5 – a new peak – after its deluxe reissue on Oct. 16. The set bounds back onto the tally with 44,000 equivalent album units earned (up 1,765%). Of that sum, 38,000 comprise album sales (up 8,409%), a little under 5,000 comprise SEA units (up 161%) and 1,000 comprise TEA units (up 710%).

Wildflowers originally debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Nov. 19, 1994. The set spent six nonconsecutive weeks in the top 10 between Nov. 19, 1994 and Jan. 21, 1995. The album contained the top 20-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” which also reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. The set also sported the Mainstream Rock Songs top 10 hits “You Wreck Me” (No. 2) and “It’s Good to Be King” (No. 6).

Wildflowers was reissued on Oct. 16, and its sales benefit from a variety of expansive deluxe editions, dubbed Wildflowers & All the Rest. All versions of the album, including the original 1994 release, are combined for tracking and charting purposes. The All the Rest subtitle refers to the inclusion of a number of previously unreleased bonus tracks, many of which were originally intended for the Wildflowers album. (The set was initially meant to be a double album, but was whittled down to a 15-song release.)

Wildflowers also re-enters Top Rock Albums at No. 1, its first week atop the list. (The chart began in January of 2006.)

Korean pop group NCT lands its first entry on the Billboard 200, as the 23-member act’s second album Resonance, Pt. 1, debuts at No. 6 with 43,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 40,000 comprise album sales, a little under 3,000 comprise SEA units, and a negligible sum in TEA units. NCT’s previous album, 2018’s NCT 2018 Empathy, missed the Billboard 200.

NCT’s spin-off group NCT 127 (whose 10 members are also part of NCT) has charted three albums on the Billboard 200, including the top 10 set NCT #127: Neo Zone, The 2nd Album, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 on March 21.

Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn falls 4-7 with 37,000 equivalent album units (down 3%), the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical is a non-mover at No. 8 with 32,000 units (down 2%) and Machine Gun Kelly’s previous No. 1 Tickets to My Downfall drops 5-9 with 30,000 units (down 18%). Blackpink’s The Album closes out the top 10, descending 6-10 with 29,500 units (down 15%).

Russell Wilson Pens Sweet Birthday Tribute for ‘Queen’ Ciara

Ciara rang in her birthday with a heartfelt message from her family on Sunday (Oct. 25).

Russell Wilson shared some family snapshots on Instagram, along with a sweet note about his wife on her 35th birthday.

“My Queen. You are everything a man, husband, lover, friend, dad, a family, and our kids could ever ask for! You are Heaven sent. You have changed my life for the better. You, my Queen, are the most loving mother to our beautiful 3 babies. I am grateful for how you always love,” he wrote.

“Jesus has anointed you from the crown of your head to the souls of your feet,” Wilson continued. “You have changed generations with your music, your dance, business, & your influence as a woman around the world.”

His post ended with a note about what he and their children love most about her: “However, despite all of that… the best thing about you is how you always make our family laugh and smile from ear to ear. We love how you wrap your arms around us. We love you forever. Daddy loves you. Happy Birthday Babylove!”

See Ciara’s special birthday message and photos on Instagram.

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Has a Not-So-Nice Message for Coronavirus Deniers

Think the coronavirus pandemic isn’t that serious or is perhaps a hoax? Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has a not-so-friendly message for the truthers who think he was paid to say he had COVID-19: “Eat a d–k, dude.”

The rocker, who first opened up about his battle against coronavirus with AZ Central in early October, sat down with the Joe Rogan Experience for a new interview to further discuss how he contracted the coronavirus and the impact it had on his body — all as cases again continue to rise in the United States.

Keenan shared that he was in Australia in February, on tour with Tool to promote their new album, Fear Inoculum. He was out grabbing dinner with a friend when he first noticed a symptom — which he didn’t know was a sign of COVID-19 at the time. “Immediately, food didn’t taste right. But this is all hindsight, right?” he said of not being able to taste or smell, which wasn’t identified as a symptom early on during the pandemic. “I was sick, then I had to get on an international flight the next morning and fly to New Zealand.”

Keenan, whose musical project Puscifer is releasing new album Existential Reckoning on Oct. 30, did later note that prior to hopping on the flight, he got a mask to wear.

After arriving in New Zealand, the musician said that he stayed in his hotel for four days because the band had a few days off. “So I was just drinking water, hot showers, taking care of myself, hot tea. Just trying to get through it. It sucked!” he said. “But you didn’t know yet how bad this thing could’ve been; if I had known how bad this thing could’ve been, I would’ve been freaking out! So we isolated pretty well.”

But because of his illness — which a doctor in New Zealand told him wasn’t COVID-19 — Keenan says that the band had to tweak their sets a bit to accommodate him. “It was not fun” to sing, he shared, adding that Tool had to “adjust the set a bit to not put the hard [songs] in.”

Later, Keenan said that when he was trying to practice Muay Thai — also known as Thai boxing — he noticed that his hands and wrists hurt. “My hands never hurt this badly!” he told Rogan. The rocker, who has also had friends become incredibly sick from the coronavirus, originally thought the pain was due to him being 56 and just practicing a tough sport, but after walking an arthritis specialist through what he was experiencing, the doctor told him it was COVID-19.

And now, more than eight months after he first experienced a symptom of the coronavirus, he’s suffering from lingering effects despite being on medications. “I still have the cough. Whatever cough I got in New Zealand, like every other day, I’ll have a coughing fit for, you know, 10 minutes, coughing up stuff,” he shared. “So I have lung damage from it still.”

“I’m still feeling residual effects of that thing. … I feel like there’s a bunch of people that — maybe I didn’t almost die — I have friends who almost died,” he continued, saying that some people still don’t believe he had the virus. “It was ugly.”

Watch Keenan and Rogan’s full interview below.

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