Ariana Grande, Bruce Springsteen Make U.K. Chart History

Ariana Grande and Bruce Springsteen position themselves as all-time chart greats as their latest records debut at No. 1 in the U.K.

Grande’s “Positions,” the title track from her sixth and latest album, blasts to the top of the Official U.K. Singles Chart with 61,000 chart sales, including 7.6 million streams, according to the OCC.

With her latest crown, the U.S. pop star extends her own, unique record. She’s seen seven singles debut at No. 1 extending her career mark for best-selling single debuts by a female artist, blowing past the five logged by Madonna, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Cheryl.

Last week’s chart leader, Internet Money’s “Lemonade” (Tenthousand Projects) featuring Don Toliver, Gunna and Nav, slips to No. 2, while KSI is new at No. 3 with “Really Love” (BMG) featuring Craig David and Digital Farm Animals.

It’s the rapper and YouTuber’s highest-charting single as a lead artist, and David’s highest since 2005’s “All The Way”.

Over on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, Springsteen is the boss once more as Letter to You (Columbia) blasts to the top, for the rock legend’s 12th leader.

Letter to You was an express delivery, outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined and bagging 51,800 chart sales, with 95% made up of physical and download sales.

It trails onlyLady Gaga’s Chromatica (Interscope) for the biggest opening week overall for an album this year, debuting at No. 1 in June with 53,000 chart sales.

Springsteen becomes the first credited solo artist to have a No. 1 album in five consecutive decades, topping the charts in the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s and ‘20s.

According to the OCC, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, David Gilmour and Paul Weller have also managed the feat, but only when including their work in groups alongside their solo material.

Also, Springsteen is now tied with Madonna on 12 chart-topping albums. Only Robbie Williams and Elvis Presley have had more solo No. 1 albums in the U.K., with 13 each.

Meanwhile, virtual band Gorillaz snag a sixth Top 5 album with Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez (Parlophone), new at No. 2.

Southend rock outfit Nothing But Thieves have the week’s streamed new release with their third studio album Moral Panic (RCA), new at No. 3; Pop Smoke’s posthumous release Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon (Republic Records) dips 2-4, while Blossoms have a second Top 5 album this year as their lockdown covers effort In Isolation (EMI) opens at No. 5.

Finally, veteran British electronic act Faithless return to the Official U.K. Albums Chart with All Blessed, their first album of new material in a decade. It’s new at No. 6.

Kanye West Says This Was the Best Halloween Costume of 2020

One fellow artist’s Halloween costume was, without question, the best Halloween costume this year — according to Kanye West.

The rapper paid compliments to The Weeknd’s The Nutty Professor costume with a tweet Sunday night (Nov. 1).

“The Weekend as The Nutty Professor was hands down the best costume this Halloween,” West announced, sharing a photo of the spot-on look.

The Weeknd dressed up as Eddie Murphy’s Professor Sherman Klump from the 1996 comedy. He shared more snapshots, as well as video clips from what appears to be a Halloween party, on Instagram.

See Kanye’s tweet below.

Travis Scott Deactivates His Instagram Account

Travis Scott is taking a break from Instagram.

The rapper removed his account without warning on Sunday (Nov. 1).

He was last seen posting on Instagram on Halloween, when he shared photos of himself in a Batman costume.

Although Scott has offered no explanation about leaving Instagram and hasn’t tweeted anything at all this weekend, his Twitter account remains active as of Sunday night.

Billboard has reached out to a rep for comment.

Scott dropped his latest single, “Franchise,” in September, and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 100.

Trump Campaign Calls Out Lady Gaga for Being an ‘Anti-Fracking Activist’: See the Reactions

The Trump campaign is calling out “anti-fracking activist” Lady Gaga, who will be joining Joe Biden to show her support for him at a drive-in rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the day before the general election.

Gaga talked up those plans, and the Democratic presidential nominee, on social media over the weekend: “I LOVE THIS STATE. I’m here now! This place is filled with good hearted people—good hearted people that @JoeBiden loves. He’s a good friend. He’s the President this country needs to bring us back together.”

Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trump’s campaign, released a statement about the pop star’s alignment with Biden on Sunday (Nov. 1): “Nothing exposes Biden’s disdain for the forgotten working men & women of PA like campaigning with anti-fracking activist Lady Gaga,” he wrote. “This desperate effort to drum up enthusiasm is actually a sharp stick in the eye for 600,000 Pennsylvanians who work in the fracking industry.”

The statement continues, “Biden repeatedly promised left-wing activists he would end fracking, which would be an economic death sentence and financial Armageddon for families in Pennsylvania and across the country,” and it and says Trump “supports and defends American energy workers and is the best candidate to make our economy great again.

“Joe Biden will always prioritize the desires of the liberal Hollywood elite and the radical left, while President Trump will always put the interests of blue-collar workers first,” Murtaugh said.

Murtaugh’s statement caught the attention of many people on social media, who know Lady Gaga for many things — anti-fracking activist not exactly being her most common, or notable, identifier.

She seemingly questioned what fracking is on her Instagram Stories, where she laughed off the Trump campaign’s comments on Sunday. “What is a fracking? Keep your jobs PA,” she wrote.

“Yes, the first thing I think of when I think of Gaga is her views on fracking,” one person joked on Twitter.

“Noted ‘anti-fracking activist, Lady Gaga’ LOL. it’s late in the game and someone is throwing some wild ass hail Marys,” another noted.

“That’s Grammy award winning, anti-fracking activist Lady Gaga to you,” someone else pointed out.

“i like some of the gaga songs,” a casual fan tweeted. “but what the f— do she know about fracking?”

See these reactions and more below.

Here Are All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Crisis: Week of Nov. 2

The Halloween livestreams are over for another year, but there’s plenty of good stuff coming up.

Among the virtual shows worth checking out the week of Nov. 2-8 are Niall Horan’s Nov. 7 set from the Royal Albert Hall, benefiting his touring crew, who have been sidelined as shows have been canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The same day, Kylie Minogue will be doing her own global livestream to celebrate her upcoming album, Disco.

A day earlier, Nine Inch Nails will be reminiscing about the influential band’s decades-long history during a discussion with journalist David Farrier. The event comes ahead of NIN’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

For more events, check out the list below. We’ll update this page as more virtual music events are announced for the week.


Nov. 3: Members of both My Morning Jacket and The Decemberists, as well as many other musicians, are participating in the #iVoted virtual Election Day concert. The event begins at noon; RSVP here to watch it.

Nov. 5: Ted Leo is performing live from the Columbus Theatre at 9 p.m. ET. Tickets are $15.

Nov. 6: Ahead of their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Nine Inch Nails is livestreaming a discussion hosted by journalist David Farrier. The conversation begins streaming at 2 p.m. ET via the band’s Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel.

Luke Combs is performing a stripped-down set for Amazon Live and will also answer fan questions. The show begins at 1 p.m. ET.

Nov. 7: Niall Horan is playing London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall for a livestream concert benefitting his touring crew.  He’ll perform hits from his Billboard 200 No. 1 album Flicker and his sophomore set Heartbreak Weather, which will be filmed by a multi-camera crew. Tickets are $20.

Kylie Minogue is doing a global livestream show titled “Kylie: Infinite Disco.” The 50-minute performance will include tracks from upcoming album Disco, as well as some of her classic tunes. There are two streams for the U.S., with both beginning at 8 p.m. ET and PT. Tickets are $20.

Patty Griffin is streaming a residency from Austin’s The Continental Club. She’ll also be streaming shows Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit 18 independent venues around the country. All three shows begin at 7 p.m. ET; tickets start at $25.

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Rod Wave Falls as Stage Collapses at Atlanta Concert on Halloween

Rod Wave and several people in his entourage came crashing down when the stage collapsed at a concert in Atlanta on Halloween.

The rapper was pulled up with some assistance after the fall, and he seemed to be in good spirits later in that night.

“PIMP DOWN I REPEAT PIMP DOWN,” he joked on Instagram, where he shared a video of the incident. A crowd of concertgoers held up their phones and filmed the group on stage going down, with angles that gave a closer look at the stage falling in.

Rod Wave was apparently scheduled to perform as part of the “Girl of My Nightmares” show — a little wordplay on his own “Girl of My Dreams” —  at Excite Sports in Atlanta on Oct. 31.

See Rod Wave’s post about the fall on his Instagram, and check out a clip that a fan caught on camera embedded below.

Jennifer Lopez Is ‘Like a Virgin’ for Halloween

Can’t you hear our heart beat? Jennifer Lopez set pulses racing when she dressed up as fellow superstar Madonna for Halloween, decked out in one of the Queen of Pop’s most iconic outfits.

With her hair up in blonde-ish waves, star-shaped earrings dangling, and neck draped with string after string of pearls, J. Lo channeled Madge’s famous “Like a Virgin” look in photos she shared to Instagram  and Twitter on Sunday (Nov. 1). Her outfit came complete with a sexy white bustier, white tulle skirt with white hearts, white fingerless gloves, and white heels. Of course, there was also the unforgettable “Boy Toy” belt. Madonna’s racy outfit and performance made headlines at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.

The series of posts showed Lopez singing as the Material Girl in the first set of images, which were captioned “Crazy for youuuu …,” a lyric from Madonna’s 1985 tune of the same title. In the second set, J. Lo gives the camera a sexy look, captioning the mini gallery, “Didn’t know how lost I was until I found you … @arod,” giving her fiance Alex Rodriguez a shout-out.

In the final set of photos, Lopez wrote, “I made it through the wilderness,” referencing the first line of Madonna’s 1984 hit single. In the photo with her — and dressed in as much white, was Nick Silva. The former White Sox pitcher, who is also Rodriguez’s nephew, was costumed as Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny.

See J. Lo’s “Like a Virgin” look below:

Musicians certainly didn’t disappoint with their Halloween costumes this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic cancelling many of the usual spirited activities of the season. Which artist had your favorite costume? Vote in our poll!