Hulu Drops Plans to $1.99 as Part of Black Friday Promo

Hulu is hoping its latest deal will drum up some new subscribers, just in time for the holidays. The online streaming site has dropped its subscription price to just $1.99/month as part of a Hulu Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal. The deal, which runs until 11:59 pm Monday, gets you instant access to for Hulu’s ad-supported plan for just $1.99 per month for one year. That works out to savings of about $48 for a 12-month subscription.

Typically $5.99 per month, a subscription to Hulu’s ad-supported plan gets you unlimited access to the streamer’s massive library of shows, including Pen15, Little Fires Everywhere, Ramy, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Hulu also currently boasts one of the largest catalogs of music films and documentaries online, with docs like LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up and Play the Hits, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, and Joan Jett: Bad Reputation, to name a few. Hulu has also acquired the rights to the 2018 Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, as well as the Aretha Franklin doc, Amazing Grace. Get the Hulu $1.99 offer here.

Hulu isn’t the only streaming service offering up Black Friday deals. NBC Universal’s newly-launched Peacock is dropping the price of its premium subscription by 20%, giving you access to Peacock’s full lineup of shows for just $39.99 a year (that’s a little over $3 a month).

Peacock Premium is where you’ll find full seasons of exclusive Peacock Original series, like the Saved by the Bell reboot, along with next-day airings of current NBC hits like This Is Us and Saturday Night Live. Peacock is also where you can re-watch the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on-demand. Find out more about Peacock’s Black Friday deal here.

Miley Cyrus Drops ‘Plastic Hearts’ Featuring Billy Idol, Joan Jett & More: Stream It Now

Another reason to give thanks: Miley CyrusPlastic Hearts is finally out.

The pop superstar’s seventh album dropped at the stroke of midnight, and features collaborations with Dua Lipa, Billy Idol, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks.

Stretching across 15 tracks and 50 minutes playing time, Plastic Hearts includes the previously-released singles “Midnight Sky” “Prisoner” (with Lipa) and “Edge of Midnight” (with Nicks).

In a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Miley recounted how Billy Idol’s works had inspired her album and attitude. “His music… the way that he married rebellion but also his music where he had incredible hooks. And he showed me that I could have balance, that I could make music that I and other people love,” she said. “And sometimes I’ve lost that and I’ve found that again where it’s like, ‘I want to make music for me.’”

In addition to her originals, the new set also carries Miley’s recent live covers of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie” from the iHeart Festival and the NIVA Save Our Stage Festival, respectively.

Miley was trending worldwide ahead of the release, as fans used their Thanksgiving downtime to hit digital music services.

Stream Plastic Hearts in full below.

Bad Bunny Talks Surprise New Album ‘El Ultimo Tour del Mundo’ & Rosalia Collab

Bad Bunny has seemingly been out a lot lately: Performing for the Latin Grammys on the streets of Puerto Rico and literally playing an entire concert atop a flatbed in the streets of Manhattan in September. But what may be his most impactful work of the year was all conceived while in lockdown in Puerto Rico.

Bad Bunny’s third album of 2020 (following YHLQMDLG and Las Que No Iban a Salir), the wistfully titled El Último Tour Del Mundo (The Last Tour of the World), came out at midnight after Thanksgiving Day. The date is vintage Bad Bunny: YHLQMDLG came out Feb. 29 (Leap Day) and X100PRE on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve 2018).

But the music is not vintage Bad Bunny. Yes, you’ll find perreo in the form of the now epic “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez, currently the most-streamed song in the world and No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200. But most of El Ultimo is more introspective, sometimes acoustic fare and only two collabs: one with R&B newcomer Abra and the other with Rosalía (“La Noche de Anoche”).

“It’s completely different from YHLQMDLG. This is a more sentimental album, more chill, the kind of thing you can listen to in your room,” Bad Bunny tells Billboard.

Here’s everything important you need to know about the 16-track El Último Tour Del Mundo, in his own words.

First and foremost, “Dákiti,” your No. 1 global song. Tell us more.

I had the album ready for a while. And I’d say: Damn, I’m missing a song. Because the album goes into a different, weird direction. It needed a track that connects with everyone. A party track. Jahycor [Jhay Cortez] and Mora already had the song written and prepared. I added my lyrics, my touch, over Jhay Cortez’s rhythm. Then we sent it to Tainy so he could also put his touch, and everything was a very dynamic, very cool team effort. I really liked the way we worked. We spent time with Jhaycor in the studio, discussing things, going back and forth: “What do you think if we add this, if we change this,” and he would say, “Diablos, that’s great,” and that’s how it went until we got this hit. Damn.

How did working under quarantine change your music?

At the end of the day, it’s the same method I always use. I work in my space, relaxed, I write anywhere — in my hotel room, on the plane, in my house. I kept creating my songs and I had them ready to go so that the moment I was able to get together with La Paciencia [real name Roberto Rosado, Bad Bunny’s longtime collaborator and sound engineer], I would record  them immediately. We recorded many of them in Puerto Rico, others in Los Angeles, and the very last one in Mexico.

Beside “Dákiti,” there are two other collabs. What can you tell us?

I have “Sorry Papi” with Abra. She’s a girl from Los Angeles. She’s extremely talented. She does her own beats, her own music and she’s independent. And I have another one called “La Noche de Anoche” featuring Rosalía. We recorded separately because of COVID and our schedules. We’d been trying to work together for a while and the right opportunity hadn’t come up. Chris Jedi sent me a track with a rhythmic base he did with Rosalía, and I thought it was cool, but I let it sit for a while. A couple of days later, I couldn’t stop singing the song. So I told Chris I would take a stab at it and see what came out.

You usually don’t record songs that are sent to you like that. How else did you break the rules with this album?

Even though the Rosalía collab didn’t come about the way I usually do things, I feel that if I broke rules with this album, it’s more in the music than the process. I’m very happy with it because it’s completely different from YHLQMDLG. This is a more sentimental album, more chill, the kind of thing you can listen to in your room. I laugh because people told me I kept on releasing perreo at a time when people couldn’t go out and party, and I said, “OK. Now you can’t complain.” This is an album for you to stay at home, chill, having a beer, a glass of wine, paying attention to the lyrics. It’s a bit more rock ‘n’ roll, a lot of guitars — there’s one song that only has guitar — it’s more musical, has more fusions, and also reggaetón and rap.

Everything is in Spanish. Any plans to sing in English?

[It’s not that] I’m not interested in recording in English; it’s just that I don’t feel it. I’m not discarding the possibility of doing a song entirely in English with an artist from the American market. It could be cool. But I write my songs, it’s my ideas, my production, and I’m not going to have ideas and lyrics come to me in English. I’ve said it from the onset. In the past, fans, even Latin fans, underestimated their Latin artists and felt that American artists were better. I never believed that. I always thought we were in the same level, and little by little people have realized that’s the case, and we’ve shown Latin music can go as far as any other.

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Cardi B & More Celebrate Thanksgiving 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

Music stars like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Bette Midler and many others took to social media on Thursday (Nov. 26) to celebrate the turkey-filled holiday and note what they’re thankful for this year.

“Praying for everyone this thanksgiving whose had a very hard year, maybe having trouble putting food on the table, keeping where u live—families apart to stay safe or families whose loved ones are in the hospital,” Gaga tweeted. “My heart is with you Truly All day. I’m grateful for people.”

Cardi encouraged her fans to “enjoy your family & friends and the turkey legs” during the holiday, while Bieber summed up his Thanksgiving message in three concise words: “Thankful. Grateful. Blessed.”

Midler, meanwhile, took time to recognize the healthcare professionals and frontline workers dedicated to fighting COVID-19.

“We bow our heads in thanks to the doctors, the nurses, the frontline workers, everyone across the nation who has worked so hard to save lives, under the most terrible conditions imaginable. Consider yourselves not just loved, but revered,” the iconic singer tweeted.

See more musicians celebrating Thanksgiving on social media below.

Best Moments of the 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Happy Thanksgiving!

On Thursday morning (Nov. 26), the 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took to the streets of New York City for a special, socially-distanced edition of the annual holiday spectacular. While this year’s event may have looked a little different without its usual miles of crowds, the Manhattan parade managed to go on, thanks to strict safety precautions, plenty of masks, and a whole lot of technological ingenuity.

And with special performances by everyone from Goo Goo Dolls and Lauren Alaina to Brett Young and Pentatonix, the parade was also filled with the floats, balloons and musical moments families around the country have come to love every Thanksgiving morning for decades.

Below, Billboard rounded up all the must-see moments from this year’s truly one-of-a-kind Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


The Welcome Return of Broadway

Eight months after the shutdown on the Great White Way, the Thanksgiving Day Parade saw the welcome return of numerous Broadway shows for a handful of pre-taped special performances. Filmed in Manhattan’s Theater District, the cast of Hamilton kicked things off with a joyful rendition of “The Schuyler Sisters,” while the company of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations delivered a show-stopping medley of “My Girl” and “Get Ready.”

Alanis Morissette’s legacy also took center stage with an emotional performance of “You’ll Learn” by the cast of Jagged Little Pill, while Reneé Rapp resurrected her inner Regina George for “Someone Gets Hurt” along with the male ensemble of Mean Girls.

Musical Numbers Galore

Whether it was Bebe Rexha delivering her latest single, “Baby I’m Jealous,” while flanked by dancers dressed as turkeys on the Jennie O float or Ally Brooke belting out “We Are a Family” from Nick Jr.’s Blues Clues, this year’s parade certainly had a number of uniquely unforgettable musical performances. Highlights also included Tori Kelly performing her new original Christmas track, “25th,” aboard Lifetime’s picturesque Christmas in Town Square float; CNCO teaming up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for their hit Spanish-language single “Tan Enamorados”; and AJR rocking out to their “Bang!” from beneath the giant elephant aboard the jungle-themed float by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions.

Elsewhere, pop stars like Keke Palmer and Sofia Carson shone while performing on floats by brands from Coach to Entenmann’s, Karol G brought the girl power to Olay’s STEM-themed float with a special arrangement of “Ay, Dios Mío” and “Tusa”; and Darlene Love got in the holiday spirit with a festive rendition of “It’s a Marshmallow World.”

Special Christmas Performances by a Pair of Legends

Two legendary performers didn’t need to board floats to steal the show at the parade. First, Patti LaBelle took center stage in front of Macy’s iconic flagship store to belt out “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” while a pair of couples danced along to her soulful take on the Christmas classic. Then, none other than Dolly Parton took the festivities all the way from New York City to Nashville by performing a glitzy arrangement of “Holly Jolly Christmas” off her new, third holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.

Six Parades in One

Given how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted special events in New York City this year, Macy’s chose to include a number of the parades the city has missed out on over the last eight months. Represented among the celebratory marchers were the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps’ New York City Pride March, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Coney Island’s popular Mermaid Parade (with a special appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage) and the West Indian America Day Carnival.

The West Point and NYPD marching bands also brought a dose of patriotism to the festivities by performing, respectively, a patriotic medley and “God Bless America,” while the Big Apple Circus put on a circus spectacular in front of Macy’s. (All the high school and college marching bands forced to cancel travel due to the pandemic will be back for the parade in 2021.)

Balloons Old & New

Of course, no Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade would be complete without the giant balloons making their way down Sixth Avenue to Herald Square. This year’s kid-friendly inflatables included Spongebob Squarepants, Trolls’ Queen Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond, Elf on the Shelf, Pikachu and PAW Patrol’s adorable Chase.

The parade route was also filled with a number of brand-new balloons for 2020, including a smirking ’90s-era Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — complete with a fanny pack, gold chain and turtleneck — to promote the superstar’s upcoming NBC comedy Young Rock, and an artsy sun balloon designed by contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. At 90 years old, Kusama holds the distinction of creating the first balloon for the parade ever designed by a female artist!

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Following a pair of memorable performances by the New York City Ballet (The Nutcracker’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by principal dancer Ashley Bouder) and the Radio City Rockettes (“Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”), the Thanksgiving Day Parade concluded with the jolly arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, heralding in the official start of the Christmas season. The appearance of Old Saint Nick and his trusty wife was the perfect dose of holiday cheer to end the parade on, reminding us all that even in a year like no other, we all have reasons to be grateful and hopeful for the future.

Jennifer Lopez Poses Nude for Cover Art of New Song ‘In the Morning’

Jennifer Lopez is baring it all for her new song.

The 51-year-old superstar singer took to social media on Wednesday (Nov. 25) to share a jaw-dropping nude photo of herself, which serves as the cover art for her upcoming single “In the Morning.”

“Surprise! Here’s the official cover art for #InTheMorning Single drops Friday,” J.Lo captioned the stunning image, which shows off her muscular physique.

The photograph was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who have also worked with Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna and Angelina Jolie.

Lopez also invited her fans to a “virtual Thanksgiving dance party” for the world premiere of “In the Morning” through Instagram Live on Thursday at 11:45 pm ET.

“There will be surprise #TurkeyEggs! Bring the whole fam!” she captioned a short video teasing the forthcoming song.

Lopez recently teamed up with Maluma for the action-packed songs “Pa Ti” and “Lonely.” The two Latin music stars will co-star in the forthcoming rom-com Marry Me, which hits theaters on Valentine’s Day 2021.

The film will have a bilingual soundtrack released by Sony Music Latin, label home to both Lopez and Maluma, in partnership with Arista Records.

Check out Lopez’s “In the Morning” cover art here.

BMG Acquires Catalog of Cheyenne Records, Including Songs by Germany’s No Angels

BMG has acquired the catalog of Cheyenne Records, which includes 600 master recordings from such German artists as No Angels, Bro’Sis, Overground, Nu Pagadi, Preluders, Monrose, Queensberry, Room 2012, Some & Any, and La Vive.

BMG said it will bolster the availability of the Cheyenne catalog with an integrated digital campaign, using cheyenneswelt.de as the base, allowing fans to deep dive deep into the label’s catalog. The company also said it will publish high-quality versions of the original official music videos. The catalog will hit digital platforms on Friday (Nov. 27).

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The catalogue of Cheyenne Records is among the crown jewels of German pop music of the 2000s, and we are delighted to bring them back to the public,” Maximilian Kolb, BMG managing director GSA, said in a statement. “The acquisition shows BMG’s commitment to delivering the best service to artists and songwriters in the digital world.”

BMG says the deal will bring back streaming availability to No Angels, which has been absent from digital streaming platforms for five years. The company notes the group had sales of more than five million, making it the biggest-selling German girl band of all time. No Angels’ 2002 debut single, “Daylight In Your Eyes,” sold more than 500,000 copies within a week after its release, according to BMG.

Other hits that will now be available on digital platforms include Bro’Sis’ “I Believe” and Monrose’s “Shame.”