Olivia Rodrigo’s Strips it Down, Hits the Grand Piano for ‘Drivers License’ Performance: Watch

There are hits, and there are massive, global hits. Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” falls into the latter category. Need proof?

Just this week, it held at No. 1 in its third frame on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, meaning, yes, there’s no bigger song in the world right now.

The teenage California singer and actor was the musical guest Thursday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she gave a premiere late-night performance of that international smash hit.

Theatrics were stripped away, as Rodrigo performed at a grand piano, blanketed by some calming lasers and joined by a strings quartet. If moods could kill…

Check it out below.

Nick Cannon, ViacomCBS Resume Working Relationship

Nick Cannon and ViacomCBS are back on good terms again.

Cannon will resume production on his VH1 series Wild ‘N Out in the near future, and past episodes of the show are set to begin airing again on the cable network later this week. The patching up of Cannon’s relationship with the media giant follows his apology for anti-Semitic comments on his podcast last summer and subsequent work educating himself and working with Jewish groups.

“Nick has not only apologized and taken responsibility for his comments, but he has also worked to educate himself and others through engagement with Jewish leaders and on his platforms,” said a spokesperson for ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Group. “Those efforts are of the utmost importance and that’s why we have invited him to rejoin our team. On a separate note, we just learned that he tested positive for COVID and have reached out to wish him a speedy recovery.”

ViacomCBS cut ties with Cannon last summer over what the conglomerate termed “hateful speech” in an episode of his podcast, Cannon’s Class. During the episode, Cannon and Richard Griffin, aka Professor Griff, a former member of rap group Public Enemy, discussed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. At one point during the conversation, Cannon said Black people are “the true Hebrews.”

Cannon apologized for his remarks and pledged to commit to “deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward.” At the same time, he also demanded (via Facebook post) that ViacomCBS turn over full ownership of Wild ‘N Out to him and apologize for “back door bullying.”

Following his apology, Fox said Cannon would remain as host of its top-rated series The Masked Singer. (Following his positive COVID test earlier this week, Cannon will miss some early episodes of the forthcoming fifth cycle of the show. Niecy Nash will fill in for him.) A syndicated daytime talk show starring Cannon was pushed back from a planned fall 2020 debut but ultimately greenlit for later this year.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

Cardi B Is Back With New Single ‘UP’: Watch

Cardi B is back and things are looking “UP.”

First thing Friday (Feb. 4), Cardi dropped her latest single. It’s a slice of smoking-hot NSFW rhymes, accompanied with a spectacular music video featuring more sets and costume changes than some of us have had seated dinners.

Guaranteed, your mom will hate it.

Cardi announced her new single on Monday, sharing the cover artwork and writing, “LETS GOOOOOO!”

Of course Cardi’s last release was “WAP,” her blockbuster team-up with Megan Thee Stallion that topped the Billboard Hot 100 back in August. She was named Billboard’s 2020 Woman of the Year in December, accepting the honor from Breonna Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer.

This weekend, Cardi B will be featured in an Uber Eats Super Bowl commercial alongside Mike Myers and Dana Carvey for the return of their Wayne’s World characters.

Watch the music video for “UP” below.

Black Pumas Hit Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart for First Time

Black Pumas nab its first top 10 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, as the act’s self-titled debut album vaults 28-19 on the list dated Feb. 6. The album sold nearly 5,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 28 (up 21%), according to MRC Data.

The effort was released on June 21, 2019, and has sold 80,000 copies to date. It was reissued on Aug. 28, 2020 as a Deluxe Edition, with 11 bonus tracks added to the original album’s 10 tracks. All versions of the album are tracked together on the chart.

Sales of the album have perked up thanks in part to exposure and buzz generated by the band’s performance of “Colors” during the Biden-Harris Celebrating America primetime special on Jan. 20. In addition, the CD version of the album’s Deluxe Edition is now being sold in-stores at Target, while independent record stores and Internet-based sellers (like Amazon and the band’s own webstore) have been doing brisk business.

In addition, the group continues to bask in the glow of its three current Grammy Award nominations, including an album of the year nod for the Deluxe Edition of the self-titled album. “Colors,” from the original version of the album, is also nominated for record of the year and best American roots performance.

Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Black Pumas previously peaked at No. 13 on Top Album Sales (chart dated Oct. 24, 2020), following the physical format release of the Deluxe Edition of the album.

Black Pumas also hits new highs on Top Rock Albums (39-27) and the all-genre Billboard 200 (a re-entry at No. 160). On the latter chart, the album had spent just one previous week on the tally, at No. 200, on the Oct. 24, 2020-dated list.

Elsewhere on the Feb. 6-dated Top Album Sales chart, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double album rises 2-1 for its second week in the lead (12,000 sold; down 44%) while a trio of former No. 1s trail Dangerous. Taylor Swift’s Folklore jumps 8-2 (11,000 sold; up 39% thanks to a surge in vinyl sales), Harry StylesFine Line moves 5-3 (8,000; down 15%) and Swift’s Evermore is steady at No. 4 (7,000; down 34%).

Barry Gibb’s Barry Gibb & Friends: Greenfields – The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 climbs 7-5 (6,500; down 21%), Anuel AA and Ozuna’s Los Dioses debuts at No. 6 (6,000) and Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over bumps 10-7 (just over 5,000; down 13%).

Rounding out the top 10 are Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By (3-8 with 5,000; down 69%), Wardruna’s Kvitravn (a debut at No. 9 with almost 5,000) and Black Pumas (28-10, nearly 5,000; up 21%).

Georgia Rapper 6 Dogs Dies at 21

Rapper 6 Dogs has passed away at the age of just 21, his reps have confirmed.

The Atlanta, Georgia native had a string of breakthrough releases in his teens, including the 2017 single “Faygo Dreams,” which has passed 100 million streams on Spotify and notched more than 15 million views on YouTube.

While studying at high school, 6 Dogs (real name Chase Amick) got attention when he uploaded several on SoundCloud, with his track “Flossing” going viral. The youngster’s folks had no idea of their son’s secretive music career.

In interviews, he spoke candidly about his battles with depression, and he would explore mental health issues and other heavy issues in his songs. As the years passed, the themes of those songs became darker.

A statement on 6 Dogs’ official Instagram confirms his untimely death.

Born in Dahlonega in the Peach State, Chase always “relished insightful conversations, intriguing possibilities, and interacting with others to positively influence their lives,” reads a statement on his Instagram. “Countless people have expressed that he impacted the course of their lives forever.”

In his lifetime, 6 Dogs released three EPs and LPs, the most recent, Hi-Hats & Heartaches from 2019. According to reports, he died late January, though no official cause of death was given.

“Chase’s memory lives on in his family, many friends, and fans who journeyed with him in this life,” the statement continues, “and now send him on his way, while awaiting a joyful reunion with him in heaven.”

Lil Yachty & Mattel Team Up for Action Comedy Film Based on Card Game Uno

Rapper Lil Yachty and Mattel are teaming on a feature adaption of the popular children’s card game Uno.

The movie is described as an action heist comedy, set in the underground hip hop world of Atlanta. Yachty is attached to produce, with an eye to star in the movie.

Marcy Kelly penned the movie, which will be produced by Mattel Films, with Quality Control’s Kevin “Coach K” Lee, Pierre “P” Thomas and Brian Sher. Mattel’s Robbie Brenner will executive produce, with Kevin McKeon overseeing for the company.

Said Brenner: “Uno is a game that transcends generations and cultures and we look forwards to partnering with Lil Yachty, as well as with Coach, P, and Brian Sher, to transform the classic UNO game into a comedic action-adventure.”

Added Yachty: “I played Uno as a kid and still do today, so to spin that into a movie based on the Atlanta hip hop scene I came out of is really special. It hits close to home for me.”

Mattel Television is teaming with Propagate founders Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens for a reality game show for television, also based on the Uno brand. Mattel’s Hollywood projects include the Barbie movie at Warner Bros. and a Daniel Kaluuya-produced Barney feature, as well as projects based on Hot Wheels, Viewfinder, and other toys.

Yachty, repped by ICM Partners, had a starring role in MTV’s television movie How High 2.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Harry Styles Joined by Emma Corrin in Amazon Romantic Drama ‘My Policeman’

The Crown star Emma Corrin has joined Harry Styles in My Policeman, a romantic drama for Amazon Studios.

Michael Grandage will direct the adaptation of the Bethan Robert novel of the same name and will use an adapted screenplay by Ron Nyswaner. My Policeman will be produced by Greg Berlanti, Robbie Rogers and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti-Schechter Films, in association with Cora Palfrey and Phillip Herd at Independent Film Company and MGC.

The story takes place in the late 1990s when the arrival of elderly Patrick into Marion and Tom’s home triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years prior, namely a passionate relationship between Tom and Patrick at a time when homosexuality was illegal.

Styles and Corrin are set to star as Tom and Marion, respectively.

Corrin is best known for her role as Lady Diana Spencer in the fourth season of Netflix’s The Crown, which earned her Golden GlobeSAG and Critics Choice nominations. Last year, Corrin made her debut film appearance in Misbehaviour, a historical drama film where she starred alongside Keira Knightley, Keeley Hawes and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Corrin’s earlier TV roles include a recurring role in the 10-part Warner Brothers/EPIX series Pennyworth.

She is repped by Insight Management, Circle of Confusion and Public Eye.

This article was originally published  by The Hollywood Reporter.