Matt Corby Unveils Rainbow Valley Records With Warner Music Australia

Matt Corby is now a label owner.

The chart-topping Australian singer and songwriter joins forces with his longstanding producer, writer and collaborator Alex Henriksson on Rainbow Valley Records (RVR), a new joint-venture with Warner Music Australia.

Unveiled Tuesday (Aug. 9), RVR is Corby’s brainchild, the idea for which came from his Rainbow Valley studios in northern New South Wales.

Corby, a Newcastle native, has worked with a string of Australian artists at the studio, some of whom have gone on to impressive careers, including Jarryd James, Tia Gostelow and others.

Now, with the label, he wants to take the discovery and development process to another level.

“I’m pumped to step into a different role in the industry. To assist new and established artists from the perspective of an artist,” says Corby in a statement. “I’ve learned a lot over the last decade and am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to the table for this new company. I’m excited to share the music we have already been a part of and will continue to foster with a diverse crew of people, hopefully, for years to come.”

Corby and Henriksson are keen to sign and nurture artists across “multiple genres and diverse backgrounds,” according to a statement announcing the JV.

“I am excited to start working alongside this amazing team curating and facilitating a range of super special artists from our country and around the world,” adds Henriksson. “This is an opportunity I could only dream about and to see it coming to life makes me truly grateful.”

Corby’s career took off with his 2011 debut release “Brother,” which came in at No. 3 on both the ARIA Singles Chart and Triple J’s Hottest 100 Poll, and snagged the ARIA Award for song of the year.

His debut album Telluric topped the ARIA Albums Chart following its release in 2016. It’s followup, 2018’s Rainbow Valley, bowed at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart and won the coveted J Award for Australian album of the year, with its single “Miracle Love” winning the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.

The new venture is the first signing by Dan Rosen as president of Warner Music Australasia. “It is a new era for WMA, and Rainbow Valley Records is emblematic of what will stand for as a company – putting great music and brilliant creativity at the heart of everything we do,” comments Rosen. “I cannot wait to start working with Alex and Matt and bringing the artists and music from Rainbow Valley to Australia and the world.”

Foo Fighters’ ‘Medicine at Midnight’ Opens Huge Lead In U.K. Chart Race

The dream for No. 5 is very much alive for Foo Fighters, as the rockers take a massive lead in the U.K. chart race with Medicine at Midnight (Columbia).

The Foos’ latest studio album dropped last Friday (Feb. 5), and by midweek it’s outselling the rest of the U.K. Top 10 combined, according to the Official Charts Company

Medicine has chalked up the most physical and digital sales in the week so far, to lead the Official Chart Update. If it keeps its momentum, it’ll be the Foos’ fifth No. 1 in the U.K., following One By One (2002), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007), Wasting Light (2011) and Concrete & Gold (2017).

Coming in at No. 2 on the midweek chart is Fleet FoxesShore (Anti), which spikes 68-2 following its release in physical formats last Friday. The Seattle outfit’s latest LP was a surprise-release last September, and is on track to be the folk-rockers’ third Top 3 album.

Also new and flying high is Black Country, New Road’s For The First Time (Ninja Tune). It’s the seven-piece London alternative act’s debut collection, and it starts at No. 3.

Following his spectacular halftime performance at the Super Bowl, The Weeknd’s hits release The Highlights (Republic Records/XO) bolts in at No. 5.

Also chasing Top 10 berths are folk sister act The Staves, with Good Woman (Atlantic) at No. 6; and Scottish pop/rock veterans Deacon Blue with Riding on the Tide of Love (Ear Music), new at No. 7.

Over in the U.K. singles chart race, Olivia Rodrigo maintains her lead with “Drivers License” (Interscope), which is racing to a fifth consecutive week at No. 1.

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday local time.

YFN Lucci Released From Jail on $500,000 Bond, Strict Conditions

YFN Lucci has been released on bond following his arrest for murder, Billboard can confirm.

The Atlanta rapper (real name Rayshawn Bennett) was booked into Fulton County jail last month in connection with a Dec. 10 shooting, which left one man dead and another injured.

An “exhaustive investigation” by the Atlanta Police Department labeled him as a suspect, prompting Lucci to turn himself in.

Lucci is currently out after being granted bail, with strict conditions attached.

In a statement from Lucci’s lawyer, his reps negotiated with the prosecution a $500,000 bond which was finalized this morning (Jan. 8), ahead of a bond motion on Tuesday.

Bennett was released shortly before 4pm. The bond conditions include that he must surrender his passport and wear a GPS ankle monitor, his lawyer explains.

The next court date has yet to be set. The state “will have to present the case to a grand jury if they so choose,” attorney Drew Findling tells Billboard via email.

In January, a video announcement from Atlanta PD confirmed that Lucci faces the charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and participation in criminal street gang activity as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Lucci was featured on OMB Peezy’s “Hustle,” which hit streaming services a week after the alleged shooting and dropped his Wish Me Well 3 mixtape on Dec. 4.

Shortly before surrendering to authorities, Lucci rolled out a new music video with Mozzy for their collaboration “Rolled On.”

Blake Shelton Says His Phone Was ‘Smoking’ After Hilarious Super Bowl Ad

Sure, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took home the championship at Super Bowl LV on Sunday (Feb. 7), but Blake Shelton was the real star of the show when he appeared alongside Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine in a T-Mobile commercial.

When discussing the hilarious ad with EW, Shelton said the response was incredible. “Of all the things that I’ve been fortunate enough to have happen in my life, I don’t know that my phone has ever erupted — I mean my phone was smoking last night,” he shared in a virtual interview alongside Voice coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Nick Jonas, host Carson Daly and showrunner Audrey Morrissey. “You realize, ‘Oh my God, nobody has ever really watched me win an award.’ I know that now. But everybody watches the Super Bowl. Now it’s confirmed: I know every contact in my phone was watching that game.”

The commercial found Stefani “a few years ago” FaceTiming her then-fellow Voice coach Levine, revealing that she’s “ready to start dating again.” When describing her ideal man, she detailed someone “maybe from another country,” “cultured,” and “not threatened by a strong, confident woman.” However, her spotty cell service had the Maroon 5 frontman thinking Stefani wanted someone “completely country,” “uncultured,” and “threatened by a strong, confident woman.”

In walks the ideal candidate, country superstar Shelton, and the rest is history. The couple, who have been dating since 2015, got engaged in October 2020.

On filming the ad, the country crooner added, “It was funny, we had a blast. When I read the script, I thought it was a great idea. I thought it was so funny. Because people still don’t really understand why she’s with me. And fair enough, right? So I loved being able to spin that out.”

Jonas also touched upon his experience transforming into an elderly man in the Super Bowl commercial for Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system that helps people with diabetes keep tabs on their glucose levels without having to prick their fingers.

“I think it was a fun way to put diabetes, something I live with every day, on a stage as big as the Super Bowl,” the “Jealous” singer explained. “You had to do something off the top that was a little alarming, like making me look like a 95-year-old man.”

See the full EW clip here.

 

Dolly Parton Makes Music With Her Mani for A Cappella ‘5 to 9′ From Super Bowl Ad

Dolly Parton didn’t just rework her 1980 hit “9 to 5″ for her first Super Bowl ad; she also reworked her pink nail set as an instrument for an a cappella performance Monday (Feb. 8).

Parton looked pretty in pink for her effortless rendition of the revamped song, now dubbed “5 to 9,” which honors professionals using their off-hours to work on passion projects. The spot, for the website-building and e-commerce platform Squarespace, aired Sunday during the Super Bowl.

“Working 5 to 9, making something of your own now/ And it feels so fine to build a business from your know-how/ Gonna move ahead, and there’s nothing that you can’t do/ When you listen to that little voice inside you,” Parton sings on the revamped version. “Yeah 5 to 9, you’ve got passion and a vision/ ‘Cause it’s hustlin’ time, whole new way to make a livin’/ Gonna change your life, do something that gives it meaning/ With a website that is worthy of your dreaming.”

The Squarespace ad features a bunch of disinterested co-workers at a grayscale office waiting till the clock strikes 5 so they can finally pursue their own passions, as their cubicles transform into colorful workspaces. Parton doesn’t make an official appearance in the commercial, but she does make a cute cameo, winking at the camera from the cover of the fictional Five-Nine magazine.

Parton features her own side hustle, the singer’s namesake fragrance Dolly that has its own Squarespace site, during her “5 to 9″ a cappella performance.

Watch it below.

Brandi Carlile Releases ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ Cover After ‘Clarice’ Super Bowl Ad

CBS teased its Silence of the Lambs sequel series Clarice on Sunday (Feb. 7) with a Super Bowl trailer that featured a snippet of Brandi Carlile’s take on John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

The cover was made available on streaming platforms Monday (Feb. 8), just one day after Carlile unveiled the song’s eerie lyric video. In the clip, scenes from Clarice weave among the lyrics as the singer’s haunting vocals soar through the vignette.

The series will star actress Rebecca Breeds as FBI Agent Clarice Starling, who revisits her childhood on a farm after becoming famous for catching serial killer Buffalo Bill, and reflects on how her past has influenced her life. Clarice is set one year after The Silence of the Lambs.

Clarice, featuring Carlile’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” premieres on Thursday (Feb. 11). Listen below.