Foo Fighters Notch Fifth U.K. No. 1 With ‘Medicine at Midnight’

Foo Fighters’ U.K. fans have been taking their Medicine.

In the same week the U.S. rockers score a nomination for the Rock Hall, the Foos’ latest album Medicine at Midnight (Columbia) goes straight to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.

The LP finishes the chart week with 42,500 chart sales, with almost three-quarters of those made up of CD and vinyl copies, to outsell its six closest rivals combined, the OCC reports.

Medicine at Midnight is Dave Grohl and Co’s fifth U.K. No. 1 album following One By One (2002), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007), Wasting Light (2011) and Concrete & Gold (2017).

It’s the best-selling vinyl album too, selling 10,500 copies to take top spot on the U.K.’s Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

Coming in at No. 2 on the national albums chart is The Weeknd’s The Highlights (Republic Records/XO), released to capitalize on the Canadian R&B singer’s Feb. 7 Super Bowl performance. It’s the most streamed album of the week in the U.K.

Further down the list, experimental rock outfit Black Country, New Road bow at No. 4 with their debut album For The First Time (Ninja Tune); folk outfit Fleet Foxes’ 2020 album Shore (Anti) reenters the chart at No. 5 following its release on physical formats; and Jessie Ware’s What’s Your Pleasure? (Virgin) returns to the survey at No. 9 following the English singer’s performance of her new single “Remember Where You Are” on the Graham Norton Show.

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” (Interscope) parks at the summit for a fifth consecutive week.

The teenage California singer and actor’s power ballad notches another 59,000 chart sales, including 7.2 million streams, to hold off Nathan Evans’ “Wellerman” (Polydor) with 220 Kid & Billen Ted, which holds at No. 2.

Machine Gun Kelly Says He Wears Megan Fox’s ‘Blood Around My Neck’ on Valentine’s Day

Machine Gun Kelly seems to be staying especially close to his “Bloody Valentine” Megan Fox this Valentine’s Day.

He shared a photo of the two of them on Instagram on Sunday (Feb. 14), along with a closeup of a necklace that appears to contain a drop of blood within it.

“i wear your blood around my neck,” he wrote in a caption. “my bloody valentine.”

Fox posted a tribute to her “unusually handsome boy” as well, using descriptions like “magical and haunted” and “ethereal and dangerous” and writing, “the journey will likely be perilous but there is no destination without him.”

Her post featured a slideshow of personal pictures showing off their connection.

For some fans, MGK’s gesture brought to mind former couple Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s alleged blood vial necklaces.

“You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your grannie in and wear it around your neck?” Thornton said in 2014, addressing the chatter years after their early 2000s relationship. “She bought two of those. We were apart a lot because she’s off making Tomb Raider and I’m making Monster’s Ball. She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razorblade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear your son or daughter’s baby hair in one. Same thing. From that, we were wearing quart jars of blood around our necks. And we were vampires and we lived in a dungeon.”

While it’s unclear whether Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox were inspired by them, you can see the couple’s Valentine’s Day photos here and here.

Katy Perry Is the Queen of Hearts for ‘American Idol’ Return on Valentine’s Day

Katy Perry is on theme for the Valentine’s Day premiere of this season of American Idol.

The pop star and Idol judge dressed up as a romantic version of the Queen of Hearts for the occasion.

“Will you be joining a Queen of Hearts for the #AmericanIdol premiere tonight? Grab your beloved valentine and tune in to @abcnetwork at 8/7c,” Perry wrote Sunday afternoon (Feb. 14) on social media, where she shared snapshots of her heart-covered white gown.

One fan accurately summed up Perry’s holiday look in the comments section of Instagram: “‘how many hearts do you want on your dress?’ katy: ‘yes,'” they joked.

American Idol’s fourth season on ABC airs Sunday night, after running for 15 seasons on Fox.

“Our aim was to make this season of Idol as normal as possible,” showrunner Trish Kinane told Billboard ahead of the new season. “We want to be the first show to pivot back to something resembling normality so we had that lens through which we look at every phase of the format.”

See Perry’s Valentine’s Day ensemble on Instagram, and catch the premiere of American Idol tonight.

Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch: Week of February 15

It may be a holiday week with President’s Day on Monday (Feb. 15), but there are still plenty of notable livestreams and virtual events to check out.

Anitta kicks things off on Tuesday with a performance that will include some of her latest hits. The next day, Florida Georgia Line will be putting on a benefit show to help out Nashville businesses impacted by the Christmas Day bombing. The week wraps up on a strong note, with Roddy Ricch and more celebrating Black History Month Saturday (Feb. 20).

See the shows you can check out from the warmth and comfort of your home the week of Feb. 15-21. We’ll update this list as more virtual events are announced.


Feb. 16: Anitta performs a Korbel Carnaval Virtual Concert, including her singles “Me Gusta” and “Loco.” The show begins at 9 p.m. ET and can be streamed via her YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

Feb. 17: Florida Georgia Line is performing a livestream concert to benefit the businesses impacted by the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville, and also to celebrate new album Life Rolls On. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on Amazon’s Twitch channel.

Eddie Vedder, Phoebe Bridgers, Iggy Pop and more will be performing as part of the annual Tibet House Benefit Concert. All proceeds support the work of Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET; tickets start at $25.

Feb. 18: Billy Strings kicks off a six-day livestream event, “The Deja Vu Experiment,” live from the Capitol Theatre in New York. The shows coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s six-night run at The Cap in 1971 and Strings will be recreating the band’s ESP Experiments. Tickets start at $19.99.

Jay Park, Dumbfoundead and more will be ringing in the Lunar New Year with performances for Hennessy’s X.O OX Experience to welcome the Year of the Ox. The event will be hosted by Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, and will feature an appearance by Eddie Huang. The event will benefit Asian American small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The event begins at 9 p.m. ET on Hennessy’s Facebook page.

Feb 19: Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye are celebrating the 50 years since their first performance together with a livestream. The show begins at 9 p.m. ET; tickets are $10.

SG Lewis is celebrating the release of his debut album, Times, with a live performance of the album, as well as a chat with fans and exclusive content. The U.S. streams begin at 8 p.m. ET and PT; tickets are $20.50.

Rufus Wainwright is hosting a livestreaming event featuring music of his that has been in films. James Corden is set to be the special guest. The stream begins at 5 p.m. ET; tickets start at $20.

Feb. 19-20: Tom Morello, Steve Earle and more are participating in the Light of Day Canada 12 Virtual Festival, to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and cancer. Tickets start at $20.

Feb. 20: Roddy Ricch, Jhene Aiko, 21 Savage and more are performing at iHeartRadio’s Living Black! event, celebrating Black History Month. The show begins at 6 p.m. ET on iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilera & More Artists Share the Love on Valentine’s Day 2021

Love is in the air! Though Valentine’s Day in 2021 means no romantic dinners at packed restaurants, musicians are celebrating their love by sharing sweet messages on social media.

Among them is Dua Lipa, who posted a sweet message for boyfriend Anwar Hadid on Instagram. “THE ONE 4 MY [heart emoji],” she captioned photos of the couple kissing and embracing. “Happy V-Day Lovers xx”

Christina Aguilera had a note for two very special someones. “Happy Valentine’s Day my love…here’s to all the adventures we’ve shared and many more to come,” she captioned a photo of herself on Twitter snuggling with fiance Matthew Rutler. An hour later, the singer shared a photo of herself and wrote, “And Happy Valentine’s Day to me because self love is important too!”

See how other artists are celebrating Valentine’s Day with their loved ones:

Joe Jonas

The Jonas brother shared a sweet throwback pic of wife Sophie Turner from when she was pregnant with their daughter. In the snap, the Game of Thrones star is sprawled on the couch, her pregnant belly on display. “Happy Valentine’s Day to my 2 Valentines [heart emoji] throwback,” he captioned the image.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

The “Wonder” singer showed off the sweetness in his life on Valentine’s Day. In his Instagram Stories, the crooner shared a photo of Cabello with a plate featuring what appears to be a heart-shaped pancake surrounded by blueberries and strawberries. The photo was accompanied by three heart emojis.

Later on, Cabello posted a picture of the pair kissing. “my Valentine’s got a ponytail! happy love and friendship day @shawnmendes,” she wrote.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

The country superstars sent loving messages to each other, with McGraw writing, “The best girl for me ever/ The best mom/ The best wife/ The best lover/ My best friend,” tagging his wife and sharing a video with images of the two and their happy life as his song “My Best Friend” plays.

Hill, meanwhile, shared a photo of the couple sharing a kiss, writing, “To my Valentine, A kiss is not just a kiss when you are kissing your true one and only……Valentine.”

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas shared his love for wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas with a photo of the two horseback riding on a beach. “Where ever you go, I’ll go, cause we’re in it together. For better or worse, hold on, cause it only gets better,” he captioned the image. “Thank you for filling every day with happiness and peace. I love you to the moon and back.”

Mandy Moore

The This Is Us star shared a mini gallery of herself with husband Taylor Goldsmith, with whom she’s expecting her first child. “We’re both not big on Valentine’s Day but I sure am the luckiest to have landed you,” she captioned the photos. “Love you the most, T.”

Swizz Beatz

The musician had three special ladies he wanted to shout out. “Happy Valentine’s Day to my two Queens My grandmother and my Mom,” he captioned a video of himself dancing with his grandma. In his second post, he shared a video of wife Alicia Keys and wrote, “Everyday is Love day [rose emoji] Keys to my heart Love you.”

Warren G

The rapper shared a sweet Instagram snap with wife Tennile, writing, “Happy Valentine’s Day Baby! My best friend My love My beautiful wife. Not Bonny & Clyde Warren & Tennile [heart emoji]”

Tom DeLonge

The former Blink-182 frontman shared a photo of himself with girlfriend Marie, both holding up the same Valentine’s Day card. “When you both buy each other the same Bigfoot Valentine’s Day card,” he captioned the photo on Instagram. “Love you, Marie! You are my light.”

Fans Choose Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ Re-Recording as This Week’s Favorite New Music

Taylor Swift’s “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” a fitting soundtrack for Valentine’s Day, has topped this week’s new music poll.

Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Feb. 12) on Billboard, picking Swift’s newly released version of the song, off of her forthcoming re-recorded Fearless album, as their favorite new music release of the past week.

The options on this week’s poll were actually a mix of old and “new,” considering it featured the revamped “Love Story” (the original was released in 2008) and remixes including Ariana Grande’s “34+35″ music video with Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion and Erica Banks’ “Buss It” featuring Travis Scott.

“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” brought in nearly 50% of the vote, coming in ahead of Dua Lipa’s new single “We’re Good,” Ariana Grande, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion’s “34+35 (Remix)” video, Karol G, Anuel AA and J Balvin’s “Location” and more.

Swift’s re-recording of “Love Story,” the first taste of her highly anticipated collection of re-recorded music, was unveiled Thursday night (Feb. 11) — and beyond the fan-voted poll results, it launched with a swift sales start and garnered 5.8 million on-demand streams in the U.S on its day of release.

“Hey guys so who’s gonna tell 18 year old me that our love story would still be going strong all these years later?” Swift tweeted over the weekend. “Thanks for the ways you fill my life with love 24/7, every damn day.”

See the final results of this week’s new music release poll below.

Russ Thyret, Former Warner Bros. Records Chairman/CEO, Dies at 76

Russ Thyret, a longtime executive at Warner Bros. Records who played a pivotal role in signing Prince to the label in the 1970s, died Friday (Feb. 12) after a long illness. He was 76.

During his 30-year stint with Warner Bros. Records, the only label he ever worked for, Thyret rose through the ranks of sales, marketing and promotions posts, eventually becoming the Burbank, Calif.-based company’s chairman/CEO from 1995 through 2001.

“Russ Thyret was a pivotal figure in the history of the Warner Music family,” a Warner Music Group spokesperson wrote in a statement. “He will be deeply missed by his extended Warner family, his many friends in and out of the business, and all those artists whose lives he touched so deeply.”

Thyret passed away at his home surrounded by family in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. Further details about his illness were not available.

Thyret started his career in the music industry by managing an independent retail store on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. He joined WEA Corporation in 1971 as a field sales representative in the company’s L.A. office, and by the mid ’70s was serving as the label’s VP and director of national promotion.

During his successful run at Warner Bros. Records, Thyret helped boost the careers of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, R.E.M., Depeche Mode and Madonna, among others. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment at the label was helping sign Prince in 1977. The major signing came after Thyret was given a demo by the 18-year-old Minnesota artist’s then-manager Owen Husney.

“Artists loved Russ, because he understood what made them tick, and the industry loved Russ, because his passion for the music drove everything he did,” the Warner Music spokesperson wrote.

Thyret was appointed chairman/CEO of Warner Bros. Records in 1995. His predecessor Mo Ostin called him “a total record man,” according to Warner Music’s statement. Thyret left the label in 2001 following the merger between Time Warner and AOL.

“When Russ left the company nearly two decades ago, he said, ‘My strongest ambition has always been to serve our artists well, and I leave hoping I’ve accomplished that … It will forever be a magical memory,” the Warner Music spokesperson added.

Thyret is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and son, Russ Thyret Jr.