Olivia Rodrigo, Architects Rule U.K. Charts

Olivia Rodrigo parks “Drivers License” (Interscope) at the U.K. chart summit for an eighth week while Architects win a nailbiting chart race as For Those That Wish To Exist (Epitaph) bows at No. 1 on the national albums survey.

Architects, the Brighton metalcore outfit, bag their first leader and first Top 10 entry with their ninth studio album.

For Those ends the week just 550 combined sales ahead of Maximo Park’s Nature Always Wins (Prolifica), which had led all albums at the halfway stage. Until now, Architects’ chart best was a No. 15 for 2016’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us.

Architects lead an all-new Top 5 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart as West London rapper Digga D earns a new career chart peak with Made In The Pyrex (CGM), new at No. 3. It’s the most streamed release of the week, the OCC reports.

Also, rock legend Alice Cooper sees his latest LP Detroit Stories (Ear Music) start at No. 4, his highest-charting effort since 1991’s Hey Stoopid, which also peaked at No. 4, while Lucy Spraggan’s sixth album Choices (Cooking Vinyl) starts at No. 5. It’s the British indie singer-songwriter’s highest-charting record to date.

The White Stripes’ just miss out on a fourth Top Ten as the Detroit rock pair’s career retrospective Greatest Hits starts at No. 12.

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Rodrigo’s keeps motoring with her global hit. It’s the most streamed song of the week, with 5.1 million plays, and it’s now ruled the weekly chart for two months.

Finally, Joel Corry, David Guetta and Raye bag this week’s highest new entry with their new club collaboration “BED” (Asylum/Perfect Havoc). It’s new at No. 20.

‘Speak Now’ Wins Critics Choice Award for Best Song, Muddying the Oscar Race

“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami… won the Critics Choice Award for best song on Sunday (March 7), muddying the Oscar race for best original song. “Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) won the Golden Globe in that category a week ago. “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga won the Society of Composers & Lyricists Award on March 2.

Sam Ashworth and Leslie Odom Jr. wrote “Speak Now.” Odom was also nominated for best supporting actor for his performance in the film, but lost to Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah. Ashworth was nominated for two Grammys last year, including song of the year for co-writing H.E.R.’s “Hard Place.”

Soul won the Critics Choice Award for best score. It also won the Golden Globe and the Society of Composers & Lyricists Award for outstanding original score for a studio film. In contrast to the wide-open race for best original song at the Oscars, Soul appears to be a solid front-runner for best original score. Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15. The awards will be presented on April 25.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste collaborated on the Soul score. This marks the first time a film scored by three composers has won in this category at the Critics Choice Awards.

Batiste is the first Black composer to win in the category, which was first presented in 1998.

The award marks Reznor and Ross’ second win the category. They first won a decade ago for The Social Network. Just three other composers — and no composing teams — have won multiple times in this category. John Williams leads with four wins, followed by Howard Shore with three and Justin Hurwitz also with two.

In the last 10 years, the winner of the Critics Choice Award for best score has gone on to win the Oscar seven times. In the same time frame, the Critics Choice winner for best song has gone on to win the Oscar six times.

Zendaya received the #SeeHer award. She was also a nominee for best actress for Malcolm & Marie, but lost to Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman. Zendaya has achieved her greatest success in film and TV, but she has also had recording success. Her 2013 debut album, Zendaya, reached No. 51 on the Billboard 200. She was featured on three tracks on The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which logged two weeks at No. 1 in January 2018. The album won a Grammy for best compilation soundtrack for visual media.

Hamilton (Disney +) won best movie made for television. The Broadway musical won a near-record 11 Tony Awards. The cast album won a Grammy for best musical theater album. Hamilton, of course, features Odom in his Tony-winning performance as Aaron Burr.

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix) tied for best comedy special with Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (Netflix). Seinfeld’s 23 Hours to Kill is nominated for a Grammy for best comedy album.

 

 

 

 

Gladys Knight Delivers Soul-Stirring National Anthem at 2021 NBA All-Star Game

A soulful national anthem, performed by Gladys Knight, kicked off the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday (March 7).

Knight, accompanied by an organist, delivered her take on the U.S. standard in front of the American flag for basketball’s big night, live from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her performance dazzled Twitter, with one person noting, “Gladys Knight just rarefied the National Anthem. Refined it and made it complex,” and another tweeting, “Gladys Knight done caught the holy ghost singing the national anthem.”

“Gladys Knight just be casually reminding folks she got the the voice,” another reaction read.

Also on the musical lineup for the night, Alessia Cara performed a smooth rendition of the Canadian national anthem, singing live remotely from Toronto.

The NBA honored HBCUs throughout the evening, with scheduled performances by the Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society Choir, the Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, the Florida A&M University Marching 100 and step teams from Spelman College and Morehouse College.

Below, watch Knight sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a clip that was posted on the official NBA Twitter account after the performance aired on TNT.