Mariah Carey’s COVID-19 Vaccine Has Her Hitting a High Note

Mariah Carey brought her fans with her to get the COVID-19 vaccine — virtually, of course.

The singer filmed herself getting her first dose of the vaccine, and her reaction to the shot turned out to be quite the musical moment.

“Vaccine side effect: G6,” she quipped in a caption for Saturday night’s (April 3) social media clip, which shows her talking to the camera as she waits, “excited and nervous a little,” for the COVID-19 vaccine to be administered. As the needle goes in, a Mariah high note comes out.

“Here we are, all the way from that first post washing my hands with Roc and Roe in New York, trying to encourage people to really be safe,” Carey noted. “You know, we’re still in this battle together.”

“Here we are, hoping for the best, encouraging you guys to do it when you can,” she added.

Experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine with Mariah in the video below.

Morris ‘B.B.’ Dickerson, Founding Member of War, Dies at 71

Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, a founding member of the band War, has died at the age of 71.

B.B. Dickerson, bassist and vocalist for the funk rock band, passed away peacefully at a Long Beach, Calif., hospital on Friday (April 2) after a long, undisclosed illness, a representative confirms to Billboard.

Dickerson, who was born in 1949 in Torrance, Calif., and got his start on the bass guitar at the age of 12, helped develop War’s signature sound co-writing and playing on tunes like “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider,” “Summer” and more.

He also sang for the band, and his lead vocal can be heard on War’s hit “The World Is a Ghetto.”

War peaked on the Billboard charts in 1973 with the album The World Is a Ghetto (which went to No. 1) and the single “The Cisco Kid” (No. 2).

Before forming War, Dickerson had performed in a group called The Creators along with his uncle Howard E. Scott. The Creators split during the Vietnam War, and while Dickerson was away in Hawaii, his uncle played with a band that became known as The Nightshift. Dickerson joined them upon his return. That group eventually morphed into the original lineup of War with Eric Burdon, with the track “Spill the Wine” launching War’s career.

Notably, Dickerson was onstage in London in 1970 when Jimi Hendrix joined War for what would end up being his last public performance before he died.

Dickerson is survived by his mother, his uncle and his children.

Donations in his name can be made to MusiCares.

Chance the Rapper, Ja Rule, Missy Elliott & More Pray for DMX Amid Hospitalization

Artists are sending prayers DMX’s way after the rapper was admitted to a New York hospital following a reported drug overdose.

“DMX prayed over me once and I could feel his anointing. I’m praying for his full recovery,” Chance the Rapper wrote on Twitter Saturday (April 3).

“Prayers up for my brother DMX,” Ja Rule tweeted.

“Prayers for DMX and his family,” Missy Elliott echoed.

On Saturday, DMX’s representatives confirmed to Billboard that the rapper is currently hospitalized, and as of Saturday night, DMX is on life support, reps said.

TMZ had reported earlier that DMX experienced a heart attack triggered by the overdose, with one source saying he had “some brain activity” and another source saying that he as in a “vegetative state.”

“Come on X plzzzz,” Lil Kim wrote to the MC upon hearing the reports. “We need you. Prayers all the way up for you bro.”

“I love DMX SO MUCH,” said SZA. “praying hard for the king.”

“Today is 4/3/21 – it’s only right that we celebrate the talent and genius of my brother @DMX on the 4,3,2,1 song. We Love you X get well fast,” LL Cool J wrote about the rapper, whose long-running career has seen five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and 15 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

See a roundup of messages and well wishes for DMX below.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article reported an update from reps that DMX was breathing on his own and not currently in need of life support. However, it was later communicated to Billboard that DMX is still on life support as of Saturday night (April 3).

How to Watch the 2021 SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are coming up this weekend, and will look a bit different than in years past.

The pre-taped, one-hour event will air on Sunday (April 4) at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on TNT and TBS. An encore will broadcast on TNT at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. For online viewers, both channels are available to stream live on Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV and FuboTV.

The SAG Awards won’t have a host this year, nor the usual banquet and red carpet event. However, the celebration will highlight the show’s signature “I Am An Actor” stories through funny and intimate docuseries-inspired interviews, which will be woven throughout the telecast. The show will also announce winners in 13 categories.

The late Chadwick Boseman earned four nominations for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, tying Jamie Foxx (2005) and Maggie Smith (2013) for the most nods in one year.

The Crown also gained a number of nominations for its actors, as did Ozark and The Queen’s Gambit.

Alabama Shakes Drummer Says He’s Innocent of Abuse Charge

The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes says he is innocent of child abuse charges filed against him, his lawyer said Friday.

Steven William Johnson, 35, was arrested last week after being indicted on charges of abuse of a child.

“Steve Johnson maintains his innocence on all of these allegations. And that’s what they are, allegations,” his attorney Nick Lough told The Associated Press.

The indictment listed no particulars about the charge beyond the criminal statute definition of child abuse to “willfully torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat or otherwise willfully maltreat” a child under the age of 18 years.

His attorneys have filed a court motion seeking more information about the accusation. Lough said they have reason to believe the charge may involve what he described as a “spanking” incident.

Court records show that in 2019 a criminal complaint was filed against Johnson accusing him of hitting his son with a belt causing bruises on his buttocks and thighs. The case was later dismissed.

The latest indictment was returned in October. However, Lough said the arrest this month came days after Johnson had his parental visitation rights restored in court.

An arraignment date is set for April 7.

Johnson previously pleaded guilty in March 2020 to violating a domestic violence protection order in Limestone County. He received a suspended sentence of a year in jail, with 24 months on probation.

The Athens, Alabama-based band has been on hiatus since 2018, when lead singer Brittany Howard decided to focus on her solo project.

Taylor Swift Reveals ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ Collabs With Keith Urban: See the Full Track List

Taylor Swift has shared the full track list for Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

The 31-year-old pop superstar took to social media on Saturday (April 3) to unveil all 27 tracks featured on the re-recorded version of her 2008 blockbuster album, Fearless, including two collaborations with Keith Urban.

“I’m really honored that @keithurban is a part of this project, duetting on That’s When and singing harmonies on We Were Happy,” Swift captioned the track list on Twitter. “I was his opening act during the Fearless album era and his music has inspired me endlessly.”

She added, “I’m counting down the minutes til we can all jump into this brave world together, filled with equal parts nostalgia and brand newness. Head first, Fearless.”

Urban might be one of the biggest Swifties out there, calling the “Lover” title track from her 2019 album “so exquisitely written” and “so gorgeously crafted.” He later told Billboard at the 2020 Grammy Awards that he considers Swift to be “one of the greatest songwriters period.”

Swift’s forthcoming album includes re-recordings of the original Fearless songs, along with six never-before-released “From the Vault” songs, including “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” “Don’t You” and “Bye Bye Baby.” In late March, she released “You All Over Me (From the Vault)” featuring Maren Morris.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is scheduled for release on April 9.

On Friday, the singer challenged Swifties to decode the new song titles with a video clip full of Easter eggs. “The vault door is about to be as unhinged as you’ll think I am after you watch this video,” she tweeted. “Level: Expert. Happy decoding!”

Swift announced her intention to re-record her first six albums — released between 2006 and 2017 by Big Machine Label Group — in 2019, following the acquisition of her master recordings by Scooter Braun. Swift had tried to buy back her masters for years prior to the sale, and began re-recording her back catalog last November.

“It’s going to be fun, because it’ll feel like regaining a freedom and taking back what’s mine,” Swift told Billboard in 2019 of rerecording her catalog. “When I created [these songs], I didn’t know what they would grow up to be. Going back in and knowing that it meant something to people is actually a really beautiful way to celebrate what the fans have done for my music.”

Fearless was Swift’s first album to top the Billboard 200 chart, spending 11 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. The album also earned Swift her first Grammy Awards, including album of the year; she later won the same award with 2014’s 1989, and took home her third album of the year trophy in March with Folklore.

Check out Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) track list announcement below.

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (April 3)

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.

Juanes Teams Up With Berklee Visiting Artist Series

Juanes is the latest artist to make a special appearance for Berklee’s Visiting Artist series. During the virtual event, the Colombian star talked to students about his creative process, music’s power to change the world and more. Juanes also spoke about the four-year Prodigy Scholarship that he is financing to fund a student’s bachelor’s degree in music at Berklee School of Music starting in Fall 2021. Applications to the scholarship are still being accepted.

Previous guests have included T-Pain, Julia Michaels, Tank and the Bangas, Adrianne Lenker, Michael Franti, and others. Read more about Juanes’ virtual visit here.

Alejandro Fernández’s special award

Alejandro Fernández is set to receive the Icon Award during the sixth edition of the Latin American Music Awards, Telemundo has announced. The Icon Award is given to an artist who interprets our life in their songs, forms an important part of Latin America’s history, and is considered a musical hero whose name exceeds all generations, according to statement by Telemundo.

The Jalisco-born star will also perform at this year’s Latin AMAs, which will take place April 15 and will be broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Fernández joins the previously-announced star-studded lineup that includes Maluma, Banda MS, Camilo, Eslabon Armado and Karol G, among others.

Billions of views for Ozuna and Manuel Turizo

Ozuna and Manuel Turizo have entered YouTube’s Billion Views Club with their 2018 hit “Vaina Loca.” On Wednesday (March 31), the video platform announced that Ozuna and Turizo’s collaboration crossed the 1 billion views mark almost three years after its launch.

This becomes Ozuna’s “ninth entry in the Billion Views Club as a lead, featured artist or collaborator — putting the Puerto Rican artist one entry behind J Balvin,” highlights an official statement from YouTube.

COVID-19 vaccination experience

Latin artists such as Elvis CrespoEmilio Estefan Jr. and José Luis Rodríguez “El Puma” have taken to social media to share their COVID-19 vaccination experience with their millions of followers.

Estefan was among the first to get vaccinated right before entering 2021 and, most recently, it was merengue star Crespo who shared the vaccination process where he sang a re-imagined version of his hit song “Suavemente.” As he pulled up to get the vaccine, he told the nurse, “Suavemente, puyame … que no me duela, que no me duela (gently, poke me, I hope it doesn’t hurt me).”

See his Instagram post here.

Midem Goes Digital & Free

Following its successful Latin American Forum, Midem has announced its plans to go fully digital. Billed as the leading international business event for the music ecosystem, the event plans to return to Cannes in June 2022. Free to access, the 2021 edition will be available online on the Midem Digital platform, where it offers its more than 12,000 members year-around access to resources, networking and educational content, to name a few.

“Since the pandemic hit us all, we’ve taken our role in keeping the worldwide community connected, informed, engaged and looking forward together, extremely seriously,” Midem director Alexandre Deniot said in a statement. “Midem Digital has allowed us to be here, daily, throughout the year to help us all better understand the new context in which we find ourselves and to navigate our new landscape.”