Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ Tops Billboard 200 Chart for Third Week

Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever stands at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third straight week. The set earned 60,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 19 (down 29%), according to MRC Data. The album opened atop the list two weeks ago.

It’s the second album of 2021 to spend its first three weeks at No. 1 (following Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album) and the first set by a woman to do so since Taylor Swift’s Folklore spent its first six weeks atop the list on the Aug. 8-Sept. 19, 2020 charts (of its eventual eight total nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1).

Happier now has as many weeks atop the chart as Eilish’s last album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The latter logged three individual nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, in 2019 (April 13-dated chart, its debut; May 4 and June 8).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Aug. 28, 2021-dated chart (where Happier Than Ever is No. 1 for a third week) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Aug. 24. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Happier Than Ever’s 60,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Aug. 19, SEA units comprise 36,000 (down 25%, equaling 49.6 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 23,000 (it’s the top-selling album of the week; down 35%) and TEA units comprise less than 1,000 (down 27%).

Notably, Happier’s third-week sum of 60,000 units is the lowest for a No. 1 album since the Jan. 16-dated chart (reflecting the traditionally sleepy post-New Year’s tracking week ending Jan. 7), when Taylor Swift’s Evermore spent its third nonconsecutive week at No. 1 with 56,000 units.

Doja Cat’s Planet Her rises 5-2 with 59,000 equivalent album units (up 6%). The set has remained in the top five for all of its eight chart weeks. It returns to its peak, first achieved when it debuted at No. 2 on the July 10-dated chart.

Three former No. 1s are next up on the Billboard 200, as Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour slips 2-3 (57,000 equivalent album units; down 6%), The Kid LAROI’s F*ck Love is a non-mover at No. 4 (52,000; down 7%) and Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album rises 6-5 (43,000; down 3%).

Dan + Shay arrive at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with the duo’s latest studio album, Good Things. It’s the fourth consecutive top 10 for the act – the entirety of their charting efforts. Good Things bows with 33,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 19,000 (equaling 25.6 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs), album sales comprise 12,000 and TEA units comprise 1,000.

Good Things contains a trio of top 10-charting hits on the Hot Country Songs chart: “10,000 Hours” (No. 1 for 21 weeks), with Justin Bieber; “I Should Probably Go to Bed” (No. 4) and “Glad You Exist” (No. 2 as of the most recently published chart dated Aug. 21). Both “10,000 Hours” and “Glad” also topped the weekly Country Airplay chart, while “I Should” topped out at No. 2.

Dan + Shay previously visited the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with their self-titled album (No. 6 in 2018), Obsessed (No. 8, 2016) and Where It All Began (No. 6, 2014).

Rap duo $uicideboy$ logs the act’s second top 10 and highest charting album, as Long Term Effects of Suffering starts at No. 7 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 26,000 (equaling 36.5 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), album sales comprise 6,000 and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. Long Term is the pair’s third charting effort, following Stop Staring at the Shadows (No. 30 in 2020) and I Want to Die in New Orleans (No. 9, 2018).

Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s former No. 1 The Voice of the Heroes is a non-mover at No. 8 with 28,000 equivalent album units earned (down 3%).

The Killers capture their seventh top 10 effort as their seventh studio album, Pressure Machine, debuts at No. 9 with 26,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 22,000, SEA units comprise 4,000 (equaling 5 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. All seven of the band’s studio albums have reached the top 10.

Pressure Machine was announced on July 19 and comes slightly less than a year after the band’s last studio effort, Imploding the Mirage, debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the Sept. 5, 2020-dated chart. (Pressure was released on Aug. 13, 2021; Imploding was released on Aug. 21, 2020.)

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia rounds out the Billboard 200’s top 10, as the set moves 9-10 with 26,000 equivalent album units earned (down 4%).

Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards Welcomes Baby With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards has given birth to her first child.

The singer welcomed her baby with partner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who’s a professional soccer player, on Saturday (Aug. 21).

“Welcome to the world baby 21/08/21,” Edwards announced on Sunday on Instagram, where she shared a sweet glimpse at the newborn’s tiny hands and feet with a pair of black-and-white photos.

Edwards first revealed her pregnancy in May, when she posted a belly picture on Instagram. The photo showed her baby bump and Oxlade-Chamberlain standing behind her.

“So happy to be on this wild journey with my soulmate,” she wrote at the time. “Me + Him = You. We can’t wait to meet you Baby Ox!”

Edwards also has a new release to look forward to, as Little Mix will be dropping a new album titled Between Us — featuring previous hits and some new songs — in November, in celebration of the group’s 10th anniversary.

See the first snapshots of Edwards’ baby on Instagram.

BLACKPINK’s Lisa Shares ‘Coming Soon’ Poster Ahead of Solo Debut

BLACKPINK’s Lisa is releasing solo music “soon,” and she delivered a visual teaser for fans this weekend.

On Sunday (Aug. 22), Lisa released a poster as a preview of what’s the come. The artwork features a blurry image of her in long, red high-heeled boots, with her hands clasped together.

“COMING SOON,” she wrote on Instagram, where she shared the poster.

“#LISA COMING SOON POSTER,” the group’s official Twitter account also tweeted.

Four weeks ago, Lisa uploaded a couple photos that appeared to be from the studio on her Instagram Stories. Her upcoming solo release was first confirmed in July.

See her teaser poster below.

Josephine Baker to Become First Black Woman to Enter France’s Pantheon

The remains of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker will be reinterred at the Pantheon monument in Paris, making the entertainer who is a World War II hero in France the first Black woman to get the country’s highest honor.

Le Parisien newspaper reported Sunday (Aug. 22) that French President Emmanuel Macron decided to organize a ceremony on Nov. 30 at the Paris monument, which houses the remains of scientist Marie Curie, French philosopher Voltaire, writer Victor Hugo and other French luminaries.

The presidential palace confirmed the newspaper’s report.

After her death in 1975, Baker was buried in Monaco, dressed in a French military uniform with the medals she received for her role as part of the French Resistance during the war.

Baker will be the fifth woman to be honored with a Pantheon burial and will also be the first entertainer honored.

Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, one of France’s most revered politicians, was buried at the Pantheon in 2018. The other women are two who fought with the French Resistance during World War II — Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz — and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Curie.

The monument also holds the remains of 72 men.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Baker became a megastar in the 1930s, especially in France, where she moved in 1925 as she was seeking to flee racism and segregation in the United States.

Baker quickly became famous for her “banana skirt” dance routines and wowed audiences at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and later at the Folies Bergere in Paris.

She became a French citizen after her marriage to industrialist Jean Lion in 1937.

During World War II, she joined the French Resistance. Amid other missions, she collected information from German officials she met at parties and carried messages hidden in her underwear to England and other countries, using her star status to justify her travels.

A civil rights activist, she took part in 1963 in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who made his “I Have A Dream” speech.

Fans Choose Shawn Mendes & Tainy’s ‘Summer of Love’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

Shawn Mendes and Tainy’s new collaboration “Summer of Love” has topped this week’s new music poll.

Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Aug. 20) on Billboard, choosing the smooth team-up between the Canadian pop superstar and Puerto Rican reggaeton megaproducer as their favorite new music release of the past week.

“Summer of Love” brought in nearly 27% of the vote this week, beating out new music by Trippie Redd (Trip at Knight), Lorde (Solar Power), Ed Sheeran (“Visiting Hours”), and Skrillex featuring Justin Bieber and Don Toliver (“Don’t Go”), among others.

Mendes revealed the “Summer of Love” song title earlier this month on his sweatshirt while he played a couple of guitar chords in a Twitter video captioned “sol,” meaning “sun” in Spanish. The pop star later previewed the bouncy single in another video of him driving in a convertible with the green mountains and sunset as his stunning backdrop.

His collab with Tainy — who was recently named Billboard’s top Latin producer of the 21st century — arrives a month after he hopped on the bilingual remix of “Kesi” with Camilo, which broke into the top 10 of on Billboard’s Latin Digital Song Sales chart.

Placing second on the past week’s tally with 22% of the vote was Trippie Redd’s fourth album, Trip at Knight, which features all-star collabs from Drake, Lil Durk and Juice WRLD, among others. And coming in third with 21% of the vote was Lorde’s third album, Solar Power.

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

Drake Seemingly Targets Kanye West on New Trippie Redd Song ‘Betrayal’: Listen

The longtime feud between Drake and Kanye West appears to have reignited.

On Saturday (Aug. 21), rapper Trippie Redd dropped his new track “Betrayal, which features a verse from Drizzy that seemingly take aim at 44-year-old Kanye.

“All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know/ 45, 44 (burned out), let it go/ Ye ain’t changin’ s— for me, it’s set in stone,” Drake raps on the song, which appears on the expanded version of Redd’s latest album, Trip at Knight.

Both Drake and West are in the process of releasing new albums. The Toronto MC’s long-delayed sixth album, Certified Lover Boy, is expected to arrive sometime this summer; and Ye’s upcoming 10th album, Donda, has been teased at large-scale listening events and is speculated to drop soon.

West’s long-term collaborator Consequence responded to Drake’s diss in a tweet on Saturday. “F— a betrayal. It’s the disrespect for me dawg,” the rapper wrote alongside a screenshot of the track’s lyrics. “Wit Trippie Redd shotgun. Respect my team. It’s party time.”

Kanye also seemingly responded to Drake’s latest on-record diss in a group text with other rappers, including Drizzy’s other hip-hop rival Pusha T. On Saturday, Ye reportedly posted and quickly deleted a screenshot of his group chat on Instagram, which featured a photo of actor Joaquin Phoenix in his full Joker movie makeup.

“I live for this. I’ve been f—ed with by nerd a– jock n—-s like you my whole life. You will never recover. I promise you,” Kanye wrote in the group text, which was screengrabbed by NME.

Hear Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal,” featuring Drake, below.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Reveals COVID-19 Battle: ‘I’m Vaccinated So I’m Not Worried’

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor revealed via social media that he is battling COVID-19 even though he is vaccinated.

“I wish I had better news,” said Taylor in a recorded video message on Facebook on Friday (Aug. 20). “I woke up today and tested positive and I’m very, very sick.”

Taylor clarified that he “will not be able to make it this weekend,” referring to the Astronomicon event in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “I am absolutely devastated,” the singer said. “I am so sorry. I hope everyone has a good time and I promise you, I will absolutely try to get back there as soon as I can.”

He continued, “I should be okay — it’s the flu. I’m vaccinated so I’m not worried but I certainly wouldn’t want to spread it to anyone else. So, everybody be safe out there. And thank you so much. I will see you again, I promise.”

Among other stars to recently share their COVID-19 diagnosis — who are also vaccinated — are actress and singer Hilary Duff, whose symptoms included headaches and a loss of taste and smell; actress Melissa Joan Hart, who had difficulty breathing; and actor Kevin Connolly, whose six-week-old daughter also contracted the virus.

View Taylor’s full message below.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.