Iron Maiden Battles Drake For U.K. Chart Crown

Run to the hills, Iron Maiden is back. And they’re coming for the U.K. chart crown.

The British heavy metal legends lead the midweek U.K. chart with Senjutsu (Parlophone), and they’re all that stands in the way of an almost-certain chart double for Drake.

Iron Maiden’s 17th studio album is the market-leader on sales (physical and downloads), while Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic Records) is the U.K.’s top streaming album, for a No. 2 debut on the Official U.K. Chart Update.

In the first half of the cycle, 8,000 combined sales separate the two albums, according to the OCC.

Bruce Dickinson and Co. have five U.K. No. 1 albums from a 40-year career, with their latest two studio LPs Final Frontier (from 2010) and The Book of Souls (2015) going-back-to-back.

Meanwhile, Drake has three career U.K. No. 1 albums and, with CLB, he should snag his tenth Top 10.

Coming in at No. 3 on the albums chart blast is London rapper Little Simz’s Sometime I Might Be Introvert (Age 101), while Newcastle rockers The Wildhearts are set for a career high with 21st Century Love Songs (Graphite), new at No. 4 on the midweek chart.

Kanye West’s Donda (Def Jam) falls 1-5, as ABBA’s Gold (Polydor) is fueled by the Swedish pop greats’ comeback announcement and the release of two songs. The hits package lifts 12-6.

Further down the list, U.S. pop-rock outfit Imagine Dragons are flying to a fifth consecutive U.K. Top 10 album with Mercury – Act 1 (Interscope), new at No. 8 on the midweek survey, while Rudimental could grab a fourth stint in the top tier with Ground Control (Atlantic), arriving at No. 10.

Drizzy is chasing a seventh No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, with “Girls Want Girls” featuring Lil Baby taking pole position on the midweek chart, one of three Drake songs in the top four.

Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” (Asylum) slips to No. 2 and could lose its crown for the first time in 10 weeks.

All will be revealed when the Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Pose With Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty in New Photos

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, along with Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty — plus Minaj and Petty’s baby — all got together to hang out, which had their names trending on social media throughout the evening on Monday (Sept. 6).

“Love her downnnnnnn,” Minaj captioned a set of sweet group photos she shared on Instagram and Twitter.

And in a cute selfie video clip of Rihanna and Minaj posing for the camera that was also posted, Rihanna can be heard chiming in with “Caribbean things, you know what I’m saying?”

It was unclear when the photos and video were taken, or what the occasion was. But they appeared to be enjoying each other’s company, and people couldn’t stop tweeting about their hangout session.

Some fans especially loved baby seeing “Papa Bear” — as Minaj has affectionately called him — and the expression on his face while seated between two superstars.

“imagine having nicki minaj as your momma and rihanna as a auntie,” one person pointed out in their tweet.

Check out their pictures together on Instagram, and watch their video clip below.

BTS Brings Smooth ‘Butter’ to BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge: Watch

BTS looked prep-school cool for their smooth, just-released performance of “Butter” at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.

The never-before-seen clip, which BBC Radio 1 saved for September’s Live Lounge Month, made its debut on Monday (Sept. 6).

The BTS ARMY enjoyed the musical treat to start the week. The top comment on YouTube summed up their reaction: “BTS vibing to their own songs is everything. I can literally watch this on repeat.”

For the Live Lounge, BTS also sang “Dynamite” (in the same outfits that they wore for “Butter”), “Permission to Dance” and a cover of Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’ “I’ll Be Missing You”; those performances were already released in July. (Watch them here.)

Check out BTS’ latest “Butter” performance below.

Janet Jackson Shares First Look at ‘JANET’ Documentary: Watch

The first teaser for Janet Jackson’s upcoming documentary, JANET, is here.

Jackson posted a one-minute trailer for JANET on social media Monday (Sept. 6).

“Hey u guys. Excited to share the first teaser of my new documentary with u,” she wrote.

In the clip for the two-night, four-hour documentary that’s set to air on A&E and Lifetime in January 2022, Jackson says: “This is my story, told by me, not through someone else’s eyes.”

“This is the truth — take it or leave it. Love it or hate it. This is me,” she adds.

It was previously announced that JANET would include exclusive archival footage, home videos and celebrity interviews.

Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul and more make brief appearances in the trailer, which promises that the doc will feature unseen personal footage.

Ben Hirsh directed JANET, with Workerbee producing for Lifetime and A&E and Associated Entertainment Corporation co-producing. Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson are executive producers on the project, while Rick Murray is credited as the executive producer for Workerbee and Brie Miranda Bryant is serving as executive producer for A+E Networks.

Watch the JANET trailer below.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Debuts Terrifying New Mask at Band’s First Show in Over a Year

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor debuted a frightening new mask at Rocklahoma 2021 in Pryor, Okla., on Saturday (Sept. 4).

Slipknot’s appearance at Rocklahoma marked the rock band’s first live show since performing at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, in February 2020.

“Good to be back. Thank you, @rocklahoma,” Slipknot captioned a photo on Instagram showing the skeleton-like mask.

The annual three-day Rocklahoma launched Friday with other performances by Rob Zombie, HalestormMastodon, Steel Panther, Andrew W.K., Puddle of Mudd, and others.

In May, Taylor gave fans a teaser of what to expect from his latest creepy mask during an interview with Des Moines, Iowa’s LAZER 103.3.

“The mask has been a part of us forever,” the singer told the radio station. “The mask is king. And for us, especially people like me and Clown and the guys in the band that really allow those masks to evolve, it’s important for it to be a reflection of who we are in that music. And I can tell you that the mask I’m working on is very disturbing.”

He added, “It’s gonna be hard to look at. And it’ll probably be my favorite mask that I’ve ever put together. It’s little bits and pieces of things that have intrigued me, of masks that I’ve had in the past. And it’s gonna have a devil-may-care kind of terror to it, let’s put it that way.”

Last month, Taylor revealed he was battling COVID-19 even after being vaccinated. “I woke up today and tested positive and I’m very, very sick,” he said in a video posted Aug. 20 on Facebook.

Check out Taylor’s scary new mask on Rocklahoma’s Twitter account below.

Hundreds Wait to Pay Respects to Greek Composer Mikis Theodorakis

Hundreds of people gathered Monday (Sept. 6) outside Athens Cathedral to pay their final respects to Greek composer and politician Mikis Theodorakis, who is to lie in state in a chapel for three days ahead of his burial on the southern island of Crete.

Theodorakis’ body arrived at a chapel with a nearly two-hour delay amid a dispute over burial details. About 500 people, some holding flowers, came to honor a composer who was an integral part of the Greek political and musical scene for decades.

A dispute over where he will be buried appeared to be resolved over the weekend. His family reportedly lifted objections to him being buried on Crete in accordance with his last wishes.

A court had temporarily halted burial plans pending resolution of the dispute. Greece’s national broadcaster said a final decision on details of the burial is expected Tuesday morning.

Theodorakis died on Sept. 2 at 96. His daughter had said he would be buried near Corinth in the village of Vrahati, where he maintained a holiday home.

But a letter Theodorakis had written to the mayor of the town of Chania in Crete in 2013 was made public, in which the composer said he wanted to be buried in the nearby cemetery of Galatas, despite his family’s disagreement.

Theodorakis was as well-known in Greece for his political activism as for his musical career. He penned a wide range of work, from somber symphonies to popular television and film scores, including for Serpico and Zorba the Greek.

He is also remembered for his opposition to the military junta that ruled Greece from 1967-1974, a time during which he was persecuted and jailed, and his music outlawed.

Greece’s Communist Party said over the weekend that Theodorakis’ body will lie in state beginning Monday, and a “farewell ceremony” will be held Wednesday, before the late composer is flown to Crete. The church service and burial will be on Thursday.

Theodorakis had a tumultuous relationship with the Communist Party, known by its Greek acronym KKE, leaving it in the late 1960s, rejoining in the late 1970s and getting elected as a lawmaker with the conservative New Democracy party in 1990.

But he wrote a letter in October to Communist Party Secretary-General Dimitris Koutsoumbas, essentially entrusting him with the funeral arrangements.

“Now, at the end of my life, at the time of taking stock, details are erased from my mind and the ‘Big Things’ remain. So, I see that I spent my most crucial, forceful and mature years under KKE’s banner. For this reason, I want to depart this world as a communist,” Theodorakis wrote.

Cardi B and Offset Welcome Baby Boy, Their Second Child Together: ‘He Is Already Loved So Much’

It’s a boy! Congratulations are in order for Cardi B and Offset, who welcomed their second child together on Saturday (Sept. 4).

The 28-year-old “I Like It” rapper took to Instagram on Monday to share a sweet family photo of her new bundle of joy. In the snapshot, Cardi and Offset are sitting under a Louis Vuitton blanket in a hospital bed as they proudly gaze at their newborn.

“9/4/21,” Cardi captioned the adorable pic, adding a blue heart emoji.

“We are so overjoyed to finally meet our son,” the couple said in a statement provided by Cardi’s representatives. “He is already loved so much by family and friends and we can’t wait to introduce him to his other siblings.”

Offset also celebrated the occasion by sharing a shirtless photo of himself embracing the child while lying on a hospital cot next to Cardi.

“Chapter 5,” he captioned the sweet picture on Instagram, a reference to this being his fifth child.

Cardi and Offset are already parents to their 3-year-old daughter Kulture, who was born on July 10, 2018. Offset is also the father to three other children from previous relationships.

In late June, Cardi revealed her pregnancy at the 2021 BET Awards while onstage with Migos during their performance. The announcement, broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, was the second time she used live television to confirm her pregnancy. When Kulture was on the way, the rapper debuted her baby bump on Saturday Night Live.

Check out Cardi B’s birth announcement on Instagram here.