Avicii’s Life and Music Remembered With Touching Google Doodle

The music and all-too-brief life of Avicii and is brought into focus by a new Google Doodle, which dominates the Google homepage today (Sept. 8) on what would have been his 32nd birthday.

An illustration of the Swedish EDM star, born Tim Bergling, switches out the Google logo in more than 46 countries.

Click through, and you’re taken on a scenic, animated tour of his life, soundtracked by his hit 2013 single “Wake Me Up,” featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc.

Doodle artist Alyssa Winans created the experience, an homage which compresses music, memories and mental health into a 90-second clip, and coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week.

The late producer, songwriter and DJ was at the head table of the EDM movement, his 2011 track “Levels” considered a cornerstone of the genre.

After a long struggle with mental health issues, Bergling took his own life in 2018, aged 28. In his memory and to help other youngsters, Tim’s father Klas and his mother Anki started the Tim Bergling Foundation, which advocates for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency.

“From producing hit songs that topped international charts to headlining festivals around the world,” reads a statement from Google, “Tim will forever be remembered as one of the pioneers and most influential visionaries of electronic dance music.”

Watch the Avicii Google Doodle below. And read more here.

Eddie Vedder Returns With ‘Long Way,’ Sets Solo Album ‘Earthling’

Eddie Vedder returns with a new solo single, the appropriately-named “Long Way.”

The track dropped at midnight, and is the first taste of Vedder’s forthcoming solo album Earthling, via Seattle Surf/Republic Records.

On “Long Way,” Vedder teamed with producer Andrew Watt for the first time. It’s a polished number which leans into country, and distills the spirit of a well-traveled songwriter. Think Springsteen or Tom Petty.

The single will also enjoy a special limited-edition release on 7” vinyl, featuring the soon-to-be-released B-side “The Haves.”

Vedder really has come a long way. Last month, Vedder and Pearl Jam celebrated the 30th anniversary of their seminal debut Ten, an album that turned the band into household names the world over.

The Hall of Famers’ most recent, 11th studio album, 2020’s Gigaton, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Vedder hasn’t slowed any. The rock legend collaborated with Glen Hansard on eight new works for the original soundtrack to Sean Penn’s new movie Flag Day, which dropped in August (also via Seattle Surf/Republic Records).

Vedder will get a chance to test “Long Way” on live audiences when he makes several festival appearances with Pearl Jam, including Sea.Hear.Now. Festival on Sept. 18; and Ohana Festival on Oct. 26 and again the following weekend. The rocker will also perform a solo set Sept. 25 at Ohana Festival.

Stream “Long Way” below.

Kylie Jenner Is Pregnant, Expecting Baby No. 2 With Travis Scott: Watch the Sweet Announcement

Double the joy! Kylie Jenner announced in a video shared on Instagram Tuesday (Sept. 7) that she and Travis Scott are expecting their second child together.

The minute-and-a-half video begins with a closeup on a pregnancy test that says “pregnant,” before moving on to a shot of Scott — who boasts four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 — hugging the Keeping Up With the Kardashian star around the belly.

The sweet video also shows the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Stormi, giving the reality star’s mother, Kris Jenner, an envelope. “Oh! What is this?” the matriarch exclaims as she flips through sonogram images before looking up in shock. “Are you pregnant?! Stormi! We’re going to have a baby! This is one of the happiest days of my life!”

The clip also features the lip kit mogul displaying her bare baby bump, with the video ending in an adorable shot of little Stormi kissing Kylie’s belly.

The reality star simply captioned the video with a silver heart and pregnant woman emoji, and tagged the “Franchise” rapper.

The 24-year-old’s sister Kourtney Kardashian, who is dating rocker Travis Barker, expressed her joy in the comments. “Crying this is so beautiful my blessed angel sister,” she gushed.

Scott and Jenner split in 2019 after nearly two years together, but sparked rumors of a reconciliation when they looked cozy together on the red carpet at the Parsons Benefit in June, where the rapper was being honored. During his acceptance speech, he reportedly said, “Stormi, I love you, and wifey, I love you.”

Watch the sweet pregnancy announcement video below:

Kid Cudi, Kehlani & More Remember Mac Miller on the 3rd Anniversary of His Death

Mac Miller is being remembered by Kid Cudi, Kehlani, Juicy J and more on the third anniversary of his death Tuesday (Sept. 7).

The rapper (real name Malcolm McCormick) passed away at age 26 on Sept. 7, 2018 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol, according to the toxicology report released by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. He was found dead in his San Fernando Valley, Calif. home. In 2019, three men were charged in connection to Miller’s death, and a Nov. 16 trial date has been set for the suspects, who have been in custody in L.A. since their respective arrests.

Cudi, who paid tribute to Miller during his 2019 Coachella performance of “Pursuit of Happiness,” wrote on Twitter, “always in my heart” while Kehlani added on her own account,” forever n ever.” Juicy J instructed his 2.7 million Twitter followers to pay their respects properly today. “Let’s smoke out & listen to Mac Miller all day,” he wrote.

Frequent collaborator Ty Dolla $ign — who recently featured Miller’s posthumous vocals on his and Dvsn’s Cheers to the Best Memories album highlight “I Believed It” — retweeted a post from the official The Mac Miller Memoir Twitter account that honored “the man who’s music inspired and saved a generation.”

See the all-star tributes from fellow artists and fans below.

Britney Spears’ Father Jamie Files Petition to End Conservatorship

Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday (Sept. 7) to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years.

James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court.

“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”

Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move.

There was no immediate reply to an email seeking comment from Britney Spears’ attorney.

James Spears had been the target of much of the anger surrounding the conservatorship from both his daughter and the public.

A petition from Britney Spears’ attorney to remove him was to be heard at the next hearing in the case on Sept. 29.

James Spears said in a filing on Aug. 12 that he was planning to step down as the conservator of her finances, but offered no timetable. He gave up his control over her life decisions in 2019, keeping only his role overseeing her money.

He has repeatedly said there is no justification for his removal, and he has acted only in his daughter’s best interest.

The conservatorship was established in 2008 when Britney Spears’ began to have very public mental struggles as media outlets obsessed over each moment, hordes of paparazzi aggressively followed her everywhere, and she lost custody of her children.

Tuesday’s filing cites how Britney Spears’ “impassioned plea” to end the legal arrangement in a June 23 speech in court gave a jolt to those who wanted to see her freed from it, quoting from the transcript of that afternoon.

“I just want my life back,” Britney Spears said. “And it’s been 13 years and it’s enough. It’s been a long time since I’ve owned my money. And it’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end without being tested.”

Tuesday’s filing notes that Spears said she did not know she could file a petition to end the conservatorship, which she has yet to do. It says that Penny’s decision to allow her to hire her own attorney, Mathew Rosengart, demonstrates that the court trusts her with major choices. And it says evidence shows she has apparently “demonstrated a level of independence” by doing things like driving herself around Southern California.

It also cites her desire to make her own decisions on therapy and other medical care.

Spears had said in her June 23 speech that she was being compelled under the conservatorship to take certain medications and to use an intrauterine device for birth control against her will.

James Spears called for a court investigation of these and other allegations, saying they were issues that were beyond his control because he had stepped down as conservator of his daughter’s person, handing the role off to court-appointed professional Jodi Montgomery.

Rosengart, Britney Spears’ new attorney, said when he was hired in July that he intended to help end the conservatorship, and questioned whether it needed to be established in the first place, though he had not yet filed to terminate it.

He said instead that his first priority was getting rid of James Spears, whom he challenged to resign on the spot in his first appearance before the court.

Rosengart filed for James Spears’ removal on July 26, alleging he had mismanaged his daughter’s money and affairs, and suggesting he had used the conservatorship for his own gain. The judge denied him an emergency hearing on the matter, saying it could be heard in due course in September.

The lawyer said he welcomed James Spears’ indication that he would eventually step down, but said that wouldn’t slow his efforts to remove him.

Spears gave the conservatorship’s initial existence credit for keeping her career afloat, though she has now put her work entirely on hold for more than two years.

Fans objecting to her circumstances and seeing what they believed were pleas for help in the pop star’s Instagram posts began calling online to #FreeBritney, and began appearing outside her court hearings to protest.

Famous names from Miley Cyrus to Britney Spears’ ex Justin Timberlake have joined the outcry in recent months, especially after Spears’ pair of passionate speeches to the court in June and July.

Penny, the judge with the ultimate power over the conservatorship, has not appeared inclined to end it before, but she has also never been presented with such a clear opportunity.

Checking in with Doja Cat: VMAs Host, Performer and 5-Time Nominee

“I know as much as you know,” Doja Cat tells Billboard cheekily while discussing her upcoming hosting gig at the 2021 MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12.

The Los Angeles native made headlines for her out-of-this-world mashup of “Say So” and “Like That” during the 2020 VMAs. Now, fans are eager to see what she has planned for her sophomore performance. Not only is the “Won’t Bite” singer hosting this year’s awards show for the first time, but she’s also nominated for five awards — including artist of the year and video of the year for the sexy, sci-fi visual behind “Kiss Me More.”

While the Planet Her star is keeping the details of her hosting duties a surprise (for now), she shares with us her excitement on gracing the VMAs stage for the second year in a row along with her thoughts on how she’s translating her relatable personality on the internet to live television.  

The 2021 MTV VMAs is is set to air live on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Billboard caught up with Doja Cat beforehand to talk about what it means to be hosting the VMAs and who she grew up watching perform.

What does it mean for you personally to host the VMAs? 

I am glad that people enjoy my personality enough to have me on the show and host. It’s beautiful. I don’t know what’s going to happen as far as my hosting debut. I still don’t know the little quirks of it all or the pieces that we will be doing, but I know that I’m excited and glad that they enjoy who I am.  

Your video for “Kiss Me More” is nominated for video of the year, and director Warren Fu has even captioned the clip on Instagram, “Everybody asking about our Asian male lead in the Doja Cat and Sza’s ‘Kiss Me More.'” Why do you think Alex Landi was the perfect person to star as your leading man in the visual?  

He is gorgeous, and he was a beautiful fit for that role. That’s pretty much it.  

Did you grow up watching the VMAs? 

Undeniably. We all did. It’s amazing to be part of it. I spent so much time on the internet when I was young — I’d watch the VMAs through clips of this, or YouTube videos of that. I’ve paid most attention to the artists themselves and what they brought to the stage.  

Can you mention any of those specific artists? 

Yeah, [Lady] Gaga was bringing something amazing every time. Janet Jackson. Britney [Spears] was doing something amazing every time. Nicki Minaj was always bringing something interesting and compelling. A lot of very, very good artists came up, and I grew up listening and watching them.  

People know and love your personality — especially when fans interact with you on TikTok. How are you translating that into hosting the VMAs on stage? 

I’m different live than I am in real life. Well, not really, kind of. When I’m alone and rambling to myself, then I am alone and rambling to myself. But if there are people around, if there’s stimuli around me, I’m responding to it. It will be different from me just being alone, but not too much. I’ll still be me, and I’m excited to find out what that is.