Snoh Aalegra Delivers Spell-Binding Show at L.A.’s YouTube Theater

Fresh off two dates in San Francisco (June 1-2), Snoh Aalegra brought her “Ugh, These Temporary Highs” tour to Los Angeles Saturday night (June 4). And one fan’s hand-drawn sign sums it all up: “Love U Snoh” with a heart added for emphasis.

From the time Aalegra sashayed onstage until she walked off 70 minutes later, non-stop cheering, screaming, shout-outs (“It’s Snoh-ing!”; “She’s a bad—!”) and dancing ensued inside the packed venue. And in between, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter gave back just as good as she got. No costume changes, no background singers, no dancers. Just Aalegra backed by a tight band.

Dressed in a glittering bra top and matching thigh-length shorts accented by a short, white vinyl jacket and matching, curve-defining chaps — with her hair pulled back into a waist-long ponytail — Aalegra wasted no time in delivering what’s become her signature: music to sway to and feel by. She started the proceedings with an energizing take on “Situationship,” a single from her 2019 sophomore set Ugh, Those Feels Again. Seamless segues into more songs followed, such as “In Your Eyes” from latest album Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies (which earned a 2022 best R&B album Grammy nod) and hit single “Whoa,” which sparked the audience into dance mode.

The power behind her smoky, vulnerable yet hopeful vocals and insightful lyrics was fully displayed during her searing performance of “Lost You” (“I won’t hold the past against you”), also a 2022 Grammy nominee for best R&B performance. Among other crowd-pleasers chosen from the aforementioned albums were “We Don’t Have to Talk About It,” “Dying 4 Your Love” and “Love Like That” (which led into a reflective riff on the Bobby Caldwell classic “What You Won’t Do for Love”), as well as two tracks recorded with Tyler, the Creator: “Neon Peach” and “In the Moment.”

Primarily focusing on the music, Aalegra periodically thanked the audience for “sharing your energy with me.” She also showed her cheeky and contemplative sides. While introducing “Nothing to Me,” she told the audience, “I want to dedicate this next song to a few people. No, not to you. You don’t want this one dedicated to you … it’s to all the f—ers in the world. Are you with me?” Laying the foundation for the song “Violet Skies,” the now-L.A. resident referenced her Swedish upbringing and noted, “I encourage anyone who has a dream or vision to go for that s—. Here’s a letter to my younger self.”

Only when Aalegra returned to chants of “We want Snoh” was she joined by additional singers. A 10-member chorus of females and males dressed in black accompanied her on a rousing two-song encore: “Find Someone Like You” and “I Want You Around.”

Opening for Aalegra Saturday evening were fellow ARTium Recordings roster mates Ogi and Fana Hues. Spotted backstage prior to Aalegra’s show were ARTium head/Grammy-winning producer Dion “No I.D.” Wilson, Teyana Taylor, Vince Staples, Kevin Durant of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and actor/comedian Craig Robinson.

Aalegra wraps her “Ugh, These Temporary Highs” tour Sunday (June 5) with a second show at L.A.’s YouTube Theater. The Live Nation-produced outing launched March 21 in Detroit and visited markets such as Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

Alec John Such, Founding Member of Bon Jovi, Dies at 70

Alec John Such, bassist and an original member of Bon Jovi who was credited as bringing the band together, has died at 70, Bon Jovi announced on Sunday (June 5).

“Alec, you will be missed,” Bon Jovi posted on social media.

“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such,” the group’s statement said. “He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band. To be honest, we found our way to each other thru him – He was a childhood friend of Tico and brought Richie to see us perform. Alec was always wild and full of life. Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We’ll miss him dearly.”

Bon Jovi also posted a tribute video to Such, which featured memories of his years with the band. “We had so many great times together and I just love them to death, always will,” the bassist can be seen saying in a clip.

“RIP Alec” trended on Twitter on Sunday.

Such was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1951 and joined Bon Jovi in 1983, when the band formed in Sayreville, New Jersey. As manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, Such had booked Jon Bon Jovi’s earlier act, Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones, before becoming a part of the band.

Such was a member of Bon Jovi when they released the No. 1 albums Slippery When Wet (1986) and New Jersey (1988), both of which topped the Billboard 200. He remained with the group through 1994 and was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald.

He was one of the members of Bon Jovi inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Howard Stern in 2018. Such was inducted alongside Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Hugh McDonald, Richie Sambora and Tico Torres.

His cause of death has not been reported.

 

Trouble, Atlanta Rapper, Dies at 34

Trouble, the Atlanta rapper who collaborated with Drake and The Weeknd, has died. He was 34.

News of the rapper’s passing was confirmed in a social media post by Def Jam on Sunday (June 5). “Our thoughts and prayers are with the children, loved ones, and fans of Trouble,” the label wrote on Instagram. “A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represented. RIP Scoob.”

The cause of his Trouble’s death was not immediately known at press time. Billboard has reached out to his representatives for further information.

Following the rapper’s passing, tributes came pouring in from other members of the hip-hop community, including Mike Will Made-It, Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, Meek Mill, T.I. and Jermaine Dupri.

“HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO HAVE MET U LAUGH WIT U MAKE HISTORY WITH YOU AND GIVE U A REAL OPPORTUNITY YOU DESERVED , STILL 1 OF MY FAVORITE RAPPERS OUT THE CITY , REST EASY BROADIE,” Mike Will Made-It wrote on Instagram.

Trouble, whose real name was Mariel Semonte Orr, burst onto the hip-hop scene in 2011 with his December 17th mixtape through Duct Tape Entertainment. The music video for the project’s popular “Bussin” track sent chills down the spine of mainstream America, as the rapper exposed the horrors of Atlanta’s Zone 6.

Following a pair of jail stints from 2008-2011 and 2017-2018, Trouble signed a joint venture with Mike Will Made-It’s Ear Drummers Records and Interscope. He released his major-label debut Edgewood, in March 2018. The project featured appearances by Drake, The Weeknd, Quavo, Fetty Wap, Low Down Dirty Black, and others.

“My music goes to a personal level, Trouble told Billboard in 2018. “That’s all my life stories. A lot of times I don’t care if the n—a just came into the game smoking hot. I’m not going to jump on any n—a. I like to have a genuine relationship then we can do music.”

See more tributes to Trouble below.

This story is developing…

 

Harry Styles’ ‘Harry’s House’ Holds at No. 1 for Second Week on Billboard 200 Chart

Harry StylesHarry’s House holds atop the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 11) for a second week, following its debut at No. 1 a week ago. The set earned 160,500 equivalent album units (down 69%) in the U.S. in the week ending June 2, according to Luminate. It launched with 521,500 units.

Harry’s House is the first album to spend its first two weeks on the chart at No. 1 since Adele’s 30 spent its first six weeks atop the list (charts dated Dec. 4, 2021-Jan. 8, 2022).

Also in the new top 10, Def Leppard scores its eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with the debut of Diamond Star Halos.

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, compiled by Luminate. 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 June 11, 2022-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on June 7. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Harry’s House’s 160,500 equivalent album units earned, album sales comprise 56,500 (down 83%), SEA units comprise 102,500 (down 46%; equaling 134.36 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise 1,500 (down 33%).

Four former No. 1s are next up on the Billboard 200, as Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti is a non-mover at No. 2 with 141,500 equivalent album units (down 9%), Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is a non-mover at No. 3 with 89,500 units (down 7%), Future’s No. 1 I Never Liked You is stationary at No. 4 with 68,000 units (down 12%) and Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album rises 6-5 with 53,500 units (up 4%).

Following its release on vinyl, Doja Cat’s Planet Her jumps 12-6 with 41,500 equivalent album units (up 60%). It sold 16,500 copies on vinyl. (It debuted at its No. 2 high in 2021.) Zach Bryan’s American Heartbreak falls 5-7 in its second week with 40,500 units (down 43%) and Olivia Rodrigo’s former No. 1 Sour is stationary at No. 8 with 39,000 units (up 20%) following the release of deluxe one-year anniversary editions of the album. Jack Harlow’s Come Home the Kids Miss You dips 7-9 with 34,500 units (down 15%).

Def Leppard scores the Billboard 200’s highest debut as its latest studio effort, Diamond Star Halos, launches at No. 10 — scoring the rock band its eighth top 10 album. The set bows with 34,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 32,000; SEA units comprise 2,000 (equaling 2.7 million on-demand official streams of the album’s songs) and TEA units comprise less than 500 units.

Def Leppard notched its first top 10 on the Billboard 200 with Pyromania, which peaked at No. 2 in 1983. The act has since visited the top 10 with Hysteria (No. 1 for six weeks in 1988), Adrenalize (No. 1 for five weeks in 1992), Retro Active (No. 9; 1983), Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection (No. 10; 2005), Songs From the Sparkle Lounge (No. 5; 2008), a self-titled album (No. 10; 2015) and now Diamond Star Halos (No. 10).

Luminate, the independent data provider to the Billboard charts, completes an exhaustive and thorough review of all data submissions used in compiling the weekly chart rankings. Luminate reviews and authenticates data, removing any suspicious or unverifiable activity using established criteria before final chart calculations are made and published. In partnership with Billboard, data deemed suspicious and unverifiable is disqualified prior to the final calculation.

Shakira Reveals Her Dad Is Recovering From a ‘Bad Fall’ Amid Gerard Pique Split

Shakira revealed that her father suffered a “bad fall” amid news of her split from longtime partner Gerard Piqué.

The 45-year-old Colombian superstar wrote on Twitter Saturday (June 4) that her dad, William Mebarak Chadid, was in the hospital recovering from his injury.

“Guys, I’m getting a lot of messages of concern that I was seen in an ambulance in Barcelona recently,” Shakira captioned a photo of herself kissing her father’s bruised face. “I just wanted to let you know that those photos are from last weekend (the 28th), when my dad unfortunately had a bad fall and I accompanied him in an ambulance to the hospital where he is recovering now.”

The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer added, “Please do send all your best wishes his way and thank you all as always for all of your love & support.”

The pop star and Spanish soccer player, 35, confirmed earlier in the day that their 11-year relationship had come to an end.

“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the pair said in a statement released by Shakira’s public relations firm. “For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you for your understanding.”

Shakira and Piqué met while filming her music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which was the anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They share two children, Sasha and Milan.

See Shakira’s tweet below.

 

Kate Bush Reacts to Success of ‘Running Up That Hill’ in ‘Stranger Things’: ‘It’s All Really Exciting!’

Kate Bush is thrilled about the use of her classic 1985 song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” in the fourth season of Stranger Things.

In a rare public statement, the British art rock legend shared her excitement about renewed interest in “Running Up That Hill” after it was featured in the recently premiered season of the 1980s-set Netflix sci-fi series.

“You might’ve heard that the first part of the fantastic, gripping new series of ‘Stranger Things’ has recently been released on Netflix,” Bush wrote in a statement on her website. “It features the song, ‘Running Up That Hill’ which is being given a whole new lease of life by the young fans who love the show — I love it too!”

The singer-songwriter added, “Because of this, ‘Running Up That Hill’ is charting around the world and has entered the UK chart at No. 8. It’s all really exciting! Thanks very much to everyone who has supported the song. I wait with bated breath for the rest of the series in July.”

“Running Up That Hill,” the lead single to Bush’s 1985 album, Hounds of Love, soundtracks the story of Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink), still reeling from a family death, in the fourth season of Stranger Things, which premiered on May 27. Max plays the track on her Walkman in the first episode of the season, and the song serves as a recurring theme for the character leading up to a pivotal sequence in the fourth episode.

Last week, Billboard reported that “Running Up That Hill” had experienced a particularly overwhelming spike in streams on Spotify, with the song rising by 9,900% in U.S. plays from Thursday to Monday (May 30). Indeed, despite pulling in daily streams in the 20,000s as recently as May 26, “Running Up That Hill” has since netted millions of U.S. streams on a daily basis, according to Luminate — while also selling thousands of copies daily. It should all add up to the song debuting on a number of Billboard sales and streams charts (dated June 11) and potentially re-entering the all-genre, multi-metric Billboard Hot 100, as well.

Upon its 1985 release, “Running Up That Hill” became the highest-charting Hot 100 single of Bush’s career, reaching No. 30 on the tally. The song has been covered numerous times since its release, including a Placebo version in 2003 that was synched on The O.C., and a Meg Myers version in 2019 that topped Billboard’s Alternative Airplay chart. Per Spotify, Bush’s full catalog has seen a 1,600% uptick in global streams since the Stranger Things premiere.

Read Bush’s full statement on her website here.