Fans Choose Drake’s ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

Drake‘s surprise album, Honestly, Nevermind, has topped this week’s new music poll.

Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (June 17) on Billboard, choosing the Toronto rapper’s seventh studio album as their favorite new music release of the past week.

Honestly, Nevermind brought in 43% of the vote, beating out new music by Chlöe Bailey (“Surprise”), John Legend featuring Muni Long (“Honey”), FKA Twigs (“Killer”), and Lil Baby featuring 42 Dugg and Veeze (“U-Digg”).

For his latest full-length project, Drake went against his usually well-calculated ways to announced Honestly, Nevermind just mere hours before it landed on streaming services Friday. The set arrives nine months after Certified Lover Boy, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in September 2021.

Drizzy elected to keep Honestly, Nevermind shorter than his typically overstuffed albums with a modest 14 songs. Those expecting a rap album were sadly mistaken, as the superstar rapper leans on the house music scene and bars are a rarity outside of a few tracks.

Placing second on the past week’s tally with nearly 19% of the vote was the “other” category, followed by Chlöe’s steamy new single “Surprise” with 16%. The R&B starlet has been working toward the release of her highly-anticipated debut solo album since last summer.

Finishing third with 10% of the vote was Legend’s sultry duet “Honey” with Long. Produced by Ryan Tedder, Steven Franks, Lindgren and Tommy Brown, the jazz-infused track finds the “All of Me” singer and Long taking one verse apiece to riff about how addictively sweet their respective lovers are over groovy, slow jam guitar strums. “Honey” will be featured on Legend’s forthcoming album of the same title.

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

 

Beyonce Comes Up Short at 2022 Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Beyoncé may well become an EGOT one day, but the “E” in that acronym isn’t coming easily. The superstar lost her first bid for a Daytime Emmy on Saturday (June 18) when the Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards were presented at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif.

“Talks with Mama Tina Theme Song,” which Beyoncé wrote for her mother Tina Knowles’ Talks with Mama Tina series on Facebook Watch, lost outstanding original song to “Grateful for It All” from the CBS daytime stalwart The Young and the Restless. Gaye Tolan Hatfield, Brad Hatfield and Jeff Meegan co-wrote the winning song.

While this was Beyoncé’s first Daytime Emmy nod, she has gone 0-7 at the Primetime Emmy Awards. She received four nominations for Homecoming, a Film by Beyoncé (2019); and one each for Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyoncé (2013), Beyonce/Jay Z On the Run (2015) and Lemonade (2016).

Beyoncé has won 28 Grammy Awards, and needs just three more to tie the all-time record for most Grammys won, long held by the late classical conductor Georg Solti.

Beyoncé received her first Oscar nomination earlier this year for co-writing “Be Alive” for King Richard.

In other news from the 2022 Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards, composer Tyler Strickland won outstanding music direction and composition for Cat People (Netflix).

The Kelly Clarkson Show won five awards (out of seven nominations) — art direction, lighting direction, sound mixing/editing, multiple camera editing, and technical team. It will compete in two more categories at the main Daytime Emmy ceremony, which will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday — best entertainment talk show and best entertainment talk show host (for Kelly Clarkson). The show won both awards last year.

Ellen DeGeneres won her 33rd Daytime Emmy — outstanding writing team for a daytime non-fiction series — for the final season of her long-running talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The award seemed like something of a consolation prize. This year marked the first time that her show wasn’t nominated for outstanding talk show — entertainment (or its predecessor category, outstanding talk show). This year’s nominees in that category were the same as last year’s, except DeGeneres’ program dropped out in favor of Hot Ones, a YouTube talk show in which celebrities are interviewed over a platter of increasingly spicy chicken wings.

The nature program Penguin Town won three awards, including best travel/adventure/nature program. Tied with two wins each were The Drew Barrymore Show, Shelter Me: Soul Awakened, You vs. Wild: Out Cold, and The Young and the Restless.

Other winners included Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo and Barefoot Contessa: Modern Comfort Food.

Neil Diamond Sings ‘Sweet Caroline’ With Broadway Veteran Will Swenson at Boston Red Sox Game

Neil Diamond made a rare public appearance during the Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Saturday (June 18) to sing one of his most popular anthems.

The 81-year-old music icon — who retired from touring in 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease — stepped out during the 8th inning of the Red Sox’s battle against the St. Louis Cardinals to deliver a rousing rendition of his 1969 hit “Sweet Caroline.” Diamond last performed at Fenway Park in 2013, just days after the Boston Marathon bombing. “Sweet Caroline” has been an 8th inning tradition at the ballpark since 1997.

Standing alongside him was Broadway veteran Will Swenson, who plays the lead role in A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical, which premieres at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre on Tuesday (June 21). The show is scheduled to hit Broadway this fall after its six-week run in Boston through July 31.

Diamond announced his retirement from the live stage in 2018 after canceling dates in Australia and New Zealand, citing his Parkinson’s diagnosis. “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come,” Diamond wrote on his website at the time. “This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”

Watch Diamond perform “Sweet Caroline” with Swenson at Boston’s Fenway Park below.