Jimmy Barnes Beats Drake to Australian Chart Crown

Jimmy Barnes extends his record on Australia’s albums chart with Soul Deep 30 (via Bloodlines/Universal), new at No. 1, while Japanese-Australian artist Joji lifts 3-1 on the singles survey with “Glimpse of Us” (Warner).

Soul Deep 30 is a 30th anniversary celebration of Barnes’ fifth studio album, Soul Deep, which topped the ARIA Chart back in 1991 and scored the Aussie rock legend the best male artist and highest-selling album honors at the 1992 ARIA Awards.

With its best-selling debut, Soul Deep 30 gives the former Cold Chisel frontman a record 14 No. 1s in Australia.

Barnes, an icon in these parts who was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame with Cold Chisel in 1993 and again as a solo artist in 2005, dedicated his latest leader to Bloodlines managing director Warren Costello, who died May 29 at the age of 64.

“I’d like to pay particular tribute to Warren Costello from my record company who passed away recently,” he explains. “Waz was a huge part of my entire solo career alongside our great friend Michael Gudinski and Soul Deep 30 was our final collaboration. He always loved a No. 1 record, as did MG, so I really hope they both get to hear this news. I’d also like to thank Matt, Dean and the rest of the Bloodlines team for all the heartfelt work they’ve put into this album and tour.”

Drake has to settle with second-best with Honestly, Nevermind (Universal), which starts at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The new set arrives just nine months after Certified Lover Boy debuted at No. 1.

Further down the list, the Living End frontman Chris Cheney bows at No. 8 with his solo debut, The Storm Before The Calm (Liberation/Universal).

Over on the ARIA Singles ChartJoji earns a first No. 1 with “Glimpse of Us” for an all-Australian chart double. Joji now completes his own chart double: his sophomore LP Nectar from 2020 blasted to No. 1 on the national albums survey.

“In such a hotly-contested field of releases and incredible global artists, I’m thrilled to see an Aussie legend like Barnesy and an emerging artist as exciting as Joji receive the top honors,” comments ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd. “It’s just another example of the breadth, depth and enormous potential of Australian music. From everyone at ARIA, a huge congratulations to both artists.”

The highest new entry belongs to Drake, as his Honestly, Nevermind track “Jimmy Cooks” featuring 21 Savage enters at No. 4.

Travis Barker’s Son Landon Joins Machine Gun Kelly Onstage at Madison Square Garden for ‘Die in California’

Over halfway into his sold-out, headlining show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night (June 28), Machine Gun Kelly welcomed a close friend and collaborator to the stage: Landon Barker.

Just hours prior, news broke that Travis Barker — Landon’s dad — was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for a yet-unknown medical emergency, as first reported by TMZ.

MGK and Landon Barker performed their collaboration “Die in California,” included on the former’s second Billboard 200 No. 1 album Mainstream Sellout, which was released in March. His 2020 album, Tickets to My Downfall, was his first No. 1 album and first rock album. Barker produced and played on both projects.

While neither MGK nor Landon addressed the news, Landon’s sister Alabama shared an Instagram story which simply stated, alongside a teary-eyed emoji: “Please send your prayers.”

Also at the MSG show, Kelly played “God Save Me” from Mainstream Sellout, whose title Travis Barker had tweeted earlier in the day, with many news outlets assuming he was referencing his undisclosed medical issues.

On Tuesday evening, TMZ shared photos of the Blink-182 drummer being taken into an ambulance on a stretcher with Kardashian by his side. According to the site, before Barker was transferred to Cedars, he and Kardashian went to West Hills Hospital in L.A. to check out the health issue.

Billboard has reached out to reps for Barker and his wife, Kourtney Kardashian, for more details and hadn’t heard back at press time.

Machine Gun Kelly’s tour continues Friday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kate Bush Reclaims Top Spot on U.K. Chart With ‘Running Up That Hill’

Kate Bush hasn’t finished her phenomenal chart run in the U.K.

The iconic English singer’s “Running Up That Hill” (Fish People) crosses the finish line in first place for a second consecutive week, thanks in part to its sync in season four of Netflix’s Stranger Things.

“Running Up That Hill” racks up 79,000 chart units during the latest cycle, including 8.7 million streams, to retain the crown.

Bush’s 1985 release took 37 years to reach the summit of the Official U.K. Singles Chart, a feat that wiped out several records.

Its creator made a rare public appearance last week for an interview with the BBC. Bush, we learned, still knows the song by its original name, “A Deal With God,” and she’s thrilled to see her music connecting with younger audiences.

“Running Up That Hill,” lifted from the Hounds of Love album, should stay on track for another strong result when the chart is published this Friday. That’s because a new trailer for the second half of season four the s features a different cut of the song, the OCC notes.

The highest new release on the latest singles chart belong to Drake and his surprise album release, Honestly, Nevermind (OVO/Republic Records). The LP’s final track, “Jimmy Cooks” featuring 21 Savage, is its highest flyer at No. 7, while “Massive” bows at No. 8 and “Falling Back” lands at 10.

Drake can now boast 34 U.K. Top 10 appearances.

Also new to the latest U.K. chart is Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” (Columbia), lifted from her forthcoming album Renaissance. It arrives at No. 21 following its surprise release last Tuesday (June 21). “Break My Soul” is Beyonce’s 36th U.K. Top 40 appearance, and her first since 2017’s Eminem collaboration “Walk On Water.” Renaissance is due out July 29.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles denies Drake the U.K. albums chart crown as Harry’s House (Columbia) returns to the summit, 2-1.

Drake’s Honestly, Nevermind is new at No. 2 for his 11th U.K. Top 10 spot.

Close behind is Foals, whose latest effort Life Is Yours (Warner Records) starts at No. 3. It’s the British rock band’s seventh studio album and seventh appearance in the Top 10.

Foals had led the midweek U.K. chart, by a margin of some 6,000 combined sales ahead of Drake.

SpotemGottem Arrested in Miami After Fleeing Police on Jet Ski

Jacksonville rapper SpotemGottem was arrested in Miami, Fla., over the weekend, according to NBC South Florida.

Police tried to pull over the 20-year-old rapper (real name Nehemiah Harden) while he was speeding on a jet ski near Miami Marine Stadium, but SpotemGottem went on to flee from authorities on the motor vehicle after police turned their sirens on, according to the local news outlet.

When police caught up to him, the artist was then arrested on charges including reckless operation of a boat, fleeing police, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault.

“This is an unfortunate situation. My client was on a jet ski. He wasn’t placing anyone in harm, so for him to be in jail overnight is unfair treatment of him,” SpotemGottem’s defense attorney told NBC South Florida.

The rapper was previously arrested for felony gun charges in Aventura, Fla., in July 2021, after authorities reportedly found him lying in bed next to an AK-47. At the time, there was a warrant for his arrest in connection to an incident in Miami Beach, during which he allegedly pulled a gun on a parking garage attendant.

In September, he was hospitalized after he was a victim in a drive-by shooting while leaving his studio, according to Complex.

SpotemGottem released his fan-favorite track “Beat Box” in 2020. The track peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ashley McBryde to Take ‘A Few Weeks’ Off the Road Due to Personal Reasons

Ashley McBryde is taking some time away from the road for a few weeks due to personal reasons, her team shared Tuesday (June 28) via McBryde’s official Facebook page.

“Thank you for all the well wishes. For personal reasons, Ashley will not be performing for a few weeks,” the statement reads. “We will share more details regarding when she will be back on the road as soon as they become available. She wants you to know that she loves you all and misses you and will be back soon stronger than ever! — Team Ashley”

McBryde played CMA Fest in Nashville a few weeks ago and performed “Love Is Alive” during the public memorial for the late Naomi Judd in May. According to McBryde’s official site, the singer-songwriter’s next show is set for July 14 in Charleston, South Carolina, as part of Dierks Bentley’s Beers on Me Tour, with additional shows throughout the United States and Canada. McBryde’s tour dates also list an upcoming performance as part of the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Mich., in late July

Last September, McBryde was forced to postpone a few concerts after sustaining injuries in a horseback riding accident in Montana. According to a detailed account from McBryde, she fell off a horse and landed on her head, resulting in a concussion and the need for stitches. At the time, McBryde postponed shows as she was “not able to walk without assistance.”

Last year, McBryde released the EP Never Will: Live From a Distance, which followed her 2020 acclaimed album, Never Will. In May, she earned her first No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart with the Carly Pearce collaboration “Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” which appeared on Pearce’s 2021 album 29: Written in Stone.

Recording Academy Issues Invitations to Over 2,000 New Voting Members

The Recording Academy invited more than 2,000 people to become voting members and more than 600 additional people to become professional (non-voting) members. The invitations were extended on Tuesday (June 28).

The Academy has been aggressive in recent years about expanding and diversifying its membership. It currently has more than 12,000 voting members and more than 3,000 professional (non-voting) members.

Kelley Purcell, the Academy’s vp of membership & industry relations, and Ashley Thomas, director of member and outreach systems, recorded a welcome video that was posted on the Academy’s social channels on Tuesday. The video featured comments from three new members, Monogem, Kalen Kelly and Kameron Glasper.

In the video, Thomas reported that 56% of the total 2,700 invitees are from “underrepresented communities.” She further said that the new invitees show “equality and equity” between men and women — “continuing our commitment to creating a more welcoming and safe environment for all individuals across the industry.” She noted that the new member invitees represent more than 13 different crafts and 22 different genres.

In the video, Purcell said, “Our new members symbolize the future of the Academy and represent the direction we are headed in as an organization and the music community at large. Their new ideas, recommendations and observations help us drive positive progress as we continue our evolution.”

Those invited have until July 12 to accept their invitations if they are to vote for the 65th annual Grammy Awards.

Viewers can tune in to the following member activations across the Academy’s social channels, which discuss the importance of community and membership at the Academy:

    • Instagram Live: (can be viewed at the link)
      • Participants: Morgxn and Gata. Moderated by Janette Becerra, Recording Academy membership manager.
    • Twitter Spaces: (not available for playback)
      • Participants: Roveena, Lyric Jones, Omah Lay and Tony Brown of Maverick City Music. Moderated by Amanda Garcia Davenport, Recording Academy membership manager.
    • Instagram Live (recording live now)
      • Participants: Breland and Mahogany L. Browne. Moderated by Ashley Thomas, Recording Academy director of member outreach and systems.

The Academy told Billboard that it will not waive its $100 annual membership fee as it did the last two years to members or prospective members experiencing hardship amid the pandemic.

Below is a sampling of reactions from artists regarding their invitations:

By coincidence (or not), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences also announced its new membership class earlier today. They invited 397 people to join their ranks, a fraction of the number the Recording Academy invited. The Motion Picture Academy released the names of all those invited, something the Recording Academy did not do.

The Motion Picture Academy also revealed the gender and racial breakdown of its 2022 class of invitees: 44% are women, 37% belong to underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 50% are from outside the U.S.