Lorde teased the possibility of new music during her headlining set at Primavera Sound in Los Angeles on Friday (Sept. 16).
The 25-year-old alt-pop pioneer, who has been touring North America in support of her latest album, 2021’s Solar Power, delighted fans at the Southern California festival after revealing that her next release may be arriving soon.
“Who knows what will come next?” the New Zealand songstress casually stated while running though the themes of past three albums. “Well, I know. And you’ll know sometime soon.”
She added about her past music, “When I was a teenager it was about not being a teenager, when I was 20 it was about a boy, (and) now it’s about the climate.”
Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine, arrived in 2013, bowing at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The set featured the hit song “Royals,” which spent nine weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 that same year. “Team,” which was also featured on the set, reached the top 10 of the chart.
The singer-songwriter’s 2017 follow-up album, Melodrama, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and last year’s Solar Power started at No. 5.
Lorde also touched on the climate change theme of Solar Power during her gig at Primavera Sound.
“You all felt that heat wave last week,” she said, referencing California’s epic mid-September temperatures, which exceeded 100 degrees in many areas. “Do not forget that this is an emergency. Don’t acclimatize to 112-degree weather. This is f—ed up; it’s the defining crisis of our lives and I’m so terrified f—ing terrified for the future. All we can do is be really present to it, try and vote with the climate in mind, and go outside — it’s the best thing.”
Watch a fan-captured video of Lorde hinting at new music during Primavera Sound on Twitter here.
The iconic singer took to social media on Saturday (Sept. 17) to share a hilarious recreation of the opening scene from her 1997 music video for hit song “Honey.” In the 30-second clip, MC plays the same Spanish-speaking damsel in distress as the Stranger Things actress takes on the role of her tough-as-nails kidnapper.
“Reliving the splendor of the Honey video with surprise guests!” Carey captioned the comical skit on Instagram, tagging Brown and adding the hashtag #butterfly25.
Later in the clip, the songstress’ children, 11-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan, show up to recite comedian Eddie Griffin’s comical “go eat a buffet” line from the video’s intro.
This isn’t Carey and Brown’s first time hanging out. Mimi shared a photo of the two stars hanging out in August 2020. “A surprise visit by Enola Holmes a.k.a. princess Millie!” Carey wrote alongside the snapshot, referencing the actress’ role as the title character in the mystery film Enola Holmes.
“Honey,” the lead single from Butterfly, spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1997.
On Friday, Carey released an extended edit of “Honey” as part of Butterfly‘s 25th anniversary celebration. The nearly eight-minute edit, titled “Honey – Another Taste of Honey David Morales Remix,” is featured as a bonus track on re-release of the classic album.
The remix comes among other re-release bonuses, including 4K remastered versions of “Honey” and “The Roof” music videos, a new “Honey” music video documentary, classic live performances being released through Carey’s YouTube in September, Butterfly on cassette, and Deluxe Butterfly 4LP and 2LP Editions.
Watch Carey and Brown’s recreation of the “Honey” intro on Instagram below.
Dan Reynolds and his wife, Aja Volkman, are separating once again.
The 35-year-old Imagine Dragons frontman took to social media on Friday (Sept. 16) to announce that the couple is calling it quits for a second time. Reynolds and Volkman, 42, previously split in 2018, but announced the following year that they were working to repair the relationship.
“I am saddened to say that after many beautiful years together Aja and I have separated,” Reynolds tweeted. “Being great parents to our children is our number one priority. Thank you for always supporting us with love and care for all these years.”
The pair initially married in March 2011. They share four children together: Arrow, 10, twins Gia James and Coco Rae, 5, and Valentine, 2.
Reynolds revealed the couple’s first separation in April 2018. “After 7 beautiful years together, Aja and I’s marriage has come to an end,” he wrote on Twitter. The musician didn’t elaborate on the cause of the split, but asked that fans respect his privacy as they “work through this as a family.”
Less than a year later, Volkman, the frontwoman for rock band Nico Vega, announced that she and Reynolds were working on “rebuilding” their marriage.
“I know that it’s been a crazy road,” she wrote on Instagram in January 2019. “It’s killed us both in so many moments. Last year we killed each other and now we are rebuilding. You can become your worst self in the eye of a giant storm. You almost have to. It’s rite of passage. It’s the only road to a better existence. A more mature sense of self.”
Reynolds opened up about about the separation and the effect it had on his children. “I have three little girls and this year for my family has been kind of a difficult year for personal and emotional reasons,” he told People at the time, “And just going through that and watching the effect on my girls has been very hard for me.”
See Reynolds’ latest announcement about the couple’s split below.
The Phantom of the Opera — Broadway’s longest-running show — is scheduled to close in February 2023, the biggest victim yet of the post-pandemic softening in theater attendance in New York.
The musical — a fixture on Broadway since 1988, weathering recessions, war and cultural shifts — will play its final performance on Broadway on Feb. 18, a spokesperson told The Associated Press on Friday (Sept. 16). The closing will come less than a month after its 35th anniversary. It will conclude with an eye-popping 13,925 performances.
It is a costly musical to sustain, with elaborate sets and costumes as well as a large cast and orchestra. Box office grosses have fluctuated since the show reopened after the pandemic — going as high as over $1 million a week but also dropping to around $850,000. Last week, it hit $867,997 and producers may have seen the writing on the wall.
Based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, Phantom tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lavish songs include “Masquerade,” ″Angel of Music,” ″All I Ask of You” and “The Music of the Night.”
“As a producer you dream that a show will run forever. Indeed, my production of Andrew’s ‘Cats’ proudly declared for decades ‘Now and Forever.’ Yet ‘Phantom’ has surpassed that show’s extraordinary Broadway run. But all shows do finally close,” producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a statement.
The first production opened in London in 1986 and since then the show has been seen by more than 145 million people in 183 cities and performed in 17 languages over 70,000 performances. On Broadway alone, the musical has played more than 13,500 performances to 19 million people at The Majestic Theatre.
The closing of Phantom would mean the longest running show crown would go to Chicago, which started in 1996. The Lion King is next, having begun performances in 1997.
Broadway took a pounding during the pandemic, with all theaters closed for more than 18 months. Some of the most popular shows — Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked — have rebounded well, but other shows have struggled. Breaking even usually requires a steady stream of tourists, especially for Phantom and visitors to the city haven’t returned to pre-pandemic levels.
From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.
NFL Teams Up With Neon16
As part of its “Por La Cultura” initiative, the NFL announced a partnership with NEON16, through which the league is set to release its first-ever “Por La Cultura Mixtape” led by creatives One Six and hitmaker Tainy. According to a press release, the mixtape will be comprised of a series of tracks, including newly released collab “Rómpela” featuring Yandel, El Alfa and Will.i.Am, which is the first track on the mixtape and the backdrop of the “Por La Cultura” campaign kickoff spot titled “The Celebration.”
Bad Bunny Meets Uvalde Shooting Survivor
Bad Bunny had some face time with 10-year-old Uvalde survivor Mayah Zamora during his tour stop in Arlington, Texas, where the two met backstage and snapped a picture together. The Puerto Rican hitmaker also signed a T-shirt for Zamora and gifted her with official Un Verano Sin Ti tour merchandise.
Pictures of the meet-and-greet were shared on social media by the Correa Family Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa. In an Instagram post, the foundation wrote in part, “All the love she received from you and your team @noahassad @rimas made this an incredible experience she and her family will cherish” alongside a gallery of photos. See the sweet meet-and-greet moment here.
Gente de Zona Performs at Hispanic Caucus Leadership Conference
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership Conference & 45th Annual Awards Gala took place person for the first time since 2019 on Sept. 15. The event serves as the “largest congregation of Hispanic leaders in the nation to celebrate our community’s resilience, strength, and heritage,” according to a press release. In attendance were President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta was also there, while a performance by Cuban duo Gente de Zona closed the festive event. Their set included hits such as “Bailando,” “La Gozadera” and “Háblame de Miami.”
Yotuel Collaborates With Macy’s
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Thursday (Sept. 15), Yotuel Romero has teamed up with Macy’s for a limited-edition capsule collection, Billboard can exclusively announce.
Aiming to honor the Hispanic culture from the perspective of an Afro-Latino experience, the capsule, dubbed “Yotuel by Cubavera,” will include graphic tees and hoodies illustrated by fine artist Tony Mendoza. They will be sold exclusively at Macy’s and Cubavera.com.
“I am very proud to represent Latinos and especially Afro-Latino culture during Hispanic Heritage month,” Romero tells Billboard via email. “This collaboration with Cubavera, Macy’s, and artist Tony Mendoza celebrates our Cuban roots through the fusion of fashion and the art.”
The special award will recognize the reggaetón artist, actor and entrepreneur for his prolific work that transcends musical genres and languages. He is also set to perform at the awards show, which will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Watsco Canter in Miami and be broadcast live on Telemundo beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Nicky is also confirmed to speak at Latin Music Week, alongside confirmed guests Chayanne, Maluma, Grupo Firme, Camilo, Ivy Queen and Romeo Santos, among many others. The event will also feature the launch of Billboard Español, Billboard’s new all-Spanish site, which is set to go live in September. For registration and information on Billboard Latin Music Week, go to billboardlatinmusicweek.com.