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Demi Lovato Shares New Lovey-Dovey Photo With Boyfriend Max Ehrich: ‘This Might Be My Favorite Pic’

Demi Lovato isn’t shy about expressing her love for new boyfriend Max Ehrich.

The 27-year-old pop star took to Instagram on Saturday (July 4) to give fans another peak into her budding romance, this time sharing a candid snapshot of the two about to kiss under the moonlight.

“Oh man this might be my favorite pic of us so far… thank you for making me the happiest I love yew soooo much @maxehrich,” Lovato captioned the photo.

Lovato and Ehrich have been romantically linked since March, when the singer accidentally crashed the actor’s Instagram Live session, and the duo began quarantining together when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The couple confirmed their relationship in May by making a surprise appearance in the music video for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s quarantine anthem, “Stuck With U.

Last week, Lovato shared a heart-melting birthday message for her “BAAAYYBEEE” on his 29th birthday.

“I have so much fun with you and there’s so many things I want to say right now but I want to be present and spend this bday with you so I’ll be quick: Being with you makes life SO MUCH FUN,” she wrote alongside a series of photos featuring the happy couple.

Meanwhile, the pop star has also been readying her long-awaited comeback album, which was preceded by anthemic lead single “I Love Me” and its Travis Barker-assisted remix.

How to Watch ‘A Capitol Fourth’ 40th Anniversary Special on PBS

Capital Concerts will be hosting a 40th anniversary presentation of its July 4th tradition on PBS, A Capitol Fourth.

Hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams, the virtual 90-minute event will feature performances from Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, Renée Fleming, The Temptations, Trace Adkins, Andy Grammer, Yolanda Adams, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, Chrissy Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Gonzalez and the National Symphony Orchestra.

There will also be live fireworks from Washington DC, and, according to the website, “a tribute to our nation’s workers on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic, a segment honoring the contributions of African American heroes from our nation’s past and present, and a salute to our wounded warriors and their families.”

The 40th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS Saturday (July 4) at 8 p.m. ET, as well as to the troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. It can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations, and streamed on Facebook, YouTube and

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (July 4)

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:

Yandel’s sweet surprise to his wife

This week, Yandel surprised his wife, Ester Cielo, for her birthday, showering the house with balloons and a mariachi group serenading her in the backyard. “My love, today on this very special day I ask God with all my soul to give you great health and we have many more years to live the happiness that our love gives us. Happy Birthday,” he captioned the Instagram video.

On her account, Ester thanked Yandel for his sweet gesture, saying she’s blessed to be celebrating 22 birthdays by his side. “What we are is much more than what the world can see, it is a love formed with the very hands of God,” she wrote.

Chiquis & Lorenzo celebrate their wedding anniversary

June 29 marked Chiquis Rivera and Lorenzo Mendez’s one year wedding anniversary. Although the couple is currently taking a break, as previously announced by Lorenzo, the two artists did not hesitate to celebrate their special day and love they have for each other despite the obstacles.

“6-29-2019 marks the day God gave me the blessing of being a bride,” Chiquis expressed. “Today, a year later, I’m much wiser, stronger, and full of love. Thank you! May your will continue to be done in my life. In YOU I trust.” Mendez, who returned to social media after taking a couple of weeks to reconnect with himself, wrote: “Though we are at a pause, my heart will forever keep beating for you and will always keep choosing you as it did a year ago.” See both posts below.

Mexico’s plan to restore the entertainment scene

Amid the global pandemic, various arenas and venues in Mexico are ready to open their doors again but with a new game plan. With the mission of restoring the entertainment industry and the economy in the country, Pepsi Center WTC, Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, Foro Didi and BlackBox unveiled a project called “Reactivación del Entretenimiento y Música en México (REMM),” offering a series of virtual concerts.

REMM will give artists in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana the opportunity to use these venues to give fans a high-quality Livestream concert while following the proper sanitation measures. Kicking off July 15 by Roger González, the digital concert series has a star-studded lineup that includes concerts by Samo, Christopher Uckermann, Gondwana and Pablo Montero, to name a few.

Ticket codes for the live streams will range from about $3 to $7 and sold via Eticket. A percentage of the sales will be deposited in the Asociación Civil Fondo Música México, which will be in charge of managing and distributing donations to musicians and professionals nationwide.

Danny Ocean drops new “Dime Tu” video

Danny Ocean kicks off July with the vertical video of his track “Dime Tu,” released in the fall of 2019. In the new clip, Ocean is seen leading a group of friends, all in costumes, as they ride around the countryside on electric scooters. “I want you to know that Nuno Gomes never liked this video,” he joked of the Venezuelan director who’s behind the original music video. “Thanks to everyone for letting me do my crazy ideas. It was an incredible day.”

Combining bolero, bachata, and light EDM melodies, the heartfelt bop flaunts Ocean’s romantic side. “And tell me, tell me who you will kiss/ When the sun falls from the sky/ And slides through your hair, baby, tell me/ And tell me, tell me who you will kiss/ I choose you.”

“Dime Tu” was inspired by the moment you overcome adversity and feel extreme happiness. According to an official statement, the track was “born mostly from the illusion of the day when his native country, Venezuela, overcomes the humanitarian crisis that it currently faces.”

J Balvin celebrates 1 year of Oasis

Meanwhile, J Balvin did not hold back from celebrating one year since the release of Oasis, his first-ever collaborative album with Bad Bunny. Though Bunny is absent from social media, Balvin asked fans on Instagram to share their favorite song.

Oasis, released on June 28, 2019, via Universal Music Latin, is an eight-track set where the two artists blend their individual flow, essence, and roots, bringing to life an album filled with old-school perreo, sensual traps, and global reggaeton fusions. On the Billboard charts, the album bowed at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart and earned both artists their first top 10 on the Billboard 200, where it entered at No. 9.

Dave Grohl Reflects on Nirvana Days & Foo Fighters’ Debut Album on Its 25th Anniversary

Dave Grohl joined Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music for a conversation about the time period from his early days in Nirvana through the release of the first Foo Fighters album.

The interview airs on Saturday (July 4), exactly 25 years after Foo Fighters’ debut, self-titled album arrived (on July 4, 1995).

Grohl admitted that when he joined Nirvana and they became “really huge really quickly,” he was still insecure that he wasn’t quite good enough for the band.

“Well I mean I joined Nirvana, I was their fifth drummer, right?” he said. “They’d had a team of drummers before me and some of them were more, I don’t know, more in the band than others. So when I joined the band, I didn’t know Krist and Kurt at all. And when we first met and started playing, it was clear that when we got together to play that it worked really well, and we sounded what most people know now to sound like Nirvana. We sounded like that. But you just meet these people and then it wasn’t long.”

“It was almost exactly a year from the time I joined to the time Nevermind came out. And then once it came out, it was like things happen so quickly. The band got really big. But every band I’d been in before then was with friends that I’d known for a really long time. And so there’s some security in that. So when you join a band where you don’t know anyone and you’re just starting to get to know each other, and it sounds great when you play music, you’re just starting to get to know each other, but there’s not a deep personal connection. And then the band becomes really huge really quickly. You’re just so nervous that you’re going to either get fired or it’s going to stop. I didn’t want to get fired basically. And so I was doing my best to keep this thing from going away. So there was this real insecurity that I had, ‘I’m not good enough. They’re going to find somebody else,'” Grohl explained.

Following Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, Grohl was in mourning and, for a while, unsure about getting back into music.

“I started getting calls from people to ask if I wanted to play drums with them or join another band, and I just didn’t see that happening at the time,” he said. “And I’d always come home from tours and recorded songs by myself, but that feeling was gone. I didn’t really want to write or even listen to music, much less join a band and play in one. So it was strange, when your life is just pulled out from under you like that. I don’t think anyone really thought much about what came next. You were stuck in that moment. So eventually, I just pulled myself off the couch and thought, ‘Okay, I’ve always loved playing music and I’ve always loved writing and recording songs for myself. So I feel like I need to do that just for myself.”

Looking back on when the first Foo Fighters album did come to fruition, Grohl says he’d give credit to his Nirvana bandmates for that happening.

“I would dedicate [that album] to Krist and Kurt because still to this day, the Nirvana experience was probably… I mean I don’t want to say… I have children. I can’t say it’s the most important event in my entire life. But it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t be here right now talking about this if it weren’t for my time in Nirvana. And I had learned so many lessons from Kurt, I learned so many lessons from Krist. It was such an honor to be in that band and it was so devastating when it ended. But we have that catalogue of music that we made together and that experience changed not only us, but a lot of the world that we lived in. So I think that that was probably my life’s most formative period. I went from being a messy teen to then being in this band that was huge. And then it all ending and trying to build life again with the lessons that I had learned through all of that,” he said.

Grohl continued: There’s some journalists that are just like, ‘How dare you played music after Nirvana.’ I’m like, ‘What am I supposed to do?’  We tried really hard to do it right. Instead of jumping on a tour opening up for some massive arena band at the time, we thought, ‘Okay, well let’s get in the van and let’s do it like we’ve always done it. Let’s start the way we always started,’ and that felt comfortable to us. And in doing any promotion or press, we didn’t make a video right out of the gate, we tried to temper all of that stuff because it was scary in a way. I knew that I was walking the plank on this. I knew that I was going to be scrutinized and I knew that there was going to be comparisons and things like that. And yeah, I mean it was tough. But it wasn’t that tough. I mean it was like if someone gave you shit, you just say, “F— you, motherf—er.”

Watch a few preview clips below, and hear the full interview on Saturday at 7 a.m. PST here — or catch it on-demand later on Apple Music.

The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (July 3)

This week was full of star-studded events and awards shows, with the “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” concert, BET Awards and Juno Awards all taking place virtually. In other awards show news, we’ve got an update on the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards — more on that later.

Take a look at some of the week’s biggest music happenings below.

Stars came together for the virtual “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” concert

From Jennifer Hudson’s rousing kickoff to Justin Bieber and Quavo’s stripped-down performance, the “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” event on Saturday (June 27) was chock-full of amazing moments. Christine and the Queens, Chloe x Halle, Shakira and more also performed. In case you missed the concert, you can watch all of the must-see performance videos here!

The 2020 BET Awards didn’t skip a beat

On Sunday night (June 28), the 2020 BET Awards brought another set of amazing performances, as well as stirring speeches. Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby and Roddy Ricch, D Smoke and SiR and many more all took to the virtual stage. The broadcast also drew attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. 

Finally, former First Lady Michelle Obama presented Beyonce with the BET Humanitarian of the Year Award. “I wanna dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there and all of my sisters out there, inspiring me, marching, and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard,” Bey said during her acceptance speech. Here’s everything of note that happened during the 2020 BETs.

“Rockstar” reclaimed its throne atop the Hot 100

DaBaby’s “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart this week, for a third total week in the top spot. Plus, Saint Jhn’s “Roses” climbed to the top five, and Jack Harlow and Lil Mosey earned their first top 10 each, as the former’s “Whats Poppin” jumped 18-8 and the latter’s “Blueberry Faygo” climbed 11-9. See the full rundown of this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and more won big at the 2020 Juno Awards

Congrats to all of the talented Canadians who took home Junos on Monday (June 29)! The awards were of course handed out virtually, with performances from artists like Alessia Cara (who took home album of the year) and Neon Dreams (who won breakthrough group of the year). Check out the full winners’ list here, and watch clips of some of the performances here and here.

Gov. Cuomo announced that the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are a go

In the case of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, the show will go on, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced during a Monday (June 29) press briefing. “The Video Music Awards are going to be held Sunday, Aug. 30, at Barclays Center,” he said. Learn more here.

Fabolous and Jadakiss battled it out for Verzuz

New York pros Fabolous and Jadakiss were the latest to go head-to-head in Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz series on Monday night (June 29). From DMX feat. The LOX & Jay-Z’s “Blackout” vs. Lil Wayne feat. Fabolous & Juelz Santana’s “You Ain’t Got Nuthin'” to Fabolous’ “Young’n” vs. Ghostface Killah feat. Jadakiss’ “Run,” it was definitely a Verzuz to remember.

So who won? Check out the scorecard here.

Blackpink broke some major YouTube records

Blackpink’s fiery comeback single “How You Like That” made headlines — and broke records. The music video set an all-time record for the biggest YouTube premiere with 1.66 million peak concurrents. Furthermore, the clip was the biggest 24-hour music video debut of all time with 86.3 million views. Learn more about the feat here.

The Weeknd donated $1 million to help those affected by COVID-19

The Weeknd announced on Monday (June 29) that he has donated a whopping $1 million to help those affected by coronavirus, with $500,000 going to MusiCares and the other half to frontline hospital workers of the Scarborough Health Network, which is part of his hometown community. Learn more here.

Billboard highlighted queer creatives

To close out Pride month, Billboard put the spotlight on the queer creatives who bring your favorite artists’ visions to life. Hear from Lizzo’s glam squad, Tegan and Sara’s art director, Sam Smith’s live visuals designer and many more.

Hamilton let everyone in the room where it happens

On July 3rd, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway masterpiece made its way into homes across America, by way of Disney Plus. Now almost anyone can experience the original cast right from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Liam Payne FaceTimed Harry Styles and fans went wild

The former One Direction members set the Internet on fire when Payne shared a TikTok where he FaceTimed with Styles — even if the conversation seemed a bit one-sided.

Pop Smoke, Kanye West, Travis Scott and more gave us new music

This week, music fans were gifted Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Kanye’s collabs with Travis Scott and Ty Dolla $ign, and Ellie Goulding’s “Slow Grenade.” Catch the best new music in Billboard’s First Stream

6ix9ine Releases Spanish-Language ‘Yaya’ With New Music Video: Watch

As promised, 6ix9ine released his new song “Yaya” Friday afternoon (July 3). The party-ready track sees him rapping and singing in Spanish, a departure from the previous English-language singles he’s dropped this year following his early release from prison.

The vibrant music video was filmed while 6ix9ine remains on house arrest and features a whole lot of suggestive booty shaking and milk — and not much social distancing.


“Yaya” follows the rapper’s recent singles “Gooba” and “Trollz,” the latter of which was released with Nicki Minaj and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June. He sang in Spanish on two tracks released back in 2018, “Bebe” and “Mala,” both with Anuel AA; “Bebe” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

Watch the “Yaya” music video below.

Lady Gaga Shows Off ‘Chromatica’ Face Mask: ‘Be Yourself, But Wear a Mask’

Lady Gaga posted a selfie encouraging her 42.7 million Instagram followers to wear a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Along with the message, the pop star offered a look at her personal face mask: a glittery Chromatica-themed covering, with spikes and chains.

Be yourself, but wear a mask!” she wrote on Friday (July 3). “I believe in being kind to yourself, the community, and the planet. I challenge my awesome friends to show off their mask game!”

“I need that,” Mark Ronson commented on her picture.

The CDC says wearing face masks can help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others, and recommends anyone over the age of two wear them in public settings or around those who do not live in one’s household.

Check out Gaga’s fancy face mask below.