Glass Animals Take Out Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown

There was no caging Glass Animals as the British psychedelic-pop purists’ “Heat Waves” took out triple j’s Hottest 100, the annual countdown that’s been described as the world’s biggest music democracy.

“So scary releasing records in a pandemic without the support of tour, friends, family and team,” reads a message from Glass Animals posted soon after their name was called out. “Australia has always had a special place in our hearts…and now…it will have a special place on our butts. anyone know a good tattoo artist?”

2020 was a scary year for many, but “Heat Waves” was just the tonic for thousands of Australians. “From the ethereal opening bars, ‘Heat Waves’ perfectly encapsulates the collective mood of the past 12 months,” comments triple j’s Music Director Nick Findlay.

The track is lifted from Dreamland, the Dave Bayley-led band’s third and most successful album to-date, with a No. 6 peak on the ARIA Albums Charts.

“Heat Waves” was one of the act’s three entries in the countdown, including “Tangerine” (No. 18) and “Your Love” (No. 51), and it’s their first appearance in the Top 10.

Close behind was Spacey Jane’s “Booster Seat” and Flume’s “The Difference” featuring Toro y Moi, respectively.

The annual list offers a deep dive into young Australians’ music tastes.

Seven women feature in the Top 10, including Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, G Flip, Billie Eilish, Peppa from Spacey Jane, Jen from Ball Park Music and Cesira from The Jungle Giants, while Cardi B makes Hottest 100 history as the first female rapper to feature in the Top 10, with “WAP” at No. 6.

Also, Indigenous artists accounted for six of the top 100 songs, an all-time high, including two from The Kid Laroi and one each from Thelma Plum, Sycco, Beddy Rays and Birdz, who debuts Badtjala language in the countdown.

They didn’t win this time, but Lime Cordiale should feel like winners. The sibling act landed five songs in the countdown, a feat equaled by Billie Eilish (in 2019) and Violent Soho (2016), and just one shy of Wolfmother’s six-song benchmark set in 2005.

Triple J’s annual countdown boasts 66 songs from homegrown artists, tying with the 2016 poll as the most Australian entries.

Check out the full list here.

Olivia Rodrigo Stays on Top In Australia With ‘Drivers License’

Olivia Rodrigo parks her hit “Drivers License” at the top of Australia’s singles chart for a second straight week, while homegrown rapper Illy scores a second No. 1 album with The Space Between.

Right now, “Drivers License” is the biggest hit on the planet. In the Land Down Under, the seventeen-year-old American artist holds off Sydney-raised, Los Angeles-rapper The Kid Laroi for another week, as “Without You” holds at No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande’s “34+35” lifts 14-5, a new peak, following the release of a remix featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion.

Also, British psychedelic pop outfit Glass Animals are on the climb, as “Heat Waves” improves 17-11 in its seventh week in the Top 50.

“Heat Waves” was on fire earlier this week as it took out Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown, one of the band’s three entries.

Over on the national albums survey, Illy earns his second No. 1 with The Space Between. It’s the Melbourne rapper’s sixth album and the first since Two Degrees, which ruled the chart in November 2016.

Also impacting the chart this week is The Good Times And The Bad Ones by American band Why Don’t We. It’s new at No. 2.

Finally, Zayn returns to the Top 10 for the first time in nearly five years as Nobody Is Listening starts at No. 10.

The third solo album from the former One Direction singer is the follow-up to 2018’s Icarus Falls, which charted outside of the Top 50. Zayn’s debut album Mind Of Mine logged a week at the summit in April 2016.

Olivia Rodrigo Speeds to Second Week at U.K. No. 1 With ‘Drivers License’

Olivia Rodrigo’s hot streak continues in the U.K. where “Drivers License” (Interscope) extends its reign into a second week.

The teenage California singer and actor easily takes the title with 117,000 chart sales, some three times higher than her closest rival, Anne-Marie, KSI and Digital Farm Animals’ “Don’t Play” (Atlantic), the Official Charts Company reports.

“Drivers License” won the race to the top in its first week, busting streaming records along the way.

This week, the hit single clocks up 13.7 million streams, the biggest one-week tally for a leader in two years, while a second track from the breakthrough artist cracks the Top 40 on the current frame, “All I Want,” a cut from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney +. It’s new at No. 32.

At No. 2, “Don’t Play” is the highest new entry this week on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, giving Anne-Marie her highest-charting single as a lead artist, and career bests for KSI and Digital Farm Animals.

The top five is completed by Ariana Grande’s “34+35” (Republic Records), up from No. 11 to No. 3, a new peak; followed by Little Mix’s “Sweet Melody” (down 4-2 via RCA) and The Kid Laroi’s “Without You” (RCA), up 6 -5, a new high.

Also making waves is Longest Johns’ sea shanty “Wellerman” (The Longest Johns) which rides into the chart at No. 37 after blowing up on social media. It’s the first Top 40 appearance for the Bristolians, comprised of Jonathan “JD” Darley, Andy Yates, Robbie Sattin and Dave Robinson.

Over on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, You Me At Six score a second No. 1 with Suckerpunch, the English rock band’s seventh studio album.

Suckerpunch arrives at the top spot, ahead of debuts from Sleaford Mods (Spare Ribs at No. 4 via Rough Trade), Why Don’t We (The Good Times and The Bad Ones at No. 5 via Atlantic), and Shame (Drunk Tank Pink at No. 8 via Dead Oceans).

SZA Says She’ll Ask Frank Ocean to Feature on ‘Good Days’

Someone put forth into the world the idea of Frank Ocean joining SZA on “Good Days,” and SZA is all about it.

“Good days by SZA ft. Frank ocean would literally cure corona,” a Twitter user wrote recently.

SZA shared that tweet and a response in a now-expired post on Instagram Stories on Saturday (Jan. 23).

“Imma ask lol,” she wrote.

While there’s no update as of Sunday, fans of both artists have already started daydreaming about a “Good Days” remix.

“Ok but the frank ocean remix….let’s talk,” one person wrote to SZA on Twitter.

Another tweeted: “If Sza really gets frank ocean on the good days remix my soul will quite literally leave my body.”

“sza and frank ocean are both scorpios so if they do collab i know it’s gonna hit emotionally and i’m gonna cry for days,” wrote another fan.

“The day Frank Ocean hops on Good Days by SZA is the day I pass away peacefully,” another person joked.

See some of the reactions, and enjoy SZA’s “Good Days” again, below.

Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch: Week of January 25

With the holidays and the historic Biden-Harris inauguration behind us, musicians are getting back to livestreaming events, which means more entertainment to enjoy from the warmth of your own home during these chilly January days.

One of the big virtual events to check out is iHeartRadio’s ALTer EGO on Jan. 28, which will feature new music and stories by Billie Eilish and Foo Fighters, and iconic performances by acts such as Coldplay, Twenty One Pilots and many others. One day later, Adam Lambert celebrates his birthday with a live show from the iconic Roxy Theatre in L.A.

See the list below for more virtual concerts and events to check out during the week of Jan. 25-31. As more shows are announced, we’ll update the roundup.

Jan. 27: Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatachee will be chatting about her album Saint Cloud as well as getting through the pandemic. RSVP here.

Jan. 28: Billie Eilish, Foo Fighters, Muse and many more are participating in iHeartRadio’s ALTer EGO, with the Foo kicking things off at 9 p.m. ET, and Eilish wrapping up the evening at 10:20 p.m. ET.

Princess Nokia is kicking off Brooklyn club Elsewhere’s new Twitch series, Elsewhere Sound Space, with a live performance and interview. The show begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Jan. 29: Adam Lambert is celebrating his 29th birthday with a livestream show from L.A.’s The Roxy. He’ll be performing songs from his latest album, Velvet, and other favorites from his catalogue. He’ll be doing two shows that day, one at 3 p.m. ET, and the other at 10 p.m. ET. Tickets are $18.50.

Lyle Lovett and Jason Isabell are performing a virtual live show, with the two taking turns playing songs. Show set begins at 9 p.m. ET; tickets are $10.

Jimmy Eat World is playing Futures in its entirety for its Phoenix Sessions. The show begins at 5 p.m. ET; tickets start at $14.99.

The Kinks return with a livestream of the one-man show The Moneygoround. The audio-visual production will feature Ben Norris in the lead role, and will include archive and video footage. The show begins at 3 p.m. ET on YouTube.

Jan. 30: Bret Michaels, Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach, Grandmaster Flash, Kenny Loggins and more are participating in the ’80s Radical Sabbatical virtual music event.  The ’80s themed streaming event will include performances, cooking demos, costume contest, and more. An all-day pass is $99.80 plus fees; you can also purchase add-ons for events such as a wine flight with Skid Row frontman Bach.

Weird Al Yankovic, Fred Armisen, Jon Hamm, Eddie Izzard and many more are participating in Festpocalypse, a fundraiser for SF Sketchfest. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET; tickets start at $20.

Cage the Elephant is performing a live set streamed from Nashville’s Blackbird Studio to benefit non-profits in the Bay Area who are providing arts and entertainment to residents who otherwise have little or no access to the arts. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET; tickets are $19.99.

Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ No. 1 for Second Week on Billboard 200

Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album spends a second straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 159,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 21 (down 40%), according to MRC Data. The album arrived atop the list a week ago with 265,000 units.

Dangerous is the first country album to spend two weeks in a row at No. 1 since Chris Stapleton’s Traveller in 2015 (charts dated Nov. 21-28 that year), and the first country set to spend its first two weeks at No. 1 since Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights that year (Aug. 29-Sept. 5, 2015). Traveller debuted on the chart dated May 23, 2015 at No. 14, and was off the chart by October. It then re-entered at No. 1 on Nov. 21, 2015, after Stapleton’s multiple wins and well-received performance on the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 4.

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. 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 Jan. 30, 2021-dated chart (where Dangerous holds at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Jan. 26. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Dangerous’ 159,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Jan. 21, SEA units comprise 133,000 (down 26%, equaling 177.11 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 22,000 (down 70%) and TEA units comprise 4,000 (down 39%).

Since the Billboard 200 began ranking albums by equivalent album units in December of 2014, Dangerous is the first country set to log two weeks of at least 150,000 units.

Notably, in the last 12 months, Dangerous is just the fourth album, among all genres, to log at least two weeks of 150,000-plus units. It follows Taylor Swift’s Evermore, Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die and Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake — all with two weeks each of 150,000-plus units.

Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon rises 3-2 on the new Billboard 200 with 47,000 equivalent album units earned (up less than 1%). In the album’s 29 weeks on the chart, it has been absent from the top 10 for only one week (Jan. 2-dated chart, No. 11).

Why Don’t We nets a career-high chart rank as the group’s latest album The Good Times and the Bad Ones bows at No. 3. The set starts with 46,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 38,000 comprise album sales (making it the top-selling album of the week), 7,500 comprise SEA units (equating to 11.34 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs) and a little under 500 comprise TEA units.

Why Don’t We’s previous high on the Billboard 200 came with the quintet’s last album, 8 Letters, which debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the Sept. 15, 2018-dated chart.

The new album was led by the single “Fallin’,” which marked the act’s first Billboard Hot 100 hit, when it peaked at No. 37 on the Oct. 17, 2020, list. The track also marked the group’s fifth hit on the Pop Airplay chart, reaching No. 22 in November.

Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Evermore dips 2-4 on the new Billboard 200 (41,000 equivalent album units earned; down 26%) and Ariana Grande’s previous leader Positions climbs 7-5 (39,000; up 17%).

As Republic Records is the distributing label for Dangerous, Shoot for the Stars …, Evermore and Positions, the company has four of the top five albums of the week. It’s the first time a label has claimed four-fifths of the top five since Republic itself did it on the Sept. 1, 2018-dated chart.

Lil Durk’s The Voice falls 5-6 on the new Billboard 200 with 37,000 equivalent album units earned (down 11%). Eminem’s former No. 1 Music to Be Murdered By jumps 19-7 with 33,000 units (up 51%) following the Jan. 15 release of the album’s deluxe reissue on CD. The deluxe edition, dubbed Music to Be Murdered By – Side B, added extra tracks to the year-old album and first dropped on digital retail and streamers on Dec. 18, 2020. A vinyl release of the deluxe package is due in August. (All versions of the album are tracked together on the chart.)

A trio of former No. 1s closes out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200, as The Weeknd’s After Hours falls 6-8 (33,000 equivalent album units; down 6%), Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die is steady at No. 9 (32,000; up 3%) and Luke CombsWhat You See Is What You Get descends 8-10 (just under 32,000; up 1%).

Miley Cyrus to Perform at ‘TikTok Tailgate’ Super Bowl Pre-Show for Vaccinated Health Care Workers

The NFL invited 7,500 “health care heroes” who have already received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Super Bowl. Those essential workers will get to see the game and the already announced festivities, and they’ll also get to experience seeing Miley Cyrus perform live.

Cyrus will be at the the Super Bowl for the TikTok Tailgate pre-show, where she’ll perform in honor of these special guests.

“SUPER BOWL LV!!!” Cyrus wrote on Instagram on Sunday (Jan. 24). “I’ll be there for TIKTOK TAILGATE!!! I can’t wait to put on a show for the NFL’s honored guests before the game…. Health care workers from Tampa and around the country!”

The official NFL Twitter account gave some more context for the event: “@mileycyrus will be at Super Bowl LV to perform at the first-ever #TikTokTailgate – the NFL’s pregame event for the 7,500 vaccinated health care heroes who have been invited to attend.”

“These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement about giving Super Bowl tickets to people working in health care during the pandemic. “We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings.”

The TikTok Tailgate can be watched on Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. ET, either on TikTok or CBS.

It was previously announced that H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful” and Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church will sing the National Anthem at this year’s kick-off show at 6 p.m. ET. The Weeknd is the headline performer of the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show.