Mariah Carey Had the Best Response to Shawn Mendes Listening to Her Old Songs & He Loved It

Mariah Carey felt grateful for a lot of things Thursday morning (Jan. 28) — including “old Shawn Mendes songs.”

Mimi hilariously re-created Mendes’ original picture from Wednesday when he spread his arms out and basked in the sun during a walk. “Grateful. The sun, coffee, my health, my family, old Mariah Carey songs, music, humans!!!” he listed in his Instagram caption, prompting Sam Smith, Charlie Puth and other artists to ask which of her hits he had cued up for his sunny stroll.

The “Butterfly” superstar spread out her arms in a similar stance, and the same “grateful” feeling showed on her face. “The sun, tea, my health, my family, old Shawn Mendes songs, music, humans!!!” she listed for her caption on Twitter.

The Wonder pop star had a good laugh when he saw and sent a couple of heart emojis while resharing her post.

MC isn’t the only one who can listen to old Shawn Mendes songs or even hear about his most personal moments in the latest Apple Fitness+ feature Time to Walk. Mendes and Dolly Parton narrated the first couple of episodes of the new audio walking experience that highlights their stories and short playlists.

See Carey’s picture and Mendes’ reaction below.

Pop Smoke Posts Back-to-Back No. 1s on Rhythmic Airplay Chart

The late Pop Smoke lands consecutive No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Rhythmic Airplay chart as “What You Know Bout Love” rallies from the runner-up spot on the list dated Jan. 30. The track ascends with a 15% surge in plays in the week ending Jan. 24, according to MRC Data.

The new chart champ bumps Saweetie’s “Back to the Streets,” featuring Jhene Aiko, from the summit, as it falls to No. 3.

“Love” secures Pop Smoke’s second No. 1, after “For the Night,” featuring Lil Baby and DaBaby led for five nonconsecutive weeks beginning last December. With the successive champs, Pop Smoke is the first artist to score back-to-back leaders with Rhythmic Airplay chart appearances since Drake, whose “Toosie Slide” reigned for three weeks in May 2020 before his next showing, as a featured artist on DJ Khaled’s “Popstar,” returned him to the summit for one frame last September. (Among lead acts, Drake too was the most recent performer to pull the double, with “Toosie Slide” and “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, with its five-week run that began in October 2020.)

Plus, as Pop Smoke’s first two Rhythmic Airplay champs have arrived in consecutive fashion, he’s the first act to achieve that feat since Lil Nas X in 2019. That year, the rapper’s phenomenon “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, led the chart for three weeks in May – June and follow-up single “Panini” clocked one frame in November.

As Billboard mentioned when “For The Night” reigned in December 2020, Pop Smoke became the first deceased act to reign on the chart in a lead role, though Static Major and Soulja Slim also topped the chart posthumously. Thus, with “Love,” the rapper, who died in February 2020, is the first act to post multiple No. 1s in any capacity.

Beyond its Rhythmic Airplay coronation, “Love” has found its second-strongest reception with pop audiences. The song has been a slow-but-steady builder on the Pop Airplay chart, where it moves 24-23 in its 13th week on the 40-position ranking and marks Pop Smoke’s first career entry on the list, which monitors the most played songs on mainstream top 40-centered radio stations. Despite the one-position gain on the chart, the song registered 22% more plays in the week ending Jan. 24 than the prior tracking period, ending Jan. 17.

Elsewhere, plays on R&B/hip-hop stations improves as the song begins its trajectory at the format. In its third week on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, which, similar to Pop Airplay, measures the most played records at that genre, “Love” climbs 40-38 while remaining essentially even in play count for the week.

“What You Know Bout Love” appears on the late rapper’s studio full-length debut, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon. Thanks to its steady stream of hit radio and streaming singles, the project, released last July, has shown unusual longevity. The album currently ranks at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a 15th nonconsecutive week, the longest run for any title since 2010, and has yet to dip below No. 4 in its first 29 weeks on the chart.

Duran Duran Puts on a Futuristic Light Show For ‘Five Years’ David Bowie Tribute Video

Duran Duran captures the magic of David Bowie’s “Five Years” with a state-of-the-art music video for their cover released Thursday (Jan. 28).

Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson accompanies the English new wave band in the futuristic visual with colorful light streaks swirling around each member. Director Gavin Elder shot the band members individually in London and L.A., while experimental artist Teek Mach (virtually) brought them together in one space.

“Five Years” is the opening track from Bowie’s classic 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, which inspired the men of Duran Duran to chase the rock ‘n’ roll dream. They covered the song for the A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day livestream concert on Jan. 8, which would’ve been Bowie’s 74th birthday.

“David Bowie’s apocalyptic vision in the song ‘Five Years’ was written almost half a century ago, yet it seems ever more poignant today,” Duran Duran’s keyboardist Nick Rhodes said in a statement. “Although it is five years since David left Planet Earth, his vast catalogue of songs remain as significant and inspirational as they always have been. Mike Garson’s heartfelt celebration show was a testament to the breadth of influence that David had on other musicians. It was also a display of the deep affection and gratitude for what he gave to us all.”

Duran Duran is commemorating another special date — their own 40th anniversary as a group — by starting a new Pandora program called Duran 40, which is dedicated to their greatest hits and fan-favorite tracks. The band also kicked off a new WHOOOSH! SiriusXM program, where lead singer Simon Le Bon and his co-host, the band’s director of digital media Katy Krassner, chat about and play some of their favorite records.

Watch Duran Duran’s official “Five Years” Bowie cover video below.

Latin Artist on the Rise: How Juhn Rose From the Barrios to the Billboard Charts

Juhn, born Jorge Jr. Hernandez Quiles in San Juan, Puerto Rico, discovered his love for music at the basketball court in the barrios. In his younger days, he would see artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Nicky Jam shooting hoops in between studio sessions.

“I grew up watching the pillars of reggaeton playing at the park next to their studio,” Juhn tells Billboard. “That’s what really influenced me as a kid.”

Though he would create music and be invited to perform at his school’s talent show, Juhn’s initial dream was to become a basketball star. However, he opted to take a risk in music after graduating.

“Thanks to sports I made many connections in the music industry,” he says. “I played basketball with Brytiago and Miky Woodz and at that time, Latin trap was growing. I make music, but I became known in the trap movement.”

In 2012, he went viral for the first time on Facebook with “Corazon Roto.” In 2016, he dropped his first banger, “Ahora Me Llama,” and he also formed part of Maluma’s hit “Cuatro Babys” featuring Trap Capos, Noriel, and Bryant Myers. “In 2016, I began seeing my career flourish,” he notes.”

Juhn’s currently signed to Interscope Records with a management deal with Jonathan Gandarilla.

Today, he’s making the rounds with the Myke Towers-assisted “Bandido,” a melodious and infectious reggaeton about conquering, loving, and protecting someone who had their heartbroken. Paying homage to the old-school reggaeton, they even sample Hector & Tito’s “Amor de Colegio.”

“I met Myke around 2014 at the basketball court too. Our first collaboration was ‘No Pensarte’ in 2018 and it became a hit in Puerto Rico,” he recalls. “In 2019, I wrote four songs, including ‘Bandido.’ Out of the four songs, Myke really liked this one.”

“Bandido,” which premiered on Dec. 10, 2020, leaped 17-7 on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated Jan. 23, earning Juhn his first Top 10. The song also has placement on various Billboard charts including Latin Airplay, Latin Streaming Songs, and Billboard Global 200.

“I’ve never charted in a Billboard chart. I’m excited,” he says. “This is the biggest hit of my career, following ‘Cuatro Babys.’”

Below, learn more about this week’s Latin Artist on the Rise.

Name: Jorge Jr. Hernandez Quiles

Age: 28

Recommended Song: “I’d say all of them because you’ll never get tired of listening to them.”

Major Accomplishment: “Have a five-year career and still be relevant. Many people who kicked off their careers with me are not relevant today. I think that’s the most challenging part, to continue making hits and creating a buzz.”

What’s Next: “There’s a lot of plans that we need to execute but I want to release an album this year — my first album. I think my fans deserve it.”

Kelly Clarkson Sets the Mood for Aching ‘Unchained Melody’ Cover

If you’re yearning for the embrace of your beloved no thanks to the seemingly endless pandemic, Kelly Clarkson just put all those feels into her latest Kellyoke cover by taking on beloved classic “Unchained Melody” on The Kelly Clarkson Show Thursday (Jan. 28).

As the singer began the aching tune, the darkened stage appeared, lit only with the softest of light bulbs to cast a romantic glow.

“Ohhh, my love, my darling/ I’ve hungered for your touch/ A long, lonely time/ And time, goes by so slowly/ And time can do so much,” she croons gently, eyes closed, before belting, “Are you still mine?/ I need your love/ Oooh I really need your love/ God speed your love to me.”

The song was originally written for the 1955 film Unchained. The Righteous Brothers’ version of “Unchained Melody” a decade later has since become the most popular and recognized take. The song soared to new heights in 1990, when it was used to soundtrack the iconic pottery scene in Ghost featuring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. A few months after the movie’s July release, the song peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 100 in October.

Other artists who have covered “Unchained Melody” include Elvis Presley, LeAnn Rimes, Cyndi Lauper, U2 and more.

Watch Clarkson take on “Unchained Melody” below:

Tiesto Earns First No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Chart With ‘The Business’

Tiesto’s “The Business” bumps 3-1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart (dated Jan. 30). The track sold 1,500 downloads, up 19%, in the week ending Jan. 21, according to MRC Data. It could gain further after its remix sporting vocals from Ty Dolla $ign was released that day.

The song marks Tiesto’s first No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart. His 38 overall chart hits, meanwhile, rank third-best (with Kygo) among all acts, trailing only the totals of David Guetta (58) and Lady Gaga (40). Tiesto boasts 11 top 10s, including his first entry, “Feel It” (credited to Three 6 Mafia vs. Tiesto with Sean Kingston and Flo Rida), which reached No. 7 in 2010.

“The Business” has now topped two Billboard dance/electronic charts, as it led the Dance/Mix Show Airplay list dated Nov. 28 (marking Tiesto’s fourth No. 1 on the survey).

Additionally, “The Business” pushes 6-5 on the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, tying 2014’s “Red Lights” and “Wasted” (featuring Matthew Koma) for Tiesto’s second-best placement; “Jackie Chan,” with Dzeko and featuring Preme and Post Malone, hit No. 3 in 2018.

With 2.9 million U.S. streams in the tracking week, “The Business” also rises 10-7 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs.

Elsewhere on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, Travis Scott and HVME hit No. 1 with “Goosebumps.” The first leader for both acts surged by 92% to 7.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 21, following the Jan. 15 release of its new mix with Scott (who released his original version in 2016).

“Goosebumps” also bounds 4-2 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and 21-6 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales, up 126% to 1,000 sold. The song additionally earned 2.2 million all-format airplay audience impressions, up 62%.

On Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Jax Jones and Au/Ra roll 14-10 with “I Miss U.” The sixth top 10 for producer Jones and second for singer Au/Ra, the song is securing core-dance radio play, including at leaders KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco, Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel and KNHC (C89.5) Seattle. (The Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on nearly 80 top 40-formatted reporters.)