Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch: Week of April 5

With those April showers rolling in, grab a throw blanket, snuggle up on your couch and tune in to some livestream concerts.

There’s something for everyone this week, including the 2021 BRIC JazzFest featuring Meshell Ndegeocello and Roy Ayers kicking off on April 8; the ongoing Bluebird on Third series for country fans; and for those into huge rock events, U2 wraps up its “The Virtual Road” digital tour with the band’s December 2015 Paris concerts, streaming for the first time.

See what other virtual shows are happening the week of April 5-11 below. We’ll update this list as more notable events are announced.

April 8: Lizzie No, Another Michael and more perform for the Unlocked Voices livestream fundraiser. Donations from the free show benefit Women’s Prison Association and A Little Piece of Light. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and streams on Facebook Live. 

April 8-10: Roy Ayers, Meshell Ndegeocello and more are playing the virtual 2021 BRIC JazzFest. The event begins at 7 p.m. each day; tickets start at $20.

Midland performs their hits from Billy Bob’s in Texas. The April 8 show begins at 10 p.m. ET, while the other two kick off at 11 p.m. ET. Tickets start at $12

April 9: JT Harding, Cassadee Pope and Matt Thomas perform live for the Bluebird on Third series from Nashville. The stream begins at 9 p.m. ET on; tickets are $8.99.

Marcus Mumford, Wesley Keith Schultz of The Lumineers, Jensen McRae and many more are participating in Abolition 2021, a virtual concert benefiting the families of those incarcerated at Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET; tickets start at $20

Whitney is playing a livestream show from Portland, with a Q&A after the set. The show, which will stream on BandsInTown Plus, begins at 9 p.m. ET. A subscription is required to view the performance.

April 10: U2 wraps its “The Virtual Road” tour with a livestream of the band’s December 2015 “Innocence + Experience” concerts in Paris. The shows took place less than a month after the city experienced terror attacks on Nov. 13, 2015, that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. The stream begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on YouTube.

Jimmy Buffet’s September 1994 performance at the Starplex Pavillion in Dallas streams on YouTube at 8 p.m. ET. 

Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser perform an acoustic show live from Graceland. The concert begins at 9 p.m. ET; tickets start at $20

Young Bans is performing songs from his album Misunderstood, as well as new material from his upcoming album, Live, and fan-favorite tunes. The show begins at 9 p.m. ET; tickets start at $10.

The Weeknd Donates $1 Million for Hunger Relief in Ethiopia

The Weeknd has announced that he is donating $1 million to hunger relief in Ethiopia. The money will provide two million meals to those in need of food aid amid the ongoing conflict between the government and the Tigray region.

“My heart breaks for my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians ranging from small children to the elderly are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced out of fear and destruction,” he wrote on Instagram on Sunday (April 4).

The Weeknd added, “I will be donating $1 million to provide 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Program and encourage those who can to please give as well.”

The crisis in the Tigray region has brought on thousands of deaths, and millions of people have been displaced.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, was born in Canada but is the son of two Ethiopian immigrants.

In June, he donated $1 million to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as $500,000 to nonprofit organizations committed to racial equality. He also pledged $300,000 to victims of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, in August.

See the singer’s statement about his latest generous donation on Instagram here.

Donations to help with hunger relief in Ethiopia can be made on the U.N. World Food Program’s website, which explains that “the outbreak of conflict in Tigray last November coincided with the peak harvest period, leading to lost employment and incomes, disrupted markets, a rise in food prices, and limited access to cash and fuel” and that the organization is “aiming to support 1.4 million of these vulnerable people before it’s too late.”

BLACKPINK’s Rosé Does the ‘WAP’ Challenge & Cardi B Can’t Believe How Clean It Is

How you like that, Cardi B? BLACKPINK’s Rosé recently hit the 10 million-follower milestone on TikTok, and she celebrated with a little dance — to the rapper’s viral “WAP” challenge, to be specific.

“#10M !! Here you go,” the K-pop star captioned a TikTok video of herself getting down to the explicit track featuring Megan Thee Stallion. In the clip posted in the early morning hours of Sunday (April 4), Rosé — barefoot and in an oversized light gray hoodie and sweatpants — starts off with the high kick before quickly making it drop, and giggling as she finishes the dance on the floor.

Only 10 hours after posting, the video of her dancing to Cardi B’s Hot 100 No. 1 song had already garnered more than 2.2 million views. And among the sets of eyeballs on the video were none other than the “Up” rapper’s own.

Retweeting a follower’s clip of Rosé taking on the challenge, Cardi seemed impressed by how the singer managed to make her  dance feel so clean. “She still looks sooo innocent,” Cardi B noted. “So Buteee.”

After celebrating with her “WAP” dance, Rosé got back to work by releasing the music video for her latest single, “Gone,” off her debut solo project, -R-. The visual, which arrived at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, features the singer going through an emotional rollercoaster as she reflects on a romance gone bad.

Rosé first joined TikTok in March to promote her first solo single, “On the Ground.”

Check out Rosé’s “WAP” challenge below, and Cardi B’s reaction:

Fans Choose BTS’ ‘Film Out’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

BTS’ latest song “Film Out” has topped this week’s new music poll.

Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (April 2) on Billboard, choosing the K-pop boy band’s new ballad as their favorite new music release of the past week.

“Film Out” brought in 78% of the vote, beating out new music by Olivia Rodrigo (“Deja Vu”), Demi Lovato (Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over), Garbage (“The Men Who Rule the World”), Ozuna featuring Ovi (“Envidioso”), and others.

“Film Out” was written with J-pop band Back Number and appears as the ending theme in the new Japanese film Signal: Long-Term Unsolved Case Investigation Team.

“We were drawn to the beautiful melody when we first received the demo from [Iyori Shimizu],” BTS said in a news release. “It’s a ballad with a poignant melody and lyrics, and we’re sure it has the power to touch many people’s hearts.”

“Film Out” will be included on the the septet’s next Japanese-language albumBTS, The Best, which is scheduled for release on June 16.

Placing second on the past week’s tally with nearly 10% of the vote was Rodrigo’s powerful new song, “Deja Vu.” On the track, she commits to post-breakup wholeheartedly, jamming in lyrical details and vocal flourishes with the ease of a natural pop star.

“Deja Vu” follows the pop singer’s runaway hit single “Drivers License,” which dominated the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks earlier this year. It continues to lead 2021 as the year’s most streamed song globally.

Rodrigo’s debut album, *O*R, is due May 21.

See the final results of this week’s new music release poll below.

Rod Wave Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘SoulFly’

Rod Wave earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as SoulFly opens with 130,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending April 1, according to MRC Data. With the arrival, SoulFly also notches the biggest week for an R&B/hip-hop album in 2021 in terms of units earned.

Also debuting in the top 10: NF’s Clouds (The Mixtape), Carrie Underwood’s My Savior, Young Dolph and Key Glock’s Dum and Dummer 2 and AJR’s OK Orchestra. 

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 April 10, 2021-dated chart (where SoulFly bows at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on April 6. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of SoulFly’s 130,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending April 1, SEA units comprise 126,000 (equaling 189.2 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs — the largest streaming week of 2021 for an R&B/hip-hop set), album sales comprise 4,000 and TEA units comprise less than 1,000. SoulFly logs the biggest week for an R&B/hip-hop set released in 2021 in terms of units earned, surpassing the 88,000-unit launch of The Weeknd’s The Highlights (Feb. 20-dated chart).

In total, SoulFly is the rapper’s third charting album, and all three have reached the top 10, each peaking higher than the last. Ghetto Gospel topped out at No. 10 (Nov. 23, 2019-dated chart) and Pray 4 Love debuted and peaked at No. 2 (April 18, 2020).

The 19-track SoulFly album also handily outpaces the opening week of 14-track Pray 4 Love, which launched with 72,000 units.

SoulFly is just the second R&B/hip-hop album to hit No. 1 the last five months. The last R&B/hip-hop effort to lead the tally was Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red, which spent one week at No. 1 on the Jan. 9 chart. Before that, the last R&B/hip-hop leader was Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, which spent its second of two nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Oct. 24, 2020-dated chart.

SoulFly was previewed by the tracks “Street Runner” and “Tombstone,” which both debuted in the top 40 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The former also launched in the top 40 of the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 tally, giving Wave his third top 40-charting hit on the list.

Justin Bieber’s Justice falls to No. 2 in its second week on the Billboard 200, earning 100,000 equivalent album units (down 35%). Justice’s second-week decline was eased by the release of a deluxe edition of the album on March 26, dubbed the Triple Chucks Deluxe, which added six bonus tracks to the album’s original 16 tracks.

NF’s Clouds (The Mixtape) starts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 86,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that figure, 58,000 comprise album sales, 27,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 40.51 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs) and less than 1,000 comprise TEA units. It’s the rapper’s third top 10 effort and fifth charting album overall. He previously hit the list with The Search (No. 1 in 2019), Perception (No. 1, 2017), Therapy Session (No. 12, 2016) and Mansion (No. 62, 2015).

Carrie Underwood’s My Savior debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, marking her ninth consecutive top five-charting album – the entirety of her charting efforts. The set starts with 73,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 68,000 comprise album sales (making it the top-selling album of the week), 4,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 5.32 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs) and 1,000 comprise TEA units.

My Savior features Underwood covering traditional hymns such as “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” The set was ushered in with a performance by Underwood on NBC’s Today on March 26. My Savior’s second-week on the chart will be supported by an Easter Sunday (April 4) virtual live concert performance by Underwood at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, streamed from the star’s Facebook page.

Morgan Wallen’s former No. 1, Dangerous: The Double Album, falls 3-5 with 63,000 equivalent album units earned (down 5%). The set spent its first 10 weeks at No. 1 before dropping to No. 3 a week ago.

The Weeknd’s hits compilation The Highlights moves 15-6 with 45,000 equivalent album units earned (up 89%). Highlights includes “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears” – both of which are also on his last studio album, 2020’s After Hours. On the new chart, the TEA and SEA units for both songs contribute to The Highlights, as a song’s activity is assigned to the artist’s album with the most sales in a week. (The Highlights sold a little over 2,000 copies in the latest tracking week, while After Hours sold under 2,000.) A week ago, the TEA and SEA for both songs were directed to After Hours (which in that frame outsold The Highlights).

Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon dips 4-7 with 38,000 equivalent album units earned (down 4%).

The teaming of rappers Young Dolph and Key Glock continues to be prosperous, as the pair score its second top 10 album together with the No. 8 arrival of Dum and Dummer 2. The twosome previously hit the top 10 with Dum and Dummer, debuting and peaking at No. 8 in 2019.

Dum and Dummer 2 bows with nearly 36,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 31,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 42.73 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs), 4,000 comprise album sales and less than 1,000 comprise TEA units.

Dum and Dummer 2 is Young Dolph’s third top 10, following Dum and Dummer and a solo project Rich Slave (No. 4 in 2020), and the second top 10 for Key Glock.

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia slips 5-9 on the Billboard 200 with 35,500 equivalent album units earned (down 1%).

AJR closes out the top 10 as the trio’s new album OK Orchestra debuts at No. 10 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned. It’s the second top 10 for the band, which previously hit the region with its last release, 2019’s Neotheater (No. 9 on the May 11, 2019, chart). The new album was led by the group’s first top 10 hit song on the Hot 100, “Bang!,” which peaked at No. 8 in January.

Of OK Orchestra’s launch of 32,000 units, 18,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 26.17 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), 13,000 comprise album sales and less than 1,000 comprise TEA units.

Carrie Underwood Delivers a Powerful Easter Concert

Carrie Underwood gifted fans not with chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs for Easter, but a powerful yet peaceful virtual concert for a good cause on Sunday (April 4).

The country star performed all 13 songs from her latest album, My Savior, live from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The venue was a perfect choice for the concert, which was streamed on Underwood’s Facebook page. The Ryman opened in 1982 as a tabernacle, and with its pews (empty due to COVID-19) and stained-glass windows, as well as being known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry, it was a fitting stage for the star —  who described it as “the mother church of country music” — to sing some of her favorite hymns and gospels on the holiday.

She opened the show — which had more than 38,000 tuned in live at one point — with help from her friend Buddy Green on the harmonica, performing “Jesus Loves Me.” Underwood, dressed in an Easter-themed white and pink floral gown, then launched into her powerful and inspiring take on “Because He Lives,” her band socially distanced behind her.

In addition to Green, the seven-time Grammy winner was joined by Needtobreathe frontman Bear Rinehart on “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus,” Mac McAnally on guitar for “Just As I Am,” and famed gospel singer CeCe Winans for a duet of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Winans is also featured on the same tune on My Savior.

Underwood closed out her nearly one-hour show with a beautiful take on “Amazing Grace” that started quietly, her voice shining. Part way through the hymn, the choir joined in from the seats in the balcony as the band kicked it up several notches. Toward the end, the electric guitars kicked in as Underwood thanked viewers before wrapping up the song with a ton of energy and incorporating the chorus of her 2014 song “Something in the Water.”

The virtual concert benefited the non-profit Save the Children, which works around the world to help kids through times of crisis. An hour after the show ended, more than $71,400 had been raised for the organization.

If you missed Underwood’s Easter Sunday concert, you can view it on Facebook for the next two days.

Cher Responds After Backlash Over Tweet About Saving George Floyd: ‘I Know My Heart’

Cher is apologizing to those she offended with a controversial comment about George Floyd’s death.

On Friday (April 2), amid the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing Floyd, the 74-year-old singer and actress tweeted about how she believes she could’ve helped save Floyd.

“Was talking with Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried. I Said ‘Mom, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking …..Maybe If I’d Been There,…I Could’ve Helped,” Cher wrote in the now-deleted tweet.

Many followers took issue with the comment, accusing Cher of having a “white savior complex” and making the issue of Floyd’s death about her. Cher’s name became a trending topic Saturday morning on Twitter.

“Um….Cher, I think you’re great and all, but this ain’t it. George Floyd’s murder isn’t about you. Don’t make it about you. And don’t inadvertently insult the traumatized witnesses who WERE there and did their damndest to save his life,” one person tweeted.

Another wrote, “If the fire fighter EMS who tried to intervene didn’t succeed, you sure had no chance. What a post!! Mindboggling. Do you think you have some kind of magical power? Police would not allow anyone to interfere in their business.”

Some also came to the defense of the artist. “Cher is constantly helping all communities. More than most. So if a kind old lady wants to wish she was there to help. I don’t see the damn harm. Calm down,” someone tweeted.

Following the backlash, Cher posted a pair of tweets apologizing for her comments.

“Wrestled With This Twt, Because I Thought some ppl wouldn’t understand, Or Believe an Entertainer Could have Honest emotions about a human Being, suffering & Dying, even if It’s Only Shown On tv. You Don’t Know What I’ve Done,Who I Am,Or What I Believe. I CAN, I HAVE, & I WILL..HELP,” Cher wrote Saturday.

She added in a second tweet, “I Just got off phone With Friend Karen. Told her what Happened, & Realized,You Can Piss Ppl Off, & Hurt Them By Not Knowing Everything That’s ‘NOT Appropriate’ To Say. I know Ppl Apologize When They’re In a Jam, BUT TO GOD ,IM TRULY SORRY If I Upset AnyOne In Blk Community.I Know My [heart emoji].”

In May 2020, a video of the unarmed Black man’s death surfaced, revealing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. The former police officer is currently on trial for murder charges in Floyd’s death. He has pleaded not guilty.

See Cher’s tweets below.