Swifties Are Obsessing Over ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’: Check Out Reaction

Were Swifties excited about the release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version)? You bet!

Taylor Swift kicked off the next phase of her career by returning to the past, with a re-recording of her sophomore album.

Spanning 26 songs and running to 1 hour and 46 minutes, Taylor’s Version is a feast. And Swifties are here for it.

The new release, the first of what should be many re-recorded Taylor Swift studio albums, trended on social media before and long after it dropped.

Fans took a trip back in time as they tuned into digital music platforms, and shared their thoughts on social media.

Check out some of the reaction below.

J Balvin & Khalid Team Up for Soulful Reggaeton Duet ‘Otra Noche Sin Ti’: Watch

In a time where bilingual collaborations have become a booming trend, J Balvin and Khalid have teamed up for “Otra Noche Sin Ti,” out now.

Marking their first-ever collaboration, the track, which laces a romantic reggaeton beat with a pop-soul melody, tells the story of a man who can’t fathom the fact that the love of his life is gone.

“They say I lost you and I can’t tolerate another night without you/ Another night without you hurts a lot,” Balvin chants in Spanish.

Two minutes in, Khalid steps in with his soulful vocals. “You know I don’t do it on purpose/ You know I can’t go on another night without you,” he sings in English.

Watch the music video for “Otra Noche Sin Ti” below:

Doja Cat & SZA Release ‘Kiss Me More’ Collab: Stream It Now

Doja Cat and SZA have one question: Can you “Kiss Me More?”

They dropped their first-ever collaboration on Friday (April 9), which is the first taste of the Doja’s upcoming third album Planet Her, due this summer.

SZA interviewed Doja for the surreal 3D cover of V Magazine in March, in which the former described “Kiss Me More” as “a different strut” in terms of the song’s sound as the latter described what genres she’s more drawn to — “the house, disco, vintage-y essences—that’s where my heart kind of lies.”

The slinky, sensual jam will definitely be a summer playlist staple with its groovy bass line harkening back to Doja’s career-first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Say So” and its playful lyrics about spelling out one’s name on the inside of a lover’s mouth (“Boy, you write your name, I can do the same/ Oh, I love the taste, la-la-la-la-la,” Doja whispers in the post-chorus before switching into a full-on pop sing-a-long chant, “All on my tongue, I want it!”) Meanwhile, SZA knows her worth and asserts that she deserves better and all their friends even know it when she croons, “All your ni—s say that you lost without me/ All my bi—es feel like I dodged it, don’t need.”

The 25-year-old rapper has scored some of the biggest hits of her career with other female artists, including her breakthrough Hot 100 chart-topping “Say So” remix with Nicki Minaj, her “34+35″ hit with Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion that peaked at No. 2 on the chart, and her steadily climbing “Best Friend” collab with Saweetie that’s currently sitting at No. 17 this week (chart dated April 10).

Stream “Kiss Me More” below.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ Album Has Arrived: Stream and Listen

Taylor Swift unveiled her highly-anticipated first re-recorded studio album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), today (April 9).

The LP is a re-recording of her 2008 No. 1 album, and includes 27 tracks. Aside from shiny new versions of every original song, there are also six new “From the Vault” tracks: “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” “Don’t You,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “You All Over Me,” “We Were Happy” and “That’s When (featuring Keith Urban).” In addition to two turns from Urban, Maren Morris and Colbie Caillat make appearances on the album.

“I’m counting down the minutes til we can all jump into this brave world together, filled with equal parts nostalgia and brand newness. Head first, Fearless,” Swift recently wrote on Twitter while announcing the album’s track list.

Swift previously announced her intention to re-record her first six albums — which were released between 2006 and 2017 by Big Machine Label Group — in 2019, following Scooter Braun’s acquisition of her master recordings. “It’s going to be fun, because it’ll feel like regaining a freedom and taking back what’s mine,” Swift told Billboard in 2019 of the re-recording process. “When I created [these songs], I didn’t know what they would grow up to be. Going back in and knowing that it meant something to people is actually a really beautiful way to celebrate what the fans have done for my music.”

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is out now via Republic Records. Stream and listen to it below.

Matt Gudinski Named CEO of Mushroom Group

Matt Gudinski will lead Mushroom Group, the independent music giant founded by his late father, Michael Gudinski. With immediate effect, the younger Gudinski assumes the role of CEO of the Melbourne-based group, which boasts over 250 employees and two dozen companies.

Gudinski’s elevation follows the sudden passing of his father on March 2, at the age of 68.

Matt was tapped as successor and presented to the industry as the company’s future leader some years ago. When Michael Gudinski rebranded the company in 2013 as part of the Mushroom Group’s 40th anniversary celebrations, he promoted Matt to group executive director, a central role that reflected his prominent standing in the company.

Gudinski told industry guests during a party on the night in central Melbourne that Matt was “going to take the mantle,” when the time comes.

In the eight years since, the two Gudinskis worked together on steering the group. “This isn’t a role that I expected to assume yet, but I am determined to honor the great legacy my father left,” Matt Gudinski says in a statement, confirming his new leadership role. “Mushroom Group is in its strongest position ever and as we fast approach our 50th year I know that our incredibly talented Mushroom family will help me deliver the vision Dad and I had for the next 50 years of our business.”

Matt joined Mushroom Group in 2003 at age 17, with the launch of his touring imprint, Illusive Presents.  In 2016, Matt created RNB Fridays Live, one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest touring brands which has featured performances from Janet Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Usher, Lil John and many others.

Since his promotion in 2013, Matt played a key role in all aspects of the business, and oversaw all the Mushroom label subsidiaries which include Bloodlines, I OH YOU, Ivy League Records, Liberation Records, Liberator Music, Soothsayer and his own Illusive Sounds, label home to chart-topping hip-hop act Bliss N Eso, whom he co-manages. Matt also launched the Mushroom Group’s first dedicated management arm Role Model Artists, and last year launched Mushroom Group’s new, full-service music development company, 100s + 1000s.

A titan of Australia’s music industry, Michael Gudinski’s life and career was remembered at a state memorial, held last month at Rod Laver Arena, featuring speeches from both his children, Matt and Kate, and performances from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue.

The group he built from the ground up is the largest independent music enterprise in Australia and New Zealand, with businesses active in all conceivable areas of entertainment, from music publishing to booking agencies, labels, venues and, of course, concerts, through the formidable Frontier Touring Company.

Watch Madonna Show ‘Love’ to Britney Spears in ‘…Baby One More Time’ Lip-Sync Video

There’s always been a lot of love between Madonna and Britney Spears, from their “Me Against the Music” collaboration and infamous onstage kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards, both in 2003, to Spears joining the Queen of Pop on her Sticky and Sweet Tour stop at LA’s Dodger Stadium in 2008. And clearly the love is still there.

On Thursday (April 8), Madonna took to Twitter to share a lip-sync video set to Spears’ 1998 breakout hit “…Baby One More Time,” captioning the video: “Love This Song……..,Love The Girl who sings it.”

In the clip, Madonna lip-syncs to the song while using a video face filter that puts a “Madame X” tattoo right across the bridge of her nose. Madame X is the title of Madge’s 14th and most recent album, released in June 2019 and including the singles “Crave” (with Swae Lee) and “Medillin” (with Maluma).

Watch the video below:

 

5 Best Musical Moments From 2021 GLAAD Media Awards

On Thursday night (April 8), GLAAD celebrated their 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards with a special livestreamed ceremony. Filled with love, acceptance and lots of trophies getting handed out to queer folks working in the entertainment industry, the show proved to be yet another successful celebration of LGBTQ exceptionalism in media.

Throughout the show, there were a number of moments where queer artists got to shine in the spotlight, from winning awards to storming the stage. Below, Billboard breaks down five of the best musical moments that took place at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards.

Sam Smith won while throwing a “tea party”

With the pandemic still keeping people everywhere confined to their homes, the artists and presenters at the media awards had to call in for the evening’s festivities — a fact that Sam Smith took to their advantage. After being presented the award for outstanding music artist by fellow pop phenom Katy Perry, Smith cozied up on their couch with a hot cup of tea to offer a hearty “cheers” to their fellow nominees. “Music has remained this constant force of unity throughout the world for people … these are the albums that got me and got all of us through this year,” they said. “So I just wanted to raise a cup of tea — having a tea party — for everyone in this category. I really hope that we can all be together and I can go to a GLAAD Awards someday and meet everyone.”

Chika thanked herself before delivering a stellar mash-up

Shortly before the ceremony began, rapper Chika earned a career milestone when she took home her first award ever for outstanding breakthrough music artist. In a speech posted to GLAAD’s Twitter, Chika sarcastically decided to dedicate the award to herself, and no one else. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to sit here and sing these songs and not give anyone credit, especially the people who gave birth to me and my management,” she said, smirking. “So thank you guys, from Chika and Chika only, not Warner, and not the band behind me. Just me.” That didn’t stop the celebration: During the ceremony, the rapper rolled up for a top-tier performance of her songs “FWB” and “Save You,” featuring a full band, backup dancers, lights and, of course, her stunning voice.

Jessica Betts asks wife Niecy Nash to “Catch Me” with moving performance

After coming out earlier this year, actress Niecy Nash stepped in to host the GLAAD Media Awards — and lucky for us, she brought her wife. Taking to the virtual stage halfway through the stream, Jessica Betts gave an emotional, stripped-down performance of her latest single “Catch Me.” A beautiful ode to queer love, Betts stepped into frame with just a microphone and a guitar singing directly to her wife. “When love takes flight/ I’m waiting right now/ Will you catch me/ Before the air lets out,” she sang, glancing over at Nash. It’s clear the host approved of the performance, giving Betts a kiss at the end, while declaring, “That’s my baby right there, that’s all me!”

The Glee cast & Demi Lovato honored Naya Rivera

To celebrate the life of the late actress Naya Rivera, the cast of Glee reunited to reflect on her legacy and the impact of her character from the show, Santana Lopez. Demi Lovato, who briefly played Rivera’s girlfriend on the show, introduced the cast by asking LGBTQ youth watching at home to look to the actress as an example of activism, saying, “It’s been 10 years since Santana Lopez came out; look at what LGBTQ teens have done in a decade. Imagine what they can do in the next one.” As for the cast, much of the segment was spent remembering what a kind, talented friend Rivera was. “When Naya passed, an all of these messages came in over social media, the messsages were all the same,” said Kevin McHale, the actor behind Glee’s lovable dweeb Artie Abrams. “She would treat you how she treated me, someone she knew and saw every single day, or how she would treat her family.”

Rebecca Black threw herself a karaoke party in “Girlfriend” performance

To end the evening’s festivities, pop singer Rebecca Black showed up for a showstopping, glitter-filled performance of her latest single “Girlfriend.” Clad in a shimmering corset and skirt and sitting in what looked like the remnants of a blowout birthday party, the singer strutted across the stage, belting out her anthem for queer love. “I’m gonna call her, drive on over/ Wanna see her, wanna hold her,” she wailed into the microphone, bouncing around her candy-colored ballroom. “It hit me all of a sudden/ I’m getting back with my girlfriend.”

Watch the entirety of the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards below: