Musicians Who Have Tattoos Dedicated to Their Significant Others

Hollywood relationships might not always be permanent, but tattoos are — unless they’re surgically removed. That hasn’t stopped the biggest musicians — Travis Barker to Justin Bieber — from getting their loved ones’ names, initials and even faces inked on their bodies.

Billboard rounded up the all-star couples who got lovey-dovey tats in honor of their significant other.

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian 

After making their relationship Instagram official on Valentine’s Day, Kardashian showed off her new nail art and the Blink-182 drummer’s new body art that of her name on his chest Friday (April 9).

Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer

While visiting the American Idol set on Monday, Jason Aldean let fans know that Luke Bryan has “his wife’s initials tattooed on his behind.” But it’s not the only body ink he has featuring Caroline Boyer’s name: The “Country Girl” singer told Good Housekeeping in a 2013 interview that they got each other’s initials inked on their ring fingers one Valentine’s Day.

Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr

The country singer himself got his wife’s nickname “Britt” inked on his wrist in 2019. Looks like she’ll always be his right hand.

Matthew Koma and Hilary Duff

Speaking of cheeky ink, the “Kisses Back” singer-songwriter honored his wife with a tattoo on his backside that reads “Hilary,” which he got last September. “Good luck winning a fight with your wife when her name’s tattooed on your butt cheek,” he captioned the picture on Instagram.

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian

The country singer inked ‘The only one that matters” on her foot in January 2012, one year after she and Cibrian announced their engagement in December 2010, and we know the only one who that could be about.

P!nk and Carey Hart

The “U + Ur Hand” artist and Hart got matching “Tru Luv” tattoos on their second date, she told The Independent. Some might say that’s too soon, but so what? The couple eventually got married in 2006, separated in 2008, got back together in 2010 and have stayed together ever since a decade later. Sounds like “tru luv” to me.

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

To commemorate her late boyfriend, the Glee alum got the No. 5 inked into the side of her ribcage in 2016. “And one more.. for my Quarterback.. #5,” she captioned her IG post. Anyone familiar with the hit musical comedy-drama series knows No. 5 adorned the back of Finn Hudson’s football jersey at McKinley High, whom Monteith portrayed for four seasons.

Victoria and David Beckham 

The Spice Girls alum and pro soccer player could be considered the king and queen of love-inspired tats. She got the Roman numerals VIII-V-MMVI tattooed on her right wrist, which represents the May 8, 2006, date of the famous couple’s renewal of their wedding vows; the Latin phrase translated to “Again from the start” in honor of their family’s new life in America when they moved for her husband’s stint with the LA Galaxy; his initials “DB” on her left wrist; the Hebrew phrase translated to “Together, forever, eternally” inked right above his initials in honor of their 10th wedding anniversary; and another Hebrew poem translated to “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” down her back. She’s lasered off these romantic tributes — most notably her back tat — but the removal of her David-inspired ink has nothing to do with the state of their marriage and more to do with cleaning up her physical aesthetic.

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

Prior to their 2008 wedding, the two lovebirds promised to have each other’s backs forever — and got each other’s names tattooed on their backs. The Nick Cannon Show host had a giant “Mariah” emblem across his back, while the Grammy-winning superstar had “Mrs. Cannon” written down the middle of a butterfly on hers. Cannon later addressed their separation and his tattoo during a 2014 interview. He decided to honor Jesus always having his back by rendering a massive religious design in place of “Mariah.” As for the Butterfly singer, she altered the butterfly design on her lower back so that his name was completely covered up.

 Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

During his 2016 GQ cover video, Bieber admitted he was trying to cover up the ink inspired by his ex Gomez. “This is my ex-girlfriend so I tried to cover her face up with some shading but people still know,” he said.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson

Like her “Stuck With U” collaborator, Grande covered up her “Pete” tattoo on her ring finger dedicated to her former fiancé with a black heart with an arrow in 2018. Stuck with u, no more.

She also covered up the “8418” she had inked on her left foot, which symbolized the firefighter badge number of Davidson’s father, who died on 9/11, with “Myron,” the name of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s dog that Grande took in following his untimely death in 2018. She points out the new “Myron” ink in the behind-the-scenes video of her “Thank U, Next” music video.

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez 

The three-time Grammy-winning Latin artist had his ex-wife’s name “Jennifer” tattooed on his right wrist, which he later covered up with tribal art following their divorce in 2011.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand

In June 2010, the pop star and her then-fiancé got matching Sanskrit tattoos on the inside of their right biceps that meant “Go with the flow.” Following the Get Him to the Greek actor’s proposal in India during their Jaipur vacation, the former couple tied the knot in a traditional Hindu ceremony in October before calling it quits two years later.

First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Griz & Elohim, Pleasure State, Rain Man & More

This week saw some big moves in the dance world, with The Weeknd’s manager (and recent Billboard cover star) Sal Slaiby joining the Swedish House Mafia team as manager, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas officially getting the green light to happen in May, a lawsuit citing sexual abuse and other charges being filed against Bassnectar, Rüfüs Du Sol announcing a November stadium show and an official Avicii biography being announced for release that same month.

In the midst of all this, we got new music from a crew of crew of artists who together demonstrate the depth and breadth of the scene. Let’s dig in.

Pleasure State, “Break Away”

Pleasure State — the trio of Lee Foss, MK and Anabel Englund — wasn’t just a supergroup: it was a mindset, a portal to blurry summer nights spent swaying beneath the palm trees. But like many things, this state of pleasure was fleeting. After delivering suave hits like “Electricity”
and “Ghost in the System,” the group went dormant in 2014 as its members continued their solo careers, sometimes with one another (in fact Englund and MK’s single “Underwater” is currently No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay) but not altogether — until now.

For the 100th release on Lee Foss’s Repopulate Mars label, Pleasure State has reunited on their Break Away EP, which takes us right back to the early 2010s’ golden days. On the title track, the production is deep but bumpin’ with its melancholic chords and bouncing bassline. Meanwhile, Englund’s voice and song-writing ring clear as the voice of reason in this mini-narrative about finally leaving a failed relationship in the rearview mirror, perhaps by way of a soul-searching drive down the coast, past all those palm trees. – KRYSTAL RODRIGUEZ

Elohim & Griz, “Bring Me Back”

This new power duo collab is the result of a mutual artistic crush. “I’ve always been a fan of Griz and his message, his connection with his audience and his musicianship,” Elohim says in a press release, in which Griz simply adds “Elohim is one of my favorite people.” From this musical friendship emerges “Bring Me Back,” a warm breeze of a house track built from Griz playing keyboards over shuffling 4/4 and a sinewy synth line and Elohim gently urging that “I need you to bring back” as the production lifts into a full on day party. You can almost taste the White Claw.  An equally refreshing change of pace from the harder sounds Griz has been working with lately, “Bring Me Back” screams “springtime” and is out now via Elohim Music. — KATIE BAIN

 Juuku, “Warmth”

Remember when you wished you had more time to stay at home and relax? Covid-19 taught us to all be careful what we wish for, but quarantine also offered a lot of time to reflect on what matters the most for us. Introspection is always better with a moving soundtrack. You need something that’s emotionally-compelling but not overly distracting. For that, we humbly suggest Juuku’s Warmth EP, a seven-track exploration of all things inner space set to beautiful synth melodies and jazzy rhythms. Plus, the textures are really nice.

“This EP represents me searching for warmth in this cold world,” the artist says in an emailed statement. “It is a journey of self reflection, exploring my tragic and joyful experience to piece together my identity. Throughout this journey, I look for pieces of myself along the way, deciding whether to take them with me or leave them behind.” We’re gonna go ahead and leave behind the anxiety and trauma of 2020, if we can, but we’re totally bringing Warmth with us into the future. – KAT BEIN

Monki, “Yurican Soul”

In her debut release for Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations label, Monki has gifted us hands-in-the-air gold in the form of Yurican Soul.
The title track, Monki told DJ Mag, was “inspired by one of my heroes Louie Vega and the old school sound of New York.” Channeled through her production chops, that NYC sound flies overseas to Ibiza, delivering a deep tech groove that sounds at home everywhere from the beach to the club terrace to a strobe-lit dancefloor. The Spanish vocal is smooth and catchy, and its percussion naturally drives the hips; the addition of a sneaky acid synth line snaking its way to the forefront paints a much-missed picture of a sweaty crowd peaking and unraveling by the confetti-coated eight-count at 3am. — K.R.

Rain Man, “Still Young”

Yes, that’s right, Rain Man is back. (Again.) The producer born Kris Trindl has had a string of releases since his litigious departure from Krewella back in 2014, and today he extends his narrative (and catalog) with his first new music since 2017. A collab with Las Vegas-based vocalist Oly — who originally linked with Rain Man on 2016’s “Bring Back The Night” and who this time around gives light Lady Gaga vibes — “Still Young” is pretty damn fun. A swirling cacophony of layered beats and synths, the track builds to a sizeable peak that relies largely on Oly’s hooky melody and which pleasantly lingers in the brain well after the track is done.

It feels like a powerful reminder that everything is possible, and all of our hopes and dreams are right in front of us,” Trindl says of the song in a press release. “All we have to do is reach out and grab them.” – K. Bain

Esseks, “Watching From a Distance”

If you like your music to sound like a playground for your ears, get ready to put on some knee pads, as NYC producer and illustrator Esseks just dropped a totally wicked soundscape on Deadbeats. “Watching From a Distance” comes to life in wiggly synth lines and plinker-pop beats. It’s not quite like anything we’ve heard before, kind of like a song made up of sound effects. It’s even got some mean bass to it, and it makes us want to dance around the house doing our best wet noodle impression. This wonky-little wonder is the lead single from Essek’s forthcoming LP The Villain’s Journey, “a small piece of a bigger picture,” as the artists says in a press release. — K. Bein

First Stream Latin: New Music From Manuel Medrano, La Doña, Juanes & More

First Stream Latin is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors. Check out this week’s picks below.

Manuel Medrano, “Hay Una Luz Dentro De Ti” (Warner Music Mexico)

After testing the waters with a pop-funk-meets-urban sound, which he simply nailed, Manuel Medrano returns to his roots on “Hay Una Luz Dentro De Ti.” In a true and authentic Medrano fashion, the Colombian crooner laces a soulful alternative beat with heartfelt lyrics that will simply make anyone fall in love. “There are so many things within you that I can’t resist” and “your heart and mine join forces and it feeds my entire body,” are some of the lyrics that Medrano’s deep vocals chant, flaunting his ease with poetry. The music video is just as symbolic, showing a couple’s love story through lyrical dance as Medrano performs the song in an abandoned train station and inside a vintage theater. – JESSICA ROIZ

Mon Laferte, Seis (Universal Music México)

Mon Laferte wrote her sixth album, aptly titled Seis, while hunkered down in the pueblo mágico Tepoztlán, nearly two hours south of Mexico City. The Chilean singer-songwriter started writing it a month after the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. “I was like everyone else, just filled with uncertainty,” she told Billboard. “So I clung onto my music and my guitar because I thought, if the world ends, I at least want people to know how I was feeling.” It’s the first album in which she sings regional Mexican (banda, corridos tumbados, mariachi) music in homage to the country she’s live in for the past 14 years. In it, she doesn’t hold back while singing about toxic relationships, past and future loves, and the love she has for her mother and other women. “The entire writing process was very solitary, bleak and melancholic … it was nights of just me and my guitar, drinking mezcal, with the crickets in the background,” she adds. – GRISELDA FLORES

Jay Wheeler, “Viendo Al Techo” (Linked Music/Empire)

Jay Wheeler continues to prove why he’s considered “La Voz Romantica” (the romantic voice) with the release of his new single “Viendo al Techo.” The Puerto Rican newcomer, and one of Billboard’s Latin Artists to Watch in 2021, drops a romantic urban bop that perfectly sums up one’s feelings after a breakup: emptiness, confusion, shame. “I’m not good at pretending that I forgot you/ Baby, I miss you, the nights are long without you,” Wheeler, who penned the lyrics, sings. The music video captures a heartbroken man in his bedroom remembering his best memories with his ex-girlfriend. — J.R.

La Doña, “Setas y Ceros” (Human Re Sources)

Bay Area artist La Doña, whom we’ve been following throughout the pandemic in our In a Pandemic series, released her new bachata-inspired song “Setas y Ceros.” The track kicks off with a chill bachata vibe but it quickly picks up speed transitioning to a reggaeton tune led by La Doña’s slick accordion skills. While at first listen it may sound like a party track (which it could be), true to La Doña’s style, “Setas y Ceros” has a deeper meaning exploring how we function under capitalism. “I work hard and I save but it’ll never be enough,” La Doña tells Billboard. “Although I’ve completed my main goal in life, which was to buy a house, I’m still working multiple jobs and 60+ hour weeks, juggling so much. When does that ever end?” – G.F.

Myke Towers & Ñengo Flow, “Burberry” (Warner Music Latina/Warner Records/One World International)

Myke Towers teamed up with old-school reggaeton star Ñengo Flow for the release of “Burberry,” a raw drill with trap-influenced beats that not only sends a message to haters but also flaunts all the hustle paying off. Just moments after dropping the video for “Burberry,” Myke Towers and Ñengo Flow landed on the YouTube trends page with the music video, where the two artists are pampered by luxurious goods, including the designer brand. “Burberry” marks the second single off of Towers’ upcoming studio album Lyke Myke. -- J.R. 

Danny Felix & Mariachi Vargas De Tecatitlán, “Mariachi Tumbado” (Fonovisa)

In his new single, which follows his debut album Vuelve, the up-and-coming artist gives traditional mariachi music a contemporary twist. Teaming up with Mariachi Vargas De Tecatitlán, Danny Felix fuses mariachi with tumbado giving the song some edge. The track, penned by the Mexican-American artist, began with a guitar and romantic lyrics, eventually evolving into a mariachi tumbado song once Mariachi Vargas jumped on the project. Most recently, Felix – who produced a handful of Natanael Cano’s hits – co-wrote Karol G’s “200 Copas” with Karol and Ovy On the Drums – G.F.

Juanes, “El Amor Después del Amor” (Universal Music Latino)

The first preview of Juanes’ forthcoming 10th studio album titled Origen – a collection of reimagined songs that have inspired his career – the Colombian star released a captivating cover of Fito Paez’s 1992 love anthem “El Amor Después del Amor.” True to Juanes’ essence, this new version is a bit more rock deftly fused with gospel influences and blues powered by Juanes’ smooth guitar skills. “‘El Amor Después del Amor’ is one of my favorite rock songs of all time,” Juanes said in a statement. “Since the day it came out, what it spoke to, and still does, resonates with me and a whole generation. I have the utmost admiration for Fito- I admire his greatness as a composer and his lasting influence on Latin Rock.” The singer-songwriter will perform his version of “El Amor Después del Amor,” co-produced by Juanes and Sebastian Krys, live at the Latin AMAs on April 15. – G.F.

Luis Figueroa, “Hasta El Sol De Hoy” (Salsa Version) (Sony Music Latin/Magnus Media)

Luis Figueroa, this week’s Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise, flexes on his artistic versatility with his new single “Hasta El Sol de Hoy.” With his dulcet vocals, the Puerto Rican artist pays an homage to the timeless 1993 salsa song by Edgar Joel y Su Orquesta, whose vocalist at the time was Anthony Colón, Luis’ uncle. “He plays an important role in my career because he would always accompany me to the studio at the beginning of my career,” he told Billboard. The single marks the first single from Figueroa’s debut studio set, slated for May, called Canciones del Alma, an album that will include his versions of songs that have “inspired and molded me into the artist I am today.” — J.R.

Jay Maly, Ñengo Flow & Darell, “Juguete” (Rompe Records Music)

After joining forces with Arcangel on “Rosas y Pistolas,” Jay Maly reels in Ñengo Flow and Darell  on his new single “Juguetes.” Produced by Lanalizar and Cromo La X, the sultry reggaeton track “talks about the game of seduction and how some girls don’t like to fall into serious commitments,” the Cuban newcomer explained in a statement. “Sometimes men fall into their temptation but they just want momentary fun.” The official music video was directed by José Javy Ferrer in Miami and shows all three artists. – J.R.

What Spotify Ratifying Ringer & Gimlet Unions Means for Music’s Labor Movement

Spotify may have quickly ratified contracts with its employees’ labor unions because, emerging from the pandemic in coming months, the music-streaming giant has “opportunities to make money quickly right now,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University’s director of labor research. “It would not be a good time to be stalled by delays or fights within the industry.”

The two unions, representing a total of 115 employees at Spotify-owned Gimlet Media and The Ringer, ratified the contracts Wednesday. In addition to establishing minimum annual base salaries ($57,000 at The Ringer, which covers sports and pop culture via websites and podcasts, and $73,000 at Gimlet, which produces podcasts), the contracts provide funding for diversity committees and representation for LGBTQ workers and other under-represented groups.

“This is not just a significant victory, it’s also an innovative victory,” Bronfenbrenner says. “There’s language that prioritizes those that needed it the most. They’re fighting for the lowest-paid workers, workers of color and LGBTQ workers.”

In recent years, unions have struggled to gain traction at Big Tech companies: Amazon warehouse workers lost an election Friday (April 9) to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; Google workers formed the Alphabet Union in January, but it has only 700 members in a company of 130,000 employees. And although music workers aren’t specifically impacted by the Spotify ratifications, the streaming service’s action is the latest in recent small but positive signs for labor movements after indie record label Secretly Group quickly recognized its new employees’ union on March 25.

Broader unionization at large tech companies is unlikely to expand beyond Spotify, says Gordon Lafer, a University of Oregon professor who specializes in labor studies: “It’s partly because there is vicious pushback by the companies. And it’s partly because it’s a competitive industry and people are scared of not only being fired but not getting jobs in Silicon Valley or Seattle.” Spotify was an unusual case, perhaps because it’s based in Sweden, which is relatively union-friendly, but also because The Ringer and Gimlet employees work in podcasting and had large platforms to rally public support. “If you’re going to threaten the job of a warehouse worker, nobody will know,” he says.

Employees at Gimlet and The Ringer didn’t win on every point — management insisted on retaining writers’ work on websites, podcasts and other outlets. But that suggests the companies and unions were open to compromise, says Robert Bruno, professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, possibly because the podcast, tech and music industries attract like-minded managers and employees focused on “creation and entrepreneurialism and creativity.”

“Unless you’re going to be overly adversarial, you’re going to end up with a contract. Why drag it out?” he asks. “It makes sense to get to it.”

Bronfenbrenner adds that the recent victories at Secretly and Spotify, along with President Biden’s general pro-union stance, are helpful for the wider labor movement. “We’re seeing a ripple effect across the country,” she says. “Workers see that unions are possible. They’re going to be inspired by the fact that workers at Spotify, who are like them, are able to organize.”

Here Are the 13 Best ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ Memes From Taylor Swift Fans

Taylor Swift caused quite the social media frenzy on Friday (April 9) following the release of her re-recorded sophomore breakthrough album Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

The 31-year-old singer traveled back in time to 2008 and breathed new life into the 20 original tracks fans came to know and love at a younger age while adding six never-before-released songs “From the Vault.” But those bonus cuts weren’t the only things unleashed online.

Her die-hard followers spun their own (even Swift co-signed) versions of the Internet’s beloved cinematic memes, from Adam Driver’s infamous wall-punching scene in Marriage Story expressing one’s preparation for “Today Was a Fairytale (Taylor’s Version)” to Rachel McAdams’ Mean Girls character Rachel McAdams watching chaos ensue in the school hallways being reimagined as Swift’s reaction to seeing “Swifties freaking out on the Internet.”

You also can’t forget the classic Chandler Bing from Friends clutching an album meme with the beloved LP in hand being none other than Fearless (Taylor’s Version). Or Glee’s Sue Sylvester plotting to “create an environment that is so Fearless” à la the pop star.

In true Swiftie fashion, find the 13 best memes to commemorate the best day below.

Saweetie & Doja Cat’s ‘Best Friend’ Cracks Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Saweetie scores a third top 10 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as “Best Friend,” featuring Doja Cat, enters the top tier with a 13-10 boost on the chart dated April 10. The song climbs on the chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, chiefly thanks to its growing standing at radio formats, including a concurrent rise to No. 1 on the Rhythmic Airplay chart.

Before “Friend,” Saweetie landed a pair of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10s with “My Type” (No. 10) in 2019 and “Tap In” (No. 9) last year.

Likewise, the current hit solidifies Saweetie’s status as a rhythmic radio favorite as “Friend” rises from No. 2 to top Billboard’s Rhythmic Airplay chart. The track ascends after it gained 9% in plays in the week ending April 4 to become the radio format’s most-played song of the week, according to MRC Data.

“Friend” gives Saweetie her third Rhythmic No. 1, and second consecutive leader. Her previous release, “Back to the Streets,” featuring Jhene Aiko, ruled for one week in January. Before that, her first trip to No. 1 came with the 2019 hit, “My Type,” a two-week champ. In addition, the rising rapper very nearly made it four in a row – between “Type” and “Streets,” her song “Tap In” peaked at No. 2.

Plus, thanks to “Friend,” Saweetie becomes only the fifth female rapper to post three No. 1s to the Rhythmic Airplay chart’s summit, after Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, each with eight, Megan Thee Stallion (four) and Iggy Azalea (three).

With the new No. 1, Doja Cat, too, returns to familiar territory. The singer/rapper nabs her second Rhythmic Airplay chart-topper, after “Say So” led for three weeks in April – May 2020.

Beyond the new milestones, “Friend” attains a new peak on the Hot Rap Songs chart with a 10-8 bump. The chart, like Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, uses the three metrics of airplay, sales and streaming data in its calculations.

Other radio improvements, meanwhile, come on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Pop Airplay charts. On the former, “Friend” advances 15-14 as it picked up 13% growth in audience to reach 9.8 million listeners at the format in the week ending April 14. And despite the single dropping 21-23 on the latter, it posts a gain of 6% in plays on monitored pop top 40 stations in the week.