November 29, 2020

The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (September 11)

A certain K-pop septet had another bang-up week, as “Dynamite” reigned supreme on the Hot 100 once again. Then there was that amazing Today Show performance…whew!

Plus, Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off is in full swing, the next Verzuz battle is around the corner, the “Quizzed” video series returned with two epic guests, and much more.

Take a look at all of the week’s biggest music happenings below.


BTS topped the Hot 100 chart for a second week

It’s official: BTS’ “Dynamite” has spent a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (dated Sept. 12).

As Billboard‘s Gary Trust reports, the track “continues atop the Hot 100 on the strength of 17.5 million U.S. streams (down 49%) and 182,000 downloads sold (down 31%) in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 16 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 38%) in the week ending Sept. 6.” Check out the full rundown for this week’s Hot 100 here.

Celebs joined forces for a new voting campaign

Taylor Swift, Usher, DJ Khaled, Billie Eilish, Billy Porter, Finneas, Julianne Hough, Loren Gray, Nicky Jam, Quavo and many more have teamed up for the Just Vote campaign, which aims to motivate young people to exercise their democratic rights this November (and in the future). Learn more about the Just Vote campaign here.

And the 2020 Song of the Summer Is…

DaBaby’s “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch! The hit track wrapped at No. 1 on Billboard‘s 2020 Songs of the Summer chart in a landslide feat. Though it was up against major songs like Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” “Rockstar” ultimately ruled for 13 of the 15 tracking weeks. Check out the final tally here.

Blackpink hit a new Hot 100 high

Isn’t it sweet? The K-pop quartet scored a new career-best rank this week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as “Ice Cream” — their new collaboration with Selena Gomez — debuted at No. 13. Congrats, ladies! Learn more about the debut here.

Round 2 of Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off has begun

After a few tight races — Lana Del Rey over BTS and EXO over Seventeen — the next group of battles is set. Each round ends every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. ET. Get ready to determine whose army is the strongest and see the full list of round 2 matchups here!

Drake shared a rare photo of his son Adonis

They grow up so fast! Drizzy took to Instagram on Wednesday (Sept. 9) to share a pic of his little boy on his first day of school. “The World Is Yours Kids,” Drake captioned the snap. See the new photo here.

It’ll be Gladys Knight vs. Patti LaBelle for the next Verzuz battle

Get ready for two soul legends: Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle will face off live from The Fillmore in Philadelphia on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on Instagram and Apple Music.

“The Master Class we’ve ALL been waiting for! @MsGladysKnight vs. @MsPattiLaBelle,” the Verzuz Instagram account wrote. “Leave ya church clothes on all Sunday and pull up to the affair of all affairs. Y’all gotta get dressed up in ya Sunday’s best for this one.” Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming battle.

BTS took over The Today Show

The boys’ big week continued as they performed on The Today Show on Thursday (Sept. 10), treating the ARMY to an explosive rendition of their No. 1 hit “Dynamite.” They also performed the fan-favorite track “Anpanman,” and the unexpected song choice quickly trended on Twitter! Watch the two performances here.

Billboard‘s “Quizzed” video series returned

For the season 2 premiere of “Quizzed,” Mean Girls mastermind Tina Fey quizzed superfan Mariah Carey to see just how much the singer actually knows about the hit 2004 film. See whether Carey earned a perfect score — and look out for some teaser-y talk about the upcoming movie adaptation of the Broadway musical — here.

Daddy Yankee and Universal Music Group announced major partnership

The reggaeton star has partnered with Universal Music Group in a broad-reaching strategic partnership deal that encompasses new music and film, among other ventures.

“I’ve worked hard to build a career that transcends cultures, borders and languages, and I created new business models that helped bring our music to the world. By making one of the biggest commitments to an artist in the history of Latin music, Universal Music and Sir Lucian are partners who value my legacy, my music and my contributions,” Yankee said in a statement. “This new single is just the beginning of the new projects we have planned and I’m excited to get started.” Learn more about the big move here.

Marshmello and Demi Lovato unleashed their new collaboration

After much teasing from both parties, “OK Not To Be OK” has arrived! The uplifting track carries a simple, positive message: “When you’re down and you feel ashamed/ It’s okay not to be okay.” Check out the vibrant music video, which features young versions of both Lovato and the puffy producer, here.

Artists didn’t hold back during Billboard Live At Home performances

This week, singer-songwriter Ashe, Panamanian singer Sech, reggae rockers Rebelution and singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker partnered with Billboard for a new round of Live At-Home sessions, providing fans with quarantine entertainment while benefiting some worthy causes. Watch all three performances here.

New Music Friday was stacked

Apart from Demi Lovato and Marshmllo’s new collab, New Music Friday featured fresh cuts from YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Usher, as well as David Guetta and Sia. There were also can’t-miss releases from Florida Georgia Line, Daddy Yankee and Major Lazer this week — if it all seems overwhelming, get the TL;DR on everything you need to know about the best new music here!

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