Taking a page from Lil Naz X who re-ignited “Old Town Road” by releasing a version with Billy Ray Cyrus, our friend Billie Eilish has done the same with her hit “Bad Guy.” She lures Justin Bieber into her trap just as the song has reached its peak in the charts. The Bieber mix is slightly more driving, but only slightly. Billie lives in the dark space of the mind, Bieber brightens her world. Now “Bad Guy” occupies two positions on Spotify’s Top 10, one with, one without the Biebs. Adding new energy to a song that’s about to decline is a great strategy for keeping it alive. It’s another level of the collaboration strategy. As Billboard points out, both artists win from this combination. Billie associates herself with a legend of the time and the aging legend keeps himself connected to the newest shining star. All that’s left is to see if the strategy works, if “Bad Guy” swings back up the chart. Tune in next week.
Swift’s mimesis Scooter Braun owns the masters to Taylor Swift’s first six albums after his acquisition of Big Machine Records from Scott Borchetta. She is not happy. Her feelings were widely spread across social media last week. In the spirit of the old adage “don’t get mad, get even,” Kelly Clarkson proposed a novel get even move to Swift. In a tweet this weekend she suggested that Taylor go into the studio, re-record all the songs from the albums in question and re-release them to make the old versions obsolete. Clarkson added that she’d “buy all of the new versions Just to make a point.” We’d bet that a lot of fans would do the same.
@taylorswift13 just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point A lesson for all new artists is that who owns your master recordings and who owns your publishing rights matters. If you are not at least a part owner of those rights, it will come back to haunt you. Ask the thousands of artists who have come before you who are sorry they gave up ownership of their creativity.
Are Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello a professional couple or a couple-couple? That’s the question that folks who see them together are asking. Their professional hookup started back in 2015 when they combined for the hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which they sang together at the LA Jingle Ball that year. He was 16, she was 18 at the time. They got together again in 2016 to host the iHeartradio MuchMusic Video Awards.
Now it’s 2019 and they have combined yet again for their smash hit “Senorita,” which is causing them to perform together as they did at both nights of his LA Staples Center concerts last week.
That’s all professional, but the 4th of July pool party, the brunches with his family and the late night grub grabs around LA suggest there’s more, which is added to by the touchy, feely public intimacy they share at these sightings. Though Shawn has denied a dating relationship, Camila’s Instagram says something different; in it she refers to Mendes as “amazing” and “unreal.”
Spokespeople lay cover with obtuse statements to HollywoodLife like, “They aren’t putting any labels on what they are or are not right now because they have been friends for so long. They also can’t deny the attraction they have for each other and the genuine feelings of liking each other more than just friends. They both are eager to try something more. But are also scared to dive in because they don’t want to ruin their friendship and hurt each other’s feelings down the road if it doesn’t work out.” Translation: They’re a couple-couple.
An incredible list of musical hot shots are going on tour across North America this summer! Many of these artists haven’t been on tour for a long time. Many notable artists are forming fascinating collaborations with each other to create epic summer tours in huge venues across the continent. Summer 2019 is looking like a season of music-magic across several different genres!
1. Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers are back in action doing concerts after six years without performing together. This earth-shattering news is hitting home to millions of North American fans. The group’s North American tour begins August 7th in Miami and continues until mid-December.
2. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is continuing to stun the world through a North American tour which began in March 18th in Albany, New York. She will continue the tour until August 4th. Amazingly, she’s promoting two albums together in this incredible tour!
3. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes is on tour! The stunning talent will begin the North American leg of his tour June 12th in Portland and continue across the US until early September.
Khalid is hitting the road this summer in honor of his second album, Free Spirit. The North American leg of his tour begins June 20th in Glendale and continues until his last performance in Miami on August 17th.
5. The Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys are celebrating an incredible 26 years together! Their North American tour begins July 12th in DC and continues until September 15th.
6. Michael Buble
Michael Buble begins his North American tour segment July 9th in Los Angeles, the tour continues until August 3rd.
Pentatonix has been on an amphitheater tour through the US since last May which continues into early September.
8. Flo Rida, TLC, and Nelly
Flo Rida, TLC, and Nelly are teaming up for an amphitheater tour which already began! The tour will continue until September 1st.
9. John Bellion
John Bellion is the man behind the incredible vocals in Zedd’s “Beautiful Now.” John is currently on a North American tour which will end mid-August.
10. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is currently on a tour which started on June 7th in Inglewood which will continue until July 27th where she will end it in Miami.
11. Train and Goo Goo Dolls
Train and Goo Goo Dolls are currently on a tour which will continue until August 17th.
PRETTYMUCH has a summer tour in North America starting July 11th in Irving and ending August 16th in Vancouver.
13. Queen and Adam Lambert
Queen and Adam Lambert are going on tour together this summer. The tour begins July 4th in Vancouver and ends August 23rd in Charlotte.
14. Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa will start his tour July 9th in Atlanta and end it in mid-August. The tour will feature awe inspiring opening acts such as French Montana and Playboi Carti.
15. Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band has a summer tour this year which ends in late October. This is truly a great chance to enjoy country on a summer night!
Kiss will be playing in the US this year from August 6th until September 20th.
17. Blink 182 and Lil Wayne
Blink 182 and Lil Wayne are collaborating for an incredible summer tour across North America. The tour starts June 27th in Columbus and ends September 20th in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn!
Remember Ariana Grande’s emotional performance a few weeks back in Pittsburgh? Well, according to Grande, she is “still processing a lot” as she continues through her Sweetener Tour across the USA, which will eventually head to Europe. Breaking out in tears during her latest performance in St. Louis, she took to twitter afterwards saying “I feel everything very intensely, and I have committed to doing this tour during a time in my life when I’m still processing a lot. So sometimes I cry a lot”
Over the span of the last two years there has been a lot going on in the life of the pop-star. From the suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester back in May 2017, to the death of Mac Miller, to the end of her relationship with comedian Pete Davidson, there has been a tremendous amount of emotions for Grande to deal with, all the while releasing a new album and peforming it on tour.
Grande will head back to Manchester this August as a headliner for Manchester Pride, her first performance back in Manchester since the suicide bombing in 2017. We expect there to be much more tears and emotion from Grande over the next handful of performances as she continues to fight the internal struggles that have plagued her emotionally for quite some time now.
“Drizzy” Drake has had quite the month of June. He has announced that he is in “album mode”, his beloved Raptors have won their first NBA Championship, and he released a two pack of songs to follow. One of those two songs, Money in the Grave, has debuted in the Hot 100, which was the icing on the cake for Drake’s June of successes.
With Money in the Grave debuting as number 7 in the Hot 100, Drake’s thirty-fifth top 10 track, he breaks the tie at thirty-four with The Beatles for the second most top 10 songs all the time. Any record that is broken previously held by someone with such prestige like The Beatles is an incredible feat, and yet another accolade to add on to the long list of accomplishments in Drake’s career to date.
Next up on the list for Drake is icon Madonna, whom Drake ironically has a song named after. She has 38 Top 10’s all-time, and there is little doubt that Drake will break her record in due time. Take into account the fact that he has done all this in a span of just over 10 years, one can imagine that he will not only break her record, but set a bar to be broken so high it almost seems implausible.
Suffice to say, June was a pretty good month for Canadian icon Aubrey “Drake” Graham.
“Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello sounds like summer as their mellow voices alternate, then harmonize, then alternate again with a light Latin snap rhythm in support of a pretty stock melody. It also sounds like something else; a chart topper.
The two artists had a hit together as teens four years ago with “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which came out of Mendes’ album Handwritten. There‘s been some growth from then to now. Check them out getting steamy in their latest music video below!