Yungblud reveals details of self-titled, upcoming third studio album

Yungblud has confirmed that his third, self-titled studio album is scheduled to arrive on Sept. 2.  A countdown clock on the musician’s website led to a livestream where Yungblud made the official announcement for the album. While broadcasting, the musician proceeded to get a tattoo in his ribcage area to commemorate the experience.

Said Yungblud: “Everything up to this moment has been a complete explosion of uncensored expression, where I just told the truth and sang about what I felt in that exact moment. The difference here is that I have thought and felt this record so deeply. I went to a part of myself that I didn’t know was there. I studied it, I bathed in the emotion, tried to solve the equation and come up with an answer (at least for now) from love to pain, adoration to abandonment, laughter to betrayal.”

He continued, “My message is the same, it will always be; I will continue to be nothing but myself and encourage others to do the same. There is simply no other option. I hope it provides my beautiful family who have followed me throughout this journey answers about themselves but also questions and challenges, but most importantly I hope it fills them with love. You have provided me with an antidote for the emptiness and loneliness I’ve felt in the past. You have given me a voice. So here is my story. Why did i call it YUNGBLUD? Because nothing in my life has ever made more sense.”

Yungblud teamed up with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in the video for “The Funeral” that was released in March, which was followed by “Memories” that featured a guest appearance by Willow.  Yungblud is currently on the road in Europe on his sold out “Life on Mars” tour, and will return stateside this fall with select dates including festival appearances at the Austin City Limit, Louder Than Life, Riot Fest and the Firefly Music Festival. You can  get ticketing info here.

To pre-orders / pre-save the self-titled Yungblud album, head here.

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Rihanna welcomes a baby boy with A$AP Rocky

Rihanna is officially a mom, giving birth to her first child – a baby boy – with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky on May 13 in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. Rihanna and A$AP have been dating since early 2020. They went public with their romance in November of that same year.

Rihanna’s pregnancy was revealed in late January after photographs emerged of the singer, 34, showing off her baby bump as she went for a stroll with Rocky, 33, in Harlem. A month before revealing the pregnancy, Rihanna had sparked rumors while dining at Carbone, with a source telling us she was “quite clearly drinking sparkling water and openly rubbing her baby bump.” The Fenty Beauty founder attempted to hide her pregnancy with oversize jackets and baggy clothes but began flaunting her baby bump with her trendy, maternity fashion.

A$AP Rocky — real name Rakim Mayers — opened up about one day becoming a dad during a May 2021 interview with GQ, saying, “I think I’d be an incredible, remarkably overall amazing dad. I would have a very fly child. Very.”

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Harry Styles’ ‘One Night Only in New York’ concert to livestream on Apple Music

Harry Styles’ “One Night Only in New York” concert is set to take place at UBS Arena at Belmont Park in New York this Friday, May 20, and now Apple Music announced that it will be available to stream exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in 167 countries around the world.

The concert will celebrate Styles’ new album “Harry’s House,” which drops the same day, “and will see Harry performing songs from the album for the first time ever.” All tickets for the show were $25 all-in, including taxes and fees.

Harry Styles’ “One Night Only in New York” will be available to stream live on Apple Music at 9:00p EST / 6p PST on Friday, May 20th.  An encore will be shown on May 22nd at 12:00p EST / 9:00a PT / 6:00p CET and on May 26th at 4pm BST / 5pm SGT / 7pm AEST.  Head here for information.

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ expanded 40th Anniversary reissue to include never-released tracks

Michael Jackson’s iconic album Thriller will be reissued in an expanded edition in celebration of its 40th anniversary on Nov. 18.

According to Sony Music, the double-CD set will feature the original album as well as a second disc of “never-released tracks which were worked on by Michael for” Thriller. Details for the latter will be announced at a future date. The 40th anniversary release will also be available in a limited-edition vinyl and separate exclusive versions from Walmart and Target. The Walmart version of the album will feature an additional cover and the Target version will have a vinyl slip mat. You can pre-order it from the official Michael Jackson store here. Jackson’s web-store is also offering new merchandise with a special ‘Thriller 40’ logo.

Thriller remains the best-selling album in music history. It spent a record-breaking 37 weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and spawned three Hot 100 chart-toppers with the title track, as well as “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.”

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Set for 40th Anniversary Special Release

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5 Seconds of Summer announce upcoming album and share video for new single ‘Me, Myself & I’

5 Seconds of Summer have released the video for their new single “Me, Myself & I”, the third track from their forthcoming album 5SOS5. 

The band announced their highly-anticipated fifth studio album 5SOS5 will arrive on September 23rd, 2022 via BMG. The deluxe CD version and digital versions of the album will have 19 tracks, and cassette and vinyl are also available. 5SOS5 will feature previously released tracks such as “Take My Hand” and ‘”Complete Mess” alongside 16 new songs, and is available for pre-order here.

Check out the new music video for Me, Myself & I at the link – here.

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Charli XCX to perform Metaverse concert on Roblox platform

Charli XCX will enters the Metaverse this June, performing a special concert for Samsung on the Roblox platform on June 17.   The concert comes at the end of a five-week campaign by Roblox, where they have hosted mini-games and other challenges for users to become involved in. The ‘Superstar Galaxy’ allowed players to create pop star avatars of their own, completing challenges; the winners of these are given the opportunity to join Charli XCX on stage for the concert.

Along with her performance, Charli XCX’s own Roblox avatar will be on hand to provide players with assistance and tips along the way. Fans and users of the platform will be able to rewatch the performance throughout the weekend.

Watch the trailer for the event – here.

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Post Malone & Roddy Ricch team up for the new single ‘Cooped Up’

Post Malone has dropped the follow-up to his hit song ‘One Right Now’ (featuring The Weeknd) with the release of his new single with Roddy Ricch titled ‘Cooped Up.’

Said Post about Roddy: “He’s just such an incredible man and just a natural performer and vocalist and lyricist. And he just gets after it, and it’s so cool. And he’s such a beautiful, beautiful man. And so talented, man. I’m so pumped.”   Post also said of their new collab: “I’m trying, man. I’m trying. I’ve been out of my bag for a long time, and I’m trying to hop back in there, man. We knew what we wanted to say, and we knew what we wanted to express, not only in a song but in that particular moment on the album. And yeah, it just came super naturally. I couldn’t even tell you. I was probably on the s***ter when I wrote it. And so, there’s a lot of things very much so on this record that are tongue in cheek. And I think this whole record is the most honest record I’ve made, and I’m so pumped for people to hear it. But every song in there tells a story, so this is kind of like, “Here’s the life that we live, but there’s always something going on in the background.”

Listen to the new single from Post and Roddy ‘Cooped Up’ – here.

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Camila Cabello joins NBC’s ‘The Voice’ as new coach for Season 22

The NBC singing competition show “The Voice” will have a new lineup of coaches when it returns in the fall for Season 22. Long-time coach Kelly Clarkson will be leaving, with Camila Cabello stepping in for her first full-time stint. Cabello served as a team mentor in previous seasons; she joins Blake Shelton and John Legend alongside Gwen Stefani, who is returning for her sixth season. Last season, The Voice welcomed Ariana Grande as coach, who took over the chair previously held by Nick Jonas.

Cabello announced the news on TikTok where she used the duet feature to appear alongside Shelton, Legend, and Stefani. “See you this fall,” she wrote in the caption.

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2022 Billboard Music Awards: See the full list of winners

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards were held on Sunday night, hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs live from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Drake, who did not attend the event, was the big winner of the evening, taking home the awards for Top Artist and Top Male Artist.

Other big winners included Olivia Rodrigo, who won Top New Artist, Top Female Artist, Top 100 Artist and Top Streaming Songs Artist awards as well as BTS, who took the Top Duo/Group honor, and Taylor Swift, who won Top 200 Billboard 200 Artist.

Mary J. Blige was honored with the Icon Award, after being introduced by Janet Jackson with a video montage which explored Blige’s career.  Said Jackson:  “Mary J. Blige represents truth.”  In accepting her award, Blige called Jackson an icon and inspiration, saying:  “I’m in a dream right now, thank you so much. ” She also thanked friends, family, fans and Billboard for the honor:  “The way the world is now, I think people think icons are born that way. They become a legend overnight, but that is definitely not the case. It takes a lot time, hard work and a lot of surviving trial and error to achieve greatness.”

Machine Gun Kelly performed “Twin Flame”, dedicating the song to his fiancé, actress Megan Fox, while Travis Scott performed for the first time since the Astroworld tragedy about six months ago in Houston.  Morgan Wallen won Top Country Male Artist, with Dan + Shay taking home Top Country Duo/Group.

For a full list of winners, head here.

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Charlie Puth shares his music video for “That’s Hilarious”

Charlie Puth is sharing the music video for his song “That’s Hilarious.”

The video starts with Charlie draped over a table, reflecting on his past relationship; as it progresses, Charlie begins experiencing other strong emotions. Prior to the clip’s release, Charlie shared on TikTok that he was “really drunk” when shooting a portion of the music video because “I didn’t want to get upset about what the song was about” and said he fought back tears when filming the music video.

Recently on Instagram, Charlie said that the song brings him back to “a time that was really, really, really challenging in my life,” adding, “I never told people what happened to me and the pain that I went through going through the worst breakup of my life in 2019.  ‘That’s Hilarious’ is the hardest song that I’ve ever had to put together.”

“That’s Hilarious” appears on the forthcoming album, Charlie, due out later this year.  Take a look at the video – here.

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