This week was full of star-studded events and awards shows, with the “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” concert, BET Awards and Juno Awards all taking place virtually. In other awards show news, we’ve got an update on the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards — more on that later.
Take a look at some of the week’s biggest music happenings below.
Stars came together for the virtual “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” concert
From Jennifer Hudson’s rousing kickoff to Justin Bieber and Quavo’s stripped-down performance, the “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” event on Saturday (June 27) was chock-full of amazing moments. Christine and the Queens, Chloe x Halle, Shakira and more also performed. In case you missed the concert, you can watch all of the must-see performance videos here!
The 2020 BET Awards didn’t skip a beat
On Sunday night (June 28), the 2020 BET Awards brought another set of amazing performances, as well as stirring speeches. Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby and Roddy Ricch, D Smoke and SiR and many more all took to the virtual stage. The broadcast also drew attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
Finally, former First Lady Michelle Obama presented Beyonce with the BET Humanitarian of the Year Award. “I wanna dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there and all of my sisters out there, inspiring me, marching, and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard,” Bey said during her acceptance speech. Here’s everything of note that happened during the 2020 BETs.
“Rockstar” reclaimed its throne atop the Hot 100
DaBaby’s “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart this week, for a third total week in the top spot. Plus, Saint Jhn’s “Roses” climbed to the top five, and Jack Harlow and Lil Mosey earned their first top 10 each, as the former’s “Whats Poppin” jumped 18-8 and the latter’s “Blueberry Faygo” climbed 11-9. See the full rundown of this week’s Hot 100 chart here.
Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and more won big at the 2020 Juno Awards
Congrats to all of the talented Canadians who took home Junos on Monday (June 29)! The awards were of course handed out virtually, with performances from artists like Alessia Cara (who took home album of the year) and Neon Dreams (who won breakthrough group of the year). Check out the full winners’ list here, and watch clips of some of the performances here and here.
Gov. Cuomo announced that the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are a go
In the case of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, the show will go on, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced during a Monday (June 29) press briefing. “The Video Music Awards are going to be held Sunday, Aug. 30, at Barclays Center,” he said. Learn more here.
Fabolous and Jadakiss battled it out for Verzuz
New York pros Fabolous and Jadakiss were the latest to go head-to-head in Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz series on Monday night (June 29). From DMX feat. The LOX & Jay-Z’s “Blackout” vs. Lil Wayne feat. Fabolous & Juelz Santana’s “You Ain’t Got Nuthin'” to Fabolous’ “Young’n” vs. Ghostface Killah feat. Jadakiss’ “Run,” it was definitely a Verzuz to remember.
So who won? Check out the scorecard here.
Blackpink broke some major YouTube records
Blackpink’s fiery comeback single “How You Like That” made headlines — and broke records. The music video set an all-time record for the biggest YouTube premiere with 1.66 million peak concurrents. Furthermore, the clip was the biggest 24-hour music video debut of all time with 86.3 million views. Learn more about the feat here.
The Weeknd donated $1 million to help those affected by COVID-19
The Weeknd announced on Monday (June 29) that he has donated a whopping $1 million to help those affected by coronavirus, with $500,000 going to MusiCares and the other half to frontline hospital workers of the Scarborough Health Network, which is part of his hometown community. Learn more here.
Billboard highlighted queer creatives
To close out Pride month, Billboard put the spotlight on the queer creatives who bring your favorite artists’ visions to life. Hear from Lizzo’s glam squad, Tegan and Sara’s art director, Sam Smith’s live visuals designer and many more.
Hamilton let everyone in the room where it happens
On July 3rd, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway masterpiece made its way into homes across America, by way of Disney Plus. Now almost anyone can experience the original cast right from the comfort of their own living rooms.
Liam Payne FaceTimed Harry Styles and fans went wild
The former One Direction members set the Internet on fire when Payne shared a TikTok where he FaceTimed with Styles — even if the conversation seemed a bit one-sided.
Pop Smoke, Kanye West, Travis Scott and more gave us new music
This week, music fans were gifted Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Kanye’s collabs with Travis Scott and Ty Dolla $ign, and Ellie Goulding’s “Slow Grenade.” Catch the best new music in Billboard’s First Stream.
David Archuleta Opens Up About His Sexuality in Emotional Message: ‘God Made Me How I Am For a Purpose’
The 30-year-old singer, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, revealed that he came out as gay to his family in 2014, but that he also “had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual.” He also learned that he doesn’t “have too much sexual desires…
The 30-year-old singer, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, revealed that he came out as gay to his family in 2014, but that he also “had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual.” He also learned that he doesn’t “have too much sexual desires and urges as most people,” which works for him since he’s saving himself for marriage.”I just invite you to please consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate to those who are LGBTQIA+, and those who are a part of that community and trying to find that balance with their faith which also is a huge part of their identity like myself,” the Utah native wrote.He added, “I think we can do better as people of faith and Christians, including Latter-day Saints, to listen more to the wrestle between being LGBTQIA+ and a person of faith… I don’t think it should come down to feeling you have to accept one or the other. For me to find peace the reality has been to accept both are real things I experience and make who I am… You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ community and still believe in God and His gospel plan.”Archuleta, who placed second in the 2007 season of Idol at 16, scored a massive Billboard hit with his single “Crush,” which peaked at No. 2 in the Billboard Hot 100. His latest album, Therapy Sessions, was released 2020. The singer has been open about his Mormon beliefs over the years, and he spent time as a missionary in Chile following his run on Idol.”I’ve tried for almost 20 years to try and change myself until I realized God made me how I am for a purpose. And instead of hating what I have considered wrong I need to see why God loved me for who I am and that it’s not just sexuality. So many other traits of who I am come from how I’ve been created,” he wrote.See Archuleta’s full Instagram post here.
Aaron Carter Says He ‘Fought Like a Lion’ Against Lamar Odom in Celebrity Boxing Match
The 6-foot-10 Odom, 41, knocked out Carter, who is 10 inches shorter, in the first round of the fight, which was offered as a pay-per-view livestream on FITE.tv.”I got punched in the throat so hard lol that s–t was so much fun!!!!” the singer tweeted. “I actually had a blast so y’all can say what…
The 6-foot-10 Odom, 41, knocked out Carter, who is 10 inches shorter, in the first round of the fight, which was offered as a pay-per-view livestream on FITE.tv.”I got punched in the throat so hard lol that s–t was so much fun!!!!” the singer tweeted. “I actually had a blast so y’all can say what you want. But I don’t see you at 6’ fighting a giant.”Ice-T and his wife Coco hosted the event, with former MMA star Chuck Liddell serving as the celebrity referee.This edition of Official Celebrity Boxing was originally scheduled for last year, but was pushed to June 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fight card also featured a match-up between hip-hop producer Cisco Rosado and rapper/producer Peter Gunz.Check out Carter’s post-fight tweets below.
Primary Wave Sells $375M Stake to Oaktree Capital
Since then, Primary Wave has either acquired or entered into partnerships with the catalogs of Stevie Nicks, the Four Seasons, Bob Marley Whitney Houston, the Culture Club, Olivia Newton-John, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Leo Sayer, K.T. Tunstall, Dan Wilson, Godsmack and Sun Records, which includes recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and…
Since then, Primary Wave has either acquired or entered into partnerships with the catalogs of Stevie Nicks, the Four Seasons, Bob Marley Whitney Houston, the Culture Club, Olivia Newton-John, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Leo Sayer, K.T. Tunstall, Dan Wilson, Godsmack and Sun Records, which includes recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbinson. Most of its investments are in music publishing but the company also buys artists’ recording royalties and some record masters as the deal for Sun Record shows.”The Primary Wave team is honored to have such a respected financial institution and talented team supporting our efforts,” said Primary Wave founder and CEO Larry Mestel in a statement. “[Oaktree Capital co-chairman and chief investment officer] Bruce Karsh and I have had a working relationship for over 15 years and he has the unusual combination of business savvy and creative sensibility towards music. This is an exciting new chapter for the entire company as we continue to grow and evolve our business.”With the Oaktree investment — which was first reported by Bloomberg News — Primary Wave will be able to complete its Primary Wave Music IP Fund 3, which sources say had targeted raising $700 million for music asset acquisitions. Primary Wave filed with the SEC to establish that fund on Feb. 16. The two earlier commingled funds, Primary Wave Music IP Fund 1 and 2, have combined invested $800 million in music assets.”I’ve long admired the business model and success that Larry has built for Primary Wave and saw this Partnership as a unique opportunity to diversify our investment portfolio in a growing and uncorrelated asset class,” Karsh, added in a statement. “As a true music lover myself, I’m dedicated to the company’s growth and future success.”The two companies previously partnered in 2011 when Oaktree Capital backed Primary Wave’s offer to buy Warner Chappell when the entire Warner Music Group was up for sale. (The ended with Len Blavatnik buying the entire company.)The year later, Oaktree backed Primary Wave’s bid when Sony Music Publishing had to sell off a portion of EMI’s publishing catalog. The Rosetta music publishing catalog, as it was called, contained Virgin Music Publishing and Famous Music U.K. songwriters, including song catalogs of Iggy Pop, Culture Club, Kurt Cobain and more. The deal ultimately went to BMG.”It is quite impressive how many legendary music catalogs Primary Wave has acquired over their 15 years in business and we are proud to be aligned with Larry and his team for this next chapter,” said Oaktree Capital managing director and co-head of North America Brian Laibow in a statement.Like many other owners of music publishing and recorded music assets, sources say Primary Wave is considering testing the public market at some point. That means it could do public offering to buy the music assets of its commingled funds. Already in the last year, Round Hill Music has joined Hipgnosis Songs Fund on the public markets, while Reservoir is in the midst of a reverse merger with Roth CH Acquisition II Co. that will make it a publicly-traded company.In other news, Primary Wave has cut a global distribution deal with the Virgin Music Label & Artist Services, an indie distributor under the Capitol Music Group umbrella. As part of that deal, Virgin will distribute the Sun Records catalog and other masters owned by Primary Wave, as well as records from Primary Wave Music’s strategic partner the Gaither Group, which owns the labels Gaither Music, Green Hill and Emerald Wave.