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Guns N’ Roses Break YouTube Record With ‘November Rain’ Video: Report

According to a report by Forbes on Saturday (July 14), the “November Rain” video by Guns N’ Roses has become the first music video from the ‘90s to hit over a billion YouTube streams. Forbes also reported that the band holds the title of biggest ‘80s hit as well, with their video for “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” which has nearly 695 million views. Released in 1992, the video for “November Rain” has been rapidly racking up views, with an estimated average of 560,000 views per day in 2017. The popularity of the video shifted away from the US in 2018 — with 83 percent of views coming from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. As part of their Not In This Lifetime… reunion tour, the band played 13 shows in South America in 2017, including dates in both Argentina and Brazil. Guns N’ Roses have be...

BTS to Release New Album ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ in August

Early on Monday (July 16), the official Twitter account for Korean group BTS alerted fans of the title of their upcoming August release. Dubbed Love Yourself: Answer, it is the third album from the act’s record-breaking Love Yourself series. It follows last year’s Love Yourself: Her and May’s Love Yourself: Tear. Answer, their first album since making history with the Billboard 200 chart-topping Tear, will be released on Aug. Aug. 24. Pre-orders begin on July 18. Few details are known at this time, but Billboard has reached out for comment. BTS shared the info with their ARMY through a post uploaded to their fan-only blog, known as a “fan cafe” within the K-pop world. #BTS LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘Answer’ 발매 안내 https://t.co/PLkN6Q6lBt — BTS_official (@bts_bighit) July 16, 2...

Slim Dusty’s ‘Greatest Hits’ Logs 1,000 Weeks on Australia’s Country Chart

Slim Dusty, Australia’s King of Country, is still smashing records almost 15 years after his death. The late country icon’s hits collection, The Very Best Of Slim Dusty, logs its 1,000 week on the ARIA Country Albums Chart, a feat no other artist has achieved. Originally released in 1998, the LP is certified five-times platinum and has clocked up almost 20 successive years on the tally. The next album on the list is The Essential Johnny Cash, which has amassed 808 weeks. Dusty, whose real name was David Gordon Kirkpatrick, was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in its first year, in 1988, after a career that produced more than 100 albums and some seven million sales. His signature tune, 1957’s “The Pub With No Beer,” was a top-10 hit in the U.K. and reached No. 1 in Irel...

Rock Music Is Noise Pollution, at Least to Ladybugs: Study

“Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” proclaims the title of a song on AC/DC’s landmark album “Back in Black,” but one Mississippi State University professor, despite being a listener to the band, says his research shows otherwise. Biology Professor Brandon Barton tells the Starkville Daily News he was rocking out to the AC/DC song one day and thought “that’s a testable hypothesis.” “The alternative hypothesis is that rock and roll is noise pollution,” Barton said. So he and some students did test it, putting ladybugs into soybeans infested with aphids, a common pest of the staple crop. The team then bathed the environment in various sounds, including “Back in Black,” other classic rock, an outlaw country album, a folk album, city sounds and aircraft noise. “We immediately discovered that ...

5 Seconds of Summer Score Eighth Week at No. 1 In Australia With ‘Youngblood’

5 Seconds of Summer notch an eighth consecutive week at No. 1 on Australia’s singles chart with “Youngblood” (Capitol/EMI), a feat which places the track in a tie for the second-longest streak at the top for a homegrown track. Meanwhile Drake’s Scorpion (Republic/Universal) enters a second week at the summit of the albums survey.  The double-platinum certified “Youngblood” joins Austen Tayshus’ “Australiana,” Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” in joint-second place on the leaderboard for Aussie acts on the ARIA chart. If “Youngblood” can log another week at No. 1, it’ll equal the record set by Justice Crew with “Que Sera” (Sony), which dominated the official tally for nine w...

Where Is Luis Miguel’s Mother? Twitter Reacts to Series Finale

So, where is Luis Miguel mother? Nowhere. Yet.  The Telemundo/Netflix series based on the life of fabled Mexican singer Luis Miguel’s (played by Diego Boneta), which has centered in large degree to the whereabouts of his long-disappeared mother, ended in a question mark.  Luis Miguel begs his moribund father, the much-hated Luisito Rey, to tell him where to find his mother. “You already know where she is,” replies Rey, who has become the most vilified of villains, on this death bed. So, where is Marcela?  Twitter exploded after the series finale on Sunday, with #LuisMiguellaserie, #LuisitoRey, #Luisrey and #mickey all becoming global trending topics. Hold your breath. It appears a second season of Luis Miguel: La Serie is a strong possibility although an announcement has not yet been made....

Eminem, Ed Sheeran & 50 Cent Got Together for a ‘Legendary’ Selfie

Eminem shared the stage with guests Ed Sheeran and 50 Cent this weekend, and the trio also took the opportunity to get together for an unforgettable selfie. “Thank you @edsheeran and @50cent for joining my collection of legendary selfies,” the rapper wrote on Twitter Sunday night (July 15). At England’s Twickenham Stadium, Eminem, Sheeran (who joined the rapper for “River,” their collaboration from Revival) and 50 Cent (who apparently performed several songs with him) assembled close together — though Eminem’s face is cut out of the frame. The not-quite-in-the-picture pose is his signature “selfie” move. Sheeran posted the same photo on Instagram, where he wrote, “Thank you for @eminem for having me onstage tonight.” Eminem ...

Cardi B Adjusts to Mom Life: ‘This Job Requires Full Day, All Day, All Night Attention’

Baby Kulture’s arrival was just announced a few days ago, and the newborn is already giving mom Cardi B a crash course on parenthood. “Thank you to family and friends that’s been hitting me up checking on me,” the rapper wrote on Instagram, where she posted a parody video of herself and Offset getting used to life with a new baby. “It’s been a little hard for me to reply back cause this mommy job requires full day ,all day ,all night attention.” Meanwhile, on Twitter, she empathized with all the tired moms and dads out there: “When parents say ‘if you wake the baby up YOU PUTTING HER BACK TO SLEEP!’ I feel that.” Sleepless nights aside, Cardi is clearly smitten with her bundle of joy. “I still can’t believe it ,all mines,” s...

System of a Down Members Finally Break Silence About Lack of New Music Since 2005

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian and guitarist Daron Malakian are finally breaking their silence about why the rock band hasn’t released new music since 2005’s back-to-back albums, Mezmerize and Hypnotize. SOAD officially went on hiatus in 2006, but reconvened four years later for live performances around the globe. Since then, the group — consisting of vocalist Tankian, guitarist/vocalist Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan — has continued to tour behind hits dating back to 1998. In a recent interview to promote a new album by his side band Scars on Broadway, Malakian pointed to Tankian for the reason SOAD hasn’t released new music in more than a decade. “I don’t want to throw Serj under the bus — he’s my friend and he’s so...

Beyonce & JAY-Z Threw A World Cup Final Viewing Party At Their Paris On The Run II Show

Beyoncé and JAY-Z got into the World Cup spirit on Sunday (July 15) — which was perfect considering they were headlining Paris’ Stade de France moments after France’s Les Bleus earned themselves another trophy. Before the Carters took the stage for their second performance at the stadium in France’s capital, the monitors broadcast the World Cup final, which had France facing Croatia on the pitch for soccer’s most prestigious title. France — who’ve won the World Cup once before, in 1998 — beat Croatia 4-2, and Beyoncé was there to cheer on the team and capture the joyous reaction of “one of the best audiences so far!” before the cup was won. Check out Beyoncé’s photos from Paris’ Stade de France below.

Britney Spears Dances Through Wardrobe Malfunction in Maryland

The show must go on, and that it did for Britney Spears — even while experiencing a minor wardrobe malfunction. Spears appeared to take a moment to try to adjust her top while on stage, but one of her nipples remained exposed as she finished performing “Freakshow” in Maryland Friday night (July 13). Although her sparkly, black bra failed to do its job, she kept on dancing. The pop star was in town for her Piece of Me Tour, with a two-night stint at the MGM National Harbor. See a fan-filmed video of her performance below. (Warning: The incident is captured on camera around the 4:37 mark.) [embedded content]

Drake Drops ‘Fire in the Booth’ Freestyle

Another week, another freestyle from Drake. The rapper joined host Charlie Sloth for a BBC 1Xtra segment called “Fire in the Booth,” as seen in a video that hit YouTube Saturday (July 14). He previously got into the booth for a “Behind Barz” freestyle for Link Up TV that first made an appearance last weekend. Both freestyles follow the release of his latest album, Scorpion, which industry forecasters predict will see a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “Y’all keepin’ the score while watchin’ me score/ Y’all keep the awards, I’ll take the rewards,” Drake raps. “If y’all goin’ for fun, I’ll stay and record/ But if y’all goin’ to war I’m there for sure/ Wouldn’t miss it.&...