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Pink Outmuscles Sam Smith on Australia’s Albums Chart

Post Malone bags a seventh successive week at No. 1 on Australia’s singles chart with “Rockstar” (Republic/Universal), while Pink’s Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony) holds off Sam Smith’s latest LP to make it four straight. Sam Smith’s sophomore album The Thrill Of It All (Capitol/EMI) starts at the top in the U.S. and U.K. but just misses out in Australia as Pink’s seventh and latest set extends its reign and collects a third platinum certification. The British soul singer can take comfort in the fact his 2014 debut album In The Lonely Hour also opened at No. 2 and took nearly a year to reach the top. In The Lonely Hour finally hit the summit in April 2015 in its 48th week inside the top 50. The lead single from his new album, the former No. 1 “Too Good At Goodbyes,” this week improves 10-7. Sl...

Lorde to Perform at 2017 ARIA Awards

Lorde is returning to the ARIA Awards.  The New Zealand singer-songwriter will cross the ditch to perform at the Australian recording industry’s flagship gala later this month, where she’s also shortlisted for best international artist. Lorde, who performed at the 2013 ARIAs, will use her latest appearance to cap the Australasian leg of her Melodrama World Tour, which is currently winding its way through her homeland and wraps up Nov. 26 at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. With her 2017 sophomore album Melodrama, the Kiwi star scored her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and her second leader on the ARIA Albums chart after Pure Heroine reached the summit in October 2013.  Pure Heroine’s hit “Royals” launched Lorde into the international spotlight and into the leadership of t...

Iconic South African Artist Johnny Clegg Battles Illness, Kicks on Farewell Tour

At 64, his pancreatic cancer in remission, South African musician Johnny Clegg kicked high and stomped five consecutive times — the signature move of Zulu war dancing — during a packed Johannesburg concert that he says is one of his last. Clegg performed what he called an “autobiographical show” on Saturday night as part of his Final Journey tour. He delivered hits inspired by Zulu and South African township rhythms, as well as pop, folk and country and western, songs that he developed in defiance of racial barriers imposed by South Africa’s apartheid system decades ago. Clad in a black T-shirt, Clegg didn’t dance bare-chested as he used to do and his concert was interspersed with performances from guest musicians, allowing him time for breaks. The man sometimes called the “White Zulu” sai...

Bob Geldof to Turn in Dublin Honor to Protest Plight of Rohingya

Irish rock singer Bob Geldof says he is returning his Freedom of the City of Dublin honor because it is also held by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of complicity for what he and others, including the United Nations, call “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in the Asian nation. The founder of Live Aid says Suu Kyi is a “handmaiden to genocide” whose association with Ireland’s capital “shames us all.” Suu Kyi is a Nobel peace laureate for her leadership of the democracy movement in Myanmar but she has come under widespread criticism as her country’s civilian leader because of violence that has caused many in the Rohingya minority to flee the country. In a statement, Geldof says he will turn his award in at City Hall on Monday morning. He says he is a “proud Dubliner” and do...

MTV EMAs 2017 Recap: Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran & Camila Cabello Triumph as Eminem Makes Live Comeback

Eminem made his dramatic live return. Shawn Mendes cemented his A-list status. There was a strangely subdued stage invasion. And absent frontrunner Taylor Swift was snubbed at every possible turn at the 2017 MTV EMAs, held Sunday night (Nov. 12) in London.  Mendes was arguably the evening’s biggest winner, drawing the loudest high-pitched screams from the crowd whenever his name was mentioned and taking home awards for best artist, best fans and best song for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”   Collecting the prize for best artist, Mendes paid tribute to his fellow nominees, which included Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. “They’re people I’ve looked up to my entire life,” said the visibly moved 19-year-old, “and to be no...

Clean Bandit Deliver Memorable Medley With Anne-Marie, Julia Michaels & Zara Larsson at the 2017 MTV EMAs

Clean Bandit turned in a memorable medley performance with a little help from their friends on Sunday (Nov. 12) at the 2017 MTV EMAs. The British trio tapped singers Julia Michaels, Zara Larsson and Anne-Marie for the multi-song performance, which included their collaborations “I Miss You,” “Symphony” and smash single, “Rockabye.” All of the performers had good reasons to be present. Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie were nominated in the Best Song category for “Rockabye,” while Michaels was nominated for Best New and Best Push awards and Larsson took home the trophy for Best Swedish Act. Watch the video below.

The 12 Best and Worst Moments at the 2017 MTV EMAs

The 2017 MTV EMAs went down this Sunday night (Nov. 12) — well, Sunday afternoon in the States — with Rita Ora as host, and performances from the Eminem, Camila Cabello and French Montana, a Though Shawn Mendes was the most awarded artist of the night, taking home best artist, biggest fans and best song (the latter for “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back,” which he also performed), we here at Billboard have our own opinions of who the EMAs’ biggest winners and losers were. Here are our picks for the show’s 12 best and worst moments. BEST: Rita Ora’s costume changes They kept things interesting, certainly — whether host Ora was dressed in a colorful and glitchy dress that looked like an M.I.A. album cover, or in one that inexplicably had wh...

All the Performances Ranked From Worst to Best at the 2017 MTV EMAs

The 2017 MTV EMAs went down Sunday (Nov. 12) night in London, with Rita Ora hosting and an eclectic slew of artists performing. Here’s our ranking of all the performances, from worst to best. 14. French Montana and Swae Lee French Montana brought Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee and a massive troupe of dancers to the EMAs for “Unforgettable,” but unfortunately, the performance didn’t really live up to the song title, seeming a bit rote. 13. David Guetta, Charli XCX and French Montana The superstar DJ didn’t really do a lot of deejaying at the EMAs, focusing more on handclapping than the boards during “Dirty Sexy Money.” French Montana popped up for a second and Charli XCX sounded great, but in the history of Charli XCX hooks, the one for this song is far from her most memorable. 12. U2 The live bro...

David Guetta, Charli XCX & French Montana Team Up for ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ at the 2017 MTV EMAs

French Montana fans certainly got their fill on Sunday (Nov. 12) at the 2017 MTV EMAs. In addition to performing his smash hit, “Unforgettable,” with Rae Sremmurd‘s Swae Lee, the recent birthday boy joined French superstar DJ/producer David Guetta and singer Charli XCX for a buoyant performance of their high-powered collab “Dirty Sexy Money.” Guetta manned the decks dressed in a red varsity jacket while the featured stars commanded the stage against a cartoon backdrop of London’s skyline. Watch the video below.

Rita Ora Performs ‘Your Song’ at the 2017 MTV EMAs

Rita Ora pulled double duty at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 12), hosting the show and taking the stage to perform an upbeat rendition of her hit single, “Your Song.” Illuminated in a spotlight against an ivory starcase, Ora sat and crouched while singing while backup dancers edged in from the shadows.  As the lead single off her upcoming sophomore album, “Your Song” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. Watch the video below.

Brand New Frontman Jesse Lacey Apologizes for Past Sexual Misconduct: ‘I Need to Earn Forgiveness’

Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey has responded to accusations of sexual misconduct. In a lengthy Facebook post, Lacey says that he “developed a dependent and addictive relationship with sex,” leading him to “hurt people, mistreated them, lied, and cheated.” “I am sorry for how I have hurt people, mistreated them, lied, and cheated. I am sorry for ignoring the way in which my position, status, and power as a member of a band affected the way people viewed me or their approach to their interactions with me. And I am sorry for how often I have not afforded women the respect, support, or honesty that they deserved, and which is their right. I believe in the equality and autonomy of all, but in my life I have been more of a detriment to these ideals than an advocate....

Travis Scott Fearlessly Raps ‘Butterfly Effect’ From a Flying Bird at the 2017 MTV EMAs

Rather than entertain the London crowd from the ground level, Travis Scott showcased his aerial moves, as he performed his newly-minted platinum single “Butterfly Effect” from the top of a bird.  For Scott, his performance prop is a staple from his action-packed Birds Eye View Tour, which garnered positive reviews. With neon lights flickering all throughout his set, Scott — unfazed by the height — boldly dished out his lyrics with sheer precision.  Scott is currently plotting his forthcoming album Astroworld, in addition to this joint project with Quavo.  Watch “Butterfly Effect” below.