Jun 03

Billboard’s Songs of the Summer 2020 chart kicks off with Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

Brandon Bowen

Oe sure sign of summer is when Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart makes its reappearance on Billboard.com.

The 20-song chart tracks the most popular songs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and when all is said and done, the official Song of the Summer 2020 will be revealed.  The new chart debuts with "Rain on Me," the collab between Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, in the number-one spot.

That song is followed by the "Savage" remix from Meghan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, DaBaby's "Rockstar" featuring Roddy Ricch. The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" and Doja Cat's "Say So" round out the top five.

The rest of the chart features a healthy mixture of pop, rap and country songs, including another Ariana Grande collaboration -- "Stuck With U" with Justin Bieber -- so it's anyone's guess which song will stick around 'til the temperature drops.

Last year's song of the summer was Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road." In 2018, it was Drake's "In My Feelings," while 2017's was "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber.  2016 brought us Drake's "One Dance," while 2015's ruler was "Cheerleader," by OMI.

By Andrea Dresdale
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   Jun 03

Zayn speaks out against racial discrimination amidst George Floyd protests

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DisneyZayn has joined fellow music artists in condemning acts of racial injustice following the death of George Floyd.

The British singer posted a message on social media Tuesday addressing the current protests taking place across the U.S. and the world.

"What is happening right now is exactly what happens when you leave a wound untreated and act obliviously in its constant presence," he wrote. "This uprising has escalated due to the racism, ignorance, and arrogance that burdens America and the World."

“I am deeply saddened by every act of discrimination and cannot stay silent,” he concluded, directing his followers to a link in his bio with ways in which they can help.

Zayn's girlfriend Gigi Hadid, with whom he's expecting his first child, has also been vocal on social media. She posted a lengthy message on Instagram last week saying she was "enraged," "sickened" and "heartbroken" by the acts of racism in this country.  Her post is accompanied by a quote attributed to Will Smith that reads: "Racism isn't getting worse, it's getting filmed."

By Andrea Tuccillo
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   Jun 03

On daughter’s birthday, Pink’s husband thanks her for “cooking a good one”

ABC/Image Group LALately, Pink's socials have been filled with her reaction to the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests, leaving her husband Carey Hart to celebrate their daughter Willow's ninth birthday online in his own way.

Willow's birthday was Tuesday, and Carey posted to Instagram a photo of her as a toddler, and a photo of her today. 

"My sweet daughter willow. Where do I start. You have shown me what love of a child is all about. You changed my life from the moment your mama was pregnant...You impress me everyday you walk this planet," Carey wrote.

"You are smart, thoughtful, compassionate, full of p**s and vinegar...One of the biggest joys I have with you is watching you grow into your own independent person each day that passes," he continued.  "You are gonna change the world one day, munchkin. I could not be more proud and in love with you. Have a great 9th birthday. Thank you mama @pink for cooking a good one."

In addition to Willow, Pink and Carey also have a son, Jackson Moon, born in 2016.

By Andrea Dresdale
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