From Mariah Carey being officially recognized for her songwriting talent to H.E.R. filing a lawsuit to be released from her record label, here’s this week in pop music.
This week saw Beyoncé’s latest single ‘Break My Soul’ earning the biggest debut by a female solo artist on Global Spotify in 2022, Ellie Goulding teasing new music, Drake’s new album projected to score No. 1 on Billboard 200, exciting new music, and much more! Read all about it below –
Ellie Goulding Has Begun Teasing New Music by Blacking Out Her Social Media
The ‘Love Me Like You Do’ hitmaker hinted that she will be releasing new music “soon”. The singer’s last and sixth studio album ‘Brightest Blue’ came in 2020. The nineteen-track album featured ‘Flux’, ‘Close To Me’ featuring Diplo and Swae Lee, and ‘Hate Me’ featuring late rapper Juice WRLD, among other tracks. Goulding shared a series of snaps from her recent performance at Brazil’s Rock in Rio festival.
The caption on the Instagram post read: “My happy place… with all of you. Only difference soon is that there will be some new music to give. Think I’m onto something.”
According to Music News, Ellie described her upcoming album as “a dance thing from outer space”. She got “quite introspective” on her last studio effort. The ‘Outside’ singer revealed she was going back to her electronic dance-pop roots.
H.E.R Has Filed a Lawsuit to Be Released From Her Label, MBK Entertainment
H.E.R., the Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter., is suing MBK Entertainment. It is the record label owned by her longtime manager Jeff Robinson. Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, also known as H.E.R., is suing them for the rights to her music catalog. The singer signed with Robinson in 2011. She was only 14 years old at the time.
“According to legal documents cited by the Blast, H.E.R. is suing for declaratory relief and violation of the business and professions code and seeking to be released from her contract with MBK,” wrote Variety. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California in Los Angeles County.
The ‘Best Part’ singer’s releases under the name H.E.R. all have been released under the MBK logo. They have been distributed by Sony Music’s RCA Records. It is unclear whether her dispute extends to her management contract with Robinson,” states Variety. Robinson previously managed Alicia Keys.
Mariah Carey Has Been Officially Inducted Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songstress Mariah Carey is being recognized for her songwriting talent and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The five-time Grammy winner was officially inducted during the organization’s 2022 ceremony.
“It’s incredible that there’s even a show honoring songwriters,” Carey said. “Give yourselves all a round of applause because this is a big deal,” the ‘We Belong Together’ singer said in her speech after an introduction from Questlove.
Carey’s speech was about building her skills as a writer. She also talked about overcoming hardships on the way to becoming a legend and about learning to write songs during her “dysfunctional childhood.”
She said she began with melodies and writing poetry to accompany them and has since written countless songs. 18 of the songs she wrote have topped the Billboard Hot 100. However, the ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ hitmaker claimed she still has to work hard to be viewed as more than a vocalist.
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“I constantly have to remind people I’m a songwriter. It’s become a joke to the point where … Because they’re all onto the diva thing, it’s like ‘Oh my gosh, she’s a diva, wow, a diva.’ Whatever,” she detailed.
When she was growing up, Mariah Carey said she never realized songwriters often worked apart from the musicians performing their work. “I just always assumed the person that you’re listening to on the radio was the one who wrote the song,” she explained. “But to know the people that are sort of the unsung heroes of the whole thing, it’s an amazing situation, so please, one more round of applause for yourselves.”
At the end of her speech, the decorated artist read a stark statistic. It was about the Songwriters Hall of Fame that proved the significance of her induction, stating: “Out of the 439 total inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, only 32 have been women up until this moment. Now it’s 33.” “As my father once told me, ‘You did good, kid.'”
BLACKPINK’s Jennie Has Been Offered a Role in the Weeknd’s Upcoming HBO Series, ‘The Idol’
According to Pinkvilla, a South Korean media outlet released an exclusive report. It states that “BLACKPINK’s Jennie is currently in talks after having received an offer to appear in ‘The Idol’.” ‘The Idol’ is an upcoming HBO drama created by Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), Reza Fahim, and Sam Levinson (creator of HBO’s ‘Euphoria’) in which the ‘Blinding Lights’ singer and Lily-Rose Depp will be starring in the leading roles. The HBO series will see Troye Sivan, Steve Zissis, and Juliebeth Gonzalez in supporting roles.
‘The Idol’ will reportedly follow a self-help guru. He is also the leader of a modern-day cult. The series sees him enter a complicated relationship with a pop idol on the rise. According to the report, the role offered to the South-Korean star is unknown. However, it appears likely to be a supporting or cameo appearance. The report furthermore states that filming for ‘The Idol’ is known to currently be underway in Los Angeles, California.
‘Honestly, Nevermind’ by Drake Is Projected to Debut at #1 on the Billboard 200
According to early projections shared by HitsDailyDouble, Drake may have scored another No. 1 album. The rapper’s ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ will likely debut atop the Billboard 200, according to their reports. The follow-up project to the star’s ‘Certified Boy Lover’ album was announced just hours before its Friday release. Drake’s new album is currently expected to rack up between 210,000 to 230,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.
The star’s previous record ‘Certified Lover Boy’, which was released in 2021, debuted at No. 1. It debuted atop the chart with 613,000 units. Drake’s 2018 ‘Scorpion’ took the top spot with 732,000 units. The star’s 2016’s ‘Views’ and 2013’s ‘Nothing Was the Same’ each debuted at No. 1 with 852,000 and 658,000 copies in their first weeks, respectively.
Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’ Earns the Biggest Debut by a Female Solo Artist on Global Spotify in 2022
Beyoncé’s latest single ‘Break My Soul’ earns the biggest debut by a female solo artist on Global Spotify in 2022 becoming her best-performing solo debut on Spotify. It debuts at No. 5 on Global Spotify with 5.14 million streams. The track also debuts at No. 2 with over 1.99 million streams on US Spotify.
Lorde Shares New Music Video – ‘The Path’
The ‘Green Light’ singer Lorde has released the music video for her song ‘The Path’. It is the sixth music video off her third studio album ‘Solar Power’. The Grammy-winning artist shared the music video of the album opener on the one-year anniversary of the official announcement for her third studio album ‘Solar Power’. It was also on the day of the Summer Solstice.
Some Exciting New Music Out Today –
Taylor Swift Releases Her Original Song ‘Carolina’ (From ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’)
Charlie Puth and Jungkook’s New Single ‘Left and Right’
Conan Gray’s Sophomore Album ‘Superache’ is Here:
Meghan Trainor Collaborates with Teddy Swims for New Single ‘Bad For Me’
Giveon’s Third Studio Album ‘Give Or Take’ Out Now: