Beyoncé Unveils Tracklist for Upcoming Album, Texas University to Launch a Course on Works of Harry Styles, and More

From Beyoncé unveiling the tracklist for her upcoming album to Halsey announcing their brand new affordable makeup brand ‘AF94’, here’s this week in pop music.

Duran Duran will headline the 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening ceremony. Justin Bieber will resume his ‘Justice’ World Tour later this month. The teaser for the HBO drama ‘The Idol’ starring The Weeknd is out now, among other significant happenings this week!

Beyoncé Reveals Tracklist for ‘Renaissance’

Beyoncé’s upcoming seventh album, ‘Renaissance’, releases next week on Friday, July 29. The iconic singer has unveiled the tracklist for the sixteen-track album via her Instagram stories. Find it below:

  1. I’m That Girl
  2. Cozy
  3. Alien Superstar
  4. Cuff It
  5. Energy
  6. Break My Soul
  7. Church Girl
  8. Plastic Off the Sofa
  9. Virgo’s Groove
  10. Move
  11. Heated
  12. Thique
  13. All Up in Your Mind
  14. America Has a Problem
  15. Pure/Honey
  16. Summer Renaissance

“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment,” the singer who has won a whopping 29 Grammy awards in her career shared in a statement while sharing the album artwork for ‘Renaissance’. 

Drake, Solange, Pharrell Williams, The-Dream, Labrinth, Skrillex, Sabrina Claudio, and many more are credited in this album, as revealed by Beyonce on Instagram. It will likely include samples from James Brown, Giorgio Moroder, and Donna Summer.

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Duran Duran to Headline Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Birmingham      

The 2022 Commonwealth Games are set to begin on July 28, 2022, in Birmingham. British icons Duran Duran will make a return to their hometown to headline the opening ceremony staged at Birmingham’s newly-redeveloped Alexander Stadium, which first opened in 1976. Duran Duran consists of members Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Simon Le Bon, who will be the final act of the opening ceremony’s concert in front of a live audience of over 30,000 people.

Speaking of the band’s return to Birmingham, Simon Le Bon said: “The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is a momentous event for the great city of Birmingham. And we in Duran Duran are honored to be a part of it in our home town.”

Duran Duran’s drummer and Simon’s bandmate added: “We are so proud to be returning to our home town to close the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.” “It is a true honor to be part of a global event that will bring sportspeople of all cultural backgrounds around the world together as one. Another milestone in a most incredible year for us.”

The closing ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth games will be held on August 8, 2022, at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, UK.

Trailer for The Weeknd and Sam Levinson’s HBO Drama ‘The Idol’ Out Now:

The first trailer for the highly anticipated HBO drama ‘The Idol’ is finally here. Co-created by “the sick and twisted minds of” the celebrated artist The Weeknd and the creator and writer of the hit HBO TV series ‘Euphoria’, it is wilder than you expected! The ‘Blinding Lights’ singer first dropped a 90-second teaser of his upcoming drama when he opened the Met Life stop on his After Hours til Dawn tour.

‘The Idol’ stars The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp, Troye Sivan, Debby Ryan, and Hari Nef, among others. The release date of the six-episode series is not yet known. What we do know is that the Korean supergroup BLACKPINK’s Jennie makes her acting debut in an American drama series.

Abel Tesfaye AKA The Weeknd will star in ‘The Idol’ as a self-help guru. His character is also a club owner and leader of a modern-day cult. He begins dating an up-and-coming pop artist played by Lily-Rose Depp in the series billed as “the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood”.

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Kid Laroi and Monsta X to Headline Nickelodeon’s First NickFest Music Festival at Rose Bowl 

We all know of Nickelodeon as an unforgettable television channel that introduced us to shows like ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ (which now offers video clips and stills from the show to create a relatable meme for every situation), ‘iCarly’, ‘Victorious’, ‘PAW Patrol’, and how could we forget ‘Dora the Explorer’.

What if we told you the channel is now producing its first music festival? Well, it’s true and the Kpop group Monsta X and Kid Laroi are all set to headline the festival called Nickfest on Oct 22 and 23, respectively.

The two-day event will take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium grounds in Pasadena, California. Supporting acts taking the NickFest stage include 24KGoldn, Alec Benjamin, Dixie, Olivia O’Brien, Boys World, Tai Verdes, Joshua Bassett, and Beabadoobee, among other exciting names.

You can go in expecting a fun-filled time with amazing performances, immersive experiences, and rides related to shows like ‘Spongebob Squarepants’, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, ‘The Loud House’ with a Halloween-themed glam station, Ferris wheel, roller rink, and more.

Halsey’s Makeup Brand ‘AF94’ Launches Monday, July 25

Superstar Rihanna’s ‘Fenty Beauty’, ‘r.e.m. beauty’ by Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez’s ‘Rare Beauty’, a bunch of musicians have launched their makeup brands and they’ve all been successful. However, this isn’t the first time Halsey is launching a makeup brand. The ‘Without Me’ singer’s first makeup brand, About-Face, came in January last year with Ulta Beauty, selling the beauty products since this June.

Now, the Grammy-nominated artist is all set to drop a brand new makeup brand called ‘AF94’. The name stems from the initials of their name Ashley Frangipane followed by ‘94’, which represents their birth year.

The singer announced that “about-face beauty’s cute and bratty younger sibling” AF94 launches on July 25 at Walmart. Halsey described their AF94 products as “Fun, easy, and accessible,” in a post shared on Instagram.

“After listening to feedback received from fans and friends, I wanted to create another self-expressive line that was lower-priced with a wide reach which is why we are so excited to be launching this new collection with Walmart,” Halsey shared in a statement. “I hope wearing this makeup, however that looks for you, inspires you to break beauty rules and color outside of the lines.”

AF94 products will be available at Walmart, walmart.com, and the brand’s website – af94.com.

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Justin Bieber Set to Resume His ‘Justice World Tour’ Later This Month

Justin Bieber, who was forced to postpone several North American shows off his ‘Justice’ world tour, will hit the road again. The tour originally began in February this year but, in June, the singer revealed that he was suffering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome. It temporarily paralyzed the right side of his face.

A statement later said: “In light of Justin’s ongoing recovery, the remaining US Justice Tour shows scheduled for June and early July, including at Summerfest at the @amfamamp in Milwaukee, WI on Friday, June 24, 2022 will be postponed.” 

“Justin continues to receive the best medical care possible, is upbeat about his recovery, and is looking forward to getting back out on the road and performing for his fans overseas later this summer.”

It has now been confirmed that the ‘Peaches’ singer will mark his return on July 31, with a show at Italy’s Lucca Summer Festival. Although there has been no update on rescheduled North American dates as per NME, according to a press release, they will be announced: “very soon”. The ‘Justice’ world tour will take Bieber through Europe, South America, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. 

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Texas University to Offer a Course on the Works of Harry Styles in Spring 2023

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia, an associate professor of digital history, announced he’ll be teaching a course titled “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture” at Texas State University’s Honors College in spring 2023. 

“It’s official, official. I’m teaching the world’s first-ever university course on the work of #HarryStyles is happening Spring 2023 at @TXST University (see description),” Valencia tweeted about the course. Students will study all of the Styles’ albums and acting roles as well as his work with One Direction in this course. The professor also posted a screenshot of the college confirming its information. 

“This course focuses on British musician Harry Styles and popular European culture to understand the cultural and political development of the modern celebrity as related to questions of gender and sexuality, race, class, nation and globalism, media, fashion, fan culture, internet culture, and consumerism,” read the Texas State Honors College description.

“The classes are capped at 20 so we can have in-depth conversations,” Valencia said of the course, which will be offered through the university’s Honors College.

Latin Pop Boy Band CNCO Announces They’re Splitting Up

Some of us may know of CNCO because of their collaboration with Little Mix on CNCO’s hit track ‘Reggaetón Lento (Remix)’ but now, a year after member Joel Pimentel left the band, the group has decided to split up. At the 2022 Premios Juventud, the Latin pop boy band announced that they are breaking up after nearly 7 years since its formation in December 2015 after winning the Univision competition show ‘La Banda’

“We are feeling nervous but at the same time, we feel excited, anxious,” bandmember Erick Brian Colon exclusively tells Billboard just a day before they would break the news at the awards show. 

Christopher Velez, Erick Brian Colon, Richard Camacho, and Zabdiel de Jesus were the remaining members of the band after Pimentel’s departure. 

“We always thought that if we split, it had to be natural, and that’s how it happened,” De Jesus explains. “We’ve lived many things together, and grew together in this industry, and we’re ready to try new things to expand our careers. We’re very excited.”

CNCO has had a successful run with three of their albums hitting No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart. The group took home seven Billboard Latin Music Awards. This includes the new artist of the year in 2017.

Though the group has announced its split, according to Billboard, they will remain active for another year and a half “promising more new music, an album, a tour, and their upcoming series on Disney+.”

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