BTS’ V Confirms Solo Mixtape: Watch | Billboard

In the minute-long clip, V reveals there will be 13 tracks on his forthcoming project. And he’s not the only member of BTS who’s been hard at work on solo material. Jungkook’s new blue hair made fans jump to the conclusion that his own mixtape, which has been nicknamed “JJK1” after his real name Jeon Jung-kook, would be dropping this year. Similarly, fans have been tagging V’s upcoming mixtape as “KTH1,” after his name Kim Tae-hyung.

Last fall, V revealed during a live broadcast that the BE track was originally supposed to appear on his solo mixtape, but the rest of the guys heard it while filming their variety TV show In the Soop and thought it would make for a great addition to their group album. V then started writing the lyrics in Korean, since he originally intended to sing the song in English. And during his interview with Weverse Magazine in November 2020, he confessed that he wrote “Blue & Grey” during his “lowest point.” 

“I wrote ‘Blue & Grey’ when I was at my lowest point, when I was actually asking whether I could keep going with my work or not. Even the fun parts of work became a chore, and my whole life felt aimless,” he said. “‘Where do I go from here? I can’t even see the end of the tunnel.’ Those kinds of thoughts hit me hard.”

Watch BTS’ “BE-hind Story” teaser below.

Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ Tops Billboard 200 for Sixth Week | Billboard

Lil Durk’s The Voice climbs 5-3 on the Billboard 200 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (down 20%), while Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon rises 6-4 with 38,000 units (down 8%) and Pooh Shiesty’s Shiesty Season falls 4-5 in its second week with 37,000 units (down 40%).

Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Evermore bumps back into the top 10 with an 11-6 rise (33,000 equivalent album units earned; up 16%). Of that sum, 12,000 are in album sales — up 70%. The album had a robust sales bump thanks to the release of the cassette edition of the album, as well as buzz and promotion generated by Swift’s Feb. 10 announcement that she would be re-recording her chart-topping 2008 Fearless album.

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia surges back into the top 10 for the first time in 10 months, as the album jumps 21-7 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned (up 58%). Its big gain is owed to the album’s deluxe reissue on Feb. 12 with six additional songs, including its new radio hit “We’re Good.” The cut debuted at No. 31 on the most recently published Pop Airplay chart (dated Feb. 20). Among the other newly added songs are two earlier Pop Airplay hits that didn’t previously have a home on a Dua Lipa album: “Un Dia (One Day),” with J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Tainy, and her featured turn on Miley Cyrus’ “Prisoner.”

Future Nostalgia debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the April 11, 2020-dated chart, and has now spent a total of four weeks in the top 10.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 on the latest Billboard 200, below The Weeknd’s The Highlights at No. 8, are two former No. 1s: Ariana Grande’s Positions (7-9 with 30,000 equivalent album units earned; down 7%) and Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die (8-10 with 28,000 units; down 5%).

Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ Re-Recording Revs Up Streamers | Billboard

Taylor Swift’s “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” garnered 5.8 million in on-demand streams (audio and video combined) in the U.S. on its day of release, Feb. 12, according to initial reports to MRC Data.

On Feb. 11, Swift announced that she had re-recorded her 2008 album Fearless, as Fearless (Taylor’s Version), and that the updated lead single, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” would be unveiled on Thursday night (Feb. 11). Fearless became Swift’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while “Love Story” was her second Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit. Since then, Swift has tallied seven more No. 1 albums, and 27 more top 10 Hot 100 hits.

Meanwhile, the original version of “Love Story” logged 672,000 on-demand streams on Feb. 12. On Feb. 11 it snared 504,000. In the days leading up to Feb. 11, the original “Love Story” would normally net between 270,000 and 325,000 daily streams.

Fans Choose Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ Re-Recording Voted Best New Music This Week | Billboard

“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” brought in nearly 50% of the vote, coming in ahead of Dua Lipa‘s new single “We’re Good,” Ariana Grande, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion’s “34+35 (Remix)” video, Karol G, Anuel AA and J Balvin‘s “Location” and more.

Swift’s re-recording of “Love Story,” the first taste of her highly anticipated collection of re-recorded music, was unveiled Thursday night (Feb. 11) — and beyond the fan-voted poll results, it launched with a swift sales start and garnered 5.8 million on-demand streams in the U.S on its day of release.

“Hey guys so who’s gonna tell 18 year old me that our love story would still be going strong all these years later?” Swift tweeted over the weekend. “Thanks for the ways you fill my life with love 24/7, every damn day.”

See the final results of this week’s new music release poll below.

BTS’ ARMY Is Delirious After ‘MTV Unplugged’ Performance | Billboard

With their MTV Unplugged performance, BTS has joined a list of luminaries that includes Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Adele and Bon Jovi.

The South Korean juggernauts, however, have an ARMY on their side!

The chart-topping K-pop superstars made their MTV Unplugged debut Tuesday night, from a stage in Seoul, South Korea.

Their half-hour set was filled with hits, rotating backdrops, wardrobe changes, and a surprise cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You.”

Social media was lit up in the hours after BTS’ performance went live, as the ARMY turned to Twitter to share their thoughts and favorite moments. “Fix You” was a superheated talking point.

Check out some of the best reaction below.

Cardi B Is Thrilled With Chart Debut For ‘Up’: ‘I Over Succeeded’ | Billboard

Of course, Cardi’s last release was “WAP,” her blockbuster collab with Megan Thee Stallion that topped the Billboard Hot 100 back in August.

“Up” dropped on Feb. 5 and has gone on to rule a slew of charts, including Digital Song Sales and Streaming Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs.

Cardi was named Billboard’s 2020 Woman of the Year in December and she’s notched at least one top 10 single in each of the last five years, dating back to her chart-leading breakthrough from 2017, “Bodak Yellow”.

“Up” is expected to appear on Cardi’s as-yet untitled sophomore album.

Cardi B Sets R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart Record | Billboard

In all, “Up” is Cardi B’s sixth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, notably with at least one in each of the last five years. Here’s the full collection:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Cardi B), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” six, Sept. 16, 2017
“Finesse,” with Bruno Mars, one, Jan. 20, 2018
“I Like It,” with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, one, July 7, 2018
“Please Me,” with Bruno Mars, one, March 16, 2019
“WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, 10, Aug. 22, 2020
“Up,” one (to date), Feb. 20, 2021

Elsewhere, “Up” begins at No. 2 on the all-genre Hot 100, behind Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License.” Still, the song’s arrival makes for a Hot 100 achievement that hadn’t happened in more than two decades. Until “Up,” no woman had debuted higher on the Hot 100 with a song with no other billed artists that also made Billboard‘s Hot Rap Songs chart since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998, the only other single in the club.

As implied in the prior stat, “Up” also debuts at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

The No. 1 debuts keep coming as “Up” launches as Cardi B’s seventh song to reach the summit on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart thanks to 34,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 20.

For the final metric that contributes to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, radio airplay, “Up” is not No. 1 – no song is this early in its arc – but does establish some personal bests for Cardi B’s career. The track’s No. 24 debut last week (on the chart dated Feb. 13) marked her highest entrance among 20 singles on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, while its 24-18 increase on the current chart ties “Motorsport,” her collaboration with Migos and Nicki Minaj, as her best second-week rank of those entries. “Up” ascends as it registers 8.7 million in audience impressions in its first full tracking week on the radio format, which wrapped on Feb. 14.

Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ No. 1 for Fifth Week on Billboard 200 | Billboard

The Highlights was released on Feb. 5, two days before The Weeknd played the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 7.

Of The Highlights’ 89,000-unit sum, 70,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 101.94 million on-demand streams of the songs), 10,000 comprise album sales and 9,000 comprise TEA units.

The Highlights boasts 11 of The Weeknd’s 12 top 10-charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Among the album’s songs are two that are also on his most recent studio album, 2020’s After Hours: “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears.” The TEA and SEA units for both songs contribute to The Highlights on the chart as a song’s activity is assigned to the artist’s album with the most sales in a week. (After Hours sold 6,000 copies in the latest tracking week, while The Highlights sold 10,000. Due to the track reassignment, After Hours moves 4-37 on the Billboard 200, with 15,000 units earned – down 57%.)

In total, The Highlights is The Weeknd’s seventh top 10 album, the entirety of his charting efforts – and all of them have reached the top five of the list.

Foo Fighters fly in at No. 3 with the band’s new studio album Medicine at Midnight, marking the group’s ninth top 10. The set launches with 70,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 64,000 comprise album sales (it’s the No. 1-selling album of the week), 6,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 7.66 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs) and a negligible number comprise TEA units.

Anuel & Ozuna’s ‘Los Dioses’ Debuts Atop Latin Albums Chart | Billboard

Biggest Week for Any Non-Bad Bunny Album Since Last June: Los Dioses earned 29,000 equivalent album units in its opening week — the largest week for any album not by Bad Bunny since last June. The last non-Bad Bunny set to post a bigger week was Anuel AA’s own Emmanuel, which debuted with 39,000 units at No. 1 on the June 13, 2020-dated chart. (Between Emmanuel and Los Dioses, two Bad Bunny albums have logged nine weeks larger than Los Dioses‘ starting sum.)

Los Dioses Leads Thanks to Its Streaming Weight: Out of Los Dioses’ total opening sum, 23,000 stem from SEA, which equates to 34.4 million on-demand streams for the set’s songs in its opening week. It’s Anuel AA’s second-best start following his own Emmanuel, which launched with 55.8 million on-demand streams (June 13, 2020). 

Hot Latin Songs Take Over: As Los Dioses arrives, the complete 12-track effort debuts on Hot Latin Songs, two of which secure a start in the all-metric list’s top 10. “The most challenging part was choosing the single as I liked many songs.” Anuel adds. Let’s take a look at the rankings: 

Rank, Title

No. 5, “Antes”
No. 8, “Los Dioses”
No. 16, “100”
No. 17, “RD”
No. 18, “La María”
No. 23, “Nena Buena”
No. 25, “Nunca”
No. 27, “Dime Tú”
No. 30, “Municiones”
No. 32, “Perreo”
No. 35, “Perfecto”
No. 42, “Contra El Mundo”

“I believe the most challenging part was organizing our times,” Ozuna adds. “We both have really different schedules, but we managed to make it happen.”

Happy Birthday Shakira: Her Biggest Hot 100 Hits | Billboard

Shakira has enjoyed an illustrious, hits-filled career. And she’s not slowing down. 

The Colombian superstar has been so successful that, to date, she has charted on the Billboard Hot 100 with 22 songs. In honor of her February 2 birthday we’re going down memory lane revisiting all the songs that have not only charted on the tally but have become Latin music classics that make up Shakira’s eclectic music catalog.

From “Hips Don’t Lie” to “Girl Like Me,” see Shakira’s 22 hottest songs of all time.