In a pointy flip of occasions, the coronavirus has instantly gone from canceling SXSW and suspending Coachella to basically bringing the world as we all know it to a halt. The priority over the virus’ speedy unfold resulted in a quarantine interval throughout America this week, forcing artists and followers to remain at dwelling with a view to stay secure and wholesome.
Fortuitously, that did not imply that music business needed to utterly shut down. Artists bought artistic with their free time and started sharing content material on social media, from lounge concert events to hilarious TikToks.
Plus, Drake broke a Billboard Sizzling 100 document, Mariah Carey shared a festive #FlipTheSwitch problem video, and, after all, there’s loads of new music from The Weeknd, J Balvin and extra — together with Cardi B, whose coronavirus rant on Instagram is now a success music.
Carry your spirits with some enjoyable music happenings of the week beneath.
Cardi B landed her newest hit, because of a rant concerning the coronavirus
Viral movies have grow to be as commonplace in Cardi B’s world as chart-topping hits, however her newest viral video is now turning into her subsequent large music. After Cardi took to Instagram to share her ideas on the epidemic (for the second time), DJ iMarkkeyz took her expletive-filled rant about how “s–t getting actual” and brilliantly turned it into “Cardi B ‘Coronavirus (Sh-t Is Actual!)’ Remix,” which is already a dance ground banger in Rio de Janeiro (DJ Snake additionally created a remix).
Cardi made the observe even cooler, although, by declaring that any proceeds from the music will likely be donated to these impacted by the coronavirus.
Yo-Yo Ma’s tribute to healthcare employees serving to these with coronavirus
A couple of days after posting the primary of his #SongsOfComfort on Twitter, famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma shared the second installment of his uplifting sequence, that includes the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. The music was notably particular, although, as a result of he devoted the efficiency to the healthcare employees who’re on the frontline of preventing COVID-19. “Your capacity to stability human connection and scientific fact in service of us all offers me hope,” he tweeted with the video.
Drake broke a serious Sizzling 100 document
In a brilliant unsure time, Drake made one factor tremendous sure: He’s a chart legend. The 6 God landed his 208th Sizzling 100 entry this week, and it’s all because of Oprah Winfrey. Okay, not precisely — Drake’s Lil Yachty and DaBaby collab “Oprah’s Financial institution Account” debuted at No. 89 on this week’s Sizzling 100, which earned Drake his 208th hit on the chart.
The feat surpasses the Glee solid, which banked 207 earlier than its 2015 finale. And even in a country-wide quarantine, Champagne Papi nonetheless discovered a approach to have fun with, after all, some bubbly.
Madonna quarantined by engaged on her health
While you’re 61 years previous, quarantining means taking it simple at dwelling, proper? Properly, not once you’re Madonna. The Madame X singer shared an Instagram video from her dwelling gymnasium in London — as she known as it “Quarantine/Rehab” — on Monday (March 16), wherein she’s understanding together with her private coach Marilyn Ortiz.
However don’t fear, Madonna remains to be like the remainder of us, moaning as she rolled out her calves, “F—ok off, all people.”
Harry Kinds carried out a Tiny Desk live performance
Simply earlier than a slew of artists started lounge classes, Harry Kinds carried out 4 of his Tremendous Line tracks from a tiny desk. NPR unveiled Kinds’ Tiny Desk live performance on Monday, and the 19-minute present included stripped-down variations of “Cherry,” “Watermelon Sugar,” “To Be So Lonely” and “Adore You.” Kinds shared tales behind every music as nicely, together with one second he admits he’ll “most likely remorse later.”
With concert events on a present maintain, Dropkick Murphys weren’t in a position to maintain their annual St. Patrick’s Day present on Tuesday — that’s, at the very least with a dwell viewers. The group dwell streamed their St. Pats celebration from Boston, a pattern that shortly caught on amongst artists of all genres whereas they’re unable to carry out at venues. Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Luke Combs, Niall Horan and numerous different stars are internet hosting concert events dwell from their dwelling rooms by way of Instagram Dwell, with some teaming up with World Citizen and the World Well being Group for its “Solidarity Periods.”
Billboard additionally kicked off its “Dwell-at-House” sequence with JoJo on Thursday, with Russell Dickerson and Josh Groban singing dwell from their respective homes on Friday. Try the opposite dwell stream reveals you may watch whereas quarantined right here.
Mariah Carey additionally grew to become the Queen of St. Patrick’s Day, due partially to Drake
Everyone knows Mariah Carey is the plain Queen of Christmas, however that’s apparently not her solely vacation experience. On St. Patrick’s Day, Carey and her household decked themselves out in inexperienced, with the singer herself rocking a vibrant inexperienced wig and light-up shamrock earrings. And the very best half? She revealed her Irish spirit with her personal #FlipTheSwitch problem.
Britney Spears clapped again at trolls
In a time when being variety to one another is virtually extra prevalent than ever, Britney Spears took a stand towards those that solely have nasty issues to say. The “Stronger” singer posted a picture on Instagram that learn, “No one watches you more durable than the folks that may’t stand you,” with a prolonged caption calling out those that have criticized her earlier posts and likewise calling for everybody to easily be good. “Exhausting instances like we’re at the moment dwelling by means of ought to actually educate us to be good to 1 one other.”
Beyoncé’s Beyhive organized a digital Homecoming watch celebration
What higher approach to cross your quarantine time than with a little bit Beyoncé? Netflix’s editorial supervisor Jasmyn Lawson — who additionally occurs to be a loyal member of the BeyHive — thought the identical factor, and invited her fellow BeyHive members to be a part of her in a re-watching Homecoming on Wednesday night time (March 18) at 9 p.m. ET. Beyoncé herself even gave a stamp of approval, retweeting Lawson’s invitation earlier than the watch celebration started.
Eminem topped a #GodzillaChallenge champion
A couple of weeks after Eminem known as on followers to check their capacity to maintain up together with his fiery rap abilities with the #GodzillaChallenge, the “Godzilla” rapper proved that he actually was taking note of those that tried. Em revealed the winner of the fast-rap problem on Wednesday, crowning Triller consumer JackSherlock1 the “Godzilla” king and likewise sharing a couple of of his different favorites. See should you agree with Eminem’s selection for No. 1:
Florida Georgia Line donated $1000 to their restaurant staff
A number of stars are paying it ahead amid the coronavirus outbreak, and Florida Georgia Line joined the goodwill on Wednesday. The nation duo, who personal a Nashville bar/restaurant known as FGL Home, gifted every of the institution’s 117 staff with $1,000 in recognition of the truth that these within the service business aren’t being profitable whereas bars and eating places are briefly closed.
Justin Bieber stunned followers with an acoustic model of “Intentions”
Whereas some artists are performing stripped-down concert events from their homes, Justin Bieber opted to share a stripped-down model of his newest hit, “Intentions.” The Biebs unveiled the downtempo rendition at midnight on Wednesday, shortly after sharing how he’s spending his newfound free time: With his “quarantine companion” Hailey, after all — and on TikTok, after all.
The Weeknd, Kelsea Ballerini and extra launched new music
Coronavirus can’t cease the music! A number of extremely anticipated new albums arrived on Friday (March 20): The Weeknd’s fourth LP, After Hours (which he devoted to a late fan); Kelsea Ballerini‘s self-titled third album; J Balvin’s dance-worthy Colores; Adam Lambert’s full-length version of Velvet; and Conan Grey’s debut set Child Krow. Plus, Lauren Jauregui, John Legend, NLE Choppa and dvsn all delivered new tracks.
However this week’s greatest shock launch got here from the late Mac Miller, whose household unveiled the deluxe version of Circles on Thursday, which options two new tracks titled “Proper” and “Floating.” Check out Billboard’s rundown of this week’s hottest new music right here!