Shawn Mendes has honoured his fans in a sweet Instagram post to celebrate playing his biggest gig to date.
The In My Blood hitmaker wrapped up the North American leg of his Shawn Mendes The Tour jaunt with a sell-out homecoming gig in Toronto, Canada to 55,000 people on Friday. And taking to Instagram on Sunday morning, he thanked fans for supporting him through his "breathtaking" summer.
"It’s taken me 24 hours be able to wrap my head around how breathtaking playing in Toronto was... I’ve never experienced something so moving in my entire life," he shared, following his show at the Rogers Centre. "76 shows done & I just want to say thank you with all of my heart to every single one of you. I want you all to feel so proud of this tour... this is just as much yours as it is mine so look around and see what you’ve done! I truly feel so connected with you guys when I’m on stage, it’s my favourite thing in the world and we get to feel magic every single night.
"I love you the most. Thank you North America for a beautiful summer."
The gig was a special moment for Mendes, who was visibly overcome with emotion throughout. During the set, his girlfriend Camila Cabello also made a surprise appearance on stage, as the pair performed their chart-topping hit single Senorita.
The star will continue his tour later this month in Asia, before heading to Australia in October.
The 'Bound 2' rapper was joined by Chance the Rapper as he preached to the masses at an event held at the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island.
Kanye and Chance both performed on the stage there and it was a more intimate affair as the stage was a lot closer to ground level than regular ones.
Meanwhile, Kanye previously revealed he wanted to feel closer to his mother, so much so that he even toyed with the idea of moving to back to his native Chicago to feel connected to her.
However, his wife Kim Kardashian West, doesn't think they need to up sticks and move to Illinois because she's convinced Donda and her father Robert Kardashian, who died in 2003, are watching over them in Los Angeles in the shape of two black birds.
She said recently: "Kanye and I always reference birds. We seem to see a lot of black crows. Yesterday Kanye took a picture of the two black crows that are always at our house and always together. We always say that they are our parents hanging out together at our house."
And Kanye believes his late mother is still "guiding" him.
He said: "You know, she's here with us and she's guiding us. This would have been the funnest time of her life to have those kids running around that house and being able to buy them toys."
"Thank you Mac, you were, and still are, a guiding light in my life and growth"
Fans and friends of Mac Miller have taken to social media to remember the rapper one year after dying of an accidental overdose.
Mac, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, was found unresponsive at noon on September 7, 2018 at his San Fernando Valley home. His death was confirmed as an accidental overdose. He was 26 years old.
Earlier this week, a man was arrested and charged in connection with the death of Mac Miller. It was alleged that Cameron James Pettit, 28, supplied Miller with counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl.
Today, on the one year anniversary of his death, tributes have poured in from all corners of the world, celebrating the life of the much loved musician.
BROCKHAMPTON‘s Kevin Abstract penned a touching tribute that involved an early memory of him seeing Mac perform. “when i was 14 i went to a mac miller concert in houston,” he began. “and he was mad young at the time and i remember leaving being so inspired that shit kept me going man him & OF in 2010 really inspired me to keep putting shit out as a teenager.”
The song matches the reigns of "Despacito" & "One Sweet Day."Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, rules the Billboard Hot 100for a 16th week, tying the record for the most time tallied at No. 1 in the chart's six-decade history.
"Road" matches Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day," which spent a record 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2017 and 1995-96, respectively.
Let's run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100 (dated July 27), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (July 23).
With a 16th week atop the Hot 100 for "Old Town Road," here's a look at the 10 longest-leading No. 1s in the chart's archives:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
16, "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, beginning April 13, 2019
16, "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
16, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
14, "Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992
As on the Hot 100, "Road" (on Columbia Records) leads the Streaming Songs chart for a 16th week, a likewise record-tying mark, equaling the run of "Despacito." "Road" rules Streaming Songs with 86.2 million U.S. streams, up 22%, in the week ending July 18, according to Nielsen Music. Helping power the surge, a new remix of "Road," with Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, was released July 12 (and accounts for less than a quarter of the song's overall streams in the tracking week).
"Road" set the record for the top streaming week (143 million) following the April 5 arrival of its remix solely with Cyrus (who has been billed on 15 of the song's 16 weeks atop the Hot 100) and claims nine of the 11 biggest streaming frames to date, including the top three.
"Road" spends a 12th week atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 45,000 downloads sold (up 4%; under 15% from the Young Thug and Ramsey remix), in the week ending July 18. On Radio Songs, where it reached No. 2, "Road" retreats 8-10, with 53.5 million audience impressions, down 18%, in the week ending July 21.
"Road" concurrently leads the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a 16th week each and the Songs of the Summer chart for an eighth frame, having topped the tally each week since its annual return after Memorial Day
Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" notches a sixth total week at its No. 2 Hot 100 high, as it pushes 4-2 on Streaming Songs (55.7 million, up 39%), as it wins the top Streaming Gainer award on the Hot 100, and 7-2 on Digital Song Sales (33,000, up 64%) and keeps at No. 5 on Radio Songs (85 million, up 7%).
Just as a new remix of "Road" helped boost the song in the latest tracking week, a remix of "Bad Guy" with Justin Bieber was released Thursday (July 11) afternoon, just ahead of the July 12-18 streaming and sales tracking week that fed this week's July 27-dated charts. (The Bieber remix accounts for around a third of streams and less than half of sales for "Bad Guy" in the tracking week.)
With each song helped by respective new remixes, "Road" increases by 13% in overall metrics on the July 27 Hot 100 and "Bad Guy" bounds by 32%. Despite the latter's greater growth, "Road" sports a 1.3-to-1 points difference over "Bad Guy," after leading by 1.5-to-1 last week (and 1.9-to-1 two weeks ago).
Looking ahead to next week, does "Old Town Road" appear likely to notch a record-breaking 17th week atop the Hot 100, besting "Despacito" and "Day"? Notably, "Despacito" in its 16th week at No. 1 also held a 1.3-to-1 points lead over its runner-up, DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts," featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. And, "Day" in its 16th No. 1 frame led Brandy's "Sittin' Up in My Room" by a 1.2-to-1 margin. Still, neither challenger went on to dethrone the song above it: Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" vaulted 77-1 following its first full tracking week to unseat "Despacito," while Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" soared 5-1 to supplant "Day."
With no songs appearing likely to blast to the top, as Swift's "Look" or Dion's "Because" did, or to debut at No. 1, and with "Bad Guy" possibly regressing significantly in the second tracking week for its Bieber remix (moreso than "Road," given the greater gains for the former on this week's charts), the stage could be set for "Road" to rewrite history with a 17th week at No. 1 on next week's Hot 100, dated Aug. 3 and whose top 10 is scheduled to be revealed next Monday, July 29.
by Keith Caulfield
Set launches with biggest week of 2019 for a pop album by a male artist.Ed Sheeran scores his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his star-studded No. 6 Collaborations Project album enters atop the tally.
The set, which was released on July 12 via Atlantic Records, bows with 173,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 18, according to Nielsen Music. It marks the largest week of the year for a pop album by a male artist. Of that starting sum, 70,000 were in album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 27-dated chart (where No. 6 bows at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on July 23.
Sheeran previously led the Billboard 200 with ÷ (Divide) in 2017 and x (Multiply) in 2014.
No. 6 Collaborations Project, true to its title, features Sheeran on each track, partnering up with a galaxy of stars from across many genres of music, including Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott and Chris Stapleton.
Notably, one of the tracks on the album, “Remember the Name” -- which features Eminem and 50 Cent -- includes a lyric that references topping the Billboard charts. Eminem, who has nine No. 1 Billboard 200 albums to his name, raps on the track: “I climbed the Billboard charts to the top…”
No. 6 tallies the biggest week in total units (173,000) for a pop album by a male soloist in over a year, since Shawn Mendes’ self-titled album started at No. 1 on the June 8, 2018-dated list with 182,000 units.
Overall in 2019, No. 6 nets the seventh-largest week among all albums in total units. It trails the debut frames of: Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins (414,000), Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (360,000), Billie Eilish’s When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (313,000), Backstreet Boys’ DNA (234,000), BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona(230,000) and Khalid’s Free Spirit (202,000).
No. 6’s starting sum of 173,000 units is comprised of 70,000 in album sales, 10,000 in TEA units, and 93,000 in SEA units. The latter SEA units sum translates to 121.17 million on-demand audio streams for the set’s songs during the tracking week. That’s the biggest streaming week for a pop album by a male artist since the debut of Sheeran’s last album, ÷ (Divide), when it racked up 134.58 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks (March 25, 2017-dated chart).
Notably, No. 6’s healthy sales start of 70,000 was achieved without the employment of a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, nor the selling of countless merchandise/album bundles -- as has become familiar to many a No. 1 album. (Though, Sheeran did offer a few basic merch bundles via his official website with a No. 6-branded T-shirt, sweatshirt and hat.) No. 6’s sales were driven mostly by old-fashioned album sales through sellers like Target, Walmart, Amazon and iTunes.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Eilish’s former No. 1 When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is a non-mover with 60,000 equivalent album units earned (up 20%). The gain is likely spurred by interest driven courtesy of a new remix of the set’s “Bad Guy,” with Justin Bieber.
The Revenge of the Dreamers III set slips from No. 1 to No. 3 in its second week, with 55,000 units (down 53%), while Lil Nas X’s 7 is steady at No. 4 with 50,000 units (up 3%). Chris Brown’s former leader Indigo dips from No. 3 to No. 5 with 42,000 units (down 14%), while Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You is stationary at No. 6 with 33,000 units (up 2%).
A trio of former No. 1s are next: Khalid’s Free Spirit holds at No. 7 with 31,000 units (down 3%), Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys stands still at No. 8 with 25,000 units (up less than 1%) and Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins climbs 10-9 with 23,000 units (down 5%).
Closing out the top 10 is DaBaby’s Baby On Baby, as it rises 14-10 with 23,000 units (down 2%).
by Keith Caulfield
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