Harry Styles delivers his new album Harry’s houseTaylor Swift delivers commencement speech at NYU graduation and Rihanna gives birth to her first son with A$AP Rocky.
But the delivery of good news this week doesn’t stop there. Olivia Rodrigo, BTS and Drake were among the record winners at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards. And Bad Bunny’s latest album A Verano Sin Ti breaks a plethora of Billboard records on the charts after debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Take a look at Billboard’Here’s a weekly recap and the ‘awards’ we’re handing out to this week’s headlines.
Funniest Music News: Brandy has the best response to Jack Harlow who just found out she and Ray J are siblings
After Harlow made waves on the internet last week for his latest discovery that Brandy and Ray J are brother and sister (surprise!), the Voice Bible had some important words for the young rapper to hear. “Gonna murk this dude into rap at 43 to his own beats then sing his ass to sleep,” the superstar singer clapped back jokingly on Twitter on Monday (May 16). See Harlow’s initial reaction here and Brandy’s response here.
Sweetest Music News: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky welcome a baby boy
Rocky and Rih’s baby boy is finally here, and he just might be faster than his parents. Even though he would have been born on May 13, the news came into fashion late Thursday (May 19). Learn more here and see the full timeline of their relationship here.
Biggest Music News: Olivia Rodrigo, BTS, Drake and More Set Records at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
The 2022 Billboard Music Awards returned to Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15, and it certainly wasn’t something to miss. Olivia Rodrigo was the biggest winner of the night with seven awards, Machine Gun Kelly dedicated her performance to his ‘wife’ Megan Fox and his ‘unborn child’, Janet Jackson presented Mary J. Blige with the Icon award , and host Diddy introduced a series of surprise guests, from Jack Harlow to Teyana Taylor. See the list of winners here, performances here, highlights here, and photos from the red carpet here.
Splashiest Music News: Ciara stuns on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit
Ciara becomes the third musician to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuitafter Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion. Kim Kardashian is another of this year’s cover stars, which was revealed on Monday, May 16. Check out Ciara and Kim’s spectacular covers here.
The most record-breaking music news: Bad Bunny tops many Billboard graphics with A Verano Sin Ti
Bad Bunny’s new album A Verano Sin Ti debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 274,000 equivalent album units earned, according to Luminate – the highest weekly total for an album this year. A Verano Sin Ti also topped the charts for Best Latin Albums and Latin Rhythms Albums. Benito also becomes the first Latin artist to top the Artist 100 chart. Learn more about his chart accomplishments here, here and here.
Most Inspiring Music News: Taylor Swift Gives NYU Graduation Commencement Speech
Call her Dr. Taylor Allison Swift now! On Wednesday afternoon (May 18), the singer-songwriter received her honorary doctorate of fine arts and gave a speech full of wisdom, enthusiasm and puns referencing her own song titles. . Read the full transcript of Swift’s commencement speech here as well as the Seven Lessons for the Class of 22 here.
Most National Music News: Harry Styles Releases New Album Harry’s house
You know Harry Styles is back when he performs on the TODAY Showthe annual summer concert series! A day after teasing the new tracks while on stage in the middle of New York’s Rockefeller Center, the pop superstar has finally released his third studio album. Harry’s house on Friday, May 20 – and the Harries will be permanently locked in their homes listening to the project on repeat. To listen Harry’s house here, watch his latest interview talking about the new album here, and read our staff’s picks for the set’s seven essential tracks here.