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By Billboard on May 23, 2023
Nick Jonas looked back on his off-key performance at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards on an episode of ‘Armchair Expert With Dax Shepard.’ Warner Bros. unveiled the trailer for the big-screen musical adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’ starring Halle Bailey, H.E.R., Fantasia and more. ‘The Idol’ received a standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival. Davido stopped by the studio to talk about Forbes calling him “The King of Afrobeats,” how he created his album ‘Timeless’ and more!
‘The Idol’ premiere slays at Cannes, a trailer drops for ‘The Color Purple,’ and a Nick Jonas performance sends him to therapy. Plus, we hang out with Davido and Evaluna and a new K-pop girl group rules Trending Songs. It’s Tuesday, May 23rd. I’m Tetris and this is Billboard News. Let’s jump into your top story.
Nick Jonas says his 2016 ACM performance with Kelsey Ballerini sent him to therapy. Let’s get into it.
“It was like a really traumatic moment that shaped the pressure I put on myself to be perfect and to always be on.”
The Jonas Brothers stopped by ‘The Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard’ podcast on Monday, where Nick talked about the moment his guitar solo went terribly wrong during Kelsea Ballerini’s performance at the 2016 ACM Awards.
“I started off, it’s fine. And as I sort of walked towards her, I just went completely blank. And I hit a wrong note and blacked out basically and clocked that-“
MONICA PADMAN: “Oh my God!”
“…it was wrong. And I couldn’t stop. To this day, and like hours of unpacking it, I can’t really figure out exactly what happened.”
That moment took place right in the middle of the JoBros break when Nick put out two solo projects and before the brothers reunited in 2019.
“In retrospect, I can kind of like laugh about how big I thought it was, but it did travel more than I wish it would have. And it did cause me to go into therapy.”
And now we update you on musicians that are also conquering TV and film. Halle Bailey shows us that wearing Ariel’s purple fins won’t be the only time she hits the big screen in 2023. Plus, The Weeknd, Jennie of BLACKPINK, Troye Sivan, and more are at the premiere of HBOs ‘The Idol’ at Cannes and we’ll be chatting with the pop star.
Warner Bros. has unveiled a trailer for the big screen musical adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’ and it stars Halle Bailey and she’s joined by superstars H.E.R., Fantasia, Ciara, Taraji P Henson, and more. The musical is scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas Day.
We’ve all been obsessed with the new show ‘The Idol’ before its premiere on June 4th, but we’re even more obsessed with the stars’ red carpet look at Cannes. Jennie slayed, giving preppy realness. The Weeknd gave classic Abel while Lily-Rose Depp dazzled, and Troye Sivan was a fashion king per usual. We’ll be chatting with Troye about the show, make sure you stay tuned.
Now let’s get to our interview with Davido. He’s an Afrobeats superstar and he’s even spreading the wealth.
You have the most first-day streams of any African artists on Apple Music and Spotify. What is it like to represent your home country in such a successful way?
I mean, it was dope. We just made the album, you know, with low criteria. We just wanted to just go into the studio and make good music. Like we didn’t plug most of them, you know what I’m saying? We’re just like natural vibes, you know, in the studio, not putting pressure. You know, even when picking the records. You know, normally I’d pick the whole album myself or like I’m very, very sensitive. So I pick 17 songs out of like, 68.
How do you even go about picking the songs like?
So we kind of like made up this formula where I send songs to like everybody, like even my friends. So I was like everybody votes. And it kind of worked out.
What was the one song that was kind of common throughout everybody’s list?
It’s cool too that you get to also work with other artists.
There’s this girl I found on the internet, she was doing like a cover to a song. And then I DM’d her. I’m like, “Yo, your voice is amazing.”
And she doesn’t even believe like I’m the one talking to her.
And now she’s on a record-breaking album with you.
Yeah, and I signed her too!
You can find the full interview at Billboard.com
But now, let’s jump into what you guys are talking about on Twitter.
New K-pop girl group BABYMONSTER sends its pre-debut single to No. 1.
BABYMONSTER may be new to the scene but they’re already making waves by sending their pre-debut single ‘Dream’ to the top of Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs chart powered by Twitter. The YG-signed girl group debuted ‘Dream’ exclusively on YouTube last week, and it’s already racked up over 30 million global views. An official debut for BABYMONSTER is set for this fall. But details about the premiere are under wraps.
NewJeans member Danielle debuted her version of “Part of Your World’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’ and it bows at No. 2. Her rendition is the Korean language companion to Halle’s performance in the Disney live-action film hitting theaters May 26th.
Elsewhere on the charts Taeyong’s ‘Shalala,’ the title track of the NCT member’s mini album of the same name, sits at No. 3, while the Foo Fighters and Lana Del Rey round out the top five.
Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs Chart powered by Twitter tracks global music-related trends and conversations in real-time across Twitter. Viewable over the last 24 hours or the past seven days.
Hey, it’s Brian Kelley. I’m super excited to speak at Billboard Live Country in Conversation on June 7th, right here in Nashville. Make sure you get your tickets right now. It’s gonna be a dang good time.
And lastly, we love Evaluna here at Billboard. And we found out five things you might not know about the Latin star.
Hola, soy Evaluna Montaner y estas son cinco cosas que no sabías de mí. Número uno, bailo flamenco desde lo cinco años. Número dos, soy sommelier. Número tres, la primera y única vez que me emborraché en mi vida fue la primera vez que conocí a Shawn Mendes y Camila Cabello. Era como un encuentro antes de que Camilo y Shawn grabaran la canción juntos y todo eso. Digamos que fue una noche en Miami inolvidable para mí y los zapatos de Shawn Mendes. Número cuarto, tengo como cuarenta tatuajes. Y número cinco, soy muy fan del vallenato y de la música country que es como yo siento que no se lo esperar tanto. Bueno, esas fueron cinco cosas que no sabían de mí.
That’s it, come back tomorrow to hang out with us and K-Pop star LØren. See you then!
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