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By Gary Trust 11/16/2020 The two new tallies rank songs based on streaming and sales data from more than 200 territories. Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez‘s “Dakiti” becomes the first Latin music hit to simultaneously rule both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts. The song ascends to its first week atop the former and leads the latter list […]

Our weekly playlist highlights songs that our writers, editors, and contributors are listening to on repeat By Pitchfork November 16, 2020 The staff of Pitchfork listens to a lot of new music. A lot of it. On any given day our writers, editors, and contributors go through an imposing number of new releases, giving recommendations to […]

Also stream new releases from Aesop Rock, Pink Siifu and Fly Anakin, Told Slant, Pa Salieu, and Cakes da Killa By Noah Yoo and Madison BloomNovember 13, 2020 With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new […]

Robert Grabowski· I seriously dislike these questions about artists, and who is best. A true artist is in no competition with anyone, other than himself. Jimi’s competition with himself led him to playing guitar most every waking hour of his life. He was driven, from the time his father saw him strumming a broomstick, and […]

Jon Mixon Outside observation: He didn’t try very hard – Jagger’s solo efforts are rather notable for their lack of “heft”. Despite being a decent songwriter and having the wealth and backing to make stronger albums, he just didn’t. It was always a side job – The Rolling Stones was (and remains) his major source […]

By Melinda Newman 11/12/2020 Wednesday’s (Nov. 11) 54th annual CMA Awards had the distinction of being one of the few major award shows after the pandemic broke that hasn’t been pushed back or cancelled. It was also the first to push the boundaries of how live an awards show could be now, complete with co-hosts Reba McEntire and Darius […]

By Glenn Peoples 11/9/2020 Stock prices for live music companies skyrocketed Monday morning on news that a COVID-19 vaccine was found to be 90% effective. At 9:15 am ET, just 30 minutes after Pfizer’s press release with its vaccine trial results, Live Nation was +20.8% to $67.73, Madison Square Garden Entertainment was +21.4% to $84.44 and […]

The Oral History of Black Artists Touring in the Segregated South By Steve Knopper 11/10/2020 Billboard spoke with Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Booker T. Jones and other legendary acts who faced extreme racism to bring their music to the American South in the 1950s and ’60s. One day in the early ’50s, three jazz legends were […]

By Kevin Rutherford 11/8/2020 Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” Mary J. Blige’s “Work That” and many more were up by double-digit percentages on Nov. 7. YG’s “FDT,” featuring Nipsey Hussle, leads a variety of songs that saw major digital sales gains in the U.S. on Nov. 7, the day Joe Biden was projected as the president-elect of […]

Joe Smerdon My jaw literally dropped reading this question. It even took me a minute to figure out who Meg White was. You can’t lump these two together. People consider Meg White to be a bad drummer because she is completely basic. It adds a certain feel to the music, which personally I like, but […]

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