Megan Thee Stallion was the talk of the town this week, as the “Savage” star made her Saturday Night Live debut — and made a major political statement. There’s also been a big change-up in the musical guest for this week’s (Oct. 10) episode, but more on that in a bit.
In collaborations news, Travis Scott landed his third No. 1 of the year with help from Young Thug and M.I.A., J Balvin got his very own McDonald’s meal, Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat teamed up for a new bop, and much more!
Take a look at all of the week’s can’t-miss music moments below.
Megan Thee Stallion made a statement during her SNL performance
Meg served as the musical guest for the Season 46 premiere of Saturday Night Live on Oct. 3, and she made sure to use the massive platform to make a statement. During the performance of her hit “Savage,” the screen behind her went dark, gunshots rang out, and giant, bleeding bullet holes appeared. Audio clips from Malcolm X’s 1962 speech “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” then played.
(In other big SNL news, Jack White will be filling in as the musical guest this weekend.)
Travis Scott’s ‘Franchise’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
The rapper’s latest track, which also features superstars Young Thug and M.I.A., flew in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. As Billboard’s Gary Trust reports, “The track is Scott’s fourth total Hot 100 No. 1 and third to debut at the summit in less than a year, marking a new record for the fastest accumulation of three No. 1 entrances by any artist in the Hot 100’s history.” Meanwhile, “Franchise” lands Young Thug his second Hot 100 No. 1, while M.I.A. earns her first. Check out the full rundown here.
J Balvin teamed up with McDonald’s
Following in Travis Scott’s footsteps, J Balvin will be part of McDonald’s next celebrity menu collaboration! The “Vibras”-themed selection became available on Oct. 5.
Miley Cyrus is returning to the MTV Unplugged stage
It’s the best of both worlds: MTV Unplugged and Cyrus’ popular “Backyard Sessions” all in one! MTV announced on Monday (Oct. 5) that the “Mother’s Daughter” star will perform in a special, reinvented edition of its beloved MTV Unplugged franchise, MTV Unplugged Presents “Miley Cyrus Backyard Sessions.” Learn more here.
The 2020 MTV EMA nominations were announced
MTV announced the nominations for the 2020 MTV EMA (Europe Music Awards) on Tuesday (Oct. 6), and Lady Gaga is the top nominee! Gaga landed seven nods, including best video, best song and best collaboration, all for “Rain on Me,” her megahit collab with Ariana Grande. (Grande was last year’s leading nominee at the MTV EMAs, with seven nods.) BTS and Justin Bieber were also runners-up to Gaga, with five nods each this year. Check out the full list of nominations here.
More 2020 Billboard Music Awards performers were revealed
The 2020 BBMAs are right around the corner — on Oct. 14 — and more performers have been announced! Doja Cat, Kane Brown, Swae Lee and Khalid will all be taking the stage during the big night. Learn more about the lineup additions here.
Netflix shared the first trailer for the upcoming Blackpink documentary
The trailer for Blackpink: Light Up The Sky is here, and it details the K-pop girl group’s rise to fame, from their trainee days in Seoul all the way to their history-making performance at Coachella in the spring of 2019. Watch the new trailer here.
Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off reached the finals
Who will emerge victorious from the 2020 Billboard Fan Army Face-Off? It’s up to you! The final round consists of Super Junior’s E.L.F. vs. Niall Horan’s fans, and you have until Oct. 13 to make your voice heard. Here’s the latest.
There are multiple musical babies on the way
Congrats are in order for both Kelly Rowland and Meghan Trainor, who announced their respective pregnancies on the same day! Check out some of Rowland’s gorgeous maternity photos here, and see Trainor’s sweet ultrasound announcement here.
Taylor Swift endorsed Joe Biden
With only 27 days until the United States general election, Taylor Swift is firmly on the Biden train. Swift revealed her endorsement in V Magazine’s “The Thought Leaders Issue,” and added on social media that she was tuning into the vice presidential debate with freshly-baked cookies. “Taylor — Thanks for your support and for speaking out at this crucial moment in our nation’s history,” Biden responded on Twitter, while Kamala Harris requested the recipe for the cookies!
The guest list for the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was announced
Miley Cyrus, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Hudson and more will all be appearing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, debuting Nov. 7 on HBO. Learn more here.
Billboard investigated the overabundance of No. 1 debuts on the Hot 100 this year
Travis Scott’s “Franchise” (featuring Young Thug and M.I.A.) marked yet another No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year, and it’s one of many, as Billboard’s Andrew Unterberger points out. “Pop stars have gotten more and more creative with such direct-to-consumer (D2C) content, with artists like Scott offering as many as 15 different physical configurations of new songs for fans to purchase, allowing for greater first-week impact,” he writes. Check out the rest of the deep dive here.
New Music Friday was stacked
This New Music Friday featured fresh cuts from Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat, Daya and Trey Songz. There were also can’t-miss releases from Brothers Osborne, Greta Van Fleet and Lil Wayne this week — if it all seems overwhelming, get the TL;DR on everything you need to know about the best new music here!