Tones And I makes it a dozen weeks atop the Australian singles chart with “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony Music), while Post Malone bags a sixth week at No. 1 on the national albums survey with Hollywood’s Bleeding (Republic/Universal).
Only a year ago, Tones was busking on the streets of Byron Bay, Australia. Now, she’s flying high on the charts in at least 13 markets, including the U.K., where it’s logged three weeks at the summit.
“Dance Monkey” is making Australian chart history almost every week. The four-times platinum single’s reign is the longest by an Australian artist, and the lengthiest by a female artist of any nationality.
Also, “Dance Monkey” last became the first single by an Australian artist to lead Spotify’s Global Chart. It’s still at No. 1 with a lead of almost 2 million streams.
Just two other tracks have also held top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart for 12 weeks: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (2014) and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (2002/03). Next up, Ed Sheeran’s all-time record, which he set with the 15-week run by “Shape Of You” in 2017. Expect at lest one more week in the penthouse. “Dance Monkey” has a 32 per cent lead over the next-best-placed single.
Tones (real name Toni Watson) has three tracks inside the ARIA Top 50 this week, with her platinum-certified “Never Seen The Rain” rising 23-21, its peak position, and her debut release “Johnny Run Away” dipping 40-50.
Elsewhere on the singles chart, Maroon 5’s “Memories” (Interscope/Universal) moves 7-3, a new best. It’s the U.S. pop-rock outfit’s sixth title to hit the top three single in Australia. Their first, “She Will Be Loved,” hit the top 15 years ago, back in September 2004.
Kosovo DJ Regard’s reworking of Jay Sean’s “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound/Sony) is still on the go, rising 11-6, while Harry Styles marks his return to the chart with “Lights Up” (Columbia/Sony), which starts at No. 7 for the highest new entry on the current frame.
It’s the former One Direction star’s first top ten single since his debut solo release “Sign Of The Times” went to No. 1 in April 2017. Styles also impacted the chart with “Sweet Creature,” which peaked at No. 39 in May 2017.
On the ARIA Albums Chart this week, Post Malone enters a sixth week in charge with Hollywood’s Bleeding, making it the album with the second longest run at No. 1 this year behind Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/Universal), which led for seven cycles.
The highest new entry comes from Hillsong Worship, whose new studio album Awake (Hillsong Music) starts at No. 3. It’s the Aussie worship collective’s first appearance on the chart since last year’s live project There Is More hit No. 2. Hillsong Worship also hit high with Let There Be Light (No. 2 in October 2016) and Open Heaven/River Wild (No. 1 In October 2015).
Omnichannel commerce is about meeting your customers on the channels and platforms of their choice, with fast and smooth transactional experiences. It’s the expectation from consumers for how commerce will happen.
The challenge for retailers is that omnichannel commerce isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy. It’s different for every retailer, depending very much on their customer base as well as business model. So, how do you figure out what your approach should be? What do you need to take into consideration? Here are four pieces of advice.
LET DATA GUIDE YOU
Investing in qualitative data is imperative. This could include customer surveys. Spend time connecting with your online and in-store customers because they will have different mind-sets. Even walking around stores and talking to customers directly to see what brought them in. And of course, quantitative data analysis is also key in understanding customer needs and can help guide strategies.
For example, should you offer “buy online, return in store” to customers? A decision that would be best made when you know if your stores even have that many returns, or enough customers clamoring for them. This brings me to my next point.
THINK ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS CASE
A lot of times companies create customer experience
“I don’t know what the basis is for that,” he said. “But I consider her to be a competitor. I respect her service. I also have very different views than she does, especially on foreign policy, and I would prefer to have that argument in terms of policy which is what we do at debates and what we’re doing as we go forward.”
Gabbard said in a tweeted video message on Sunday: “If they can falsely portray me as a traitor, then they can do it to anyone.”
“That’s exactly the message that they want to get across to you: that if you stand up against Hillary and the party power brokers, if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine, they will destroy you and discredit your message,” Gabbard said.
Gabbard responded to Clinton on Friday, calling the former 2016 Democratic candidate “the queen of warmongers.”
“Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain,” she tweeted.
“From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation,” she added. “We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.”
Gabbard implored the former secretary of state to join the 2020 presidential race.
“It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”
“I am not a Russian spy,” Stein said. “I think this is a completely unhinged conspiracy theory for which there is absolutely no basis in fact. Not for myself and not for Tulsi Gabbard. I think it’s really outrageous that Hillary Clinton is trying to promote this crazy idea.”
She added, “You know, you can’t just slander people. You have to present some basis and fact.”
Another 2020 presidential hopeful, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, also dismissed the Gabbard claim, insisting the focus of the presidential campaign should be on the economy, climate change and other issues affecting Americans.
“That’s not correct. Tulsi is not being groomed by anyone. She is her own person,” he told reporters after delivering a keynote address Saturday at the Alabama Democratic Conference Semi-Annual Convention in Birmingham. “Obviously (she) has served this country, continues to serve this country in uniform, in Congress, as a candidate for presidency so I think those facts speak for themselves.”
O’Rourke defended Gabbard again during an interview with MSNBC on Sunday, but quickly pivoted to President Donald Trump when asked if it was helpful for Clinton to criticize Gabbard.
“You know, I think the focus has to be on Donald Trump. If we’re talking about the country of Russia, there is a Russian asset in the White House right now.”
CNN’s Caroline Kenny, Veronica Stracqualursi and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.
After competing in online contests and Korean TV shows, the 22-year-old Oklahoma native finds her place with Zanybros, a top K-pop video production team.
Thanks to years of important successes and growing visibility in the mainstream pop world, becoming a K-pop star has increasingly turned into one of the most sought-after dream careers, with one Oklahoma native spending years navigating to find her place — until today.
For more than three years, AleXa has been pushing her way into the K-pop scene in whatever way she possibly could — with it all culminating in her official debut on the scene Sunday (Oct. 20) with “Bomb.” Billboard is sharing the exclusive premiere of the single and music video that showcase the 22-year-old as a powerful, cyborg-pop diva, who’s at first seen discarded in a pile of dead dancers before finding her awakening and leading an army of fierce females in a post-apocalyptic world. If it sounds unconventional for a female K-pop star, well, this isn’t a conventional K-pop star.
AleXa’s journey took its first step onto the international K-pop scene when she was a standout contestant on “Rising Legends,” an online audition contest with Korean-pop powerhouse JYP Entertainment and long-running Korean-English news site Soompi.com. AleXa was named No. 1 in the dance category both in 2016 and 2017, when Soompi teamed up with Cube Entertainment, but didn’t ultimately land a spot in either company. Fast-forward a year later and the fans who supported the “rising legend” were reintroduced to her as one of the competitors on Korea’s sensational Produce 48 singing competition show that eventually created Billboard-chart favorite girl group IZ*ONE.
Now, AleXa is debuting on her own under ZB Label, the artist-management subsidiary of famous K-pop music video production company Zanybros, who have helmed visuals for BTS, EXO, HyunA and hundreds more acts. The move for Zanybros to sign AleXa as their first act marks an additional unexpected step in how one can find themselves in the K-pop scene.
“The reason we chose AleXa as the label’s first artist is because Zanybros’ core value has always been about innovation and driving new creative ideas in new areas,” Angelina Foss, head of ZB Label, tells Billboard of the company’s first release. “AleXa will be a multidimensional artist in a multiverse world created by ZB Label.”
Even on the set of “Bomb,” which Billboard attended for a day of shooting on location in Seoul earlier this month, AleXa was a bag of mixed emotions and sentiments.
While her voice was under the weather from spending the night at another K-pop concert (adorably croaking and coughing in between takes), her attitude was undeterred as she nailed impassioned take after take — with the directors only sometimes needing to call cut to have her fix her go-to “duck lips.” Even after the most fierce of shots — like when the young star would sprint across an old factory in chunky, multi-platform, thigh-high boots — AleXa would wind herself down and deliver a quick Fortnite dance move, all of which seemed to go over the staff’s head but made the 22-year-old smile.
AleXa’s parents were on the set of “Bomb” too, with both parents embodying that same positive energy that their daughter undeniably has throughout her career — one that’s moved in so many directions, with this shoot seemingly marking the day things were truly moving forward.
“The concept of AleXa and ‘Bomb’ is to create a thrilling escape for the listener and viewer,” adds Foss. “With the powerful performance of A.I. rebels as backup dancers and a bombastic music video, ZB Label’s goal is to create a distinct debut of a female solo artist. ZB Label wants to push the boundaries of international influence — experimenting with Latin rhythms and electronic elements to create a unique track with ‘Bomb’ that is both rooted in K-pop traditions and catered to the new global scale of K-pop.”
Kim Junhong, CEO of Zanybros, adds that this project was a long time coming for his company. “I am beyond excited to release a project we have been planning for so long. We found the perfect artist to work with for this concept that we are so fond of. We are a small and very diverse team of fantasts of the arts that makes us daydream, but we work hard together to be able to provide these exciting experiences to the audience.”
When it comes to AleXa, the rising star has only gratitude for those following her on this long, unconventional journey as it makes its big breakout moment. “Whether you have been with me for five years or five days, thank you so much for the support,” the starlet shares. “If you’ve been with me since the beginning, thank you for hanging onto me and believing in me. If you’ve recently found me, thank you for taking an interest in me and for showing your support!”
AleXa’s “Bomb” is out everywhere at Sunday, 11 p.m. EST/12 p.m. KST. Watch the full music video above as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the shoot below.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, on their royal tour of southern Africa aired tonight in the UK—and in the special, the Duchess of Sussex gave some of the most candid remarks of any royal family member about the UK tabloids and their treatment of her.
Meghan announced her lawsuit against the Daily Mail during the couple’s tour, and Harry released a statement condemning the UK tabloid for constantly attacking his wife.
In the documentary, Meghan told reporter Tom Bradby that her British friends warned her not to marry Prince Harry because of the tabloid culture in the UK. Bradby asked how Meghan was coping with pressure from the outlets’ and their constant scrutinization of her.
“It’s hard,” Meghan said, via Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t think anybody could understand that, but in all fairness, I had no idea—which probably sounds difficult to understand here—but when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it, because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’ And I very naively…we’re American, we don’t have that there, ‘What are you talking about? That doesn’t make any sense. I don’t need tabloids!’ I didn’t get it. So yeah, it’s been complicated. ”
Bradby asked if Meghan thinks she’ll survive the pressure she’s facing. Meghan replied that surviving isn’t enough and that she really did try at first to do what the other members of the royal family do: don’t acknowledge the reports and appear unbothered. But that was hurting her more than helping her.
“I have said for a long time…it’s not enough to just survive something, right?” Meghan told Bradby. “That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive. You’ve got to feel happy, and I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging, and the biggest thing I know is that I never thought this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair, and that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile. I don’t know—just take each day as it comes.”
Meghan explained that what made what the UK tabloids’ treatment of her unfair was their running false stories about her. “When people are saying things that are just untrue, and they’re being told they’re untrue but they’re allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world that would feel like that’s okay, and that’s different than just scrutiny,” Meghan said. “That’s—what would you call that? That’s a different beast. That’s really just a different beast.”
“I think the grass is always greener,” she continued. “You have no idea. It’s really hard to understand what it’s like, but I know what it seems like it should be. It’s a very different thing.” Entertainment Tonight noted at that point, Meghan was keeping herself from getting too emotional in the interview. “That’s okay,” she said. “The good thing is I’ve got my baby and I’ve got my husband, and they’re the best.”
Best-selling country duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, comedian and singer Ray Stevens and record executive Jerry Bradley joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in a star-filled ceremony on Sunday night that was full of tributes to their hit songs and their lasting legacies in country music.
Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt were among the guest performers during the medallion ceremony in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Each inductee received a medallion and a plaque that will be placed inside the Hall of Fame rotunda.
Brooks & Dunn were an unlikely pairing of two artists who both started out solo. Neither Kix Brooks nor Ronnie Dunn thought the partnership would last, but decades later they are the most awarded and best-selling country duo of all time, with 19 CMA Awards, two Grammys and 25 Academy of Country Music Awards and 20 No. 1 hits. Brooks’ flamboyant nature and guitar playing brought the perfect counterpoint to Dunn’s stellar singing, but more understated personality.
With hits such as “Brand New Man,” ”Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” ”My Maria” and ”Neon Moon,” the pair filled arenas and sold more than 28 million albums in the U.S. alone. They took a break in 2010, but nearly a decade later, they reunited in the studio to release new duet versions of their hits with today’s country stars in an album called Reboot.
McEntire, who has been playing alongside Brooks & Dunn since the ’90s and has an ongoing longstanding Las Vegas residency with the duo for several years, came to put the medallions over their heads and joked that she considered them her “big brothers.”
Brooks has often said he never understood why they made such a good pair, but it happened immediately.
“Putting the two of us together on a Tuesday, and us writing our first two No. 1 records on a Thursday and Friday is just weird,” Brooks said.
Dunn acknowledged that he was often over-analytical of himself and noted that even his therapist was in attendance that night. But he said that he tried hard to keep himself from getting too emotional.
“I have never been so proud and humble,” he said.
The Reboot album and the induction has put them back in the spotlight again, and they are nominated for two CMA Awards for duo of the year and musical event at the CMA Awards in November.
“We had every intention of quitting, and we did for a few minutes,” Brooks said, “But I think we realize now how lucky we are.”
Stevens, who learned to play piano as a child in Clarkdale, Ga., is known for novelty songs like “The Streak” and “Ahab the Arab,” but also the earnest and Grammy-winning “Everything Is Beautiful.” He is an all-around entertainer, who worked as a TV personality, producer, a session musician and a songwriter. He currently still performs at his own dinner theater in Nashville called CabaRay.
Skaggs performed the jazz standard “Misty,” which Stevens rearranged into a country bluegrass version that became his biggest country hit in 1975 and earned him a Grammy for arrangement. The McCrary Sisters performed a gospel version of “Everything Is Beautiful,” which brought tears to Stevens, who was seated in the front row.
Stevens, 80, said that since his induction was announced earlier this year, he said people had been saying it was about time he was honored.
“Anytime is a good time to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame,” he said. But he joked that if the induction had come sooner, he “could have upped his booking fees.”
Bradley came from a legacy of Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, including his father, producer Owen Bradley, the architect of the Nashville Sound, and his uncle Harold Bradley, a famed guitarist. Jerry Bradley became head of RCA Nashville in 1973, succeeding Chet Akins and bringing in new artists like Alabama and Ronnie Milsap. He helped market the outlaws of country music in a platinum-selling album called Wanted: The Outlaws. Under his leadership, the careers of Dolly Parton and Charley Pride flourished.
Stuart and Tritt performed “Good Hearted Woman,” a song made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Americana star Yola gave an electrifying performance on “Jolene,” and Old Crow Medicine Show made Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight” into a frantic bluegrass breakdown with Molly Tuttle.
“This business has given me a wonderful life,” Bradley said. “I am grateful for the people I’ve met, the songs I’ve heard and the part I’ve played.