Welcome to Billboard's new weekly recap! Whether it's a newly released song or video, a viral moment, or a big announcement, Billboard will have a round-up of the happenings across the music industry at the end of every week.
Check out our recap of the biggest momments from the week below.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen got in a Twitter feud with Donald Trump
Nothing like kicking off the week with a good old feud. Naturally, it involves President Donald Trump, who made John Legend and Chrissy Teigen his latest targets after Legend discussed the country's troubled criminal justice system on NBC Nightly News; Trump called Legend a “boring musician” and Teigen “filthy mouthed.” Both Legend and Teigen almost immediately took to social media to fire back, with Teigen offering up quite the feisty (and NSFW) nickname for Trump. See the full timeline of events here.
The Billboard Hot 100 results came in early Monday (Sept. 9), revealing that Lizzo held on to her No. 1 reign with “Truth Hurts” — which apparently made her pretty emotional. “It’s been a long day w/ lots of tears but I’m glad I’m here,” she captioned a photo of the Hot 100 top 10 on social media. “It’s all worth it. It’s so so worth it.”
The country superstar surprised fans with a big announcement — and an even bigger gift — on Sept. 9, revealing that his ninth album, 9, is coming Nov. 22. In celebration, he dropped not one, not two, not three, but four tracks from the album. The four songs showcase Aldean’s versatility, with two more upbeat tunes (lead single “We Back” and prideful “Keeping It Small Town”) and two slower, sadder breakup songs, “Blame It On You” and “I Don’t Drink Anymore.”
Clarkson added another role to her resume on Sept. 9, when her talk show officially premiered on daytime television. She did so in a big way, too, with a superstar roster of first-week guests that included Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres.
The Latin singer further proved his superstar status on Sept. 9, when he received four Guinness World Records titles he’s earned over the past year. The Puerto Rican star became the artist with the most videos to reach one billion views on YouTube (7) in Feb. 2019; the most Billboard Latin Music Award nominations for a single artist in a single year (23) on Feb. 12, 2019; and most Billboard Latin Music Award wins for a single artist in a single year (11) on April 25, 2019; and most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, as his debut album Odisea topped Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart for 46 weeks (from Sept. 16, 2017, through Sept. 1, 2018).
Stormi’s parents had some steamy no-kid time on the Playboy set, as proven by their racy teaser photo from Jenner’s upcoming shoot in the magazine. Jenner shared a photo on Sept. Sept. 10 of herself with Scott, in which she’s wearing nothing but a cowboy hat.
The rock Gods revealed that they’ll be touring the world — yes, all together — on the aptly titled Hella Mega Tour, which will hit baseball stadiums across North America following an opening stint in Europe. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo detailed how this massive tour came together (and the new music they all have in store) in the latest Billboard cover story. Read it here.
As she continues to prep her highly anticipated forthcoming album, Gomez took time to pay a visit to her middle school, Danny Jones Middle School in Mansfield, Texas. The singer is filming a documentary about her childhood memories, according to a Mansfield Independent School District’s blog post shared on Sept. 10, but also wanted to show her best friend, Courtney, as well as her Interscope Records team “how proud I am of where I’m from.”
Rihanna unveiled her fall/winter 2019 line of Savage x Fenty in huge fashion — literally — in the middle of New York Fashion Week. Hosting the affair at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Ri-Ri’s showcase was a combination of concert and runway show, with performances from Big Sean, Migos, Tierra Whack, DJ Khaled and Fat Joe. Halsey also performed, premiering “Graveyard” before it was released a few days later.
RM celebrated his birthday
As the clock struck midnight in BTS’ native South Korea on Sept. 12 (still Sept. 11 stateside), celebs, ARMY members and RM’s fellow BTS members took to social media to wish the BTS singer a happy 25th birthday.
Camila Cabello released her cinematic video for “Liar”
The “Havana” singer’s latest single received cinematic treatment for its video, which features Cabello stuck in the middle of a love triangle between a billionaire jerk and a bus boy who lusts over her. Once she tells her rich fiancée the truth about her feelings, a series of unfortunate events occurs — and makes for one fun watch.
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello broke the internet
Just after Cabello dropped the “Liar” video, the singer and Mendes shared a silly video on his Instagram that addressed people saying the couple “kiss like fish” in internet-breaking fashion: the sloppiest kiss on the planet. Fans and even the pair’s famous friends went crazy over the clip (Niall Horan commented with 10 laughing emojis), and it already has more than 22 million views in just over 24 hours.
Puth delivered the second of his promised three new songs on Sept. 12. He paired the bouncy, irreverent tune with an equally rebellious visual that features a group of friends swimming in their underwear; smoking weed; and making out in the backseat.
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey unveiled “Don’t Call Me Angel”
Though the three pop queens don’t actually star in the upcoming Charlie Angels film, they contributed one empowering anthem for the ladies who do. “Don’t Call Me Angel,” which arrived Sept. 13, is exactly what its title insinuates: A woman’s declaration of confidence and power. The superstar trio also released a fierce video for the adrenaline-inducing track, featuring all three ladies sporting some badass black angel wings.
Halsey followed up her haunting punk-inspired tune “Nightmare” with an airy breakup track titled “Graveyard,” officially releasing it on Sept. 12. Though she didn’t simultaneously a video for the song, Halsey shared a time-lapse video of herself painting what resulted in the rainbow-colored, self-portrait cover for her forthcoming album Manic — which she recently revealed will be released on Jan. 17, 2020.
News broke early Friday (Sept. 13) that the classic rock star lost his battle with stage 4 esophageal cancer, with his family sharing a statement that assured fans he “passed away peacefully.” Fans and fellow stars took to social media to mourn the man behind “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On” — just a few of the songs that will help his memory live on forever.