Taylor Swift remains at No. 1 for second straight week

Taylor Swift‘s latest album, Folklore, remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week. though it fell 84% in album-equivalent units after opening with 846,000 units; the best opening week for any album in 2020. 

No other new album entered the top 10 this week, but Beyoncé‘s, The Lion King: The Gift re-enters the chart with 27,000 equivalent units and landed at No. 10. 

Taylor Swift tops album, singles charts

Taylor Swift topped both the Billboard 200 album chart and the Hot 100 singles chart after her latest album, Folklore, moved nearly 900,000 album-equivalent units last week and the first single, “Cardigan,” debuted No. 1 on the respective charts.

This is the eighth time in her career – and first time since 2015 – that Swift has held the No. 1 position on both charts simultaneously.

Taylor Swift drops new “surprise” album

Taylor Swift released a surprise  new album, Folklore, at midnight Friday (July 24), the singer’s eighth album. She announced the release Thursday (July 23) on her Twitter feed and the standard edition of the album, which she “poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into” will contain 16 tracks. Swift noted that since this is her eighth studio album, she will release eight deluxe CDs and eight deluxe vinyls for one week, each containing unique covers and photos. 

Taylor Swift cancels 2020 tours; Against Me cancels co-headline tour with Baroness

Taylor Swift announced to her fans in a statement on Twitter that she was canceling all planned 2020 shows in the United States and Brazil and would hit the road again in 2021. 

“Fighting COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge for our global community and the safety and wellbeing of fans should always be the top priority. Health organizations and governments around the world have strongly discouraged large public gatherings for an undetermined period of time. With many events throughout the world already cancelled, and upon direction from health officials in an effort to keep fans safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, sadly the decision has been made to cancel all Taylor Swift live appearances and performances this year. The U.S. and Brazil shows will be rescheduled to take place in 2021, with dates to be announced later this year,”

In other tour news, Against Me canceled its co-headlining tour with Baroness. The tour was scheduled to take place in May and  follows the band’s previous announcement of the cancelation of its spring tour. 

“I hope that it’s apparent that this is absolutely not at all what any of us want, and if we had any real choice in the matter we would for sure be out on the road this May,” frontwoman Laura Jane Grace said in a statement. “But given the current worldwide situation, we have no other choice but to cancel this amazing tour that we have all been looking forward to since its conception. My definite hope is that this tour does still happen at some point in the future, when able.”

Lady Gaga’s coronavirus livestream adds slew of big names

The previously-announced One World COVID-19 charity special has announced a new group of artists who have committed to the event, including Alicia KeysCeline DionTaylor SwiftUsher, and Jennifer Lopez

Also added to the lineup are  Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneresPharrell WilliamsMatthew McConaugheyLupita Nyong’oAmy Poehler and Awkwafina

Also announced was a six-hour livestream prior to the event, which will feature Adam LambertAndra DayAnnie LennoxBen PlattBilly Ray CyrusCharlie PuthChristine and the QueensCommonDon CheadleEllie GouldingHeidi KlumHozierJack BlackJameela JamilJennifer HudsonJessie JKeshaLady AntebellumLeslie Odom Jr., Liam PayneMaren MorrisMatt BomerMegan RapinoeNiall HoranRita OraSamuel L. Jackson, Sarah Jessica ParkerSheryl Crow, the KillersTim Gunn, and others.

The event has already raised $35 in conjunction with Global Citizen, with proceeds to be distributed to the World Health Organization. 

London’s BST Hyde Park 2020 concert series canceled

London, England’s BST Hyde Park 2020 concert series scheduled for July 3 to 5 and July 10 to 12 have been canceled, with organizers saying in a Twitter post “It is with a heavy heart that we have decided not to go ahead with BST Hyde Park 2020. Please read our full statement below or here: Sending you all love and positivity during these difficult times. Look after yourselves, stay safe, and see you next year.”

Post Malone, Pearl JamTaylor SwiftLittle MixRita OraKendrick Lamar, the PixiesKeshaBrittany Howard, and James Blake are among the artists who were scheduled to appear. 

Glastonbury’s 50th Anniversary Canceled

The 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury festival, scheduled to take place June 24 to 28, was canceled by event organizers after they said that they would not be able to get the event ready in time, even if the situation in the UK improved. 

“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option,” festival organizers said in a statement.

Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift were scheduled to headline the festival, alongside Diana RossThom YorkeLana Del ReyKendrick LamarDizzee Rascal, Pet Shop Boys, and Haim.

25 Songs That Matter Now

The New York Times has published an interactive piece detailing the 25 Songs That Matter Now. Among the artists featured in the article in The Music Issue o.f The New York Times Magazine are King PrincessLizzo, and Tyler the Creator