Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Camila Cabello accomplishing something no artist has done before, to Kacey Musgraves’ unexpected artist collaboration wish list, to someone shelling out big bucks to get into Iggy Azalea’s old cheerleading outfit, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* With her hits “Havana” and “Never Be The Same,” Camila Cabello has become the first artist to top both the Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs charts with the first two promoted singles from a debut LP. The Pop Songs chart was launched in 1992, with the Adult Pop Songs chart coming to be in 1996, and while that may seem crazy recent to many of us, both charts are older than Cabello, who was born in 1997. If you’ll excuse me, I suddenly feel like I should be watching Matlock reruns, and telling kids to get off my lawn.
* It has been revealed that Cardi B and Offset were secretly married in September before their public engagement took place in October. In a related story, Vanessa Hudgens and I are still not ready to go public with our secret marriage … mostly because it’s still a secret even to her.
* Country artist Kacey Musgraves took to Twitter to send shout outs to Post Malone and Lana Del Rey as potential cross-genre collaborators. Lana Del Rey I can see, but Kacey, while I understand both you and Post Malone hail from Texas, you do know about Scarface and Bun B, right?
* Iggy Azalea auctioned off the cheerleading outfit she wore for her 2014 Billboard Music Awards performance with all the proceeds going to GLAAD. The outfit ended up selling for $2,026, and Iggy matched the bid with a donation of her own. So if anyone was wondering, as long as you add “it was for charity” it’s perfectly acceptable to attempt to acquire a famous person’s used clothing.
* Adele and J.K. Rowling attended Taylor Swift’s recent show at London’s Wembley Stadium. There’s no word on if at any point they formed some sort of superlady Voltron and annihilated their exes.
* Kanye West and Tidal are in a bit of hot water, as U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Woods only granted parts of Tidal’s motions to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit originally filed by Justin Baker-Rhett in 2016. The suit is regarding the supposed exclusivity of the release of Kanye’s The Life of Pablo album. Baker-Rhett alleges that Kanye and Tidal tricked the public into subscribing to the streaming service through false claims it was the only place to hear the album, which showed up on other platforms less than two months later. I just want to know … why didn’t Baker-Rhett just opt not to continue his Tidal subscription after the free trial period ended, just like everyone else in the world? That said, it certainly says something about your product when someone will go this far to unsubscribe.
* Dave Matthews Band are launching a limited-run Sirius XM channel today at noon EST, on Channel 3. It should be the perfect station for the person who wants to recreate the feeling of waiting in line at their local CVS.
* 5 Seconds of Summer scored their third straight #1 album on the Billboard 200 with Youngblood, but were immediately unseated the following week by Panic! at the Disco’s new album, Pray for the Wicked. Soooo my time machine works???
* Demi Lovato released a new single titled “Sober,” and it’s a tough listen. The song is an admission, and an apology, to her loved ones and fans, regarding a bump in the road with her sobriety. She takes a heck of a lot of ownership of her actions on the song, which is quite impressive considering she’s still only 25 years old.
And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.