Sam Smith & Kim Petras’ ‘Unholy’ Launches at No. 1 on Billboard Global Charts

Sam Smith and Kim Petras‘ “Unholy” bounds in at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

The buzzy song soars in as the respective British and German artists’ first leader on each list following its first full week of tracking, after its Sept. 22 release.

Plus, OneRepublic‘s “I Ain’t Worried” hits the Global 200’s top five, marking more new heights for music from the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack.

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The two charts, which began in September 2020, rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Luminate. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart ranks are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

‘Unholy’ Blasts In Atop Global 200

Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ “Unholy” charges in at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 with 76.7 million streams and 20,000 downloads sold worldwide in the Sept. 23-29 tracking week, following its Sept. 22 release.

Smith and Petras began teasing the single in August, with it being used in over 450,000 clips on the platform to date. (Its official video premiered Friday, Sept. 30, with any resulting gains contributing to next week’s, Oct. 15-dated charts.)

Smith notches their first Global 200 No. 1, after previously reaching a No. 32 best with “Diamonds” just after the list launched in October 2020. Petras reigns in her first visit to the survey.

Notably, the last four No. 1 duets on the Global 200 have been by non-U.S. acts. Before Smith (UK) and Petras (Germany), Bizarrap (Argentina) and Quevedo (Spain) led for four weeks with “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52” beginning in July; Coldplay (UK) and BTS (South Korea) topped the tally with “My Universe” for a week in October 2021; and The Kid LAROI (Australia) and Justin Bieber (Canada) reigned with “Stay” for 11 weeks starting in August 2021. (That run followed Canada’s The Weeknd and U.S.-born Ariana Grande’s one-week rule with “Save Your Tears” in May 2021.)

Plus, songs by acts all from outside the U.S. have topped the Global 200 for 32 consecutive weeks, spanning seven titles (and five countries), both record streaks since the chart began. Here’s a recap:

“Heat Waves,” Glass Animals (UK), six weeks at No. 1, beginning March 5
“As It Was,” Harry Styles (UK), 15, April 16
“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” Kate Bush (UK), three, June 18
“Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52,” Bizarrap (Argentina) & Quevedo (Spain), four, July 30
“Pink Venom,” BLACKPINK (South Korea), two, Sept. 3
“Shut Down,” BLACKPINK (South Korea), one, Oct. 1
“Unholy,” Sam Smith (UK) & Kim Petras (Germany), one to-date, Oct. 8

Elsewhere in the Global 200’s top five, David Guetta and Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)” rebounds to its No. 2 high from No. 3; Harry Styles’ “As It Was” falls to No. 4 after a record 15 weeks on top; and BLACKPINK’s “Shut Down” falls to No. 4 a week after it debuted at No. 1. (Thanks to “Unholy” and “Shut Down,” the chart boasts back-to-back No. 1 entrances for the first time since “What’s Next” by Drake and “On the Ground” by Rosé – of BLACKPINK – started atop the March 20 and 27, 2021-dated surveys, respectively.)

Rounding out the Global 200’s top five, OneRepublic’s “I Ain’t Worried” becomes the band’s first top five hit on the chart, rising 6-5, led by a 2% gain to 41.3 million streams worldwide.

The song, which in August marked the Ryan Tedder-fronted group’s first Global 200 top 10 since the chart originated, is one of three to have reached the ranking from the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack, after Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” rose to No. 37 and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” hit No. 130, both in June. (The latter, previously released on the original Top Gun soundtrack, became a No. 2 hit on the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 in 1986.)

Smith, Petras Also Premiere at No. 1 on Global Excl. U.S.

Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ “Unholy” concurrently debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, with 53.6 million streams and 8,000 downloads sold worldwide in territories outside the U.S. in the Sept. 23-29 tracking week.

As on the Global 200, Smith and Petras each rule Global Excl. U.S. for the first time each; Smith previously hit a No. 39 high with “Diamonds” in 2020, while Petras makes her maiden appearance on the chart.

Also similar to the Global 200, songs by acts from outside the U.S. have dominated the Global Excl. U.S. chart for 30 weeks in a row, covering nine titles (and six countries), likewise record streaks:

“Heat Waves,” Glass Animals (UK), three weeks at No. 1, beginning March 19
“Envolver,” Anitta (Brazil), one, April 9
“As It Was,” Harry Styles (UK), 13, April 16
“Yet To Come,” BTS (South Korea), one, June 25
“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” Kate Bush (UK), one, July 16
“Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52,” Bizarrap (Argentina) & Quevedo (Spain), six, July 30
“Pink Venom,” BLACKPINK (South Korea), three, Sept. 3
“Shut Down,” BLACKPINK (South Korea), one, Oct. 1
“Unholy,” Sam Smith (UK) & Kim Petras (Germany), one to-date, Oct. 8

David Guetta and Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)” returns to its No. 2 Global Excl. U.S. best from No. 3 and BLACKPINK’s “Shut Down” dips to No. 3 a week after it opened at No. 1. (Before “Unholy” and “Shut Down,” the chart last welcomed No. 1 debuts in consecutive weeks when Ariana Grande’s “Positions” and Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’s “Dakiti” entered atop the Nov. 7 and 14, 2020, tallies, respectively.)

Capping the Global Excl. U.S. chart’s top five, Bizarrap and Quevedo’s “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52” holds at No. 4 and Harry Styles’ “As It Was” repeats at No. 5.

The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Oct. 8, 2022) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 4). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard‘s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.Luminate, the independent data provider to the Billboard charts, completes a thorough review of all data submissions used in compiling the weekly chart rankings. Luminate reviews and authenticates data. In partnership with Billboard, data deemed suspicious or unverifiable is removed, using established criteria, before final chart calculations are made and published.

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Several interesting and enjoyable recordings turned up in this latest batch of our reviewers’ listening including John Frederick Lampe’s entertaining and humorous Handel-spoofing opera, trumpeter Alison Balsom (pictured above) who gives a sensitive performance of Aaron Copland’s seldom heard Quiet City, and more.

After Jennie Pics Leak, BLACKPINK Management Threatens ‘All Possible Legal Action’

BLACKPINK‘s management company, YG Entertainment, has threatened serious legal action against the person or people who allegedly leaked private photos of band member Jennie. According to BBC News, YG has asked police in South Korea to investigate how images of Jennie ended up on Twitter and the Telegram app, including shots that appeared to show her at dinner with BTS’s V.

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“Photos that were circulated online were illegally released, regardless of the intentions behind them and without the consent of the individual involved,” YG reportedly said in a statement, in which it said Jennie has faced “personal attacks” and “sexual harassment” due to the leak. YG reportedly asked police to track down the “original distributor” of the photos, promising to take “all possible legal action without any leniency to prevent further damage in the future.”

The statement also noted that YG had been keeping mum on the photo leak until publicly acknowledging it on Monday (Oct. 3). “YG has been consistently monitoring the matter and filed a lawsuit in September after collecting information. We have refrained from mentioning the matter or making an official statement in order to minimize any further damage,” read the statement. “However, there have been indiscriminate rumors, criticism, personal attacks, sexual harassment and violations of personal life sparked by those private photographs. We are now announcing that we will take legal action and correct the situation.”

BTS’ management, Big Hit Music, has also reportedly filed a separate criminal complaint over posts it said contain “false information” and “ill-intentioned rumors” without specifically naming the photos of V and Jennie as the cause of the action.

While YG has asked fans to not share the images more widely, BBC reported that two accounts associated with sharing them have already reportedly been suspended. One of the leakers reportedly claimed the photos were originally posted to a private account and appeared to feature a personal message from one of the singers to the other; BBC noted that none of the pictures are explicit and that the star’s faces are partially obscured or blurry in many of the images, leading some fans to speculate that they are fakes.

South Korea’s defamation laws allow individuals to be sued for posting malicious rumors or any words — even if they are true — that harm another person; punishment includes fines or possible imprisonment. Unlike in the U.S., in South Korea civil liability can be criminally punished. The country’s laws also give individuals a legal right to retain ownership of their image, which could lead to prosecution for anyone who leaks photos without permission.

At press time spokespeople for BLACKPINK and YG had not returned requests for comment.

Kim Kardashian Pays $1.26 Million to SEC Over Crypto Promotion

Kim Kardashian has agreed to pay $1.26 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that she promoted a cryptocurrency on Instagram without disclosing she’d been paid $250,000 to do so.

The SEC said Monday that the reality TV star and entrepreneur has agreed to cooperate with its ongoing investigation.

The SEC said Kardashian failed to disclose that she was paid to publish a post on her Instagram account about EMAX tokens, a crypto asset security being offered by EthereumMax.

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Kardashian’s post contained a link to the EthereumMax website, which provided instructions for potential investors to purchase EMAX tokens.

“The federal securities laws are clear that any celebrity or other individual who promotes a crypto asset security must disclose the nature, source, and amount of compensation they received in exchange for the promotion,” Gurbir Grewal, director of the SEC’s division of enforcement, said in a prepared statement.

Kardashian has agreed to not promote any crypto asset securities for three years.

The Associated Press was not immediately able to reach Kardashian for comment.

While Kardashian is well known for reality TV, currently appearing on The Kardashians on Hulu, she is also a successful businesswoman. Her brands include SKIMS, which has shapewear, loungewear and other products, and a skincare line called SKKN.

Sam Smith and Kim Petras Torch U.K. Chart With ‘Unholy’

Sam Smith and Kim Petras school their U.K. chart competitors as “Unholy” (via EMI) flies to No. 1.

“Unholy” accumulates 5.9 million streams, the Official Charts Company, to leapfrog David Guetta and Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)” (via Parlophone), the leader at the halfway mark.

With this latest chart feat, Smith now boasts an eighth U.K. No. 1 single, equal with Oasis and the Rolling Stones in the list of homegrown artists with the most leaders. It’s Kim Petras’ first-ever U.K. chart leader.

Smith previously lead the singles survey with “La La La” with Naughty Boy (from 2013), “Money On My Mind” (2014), “Stay With Me” (2014), “Lay Me Down” featuring John Legend (2015), “Writing’s On The Wall” (2015), “Too Good At Goodbyes” (2017) and “Promises” with Calvin Harris (2018).

Meanwhile, David Guetta and Bebe Rexha’s viral hit “I’m Good (Blue)” slips 1-2, just 1,400 chart units between the leader. “I’m Good (Blue)” is the most downloaded song of the chart cycle, the OCC reports.

Further down the chart, there are new peaks for singles by Chris Brown (“Under The Influence” up 8-7 via RCA) and Luude & Mattafix (“Big City Life” up 10-8 via Warner Records), while Steve Lacy makes his first U.K. top 10 appearance as “Bad Habit” (L-M/RCA) lifts 11-9.

Brit Award-winning homegrown hip-hop star Stormzy makes his 25th top 40 splash with “Mel Made Me Do It” (0207/Merky). It’s new at No. 12.

Meanwhile, D-Block Europe lands three new entries on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, published Friday, Sept. 30, with “4 The Win” at No. 23; Burna Boy collaboration “She’s Not Anyone” at No. 30; and “Conor McGregor” at No. 39. Those three debuts, all of which appear on the hip-hop collective’s new album, Lap 5 (via D-Block Europe), lift the number of D-Block Europe’s top 40 singles to 26.

One of the highest climbers of the latest cycle is Rema with “Calm Down” (Mavin), zooming 32-25, and Fred Again and Swedish House Mafia’s “Turn On The Lights Again” (Atlantic) up 36-33.

Fire Damages Donnie and Mark Wahlberg’s Childhood Home in Boston

A home where entertainers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg’s family once lived was damaged by fire Sunday (Oct. 2) in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, the fire department said.

The blaze began in a nearby home at around 10 a.m., but spread to another three buildings because of strong winds, Fire Commissioner Paul Burke said. Two firefighters suffered injuries and one resident was taken to the hospital. There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

One of the homes involved was 25 Peverell Street, where the Wahlberg family used to live. Mark Wahlberg visited the home during the production of his Netflix movie Wonderland in 2018 and 2019. In one video posted on social media, the actor stands shirtless in front of the house, describing it as “where it all started.”

The homes affected by Sunday’s fire were a type of classic Boston architecture called a triple decker, a three-family home that’s common in the city.

“It was a total of four three-deckers that were on fire, mostly in the rear of the buildings on the porches,” the fire commissioner told WCVB-TV. “It’s a very tight street.”

Boston Fire Department spokesperson Brian Alkins said 15 people were displaced by the fire. He estimated damage to the buildings at $2 million.

Fans Choose Ciara & Summer Walker’s ‘Better Thangs’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

Ciara‘s new song featuring Summer Walker has topped this week’s new music poll.

Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Sept. 30) on Billboard, choosing “Better Thangs” as their favorite new music release of the past week.

Ciara and Walker’s R&B jam brought in more than 62% of the vote, beating out new music by Ed Sheeran, Kid Cudi, Paramore and more.

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Ciara and Walker’s delightful meeting for “Better Thangs” brings on the positive vibes: Ciara described it to Billboard as “a feel-good record” that she hopes “people hear and feel inspired by.”

“For me, joy is the ultimate feeling that I was feeling [when creating ‘Better Thangs’], and I wanted for people to feel that with this record,” she said.

“She laid her vocals on the song, and as soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘This is special,’” Ciara said of Walker’s contribution to the track. “It felt so good. It’s two friends jamming out to a song together, which is super sweet.”

Trailing behind the new release from Ciara on the fan-voted poll is Sheeran’s new track “Celestial” — a partnership with Pokémon — with 19% of the vote, and Kid Cudi’s Entergalactic album, with 5% of the vote.

See the final results of this week’s poll below.

Will Smith’s Apple Thriller ‘Emancipation’ Gets First Screening

Apple held the first screening for Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming filmEmancipation, on Saturday (Oct. 1) in Washington D.C. Though the fate of the project seemingly hung in the balance following Smith’s now-infamous Oscars slap, the screening indicates Apple is looking to release it soon.

At the 2022 Oscars, Smith walked onstage during the ceremony and surprised the world when he slapped presenter Chris Rock, who had made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Since then, Smith has resigned from the Academy, some of his projects have been put on hold, and he has apologized to Rock, Rock’s family, his fellow Oscar winners and more.

Apple and NAACP hosted the Emancipation screening during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 51st Annual Legislative Conference for representatives from the Congressional Black Caucus, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Divine 9 (Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities), National Council of Negro Women, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Power Rising and #WinWithBlackWomen, among other social impact leaders.

It was followed by a conversation about the film with Fuqua, Will Smith and Mary Elliott, curator of American Slavery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, moderated by politics and culture commentator Angela Rye.

“Throughout my career, I’ve turned down many films that were set in slavery,” Smith said at the screening. “I never wanted to show us like that. And then this picture came along. And this is not a film about slavery. This is a film about freedom. This is a film about resilience. This is a film about faith.”

He continued, “This is a film about the heart of a man — what could be called the first viral image. Cameras had just been created, and the image of whipped Peter went around the world. It was a rallying cry against slavery, and this was a story that exploded and blossomed in my heart that I wanted to be able to deliver to you in a way that only Antoine Fuqua could deliver.”

Based on a true story, Emancipation follows Peter (Smith), who runs away from his plantation in search of his family, outwitting cold-blooded hunters and surviving the Louisiana swamps along the way. Peter eventually joins the Union Army. During a medical examination, his bare back, which had scars on it from a near-fatal whipping at the hands of his former plantation’s overseer, was photographed. The Independent published the photo, undoubtedly proving the cruelty and barbarity of slavery in America.

Fuqua directed and executive produced Emancipation from a script by William N. Collage. The film is produced by Smith and Jon Mone through Westbrook Studios, Joey McFarland through McFarland Entertainment and Todd Black through Escape Artists. Chris Brigham, James Lassiter, Heather Washington, Cliff Roberts, Glen Basner and Scott Greenberg are executive producing.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Cardi B Compares Bad Bunny’s L.A. Stadium Concert to 2022 Super Bowl: ‘There’s More People Here’

Cardi B is very impressed with Bad Bunny‘s concert attendance numbers.

On Saturday (Oct. 1), the reggaeton superstar performed at SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles as part of his World’s Hottest Tour, which topped the Billboard Boxscore chart in August, grossing $91.1 million.

During the show, Bad Bunny brought out Cardi for surprise performances of her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and the pair’s chart-topping collaboration “I Like It.” The tracks peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

After the concert, Cardi took to social media to share her enthusiasm about Bad Bunny’s success in the touring space. “I was just at this stadium for the super bowl not long ago,” she tweeted. “There’s more people here today at bad Bunny’s concert then the Super Bowl! … Literally artist goal!!!!!”

Cardi also shared numerous videos of the massive crowd on her Instagram Story. “Wow, amazing!” she says in one clip. “God bless him forever.”

Cardi did indeed attend Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13 in L.A. with her husband Offset. The all-star couple was spotted in a box during the halftime show, enjoying the halftime show performance featuring Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.

Check out fan-captured videos of Cardi’s surprise appearance at Bad Bunny’s L.A. concert here and here.

‘SNL’ Pokes Fun at Adam Levine’s Alleged Cheating Scandal in Hilarious DM Game Show Sketch: Watch

Saturday Night Live hilariously addressed Adam Levine‘s alleged cheating scandal during the show’s 48th season premiere on Oct. 1.

In a nearly six-minute game show sketch, titled “Send Something Normal,” four male celebrity contestants — Levine (played by Mikey Day), actor Armie Hammer (James Austin Johnson), astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (Kenan Thompson) and SNL cast member Bowen Yang (himself) — are challenged with replying to “a woman’s DM on Instagram in a way that is normal.” This proves to be a challenge for all of the men.

First-time SNL host Miles Teller, who plays game show host Halen Hardy, kicks things off by showing the Maroon 5 frontman a fictional DM from a woman named Elizabeth_Marie_1992. “Hey Adam. Huge fan. Love your music!” she writes. Before giving his response, Day’s Levine asks to see the woman’s most liked vacation photos, which happens to be a snapshot of her wearing a bikini. The musician licks his lips and rubs his hands before replying, “Hoooly Moly!” He digs himself into a deeper hole, adding, “Your body is making my penis smile!”

The SNL skit follows recent allegations that Levine had an affair with Instagram model Sumner Stroh, 23, despite his marriage to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, with whom he shares two daughters and is expecting another child. Levine has since denied having an affair, but shared in a statement that he “used poor judgement in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner.”

Later in the sketch, reigning champ Yang, who attributes his success on the game show to “being gay,” faces his own challenge when attempting to respond to a friendly DM from Dua Lipa. “Oh no!” Yang yells out before responding, Hooooly mooly! Hoooly crap! Your music makes my penis smile!”

Watch SNL‘s “Send Something Normal” skit below, and see the full episode on Hulu here. The streaming service is currently offering a 30-day free trial, which you can sign up for here. The show is also live streamed on Peacock.