Nick Jonas Tells Orlando Victims, 'We Have Not Forgotten'
At Sunday night's iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Nick Jonas reached out to the victims of the Pulse massacre while accepting the International Artist of the Year award. "It's been a tough couple of weeks -- a lot of hate and violence in the world," he said while paying tribute to the 49 people killed and 53 injured in the nightclub shooting. "It's moments like this where we can all come together and celebrate the good times and be full of joy and happiness. It's a beautiful thing so thank you for this."
According to E! News, Jonas, 23, added, "I dedicate this to all the families and victims of the shootings recently. We love you and we have not forgotten."
Jonas' tribute came amid a number of funerals for Pulse victims over the weekend and hundreds came out on Sunday for a vigil honoring the dead at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, where a bell tolled for each of the 49 victims, CNN reported. Afterwards, a candlelight vigil in a nearby park drew an estimated 50,000 people.
Drake's 'Views' Steady at No. 1
As Drake’s Views stays put at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- for a seventh week -- Nick Jonas’ Last Year Was Complicated arrives at No. 2 and the Hamilton cast album hits the top 10 for the first time, rising 13-3.
Views earned 121,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 16, according to Nielsen Music (down 10 percent for the week).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 2-dated chart (where Jonas debuts and Hamilton surges) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, June 21.
Of Views’ units for the week, the bulk are comprised of SEA: 74,000 units (down 10 percent). That hefty sum translates into 110.5 million streams for the tracks on the album (as each SEA unit is equal to 1,500 streams). Traditional album sales for Views in the week added up to 27,000 (down 16 percent), while TEA totaled 21,000 (down 6 percent).
Views is the first album by a male to spend seven consecutive weeks at No. 1 in nearly 16 years. Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP was the last to do so, as it racked up its eight total weeks at No. 1 (all in a row) between June 10-July 29, 2000.
More on Drake vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Drake are vying for the No. 1 slot on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. The Peppers’ new album, The Getaway, and Drake’s reigning champ Views, may each earn around 110,000 to 120,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 23.
Views debuted atop the list, and has been locked in the penthouse ever since -- for a total of seven weeks at No. 1.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 9-dated chart (where the Peppers and Drake are dueling for the top slot) is scheduled to have its top 10 revealed on Sunday, June 26.
The Getaway was released June 17 through Warner Bros. Records and is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first studio effort since 2011’s I’m With You. That set debuted and peaked at No. 2 with an opening sales week of 228,000 copies sold. The group has earned one No. 1 album: Stadium Arcadium in 2006.
Views is getting a last-minute goose in sales at digital retailers, as the set was marked down to $6.99 at multiple sellers, including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon MP3 on June 22. On that day, Republic Records, which released Views, tweeted: “Flash Sale! #VIEWS available for just $6.99! One day only!” Meanwhile, the Peppers’ The Getaway was selling for between $11.49 and $11.99 at those three retailers.
Other albums aiming for high debuts on the Billboard 200 include YG’s Still Brazy (35,000 to 40,000 units) and Mumford & Sons’ Johannesburg EP (30,000 to 35,000 units).
The last album by any act to spend seven weeks straight at No. 1 was Adele’s 25, which spent its first seven frames in the penthouse following its debut on the Dec. 12, 2015-dated chart.
And, lastly, Drake’s Views has the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a man since Eminem’s Recovery also ruled for seven (nonconsecutive) weeks in 2010.
Jonas debuts at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 with his latest album, Last Year Was Complicated. It marks his highest charting solo effort, trumping the No. 3 peak of Who I Am (Jonas with The Administration) and No. 6 peak of his self-titled album.
The new set starts with 66,000 units earned in the week, with 47,000 of that in traditional album sales. (It also bows at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart, which ranks to best selling albums of the week.) His last album, his eponymous release, bowed at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 37,000 sold.
Christina Aguilera Releases 'Change'
The pop icon and The Voice judge unleashed the lyric video for "Change" overnight, which she shared with the message, “We are all in this together, as one, united in love."
Christina Aguilera is back with the powerful new ballad, "Change" (RCA).
The pop icon and The Voice judge unleashed the lyric video for "Change" overnight, which she has dedicated to victims of the Orlando massacre. "The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families," she writes in a message posted on her Website. "Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately."
Aguilera co-wrote the song with Fancy Hagood and Flo Reutter. On it, she sings, "Waiting for a change to set us free/ Waiting for the day when you can be you and I can be me/ Waiting for hope to come around/ Waiting for the day when hate is lost and love is found."
Aguilera's reps released a statement confirming that 100 percent of proceeds from U.S. download sales of the song will donated to the National Compassion Fund (until Sept. 14) to directly benefit the Orlando shooting victims and their families.