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Imagine Dragons’ ‘Demons’ Music Video Joins 1 Billion Views Club

Beyoncé Has Finally Posted Her First TikTok — and It Includes a Cardi B Appearance

Justin Bieber Announces Return of the Justice World Tour After Diagnosis

The Chainsmokers Ready For a Performance That’s Out of This World

From Luis Fonsi to Taylor Swift, Which Music Video with 3B+ Views Is Your Favorite?

Imagine DragonsImagine Dragons’ ‘Demons’ Music Video Joins 1 Billion Views Club

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Imagine Dragons have reached a new milestone, with the music video for their hit song “Demons” hitting one billion views on YouTube, the video platform announced on Wednesday (July 20).

Produced by Alex da Kid, the track was first released in January 2013 and served as the third single off the Las Vegas rockers’ debut album Night Visions. “Demons” eventually became the band’s second top 10 hit after their 2012 breakout single “Radioactive,” peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.

The video, meanwhile, finds frontman Dan Reynolds sporting a mullet and bathed in blue light as he sings, “I wanna hide the truth, I wanna shelter you/ But with the beast inside, there’s nowhere we can hide/ No matter what we breed, we still are made of greed/ This is my kingdom come, this is my kingdom come.”

According to YouTube, the music video for “Demons” is Imagine Dragons’ fourth visual to reach one billion views on the platform, following 2017’s “Believer” and “Thunder,” as well as the aforementioned “Radioactive.”

Meanwhile, Reynolds and co. just released their latest studio album, Mercury — Act 2, earlier in July, just 10 months after dropping Mercury — Act 1. The two-part album contains singles “Follow You,” “Cutthroat,” “Wrecked,” “Monday,” “Bones,” “Sharks,” and the J.I.D-assisted “Enemy” — the latter of which peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100 and also hit No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart at the beginning of May.

In an exclusive chat with Billboard, J.I.D called the collab “a blessing,” adding, “They’ve made many great records, so it was a no-brainer to make this happen when they reached out to me.”

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Beyoncé Has Finally Posted Her First TikTok — and It Includes a Cardi B Appearance

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"Thank you so much for all the love for BREAK MY SOUL," the star captioned her video.

The time has finally come. After first joining the ubiquitous platform on Dec. 17, 2021, at long last, Beyoncé has posted her first TikTok.

Set to the sound of “Break My Soul,” the lead single from her forthcoming album Renaissance, Beyoncé shared a compilation of fans dancing, vibing, and singing along to the anthemic dance track. Alongside fans creating memes and vouging to Queen Bey’s latest single, Cardi B makes an appearance via a snippet of one her Instagram livestreams where she shouts the lyrics “in case you forgot how we act outside!”

“Seeing y’all release the wiggle made me so happy! Thank you so much for all the love for BREAK MY SOUL,” Beyoncé wrote in the caption for the video. The “Brown Skin Girl” singer went on to tag every creator featured in the video, including famed drag queen Shangela. Fans quickly swarmed the video’s comment section with flabbergasted reactions.

“No way Bey posted,” one user commented.

“You finally found the password to your TikTok account,” joked another.

Beyoncé has already amassed over 3 million followers on the platform before posting her first video. “Break My Soul” became Beyoncé’s 20th top 10 hit on the July 9-dated Billboard Hot 100. Vaulting to No. 7, the song helped Beyoncé join Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney as the only artists in Billboard history to score at least 20 top 10 hits as a soloist and at least 10 top 10 hits as part of a group. Although “Break My Soul” is still the only taste of Renaissance that Beyoncé has given fans so far, the full album is slated for release on July 29.

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Justin Bieber Announces Return of the Justice World Tour After Diagnosis

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The Justice World Tour is back! On Tuesday (July 19), Justin Bieber announced the show would once again hit the road via the tour’s official social media channels after postponing multiple shows due to his Ramsay Hunt syndrome diagnosis.

"!!#JusticeTour!! @justinbieber will start his tour again at the end of July…happy to see you well & can’t wait to see you on stage JB! #BIEBERISBACK,” the caption read, while the post itself added that the tour will kick off again at the Lucca Festival in Lucca, Italy, on July 31.

After playing a number of European festivals over the summer, the pop star will then head to South America, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Details on Bieber’s postponed string of shows in the U.S. will be announced later.

The “Peaches” crooner revealed in a video in early June that he had been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt, a condition that is caused by the same virus that causes the chickenpox. Facial paralysis, which the pop star experienced, and hearing loss are potential complications. As such, he was unable to perform and postponed all of his appearances throughout the rest of June and much of July, affecting 14 shows scheduled in Toronto; Washington, D.C.; New York; Boston, and more.

While he’s stayed under the radar in the weeks since sharing his diagnosis, both wife Hailey Bieber and one-time mentor Usher have given updates on the pop star’s health, with the latter recently confirming earlier this week that Bieber was “doing great.”

“Seeing him on vacation, we managed to hang out with each other, and I think that whatever he may be experiencing right now, it’s actually really great to see that he has the support from his fans and his family,” Usher told Extra.


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The Chainsmokers Ready For a Performance That’s Out of This World

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One of The Chainsmokers’ latest hits is “High” and they’re hoping to live up to their lyrics.

 

The hit-making duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have signed up to get into a pressurized capsule tethered to a stratospheric balloon in a few years and perform some 20 miles above the Earth.

The feat would make Taggart and Pall the first musical artists to perform at the edge of space, said Ryan Hartman, chief executive officer at fledgling space tourism company World View, to The Associated Press.

World View says The Chainsmokers will be on one of the company’s inaugural flights slated for 2024 and will record a performance from inside the capsule, giving viewers the ability to experience the music and the trip firsthand.

“We have always dreamed of going to space and are stoked to collaborate with World View to have this adventure and experience,” said The Chainsmokers in a statement. “We know the views of both Earth and space are going to be incredible and inspiring and we hope to leverage this flight for creativity on future projects.”

The Chainsmokers have had five top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including “Closer,” “Paris,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay in 2017.

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From Luis Fonsi to Taylor Swift, Which Music Video with 3B+ Views Is Your Favorite?

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Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” joined an elite club on Monday (July 18) by surpassing more than three billion views on YouTube.

The superstar joins the ranks of less than a dozen other music videos to reach the same massive milestone, including Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s record holder “Despacito,” which boasts more than 7.9 billion views as the most-watched video of all time.

Interestingly, Swift’s clever tale of exacting revenge on a rotating door of “Starbucks lovers” is only the third visual by a female artist to blow past the three billion mark, along with Katy Perry‘s 2012 hit “Roar” and its jungle-themed antics and her own visual for fellow 1989-era smash “Shake It Off.” (For all their other YouTube records, like being the most subscribed act on the platform with more than 75 million followers, Blackpink, for example, is still more than 1.88 billion views away from the three billion club with their most popular video, “How You Like That.”

To celebrate Tay’s latest YouTube achievement, we want to know which of the videos in the upper echelon of YouTube views is the one you love to watch the most. Are you desperate for more “Despacito” on a daily basis? Can you not wait to see Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth‘s tearjerking tribute to the late Paul Walker for Furious 7‘s “See You Again” again and again (and again)?

Maybe you’re still mastering the viral dance to Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” or getting down to the ice cold, Michelle Pfeiffer white gold that is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ “Uptown Funk.” Perhaps you refuse to apologize for how many times you’ve watched the dance video to Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry.” Or maybe you were one of the Swifties that helped write “Blank Space” onto the list, pen click included, of course.

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