Good things came in threes this week, with Halsey and Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross starring on the cover of Billboard’s 2022 Grammy Preview issue.
And third time’s the charm for blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, as he got on one knee and asked girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian to be his wife – and she gave the best three-letter response: “Yes!”
Take a look at Billboard’s weekly roundup and the “awards” it’s giving to this week’s headlines.
Sweetest Music News: Travis Barker & Kourtney Kardashian are engaged
Kongratulations are in order for Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian, who got engaged on Sunday evening (Oct. 17)! The blink-182 rockstar presented his wife-to-be with a rock she couldn’t refuse during their rose-filled sunset beach proposal. See their sweet announcement here and more dreamy pictures from their special celebration here. And catch up on the full timeline of their relationship here.
Zaniest Music News: Wu-Tang Clan’s incredibly rare album sold to crypto-community
Wu-Tang Clan’s single-copy album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which was historically sold to pharma-villain Martin Shkrelli in 2015 for $2 million, now belongs to a 74-member crypto-crazed decentralized autonomous organization called PleasrDAO. The new $4 million purchase was made in July, and PleasrDAO will evenly distribute the ownership of the singular physical good by minting the ownership deed as an NFT. Read more about the historic sale here.
Savviest Music News: EDC Las Vegas becomes first music festival to stream in Roblox metaverse
This weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas will have the opportunity to reach more than its 150,000 in-person attendees by becoming the first music festival to stream via the gaming platform Roblox. The festival, set to take place in the Insomniac World Party digital space from Saturday, Oct. 22 to Monday, Oct. 25, will feature the same stages as the real-life fest as well as games and live meet-and-greets with the artists. Learn more here.
Most Badass Music News: Halsey, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross star on Billboard’s latest cover
The power trio behind Halsey’s fourth album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power join forces outside the studio on Billboard’s latest cover for our 2022 Grammy Preview issue. “I had this nightmarish, dark album, and I wanted to share it with the world in a way that was really compelling and visceral. Obviously, the first people I thought to call were Trent and Atticus,” Halsey told Billboard. Read the entire cover story here and see the photos from the cover shoot here.
Most Record-Breaking Music News: Adele’s “Easy On Me” becomes most-streamed song on Spotify in a single day
Adele’s “Easy On Me,” the lead single from her highly anticipated fourth album 30, already smashed records within hours of its release last week. It become Spotify’s most-streamed record within a single day last Friday (Oct. 15), surpassing BTS’ “Butter,” which accumulated more than 20.9 million global streams on May 23. “Easy” also received the most first-day streams of any song on Amazon Music. Learn more here.
Most Impressive Music News: Noah Assad becomes youngest Billboard executive of the year honoree
Noah Assad, who manages Bad Bunny, Karol G and many more, was honored as the 2021 Billboard Latin Power Players executive of the year at a Miami event Monday evening (Oct. 18). At 31, he becomes the youngest executive ever to be honored as one of Billboard’s executives of the year. Read our interview with him here and about the 2021 Latin Power Players event here.