This Week in Mainstream 

by Nick Wilmer 

Last Sunday, the family of Christina Grimmie, a singer-songwriter and contestant on The Voice who was tragically murdered last summer, released an animated music video to “Invisible”, the lead single from Grimmie’s upcoming posthumous album. The video was a beautiful tribute to Grimmie, as it depicted her as a super hero.

Taken from YouTube.

On Sunday, BADBADNOTGOOD released the music video for their song “Lavender” ft. Kaytranada and Snoop Dogg (Nightfall Remix). The video has caused controversy for a scene where Snoop Dogg attacked a Donald Trump look alike. The rapper has now joined the likes of Madonna, Green Day, YG, Marilyn Manson, and other popular artists using their platform to take a stance against the Trump administration. Decaf Magazine will not show Trump’s response as anyone with Internet access has an idea of what Trump tweeted.

Taken from YouTube.

On Monday, Lady Gaga teased new music by posting that she was working in the studio again, just months after her releasing her latest album, the classic rock and country inspired Joanne.

On Monday, it was announced that Jordan Peele’s Get Out made $100 million so far at the box office, marking the first time a black writer-director’s debut feature film has made $100m.

On Monday, MTV announced that the Movie Awards would be the Movie & TV Awards from now on.

“We’re living in a golden age of content, and great storytelling and characters resonate regardless of whether you’re watching it in a theater or on TV,” said Chris McCarthy, the president of MTV. “The new ‘MTV Movie and TV Awards’ will celebrate even more of the brightest, bravest, funniest and most shared films and TV shows resonating across youth culture.”

On Monday, Billboard announced that Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” has become her 22nd top 5 hit in the United States, breaking her fifth-place tie with Elvis Presley for the most top 5 hits. Not yet 30, the superstar is likely to break the records set by The Beatles, Madonna, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson and have more top 5 hits than any other artist.

On Tuesday, Billy Ray Cyrus, country star and father of Miley Cyrus, teased his daughter’s new music on social media. “@MileyCyrus Excited to hear more of the new stuff” Cyrus tweeted. He later deleted the post.

Photo via Billy Ray Cyrus’ Twitter.

On an unannounced date, Selena Gomez started the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) to help find a cure for the chronic inflammatory disease.

On Friday, Disney’s much anticipated live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was finally released in the U.S.

This week in popular music history:

Taken from YouTube.

Cher’s influencial song “Believe” hit #1 in the U.S. It is one of the first hit songs where a singer used Auto-Tune, leading to many nick naming the technique as the “Cher effect”.

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