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The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (December 18)

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performed on Saturday Night Live Springsteen and his trusty band paid a visit to SNL on Dec. 12, performing two songs from Letter to You, The Boss’ latest album. The New Jersey legend opened with an energetic rendition of “Ghosts,” followed by “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”…

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performed on Saturday Night Live

Springsteen and his trusty band paid a visit to SNL on Dec. 12, performing two songs from Letter to You, The Boss’ latest album. The New Jersey legend opened with an energetic rendition of “Ghosts,” followed by “I’ll See You in My Dreams.” It marked Springsteen’s first SNL appearance since 2015. Watch the performances here.

Shawn Mendes scored his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart

Mendes’ latest studio album, Wonder, debuted atop the tally. The set earned 89,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 10, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Notably, all four of Mendes’ full-length studio albums have debuted at No. 1! See the full Billboard 200 rundown for the week ending Dec. 10 here.

E-40 and Too Short will be facing off in the next Verzuz battle

The next round of Verzuz will feature a battle between “legends of the bay” E-40 and Too Short, according to a Sunday (Dec. 13) announcement. The duo — who released their collaborative History double album back in 2012 — are set to face off this weekend, on Saturday (Dec. 19). Here’s the latest.

The YouTube Streamy Awards celebrated 2020’s best online and content creators

Verzuz, Will Smith, Justin Bieber, Netflix, and many more were honored during the 10th annual YouTube Streamy Awards on Saturday (Dec. 12). The show was hosted by Trixie Mattel and Katya; in case you missed it, you can watch the full event here and check out the full winners’ list here.

The “Bud Light Seltzer Sessions Presents New Year’s Eve 2021” livestream lineup is stacked

Post Malone, Jack Harlow and Steve Aoki will headline the “Bud Light Seltzer Sessions Presents New Year’s Eve 2021” livestream to close out 2020 and ring in the new year, as Billboard exclusively announced on Monday (Dec. 13). Here’s when and where you can tune in on NYE!

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” jingled back to No. 1 on the Hot 100

That was fast! Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, rising from No. 2. The song, first released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in 1994 and which first reigned for three weeks last holiday season, added its fourth total week atop the Hot 100. Plus, Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” hit the top 10 for the first time, 50 years after its original release. All you need to know about the Hot 100 top 10 is here.

Billboard unveiled more best-of-2020 lists

Billboard staffers continued to share their thoughts on all of the music that was worth listening to this year. Check out the 25 best rock albums, 25 best rock songs, 25 best pop albums, 30 best pop songs, 25 best dance songs, 10 best dance albums, 10 best country songs, 10 best country albums, 25 best Latin songs and 25 best Latin albums of 2020.

Taylor Swift treated fans to multiple versions of “Willow”

Swift was busy this week! The superstar dropped numerous remixed versions of Evermore lead single “Willow,” from the “moonlit witch version” to the “lonely witch version.” Check out all four here. 

Plus, Swift sat down with Apple Music for a wide-ranging interview, and had the best exchange ever with The Office star Rainn Wilson.

The Voice crowned a 2020 winner

And the winner is…[spoiler alert] Carter Rubin! Team Gwen’s cherubic teenage singer won hearts every step of the way, and on Tuesday night (Dec. 15) he was declared winner. Along with the spoils of his Season 19 victory, Rubin scored a recording contract with Universal Music and $100,000 in prize money. Learn more about the big win here.

…And The Masked Singer did, too

Season 4 of The Masked Singer is in the books, and this year’s winner was crowned in an emotional finale on Wednesday night (Dec. 16) that featured a final showdown between this season’s top three: Sun, Mushroom and Crocodile. The winner was [spoiler alert] Sun, aka singer LeAnn Rimes! Read the triumphant exit interview with Rimes here.

Billboard’s latest cover story was about Interscope’s big year

Billboard‘s Jason Lipshutz spoke to Interscope chairman/CEO John Janick, Selena Gomez, Billie EIlish and DaBaby, who all share the latest cover. “You try to fit things into a box in 2020, you’re missing out completely,” Janick says. Read the full cover story here, and see photos from the cover shoot here.

iHeartRadio revealed the 2021 ALTer EGO lineup

iHeartMedia’s fourth annual ALTer EGO concert will go virtual next year, and will feature a mix of throwback and new performances. Fans can look forward to performances from years past by Beck, The Black Keys, Blink-182, Cage The Elephant, Coldplay, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Twenty One Pilots and Weezer, plus new performances and stories from Billie Eilish and the Foo Fighters. Here’s when and how it’s all going down.

Eminem dropped the deluxe edition of his 2020 album

Slim Shady bookended the year with two releases: he surprise-dropped Music to Be Murdered By on Jan. 17, and Music to Be Murdered By: Side B (Deluxe Edition) arrived on Friday (Dec. 18). Wave goodbye to 2020 with the rap god’s latest set here.

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