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Reba McEntire & Darius Rucker to Co-Host 2020 CMA Awards

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Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker have been tapped to co-host the 54th annual CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville on ABC from 8 to 11 p.m. ET on  Nov. 11. The show will take place at Music City Center in downtown Nashville, with Rucker taking the stage for the first time as host alongside six-time CMA winner McEntire, who is returning for a fifth time as host.

“I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with Darius Rucker,” said McEntire in a statement. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great country music and hope you’ll tune in and watch!” McEntire co-hosted the CMAs in 2019 with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton. She also co-hosted in 1990 (with Randy Travis) and in 1992 (with Vince Gill) and she was the solo host in 1991. In addition to her five stints as CMA host or co-host, McEntire hosted or co-hosted the rival ACM Awards a record 16 times from 1993-2019.

Rucker added, “I look forward to the CMA Awards every year because of the incredible performances and the opportunity to celebrate the year in country music. To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside Reba — are you kidding me?! — it is an absolute honor. Even though this year will look a little different than normal, I know that we’re all eager for a night of musical celebration, and this year’s show definitely won’t disappoint!”

The Hootie and the Blowfish singer and solo country star will be the first Black co-host of the CMA Awards since Charley Pride co-hosted the 1975 show with Glen Campbell.

Nominations for the CMA Awards were revealed last month, with Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood both nominated for entertainer of the year, marking the first time two female acts have competed in that category since 2000. Lambert is this year’s top CMA Awards nominee with seven nods, bringing her a career total of nods to 55, which puts her in fourth place on the all-time list behind George Strait (83), Alan Jackson (81) and Brad Paisley(58).

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Reba and Darius as this year’s CMA Awards hosts,” said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern in a statement. “Their playful chemistry and genuine warmth are exactly what we know our viewers want to see this year. We look forward to bringing fans a night of celebration, live performances and a television experience unlike any other. We cannot wait to share more details about our show in the coming weeks.”

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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You” has hit the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The accomplishment marks the first solo artist entry from the 1990s to join YouTube’s “billion views club.” Others to cross the mark are from groups, including Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” skyrocketed in popularity when Houston recorded her version for the film The Bodyguard. Re-watch the clip another billion times below.

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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You” has hit the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The accomplishment marks the first solo artist entry from the 1990s to join YouTube’s “billion views club.” Others to cross the mark are from groups, including Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” skyrocketed in popularity when Houston recorded her version for the film The Bodyguard. Re-watch the clip another billion times below.

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BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ Holds Atop Billboard Global Charts, Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco and LiSA New to Top 10

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BTS’ “Dynamite” holds at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Plus, Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” debuts in the top 10 on both tallies, while Japan’s LiSA soars to the region on both rankings with “Homura.”

The two charts (the latest of which are dated Oct. 31) premiered last month and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

‘Dynamite’ Tops Global 200, ‘Lonely’ Launches at No. 5, ‘Homura’ Flies to No. 8

“Dynamite” by South Korea’s BTS adds a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. The track reigns with 74.8 million streams (up 1% from a week earlier), the week’s top total, and 24,000 downloads sold (up 20%) globally in the week ending Oct. 22.

The next three songs on the Global 200 hold in place: 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, at No. 2, its peak to date; Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, at No. 3, after three weeks at No. 1; and Internet Money and Gunna’s “Lemonade,” featuring Don Toliver and NAV, at its No. 4 high.

Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” bounds onto the Global 200 at No. 5 with 50.1 million streams and 25,000 downloads sold worldwide in its first week, following its Oct. 16 release.

Elsewhere in the Global 200’s top 10, “Homura” by Japan’s LiSA vaults from No. 62 to No. 8 following its first full week of availability, with 19.4 million streams and 97,000 downloads sold globally, the latter sum the best in the week ending Oct. 22, as well as the best for any title in a week since the chart launched.

“Homura” was released Oct. 14, two days ahead of the premiere of the anime film, and instant box office hit, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, for which it serves as the theme song.

‘Dynamite’ No. 1 on Global Excl. U.S. Chart, ‘Homura’ No. 2

BTS’ “Dynamite” rules the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for a fifth collective week, with 63.5 million streams (up 2% from a week earlier) and 15,000 global downloads sold (up 25%) in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 22.

Since the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts originated with the tallies dated Sept. 19, “Dynamite” is the only song to have led them simultaneously: this week, last week and first on the Oct. 3-dated surveys.

LiSA’s “Homura” leaps 21-2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, with almost all its activity, as noted above, outside the U.S.

24kGoldn’s “Mood,” dips to No. 3 from its No. 2 Global Excl. U.S. high; Maluma’s former one-week No. 1 “Hawái” repeats at No. 4; and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” slides from its No. 3 peak to No. 5.

Plus, Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” enters the Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 8.

The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Oct. 31) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 27). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

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