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Taylor Swift Scores 189th Hot 100 Hit With ‘All of the Girls You Loved Before’
​​March 30, 2023

Taylor Swift’s four newly released songs make impacts on Billboard’s charts dated April 1. Swift released four tracks March 17, timed to the kick-off that night of her The Eras Tour. Among them, “All of the Girls You Loved Before” launches at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking her 189th career entry on the chart, extending her record for the most among women.

Notably, Swift has now debuted at least one song on the Hot 100 each year since 2006, when she logged her first with “Tim McGraw,” on the chart dated that Sept. 23. Her uninterrupted 18-year run of debuts marks the longest active streak among all acts. (She made the cut in 2016 on the last day of that year: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever [Fifty Shades Darker],” with Zayn, debuted that Dec. 31.)

Plus, Swift lifts her total to a record-extending 80 top 10s on the Digital Song Sales chart, while her “If This Was a Movie (Taylor’s Version)” premieres at No. 1 on Country Digital Song Sales. With the original having ruled in 2011, the composition is the first to have led the list via two versions.

Swift’s “All of the Girls You Loved Before,” originally recorded during sessions for her 2019 album Lover, soars onto the Hot 100 at No. 12, with 15.3 million official U.S. streams, 1.2 million in airplay audience (even as it’s not being actively promoted to radio) and 17,500 sold March 17-23, according to Luminate.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion to Headline 2023 Essence Festival
March 30, 2023

In honor of HipHop50, ESSENCE Fest looks to have a splashy return this year in New Orleans, with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion headlining this year’s festivities.

On June 29-July 3, ESSENCE Fest will be a rap-centric event, with Hill performing her landmark 1998 solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The five-time Grammy Award-Winning femcee will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of her game-changing debut effort. As for Megan Thee Stallion, the slot marks another major headlining performance, as she will embark on her first concert this year at March Madness Music Festival in Houston this Friday (March 31). Megan will also take her talents to the West Coast later this year as she’ll co-headline L.A.’s Pride in the Park.

The 2023 ESSENCE Fest will also feature sets from Wizkid, Monica, Coco Jones, and Kizz Daniel for their Festival of Culture stage. There will also be a special performance curation by Doug E. Fresh while DJ Spinderella, DJ Kid Capri, and DJ Clark Kent will hit the turntables during the weekend’s festivities. Another noteworthy milestone that will be marked over the weekend is the 30th anniversary of So So Def, which will be spotlighted in a performance from label owner Jermaine Dupri and Friends.


Music lovers can also enjoy some laughs in the evenings, with Deon Cole, Affion Crockett, Spice Adams and Janelle James hosting nightly activations.

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