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Normani’s debut solo single with Khalid ‘Love Lies’ surpasses 200M streams on Spotify

Khalid and Normani‘s ‘Love Lies‘ has amazingly surpassed 200 million streams on Spotify.

‘Love Lies’ was released commercially for digital download through RCA Records this year on February 14 as the second single from the movie soundtrack for Love, Simon.

It is Normani’s debut solo single. It entered at number 43 on the Bilboard Hot 100, opening with 22,000 downloads and 11.7 million streams in its first week. This tied Fifth Harmony with Destiny’s ChildThe Go-Go‘s and Labelle for the most members (three) from an all-female group to chart solo on the Hot 100, with Normani being the third.

It also scored the highest first-week position for a debut single by a girl group member.

The duo gave a sultry performance of the single on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon‘ last month on April 10 (see below).

Shakira & Maluma on Their ‘Absolute Chemistry’ & the New Latin Explosion

Written By | Leila Cobo

Two years ago, when Shakira was looking for songs for her 2017 Spanish-language album, El Dorado, Sony Music Latin chief Afo Verde had a suggestion: How about going into the studio for a writing session with a fellow Colombian, the red-hot up-and-comer Maluma? Shakira, 41, Latin music’s most bankable and best-known female star, was open to the idea. She had paired up with newcomers many times before, and while Maluma had yet to land a No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, his Instagram and YouTube accounts were exploding, and she was intrigued by his sinuous 2015 pop-reggaetón hit, “Borro Casette.”

The collaboration “turned out to be one of the most brilliant ideas Afo Verde has had — and mind you, he has had several,” Shakira says now with a laugh. Says Verde, who also suggested Shakira’s collaborations with Prince Royce, Carlos Vives and Nicky Jam: “I was fascinated with her evolution from a global sensation to recording again as a mom. What was going to happen with all that sensuality? I thought those two together could do amazing things.”

“When I meet with a producer in the studio, it’s a bit like a blind date. But what I found [with Maluma] was absolute chemistry,” confirms Shakira. “The moment the creative energy started to flow, it never stopped.”

The meeting evolved into a joint recording session of two tracks, “Chantaje” and “Trap.” The former debuted at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs in November 2016, where it ruled for 11 weeks. Even without a bilingual remix, it climbed to No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. Maluma, a star on the brink, finally exploded. Today, the 24-year-old is Latin pop’s new worldwide superstar, with seven No. 1s on the Latin Airplay chart, over 1 million tickets sold on his first world tour in 2017 and more Instagram followers (32.1 million) than any other male Latin star. He’s currently touring U.S. arenas for the first time, having sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden in March; promoting the Spanish-language version of Coca-Cola’s World Cup song by Jason Derulo, “Colors”; and prepping the May 18 release of his third studio album, F.A.M.E.

Shakira, meanwhile, will embark on her first world tour in seven years, in June, after sweeping the nominations for the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards with 12, including four for “Chantaje.” (Maluma has 10 nods.)

But the two have more than singles in common. Maluma (real name Juan Luis Londoño) grew up listening to Shakira and feels a deep artistic connection with her. “One of the things that has influenced me the most is the folkloric elements she has incorporated [into her music] since she was very young,” he says. “To be part of that group that has been influenced by the sounds that identify a country has definitely had a bearing on me and my musical career.”

Whatever the parallels, Maluma’s rise reflects just how much popular music has changed over the last two decades. While Shakira relied on the traditional crossover to English and her World Cup anthems to gain global recognition, Maluma has recorded mainly in Spanish (he sings in English for the first time on the new Burns single, “Hands on Me”), focusing on social media and YouTube views to find international fame.

In early April, the two friends met up in Barcelona, where Shakira lives with her partner and their two young boys, for a photo shoot and an intimate conversation in Spanish on what it means to be a Colombian superstar

Maluma, how was it to meet Shakira?

Maluma: I felt very proud because this was an opportunity for me to learn. I’m a new talent. My musical career is 6 years old. That’s nothing. And to go to Barcelona and meet with her, it was a beautiful experience. There was incredible chemistry.

Shakira: Thank you, Juan. I’m being very honest here — Maluma is one of the most talented people I’ve met. He has this mental agility to write lyrics, melodies, and the best thing is, we always agree. [Laughs.]

You’re both Colombian. What bearing does that have on your work together?

Shakira: I miss working with more Colombians in the studio. There’s an irreplaceable closeness to the culture. It’s something I can’t find with any other musician or artist. It’s reflected in the good vibe and what a good time we have. Sometimes the creative process can be as painful as giving birth. But when it’s with Maluma, it can even be pleasant.

Maluma: Ha! It can “even be pleasant.”

Maluma, what do you do to make her so happy?

Shakira: First of all, he calls me reina [queen] all the time. Reina here, reina there.

Maluma: [Laughs.] That’s the truth.

Shakira: When he called me reina the first time, I said, “We’re off to a good start.”

Maluma: I’ve always said that there’s one thing that differentiates us Colombians on a global scale: berraquera [loosely translated: grit, or guts]. Even if we’re not great musicians, we find the people who know how to make the songs great.

Shakira: When a Colombian gets obsessed with something, watch out. Our history and the social factors we’ve been submitted to have turned us into resourceful people who had to survive and find their way in life.

You both grew up during Colombia’s long rebel insurgency.

Maluma: We come from a history where we’ve had to look for our bread, you understand me? And we’ve had that hunger to forge ahead due to everything we’ve lived though. And in the studio, we’re the same way. “I can’t play that chord. OK, who knows how?” When you put together discipline and perseverance, you get beautiful careers, thank God.

Have you encountered barriers in the industry as Latin artists?

Shakira: The path to success has been longer, steeper, with more obstacles than if I had been born in Florida or New York City. To be born in Barranquilla and start a career at a time when the pop music scene was almost nonexistent in Colombia … When I began with my ballads and my rock songs, it was a very hostile environment. And there was no social media back then. I had to travel the entire length of Latin America to make my music known in the beginning, going from radio station to radio station. Sometimes we were in three countries in the same day.

Maluma, you had social media…

Maluma: From the onset. So there was a way to share my music around the world. But that didn’t mean that they were going to like my music in the U.S. I always say with a lot of pride that Latins have something in our blood that can’t be found everywhere, and that is fashionable around the world now. I grew up listening to and seeing American products. My friends and I would go onto all these platforms, and all we saw or heard was American hip-hop. They weren’t looking at the music we were making in Latin America, but Latin America was always heavily influenced by the music that Americans made. When we get on an American stage, when we have the opportunity to be on the Grammy stage, we enjoy it that much more, because we know how hard the work was.

Shakira: Latinos in general and Colombians in particular have had a hard history. A history where we’ve eaten dirt. We know what conflict is, and we know what it is to have nothing and to fight to get it. That, in a way, defines you as a human being and as an artist. What we’ve inherited and what we carry in our blood — that’s our raw material. That’s what we work with.

Are you surprised when you see several Latin music videos among the top 10 on YouTube in a given week?

Shakira: For a long time, the Americas looked at Anglo product. Now, the rest of the world is looking toward Latin America. And it’s more than a fad. It’s here to stay.

You don’t think this is like the so-called Latin explosion of the 1990s, which faded?

Shakira: I might consider myself debris from the Latin explosion. There are people who stay and people who disappear. It depends on us as artists and what we have to offer. It’s hard to generalize, but music is at a point where it increasingly has a more sophisticated sound that’s attractive to a global fan. Many Latin artists understand this universality well, and they know how to attract global tastes.

Maluma: As artists, if a door opens, it’s our job to make sure it stays open. One of the most beautiful experiences I had was in Israel last year, where I played for 17,000 people. I couldn’t believe it. I think the best is yet to come, and being part of this movement is an opportunity and an honor. What can be better for us than to sing in Spanish everywhere we go?

The two songs you’ve done together are very sexy but also tasteful. How do you strike that balance?

Shakira: It’s not premeditated or calculated. I connect with a song through dance and movement. Generally speaking, that’s why I don’t work with choreographers. My own artistic interpretation of the music I create is very important to me. We had a script for the “Chantaje” video, but it stemmed from what I was doing with the dance portion. Even the outfits depended on the dancing. There’s never a premeditated effort at shock value. “Chantaje” is a super sexy song, but there’s nothing erotic in the lyrical content.

Pink’s Badass Guide to Conquering Life, Love & Everything in Between

Written By | Diana Pearl

TAKE TIME WHEN YOU NEED IT

When Pink fell ill just before her Montreal concert, she knew she needed to do what was best for her: Postpone the event. “Our entire family has been battling this awful virus/flu for two weeks now, and I have battled my way through these shows because postponing sucks,” she wrote on Twitter, apologizing to her fans. “I’m really sorry and know that I have done everything I could to avoid this.” Luckily, her fans understood: Sometimes, self care is necessary.

BUT SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO PUSH THROUGH

To that same point, just as important as knowing when to bow out is knowing when to keep going. When Pink fell ill before the 2018 Super Bowl, she still managed to perform — and received a standing ovation. “I am beyond proud of this woman,” husband Carey Hart wrote on Instagram following her performance. “The roller coaster that she went through this last week with getting sick and losing her voice would have broke any ordinary person.”

USE YOUR CONNECTIONS

When you’re a celeb, there’s no shame in using your star power to treat those you love the most. And for Pink, that came in the form of arranging a meeting between her daughter, Willow, and Willow’s favorite singer, Rihanna. “Willz has been a fan of @badgalriri for a long time, and mama got an intro for her,” Pink wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the trio at the Grammys. “Major mom points tonight.”

DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF

Pink is always ready to dole out some realness, and that’s something people love about her. One mom came up to tell her that in the grocery store — and the two even shed a tear together. “A really sweet Mama came up 2me tonight at the grocery store and told me some nice words about how she gets strength from my parenting cause I’m not afraid to f— up in public,” Pink wrote on Twitter. “We cried together. It’s so hard.” She used the moment to remind that woman, as well as the rest of her fans, that sometimes, you need to cut yourself some slack. She added: “I wish us mamas could give ourselves and each other a break.”

ONLY DATE THE PEOPLE WHO TREAT YOU RIGHT

Willow may only be 6 years old, but she’s already asking questions about boys and dating — and Pink is sure to steer her on a path of self-respect when it comes to relationships. “They have to kind, respectful. They have to be chivalrous, they have to be good to their moms,” Pink told Cosmopolitan of what advice she gave to her daughter. “They have to be good looking, they have to be funny.”

EMBRACE THE WEIRD

Pink has never been one to blend in with the crowd, and she encourages Willow to do the same. “[A] very important thing I tell my daughter is it’s very fun to be weird and it’s very boring to be normal,” Pink told Cosmopolitan. “I have a rule with Willow that we don’t say mean things and we don’t say things we don’t mean.”

SPEAK THE TRUTH — AND CLEAR UP LIES

Good luck to those trying to stir up drama in Pink’s life — especially where there is none. Twitter speculated that there was a feud between her and Christina Aguilera after viewers thought they saw Pink cringing during Aguilera’s Whitney Houston tribute performance. But it didn’t take Pink long to clap back at these rumor-spreaders, tweeting: “Waking up to see a newly created riff between myself and another incredible woman, Christina, who took on an incredible feat, who I support fully, makes me so sad. You all perpetuate keeping women apart b/c you’re afraid of the power we have when we get together.”

BE HONEST

Pink doesn’t lie — even when the truth is a little messy. She got candid about her relationship with husband Carey Hart in an interview with The Guardian, confessing that there are times when she doesn’t like him at all. “There are moments where I look at [Hart] and he is the most thoughtful, logical, constant … he’s like a rock. He’s a good man. He’s a good dad. He’s just the kind of dad I thought he’d be and then some,” she said. “And then I’ll look at him and go: ‘I’ve never liked you. There’s nothing I like about you. We have nothing in common. I don’t like any of the s— you like. I don’t ever wanna see you again.”

Kelly Clarkson to Host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Written By | Katie Atkinson

After 15-plus years on Billboard‘s charts, Kelly Clarkson will put her hitmaking skills to work as host of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, NBC announced Tuesday (April 17).

“To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned,” Clarkson said in a press release announcing the gig. “I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.”

Currently in her first season as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, Clarkson is the perfect pick to host the BBMAs’ first year on NBC. Clarkson has notched 27 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart so far, including 11 top 10s — three of which reached No. 1 (“A Moment Like This,” “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Stronger [What Doesn’t Kill You]”). She’s also claimed 10 entries on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and among them are three No. 1s. Her most recent release, 2017’s Meaning of Life, bowed at No. 2 and launched a pair of top 20 hits on the Adult Pop Songs chart with “Love So Soft” and “I Don’t Think About You.” This past November, the inaugural American Idol champ accepted the Powerhouse prize at the Billboard Women in Music Awards.

“Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night.”

The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars lead the way with 15 BBMA nominations apiece. All three are up for top artist, also competing against Drake (nine noms total) and Taylor Swift (five noms) in that field. Nominees for the BBMAs are selected through a number of factors, including key interactions with music fans, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, as tracked by Billboard and its data partners over a 12-month period.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. The three-hour event — produced by dick clark productions — will commemorate 60 years of Billboard charts.

See Kendrick Lamar Join Vince Staples, SZA Onstage at Coachella

Rapper performs “Yeah Right,” “Doves in the Air” and “All the Stars” during surprise appearances

Kendrick Lamar made a pair of surprise appearances during the opening night of Coachella, with the rapper joining both Vince Staples and SZA onstage.

Lamar, who is not on the 2018 Coachella lineup, first strolled out during Staples’ set to perform his verse on the rappers’ Big Fish Theory team-up “Yeah Right.”

Later in the evening, Lamar reemerged to join his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmate SZA for two songs, Ctrl‘s “Doves in the Air” and their Black Panther: The Album collaboration “All the Stars,” which closed out SZA’s performance.

SZA’s Coachella set also featured guests Isaiah Rashad (“Pretty Little Birds”) and Trippie Redd (“Dark Knight Dummo”).

Coachella continues Saturday with Beyonce’s much-anticipated headlining set – which will be live streamed on YouTube

Brockhampton Signs With RCA Records

Brockhampton has signed with RCA Records, the hip-hop collective announced via social media on Friday (March 30).

Along with an image of the RCA logo and “Brockhampton” scrawled over writing, the group posted, “As of March 30th 2018, Brockhampton will be artists under a recording contract for RCA Records.”

Billboard has confirmed the news with Brockhampton’s rep, but it is unclear whether the deal will include solo projects released by Brockhampton’s members, who include Kevin Abstract, Ameer Vann, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Matt Champion, Russell “Joba” Boring and others.

Brockhampton performs on Camp Stage during day 1 of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017 at Exposition Park on Oct. 28, 2017 in Los Angeles.  

BROCKHAMPTON Announce New Album ‘Puppy’

Abstract called the move a “new era” on Twitter, but also stated, “Nothing changes we still in this living room making songs making out and all of that rca just gon help us push this gay agenda”

Last year was a big one for Brockhampton, as the group released its Saturationtrilogy with three albums between June and December on their own label Question Everything, Inc. with Empire Distribution.

The signing is the latest in a string of big hip-hop signings lately. It was reported earlier this month Interscope had signed Juice WRLD with a $3 million joint venture deal and that Warner Bros. Records signed Lil Pump for about $8 million after the “Gucci Gang” rapper’s camp realized his original contract was void as it was signed while he was underage and not properly certified.

CALUM SCOTT PREMIERES THE VIDEO FOR “YOU ARE THE REASON” DUET VERSION WITH LEONA LEWIS

CALUM SCOTT PREMIERES THE VIDEO FOR “YOU ARE THE REASON” DUET VERSION WITH LEONA LEWIS

DEBUT ALBUM, ONLY HUMAN, OUT MARCH 9TH ON VIRGIN EMI UK

Breakout UK artist Calum Scott unveils the video for the duet version of “You Are The Reason” with Leona Lewis. Shot at Angel studios in London, the video is a beautiful and heartwarming collaboration between two friends – watch it HERE.

“Working with Leona was a dream come true,” says Calum.  “As a fan, I first remember watching her on TV before going on to grace the globe with her incredibly beautiful voice. Now having the honour of working with her on one of my own songs is completely surreal and the passion and raw emotion she brings to our duet makes it even more special to me. I can still hardly believe that we did it!”

Leona adds “I remember the day Calum sent me this track, I sat listening at home and had it on repeat. It’s one of those powerful songs that touches your heart and such a beautiful ballad, everyone knows I love singing them! Calum’s performance on it is stunning and I loved being able to join him to make this duet version.”

“You Are The Reason” is available now for download and streaming, and is taken from Scott’s debut album, Only Human, out March 9th on Virgin EMI UK.  The single is fast approaching 110M worldwide streams combined.

Written by Scott, Jon Maguire and Corey James Sanders, the emotionally resonant piano ballad is one of numerous songs produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Ellie Goulding) for his album. Scott also worked with producers Jayson DeZuzio, Oak Felder, Oscar Gorres and Phil Paul.

The pre-order for Only Human is underway at http://calumscott.lnk.to/onlyhuman. Fans who pre-order the album in digital format will instantly receive “You Are The Reason” and Scott’s two previous singles – his poignant version of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” which charted at No. 1 on iTunes in 11 countries and “Rhythm Inside,” which has over 25 million streams worldwide – along with Tiësto’s remix of “Dancing On My Own.” In addition to 11 original tracks, the album also includes Scott’s haunting acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet.”See below for full track listing.

Only Human – Track listing:

1. If Our Love Is Wrong 
2. Give Me Something 
3. Rhythm Inside 
4. You Are The Reason 
5. Come Back Home 
6. Stop Myself (Only Human) 
7. Dancing On My Own 
8. Only You 
9. Won’t Let You Down 
10. What I Miss Most 
11. Hotel Room 
12. Good To You 
13. Not Dark Yet 
14. Dancing On My Own (Tiësto Remix)

“Dancing On My Own” quickly charted in over 34 countries on Spotify, peaking at No. 1 on the Viral chart in six, including the UK and US. Now certified Platinum in four countries, it was the best-selling UK single of 2016 by a British solo artist and was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single. The song has over 550 million streams worldwide, while views of the video are approaching 225 million.

Scott played his first UK headline show at London’s KOKO last March, as well as wrapping up his first US headline tour in 2017 with sold-out shows across the country. While in the States, he performed “Dancing On My Own” on Late Night with Seth MeyersThe Ellen DeGeneres ShowGood Morning America and Dancing With The Stars.

April 2018 will see Scott play shows across the UK & Ireland, full dates below.

UK Tour April 2018:
Thursday 12th – The Academy – Dublin
Friday 13th – O2 ABC – Glasgow
Saturday 14th – University – Newcastle
Monday 16th – O2 Ritz – Manchester
Tuesday 17th – Hull City Hall – Hull
Wednesday 18th – Hull City Hall – Hull
Friday 20th – Rock City – Nottingham
Sunday 22nd – O2 Institute – Birmingham
Monday 23rd – O2 Academy – Bristol
Tuesday 24th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London

Chris Brown “Tempo” Video Finds Him Riding a Floating Garbage Truck

Written By | Alex Zidel

Breezy shows off his classic dance moves in a futuristic video for “Tempo.”

Chris Brown and his Halloween-esque crew are in your neighborhood and they’re dancing all over your house in the fresh video for “Tempo.” Chris is chilling with dancers dressed as baseball players, Frankenstein, and soldiers as he pulls off sneaky home invasions and breakdances for unsuspecting home-owners in the clip, which looks to be set far into the future. The crew pulls up in a dope, garbage-truck looking, floating vehicle and proceeds to break into homes in the suburbs, dance a bit just to “switch up the tempo” from a regular burglary and then take your jewelry.

The clip offers a fresh take on a music video landscape that has become somewhat saturated and conventional, as Breezy pulls out all the stops to create something his audience has not seen before.

A$AP Ferg – Kristi YamaGucci” (Feat. Denzel Curry & IDK)

Written By | Tom Breihan

Unless I’m forgetting someone, A$AP Ferg was the first major non-Atlanta rapper to record a single with Lil Uzi Vert. That alone means that Ferg, like his A$AP Mob colleague A$AP Rocky, knows how to spot a rising star. And on his new single “Kristi YamaGucci,” Ferg has recruited two guest verses from two rappers who might turn out to be very big deals.

“Kristi YamaGucci” features Denzel Curry, the young Miami godfather of SoundCloud rap, and IDK (formerly Jay IDK), a Maryland native who’s lately been building a strong and growing cult audience. Both of them nicely match Ferg’s energy, which is not an easy thing to do. For my money, IDK pretty much steals the song.

Curry and IDK, not coincidentally, are both opening Ferg’s Mad Man tour, which opened last night in Philadelphia. That’s a very good triple bill, and if “Kristi YamaGucci” catches on, the moment where they all perform it together should be pretty great. Listen to it it and check out the dates for the Mad Man tour below.

There hasn’t been any talk of a new Ferg album or mixtape lately, but I think we can all agree that he’s capable of something better than last year’s Still Striving.

 

Childish Gambino Partners With RCA Records, New Music Out This Year

“It was a necessary change of pace.”

Following the success of Childish Gambino’s 2016 album “Awaken, My Love!”, the artist née Donald Glover has announced a new deal with RCA Records.

Glover and his creative agency Wolf + Rothstein are partnering with the Sony Music subsidiary for a new recording and label deal that will release new Gambino music later this year Wolf + Rothstein/RCA Records.

“Donald is undoubtedly one of the most talented, multi-faceted, young entertainers of this era,” said RCA chairman and CEO Peter Edge in a statement. “We are excited to join forces with him and Wolf + Rothstein to usher in the next phase of Childish Gambino’s musical career.”

The new deal sees Glover leave the independent Glassnote Records, with whom he signed in 2011 and released three full-length albums and two mixtapes. Although Gaminbo has seen substantial acclaim during his term with Glassnote, it has not been entirely amicable throughout its duration. In 2014, he slammed the label over what he claimed was a mishandling of a video for his Because The Internet single “Sweatpants” and allegedly lying to him. “We were told a lot of things were gonna happen and they were all lies. So I’m done. Someone buy me out of this contract,” he tweeted at the time.

Regarding the new partnership with RCA, Glover said in a statement, “It was a necessary change of pace.”

Wolf + Rothstein operates out of Temple Studios in Los Angeles and is the brainchild of Glover, Wolf Taylor and Fam Rothstein. As a label, it has previously released Kari Faux’s Lost en Los Angeles and bLAck pARty’s Mango in 2016. Wolf + Rothstein will be partnering with Kobalt for publishing.

“Being malleable is important to us, and that’s what this partnership allows. Also, it was about that time,” said Rothstein in a statement.

Julian K. Petty, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, added, “This partnership is a real commitment to artistry and the future of music. I’m happy I could play a small part in helping put it together.”

Gambino is nominated for five Grammy Awards at this weekend’s event, including album of the year for “Awaken, My Love!” and record of the year for the breakout single “Redbone.” He will also be performing at the show.