Tekashi 6ix9ine Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs Chart

Tekashi 6ix9ine is livin’ the stream

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican and Mexican Americam rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, has logged his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart with “Gooba,” which debuts at No. 1 on the list dated May 23.

Tekashi 6ix9ine

6ix9ine’s latest single debuts with 55.3 million U.S. streams earned in the tracking week ending May 14, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The song exceeds 6ix9ine’s previous best on the Streaming Charts: “Fefe” featuring Nicki Minaj, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the August 4, 2015-dated tally with 45.7 million streams.

Gooba also debits at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes’ “Señorita” Earns MYX Philippines Awards Nomination

Camila Cabello’s big in the Philippines…

The MYX Philippines Awards nominations have been released, with the 23-year-old Cuban/Mexican singer and former Fifth Harmony member earning a nod.

Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes

Cabello is nominated in the international video of the year category alongside Shawn Mendes for the official clip for their chart-topping track “Señorita.” 

Cabello and Mendes will compete against K-Pop sensations BTS and Halsey; Ariana GrandeTaylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers.

Here’s the full list of nominees in the international video o f the year category: 

Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” 
BTS’s “Boy With Luv” (featuring Halsey) 
Taylor Swift’s “Lover” 
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” 
Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker”

The nominations were announced on Thursday (May 21), along with the news that this year’s event will be a virtual celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans can vote for their favorite artists until July 20. The date of the virtual ceremony has yet to be announced.

Jesse & Joy “Aire” Debuts in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart

Jesse & Joy’s aire has lifted them back to the top of the charts…

The Mexican sibling duo’s latest album AIRE has debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart dated May 23. 

Jesse & Joy

Jesse & Joy’s fifth studio album gives them their first chart appearance on the top tier in almost five years, and earns them their fifth Top 10 on the list.

AIREfollows Un Besito Más, the GrammyLatin Grammy-winning album that debuted at No. 1 in December 2015. In between, the siblings released a compilation set that didn’t enter the top 10.

AIREis a celebration of life for us,” Jesse & Joy tell Billboard.“Our latest album at the end of the day had a melancholic core after the loss of our dad. This new album recognizes the cycle of life, and our children are very present in the creative. We wrote the album about two years ago never knowing that we would be confronted with the situation with have today, where the air we breathe has become more important than ever.”

AIRE opens with a little more than 1,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 14, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The bulk of its opening sum came from streaming activity. The 11-track set earned 1.3 million on-demand streams in the tracking week.

“We are so happy that the album has entered the charts so well,” the siblings add. “That’s incredible recognition, but more than anything, it means people are listening to our music, which we hope can bring some comfort and pleasure in these troubling times.”

The Latin Pop Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin pop albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

AIREwas released May 8 via Warner Latina. It’s a fusion of gospel, hip-hop, rock, folk and pop and was co-produced alongside Martin TerefeCharlie Heat and composer Poo Bear.

AIREwas preceded by one track on the Hot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data, “Tanto,” with Luis Fonsi, which debuted and peaked at No. 46 on January 2019.

The album concurrently yielded four songs on the Latin Pop Airplay chart. “Te Esperé” leads the pack peaking at No. 14 on January 2019. Six months later, “Mañana Es Too Late” with J Balvin peaked at No. 16 on June 2019. “Tanto,” with Luis Fonsi, earned the highest rank, peaking at No. 3 (December 2019), and “Lo Nuestro Vale Más,” the set’s fourth single, peaked at No. 20 on the April 11-dated chart.

Jesse & Joy claimed its first top 10 on Latin Pop Albums more than 10 years ago, when Electricidad, its second studio album, debuted at No. 3.

Mariah Carey to Perform as Part of the “Good Morning America” Summer Concert Series

Mariah Carey will be waking up America with her music this summer…

The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American songstress will take part in Good Morning America!’s upcoming summer concert series. 

Mariah Carey

There’s no official date for when Carey will perform, but GMA has confirmed that all concerts will take place virtually.

Here’s a look at the lineup:

2020 Summer Concert Series Lineup
May 22 – Katy Perry
May 29 – Kygo ft. OneRepublic & Valerie Broussard
June 5 – Billie Joe Armstrong
June 19 – John Legend
June 26 – Sia
July 3 – Old Dominion
July 10 – Shaggy ft. Sting
August 21 – Megan Thee Stallion

Dates to be announced:
Ellie Goulding
Skip Marley & H.E.R.
Black Eyed Peas
Bebe Rexha
Mariah Carey

Natanael Cano Named to YouTube Music’s Foundry Class of 2020

Natanael Cano is the head of the class…

YouTube Music has announced its first foundry class of 2020, highlighting 12 emerging artists who are creating a buzz in the music scene, including the 19-year-old Mexican corridos singer.

Natanael Cano

Foundry is YouTube’s global artist development program that “helps independent artists use music and storytelling to engage fans across borders and build careers with a vision they uniquely define on their own.”

In addition to Cano, a trailblazer in the Mexican corridos genre and beyond, this year’s inaugural class includes Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Adam Melchor, Puerto Rican trap star Eladio Carrion, Brooklyn-based multifaceted artist Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Birmingham grime artist and actor Jaykae, Glasgow R&B singer Joesef, Japanese indie-rock band Novelbright, Sydney pop-rock brothers Lime Cordiale, Mumbai DJ/producer duo Lost Stories, Korean-American multitalented REI AMI, Nigerian singer and producer Tems and avant-garde French pop-rap artist TESSÆ.

Since its inception in 2015, the YouTube program has helped over 120 rising acts in more than 13 countries, providing them with marketing, promotion, and development support and tools to help set them up for long-term success.

“YouTube is a platform that thrives on discovery and at its core, that is what Foundry is all about. We are so proud to bring this diverse group of artists together to help share their music and creative visions with new fans from around the world,” said Vivien Lewit, YouTube’s Global Head of Artist Relations in a statement.

Naomi Zeichner, YouTube Artist Partnerships Lead added: “This year, we’re all navigating a new industry, and the artists in this Foundry class are finding new ways to create content and stay connected. These artist’s journeys are a snapshot of today’s music landscape, and worth watching for anyone interested in the future of music and culture. We’re grateful to support them as they grow and build lasting relationships with their fans.”

The inaugural class of 2020 joins previous Foundry alumni like Dua LipaRosaliaCuco,Omar Apollo and Arlo Parks, to name a few.

George Lopez Bringing First Comedy Special to Netflix Next Month

George Lopez is bringing the laughs to Netflix

The 59-year-old Mexican American comedian/actor is headed to Netflix with his first comedy special on the streamer. 

George Lopez

George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half will premiere on June 30 on Netflix.

Filmed at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, in George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half, Lopez humorously explores race, politics, and life lessons to be learned from the Latino community; especially the elders. The special dissects cultural differences, emotional support animals, gender reveal parties, elevator etiquette and more. 

Lopez created, executive produced starred in comedy series George Lopez, which aired for six seasons on ABC

He recently starred in comedy special George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington, D.C., filmed at the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, which aired on HBO

On the film side, Lopez will next be seen with Bobby SotoShia LaBeouf and Lana Parilla in The Tax Collector, an indie thriller written and directed by David Ayer.

DJ Valadez Launches KROQ’s First-Ever Latin Show “Alternalido”

Anthony Valadez (a.k.a. DJ Valadez) is hitting the Southern California airwaves to celebrate Latin music.

The Latino deejay and radio host has launched KROQ‘s first-ever Latin show Alternalido from his makeshift studio at home in Venice Beach.

Anthony Valadez (a.k.a. DJ Valadez)

The two-hour show, the first of its kind for L.A.’s alternative KROQ-FM station (owned by Entercom), kicked off with the music of artists including Chicano BatmanCucoOzomatli and Bomba Estéreo, to name a few.

“Last night I had a lot of anxiety,” Valadez, who serves as host and curator of Alternalido, tells Billboard. “Latin alternative means so many things to different people. You’ve got fans that love Maná and then you have new artists like Omar Apollo and Ambar Lucid who want to break rules and do their own things.”

In an effort to better serve the bilingual Latin community in California — which has the largest Latino population in the 

U.S. — Alternalidoaims to spotlight an array of Latin alternative sounds from around the world. 

“Think of it like it’s Anthony Bourdain behind the turntables taking you around the world through sound,” Valadez says.

While the idea of a Latin-centric show was floated around a few years ago, now was the “perfect time” to go live, according to Jeff Federman, Entercom’s regional president. “We are so much better than we were when we entered March because we were forced to catch up on technology and learn to be even more resourceful. It’s almost a renaissance for radio.”

Mike Kaplan, senior vp/programming at Entercom, echoes Federman. “It’s exciting to know that we’re evolving and taking it to the next step. It was needed in this station. There are no boundaries in music.”

It was precisely that that drew Valadez — who will keep his weekend show on KCRW— to be part of the show as a host and curator. “In a new space and a new era, there’s more room for experimentation. Latin alternative is not new — it’s been there and it’s been neglected. And for these guys to say, ‘Let’s showcase this,’ yeah let’s break rules, that’s super important to me.”

Valadez, who has hosted weekly radio programs for the past 20 years, says he’s not only excited to offer a new home for Latin alternative artists but to be able to create a sense of community in trying times.

“People need community more than ever,” Valadez says. “This is music that is hand-picked and that’s a beautiful thing. The show is very inviting, it’s created with love for everybody and no matter where you come from, you’ll hear something you like.”

Alternalido airs Sundays from 8:00 -10:00 pm PST on KROQ.

Crystal Methyd & Her Fellow “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 12 Contestants to Hold Virtual Slumber Party

Crystal Methyd is ready to slumber…

The Latina drag queen, whose real name is Cody Harness, and her fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 contestants will be taking part in a virtual slumber party on Friday, May 22 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

Crystal Methyd

Crystal Methyd will be joined by fellow Latina queens Just Jan and Dahlia Sin, and the other contestants this season tospill all the tea about this season in the virtual reunion slumber party.

The following week on Friday, May 29 at 8:00 pm ET/PT VH1 will air the virtual grand finale where America’s Next Drag Superstar will be crowned.

The virtual shows are the result of the current lockdown due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12

RuPaul will host the virtual slumber party and the queens will have the opportunity to “kiki” about everything and anything that has happened this season. This includes all the shade thrown in the “werkroom” and some of the season’s most shocking eliminations. They’ll also answer questions fan questions.

Last year, the finale was held at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles but now the Drag Race Gods will work their magic to bring a finale that is just as fierce and fabulous. RuPaul and the cast shot the finale virtually using innovative technology that highlights the creativity of the queens.

The finale will feature the final queens competing in a revolutionary lip-sync battle for the crown. Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly will return to crown the winner while Season 11’s Miss CongenialityNina West, will reveal this year’s new Miss Congeniality — and there will be a special surprise for the other 11 queens. There will also be special celebrity guest appearances throughout the night.

Gloria Calderón Kellett Taking Part in Latinx-Themed Panel for Virtual ATX Television Festival

Gloria Calderón Kellett is representin’…

The 45-year-old Cuban American television writer and One Day at a Time co-showrunner will be taking part in ATX Television Festival’s virtual edition, which has been appropriately titled “ATX TV…From The Couch!” 

Gloria Calderón Kellett

Calderón Kellett will take part in a conversation about Latinx representation on the small screen, alongside Vida creator Tanya SarachoPose’s co-creator Steven Canals and Diary of a Future President’s Ilana Peña.

Calderón Kellett, Saracho, Canals and Peña, some of today’s hottest Latinx content creators, will be “Celebrating Authentic Stories,” the title of their panel. 

They’ll talk about celebrating and continuing the push for positive Latinx representation, as well as how decision-makers within the industry can amplify Latinx voices.

 “ATX TV… from the Couch!” marks the first virtual event for the fest and will include industry-forward panels with showrunners and executives, sneak previews of upcoming series, and virtual events such as television trivia and a music showcase. 

The virtual event will take place June 5-7. It will be free to access via ATX’s official YouTube channe l, with the option for viewers to donate to select organizations providing COVID-19 relief regionally and nationally.

In addition to the Latinx panel, the festival’s virtual line-up will include conversations with cast and creatives from Freeform’s The Bold TypeNBC’s hit drama New Amsterdam, and The CW’s mystery-drama Nancy Drew.

The ATX Television Festival will also include a Scrubs reunion with the show’s creator Bill Lawrence, as well as cast members Zach BraffDonald FaisonSarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, and Judy Reyes. The cast was previously confirmed for ATX Season 9 in Austin, and rescheduled their in-person reunion for the 2021 festival.

Alana De La Garza Appears in CBS’ New Video Tribute to America’s COVID-19 Frontline Health Workers & First Responders

Alana De La Garza is helping honor the country’s coronavirus pandemic frontliners…

The 43-year-old half-Mexican American actress appears in a special CBS video tribute to America’s frontline health workers and first responders.

Alana de la Garza

The “Better Days” tribute, which features a new OneRepublic track, kicks off a new campaign the network has dubbed “CBS Salutes.” 

It premiered between 10:00 and 11:00 pm ET/PT during the season finale of Survivor on CBS and across social media. 

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder introduces the tribute, which appears over a live acoustic quarantine version of the song.

“There aren’t enough thank-yous in the world for all the amazing people working on the front lines saving lives right now,” Tedder says. “I, along with everyone at CBS, salute you.”

In addition to de la Garza, who appears on CBS’ FBI series, appears alongside othe CBS stars, including Walton Goggins (The Unicorn), LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Sonequa Martin-Green (CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery), among others.

But the real stars of the video are the doctors, nurses, hospital staffers, police, firefighters, EMTs and others who’ve worked to keep the rest of us healthy and safe, with plenty of them spotlighted in the video.

This is the first salvo in the “CBS Salutes” initiative that’ll use popular music artists along with CBS talent saluting special causes.