Selena Gomez to Serve as Guest Judge for This Year’s Doodle for Google Contest

Selena Gomez is ready to judge your doodles…

The 29-year-old Mexican American actress, singer and mental health advocate has signed up to be a celebrity judge for this year’s Doodle for Google contest.

Selena Gomez

The annual event, which encourages students from kindergarten through 12th grade to design their own version of the company’s logo has an inspiring theme for 2022: “I care for myself by…”

“I can’t wait to learn how students across the country are approaching mental health and self-care,” Gomez tweeted in announcing her participation. In an accompanying video, Gomez explained why she decided to get involved in this year’s contest.

“I know firsthand how scary and lonely it can feel to face the pressure of the world alone, especially at a young age,” said Gomez. “That’s why I started the Rare Impact Fund with the goal of raising $100 million for mental health education, particularly in underserved communities. And it’s great that Google is joining us in this mission!”

The winning doodles will be featured on the iconic Google home page, with students encouraged to use any material or medium they want to express themselves, as long as it can be clearly photographed and displayed in a two-dimensional format. In addition to bragging rights, the winner will get a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology award for their school; the contest will run through 11:59 p.m. PT on March 4.

A description of this year’s prompt reads: “We all have a lot going on – and now more than ever, it’s important for us to take care of our bodies and minds. What are your favorite things to do that make you feel better when you’re feeling down? How do you take a break? What activities make you feel calm or give you energy? What or who brings joy to your heart? Our theme this year invites you to share how you nurture your mind, body, and/or spirit as you face the opportunities and challenges every new day brings.”

Other judges for this year’s contest include Sad Girls Club founder and mental health advocate Elyse Fox and 2021 National Teacher of the Year special education teacher Juliana Urtubey, who immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia at age five.

Demi Lovato Among Celebrities Featured in Twitter’s New “Manifestations” Campaign

Demi Lovato is hoping to inspire others’ manifestations…

Twitter has launched a new campaign encouraging everyone to “Think big, make it happen,” and the social media platform has called in the 29-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actor to help.

Demi LovatoTwitter is embarking on a physical campaign, one that’s meant to inspire minds and lay down the groundwork for big things in the future.

On Tuesday, Twitter launched its celebrity-powered “manifestation” project, engineered by the power of positive thinking in 280 characters or less.

Lovato, Megan Thee Stallion and Niall Horan are among the artists, athletes and celebrities whose tweets became a reality, and are now set to go extra-large on billboards around the country.

Those tweets will appear in the hometown locations of the stars “who manifested their dreams,” in eight cities around North America, reads a statement from Twitter.

On February 7, 2010, Lovato tweeted that they one day hoped to sing the National Anthem at a Super Bowl. A decade later, Lovato fulfilled this dream in 2020 by singing at Super Bowl LIV.

To get the ball rolling, Twitter is donating nearly $1 million to charities of the stars’ choice on their behalf, including Boys and Girls Club, Destination Crenshaw, The 3-D Foundation, and UNICEF Canada.

Tweets about manifestation are at an all-time high, the social network reports, with 100% year-over-year growth and a total of close-to 60 million posts over the past three years.

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Bad Bunny Launches TikTok Account & Deletes All Instagram Posts

Bad Bunny is changing things up…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Grammy-winning reggaeton and Latin trap singer recently deleted all of the posts from his official Instagram account, which boasts 36.8 million followers, including fellow artists like DrakeRihannaJennifer Lopez and Lil Nas X.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny, who ranked as No. 1 on the Top Latin Artists chart on Billboard‘s 2021 Year-End Charts, has now joined TikTok.

In his first post on Saturday (Jan. 1), the artist holds up a large mug on the morning after what appears to be a celebratory night of partying on New Year’s Eve with his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri.

“2022, the ‘damned’ part is just out of love, I know you will be a good year,” Bad Bunny captioned the clip, which references lyrics to his song “Si Veo a Tu Mama,” heard playing in the background.

Bad Bunny was not only Billboard’s Top Latin Artist of the year, but also Spotify’s most streamed artist globally in any genre.

In 2021, he scored a threepeat thanks to chart-topping albums YHLQMDLGLas Que No Iban a Salir and El Último Tour del Mundo — all peaking at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart.

Additionally, El Conejo Malo placed the No. 1 song, “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez, on the year-end Hot Latin Songs chart.

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Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” Reaches 1 Billion Streams on Spotify

Mariah Carey continues making history this holiday season..

The 52-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer hit yet another extra-festive milestone Wednesday as she celebrated “All I Want for Christmas is You” reaching 1 billion streams on Spotify.

Mariah Carey“Thank you @spotify, the #lambily, and everyone who streams this song to add a little bit of festivity to the season! I truly appreciate each and every one of these 1 billion streams!” the icon captioned the photo of herself posing with the commemorative plaque marking the achievement dressed in a glam metallic puffer coat, sparkling beanie, sheer black leggings and matching boots.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Carey’s modern Christmas classic made a historic return to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a third consecutive year.

Ever the trailblazer, the unprecedented achievement officially makes Carey the first artist in history to land the same song at No. 1 on the chart three separate times.

She’s also been spreading holiday cheer around the country for the last couple of weeks thanks to the McDonald’s Mariah Menu, which gives fans a free daily treat with a $1 purchase when they order on the McDonald’s app through Christmas Eve (Dec. 25).

Ten-thousand lucky Lambs also got their hands on a limited-edition Mariah x McDonald’s T-shirt earlier this week as part of the campaign.

Gina Rodriguez Starring in QCode’s Podcast “Last Known Position”

Gina Rodriguez is in a better position

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican Golden Globe-winning actress is starring in the in QCode podcast Last Known Position.

Gina RodriguezRodriguez will take part in the project alongside James PurefoyManny Jacinto and Olivia Cheng.

The mystery-thriller, whose first episode dropped HERE this week, also stars Ashley Bell, JR Bourne, Travis Joe Dixon, Matthew Henerson, Jessica Oyelowo, Venk Potula and Giovanna Quinto.

Created by writer/director Luke Passmore and directed by John Wynn, the series charts the fallout when a brand new state-of-the-art American commercial jetliner vanishes on its maiden voyage over the Pacific. The ensuing air crash investigation discovers evidence of a creature of the deep that may have been responsible.

Executive producers include Rodriguez, John Wynn, Jeremy Platt and Luke Passmore, QCODE and Automatik.

Bad Bunny: This Year’s Most-Streamed Artist Globally on Spotify

It’s a second consecutive year at the top for Bad Bunny.

Spotify has revealed its annual end-of-year list of the platform’s most-streamed artists, songs, albums and podcasts, with the 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton superstar named the most-streamed artist globally.

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Bad Bunny notched more than 9.1 billion streams on the platform globally to top the list ahead of Taylor SwiftBTSDrake and Justin Bieber.

In the United States, Drake dominated all artists on the platform, while Swift, Juice WRLDKanye West and Bad Bunny rounded out the top five.

The most-streamed song of the year globally was Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” which racked up more than 1.1 billion streams worldwide. Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” earned second place, followed by The Kid Laroi and Bieber’s “Stay,” Rodrigo’s “good 4 u” and Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” feat. DaBaby.

Rodrigo dominated the top two spots on the U.S. list with “drivers license” and “good 4 u,” marking the first time a woman has ever done so. Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” feat. SZAGlass Animals’ “Heat Waves” and “Levitating” rounded out the top five.

Rodrigo’s dominance extended to the global and U.S. albums tally, with her debut album Sour finishing in first place on both charts.

For additional details on Wrapped 2021, visit Spotify’s For the Record blog.

Camila Cabello’s “Havana” Music Video Joins YouTube’s Billion Views Club

It’s a repeat billion performance for Camila Cabello

The 24-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer and former Fifth Harmony member’s “Havana” video, featuring Young Thug, has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube, the video-sharing site has announced.

Camila CabelloCabello’s video was released in October 2017 and the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2018 — marking Cabello’s first No. 1 on the chart.

Cabello is no stranger to YouTube’s Billion Views Club. Before launching her solo career, Cabello’s all-girl group Fifth Harmony— as of August this year — has racked up a pair of videos with 2 billion views on the site: 2015’s “Worth It” and 2016’s “Work From Home.”

Cabello also racked up 1 billion views with her 2019 Shawn Mendes duet “Señorita,” which joined the club in April 2000. The former couple’s steamy duet also hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Robert Trujillo & His Metallica Band Mates to Release New Career-Spanning Portal, “The Metallica Black Box”

Robert Trujillo is boxin’ up his heavy metal history…

The 57-year-old half-Mexican American musician and songwriter and his Metallica band mates are giving fans a deep dive into their history with a new career-spanning portal, The Metallica Black Box.

MetallicaThe project will feature “memorabilia, photographs, sketches, clothing and footage straight from our personal collections, hoarded over the last 40 years,” according to the band.

“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel to all corners of the planet, meet so many amazing people, and do things we once only dreamed of,” said the band in a statement. “And when you’ve been around for 40 years, you manage to collect a few things! Along the way, the four of us have hung on to many keepsakes, photographs, articles of clothing, sketches, and so much more, stashing these items away in attics, garages, and storage spaces. But no more as we’re excited to launch The Metallica Black Box! Debuting with The Black Album Exhibition, The Black Box will offer an ongoing deep dive into every era of our career from the early ’80s garage days up to today and beyond.”

Years in the works, the band said they are now officially “unboxing” their collections to pull their favorite, most significant and personally meaningful artifacts in a collaboration with Inveniem and Definitive Authentic.

Among the promised features on the site — both virtual and physical —  will be weekly livestream events, limited signed memorabilia and “progressively deeper” dives into their vaults.

More artifacts are slated to post before the end of the year as part of the Black Album Exhibition — a 30th anniversary celebration of the band’s self-titled album — and 2021 will bring new exhibits, including a 40-year retrospective and showcase of the many collaborations with graphic artists they’ve worked with during their four-decade career.

Among the items available to check out now are “The Snake Pit,” an homage to their most loyal fans that includes classic laminates, archival photos, fan-made t-shirts and illustrations by artist Heath Miller from their 1991-1994 Black Album era.

Paulo Londra Logs First & Second Entries in YouTube’s Billion Views Club

Paulo Londra is doubling up on a special feat…

The 23-year-old Argentine trap star  has logged two entries in YouTube‘s Billion Views Club this week, with the Lenny Tavárez-assisted “Nena Maldición” and “Adán y Eva.”

Paulo Londra

The tracks’ official music videos, both from 2018, each crossed 1 billion views this week, becoming Londra’s first and second videos to achieve the feat.

On the Billboard Argentina Hot 100, “Adán Y Eva” peaked at No. 1 back in 2018. Meanwhile, “Nena Maldición” spent 14 weeks on the tally, peaking at No. 61 that same year.

News of Londra’s two music videos raking in 1 billion views comes during a busy week for the singer-songwriter. A multimillion-dollar, two-year dispute between Londra and his label, Big Ligas, was settled amicably in a Miami courtroom Wednesday (Nov. 10), just three days into the trial.

In a statement provided to Billboard by Londra and Big Ligas’ attorneys, they said: “The parties’ lawyers have stated that the parties are happy to announce that they have resolved their differences and that they will make a joint press release in the future.”

Warner will continue to administer Londra’s existing works, but no comment was provided as to his future projects.

Becky G to Launch New Facebook Watch Series “Face to Face with Becky G” This Week

Becky G putting her best (face to) face forward…

This week, the 24-year-old Mexican American singer/rapper will launch her very own Facebook Watch show, Face to Face with Becky G.

Becky G

“Where I come from means everything to me. Join me and special guests for my new talk show as we tackle the most pressing topics within our community face to face,” Becky G said in the official trailer for the show. “We are celebrating who we are, no matter where we come from or how we identify.”

The first episode of Face to Face with Becky G, which is set to premiere on Tuesday, November 9, will feature Demi Lovato. The two will be engaging in a conversation about what it means to be non-binary, about their personal journey with self-discovery and what it means to live an authentic life. Fans watching the premiere can also expect the two singers to open up about dramatic moments in their life and what it was like for them growing up in the spotlight.

Other guests on Becky’s Facebook Watch show will include Diego BonetaIsabela Merced, Anthony RamosMickey Guyton, Tinashe, Rome Flynn, Chiquis, Manny MUAAngel MerinoChristen Dominique and Sofia Reyes, where they will discuss everything from the evolution of Latinx representation in media to colorism within the Latinx community.

The first episode of Face to Face with Becky G will premiere on Tuesday at 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm ET on Facebook Watch. There are 10 episodes of the show, which will debut weekly on Facebook Watch.