Triller to Promote Teofimo Lopez’s Next Fight

Teofimo Lopez is looking to trill in his next fight…

Triller has just thrown its name into the ring to promote the next fight of the 23-year-old Honduran American boxer, one of the sport’s rising stars.

Teofimo Lopez Jr.

The upstart tech company won the rights to promote Lopez’s lightweight title defense against George Kambosos with a bid of more than $6 million, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Triller, which was founded in 2015, beat out established boxing outfits like Matchroom and Top Rank, Lopez’s current promoter, in a purse bid hosted by the IBF on Thursday.

The rights to promote Lopez’s mandatory defense hit the open market after Lopez and Top Rank failed to reach an agreement on a purse. Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) became the unified lightweight champion after beating Vasiliy Lomachenko in October 2020 to win the IBF, WBA and WBO belts in the 135-pound division.

“I love ESPN and the platform and everything they have done for Team Lopez and The Takeover. However, I am very thankful that my team and I stuck to our guns,” Lopez said in a statement to ESPN’s Mark Kriegel. “We knew what we were being offered was disrespectful, and we expected the open market would value us differently. And it showed today. The $6 million from Triller, right there, says that Top Rank doesn’t value the best fighter on their roster. I look forward to my title defense against George Kambosos. Stay tuned for the fight date.”

Triller made headlines when it promoted the exhibition bout between former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr as a pay-per-view attraction. According to reports, the fight generated more than 1.6 million buys.

Because of the IBF’s purse-split rules that give the champion 65%, Lopez’s share will be just under $4 million. Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) is set to receive $2.1 million in his third fight in the United States. The Australian is coming off a split-decision victory over Lee Selby last October in London.

Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO of Proxima Media, the company that owns Triller, said that Lopez vs. Kambosos will “probably be a co-main event” on a Triller card in May paired with an “influencer-celebrity-type event.”

“We don’t view them as an undercard. It’s just a matter if we have a co-main [event] that brings a different audience than them or not,” he said.

Kavanaugh said Triller would be open to bid for more fights in the future.

“If it’s an attractive purse bid like this where it’s for a significant title with well-known talent and people that we think will attract the right audience, then absolutely,” he said.

Top Rank president Todd duBoef said the agreement means “at the end of the day, everybody wins.”

“If Teofimo comes out successful and has a successful defense against Kambosos, terrific,” he said. “If they do a bunch of promotion and he gets bigger on the social platform, terrific and we have a long career together going forward.”

Servando & Florentino to Perform Intimate “En Tu Cuarto” Livestream Concert on Sunday

Servando & Florentino are inviting you into their cuarto

The Venezuelan salsa-pop duo, composed of brothers Servando and Florentino Primera, are blessing fans with an intimate “En Tu Cuarto” livestream on Sunday, one they’re calling “a new experience to tell.”


Performing their biggest hits like “Una Fan Enamorada” and “Estas Hecha Pa Mi,” Servando & Florentino will be joined by a six-member band revamping their setlist.

“We began brainstorming with our longtime producer Yasmil Marrufo and thinking of what rhythms could go with each song,” Florentino tells Billboard, saying that fans can expect to hear their songs in bolero, bossa nova, merengue, reggae, vallenato and bachata, in addition to salsa. “The process has been a lot of fun and it’s a new experience to tell.”

“En Tu Cuarto” marks the duo’s first virtual concert during the global pandemic. Prior, they toured Venezuela in December 2019, which paved the way for a promising European tour in 2020 that came to a halt because of COVID-19.

However, Servando says they have been taking advantage of the tumultuous times in a productive manner. “We found a balance between spending time with the family and work,” he says. “Musically, we’ve been composing a lot. It’s been an interesting process.”

On that note, Servando & Florentino will unveil their new single “Te Encontre” during the livestream. “We haven’t done music together in a while. In fact,” Florentino tells, “this song wasn’t meant to be for us but we recorded it anyway. The proposal is good and fresh.”

En Tu Cuarto: Servando & Florentino Livestream Concert” will take place at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. General tickets cost $15 and a VIP package that includes a virtual party costs $50. For more information, visit here.

Cardi B Earns Top 10 Spot on EDO’s List of Celebrity Appearances in Branded Commercials During Super Bowl LV

Cardi B is makin’ super (bowl) impact…

Analytics corporation EDO has ranked the celebrity appearances in branded commercials during Super Bowl LV, with the 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar earning a spot in the Top 10.

Cardi B, UberEats, Wayne's World

EDO’s list ranks the top-searched celebrities based on the number of times they were searched in a five-minute period after their ad dropped versus the average searched celeb who was in a Super Bowl ad (weighted at 100).

Cardi B, the only Latinx artist to make the Top 10, comes in at No. 10 for her UberEats Wayne’s World ad with an 8.5x search.

The spot shows Saturday Night Live’s famed characters Wayne and Garth (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey) in Wayne’s basement doing their cable access show from Aurora, Illinois.

“As a local access show, we want everyone to support local restaurants,” Wayne says.

“But, we’d never manipulate you the way all these commercials do,” Garth says as subliminal words “eat” and “local” flash on the screen.

Then there are repeated attempts to get the message out, including having baby versions of Wayne and Garth dressed in shirts that say “eat local.”

When Wayne says they would “never shamelessly rely on a celebrity cameo,” here comes Cardi B. The commercial then shows shots of Wayne and Garth dressed like Cardi, and vice-versa.

The Voice judges and fiancés Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton respectively ranked in the No. 1 and 2 spots.

In their commercial, fellow Voice judge Adam Levine sets them up on a blind date with the tagline for the 5G network being “Don’t Trust Your Love Life to Just Any Network.”

Myke Towers Among the Musicians/Creators Named to #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021 Grant Program

Myke Towers is getting a global assist…

YouTube is using capital from its $100 million #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, which launched last October, to create a global grant program for Black creators on the platform, including the 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter.

Myke Towers

Towers, who has been active in the music scene since 2014, has raised his profile with collaborations with Bad Bunny, Becky G and Piso 21, among others.

The program kicks off with the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021: A group of 132 creators from across six countries, which includes 21 music artists, including Towers, alongside photographers, lifestyle vloggers, personal trainers and more.

Through the program, YouTube plans to directly invest in 500 creators total by the end of 2023, with the goal to equip Black creators with the resources to succeed on the platform.

“The #YouTubeBlack community is filled with so many passionate, creative, talented and brilliant artists and entrepreneurs,” YouTube vp, responsibility Malik Ducard said. “These creators and artists have been doing this work already and are known by their communities, but we’re really excited to invest in them, and we believe that they can and will become household names with this support.”

Added Lyor Cohen, global head of YouTube Music, during the briefing: “This is not a flash-in-the pan Instagram moment. This is about keeping the drum beat of change alive, and in the DNA of our organization.”

The 132 creators hail from the United States, Kenya, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and Nigeria. They were selected in part based on their past participation in #YouTubeBlack, the campaign and event series promoting Black creators which YouTube launched in 2016.

In addition to Towers, the 21 musicians included in the inaugural class are Brent Faiyaz, BRS KashFireboy DML, Jean Dawson, Jensen McRae, Jerome FarahJoy Oladokun, KennyHoopla, Mariah the Scientist, Brazil’s MC Carol, Miiesha, Brazil’s Péricles, Brazil’s RaelRexx Life Raj, Sauti Sol, serpentwithfeet, Sho MadjoziTkay Maidza, Brazil’s Urias and Yung Baby Tate.

“Our expectation is that these artists are going to be significant and important voices, and make music even more enjoyable,” Cohen said during the briefing. “There’s no question how significant of an impact Black music has had, not just in America, but globally.”

The cohort also includes creators like lifestyle vlogger Kelly Stamps and Jabril Ashe (known as Jabrils), who makes educational videos about gaming, technology and artificial intelligence.

Each Class of 2021 creator will receive an undisclosed amount of seed funding to use as they see fit to develop their channels — whether that means hiring a video editor or purchasing new lighting equipment, for example — as well as additional support from YouTube in the form of trainings, workshops and networking opportunities. According to Ducard, the grants do not come with any specific content requirements.

“We are not only supporting them in the moment, but this is seed funding that will help them to thrive on the platform long-term,” he added.

Moving forward, creators will apply for the grant program through an application process, details of which YouTube has yet to disclose.

The #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund is YouTube’s multi-year, global commitment to amplify Black voices on the platform and educate audiences about racial justice, in part by producing and acquiring new YouTube Original programs which focus on racial justice and the Black experience. Since its launch in October, the fund has supported programs such as 2 Chainz‘ “Money Maker Fund” series highlighting HBCU entrepreneurs and Masego‘s “Studying Abroad” livestreamed concert series.

Anitta Launching Her Own Podcast, “Anitta and Friends” via LiveXLive Media’s PodcastOne

Anitta is (pod)casting a wider net…

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer-songwriter, who has proven to be as amusing in conversation as she is when performing, will now have her own podcast.


Titled Anitta and Friends, the podcast will launch this quarter and will feature a wide array of guests in discussions that’ll be rooted in music.

The show is part of an exclusive podcast deal Anitta inked with podcast platform PodcastOne, which will also produce the show.

The platform, a subsidiary of LiveXLive Media, is also home to Pitbull’s From Negative to Positive podcast and The Adam Carolla Show, among many others.

Anitta’s debut season will include 12 episodes featuring “intimate, insightful” conversations with celebrities from around the world.

The podcast will also be streamed as a vodcast (video podcast) on the LiveXLive platform.

“The addition of world-class talent and beloved music star Anitta to the PodcastOne family of programming is a thrill for us,” said Kit Gray, president of PodcastOne. “With the rise of powerful female voices being heard … we know that we are the perfect home for Anitta’s podcast.”

Anitta is currently working on an album in English, Portuguese and Spanish, set for release on Warner Records under a new deal inked last summer. The Brazilian star has more than 91 million social media followers across platforms, which should help fuel her podcast, a medium that is still largely untested among Latin artists.

Aside from Pitbull, J Balvin hosted Made in Medellín a year ago, an eight-part podcast about life in his hometown that was produced by Spotify. Most recently, Nicky Jam began to record a podcast where he interviews friends and artists, including reggaetón superstars, but the show hasn’t debuted yet.

Poncho Sanchez Among This Year’s Grammy Nominees Featured on Grammy Museum’s Streaming Service Collection:live

Poncho Sanchez is joining the program…

The 69-year-old Latino conguero, Latin jazz band leader and salsa singer’s music has been added to the Grammy Museum’s streaming service, Collection:live.

Poncho Sanchez

The Grammy winner’s music, including his latest Grammy-nominated project Trane’s Delight, nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album, is part of 20 programs involving 2021 Grammy nominees that the public can listen to on Collection:live.

Adrian Quesada’s music is also featured…

The 43-year-old Latino producer and guitarist and his Black Pumas band mates received two Grammy nominations in the major categories last year.

Quesada and the Black Pumas are up for Record of the Year for their single “Colors,” which is also nominated in the Best American Roots Performance category.

He and the band are also up for Album of the Year for the deluxe edition of their self-titled album.

Collection:live is the Grammy Museum’s new online streaming service available for $2.99/month or $29.99/year. Proceeds benefit the museum’s music education initiatives and help keep the museum’s mission alive while the physical location remains closed due to COVID-19.

Here’s a list of programs available to stream by 2021 Grammy nominees. All feature interviews and/or performances; the categories in which they are nominated are noted.

Ingrid Andress (best new artist, best country album, best country song)
Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian (best traditional pop vocal album—Tashian only)
Phoebe Bridgers (best new artist, best alternative music album, best rock performance, best rock song)
Black Pumas (record of the year, album of the year, best American roots performance)
Brandy Clark (best country album, best country solo performance)
Motown RecordsEthiopia Habtemariam and Lindsey Lanier and the artists, songwriters, and producers of Collide – Tiana Major9, EarthGang’s Olu, Benny Cassette, Kaveh Rastegar, Stacy Barthe, and Fresh (best R&B song)
Luke Dick (best country song)
Gregory Porter (best R&B album)
Haim (album of the year, best rock performance)
Jagged Little Pill on Broadway (best musical theater album)
Sarah Jarosz & John Leventhal (best American roots song, best Americana album—Jarosz only)
Bettye LaVette with producer Steve Jordan (best contemporary blues album—LaVette only)
Ashley McBryde (best country album)
PJ Morton (best gospel album
Poncho Sanchez (best Latin jazz album)
JP Saxe (song of the year)
The Secret Sisters (best folk album)
The Steep Canyon Rangers (best bluegrass album)
Tame Impala (best alternative music album)
Toots & The Maytals (best reggae album)
Rufus Wainwright (best traditional pop vocal album)
Lucinda Williams (best Americana album, best American roots song)

Selena Gomez Calls Out Facebook, Twitter & More for Inability to Control Spread of Misinformation & Violent Rhetoric on Their Platforms

Selena Gomez has some harsh words for the leaders of the world’s biggest social media and web outlets…

After a massive crowd of rioters supporting President Donald Trump violently clashed with law enforcement Wednesday, storming the U.S. Capitol and sending the building into lockdown, both social media outlets imposed temporary freezes on Trump’s social media accounts.

Selena Gomez

Gomez, however, is calling out the tech giants for not doing enough, and for their inability to control the spread of misinformation and violent rhetoric on their platforms in recent months — which has allowed for both the President himself and his supporters to spread baseless claims of election fraud.

In a note shared to Twitter following the chaos in Washington D.C., Gomez specifically called out Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google as entities, plus YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and CEO of Alphabet Inc. and Google Sundar Pichai.

“Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community,” she wrote, before naming the aforementioned list of tech leaders. “You have all failed the American people today, and I hope you’re going to fix things moving forward.”

Gomez has openly shared her condemnation of Facebook’s misinformation before.

In December, she called out inaccuracies about the COVID-19 vaccine on the platform. “Scientific disinformation has and will cost lives,” she wrote. “@Facebook said they don’t allow lies about COVID and vaccines to be spread on their platforms. So how come all of this is still happening? Facebook is going to be responsible for thousands of deaths if they don’t take action now!”

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Breaks Spotify Single-Day Streaming Record

Mariah Carey is ending the year with a bang…

The 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer’s insta-classic holiday song, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” has blown past Spotify’s single-day streaming record.

Mariah Carey

The song, which was released in 1994, received more 17,223,000 million streams on December 24 alone.

The track always surges towards Christmastime and already held several previous single-day streaming records: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” held the top spot going into 2019, though it was usurped by Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” in January of that year, which garnered over 15 million streams in one day.

Earlier this month, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” even returned to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

Lionel Messi: The Latino Celebrity with the Most-Liked Post on Instagram

Lionel Messi is the Latino likes king on Instagram…

Instagram has unveiled its most-liked posts of 2020, reflecting the highs and the notable lows of a rollercoaster 2020, with the 33-year-old Argentine soccer star earning the most likes on any post by a Latinx celebrity.

Lionel Messi

Messi ranked third on the list for his post (16.4 million likes) mourning the death of soccer legend Diego Maradona, who died in November of a heart attack at age 60.

Topping the list is Cristiano Ronaldo with 19.7 million likes on his equally heartbreaking post about Maradona.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (19.7 million likes)
    2. Chadwick Boseman(19.1 million)
    3. Lionel Messi (16.4 million)
    4. Kylie Jenner (16 million)
    5. LeBron James (15.5 million)
    6. Ariana Grande (15.4 million)
    7. Kylie Jenner (15.3 million)
    8. Kylie Jenner (14.5 million)
    9. Cristiano Ronaldo (14.3 million)
    10. Kylie Jenner (14.2 million)