Ricky Martin Officially Launches New Venture Martin Music Lab

Ricky Martin is making sound music in the industry…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has officially launched his new venture Martin Music Lab, a brand-new company centered around the breakthrough patent-pending audio technique that creates a new type of immersive, headphone listening experience.

Ricky Martin

Martin had originally worked with the audio technique, called “orbital audio,” on his re-released Latin Grammy-nominated album Pausa.

In partnership with multi-Grammy award winner and music mix engineer Jaycen Joshua and music engineer Michael Seaberg, Martin is now focused on offering artists and studios a new breed of immersive audio.

“We were happy with the album, we high-fived each other when it was released,” Joshua tells Billboard. “Then I get a call form Ricky basically saying that he’s heard something that ‘blew his mind’ and he wants to do it to his album. So, here I am thinking I’m going to help my brother out with some audio stuff but little did I know that the rabbit hole was so deep.”

It was then that Martin, Joshua and Seaberg began the creative process behind a technique that could be applied and optimized for any type of audio entertainment –– from music and movies, to gaming and sports –– to create a personal sound experience.

“I received this immersive audio from a friend of mine in Brazil and he said ‘you should do music like this’ and I really enjoyed what I was listening but I thought, we really need to make this perfect and what is perfect to me is to be able to grab track for track, channel for channel and individualize it,” Martin says.

The goal is to “engulf listeners within the complexities of a particular track and all of its nuances,” according to a statement from the newly-established company which has hired 10 master mixers who are working with different clients. “The Lab’s mission is to build a true audio journey that you can feel and one that resonates on an individual level.”

How the patent-pending audio technique works is that it creates an immersive headphone listening experience by using any type of headphone (wired or wireless). No need for an expensive surround system. “Everybody gets to experience this – even with cheapest headphones you have,” says Martin.

But nailing that technique sounds easier said than done, according to Joshua. “I discovered so many things about immersive audio, how advanced it is in virtual reality right now and how it’s going to pretty much take over the gaming industry,” says Joshua. “In music, it’s pretty complicated because it’s a whole different math. You have multiple signals coming in – meaning different instruments and vocals coming in at the same time. But Ricky would not give up and I wasn’t going to give up after seeing his passion and excitement to achieve this.”

After the trial and error period in the studio, “I saw the look in Ricky’s eyes and he said, ‘we need to give this to the world’ and that’s why we formed the company,” says Joshua, who adds that the “orbital audio” technique can be added at any point of the mixing process and it really just depends on an artist’s vision.

“With Pausa it was done after the fact it was released and after I mixed it. So, I took those recordings and put them in our orbital audio program and just started moving stuff to wherever Ricky wanted to place it. That’s how personal this process is.”

With artists A$AP RockyResidenteBad Bunny and Myke Towers already on board to work with Martin Music Lab, the company will also boast an executive advisory board comprised of top music executives like Noah Assad (Bunny’s manager), Rodney Jerkins and Chris Taylor.

“I chose them because these are people that are constantly pushing forward music and are constantly challenging the dignity of music,” says Martin. “These are powerful people that simply put know music.” Joshua adds, “the advisory board will let us know how to be better because we always want to evolve and grow. We wanted tastemakers to be game changers, too, and for them to be part of this process.”

With the hope of expanding this technique beyond the music industry and tap into the movies, sports and, most notably, the wellness and meditation space, both Joshua and Martin see this as an opportunity to heal and improve people’s mental health via music.

“We started with music but the idea is for people to start healing,” says Ricky. “For me personally, music is a release, it helps me focus and helps remove anxiety. I want to harness that power and unlock its potential to help others find the same level of calm and serenity. As much as this is about giving people a more personalized music experience, it’s also about improving their overall mental health.”

Selena Gomez Scores First-Ever No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Lose You to Love Me”

It’s a massive first forSelena Gomez

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has earned her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her new single “Lose You to Love Me.”

Selena Gomez

Gomez earns her first chart-topper more than 10 years after first appearing on the chart, as her ballad vaults from No. 15 to No. 1 following its first full week of data tracking.

“Lose You to Love Me” blasts 20-1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 38.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Octpber 31, according to Nielsen Music, good for the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainertrophy. It holds atop Digital Song Saleswith 39,000 sold in the same span

On the Radio Songschart, it debuts at No. 41 with 24.2 million audience impressions in the week ending November 3.

The song was released Wednesday, October 23and is expected to be the first tasteof Gomez’s upcoming album, her first since Revivalin 2015.

“Thank you guys for streaming and committing to this song! It means the world to me! This song has my whole heart.” Gomez said on social media, while sharing a heartfelt post to her Instagram feed.

Gomez achieves her first Hot 100 No. 1 after previously peaking as high as No. 5 with both “Good For You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, in 2015 and “Same Old Love” in 2016. It’s her eighth top 10 and first since “It Ain’t Me,” with Kygo, reached No. 10 in May 2017.

With Gomez having first appeared on the Hot 100 dated January 10, 2009 (at No. 99 with the eventual No. 58-peaking “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know“), she reaches No. 1 at last, 10 years and 10 months after her first entry. She completes the longest wait from a first visit to a first No. 1 (as a lead artist) since Daddy Yankee, who took 12 years and nine months from his first charted title to his first leader, “Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi and featuring Justin Bieber, in May 2017.

Among women, Gomez ends the longest wait for a first Hot 100 No. 1 in over 30 years, since pop icon Bette Midlerneeded 16 years, six months and two weeks from her first appearance in 1972 to her first No. 1, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” in June 1989.

Jared Leto’s Thirty Seconds to Mars Releases “One Track Mind” Featuring A$AP Rocky

Jared Leto has a one track mind

The 46-year-old part- Spanish American singer/actor and his rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars have joined voices with A$AP Rocky for the epic, brooding single “One Track Mind.”

Thirty Seconds to Mars

“Rode around town, I made it official now, think about you every now and again,” croons A$AP Rocky on his verse. He even makes a punny shout out to his rock band collaborators, ending his part with “Heard it’s only 30 seconds ‘til Mars/Then it take you even less just to get to my heart.”

The song then dives into a guitar instrumental.

“One Track Mind” will be featured on Thirty Second to Mars’ upcoming album, The New Album, out April 6.

Cardi B Joins The Beatles & Ashanti in Rare Billboard Hot 100 Feat

Cardi B is making Beatles-size history…

The 25-year-old half-Dominican American singer has become just the third act – and the first rapper – to place her first three Billboard Hot 100 entries in the chart’s top 10 simultaneously, joining only The Beatles and Ashanti in achieving the feat.

Cardi B

Cardi B earns the honor as G-Eazy‘s “No Limit,” featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B, lifts from No. 5 to a No. 4 high on the new January 6-dated Billboard Hot 100 chart; Migos, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s No. 6-peaking “MotorSport” holds at No. 7; and her former three-week No. 1 debut smash “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” returning to the top 10, rising 12-10.

As Cardi B places at Nos. 4, 7 and 10 on the Hot 100, she joins elite company in ranking in the top 10 with her first three charted titles in the same week.

The Beatles first tripled up at the heights of early Beatlemania, as, on the Hot 100s dated February 29, March 7 and March 14, 1964, their first three entries all charted in the top 10 together. In the last of those three frames, the band monopolized the top three, with their first three hits at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “Please Please Me.”

The feat remained unmatched for 38 years, until Ashanti reached the Hot 100’s top 10 with her first three charted titles simultaneously. On March 30 and April 6, 2002, she appeared in the tier with her own “Foolish” and as featured on Fat Joe‘s “What’s Luv?” and Ja Rule‘s “Always on Time.”

Cardi B is the first artist overall to chart three songs in the top 10 simultaneously since The Chainsmokers, who became the first duo to earn the distinction on the March 18, 2017-dated Hot 100. She’s the first woman to do so since both Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande on August 30, 2014.

Cardi B, Azalea, Grande, Adele and Ashanti are the only women with such a top-10 triple.

The only other acts to chart three Hot 100 top 10s simultaneously (dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception): Bee Gees, 50 Cent, Usher, Akon, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber (thus, making Cardi B the 15th act to join the club).

The honor is the latest for Cardi B, who, when “MotorSport” zoomed 15-6 on the December 30-dated Hot 100, became the first female rapper to reach the top 10 with her first three Hot 100 entries.

Cardi B’s current trio of top 10s is driven most heavily by streaming, as “No Limit” leaps 7-4 on the Streaming Songs chart with 34.2 million U.S. streams, up 18 percent, in the week ending Deember. 28, according to Nielsen Music; “MotorSport” reverses 5-7 (30 million, down 4 percent); and “Bodak Yellow” holds at No. 9 (24.2 million, down 1 percent).

Not to be forgotten among Cardi B’s bounty this week: at No. 4 on the Hot 100, “No Limit” marks a new career high for both G-Eazy and A$AP Rocky, the latter of whom surpasses his prior No. 5 peak, as featured on Selena Gomez‘s “Good for You” in 2015.

Meanwhile, Cardi B adds to her haul this week, earning the Hot 100’s top two debuts with her fourth and fifth Hot 100 entries. “Bartier Cardi,” featuring 21 Savage, bows at No. 14 on the Hot 100, as it launches at No. 10 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 45,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending December 28 and at No. 11 on Streaming Songs (21.1 million opening-week U.S. streams). The song’s No. 14 Hot 100 entrance matches Cardi B’s best, tying the arrival of “MotorSport” (Nov. 18).

Plus, Ozuna and Cardi B’s “La Modelo” debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 52, starting on Digital Song Sales at No. 40 (19,000) and Streaming Songs at No. 41 (11.7 million). It opens at No. 3 on Hot Latin Songs (where it marks Cardi B’s first appearance).

Camila Cabello‘s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, keeps at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2, while topping Radio Songs for a fourth week (130.4 million, down 3 percent).

Cardi B Releases New Single “Bartier Cardi,” Featuring 21 Savage

Cardi B is back with new music…

The 25-year-old half-Dominican American hip-hop artist, a first-time Grammy nominee this year, has released her latest single, “Bartier Cardi,” featuring 21 Savage.

Cardi B

While Cardi B has been ever-present in 2017 — she’s currently featured on– G-Eazy’s “No Limit” with A$AP Rocky, Migos’ “Motorsport” with Nicki Minaj, and Ozuna’s “La Modelo” – “Bartier Cardi” is the official follow-up to “Bodak Yellow,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.

While “Bodak Yellow” is her first hit, Cardi B has been in the spotlight for several years, thanks to her role on the VH1 reality TV series “Love & Hip Hop: New York,” where she made her debut as a cast member in 2015 during season six. She released her first single “Cheap Ass Weave” during her first year on the show and an appearance on reggae superstar Shaggy’s single “Boom Boom.” She left the show last December and signed with Atlantic Records early in 2017. She inked a worldwide deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing back in October.

The Bronx, New York-born MC is currently working on her first studio album, which is expected to be released in early 2018.

Jennifer Lopez Named the New Face of Guess

It looks like your guess may not be as good as Jennifer Lopez’s…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has been tapped as the new face of Guess.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez, one of the busiest women in Hollywood, has previously made her mark in the fashion world by collaborating with brands like Giuseppe Zanotti.

J.Lo., currently enjoying the success of her All I Have residency in Las Vegas, will team with brand co-founder Paul Marciano, and will star in the brand’s upcoming Spring 2018 marketing campaign.

“When I got the call from Paul Marciano asking me to become the new Guess Girl, I was thrilled and excited to be a part of such an iconic brand that I have loved since I was a teenager,” she said in a statement. When I look back at early Guess campaigns through the years, you see all of these beautiful models and iconic images that Paul has created. It is a tremendous compliment to have been selected for Guess’ spring 2018 campaign.”

Lopez joins current Guess campaign stars including singer Camila Cabello and rapper A$AP Rocky.

Her campaign was shot in an elegant villa by fashion photographer Tatiana Gerusova and draws inspiration from her life as a performer and actress.

“Jennifer Lopez is a Guess Girl’s dream! She is an accomplished artist, she is iconic, and sensual,” added Marciano.

“Jennifer’s impact and influence continues to grow and this campaign celebrates the notion that women get more beautiful and talented as they gain life experience. Her beauty and class shine through this campaign and I am so excited Jennifer accepted to be our new Guess Girl and at the same time ‘Femme Fatale‘ of Marciano.”

By working with the label, Lopez, who was recently named one of the highest paid women in the music business by Forbes, follows in the footsteps of Claudia Schiffer, Drew Barrymore, Adriana Lima and Kate Upton.

Gomez’s “Hands to Myself” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs Chart, Landing Her in Elite Company

Selena Gomez’s latest album is turning out to be Pop gold…

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has earned her third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated April 16), as her latest single “Hands to Myself” lifts 2-1.

Selena Gomez

The song follows leaders “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, and “Same Old Love,” each of which led for two weeks beginning in September and January, respectively.

With all three songs from her latest album Revival, Gomez becomes just the sixth woman to score at least a trio of Pop Songs No. 1s from a single set (dating to the chart’s 1992 launch).

Here is the elite club and the albums and songs that gained them entrance:

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill: “Ironic,” “You Learn,” “Head Over Feet” (1996)

Avril Lavigne, Let Go: “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” “I’m With You” (2002-03)

Lady Gaga, The Fame, “Just Dance” (featuring Colby O’Donis), “Poker Face,” “LoveGame,” “Paparazzi” (2009)

Katy Perry, Teenage Dream: “California Gurls” (featuring Snoop Dogg), “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” (featuring Kanye West), “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “The One That Got Away” (2010-12)

Taylor Swift, 1989: “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” “Style,” “Bad Blood” (featuring Kendrick Lamar), “Wildest Dreams” (2014-15)

Selena Gomez, Revival: “Good for You” (featuring A$AP Rocky), “Same Old Love,” “Hands to Myself” (2015-16)

Gomez to Receive Chart Topper Award at Billboard’s Women in Music Event

Selena Gomez is on a hot streak… And, she’s getting an award to prove it!

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress will receive the Chart Topper award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event, which will take place on December 11 in New York.

Selena Gomez

The prestigious award, won last year by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, recognizes major career milestones on Billboard’s music charts.

Gomez has been in rare chart form. Her latest album, Revival, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October with 117,000 equivalent first-week album units.

It’s Gomez’s second U.S. No. 1 album following 2013’s Stars Danceand to date she has enjoyed nearly 6.7 million worldwide album sales and over 22 million single sales.

The first single from Revival, “Good For You” featuring A$AP Rocky, is Gomez’s fastest-ever platinum seller and highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 5. “Good For You” spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1 at Top 40 radio.

“In the last few months, Selena has broken onto the scene as an adult, and come into her own as an artist with the success of Revival,” comments Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “We want to highlight this moment for a woman who has become a role model for many, a feminist, an independent voice whose new album truly showcases her as a mature artist.”

Lifetime has partnered with Billboard to televise the event for the first time on December 18, which will take place at Cipriani Midtown in New York.

Gomez to Reportedly Join Taylor Swift on Stage in Upcoming 1989 Tour Stop

Selena Gomez is ready to take the stage with Taylor Swift

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress will reportedly serve as a special guest on her best friend’s 1989 tour, according to the U.K.’s Capital-FM station.

Selena Gomez

Capital posted a tweet on Sunday (August 16) after confirming that they were talking with Gomez:

“It’s official @selenagomez WILL be joining @taylorswift13 on stage as a guest!! She just announced it!! #excited @thisismax x,” read the tweet.

Reps for Swift and Gomez did not respond to a request from Billboard for comment, but the pairing makes sense: Gomez is featured in Swift’s tour videos that play in the stadiums during set breaks, and the former Disney star has a new single, “Good For You” featuring A$AP Rocky, that Swift has professed to adoring. Additionally, Gomez has a co-starring role in Swift’s “Bad Blood” video.

“Good For You” moves up to No. 11 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart after debuting at No. 9.

Following a two-night stint at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. beginning on Monday (Aug. 17), Swift’s 1989 trek will touch down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for five consecutive nights, beginning on Aug. 21.

Swift’s recent special guests included Fifth Harmony, for a rousing rendition of the all-girl group’s “Worth It.”

“Same Old Love” to be Gomez’s Next Single from Her Upcoming Album “Revival”

It’s the same old, same old for Selena Gomez

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer’s second single from her upcoming studio album, Revival, will be a song entitled “Same Old Love.”

Selena Gomez

The track was unveiled at the iHeartMedia Music Summit, a forum for labels to preview their upcoming material to radio bigwigs, earlier this week.

A source confirms to Billboard that “Same Old Love” is the official title and next single from Revival, due October 9, and it is believed that Charli XCX, Benny Blanco and Stargate were involved in the creation of the song.

Meanwhile, Gomez’s current single “Good For You” is still performing well on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Featuring A$AP Rocky, the track moves up to No. 13 on this week’s Hot 100, after peaking at No. 9.