Ozuna Teams Up with Scott Storch & Tyga on Spanglish Single “Fuego Del Calor”

Ozuna is bringing the heat…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer has joined voiced with superproducer Scott Storch and Tyga for the breezy poolside “Fuego Del Calor” music video.

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Storch, who received his first credit as a lead artist for the reggaeton hip-hop single, casually smokes a cigar while the Ozuna and Tyga swap verses at sundown as things are just starting to heat up.

The trio’s summer forecast features Ozuna kicking off the track singing suave borderline raunchy Spanish lyrics like “Tú tiene’ algo que me hace delirar Yo no sé, el baile lo mezclo con el alcohol/ You have something that makes me delirious, the dancing I mix with alcohol.” Then, mid-song, Tyga comes in to take the Latin rhythms-influenced song to a whole other level.

“Fuego Del Calor” serves as a preview to Storch’s debut solo album due to arrive via Atlantic Records in the coming months.

The “Fuego Del Calor” music video was directed by Mike Ho.

Kehlani Earns Third Straight No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums Chart with “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t”

Make that three in a row for Kehlani

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American singer-songwriter has captured her third straight No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart as It Was Good Until It Wasn’t debuts at the summit on the list dated May 23. 

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The album arrives with 83,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the highest one-week total of her career.

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, released on Tsunami Mob/Atlantic/AG, follows a pair of previous chart-toppers: SweetSexySavage in 2017 and last year’s While We Wait, which both ruled for one week. 

Kehlani’s debut effort, You Should Be Here, debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart in 2015.

“I’m grateful, I can’t believe it,” Kehlani tells Billboard. “Imma [sic] celebrate by laying in bed and getting some much needed rest with my daughter.” 

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t marks her first album since the birth of her daughter, Adeya, in March 2019.

Beyond its R&B victory, It Was Good Until It Wasn’tconcurrently opens at No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Accompanying Kehlani’s Goodstart, nine of the album’s tracks debut on Hot R&B Songs, led by a No. 4 entrance for “Can I,” featuring Tory Lanez. The tune marks Kehlani’s highest debut on the chart and ties for her best peak with “Nights Like This,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

Here’s a full rundown of Kehlani’s new collection on Hot R&B Songs:

Rank, Title, Additional Artists (if any)
No. 4, “Can I,” featuring Tory Lanez
No. 9, “Change Your Life,” featuring Jhene Aiko
No. 14, “Water”
No. 15, “Bad News”
No. 18, “Hate The Club,” featuring Masego
No. 21, “Serial Lover”
No. 22, “Can You Blame Me” featuring Lucky Daye
No. 24, “Open (Passionate)”
No. 25, “Grieving,” featuring James Blake

Activity surrounding Kehlani’s It Was Good Until It Wasn’thelps the singer-songwriter jump 40-3 on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart. The leap secures her first week in the top 10, after narrowly missing out (No. 11) upon SweetSexySavage‘s chart arrival in February 2017.

Ally Brooke Hernandez Debuts New Spanish Track “Vámonos” at Fusion Festival

Ally Brooke Hernandez is embracing her Spanish roots…

The 25-year-old Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony member has a new Latin-pop song called “Vámonos,” which she debuted live over the weekend at Fusion Festival in Liverpool, U.K.

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“VAMANOS FUSION FEST!!!” the Fifth Harmony singer — now focusing on her solo career– wrote on Twitter, where she posted a short video from the fest.

The footage doesn’t show the entiresong, but you can hear the lyrics of the chorus: “Vámonos, vámonos, vámonos, pero a la cama, a la cama, a la cama, no.”

Her performance to the upbeat, Spanish-language track was dance-heavy, with several backup dancers included in the choreography.

“First show tomorrow…been working hard,” the singer said on Twitter the day before her set at Fusion Fest.

No word on whether “Vámonos” will be an official single, but Brooke did recently confirm she’s signed a solo recording deal with Latium Entertainment/Atlantic Records. Since Fifth Harmony’s hiatus, she’s contributed vocals to DJ Topic‘s “Perfect” and Lost Kings‘ “Look at Us Now.”

Hernandez shared one clip of “Vamonos,” while fans at the show supplied some more on social media.

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ben Platt’s March for Our Lives Charity Single “Found/Tonight” Headed for No. 1 Debut on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales Chart

Lin-Manuel Miranda is making his mark on the digital song charts with an important single…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actor and Broadway star’s March for Our Lives charity single with Ben PlattFound/Tonight” appears headed for a No. 1 debut on Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales chart (dated March 31).

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Based on preliminary data for next week’s charts, the song, released on March 16 via I Know Another One/Atlantic Records, could launch atop Digital Song Sales with more than 50,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 22.

It should also draw more than 1 million U.S. streams, sparking a mid-chart debut on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100.www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.

The single is a mash-up of two songs from the artists’ respective Tony-Award-winning musicals: Hamilton‘s The Story of Tonight” and Dear Evan Hansen‘sYou Will Be Found.”

Miranda wrote and starred in Hamilton, while Platt starred in Dear Evan Hansen, whose “Found” was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

A portion of all proceeds from “Found/Tonight” benefit the March for Our Lives initiative, and Miranda and Platt will perform the song at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

The event, one of 800 marches that will take place that day, will stream live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Miranda is aiming for his second Digital Song Sales No. 1, following fellow charity single “Almost Like Praying,” featuring Artists for Puerto Rico.

Released in response to Hurricane Maria, the track debuted atop the chart dated October 28, 2017. It also became Miranda’s highest-peaking song (of three) on the Hot 100, debuting at its No. 20 peak that week.

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.

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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.

Martinez Releasing New Fragrance, Cry Baby Perfume Milk

Melanie Martinez is proving that (perfume) milk, it does a body good…

The 21-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer and songwriter has launched her own perfume.

Melanie Martinez

Martinez’s Cry Baby album inspired her to concoct a fragrance for her fans, aptly titled Cry Baby Perfume Milk.

“The idea for this perfume has been cultivating in my brain since the moment I finished writing my album,” she said in an exclusive statement to Billboard.

Cry Baby Perfume Milk is a blend of sugary and spicy scents, with burnt caramel and woods combining for what she describes as a “nostalgic and sweet” smell.

It may seem a bit strange to think about spraying milk on your body, but the perfume’s name is simply a reflection of the bottle’s shape. Going along with Melanie’s “warped childhood aesthetic,” the fragrance comes in a vintage baby bottle, twist-off rubber top and all. While the perfume itself actually does look like milk, it sprays on clear.

Adding to the uniqueness of the perfume, it’s the first fragrance to be directly distributed by a record label (Melanie is signed with Atlantic Records). Melanie called the perfume creation process “magical,” but Nina Webb, VP of Marketing for Atlantic, said adding something like this to an artist’s repertoire is just as beneficial as it is exciting. “To be able to work with an artist like Melanie who has built such a loyal and passionate fan base is always the ultimate dream in artist development,” she told Billboard via email. “Melanie’s fans love and trust what she delivers, so we were excited to bring her vision to life.”

Cry Baby Perfume Milk will be available in the continental US and sold online at crybabybottle.com beginning December 19, but you can pre-order the fragrance now.

Mars Perfoms “Welcome Back” on “Rio 2” Soundtrack

Bruno Mars isn’t just voicing a character in Rio 2… He’s also performing a single on the animated film’s soundtrack.

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer performs the track “Welcome Back” on Rio: Music From the Motion Picture, which will be released by Atlantic Records.

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In addition to Mars’ single, the soundtrack to the animated musical comedy will include musical numbers from Grammy winner Janelle Monáe; Barbatuques, Andy Garcia and Rita Moreno; and Carlinhos Brown and Nina De Freitas.

It will also include songs from the voice cast, including Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Kristin Chenoweth and Jesse Eisenberg

Rio: Music From the Motion Picture will be available March 25.

Rio 2

The family-friendly feature returns to Brazil ahead of this summer’s World Cup, with Hathaway, Eisenberg, Foxx and will.i.am reprising their roles as a few of Rio’s colorful feathered inhabitants.

New additions include The X Factor finalist Rachel Crow and NBC Today show news anchor and South American native Natalie Morales.

The story will follow Blu (Eisenberg), a neurotic blue macaw, and Jewel (Hathaway), his free-spirited mate, as well as their three kids. The conflict of the film arises when Jewel expresses her desire to raise the chicks in the Amazon as “real birds” rather than in their current domesticated environment.

Rio 2 hits theaters April 11.

Here’s the complete track listing:

  1. “What Is Love” by Janelle Monae
  2. “Rio Rio” by Ester Dean feat. B.O.B.
  3. “Beautiful Creatures” by Barbatuques, Andy Garcia and Rita Moreno
  4. “Welcome Back” by Bruno Mars
  5. “O Vida” by Carlinhos Brown and Nina De Freitas
  6. “It’s a Jungle Out Here” [Brazilian] by Philip Lawrence feat. Uakti
  7. “Don’t Go Away” by Anne Hathaway and Falvia Maia feat. Uakti
  8. “Batucada Familia” by Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Rachel Crow, Amy Heidemann, Andy Garcia and Rita Moreno
  9. “Poisonous Love” by Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement
  10. “I Will Survive” by Jemaine Clement and Kristin Chenoweth
  11. “Bola Viva” by Carlinhos Brown
  12.  “Favo De Mel” by Milton Nascimento
  13.  “It’s a Jungle Out Here” by Philip Lawrence
  14. “What is Love” by Janelle Monae, Anne Hathaway, Jessie Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx and Carlinhos Brown

Mars Named Billboard’s Artist of the Year

There’s no denying Bruno Mars has had an incredible year in 2013…

Not only did the 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer earn four Grammy nominations earlier this month and land on three of Spotify’s year-end streaming charts, he’s just been named Billboard‘s top artist of the year.

Bruno Mars

Mars, the first man to claim the title since 2008, beat out several of this year’s breakout stars like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons, pop divas like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, and R&B stars like Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke for the honor.

Mars’ sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox, which commanded a steady presence on the Billboard 200 following its No. 2 debut last December, is one of the main reasons he’s the artist of the year.

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Remaining in the top 20 every week since then through the Sept. 14 issue, the Atlantic Records album hit No. 1 in its 12th week. To date, Unorthodox Jukebox has sold 1.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The year-end top artist tally also factors in activity on the Billboard Hot 100, where Mars landed three top 10 singles: “Locked Out of Heaven” (six weeks at No. 1), “When I Was Your Man” (No. 1 for a week) and “Treasure” (No. 5).

Also figured into the equation are social, ringtone and Billboard Boxscore data. In the lattermost instance, Mars’ Moonshine Jungle world tour finished at No. 23 on Billboard’s Top 25 Tours list. Kicking off June 22 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., the sold-out arena trek has thus far logged 48 dates in North America-including two nights at the Staples Center-posting a total attendance of 667,000 with a gross of $46.4 million.

And Mars isn’t slowing down in 2014…

His world tour resumes on February 28 with 10 dates in Australia and New Zealand before heading to Asiaand later to Mexico City. Another North American leg, which starts this summer, will be announced shortly. In the meantime, Mars has several other engagements to fulfill.

First up, his two-day residency at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on December 29 and December 31. Next it’s on to the 56th annual Grammy Awards before playing the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on February 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Mars Makes New Album Available for Online Streaming…

Bruno Mars is giving his fans an early Christmas present…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer, who recently released the oh-so-somber “When I Was Your Man,” has just made his sophomore album Unortodox Jukebox available for full streaming.

Bruno Mars

The move comes a week ahead of the album’s official release date of December 11 as a way to create more buzz for the set.

Atlantic Records, Mars’ record label, has even made it an interactive experience for online listeners. They’ll have the chance to play the album via an interactive jukebox as they stream each of the 10 tracks.

The Grammy-winning singer has already released a few singles from the album, including “Moonshine“, “Young Girls“, “When I Was Your Man” and “Locked Out of Heaven.”

Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox

Mars – the project’s executive producer – co-wrote the album with his production/songwriting team, The Smeezingtons, which consists of Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and himself.

Mars has said in separate interviews with Billboard and VH1 that “this is me going into the studio and recording and writing whatever I want. This album represents my freedom. Just being inspired by all different styles of music and isn’t that what music should be?”

Click here to stream Mars’ full album.

Mars Discusses Sophomore Album in Billboard Cover Story

Bruno Mars will be locked out of Heaven next week… And, he’ll live to sing about it.

In this week’s Billboard magazine cover story, the 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter discusses his highly anticipated sophomore album, which will be titled Unorthodox Jukebox, as well as the album’s energetic first single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” which debuts digitally and on the radio on October 1.

Bruno Mars Billboard Cover

“This is me going into the studio and recording and writing whatever I want,” Mars says confidently. “This album represents my freedom.”

The follow-up to Mars’ Grammy-winning Doo-Wops & Hooligans is an eclectic set that includes production from Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce), Emile Haynie (Eminem), Diplo (M.I.A., Usher) and Supa Dups (John Legend, Doo-Woops & Hooligans) as well as the Smeezingtons, Mars’ songwriting and production team. The talented trio executive-produced and co-wrote Unorthodox Jukebox, an album Mars says doesn’t “pick a lane.”

“I’ve had big record label presidents look me in the face and say, ‘Your music sucks, you don’t know who you are, your music is all over the place, and we don’t know how to market this stuff. Pick a lane and come back to us,'” he says. “That was disgusting to me, because I’m not trying to be a circus act.”

Mars says he refused to let himself get boxed in to a specific genre during the recoding process.

“I listen to a lot of music,” says Mars, who recently showed his comedic chops in a hilarious FunnyorDie.com video, “and I want to have the freedom and luxury to walk into a studio and say, ‘Today I want to do a hip-hop, R&B, soul or rock record.'”

Mars’ debut album, released in October 2010, debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and spawned four Hot 100 hits: the Grammy-winning “Just the Way You Are” (No. 1), “Grenade” (No. 1), “The Lazy Song” (No. 4) and “Marry You” (No. 85). The album has sold 1.7 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

His other top 10s include “It Will Rain” (No. 4) from the Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack, and he was a featured artist on B.o.B‘s “Nothin’ On You” (No. 1), Travie McCoy‘s “Billionaire” (No. 4), Bad Meets Evil‘s “Lighters” (No. 4) and Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa‘s “Young, Wild & Free” (No. 7).

Unorthodox Jukebox is set for a December 11 release on Atlantic Records, according to Billboard.

Here’s a look at the albums track list (in no particular order):

“Locked Out of Heaven”
“Young Girls”
“Gorilla”
“When I Was Your Man”
“Natalie”
“Treasure”
“Moonshine”
“Money Makes Her Smile”
“Show Me”
“If I Knew”