Bad Bunny Wins Big at the First-Ever Spotify Awards

Bad Bunny is the Spotify king in Mexico…

The first-ever Spotify Awards were celebrated this week in Mexico City, with the 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer topping the list of winners with seven awards.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunnyscored big wins in the top categories including Spotify Artist of the YearMost Listened to Artistand Most-Streamed Male Artist.

Karol Gpicked up four awards, making her the top Latina winner of the night.

Among her wins, the 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer picked up the awards for Most-Streamed Female Artist andMost Streamed Female Urban Pop Artist.

Other winners include J BalvinDanna PaolaHa*ashShakiraand Luis Miguel.  

According to Spotify, the winners are based 100 percent on the user-generated data or the patterns and listening habits of Spotify users in Mexico.

The ceremony included standout performances by J Balvin and the Black Eyed Peaswho sang their crossover hit “Ritmo,” Karol G, who performed “Tusa,” and Los Ángeles Azuleswho took the stage to sing classic cumbiasongs with artists like BelindaHoracio Palenciaand Lalo Ebratt.

Listen to the best of the winners with the Spotify Awards Playlist.

Here are some of the night’s winners:

Spotify Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
Most frequent artist: Sinaloense MS Band by Sergio Lizárraga
Most listened artist: Bad Bunny
Most added artist to playlist: Bad Bunny
Most popular KPOP artist: BTS
Artist with the largest increase in fans: Danna Paola
Contemporary Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Most shared artist: J Balvin
Most listened to Mexican artist in Mexico: Luis Miguel
Radar artist: Tones And I
Most popular Pop Artist: Ha*Ash
Most listened artist: Karol G
Most listened to Mexican artist in the World: Reik
Most popular EDM artist: Rita Ora
Most popular Mariachi artist: Pepe Aguilar
Most popular Urban Pop Artist: Maluma
Most listened song: Calma Remix by Pedro Capó and Farruko
Artist most listened to by users aged 13 to 17: Billie Ellish
Artist most listened to by users aged 13 to 17: Bad Bunny
Artist most listened to by users aged 19 to 29: Karol G
Artist most listened to by users aged 19 to 29: Bad Bunny
Artist most listened to by users aged 30 to 44: Shakira
Artist most listened to by users aged 30 to 44: Luis Miguel

Jennifer Lopez Appears on Remix of the Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin’s Hit Single “Ritmo”

There’s no doubt Jennifer Lopezhas ritmo And now she’s singing it!

One week after her rockin’ Super Bowl Halftime Show, the 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has joined in on the Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin‘s hit single “Ritmo,” and she shows off her sculpted dancer’s body in a barely-there bodysuit in the updated music video.

Jennifer Lopez Ritmo

The original track appears on theBad Boys For Life soundtrack, but a new version will now feature J-Lo as she takes on the repetitive hook, a sample from the original song by Corona, “Rhythm of the Night.”

Lopez teased the new remix via a snippet of the electric new video attached to the project.

“We’re taking RITMO to the next level,” echoes the message across the track’s collaborators.

It pads onto the hot streak that the Hustlers star has been enjoying as of late. At the Super Bowlshe and Shakira fully tuned into their Latin heritage to craft a triumphant appearance at the halftime show. J Balvin also made a cameo during the performance as well, delivering a rendition of his single “Mi Gente.”

J Balvin’s “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” with the Black Eyed Peas Hits No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

J Balvin is celebrating the New Year with a bang…

The 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer’s latest single, “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” with The Black Eyed Peas, has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. 

J Balvin

It’s J Balvin’s eighth No. 1 on the chart.   

“RITMO,” released on October 12, crowns the tally in its 11th week after a six-week run in the top five. The track dethrones Bad Bunny’s four-week ruler “Vete.” 

Though all metrics for “RITMO” are up (sales, streams and airplay), it ascends mainly on the strength of streaming activity. The song registered 7.1 million U.S. streams (up 3%) in the week ending December 26, according to Nielsen Music, and remains at No. 5 on the Latin Streaming Songschart for a second week.   

While “RITMO” posts a 2% decline on Latin Airplay, it continues at No. 13 for a second week on the chart.

Meanwhile, the track takes the Digital Greatest Gainer honors with a 19% gain holding steady at No. 2 on the Latin Digital Song Sales list for a fifth consecutive week.

J Balvin has a total of 55 Hot Latin Songs entries.

Over on the all-genre Hot 100 chart, “RITMO” moves 89-86.

Piso 21 Release New Single with the Black Eyed Peas “Mami”

It’s the mother of all collaborations for Piso 21

The Colombian Latin pop group has joined voices with the Black Eyed Peason the new single “Mami.”

Piso 21 Black Eyed Peas Mami

The lyric of the song is a constant exchange between English and Spanish, which simply lets their special person in the artists’ life know how much they love her.

“Mami” premiered with its music video, filmed in Los Angeles and born from an idea crafted by Black Eyed Peas and Piso 21, under Shadae Lamar Smith‘s direction. 

The clip has a retro-future concept that evokes live performances at The Ed Sullivan Show, one of the most iconic music shows in the United States between 1950 and 1970.

Fergie Among Artists Donating Autographed Items for Charity Auction to Benefit Girls Rock Camp Alliance

Here’s your chance to walk in Fergie’s shoes… And all for a good cause.

The 43-year-old part-Mexican singer and Black Eyed Peas member is among the women donating their gear to be auctioned off on online marketplace Reverb.

Fergie

The proceeds from the auction will benefit the non-profit Girls Rock Camp Alliance, which works to provide summer camps and education opportunities for female, transgender and gender non-binary youth.

Fergie is donating an autographed pair of Fergie Footwear Black Prestons, beautiful studded mule shoes in a Womens 9.

Other artists donating their gear and memorabilia include Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Paramore‘s Hayley Williams and Kacey Musgraves.

The auction begins on May 10.

All information about the auction can be found on Reverb’s website.

Fergie to Host Fox’s New Singing Competition “The Four: Battle for Stardom”

It’s a case of Connect Four for Fergie

The 42-year-old part-Mexican American singer and Black Eyed Peas member will host Fox’s new primetime singing competition show The Four: Battle for Stardom, the six-episode series that will air at 8:00 pm Thursdays beginning January 4.

Fergie

“This is a unique and modern show format that I believe will set the standard for the next generation of singing competition series on TV,” said Fergie, who has hosted the Los Angeles segments of ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for the past few years. “I am looking forward to being by the contestants’ sides during what could be the most important performances of their lives. Along with these amazing panelists whom I know and love, I hope my experiences as a solo artist and as a member of the Black Eyed Peas can help guide them in their quest to make it in the music industry.”

Created by Armoza Formats and produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza, The Four also features expert panelists Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label exec Charlie Walk.

The format works backwards from typical competition shows: Four finalists, chosen from their auditions, will try to defend their coveted spots on the stage, as they are challenged by new singers determined to replace them. Each week, if any of the four are outperformed as determined by a panel of judges, they’ll go home and their challengers will take their place.

The singer who is the last standing at the end of the competition will see the panel of industry experts become key players on their team. The elite group will then guide the winner’s career to help make him or her a breakout star.

“Fergie is a genuine superstar,” said Rob Wade, President of Alternative Programming and Specials at Fox Broadcasting Company. “She’s fierce, she’s a force in her own right, and she knows exactly what these singers are going through. So who better than her to help guide them as they fight their way to the finish?”

The Four will beat to air ABC’s reboot of former Fox mega hit American Idol, which will launch in March and air on Sundays. Fox’s response to Idol 2.0 also will air while NBC’s rival singing competition The Voice is on hiatus, on one of the nights the original aired on Fox toward the end of its run.

Fergie Releases Official Music Videos for New Singles “Enchanté” & “Like It Ain’t Nuttin'”

Fergie is giving her fans a twofer

The 42-year-old part-Mexican American singer and Black Eyed Peas member has released not one, but two new videos.

Fergie

Fergie, who released her new solo album, Double Dutchess: Seeing Double The Visual Experience on Friday, 11 years after her debut solo album, The Dutchess, has put out the official clips for “Enchanté” and “Like It Ain’t Nuttin’.”

In the video for “Like It Ain’t Nuttin’,” (produced by her BEP mate will.i.am) Fergie oscillates between a club, what appears to be a secret parking garage, an abandoned park at night, the studio, an escalator and the back of a car. All the while, she’s either rocking her natural blonde hair or a short black wig while rapping:

What ya gonna do when I step in the room?
Bet y’all ballers gonna rock to the tune
Bet y’all ballers gonna rock to the tune
Get down to the beat and rock to the tune
What ya gonna do when I step in the place?
Bet you everybody gonna rock to the bass
Bet you everybody gonna rock to the bass
I, I get money all day, baby
Like it ain’t nothin’, nothin’, nothin’, nothin’, nothin’

The video for “Enchanté” (Carine) features adorable babbling at the top from Fergie’s son Axl Jack and stars model Kendall Jenner, who starts out asleep in bed until the beat drops and she is startled awake. Throughout the video, we frenetically follow Jenner in various outfits and activities as she makes her way through a deconstructed house while lounging in a tub, playing various brass instruments and generally being fabulous. Over a slinky beat and marimbas Fergie casually sings, “Enchanted, delighted to meet you/ Excited, the people, the music/ I want you, consume it/ It’s sinful, this greeting/ A ritual, a meeting, the first time impressions/ The truest expressions” before transitioning into French.

Mendes to be Subject of Feature Documentary by John Scheinfeld

Sergio Mendes is ready to doc out…

The 76-year-old Brazilian Grammy-winning musician, will be the subject of a feature documentary to be released in 2018.

Sergio Mendes

John Scheinfeld, whose past work includes The U.S. vs. John Lennon and documentaries about Harry Nilsson and John Coltrane, is directing the film.

Meanwhile, Mendes is working on a companion album via the Concord label that will include new songs co-written with younger songwriters, and versions of the Brazilian maestro’s classics featuring intergenerational guests, with some tracks co-produced by will.i.am.

“I am attracted to stories of artists who go their own way,” Scheinfeld tells Billboard. “Who achieve success on their terms. Sergio has done that and more…For more than 50 years Sergio has been making inspired music that inspires people with its inherent joy, warmth and happiness.”

Mendes is renowned as the man who put go-go boots on Brazilian music and brought it to the world with his evergreen hit “Mas Que Nada.” With his band Brasil ’66, he recorded a string of soft samba and groovy bossa nova versions of English-language pop songs that made him a household name. Forty years later, Mendes brought “Mas Que Nada” (written and originally recorded by Jorge Ben Jor) to a new generation when he recorded it with The Black Eyed Peas for his will.i.am-produced album Timeless.

“Of course my personal musical journey is related to a very important period of Brazilian music,” Mendes said via an exuberant email from Brazil, where the film is in production.

Monday (April 3) he is rehearsing with musicians for one of the documentary’s performance sequences. “When I began my life as a musician, it was the early days of bossa nova, which was the sound that would seduce and enchant the world, making Brazilian music internationally known! And the beauty of it is that, as I work today with a young generation of brilliant musicians such as will.i.am, John Legend, India Arie, Jill Scott, Justin Timberlake, etc., they are still seduced by those beautiful melodies and rhythms, which remain as magical and relevant as ever!”

Mendes, a three-time Grammy winner, has recorded more than 35 albums. A longtime Los Angeles resident, he said that the film will reveal “hidden facets” of his life and career, taking him back to his hometown — Niterói — across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, allowing him to revisit his childhood and adolescence.

“I used to play soccer at the beach, swim in the ocean, play with marbles, etc.,” he recalls. “And later, when I grew up I would cross the bay to go to Rio by ferry to work with my first bands in the early ’60s…we will visit many places from my early years, which will bring some surprises for my newer (and even some of my older) fans.”

Like many current Mendes followers, Scheinfeld first moved to his music as a kid at home, listening to his mother’s Brasil ’66 records. He met the Brazilian legend after Concord Music Group’s Glen Barros and John Burk approached him about making the documentary, an idea prompted by the recent 50th anniversary of Brasil ’66.

“Personally, as he’s not the lead singer, nor the type of flamboyant front man we see in many a rock band, Sergio is something of a mystery,” says Scheinfeld, who reports that he and Mendes have become good friends. “Our film will dig deep to enable the audience to get to know him as a three-dimensional being. As the narrative unfolds, we will reveal that what makes him unique as a human being is what has shaped the art.”

The film will include archival footage and family photos, interviews with Mendes’ contemporaries and artists he influenced, and, of course, music from throughout his career.

“Professionally, his is a remarkable story of innovation, reinvention and impact,” Scheinfeld adds. “Not only did he create a fresh and unique sound, but he has continued to reinvent and re-imagine it from decade to decade and stayed relevant. Along the way, he has influenced subsequent generations of musicians, including some of today’s biggest stars.  Although it’s been 50 years, Sergio’s drive, curiosity and creativity has him still looking forward. How many artists can claim all this as part of their legacy?”

Fergie Releases Timely New Single “Life Goes On”

Fergie is bringing new Life to the world…

The 41-year-old part-Mexican American singer and The Black Eyed Peas member has released her new solo song, “Life Goes On.”

Fergie

Fergie enters tropical pop territory with this latest track, which seems to be apropos following this week’s presidential election.

“Life goes on with or without you/It’s up to you what you’re gonna do/You could go or you could stay/Who cares anyway? Life goes on with or without you,” she sings.

Earlier in the day, Fergie tweeted: “In the midst of all the madness, remember life is beautiful.”

“Life Goes On” is the follow-up to this summer’s “M.I.L.F.$“.

Fergie has been teasing her forthcoming second LP, Double Dutchess, for quite some time and its expected the new song will appear on it.

 

Download the track at iTunes.

Lovato & Nick Jonas to Headline This Year’s Honda Civic Tour

Demi Lovato is doing her Civic duty…

The 23-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress will headline the 2016 Honda Civic Tour alongside Nick Jonas.

Demi Lovato

In it’s 15th anniversary, this year’s tour – promoted exclusively by Live Nation – will include stops in 37 cities across the U.S.

Starting with its June 24 launch near Miami (Sunrise, Fla.), the tour will make stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Seattle, Nashville and more.

Both Lovato and Jonas were in attendance when the news was announced at the Honda Press Preview during New York Auto Show week.

Additionally, fans can enter The Power of Dreams sweepstakes, which starts today and runs through Aug. 27. At each show, a ticket holder and a guest will be selected for a VIP experience that includes a private meet and greet with Lovato and Jonas.

Starting as well today through February 2017: Fans can vie for the chance to win a new 2016 Honda Civic sedan designed and autographed by Lovato, a Honda Grom motorcycle customized and signed by Jonas or a trip to the tour finale at The Forum in Los Angeles on Sept. 17.

So far, 68 acts have played the Honda Civic Tour, including 2015 headliner One Direction, Maroon 5 and the Black Eyed Peas. More than 4.2 million fans have attended since 2001.

More information about the full tour itinerary, tickets and the sweepstakes is available at HondaCivicTour.com.