Brandon Arreaga & His PRETTYMUCH Group Mates Sign with Sire Records

Brandon Arreaga is ready to in-sire

The 20-year-old Latino singer and his fellow PRETTYMUCH pop group mates, which Simon Cowell launched under his label Syco Entertainment in 2017, have signed to Warner Records imprint Sire Records, marking the start of a “new era,” according to the group’s members.

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The five members — Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Zion Kuwonu, Nick Mara and Austin Porter — were originally pursuing solo careers until Syco founder Cowell approached them about creating a group in 2016.

PRETTYMUCH debuted in 2017 with the single “Would You Mind,” and have since released three EPs with Syco, sold out two headlining tours (also opening for Khalid) and worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran and French Montana.

The new signing follows an announcement in July that Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment would be ending the 11-year joint venture, which created Syco, with Sony Music to retain the JV’s back catalog and roster of artists.

The group has quickly been scooped up by Sire. Label president Rani Hancock tells Billboard that she has always been drawn to PRETTYMUCH because the members are “quadruple threats”: Singers, songwriters, producers and performers. A meeting with the band and their management team at KYN Entertainment, former Syco president Sonny Takhar and Mitch Eisner, sealed the deal.

“I have always admired PRETTYMUCH, so when Sonny reached out I was excited to meet them, and meeting them impressed me even more,” Hancock says. “I knew they were great singers and performers but quickly found out they are also impressive songwriters, producers, photographers, choreographers, and more. They are truly the architects of their own sound and vision and an unstoppable force.”

Arreaga says that the feeling was mutual, since he had “always wanted to be respected as a producer/songwriter.” “At Sire, they’ve shown so much interest in my work and even helped shape small ideas into full songs that I hadn’t seen the potential in,” he adds. “For us, it’s important that we remember to always keep evolving and always keep pushing the boundaries of what we’re capable of.”

With a fresh record deal under their belt, PRETTYMUCH is set to release their first new music since 2019’s INTL:EP in the coming year.

Cardi B Earns Two BET Hip Hop Awards Nominations, Including a Hustler of the Year Nod

Cardi B is being recognized for her hustle and flow

The BET Hip Hop Awards nominations have been revealed, with the 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar earning two nods.

Cardi B

Cardi B, who has previously won 11 BET Hip Hop Awards, is nominated for Hustler of the year. And, she’s also nominated in the Sweet 16: best featured verse category for her work on French Montana’s “Writing on the Wall,” which also features Post Malone and Rvssian.

Djonga has picked up a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination…

The 26-year-old Brazilian rapper, whose real name is Gustavo Pereira Marques, is up for Best international flow.

The BET Hip Hop Awards are set to air on Tuesday, October 27 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Hip-hop artist of the year
DaBaby
Drake
Future
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch

Best hip-hop video
DaBaby, “Bop”
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Drake, “Toosie Slide”
Future feat. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Lil Baby, “The Bigger Picture”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

Song of the year
“Bop” (DaBaby) Produced by JetsonMade & Starboy
“Life Is Good” (Future feat. Drake) Produced by Ambezza, D. Hill & OZ
“Rockstar” (DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch) Produced by SethinTheKitchen
“Savage” (Remix) (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé) Produced by J. White Did It
“The Box” (Roddy Ricch) Produced by 30 Roc & DatBoiSqueeze
“Toosie Slide (Drake)” Produced by OZ

Hip-hop album of the year
DaBaby, Blame It On Baby
DaBaby, Kirk
Future, High Off Life
Lil Baby, My Turn
Megan Thee Stallion, Suga
Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial

Best collaboration
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Future feat. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Jack Harlow feat. Tory Lanez, DaBaby & Lil Wayne, “Whats Poppin” (Remix)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $Ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Mustard feat. Roddy Ricch, “Ballin’”

Best duo or group
Chris Brown and Young Thug
City Girls
EarthGang
JackBoys
Migos
Run The Jewels

Best new hip-hop artist
Flo Milli
Jack Harlow
Mulatto
NLE Choppa
Pop Smoke
Rod Wave

Best live performer
Big Sean
DaBaby
Drake
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Lyricist of the year
Big Sean
DaBaby
Drake
J. Cole
Megan Thee Stallion
Rapsody

Video director of the year
Cactus Jack & White Trash Tyler
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Director X
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor

DJ of the year
Chase B
D-Nice
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Khaled
Mustard

Producer of the year
9th Wonder
DJ Khaled
Hit-Boy
JetsonMade
Mike Will Made-It
Mustard

Hustler of the year
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
Megan Thee Stallion
Rick Ross
Travis Scott

Best hip-hop platform
Complex
HipHopDX
HotNewHipHop
The Breakfast Club
The Joe Budden Podcast
The Shade Room
XXL

Sweet 16: best featured verse
Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix) (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé)
Bia, “Best on Earth” (Russ feat. Bia)
Cardi B, “Writing on the Wall” (French Montana feat. Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian)
Future, “Roses” (Remix) (Saint Jhn feat. Future)
Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch)
Travis Scott, “Hot” (Remix) (Young Thug feat. Gunna & Travis Scott)

Impact track
Anderson .Paak & Jay Rock, “Lockdown”
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (BLM Remix)
J. Cole, “Snow on tha Bluff”
Lil Baby, “The Bigger Picture”
Rapsody feat. PJ Morton, “Afeni”
Wale feat. Kelly Price, “Sue Me”

Best international flow
Meryl (France)
Kaaris (France)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)
Stormzy (U.K.)
Ms Banks (U.K.)
Djonga (Brazil)

Cardi B Releases Wet & Wild Music Video for “WAP,” Her Collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion

Cardi B’s back with a Wap-ping good time…

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has released the music video for “WAP,” her twerk-tastic new collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion.

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion "WAP" Video

The music video for the thumping new track takes place in and around a luxurious mansion that has a fountain out front featuring a bootylicious fountain. 

“I just want to let y’all know, I wanna give y’all the heads up, the music video is going to be the censored version of the song, because the song is so nasty that YouTube was like, ‘Hold on, wait a minute, someone might be too Goddamn nasty,” Cardi B revealed on Instagram prior to the release, encouraging fans to listen to the full “nasty” version on streaming services.

The girl power-fueled video for “WAP” features cameos by the likes of Spanish singing sensation Rosalia, in full body red latex and a Spanish matador’s montera hat with the braids to match her hair color, Kylie Jenner and Normani to rising artists like SukihanaRubi Rose and Mulatto.

“I wanted a lot of different females, not just female rappers. I wanted different…A lot of different people. And y’all going to see it on the music video as well, from models to influencers and everything,” she told Zane Lowe in an Apple Music interview about the visual. “And I really wanted the video to be very sexy, very clean, very nice, very cut. All right, we need some female artists, rappers. And I’m like, ‘These are the girls that I personally like. That I like they music. That I really feel they are going to go mainstream, to me.’ All the girls right here, there’s different things that I like about them.”

“WAP” is Cardi B’s first music release of the year. It follows “South of the Border,” her collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello, released in July 2019; “Yes,” her collaboration with Fat Joe and Anuel AA, released in September 2019; and “Writing on the Wall,” her collaboration with French MontanaPost Malone and Rvssian, released in September 2019.

Cardi B Hard at Work on New Album, Jokes She’ll Name It “Tiger Woods”

Cardi B’s next album could be a real eagle, or at least a birdie… 

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation  teased fans about her sophomore album plans during an Instagram Live session Thursday morning.

Cardi B

“Everything that I’m working on right now is straight to my album. Straight to my album,” she said, while having her eyeliner done in the car. “And I think I’m gonna name my album Tiger Woods. I think I’ma name my album Tiger Woods ‘cause remember when everybody was talking shit on Tiger Woods and then he fucking came and won that green jacket? That’s what I’ma name my album.”

Cardi B is referring to the star golfer who won his first major tournament since 2008 earlier this year at the Masters, after extramarital affairs and a slew of knee and back injuries nearly derailed his entire career. 

Cardi B has remained hard at work completing the anticipated follow-up to her Grammy-winning hit Invasion of Privacy

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She released one single this year, “Press,” but has delivered on several features alongside Ed Sheeran and Camila CabelloPost Maloneand French MontanaBruno Mars, and Lil Nas X.

Becky G to Serve as Co-Host at This Year’s Global Citizen Festival

Becky G is thinking globally…

The 22-year-old Mexican American singer/rapper and actress will serve as a co-host at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, taking place on September 28 at Central Parkin New York City.

Becky G

The event has been held in New York every year since 2012, and calls on music fans to take action on a number of important issues to earn tickets to the show. 

Global Citizen, a social advocacy group, hosts the festival to drive action toward its goal to end extreme poverty by 2030.

This year, Global Citizens are urged to pressure decision-makers to help end child marriage, support family planning, promote women’s entrepreneurship and shine a light on workplace safety.

In addition to Becky G, this year’s co-host roster includes Connie BrittonNina DobrevDakota JohnsonBecky Lynch,Aasif MandviBridget MoynahanKal Penn,Erin RichardsSeth Rollinsand Savannah Seller.

The lineup of performers includes David Gray, NCT 127Queen + Adam LambertPharrell WilliamsAlicia KeysOneRepublicH.E.R., and Carole King, with special guests French MontanaBen Platt, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

For the sixth straight year, MSNBCand Comcast NBCUniversalwill air a live simulcast of the event on MSNBC, and Ken Ehrlichand Live Nation will produce.

The festival will also be livestreamed on YouTubeand Twitter

Jennifer Lopez Notches 17th No. 1 Song on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart with “Medicine”

Jennifer Lopez is on a Medicine-fueled high…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has notched her 17th No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart with “Medicine,” featuring fellow Bronx native, French Montana.

Jennifer Lopez

The electric single is just one of the many party starters nestled inside of J.Lo‘s seamless catalog. 

Though her resume also boasts such Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s as “I’m Real” and “If You Had My Love,” Lopez humbly understands what No. 17 means to her career, especially in the competitive realm of dance music.

“You know, for me, because I’m a dancer — because I started that way since I loved dancing in clubs and that’s how I started — it’s very special to me, that part of my life,” she tells Billboard. “That’s kind of what molded me and shaped me into being the performer that you see out there today. So to have dance No. 1’s is like, ‘Yeah, those songs were hot.’ That’s where people who dance, that’s where people who live music really live. Yeah, so, it’s an amazing thing to be able to have that.”

Jennifer Lopez Releases New Single “Medicine,” featuring French Montana

Jennifer Lopezis playing doctor, of sort…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has joined voices with French Montana on her latest single “Medicine.” 

Jennifer Lopez

The horn-tinged track premiered via Beats 1 on Wednesday afternoon (April 3) alongside an in-depth conversation between Jenny From the Block and Ebro Darden.

J.Loinitially let fans in on the plan for her next musical endeavor late last month, and the uptempo bop arrived just about two weeks later. 

The multi-hyphenate delivers an earworm of a chorus that’s perfect for listeners to bust a move to. 

“Think you need some medicine/ I can be your medicine, yeah/ Think you need some medicine/ Give you a taste of what you give out,” she passionately sings.

During Lopez’s chat with Ebro on Beats 1, the pair touched on the upcoming “Medicine” video, balancing music with her other business ventures, some throwbacks that inspired her teenage years, the highly anticipated It’s My Party Tour, which kicks off on June 7 in Los Angeles, and much more.

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No matter where J.Lo’s journey takes her, she will always feel the most at home when performing her music. 

“That was my first love. That was where I felt the most alive. Still to this day, the place I feel the most alive,” she explained. “As much as I enjoy doing everything that I do, the most love I feel is when I’m performing my music in front of people. For me, that’s where I feel the most at home.”

Jennifer Lopez to Release New Single “Medicine,” Featuring French Montana

Jennifer Lopezisn’t letting her engagement keep her from her music…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican superstar is set to release a new single.

Jennifer Lopez

J.Lohas revealed her latest collaboration with French Montana, “Medicine,” is on the way. 

“Wish I could give you guys a taste of my new single, Medicine, ft. @frenchmontana,” Lopez shared on her social media accounts. “I CAN’T WAIT for you guys to hear it.”

In addition to spilling the beans, J.Lo gave fans an opportunity to listen to the song first by pre-saving it here.

The cover art shows an up-close photo of Lopez’s face, half-covered by a bedazzled mask with other faces.

Lopez previously joined voices with French Montana on the single, “I Luh Ya Papi,” which reached the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s Dance Club Songschart.

Maluma Releases Short Film “X (The Film)” Featuring Three New Songs

X marks the spot for Maluma

The 23-year-old Colombian singer has kicked off the holiday season with a special gift for his fans — a short film featuring three new tracks.

Maluma

X (The Film)” includes “GPS,” a trap track featuring French Montana. The extended music video also debuts “Vitamina” with Arcangel, and “23.”

Bad Bunny is among the guest artists who make cameos in “X.”

The 26-minute clip takes place in Medellín, Maluma’s hometown. It centers on the story of Juan Luis, who struggles to rise up and realize his dream of becoming a music star.

Fabolous Releasing His Collaborative Album with Jadakiss, Friday on Elm Street, on Black Friday

Fabolous is ready for Black Friday… 

The 39-year-old half-Dominican American hip-hop singer and Jadakiss will release their highly anticipated new project, Friday on Elm Street, will be released on Black Friday (November 24).

Fabolous & Jadakiss

Fabolous and Jadakiss have been teasing fans with their collaborative Freddy vs. Jason project for years.

The duo have even shared the artwork for the project, which features an image of a fire burning in a gloomy, dark woods.

Aside from the Future-assisted “Stand Up,” the New York duo didn’t stray too far from their native hometown for the features on the album and recruited the likes of Teyana TaylorFrench MontanaSwizz Beatz and Styles P — all of whom share the duo’s New York roots. The project also features a remix of “Stand Up” with southern rhymers Yo Gotti and Jeezy.

At a recent listening party for Friday on Elm Street, Fabolous and Jadakiss teased that they’re already planning to take their project on the road, but just haven’t figured out tour dates yet.

Here’s the tracklist for Friday on Elm Street:

  1. F Vs. J Intro
  2. Stand Up” ft. Future
  3. Theme Music” Feat. Swizz Beatz
  4. Ground Up
  5. Soul Food
  6. Principles
  7. Talk About It ft. Teyana Taylor
  8. All About It ft. French Montana
  9. I Pray Feat. Swizz Beatz
  10. Ice Pick ft. Styles P
  11. Nightmares Ain’t As Bad
  12. Stand Up (Remix) ft. Future, Yo Gotti and Jeezy