Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Group Mates Taking on Wilson Phillips on This Week’s “Celebrity Family Feud”

Kirstin Maldonado is feudin’ for a cause…

The 29-year-old half-Mexican, part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates are facing off against Wilson Phillips on Sunday night’s new episode of Celebrity Family Feud.

Kiristin Maldonado, Pentatonix

In a clip from the upcoming episode of the primetime ABC game show, premiering exclusively on Billboard, host Steve Harvey introduces the Grammy-winning a cappella group.

“Y’all can sing,” Harvey tells the quintet.

Harvey introduces each individual member — Scott Hoying, Maldonado, Matt Sallee, Mitch Grassi and Kevin Olusola — and pays special attention to the “smooth” pronunciation of beatboxer Olusola’s last name.

Pentatonix recently released a deluxe edition of their latest album The Lucky Ones on September 10, via RCA Records, following up the album’s initial February 12 release with seven additional songs.

One of those new tracks is “Midnight in Tokyo,” for which PTX joined forces with all-female Japanese vocal group Little Glee Monster and released a music video along with the deluxe edition.

Tune in to Celebrity Family Feud at 8:00 pm ET on Sunday night on ABC to see Pentatonix take on Wilson Phillips for harmonic supremacy.

Demi Lovato Teams Up with G-Eazy on New Single “Breakdown”

Demi Lovato is breaking down their personal demons…

The 29-year-old half-Mexican American singer, songwriter, and actor has joined voices with G-Eazy to release the new single “Breakdown,” as well as the track’s official music video.

Demi Lovato

The Daniel CZ-directed music video first captures G-Eazy and Lovato coming face-to-face with the headlines they’ve made over the years, from Lovato’s 2018 heroin overdose to G-Eazy’s 2018 arrest on charges of assault, drug possession and resisting arrest at a Swedish club, which appear on the mirrors in front of the artists.

G-Eazy made headlines this week after he was arrested and charged Monday for allegedly assaulting two men outside of a New York hotel but was later released.

The “No Limit” MC continues watching his headlines play out on the television in his disheveled room, standing around in disarray while somberly rapping, “Been fighting my demons, but they ain’t fighting fair/ But I keep saying that ‘Everything’s alright, I swear’/ All alone in a dark space, ain’t no light in there/ What’s f—ed up is I might actually like it there.”

Meanwhile, the Dancing With the Devil singer pleads in the raw chorus, “I’m in the middle of a breakdown, baby I need you/ I need you/ Oh, I’m in the middle of a storm now, baby/ I need you/ I need you to come over, tell me this’ll be over,” while the headlines specific to them taunt Lovato all over the walls in the next room.

But Lovato and G-Eazy prove they can endure their personal storms together.

The Grammy-nominated pop star hinted “big things coming” with G-Eazy when they posted a picture of the two artists while on set of the “Breakdown” music video back in August.

“Breakdown” will be featured on the Bay Area rapper’s upcoming album, These Things Happen Too, which is due on September 24 via BPG/RVG/RCA Records. It will serve as the sequel to his 2014 album These Things Happen, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Kehlani Releases Teaser For Upcoming Third Album “Blue Water Road”

Kehlani is taking it to the Road

The 26-year-old part-Mexican American Grammy-nominated singer is set to release her next album, Blue Water Road, this winter.

Kehlani

Kehlani took to Twitter to share the minute-long trailer soundtracked by dramatic orchestral music, which shows Kehlani “coming out of the rubble of It Was Good Until It Wasnt and into the light, on to the road,” as she described it. The singer, who has an injured leg in the video, hobbles down the titular road and befriends a dragonfly that succumbs to a larger, unknown power.

The R&B singer released her second studio album It Was Good Until It Wasn’t on May 8, 2020. The project reached No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and BillboardTop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.

One fan on Twitter noticed the continuity in the imagery from IWGUIW, which depicted on its cover art the “Toxic” singer escaping the chaos on one side of a brick wall only to find out the other side doesn’t promise an easier life, to Blue Water Road. “WAIT THIS MAKES SENSE!!! So your leg was hurt from the It was Good Until It Wasn’t Cover!” Twitter user @_serialov3r wrote.

The Grammy-nominated singer shared the theory with the bullseye emoji to commend the fan for nailing it.

Rosalia Wins Second Consecutive “Best Latin” Moon Person at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rosalia won’t olvidar this year’s MTV Video Music Awards

The 28-year-old Spanish Grammy-winning singer and songwriter picked up her third career Moon Person at the MTV VMAs, which took place on Sunday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Rosalia ELLE Summer 2020

Rosalia took home the Best Latin prize for her moody collaboration with Billie Eilish, “Lo Vas a Olvidar.”

It’s her second straight win in the category, following her win last year for “Con Altura,” which also won in the Best Choreography category.

 

Bruno Mars, who’d previously won three Moon Persons in his career, took home the prize for Best R&B.

 

The 35-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer won the award for “Leave the Door Open,” his Silk Sonic single with Anderson .Paak.

Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo won three Moon Persons during the ceremony — for Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Push Performance of the YearJustin Bieber was also a multiple winner, scoring Artist of the Year and Best Pop Video for “Peaches” along with Daniel Caesar and Giveon.

Here’s the full list of tonight’s winners:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Columbia Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber
Def Jam

SONG OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”
Geffen Records

BEST NEW ARTIST

Olivia Rodrigo
Geffen Records

BEST COLLABORATION

Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”
Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

BEST POP

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”
Def Jam

BEST HIP-HOP

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “Franchise”
Cactus Jack / Epic Records

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – “my ex’s best friend”
Bad Boy / Interscope Records

BEST K-POP

BTS – “Butter”
BIGHIT MUSIC

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish – “Your Power”
Darkroom / Interscope Records

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo
May 2021: “drivers license”

BEST ROCK

John Mayer – “Last Train Home”
Columbia Records

BEST LATIN

Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar”
Darkroom / Interscope Records

BEST R&B

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”
Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records

BEST DIRECTION

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Columbia Records – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness”
Columbia Records – Choreography by: Paul Roberts

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “BROWN SKIN GIRL”
Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant

BEST ART DIRECTION

Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend”
Warner Records – Art Direction by: Alec Contestabile

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Columbia Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”
Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet

GROUP OF THE YEAR: BTS

SONG OF THE SUMMER: BTS – “Butter” – BIGHIT MUSIC
Monsta X – “Gambler” – Starship Entertainment

J Balvin Announces “Jose” Tour Dates

J Balvin is hittin’ the road…

After releasing his fifth studio album Jose, the 36-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter, rapper has revealed the dates for his 2022 U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico tour.

J Balvin

Produced by Cárdenas Marketing Network (CMN), J Balvin’s 25-date Jose trek is set to kick off April 19 in San Antonio’s AT&T Center and wrap up June 4 at El Coliseo de Puerto Rico — with stops in Las Vegas, Miami and New York.

“I think he’s in the best moment of his life,” Henry Cárdenas, CEO of CMN, tells Billboard. “Between Balvin and CMN, we’re going to sell out.”

J Balvin has grossed more than $20 million and sold over 300,000 tickets, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

His new set — home to 24 tracks including the Grammy Award-nominated “Un Día (One Day)”  and “Qué Más Pues?” — follows Balvin’s 2020 Colores, which peaked No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and at No. 15 on the Billboard 200.

The “Que Locura” singer has been busy this year releasing a handful of singles, jumping on star-studded remixes and slowly returning to live shows with sporadic performances at festivals such as Baja Beach Fest in Mexico and Neon Experience in Las Vegas, an event curated by the artist himself featuring artists such as Karol G, Nio Garcia and Jowell & Randy.

Most recently, Balvin logged his 31st No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart thanks to the ’90s dance hit-interpolated, Skrillex-assisted “In Da Getto,” tying him with Enrique Iglesias for the most leaders in the chart’s history.

J Balvin is a nine-time finalist at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards. He’s garnered four nods for “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life),” the blockbuster track with Black Eyed Peas, and is also up for artist of the year.

Tickets will be available for presale September 13 at 12:00 pm local time and for general sale on September 17 through TicketmasterAXSSeatGeekEvenko.ca and Ticketerapr.com.

Jose 2022 tour dates:
April 19 — San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
April 20 — Austin, TX @ HEB Center
April 22 — Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Arena
April 23 — Las Vegas, NV @ Michelob Ultra Arena
April 24 — San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
April 26 — Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
April 28 — Portland, OR @ MODA Center
April 30 — San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
May 1 — Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
May 4 — El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
May 5 — Laredo, TX @ Sames Auto Arena
May 6 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 7 — Hidalgo, TX @ Payne Arena
May 8 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 11 — Ft Myers, FL @ Hertz Arena
May 13 — Miami, FL @ FTX Arena
May 14 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 15 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
May 18 — Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
May 20 — Washington DC @ Capitol One Arena
May 21 — Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
May 22 — New York, NY @ Barclays Center
May 25 — Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
May 26 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden
May 27 — Montreal, Canada @ Bell Centre
May 28 — Toronto, Canada @ Scotia Bank Arena
June 4 — San Juan, PR @ Coliseo de Puerto Rico

Sessi’s “2C” Surpasses One Million Streams Mark on Spotify

Sessi has a million reasons to smile…

Following its release in March, the Puerto Rican and Cuban American singer’s single “2C” has surpassed the one million streams mark on Spotify, becoming the emerging artist’s first single to join the millions club.

Sessi

The track was produced by Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer Gavriel “Vein” Rafael.

“The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately,” Sessi tells Billboard. “Hitting a million streams is a major milestone for me. As an emerging artist, and ‘2C’ being only my third single, it means my hustle and talent is not going unnoticed. I’m thankful to God, my team, and my supporters for never giving up on me.”

Maná to Receive Icon Award at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

Maná has officially reached icon status…

The Mexican rock band, considered one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time, will be honored with the Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards, according to Billboard and Telemundo.

Mana

The chart-topping and Grammy-winning band will be recognized for “having carved out a career that has not only remained relevant through time but has also made them the most distinguished band in their genre, celebrated globally for achieving both musical and commercial success.”

Comprised of Fher Olvera, Alex González, Sergio Vallín and Juan Calleros, Maná will be honored during the awards ceremony set to take place on September 23 live on Telemundo.

Maná will also deliver an exclusive performance of their new single, a remake of the classic “El Reloj Cucú” featuring 12-year-old vocalist Mabel, during the awards show.

Additionally, Maná’s frontman will be joined by Mabel to host the Inside the Soul of the Artist panel, which will honor single mothers and discuss growing up fatherless and the role heartbreak plays in the creative process, at the Billboard Latin Music Week — which returns to Miami September 20-24.

Cardi B Signs Publishing Deal with Warner Chappell Music

Cardi B is celebrating a new deal…

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music (WCM), moving her catalog over from Sony Music Publishing.

Cardi B

The news, first reported by Variety, brings Cardi B’s recording and publishing under the Warner Music Group umbrella, as Cardi B has been signed to Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records since 2017.

A representative for WCM declined to comment, and representatives for Sony Music Publishing could not be reached at press time.

Cardi B’s move to WCM comes in advance of her highly-anticipated sophomore album, the follow up to Invasion of Privacy, her Grammy-winning debut album released in 2018.

She has released a bevy of successful singles since then, including the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s “Up” and “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion, and notches her latest feature, appearing on Lizzo‘s brand-new single “Rumors.”

WCM co-chairs Guy Moot and Carianne Marshall, alongside president of U.S. A&R Ryan Press, have signed a string of hit artists and songwriters recently, including Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Saweetie, 42 Dugg, Belly, Quincy Jones and Cab Calloway.

Cardi B & Lizzo Release Ancient Greece-Inspired Music Video for Their First-Ever Collaboration, “Rumors”

Cardi B is dispelling rumors

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has joined voices with Lizzo to release their all-new single “Rumors,” as well as the song’s Greektastic music video.

Cardi B & Lizzo

The song marks the duo’s first-ever collaboration.

On Thursday, ahead of the release, the two Grammy winners posted a promotional clip with a sneak peek from the music video. In it, Lizzo is heard singing, “All the rumors are true, yeah.”

Also in promotion of the tune, Cardi B posted the official artwork for “Rumors” on Instagram.

“RUMORS on Friday, and yes this is the single art,” she captioned her post on Wednesday. Lizzo posted an identical post on Thursday and captioned it, “Fun fact: we took this picture right after Cardi whispered ‘I want to eat yo p—y’ in my ear ‘RUMORS’ THIS FRIDAY YOU READY?” To which Cardi commented, “Lmmmmaaaoooo I wonder if the camera man caught that part .”

The music video features a pregnant Cardi B and Lizzo – both dripping in finery –center stage in the gold-plated video, which takes its inspiration from ancient Greece.

Rita Moreno to Star in the Feature Film “The Prank”

Rita Moreno is pranking around…

The 89-year-old Puerto Rican actress, singer and dancer, an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony Award winner) has landed a starring role in the feature film The Prank, which will be directed by Maureen Bharoocha.

Rita Moreno

Moreno will star opposite Connor Kalopsis and Ramona Young.

The Prank follows two high school students who play a prank on their physics teacher, Mrs. Wheeler, played by Moreno. When she fails them on a test; they teach the imperious, demanding, insulting instructor a lesson by falsely accusing her of the murder of a missing student.

Other cast in The Prank includes Keith David, Meredith Salenger, Jonathan Kimmel, Nathan Janak and Kate Flannery.

Filming begins this month in and around Los Angeles.

The dark comedy is written by Rebecca Flinn-White & Zak White.

“Rita Moreno is a force of nature and an icon who continues to redefine herself,” said Bharoocha. “Her brilliant comedic mind lends itself to the perfect ‘Mrs. Wheeler’, a character we have never seen her play, and one that will no doubt surprise audiences.”

Moreno has won an Oscar (West Side Story), a Tony (The Ritz), two Emmys (for her turns respectively in 1977 and 1978 on The Muppet Show and Rockford Files), and a Grammy (Best Children’s Album for The Electric Company).

Moreno has starred on Broadway and London’s West End, appeared in more than 40 feature films and has performed in numerous regional theaters, including her one-woman show, Life Without Makeup, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She recently co-starred in the critically acclaimed Latinx reimagining of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom One Day At A Time.

Her documentary, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It, produced by Lear, Lin Manuel Miranda and Brent Miller had its world debut at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film, which was met with acclaim from critics and audiences alike, will have its television debut on PBS’ American Masters nationwide on October 5.

Moreno also co-stars and is an executive producer of the Steven Spielberg remake of West Side Story, set to open on December 10.

The recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture, she was also honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Moreno’s all-Spanish-language album, Una Vez Más, was produced by her good friend Emilio Estefan, and she is a New York Times bestselling author with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir. Moreno has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.