There’s another high-profile collaboration in Cardi B’s future…
The 27-year-old half-Dominican American Grammy-winning rap superstar is joining voices with Megan Thee Stallion for a scorching new track.
“WAP” will be released this Friday, August 7, according to Megan Thee Stallion’s announcement on Instagram, which was accompanied by the song’s cover art.
The image features Meg and Cardi B in matching “WAP” gold hoops, with their hair entangled together into a flowing, curled bun.
“WAP,” Meg captioned the post with a tongue out emoji and a water droplet emoji. “@iamcardib and The Hot Girl Coach this Friday !!!”
It’s Cardi B’s first pre-release single of her upcoming second studio album, which is scheduled to be released in late 2020. Her most recent collaborations: “Yes,” with Fat Joe and Anuel AA and “Please Me” with Bruno Mars.
This all-female collab follows Meg’s previous “Savage” remix featuring Beyonce. In May, the song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the “Hot Girl” rapper’s first-ever topper on the chart, and the seventh for Bey as a solo artist (to go with the four she notched as part of girl group Destiny’s Child). At the time, it was also just the seventh No. 1 in Hot 100 history to credit multiple female artists on its listing.
The 34-year-old Peruvian Peruvian percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader and producer has signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group.
Following his 2015 salsa-inspired tribute album to Michael Jackson titled Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, which landed at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Tropical Albums Charts, Succar won a Latin Grammy last year for best salsa album (Más De Mí) and producer of the year.
“It’s important for me to be able to experiment and constantly evolve my sound, and I’m thrilled to partner with a team like WCM where that’s supported and encouraged,” Succar said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with talent from different genres and cultures to create something truly unique, which is what I strive for everyday as a producer, composer, and artist. And of course bringing my Peruvian sound to the international music market is a big focus for me, it’s my culture and my roots, and the world needs to hear more of us.”
“We’re always looking to partner with genre-defying innovators like Tony,” said Gustavo Menendez, president, WCM Latin America. “His unexpected and fresh take on salsa and jazz paired with his one-of-a-kind tropical beats makes for a unique sound that has captivated listeners. We know there are even bigger things ahead for him!”
Succar recently teamed up with Dr. Pablo Gil‘s Raices Jazz Orchestra to release a self-titled first album in May.
Featuring Grammy-winning artists like Richard Bona and Anaadi, the album fuses jazz and Latin musical styles.
The San Antonio Spurs have announced a surprise merchandise collection inspired by the late Mexican American Grammy-winning singer and Tejano music legend.
Announced over social media, the Selena Capsule Collection comes after the team’s fans weren’t able to celebrate Selena Nightwith the Spurs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Since we couldn’t celebrate Selena Night together, we’re bringing the merchandise collection to you,” tweeted the five-time NBA champions.
The collection, available available now, features shirts, hats, tumblers and other collectible items.
“This collection honors and celebrates the legacy of Selena Quintanilla,” the collection’s website reads. “She has and continues to inspire fans across the country to celebrate culture and connections. Her legacy goes hand in hand with the central pillars of the Spurs experience and we are honored to bring this collection to fans of both the Spurs and Selena.”
The team also announced collectible jerseys that fans can buy that features the number 71, a reference to the Selena’s birth year.
Carlos Santana is folking up things at the U.S.-Mexico border…
Sony Music Latin has partnered with Tiger Turn Productions for the feature music documentary Fandango at the Wall, executive produced by the legendary 72-year-old Mexican guitarist.
The feature, directed by Varda Bar-Kar, follows Grammy-winning musician and Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra founder Arturo O’Farrill and Grammy-winning producer Kabir Sehgal as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
In addition to Santana, the documentary is executive produced by Quincy Jones and Andrew Young.
“When I first learned about this film, I knew we had to be part of it. We’re excited to partner with the production team and to share this powerful story with the world,” said Ruben Levya, Senior Vice President at Sony Music Latin, leading artist services and premium content.
“The film explores the roots of Latin music and, in particular, Afro-Mexican music known as son jarocho.It is both timely and timeless, as it looks at the issue of immigration between the United States and Mexico,” said Sehgal, who’s also a producer on the film. “We’re thrilled to partner with Sony Music Latin, which has long been the vanguard of creative content throughout the Americas.”
Combining art and advocacy, the film is inspired by the “Fandango Fronterizo” annual music festival which unites people in son jarocho‘s song and dance on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border.
Before recording, “Fandango Fronterizo” organizer, Jorge Francisco Castillo, took O’Farrill and Sehgal on an inspiring journey of Veracruz, Mexico, where son jarocho, the 300-hundred-year-old folk music called combining indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions originated. As they travel to the far regions of the Veracruz coast, they meet legendary son jarochomusicians and artisans and recruit them for the upcoming festival. Their travels culminate at the annual border celebration, promoting peace, and celebrating unity.
“I’ve been captivated by the spirit of Mexico’s vibrant son jarochomusic community throughout the magical journey of making Fandango at the Wall,” said Bar-Kar. “I love making and watching music films, and I’ve long admired and appreciated the works that Sony Music Latin has brought to life.”
Fandango at the Wall features son jarocho legends Patricio Hidalgo, Ramón Gutiérrez, Wendy Cao Romero, Tacho Utrera, Fernando Guadarrama, Andrés Vega and Martha Vega.
It also includes special appearances by Regina Carter, multi-Grammy nominee and MacArthur Foundation Fellow; Douglas Brinkley, CNN Historian; Mandy Gonzalez, who performs in Broadway’s Hamilton; The Villalobos Brothers; Rahim AlHaj, Grammy nominee; and Sahba Motallebi.
The film was produced in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. Sony Music will also represent the film to third party distributors, platforms, and services.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is proving its endurance…
The original Broadway cast recording of the 40-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star’s Hamilton: An American Musical has surged to a new peak on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set rises from No. 14 to No. 2 in the wake of the show’s Disney+ premiere on July 3.
The Grammy-winning album earned 102,000 equivalent album units (up 294 percent) in the U.S. in the week ending July 9, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 32,000 are in album sales (up 592 percent).
The last cast recording to reach the top two on the chart was the original cast album of Hair, which spent 13 weeks at No. 1 in 1969.
Until this week, Hamilton was tied with the original Broadway cast recording of The Book of Mormon as the highest charting cast album since 1969, as Mormonpeaked at No. 3 in 2011.
The set previously peaked at No. 3 on the July 2, 2016-dated chart, following the 2016 Tony Awards, where the musical won 11 prizes, including best musical.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 18-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on July 14.
Of Hamilton’s unit haul of 102,000 for the week, 67,000 are in SEA units (equating to 90.41 million on-demand streams for the set’s tracks – easily the biggest streaming week ever for a cast recording), 32,000 are in album sales, and 4,000 are in TEA units.
Hamiltoncelebrates its 250th week on the Billboard 200 chart. The set has never left the tally since its debut at No. 12 on the October 17, 2015-dated list. That’s the longest run by any cast album since the highlights edition of the original London cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera, which has logged 331 weeks on the list between 1990 and 1996.
With 102,000 equivalent album units earned, Hamilton tallies the biggest week for any cast recording since Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data began tracking albums by units in December 2014. Hamilton beats its own record, as it previously held the biggest week, by units, for a cast album since December 2014 – when it net 62,000 units on the July 2, 2016-dated chart.
So far, Hamilton has sold 1.97 million copies in the U.S. After being certified 6 times platinum by the RIAA in 2019, Hamilton became the best-selling cast album of all time. It won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
The 33-year-old Chilean American singer, poet and multi-instrumentalist will take part in the Grammy Museum’s new Mentorship Monday program in partnership with Grammy U and former First Lady Michelle Obama‘s Reach Higher initiative.
Every Monday beginning next week through August 31, top-tier music industry professionals like Valenzuela will mentor college students and recent graduates via digital conferencing.
In addition to Valenzuela, mentors include artists Sam Fischer, Tikyra “TK” Jackson, Ledisi, three-time Grammy winners Little Big Town, Melanie Pfirrman and Sasha Sloan, as well as Recording Academy members.
The sessions will give students an opportunity to connect with established music industry professionals and creatives, and will serve as a valuable tool for information, advice and exploration within a wide variety of music careers and topics as they pursue their own careers.
“The Grammy Museum’s new Mentorship Monday program exemplifies the Museum’s mission to uphold music’s value in our lives through education and collaboration between professionals and aspiring creatives,” said Michael Sticka, president of the Grammy Museum. “I’d like to thank Reach Higher and Grammy U for helping make this program a reality.”
“Reach Higher is excited to partner with the Grammy Museum to bring mentorship to students this summer.” said Eric Waldo, Executive Director of Reach Higher. “Music helps us hear each other more fully and to share ourselves with one another authentically. Now more than ever is a wonderful time for professionals and artists to harness the unifying and uplifting power of music to support students as they explore and pursue educational and career opportunities in all facets of the recording industry,”
While the sessions are currently invitation-only, a selection will be released in the future as part of Reach Higher’s Beating the Odds Summit, and a selection of public-facing mentorship sessions will be available via Instagram Live.
Valenzuela released her latest album, La Fortaleza, in January.The album consists of 14 tracks, including the singles “Tómame,” “Héroe” and “Flotando.”
The 29-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress/singer and her fellow Pose castmates and producers will take part in this year’s virtual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the awards show will stream on GLAAD’s Facebook and YouTube accounts on Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 pm ET and will air on Logo on Monday, August 3 at 8:00 pm ET.
In addition to Rodriguez and her Pose castmates and producers, the awards show will include appearances by Dolly Parton, Dwayne Wade & Gabrielle Union, Lil Nas X, Cara Delevingne, Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Lena Waithe, Jonica T. Gibbs, Dan Levy, Rachel Maddow, Ryan O’Connell, trans model and advocate Geena Rocero, Angelica Ross, Brain Michael Smith, Peppermint, Olivia Wilde, Raquel Willis,WWE superstar Sonya Deville and comedian Benito Skinner.
The ceremony will feature a special performance from the Grammy-nominated duo Chloe x Halle.
Comedians Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere will serve as co-hosts of the show.
Honoring film, TV and media for its fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues, the GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies were originally supposed to take place in New York on March 19 and in Los Angeles on April 16.
The ceremonies were cancelled due to the pandemic, but GLAAD shifted plans and strived ahead in order to give shine to the LGBTQ-centric film, TV and media.
Earlier this year, GLAAD announced over 175 nominees in 30 categories who are being recognized for their work in queer media.
“Among this year’s nominees are a wide range of stories and narratives about LGBTQ people of different races, ethnicities, genders, religions, and other identities that demonstrate the power of inclusion and diversity in fostering positive cultural change,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As this year’s Media Awards go virtual, we hope to send a powerful message to LGBTQ people that in the midst of this culturally and politically divisive time, our visibility and voices have never been more important.”
The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer will be giving the world a look at her illustrious life with an upcoming memoir.
The Meaning of Mariah Carey, written by Carey with Michaela Angela Davis will be arriving on September 29, 2020. The memoir will be available as a physical copy via Andy Cohen Books and as an audiobook performed by the singer on Audible.
The story will detail Carey’s journey from her childhood all the way through her meteoric rise to superstardom, plus a breakdown of the rumors told about her in the media, including battles with gender and power dynamics, emotional abuse, embarrassments, failures and victories.
“This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered.” Carey tweeted on this week. “Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit.”
The Meaning of Mariah Carey is now available for pre-order.
Kirstin Maldonado is turning on the (blinding) lights…
The 28-year-old half-Mexican & part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have released the video for their cover of The Weekend’s “Blinding Lights.”
In the clip, the Grammy-winning a cappella groupappear in their respective homes, belting the infectious hook with harmonies and a capella instrumentals.
Pentatonix’s “Blinding Lights” video follows the release of last month’s “Home” mash-up, in which the group blended lyrics from hits about home, a fitting song for the world’s shelter-at-home moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
PTX’s take on “Blinding Lights” appears on the The Sing-Off-winning group’s new At Home EP, which was recorded while the group was in quarantine in separate homes. It was released last week.
Pentatonix will be dropping videos from the project weekly throughout July.
The 32-year-old part-Spanish singer appears alongside Kanye West and Skrillex on Ty Dolla $ign’s once-elusive single “Ego Death.”
The mega-collaboration has an electro-hop feel, as Ty leaps into desperation after losing out on his sweetheart, singing “You murdered my ego when you walked away,” in the song’s chorus.
West returns with a spirited verse, bashing the Grammys, Super Bowl, and “halfway movements.” “Lotta people be thinking, but I’m just a sayer / all of us can’t perform at Super Bowl, but it’s OK for the players/ all these halfway movements need a whole lotta improvement/ everybody wanna talk, everybody wanna type, but nobody wanna do s–t,” he spews.
Later, FKA Twigs makes her presence felt with her purring verse at the song’s finale.
On “Ego Death,” Ty Dolla $ign partnered up with Triller to create a 9D experience for the listener — the first-ever of its kind. With 9D, additional effects like reverb come into play, allowing the music to give the sensation that it’s moving around in the headphones.