Khea Releases “Ayer Me Llamo Mi Ex” Remix, Featuring Natti Natasha & Prince Royce

Khea has called in some big guns for a big remix…

The 20-year-old Argentine trap singer, whose real name is Ivo Alfredo Thomas Serue, continues to flaunt his versatility and global appeal with the release of the remix to his trap-bachata fusion track “Ayer Me Llamo Mi Ex,” featuring Natti Natasha and Prince Royce onboard the remix.

The original track, released less than two months ago, featured Lenny Santos, Aventura’s guitarist.

Marrying his signature trap with modern bachata melodies, the remix not only counts with three emblematic artists from the Dominican Republic, but also takes things to the next level.

Khea experiments with Caribbean rhythms, Natti and Royce show off their rapping skills, it’s the best of both worlds.

“Ayer Me Llamó Mi Ex,” produced by up-and-coming artist-producer Nobeat and released via Young Flex / Interscope Records, tells the story of someone who’s on the phone with their ex and reminding them of everything they lost and how they’re living their best single life.

Landing on YouTube’s trending page, the music video, directed by Teo, features all three artists in the same situation while they jam to the song in different areas of a motel.

Selena Gomez Teaming Up with BLACKPINK for New Single

Selena Gomez is ready to K-pop it like it’s hot…

After weeks of rumors and speculation, the 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has officially confirmed that she’ll be teaming up with popular South Korean girl group BLACKPINK for a new collaboration.

Selena Gomez

“So SO excited to announce @BlackPinkOfficial and I have a new song coming out August 28th,” Gomez wrote on Instagram on Tuesday, August 11, alongside a sweet and sparkling art featuring the two acts’ names over what appears to be dripping chocolate.

The announcement comes just a week after YG Entertainment teased a secret collaboration, and the upcoming song will follow BLACKPINK’s record-breaking single, “How You Like That.”

BLACKPINK’s highly anticipated debut studio album will be arriving on October 2 via YG Entertainment/Interscope Records.

The as-of-yet untitled song will be released on Friday, August 28.

You can pre-save the highly anticipated #SelPINK single here.

Tainy Executive Produces the “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” Soundtrack, Releases First Single “Agua” with J Balvin

Tainy’s getting his Sponge on…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter is the mastermind behind Paramount AnimationNickelodeon and NEON16’s SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run movie soundtrack.

Tainy

Tainy executive produced the album alongside renowned industry leader Lex Borrero, with NEON16 curating the official soundtrack of the forthcoming animated film. 

This marks the first time the Latin multimedia company and talent incubator has partnered with the animated franchise.

The soundtrack, set to be released via NEON16/Interscope Records, will include songs by Tyga, Swae Lee, Lil Mosey, Weezer, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming LipsKenny G and Cyndi Lauper, to name a few. 

Additionally, Hans Zimmer is expected to score the film.

Kicking off the soundtrack is Tainy and J Balvin’s single “Agua,” which was released on Thursday, July 9.

“Tomorrow it’s officially out,” Balvin expressed on Instagram posing with Patrick Star. “It was meant to be a secret but oh well! I know that this song has good vibes and a lot of happiness, which we need during these moments.”

SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Runwill debut digitally in the U.S via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access, ViacomCBS’ subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, following the premium video-on-demand window.

Interscope Records Signs Kevvo

Kevvo’s on his way to makin’ a bigger musical bang…

Interscope Records, in partnership with Una Vision Quintana, Inc., has signed the 22-year-old emerging Puerto Rican singer and rapper, whose full name is Kevin Manuel Rivera Allende, according to Billboard.

Kevvo

“Today, an artist’s unique and authentic identity is the ticket to becoming a staple in the culture,” Nir Seroussi, Interscope Records evp, said in a statement. “In that respect, Kevvo checks all of the boxes of a star-in-the-making. We’re very impressed with everything that he and Pepe Quintanahave accomplished in only one year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be their partner for what’s to come.”

“Hooking up with Interscope is a dream come true,” adds Kevvo. “They completely understand and support our vision. They’ve also given me the freedom to do what I want, and I can’t wait for everybody to hear what we’ve got coming.”

Hailing from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Kevvo has been marking his territory in the Latin urban scene.

Most notably, Kevvo is known for his monster 2019 single “105F RMX,” in collaboration with ArcangelBrytiagoChenchoCorleone,DarellFarrukoMyke Towersand Nengo Flow. In less than a year, the music video has racked up over 212 million views at the time of publishing. 

Last year, Kevvo nabbed the award for top urbano Puerto Rico at Premios Tu Música Urbano.

Pepe Quintana, industry leader and CEO of Una Vision Quintana, signed Kevvo in 2019 and developed him under-the-radar. “Nir, Jorge [Fonseca, svp of A&R] and the Interscope team got it right away,” he said of the partnership with Interscope Records. “They recognized Kevvo’s talent, attitude, and energy and will be the perfect partner to elevate him to the next level. It’s exciting to kick off this alliance.”

In the middle of the coronavirus quarantine, Kevvo gained an entirely new following on social media with his nightly live party shows on Instagram dubbed “CuarentenaTV.” Kevvo prepares to bring new music and projects in 2020 under his new deal with Interscope Records.

Khea Signs Worldwide Deal with Interscope Records

Khea is going global…

The 19-year-old Argentinian Latin trap singer, whose real name is Ivo Alfredo Thomas Serue, has signed a deal with Interscope Records worldwide.

Khea

Khea has established himself as one of the leaders of the Latin trap movement in Argentina and Latin America. His rise to fame was astronomical after his song “LOCA” exploded in Latin America. To date, the song has accumulated an astonishing 900M+ views across Spotifyand YouTube.

In 2018, Khea performed more than 100 shows in the most iconic venues in Argentina and Latin America to sold out crowds.

In 2019, he was invited to perform on the leading festivals in Latin America like  Lollapalooza Argentinaand Chile, Creamfields ChileHellow Festival Mexicoand Coca Cola Flow Fest Mexico. He has also been invited as a Special Guest during the tour stops for Daddy YankeeAnuel AA, and Nicky Jamin Argentina and Paraguay.

In 2019, he was also one of only three Latin artists performing on the major European festival circuit; Tomorrowland, Poland Open’erTinderboxWireless Germany, Les Ardentes, to name a few. 

Khea has collaborated with artists like Bad BunnyYung PinchC-TanganaRauw AlejandroDuki, and Eladio Carrion.

His versatility and lyrical creativity has put him at the forefront of Latin trap and is allowing him to pave the way for an entire generation of Urban Argentine musicians that are exporting their music globally.

Selena Gomez’s “Rare” Aiming for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

Selena Gomez may be rare-in’ to the top of the charts… 

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress’ new studio album Rare is aiming for a possible No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. 

Selena Gomez

Gomez’s latest effort, which was released on January 10 via Interscope Records, may launch atop the tally dated January 25 with between 110,000 to 130,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending January 16.

Rareis Gomez’s first album since 2015’s Revival, which bowed at No. 1 with 117,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data

It marked her second leader, following 2013’s Stars Dance.

Rare was led by the songs “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now.” The former became her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, vaulting 15-1 on the list dated November 9, 2019. On the current Hot 100, the track sits at No. 10. Meanwhile, on the latest Pop Songs airplay chart, which ranks the most played songs at top 40-formatted radio stations, “Lose You to Love Me” rises 3-2.

Meanwhile, the current No. 1 champ, Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, has a chance of holding on to the top slot for a third nonconsecutive week. As of January 14, prognosticators indicate the rapper’s album could tally upwards of 110,000 units — or more. The album is riding high thanks in large part to its single “The Box.” 

The Billboard 200chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). 

Selena Gomez to Release New Album in January

Selena Gomezis starting the New Year with new music…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is set to release her highly anticipated next album on January 10 via Interscope Records.

Selena Gomez

Gomez announced the news this week, declaring on her social media accounts, “This album is my diary from the past few years and I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

Although the album’s title, artwork and track list have yet to be revealed, the album will consist of 13 tracks.

The Apple Musicpre-order page reveals there will be a total of 13 tracks, which includes her career-first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Lose You to Love Me” and the follow-up banger “Look at Her Now.”

Both pages also show a black-and-white collage of the Gomez’s pictures over the years as the fill-in artwork. She posted the same montage of photos to the tune of “Look at Her Now” on her social media on Wednesday with the caption, “Something exciting is coming tomorrow!” 

Fans can pre-order Gomez’s new album now. 

Cardi B Earns Third No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with Her Maroon 5 Remix, “Girls Like You”

The third time’s the charm for Cardi B

The 25-year-old half-Dominican rap sensation’s collaboration with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You,” has reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated September 29, after six weeks as the Lady in Waiting at No. 2.

Cardi B

The track dethrones Drake‘s “In My Feelings,” which led the list for 10 weeks.

“Girls Like You,” released on 222/Interscope Records and driven in part by the buzz of its female star-studded video, becomes the 1,078th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 60-year history.

The track tops the Radio Songs chart for a ninth week with 127.6 million in audience impressions in the week ending September 23, up 2 percent, according to Nielsen Music.

Cardi B, already the only female rapper with two Hot 100 No. 1s, extends her record, as “Girls Like You” becomes her third. Her debut smash “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” led for three weeks beginning October 7, 2017, and “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin topped the July 7 chart.

“Girls Like You” was originally released by Maroon 5-only on the band’s 2017 album Red Pill Blues; Cardi B joined for its single remix.

Leto’s Thirty Seconds to Mars Releasing New Album Next Year Via Interscope Records

It looks like Jared Leto’s ready to rock…

The 44-year-old part-Spanish actor/singer’s rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars has announced plans to release new music.

Thirty Seconds to Mars

The rockers dropped a dramatic, albeit brief, video hinting at what they’ve got in store. Leto recently discussed Thirty Seconds to Mars’ progress on its new studio album in his Rolling Stone cover story, and it appears we can expect it next year, via Interscope Records.

Thirty Seconds to Mars’ last album, 2013’s Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (and the three studio efforts before it), arrived through Virgin Records.

Leto also recently launched a short-film series called Great Wide Open, focused on “America’s National Parks and the incredible adventurers who explore them.”

The avid mountain climber in Leto is on display in the new clip, the recent cover story, and the series, which you can view here.

Gomez Among 24 Artists Featured on Orlando Shooting Charity Single “Hands”

Selena Gomez is lending her hands to help the victims of the Orlando Shooting.

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress is among 24 artists featured on a new recording to raise money for the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

Selena Gomez

The all-star release, entitled “Hands” — a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD — was conceived by hit songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber’sSorry” and hits for Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Gwen Stefani.

In addition to Gomez, the single also features Jennifer Lopez, who has worked on her own charity single with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears.

The June 12 shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the most deadly mass shooting in American history and the deadliest act of violence against the LGBT community.

Funds from the song will aid families with medical care, counseling and will also be used for education.

“Like the rest of the world I woke up to the news that morning and was horrified and sad and scared,” says Tranter, who has raised money and awareness for LGBT causes since coming out at age 14.

“Hands” is available on iTunes.

Proceeds will be distributed by Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.

The idea for the all-star project came together one day after the shooting.

L.A.-based Tranter and songwriting partner Julia Michaels had been on the road with Gomez writing songs aboard her tour bus in Miami the weekend of June 11 when news of the bloodshed prompted Tranter to switch course. That afternoon he signed on as a volunteer at The Center Orlando, the region’s chief LGBT community center.

“I called them and said, ‘If I fly up is there something for me to help with?'” he tells Billboard. “They say, ‘We need as many hands as we can possibly get.'”

“Hands” took hold the next day when Tranter met GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis who had arrived at the center from New York.

Beyond their immediate efforts — distributing food and water and GLAAD’s work with media — both were looking to make contributions that would have ongoing benefits. They point out that the massacre was also a profound attack on people of color, as that Saturday evening had been a popular “Latin Night” at Pulse. Most of the victims were of Latin heritage and Ellis says she does not want that point forgotten.

“When you hear the song it talks about hate being the driver here,” she says, “and that’s important because we have to be able to identify what’s driving these cruel acts in order to stop them. Artists using their platforms to accelerate acceptance is very powerful.”

Aligning with Interscope for the release, Tranter, GLAAD and Interscope president of A&R Aaron Bay-Schuck put the word out that a fundraiser was in the works. Within days artists from all spheres of the business had lined up — also among them Halsey, Ty Herndon, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Adam Lambert, The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, MNEK, Alex Newell, Mary Lambert, Prince Royce, Jussie Smollett, Nate Ruess and RuPaul — all recording separately from their homes, local studios, touring locations or wherever they happened to be at that moment.

“We assigned everybody what we thought would be the best part for their voice,” Tranter says, “and we asked them all to sing an additional part, just in case. But everybody got it done in time so we ended up with extra vocals.”

In Los Angeles “Interscope let us use their studio,” he notes. “Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think. Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done.”

Another goal of the record, according to GLAAD, is to fund educational programs.

“This was an American guy who was born in Queens,” Ellis says of the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, who was killed by police after a three hour stand-off. “He learned that hate here in America. This happened on American soil, against a particular community.”

While politicians and lobbyists have focused in recent weeks on Islamic terror and familiar narratives about gun ownership, Ellis, Tranter and others in the LGBT community want people to remember that this was a hate crime.

“I’m not educated enough to speak on the political details,” Tranter says. I’m a songwriter, not a politician. It could have been a million things but clearly, 100 percent, this was an attack on the LGBT community and people of color.”

“Hands” grew out of an unfinished piece that Tranter, Michaels and co-writer and producer BloodPop (formerly known as Blood Diamonds) had been working on and then shelved.

“The song didn’t ever finish itself and it didn’t ever feel right,” Tranter says of their initial efforts. “Now we know why.”

Mark Ronson also co-produced, while vocal engineer Benjamin Rice finessed the disparate tracks: “He helped us find the structure and make sense of it all.”

Warner/Chappell publishing executive Katie Vinten brought in numerous artists, among them P!nk, whom Tranter calls “a lifesaver,” adding, “Her vocal on the chorus is like from heaven directly.”

Spears opens the song with the plaintive line, “Can hold a gun or a hold a heart.” RuPaul is heard quietly toward the end, saying “take my hand baby.”

The songwriters had no specific plan as they entered the studio — only that they didn’t want the piece “to ever sound dated.”

“We didn’t want to have any trendy electronic elements,” Tranter notes. “We wanted it to sound classic, timeless and human. We want this anthem of positivity to be played for years to come.”

Download “Hands” here at iTunes.