HBO Releases Trailer for Kid Cudi’s New Series “We Are Who We Are”

Kid Cudi is who he is…

HBO has released the official trailer for new series We Are Who We Are,starring the 36-year-old half-Mexican American rapper/singer, whose real name is Scott Mescudi.

Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the series follows two teenagers living with their families on a U.S. military base in Italy in the coming-of-age story. The eight-part series will premiere on HBO sometime in September on an unconfirmed date.

The “Leader Of The Delinquents” rapper stars alongside Chloë SevignyJack Dylan GrazerAlice BragaJordan Kristine SeamónSpence Moore IIFaith AlabiBeatrice BarichellaFrancesca ScorseseCorey KnightVittoria BottinTom Mercier,Benjamin L. Taylor II and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

Blood Orange composed the mini-drama series’ score.

Kid Cudi made his HBO debut a decade ago when he portrayed Domingo Brown for two seasons on How To Make It In America from 2010-11. 

His return to television includes his own animated Netflix series Entergalactic that he’ll executive produce with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and How to Make It in America creator Ian Edelman and record an accompanyingalbum. Kid Cudi’s also working on an animated TV series with his “Kids See Ghosts” other half Kanye West by the same name as the duo.

Kid Cudi Partnering with Kanye West for Animated Show Inspired by Their Collaborative LP “Kids See Ghosts”

Kid Cudi is getting animated…

The 36-year-old half-Mexican American rapper/singer, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, and Kanye West will each voice characters in an upcoming animated show inspired by their 2018 collaborative LP Kids See Ghosts.

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi and West shared a two-minute preview of the Takashi Murakami-directed show, which follows the wild adventures of Kanye Bear and Kid Fox

The clip opens with the two hopping off a school bus and, by preview’s end, sees the pair riding a spaceship and fighting in an alien world. 

The frenetic clip is soundtracked by the duo’s Kids See Ghosts cut “4th Dimension.” 

While no release date was announced, the rappers said the show is “coming soon.”

Lele Pons Appears in YouTube’s 2018 YouTube Rewind Clip

Lele Pons is rewinding through the past year…

The 22-year-old Venezuelan internet personality, actress, singer, dancer and host of La Voz… México appears in YouTube’s “YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind.

Lele Pons

The clip, jam-packed with references to this year’s music, features many of YouTube’s popular creators and recaps the year’s content, trends and tunes.

The YouTube Rewind series first hit the internet in 2010..

The eight-minute-plus video opens with Will Smith (who made his YouTube channel debut earlier this year) against a mountainous landscape, announcing, “It’s rewind time.” He continues, “If I control rewind, I would want Fortnite and Marques Brownlee.” Snapping his fingers, a dreamlike YouTuber-filled compilation begins.

“Is this what you wanted?” asks Brownlee from a flying Fortnite-esque bus full of YouTubers ready to pick out their own favorite moments as Cardi B’s “I Like It” plays in the background.

The scene eventually swaps to one in which the content creators crowd around a campfire together. “Apparently we control rewind this year. Y’all, we can do whatever we want,” confirms Liza Koshy. “What do we do?”

K-pop!” pipe up the Merrell Twins and Casey Neistat as a dancing montage backed by BTS’ “Idol” plays in the background.

Marshmello soon makes a brief appearance (as does his collaboration with Bastille, “Happier“).

The next music moment comes when the animated TheOdd1sOut suggests they accept Drake’s “In My Feelings” Challenge, the moving-car dance craze inspired by the song earlier this year.

YouTubers including Pons, Anwar Jibawi and Rudy Mancuso later take on a catwalk wearing oversized blocky bodysuits meant to resemble the ones Kanye West and Lil Pump sported in the “I Love It” music video; Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes” backs them up.

The social-media-famous “Baby Shark” song by Pinkfong also gets a nod, accompanied by some colorfully costumed kid show characters.

This year’s video has, notably, at time of press, been disliked more than 2.2 million times — over twice as many times as it has been liked — with viewers pointing out that some of YouTube’s biggest stars, including PewDiePie (who boasts over 74 million subscribers), are absent. Despite this, the recap has already received 33 million views.

Arca Releases Video for New Single “Desafío”

Arca is ready for a new challenge…

The 26-year-old Venezuelan electronic DJ, record producer and mixing engineer has released the official video for “Desafío,” just days after releasing his self-titled album.

Arca

The track is the revelatory centerpiece of Arca’s new LP, his third solo project.

The bleak video shows Arca, whose real name is Alejandro Ghersi, bruised and bound in a leather getup, dragged through a dark forest by wicked men.

The “Desafío” clip was directed by Jesse Kanda.

Arca, has produced for Bjork, Kanye West, FKA Twigs and Frank Ocean, among others.

Hernandez to Serve as a Presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards

Laurie Hernandez is ready to make music… or at least a music-related announcement.

The 16-year-old Puerto Rican gymnast, a member of the gold-winning Final Five and a silver medalist on the balance beam at the 2016 Rio Games, is heading to the MTV Video Music Awards.

Laurie Hernandez

Hernandez and her teammates, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian, will present awards at Sunday’s show in New York City.

Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Puff Daddy will also present awards, while attendees at Madison Square Garden will include Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, DNCE, Desiigner and Troye Sivan.

Britney Spears, Rihanna, Future, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas and the Chainsmokers will perform during the live show.

Beyonce is the leading nominee with 11, followed by Adele with eight nominations.

Beyonce, Adele, West, Justin Bieber and Drake will compete for video of the year.

Gomez’s “Hands to Myself” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs Chart, Landing Her in Elite Company

Selena Gomez’s latest album is turning out to be Pop gold…

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has earned her third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated April 16), as her latest single “Hands to Myself” lifts 2-1.

Selena Gomez

The song follows leaders “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, and “Same Old Love,” each of which led for two weeks beginning in September and January, respectively.

With all three songs from her latest album Revival, Gomez becomes just the sixth woman to score at least a trio of Pop Songs No. 1s from a single set (dating to the chart’s 1992 launch).

Here is the elite club and the albums and songs that gained them entrance:

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill: “Ironic,” “You Learn,” “Head Over Feet” (1996)

Avril Lavigne, Let Go: “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” “I’m With You” (2002-03)

Lady Gaga, The Fame, “Just Dance” (featuring Colby O’Donis), “Poker Face,” “LoveGame,” “Paparazzi” (2009)

Katy Perry, Teenage Dream: “California Gurls” (featuring Snoop Dogg), “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” (featuring Kanye West), “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “The One That Got Away” (2010-12)

Taylor Swift, 1989: “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” “Style,” “Bad Blood” (featuring Kendrick Lamar), “Wildest Dreams” (2014-15)

Selena Gomez, Revival: “Good for You” (featuring A$AP Rocky), “Same Old Love,” “Hands to Myself” (2015-16)

Anthony Teaming with Timbaland to Develop a Hip-Hop Docuseries

La La Anthony is shining a light on the hip-hop industry…

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican actress, author and producer is teaming up with and Grammy-winning producer Timbaland and Leftfield Pictures to develop a hip-hop docuseries.

La La Anthony

The project will focus on Jeff Janvier and Session Cruz’s Face Time Agency, the industry’s premiere casting agency for booking music video and hip-hop fashion models, with clients including Drake, Kanye West and Robin Thicke.

Set inside the New York City nightlife scene – where clubs have become the new boardrooms – the series exposes the cutthroat entrepreneurial side of hip-hop, with models, DJs and social media stars “hustling” to break through as fashion, music and media moguls.

“La La and Timbaland are perfect examples of what can be achieved when talent, determination and creativity collide with entrepreneurship,” said Leftfield Entertainment CEO David George. “We’re thrilled to be in business with these two entertainment innovators to create a series that uncovers a unique, rarified faction of hip hop and provides a true soundtrack for the unpredictable journey toward fame and fortune.”

Anthony will executive produce the project, with Timbaland serving as exec music producer.

“I’m thrilled to be executive producing a project that offers a true insider’s look into the business side of hip hop, especially one that explores the lives of fascinating women who have used hip hop as their platform to become successful entrepreneurs in fashion, music and more,” said Anthony.

Leto Named to GQ’s 20 Most Stylish Men Alive List

He may be a talented actor and musician… But Jared Leto is also a sharp-dressed man.

The 43-year-old part-Spanish American actor and lead singer of the Thirty Seconds to Mars has been named to GQ magazine’s list of the 20 Most Stylish Men Alive.

Jared Leto

Leto, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Dallas Buyers Club, joins a list of honorees that includes Kanye WestPharrell WilliamsJay ZJohn Mayer  and Mark Ronson.

GQ’s judging panel excluded fashion professionals from consideration and focused on streetwear over red carpet looks, giving a reasonably egalitarian approach to the list.

“We even spent several hours just contemplating Jared Leto’s hair,” writes the men’s fashion magazine on its website.

The list appears in GQ’s July issue.

Sheila E. Releases Music Video for New Single “Lovely Day”

It’s a lovely day for Sheila E. fans…

The 56-year-old part-Mexican Grammy-nominated drummer, percussionist, singer and songwriter has released the music video for her new R&B track “Lovely Day.”

Sheila E.

Sheila E. shared the sun-drenched video exclusively with Billboard.

“The video was shot at my friend’s house, actor Jack Coleman, and on location in Los Angeles. The scene in which my dog Emma pulled me on the beach was not planned,” Shelia E. tells Billboard.

Last year Sheila E. released Sheila E. Icon, an album that celebrated her 40th anniversary in the music business.

Sheila E. was nominated for an American Music Award and two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Femalefor her iconic song “The Glamorous Life,” which was written by Prince.

During her noted career, Sheila E. has also collaborated with Lionel Richie, George Duke, Ringo Starr, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Hans Zimmer and Kanye West.

Aside from her new album, which was released last November, Sheila E. is preparing to release her first memoir The Beat of My Own Drum on September 2.

Fifth Harmony Releases Official “Bo$$” Music Video

Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui and Ally Brooke Hernandez are revved up and ready to show the world who’s boss.

The Latina singers and their fellow Fifth Harmony band members have officially released the high-energy video for their hard-nosed new single “Bo$$.”

Fifth Harmony

“Shut your mouth/Boy I think you know who run this house,” declare the members of the Simon Cowell-created all-girl group in unison.

The track, which reflects Fifth Harmony’s marked maturation from last year’s Better Together“EP, proves they mean business.

“The concept for the video, it’s very empowering and kind of defines ‘Bo$$’ in different settings,” Hernandez shared with MTV. “We have four or five different set-ups and each kind of represents us in our own element, us kind of owning that certain situation.”

She added, “As we grow, our music grows, and it’s very natural and organic and it’s nothing that’s forced, which is really really important to us because we don’t want to just do something drastic just to do it. We want to do something that’s more real to us.”

Kicking over chairs while dressed in white jackets, beating dudes in arm-wrestling matches, strutting their stuff during a photo shoot — it’s all in a day’s work for the ladies, who flash nary a smile while flaunting their independence as women.

The girls’ choreography is stop on, and their name-checking of First Lady Michelle Obama and rap superstar Kanye West is amusing, and Fifth Harmony looks to be reaching a whole new level as a collective.

Fifth Harmony’s debut album will be released in the fall, and until then, the quintet will support Austin Mahone on his summer tour, beginning July 25 in San Antonio.

“It’s definitely more rhythmic,” says Hernandez told Billboard of Fifth Harmony’s upcoming album in March. “Sonically, it’s a little cooler. It’s laid-back. It’s less pop.”

The girls will also perform “Bo$$” on NBC‘s TODAY this Friday (July 11).