Mariah Carey Teases New Holiday Collaboration

Mariah Carey is whippin’ up a new holiday treat…

The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer, known as the “Queen of Christmas,” is teasing fans with a holiday gift,

Mariah Carey

Carey took to social media and shared a photo of three director’s chairs on the set of a project, with a Christmas tree emoji as the caption. The chairs feature the letters “MC,” “AG” and “JH,” and while MC are obviously Carey’s initials, fans are buzzing over who the other two collaborators could be.

The most prominent fan theory seems to be Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, while some are also suggesting that “JH” might be J-Hope from BTS. Carey has yet to officially confirm her two collaborators.

Mariah Carey

If the guesses are correct, this would hardly be Grande’s first dip into the Christmas pool. The star has released two holiday collections, 2013’s Christmas Kisses and 2015’s Christmas & Chill, plus her 2014 track “Santa Tell Me.”

In 2009, Hudson hosted a holiday special, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, in which she headed back to her hometown of Chicago, joined by Michael Bublé, for Christmas memories and music.

Carey scored her 19th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year with her 25-year-old insta-classic holiday song “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Sebastian Yatra Teams Up with Gary Barlow & Michael Bublé for Salsa-fied Single “Elita”

Sebastian Yatra is bringing the salsa…

The 25-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter, who recently earned two Latin Grammy nominations, has joined voices with Gary Barlow and Michael Bublé for the new single “Elita.”

Sebastian Yatra

The core of the song, according to Barlow, is about witnessing the power of women. Its salsa-infused pop blends make “Elita” an “exciting, sexy, and empowering” song, as expressed by Bublé on Twitter.

The collaboration was born in November when originally Barlow and Bublé were going to share credits. However, it was Bublé who suggested that his good friend Yatra would be the perfect fit in the track.

“Within an hour we were all on the phone and when Sebastian sent the track back, we were just thrilled,” Barlow said in a statement. “He has this amazing charisma — it just sounded so authentic.”

Bublé added: “I don’t think I’ve ever had a pop song which had three individuals, all coming together. I thought it was cool as it molded different cultures, and aspects of music and who we’ve all been inspired by and I thought it was a really perfect mix.”

Although “Elita” was created remotely, Yatra feels that he’s been lifelong friends with Barlow and Bublé.

“These guys are pure of heart and talent,” he said. “I can’t wait to keep learning from their advice, example, and friendship in this whole process and future projects!”

 

 

Ryan Vasquez to Star in Ross Golan’s Musical “The Wrong Man”

Ryan Vasquez is in the Wrong

The Latino actor/singer has been cast in the world premiere in New York this September of multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan’s musical The Wrong Man.

Ryan Vasquez

Vasquez will star opposite Tony-nominee Joshua Henry and Ciara Renéein the musical.

The Wrong Man is set in Reno, Nevada, and tells the story of Duran, a man just scraping by, who is accused of a murder he says he didn’t commit.

Golan’s first stage musical was initially conceived as an acoustic solo piece, but over a decade has grown to include a full-length concept album and an animated film.

Previews begin on Wednesday, September 18, with an opening night of October 7, at the Off Broadway MCC Theater.

Golan (book, music, lyrics) has written massive hits for a massive roster of artists including Maroon 5, Justin BieberNicki MinajLady Antebellum, Michael BubléSelena GomezKeith Urban, Ariana GrandeFlo RidaOne Direction, Idina MenzelNellyDemi LovatoJason DeruloMeghan TrainorCee Lo Green, 5 Seconds of SummerPrince RoyceSnoop DoggGavin DeGraw, Colbie CaillatAndy GrammerJames Blunt, Big Sean and Travis Barker.

Vasquez has appeared on Broadwayin Hamilton, Waitress and Wickedand on television in The Good FightCurb Your Enthusiasm and The Code.

Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Bandmates’ Christmas Album Reaches No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Kirstie Maldonado is a woman on top… of the charts…

The 24-year-old half-Mexican, part Spanish-American singer and her fellow Pentatonix members have scored their second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

Pentatonix

The vocal group’s Pentatonix Christmas rises 2-1 on the latest list, earning 206,000 equivalent album units in the week ending December 22 (up 32 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 185,000 were in traditional album sales (up 33 percent).

It’s the first holiday album at No. 1 in five years, since Michael Buble’s Christmas ruled the tally for five consecutive weeks on the charts dated December 10, 2011, through January 7, 2012.

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

Pentatonix previously led the list with its self-titled album, which debuted atop the list in 2015.

A Pentatonix Christmas was released through RCA Records on October 21. It debuted at No. 3 on the November 12-dated chart, and has never ranked lower than No. 6 on the list in its nine weeks on the chart.

The album benefits from not only holiday-fueled purchases, as well as a sale price in the iTunes Store (for just $7.99), but also a number of television appearances from the group during the tracking week. The act’s December 7 performance on ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live! repeated on Dec. 16; NBC‘s A Pentatonix Christmas Special (which premiered on December 14) received an encore airing on December 17; they sang on NBC’s America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular on December 19; and they performed on Fox News’ Fox & Friends on December 21 and the syndicated Rachael Ray Show on December  22.

A Pentatonix Christmas is the group’s sixth top 10 album overall, and third holiday effort to reach the region, following 2014’s No. 2-peaking That’s Christmas to Me, and the 2013 PTXmas EP, which climbed to No. 7.

Pentatonix’s latest No. 1 also earns the largest sales week for a holiday album in two years, since Pentatonix’s previous holiday set, That’s Christmas to Me, sold 203,000 copies in the week ending December 21, 2014. In fact, the last acts that weren’t Pentatonix to sell more in a single week with a holiday album were Michael Buble and Justin Bieber during the week ending December 25, 2011. That week, Buble sold 467,000 copies of Christmas, while Bieber moved 225,000 copies of his Under the Mistletoe.

Further, A Pentatonix Christmas is the first album to earn its first week at No. 1 by climbing there — as opposed to debuting or re-entering at No. 1–since Rihanna’s Anti vaulted from No. 27 to No. 1 in its second chart week, on the February 20-dated list.

Also notable, since A Pentatonix Christmas reaches No. 1 in its ninth week on the list, it logs the slowest continuous climb to No. 1 (thus excepting re-entries at No. 1 from Prince’s The Very Best of Prince and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller) since the March 16, 2013-dated list, when Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox reached No. 1 in its 12th week.

Garcia to Be Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jerry Garcia legacy lives on…

The late part-Spanish American musician best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, will be posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this week.

Jerry Garcia

Garcia and his songwriting partner Robert Hunter, who will also be honored, first paired together as performers in a folk duo in the early 1960’s.  When Garcia formed the Grateful Dead in the mid-1960’s, he looked to Hunter for lyrics. Hunter became an official lyricist for the band, and when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Hunter was inducted as a band member, the only non-performer ever honored.

Garcia wrote the music while Hunter penned lyrics for songs like “Casey Jones”, “China Cat Sunflower,” “St. Stephen” and “Truckin,’” which was recognized by the United States Library of Congress in 1997 as a national treasure.

With more than 35 million albums sold worldwide, other notable tracks include, “Dark Star,” which is listed as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll” list, and was ranked #57 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time,” the 1987 single, “Touch Of Grey” which was also the band’s first music video and, “Friend of the Devil” from the 1970 album American Beauty, which has been covered by Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Counting Crows, Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett and John Mayer.  In 2007, the Grateful Dead received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 46th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place on June 18 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The attendees will gather to celebrate the core of creativity that drives the music business: the craft of songwriting.

Other members of 2015 class of inductees: country hitmaker Bobby Braddock, late blues icon Willie Dixon, country star Toby Keith, ’80s pop chart-topper Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, who has written hits for Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks and others.

“Our 2015 lineup of inductees represents the rich diversity of American musical styles – Rock, Country, Blues and Pop – that have captivated the world over the past six decades,” said SHOF President & CEO Linda Moran.  “Each one of these brilliant music creators have written instantly recognizable classics, songs that are both of their time and timeless.  Our Annual Awards Gala is sure to be unforgettable.”

The evening’s lineup of performers and presenters includes Tony Bennett, Benny Blanco, Zac Brown, Michael Buble, Ledisi, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, Bernie Taupin and Paul Williams.

Lopilato to Star in Reelhouse Productions’ “Fair Market Value”

Luisana Lopilato is a Fair lady…

Reelhouse Productions has cast the 28-year-old Argentine actress in Fair Market Value.

Luisana Lopilato

The film follows a real estate agent from Miami who moves to the New York suburbs to work at the competitive world of Better Homes & Gardens and butts heads with a rival real estate agent. Tensions escalate when both are forced to work together to sell one of the most expensive mansions in posh Long Island.

Kevin Arbouet wrote the script from a story by Judy San Roman and will also direct the film.

Arbouet, formerly VP of talent at Lee Daniels Entertainment, co-directed the viral internet clip I Got A Crush On Obama, a short that was seen by over 100 million viewers. He also produced the 2012 Lincoln Center project Portraits In Dramatic Time, featuring William H. Macy, Liv Schrieber, Holly Hunter, Alan Rickman, Allison Pill and Lili Taylor.

Lopilato, the wife of Michael Bublé, previously appeared in the television series Chiquititas, Rebelde Way, Alma Pirata, Casados con Hijos and Atracción x4.

Maldonado’s Pentatonix’s Holiday Album Registers 1 Million in Total Sales

Kirstie Maldonado has one million to celebrate…

The 22-year-old half-Mexican/part-Spanish singer and her Pentatonix band mates’ holiday album That’s Christmas To Me has surpassed 1 million in total sales in the week ending December 21.

Pentatonix

With another 203,000 sold, its cumulative total now stands at 1.02 million, landing Pentatonix in special company.

That’s Christmas To Me, released through RCA Records, is only the fourth album to sell a million copies in the U.S. in 2014, following the Frozen soundtrack (3.46 million), Taylor Swift’s 1989 (3.34 million) and Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour (1.13 million).

That’s Christmas To Me continues to be the a cappella group’s best selling studio effort, well ahead of PTXmas, which has moved 356,000.

Additionally, That’s Christmas To Me is the first holiday album to sell a million copies in a calendar year since 2011, when both Michael Buble’s Christmas and Justin Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe managed the feat (with 2.45 million and 1.25 million, respectively).

Mars Receives Aria Awards Nod for Best International Artist

Bruno Mars hasn’t been locked out of Australia in 2013…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer has just earned his second consecutive ARIA Award nomination for Best International Artist.

Bruno Mars

Mars will face off against Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Michael Buble, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, P!nk and Taylor Swift in the category.

The “Locked Out of Heaven” lost out in the Best International Artist category to One Direction.

The ARIA Awards, hosted by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), recognize excellence and innovation across all genres of music in Australia.

The awards are judged by a panel of over 800 members from different sectors of the music industry, with some awards decided by members of the public

 

The ARIA Awards will be held on Sunday, December 1 at the Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Lopilato & Michael Bublé Welcome Their First Child

Luisana Lopilato is officially pulling mom duty…

The 26-year-old Argentine actress, model and singer gave birth to her first child, a son named Noah, with husband Michael Bublé.

Luisana Lopilato

He posted a picture of Lopilato, and their son on his Instagram account on Tuesday.

Bublé’s representative later confirmed the birth, saying Lopilato gave birth early Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada.

Lopilato and Bublé, who married on March 31, 2011 in Argentina and they had a full ceremony in April, posted a video on Lopilato’s YouTube page early this year to announce their pregnancy, along with a special surprise pic.

Lopilato & Bublé Expecting Their First Child

Luisana Lopilato should be picking up her copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting soon.

The 25-year-old Argentine actress/model is expecting her first child with husband Michael Bublé.

Luisana Lopilato & Michael Buble

Lopilato and the 37-year-old crooner, who married on March 31, 2011 in Argentina and they had a full ceremony in April, posted a video on Lopilato’s YouTube page to share the news, along with a special surprise pic!

“Mike, Lu and … mini Bublé!!” appeared on the screen over an ultra sound image. “We’re having a baby Bublé!”

Lopilato has appeared in the television series Chiquititas, Rebelde Way, Alma Pirata, Casados con Hijos and Atracción x4. She has modeled for Ultimo, 47 Street, Coca-Cola, Axe, McDonald’s, Gillette, L’Oreal Elviv and BlackBerry.