Demi Lovato to Host Talk Show on Quibi

Demi Lovatois ready to talkthings up a notch…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress, who performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl last weekend, will lead a talk show for the upcoming shortform digital service Quibi.

Demi Lovato

The platform has greenlighted Pillow Talk with Demi Lovato(working title), a 10-episode series fronted by the Grammywinner that will feature candid, unfiltered conversations between Lovato and guests — both experts and celebrities — exploring topics such as: activism, body positivity, gender identity, sex, relationships, social media and wellness.

“I’ve always considered myself someone that speaks honestly about issues that face my generation,” Lovato said. “We’re excited to bring those frank conversations to a public forum, where people can have the opportunity to relate to the topics and guests, while finding room for laughter and learning.”

Produced by Goodstory Entertainmentand SB ProjectsPillow Talk with Demi Lovato is executive produced by Lovato, Scooter BraunAllison Kayeand Scott MansonJD Rothand Adam Greener.

Founded by Jeffrey Katzenbergand led by CEO Meg Whitman, Quibi launches on April 6.

Demi Lovato Performs Rousing Rendition of National Anthem at the Super Bowl

It’s a star-spangled night for Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress helped kick off Super Bowl LIV on Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami with a soaring rendition of the National Anthem

Wearing an all-white pantsuit with a belt, Lovato delivered a note-perfect rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, nailing both the dramatic “land of the free” climax and the elongated closing “brave” note. 

The anthem has been performed at the Super Bowl in recent years by P!nkLuke BryanLady GagaIdina Menzel and Gladys Knight

The Super Bowl marks Lovato’s second Sunday in a row delivering a high-profile performance on national television, having debuted her new heart-wrenching single “Anyone” at the Grammys a week earlier

The song is expected to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, Lovato’s first entry on the chart since “Sober” in 2018. 

Demi Lovato’s “Anyone” Sees Huge Sales & Streaming Spike Post-Grammys

Demi Lovatois back with a vengeance…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress saw a huge spike in sales and streams after the performance of her emotional, autobiographical single “Anyone.”

Demi Lovato

Lovato’s “Anyone” was the most downloaded song in the U.S. on Grammy Day, with more than 11,500 sales on the day of the show and more than 27,000 sales within 24 hours of her performance, according to data from BuzzAngle and Spotify.

It sets a promising scene for her performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Lovato’s “Anyone” was the most streamed song the day after her performance increasing with 2 million streams (up 600%).

But she isn’t the only Latina seeing a bump…

Camila Cabello‘s ode to her father, “First Man” — which she sang to her father in the Grammy audience, causing him and untold thousands of dads across the world to weep — led to a whopping 68,000% gain, according to BuzzAngle. 

The song went from selling a handful of units per day prior to the show to 6,159 sales on the day of the show and over 11,400 sales within 24 hours of her performance. “First Man” increased by 310% the day of her performance and nearly 900% the day after her performance, for 1.4 million streams. Spotify said streams of the song increased more than 1,000% after her performance.

Here’s a look at the post-Grammy reporting:

Top Songs Performed/ Day Of % Impact/ 2 Day Sales/ 2 Day % Impact

  1. Anyone/Demi Lovato 27,071/ Debut
  2. Nobody But You/Blake Shelton 103%/ 14,159/ 54%
  3. First Man / Camila Cabello 68,333%/ 11,415/ 81,435%
  4. Old Town Road/ Lil Nas X 263%/ 7,878/ 207%
  5. What’s A Man Gotta Do/Jonas Brothers 192%/ 7,104/ 142%

Top Streamed Songs Performed/ Day After % Impact

  1. Anyone/ Demi Lovato/ 1.9M 592%
  2. Old Town Road/ Lil Nas X/ 1.8M -9%
  3. When the Party’s Over/ Billie Eilish/ 1.7M 97%
  4. First Man/ Camila Cabello/ 1.4M 890%
  5. What A Man Gotta Do/ Jonas Brothers 1.3M/ 21%

Julian Castro to Take Part in 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues

Julian Castro will be discussing LGBTQ Issues later this week…

The 45-year-old Mexican American politician and Democratic US presidential candidate will take part in the national 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues.

Julian Castro

Hosted by Pose actress Angelica Ross, the forum is presented by GLAADOne IowaThe Gazette and The Advocate and will be livestreamed from Coe College’s Sinclair Auditorium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 20 at 7:00 pm CT.

In addition to Castro, whowas the youngest member of President Barack Obama‘s Cabinet, serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017, participants include Joe BidenCory BookerPete Buttigieg, Tulsi GabbardKamala HarrisAmy Klobuchar, Joe SestakElizabeth Warren and Marianne Williamson. Country artist and contestant on season 11 of The Voice Billy Gilman is set to perform the National Anthem at the event.

A transgender activist, Ross will join GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellison stage tol bring LGBTQ specific-issues to the forefront of discussion in the 2020 presidential election. 

During the Forum, each candidate will discuss their plan and vision for improving LGBTQ acceptance in a divisive time for marginalized communities.

“This LGBTQ Presidential Forum is a pivotal moment in the 2020 election cycle,” said Ellis. “It’s the first time that LGBTQ issues will be exclusively discussed by 2020 presidential candidates on a national stage.”

She adds, “We look forward to hearing how the 2020 candidates plan to reverse the attacks and rollbacks of the Trump Administration and put LGBTQ Americans on a course to 100% acceptance.”

This comes at a time when members of the American LGBTQ community have faced more than 124 anti-LGBTQ attacks in policy and rhetoric from the Trump Administration. This includes the ban on transgender Americans from serving in the military and the administration’s opposition to the Equality Act.

Fifth Harmony to Perform the National Anthem at the NHL All-Star Game

Ally Brooke Hernandez and Lauren Jauregui are hitting the rink…

The Latina singers and their fellow Fifth Harmony groupmates will perform at the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fifth Harmony

The 62nd annual event, which will also feature performances by Nick Jonas and Carly Rae Jepsen, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 29, and will air on NBC.

Jepsen will kick things off with the Canadian national anthem before the game, and Fifth Harmony will follow with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Jonas, meanwhile, will perform during the game’s second intermission.

“We are pleased with the incredible lineup of entertainment that we put together for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend,” said Steve Mayer, NHL chief content officer and executive vice president. “The All-Star Weekend will feature three days of can’t-miss events, including the NHL100 celebration on Friday night, in a weekend where hockey takes over Hollywood. We are excited for Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen’s All-Star Game performances for our fans in L.A and those watching around the world.”

This will be Fifth Harmony’s second performance without Camila Cabello, following their debut as a quartet at the People’s Choice Awards last week.

The NHL All-Star Weekend will also include the NHL100 gala hosted by actor Jon Hamm honoring the league’s 100 greatest athletes of all time with guest appearances by John Legend and Robin Thicke, who will honor his late father Alan Thicke, as well as John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting.

This will be the third time Los Angeles will host the NHL All Star Game and the first since 2002.

Blacc to Perform During Game 7 of the NBA Finals

It’s a star-spangled Sunday for Aloe Blacc

The 37-year-old Panamanian American singer-songwriter will provide the night’s entertainment with a special rendition of the National Anthem before tonight’s winner-takes-all game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Aloe Blacc

In addition to performing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the Grammy-nominee will also

offer the crowd at Oakland’s Oracle Arena a special halftime performance.

Blacc helmed the vocals for Aviciis 2013 hit “Wake Me Up” and unleashed his third album Lift Your Spirit in 2013.

Don’t miss Blacc and Game 7 tonight when the game airs live tonight at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.

Santana to Perform National Anthem at Game 2 of the NBA Finals

Carlos Santana is heading back to the hardwoods…

The 68-year-old Mexican musician and his wife Cindy Blackman Santana will once again perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Game 2 on Sunday night.

Carlos-Santana-and-Cindy-Blackman

The global rock star has sold more than 100 million records over his 40-year tenure thanks to Latin-infused hits like “Oye Como Va,” “Maria Maria” and “Smooth.”

In April, he released Santana IV, which saw the reunion of his band’s original ’70s lineup, comprised of Santana, Gregg Rolie on keyboards, Neal Schon on guitar, Michael Carabello on percussion and Michael Shrieve on drums.

Santana IV also debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

His wife, Cindy Blackman, is an American jazz and rock drummer, who also joined her husband in performing the national anthem at last year’s NBA Finals.

After the Golden State Warriors claimed victory in Game 1, the hometown team will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for round 2 at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Sunday, June 5.

The game airs at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.

Lovato to Replace Ariana Grande as the Headline Act at the MLB All-Star Game Concert

Demi Lovato is ready for an all-star affair…

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American actress has come aboard as the new headline act for the MLB All-Star Game concert on Saturday night (July 11), replacing previously announced headliner Ariana Grande at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.

Demi Lovato

The MLB has yet to issue a statement on the change, and neither Lovato nor Grande have posted about it on social media. A rep for Lovato confirmed to Billboard that she’s indeed performing at the star-studded baseball game on Saturday night.

Grande is currently facing backlash for a bizarre video in which she declares “I hate America” in a donut shop. No word on whether her removal from her the All-Star Game concert was the result of that controversy.

Meanwhile, Lovato recently returned to music with new single “Cool For The Summer,” which she performed for the first time last week in New York. The track precedes Lovato’s forthcoming fifth album, the follow up to her popular album Demi.

This isn’t Lovato’s first MLB stint…

She previously performed the National Anthem at the World Series in 2012.

Santana to Perform Instrumental Version of the National Anthem at the World Series

Carlos Santana is ready to play ball… 

The 67-year-old Mexican musician is among the entertainers scheduled to perform the National Anthem at the 2014 World Series, according to Fox officials.

Carlos Santana

Santana, a multiple Grammy winner considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, joins a roster that includes American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town.

Yearwood will kick things off Tuesday, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 1 when the San Francisco Giants face the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Phillips will make his second appearance singing at a World Series when he takes the mic before Game 2 on Wednesday. He last appeared in 2012, the year he won American Idol, when the Giants faced the Detroit Tigers.

The series moves to San Francisco on Friday with country group Little Big Town.

Santana then takes the 4 p.m. slot on Saturday for Game 4, when he performs an instrumental version of the song.

The games will air on Fox at 8:00 pm ET.

Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Scores Rave Reviews on Social Media

The Seattle Seahawks may be this year’s Super Bowl champions… But Bruno Mars is the night’s Twitter darling.

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer’s electrifying halftime show not only proved that Mars is a music superstar; it also generated an out of this world (pun intended) response on social media from a worldwide audience.

Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl

Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers generated 2.2 million tweets during their 12-minute show, including rave reviews from fellow musicians like Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks.

“The whole ‪#halftimeshow was pretty awesome! Well done ‪@BrunoMars,” tweeted Underwood, who sang a memorable rendition of the National Anthem at the 2010 Super Bowl.

“Entrance on drums, James brown, chili peppers, I loved that whole thing,” said actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, while Gavin DeGraw said Mars “tore up that halftime performance.”

Meanwhile, Sparks tweeted that she got chills when Mars broke out James Brown’s signature dance moves.