Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix Group Mates Announce “Best of” Christmas Album & Tour

Kirstin Maldonado is preparing for the greatest Christmas…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican and part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have announced their latest holiday-themed greatest hits album, The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, due October 25 via RCA Records

Pentatonix

The festive record will feature four new songs in addition to the Grammy-winning a cappella group’s best-selling tracks from its last four holiday albums.

Pentatonix renditions of yuletide carols have been celebrated on the Hot 100 over the last few years: “Little Drummer Boy” played on at No. 13 in 2013, their Christmas version of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” held down the fort at No. 23 in 2017, and “Mary, Did You Know?” delivered at No. 26 in 2014. The latter two hits were certified platinum.

Additionallu, the quintet will also embark on A Pentatonix Christmas Tour, presented by SiriusXM. Pentatonix will kick off the tour with two shows at New York’s Hulu Theater at Madison Square Gardenon November 30 and December 1 before heading to 14 other stops around the country.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 20 at 10:00 a.m. local time here.

Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas Tour 2019
Nov. 30 — New York, NY @ HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden
Dec. 1 — New York, NY @ HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden
Dec. 5 — Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
Dec. 7 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 8 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 10 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Dec. 11 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Dec. 12 — Hershey, PA @ GIANT Center*
Dec. 14 — Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino
Dec. 15 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Dec. 16 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Dec. 18 — Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 19 — Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 21 — Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
Dec. 22 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Dec. 23 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie
 
*Tickets go on sale at 12pm local time.

Christina Aguilera to Contribute New Music to Animated “Addams Family” Movie Soundtrack

Christina Aguilera is joining the Family

The 38-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer will contribute original music to the upcoming animated Addams Family movie soundtrack, according to MGM

Christina Aguilera

Aguilera will perform “Haunted Heart,” which was written by Antonina Armato, Aguilera and Tim James. It was produced by Rock Mafia. “Haunted Heart” will be released later this month by RCA Recordsahead of the film’s debut. 

But Aguilera isn’t the only Latina appearing on the soundtrack…

Karol Gwill perform “My Family” alongside MigosRock Mafiaand Snoop Dogg. The song was written by Antonina ArmatoQuavious Keyate MarshallCarolina GiraldoDanny ParraTim JamesCalvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. and Vic Mizzy. It’s produced by Rock Mafia.

It’ll be the first Addams Family track to be released. The track is being released by MGM Records and distributed by 12 Tone Music

“Christina Aguilera, Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg are powerhouse talents,” said MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman said in a statement. “We could not have asked for a better lineup of global superstars to help audiences embrace the weird and celebrate the absurd with two brand-new songs that perfectly [complement] this fresh, fun take on MGM’s beloved franchise, just in time for Halloween.”

The first new song, a collaboration between Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop titled “My Family,” will be released on Friday, September 13. 

Featuring the voice talents of Oscar IsaacCharlize TheronChlöe Grace Moretz and Bette Midler, The Addams Familyis slated to hit theaters nationwide on October 11.

Howie Dorough & The Backstreet Boys to Perform New Single “Chances” on NBC’s “The Voice”

Howie Dorough is ready to make his voice heard…

The 45-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys members will appear on Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice, according to  Billboard.

Backstreet Boys

The group will perform their new single “Chances” from their upcoming album DNA, available January 25, 2019, via RCA Records.

The best-selling boy band in history will kick off their DNA World Tour starting May 11. The DNA World Tour will be the biggest world tour in 18 years for the group, which has been making music for 25 years.

On Monday’s episode, the top 24 artists currently competing on The Voice performed in front of coaches Kelly ClarksonJennifer HudsonAdam Levine and Blake Shelton for a chance at winning a spot in the top 13.

Tuesday’s episode will show eliminations, as the top 24 is whittled down to 13. The two artists with the most votes from each team will be revealed and will advance to the top 13. Each coach will then select one of their remaining artists to move on, and finally, for the first time ever, the final two Comeback artists will perform for a chance to re-enter the competition as part of the top 13. The winner will be able to choose which team they would like to join.

Monday and Tuesday’s episodes air at 8:00 pm ET on NBC.

Enrique Iglesias Releases Sizzling Video for His New Single “Move to Miami,” Featuring Pitbull

Enrique Iglesias is soakin’ up the sun in style…

The 43-year-old Spanish superstar has released the official music video for his latest single “Move to Miami,” featuring Pitbull.

Enrique Iglesias

The video, which features the streets of Miami at night, begins with Iglesias driving a sports car and meeting a dancer who enthralls him after doing dance moves on top of the car.

Pitbull’s dancers also make an appearance.

“Move to Miami” is Iglesias’ first English-language song since 2014’s “Bailando” featuring Sean Paul.

The single was released via RCA Records and produced by Nitti Gritti, Wuki and J.R. Rotem.

Miguel to Release New Album “War & Leisure” in December

Miguel is ready for War… and Leisure

The 32-year-old Mexican-American singer-songwriter has announced plans to release his next studio album War & Leisure.

Miguel

After gliding his way back into the R&B scene with the Travis Scott-assisted single “Sky Walker,” Miguel will release his new album on December 1 under RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment.

And his offered his fans a preview of the album with new singles, including “Shockandawe” and his Colbert live performance of “Come Through and Chill.”

Meanwhile, his new single, “Told You So,” has a vibrant, electric feel, which finds the singer promising “not to control you,” and giving his lover the ample space needed to thrive on her lonesome.

“Told You So” is also accompanied by a video, displaying the “Adorn” singer showing off his dance moves all throughout the desert. In between scenes, a series of political clips pop up, conveying the chaos presently plaguing the world.

In an interview with Billboard, Miguel candidly spoke about shifting gears musically and becoming more politically in-tune with his audience for his new album.

War & Leisure has political undertones, because that’s what life feels like right now,” he says.

He adds: “This album is intentionally about the ethos right now, that we are right in the middle of all this. We’re trying to flourish in the middle of all this. We all wake up, and it’s time to be creative and amazing and positive and all the things that we’re supposed to be when you look on Instagram, but then we’re dealing with these same problems, this injustice, wars between politicians with egos. Like, 140 characters are going to get us into a war right now?”

Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix to Host Second Christmas Special on NBC

Kirstin Maldonado is ready to celebrate the holidays on television again this year…

The 25-year-old half-Mexican and part-Spanish American singer/songwriter and her Pentatonix group mates will return to NBC for their second holiday special.

Pentatonix

The Grammy-winning a capella vocal artists’ A Very Pentatonix Christmas is set for Monday, November 27 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on NBC, with an encore airing on Wednesday, December 6 at 8:00 pm.

The one-hour show will feature The Voice coach and fellow Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson joining for some favorite holiday tunes. Also appearing are comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno and 13-year-old America’s Got Talent winner and ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.

This week, Pentatonix released a new, deluxe version of its 2016 platinum album, A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxeand will start a Christmas tour on December 3.

The group has sold more than 6.4 million albums in the U.S. alone, won three Grammy Awards, and received a Daytime Emmy nomination.

Last holiday season, A Pentatonix Christmas Special averaged a 1.4 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers overall, according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research. That improved the timeslot versus NBC’s averages for the prior season by +27% in 18-49 (1.4 vs 1.1) and +1.5 million persons, or +25% in total viewers (7.5 million vs. 6.0 million).

A Very Pentatonix Christmas is executive produced by John Irwin Entertainment in collaboration with RCA Records and Pentatonix.

Maldonado & Pentatonix Groupmates Remain Atop the Billboard 200 for Second Week

Kirstie Maldonado is still basking in the holiday spirit…

The 24-year-old half-Mexican, part Spanish-American singer and her fellow Pentatonix members spend a second week atop the Billboard 200 with their holiday album A Pentatonix Christmas.

Pentatonix

The set earned 101,000 equivalent album units in the week ending December 29, 2016 — the final tracking week of the calendar year.

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).

The closing tracking frame of 2016 includes the two days leading up to Christmas Day and the holiday itself, so it’s fitting that a Christmas album leads the tally.

While A Pentatonix Christmas’ total units earned for the week were down by 51 percent, its traditional album sales were greater than any other album: it sold 82,000 copies (down 55 percent), far ahead of the No. 2 selling set of the week, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, with 55,000 copies (down 39 percent).

A Pentatonix Christmas‘ handsome sales, along with small declines in SEA and TEA (down 12 and 10 percent, respectively), helps keep the album ahead of the No. 2 set on the Billboard 200, The Weeknd’s former No. 1 Starboy. The latter climbs one rung with 94,000 units (down only 7 percent).

Mars’ 24K Magic dips one slot to No. 3 with 81,000 units (down 29 percent), while J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only is steady at No. 4 with 75,000 units (down 16 percent).

The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical climbs two positions to No. 5 with 54,000 units (down 7 percent). This is the highest rank for the title in five months, since it also placed at No. 5 on the August 6, 2016-dated list. The album has so far peaked at No. 3 (July 2, 2016), following its 11 Tony Award wins on June 12.

The soundtrack to the animated film Moana jumps 10-6 on the new chart with 53,000 units (up 4 percent), while Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface vaults 15-7 with 52,000 units (up 37 percent). The latter album benefits from a $5.99 sale price in the Apple iTunes store, as well as promotion generated by the release of Twenty One Pilots’ new EP with MuteMathThe MuteMath Sessions, on Dec. 20. Overall sales of Blurryface were up by 23 percent to 33,000, while its download sales increased by a whopping 268 percent to 20,000.

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.

Pentatonix’s New Holiday Album On Track to Reach No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Kirstie Maldonado is ready to rule the roost…

The 24-year-old half-Mexican, part Spanish-American singer and her fellow Pentatonix members are on track for the vocal group’s second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as industry forecasters believe the a cappella act’s latest release, the holiday effort A Pentatonix Christmas, could rise to the top of next week’s list.

Pentatonix

Prognosticators say the album could earn over 175,000 equivalent album units in the week ending December 22. That should be enough to easily take over the top spot, as the next closest competitors will likely be The Weeknd’s Starboy album and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, with both albums predicted to sell around 100,000 copies for the week.

The Billboard 200 chart 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). The top 10 of the new January 7, 2017-dated Billboard 200 chart — where A Pentatonix Christmas could rise to No. 1 — is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Monday, December 26.

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 eight weeks on the chart. On the latest tally, reflecting the tracking week ending December 15, it climbed from No. 3 to No. 2 with 156,000 units (up from 128,000 the week previous).

The album is basking in the glow of holiday-fueled purchases, as well as a sale price in the iTunes Store (for just $7.99), as well as due to 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 December 16, NBC‘s A Pentatonix Christmas Special (which premiered on Dec. 14) received an encore airing on December 17, and they sang on NBC’s America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular on December 19.

If the album reaches No. 1, it will give Pentatonix its second leader, following their self-titled album, which debuted atop the Nov. 7, 2015-dated list. 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.

Iglesias Leaving Universal for Sony Music

Enrique Iglesias is switching teams…

The 40-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter has left his longtime home at Universal Music Group and signed with Sony Music, according to Billboard.

Enrique Iglesias

His albums will most likely be released by Sony Music Latin in Spanish and RCA Records in English.

Iglesias had a long and positive relationship with Universal, which released his albums in English and Spanish for more than a decade.

But Sony offered major international support and, according to inside sources, one of the biggest contracts offered to any artist in recent years in terms of advances and royalties.

Sex and Love, which was released in 2014 and includes the hit “Bailando,” was Iglesias’ last album under his Universal contract.

Earlier this year, as a free agent, he recorded the single “El Perdon” with Nicky Jam, who is signed to Sony. The track was released by Sony Music U.S. Latin in Spanish, and rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart (supplanting long-running “Bailando”). An English version was released in July as is being worked jointly with RCA.

There is no word of a new album yet.

Iglesias’ first record label was Mexican indie Fonovisa, where he launched his career as a Latin crooner. He then signed to Universal/Interscope and became a crossover star with equal success in both English and Spanish.

All told, Iglesias has sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen, making him one of the biggest acts in the market, in any language. Worldwide, he’s sold over 100 million albums.

His top-selling album is Escape, which has sold over 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone.

To get a sense of Iglesias’ clout, one also has to look at his streaming numbers. “Bailando,” for example, was recorded in four versions. Two of those videos — in English and Spanish — have over 1 billion views on Vevo.

Neither Sony nor Iglesias’ management had comment.