Cardi B Teams Up with Normani for New Single “Wild Side” and ‘Cheeky’ Music Video

Cardi B isn’t afraid to show her wild side… or her back side.

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has joined voices with former Fifth Harmony member Normani for the bold new single “Wild Side” and its equally cheeky music video.

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Normani and Cardi B leave nothing to the imagination in their brief, but sizzling scenes together in the Tanu Muino-directed clip.

Normani and her dancers go through various scene changes before a nude Cardi B makes her appearance, and you better believe things get steamy.

“Look, dímelo, turn me ’round/ Treat me like a watch, bust me down/ On the kitchen floor, right on that towel/ It’s my d— and I want it now, ow/ Tell me how you want it/ Put me on my back or my stomach/ Baby, let me blow it like a trumpet/ I can do it all, I can prolly suck a watermelon through a straw,” Cardi raps while hugging a chain in the raw.

No sooner, a naked Normani slides in and the two women embrace in nothing but long wigs covering their exposed bodies on a green, fountain-like set that lets loose a shower of water on them as the setting shifts one other time.

“I had already been in rehearsal for about three weeks preparing for the video when Cardi heard the record for the first time,” Normani said in a statement. “She really showed up for me and brought this record to life by simply doing what Cardi does best. I love that woman down and I’m forever grateful.”

The exciting collab comes nearly one year after Normani appeared in the music video for Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion‘s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “WAP.”

Kali Uchis Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Telepatía”

Kali Uchis is celebrating another first on the Latin music charts…

A month after “Telepatía” reigned on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for four weeks (May 22-June 12-dated lists), the 26-year-old half-Colombian American singer’s ubiquitous single rises 5-1 on the Latin Airplay chart dated July 3. It’s her first No. 1 on the chart.

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The single is her second chart entry on the Latin Airplay chart and her first as a lead act. She previously charted via her featured role on Juanes‘ No. 23-peaking “El Ratico” in 2017.

The steady march of “Telepatía” on radio airplay sends the TikTok hit to No. 1 on the all-Latin genre radio ranking. The track climbs to the top in its 11th week on the list, and with its fourth consecutive weekly gain in audience impressions. It earned 9.6 million in audience in the week ending May 16 — up 30% from the previous week — according to MRC Data.

The song’s Latin Airplay coronation comes after it earlier reached No. 1 on the Latin Streaming Songs chart and Latin Digital Song Sales. The song ruled the Hot Latin Songs chart (which blends airplay, streams and song sales) for four weeks (May 22-June 12 charts). On the latest Hot Latin Songs chart, the track holds at No. 2.

“Telepatía” also jumps 2-1 on Latin Pop Airplay and sends Rauw Alejandro’s pop-disco “Todo De Ti” to the runner-up slot after its two-week reign.

“Telepatía” is Uchis’ first charting single on Latin Pop Airplay without an accompanying act. “El Ratico” peaked at No. 10 in September 2017 and “La Luz (Fin),” with Jhay Cortez, reached No. 16 in January.

Both “Telepatía” and “La Luz” are part of Uchis’ album Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios), which has spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Latin Pop Albums.

Beyond its Latin Airplay and Latin Pop Airplay No. 1s, “Telepatía” continues to climb on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, as the track rises 30-25. It’s her second entry on the chart, following the No. 93 peak of “Get You,” by Daniel Caesar featuring Uchis.

Elsewhere, “Telepatía” rebounds 2-1 on Latin Digital Song Sales after its 11-week lead with 1,400 downloads sold in the week ending June 24.

Rauw Alejandro Releases Sophomore Studio Album “Vice Versa”

Rauw Alejandro is back with new music…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican singer, whose real name is Raúl Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz, has released his sophomore studio album, Vice Versa, via Duars Entertainment.

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On his new album, Rauw opted to go experimental, trading, for the most part, his signature reggaeton and Latin R&B sound for more electro-pop, funk, and even Brazilian-inclined rhythms.

“This is the music I like to do,” he tells Billboard, crediting James BrownBruno Mars, and Michael Jackson as his music idols. “This album has a lot of contrast and a great selection of music.”

His best example? “Todo De Ti,” which Rauw admits was the last song to make it on Vice Versa.

“The album is incredible but the more I heard it, I felt like something was missing. That’s when ‘Todo de Ti’ was born,” he says, getting inspired from old-school sounds like funk and disco. “The most important thing in my music is the melodies. I began vibing in the studio with my producer Mr. Nais Gai and when I found the perfect melody, that’s when I began writing the concept of the song. I was so excited about the track that we finished it in two days.”

Also a phenomenon on TikTok with over one million video creations, “Todo de Ti” currently sits at No. 45 on Billboard‘s all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also entered the Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, Global 200, and Global Excl. U.S. charts.

“It’s a totally different proposal and I took a risk,” he says.

Vice Versa contains only three reggaeton songs, two collaborations (one with Anitta and his longtime friend, Lyanno), and the rest, a rollercoaster of new fusions, best representing his album’s cover.

He explains the production was created between 2020 and 2021 and that he began working on it just two weeks after finalizing his debut set, Afrodisiaco. He also mentions that his entire team — which has been by his side since the beginning of his career — fully supported and respected the route he wanted to take in Vice Versa.

“I like to get out of my comfort zone,” he proudly states. “That’s what makes me happy, to be able to explore, expand and grow. I don’t judge any artist that wants to follow their line but in my case, I don’t like getting boxed in a certain type of genre. I want to experiment with the most that I can in my career and aim to become that complete

Up next, Rauw prepares to perform his biggest hits and new songs on his 2021-2022 tour in the U.S., Spain, and Puerto Rico, including three sold-out shows at the emblematic Coliseo de Puerto Rico on October 21, 22, and 23.

Demi Lovato Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Demi Lovato is making a switch…

The 28-year-old half-Mexican American singer, songwriter and actor is making the move from William Morris Endeavor (WME) to United Talent Agency (UTA).

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Lovato will be represented by UTA in all areas worldwide.

Over the course of their music career, Lovato has released seven albums, all of which have landed in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to MRC Data. The artist’s 2009 album Here We Go Again reached No. 1 on the tally.

Lovato has also landed 35 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including four top 10s, according to MRC Data. They have sold 2.7 million albums and 23.8 million song downloads and their songs have registered 5.6 billion on-demand U.S. streams.

According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, Lovato’s tours have grossed $56.8 million and sold 1.1 million tickets. Their most recent tour, 2018’s Tell Me You Love Me Tour, was their biggest yet, earning $21.5 million.

In 2020, Lovato kicked off a career resurgence when they debuted their ballad “Anyone” during a stripped-down performance at the Grammy Awards and performed the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV.

In April, Lovato’s Dancing With The Devil…The Art of Starting Over reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The album coincided with the launch of Lovato’s powerful four-part documentary series from YouTube Originals and director Michael D. Ratner entitled Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil.

The docuseries opened the 2021 SXSW festival and detailed Lovato’s life as a pop star and the trauma they have faced. For the first time, Lovato opened up about every aspect that led to their nearly fatal overdose in 2018 and their awakenings in the aftermath. That series was preceded by a YouTube Originals documentary in 2017 titled Simply Complicated, which has garnered more than 35 million views.

On May 19, 2021, Lovato premiered their new podcast, 4D With Demi Lovato, where they announced that they identify as non-binary and have officially changed their pronouns to they/them.

Lovato has been honored over the years with numerous awards and accolades for their work, including an MTV Video Music Award, 14 Teen Choice Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, an American Latino Media Arts Award, a Latin American Music Award and a GLAAD Vanguard Award for their services to LGBT activism. They have also received two Grammy Award nominations, four Billboard Music Awards nominations and three Brit Award nominations for their work.

Outside of music, Lovato’s film and television credits include Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sonny with a Chance, Glee, Barney & Friends and the final season of Will & Grace. They were also featured alongside Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan in Netflix’s hit feature film Eurovision and have appeared as a mentor on the U.S. version of The X Factor.

Lovato is next starring in the NBC single-camera comedy pilot Hungry, which follows a group of friends who belong to a food-issues group. They are executive-producing the project, which comes from Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills, SB Projects and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio GroupPeacock has additionally ordered the four-part series Unidentified with Demi Lovato, which will see the singer, their best friend Matthew and their sister Dallas attempt to uncover the truth about the UFO phenomena.

Lovato continues to be represented by Scooter Braun Projects, Carroll Guido Groffman at Cohen Bar & Karalian, LLP and the Nordlinger Group.

Los del Rio Team Up with Airbnb to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of “Macarena”

Los del Rio are giving you the Macarena vacation experience of a lifetime…

The Spanish Latin pop and dance duo, comprised of Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones, has teamed up with Airbnb to commemorate 25 years of their global hit “Macarena” and give fans the ultimate vacation experience.

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In celebration, Los del Rio will host guests at the luxurious Andalusian villa that they use as a rural getaway for musical inspiration.

“We can’t believe 25 years have gone by since ‘Macarena’ became one of the most listened to songs of summer,” they said in a statement. “Without a doubt, the best way to celebrate this milestone with our fans is to open the doors of our favorite rural refuge and list it on Airbnb.

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The two-night stay will not only include access to Andalusian gardens, a swimming pool, a karaoke room, and even private cooking and dancing lessons, but also the opportunity to hang out with Los del Rio themselves to dance the timeless “Macarena.”

Inspired by a woman named Madalena, Romero crafted the melody that would become “Macarena” during a 1993 studio session; the “Macarena” topped the Billboard Hot 100 on August 3, 1996.

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Booking opens on June 28 for a two-night stay starting Aug. 3 via airbnb.com. A one-time virtual experience is also available for fans by clicking here.

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Bruno Mars’ Silk Sonic Single “Leave the Door Open” Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Bruno Mars is back on top…

Leave the Door Open,” from the 35-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer and Anderson .Paak’s duo Silk Sonic, rebounds from No. 2 to No. 1 for its second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.Bruno Mars, Ricky Regal, LacosteThe Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

“Leave the Door Open,” released on Aftermath/Atlantic Records, first reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated April 17 (five weeks ago). It returns to the top as it drew 17.8 million U.S. streams (down 4%) and sold 14,200 (up 38%, helped by its placement in the iTunes Store‘s 69¢ Pop Hits sale) in the week ending May 13, according to MRC Data. It also attracted 87 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 8%) in the week ending May 16.

The track adds a fifth week atop the Radio Songs chart, pushes 3-2 on Digital Song Sales and keeps at No. 10 on Streaming Songs.

Notably, the four-week absence from No. 1 on the Hot 100 for “Leave the Door Open” is the longest for a song since Post Malone‘s “Circles” waited four frames between its second and third weeks on top on the charts dated December 7, 2019, and January 11, 2020. The two tracks’ breaks between weeks at No. 1 mark the longest since Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” reigned for two weeks and then spent eight frames at No. 2 (behind Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass“) before returning for two more weeks on top in September-November 2014.

The track concurrently leads Hot R&B Songs for an eighth week and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a fourth frame; the latter two charts use the same methodology as the Hot 100.

Bad Bunny to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Music Awards

Bad Bunny is bringing some Latin heat to the Billboard Music Awards

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer will perform “Te Deseo Lo Mejor” from his 2020 album El Último Tour Del Mundo, which made history as the first all-Spanish-language album to hit No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

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In addition to topping the Billboard 200, Bad Bunny has also reached No. 1 on Billboards other flagship, all-genre chart, the Billboard Hot 100. He topped that chart with “I Like It,” his 2018 collab with Cardi B and J Balvin. In addition, he has cracked the top five on the Hot 100 with two other hits: “Mia” (featuring Drake) and “Dakiti” (a collab with Jhay Cortez).

Bad Bunny, a four-time BBMA winner, is nominated for seven more BBMAs this year, including top Latin artist and top Latin album, two categories he won last year. Bad Bunny is one of only nine artists with seven or more BBMA nods this year — and the only one representing Latin music.

He won his first Grammy on March 14, when his album YHLQMDLG won for best Latin pop or urban album.

Bad Bunny holds the record for the most top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with 104. He also holds the record for the most hits total on that chart: 111.

But Bad Bunny won’t be the only Latin artist to perform…

Karol G will take the stage for a special medley of her hits “Bichota” and “El Makinon.”

The 30-year-old Colombian singer’s most recent album, KG0516, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, becoming her first No. 1 on that list. It also made the top 20 on the Billboard 200, her highest ranking to date.

Karol G has amassed 25 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including three No. 1s. She has had 10 No. 1s on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart.

Hosted by Nick Jonas, the show will include performances by (in alphabetical order by principal performer) AJR, BTS, DJ Khaled featuring H.E.R. and Migos, Duran Duran, Glass Animals, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis with Sounds Of Blackness featuring Ann Nesby, Alicia Keys, P!nk, twenty one pilots and The Weeknd.

In addition to performing, P!nk will receive the ICON Award. She is the youngest recipient of that award to date.

Drake will receive the Artist of the Decade Award.  Trae Tha Truth will receive the Change Maker Award.

Billboard Music Awards finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including audio and video streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data and Next Big Sound. This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021.

Fan-voted categories include top social artist and top collaboration. Voting opened on May 10 and closes May 21 at 11:59 p.m. PT on Twitter and billboard.com/bbmasvote. For more information, visit billboardmusicawards.com/vote.

Gera MX & Christian Nodal’s “Botella Tras Botella” Makes Billboard Hot 100 History

Gera MX is making history…

The 27-year-old Mexican rapper’s Christian Nodal-assisted singer “Botella Tras Botella” is the first Regional Mexican title to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its almost 63-year history.

Gera MX & Christian Nodal

The track, which was released on April 23rd via Virgin Music México, laces both of the singers’ genres.

The breakup song, which has become a phenomenon, was produced by Erick Gutierrez Cervantes and Edgar Barrera. The country-tinged, acoustic ranchera features hip-hop beats.

“Botella Tras Botella” was born during a carne asada hang out in the midst of the pandemic.

“Christian and I live in the same residential, and one day he rode his bike to my house to hang out. I still can’t believe that Nodal, this huge artist that everyone knows, rides a bike to my house. That’s when I knew he was part of la raza,” Gera expresses. “He played the melody on the guitar and I just knew that this was the song. We hit the studio, turned our feelings into lyrics, and here it is. We weren’t even looking for it,” he continues.

The song also debuts at No. 3 on Hot Latin Songs and in the top 10 on both Global charts: No. 4 on Billboard Global Excl. U.S. and No. 9 on Billboard Global 200.

As for the song’s massive success on social media and digital platforms, Gera owes it all to a real friendship and the heart.

“This song did not have a marketing strategy or a plan. It has soul,” he says. “I wrote it thinking about someone very important to me and people can tell that it hurt me a lot. I can’t find any other explanation and it’s beautiful. You’re not only showing off your artistic side but also your human side.”

Bruno Mars Earns Eighth No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 with Silk Sonic Single “Leave the Door Open”

Bruno Mars is Leave-ing his mark yet again…

Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic, the duo of the 35-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer and Anderson .Paak, rises from No. 3 to No. 1 for its first week at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

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It’s Mars’ eighth Hot 100 No. 1, while Anderson. Paak earns his first.

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data.

“Leave the Door Open” drew 21.5 million U.S. streams (up 13%) and sold 28,600 copies, downloads and CDs combined (up 138%), in the week ending April 8, according to MRC Data. It also attracted 59.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 9%) in the week ending April 11.

Combining digital and physical sales, the song was the most-sold of the tracking week, aided by two CD versions that shipped to purchasers in that span (one for $2.50 and a live version for the standard $1.29 single price), as it wins the Hot 100’s top Sales Gainer award.

Bruno Mars’ Hot 100 No. 1s:
“Nothin’ on You” (B.o.B feat. Mars), two weeks, beginning May 1, 2010
“Just the Way You Are,” four weeks, Oct. 2, 2010
“Grenade,” four weeks, Jan. 8, 2011
“Locked Out of Heaven,” six weeks, Dec. 22, 2012
“When I Was Your Man,” one week, April 20, 2013
“Uptown Funk!” (Mark Ronson feat. Mars), 14 weeks, Jan. 17, 2015
“That’s What I Like,” one week, May 13, 2017
“Leave the Door Open” (Silk Sonic [Mars & Anderson. Paak]), one week to-date, April 17, 2021

With eight Hot 100 No. 1s dating to his first, as featured on B.o.B‘s “Nothin’ on You” on the chart dated May 1, 2010, Mars ties Drake, Katy Perry and Rihanna for the most in that span. Mars becomes one of 18 artists in the Hot 100’s entire history with at least eight leaders.

 

Meanwhile, “Leave the Door Open” reaches No. 1 in its fifth week on the Hot 100, completing Mars’ quickest coronation. He wrapped a prior-best eight-week ascent to the summit with “Uptown Funk!” in 2015.

Silk Sonic pushes “Leave the Door Open” from No. 2 to No. 1 for its first week atop the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it’s Mars’ fourth leader, after “That’s What I Like” (10 weeks, 2017), “Finesse” (one week, 2018) and “Please Me” (one week, 2019), the latter two with Cardi B.

“Door” concurrently rebounds 2-1 for a third week atop the Hot R&B Songs chart, which, like Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, uses the same methodology as the Hot 100.

Cardi B Rewrites Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Triller U.S. Chart

Cardi B is trill standing tall…

The 28-year-old half-Dominican rap superstar has rewritten the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Triller U.S. chart, as “Up” spends its fifth week at No. 1 via the April 10-dated tally.

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The Top Triller U.S. and Top Triller Global charts highlight the biggest songs on Triller based on a formula blending the amount of views of videos containing a respective songs, the level of engagement with those videos and the raw total of videos uploaded featuring each song, according to Triller.

Data for the charts is represented on a Friday-Thursday tracking week, with the latest period running March 25-April 1.

With its fifth week atop the tally, “Up” breaks out of a tie with Megan Thee Stallion’s “Cry Baby,” featuring DaBaby, and Dixie D’Amelio’s “Be Happy” for the most weeks at No. 1 in the history of Top Triller U.S., which began in July 2020.

“Up” first crowned the ranking dated February 27 and has since spent every week on the chart either at No. 1 or No. 2.

Concurrently, the song spends its second straight week at No. 2 on Top Triller Global after leading for two weeks last month.

According to Triller, the top video on the platform to use “Up” in the March 25-April 1 tracking period was a March 7 upload from user don22ovan.

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“Up” is No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 alongside its return to No. 1 on Top Triller U.S. The song earned 22.4 million U.S. streams on digital service providers like Spotify, Apple Music and more; accumulated 34.5 million audience impressions on radio; and 8,000 digital downloads.