Lauren Jauregui Releases New Single “Colors”

It’s a colorful time for Lauren Jauregui

The 25-year-old Cuban American singer and former Fifth Harmony member has released a brand-new single, “Colors.”

Lauren JaureguiThe track is taken from her upcoming solo project titled PRELUDE.

Written by Jauregui and produced by Johnny Rain, “Colors” is a contemplative, emotionally charged song revealing the singer’s internal reality check.

“Deep gratitude to be able to finally birth the beginning of this project into the world. PRELUDE is a piece of my heart, and I can’t wait for you all to hear what that sounds like,” shares Jauregui in a statement.

“Colors” starts off filling space with piano and airy strings before descending into a lush rhythm of R&B-style drums, ending with Jauregui reciting, “I’m actually not addicted to the drugs / I’m addicted to feeling f–king numb.”

Speaking about the song, Lauren reveals, “When you paint a wall, you have to paint over what is underneath. I’m trying to convince myself I’m someone I’m not,” she explains. “The song is a literal conversation. When everyone is gone, it’s just you and I. You can paint on the wall, but you can’t erase them all. I’m letting myself know that no matter what is going on, I need to be okay with myself. You can’t run away from yourself, because all of your layers are still going to be there. You need to learn to see them and accept them.”

Along with the new music, Jauregui has also revealed in an interview with Bustle that she’s taking full creative control of her new solo journey, releasing music in partnership with AWAL Recordings and serving as executive producer on her upcoming album. Fifth Harmony went on indefinite hiatus in March 2018.

According to Lauren, “My music is about getting to the bottom of how I’m feeling… Now, I have the freedom to explore all of the different ways I can express myself. My art is a witness to my growth.”

Lauren Jauregui to Launch Debut Solo Project “Prelude” with Global Livestream Performance

Lauren Jauregui is finally going solo…

The 25-year-old Cuban American singer and former Fifth Harmony member is preparing to launch her debut solo project Preludeand she’s readying to roll it out in a special way.

Lauren Jauregui

Jauregui sat down with Billboard News host Chelsea Briggs to talk about Prelude, which she’ll be presenting for the very first time during a special global livestream performance via Moment House in October.

“I want the story to tell itself through the music,” the “Expectations” singer says. “It’s very introspective. I go through a lot of different emotions and revealings throughout it. And it’s also just the beginning, you know? So it’s just the first round of people seeing me for the songwriter that I am and for the artist that I am across the board, even beyond just the music. Like just the whole vision of everything coming to life.”

Jauregui says Prelude dives into vulnerable topics ranging from mental health to love.

“I feel like I really explore my strength through my vulnerability,” she says. But her debut solo project also marks “an unveiling [rather] than a discovery” of her voice after her girl group Fifth Harmony went on indefinite hiatus in 2018.

“I have learned that I am resilient. I have learned that I truly have a lot of inner-strength and power. And I have learned that I am protected and guided spiritually, and I’ve leaned in a much deeper way than I ever have in my life,” she says of the songwriting process.

Co-directed by her new creative director Matthew Daniel Siskin (Beyoncé, 6LACK, Florence & The Machine), Jauregui’s livestream will air on Thursday, October 14, and Friday, October 15, across multiple territories, including North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the U.K., Europe and Africa. Tickets are on sale here.

“I want people to experience the rawness of the songs, and I feel like I really captured that,” Jauregui tells Billboard. “And I’m really capturing that through the process of creating this piece that I’m going to present to people.”

Ally Brooke Recording First-Ever Spanish-Language Album

Ally Brooke is switching tongues…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony member is currently recording her first Spanish-language album.

Ally Brooke

Ally Brooke, who appeared on Dancing With the Stars and launched a 2020 U.S. tour, has signed a joint record deal with indie labels Duars Entertainment, founded by Eric Duars, and with AMSI, launched by entertainment attorney Simran A. Singh, becoming the first female artist signed to either company.

Brooke is working with producers Luny Tunes, Dimelo Flow and Mr. NaisGai, among others on the album, which will feature collaborations with Latin and mainstream artists.

The San Antonio native met Singh –who also reps Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and Anuel AA, among others—through mutual friend Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister.

Singh, who initially came onboard as her attorney, was impressed with both Ally Brooke’s personality and her voice.

“We began working and I said, ‘What do you think about doing a Spanish album?'” says Singh. “She said she’d love to and we instantly clicked.”

Singh reached out to Duars, another longtime client and friend, and they decided to jointly sign Ally Brooke to an unusual joint label deal instead of shopping her to another label.

“Eric and I know this business very well and we have the capital. So rather than knock on doors, we’re going to build it up ourselves,” Singh told Billboard.

Ally Brooke is the latest mainstream female artist to record in Spanish in the past year. Selena Gomez released her first Spanish-language EP earlier this year and Camila Cabello has forayed into Spanish in singles as well.

Fans will get a first listen to Ally Brooke’s new music during a showcase hosted by Duars Entertainment and slated to take place during Billboard Latin Music Week in Miami the week of September 20 with a line-up that will also includes Rauw Alejandro. Singh says he plans to release a first single immediately after.

No stranger to the charts, Ally Brooke has scored previous hits alongside collaborators like Tyga and Afrojack.

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.

Normani & Cardi B

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.”

Cardi B Teams Up with Normani for Surprise New Single “Wild Side”

Cardi B’s embracing her wild side

The 28-year-old half-Dominican America rap superstar has joined voices with Normani for the surprise new single, “Wild Side.”

Cardi B

The artists announced the track on Wednesday, revealing in a series of tweets that their collaboration will drop on Friday morning (July 16).

They also unwrapped the single’s very revealing cover art, which finds both women reclining on a giant pearly shell in the nude with just their long flowing hair covering them up.

A video for the track will also be released.

When Cardi B found out the pair were trending after the release of the news, the “Up” rapper made a prophetic promise: “The world is ready for Normani supremacy!!!!”

Normani, who is still working away on her anticipated debut solo album, was clearly excited about the superstar summit, posting a pair of teary-eyed emoji after a fan offered up a cute tweet with throwback photos of “baby Normani” and “Baby Cardi.”

She also re-tweeted an old video of Cardi B giving the former Fifth Harmony singer props, throwing up a string of heart emoji and one more welling-up-with-tears one for good measure to show appreciation for Cardi’s longtime support. Cardi was just as excited, reacting to Normani’s reaction to watching their “Wild” video again — in which Normani humbly tweeted, “sis what the actual f—” — by tweeting, “Ommmmgggg I’m nervous!!!!! But then again I’m not YOU DID THAT!!!!!!! I hope and you better be proud of yourself!!”

To date, Normani has released five singles, including “Motivation,” the Sam Smith duet “Dancing With a Stranger” and the Khalid collaboration “Love Lies,” but has not yet announced the release date for her first solo full-length.

J Balvin Lands Two Singles on Spotify’s “Billions Club” Playlist

J Balvin is officially in special company…

Spotify has launched its “Billions Club” playlist to highlight the music of the members of its Billion Streams Club, including two of the 36-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter’s most iconic singles.

J Balvin

According to Spotify, the new playlist — which currently features more than 150 songs — highlights the megahits that have surpassed the one billion streams mark. Included on the new playlist are J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” with Willy William and his collaboration with Cardi B and Bad Bunny, “I Like It.”

In all Cardi B has three singles on the playlist. Along with “I Like It,” the other singles are “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5, and “Taki Taki,” her collaboration with Selena Gomez, Ozuna and DJ Snake.

Selena Gomez has three singles. Along with “Taki Taki,” her other singles on the playlist include “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Charlie Puth, and “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo.

Bruno Mars has three singles on the playlist “That’s What I Like” and “Just the Way You Are,” as well as “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson.

Other Latin artists appearing on the playlist include Karol G, Danny Ocean, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello and Luis Fonsi.

“Spotify has long celebrated artist milestones and we wanted to find a unique way to honor the artists and songs fans can’t stop listening to,” Ashley Graver, Global Head of Creative Artist Partnerships, tells Billboard. “The Billions Club playlist is a natural evolution of the plaques you have seen from multiple artists, and we are excited to give fans a one-stop destination to enjoy some of the most streamed songs in the world.”

Also in celebration of the newly rounded up collection of songs, Spotify created a video sharing how various artists have reveled when learning of the milestone and receiving their One Billion Streams plaque from the streamer.

Prior to the launch of the “Billions Club” playlist, some artists have marked hitting the billion streams achievement by doing more than just showing off their shiny new plaques on social media. Several have literally eaten off the platter-shaped badge of honor: Halsey dug into some Cheetos and candy, Joe Jonas dined on some McDonald’s, and Quavo ate some scrambled eggs and waffles with plenty of syrup, for example. (See Billboard’s gallery.)

Spotify has been busy this year launching new features beyond the just announced “Billions Club” playlist.

In April, the streaming service started adding some livestream events to artist pages, and in late May, partnered with Driift for tickets to a virtual concert series.

Cardi B, “I Like It,” featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Cardi B, “Girls Like Me,” with Maroon 5
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”
Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” with Mark Ronson
Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Karol G, “Tusa,” featuring Nicki Minaj
Selena Gomez, “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” with Charlie Puth
Selena Gomez, “Taki Taki,” with DJ Snake, Cardi B & Ozuna
Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me,” with Kygo
Camila Cabello, “Senorita,” with Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabello, “Havana,” featuring Young Thug
Luis Fonsi, “Despacito – Remix,” with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber
Luis Fonsi, “Despacity,” with Daddy Yankee
J Balvin, “Mi Gente,” with Willy William
Danny Ocean, “Me Rehuso”

Ally Brooke to Perform on This Year’s Premios Juventud Awards Show

Ally Brooke is gearing up for the Premios Juventud

Univisionhas unveiled the second wave of talent confirmed to perform at this year’s Premios Juventudawards show, with the 27-year-old Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony making the list.

Ally Brooke

Ally Brooke, who finished in third place on the last installment of Dancing With the Stars, recently released the Spanish single “500 Veces,” featuring Messiah. No word if she’ll perform that song.

In addition to Ally Brooke, the star-studded lineup includesJ BalvinNatanael CanoPedro Capo,CNCOKarol GKany GarciaGreeicyMau & RickyOzunaRafa PabonPitbullAlex RoseSebastian YatraCaly y El DandeeDanna PaolaThe Wailersand Zion & Lennox, who will bless fans with a special musical number from Puerto Rico in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

They join previously announced performers Anuel AARauw Alejandro,Neto BernalCamiloNatti NatashaGloria Trevi, Manuel Turizo and Jay Wheeler.

In a first ever, PJ-only version, The Wailers will be joined on stage by Cedellaand Skip Marley,Pedro CapoRauw AlejandroCamiloand Kany Garcia to send a message of love, justice and inclusion.

Pitbull will surprise fans with his first ever television performance of his single “I Believe That We will Win.”

The program will feature artists performing at the venue, a virtual audience, and an innovative integration of the latest state-of-the-art, augmented and virtual reality technologies for award presentations, intros and musical performances. 

Premios Juventud, which celebrate the hottest artists in Latin music, fashion, television and social media, will be broadcast live from Miami, with Becky G and Ricky Martin being honored as Agents of Change during the telecast

Premios Juventud 2020 will air at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 13 via Univision.

Claudia Brant Returning to Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Claudia Brant’s music will have a broader audience…

The 51-year-old Argentine singer-songwriter has signed a global publishing administration agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Claudia Brant

Brant, whose credits include Luis Fonsi’s “No me doy por vencido” and Ricky Martin’s “Lo mejor de mi vida eres tu,” is one of a few prominent female songwriters in Latin music.

She returns to Sony/ATV after a stint at Universal Music Publishing Group.

“With over two thousand songs recorded, multiple awards, and 30 years of my life dedicated to songwriting, it’s clear to me now that Sony/ATV is where I belong,” said Brant in a statement.  “It is my honor to be a part of this publishing powerhouse where songwriters are not only heard and understood but respected and taken care of. I am looking forward to getting back to work with my friend Jorge Mejia, whose hard work and dedication has greatly impacted my career. Moreover, I am thrilled to find new opportunities for my music under the guidance of the amazing Jon Platt and his team, both in the United States as well as internationally. I’m so glad to finally be back home.”

Brant has songwriting credits with many of Latin music’s biggest stars and beyond, including Camila CabelloFifth HarmonyReikIl Volo and CNCO

She was also inducted into the Latin Songwriter’s Hall of Famein 2016 and is a National Trustee board member for The Recording Academy. She won a Grammy award for Best Latin Pop Album in 2019.

Her deal with Sony/ATV encompasses her prior catalog with the publisher.

Most recently, she created “Canción de Autor Oficial,” a non-profit whose aim is to promote songwriters’ craft and rights. The organization teamed up with MusiCares for a live event concert series to raise money for the COVID-19 relief fund.

Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV president and CEO for Latin America and US Latin said in a statement: “I have known and worked with Claudia for years, and I couldn’t admire her more for the uncommon dedication, commitment, and respect she brings to her craft. She is the consummate songwriter (not to mention mother, artist, songwriter advocate, the list goes on). Sony/ATV is lucky to be able to welcome her back home.”

Camila Cabello Records Piano Medley for Next Episode of Her “Priceless Experiences at Home” Concert Series

Camila Cabello is mixing things up…

The 23-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer has mashed up three singles from her latest album, Romance, in a special medley recorded for the next installment of her virtual “Priceless Experiences at Home” concert series.

Camila Cabello

The new episode of Cabello’s series will be released on Wednesday, July 15.

“They say he likes a good time, my, oh my,” Cabello begins in the first verse of the piano-accompanied medley. The former Fifth Harmony member shared a preview of her performance on Instagram, commenting, ‘This might be my favorite one!”

The track transitions over to a solo of her chart-topping Shawn Mendes collaboration “Señorita” before building up to “Liar” with several layers of vocal takes from Cabello.

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Tune in to episode two of her “acoustic jam session” in partnership with Mastercard on YouTube at 5:00 pm ET on July 15.

Camila Cabello Wins First-Ever Juno Award for “Señorita,” with Shawn Mendes

Camila Cabello is the Señorita of the year…

This year’s Juno Awards have been virtually doled out, with the 23-year-old Cuban & Mexican singer and former Fifth Harmony member winning one of the top honors.

Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes

Cabello’s chart-topping and Grammy-nominated single with Shawn Mendes, “Señorita,” was named Single of the Year, earning her a first-everJuno Award.

Jessie Reyez has picked up the second Juno Award of her career…

The 29-year-old Colombian singer, who was born in Toronto, won the award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year  for “Feel It Too,” her collaboration with Tory Lanez and Puerto Rican singer Tainy, his first Juno Award.

Reyez previously won the Breakthrough Artist prize in 2018.

The JUNOS are presented annually to Canadian and international musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. The Juno Awards are often referred to as Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

Here’s the complete list of Juno Award winners:

Juno Fan Choice
Avril Lavigne

Single of the Year
“Senorita,” Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

International Album of the Year
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish

Album of the Year
The Pains of Growing, Alessia Cara

Artist of the Year
Shawn Mendes

Group of the Year
Loud Luxury

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Lennon Stella

Breakthrough Group of the Year
Neon Dreams

Songwriter of the Year
Alessia Cara

Country Album of the Year
Meghan Patrick, Wild as Me

Adult Alternative Album of the Year
A Blemish in the Great Light, Half Moon Run

Alternative Album of the Year
Morbid Stuff, Pup

Pop Album of the Year
The Pains of Growing, Alessia Cara

Rock Album of the Year
A War on Everything, The Glorious Sons

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
Stay Tuned!, Dominique Fils-Aime

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo
Migrations, Jacques Kuba Seguin

Jazz Album of the Year: Group
Abundance, Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop

Instrumental Album of the Year
Inscape, Alexandra Streliski

Francophone Album of the Year
La Nuit Est Une Panthere, Les Louanges

Children’s Album of the Year
Greatest Hits, Vol. 4, Big Block Singsong

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber
detach, Angela Schwarzkopf

Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble
The John Adams Album

Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral
Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schutz: Motets, Ottawa Bach Choir Conducted by Lisette Canton

Classical Composition of the Year
Evta, Ana Sokolovic

Rap Recording of the Year
“Freaky,” Tory Lanez

Dance Recording of the Year
“Love Me,” Felix Cartal and Lights

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Feel It Too, Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez & Tainy

Reggae Recording of the Year
The Warning Track, Lyndon John X

Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
Stories From a Downtown Apartment, Celeigh Cardinal

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
Mohawk, Lee Harvey Osmond

Traditional Roots Album of the Year
Sugar & Joy, The Dead South

Blues Album of the Year
Mad Love, Dawn Tyler Watson

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
The Advent of Christmas, Matt Maher

World Music Album of the Year
Barokan, Djely Tapa

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year
Ben Kaplan

Recording Engineer of the Year
John ‘Beetle’ Bailey

Album Artwork of the Year
Selections From Cuphead

Music Video of the Year
“Little Star,” Sarah Legault and Iskwe

Electronic Album of the Year
Beyond the Senses, Rezz

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
Play to Win, Striker

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
Shine a Light, Bryan Adams

Comedy Album of the Year
Lil Bit of Buddle, Sophie Buddle