Mon Laferte Delivers Impassioned Tiny Desk (Home) Concert for NPR

It’s a nice day for a white wedding-like performance for Mon Laferte

In a church-like setting surrounded by white candles for a divine ambiance, the 38-year-old Chilean singer, songwriter and musician delivered a spiritual Tiny Desk (Home) Concert for NPR this week.

Mon LaferteAn impassioned Laferte sang some of her most well-known songs, including “Tu Falta de Querer,” “Por Qué Me Fui A Enamorar de Ti,” “Se Me Va a Quemar el Corazón” and “Placer Hollywood.”

Accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra, with instruments ranging from a jarana, an oboe, a tuba and violins, Laferte recorded her Tiny Desk Concert from Tepoztlán, Mexico, where she currently lives.

Dressed in all white from head to toe with red roses adorning her hair, Laferte’s baby bump was also in full display.

This isn’t the first time Laferte has appeared in a Tiny Desk Concert.

Back in 2018, she made her debut in the Juanes and Mon Laferte Tiny Desk Concert, where together they performed “Amárrame” and “Fotografía.”

“It’s a pregnancy I looked for,” Laferte told Billboard during a red carpet interview at the Latin Grammys in November.

“While I was in the process of getting pregnant, I began writing songs and it’s completely different. I was very hopeful but at the same time anxious and fearful and all of that was captured in my new album (SEIS). It’s so different to create from this new place.”

Laferte’s SEIS, her first regional Mexican album that’s home to “Se Me Va a Quemar el Corazón,” is up for best regional Mexican album at the Grammys.

At the Latin Grammys, the 14-track set won best singer-songwriter album.

“The entire writing process [for the album] was very solitary, bleak and melancholic, because I was like everyone else, just filled with uncertainty about what was going to happen,” she previously told Billboard. “So I clung onto my music and my guitar because I thought, if the world ends, I at least want people to know how I was feeling. I wanted to sing about personal experiences, past and future loves, the love I have for my mom and other women.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda Tops Billboard’s Hot 100 Songwriters Chart for First Time in His Career

It’s a songwriting first for Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican multi-hyphenate tops Billboard’s Hot 100 Songwriters chart dated January 15, reigning as the top songwriter in the U.S. for the first time due to his work on six songs on the latest Billboard Hot 100, all from the new smash Disney animated film Encanto.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Leading his haul is “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” which soars from No. 50 to No. 5 on the Hot 100, becoming just the fifth song from a Disney animated film to reach the top five.

It follows Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s “A Whole New World” from Aladdin (No. 1, one week, 1993); Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King (No. 4, 1994); Vanessa Williams’ “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas (No. 4, 1994); and Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from Frozen (No. 5, 2014).

The song also earns the Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner, among Miranda’s numerous other career honors, his first top 10 on the Hot 100 as a songwriter (or in any capacity).

Here’s a look at all six of Miranda’s writing credits on the current Hot 100. Notably, he is the only credited writer on all six entries.

Rank, Artist Billing, Title
No. 5 (new high), Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
No. 14 (new high), Jessica Darrow, “Surface Pressure”
No. 62 (debut), Stephanie Beatriz, Olga Merediz & Encanto Cast, “The Family Madrigal”
No. 67 (debut), Diane Guerrero & Stephanie Beatriz, “What Else Can I Do?”
No. 82 (debut), Stephanie Beatriz, “Waiting on a Miracle”
No. 83 (debut), Sebastian Yatra, “Dos Oruguitas”

As four of the songs above debut on the latest Hot 100, Miranda has now written 13 Hot 100-charting hits. Prior to Encanto, he penned four Hot 100 entries from the Disney film Moana, two charity singles and a mash-up.

Here are all seven of Miranda’s Hot 100-charting songs, as a writer, outside of Encanto (ranked by peak position):

Peak Position, Artist Billing, Title (co-songwriters in addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda), Peak Year
No. 20, Lin-Manuel Miranda feat. Artists for Puerto Rico, “Almost Like Praying” (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim), 2017
No. 41, Auli’i Cravalho, “How Far I’ll Go,” 2017
No. 49, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ben Platt, “Found / Tonight” (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul), 2018
No. 56, Alessia Cara, “How Far I’ll Go,” 2017
No. 65, Dwayne Johnson, “You’re Welcome,” 2017
No. 72, Jennifer Lopez & Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Love Make the World Go Round” (Mike Molina, Melody Hernandez, John Mitchell, Nelson Kyle, Marcus Lomax, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Jennifer Lopez), 2016
No. 93, Opetaia Foa’i & Lin-Manuel Miranda, “We Know the Way” (Opetaia Foa’i), 2016

The soundtracks for Miranda’s projects also have successful histories on Billboard‘s charts, with Encanto surging to No. 1 on the latest Billboard 200, up 76% to 72,000 equivalent album units in the tracking week ending January 6, according to MRC Data.

Additionally, Miranda ties at No. 3 on the latest Hot 100 Producers chart with collaborator Mike Elizondo, as the pair co-produced all six Hot 100-charting Encanto hits.

The weekly Hot 100 Songwriters and Hot 100 Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot 100; plus, genre-based songwriter and producer charts follow the same methodology based on corresponding “Hot”-named genre charts. As with Billboard’s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is No. 1 on Australian Charts for Fourth Successive Year

Make that four years in a row for Mariah Carey

The 52-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer and Queen of Christmas, is kicking off the New Year with some exciting news.

Mariah Carey

Carey’s iconic holiday single “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has risen to No. 1 on the Australian singles chart for the fourth successive year.

It’s an unprecedented fourth successive No. 1 for Carey’s Christmas classic, originally released back in 1994.

Unsurprisingly, the latest ARIA chart is swamped with festival songs, including Wham’s “Last Christmas” (up 9-2), Michael Bublé’s “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” (10-3), Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” (12-5), Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” (17-8), and Ed Sheeran Elton John’s “Merry Christmas” (16-10).

According to ARIA, a string of holiday season numbers enter the ARIA Top 50 for the very first time: Chris Rea’s “Driving Home For Christmas” (No. 26), Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone” (No. 27), Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” (No. 28), Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” (No. 38), Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (No. 42), Kylie Minogue’s “Santa Baby” (No. 44) and Michael Bublé’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (No. 48).

Kali Uchis to Co-Headline TikTok’s New Year’s Eve Livestream

Kali Uchis is preparing to tik the New Year to the next level…

TikTok has announced the lineup for its TikTok New Year’s Eve livestream, including a headlining performance by the 27-year-old Colombian American Grammy-winning singer.

Kali UchisUchis joins a roster of headlining acts that includes Charlie Puth and Rico Nasty.

“Celebrate the New Year with @KALIUCHIS, @charlieputh, @Rico_nastyy, host @Avgfashionblog and special guests as they say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022,” TikTok tweeted to reveal the December 31 special.

The trio of musicians will be joined by TikTok creators Tyshon Lawrence, Cristian Dennis, Tracy Joseph, Billy and Scarlet May, while Courtney Parchman — otherwise known as Average Fashion Blogger to her nearly one million TikTok followers — will serve as the evening’s host.

The livestream is set to kick off at 9:00 pm ET/6 pm PT on New Year’s Eve.

Uchis earned her first No. 1 hit atop Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in March with “Telepatía,” thanks in large part to the Spanish-language single going viral on TikTok.

Since then, she has also collaborated with the likes of SZA (“Fue Mejor”) and Ozuna (“Another Day in America.”)

Cardi B’s “Up” Among the 25 Singles Featured on DJ Earworm’s Mashup of 2021’s Most Important Songs

Things are looking up for Cardi B

DJ Earworm has published his mashup of the 25 most important songs of the last year, with the 29-year-old half-Dominican American Grammy-winning rap superstar’s “Up” included in the track.

Cardi BCardi B’s chart-topping single “Up” appears on the San Francisco deejay’s latest mashup, which he has been releasing since 2007.

Meanwhile, Bruno MarsSilk Sonic single “Leave The Door Open” is also included in the mashup, which runs less than four minutes.

Titled ‘Strawberry Ice Cream’, the mashup serves as a summary of the 25 hits of 2021 in the United States according to the annual summary of the Billboard Hot 100.

Here are the songs included in the mashup:

Adele – Easy On Me
Ariana Grande – 34+35
Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am
BTS – Butter
Cardi B – Up
Chris Brown and Young Thug – Go Crazy
Doja Cat – Need To Know
Doja Cat and SZA – Kiss Me More
Drake featuring Future and Young Thug – Way 2 Sexy
Dua Lipa – Levitating
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Ed Sheeran – Shivers
Glass Animals – Heat Waves
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon – Peaches
Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – Stay
Lil Nas X – Montero (call Me By Your Name)
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby
Masked Wolf – Astronaut In The Ocean
Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U
Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
Olivia Rodrigo – Deja Vu
Silk Sonic featuring Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak – Leave The Door Open
Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears
Walker Hayes – Fancy Like

Cardi B Confirms She’s Hard at Work on Her “Invasion of Privacy” Follow-Up Album

Cardi B is hard at work on her new album…

The 29-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar took to Instagram to release a 14-minute video in which she confirms that she’s hard at work on the follow-up to her smash 2018 Grammy-winning debut album, Invasion of Privacy.

Cardi B

“… I gotta put out this album next year,” she said of the as-yet-untitled LP. “Not only do I gotta put out an album, but I gotta record a movie, I’ve got to do so much s–t y’all!.”

The film Cardi B appears to be referencing is the comedy Assisted Living, the follow-up to her co-starring role in Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers, her first big acting role. 

Cardi B also detailed juggling her life as a mother of two with grinding hard on her anticipated projects.

“Everything be looking so glamorous, you see my f—ing Instagram and everything, but it’s been really… it’s been a lot,” said Cardi B in the clip, in which she’s rocking a wool hat and red shades. “Trying to balance out my new motherf—ing life, like I got two kids, my daughter’s going to school now and I have like a lot of jobs now.”

In an interview with XXL earlier this year, Cardi B said she had planned to have a second studio album out this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a series of delays.

“I feel like at this point, it’s like a timeline that I created. Because last year I was like: ‘I gotta put out my album this year,’” she said at the time. “But, then I just stopped working on my album out of nowhere because I feel like the whole COVID thing discouraged me to put out my album. Because I want to put out an album, and I want to tour.”

In addition to her collab on Lizzo’s “Rumors,” and “Wild Side” with Normani, Cardi B recently dropped “Bet It” from the Halle Berry drama Bruised. And though she complained in the video about being sick lately and not feeling her best — repeatedly complaining about being “hot” and wanting to take medicine and crawl into bed at 7 p.m.

Selena Gomez Partnering with Univision to Produce Her First Spanish-Language Documentary Series, “Mi Vecino, El Cartel”

Selena Gomez is producing her first-ever Spanish-language documentary series.

The 29-year-old Mexican American actress/singer, who recently earned her first-ever Grammy nomination, has teamed up with Univision to produce her a documentary series for the network’s forthcoming subscription streaming service.

Selena GomezTitled Mi Vecino, El Cartel, the project hails from Gomez’s July Moon Productions company and Blackfin, owned by Hasbro’s eOne.

The three-part docuseries “follows the cold-blooded homicide of a former cartel lawyer and high-level cooperator for the U.S. government, Juan Guerrero Chapa, and the subsequent investigation and trial.”

“As a true crime fan, I was immediately captivated when I heard the story surrounding the homicide of Juan Guerrero Chapa. Not only did it take place close to my hometown in Texas, but it was also a story unlike anything I’ve ever heard,” Gomez said in a statement. “I am excited to partner with Univision and really pull back the layers of his double life.”

News of the deal between Gomez and Univision follow the recent announcement of a partnership between the Spanish network and Mexican actor/comedian Eugenio Derbez, who will also produce original Spanish-language content for the streaming service.

“As we build the largest Spanish-language streaming platform in the world and an indispensable service to this audience, one of our top priorities is bringing diverse voices and stories and investing in Latin storytellers,” said Rodrigo Mazon, executive vice president, general manager of SVOD at Univision. “We are proud to welcome Selena Gomez to our roster of globally acclaimed creators that will help create the best in-language, in-culture original content.”

According to Univision, in 2022, it will launch its “global streaming service, including a new premium subscription (SVOD) and an expanded free advertising-supported (AVOD) tier, to become the home to the most extensive offering of originally produced Spanish-language content in the world.”

Most recently, Gomez — who produced the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why — starred in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building co-created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman.

The show’s cast also includes Martin and Martin Short. The show, which has been renewed for a second season, is about three neighbors (Gomez, Short and Martin) who come together to solve a murder when someone who lives in their building winds up dead.

Selena Gomez Wins People’s Choice Award for Her Work on “Only Murders in the Building”

Selena Gomez is the People’s Choice

The People’s Choice Awards were handed out on Tuesday night, honoring the fan favorites in movies, television, music and pop culture, with the 29-year-old Mexican American actress/singer taking home a trophy.

Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building

Gomez was named The Comedy TV Star of 2021 for her work as the female lead on Hulu’s freshman series Only Murders in the Building, which has been renewed for a second season.

It’s only Gomez’s second People’s Choice Award. She previously won in 2016 for Favorite Animated Movie Voice for her work on Hotel Transylvania 2.

Bad Bunny has earned his first-ever PCA.

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Grammy-winning Latin trap and reggaeton superstar claimed the The Latin Artist of 2021 award for his remarkable year filled with chart-topping albums, singles and more.

The 2021 People’s Choice Awards show, broadcast on E! and NBC, was hosted by actor and SNL veteran Kenan Thompson. This year marked the first time the award show did a simultaneous live broadcast across both channels.

Among the highlights, Oscar winner Halle Berry accepted The People’s Icon award, Kim Kardashian The Fashion Icon award, and Grammy winner Christina Aguilera the first-ever Music Icon award. Dwayne Johnson took home The People’s Champion award for his philanthropic work.

Top performances of the night included Aguilera’s debut of a never-before-seen medley of her biggest songs, with tracks from her new Spanish-language album.

The following are 2021 People’s Choice Awards winners:

THE MOVIE OF 2021
Black Widow

THE COMEDY MOVIE OF 2021
Free Guy

THE ACTION MOVIE OF 2021          
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

THE DRAMA MOVIE OF 2021
Cruella

THE FAMILY MOVIE OF 2021
Luca

THE MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2021   
Dwayne Johnson

THE FEMALE MOVIE STAR OF 2021
Scarlett Johansson

THE DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2021
Kevin Hart

THE COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2021            
Dwayne Johnson

THE ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2021
Simu Liu

THE SHOW OF 2021
Loki

THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2021
Grey’s Anatomy

THE COMEDY SHOW OF 2021
Never Have I Ever

THE REALITY SHOW OF 2021
Keeping Up With the Kardashians

THE COMPETITION SHOW OF 2021
The Voice

THE MALE TV STAR OF 2021
Tom Hiddleston

THE FEMALE TV STAR OF 2021
Ellen Pompeo

THE DRAMA TV STAR OF 2021
Chase Stokes

THE COMEDY TV STAR OF 2021
Selena Gomez

THE DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2021
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

THE NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2021
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

THE COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2021
JoJo Siwa

THE REALITY TV STAR OF 2021
Khloé Kardashian

THE BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2021
Squid Game

THE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2021
Lucifer

THE MALE ARTIST OF 2021
Lil Nas X

THE FEMALE ARTIST OF 2021
Adele

THE GROUP OF 2021
BTS

THE SONG OF 2021
Butter

THE ALBUM OF 2021
Sour

THE COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2021
Blake Shelton

THE LATIN ARTIST OF 2021
Bad Bunny

THE NEW ARTIST OF 2021
Olivia Rodrigo

THE MUSIC VIDEO OF 2021
Butter

THE COLLABORATION SONG OF 2021
STAY

THE SOCIAL STAR OF 2021
Britney Spears

THE POP SPECIAL OF 2021
Friends: The Reunion

THE COMEDY ACT OF 2021             
Chelsea Handler: Vaccinated and Horny Tour

THE GAME CHANGER OF 2021
Simone Biles

THE POP PODCAST OF 2021
Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain

Cardi B Named Playboy’s First-Ever Creative Director in Residence

Cardi B is ready to play(boy)…

The 29-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has been named the first “creative director in residence” for Playboy, as well as a founding member of the brand’s new content-creation endeavor Centerfold.

Cardi B“Introducing the FIRST EVER Creative Director In Residence at the legendary @playboy, it’s ME!!!” Cardi Bwrote on Instagram. “Joining the @playboy family is a dream and I know y’all are going to love what we put together. I’m startin this party right as the Founding Creative Director and a founding member of CENTERFOLD the new creator-led platform from Playboy coming soon!!” she continued, adding, “We’re going to have soooooo much fun.”

Playboy also tweeted the news to their Twitter account. “Today is a Playboy milestone: we couldn’t be more excited and honored to welcome our first ever Creative Director in Residence, the icon, @iamcardib to the family,” the company shared.

In a press release, Cardi B revealed that the purpose of Centerfold is so up-and-coming creatives can have a safe space to embrace their sexuality and unique identity.

“They deserve to feel safe in their creativity and sexuality. And they deserve to own their future. This is what Centerfold is all about,” the Grammy winner stated. “For all those creators out there doing bold, revolutionary, truly culture-shifting things, come join me.”

Don’t expect Cardi to appear in the pages of Playboy, though — upon asking her Twitter followers who she should feature in “some sexy sh– on the cover of Playboy,” she told a fan that she isn’t interested when the user suggested she pose for the magazine.

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Kali Uchis Featured in Pirelli’s Official 2022 Calendar

Kali Uchis is officially a calendar girl…

Pirelli’s annual calendar for 2022 has arrived, backed by a star-studded cast of 10 stars, including the 27-year-old Colombian American Grammy-winning singer, photographed by musician Bryan Adams.

Pirelli, Kali UchisIn addition to Uchis, this year’s photo shoot — which follows an “On the Road” theme pitched by Adams himself — features Cher, Iggy Pop, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, Normani, Grimes, St. Vincent, Bohan Phoenix and Saweetie posing for portraits at Los Angeles’ iconic Palace Theatre and the Chateau Marmont, as well as Italy’s Capri at the La Scalinatella Hotel.

 

Pirelli, Kali UchisContinuing the trade magazine’s more subtle image (the calendar was once known for its racy imagery prior to the 2010s), this year’s stars went for glamour, each in their own unique way.

Pirelli, Kali UchisSpeaking about the inspiration for this year’s theme, Adams told Pirelli, “It wasn’t too difficult, if I’m honest, because on the road is what I’ve been doing for the last 45 years. When I proposed it, I almost thought maybe this had been done before because it’s such an obvious thing, and I thought the symbiotic relationship would be good, the idea of musicians who travel and a company that makes tyres. It makes sense to me. I thought they might have thought it was a bit too much on the nose, but in the end they loved it.”