Camila Cabello’s “Havana” Earns Longest Run at No. 1 on Pop Songs Chart for a Lead Female in Five Years

It’s Lucky No. 7 for Camila Cabello

The 20-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer and former Fifth Harmony member’s breakout single “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, tops Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart for a seventh week, marking the longest reign for a song by a solo female in a lead role in nearly five years.

Camila Cabello

“Havana” boasts the longest such command since Taylor Swift‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which also led for seven weeks, beginning on the chart dated February 2, 2013.

The last song by a lead female to rule Pop Songs for more than seven weeks? Rihanna‘s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris: eight weeks in 2011-12.

The Pop Songs chart, dated January 13, measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 161 mainstream top 40 stations.

Here’s a look at the longest-leading Pop Songs No. 1s in the 2010s among all acts:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1

11, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, Oct. 8, 2016
10, “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. + Pharrell, July 20, 2013
9, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, March 4, 2017
8, “One More Night,” Maroon 5, Oct. 13, 2012
8, “We Found Love,” Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris, Dec. 10, 2011
7, “Havana,” Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug, Dec. 9, 2017
7, “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” Taylor Swift, Feb. 2, 2013
7, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, July 3, 2010
7, “TiK ToK,” Ke$ha, Feb. 6, 2010

The longest command in the Pop Songs chart’s entire 25-year history belongs to Ace of Base‘s “The Sign“: 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1994. Three songs share the mark for the longest rule among lead females: 11 weeks each for Natalie Imbruglia‘s “Torn” (1998), Donna LewisI Love You Always Forever” (1996) and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day” (1995-96).

“Havana” is from Cabello’s debut solo album Camila, due Friday (January 12). The follow-up single, “Never Be the Same,” bullets at No. 32 on Pop Songs.

Mars Nominated for Four MTV Video Music Awards

It looks like Bruno Mars  is MTV’s Latino MVP…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter has been nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards, including video of the year for his No. 1 hit single “Locked Out of Heaven.”

Bruno Mars

Mars faces stiff competition in the category from Justin Timberlake (for “Mirrors”), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz (for “Thrift Shop”), Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell (for “Blurred Lines”) and Taylor Swift (for “I Knew You Were Trouble”).

In addition, Mars’s “Locked Out of Heaven” is nominated for Best Male Video, Best Pop Video, as well as Best Choreography for his latest single Treasure.”

Other Latino nominees include Pitbull, Miguel, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.


Fans can now vote in general VMA categories, including video of the year and artist to watch at

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center hosts the VMAs for the first time on Sunday, August 25.

All winners on the big night will also take home a limited-edition KAWS Moonman.

Here’s the full list of 2013 MTV Video Music Awards nominees below:

Video of The Year

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Bruno Mars  – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Hip-Hop Video

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “F**kin Problems”
J. Cole feat. Miguel – “Power Trip”

Best Male Video

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran – “Lego House”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools”

Best Female Video

Rihanna feat. Mickey Ekko – “Stay”
Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”

Best Pop Video

Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
fun. – “Carry On”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”

Artist To Watch 

Twenty One Pilots – “Holding On To You”
Zedd Feat. Foxes – “Clarity”
Austin Mahone – “What About Love”
The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
Iggy Azalea – “Work”

Best Collaboration

Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z -“Suit & Tie”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment”
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”

Best Video With A Social Message

Kelly Clarkson  – “People Like Us”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”
Snoop Lion – “No Guns Allowed”
Miguel – “Candles In The Sun”
Beyoncé – “I Was Here”

Best Rock Video

Imagine Dragons – “Radiocative”
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”
Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
30 Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air”
Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”

Best Art Direction

Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”
30 Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air”
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N”
Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem”
alt-J – “Tesselate”

Best Choreography

Chris Brown – “Fine China”
Ciara – “Body Party”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – “Live It Up” feat. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”
Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

Best Cinematography

30 Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air”
Lana Del Rey – “Ride”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
A-Trak & Tommy Trash – “Tuna Melt”

Best Direction

Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z – “Suit & Tie”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”
fun. – “Carry On”

Drake – “Started From The Bottom”

Best Editing

P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – “Just Give Me A Reason”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”

Best Visual Effects

Flying Lotus – “Tiny Tortures”
Skrillex feat. The Door – “Breakin’ A Sweat”
The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
Duck Sauce – “It’s You”
Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

Gomez to Release New Single in March

In less than two months, you’ll be hitting repeatpeatpeatpeatpeat-peat to a new Selena Gomez single

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American singer excitedly revealed plans to release a new single this March during a special UNICEF charity concert in New York.

Selena Gomez

It’ll be the first single off Gomez’s new studio album, for which she’s already recorded 18 tracks. But Gomez – who is starring in edgier fare like Spring Breakers, which will have its U.S. premiere at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival – hasn’t yet decided which of the songs will make the final cut.

“Through Spring Breakers and experiencing so much last year it will be interesting to kind of have my fans know everything I went through, through music,” Gomez said of her experiences in the last year, including her on-off relationship with Justin Bieber.

“I think for me, it was actually interesting to see that towards the middle of me recording my record, a big turn happened to me and it was incredible to see how I applied that to music because I’ve never done that before and it’s great,” Gomez said of her new song-writing approach, quite similar to that of her best friend Taylor Swift’s way of writing breakup songs after each failed romance.

Gomez covered Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” during her UNICEF benefit concert, along with Britney Spears‘ “Baby One More Time” and Justin Timberlake‘s “Cry Me a River“, which incidentally, Bieber covered back in November after his first breakup with Gomez.

Following their most recent and reportedly final breakup following a string of make-ups, Gomez went back to the studios to focus on her music.

Gomez Covers Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”

It looks like Selena Gomez could be giving ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber a taste of his own medicine…

Selena Gomez

The 20-year-old half-Mexican-American  singer/actress covered Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” at her third annual UNICEF charity concert in New York over the weekend, only weeks after breaking up with the Biebs. Gomez’s ex performed the exact same song in November following the couple’s first break-up.

“I’ve been through a lot the past few months. It’s been weird and sad and cool,” Gomez told the crowd. She then confessed, “This song definitely speaks to me,” right before performing a stripped-down version of Timberlake’s smash break-up track.

Gomez followed it up with another break-up tune, her bestie Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.

“It’s by my best friend in the entire world and if anybody has felt anything painful to their heart, they know who this girl is. Sing along if you know it,” said Gomez.

In addition, Gomez offered event attendees her rendition of Britney Spears‘ “Baby One More Time“, possily alluding to her upcoming film with Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco, Spring Breakers, which is reportedly  filled-with Spears covers.