Kehlani Releases New Single “After Hours”

Kehlani has after hours plans…

The 28-year-old part-Mexican American singer-songwriter and R&B superstar has released her latest single “After Hours,” her first new solo single since 2022.

KehlaniThe new single, produced by Khris Riddick and Alex Goldblatt, sees Kehlani embrace a bouncier, dance-inspired sound as she lets her lover know that she’s tired of beating around the bush — it’s time to make something happen.

Utilizing an expertly-placed sample of Cordel ScattaBurrell’s “Coolie Dance Rhythm,” Kehlani makes a persuasive case for spending some extra time with her “After Hours.”

Produced by Pop Wansel of production duo Pop & Oak and featuring contributions from Justin Bieber, Jessie Reyez, Syd, Blxst, Thundercat and Ambré.

Blue Water Road marked the follow-up to 2020’s It Was Good Until It Wasn’t.

Karol G to Perform at Lollapalooza 2023 in Chicago’s Grant Park

Karol G is taking on topliner duties…

The 32-year-old Colombian superstar will be among the top-lining acts for Lollapalooza 2023, which is set for August 3-6 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Karol GHeadliners include Kendrick LamarBillie Eilish and Red Hot Chili Peppers, while other top-liners include Odesza, Lana Del Rey, The 1975 and Tomorrow x Together.

Tickets for this year’s concert weekend go on sale beginning Thursday. Four-day tickets will run $365-$4350, with single-day tickets and the day-by-day lineup schedule still to be announced.

Other Latin acts set to perform at Lollapalooza 2023 include Jessie Reyez, Usted Señalemelo and Los Aptos.

In all, more than 170 bands will play across nine stages.

Hulu is in the middle of a deal to livestream select Lollapalooza performances exclusively to its SVOD subscribers; last year, it had two streams running.

Kehlani to Co-Headline This Year’s ‘Sol Blume’ R&B Festival

Kehlani is in full blume

The 27-year-old part-Mexican American singer-songwriter will co-headline this year’s Sol Blume, the Bay Area-based R&B festival.

KehlaniKehlani’s co-headliner will be Brent Faiyaz.

The fourth annual festival will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, and brings together emerging and established R&B, hip-hop and soul acts, including Ella MaiIsaiah RashadJoey Bada$$Mariah the ScientistMerebaJessie ReyezPink Sweat$ChlöePinkPantheressMuni LongArin RayFLOCoco JonesNaoJacqueesMahaliaMarc E. Bassy, Alex Isley, Fana Hues, Thuy, Rini, Destin Conrad and Samaria.

Teyana Taylor is slated as Sol Blume’s very special guest, with the bill detailing “one night only performing ‘The Last Rose Petal 2′” following the artist’s two-part farewell tour by the same name.

Bay Area native Kehlani recently sold out the nearby Oracle Arena in Oakland last fall during her tour in support of her third studio album, Blue Water Road

Sol Blume marks both headliners’ return to Sacramento in five-plus years.

Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Monday, January 30, at 10:00 am PT on Sol Blume’s official website.

General admission tickets for the two-day festival cost $200 (not including fees), while VIP tickets cost $400 (not including fees).

Jessie Reyez to Appear on Sam Smith’s New Single “Gimme”

Jessie Reyez is about to gimme more…

The 31-year-old Colombian singer, who was born and raised in Canada, is joining voices with Sam Smith and Koffee for the new single “Gimme.”

Jessie ReyezSmith announced the new single over the weekend, saying it will be officially released on Wednesday, January 11.

Teasing the new track on Instagram and TikTok, Smith also shared a snippet of the song’s infectious chorus, with them and Reyez singing the word “gimme what I want” over an undulating tropical beat.

Fans of Reyez will also be excited to know that this is not the only time the R&B star will be appearing on Smith’s new album Gloria — the singer is also credited as a featured artist on the song “Perfect.”

Reyez was also announced as Smith’s special guest for their upcoming U.S. tour, which will see them hit arenas around the country this summer.

Gloria, which will be released on Friday, January 27, is marked to be something of a breakthrough for Smith in terms of songwriting and production.

Speaking to Billboard for its August cover story last year, the star said that fans can expect to hear Smith’s “first non-heartbreak album,” and that the project was centered around the concept of queer joy. “I think joy for me, and for a lot of queer people, is quite a dangerous place,” Smith said “We’re all masters of pain, and I think it’s actually a very courageous act to step into the queer joy of it all.”

Kehlani Releases Third Full-Length Album “Blue Water Road”

Kehlani is letting the new music flow

The 26-year-old part-Mexican American singer-songwriter has released Blue Water Road, her third full-length album.

KehlaniKehlani, a two-time Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, has described her latest effort as an exploration of an “emotional, sexual and spiritual journey,” and features assists from Justin Bieber, Blxst, Jessie Reyez, Syd and others.

Pop Wansel of Pop & Oak executive produced the new set, which dropped at the stroke of midnight and collects 13 tracks, including the previously-released “altar,” “little story,” and “Up At Night,” featuring Bieber.

“I want you to hear the time we put into it, the dedication we put into it, the joy we put into it, and the heart we put into it. There’s a serious pulse. I’m at peace now,” Kehlani explains of the LP.

“I’m just a hard-working mom who is only focused on creating my own little world with my family. I’m a completely different person than I could’ve been, even in my wildest dreams. When you listen to this, I really hope you feel like you went to Blue Water Road and were there with me.”

Blue Water Road is the follow up to 2020’s star-studded It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, which bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and led the Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart.

Kehlani broke through with her 2017 debut SweetSexySavage, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. In the same year, she collected the “Rule Breaker” award at Billboard’s Women in Music.

Carla Morrison Among Artists Confirmed for Season 3 of HBO’s “HBO Latino Presents: A Tiny Audience”

Carla Morrison is preparing for her Tiny moment… 

A Tiny Audience is unveiling its season 3 lineup, with the 35-year-old Mexican indie-pop singer and composer among the participating artists.

Carla MorrisonPresented by HBO Latino, the series features intimate live specials with some of Latin music’s hottest acts, including Paulina Rubio in season 2, where the artist is filmed in a live and unfiltered way, revealing a personal secret to the small audience and performing songs that are meaningful to them.

In its new season, HBO Latino Presents: A Tiny Audience will present Morrison, Danna Paola, Jessie Reyez, Justin Quiles, La India, Mike Bahia, Ximena Sariñana, Jay Wheeler, Becky G, Zion y Lennox, Robin Thicke, Manuel Medrano, Leslie Grace, Guaynaa, El Fantasma, Aleks Syntek and a tribute to Celia Cruz.

Season 3 premieres on April 22 on HBO/HBO Max in the U.S. and DirecTV/DirecTV GO in Latin America.

Jessie Reyez Wins Music Video of the Year Prize at Juno Awards

Jessie Reyez is makin’ extra room on her mantel…

The 29-year-old Colombian singer, who was born and raised in Canada, picked up a prize at this year’s Juno Awards.

Jessie Reyez

Reyez took home the Music Video of the Year award for the clip for “No One’s in the Room,” her creative collaboration with director Emma Higgins.

It’s the fourth Juno Award of her career.

The Juno Awards recognize the best musical achievements of Canadian artists each year, with most awards selected by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The winners for nine of the categories, including album of the year and artist of the year, are determined by sales figures, though members of CARAS select the nominees.

Here are the Juno Awards winners:

Single of the Year: “Blinding Lights,” the Weeknd
Artist of the Year: The Weeknd
Album of the Year:  “After Hours,” the Weeknd
Juno Fan Choice: Shawn Mendes
International Album of the Year: “Fine Line,” Harry Styles
Group of the Year: Arkells
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: JP Saxe
Breakthrough Group of the Year: Crown Lands
Songwriter of the Year: The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye), Belly (Ahmad Balshe), & Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville
Pop Album of the Year: “Changes,” Justin Bieber
Country Album of the Year: “The Lemonade Stand,” Tenille Townes
Adult Alternative Album of the Year: “Sad Hunk,” Bahamas
Alternative Album of the Year: “Pray for It,” July Talk
Rock Album of the Year: “Ruthless,” JJ Wilde
Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee: Jann Arden
Humanitarian Award: The Hip
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: “With You,” Sammy Jackson
Jazz Album of the Year: Solo: “Elegant Traveler,” Jocelyn Gould
Jazz Album of the Year: Group: “The reMission,” Andy Milne and Unison
Instrumental Album of the Year: “Movements III,” Blitz//Berlin
Francophone Album of the Year: “Quand la nuit tombe,” Louis-Jean Cormier
Children’s Album of the Year: “Heart Parade,” Splash’N Boots
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber: “Mosaïque,” Ensemble Made in Canada
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble: “Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa: Œuvres pour violon et orchestre / Works for Violin and Orchestra Orchestre symphonique de Montréal,” conducted by Kent Nagano, feat. Andrew Wan
Classical Composition of the Year: “Violin Concerto ‘Adrano,’” Samy Moussa
Rap Recording of the Year: “Elements Vol. 1,” Tobi
Dance Recording of the Year: “Bubba,” Kaytranada
Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year: “After Hours,” The Weeknd
Traditional R&B Recording of the Year: “Solid,” Savannah Ré
Reggae Recording of the Year: “I Pray,” TÖME x Sean Kingston
Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year: “North Star Calling,” Leela Gilday
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: “Bravado,” Rose Cousins
Traditional Roots Album of the Year: “Bet on Love,” Pharis and Jason Romero
Blues Album of the Year: “Church House Blues,” Crystal Shawanda
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: “The Way,” Shawna Cain
World Music Album of the Year: “Espiral,” Okan
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year: WondaGurl
Recording Engineer of the Year: Serban Ghenea
Album Artwork of the Year: Julien Hébert (Art Director), David Beauchemin (Designer), Florence Obrecht (Illustrator), Marc-Étienne Mongrain (Photographer) — “Notre-Dame-Des-Sept-Douleurs,” Klô Pelgag
Music Video of the Year: “No One’s in the Room,” Emma Higgins and Jessie Reyez
Electronic Album of the Year: “Suddenly,” Caribou
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year: “Abyss,” Unleash the Archers
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: “Such Pretty Forks in the Road,” Alanis Morissette
Comedy Album of the Year: “Horse Power,” Jacob Samuel

Jessie Reyez to Host Virtual Performance on St. Patrick’s Day 

Jessie Reyez is going virtual…

The 29-year-old Colombian-Canadian Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is joining forces with Jameson Irish Whiskey to host a fun, St. Patrick’s Day virtual performance on Wednesday, March 17.

Jessie Reyez

“Honestly, it just seemed natural because whiskey’s just been my drink of choice for a long time, since my bartending days and I also innately miss performing,” Reyez told Billboard of her upcoming gig. “So, given the opportunity to do it in a different way, even if its long-distance with a virtual audience, I’m still down for it.”

The immersive show will see the Toronto native perform a “solid mix” of songs from her 2020 debut album Before Love Came to Kill Us, her 2018 EP Being Human in Public and her 2017 EP Kiddo.

Joining Reyez to rep the Six are Junia-T and Savannah Ré, her longtime pals.

“I think Savannah’s dope, I think Juns is dope and I’m really happy to include them,” Reyez said. “I’m happy Jameson gave me the opportunity to actually bring up friends.”

To celebrate Toronto, the event will bring fans through the city’s streets and taken inside The Great Hall – a local venue that has been empty since its doors shut at the beginning of the pandemic. That’s where the trio will perform.

The virtual performance will also celebrate emerging talent over in Dublin, Ireland. Kojaque and Denise Chaila will both perform from there.

While this year’s St. Paddy’s celebrations look a lot different than in years past, Reyez shared some tips for having fun at home. “I feel like drinking alone during the pandemic isn’t the best way to do it,” she said with a laugh. “If you can link up with a homie and put them on FaceTime or put them on Zoom, and you guys can reminisce and have a bottle and put some music on, put some Bob Marley on and vibe, put a green t-shirt on and green beads and do what you can.”

“You can look at the cup half full, even in situations like this, and it’s an opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone,” she added.

And since the show is in partnership with Jameson, and the “Imported” singer is a whiskey fan, we at Billboard needed to know how she drinks her whiskey. “I love it neat or with an ice cube,” she shared. “I love how it gets it done, I love that it’s smooth, I love that it don’t give me no hangovers. It’s the one drink where I was like, this is great, I have a good time and a nice, mellow vibe. You don’t get a hangover. I’m lit, I’m good.”

Tickets to the show are free, but participants have the opportunity to donate to Al Otro Lado, an organization that provides holistic legal and humanitarian support to refugees, deportees and other immigrants in the United States and Tijuana.

The cause is close to Reyez’s heart, as she’s a child of immigrants herself.

“I was born in Canada, my family is from Colombia but my parents originally moved to Canada because it was easier to get papers and they were trying to offer me a bit of life,” she explained. “My dad originally had the plan of going to the States, but he decided to apply for the papers for Canada. We were waiting in Canada to get approved. We waited 16 years to get legally approved, and then we moved to the States.”

“The reason why that hits me is because there’s a lot of talk about immigration, illegal immigration — people have the stereotypical attributions toward Latinos and just this negative air about it,” she continued. “I think that it’s crazy because if you would stop for a second and think, ‘Listen, if you’re in a messed up situation or running away from persecution or you’re looking for refugee status, or you’re looking to give your kid a better life because your current situation is not that, are you going to have the patience to wait 16 years?’ A lot can happen in 16 years, and it’s so easy for people of privilege to say, ‘You could just do the right way.’ The ‘right way’ isn’t set out to help the regular man, so I think if people could empathize more and be easier – I could have easily been born into a different life, and I could have been born into that situation and know that I’d be appreciative if other Latinos were reaching out and helping me.”

Sign-up for the event, which will air globally on Wednesday, March 17 at 8:00 pm ET/PT/GMT/MYT and 9:00 pm CET, is available here.

To cheers Reyez with a glass of whiskey, order some Jameson with one-hour delivery via Drizly here.

Cardi B Named Billboard’s “Woman of the Year”

Cardi B is WAP-ping up the year with a bang…

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has been named the 2020 Woman of the Year by Billboard.

Cardi B

Cardi B, who continues to thrive with her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “WAP,” a brand-new already-sold-out Reebok collection and her political activism, will be presented the award during Billboard‘s Women in Music event on December 10.

The 15th annual event will go virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and will stream live here starting at 8:00 pm ET. The ceremony will be hosted by Teyana Taylor.

Jennifer Lopez will be honored with this year’s prestigious Icon Award for her impact on the music industry and the greater artistic community, joining previous recipients Alanis MorissetteCyndi LauperMary J. BligeShania Twain and Aretha Franklin.

Following the success of her sophomore album, Future NostalgiaDua Lipa will receive the Powerhouse Award, given to an act whose music dominated streaming, sales and radio this year.

Dolly Parton is 2020’s Hitmaker Award recipient. The honor recognizes a songwriter whose compositions have significantly impacted culture.

Chloe x Halle will receive the Rising Star Award, and Jessie Reyez will be honored with the American Express Impact Award.

Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, the trailblazing minds behind #TheShowMustBePaused movement following the murder of George Floyd, will be honored with the 2020 Executive of the Year Award.

Jessie Reyez to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards,

Jessie Reyez is celebrating her Latin roots…

The 29-year-old Colombian-Canadian singer and Grammy nominee will perform at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, which are less than a month away.

Jessie Reyez

 

Reyez joins a roster of newly confirmed A-list artists set to perform at the Billboard awards show.

Reyez joins a roster of new additions to the lineup that includes Anuel AA, Banda MS, Carlos Vives, Chesca, Daddy Yankee, Kendo Kaponi, Luis Fonsi, Manuel Turizo, Pablo Alborán, Paulina Rubio, Pitbull, Rauw Alejandro, Raymix, Reik, and Yandel.

They join the previously announced performers Armando Manzanero, Black Eyed Peas, Farruko, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Jesse & Joy, Maluma, Myke Towers, Ozuna, Sech, and Wisin.

The 2020 BLMAs, led by top finalists Bad Bunny and Ozuna, are the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, the awards are determined by the actual sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social data that informs Billboard‘s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 2, 2019, through this year’s January 25 charts.

The event is coinciding with Billboard’s Latin Music Week 30th anniversary, a three-day virtual experience dedicated to Latin music, culture, and entertainment, The Billboard Latin Music Awards 2020 will broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 21 via Telemundo.

For more information and to RSVP for Latin Music Week, visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.