Howie Dorough & the Backstreet Boys Debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums Chart with “A Very Backstreet Christmas”

It’s a pre-Christmas gift for Howie Dorough and his fellow Backstreet Boys

The 49-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his band mates debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart with the group’s first seasonal effort, A Very Backstreet Christmas.

Howie Dorough, Backstreet BoysThe set launches atop the list dated October 29 with 20,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending October 20, according to Luminate.

The seasonal Top Holiday Albums chart returned to Billboard’s weekly chart menu for the current season with the October 22-dated chart. That week, the top debut was Lindsey Stirling’s Snow Waltz at No. 2, while the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas spent a 12th nonconsecutive week atop the list.

Top Holiday Albums will continue to be published on a weekly basis through January of 2023, when it will dash away until the next holiday season. (The chart generally returns every October.)

The Top Holiday Albums chart ranks the 50 most popular seasonal albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each units equals one album sales, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

The Oct. 29-dated Top Holiday Albums chart is populated by festive favorites that have decorated the chart through the years, including Michael Bublé’s Christmas, Mariah Carey’s Merry ChristmasJosh Groban’s Noel, Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas (the survey’s all-time top title) and Carrie Underwood’s My Gift.

Adrian Quesada & His Black Pumas to Perform at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

Adrian Quesada has some big summer plans…

The Grammy Award-winning producer and guitarist and his Black Pumas will be performing at one of summer’s staple events, Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

Adrian Quesada, Black Pumas

The festival is back this year with a packed lineup after taking 2020 off due to the global coronavirus pandemic. After canceling for the first time in its 53-year history, organizers announced the star-studded roster of acts slated to perform over three weekends: September 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18.


In addition to Quesada’s Black Pumas taking the stage, the nation’s biggest music festival will feature headline sets in the 23,000-capacity American Family Insurance Amphitheater from Miley CyrusLuke BryanChance the Rapper, the Jonas BrothersChris Stapleton, and Dave Matthews Band, as well as performances from Sheryl Crow, the Zac Brown Band, Gabby Barrett and 24kGoldn.

Others on tap to play are 311, Run the Jewels, Brett Eldredge, G-Eazy, Wilco, Diplo, Charlie Wilson, Pixies, ZZ Top, Rise Against, Fitz and the Tantrums, Dirty Heads, Jake Owen, Bleachers, Flo Rida, Lindsey Stirling, Goo Goo Dolls, T-Pain, Ludacris, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Struts, Nelly, Cam, Blanco Brown, Sugarhill Gang, Psychedelic Furs, Maddie & Tae, Liz Phair, Claud and many more.

“We could not be more excited to unveil the lineup for Summerfest,” Milwaukee World Festival Inc. President/CEO Don Smiley said in a statement. “From first-timers, including Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus, and Run the Jewels, to Fest favorites including Dave Matthews Band, T-Pain, Styx and Chris Stapleton, our lineup continues to be one of the most diverse and unique in the industry.”

Summerfest has traditionally run from late June to early July over an 11-day stretch, but this year organizers have pushed it back to the fall as the nationwide COVID-19 vaccine roll-out continues and the nation attempts to reach herd immunity.

Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Mates Win Streamy Award for Best Cover Song in Pre-Live Stream

Life is but a stream(y) for Kirstie Maldonado

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish artist and her fellow Pentatonix group mates have been recognized as winners in one of the 33 Streamy Awards categories announced during a pre-live stream, ahead of Sunday night’s big Beverly Hilton event where the remaining 14 winners will be announced.

Kirstie Maldonado and Pentatonix

Maldonado and her a cappella group, who earned three nominations for this year’s Streamy Awards, won in the Cover Song category for their popular “Daft Punk Mashup,” which has garnered more than 87 million views on YouTube.

The winners of NBC‘s singing competition The Sing-Off in 2011 beat out former American Idol contestant Andrew Garcia, Andy Lange, Chester See and Josh Golden’s rendition of Katy Perry’s Roar, among other nominees.

Pentatonix lost to Lindsey Stirling in the Best Musical Artist category, but the group is still in the running in the Original Song category for their single “Love Again.”

On Friday night, the Streamys, which honor the best in online video, will honor Pitbull with one of its first-ever ICON Awards. On Sunday night, the rest of the competitive Streamys will be announced, and streamed live online at

Pre-live stream winners of the 4th Annual Streamy Awards include:

Channel, Show or Series – Overall

  • Best Companion (Channel, Show or Series) – Vandaveon and Mike (Key & Peele)
  • Best Non-Fiction or Reality (Channel, Show or Series) – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Channel, Show or Series – Subject

  • Best Dance (Channel, Show or Series) – Jabbawockeez
  • Best Food and Cuisine (Channel, Show or Series) – Epic Meal Time
  • Best Health and Wellness (Channel, Show or Series) – Blogilates
  • Best Pranks (Channel, Show or Series) – Jack Vale
  • Best Science and Education (Channel, Show or Series) – Vsauce
  • Best Sports (Channel, Show or Series) – Red Bull


  • Best Animated (Channel, Show or Series) – RWBY
  • Best Indie (Channel, Show or Series) – Little Horribles
  • Best International (Channel, Show or Series) – Noob (France)


  • Best Actress in a Comedy – Mamrie Hart, You Deserve A Drink
  • Best Actress in a Drama – Ashley Clements, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  • Best Actor in a Comedy – David Milchard, Convos with My 2-Year-Old
  • Best Actor in a Drama – Joey Graceffa, Storytellers
  • Best Collaboration – Zach Galifianakis and President Barack Obama, Between Two Ferns


  • Best Cover Song – Pentatonix, Daft Punk Mashup (Daft Punk)
  • Best Music Video – Goku vs Superman, Epic Rap Battles of History
  • Best Musical Artist, Lindsey Stirling


  • Best Choreography – Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Garrett Warren and Larnell Stovall
  • Best Cinematography – Devinsupertramp, Devin Graham
  • Best Costume Design – Epic Rap Battles of History, Sulai Lopez
  • Best Directing – Video Game High School, Matt Arnold and Freddie Wong
  • Best Editing – Kids React, Dan Seibert, Justin Reager, Benny Fine, Rafi Fine, and Jordan Towles
  • Best Original Score – RWBY, Jeff Williams
  • Best Visual and Special Effects – Action Movie Kid, Daniel Hashimoto
  • Best Writing – Epic Rap Battles of History, Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, Zach Sherwin, Dante Cimadamore, and Mike Betette


  • Best Vine Comedian – DeStorm Power
  • Best Vine Creativity – Zach King

Campaign or Event

  • Best Brand Campaign – Need For Speed: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Six (Need For Speed)
  • Best Live Event – #Tubeathon 2013
  • Best Public Service – YouTube Stars Talk Health Care at the White House


  • Best Television Show – Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Maldonado and Her Pentatonix Group Mates Receive Three Streamy Award Nominations

They’re already YouTube Music Award winners… And, now Kirstie Maldonado and her fellow Pentatonix members have the chance to increase their online award haul.

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish artist and her a cappella group have earned three nominations for the fourth Streamy Awards, which recognize the best in online video.


Maldonado and Pentatonix, who won NBC‘s singing competition The Sing-Off in 2011, are nominated for Cover Song for their popular “Daft Punk Mashup,” which has garnered more than 87 million views on YouTube. They’re up against former American Idol contestant Andrew Garcia, Andy Lange, Chester See and Josh Golden’s rendition of Katy Perry’s Roar, among other nominees.

Pentatonix are also vying for a Streamy Award in the Musical Artist category. The a capella group, which will release two new albums this year, will compete against Boyce Avenue, Chester See, Cimorelli and Lindsey Stirling.

Lastly, Maldonado and her crew are nominated in the Original Song category. They’re nominated for their single “Love Again.” The song’s official video has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube.

But Maldonado and Garcia aren’t the only Latino nominees…

YouTube sensation Bethany Mota, aka MacBarbie07, has earned a nod in the Channel, Show, or Series – Fashion category. The 18-year-old Mexican and Portuguese vlogger’s YouTube channel is also up for an Audience Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year. She has generated an estimated $40,000 per month and garnered over 300 million views since she launched it. The “Mota-vator” is an inspiration to pre-teens everywhere who’ve ever struggled with boredom, shyness and bullying. And she’s turned her online success into a fashion empire, even launching the Bethany Mota Clothing and Accessories line at Aeropostale.

Meanwhile, Maiah Ocando has earned three Streamy Award nods. The Venezuelan Spanish-speaking YouTube star, whose channel Visto Bueno has 319,705 subscribers, is nominated for Channel, Show, or Series – Fashion category and First Person – Special. She’ll also compete for the Audience Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year.

In all, this year’s, Streamy Awards will recognize excellence in 47 categories.

“If the caliber of this year’s nominees is any indication, we’re on track for the biggest Streamys ever,” said Executive Producer Drew Baldwin, also the co-founder of Tubefilter. “As the leading producer of live events, dick clark productions is the best possible partner for a show that honors the ever-evolving digital landscape and pioneers who are shaping the future of mainstream entertainment.”

This year’s awards include several new categories, including gaming, beauty, sports, pranks and science and education.

Sixteen of the winners will be announced live at a September 7 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, to be produced by dick clark productions.

The awards show will be streamed online on

The other winners will be announced in a September 4 reception at the YouTube Space L.A., and will be recognized during the September 7 ceremonies.

Here’s a list of the nominees by category.

Channel, Show, or Series –

Overall Comedy
Jenna Marbles
My Drunk Kitchen
Ryan Higa

Almost Royal Goes To YouTube
Parks and Recreation in Europe
Prairie Home Companion Tailgating (Portlandia)
Sesame Street
Vandaveon and Mike (Key and Peele)

Mortal Kombat: Legacy II
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Non-Fiction or Reality
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
PBS Idea Channel

Channel, Show, or Series – Subject

Action and Sci-Fi
Action Movie Kid
Corridor Digital
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II
Red vs. Blue
Video Game High School

Cute Polish
Kandee Johnson
Michelle Phan

Break’n Reality
Dance Showdown
Strictly Ballet

Bethany Mota
Lauren Curtis
Maiah Ocando

Food and Cuisine
Anthony Eats America
Epic Meal Time
Nerdy Nummies
Thristy For…

Smosh Games
SourceFed Nerd

Health and Wellness
Kali Muscle
Tony Horton Fitness

Kids and Family
Convos With My 2-Year-Old
Kid President
Kids React

News and Current Events
Huffpost Live
YouTube Nation

Prank it FWD
Roman Atwood
Stuart Edge

Science and Education
Good Mythical Morning
Mental Floss
The Slow Mo Guys

Dude Perfect
ESPN 30 for 30
My Ink
Red Bull


8-Bit Cinema
Blank on Blank
Bravest Warriors
Simon’s Cat

First Person
Grace Helbig
Justine Ezarik
Maiah Ocando
Tyler Oakley

Bad Timing
Destroy The Alpha Gammas
Little Horribles
Sad Motivator
The Platoon of Power Squadron

Alaa Wardi (Saudi Arabia)
EnchufeTV (Ecuador)
Galo Frito (Brazil)
Neymar Jr: Life Outside the Fields (Brazil)
Noob (France)


Actress in a Comedy
Johanna Braddy, Video Game High School
Brittany Furlan, SHFTY ~ Super Happy Fun Time, Yay!
Mamrie Hart, You Deserve A Drink
Charlotte Newhouse, Idiotsitter
Joanna Sotomura, Emma Approved

Actress in a Drama
Troian Bellisario, Lauren
Ashley Clements, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Kate Conway, Out With Dad
Francesca Eastwood, Oh, You Pretty Things!
Julia Stiles, Blue

Actor in a Comedy
Brent Bailey, Emma Approved
Klarity, SHFTY ~ Super Happy Fun Time, Yay!
David Milchard, Convos With My 2-Year-Old
Paul Scheer, ArScheerio Paul
Jimmy Wong, Video Game High School

Actor in a Drama
David Arquette, Cleaners
Wilson Cleveland, BlackBoxTV Presents
Joey Graceffa, Storytellers
Brian Tee, Mortal Kombat: Legacy II
Daniel Vincent Gordh, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Flula Borg and Chester See, Flula
Zach Galifianakis and President Barack Obama, Between Two Ferns
Harley Morenstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Epic Meal Time
Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, and Snoop Dogg, Epic Rap Battles of History
Rooster Teeth, Freddie Wong, iJustine, Greg Miller, and Adam Kovic, The Gauntlet: Season 2

Ensemble Cast
ArScheerio Paul
Next Time On Lonny
The Annoying Orange
Video Game High School


Cover Song
Andy Lange, Chester See, Andrew Garcia, and Josh Golden, Roar (Katy Perry)
Madilyn Bailey, Wake Me Up (Avicii)
Pentatonix, Daft Punk Mashup (Daft Punk)
Pomplamoose, Happy/Get Lucky Mashup (Pharrell Williams)
Postmodern Jukebox, Timber (Pitbull ft. Ke$ha)

Music Video
#SELFIE, The Chainsmokers
Cookie Dance, Chip Chocolate
Finish What We Started, Miles Fisher
Goku vs Superman, Epic Rap Battles of History
Odds Are, Barenaked Ladies

Musical Artist
Boyce Avenue
Chester See
Lindsey Stirling

Original Song
#LEH, Superwoman and Humble The Poet
Airplanes and Terminals, Timothy DeLaGhetto
Love Again, Pentatonix
Never Wanna Let You Go, Megan Nicole
Whistle While I Work It, Chester See


Castrol Footkhana: Neymar Jr. v Ken Block, Andy Ansah, Neymar Jr., and Ken Block
Dance Showdown, Ambrose Respicio and Anze Skrube
Jabbawockeez Presents Regenerate, Jabbawockeez
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Garrett Warren and Larnell Stovall
Super Power Beat Down, Alvin J. Hsing and Shaun Paul Piccinino

@SummerBreak, Joseph Guidry
Devinsupertramp , Devin Graham
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Scott Keven
Making A Scene, Bartosz Nalazek
Rocket Jump, John Salmon

Costume Design
Bart Baker, Morgan Christensen and Amanda Hosler
Epic Rap Battles of History, Sulai Lopez
Fallout: Nuka Break, Katie Broad
Video Game High School, Regina Amato, Christina Matthews, Imari Tucker
YouTube Rewind, Annie Rothschild

BlackBoxTV Presents, Tony E. Valenzuela
Eric Wareheim, Eric Wareheim
Lauren, Jon Avnet
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Kevin Tancharoen
Video Game High School, Freddie Wong

Epic Rap Battles of History, Andrew Sherman, Ryan Moulton, Daniel Turcan, Nice Peter, and Joseph Shahood
Kids React, Dan Seibert, Justin Reager, Benny Fine, Rafi Fine, Jordan Towles
MysteryGuitarMan, Joe Penna, Ryan Morrison
Rocket Jump, Freddie Wong
The Annoying Orange, Dane Boedigheimer, Aaron Massey, Spencer Grove, Matt Sklar

Original Score
Caper, Joe Loduca
Continuum, Damon Criswell
Next Time On Lonny, Leo Birenberg
Red Scare, Giona Ostinelli
RWBY, Jeff Williams

Visual and Special Effects
Action Movie Kid, Daniel Hashimoto
Corridor Digital, Niko Pueringer and Sam Gorski
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Lars Anderson
Rocket Jump, Freddie Wong
Video Game High School, Chris Bailey and Joseph Cornell

Barely Political, Mark Douglas and Todd Womack
Epic Rap Battles of History, Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, Zach Sherwin, Dante Cimadamore, and Mike Betette
Husbands, Brad Bell and Jane Espenson
Kid President, Brad Montague and Robby Novak
Red vs. Blue, Burnie Burns and Miles Luna


Vine Comedian
Brittany Furlan
DeStorm Power
Jerome Jarre
Logan Paul

Vine Creativity
Meagan Cignoli
Regal Cinemas
Zach King

Viner of the Year
Brittany Furlan
Cameron Dallas
King Bach
Lele Pons
Marcus Johns

Campaign or Event

Brand Campaign
Backseat Italians (Fiat)
Dear Kitten (Purina Friskies)
Need For Speed: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Six (Need For Speed)
Sloth Week (Animalist)
Superman With a Go Pro (Go Pro)

Live Event
#Tubeathon 2013
Comedy Gives Back 2013
DigiFest NYC 2014
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Live
Steve Aoki: Live at the Shrine

Public Service
International Day of Happiness
Rooster Teeth 24 Hr Extra Life Fundraiser
Sport Relief 2014
Star Wars: Force for Change
YouTube Stars Talk Health Care at the White House


Television Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Right This Minute
Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Audience Choice

Entertainer of the Year

Bethany Mota
Brittany Furlan
Grace Helbig
Jack Vale
Jenna Marbles
Maiah Ocando
Michelle Phan
Ryan Higa
Toby Turner
Tyler Oakley

Show of The Year

Emma Approved
Kids React
Nerdy Nummies
Rooster Teeth
The Philip DeFranco Show
Video Game High School