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.
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”
The 24-year-old Mexican-American singer-songwriter and entrepreneur will perform at this year’s Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, which is getting a reboot.
The popular downtown gathering that took a year off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic is ready to roar back this fall with a lineup packed with superstar voices.
Among the headliners for the September 18-19 event at Piedmont Park are Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Maroon 5, 21 Savage and DaBaby.
Other acts scheduled to appearinclude: Megan Thee Stallion, Machine Gun Kelly, Adrian Quesada’s Black Pumas, Jack Harlow, AJR, Yungblud, Bleachers, Dashboard Confessional, Surfaces, Lauv, 24KGoldn, Latto, Oliver Tree and Tierra Whack.
Tickets purchased for the 2020 edition will be honored and organizers said that a limited number of general admission passes are on sale now before the prices go up on Friday (June 4) at 10:00 am ET.
The summer’s festival scene is beginning to heat up following last year’s total shutdown, though at press time Music Midtown had not announced whether this summer’s gathering will be at Piedmont’s full, pre-pandemic 70,000-person capacity. Other events, such as Chicago’s Lollapalooza, have said they will return at full capacity, though attendees will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or, for those not vaccinated, a negative test result within 24 hours of attendance.
The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s latest single “Up” rises from No. 6 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to spend its first week at the top of the chart.
The song, which becomes Cardi B’s fifth Hot 100 No. 1, debuted at No. 2 five weeks earlier and tallied three weeks at the runner-up spot before reaching the summit.
Cardi B performed “Up” as part of a medley, with Megan Thee Stallion, of their four-week 2020 Hot 100 No. 1 “WAP” on the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, broadcast on CBS, on March 14, which helped power the song’s ascent.
“Up” drew 22.7 million U.S. streams (down 5%) and 18,000 downloads sold (up 96%, good for the Hot 100’s top Sales Gainer award) in the week ending March 18, according to MRC Data. It also attracted 34.9 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 7%) in the week ending March 21.
The track rises 5-3 on the Streaming Songs chart, which it led for two weeks; 7-3 on Digital Song Sales, where it spent a week in the lead; and 17-14 on Radio Songs.
Here’s an updated look at Cardi B’s Hot 100 No. 1s:
Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1 “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” three, Oct. 7, 2017
“I Like It,” with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, one, April 21, 2018
“Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, seven, Sept. 29, 2018
“WAP,” feat. Megan Thee Stallion, four, Aug. 22, 2020
“Up,” one (to date) March 27, 2021
Cardi B extends her record for the most Hot 100 No. 1s among female rappers. (Of her five leaders, four have also topped the multi-metric Hot Rap Songschart, all except Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You,” on which she’s featured.)
Meanwhile, “Up” is Cardi B’s first Hot 100 No. 1 with no accompanying acts since “Bodak Yellow.” Thanks to the two leaders, Cardi B is the first female rapper with two Hot 100 No. 1s with no accompanying artists.
Dating to her first week atop the Hot 100 with “Bodak Yellow” (Oct. 7, 2017), Cardi B ties for the most No. 1s among all acts in the span since, matching the five each earned in that stretch by Drake and Ariana Grande.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data.
“Up” concurrently rebounds 5-1 and 4-1, respectively, for a fourth week each atop the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same methodology as the Hot 100.
“Up” is the first song by a solo female and no accompanying artists to top the Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs since Lizzo‘s “Truth Hurts” in 2019. Before that, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” last earned the honor.
The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s smash collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP,” is spending a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, dated September 26.
With its fourth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Cardi B rewrites her longest career domination as a lead artist, as “WAP” surpasses the three-week reign of her debut No. 1 “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” in October 2017. She has also led with “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin (one week, July 2018), and as featured on Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You” (seven weeks, September-November 2018).
“WAP,” released on Atlantic Records, notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songschart with 41.5 million U.S. streams (down 14%) in the week ending September 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
On Digital Song Sales, which it led for two weeks, “WAP” drops 2-3 with 12,000 downloads sold (down 25%) in the same span. The collab climbs 27-21 on Radio Songswith 32.6 million airplay audience impressions (up 21%) in the week ending September 20.
“WAP” logs a sixth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songsand Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100.
Grab a bucket and a mop… Cardi B‘s back at the top of the charts.
The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s smash single “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, has rebounded for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.
“WAP” has dethroned BTS‘ “Dynamite,” which spent its first two weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 1, at the top of the chart.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data.
“WAP,” released on Atlantic Records, notches a fourth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 48.2 million U.S. streams (down 18%) in the week ending September 10, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
On the Digital Song Sales chart, which it led for two weeks, “WAP” rises 3-2 with 16,000 downloads sold (down 20%) in the same span. The collab ascends 32-27 on the Radio Songs chart with 27.3 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 11%) in the week ending September 13.
With its third week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Cardi B matches her longest career domination as a lead artist, as “WAP” ties the three-week reign of her debut No. 1 “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” in October 2017. She has also led with “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin (one week, July 2018), and as feature artist on Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You” (seven weeks, September-November 2018).
“WAP” logs a fifth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100.
The Latino actor/singer has been cast in the world premiere in New York this September of multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan’s musical The Wrong Man.
Vasquez will star opposite Tony-nominee Joshua Henry and Ciara Renéein the musical.
The Wrong Man is set in Reno, Nevada, and tells the story of Duran, a man just scraping by, who is accused of a murder he says he didn’t commit.
Golan’s first stage musical was initially conceived as an acoustic solo piece, but over a decade has grown to include a full-length concept album and an animated film.
Previews begin on Wednesday, September 18, with an opening night of October 7, at the Off Broadway MCC Theater.
Golan (book, music, lyrics) has written massive hits for a massive roster of artists including Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Lady Antebellum, Michael Bublé, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban, Ariana Grande, Flo Rida, One Direction, Idina Menzel, Nelly, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Cee Lo Green, 5 Seconds of Summer, Prince Royce, Snoop Dogg, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer, James Blunt, Big Sean and Travis Barker.
Vasquez has appeared on Broadwayin Hamilton,WaitressandWicked, and on television inThe Good Fight, Curb Your Enthusiasm andThe Code.
iHeartMedia has announced that 32 artists will receive the company’s Titanium Award for reaching a threshold of 1 billion total audience spins of their hits throughout 2018, including the 33-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning crooner.
Mars will be recognized for his hit single, “Finesse,” featuring Cardi B. The remixed track peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
But that isn’t the only single to earn Cardi B a Titanium Award.
The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation is also earning recognition for her chart-topping single “I Like It,” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, as well as her No. 1 hit collaboration with Maroon 5on “Girls Like You.”
Camila Cabellowill be recognized for surpassing the 1 billion spins mark for two of her smash singles, “Havana” and “Never Be the Same.”
Meanwhile, Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry,” which was released in July 2017, has also earned the 26-year-old part-Mexican American singer a Titanium Award.
Other recipients and their tunes are Bazzi‘s “Mine,”Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line‘s “Meant to Be,” Drake‘s “God’s Plan,” Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect,” Halsey for “Bad at Love” and her collab with G-Eazy “Him & I,” Imagine Dragons‘ “Thunder,” Khalid featuring Normani‘s “Love Lies,” Lauv‘s “I Like Me Better,” MAX featuring Gnash‘s “Lights Down Low,” NF‘s “Let You Down,” P!nk‘s “What About Us,” Portugal. The Man‘s “Feel It Still,” Post Malone for “Better Now,” “Rockstar” and “Psycho,” Taylor Swift‘s “Delicate,” and Zedd, Maren Morrisand Grey‘s “The Middle.”
The total audience spins is calculated based on Mediabase airplay multiplied by the number of persons listening to the radio at the time of those plays, equaling total audience impressions, which is the broadcast equivalent of the number of streams from a streaming music service. More Titanium Award recipients will be announced as artists reach the milestone throughout 2019 on iHeartRadiostations.
Last year’s winners include Alessia Caraand Zedd, Bruno Mars, DJ Snake, DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokersand Coldplay, Charlie Puth, Imagine Dragons, James Arthur, Kygoand Selena Gomez, Luis Fonsiand Daddy Yankee, Maroon 5, Niall Horan, Sam Hunt, Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, Zayn and Taylor Swift and French Montana.
The nominations for Nickelodeon‘s 2019 Kids Choice Awards are in, with the 26-year-old Dominican American rap sensation earning the most nods of any Latina/o artist.
Cardi B earned four nominations, including Favorite Female Artist, where she’ll face off against fellow Latinas Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello.
She’s also up for Favorite Breakout Artist for the second year in a row, as well as Favorite Collaboration for two of her chart-topping songs: “Girls Like You” (Maroon 5) and “I Like It” (Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin).
Zoe Saldanaearned two nods.
The 40-year-old half-Dominican/half-Puerto Rican American actress is up for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Butt-Kicker for her role as Gamorain Avengers: Infinity War.
Other nominees include Noah Centineo, Jennifer Lopez and Bruno Mars.
DJ Khaled will host this year’s awards show, which will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 23.
Here’s a look at all the nominations:
Favorite Funny TV Show
The Big Bang Theory
Favorite TV Drama
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The Walking Dead
Favorite Reality Show
America’s Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors
Favorite TV Host
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
Kevin Hart (TKO: Total Knock Out)
Liza Koshy & Marc Summers (Double Dare)
Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)
Cardi Bis holding the Top 10 fort on the music charts…
The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation’s collaboration with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You,” ties a longevity record on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Feb. 16).
The former seven-week No. 1 single holds at No. 10, logging a 33rd week in the top 10.
The song matches Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” for the longest top 10 run in the chart’s 60-year history. Sheeran’s smash led the list for 12 weeks in 2017.
Here’s an updated look at the songs that have spent the most time in the Hot 100’s top 10, dating to the chart’s August 4, 1958, inception:
Most weeks in Hot 100’s top 10 33, “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, 2018-19 33, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, 2017 32, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, 2016-17 32, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, 1997-98 31, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, 2014-15 30, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas, 1999-2000
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data and, along with all charts, will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 12).
“Girls” charges 22-6 on the Digital Song Sales chart, up 123 percent to 19,000 downloads sold in the week ending February 7, according to Nielsen Music. It also pushes 24-21 on Streaming Songs with a 13 percent boost to 20.5 million U.S. streams in the same tracking week. It keeps at No. 6 on Radio Songs (77.8 million audience impressions, down 2 percent, in the week ending Feb. 10), which it led for 16 weeks.
Maroon 5 had previously spent a high of 21 weeks in the top 10 with three hits: “Sugar” (2015), “One More Night” (2012-13) and “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera (2011).