Auli’i Cravalho to Perform at PBS’ Televised Independence Day Celebration “A Capitol Fourth”

Auli’i Cravalho is embracing the independence

The 20-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress/singer will perform at this year’s Independence Day celebration A Capitol Fourth, which will feature a pre-taped concert and live fireworks from Washington, D.C.

Auli’i Cravalho

The city has lifted almost all COVID-19 restrictions, and President Joe Biden is planning an event at the White House that day, his goal for having at least 70% of the country with at least one COVID-19 shot.

But producers have been planning the show for months, with COVID-19 forcing them to set aside the traditional live concert on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

In addition to Cravalho, others who will perform at the event are Jimmy Buffett, Cynthia Erivo, Alan Jackson, Pentatonix, Jennifer Nettles, Train, Gladys Knight, Mickey Guyton, Ali Stroker, Jimmie Allen and Laura Osnes.

The National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jack Everly, will perform John Williams’ Olympic Fanfare, honoring U.S. participation in the upcoming Summer Olympic Games. The orchestra and the Joint Armed Forces Chorus will accompany the fireworks with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Vanessa Williams will host the event, with Renee Fleming set to open the show with the National Anthem. The concert will honor men and women of the military, with other participants including the U.S. Army BandPershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus and The Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

The concert, a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA-TV, will air on July 4 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm ET on PBS, and it also will be broadcast to the American Forces Network. NPR stations also will air the event, and it will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube and PBS.org through July 18.

Cravalho rose to acclaim as the voice of the title character in Disney’s computer animated musical Moana. Her other credits include NBC’s Rise and Netflix’s drama film All Together Now.

CNCO to Perform on NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021 Special

CNCO has major plans for the New Year…

The Latin boy band will be ringing in the new year with a performance on NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021 program.

CNCO

CNCO joins a roster of new additions to the lineup that includes Gwen StefaniBlake SheltonChloe x HalleJason Derulo, Kirstin Maldonado and her Pentatonix group mates.

Carson Daly will host NBC’s New Year’s Eve special live from Times Square in NYC. Amber Ruffin, the star of Peacock’s The Amber Ruffin Show and writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, DJ and co-executive producer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will join him as co-hosts.

The star-studded lineup also includes AJRGoo Goo DollsKylie MinogueBusta Rhymes with Anderson .PaakBebe Rexha with Doja Cat, and Sting with Shirazee.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021 will air on Thursday, December 31, at 10:00-11:00 pm and 11:30 pm-12:30 am. ET on NBC.

Aloe Blacc to Take Part in City of Hope’s Livestream Concert Fundraiser

Aloe Blacc isn’t losing Hope

City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group’s Future Hope New York Committee has announced that it will be partnering with Bandsintown for a special livestream concert fundraiser, featuring the 41-year-old Panamanian American singer/songwriter.

Aloe Blacc

In addition to Blacc, the star-studded event will feature performances by Almost Monday, Andy Grammer, Anna Shoemaker, For King & Country, Gunnar Gehl, Jack Newsome, John Splithoff, JP Saxe, Kalie Shorr, Leslie Odom, Jr., Lovelytheband, Matt Nathanson, Pentatonix, The Happy Fits, Train and more.

The show will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eliminate cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

“Bandsintown has always been at the forefront of supporting the artists and their fans,and bringing them together. With that said, our Future Hope team is excited to be partnering with Bandsintown, and with these talented artists and their label and management teams, to help raise awareness and support for City of Hope,” said Future Hope New York co-founder Anthony Iovino in a press statement. “It’s a blessing to take what we do each day in this industry and put that energy and passion towards helping others. City of Hope is a special place that does amazing things, and it makes us all want to step up and do amazing things to support that mission of hope!”

Catch the public event on Wednesday, December 16 at 3:00 pm ET/12:00 pm PT via live.bandsintown.com. Those wanting to help the cause will also be able to donate via the landing page.

Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Group Mates Release Genre-Bending “12 Days of Christmas”

Kirstin Maldonado is counting down to Christmas in an entertaining way…

The 28-year-old Mexican & Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates are ringing in the annual countdown to the season but with a sonic twist in their new “12 Days of Christmas” music video.

Pentatonix

Starting midway on the sixth day of Christmas, the five golden singers in the Grammy-winning a cappella group – Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch GrassiKevin Olusola and Matt Sallee – deliver their verses with a wide range of genres, including hip-hop, electro-pop, island folk and more, predominantly backed by Olusola’s beatboxing.

“The PTX holiday cheer continues as we countdown to Christmas with our version of ’12 Days of Christmas,'” Pentatonix wrote on their social media. “We had fun putting our touch on this iconic Christmas song!”

Their funky-yet-festive rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” is the first song on their sixth holiday set We Need a Little Christmas, which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard‘s Top Holiday Albums chart, dated November 28.

The five-piece group also released holiday visuals for “Thank You” and “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” off the Christmas album.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Tops the First Billboard Holiday 100 of the Christmas Season

Mariah Carey has reclaimed her Christmas crown…

Billboard’s Holiday 100 has returned to the charts menu, ranking the top seasonal songs of all eras, with the 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songstress ruling the roost.

Mariah Carey

Claiming its familiar perch atop the Holiday 100, Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” rules the ranking for a 41st week of the chart’s 46 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 26 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season.

The Holiday 100 uses the same formula as the Billboard Hot 100, blending streaming, airplay and sales data.

The only other Holiday 100 No. 1s to date: Justin Bieber‘s “Mistletoe,” for a week in the 2011-12 holiday season; Pentatonix‘s “Little Drummer Boy” (one, 2013-14) and “Mary, Did You Know?” (two, 2014-15); and Ariana Grande‘s “Santa Tell Me” (one, 2014-15).

Carey’s 1994 carol crowns two of the three Holiday 100 component charts (with all tallies dated December 5): Holiday Airplay (21.5 million audience impressions, up 37%, in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data) and Holiday Streaming Songs (17.6 million U.S. streams, up 51%). On Holiday Digital Song Sales, it ranks at No. 4 (4,000 sold, up 26%).

Rounding out the Holiday 100’s top five is a quartet of multi-generational favorites: Brenda Lee‘s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” at No. 2, as it tops Digital Song Sales for the first time (7,000 sold); Bobby Helms‘ “Jingle Bell Rock” (No. 3); Andy Williams‘ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (No. 4); and Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” (No. 5).

Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Group Mates Release New Single “Thank You”

Kirstin Maldonado is singing a little appreciation…

The 28-year-old Mexican & Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have released the single “Thank You,” as their way of show what they’re grateful of despite 2020 being unlike any other year.

Pentatonix

In their heartfelt new video for their holiday song, “Thank You,” Maldonado and the rest of the five-piece a capella group are seen building snowmen, having a snowball fight, enjoying a family dinner and chatting with loved ones safely and virtually.

“Thank you for your smile / It’s warmer than the fire / Your gentle laughter / Is sweeter than a choir,” the group sings in the chorus.

 

“Thank You” is featured on Pentatonix’s festive album, We Need A Little Christmas, which dropped earlier this month.

The group performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday (Nov. 27), and will join NBC‘s Christmas in Rockefeller Center next Wednesday, December 2.

Ally Brooke to Perform During This Year’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”

It’ll be an extra special Thanksgiving for Ally Brooke

27-year-old Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony member will be performing as part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which may look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ally Brooke

Unlike other years, the decorated floats and helium-filled balloons will not be marching down the usual two-and-a-half-mile route starting at West 77th Street. The parade has shorted its route and will only be held (without an audience) in front of Macy’s famed flagship store on 34th Street for the national television special.

Ally Brooke joins a roster of performers that includes Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus, Sofia Carson, CNCO, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Karol G, Tori Kelly, Patti LaBelle, Ella Mai, Leslie Odom Jr., Keke Palmer, Dolly Parton, Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha, Jordin Sparks, Sebastián Yatra, Brett Young and more.

The casts of HamiltonMean GirlsJagged Little Pill, and Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, all of which have not taken the live stage since March, are set to perform at the parade.

While the Broadway performances will be filmed ahead of time, they will air during the broadcast at 9:00 a.m. ET on NBC.

Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Mates Release Inspirational “Amazing Grace” Cover

Kirstin Maldonado is bringin’ a little grace to the holiday season…

The 28-year-old Mexican & Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have surprised the world with the release of the music video for their new cover of “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).

Pentatonix

In the Jimmy Bates-directed clip, Maldonado and her Pentatonix mates infuse the enduring gospel classic with their trademark a capella harmonies while wandering through a stunning outdoor church in the misty woods.

“My chains are gone/ I’ve been set free/ My God, my savior has ransomed me/ And like a flood/ His mercy reigns/ Unending love/ Amazing grace,” Mitch Grassi belts, while his bandmates provide crashing percussion and background vocals. Maldonado then takes over lead vocals on the next pitch-perfect stanza.

The track will serve as the lead single for the band’s upcoming sixth holiday album, We Need a Little Christmas, which is slated to drop November 13 via RCA Records.

While Pentatonix has yet to reveal the studio set’s complete track list, it will follow The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, their 2019 holiday compilation which featured collaborations with Tori Kelly (“Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry, Be Happy“), Kelly Clarkson (“Grown Up Christmas List“), Maren Morris (“When You Believe”) and Jennifer Hudson (“How Great Thou Art“), as well as a posthumous duet with the late Whitney Houston on “Do You Hear What I Hear?

Previously, the Christmas-loving a capella group has also released 2012’s PTXmas, 2014’s That’s Christmas to Me, 2016’s A Pentatonix Christmas and 2018’s Christmas Is Here! 

Their next non-holiday full-length, titled The Lucky Ones, is currently expected to hit shelves, digital retailers and streaming services on February 12, 2021.

 

Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix Release Video for Cover of Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over”

 Kirstin Maldonado is bringing the party

The 28-year-old half-Mexican & part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have released the official music video for PTX’s cover of Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over” the 2018 single from her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Pentatonix

Pentatonix’s version of the song appears on their At Home EP, which was released last month. It follows the release of singles “Home” and “Blinding Lights.”

Pentatonix arranged, recorded and produced their latest EP while quarantining in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their latest video appears to follow suit. 

Although the group members maintain social distance in the clip, their voices meld together in a cappella harmonies, adeptly capturing the reflective vibe of the original song.

“We are huge fans of Billie! Billie is so well known for her amazing production, and we knew the beautiful melody and moody vibe of ‘When the Party’s Over’ could be well suited to a stripped-down, harmonically lush arrangement,” Maldonado told Rolling Stone. “We had so much fun creating the song and video.”

Pentatonix will be releasing videos for their At Homesongs “Break My Heart” and “Dreams” on July 15th and July 22nd, respectively.

Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Group Mates Release Video for their “Blinding Lights” Cover

Kirstin Maldonado is turning on the (blinding) lights

The 28-year-old half-Mexican & part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have released the video for their cover of The Weekend’s “Blinding Lights.”

Pentatonix

In the clip, the Grammy-winning a cappella groupappear in their respective homes, belting the infectious hook with harmonies and a capella instrumentals.

Pentatonix’s “Blinding Lights” video follows the release of last month’s “Home” mash-up, in which the group blended lyrics from hits about home, a fitting song for the world’s shelter-at-home moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PTX’s take on “Blinding Lights” appears on the The Sing-Off-winning group’s new At Home EP, which was recorded while the group was in quarantine in separate homes. It was released last week.

Pentatonix will be dropping videos from the project weekly throughout July.