Demi Lovato Opens Up About Title Track of Upcoming “Holy Fvck” Album

Demi Lovato is opening about the title track of her upcoming album…

The 29-year-old half-Mexican singer/actor teased their forthcoming album Holy Fvck during a call into the SiriusXM studios on Monday, July 18.

Demi Lovato“The title track of the album is called ‘Holy Fvck’ and the song was basically, I wanted to flip the phrase ‘holy f–k’ on its head. And instead of just saying ‘holy f–k,’ I wanted to write a song that says, ‘I’m a holy f–k,’” Lovato explained. “It’s definitely a sexually charged song, but it’s really fun.”

“I felt like it was a great, eye-catching title track for the rest of the album,” she continued, “and especially because there’s songs on the album that have, like, kind of religious undertones, there’s songs on the album that have this dichotomy of good and bad, and that song kind of represented both.”

Lovato also insisted their record label, Island Records, was immediately on board with idea despite its NSFW implications. “My label is so great and so supportive that, like, anything that I say goes,” the singer said. “Like, they’re really, really great to me and I know a lot of artists don’t have that so I’m really fortunate. I remember being the one asking questions, like, ‘Am I gonna be able to say this? And what do I say instead?’ And it’s just, like, look, it’s f–king rock and roll. Like, they’ll bleep you if they need to and if they don’t, even better.”

Set for release on August 19, Lovato’s upcoming eighth studio set has already been preceded by singles “Skin of My Teeth” and “Substance.”

Camila Cabello to Take Part in “Concert For Ukraine” to Raise Money for the People of Ukraine

Camila Cabello is helping raise money for the people of the war-ravaged Ukraine…

The 25-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer and former Fifth Harmony member is among an all-star group of artists coming together for a special telethon to raise money for the embattled people of Ukraine.

Camila CabelloThe March 29th Concert For Ukraine is slated to take place at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, England.

Along with Cabello and her “Bam Bam” collaborator Ed Sheeran, the event will also feature sets from Emeli SandéGregory Porter and Snow Patrol, with more acts to be added soon.

The live two-hour special will raise funds for humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine, who have been under relentless attack by Russian forces since Vladimir Putin started a war with the former Soviet satellite country nearly three weeks ago.

The broadcast will air on ITV, STV, ITV Hub and the STV Player in a collaboration with the Disasters Emergency Committee, with the goal of spreading a message of “hope and support, and most importantly, raising funds for the ongoing DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal,” according to a statement.

“I will be singing to try to help every innocent human being forced to flee their home and in solidarity with those being racially discriminated against even within this humanitarian crisis,” said Sandé in a statement. “Nobody should be refused access to relief, aid and the right to cross the border to safety, and I’m pleased for the chance to support the DEC’s appeal to help all people whose lives have been affected by the conflict.”

All sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the broadcast — expected to raise nearly $4 million — will be donated by ITV to the DEC appeal. Tickets for the event are available here.

The ITV event will take place just three days after another star-studded fundraiser for the people of Ukraine, who have bravely battled relentless bombardment from Russian forces accused of war crimes in the one-sided invasion that has reportedly hit a number of civilian targets.

Rosie Perez, Steve Martin, Annette BeningBilly PorterAudra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Chenoweth and David Hyde Pierce have signed up for the 10-hour telethon Stars in the Housewhich will air on Saturday, March 26 from noon-10 p.m. ET. The special can be viewed and listened to on the series’ site, the Stars in the House YouTube channel, as well as SiriusXM Stars109.

Rosie Perez to Take Part in “Stars in the House” Telethon to Benefit Victims of the War in Ukraine

Rosie Perez is helping raise money for the people of the Ukraine

The 57-year-old Puerto Rican Oscar-nominated actress is among an all-star roster of film, television and theater performers who’ve signed up for a 10-hour telethon to raise money for the victims of the war in Ukraine.

Rosie PerezEntitled “Stars in the House,”the special will air on Saturday, March 26 from noon-10:00 pm Eastern.

In addition to Perez, the other celebrities scheduled to appear on the telethon include Steve Martin, Annette BeningBilly PorterAudra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Chenoweth, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin, as well as Tituss Burgess, Kelli O’Hara, Donna Murphy, Annaleigh Ashford, Jessie Mueller, Josh Groban, Judith Light, John Stamos, Lindsay Mendez, Laura Benanti, Norman Lear, Betty Buckley, Mandy Patinkin, Rachel Bloom, Patrick Wilson, Shoshana Bean, James Monroe Iglehart, Brittney Johnson, Santino Fontana, Judy Kuhn and Norbert Leo Butz.

The event also hopes to feature Ukrainians, including Oleg Karpenko, a Ukrainian theater and film actor who co-starred with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Servant of the People.

The special can be viewed and listened to on the series’ site, the Stars in the House YouTube channel, as well as SiriusXM Stars109.

Donations made during the event will benefit the International Rescue Committee and its humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine.

Stars in the House is a live-streamed concert series created by SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley that has raised over $1 million for the Actors Fund’s COVID-19 relief program and other nonprofits.

It’s just one way the theater community has tried to help Ukrainians: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $300,000 in emergency grants to ameliorate the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and a portion of ticket sales for “The Minutes” will go to Save the Children’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.

J Balvin Launches Exclusive Limited Edition Sirius XM Channel

J Balvin is taking things Sirius-ly…

The 36-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has curated an exclusive two-week, limited edition SiriusXM channel.

J Balvin

It features anecdotes from the making of Balvin’s latest album Jose

He’s also showing off his radio host abilities with two original shows, “Head Bang with Jose,” where he will feature some of his favorite rock tunes, and “La Hora Rumbera,” where he will feature classic tropical tunes.

Part of SiriusXM and Pandora‘s Small Stage Series, an exclusive Balvin performance will air at 10:00 pm ET on October 13 via satellite and on the SXM App.

J Balvin Radio will be available from October 7-14 on the SiriusXM App and via satellite on channel 104.

Fat Joe to Appear on the Upcoming “MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon”

Fat Joe’s got hart… And, he’s ready to share it with the world.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American rapper, whose real name Joseph Antonio Cartagena, will take part in the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon, the upcoming two-hour special hosted by Hart that reimagines the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual variety show fundraiser.

Fat-Joe

Fat Joe joins a lineup of talent additions that includes Don Cheadle, Common, Cindy Crawford, Whitney Cummings, Stephen Curry, Zachary Levi and Kelly Rowland.

The special, which will benefit the MDA and Help From the Hart Charity, streams live on Saturday from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET on Hart’s LOL Network and its digital platforms YouTube and Pluto TV, as well as on TikTok, Triller and Twitch.

SiriusXM will air an encore of the show on its Laugh Out Loud Radio channel on October 26 at 4:00 pm ET and again the next day at 10:00 am ET.

The telethon will feature entertainment, comedy, musical performances and MDA’s Let’s Play For a Cure gaming elements, a gaming stream hosted by Zedd running simultaneously. A Telethon Showcase to celebrate the members of the neuromuscular community and hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Jann Carl will follow the two-hour main show. It will stream on the MDA’s Facebook page.

As a warmup, an MDA-hosted online auction on CharityBuzz featuring items from Serena Williams, Curry and others launches Friday at mda.org/telethon.

The latest talent additions to the lineup join previously announced guests including Garcelle Beauvais, Aloe Blacc, Jack Black, Usain Bolt, Bryan Cranston, Adam Devine, Josh Gad, Liz Gillies, Aldis Hodge, Edwin Hodge, Michael B. Jordan, DJ Khaled, Daniel Levy, Loni Love, Leslie Mann, Jillian Mercado, Robin Thicke, Gabrielle Union Wade and John David Washington.

Jonathan Krisel is directing.

 

Karol G Teaming Up with the Jonas Brothers for New Single “X”

Karol Gis doing more than keeping up with the Jonases

The 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer-songwriter is joining voices with the Jonas Brothers for the band of brothers’ new single “X.”

Karol G

The JoBros revealed the artwork for the new single, which shows a white outlines letter X on top of red lips, on their social media accounts.

Without giving too many details, the Jonas Brothers also announced that “X” will be released this Friday, May 15.

On release day, KevinJoe, and Nick Jonas will take part in and answer fan questions in a virtual SiriusXM Hits 1 Celebrity Session hosted by The Morning Mash Up, where they’ll interact with an audience of frontline healthcare workers and their families from across the country. 

The Jonas Brothers will talk about their music, including their upcoming collaboration with Karol G.

Their Karol G-assisted track marks the second time the Jonas Brothers have teamed up with a Latin act, following the 2019 summer bop “Runaway” with Sebastian Yatra,Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha.

Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix Group Mates Announce “Best of” Christmas Album & Tour

Kirstin Maldonado is preparing for the greatest Christmas…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican and part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have announced their latest holiday-themed greatest hits album, The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, due October 25 via RCA Records

Pentatonix

The festive record will feature four new songs in addition to the Grammy-winning a cappella group’s best-selling tracks from its last four holiday albums.

Pentatonix renditions of yuletide carols have been celebrated on the Hot 100 over the last few years: “Little Drummer Boy” played on at No. 13 in 2013, their Christmas version of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” held down the fort at No. 23 in 2017, and “Mary, Did You Know?” delivered at No. 26 in 2014. The latter two hits were certified platinum.

Additionallu, the quintet will also embark on A Pentatonix Christmas Tour, presented by SiriusXM. Pentatonix will kick off the tour with two shows at New York’s Hulu Theater at Madison Square Gardenon November 30 and December 1 before heading to 14 other stops around the country.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 20 at 10:00 a.m. local time here.

Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas Tour 2019
Nov. 30 — New York, NY @ HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden
Dec. 1 — New York, NY @ HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden
Dec. 5 — Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
Dec. 7 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 8 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 10 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Dec. 11 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Dec. 12 — Hershey, PA @ GIANT Center*
Dec. 14 — Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino
Dec. 15 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Dec. 16 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Dec. 18 — Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 19 — Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 21 — Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
Dec. 22 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Dec. 23 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie
 
*Tickets go on sale at 12pm local time.

El Fantasma Named One of SoundExchange’s Top 20 Breakout Stars on Digital Radio

El Fantasma is breaking out in a big way…

The 27-year-old Mexican rising star, whose real name is Alexander García, has been honored by SoundExchange as one of digital radio’s top 20 breakout artists of 2017.

El Fantasma

El Fantasma placed seventh on the list — the top Latin artist in the tally — behind Julia Michaels and Harry Styles and ahead of Noah Cyrus and Bad Bunny.

“We’re not celebrating yet. We’re looking ahead,” said a smiling El Fantasma, whose nickname comes from his fair complexion.

El Fantasma was feted by SoundExchange’s Matthew Limones at a private luncheon in Las Vegas two days before the Latin Grammy awards, where he’s nominated for his first Latin Grammy in the Best Banda album category for En El Camino.

SoundExchange’s honors are based on play on outlets like Pandora, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio and Music Choice.

This week, El Fantasma also placed his fifth single on the Top 10 of Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart.

Despite the power of reggaetón and urban music, Regional Mexican continues to be a driving force in digital radio, said Limones, noting that Christian Nodal also made the Top 20 list, at No 17.

As for El Fantasma, he’s continuing to break the mold with music that’s strongly tied to his roots and which has cross-generational appeal.

“I like to film all my videos in Durango de la Sierra,” he says, referring to his birth town. “I don’t like to show mansions or stuff like that. My corridos talk about people who wake up to drink coffee in the morning, who work the fields. Everybody deserves their own corrido.”

Chita Rivera to Perform at the “Concert For America” Benefit

Chita Rivera is doing her part to help families on the border…

The 85-year-old half-Puerto Rican Broadway sensation will perform in the Concert For America, which will take place on June 30.

Chita Rivera

Rivera, the first Hispanic woman and the first Latino AmericanKennedy Center Honors recipient,will join a list of participants that includesTina Fey, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonaldMandy Gonzalez and more.

Hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley of SiriusXM, the benefit consisting of music, comedy and commentary will take place in New York’s Great Hall at The Cooper Union.

Rudetsky said in a statement, “James and I have been increasingly horrified at what’s going on with these families struggling at the border.” He added that the scheduled Concert For America will coincide with the coming day of national protests, and will benefit the non-profits working with families at the southern border.

General Admission tickets are $25, and limited VIP seats are $250, with proceeds going to Al Otro Lado, Texas Civil Rights Project, ACLU Foundation of Texas and Florence Project, all groups working to protect the civil and human rights of families on the border. Tickets can be purchased here.

The event will livestream on Facebook and at ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 5:00 pm, ET on Saturday, June 30.

Baez Among the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Joan Baez is celebrating a special feat…

The 75-year-old Mexican American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Joan Baez

Baez, a first-time nominee, will be joined by Pearl Jam, JourneyElectric Light OrchestraTupac Shakur and Yes as the shrine’s 2017 inductees.

Baez, whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice, began her recording career in 1960 and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan BaezJoan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status and stayed on the Billboard and other record album charts for two years.

Her songs of acclaim include “Diamonds & Rust” and covers of Phil Ochs‘ “There but for Fortune” and The Band‘s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down“. She is also known for “Farewell, Angelina“, “Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word“, “Forever Young“,”Joe Hill“, “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “We Shall Overcome.”

Joan Baez

Baez, who performed three songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.

“I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist,” said Baez, who received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011, in a statement. “But as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the 60’s, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon. I very much appreciate this honor and acknowledgement by the Hall of Fame.”

The 32nd annual Rock Hall induction ceremony will take place on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. SiriusXM will broadcast the ceremony live and it will again be filmed for a later telecast on HBO.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland will open a special exhibit on March 30 to honor the 2017 inductees.