Lauren Jauregui Releases Breakup Ballad “Always Love”

Lauren Jauregui is opening up above love lost…

The 26-year-old Cuban American singer and former Fifth Harmony member is singing about her 2019 split with Ty Dolla $ign in her latest track, the vulnerable and honest breakup ballad, “Always Love,” out everywhere.

Lauren JaureguiAfter the pair’s two-year relationship ended, Jauregui put her emotions into words on “Always Love.”

Following her debut solo album, PRELUDE, Jauregui said the soulful new track is one of her most special songs because of how it is able to heal others when they hear it.

For the artist whose range includes hip-hop, R&B and pop, Jauregui’s sultry vocals on “Always Love” express her sense of nostalgic love. Though she sang the demo back in 2019 when feelings were raw, Jauregui shares it with the world now for fans to know they can experience heartache without the bitterness.

To unpack the emotive track, Jauregui spoke with PAPER about the cathartic recording process, the love she’ll always have for anyone that has touched her heart and everything she hopes fans feel when they listen

Kid Cudi Reveals Track List for Upcoming Album “Entergalactic”

Kid Cudi is teasing his entergalactic work…

The 38-year-old hal;f-Mexican American rapper, singer and songwriter has revealed the full track list for his upcoming album Entergalactic.

Kid Cudi “#Entergalactic SEPT 30TH HERE WE GO B–!!” Kid Cudi captioned the post, signaling the LP’s release date set for this Friday via Republic Records.

The 14-track project will serve as a follow-up to Kid Cudi’s 2020 studio set Man on the Moon III: The Chosen and contains the singles “Do What I Want” and “Willing to Trust” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

According to the track list, Entergalatic will also feature another Ty Dolla $ign collab (“Can’t Shake Her”) as well as the 2 Chainz-assisted “Can’t Believe It” and “Somewhere to Fly” featuring Don Toliver.

Bonus track “Burrow,” meanwhile, will feature Toliver, Steve Aoki and Dot Da Genius.

The album has been a long time coming, with Kid Cudi teasing its concept as far back as 2019, when he told Complex, “Entergalactic is a fantasy. It’s what I wish I had. I live a very lonely life, but I have hope I’ll find someone someday.”

Over the past couple of months, Cudi has opened up about his falling-out with onetime friend and mentor Kanye West, who blasted him (along with outgoing Adidas CEO Kasper Rørsted) in a fake New York Times headline posted to Instagram in early September.

And just last week, the rapper was blown away when Martin Scorsese heaped praise on Pearl, the blood-soaked horror flick starring Mia Goth that he co-produced through his Mad Solar production company.

Arturo Castro Joins Voice Cast of Kid Cudi’s Adult-Animated Music Series “Entergalactic”

Arturo Castro has landed an out of this world role…

The 36-year-old Guatemalan actor has joined the all-star voice cast of Entergalactic, the adult-animated music series based on the upcoming album of the same name by rapper, singer and actor Kid Cudi (aka Scott Mescudi).

Arturo CastroIn addition to Castro, new cast additions include Jessica Williams, Timothée ChalametTy Dolla $ign, Laura HarrierVanessa HudgensChristopher Abbott, 070 Shake, Teyana Taylor, Jaden Smith, Keith David and Macaulay Culkin.

The series, which hails from Kenya Barris and Kid Cudi, will showcase music from Kid Cudi’s album.

Entergalactic follows a young artist named Jabari, voiced by Mescudi, as he attempts to balance love and success. Finding the latter brings Jabari a step closer to the former, when moving into his dream apartment introduces him to his new neighbor, photographer it-girl, Meadow, voiced by Williams. An explosion of art, music, and fashion, Entergalactic takes place in the only city that can handle all three: New York.

Character descriptions below.

Kid Cudi’s Jabari, a charming, creative visionary with a splash of goofball, is effortlessly cool. Dressed head-to-toe in the holiest of streetwear grails, Jabari is just one of those kids you can’t help but love. At a first time crossroads of career success and the perfect apartment, he is about to find the final piece of adulthood: true love.

Williams’ Meadow is an on-the-rise photographer who is Jabari’s new neighbor. Meadow is not only the coolest girl at the party, she’s the realest.

Chalamet is Jimmy, Jabari’s best friend and… weed dealer, though with the new drug laws he’s now focusing on crypto and new inventions. An oxymoronic, laid back conspiracy theorist, Jimmy is never without a blunt and a book.

Ty Dolla $ign voices Ky, Jabari’s irreverent, and at times, inappropriate road dog. Ky is always there for Jabari, even though his support can sometimes come in interesting packages.

Harrier is Carmen, Jabari’s recent ex-girlfriend. Stylish and confident, Carmen is the girl you’re supposed to marry.

Hudgens voices Karina, Meadow’s best friend who is trustworthy, grounded and adorably pregnant.

Abbott is Reed, well-dressed shark with a heart and art dealer representing Meadow’s photography. Reed has the kind of chin that is sharp enough to cut glass but not strong enough to take a punch.

070 Shake voices Nadia, Meadow’s associate from the art scene. Born and raised in New York City, Nadia is an in-your-face sculptor whose voice could only be drowned out by the brashness of her own work.

Smith is Jordan. An adolescent BMX superstar, Jordan’s talent earns a pass to kick it with Jabari and Jimmy. Jordan sees the dating landscape in New York City just a bit different than Jabari.

David voices Mr. Rager: Jabari’s superhero creation.

Taylor voices Boxing Coach, Meadow and Karina’s hard-nose boxing instructor at Rumble NYC.

Castro is Len. An upwardly mobile professional, Len is Jabrari’s co-worker at Vision Comics. He wears hard-bottom shoes and a newsboy cap. He’s super smart AND super annoying.

Culkin voices Downtown Pat. Downtown legend and life-long, city-wide delinquent. Despite his gritty exterior, Pat has a very romantic heart and wise words to give.

Mescudi will write, star, and executive produce the series. How To Make It In America creator Ian Edelman will co-write with Mescudi and will also executive produce along with Barris.

Entergalactic premieres this fall on Netflix.

Anitta to Perform Free Concert at First-Ever Billboard MusicCon

Anitta is proving she Con do it…

The 29-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter will headline the first-ever Billboard MusicCon alongside Ty Dolla $ign with free concerts on Friday and Saturday night.

Anitta

Anitta, who recently released her new album Versions of Her, and the “Champions” rapper will take the stage at AREA15 in Las Vegas this weekend.

The inaugural MusicCon will take place Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 ahead of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, May 15). The conference will feature a packed schedule of panels, fan experiences and free live music events in the lead-up to Sunday’s BBMAs.

While free, tickets for Anitta’s headlining show on Friday and Ty Dolla $ign’s on Saturday night will be available to MusicCon attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fans can RSVP for the show and purchase tickets to Friday’s industry Summit here.

Confirmed Summit panelists and speakers include Dina Sahim, Alex DePersia and Nelly Ortiz for a roundtable titled “Women on the Rise – Management 101” and Ukrainian artist Max Barskih presenting “Don’t F–k with Ukraine,” as well as one-of-a-kind conversations with Latto (“The Future of Hip-Hop”), Machine Gun Kelly (“A Decade of Touring”), Burna Boy (“The Explosion of Afro-Fusion”), Rauw Alejandro (“The Future of Reggaeton”) and more.

Additionally, MGK and Zedd are both set to host official MusicCon afterparties on subsequent nights of the convention at Zouk Nightclub.

Find more information about all that Billboard MusicCon has to offer by clicking here.

Anitta recently made her two-weekend Coachella debut with surprise appearances by Snoop DoggSaweetie and more.

Bia to Perform at This Year’s Revolve Festival

Bia has resolved to revolve

Fashion retailer Revolve is partnering with Los Angeles hospitality company The h.wood Group to bring today’s biggest stars to Coachella’s most coveted party, including the 30-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer/rapper.

BIARevolve Festival will be returning to La Quinta, Calif., on April 16 and 17 for its fifth year after a three-year hiatus.

In addition to Bia, other artists set to take the stage on Saturday (April 16) are Ty Dolla $ign and Jessie Murph, plus some special guest performances before Sunday (April 17), when Jack HarlowLatto, Iann Dior and Mills take the stage.

Willow will also be joining Sunday’s event as a special guest appearance.

Both days of the Revolve Festival will also include DJ sets by DJ Tay James and Zack Bia, Brittany Sky and Angel + Dren on Saturday, and Devin Lucien, Pookie | Honey and Angel + Dren on Sunday.

Revolve Festival

For nightlife enthusiasts, The h.wood Group will also be hosting a “Bootsy Bellows After Party” on Saturday night.

“Revolve Festival is our global cultural event, and the ultimate convergence of the lifestyle aspects we are most known for: fashion, music and fun,” Michael Mente, co-founder and co-CEO of Revolve Group, said in a press statement. “Our partnership with The h.wood Group allows us to explore this at the highest level, and to deliver bigger and better in all ways for fans, and our community. We can’t wait to bring this incredible lineup to the desert.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Revolve to throw the biggest activations during the festival weekend,” John Terzian and Brian Toll, co-founders of The h.wood Group, mirrored. “We are introducing the most epic lineup and award-winning talent to set the stage and bar high, while also bringing our world-renowned ‘Bootsy Bellows After Party’ to the same venue, rounding out the festivities. We really believe this will be where everyone will want to be.”

Additionally, Revolve Festival guests will have access to a number visually immersive, social media-ready installations, including experiences with partners Venmo and Spotify. Hawkers will be onsite as the official sunglasses partner.

Upon arrival, guests will be treated to organic pressed juices from popular Los Angeles-based health market Erewhon, delivered via Postmates, the official food delivery partner for Revolve Festival, and cocktails provided by Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila and tequila seltzers by the ready-to-drink partner, Onda. Daring Foods and a Good American ice cream truck will also on site, as well as drinks from exclusive energy partner, Celsius. Additional onsite partners include Zip and Pley Beauty.

“After nearly three years of hiatus, we are excited to showcase the incredible talent, brands, partners and content we believe our audience will be inspired by, and excited to celebrate with us,” Raissa Gerona, chief brand officer of Revolve said in a press statement. “Festival is a time our customer most looks forward to, so we always have to be there, and can’t wait to be back!”

See the lineup below, and shop the Revolve Festival Shop, curated with Zip here, between now and April 30.

Rauw Alejandro Releases Genre-Bending New Album “Trap Cake Vol. 2”

Rauw Alejandro is bakin’ up new music…

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican singer and rapper has released his new album Trap Cake Vol. 2 via Sony Music Latin.

Rauw AlejandroA follow up to his 2019 Trap Cake, Vol. 1, which featured collaborations with Cazzu, De La Ghetto, and Jon Z, Rauw Alejandro delivers an equally star-studded Vol. 2 that includes songs with Future, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rvssian.

The genre-blurring EP stays in tune with the Puerto Rican artist’s ever-so experimental essence.

Treading between trap, rock, pop, and R&B, Alejandro kicks off the nine-track set with the sentimental heartbreak song “Museo.”

But not all is heartbreak on Trap Cake Vol. 2, a standout track is “Wuepa” with Ankhal, a bonafide party anthem.

Jhené Aiko Signs Co-Publishing Deal with Warner Chappell Music

Jhené Aiko has a new publishing deal…

Warner Chappell Music has signed a co-publishing deal with the 33-year-old part-Spanish and Dominican American Grammy-nominated artist.

Jhené Aiko

The deal includes all songs created by Aiko from January 2021 until the deal’s end, this includes already released songs like “In the Dark” by Swae Lee and Aiko, “By Yourself” by Ty Dolla $ign ft. Aiko and Mustard, and more.

“Jhené’s star power only continues to rise, and it’s been exciting to see her become one of the industry’s most influential acts,” says Ryan Press, Warner Chappell Music President of A&R, U.S. “With each new release, she reveals a different side of her musical talent and captivates listeners with her artistry and lyrics. She’s established herself as the defining voice of her generation and of modern R&B, and we’re so proud to be working with Jhené, her manager Taz and the whole team at ArtClub.”

Jhené Aiko also added, “I’ve known Ryan Press for a long time now and have so much love and respect for the work they’re doing at Warner Chappell. They treat their songwriters like family, and it’s great to be on this new journey together.”

Anitta Appears on Official “F9” Soundtrack

Anitta is (Fast and) Furiosa

The soundtrack to the latest Fast and Furious film, F9, has been revealed, with the 28-year-old Brazilian singer-songwriter appearing on the album.

Anitta

Anitta, who recently released her first English-language track “Girl From Rio,” perforns the single “Furiosa” on the soundtrack.

But Anitta isn’t the only Latinx artist to appear on the soundtrack…

Justin Quiles, Dalex and Konshens join voices for the single “Rapido;” Amenazzy, Farruko, Myke Towers and Rochy RD perform the single “Real,” and Dominican singer Jarina De Marco performs the song “Mala.”

Like past Fast soundtracks, this one boasts a stellar lineup of established stars and up-and-comers in hip-hop, R&B and Latin. Other artists include Don Toliver, Pop Smoke, Offset, Ty Dolla $ign, Jack Harlow, RZA, The Prodigy, Rico Nasty, and more, who are set to shake up car stereos on June 17 (released via a partnership between Atlantic Records and Universal Pictures; available for pre-order on June 4).

F9 will roar back into movie theaters on June 25.

Check out the full tracklist below.

F9: The Fast Saga (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“Fast Lane” – Don Toliver, Lil Durk & Latto
“Lane Switcha (Feat. A$AP Rocky, Juicy J & Project Pat)” – Skepta & Pop Smoke
“Hit Em Hard” – Offset, Trippie Redd, Kevin Gates, Lil Durk & King Von
“I Won” – Ty Dolla $ign, Jack Harlow & 24kGoldn
“Rapido” – Amenazzy, Farruko, Myke Towers & Rochy RD
“Breathe (Liam H and Rene LaVice Re-Amp) [Feat. RZA]” – The Prodigy
“Real” – Justin Quiles, Dalex & Konshens
“Bussin Bussin” – Lil Tecca
“Furiosa” – Anitta
“Ride Da Night (Feat. Polo G & Teejay3k)” – Kevin Gates
“Bushido” – Good Gas & JP THE WAVY
“Speed It Up (Feat. Rico Nasty)” – NLE Choppa
“Mala” – Jarina De Marco
“Exotic Race (Feat. Sean Paul & Dixson Waz)” – Murci

Jhené Aiko Teams Up with Big Sean to Reenact 90s Black Rom-Coms in “Body Language” Music Video

Jhené Aiko has a new body of work…

The 32-year-old part-Spanish and part-Dominican American singer – who earned three Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for her latest studio album Chilombo – has joined voices with Big Sean and Ty Dolla $ign for the cinematic music video to their single “Body Language.”

Jhené Aiko, Big Sean

The mini-film shows the real-life couple (Aiko & Big Sean) taking on the roles of iconic onscreen duos from ’90s Black romantic comedies, from Tupac and Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice (1993) to Larenz Tate and Nia Long in Love Jones (1997). Aiko also serves big Angela Bassett energy from Waiting to Exhale (1995) when she burns her ex’s car with his clothes inside. And of course, the featurette has pop and R&B music’s favorite featured star Ty Dolla $ign popping up in each scene while he narrates the chorus.

“Big homage paying to a few of my favorite flicks growin up,” Big Sean wrote on Instagram about the movies he referenced in his music video.

Seems like Aiko did Jackson justice after the pop icon shared a still of the R&B singer’s portrayal of her Poetic Justice character on her Instagram Story with a heart emoji. “Thank you legend!!” Big Sean wrote back while resharing her IG Story with a goat emoji to symbolize that she’s the greatest of all time, or the G.O.A.T.

And the Chilombo singer’s nod to Waiting to Exhale came right around the time of the film’s 25th anniversary on Tuesday, December 22, which Bassett celebrated by posting a still from the same fiery scene on Instagram coincidentally on the same day of the music video’s release. “I didn’t plan that! Wow!” Big Sean mused on his own IG Story while resharing the actress’ post. “We did this scene in the video n dropped the same day! God will do it!”

 

“Body Language” is off the Detroit rapper’s fifth studio album Detroit 2, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in September.

J Balvin to Receive Collaborator of the Year Prize at Variety’s Hitmakers Awards Program

J Balvin is a real Hitmaker

The 35-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter, who won a Latin Grammy earlier this week, will be honored at Variety’s Hitmakers awards program on Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET.

J Balvin

The program will highlight the award recipients featured in Variety’s annual Hitmakers issue on December 2nd. The program will simulcast on Variety’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages.

J Balvin will be honored with the Collaborator of the Year prize.

Harry Styles will be receiving Hitmaker of the Year. Benee, Jenna Andrews and Josh Fountain will receive the Isolation Salvation Song of the Year prize, Charli XCX and A. G. Cook for Innovator of the Year, Roddy Ricch for Breakthrough Artist of the YearBlackpink for Group of the Year, Lewis Capaldi for Songwriter of the YearInterscope Geffen A&M for Label of the YearMaren Morris for Crossover Artist of the Year, Mustard for Producer of the Year, Ron Perry for Executive of the Year and Wassim “Sal” Slaiby for Manager of the Year.

Presenters include 100 gecsJustin BieberSheryl CrowNiall Horan, Zane Lowe, Lil Nas XTyga, and Ty Dolla $ign.