Camila Cabello’s “Havana” Music Video Joins YouTube’s Billion Views Club

It’s a repeat billion performance for Camila Cabello

The 24-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer and former Fifth Harmony member’s “Havana” video, featuring Young Thug, has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube, the video-sharing site has announced.

Camila CabelloCabello’s video was released in October 2017 and the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2018 — marking Cabello’s first No. 1 on the chart.

Cabello is no stranger to YouTube’s Billion Views Club. Before launching her solo career, Cabello’s all-girl group Fifth Harmony— as of August this year — has racked up a pair of videos with 2 billion views on the site: 2015’s “Worth It” and 2016’s “Work From Home.”

Cabello also racked up 1 billion views with her 2019 Shawn Mendes duet “Señorita,” which joined the club in April 2000. The former couple’s steamy duet also hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Kid Cudi Joins Young Thug & Strick for Psychedelic New “Moon Man” Video

Kid Cudi is trippin’ through space…

Young Thug and fellow Young Stoner Life Records (YSL) signee, Strick, have enlisted the 37-year-old half-Mexican American rapper/singer and veteran moon traveler  for their psychedelic new video for “Moon Man.”

Kid Cudi

The deep cut is featured on the label’s compilation album Slime Language 2, which was released on April 16 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. SL2 showcased YSL’s roster of artists including Strick, a college graduate and veteran-turned-artist who is slated to release his new album Strickland by the end of the year.

“‘Moon Man’ feels like the lighting ceremony for my torch,” North Carolina native Strick tells Billboard. “I wouldn’t say passing the torch because Thug and Cudi are both still very relevant, but it’s two of the most influential artists in the game stamping my versatility and influence for my own lane in the business.”

Cardi B Wins Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop at the American Music Awards for the Second Straight Year

Make that two in a row for Cardi B

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation picked up her second straight Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop trophy at this year’s American Music Awards, which aired live on ABC on Sunday night.

Cardi B

Cardi B won the crown over Drake and Post Malonefor the title, the same artist’s she beat out for the prize last year.

Camilla Cabello has also picked up her second straight trophy in the Collaboration of the Yearcategory.

The 22-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer and former Fifth Harmony member, who now has five solo AMAs trophies and a sixth with5H, won alongside Shawn Mendes for their chart-topping singleSeñorita.” Last year, Cabello won for her chart-topping hit “Havana,” featuring Young Thug.

Bruno Mars picked up the Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B trophy, the second win in the category for the 34-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer.

Mars beat out Chris Brownand Khalid for the award.

The third time proved to be the charm for J Balvin…

The 34-year-old  Colombian reggaeton singer won the Favorite Artist – Latintrophy for the first time, after losing out for the award the previous two years.

J Balvin beat out Bad Bunny andOzuna for the prize.

Hosted by Ciara, the evening included performances by Taylor SwiftBillie EilishSelena GomezLizzoChristina Aguilera & A Great Big WorldKeshaBig FreediaPost MaloneOzzy OsbourneHalseyCamila Cabello and Shawn Mendes

Here’s the full list of winners:

Artist of the Decade
Taylor Swift

Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift

New Artist of the Year
Billie Eilish

Collaboration of the Year
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”

Tour of the Year
BTS

Favorite Music Video
Taylor Swift “You Need to Calm Down”

Favorite Social Artist
BTS

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Khalid

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Taylor Swift

Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
BTS

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Taylor Swift “Lover”

Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
Halsey “Without Me”

Favorite Male Artist – Country
Kane Brown

Favorite Female Artist – Country
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Dan + Shay

Favorite Album – Country
Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”

Favorite Song – Country
Dan + Shay “Speechless”

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Cardi B

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Beyoncé

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Khalid “Free Spirit”

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Khalid “Talk”

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Billie Eilish

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Taylor Swift

Favorite Artist – Latin
J Balvin

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Lauren Daigle

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Marshmello

Favorite Soundtrack
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Camila Cabello Kicks Off Grammy Awards Show with Sizzling Performance of “Havana”

Camila Cabello is Havana great time at the Grammys

The 21-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer kicked off the 2019 Grammy Awards with flash and style, and a show-opening blast of Latin pop saborduring a steamy performance of “Havana” that included J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Young Thug and legendary Cuban-American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Camila Cabello

The performance, which included cameos from her abuela, sister and parents, opened with a brightly colored set dressed to look like a street in Cuba, serving as an homage to the jams that took place on the patio at Cabello’s grandmother’s childhood home in Havana.

With extras scattered about dancing, banging on improvised percussion, playing dice and hanging on the corner, Cabello — wearing a yellow skirt and matching bikini top that echoed the hue of her dress in the “Havana” video — stripped off a red robe as a friend primped her inside a pink-lit bedroom.

Making her way to a green room next door, Cabello threw in some Spanglish riffs as the neighbor downstairs banged on the ceiling, even as the singer made her way down a fire escape to join a group of dancers in primary colored dresses swinging colorful bandanas. Dropping a yellow one, Cabello caught the attention of Thug, who strolled up in bejeweled tux with silver boots for a verse backed by a group of loose-hipped male and female dancers.

The street jam heated up as Martin shimmied out in a white suit and spun Cabello around and the stage exploded in a riot of sensual salseros. Sandoval took a bleating solo, segueing smoothly into J Balvin’s spotlight, which opened with him sitting on a park bench reading a paper with the pointed headline “Build Bridges Not Walls.”

J Balvin, wearing a red track suit, asked where his people were in Spanish, as he joined Cabello and Martin center stage to soak in the the standing ovation.

Havana (Live)” was up for best pop solo performance tonight, though Cabello lost to Lady Gaga.

Ricky Martin to Perform Alongside Camila Cabello at This Year’s Grammys

Ricky Martinis getting into the Grammy spirit…

The Recording Academy has announced that the 47-year-old Puerto Rican superstar will take the stage during this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony.

Ricky Martin

Martin, a two-time Grammy winner, will join Camila Cabelloduring her show opening number.

In addition to Martin, J BalvinYoung Thugand Arturo Sandovalare also expected to appear alongside Cabello, a two-time nominee this year.

Additionally, the show will feature a special tribute to eight-time Grammywinner, Dolly Parton, who will also take to the stage for the first time in 18 years to perform her new music.

Set to perform the iconic country star’s classic hits will be Katy PerryKacey MusgravesLittle Big Townand Maren Morris. Parton will then take center stage to sing her latest tunes from her 2018 album, Dumplin’ — the soundtrack to Netflix’s original motion picture by the same name starring Jennifer Aniston.

Previously announced artists performing during the biggest night in music include Cardi BDan + ShayH.E.R., Post MaloneShawn MendesJanelle Monáe,Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Diana Ross.

Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards will take place live from the Staples Center on Sunday, February 10 at 8:00 pm ET, and will be broadcast live on CBS.

Camila Cabello Wins Big at the American Music Awards

Camila Cabello is havana very memorable night…

The 21-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer and former Fifth Harmony member took home four awards—her first as a solo artist—at the American Music Awards, making her the winningest Hispanic artist of the night.

Camila Cabello

Cabello was named New Artist of the Year, the first Latina/o artist to win the award since the category was introduced in 2004.

Cabello’s massive hit single “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, picked up the awards for Collaboration of the Year, Video of the Year and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock.

Cardi B, the best dressed Latina at the AMAs, won the first-ever AMA trophies of her career.

The 25-year-old rap sensation, who performed a sizzling rendition of her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “I Like It,” was named Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop.

Additionally, Cardi B earned Favorite Song — Rap/Hip-­Hop honors for her other No. 1 hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” as well as Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for her hit collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Finesse.” It was Mars’ ninth AMAs prize of his career.

Daddy Yankee was named Favorite Artist – Latin, the first win in the category for the 41-year-old Puerto Rican rapper in five attempts.

The American Music Awards, which aired in October for the first time in the show’s 46-year history, were hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross.

Here’s the full list of 2018 AMAs winners.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello 

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”

TOUR OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — POP/ROCK
Post Malone

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — POP/ROCK
Taylor Swift  

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP — POP/ROCK
Migos 

FAVORITE ALBUM — POP/ROCK
Taylor Swift, reputation 

FAVORITE SONG­ — POP/ROCK
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — COUNTRY
Kane Brown

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO or GROUP — COUNTRY
Florida Georgia Line

FAVORITE ALBUM — COUNTRY
Kane Brown, Kane Brown 

FAVORITE SONG  — COUNTRY
Kane Brown, “Heaven”

FAVORITE ARTIST — RAP/HIP­HOP
Cardi B

FAVORITE ALBUM — RAP/HIP­HOP
Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys

FAVORITE SONG — RAP/HIP­HOP
Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — SOUL/R&B
Khalid

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — SOUL/R&B
Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM — SOUL/R&B
XXXTENTACION 17 

FAVORITE SONG — SOUL/R&B
Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”

FAVORITE ARTIST — ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Panic! At The Disco

FAVORITE ARTIST — ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE ARTIST — LATIN
Daddy Yankee

FAVORITE ARTIST — CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle 

FAVORITE ARTIST — ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Marshmello 

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By 

Swizz Beatz Releases Video for His New Lil Wayne & Alicia Keys Collaboration “Pistol on My Side”

Swizz Beatz is packin’ heat

The 40-year-old half-Puerto Rican hip-hoprapper, DJ and record producer, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, has released the scorching video to “Pistol on My Side,” his collaboration with Lil Wayne and Beatz’s wife Alicia Keys.

Swizz Beatz & Lil Wayne

Filmed at Lil Wayne’s skate park, Weezy is in full-force, thrashing doubters with his punchy delivery. “Pistol on my side, you don’t want that thing to scream at ya/ Laughin’ when you die, boy, my pistol a comedian (brr)/ Pistol on my side, now he lyin’ like the media/ Clips longer than encyclopedias, you’re readin’ ’em,” he raps.

While Beatz amplifies the track with his resounding ad-libs, Keys is found playing the piano in the flaming clip. As Wayne fires away the remaining bars from his loaded verse, Keys flips the track with her gloomy riffs, adding an exciting close to the fiery visual.

Not only did Swizz release his long-awaited video for “Pistol on My Side,” but he also announced the track list for his forthcoming album Poison.

Set to be released on November 2, Beatz enlisted Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Young Thug, Pusha T, The LOX and more for his first project in 11 years.

For the proverbial cherry on top, Beatz recruited J. Cole to serve as the project’s executive producer.

Cardi B Leads Pack of American Music Awards Nominees with Eight

Cardi B is a woman on top…

The 25-year-old half-Dominican American actress has earned a whopping eight American Music Awards nominations, her first-ever nods.

Cardi B

Cardi B and Drakeare tied with eight nominations a piece, with the “I Like It” singer facing off against Camila Cabello, Khalid, Dua Lipa and XXXTentacion for New Artist of the Year.

She’s also up for Collaboration of the Yearfor her hit song with Bruno Mars Finesse,” Video of the Year for her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” Favorite Social Artist, Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist Rap/Hip-Hop.

Cardi B’s other nods include Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop for “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock for “Finesse” with Mars.

Camila Cabello, celebrating a remarkable year, has earned her first nods as a solo artist, a total of five.

The 21-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer and former Fifth Harmony member is nominated for New Artist of the Year and Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock.

She’s also up for Collaboration of the Year, Video of the Year and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock for her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single “Havana,” featuring Young Thug.

Bruno Mars, an eight-time AMA winner, has earned four nods.

The 32-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer is nominated for Tour of the Year and Favorite Artist Male – Soul/R&B, as well as Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock for “Finesse.”

Demi Lovato is nominated for Favorite Social Artist, while Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and J Balvin are facing off against each other in the Favorite Artist – Latin category.

The American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of September 15, 2017 through August 9, 2018.

Voting begins now in all categories — except new artist, favorite social artist and collaboration — on Billboard.com.

Voting for the final three categories begins Monday, Sept. 24 on TheAMAs.com. The 2018 AMAs — hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross — air live October 9 on ABC at 8:00 pm ET.

Here’s the complete list of nominations:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Drake
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Dua Lipa
XXXTENTACION

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”

TOUR OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé & JAY-­Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
U2

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Drake, “God’s Plan”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — POP/ROCK
Drake
Malone
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — POP/ROCK
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP — POP/ROCK
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Migos

FAVORITE ALBUM — POP/ROCK
Drake, Scorpion
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation

FAVORITE SONG­ — POP/ROCK
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — COUNTRY
Kane Brown
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — COUNTRY
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO or GROUP — COUNTRY
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LANCO

FAVORITE ALBUM — COUNTRY
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s For You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

FAVORITE SONG  — COUNTRY
Kane Brown, “Heaven”
Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”

FAVORITE ARTIST — RAP/HIP­HOP
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

FAVORITE ALBUM — RAP/HIP­HOP
Drake, Scorpion
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys

FAVORITE SONG — RAP/HIP­HOP
Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Drake “God’s Plan”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST — SOUL/R&B
Khalid
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST — SOUL/R&B
Ella Mai
Rihanna
SZA

FAVORITE ALBUM — SOUL/R&B
Khalid “American Teen”
SZA “CTRL”
XXXTENTACION “17”

FAVORITE SONG — SOUL/R&B
Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”
Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”

FAVORITE ARTIST — ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco
Portugal. The Man

FAVORITE ARTIST — ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Shawn Mendes
P!NK
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ARTIST — LATIN
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Ozuna

FAVORITE ARTIST — CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle
MercyMe
Zach Williams

FAVORITE ARTIST — ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
The Chainsmokers
Marshmello
Zedd

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By
The Greatest Showman
The Fate of the Furious: The Album

Camila Cabello Logs Two Tracks on Billboard’s Top 10 Radio Songs for First Half of 2018

Camila Cabello is pulling double duty on the radio…

Billboard has announced the Top 10 Radio Songs for the first half of the year, with the 21-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer landing two singles on the chart and nearly 4 billion audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.

Camila Cabello

Cabello’s former No. 1 single “Havana,”featuring Young Thug comes in at No. 4 with 2.12 billion audience impressions, while her single “Never Be the Same” ranks No. 9 with 1.67 billion impressions.

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars and Cardi B come in at No. 3 with their smash single “Finesse.” The song notched 2.14 billion audience impressions in the first half of 2018. 

Ed Sheerancomes in at No. 1 with his single “Perfect” earning 2.86 billion audience impressions.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 most-heard songs on all radio formats in the year’s first six months:

Rank, Title, Artist, Audience
1, “Perfect,” Ed Sheeran, 2,861,250,000
2, “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, 2,294,858,000
3, “Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B, 2,148,973,000
4, “Havana,” Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug, 2,126,814,000
5, “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey, 2,040,210,000
6, “God’s Plan,” Drake, 2,025,720,000
7, “New Rules,” Dua Lipa, 2,023,348,000
8, “Lights Down Low,” MAX feat. gnash, 1,746,318,000
9, “Never Be the Same,” Camila Cabello, 1,677,640,000
10, “Bad at Love,” Halsey, 1,502,420,000

Camila Cabello Makes History as “Never Be the Same” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs Chart

Camila Cabello is making history …

The 21-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer’s “Never Be the Same” rises 2-1 on Billboard‘s Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, dated June 30.

Camila Cabello

The track previously led the Pop Songs airplay chart for three weeks beginning May 12.

The song is Cabello’s second No. 1 on each list from her debut album, Camila, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated January 27. The set’s lead single, “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, led Pop Songs for seven weeks (beginning December 9) and Adult Pop Songs for one frame (March 3).

With “Never” following “Havana,” Cabello is the first artist to crown both the Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs charts with the first two promoted singles from a debut LP.

Lorde had previously come closest to achieving the feat, as “Royals,” the lead single from her first studio full-length, Pure Heroine, ruled both rankings in 2013. Follow-up “Team” topped Adult Pop Songs but peaked at No. 2 on Pop Songs.

The Pop Songs chart, which began in 1992, measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 160 mainstream top 40 stations. Adult Pop Songs (launched in Billboard magazine in 1996) reflects airplay on 84 adult top 40 stations.

While “Never” is Cabello’s second total Adult Pop Songs No. 1, after “Havana,” “Never” became her third leader on Pop Songs, after “Havana” and “Bad Things,” with Machine Gun Kelly, for two weeks in February 2017.

Additionally, Fifth Harmony, with Cabello as a member, led Pop Songs for two frames with “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, in June 2016; Cabello was a member of the now-on-hiatus group from its 2012 inception to December 2016.