Camila Cabello Postpones Tour Due to Coronavirus

Camila Cabello’s tour in support of her recent album Romance was scheduled to kick off May 26 in Oslo, Norway. However, as the coronavirus continues to spread, the songstress has decided to postpone the tour.

She shared the news via Instagram on Tuesday (March 24). “with all the news constrantly coming out and so much that is really unknown, we’re also taking extreme precautions to protect ourselves, our team, our dancers, our band, our crew and ultimately you guys,” she wrote. “i’m truly heartbroken to say that we’ve decided we need to postpone the tour… we can’t start rehearsals without putting people at risk and with so much up in the air with no real and definitive end in sight, I feel this is the responsible thing to do.

“I promise I’ll see you and cuddle your faces off when it’s safe and this all passes,” she noted, adding that she was working on a tour that was “really magical and special.”

She concluded on a loving, inspirational note: “when the danger passes, all this love that we are putting into the world will heal us.”

See the full announcement below.

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Diplo’s Mad Decent Label Launches New Imprint With Creative Agency Pizzaslime

Diplo’s longstanding label Mad Decent has announced a collaborative imprint with Los Angeles-based creative agency and streetwear brand Pizzaslime. The first release from Pizzaslime Records is “Marlboro Nights” from Baltimore artist Lonely God.

Written, recorded and released from Lonely God’s bedroom,”Marlboro Nights” first went viral on TikTok, landing in the Top 10 of Spotify’s Viral 50 chart with over 33 million streams. The song’s video, out Tuesday (March 24) was directed by Kylie Jenner’s personal photographer Amber Asaly. Watch the clip for the indie track below. Pizzaslime Records will release the forthcoming Lonely God EP later this year.

Mad Decent, Diplo and Pizzaslime — known for products like their “Drake Tears” coffee mug and pillowcases decorated with tweets by the Kardashians, Kanye West and more, have had a longtime working relationship. Diplo also ‘grammed himself in a pair of Pizzaslime sweatpants back in January.

“Pizzaslime is a movement — they are ruthless, cutting edge and crazy on top of culture,” Diplo said in a press release. “Mad Decent is teaming with them to help figure out what the music side is — the sound of the Pizzaslime brand — and bringing our two worlds, audio and visual, together.”

Pizzaslime, which takes inspiration from internet culture, plans to use their understanding of the internet, branding and marketing, along with their creative network, to develop ideas and campaigns for its roster of artists. “As Pizzaslime, we have a direct relationship with our consumers/fans and creative network which gives us an advantage over traditional labels which sit behind their artists’ fanbase,”  says brand cofounder Nicholas “Stoveman” Santiago.

“This record label is an extension of our brand and we want it to work and flow in a similar way; for us it’s all about speed and the ability to identify, adapt and create at the speed of the internet,” Santiago continues. “We pitched Mad Decent on the idea of signing a bologna sandwich and they said yes without any hesitation — I don’t think Pizzaslime Records could exist anywhere else. Mad Decent and Diplo have always been forward thinking and at the frontline of culture. Them betting on us is something we are super grateful and excited for.”

Paradigm’s Coronavirus Layoffs Panned by Music Industry: ‘This Is Really Just Greed’

As details of Paradigm’s temporary layoffs of agents, assistants and float staff on Friday have dripped out, anger over the cuts’ timing — just one week into the widespread coronavirus quarantine — and the terms some agents were forced to accept is heating up.

“In times like these you find out who has loyalty,” said Jarred Arfa, Artist Group International GM. “What’s the point of being in a company if you don’t have job security in times of crisis?”

Paradigm is home to superstar artists including Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish and Coldplay and has spent significant money on acquisitions in recent years. In 2019, the company took full control of European agency Coda and bought Tom Windish’s eponymous agency in 2017, along with Paul Morris’ AM Only that same year and Marty Diamond’s Little Big Man.

On Friday, chief executive Sam Gores told staffers on an agency-wide call that temporary layoffs would be enacted in the coming days. Sources estimate that more than 200 agents, assistants and staffers would be cut as the live events business feels the impact of the spread of coronavirus.

Laid off employees were not given any severance payouts, were told their clients would remain with the agency and weren’t paid outstanding commissions, sources tell Billboard – although many of the agents at Paradigm operate on salaries and not commissions. Paradigm also laid off contract employees and suggested a force majeure clause allowed for termination. Several sources tell Billboard that the force majeure provision requires a 90-day notice, indicating legal action for breach of contract is likely. Staff that remained at the company was required to take a pay cut.

“This isn’t about protecting cash flow, this was about protecting profits,” said one former employee who did not want to share their name. “This is really just greed.”

The move stands in contrast to how UTA is handling the financial crisis created by the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. There, CEO Jeremy Zimmer and co-presidents David Kramer and Jay Sures will forgo the remainder of their 2020 salaries from now through the end of the year and the rest of the staff will see proportionate reductions to its pay, with higher earners taking larger cuts in order to avoid layoffs.

“Like companies across the industry and our country, UTA is taking some immediate and painful steps to ensure we get through the current public health and economic crisis as strong as possible,” the agency said Monday in a statement. “In addition to aggressive cost-cutting measures, this includes asking our colleagues at every level to take pay reductions, structured so our most senior colleagues make the largest financial sacrifice.”

UTA was in talks to merge with Paradigm last year but ultimately the deal never materialized.

Billboard reached out to Paradigm for comment for this story but did not receive a response. Previous reporting by The Hollywood Reporter indicated that after the crisis subsides and as business picks up again, Paradigm hopes to rehire the employees it has dismissed and will continue offering them health insurance through May.

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DJ Webstar Tests Positive for Coronavirus

DJ Webstar, who is best known for his 2009 hit “Chicken Noodle Soup,” has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The producer announced the news on Tuesday (March 24) via IGTV. “I started getting a lot of symptoms on about 9-10 days ago, so isolated myself immediately,” he explained. “Fever, headaches, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches, no appetite. So I thought it was the flu originally. The flu test back came back negative. The COVID test I go back about and hour ago and I tested positive for it.”

Webstar also noted that he has asthma, and will be monitoring himself since he might be more vulnerable now that he has contracted the disease.

Watch his announcement below.

 

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K-Pop Podcasts to Check Out During Coronavirus Lockdown

As the coronavirus lockdown and the spread of COVID-19 continue worldwide, the entertainment world’s live events and even music releases have slowed down a bit — but there’s always more to consume out there. In the realm of K-pop, English-language podcasts featuring many popular artists have recently started to shed some new insight into the industry, and as fun as it is to watch Friends again or play Animal Crossing, this period is also great to take a deep dive down the path of K-pop podcasts. 

If you’re interested in some behind-the-scenes pods featuring industry folks, Dive Studios has recently started producing many podcasts, most of which are also recorded with video so they’re watchable along with being listenable. Here are a few:

Eric Nam’s “K-Pop Daebak” & “I Think You’re Dope” 

Eric Nam hosts two podcasts: one focusing on K-pop releases, and the other focusing on some dope people.

“The Tablo Podcast” by Epik High’s Tablo 

Epik High rapper Tablo talks about the world, and his topics are the sort of philosophical conversations-meet-debates about The Avengers that the coronavirus lockdown demands.

What Would Jamie Do?” by Jimin 
Jamie Park, aka Jimin, opens up about her thoughts on life and love in this fun podcast.

Jae of Day6’s “How Did I Get Here”

Jae’s podcast is classic talk-show style where the Day6 member chats about how he feels about things on the Internet. 

Along with the Dive podcast lineup, there are some other formal K-podcasts floating around out there, produced by various media entities:

“In My Feels” with JRE & Emily Haydel

While not K-pop stars themselves, popular YouTuber JRE and Haydel discuss K-pop and regularly interview artists from within, and adjacent to, South Korea’s music industry. Haydel also hosts “Bleav in K-Pop.”

KBS World Radio’s “K-POP Connection”

South Korean broadcaster KBS World’s K-pop-focused radio show is aimed at English-speaking audiences in South Korea, but it’s uploaded as a podcast on many platforms with new episodes coming out almost every weekday.

And there are dozens of K-podcasts from fans themselves. For those looking to keep up to date and on top of K-pop releases, there are a whole variety of podcasts to get started with: “The Kpopcast,” “Kpop Critical,” “Not Your Average Fangirls” (not to be confused with “Not Your Average Netizens”) “Ask Me About K-pop,” “K-pop Unmuted,” “Truly Daebak,” “Jinjja Cha,” “An Album a Day,” “The Idol Cast Podcast” and “Soju Talk” offer up fun conversations about the latest K-pop hits and serious topics in the South Korean music world. 

Specialized podcasts also exist, like “Melanetizens” and “106 and Seoul” that both specifically focus on sharing the voice of black K-pop fans or “Nunchi’s Night Night,” aimed at Spanish-speaking fans, while fandom-specific ones, like the BTS-oriented “Bangtan Epiphany,” “Stanning BTS” or “Noona ARMY” podcasts, also are popular, aimed at bringing together stans of the same act. 

Head to your favorite podcast provider and check them out.

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Love in the Time of Coronavirus: How Latin Music Couples Quarantine Together

One of the crucial safety measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is to stay at home and social distance yourself from others, especially those who are sick.

Many Latin music artists have taken matters into their own hands and canceled or postponed their upcoming events and are following the protective quarantine guidelines. While some have gone back home to be with family, such as CNCO’s Joel Pimentel in Los Angeles, others are spending their time at home with their significant other.

See how artists such as Becky G, Sebastian Yatra, Chiquis Rivera and others are dealing with love in the time of coronavirus.

BAD BUNNY

After keeping tight-lipped about his relationship status, Bad Bunny has made it Instagram official via videos posted on his feed and stories during the quarantine. In the video below, the Puerto Rican artist and his girl are arm wrestling and playing Jenga together.

 

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DÍA 5 DE CUARENTENA

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CHIQUIS & LORENZO MENDEZ

Chiquis, who’s spending quarantine with her husband Lorenzo Mendez, penned a heartfelt message about his great qualities and why she’s blessed to have him in her life. “This is my quarantine partner, and I’m so glad and thankful to God he chose him to be with me at this very moment,” she noted.

 

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He drives me nuts sometimes, but has a heart of gold. He means well, and wants the best for everyone. He’s not greedy, envious or vengeful, which makes me feel peace in my heart, and is exactly what I need, especially in times like these. He’s a nerd! …he knows a little bit about everything, and he if doesn’t you better believe the next time you ask him he will be well informed! lol (I know all about geography because of him! Haha) He’s funny, he’s a good dancer, not to mention an amazing singer … and well um, he’s the life of the party anywhere he goes! ‍♀️ lol … anyways, what I’m basically saying is, this is my quarantine partner, and I’m so glad and thankful to God he chose him to be with me in this very moment. I can’t wait to be able to dress up again and enjoy a night out with you. @lorenzomendez7 I love you fucker! #ChiZo #GodBeWithUsAll #UnitedWeStand

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BECKY G

Showing off her soccer skills, Becky G is keeping active and helping her athlete boyfriend Sebastian Lletget train during the quarantine.

 

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So trying help my man train and stay active turned into this ‍♀️ #STAYHOME

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DADDY YANKEE

In the midst of the global health crisis, Daddy Yankee and his wife Mireddys are celebrating 25 years of marriage. On their silver wedding anniversary, the reggaeton singer wrote a sweet message, calling her a total queen. “In these difficult times, I continue to be infected with your love. She is my crown,” he said.

SEBASTIAN YATRA & TINI

Sebastian Yatra is at home in Colombia and Tini is in Argentina. Given the circumstances, they are currently in a long-distance relationship, but that didn’t stop Yatra from celebrating Tini’s 23rd birthday. “I would like more than anything to be there with you on your day, but in the end, you know that I am there .. and you are here with me,” he posted on Instagram.

 

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Cada uno de estos recuerdos lo guardo como un tesoro que me va a acompañar para siempre me siento afortunado de conocer tu corazón y que te hayas tomado el tiempo de hacer el mío mucho más grande.. quisiera más que cualquier cosa estar ahí contigo en tu día, pero al final sabes que allí estoy.. y tú estás aquí conmigo.. de las mil maneras que solo tú sabes hacerlo!! Feliz cumpleaños mi gran amor!!! :)… se me caen las lágrimas de felicidad y nostalgia escribiéndote este mensaje.. de agradecimiento porque Dios puso un angelito en mi camino y llenas de color este milagro llamado vida ✨❤️ Te amo como sólo Dios sabe… gracias por hacerme sonreír y quererme como nunca pensé que alguien pudiese hacerlo ❤️ ya son 23!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️✨✨✨ @tinistoessel

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LARRY HERNANDEZ

Regional Mexican singer Larry Hernandez and his wife, Kenia Ontiveros, are having the time of their lives during quarantine, playing pranks on each other and showing off their silly side on TikTok.

 

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FOLLOW EN TIKTOK ( LARRYMANIA )

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NICKY JAM

Nicky Jam and his fiancé, Cydney Moreau, are also staying at home together. In a recent Instagram post, the Puerto Rican artist took a photo of the model in the living room and said: “Each day I fall in love more. I’ll do quarantine with you, forever.”

 

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Cada vez me enamoro mas . Contigo hago cuarentena. Por vida

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KAROL G & ANUEL AA

Karol G and Anuel AA are both following the CDC guidelines and spending quarantine at their home in Miami. Making the best out of the situation, they have even filmed a silly video to Cardi B’s “Coronavirus Remix.” Watch it below.

 

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Mood La Cuarentena nos tiene ………………..

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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease at the end of 2019, more than 184,000 people have contracted the disease, resulting in more than 7,500 deaths according to the World Health Organization. Covid-19 has reached more than 150 countries and every U.S. state.

Basic protective measures against the novel coronavirus, according to WHO, include washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, maintaining social distancing at least three feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the WHO or CDC websites.

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Tim McGraw Corrals Country’s Biggest Stars for #DeepCutsChallenge: See the Best Videos (So Far)

On Friday, Tim McGraw performed an acoustic rendition of his favorite song, John Schneider’s “Take the Long Way Home,” which reached the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart on March 13, 1987. The modern country star explained that every artist has a song that didn’t make it to radio (and thus didn’t grow to be as popular as it could have been), but they still love to jam to it.

This led to the latest social-media challenge popping up as our favorite stars are keeping busy at home, just like the rest of us, amid the coronavirus crisis: McGraw introduced the #DeepCutsChallenge.

He passed the baton first to Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney, writing in the caption, “See what ya can reach back and play for us.” Paisley took the challenge and ran with it.

“Okay @thetimmcgraw I’ll see your John Schneider and raise you some @stevewariner,” the 47-year-old artist declared as he shared his cover of Steve Wariner’s “What I Didn’t Do.” The original singer was a major fan. “@bradpaisley hey pal, SO SO cool! To hear you do my song! Love it! Hope you and your family are well…miss ya buddy,” Wariner commented on the video.

Next, Paisley nominated Darius Rucker under the sole condition he didn’t cover a song by his rock band Hootie & the Blowfish because “that’s cheating.” So Rucker performed a tear-jerking jam, Foster & Lloyd’s “You Can Come Cryin’ to Me,” before challenging Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Luke Bryan and Aldean to carry it on.

Despite claiming to be “a pretty horrible guitar player,” Kelley responded to the call with “Call Me a Dog” by Chris Cornell before hollering at Russell Dickerson, who paid homage to #DeepCutsChallenge creator McGraw with his version of “Seventeen.”

Dickerson tagged Thomas Rhett, who later jumped in with his favorite Hank Williams Jr. song “The Blues Man,” which Diplo raved about in the comments section. But the EDM mastermind wasn’t queued up next: It was “Heartless” collaborator Morgan Wallen who did the honors with Aldean’s “Water Tower.”

He then nominated Luke Combs, who got fans listening to Chris Stapleton’s “What’re You Listening To,” one of Combs’ all-time favorite performance picks since college. After apologizing to Stapleton for messing up the bridge, he appointed Vince Gill to lay one down.

Stay tuned to which country stars keep the #DeepCutsChallenge alive, and watch the current thread, starting with McGraw, below.

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I nominate @morganwallen

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