Esteman Drops Retro ‘Hasta Que Tu Me Quieras’ Music Video: Exclusive

Esteman has blessed hopeless romantics around the world with “Hasta Que Tu Me Quieras,” whose music video premieres on Billboard below.

Translated to “Until you love me,” the song combines alternative pop rhythms with vintage ’70s disco melodies. With lyrics such as “what will happen to us, if you walk away and leave me behind?/ What will I do without you?,” the Latin Grammy-nominated artist hailing from Bogota, Colombia, brings to life a song about feeling confused after heartbreak.

“With ‘Hasta Que Tú Me Quieras’ I went in search of a nostalgic sound that reminds us of the classic songs of past eras,” he elaborated in an official statement. “It’s an audiovisual letter to ask for forgiveness, in which the music and lyrics find themselves in the middle of a light-hearted sadness, that sometimes makes us want to dance, other times to cry, but there’s always a light that remains.”

To give context to the heartfelt lyrics, Esteman — who has collaborated with acts such as Natalia Lafourcade and Mon Laferte — released a retro music video filmed at an amusement park and directed by Oliver G. Tavizon. Surrounded by absolutely no one and wearing a gray suit, the Colombian artist is seen jamming to the song on the bumper cars, carousel and Ferris wheel, among other fair rides.

“Hasta Que Tu Me Quieras,” which was co-written by Esteman and Claudia Brant and produced by Adan Jodorowsky, marks the first single from his upcoming fourth studio album.

Watch the video below:


Blake Shelton Has Provided Us With a ‘Quarantine Mullet’ Update

When Blake Shelton announced last week that he will be growing back his iconic mullet from back in the day, he meant it.

And now we have proof. The country crooner took to Twitter on Thursday (March 26) to provide a much-anticipated “quarantine mullet” update. He noted that girlfriend Gwen Stefani “has decided to take it to the next level.. Stripes.”

The accompanying boomerang video shows Stefani rubbing the edges of Shelton’s mullet with her fingers. Above the ears are two stripes Stefani shaved into the style.

See it below.


Amid Stubhub Layoffs & Liquidity Crisis, Ticket Brokers Push for a Bailout

Do scalpers need a bailout?

Groups like the National Association of Ticket Brokers are floating the idea as a possible solution for the ticket resale business, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the mass event cancellations it has caused. With sales virtually dead on resale sites like Stubhub and Gametime, brokers are being asked to refund customers for canceled events. Problem is, they can’t get own money back on the tickets they bought directly from sports leagues and Ticketmaster.

That’s because teams and promoters are trying to reschedule games, postpone concerts and do everything they can to avoid paying back tens of millions of dollars worth of tickets. The reluctance to issue refunds is causing a liquidity crisis for brokers and resale sites like Stubhub, which has tightened payout rules and is trying to clawback millions already paid to brokers to help process refunds and exchanges. Earlier this week Stubhub announced it was temporarily furloughing two-thirds of its employees — about 300 people — while sites like TicketNetwork have had to “enact adjustments and cost cutting measures” in response to the crisis.

“I think some marketplaces are going to go under — it’s similar to what happened with the financial crash of 2008 without the prospect of a bailout,” says Barry Kahn, chief executive for ticketing and sales data firm Qcue.

Kahn says an ongoing liquidity crisis at Stubhub and other marketplaces may be compounded by how the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and others decide to treat their postponed seasons. “Once the first marketplace falls, it’s hard to imagine how brokers and the rest of the marketplaces don’t follow. This crisis is exposing real vulnerabilities in the entire industry.”

He added that Stubhub’s decision to cut their staff by two-thirds misses the larger existential risk the company faces. If fans en masse demand refunds from resale sites like Stubhub, including fees, Kahn says, “We could see an entire side of the business come crashing down in a way that the banks went down in 2008. The only difference is that the banks got a bail out, and [the ticket resale business] probably wont.”

Gary Adler isn’t so sure. As the executive director of the National Association of Ticket Brokers, he’s been floating a proposal for several ticketing companies to consider approaching Congress and the White House about being included in a bailout for the airlines and hotel industry.

“The number of canceled events due to COVID-19, including some of the biggest that exist, has made it extremely difficult for those in ticketing (and live events in general) to stay afloat,” he tells Billboard. “We would like to see ticketing and live events put in the same category as airlines, hotels and cruise lines when it comes to applying relief. Right now, the ticketing industry is essentially at a complete halt with no end in sight.  Income for the people working in this sector and providing valuable services to consumers is essential and warranted.”

Not everyone is on board.

“Wow that’s rich. I don’t put them on my list of people who are in great need,” says Michael Marion with the Simmons Bank Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. Like many venue managers, Marion has been a critic of the secondary market and sees it mostly as a nuisance, telling Billboard, “It would probably be good for our business if they went out of business.”

Stubhub officials say they are managing costs and dealing with the crisis, which comes at a difficult time for the company as it attempts to complete a heavily leveraged $4 billion buyout from Viagogo. While Viagogo announced in February that it had “completed its acquisition of StubHub,” its merger with the company has been held up by the U.K.’s Competition and Market Authority. On Feb. 7 the CMA issued an enforcement order instructing Viagogo CEO Eric Baker and Stubhub CEO Sukhinder Singh Cassidy to delay merging the companies while it reviewed the deal and warned both against take actions that would “otherwise impair the ability of the StubHub business or the Viagogo business to compete independently in any of the markets affected by the transaction.”

That means Stubhub is very limited in how it is able to coordinate its response to the coronavirus crisis with Viagago. “We are currently operating as an independent company, no longer under the support of eBay but not yet operated by Viagogo,” a Stubhub spokesperson wrote in an email.

Other companies are also struggling.

“As the list of event cancellations grow due to COVID-19, Gametime must work with sellers for repayment of cancelled orders that were previously paid,” Gametime said earlier this week in an email sent to brokers. “Normally we deduct for cancelled events as adjustments to your weekly payout but given the lack of any recent foreseeable live events, there is now a negative balance owed to Gametime.”

Officials with Gametime tell Billboard, “our position within the industry remains strong.” But several sources tell Billboard that upcoming announcements from the NBA and NHL could mean the difference between a manageable crisis and an existential threat for the secondary business. Brokers have already sold millions of dollars for tickets to future games on sites like Stubhub. If both leagues cancel their seasons and try to push fans seeking refunds into accepting credits for next season, the site could face a crush of requests for refunds from consumers not interested in waiting until the fall or 2021.

Stubhub and competitor sites like Vivid Seats and Gametime allow brokers to collect proceeds from the sale of tickets after the transaction, instead of waiting until the event or concert took place. Anticipating a massive influx of requests for refunds, Stubhub has changed how brokers are paid — going forward “all sellers, including brokers, are paid after event date” according to an email from a Stubhub spokesperson. Other marketplaces like Vivid Seats and Gametime are enacting similar policies. And instead of refunds, buyers of tickets for canceled events will now be given a credit on Stubhub for 120% of the original ticket, according to an email from a company representative. Only when “required by law, we will provide refunds to buyers,” the spokesperson explained.

But that tactic could backfire explains Kahn, who said brokers could retaliate by refusing to fulfill orders, especially if they feared one of the marketplaces was at risk of insolvency. In 2016, now-defunct ticket seller Scorebig was placed into receivership after finding itself short on cash and unable to raise new money. Many brokers were never paid for tickets they listed and sold on the site, resulting in six and seven figure losses. Many brokers canceled the tickets they sold on the site leading to fans unwittingly showing up to games and concerts and being being denied access.

“That’s why I think a bailout is unlikely — ticket brokers will do anything to protect their losses, even if it hurts the business long term. That will anger the politicians and make any kind of aid unpalatable,” said one secondary market consolidator who wished to remain anonymous. “And that’s too bad because they could use the help — there will be more cancellations in 2020 than the previous 30 years combined.”

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Wife of Late DJ Black N Mild Says She ‘Never Thought I’d Be Putting My Husband to Rest’ Because of Coronavirus

Oliver Stokes Jr. had his priorities, the most crucial of which were taking care of his family, looking out for the students he worked with and getting everybody at any given party out on the dance floor.

Stokes, known to many as New Orleans DJ Black N Mild, died March 19 due to complications from coronavirus. He was 44 years old. Stokes is credited for bringing the sound of New Orleans bounce to the radio through his shows on myriad NOLA stations.

“When no one else wanted to give them a chance, he was the one who gave them their chance,” his wife Cassandra Stokes tells Billboard. Artists including Big Freedia and late New Orleans rapper Magnolia Shorty got early breaks when Stokes played their music on his mix shows on Hot 104.5 and WBOK, where his Rhythm and Bounce show was featured on Saturday nights from 2013 to 2017.

Stokes also made his name through his own remixes and the countless clubs and parties he played in his native city and throughout Louisiana, Texas and beyond. At an industry party in 2004, Stokes recalled in a 2012 interview with Tulane University, “Doug E. Fresh pulled me to the side and was like, ‘Man, I’ve heard a lot of DJs in my time; you were one of the smoothest DJs I’ve ever heard.'”

“He was very charismatic,” Cassandra Stokes tells Billboard. “He was able to get a crowd jumping in a minute. He’d play any song he needed to to get people on the dance floor. … He wanted you on the dance floor. He didn’t want you in the corner. He did not like that.

“Any request people had, he had it — and if he didn’t have it, he was going to find it,” Cassandra continues. “He made sure he always made the crowd jump. As long as the crowd was on the dance floor, he was smiling, because he knew he did what he was supposed to do to make that party as lit as possible.”

The couple started dating after Hurricane Katrina and were together for five years before getting married in 2018. They have four children between them, ages 11, 11, 9 and 8. The children, Cassandra said, were the driving force in Stokes’ life, with summer vacations, movie nights, trips to the park and to the bowling alley filling his calendar when he wasn’t playing shows. “The children just gravitated to him,” Stokes says.

Stokes’ love of kids extended to his work as the dean of students at the Arthur Ashe Charter School, where he also coached football. The students, his wife says, loved him, and he always paid special attention to students who needed “an extra little push.”

But everything changed March 9, when Stokes went to urgent care after the return of a cold he thought he’d beaten. While his test results came back negative for flu and pneumonia, he was prescribed medicine including Tamiflu, although his symptoms weren’t alleviated.

“He still wasn’t feeling good and was coughing up a lot of phlegm,” Cassandra recalls.

Stokes then made an appointment with his primary care physician, who took X-rays and told him he had pneumonia. They decided he needed to go to the emergency room, where he was then admitted. Cassandra was not allowed to visit because her husband was put in isolation, but when they spoke on the phone the morning and evening of March 12, he was struggling to breathe. He was put on a ventilator at 5 p.m. that evening.

“It just went from there,” Stokes says of his decline. On March 14, doctors informed the couple he had coronavirus.

While in the hospital, Stokes developed kidney issues, which Cassandra feels contributed to his decline, along with his pre-existing diabetes and hypertension. Her husband died on March 19.

“I never in a million years thought I’d be putting my husband to rest because of this,” Cassandra says, emphasizing the importance of staying home to avoid spreading the virus. A date for Stokes’ funeral services has not yet been set, although his wife says, “Social distancing is putting a damper on a lot of things we would normally do” for the service.

“The world can remember him as a fun-loving, let’s-get-this-party-started DJ,” she continues. “I’m going to remember the loving husband, the provider, the funny guy that would always leave me sticky notes.”


Britney Spears Clears Up That Whole ‘I Can Run Faster Than Usain Bolt’ Thing

No, Britney Spears is not the newest 100-meter dash world record holder.

The pop star, however, did clarify that she was kidding after leaving fans confused when she claimed she ran a 100m dash in less than six seconds, beating Olympian Usain Bolt’s record 9.58 seconds.

“Ran my first 5 !!!!” she captioned a now-deleted screenshot of her stopwatch reading 5.97 seconds. “Getting over your fear of pushing it in the beginning is key …. once I did that I hit 5 !!!!! Usually I run 6 or 7 …. my first try was 9 …. and now I did it whoop !!!!! 100 meter dash.”

In a new video uploaded to Instagram on Thursday (March 26), in which the pop princess is seen trying on dresses, she noted, “obviously I was joking about running the 100 meter dash in 5.97 seconds …. the world record is held by Usain Bolt which is 9.58 seconds …. but you better believe I’m coming for the world record,” complete with the hashtags #joking and #workbitch.

See it below


BTS Postpones North American Tour Amid Coronavirus Crisis

BTS is rescheduling the upcoming North America dates for its world tour amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

The highly anticipated Map of the Soul tour had been set to kick off April 25 and 26 in Santa Clara, Calif., followed by three days at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in early May and winding through Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Toronto before ending June 5 and 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago. But with the virus continuing to spread throughout the United States, the band’s label, Big Hit Entertainment, decided to postpone those tour stops.

Already sold tickets will be honored for the new dates, Big Hit said.

For now, the rest of the world tour – BTS is set to spend July touring Europe before a series of dome concerts in late summer – remains on the schedule. The group had already made the decision to cancel its four mid-April kickoff dates in its native Korea back in February, when the then-epidemic was severely impacting Asia.


Join Jared Leto’s Quarantine Cinema Club & Watch ‘Tiger King’ With Him Tonight

Like many of us, Jared Leto has turned to watching movies to pass the time while self-isolating amid the coronavirus crisis. The star has since launched a new quarantine film club, so his fans can join in on the fun and feel less lonely.

Earlier this week, he kicked off his club by live-tweeting the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and tonight (March 26), he’ll be taking on the popular Netflix docuseries, Tiger King.

To follow along, head to Leto’s Twitter account and share your own thoughts using the hashtag #JaredLetoCinemaClub. The live viewing party kicks off at 6 p.m. PST.

See below for Leto’s hilarious announcement, in which the star Photoshops his face onto the Tiger King star Joe Exotic’s face.