Orlando Puerta, Dance Music Exec Who Championed Madonna, Dies of Upper Respiratory Infection at 55

Orlando Puerta, a dance music promotions and marketing veteran known for his work with legends including Cher and Madonna, died from an upper respiratory infection at the age of 55. It is currently unknown whether the infection was caused by COVID-19, but a test is forthcoming.

According to a statement released Monday (April 7) by his company Citrusonic, Puerta died in a Los Angeles hospital “after a short but severe battle with upper respiratory infection. At this time we are awaiting further details and the results of a COVID-19 test performed prior to his passing.” Read the complete statement below.

Puerta was a lifelong dance music champion, hosting underground club night throughout Los Angeles in the early 1990s, as the city was becoming a nexus of the burgeoning U.S. scene. His events — which included Miss Kitty’s Candyland, Sunday School, Dish, Cha Cha Groove and more — helped break then up-and-coming talent including Mark Farina and Doc Martin.

After a stint working in marketing and promotions for independent films, Puerta joined the marketing team at Warner Brothers Records in 1997. At Warner, he worked on campaigns for marquee artists including Madonna, Bette Midler, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, New Order, Orgy, Static X, Michael Buble and Seal. One of the biggest successes of his career came through his work on the campaign for Cher’s “Believe,” a global smash that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999.

“He was so beloved within the industry and with these artists,” says Billboard’s consumer editorial director Ian Drew, a longtime friend of Puerta’s. “He was always part of the team, someone they really loved and trusted and someone who was there through pivotal moments of their career. He truly loved them and gave everything to these projects and artists. His passion was just a mountain.”

“I was forever impressed with Orlando’s passion for the music and desire to excel,” echoes Brad Mason, whose company Pro Motion was retained to represent Cher and Madonna singles.

In 2001, Puerta was promoted to Warner’s director of dance & lifestyle marketing. In this role, he had a particularly fruitful working relationship with Madonna, for whom he worked on albums including Music, Confessions on a Dancefloor, Hard Candy and Rebel Heart, helping push myriad songs and remixes to chart-topping positions around the globe. Puerta continued working with Madonna even after leaving Warner Brothers in 2009 to start his own promotions company, Citrusonic.

Most recently, Puerta worked on the marketing for Madonna’s 2019 album, Madame X, helping her achieve a landmark 50th No. 1 single on Billboard’ Dance/Club Songs chart with “I Don’t Seek I Find.” (“THANK YOU DJS!!!” he wrote on Instagram in celebration of the milestone.) Puerta also worked on promotion for Tracy Young’s remix of Madonna’s “I Rise,” which won a 2020 Grammy for best remixed recording.

Puerta’s most recent success came via the Black Eyes Peas and J Balvin’s single “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” which is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Other recent clients include Laverne Cox, MK, U2 and Jennifer Hudson. Puerta is being remembered throughout the music industry for his warmth, supportiveness, vision, sense of humor and big heart.

“Maybe some good kind souls are just too good and kind for this cold heartless world,” tweeted Diane Warren. “Rest in Power my dear sweet friend Orlando.”

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It is with great sadness that we tearfully announce the passing of our founder, leader and dear friend Orlando Puerta.

Orlando passed peacefully in hospital Saturday morning at 3:40 AM after a short but severe battle with upper respiratory infection. At this time we are awaiting further details and the results of a COVID-19 test performed prior to his passing.

We understand that Orlando has touched us all in different but similar ways and we grieve with you. We are saddened that due to quarantine efforts in our region we will not be able to conduct a funeral or burial at this time. We will keep you informed of updates.

Orlando was a champion of Dance Music, of free thought and a lover of life, music and animals. We will continue his legacy at Citrusonic by carrying forward his initiatives for all of our beloved clients, dj’s, musicians, remixers and fans. Likewise, we have established a donation link where friends and family can benefit animals in leu of flowers and cards. We appreciate you.

Anyone who would like to discuss Citrusonic business matters is encouraged to reach out to promo@citrusonic.net.  Our leadership is intact, our business is strong, and we will carry on in memory of Orlando’s epic multi-decade career in Music.  More to follow.

With love and prayer,Citrusonic

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Listen to This Haunting Orchestral Cover of The Weeknd’s ‘Wicked Games’ Featured in ‘Westworld’

If you tuned into the new Westworld episode on Sunday night (April 5), you might have heard a familiar melody.

Composer Ramin Djawadi created an elegantly haunting cover of The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” for the series. In season three’s fourth episode, titled The Mother of Exiles, Ashley and Bernard crash an adults-only charity event, which leads to a bit of drama when Delores and Caleb also show up for the same reason — to find Liam.

The charity evening featured a string quartet playing the Trilogy single.

This isn’t the first time Djawadi has put an orchestral twist on fan-favorite songs for Westworld. He has also shared covers of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black” and Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

Listen to the “Wicked Games” cover below.


Here Are the Lyrics to Drake’s ‘Toosie Slide’

Drake might have another top 10 hit on this hands — or his feet, by the way he does his “Toosie Slide.”

The rapper’s latest single boasts his title choreography in the chorus: “It go, ‘right foot up, left foot slide/ Left foot up, right foot slide.'” But fans and even stars have been putting their latest spin on Drake’s moves all over TikTok, including DaniLeigh’s classic video out of the car, à la Drake’s 2018 “In My Feelings” challenge.

Check out the lyrics and Drake’s fancy footwork all over his mansion in the music video below.

Black leather gloves, no sequins
Buckles on the jacket, it’s Alyx sh– (whoa)
Nike crossbody, got a piece in it
Got a dance, but it’s really on some street sh–
I’mma show you how to get it

It go, “right foot up, left foot slide
Left foot up, right foot slide”
Basically, I’m saying
Either way, we ’bout to slide, ayy
Can’t let this one slide, ayy

Don’t you wanna dance with me? No?
I could dance like Michael Jackson
I could give you thug passion
It’s a Thriller in the trap where we from
Baby, don’t you want to dance with me? No?
I could dance like Michael Jackson
I could give you satisfaction
And you know we out here everyday with it
I’mma show you how to get it

It go, “right foot up, left foot slide
Left foot up, right foot slide”
Basically, I’m saying
Either way, we ’bout to slide, ayy
Can’t let this one slide, ayy (who’s bad?)

Two thousand shorties wanna tie the knot, ayy, yeah
Two hundred shooters on my brother’s block, whoa, yeah
Petal off a rose like, “I love her her not,” maybe not
I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I can’t stop, whoa, yeah
Won’t stop, whoa, yeah, never stop
Got so many opps, I be mistakin’ opps for other opps
Got so many people that I love out of troubled spots
Other than the family I got it’s either you or me
That’s just how I think, it’s either you or me
This life got too deep for you, baby
Two or three of us about to creep where they stayin’

Black leather gloves, no sequins
Buckles on the jacket, it’s Alyx sh– (whoa)
Nike crossbody, got a piece in it
Got a dance, but it’s really on some street sh–
I’mma show you how to get it

It go, “right foot up, left foot slide
Left foot up, right foot slide”
Basically, I’m saying
Either way, we ’bout to slide, ayy
Can’t let this one slide, ayy (who’s bad?)

Toosie slide, then I hit it double time
Then I hit a spin
‘Cause we spun that block a couple times
If it’s not the right time
There’ll always be another time
I’m not even trippin’
We’ll just see ‘em in the summertime, whoa, yeah

Can’t describe the pressure I be puttin’ on myself, yeah
Really I just can’t afford to lose nobody else, yeah
If they movin’ shaky
We’ll just do this sh– ourselves, whoa
If I’m movin’ shaky, Chubbs’ll do this sh– himself, yeah

Solo n—as on they YOLO for real
Heard a lot about you, but we don’t know for real
Next time, guarantee the truth’ll get revealed

Black leather gloves, no sequins, yeah
Buckles on the jacket, it’s Alyx sh–
Nike crossbody, got a piece in it
Got a dance, but it’s really on some street sh–
I’mma show you how

It go, “right foot up, left foot slide
Left foot up, right foot slide”
Basically, I’m saying
Either way, we ’bout to slide, ayy
Can’t let this one slide, ayy

Don’t you wanna dance with me? No?
I could dance like Michael Jackson
I could give you thug passion
It’s a Thriller in the trap where we from
Baby, don’t you want to dance with me? No?
I could dance like Michael Jackson
I could give you satisfaction
And you know we out here everyday with it
I’mma show you how to get it

It go, “right foot up, left foot slide
Left foot up, right foot slide”
Basically, I’m saying
Either way, we ’bout to slide (who’s bad?)

Lyrics licensed & provided by LyricFind

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Written by: Aubrey Graham, Ozan Yildirim

Whoa! Jorge & Mateus Rack Up 40 Million Views on Live Weekend Concert: Watch

Brazilian sertanejo duo Jorge & Mateus have been trending all day on YouTube with their “Live Na Garagem” live performance. Never mind that this livestream was an impressive four hours long, or that it happened on Saturday, where at one point 3 million people were simultaneously tuned in. By Monday (April 6), the video on the duo’s YouTube channel had nearly 40 million views.

Such is the power of what may be Brazil’s most popular music act right now. Aside from playing hits like “Propaganda” and “Tijoläo,” Jorge & Mateus got fans to donate 172 tons of food and 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, which will be donated to families in need. The duo also stressed the importance of staying home and maintaining social distancing.

“We’re doing this so you stay home, but stay home with music, so you can stay happy,” said Mateus.

You can watch the special below.

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Jordan Fisher Says Staying Home Is a ‘Blessing in Disguise’ During Billboard Live At-Home Concert

Jordan Fisher performed a Billboard Live At-Home concert on Monday (April 6) to raise money for MusiCares, which provides emergency assistance for music workers in need.

Fisher’s first song was an appropriately timed, invigorating anthem that reassured his viewers despite his performance’s technical difficulties and the unsettling time the coronavirus has put the world in: Everything will “Be Okay.”

“The life that we’re all living right now and the space that we’re in, we have to be OK with just existing and finding contentment and satisfaction,” the 25-year-old star stated. After spending nearly a year away from his home in Los Angeles, Fisher felt more than happy to stay at home with his fiancée Ellie Woods.

“I spent the majority of my year last year in Canada filming different movies, so I wasn’t able to be home a lot,” the To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You star told his fans. “And this year as well, I’ve been in New York working on Broadway since January, but I started our rehearsal process in December. And then I was supposed to be there from December all the way through May and then go back to Vancouver and film another movie. And then we’re getting married in July and then leave again to film another movie. So the fact that I get to be home right now — it’s a real blessing in disguise.”

Considering his ultra-busy schedule remains incomplete, Fisher keeps himself busy by playing piano (“It’s meditation for me,” he said while caressing the instrument behind him), cooking, watching movies and streaming games every day on his Twitch channel. But when the lights turn back on Broadway, the Dear Evan Hansen actor will be more than prepared to hit the stage.

“Broadway’s going to be back, better and stronger than ever. And we all will be too, because we will all have gotten lots of rest and been able to spend time at home with family,” he reassured those tuning in who’ve yet to see his musical.

In the meantime, Fisher shared an important save the date with fans — not his summer wedding day, but the release date for his latest single “Walking on the Ceiling,” which he plans to drop at midnight ET Monday night. Fisher leaked “Walking” via Twitch on Sunday but performed the twinkling trap-tinged song in full to wrap his Billboard Live At-Home performance, which fans can watch above while also donating to MusiCares here.

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Watch Perry Farrell, Max Weinberg & More Celebrate Passover in City Winery’s ‘Downtown Seder’

City Winery is celebrating Passover with its annual variety show, Downtown Seder. The livestream this year (April 6) will feature Perry Farrell, drummer Max Weinberg, comedian Lewis Black and more putting a digital, modern spin on Passover Seder.

“More than 20 artists, thinkers and entertainers will join live in this unprecedented gathering as we wander together through the quarantine desert; an ancient dinner party that transcends religion and provokes new thinking in a world hungry for order,” the website reads.

During the stream, Black will open with the meaning of the bitter herbs, congressman Jerry Nadler will ask the four questions, Seth Herzog will do the 10 plagues and Farrell will take on Passover staple song, “Dayenu.”

Watch the stream starting at 6 p.m. EST below.

Sofia Reyes Shares ‘A Dance With Myself’ Quarantine Playlist

Sofia Reyes shared with Billboard her ultimate quarantine playlist, appropriately titled “A Dance With Myself.”

While self-isolating, music is keeping the Mexican pop singer-songwriter company, and she’s listening to songs like “Sunflower” by Harry Styles and C. Tangana and Rosalía’s “Antes de Morirme.”

“I love these songs and they transport me to the beautiful moments in my life,” Reyes tells Billboard. “I hope you enjoy them from your home.”

Warner Latin’s “Mi Casa, Tu Casa” livestream made its debut April 4 on YouTube, with Reyes as their first artist to host a digital gathering and intimate mini-performance from the comfort of her home.

“Let’s stay home, wash our hands, eat healthy, drink lots of water and relax,” Reyes says at the end of her performance. “We are all in this together even tho sometimes we may feel lonely at home. We’re all living through this and are here to support each other.”

Listen to Reyes’ playlist below:

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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