Oak View Group Launches Safety Task Force to Guide Reopening Venues

Global venue company Oak View Group has announced a task force to help establish safety protocols to reopen live entertainment facilities after worldwide closures due to COIVD-19. The task force will be made up of industry professionals from facility operations, including sanitization technology and equipment, research and development, design, food and beverage, capital expenditure management, content and more.

OVG’s task force will provide development and operation protocols, guidance, and ongoing auditing of all COVID-19 and other infectious disease mitigation.

“Our team will be influential in implementing the new standards that will be adopted across the entire live entertainment industry,” said OVG CEO Tim Leiweke in a release. “The health and safety of fans, artists, and touring staff, during and after this evolving global pandemic, remains our top priority. By aligning ourselves with global companies, all which I consider the best in their respective fields, we are developing and executing the necessary standards to protect anyone who may enter live entertainment venues.”

The task force includes Delaware North, the global leader in hospitality management and food service management, which will oversee food and beverage. Global leader in water, food safety and infection prevention technologies and services Ecolab, will manage sanitization technology. Design and architecture firms Gensler and Populous will oversee facilities design. Law firm Kauff McGuire & Margolis, which specializes in the practice of labor and employment law, will ensure employees’ rights are protected and upheld. Engineering design firm ME Engineers will direct all mechanical and electrical engineering. Consulting and advisory firm Teneo will oversee management consulting and the University of Washington will lead research and development. Commercial cleaning franchise Jani-King will also join the task force.

The group intends to review and test more than 180 products, solutions, and technologies to see which can be used in the most effective manner to protect all who enter into the facilities. It will develop industry standards to properly sanitize facilities as well as provide guidance on recommended safety protocols for all venues. In addition to the safety of fans, the OVG task force will establish protocols to protect employees. After testing out solutions, the task force will develop a program that can be implemented across venues.

“The process our task force uses will be key in achieving the highest standards of safety and health and create a plan with a framework for action that will be rolled out to arenas, stadiums, amphitheaters while meeting the current criteria of the CDC, local governmental, and health and medical professionals,” said OVG COO Stephen Collins in a release.

OVG is leading the redevelopment and operations of the new arena at Seattle Center, as well as leading arena development projects in New York, Austin and Milan.


Lin-Manuel Miranda ‘Literally Gave Two F–s’ About Swearing in ‘Hamilton’ Before Musical Lands on Disney+

Before Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda appears as Alexander Hamilton on Broadway fans’ screens when the musical debuts on Disney+, he had some choice, uncensored words to say about it.

One Hamilfan on Twitter inquired if some iconic lines had to be cut to abide by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) language rule for its PG-13 rating, which only permits one f-bomb.

Miranda responded in a tweet today (June 22) that during the televised version of the full Tony award-winning musical, there wouldn’t be “more than 1 utterance of ‘F—‘” to avoid classifying it as an R-rated production. “We have 3 ‘F—s’ in our show. So…” he continued before moving down his threaded message.

“…I literally gave two f—s so the kids could see it: 1. In Yorktown, there’s a mute over ‘I get the f—  back up again’ 2. ‘Southern *record scratch*kin’ Democratic Republicans,'” he explained of the on-screen changes. “You can sing whatEVER you like at home (even sync up the album)! Love you. Enjoy.”

The last f-bomb in Hamilton that Miranda plans to keep in for the Disney+ movie lands in the middle of the “Say No to This” old-school slow jam when he sings, “You see, that was my wife who you decided to (fuuuu)” about his character’s affair with Maria Reynolds (played by Jasmine Cephas Jones).

Hamilton officially arrives on the Disney+ streaming platform on July 3.

See Miranda’s full language update below.

Anitta, Bad Bunny & More Latin Artists Who Celebrate Same-Sex Couples in Their Music Videos

Throughout the years, Latin music has delivered songs that touch upon same-sex love, showcasing the inspirational and unique stories about the LGBTQ community.

Willie Colon’s 1989 timeless salsa hit “El Gran Varon” tells the story of Simon, who after leaving his native country, became a cross-dresser. In the 1988 “Mujer Contra Mujer,” the Spanish pop band Mecano expressed the heartfelt love story between two women. As part of his 2014 album Formula, Vol. 2, Romeo Santos presented his track “No Tiene La Culpa,” an emotional bachata about Manuel, who was bullied by family and friends for wanting to be the opposite sex.

In addition to these empowering songs, many artists, such as Anitta, Bad Bunny and Calibre 50, to name a few, have championed same-sex couples in their music videos. In honor of Pride Month, check out 16 clips below.

Jesse & Joy – “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)”

Jesse & Joy kicked off Pride Month by dropping a new song called “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma).” “Our music will always be there to remind you that you are beautiful just as you are,” the Mexican duo expressed of their song. “It’s called ‘Love’ and talks about love being the universal language, the language that all of us should speak.” In its star-studded music video, which all profits will be donated to the YAAJ MEXICO Foundation, artists such as Juanes, Kany Garcia, and Eugenio Derbez make cameos.

Chino & Nacho – “Raro”

After a four-year hiatus embarking on their solo careers, Chyno Miranda and Nacho returned as a duo with the release of “Raro,” a pop tropical fusion that best characterizes the Chino & Nacho essence. Directed by Daniel Duran, the music video (and single) tells the story of a rare kind of love, one that’s not found nowadays. In the clip, Chino & Nacho are seen together like the good ol’ days as different couples–young, old, interracial and same-sex–are living their best life despite it all.

Residente – “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe”

In a nearly eight-minute video, Residente spotlighted an array of couples from all over the world sharing their best kiss. The three-week project includes lip-lock sessions by Bad Bunny and his girlfriend Gabriela, Lionel Messi and his wife Antonela, and Ricky Martin and his husband Jwan Yosef. “The difficult thing is to find all of these people wanting to kiss during a pandemic and a kiss may look easy but it was very complicated and not everyone kisses,” Residente previously told Billboard.

Bad Bunny x Sech – “Ignorantes”

On “Ignorantes,” Bad Bunny is spiteful as he remembers a time when he was happy and didn’t take his relationship seriously — then, he lost everything. That story is reflected in the music video. As demonstrated by different couples, Bunny and Sech show that regardless of race or sexual orientation, we are all capable of being ignorant — and sometimes are therefore forced to let go of the person we love.

R.K.M. & Ken-Y – “Cuando Lo Olvides”

R.K.M. & Ken-Y’s “Cuando Lo Olvides” is about someone who’s trying to convince a person in a relationship that they are a better match. Released during Pride Month in 2019, the powerful music video narrates the story of a woman who’s in an abusive relationship and escapes her reality by cheating on her boyfriend with another woman. In the end, the same-sex couple ends up happily together.

Calibre 50 – “Solo Tu”

Calibre 50’s down-tempo Regional Mexican song spotlights a love that’s so pure with lyrics such as “only you make me feel what love really is” and “you are my everything, without exaggerating, since the day I first saw you.” The music video, which sends out the message that love is love, features married couples, parents with their children, young couples, and same-sex couples dancing to their romantic ballad as they perform “Solo Tu.”

Alejandro Sanz, Camila Cabello – “Mi Persona Favorita”

Alejandro Sanz and Camila Cabello’s “Mi Persona Favorita,” is a feel-good Latin pop song that highlights all of the beautiful qualities a person has. The music video shows both Sanz and Cabello having a good time at the recording studio and sweet scenes of different people with their favorite person. On Instagram, Camila dedicates the song to her favorite person and little sister, Sofi.

Anitta – “Não Perco Meu Tempo”

During the filming of the music video for “Não Perco Meu Tempo” (Don’t Waste My Time), where she locked lips with nearly 30 different people, Anitta discovered her worst and best kisses. “There’s this video of mine that I kissed like 28 people and one of those was terrible! I was, ugh! It was so bad. There were 28 people that I’ve never seen in my life!” she told Billboard, also adding: “I mean, my best kiss ever was also in that group of people.”

Esteman – “Fuimos Amor”

In his disco-pop-funk jam “Fuimos Amor,” Colombian singer-songwriter Esteman opened up about a long lost love. In the music video, Esteman is seen reminiscing about the good times he had with an ex-partner. “This was the first song in which I showed my most intimate self with another man without filters,” he told Billboard. “It’s a song to remember and to celebrate a love that is no longer. It’s my reality and it becomes the reality of someone else regardless of sexual identity.”

Bomba Estéreo – “Amar Así”

Three minutes, fifty-one seconds. That’s the amount of time it takes for two soldiers on a small and desolate island to wrestle in a moment of truth before they lock lips in the new Bomba Estéreo music video for “Amar Así.” “The video is ultimately a metaphor as a way to challenge people and encourage them to be more tolerant,” Bomba’s Simon Mejia previously said to Billboard.

Carla Morrison – “Eres Tú”

Imagine a world where a marriage between two men is rooted in celebration, respect, and tradition. Carla Morrison’s charming song and video are the right combination in a story that’s all about love. In fact, one YouTube viewer of the video — which has received more than 42 million views — fell in love with the Mexican singer’s song but thought the video should have ended with a kiss.

Georgle, Esteman – “El Noa Noa”

Georgel and Esteman not only revamp Juan Gabriel’s ‘80s hit with “El Noa Noa” but also marks the first time they have collaborated together as two openly gay Latin artists. The retro-futuristic music video, produced by Autumn Leave Films in Ciudad de Juarez, celebrates love and diversity. “It looks like we’re on another planet but basically, it’s to show that when you go to ‘el noa noa,’ everyone is different,” Esteman told Billboard. “The best part is the message it sends of accepting each other in this diverse world, where everyone is welcomed and where we have freedom of speech.”

Alex Anwandter – “Tormenta”

The Chilean singer/songwriter/film director known for deep and fresh pop music writes poetically but doesn’t veer away from introducing serious themes and subjects in his music and videos. From his Rebeldes album, the “Tormenta” music video is beautifully shot in Puerto Rico. The video shows a variety of couples from gay to straight and doesn’t shy away from showing passion for each other in long embraces, major make-out sessions and a steamy shower scene.

Francisco Victoria – “Marinos”

At 22, Victoria is making very cool music that has depth and speaks to the youth of today. Mentored by Anwandter, the young singer/songwriter stars in a compelling coming-of-age story about love, lust and rebellion. Filmed in Cartagena, a region of Valparaíso, Chile, the video’s storyline shows the bonding of young men and the trials and tribulations of falling for someone early in life. The breathtaking end is open for interpretation.

Kany Garcia – “Bailemos un Blues”

Since coming out in early 2016, Kany Garcia has continued to ascend musically, personally and professionally. The 2018 release of Soy Yo features masterfully-written music with rich and romantic themes from the Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, who enjoys a global pool of fans. Thanks to the abundant support of her Sony label and team, the results are stellar, with songs such as “Bailemos un Blues,” which includes a sweet video featuring marionettes that cleverly represent many types of people.

Gloria Trevi – “Todos Me Miran”

Talk about an anthem. Gloria Trevi’s classic “Todos Me Miran” only gets better each time; the song’s video opens with a handsome man who suddenly begins to cry, then he begins applying makeup. “I was only what you wanted to see,” the lyrics read. When the Mexican star performs, it’s all eyes on Trevi.

Billboard’s Justino Aguila contributed to this story.

Black Music Month 2020 Playlist: Boogie Wants His Song Picks to ‘Represent the Emotion of the People’

This year, Black Music Month took a different turn. Because of the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and more at the hands of police, we at Billboard hope to uplift and empower African Americans during this cloudy and dubious time. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the remainder of the month, an artist will provide a playlist designed to remedy the heartaches endured by the Black community.

Boogie completes today’s cipher (June 22) with our second playlist of the day with his “Perfect Timing” collection. From Kendrick Lamar to YG, the West Coast lyricist explains why his song selections are fitting for today’s climate. “I feel like these songs are perfect for this time, because, for me, they speak on problems we see in today’s world and represent the emotion of the people.”

Check out Boogie’s playlist below.

Watch YoungBoy Never Broke Again Spend Time With His Kids in ‘Death Enclaimed’ Father’s Day Music Video

YoungBoy Never Broke Again dropped a new song “Death Enclaimed” with a Father’s Day-dedicated accompanying visual yesterday (June 21) that features his kids.

The 20-year-old rapper started off the visual with a quote from AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant: “Sit with the pain until it passes, and you will be calmer for the next one.” The Rich Porter-directed clip tours around NBA Youngboy’s lavish home he claims he’s bothered to live in after being robbed recently and retrieving those stolen items with J Prince, but the video also captures his fulfilling life with his now six kids. From styling their hair to dancing with them to taking them to the beach to driving them around while on his lap, the Baton Rouge-based hitmaker only wishes his best life only becomes better for his little ones.

“I’m in that Bentley, me and my youngest son/ He too young to understand but we still having our one-on-one/ Ecclesiastes, I told him everything done under the sun/ They’ll kill you when you speak the truth/ Thug you when you play it dumb/ I die today then I’ma leave my son within my Rolls (Sh–)/ Somewhere in the will he’s in a big home (Yeah),” he raps in the first verse while cruising around in the name-brand whip with his baby son sitting on his lap in the driver’s seat.

The Louisiana artist also addressed the reports that he welcomed two more children from different mothers last week within the third verse: “Tired of f—ing ’round with groupies/ 4 lil’ boys and 2 lil’ girls and they mine.”

Watch YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s deep “Death Enclaimed” music video below.

Nicki Minaj Congratulates the Barbz for ‘Trollz’ No. 1 on Hot 100: ‘Y’all Did This’

6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj’s “Trollz” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart this week, marking the first leader for 6ix9ine and the second for Minaj.

To celebrate the occasion, Minaj shared a one-minute video on Twitter on Monday (June 22) to thank her devoted fanbase, the Barbz, for their support. “Congratulations Barbz, y’all did this with no playlisting and no radio, and it’s just not happening in 2020,” she explained. “All the records on the top of the chart right now are doing that with heavy playlisting and heavy radio. So, for us to do that, debuting, that’s insane. I love you guys so much. We just did the highest pure sales of the year, of every song released, and you can’t buy that. That’s fan love.”

“There’s a couple things I want to get off my chest though, certain things that have been going on this industry for just way too long,” she continued. “I think it’s time for me to speak on it a little bit. Y’all know 6ix9ine gonna be doing a lot this week too. So, be prepared for that. I love you. I love you so f—ing much.”

Minaj’s response comes hours after 6ix9ine called out Spotify, Apple and a few other music services for not pushing “Trollz.”

He also noted that he will be going on a “seven day rant” on the topic. See his full message below.


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