Jack Harlow is looking to continue his successful 2020 run with the blistering remix to his Hot 100 hit “WHATS POPPIN.”
For the Louisville slugger, the song is punchline galore, as Harlow, DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne engage in fiery lyrical warfare. Harlow sets the tempo with basketball references by mentioning renowned scorer Gilbert Arenas and the Phoenix Suns. Shortly after, DaBaby follows Harlow by bragging about his newly-minted Hot 100 No. 1 single “Rockstar.”
This year, Harlow released his Sweet Action EP, which boasts “WHATS POPPIN” and “2STYLISH.” In January, Billboard also named the MC as one of their artists to watch in Hip-Hop / R&B.
“There are some times when it’s your duty to spit, but I already showed you that I can rap,” he told Billboard in March. “So guess what else I’m going to show you? I can make some ear candy that you’re going to want to hear 100 times. I can’t let anybody condition the type of music I’m making — I know what I’m going to do in the long run.”
Listen to “WHATS POPPIN (Remix)” below.
Ozuna captures his first top 10 debut of 2020, and his second new top 10 of the year overall, “Caramelo” arrives at No. 7 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated June 27). It joins his earlier top 10, “Mamacita” with Black Eyed Peas and J.Rey Soul, which holds at No. 3.
Ozuna last debuted in the top 10 with “China,” his collaboration with Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G and J Balvin, which opened at No. 2 in August 2019. It later spent 12 weeks at No. 1.
“Caramelo” (which translates to Candy) opens in the top 10 mainly on the strength of streaming activity. The Hot Latin Songs chart blends airplay, streaming data and digital sales. “Caramelo” registered 3.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending June 18, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, which yields a No. 10 debut on the Latin Streaming Songs chart.
As “Caramelo” opens in the top 10, Ozuna collects his 23rd top 10 on Hot Latin Songs (he now has as many top 10s as Gloria Estefan).His top 10s date back to “Dile Que Tú Me Quieres,” which peaked at No. 8 in April 2017. The chart began in 1986.
“Caramelo” follows Ozuna’s only other debut on Hot Latin Songs this year: “Mamacita,” with the Black Eyed Peas and J.Rey Soul. It stands at No. 3 on the current chart.
With “Caramelo’s” arrival on the chart, Ozuna collects a total of 76 entries on Hot Latin Songs, tying Daddy Yankee for the second-most hits on the list. They trail only Bad Bunny who leads with an impressive 95 total entries.
Elsewhere, “Caramelo” makes a No. 32 opening on Latin Airplay with 3 million in audience impressions earned in the week ending June 21, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Independence Day is just around the corner.
The federal U.S. holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It was the day that the colonies declared they were united and independent, and no longer part of Great Britain.
As tradition holds, July 4 is often associated with parades, fireworks, barbecues gatherings, beach parties, and other fun events. But because of the current global health crisis that has led to quarantines and social distancing, chances are people will celebrate at home and on video chat with their loved ones.
For those who plan to celebrate the day virtually, Billboard wants to know: Which Latin artist would you like to have a virtual party with?
Come next May, audiences will applaud Hugh Jackman during one of the first long-awaited curtain calls of Broadway when the revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man opens.
Producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and David Geffen announced today (June 24) that the show will kick off previews on April 7, 2021, and open on May 20, 2021, at the Winter Garden Theatre. Rehearsals will commence on Feb. 8. Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will play Professor Harold Hill alongside two-time Tony award-winning actress Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo in the 1957 musical.
“Performing on Broadway is a great honor for an actor; in fact, one of the greatest. No two shows are exactly alike, in large part due to the audience,” Jackman said in a press statement. “Show One is filled with anticipation, fear and excitement. It’s like an opening night eight times a week; the energy in the theater is palpable. It is those same feelings that happen every show thereafter — and you and I are going through it together. The change of dates will not take any of that away. What it will do, however, is help to ensure that The Music Man audiences, and our company, are in a completely safe environment. Can’t wait for that day!”
The production, directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, also stars Tony award-winning actors Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, and Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn.
“We’re obviously profoundly disappointed to be unable to start rehearsals for The Music Man as scheduled. But safety is safety, and it has to take precedence over every other consideration — for both our audience and for our company,” Rudin said in the statement. “Despite the postponement, we are sticking together as a company, and we are grateful to be able to do so. And so we look forward arriving at The Winter Garden — with a beautiful, heartening Music Man in tow — at the beginning of April, and to being just one part of what we expect will once again be a vibrant and exciting Broadway.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo abruptly shut down Broadway theaters on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. What was originally anticipated as a month-long lockdown period has currently stretched out until at least Labor Day. Broadway producers began offering refunds and exchanges for all tickets purchased for shows through Sept. 6.
The Music Man ticketholders who made their purchase online on Telecharge.com or Broadway.com will be contacted automatically with instructions on exchanges, while those who bought tickets at the physical Box Office should contact Telecharge Customer Services.
The Music Man joins two Lincoln Center Theater productions, the James Lapine-directed Broadway musical Flying Over Sunset and the Off-Broadway production of a new opera Intimate Apparel, set to reopen next spring. Official dates for both shows have yet to be announced.
Lady Gaga is so over the top so much of the time that covering her songs is a hard hill to climb for any artist. But that didn’t stop Nashville’s Jesse Kramer from strutting out onto the America’s Got Talent stage on Tuesday (June 23) to offer up a unique version of Mother Monster’s hit “Bad Romance.”
Looking like a lost grunge rocker from the ’90s with his long, stringy blond hair, eyeliner, eyebrow ring and burgundy leather jacket, Kramer surprised the panel. He offered up a slow-burn, dirgey take on the pop hit, accented by his gothy, angsty vocals and tasteful, bluesy finger-picked electric guitar.
The performance earned him a standing ovation from the studio audience and kudos from lead judge Simon Cowell, who predicted that some people will probably ding Kramer as not sufficiently rock ‘n’ roll for singing a pop song on a TV talent show. “I actually really, really enjoyed your audition,” said Cowell. “You have my respect for coming on here and doing that.”
Fellow judge Sofia Vergara also loved it but wondered why that song. “I want to take a risk,” explained Kramer. “I want to give all I can with something that’s a little more current.”
Howie Mandel was less impressed, saying he was bored and, as Cowell predicted, that he didn’t think it rocked sufficiently. But Mandel did think it was good enough to give Kramer a second chance.
Watch Kramer’s performance below.