Queen Naija’s ‘Missunderstood’ Reigns on Top R&B Albums Chart

Queen Naija seizes the crown on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart as Missunderstood debuts atop the list dated Nov. 14. The album opens with 34,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The album, Queen Naija’s full-length debut, is her second project to reach Top R&B Albums. Her debut self-titled EP entered and peaked at No. 2 in 2018.

In addition to its chart-topping R&B bow, Missunderstood kicks off at No. 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 9 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

As the album arrives, two of its tracks debut on the Hot R&B Songs chart: “Bitter,” featuring Mulatto, at No. 18 and “Too Much to Say” at No. 25. The pair join three additional Missunderstood cuts already on the list. Current single “Butterflies Pt. 2” rebounds 16-12 in its 15th week on the chart, “Pack Lite,” powers 25-14 in its 14th frame, while “Lie to Me,” featuring Lil Durk, ascends 18-10 in its fifth week.

The lattermost climb secures Queen Naija’s fourth top 10 on the Hot R&B Songs chart, after “Medicine” (No. 3 in 2018), “Karma” (No. 7, 2019) and “Butterflies Pt. 2,” which rose to a No. 10 best in September.

Queen Naija nearly reigns on another chart — Adult R&B Songs airplay — with “Butterflies Pt. 2,” which posts a second straight week in the runner-up slot. The song does narrow the gap between itself and the current No. 1, Ne-Yo and Jeremih’s collaboration “U 2 Luv,” as Naija’s track increases by 8% in plays in the week ending Nov. 8, while the reigning champ declines by 6%.

“Butterflies Pt. 2,” similarly repeats at its No. 18 best thus far on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, though it improves to 7.8 million in audience impressions, a 4% gain from the prior week.

Activity surrounding Missunderstood and its singles helps Queen Naija re-enter at No. 28 on the Billboard Artist 100, a weekly ranking of artist popularity through music consumption metrics of album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction. The return position equals her career best rank on the list, having previously risen to No. 28 in August 2018 upon her debut EP’s release.

All the Latin Live Streams to Watch During Coronavirus Quarantine (Updating)

The coronavirus has greatly impacted the music industry, causing cancellations of concerts and events worldwide.

In order to keep la música en Español alive, Latin artists are getting creative on social media, performing live for their fans to bring them joy amid the stressful news cycle.

See who’s lining up live streams below.

Pepe Aguilar (November 27)

Pepe Aguilar presents “Mexicano Hasta Los Huesos,” a live stream like no other in celebration of culture, music, family, and tradition. Joined by his son and daughter Angela and Leonardo, as well as Mariachi El Zacatecano and the Azul Tequila band, the Aguilars will present 11 songs never before sung or performed by them. The virtual concert, taking place during the long Thanksgiving weekend, is in celebration of Day of the Dead held in early November. “Because we celebrate our loved ones one day but remember them always,” Pepe expressed on Instagram.

Where to Watch: 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, November 27 via www.cinepolisklic.com with simultaneous Livestream in the U.S., Central and South America, and Spain. Tickets are available at  www.cinepolisklic.com.

Dalex, Mariah Angeliq & More (November 20)

For its third episode, El Patio Tecate returns with another star-studded live stream, bringing some of the hottest urban acts of the moment. Celebrating the Latinx community, Tecate will host a virtual concert from the Wattles Mansion in Hollywood, featuring performances by Dalex, Mariah Angeliq, La Doña, and a special appearance by Tainy, who nabbed the 2020 Billboard Latin music award for producer of the year. Hosted by Natasha Martinez, the event will feature “a unique, interactive festival-going experience with a multi-cam and immersive Livestream that accentuates the live performances of a diverse urban lineup.”

Where to Watch: 9 p.m. on Friday, November 20 on Tecate’s official YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and online at tecatebeerusa.com/elpatiotecate.

Alejandro Lerner (November 20)

Celebrating more than 40 years of trajectory and his new EP, Argentine singer-songwriter and musician Alejandro Lerner is presenting his first-ever virtual concert in November, live from El Pie Recording studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lerner, who has worked with artists such as Celine Dion and Carlos Santana, will perform his greatest hits in addition to his new singles “Un Dia” and “Canciones en Cuarentena.”

Where to Watch: 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 20 via LivePass. For more information, click here.

Lunay (October 31)

A real treat for trick-or-treaters this year! Puerto Rican rising artist Lunay is set to kick off SBS’ “LaMusica Live” concert series on Halloween. Lunay will be live from Miami for this virtual performance set to take place at 8pm ET. According to a press release, the concert series will feature some of the “hottest” Latin artists in this virtual space to provide “joy and entertainment” to those in quarantine.

Where to Watch: At 9pm ET on Saturday, Oct. 31. Fans can tune in for free via LaMusica’s app or Lunay’s YouTube page.

Francisca Valenzuela (Nov. 12)

Chilean singer-songwriter Francisca Valenzuela will perform “La Fortaleza: En Concerto” performing live the 14 songs that encompass her latest album. The event will be broadcasted from Los Angeles, California and can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

Where to Watch: At 7pm ET on Thursday, Nov. 12. Tickets are now on sale via franciscavalenzuela.live.

Alejandro Fernandez (October 3)

In an unprecedented, one-night-only event, Alejandro Fernandez will croon to his fans via a virtual concert on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Regional Mexican artist, who’s making the rounds with his chart-topping album Hecho en Mexico, will perform for fans in the U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America with the event called “America, a una solo voz.” Fernandez’s upcoming Livestream is part of OCESA’s Irrepetible series.

Where to Watch: At 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 3. Tickets will go on sale at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 2 via Ticketon and LJ Conciertos.

La Mosca Tse Tse (September 19)

Hunkered down in Argentina because of the coronavirus, La Mosca announced their first-ever livestream, dubbed #DeRamalloAlMundo. If you’re a Rock en Español fan, you won’t want to miss this virtual concert featuring some of La Mosca’s biggest hits, such as “Para no verte más,” “Todos tenemos un amor,” and “Yo te quiero dar,” to name a few.

Where to Watch: At 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 19. Tickets available here.

David Kada (September 11)

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, David Kada is ready to make you dance at Club Casa with his fresh tropical melodies. Marking Kada’s first-ever virtual concert in 2020, the artist promises “a night full of good salsa music” during the free event.

Where to Watch: At 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 11, via David Kada’s YouTube Channel here.

Banda MS (September 1)

Kicking off the month of September, Banda MS teamed up with Uforia Music for an exclusive event part of the series Uforia en Vivo.  Called “Banda MS En Intimo,” the free one-hour virtual event will feature exclusive footage, an interview, and live performance.

Where to Watch: At 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 1, via UforiaMusica.com/BandaMS, Uforia Facebook, Uforia Twitter, and Uforia YouTube.

 El Fantasma & Fuerza Regida (August 21)

El Fantasma and Fuerza Regida are set to kick off Tecate’s new monthly virtual concert series and community fundraiser “El Patio Tecate” on August 21, Billboard can exclusively announce.”El Patio Tecate” concerts, part of Tecate’s “Mexico is in Us” campaign, will take place from August through December with each event highlighting a different sub-genre of Latin music while offering fans a reimagined festival-going experience featuring a multi-cam and immersive livestream concert supporting both Mexican-American arts and culture.

Where to Watch: The first concert kicks off Aug. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET across Tecate’s official YouTube channel, Twitter page and online at tecatebeer.com/elpatiotecate.

Bronco (August 30)

If Bronco fans missed the norteño group’s live stream back in May, they’ll have another opportunity to watch Bronco from the comfort of their home. The upcoming virtual stream will be part of OCESA’s Irrepetible series, which according to a press release, is “a new way to live concerts” via digital shows and content where OCESA will present up to 75 artists in a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.

Where to Watch: 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 30 via Ticketmaster Live. Purchase tickets here.

Los Rabanes (August 29)

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Los Rabanes will offer a virtual concert featuring many special guests including La Mosca, Azul Azul, and Los Pericos, to name a few. “Given the world situation, we had planned to do the concert in the Coliseo de Puerto Rico,” frontman Emilio Reguiera, said in a statement. “However we are preparing something very special, we will have many surprises, and we will take a tour of our entire musical career.”

Where to Watch: 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 29 via LaMusica app. Purchase tickets here.

La Santa Cecilia (August 21)

La Santa Cecilia invites their fans for an intimate “Noche de Bohemia,” where they will sing their biggest hits and interact with fans during a live chat. The exclusive event will take place on Friday, August 21 and anyone from all over the world can tune in for $7 a virtual ticket. Purchase here.

Ednita Nazario (August 15)

Puerto Rican powerhouse Ednita Nazario will host her first-ever Livestream in August. “My loves, I invite you to my first virtual concert via the new platform Spyntyx.com,” she announced on Instagram. Fans can enjoy Nazario’s greatest hits for an admission of $5.

Where To Watch: Saturday, August 15 via Spyntyx app. Purchase tickets here.

Kany García (July 11)

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Kany García will perform a live virtual concert to celebrate the release of her latest album Mesa Para Dos. García will perform live from the Coca Cola Music Hall in Puerto Rico and fans around the world will be able to watch the stream via Live Pass Play. To watch the live stream, you’ll have to buy a ticket which can be purchased here starting today (June 26).

Latido Music’s Room Service At Home (every Thursday)

Latido Music launched its Room Service at Home series, including about eight episodes of Latin independent artists, such as Cheo Pardo and Salt Cathedral, performing straight from the intimacy of their homes. The episodes will air every Thursday on Latido Music. On Wednesdays, there will be Facebook Lives of Room Service with the participants, promoted by Latido Music. On each Facebook Live, there will be a space supporting a nonprofit organization in the United States in need during this critical moment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where to Watch: 6:00 p.m. ET every Thursday via Latido Music and the Room Service YouTube Channel

VF7 (June 19)

Teen reggaetón artist VF7, and one of Billboard’s Latin Female Artists to Discover During Quarantine, will be showcasing her first-ever concert live from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot. VF7 becomes the second artist to host a virtual show from inside the renowned venue following Rauw Alejandro.

Where to Watch: At 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, June 19 via Coliseo de Puerto Rico’s YouTube channel (click here.

Carlos Vives & Ziggy Marley: A Conversation (June 14)

Carlos Vives and Ziggy Marley, together with the Providence-Eastern Caribbean-born artist, Elkin Robinson, will carry out a global conversation on “how music helps us to be inclusive” and “the importance of Caribbean music in the world.” The artists will also talk on how “El Hilo,” part of Vives’ Cumbiana album, came to life.  The official music video will premiere right after the chat.

Where to Watch: 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday (June 14) via Carlos Vives’ YouTube channel (click here) and Facebook page (click here)

Gilberto Santa Rosa (June 6)

Gilberto Santa Rosa is proud to announce his virtual concert will take place on Saturday, June 6, bringing fans his biggest salsa hits, such as “La Agarro Bajando,” “Conteo Regresivo,” and more, to the comfort of their own home.

Where to Watch: At 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 6 via Gilberto Santa Rosa’s official social media pages.

Luis Figueroa, Coastcity & more – Latinx Virtual Music Fest (May 29 – May 31)

Luis Figueroa, one of Billboard’s Artists to Discover during Quarantine, is set to headline the three-day Latinx Virtual Music Festival, celebrating S.O.B.’s 38th anniversary. Other artists confirmed to perform include Coastcity, Tatiana Hazel, and many more.

Where to Watch: From May 29 to May 31 on S.O.B.’s NYC Instagram page (click here)

Univision’s “Se Agradece” (May 30)

Celebrating the everyday heroes at the frontline of the global pandemic, Univision’s “Se Agradece” TV special will unite various Latin artists and celebrities to pay tribute to doctors, nurses, farmers, grocery deliverers, teachers, and others. The star-studded lineup includes Alejandro Fernandez, Alejandro Sanz, Calibre 50, Gloria Trevi, Juan Luis Guerra, Mana, Los Tigres del Norte, Rosalia, and many more.

Where to Watch: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 30 on the Univision network

CNCO, Becky G & More – OHM Live “Dream With Us” (May 29)

CNCO, Becky G, Nicky Jam, Laura Pausini, Jason Derulo, Dua Lipa, amongst many other celebrities are coming together for “One Humanity Live: Dream With Us,” the first-ever 24-hour global charity live stream in support of Dreamers.

Presented by Constellation and ITP Live, all proceeds raised by the Constellation Dream Fund through OHM Live will go to beneficiaries such as Global Gift Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières, Dubai Cares, FromU2Them and Care to Connect NYC. For the complete lineup and more information, visit here.

Where to Watch: 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, May 29 via Constellation Dreamers’ YouTube (click here).

Ozomatli (May 28)

Celebrating their 25th anniversary in the middle of a pandemic, Chicano rock band Ozomatli returns with another episode of their “worldwide quarantine block party.” Hosted by Francesca Fiorentini and a Zoom afterparty by El Dusty, the fundraiser event will donate 10 percent of all proceeds to the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. For more information, visit here.

Where To Watch: 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, May 28

Abraham Mateo (May 19)

Spanish artist Abraham Mateo will take over Premios Juventud’s Instagram account to croon fans with some of his biggest hits as part of #PJLiveEnCasa virtual concert series.

Where to Watch: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 19 via Premios Juventud’s Instagram page (click here)

Grupo Bronco (May 17)

Grupo Bronco will bless fans with all of their biggest Norteños hits via their virtual concert taking place on Sunday, May 17.

Where to Watch: 6:00 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 17 on Grupo Bronco’s official YouTube channel (click here)

Rauw Alejandro (May 16)

With virtual concerts becoming the new normal because of quarantine and social distancing, Rauw Alejandro is opting for something more creative. The Puerto Rican act will be hosting a live stream show, presented by Duars Entertainment, from The Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, the biggest indoor arena in Puerto Rico.

Where to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 16 via Rauw Alejandro’s YouTube channel (click here)

Fito Paez (May 15)

Coined “Paez en America,” renowned Argentine artist Fito Paez will delight fans with his second at-home concert during the quarantine. Paez will perform material from his new album La Conquista del Espacio along with his classic anthems.

Where to Watch: 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15 via Fito Paez’s YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook pages. It will also be transmitted on broadcast TV and radio in several countries.

Karol G (May 7)

This Friday, Karol G will be kicking off the “Bud Light Seltzer Sessions: Your Flavor. Your Show,” a weekly music event taking place every Friday during the month of May. The series is in support of the American Red Cross.

Where to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Karol G’s official Facebook page (click here) and Bud Light’s YouTube page (click here)

Aventura (May 7)

Bachata crooners Romeo Santos and Aventura will also form part of Friday’s music event, going live 45 minutes after Karol G’s performance.  The series is in support of the American Red Cross.

Where to Watch: 9:45 p.m. ET on Aventura’s official Facebook page (click here) and Bud Light’s YouTube page (click here)

William Garza’s Cinco de Mayo Live Stream (May 5)

Instead of performing on a stage this year, Mexican artist William Garza connect on a Facebook Live to perform songs, eat tacos and talk with his fans.

Where to Watch: 7 P.M. (PST) /9 P.M. (México) via his Facebook page.

“Music Lives On” featuring Anitta and more artists (May 1)

LiveXLive will launch its weekly showcase “Music Lives On” with three hours of live stream performances from the artists’ homes in benefit of MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. As part of the series, Brazilian superstar Anitta will host a “Fan Q&A” at 8:00 p.m. EST. Destructo, Boombox, Clinton Kane, Doug Locke, and more artists are also confirmed.

Where to Watch: All performances will simulcast on LiveXLive’s site, apps, and social media channels @livexlive.

Zion (May 1)

Zion, from reggaeton duo Zion & Lennox, is kicking off May by connecting on Instagram to “Sip n’ chill” with his fans. The Puerto Rican artist will have special guests join him as well as preview the new music he’s been working on before and during the quarantine.

Where to watch: Zion’s Instagram

Piso 21 (April 25)

Piso 21 is teaming up with Bacardi for a benefit virtual concert called “Juntos a Distancia.” The live stream will take place Saturday on their YouTube channel, where donations will be collected via Vaki.co for different Food Banks in Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Perú, Panama, and Puerto Rico.

Where to Watch: Piso 21’s YouTube channel

“Mi Casa Es Tu Casa Live Music Series” by SBS Entertainment (April 24)

SBS Entertainment presents a one-hour, commercial-free live music series across some of SBS’s leading regional Mexican and Latin urban radio stations, such as El Zol 106.7 and La Raza 97.9, and LaMusica app. “Mi Casa es tu Casa” kicks off April 24 with performances by Pitbull and Calibre 50. Other artists confirmed include Maluma, Banda MS, and Sebastian Yatra, to name a few.

Where To Watch: All concerts will take place at 7 p.m. ET/CDT/PT and will also be streamed on the LaMusica App

Arthur Hanlon Happy Hour Piano Chill (Every Tuesday and Friday at 7 P.m. EST)

Hanlon plays a set of acoustic songs, Latin and standards, from his blue piano, every Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. Pacific.

Where To Watch: Hanlon’s Facebook page (click here) and Instagram Live (click here).

Editor’s Note: Hanlon is married to Billboard’s vp/Latin industry lead, Leila Cobo.

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.


The Weeknd Set for 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

The Weeknd will headline the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show on Feb. 7 in Tampa Bay, Fla., according to an announcement today (Nov. 12) made jointly by the NFL, Pepsi and the NFL’s live music entertainment strategist partner Roc Nation. The event — which is in the second year of the NFL’s Roc Nation partnership, and the 10th of Pepsi’s sponsorship — follows the 2020 edition that was headlined by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

The Halftime Show will be produced by DPS, with previously-announced executive producers Jesse Collins and Roc Nation, and directed by Hamish Hamilton.

“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” The Weeknd said in a statement. “I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.”

The Weeknd is coming off a huge 2020 highlighted by his Billboard 200 No. 1 album After Hours and its breakout single, “Blinding Lights,” which became the Canadian pop star’s fifth No. 1 single on the Hot 100 and set several chart records, including most weeks at No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs (34), most weeks in the top five of the Hot 100 (32, with four weeks at No. 1), most weeks at No. 1 on Radio Songs (26), most weeks at No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs for a song by a lead soloist (20) and most weeks on the Pop Songs chart (47).

“The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own,” Roc Nation founder Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter said in a statement. “His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry. This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is generally a star-studded affair with plenty of special guests, though none have been announced as of yet. Last year, J.Lo and Shakira brought out Bad Bunny and J Balvin, while prior years have seen Maroon 5 (with Big Boi and Travis Scott as guests), Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé (with Destiny’s Child), Bruno Mars, Katy Perry (with Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott and the Left Shark) and more take the stage.

“We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage,” the NFL’s chief media and business officer Brian Rolapp said in a statement. “Halftime Show performances have a history of excellence and creativity and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to Super Bowl LV.”

Of course, there are other issues that could complicate the specifics surrounding the Halftime Show, and the Super Bowl as a whole, stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the NFL is playing out its season with some stadiums, where local regulations allow, inviting in fans at reduced capacities, while others are playing to empty stadiums. And while nothing has been announced regarding the Super Bowl or fan attendance at the event, infections have been surging around the country in the past several weeks as more people spend more time indoors due to colder weather.

Currently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do allow fans in their stadium for home games at a reduced capacity, capped at around 16,000 fans; on Oct. 28, the Tampa Bay Times reported the NFL is considering a plan that would allow the stadium to hold fans at 20% capacity, though that could change as the rest of the situation unfolds in the coming months.

“The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is one of the most anticipated performances of the year and we are thrilled to welcome The Weeknd to the stage,” said Pepsi vp marketing Todd Kaplan in a statement. “After a year that’s largely been void of live music, we can’t wait to watch The Weeknd transform the world’s biggest stage with his limitless talent and creativity, delivering what will most certainly be an unforgettable performance that will be remembered for years to come.”

Jimmy Fallon & Patty Smyth Send Off Donald Trump With Hilarious ‘Goodbye to You’ Remake

Jimmy Fallon teamed up with Patty Smyth for a biting cover of her band Scandal’s 1982 party classic “Goodbye to You” on Wednesday night (Nov. 11) to help send off one-term President Donald Trump.

“Four years with you in charge went so very slow/ Now the time has come for us to let you go/ You tweeted ‘FRAUD,’ ‘STOP THE COUNT,’ ‘FAKE NEWS’/ Pennsylvania must hurt so bad to lose/ It’s not a pity to say,” Fallon sang as pictures of a despondent Trump and elated Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris flashed in the background.

And then Smyth hopped in for the rousing chorus, singing, “Goodbye to you!/ Goodbye to you,” pointing at a snap of Trump digging into one of his beloved fast-food meals on an airplane.

“Will we ever see a president like we saw in you,” Fallon continued. “Stare directly at the sun/ Toilet paper on your shoe.” Smyth took the next smackdown verse: “Ignored Fauci and fell for Kim Jong-Un/ Said you’d shoot someone on Fifth Avenue/ Doesn’t feel bad to say, goodbye to you.”

Trump, who lost the Nov. 3 election to former two-term vice president and now President-elect Joe Biden, has refused to accept the results of the vote and has been rarely seen since. And while he’s declined to concede or begin the traditional transfer of power process, the former reality star has hunkered down in the White House and tweeted baseless claims about alleged election fraud amid a flurry of lawsuits that have so far failed to provide any proof of his assertions.

The final verse from Fallon and Smyth poked fun at Trump’s unrealized campaign promise of getting Mexico to pay for his border wall, the Ukraine quid pro quo scandal that got Trump impeached. and his dangerous suggestion that Americans drink bleach to get rid of COVID-19. Smyth returned later in the show for a performance of the slow-burn rocker “Build a Fire” from her It’s About Time album.

Watch the performances below.


Trippie Redd’s ‘Pegasus’ Flies Into No. 1 Slot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Trippie Redd collects a new No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as Pegasus flies in atop the list dated Nov. 14. The project earned 60,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Pegasus gives the Ohio native his third chart-topper on the ranking, following A Love Letter to You 3, which reigned for one week in November 2018 and A Love Letter to You 4, which also posted one week in charge, in December 2019.

With Pegasus’ arrival, Trippie Redd becomes the fifth act to have accumulated three No. 1s on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums since November 2018. Future and YoungBoy Never Broke Again have each achieved four leaders, while Trippie Redd matches Drake and Juice WRLD at three apiece.

As is the case with nearly all hip-hop projects in recent years, the heavy majority of Pegasus’ first week activity derives from streams. 56,000 of its 60,000 units come from streams, equaling 79.22 million on-demand plays of the album’s songs in its opening week.


Big streaming numbers push a few of the album’s 26 songs onto other Billboard charts. “Weeeeee” debuts at No. 25 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, marking the fifth-best debut of Trippie Redd’s 28 charted titles to date. He’s only started higher with the Juice WRLD collaboration, “Tell Me U Luv Me” (No. 15, in June), a featured turn on XXXTentacion’s “F–k Love” (No. 18, 2017), “Taking a Walk” (No. 22, 2018), and “1400 / 999 Freestyle,” featuring Juice WRLD (No. 24, 2018).

In addition, “Never Change,” featuring Future, debuts at No. 41, while Pegasus single “Excitement!,” with PARTYNEXTDOOR, returns to the chart at No. 39 after having previously reached a No. 48 best in October.

“Excitement!” also shoots 17-6 on the Hot R&B Songs chart, overcoming its previous high of No. 8 in September. Three other Pegasus cuts arrive on Hot R&B Songs: “Love Scars 4” (No. 15), “Let It Out,” featuring Myiah Lynnae (No. 21) and “Mood,” featuring Chris Brown (No. 23).

Publishing Briefs: ‘Positions’ Writer-Producer Signs With Reservoir, UMPG Snags Nashville Hitmaker

Reservoir has extended its publishing deal (first signed in 2016) with songwriter-producer Steven Franks (p.k.a. Mr. Franks), who recently co-wrote and/or co-produced nine tracks on Ariana Grande’s Billboard 200 No. 1 album Positions. The global agreement encompasses Franks’ catalog and future works.

Franks recently co-wrote and co-produced Justin Bieber’s “Holy” feat. Chance the Rapper) and co-wrote and co-produced two tracks off BLACKPINK’s debut studio album: “Ice Cream” with Selena Gomez and “Bet You Wanna” feat. Cardi B. He previously collaborated with Grande on the 2019 track “Boyfriend” (with Social House), as well as four songs off her 2016 album Dangerous Woman as well as her 2015 holiday EP Christmas & Chill.

Universal Music Publishing Group has signed six-time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Dave Cobb to a global publishing deal for his future works.

Cobb has spearheaded albums for Brandi Carlile, The Highwomen, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, John Prine, Anderson East and Rival Sons. He was also a musical consultant on the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born and produced Lady Gaga’s “Always Remember Us This Way” from the film.

Based in Nashville, Cobb is head of the Elektra imprint Low Country Sound and producer-in-residence at the historic RCA Studio A. At the Grammys, he has won twice for Best Country Album (both for his work with Stapleton), three times for Best Americana Album and once for Best American Roots Song (for Carlile’s “The Joke”). He is managed by Andrew Brightman at Brightman Music.

Reservoir has signed three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ben Harper to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement includes Harper’s entire catalog, including the new instrumental album Winter Is For Lovers, and his future works.

Harper has released a total of 14 studio albums, five live albums and three concert films both alone and with his longtime band The Innocent Criminals. His output also includes Fistful of Mercy, a project with Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur. Some of his best-known songs include “Diamonds on the Inside,” “Steal My Kisses,” “Boa Sorte,” “Burn One Down,” “Forever” and “You Found Another Lover (I Lost Another Friend).”

Sony/ATV has signed songwriter and producer Jason Evigan to a global administration deal for his future works.

Evigan is known for his co-writing and co-producing tracks including Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” feat. Cardi B and “What Lovers Do” feat. SZA; Dan + Shay’s “I Should Probably Go To Bed”; Ellie Goulding’s “Hate Me” feat. Juice WRLD; Dua Lipa’s “Physical”; Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song”; Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack”; and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.”

Evigan’s songs have also been featured in films such as Suicide Squad (Kehlani’s “Gangsta” and Skylar Grey’s “Wreak Havoc”), 50 Shades Darker (Nick Jonas’ “Bom Didi Bom” feat. Nicki Minaj) and The Fate of the Furious (Kehlani’s “Good Life” and Lil Yachty’s “Mamacita”). Elephant Heart, the duo he formed with his wife Victoria in 2016, has landed placements in ads including a commercial for Apple’s AirPods Pro.

Future Islands have signed a global administration deal with Third Side Music for the band’s full catalog, including the members’ respective solo projects, as well as future releases.

Formed in 2006, Future Islands released their latest studio album As Long As You Are in October via 4AD. The group consists of John Gerrit Welmers, William H. Cashion and Samuel T. Herring.

Sony/ATV has signed producer and songwriter Johnny Goldstein to a global co-publishing deal that includes both catalog and future works. The publisher has also teamed with Artist Publishing Group (APG) to provide creative services to Goldstein.

Goldstein produced 12 tracks on the The Black Eyed Peas’ eighth studio album TRANSLATION, including collaborations with artists such as Shakira, Tyga, Ozuna, Nicky Jam, Becky G, Maluma and French Montana. The Ozuna single, “MAMACITA,” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay charts earlier this year.

Currently, Goldstein is working on a number of projects with prominent artists and has also expanded to advertising, scoring several compositions in global campaigns for companies including Samsung, LG, Honda, Citroën, American Express, Heinz and 7 Up.

Nomcebo Nkwanyana (p.k.a. Nomcebo Zikode), a featured artist on and co-writer of Master KG’s global hit “Jerusalema,” has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV that encompasses her catalog (including her debut album Xola Moya Wam’) and future releases.

Born in Kwazulu Natal, Hammersdale, South Africa, Zikode rose to prominence when she was featured on South African producer DJ Ganyani’s 2018 track “Emazulwini.” She became known outside her home country with “Jerusalema,” which has so far garnered over 200 million views on YouTube and triggered the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge.

The success of “Jerusalema” has spawned popular remixes by Burna Boy and Micro TDH & Greeicy. The track was recently named the most Shazamed song worldwide.

DJs and producers Afro Bros have been signed to a worldwide administration deal by Universal Music Publishing Group for their full catalog and future works.

Based in The Netherlands and originally from Suriname, Afro Bros includes Rashid Badloe, Giordano Ashruf and Ogri (Shareef Badloe). Their credits include producing Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s single “X” and co-writing and producing Balvin’s “Amarillo.” Recent credits also include “Instagram” with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, David Guetta, Daddy Yankee & Natti Natasha and “Boomshakalaka” with Sebastian Yatra, Camilo and Emilia.

Afro Bros are managed by YahYah Music partners Frost Hernandez and Louri Rodriguez.

Concord Music Publishing has signed singer-songwriter Donovan Woods to a publishing deal that covers all future works and several songs off his latest album, Without People, which was released Nov. 6 and includes the singles “Seeing Other People” and “We Used To.”

Woods has written for artists including Tim McGraw and Lady A’s Charles Kelley. Without People, his seventh album, was recorded in his Toronto home during quarantine this year and features co-writes with Tucker Beathard, Ashley Monroe, Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson, Thomas Finchum and Katie Pruitt. He is managed by Michelle Szeto at Paquin Entertainment and represented by Paradigm Talent Agency (U.S.), Paquin Artists Agency (Canada), The Orchard, WMA Agency and Shore Fire Media.

Global publishing company Raleigh Music has announced a new joint venture with Grammy-nominated producer Eric Hudson.

The first signing to the venture is rising producer Danny “Ezra” Murdock, whose credits include work on John Legend’s “Remember Us,” A$AP Ferg’s “Big A$AP” and Trey Songz’s “All This Love.” The worldwide co-publishing deal covers Murdock’s full catalog and future releases, including upcoming collaborations with artists including H.E.R.

Emerging country singer-songwriter Brad Cox has signed a global publishing deal with Sony/ATV. Cox will be collaborating with the publisher’s creative teams in both Nashville and Australia, where he is based.

Cox’s popular tracks include “Rusty Strings,” “Give Me Tonight” and his recent single “Drinking Season,” which was co-written by Brad and Dan Isbell. He emerged on the scene with his 2018 self-titled debut album, which featured tracks including “Red Light,” “Too Drunk to Drive,” “Lake House” and “Water On The Ground.”

Jody Williams Songs has signed rising country singer-songwriter Jason Nix to a global co-publishing deal, with a full-publishing element, for all future releases. Nix was previously signed to Sony/ATV.

Run by former BMI vp of creative Jody Williams, Jody Williams Songs launched earlier this year in partnership with Warner Chappell Music Nashville.

Nix released his debut EP Money On You earlier this month. He is represented by Brian Hill at CAA.

Sony/ATV Nashville has signed singer-songwriter duo After Midtown to a global publishing deal.

Comprised of Adam Ernst and Michael Rotundo and described as having a “unique cross-genre sound,” After Midtown recently released their self-written debut single “Boys Like Us.” The duo – who are managed by a strategic partnership between The Core Entertainments’s Chief Zaruk and Simon Tikhman and 10th Street Entertainment’s Scott Frazier and Chris Nilsson –wrote on all tracks from their forthcoming EP.