Demi Lovato’s Docuseries ‘Dancing With the Devil’ Will Open SXSW

Nearly one year after the 2020 iteration of the SXSW film festival had to be canceled at the 11th hour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first titles for the 2021 virtual SXSW have been announced.

The world premiere of the Demi Lovato docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil will open the paired-down fest. Directed Michael D. Ratner the docuseries, a YouTube Original, explores every aspect that led to Lovato’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath.

“It’s impressive and rare to see a pop superstar tell their story so authentically and without pretense,” said Janet Pierson, director of film. “We’re privileged to present this intimate journey told with such vulnerability. Demi Lovato’s profound interest in mental health awareness is helping change the landscape of a crucial issue in this year of national and international trauma and loss.”

Other titles that will screen at the virtual fest are the Justine Bateman directed Violet, which stars Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey and Justin Theroux, and Andrea Nevins’ doc Hysterical, which follows women in comedy.

SXSW will run from March 16-20, with the full 2021 program announced on Feb. 10. The titles announced today can be found below.

Confronting A Serial Killer
Director: Joe Berlinger, Showrunner: Po KutchinsJoe Berlinger’s newest docuseries
Confronting a Serial Killer follows reporter Jillian Lauren who lures the most prolific serial killer in American history — Sam Little. The series will follow their unsettling and unlikely relationship. (World Premiere) (Episodic Premiere)

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil
Director/Screenwriter: Michael D. Ratner
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil is a powerful YouTube Originals documentary event, exploring every aspect that led to Lovato’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath. (World Premiere) (Headliners)

The Hunt for Planet B Director: Nathaniel Kahn
The Hunt for Planet B follows a diverse group of scientists on a quest to find another Earth among the stars. From the hi-bays of NASA to the edge of the universe and the bottom of the sea, the film offers a way to see our own planet with new eyes. (World Premiere) (Documentary Spotlight)

Hysterical
Director: Andrea Nevins
Hysterical is an honest and hilarious backstage pass into the lives of some of stand-up comedy’s most boundary-breaking women, exploring the hard-fought journey to become the voices of their generation and their gender. (World Premiere) (Documentary Spotlight)

Jakob’s Wife Director: Travis Stevens, Screenwriters: Travis Stevens, Kathy Charles, Mark Steenland
The disappearance of a young woman threatens to change the beige and banal lives of Anne Fedder (Barbara Crampton) and her pastor husband Jakob Fedder (Larry Fessenden) forever. Cast List: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, Nyisha Bell, Phil Brooks (World Premiere) (Midnighters)

Luchadoras (Germany)
Directors: Paola Calvo, Patrick Jasim, Screenwriters: Patrick Jasim, Paola Calvo, Phillip Kaminiak
Luchadoras portrays the courageous female wrestlers of Ciudad Juárez, a city knownfor its high murder rate against women — who fight in the ring and in their daily lives to redefine the image of what it means to be a woman in Mexico. (World Premiere) (Global)

Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché Director: Paul Sng, Celeste Bell, Screenwriters: Celeste Bell, Zoë Howe
The death of punk icon and X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene sends her daughter on a journey across the world and through her mother’s archives to reconcile their fraught relationship. (North American Premiere) (24 Beats)

Recovery
Director: Mallory Everton, Stephen Meek, Screenwriters: Whitney Call, Mallory Everton
Two directionless sisters brave a cross-country road trip to rescue their grandmother from a COVID outbreak at her nursing home. Cast: Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Anne Sward Hansen, Julia Jolley, Baylee Thornock, Jessica Drolet, Stephen Meek, Tyler Andrew Jones, Tori Pence, Dora McDonald (World Premiere) (Narrative Spotlight)

Violet Director/Screenwriter: Justine Bateman
A film development executive realizes that the “guiding voice” inside her head has been lying to her about everything. Cast List: Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, Justin Theroux (World Premiere) (2020 Spotlight)

This story was originally published in The Hollywood Reporter.

Cardi B Is Going to Be a Big-Screen Leading Lady in Comedy ‘Assisted Living’

Cardi B has landed her first leading big-screen role in the Paramount comedy Assisted Living.

The story, penned by Kay Oyegun, follows Amber (Cardi B), a small time crook, who finds herself in over her head when a heist goes wrong. On the run from both the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anyone to take her in. Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.

Temple Hill and Stephen Love are producing.

The “W.A.P.” rapper played a minor role in Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez. In music, Cardi B won a Grammy award for Best Rap Album for 2018’s Invasion of Privacy.

She is repped by CAA, Washpoppin Inc., Cream Labs, Outlet Group and LaPolt Law.

This story was originally published on The Hollywood Reporter.

Olivia Rodrigo Woke Up to Taylor Swift’s Comment About ‘Drivers License’: ‘I Just About Died’

When Olivia Rodrigo isn’t busy being a record-breaking pop star with her debut single “Drivers License,” she’s catching the attention from one of the world’s biggest pop stars, Taylor Swift.

The 17-year-old singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed “biggest Swiftie in the whole world” told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on Thursday (Jan. 14) about being woken up by a phone call telling her to check Instagram and how she “just about died” when she saw the “Willow” singer comment on her massive success.

“I was dead asleep and my friend called me on the phone and I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s 6 a.m. Can I call you back in two hours?’ And he’s like, ‘No. Absolutely not. Check your Instagram right now,'” she recalled. “And in the grogginess of my sleep, I checked my phone and she commented on my photo and I just about died … just about died. Literally, I’ve looked up to her as long as I can remember, so it was so sweet of her to do that.”

Swift co-signed Rodrigo’s pop hit by commenting, “I say that’s my baby and I’m really proud” underneath Rodrigo’s Instagram picture of “Drivers License” sitting at No. 3 right underneath her top two Evermore bonus tracks on the iTunes chart.

“What is breathing,” Rodrigo joked in a separate, celebratory IG post highlighting Swift’s motherly message.

But The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series alum has caught Swift’s attention on social media before: Rodrigo posted her cover of “Cruel Summer” from Swift’s 2019 album Lover on her IG Live for MTV’s Alone Together Jam Session last April, and the pop superstar reshared her performance on her own IG Story and wrote “THE TALENT.” And again, her comment left Rodrigo speechless and on the floor, according to her reaction post.

“I’ve never met her in person, but I posted a cover of one of her songs off of Lover, ‘Cruel Summer,’ like a weirdo, and I did it on Instagram Live and she found it and she posted it on her story and was like, ‘This is amazing. Thank you so much,'” she told Lowe. “And I screamed my head off, I was so excited.”

“Drivers License” is on its way to being the first runaway hit of 2021, especially after it set Spotify’s record for most streams in one day for a non-holiday song, with over 15.17 million global streams. (And on Tuesday, the song beat its own record, with more than 17.01 million streams.)

“It’s quite insane. ‘Drivers License’ is my first single that I’ve put out. So I truly loved the song always. I didn’t really expect it to chart or do anything, I was just so happy with it,” she said. “So the fact that it’s No. 1 in the world right now is absolutely mind-blowing. I can’t believe any of it.”

Watch Rodrigo’s Apple Music interview below.

Dua Lipa Helps Lift Kylie Minogue to New High on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

Kylie Minogue and Dua Lipa rocket from No. 37 to No. 15 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Jan. 16) with “Real Groove.” The song’s original Minogue-only version, from her November album Disco, originally reached No. 26 that month.

The track’s Studio 2054 remix with Dua Lipa, released Dec. 31, drove the song in the week ending Jan. 7, when all its versions combined earned 811,000 U.S. streams, up 468%, according to MRC Data.

“Groove” sparks Minogue’s highest rank on the streaming-, sales- and airplay-based Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Of her 11 career entries on the survey, two others have reached the top 20, both in November and both from Disco: “Magic” (No. 17) and “Say Something” (No. 18).

Other Minogue classics, including “The Loco-Motion,” which chugged to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988, the year that the diva first hit Billboard charts, and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (No. 7, 2002) predate Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, which began in January 2013.

In other Hot Dance/Electronic Songs action, Grimes returns with two tracks following the Jan. 1 release of her remix album, Miss Anthropocene: Rave Edition. “Violence,” with i_o, restarts at No. 24 and “Delete Forever” re-enters at No. 40. Rave includes remixes of “Violence” by Rezz and “Delete” by Channel Tres.

Both tracks initially peaked in March (“Delete” at No. 14 and “Violence” at No. 19), the same week that Grimes’ Miss Anthropocene debuted at No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

On the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, Loud Luxury and Frank Walker hit the top 10 with “Like Gold,” featuring Stephen Puth (13-8). The third top 10 for Loud Luxury, the second for Walker and the first for Puth is drawing core-dance airplay, including on leaders KMVQ-HD2 San Francisco, Music Choice’s Dance/EDM channel and iHeartRadio’s Evolution Network. (The Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart measures radio airplay on a select group of full-time dance stations, along with plays during mix shows on nearly 80 top 40-formatted reporters.)

RCA Records Promotes Mark Pitts to President, John Fleckenstein to COO

Citing shifting consumer patterns, RCA Records has changed its leadership structure. Mark Pitts rises from RCA’s president of urban music to RCA Records president. John Fleckenstein, who had served as co-president since 2018, has been upped to chief operating officer.

Both will continue to report to Peter Edge, the label’s chairman and CEO.

“RCA Records was a different company even just a few years ago,” Edge said in a statement. “Over the past decade, there has been a genre shift in consumer demand and streaming has revolutionized every aspect of our business so we must constantly adapt and iterate on our successes.”

Fleckenstein’s co-president, well-regarded radio promotion veteran Joe Riccitelli, will leave the company, but will provide transitional services on key projects, according to RCA. Respected veteran Geo Bivins, RCA’s evp/GM, departed at the end of 2020.

“Mark has demonstrated tremendous growth as an energetic, unstoppable leader whose unbridled enthusiasm and experience will be invaluable in taking our company to exciting new directions,” Edge continued. “With his deep relationships and decades of success working with legendary, pioneering artists, he is the ideal partner to help move our creative direction in a renewed, expanded way for the future.”

Label veteran Pitts, who remains CEO of ByStorm Entertainment, has held a number of executive positions at RCA and played a pivotal role in elevating such artists as The Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Miguel and J. Cole. He signed Chris Brown in 2004 and continues to work with the superstar. He helped bring rapper Young Nudy to the label and is working with Grammy-nominated artist Deante Hitchcock. He will focus on driving the label’s creative business operations and its cultural initiatives.

“New title, same energy! It’s no secret that music is a driving force in my life, so being recognized as someone who can continue to guide and motivate the RCA family of groundbreaking artists and fellow executives to further greatness is a responsibility that I do not take lightly,” said Pitts. “I look forward to more learning and creating culture-defining moments. Excited to work with Fleck and continue to build off of what we’ve established and I have to thank Peter and [Sony Music Group chairman Rob] Stringer for always having my back!”

Fleckenstein, who maintains his current duties while taking on more oversight of the day-to day business operations, came to RCA in 2015, following stints at a number of labels, including running Sony Music’s International team, where he created global campaigns for such artists as Daft Punk, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake. At RCA, he has helped lead breakthroughs by Khalid, Doja Cat, SZA, H.E.R. and Brockhampton, among others, as well as worked with stars Alicia Keys, P!nk and Foo Fighters.

RCA’s overall market share in 2020 was 4.66%, compared with 5.18% in 2019, according to MRC Data, while current market share dipped to 3.57% in 2020 from 4.38%.

Grammy best new artist nominee Doja Cat provided RCA with its top-selling album last year. Her Hot Pink release moved 845,000 album consumption units in 2020, according to MRC Data.

Looking ahead, Jazmine Sullivan, who just released Heaux Tales, her first full-length album since 2015, is expected to have a strong launch, with RCA projecting a Top 10 Billboard 200 debut.

“John has been a tremendous partner working effectively alongside me and across Sony Music globally these past few years driving our business forward,” Edge said. “This new role will give him expanded oversight to reinvigorate all aspects of RCA’s operations.”

Fleckenstein added, “We are an artist-first company with the best development team in the business. I’m incredibly proud of the RCA family we have cultivated over the past few years with our fresh creative minds, experienced team leaders and our trailblazing roster. Mark’s passion is unmatched. Bringing his fearless and aggressive drive into the center of the company will be a true game changer for our people and our culture. I’m forever grateful for the ongoing partnership extended by Peter Edge and the support and leadership of Rob Stringer.”

Selena Gomez’s Second Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ Is Coming Incredibly Soon

After much speculation on social media that she’d drop Spanish-language music, Selena Gomez has officially announced her new single “De Una Vez,” which is set to drop today (Jan. 14).

“‘De Una Vez.’ Tonight,” Gomez captioned her tweet in Spanish, which included the song’s cover featuring the singer dressed in a vintage floral light pink dress with pink and white flowers decorating her long black hair.

Gomez also resurfaced her 2011 tweet where she teased a Spanish record adding in: “I think it will be worth the wait.”

Earlier this week, Billboard reported about multiple promo murals that had popped up across Mexico that read “De Una Vez” and “Baila Conmigo.” “Mexican Selenator took a picture with a painted wall in Sayulita, Mexico,” tweeted fan page Selena Gomez Worldwide.

“De Una Vez” will be the singer’s second Spanish-language single. She released “Un Año Sin Lluvia” in 2010.

2021 is shaping up to be a busy year for Gomez, who recently announced the second season of her HBO Max cooking show, Selena + Chef, with a new trailer featuring the show’s second lead star, her grandfather. “As you all know by now, I’m not the best cook,” she confesses during a voiceover in the clip. “But I’m not going to stop trying to get better. So I’m back in my kitchen to get schooled by the best chefs.”

See her announcement for “De Una Vez” below: