Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak Share First Silk Sonic Single ‘Leave the Door Open’: Listen

What’s new, smooth as silk on the ears, and features two stars of R&B?

It’s Silk Sonic, the new project from Grammy Award winners Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak.

The groovy duo share their first single “Leave the Door Open” and an intro track featuring “special guest host” Bootsy Collins, all lifted from the forthcoming album An Evening With Silk Sonic.

“Leave The Door Open” is lounge at its heart; it was produced by Mars and D’Mile, and written by Bruno, Anderson, D’Mile and Brody Brown.

Also newsworthy is the launch of Mars’ first lifestyle clothing collection. The “Uptown Funk” singer plays ball with Lacoste on the launch of the Ricky Regal range.

The music video for “Leave the Door Open” is directed by Mars and Florent Dechard and can be streamed in full below.

Drake Drops Three-Track Pack ‘Scary Hours 2’: Stream It Now

The witching hour might start at 3am. But midnight signals the beginning of scary hours.

Drake dropped his new release Scary Hours 2 as the clock struck 12.

The new set compiles three tracks, the opener “What’s Next,” the Lil Baby assisted “Wants and Needs” and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle,” featuring Rick Ross.

Running to 12 minutes, the new release is the followup to 2018’s Scary Hours, which featured the hit “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity”.

Drizzy hinted at the three-pack stack with an Instagram post in the hours leading up to its release, and gave it a push along with an official video for “What’s Next,” which can be seen in full below.

This year should be a big one for fans of the Canadian hip-hop star. Drake’s delayed sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, is due out sometime in 2021.

Stream Scary Hours 2 and watch “What’s Next” below.

Justin Bieber Releases ‘Hold On’ Single: Stream It Now

Justin Bieber gears up for a dangerous mission in his “Hold On” music video, which the pop star premiered on Friday (March 5).

The clip opens with Bieber racing through the streets on a motorbike, with police on his tail. Our man even takes a bullet. The cinematic clip us back to before “mistakes are made.” Those mistakes include taking bundles of cash, that don’t belong to him.

Actress Christine Ko, who plays Emma in Lil Dicky’s FX series Dave, stars as his leading lady. Bieber guest starred as himself in an episode of Dave with his “Lonely” collaborator Benny Blanco back in April 2020. Earlier that year in February, Dicky hopped on “Running Over” on Bieber’s Billboard 200 No. 1 album Changes, which is up for best pop vocal album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

“Hold On” will be featured on Bieber’s upcoming sixth album, Justice, alongside previously released singles “Holy” featuring Chance the Rapper, “Lonely” with Blanco, and “Anyone,” all of which hit the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Watch the “Hold On” music video below.

Cameron Crowe Signs With UTA

UTA has signed Oscar-winning writer, director and producer Cameron Crowe in all areas.

The talent agency will work alongside Crowe’s longtime manager, Irving Azoff, to represent Crowe across film, TV and other media platforms. Crowe, who comes over to UTA from CAA, is best known for iconic Hollywood movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything… and Jerry Maguire.

Crowe won the Oscar for best screenplay for Almost Famous, which he also directed and produced. His other film credits include Vanilla Sky, Singles, Elizabethtown and We Bought A Zoo.

Crowe’s films have earned 10 Academy Award nominations and two Oscars. On the documentary front, he recently produced David Crosby: Remember My Name. His other projects include Pearl Jam Twenty and Elton John and Leon Russell: The Union.

Crowe is also represented by attorneys Bruce Ramer and Kevin Marks of Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.

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Jesus Gonzalez Named Vice President of BMI’s Latin Creative Team

Jesus Gonzalez has been named vice president of BMI’s Latin creative team, Billboard can confirm.

Based out of BMI’s Los Angeles office, Gonzalez will report to BMI senior vp creative Alex Flores and will join the company beginning March 8. He takes the spot left by Delia Orjuela, the longtime vp Latin creative for BMI who resigned in Sept. 2019.

“As a songwriter myself, I know how important BMI is to those who create music,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “I’ve come full circle with BMI, beginning with my first showcase on their SXSW stage in 2005, and now I’m on the other side of the table supporting my fellow songwriters. I’m extremely excited to join the team’s efforts in serving the Latin music community by helping to create and expand on the wonderful opportunities that BMI provides for its affiliates.”

Gonzalez will oversee the team helping to sign and develop new talent, assist BMI’s family of songwriters and publishers and serve as a liaison between the Latin music community and the industry at large.

“Throughout his career, Jesus has forged strong relationships within the Latin music community as a songwriter and a music executive,” said Flores. “His background gives him a deep understanding for both the artistic and business side of what we do, which is invaluable to our music creators, and his ability to forecast industry trends within the ever-growing Latin music space is second to none. I look forward to working with Jesus on developing new talent and supporting our incredible roster of Latin songwriters, producers, composers and music publishers.”

As the former senior vp brands & partnerships at Universal Music Group, Gonzalez spearheaded collaborations between top Latin artists and global Fortune 500 companies helping secure deals for artists J Balvin, Juanes and Luis Fonsi with brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi and Mastercard respectively.

Gonzalez is a voting member of the Recording Academy for the Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.

Christina Aguilera Is ‘Excited & Inspired’ to Be Back in the Studio

Good things come to those who wait — and for Christina Aguilera’s fans, they might not have to wait much longer for her new music.

She addressed her fans in two new pictures that revealed she’s getting back to work in the recording studio. “So excited & inspired right now!! Fighters – I can’t wait to share everything with you in time. The craft & commitment to creative is key,” she wrote on her socials Wednesday.

The Grammy-winning pop superstar hasn’t released an album since 2018’s Liberation, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. The last time the Fighters heard new music from their hero was almost exactly a year ago on March 6, 2020, when she released the single “Loyal Brave True” for the Disney live-action remake of Mulan. 

Then 22 years after the release of her stirring classic “Reflection” from Disney’s 1998 Mulan soundtrack, she breathed new life into the song, which she tweeted in September “represents exciting and new chapters & energy for me,” and dropped an equally stunning music video.

The Fighters will have to keep waiting and see what exciting and new chapter Aguilera will be ushering in following her latest studio sessions.

See her updates straight from the studio below.

Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram & Jon Randall Set to Release ‘The Marfa Tapes’

Miranda Lambert and fellow singer-songwriters Jack Ingram and Jon Randall are joining  together to release The Marfa Tapes, out May 7.

“In His Arms,” the first of the 15 tracks, is out Friday.

Lambert broke the news on her socials Thursday (March 4), writing on Instagram, “They’re raw. You can hear the wind blowing, the cows mooing… We wanted you to feel like you were right there with us, sitting around the campfire, escaping the world, disappearing into the music.”

She hinted at the release Wednesday, posting a photo of her playing guitar on the back on a truck, with the caption, “Every time I need an escape, I go to Marfa, TX. @JackIngram, and @jonrandallmusic come. We recharge. We get inspired by its beauty. We write songs. ‘Tin Man’ was the 1st one we shared with you. ‘Tequila Does’ was the 2nd. In between, we’ve written 13 more. And it’s about time to start sharing them with y’all…”

Lambert has also been collaborating with Elle King. Last week, the pair released the rollicking “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”