Lil Nas X Takes Direct Aim at BET in ‘Late to Da Party’ Feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again: Stream Now

Lil Nas X‘s new single “Late to Da Party” featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again has arrived — and he’s taking direct aim at BET.

After weeks of the rapper sharing his displeasure with the network after he received zero nominations for Sunday’s BET Awards, the no-holds-barred song both starts and ends with the chant “F— BET (yeah), f— BET (yeah), f— BET (yeah, yeah).” In case anyone was wondering who Lil Nas X thinks is “late to da party,” now we know.

The track dropped first thing Friday (June 24), following a slew of Lil Nas X’s punchy promos, which included jokes and insults aimed at BET. “LATE TO DA PARTY OUT TONIGHT!” the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper captioned a Star Wars-themed parody video the morning of release day. The video text opens with an explicit message for BET, then continues in yellow text on black background, a la the films: “NBA YOUNGBOY is on house arrest, trapped on the isolated planet HATU. The Brutal Empire of Terror (BET) has betrayed LIL NAS X, turning their back on him after using him for clout.” It goes on, “With the music industry in turmoil, the galaxy is looking for a hero. NAS must use the ancient power of r EDITING to free YB and defeat the evil BET before time runs out…”

Lil Nas X first called out BET on June 1 in a series of since-deleted tweets, jokingly thanking the network for offering him “an outstanding zero nominations” for their 2022 awards show, despite having what he called “3 of the biggest songs of last year & a critically acclaimed album.” In one of those tweets, LNX directly called out what he saw as standard music industry homophobia. “I just feel like black gay ppl have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we make it to the top mfs try to pretend we are invisible,” he wrote.

On Tuesday (June 21), ahead of the new song’s release, Lil Nas X posted a series of photos in support of the new song in which he was adorned in a blue Louis Vuitton look, holding a stash of cash to his ear while sitting on the toilet — next to a bag of money. He accompanied the photos with a funny video captured at what appears to be a grocery store.

Stream “Late to Da Party” by Lil Nas X and YoungBoy Never Broke Again below:

Charlie Puth’s ‘Left and Right’ With BTS’ Jungkook Has Arrived: Listen Now

Not even two weeks after BTS announced they were taking some time to focus on solo projects, Jungkook has set out on his own to team up with Charlie Puth for the upbeat new single “Left and Right,” which arrived first thing Friday (June 24).

“Memories follow me left and right/ I can feel you over here/ I can feel you over here/ You take up every corner of my mind,” Puth and the BTS singer croon over a poppy beat in the chorus of the two-and-a-half-minute track.

The duo also promised a yet-to-come colorful music video, releasing a teaser for the clip on Thursday that sees Puth and the youngest BTS member together and in solo shots, pining over a past love. Last week, Puth pledged that he would drop the Jungkook collab on June 24 if he racked up 500,000 pre-saves for the song — and clearly ARMY came through.

“Left and Right” is Puth’s third song of 2022, leading up to his third solo album, simply titled Charlie, set to be released this year via Atlantic. The pop singer/songwriter released “Light Switch” in January, which has so far peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by “That’s Hilarious” in April.

BTS shocked fans back on June 14 with an announcement that they were going on a hiatus to work on solo projects, but Jungkook quickly clarified for worried ARMY that they weren’t breaking up. In a livestream video, Jungkook told viewers — according to a rep — that while the guys are indeed going to spend time focusing on their own projects, they aren’t going to stop working together as a team and are not disbanding.

Listen to “Left and Right” now:

Taylor Swift’s New Song ‘Carolina’ for ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Is Finally Here: Stream It Now

The wait is finally over. After teasing more than three months ago that her new song “Carolina” would be coming “soon,” Taylor Swift has at last dropped the full original song she penned for the Where the Crawdads Sing film soundtrack.

Before its release first thing Friday (June 24), “Carolina” has been slowly making its way to viewers in bits and pieces sprinkled across various trailers for the Daisy Edgar Jones-led film. Swift’s nature-driven lyrics are emblematic of Jones’ character Kya, who learns to live by herself in the North Carolina marshlands after being abandoned by her parents and is later accused of murdering a young man she was romantically involved with.

“Into the mist, into the clouds,” the 32-year-old pop star sings in “Carolina,” her breathy lower register floating over a sprawling web of acoustic instruments. “I’ll make a fist, I’ll make it count.”

“There are places I will never, ever go,” she later sings. “Things that only Carolina knows.”

“About a year & half ago I wrote a song about the story of a girl who always lived on the outside, looking in. Figuratively & literally,” Swift tweeted when the song arrived. “The juxtaposition of her loneliness & independence. Her curiosity & fear all tangled up. Her persisting gentleness & the world’s betrayal of it.”

Swift first announced her musical contribution to the film in a March Instagram post explaining that she’d penned “Carolina” after reading Where the Crawdads Sing, the debut novel written by Delia Owens, which inspired the film. “Where the Crawdads Sing is a book I got absolutely lost in when I read it years ago,” the pop star wrote. “As soon as I heard there was a film in the works starring the incredible @daisyedgarjones and produced by the brilliant @reesewitherspoon, I knew I wanted to be a part of it from the musical side.”

“I wrote the song ‘Carolina’ alone and asked my friend @aarondessner to produce it,” she continued. “I wanted to create something haunting and ethereal to match this mesmerizing story.”

Stream Swift’s new song “Carolina” below:

Karol G Wins Big at 2022 Premios Tu Musica Urbano: Complete Winners List

Honoring the “growing urban movement that is dominating around the world,” a wave of artists such as Lunay, Nio Garcia, Maria Becerra and Miky Woodz came together for the 2022 Premios Tu Musica Urbano on Thursday (June 23).

The ceremony’s third edition, which took place at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico and was broadcast live for the first time on Telemundo, awarded artists in 34 categories, including the special premio de la dedicación to Farruko and premio de contribución to Victor Manuelle.

Though Bad Bunny, Rauw Alejandro, and J Balvin led the nominations, with 12, 11, and 10 nods respectively, it was Karol G who was the night’s big winner, sweeping nine awards, including artist of the year, top social artist, tour of the year, and collaboration of the year with the Becky G-assisted “Mamiii.”

Daddy Yankee’s Legendaddy, Feid’s Intershibuya La Mafia, and Karol’s KG0516 were all named album of the year in their respective categories. Other notable winners included Bad Bunny as composer of the year, J Balvin and Maria Becerra’s “Qué Más Pues?” as song of the year, and Bizarrap as top music producer.

Here are all the winners of the 2022 Premios Tu Musica Urbano awards, as voted by fans.

Artist of the year
Karol G

Top artist – male
Daddy Yankee

Top artist – female
Becky G

Top artist – duo or group
CNCO

Top new artist – male
Lit Killah

Top new artist – female
Kim Loaiza

Top rising star – male
Feid

Top rising star – female
María Becerra

Top social artist
Karol G

Song of the year
“Qué Más Pues?” – J Balvin, María Becerra

Song of the year – duo or group
“Toa La Noche” – CNCO

Remix of the year
“Poblado Remix” – J Balvin, Karol G, Nicky Jam Ft. Crissin, Totoy El Frío, Natan & Shander

Collaboration of the year
“Mamiii” – Becky G, Karol G

Top Latin crossover song
“Don’t Be Shy” – Tiësto, Karol G

Top artist – pop urban
Anitta

Top artist – tropical urban
Aventura

Top artist – regional Mexican urban
Christian Nodal

Top artist – dembow
El Alfa

Top artist – trap
Myke Towers

Top artist – Christian/spiritual
Alex Zurdo

Top Song – pop urban
“X Última Vez” – Daddy Yankee X Bad Bunny

Top Song – tropical urban
“Fulanito” – Becky G, El Alfa

Top Song – regional Mexican urban
“Botella Tras Botella” – Christian Nodal & Gera Mx

Top Song – dembow
“La Mamá De La Mamá” – El Alfa, Cj, Chael Produciendo, El Cherry Scom

Top Song – trap
“No Te Deseo El Mal” – Eladio Carrión, Karol G

Top Song – Christian/spiritual
“Gracias Remix” – Pedro Capó, Farruko

Album of the year – male artist
Legendaddy – Daddy Yankee

Album of the year – female artist
KG0516 – Karol G

Album of the year – new artist
Inter Shibuya – La Mafia – Feid

Video of the year
“El Makinon” – Karol G, Mariah Angeliq

Video of the year – new artist
“Entre Nosotros Remix” – Tiago Pzk, Lit Killah, María Becerra, Nicki Nicole

Top music producer
Bizarrap

Composer of the year
Bad Bunny

Concert/tour of the year
Bichota Tour – Karol G

Dedication special award
Farruko

Contribution special award
Victor Manuelle

2022 Premios Tu Musica Urbano: Photos From the Red Carpet

The 2022 Premios Tu Musica Urbano took place Thursday (June 23) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event celebrates the best of Latin music, with this year’s edition — the third — hosted by Omar Chaparro, Zuleyka Rivera and Carmen Villalobos. It broadcast live for the first time from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, and aired on Telemundo.

Per a press release, Premios Tu Música Urbano will “honor the growing urban movement that is dominating around the world and which has extended its reach thanks to fusions with other genres such as pop, tropical and Mexican regional.” The ceremony features 24 categories, including album of the year, collaboration of the year, video of the year, and social artist. The winners are based on fan votes.

The nominees were announced in May, with Bad Bunny leading the pack with 12 nods. He’s followed by Rauw Alejandro, who earned 11 nominations, and J Balvin with 10.

Performers include Farruko — who opened the show — CNCO, Sech, Lele Pons, Christian Nodal, and Jay Wheeler. Presenters include Ovy on the Drums, El Alfa, Lit Killah, Mariah Angeliq, and Dalex.

The red carpet, which began at 7 p.m. ET, also aired on Telemundo ahead of the show. Below, see some of Latin music’s biggest stars as they arrived for the ceremony.

 

Victor Manuelle Performs ‘Vamo’ a Ver Si el Gas Pela,’ Wins Special Award at 2022 Premios Tu Música Urbano

“Puerto Rico,” Victor Manuelle greeted fans as he entered the Premios Tu Música Urbano stage on Thursday (June 23), where he performed “Vamo’ a Ver Si el Gas Pela,” honoring the legendary salsero Marvin Santiago. The stage came alive with Manuelle who, along with a troupe of dancers, gave a masterclass in salsa dancing. He was later joined onstage by Puerto Rican rapper Miky Woodz.

During the awards ceremony, the 51-year-old artist also took home the Contribución Award, which, according to Telemundo, is given to “artists of other music styles who weren’t afraid to try what the urban sounds had to offer, and they opened doors for them.”

Manuelle’s special award was presented to him by El Alfa. “First of all, thank you to all the urban artists whom I reached out to in the early 2000s. None of them said no to me, although people thought I was crazy. Thank you for contributing to this idea and vision that I had. [Urbano] is now the number one genre in the world. And thank you to this awards show for letting me sing a salsa and pay homage to Marvin Santiago. Puerto Rico, thanks for all the support.”

“Vamo’ a Ver Si el Gas Pela” is part of his latest 15-track set, Lado A Lado B. The high-energy collaboration, which also features salsa veteran Marvin Santiago, fuses salsa with urban beats and brings together two generations and two worlds. It’s as modern as it gets for Manuelle, who then switches gears to his more “traditional” roots for Side B of the album.

“Many think that because I am a sonero I have to make more traditional music. There is an audience that demands that and there is another that includes young people who have known me since I started collaborating with urban music artists,” Manuelle said in a statement when his album was released back in April. “So, at this stage, I wanted to please everyone and work on this concept album.”

The third edition of Premios Tu Música Urbano, hosted by Omar Chaparro, Zuleyka Rivera and Carmen Villalobos, is going down at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico and was broadcast live for the first time on Telemundo, awarding artists in 34 categories.

CNCO Performs New Track ‘No Apagues La Luz’ at 2022 Premios Tu Música Urbano

Dressed in white from head to toe, CNCO took the stage at Premios Tu Música Urbano on Thursday (June 23) to perform their brand-new single “No Apagues La Luz.” An R&B gem, the slowed-down track is a departure from the boys’ uptempo reggaeton anthems, and fans seemed to embrace the new sound.

Prior to jumping onstage, CNCO — composed of Erick, Christoper, Zabdiel and Richard — won top artist, duo or group. “We’ve been at it for six years and the support from our CNCOwners has always been loyal. And be on the lookout, great things to come,” they said during the acceptance speech.

“No Apagues La Luz” is CNCO’s third single released this year; it follows “La Equivocada” and “Party, Humo y Alcohol (PHA).”

Earlier this year, Billboard reported on Disney’s upcoming original fiction miniseries titled 4 Ever, where CNCO members will make their acting debut. The five-episodes miniseries, which is being produced by Tolmur and Bourke and directed by Nuno Gomes, will follow the story of four musicians who are on their way to becoming a popular band in Miami’s music scene.

According to an official description of the series’ synopsis, “The young musicians meet by chance at a restaurant, where they get involved in an unexpected situation: a valuable guitar has just disappeared. To recover the guitar and return it to its owner the boys must put together a band. Their mission, however, is not as simple as it seems, as they are quite different. However, their passion for music becomes their common language and brings them together despite their differences as they embark on a journey that involves the promise of success – and also failed opportunities.”

4 Ever is currently in production and is slated to premiere exclusively on Disney+ in Latin America later this year.

The third edition of Premios Tu Música Urbano, hosted by Omar Chaparro, Zuleyka Rivera and Carmen Villalobos, is going down at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico and was broadcast live for the first time on Telemundo, awarding artists in 34 categories.