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Jon Batiste, Pentatonix & Diane Warren Release Zesty Collab, ‘Sweet (Single Edit)’

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The news has been especially grim lately, with mass shootings, a drawn-out war and a pandemic without end — but Jon Batiste, Pentatonix and Diane Warren have collaborated on a jolt of joy that serves as a counterweight to all that bad news.

The three stars – Grammy winners all – released the single “Sweet (Single Edit)” through Di-Namic Records/BMG on Friday (July 22).

Warren wrote both music and lyrics on the song, which has the ebullience of Pharrell Williams’ 2014 smash “Happy” or Batiste’s 2021 track “Freedom,” which was a Grammy nominee for record of the year.

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“‘Sweet’ is like a jolt of positivity right when we need it the most,” Warren said in a statement. “And there is no one who exudes more positivity and joy than the amazing Jon Batiste. To have both Jon and the greatest a cappella group in the world, Pentatonix, on my song is a dream come true. Just in time to make everyone’s summer a little SWEETer.”

“Life is full of ups and downs. Music is a gift that helps put it all in perspective,” said Batiste. “This song will find those who need it most.”

“We were so honored to collaborate with such musical titans as Jon Batiste and Diane Warren,” said Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix. “They’ve brought the world so much love and joy in their music. We hope the people feel like dancin’ and prancin’ when they listen to “Sweet”!”

Listen to “Sweet” here.

Batiste won five Grammys in April, including album of the year for We Are. Pentatonix has won three Grammys, including one for a collab with Dolly Parton (who’s a jolt of joy in her own right). Warren won her only Grammy to date for 1996’s “Because You Loved Me” from Up Close & Personal. The ballad, quite possibly her finest song, won best song written specifically for a motion picture or for television.

Batiste won an Oscar in 2021, along with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, for best original score for Soul. Warren has yet to win an Oscar – despite 13 nominations for best original song over the years – but last month the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that she has been selected to receive an honorary Oscar at the 13th Governors Awards in November. Warren will be the first songwriter to receive an honorary Oscar.

Warren won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2016 for outstanding original music and lyrics for “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground on CNN.

Last summer, Di-Namic Records/BMG released Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions Vol. 1, which featured such guest performers as Carlos Santana, Rita Ora, Maren Morris, John Legend and Jimmie Allen.



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7 Things You Didn’t See on TV at 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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While artists such as Christina Aguilera, Chayanne, Raphael, and Nicky Jam received special awards, and Bad Bunny swept the categories at the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards, others revealed exciting news on the red carpet Thursday night (Sept. 29).

Below, check out seven things you didn’t see on TV:

1. Edgar Barrera revealed that he’s been writing music for Grupo Firme and is working on Maluma’s upcoming album, which will be a pop set.

2. Speaking of albums, Ovy on the Drums, Karol G’s longtime producer, revealed that he’s been working on the “Provenza” singer’s upcoming fourth studio album. “For me, at a personal level, it’s one of the best productions I’ve done in my career,” he said.

3. When asked about giving back to the community after the devastating Hurricane in Puerto Rico, Rauw Alejandro said: ” “I was broke during Hurricane Maria and I was starting my career. I didn’t have water and light for two months with my family. I know what it feels like. Now that God has given me the opportunity to be in this position, the first thing I thought of when the hurricane [Fiona] passed, was how I was there too. I called Eric [Duars] and told him we had to help immediately because if we wait for the government, we’ll get to Christmas with no light or water. So, I had to help however I could.”

4. On the red carpet, Calibre 50 chimed in on the Regional Mexican vs Mexican Music debate. Should the genre get a new name? “We love being called regional Mexican,” the group said. “As long as they never take out the ‘Mexican’ part from the title, we’re good.”

5. Eslabon Armado shared what it was like to record a duet with Juan Gabriel for his new, posthumously-released album, Los Duo Vol. 3. “It was as if he was there in the studio with us,” the teenage group said about recording “Mía Un Año.”

6. Rocking a gorgeous black gown that showed off his small chest and shoulder tattoos, Mexican influencer, artist, and TikTok star, Kunno, did not hold back from flaunting his best TikTok moves to Karol G’s “Gatubela.”

7. Becky G reacted to her first Latin Airplay No. 1 hit as a solo act with “Baile Con Mi Ex,” saying she had no idea about it until her fans posted it on social media. “I screamed and woke up my man,” she said. “I was so emotional.” Earlier this year, Becky G scored her scores her fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Bailé Con Mi Ex,” becoming just the third No. 1 by a female soloist in 2022, after two Karol G coronations: “Sejodioto” (Feb. 12) and “Provenza” (July 9).

The 29th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place at Miami’s Watsco Center, are broadcasting live on Telemundo and simultaneously on the Spanish entertainment cable network Universo and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional. The awards — produced by MBS Special Events and executive produced by Mary Black Suarez — coincide with Billboard Latin Music Week, which returned to Miami from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 at the Faena Forum, with a roster of star speakers that included Romeo Santos, Maluma, Grupo Firme, Chayanne, Ivy Queen and Nicky Jam, among many others.



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Kid Cudi’s ‘Entergalactic’ Is Here: Stream it Now

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Kid Cudi is back with his eighth studio album Entergalactic as promised. The record, which was originally announced back in June and carries his lead single, “Do What I Want” dropped on Friday (Sept. 30).

The album comes after a relatively eventful summer for Cudi. His To The Moon world tour included headliner slots at both New York City’s Governor’s Ball music festival and his very own one-day-only Moon Man’s Landing festival hosted in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cudi’s album drop coincides with the release of the Entergalactic television special on Netflix, thanks to the Grammy-winning artist’s collaboration with the streaming giant. 

“Wait til yall hear and see Entergalactic.  U have no idea.  I really wanna thank Kenya Barris, Mike Moon, Elizabeth Porter and the whole team for believing in my vision and helping bring it to life,” wrote Cudi on Twitter Sunday. “Everything about this show is next level.  Ull see”

Cudi’s special delivers an entirely animated musical romance to audiences and its soundtrack features songs like “By Design” and “Do What I Want.” In the series, he voices a New York City artist, Jabari. The role pairs him with co-star and longtime fan, Timothee Chalamet in addition to Jessica Williams and Vanessa Hudgens.

The special is truly meant to compliment Entergalactic as a visual component, according to Cudi, who told Esquire in an August interview that he recorded the album’s songs before going on to outline the show. He characterized the project as an emotional one for him, rooted in the liberation that comes with romance.

“This project will move you, it will take your heart places and make you fall in love again,” wrote Cudi on his Instagram. “I am so proud of every single person involved who helped bring my vision to life.”

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Bad Bunny Wins Big at 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards: Complete Winners List

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With nine wins — including artist of the year, tour of the year and songwriter of the year — Bad Bunny was the big champion at the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The Puerto Rican star, who has been breaking attendance and chart records, also took home top Latin album of the year and top Latin rhythm album of the year for Un Verano Sin Ti, the longest-running album at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 so far this year, as well as Hot Latin Songs and Top Latin Albums artist of the year, male and tropical song of the year for “Volví.”

Following Bad Bunny in sheer number of wins was Farruko with his juggernaut hit “Pepas,” which won the coveted Hot Latin Song of the year award, as well as sales, streaming and Latin rhythm song of the year. Karol G was the top female artist of the awards, winning Hot Latin Songs and Top Latin Albums artist of the year, female, while “Mamiii,” her collaboration with Becky G, won Hot Latin Song of the year, vocal event.

Rauw Alejandro and regional Mexican stars Grupo Firme and Eslabón Armado all took home two awards each, as did 18-year-old Mexican newcomer Iván Cornejo, who won the very important new artist of the year award. The producer of the year award once again went to Tainy.

While Bad Bunny may have dominated the charts, the list of winners represented a vast array of Latin genres and artists ranging from icons to newcomers, including Rosalía, Wisin y Yandel, Romeo Santos and Christian Nodal.

That variety was also present in the special awards. Pop superstar Chayanne was feted with the Billboard Icon Award, while Nicky Jam received the Hall of Fame Award for his success as a reggaeton trailblazer, but also as a successful personality in film and media. The Spirit of Hope Award for philanthropic endeavors went to Christina Aguilera, and Spanish icon Raphael was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. José Feliciano was honored with the Billboard Legend Award.

On the label and publishing end, Sony Music Latin led the charge with nine awards, including Latin Airplay label of the year, while Sony Music Publishing won publishing corporation of the year. Rimas, Bad Bunny’s label, took home six awards, including Top Latin Albums label of the year, while its publishing division, RSM Publishing (ASCAP), won publisher of the year.

Finalists and winners were celebrated live at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired on the Telemundo network from the Watsco Center in Miami. Billboard Latin Music Awards is the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music as determined by Billboard‘s renowned weekly charts. Finalists, and eventual winners, reflect performance of new recordings on Billboard‘s albums and songs charts during a one-year period, from the rankings dated Aug. 14, 2021, through the Aug. 6, 2022, charts. Determinations are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay and touring, tracked by Billboard and its data partner, Luminate.  

Here is the full list of winners.

ARTIST CATEGORIES

Artist of the Year:

Artist of the Year, New:

Tour of the Year:

Crossover Artist of the Year:

SONG CATEGORIES

Hot Latin Song of the Year:

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:

  • Becky G & Karol G, “Mamiii”

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:

Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year:

Latin Airplay Song of the Year:

  • Rauw Alejandro, “Todo de Ti”

Latín Airplay Label of the Year:

Latin Airplay Imprint of the Year:

Sales Song of the Year:

Streaming Song of the Year:

ALBUM CATEGORIES

Top Latin Album of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year

LATIN POP CATEGORIES

Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo:

Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Latin Pop Song of the Year:

  • Rauw Alejandro, “Todo De Ti”

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year:

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year:

Latin Pop Album of the Year:

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:

  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:

TROPICAL CATEGORIES

Tropical Artist of the Year, Solo:

Tropical Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Tropical Song of the Year:

  • Aventura & Bad Bunny, “Volví”

Tropical Airplay Label of the Year:

Tropical Airplay Imprint of the Year:

Tropical Albums of the Year:

  • Marc Anthony, Pa’lla Voy

Tropical Albums Label of the Year:

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:

REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORIES

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Solo:

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

  • Grupo Firme, “Ya Supérame (En Vivo Desde Culiacán, Sinaloa)”

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year

Regional Mexican Albums of the Year:

  • Ivan Cornejo, Alma Vacía

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:

  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:

LATIN RHYTHM CATEGORIES

Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo:

Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

Latin Rhythm Song of the Year:

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year:

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year:

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:

WRITERS/PRODUCERS/PUBLISHERS CATEGORIES

Songwriter of the Year:

Publisher of the Year:

Publishing Corporation of the Year:

Producer of the Year:

SPECIAL AWARDS

Billboard Icon Award:

Billboard Spirit of Hope Award:

Billboard Legend Award:

Billboard Hall of Fame Award:

Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award:



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