Christina Aguilera Signs With Roc Nation Management

Christina Aguilera has signed with Roc Nation management, Billboard can confirm.

Rumors of the switch sparked when fans noticed the singer’s name and bio on the Roc Nation management roster. Aguilera joins Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Mariah Carey, Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill, Rihanna and more at the Jay-Z-founded agency.

Aguilera was previously managed by industry executive Irving Azoff, with whom she signed in 2000 after filing a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against her previous manager Steve Kurtz.

The pop singer’s most recent album, Liberation, debuted (and peaked) at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2018. It was her seventh top 10 on the chart. “Accelerate,” which features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, became her 10th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart.

Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre, a Rite of Passage for Canadian Artists, Closes Its Doors

Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre, the stage that hosted The Weeknd’s first-ever live concert, has permanently closed its doors after 18 years.

The club’s owner, Bruno Sinpoli, posted the news on social media Friday but did not state a reason for the closure, saying only that it was “effective immediately.” (The venue has been shut since COVID-19 hit in mid-March.) Sinpoli declined to comment to Billboard.

“Serving you for the last two decades has been full of great memories and good times,” the club’s statement read. “Our goal was always striving to bring big smiles, positive vibrations and memories that will last a lifetime.”

The 600-capacity music hall, which opened in 2002, hosted The Weeknd’s first concert on July 24, 2011. The singer posted a memory to Facebook this summer, calling Mod Club “the stage that changed my life.”

Other artists who have performed at Mod Club include Amy Winehouse, Calvin Harris, Muse, Keane, The Lumineers, The Killers, Sia, John Mayer, Florence + The Machine, Cypress Hill, Yukon Blonde, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Lana Del Rey.

The Mod Club began as a weekly “British invasion” DJ night led by Platinum Blonde frontman and DJ Mark Holmes — a British-born transplant — at two venues on the same College Street strip. A few years later, with Sinopoli, Holmes christened a former pool hall located across the street from the venues as the Mod Club Theatre. Holmes continued his DJ nights there and added live music bookings.

Billboard reached out to a few artists who played the Mod Club Theatre to share their memories of the venue.

“We played a secret show at the Mod Club in 2016 and felt the ghosts in the room,” The Lumineers frontman Wesley Schultz tells Billboard in an email. “It’s clubs like these that make bands who they are ­– it’s tragic that we are losing these pieces of living history and lineage.”

Tara Slone, lead singer of alternative rock band Joydrop, remembers showcasing as a solo act there. “I was lucky enough to be the first artist to play the Mod Club stage, doing a private event for Capitol Records in the earliest days of the club’s existence,” she says. “To me, the Mod Club felt like the perfect marriage of iconic and intimate; the shows were always larger than life in both sound and atmosphere, yet it was a place that felt totally warm and comfortable, where everyone knew your name.”

Another Toronto-born artist, Jessie Reyez — who was opening for Billie Eilish on her world tour before COVID-19 caused its cancellation — played the Mod Club in 2017 behind her Kiddo EP. “The memories of my first sold-out show in Toronto are laced inside those walls,” she says. “My parents holding the Colombian flag over the balcony. My team and I taking shots from the bottle after the show…We saved that show to be the last on the tour because we knew it would be the most special. That morning, when I got home with a handful of Kiddo balloons, I knew I’d gone through a Toronto rite of passage.”

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Dallas Woods Teams Up With Miiesha On ‘Heaven Of My Own’

Dallas Woods has teamed up with Miiesha to deliver a catchy as velcro track, ‘Heaven Of My Own’. The production mixed with Miiesha’s vocals and Woods’ bars makes for something really special.

On the new track, Dallas Woods says, “I was hooked as soon as I heard this beat from Pip Norman (aka Countbounce). I had been dealing with some demons when I heard it for the first time but was finally starting to see progress in my healing journey and resonated with it melodically and lyrically.”

“I’ve always had too much pride when it came to being honest about my demons because I felt it was taboo for men to show emotion and ask for help, which is the furthest thing from the truth,” says Woods.

“I just tried to channel the positive energy from all the things that I had been doing to get better physically and mentally and really ask questions of myself, which then allowed me to dig deeper into what heaven would look like to me. I’d just love people to embrace the positive energy this song creates!”

‘Heaven Of My Own’ isn’t Dallas Woods’ first collab this year. He joined forces with Baker Boy and Sampa the Great for ‘Better Days’ back in September.

Miiesha has had a huge year too. The Woorabinda artist released her debut album, picked up nominations for The J Awards and the ARIA Awards, and performed as part of the National Indigenous Music Awards.

Listen to ‘Heaven Of My Own’ below.

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Who Should Win Entertainer of the Year at the 2020 CMA Awards? Vote!

The 54th annual Country Music Association Awards will air Wednesday night, and Billboard wants to know who you’re banking on winning the coveted entertainer of the year award.

Miranda Lambert is up for this category and six more, making her the most-nominated artist for this year’s awards show and the most-nominated female artist in CMA history. Carrie Underwood is also nominated, making it the first time two female acts have competed for entertainer of the year since 2000, when Faith Hill and The Chicks were both nominated.

Luke Combs also gets a nod in this category, who comes in with the second most nods this year.

The CMA Awards will air Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

So who should take home the title of entertainer of the year at the 2020 CMA Awards? Vote below!

Bruce Springsteen Is Back at No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs After 18 Years

After a record 18-year break, Bruce Springsteen is back atop Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.

“Letter to You,” the lead single from Springsteen’s new album of the same name, rises 2-1 on the tally dated Nov. 14.

Springsteen scores his second No. 1 on the chart, which began in January 1996, after his three-week leader “The Rising” in August 2002. In between, Springsteen made 11 Adult Alternative Songs appearances, climbing as high as No. 2 twice, with “Radio Nowhere” (October 2007) and “Working on a Dream” (January 2009). “Letter to You” also marks Springsteen’s first top 10 since the latter song, and his seventh overall.

The Boss’ 18-year, three-month absence from No. 1 is the longest in the chart’s history by eight years; it surpasses The Killers’ 10-year, four-month wait between 2007’s “Read My Mind” and 2017’s “The Man.”

In 2020 alone, three acts have returned to No. 1 after long respites, with Springsteen joined by Michael Franti & Spearhead (nine years and 11 months between “The Sound of Sunshine” in 2010 and “I Got You” in 2020) and Ray LaMontagne (nine years and nine months between “Beg Steal or Borrow” in 2010 and “Strong Enough” in 2020).

Concurrently, “Letter to You” rises 33-28 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock Airplay chart with 1.5 million audience impressions, up 11%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Letter to You, Springsteen’s 20th studio album, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart dated Nov. 7.

Shawn Mendes, Surf Mesa & More: What’s the Best New Version of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’? Vote!

Fifty-three years after Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, new versions have brought the song back onto the charts.

Surf Mesa’s sleeper hit “ily,” featuring Emilee, broke into the top 40 of the Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart last month. And a Spanish remix titled “Te Quiero Baby” that Valli recorded with Chesca and Pitbull came in at No. 40 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, making it the 86-year-old hitmaker’s first entry on the tally.

“It’s always great to be on the charts,” Valli told Billboard in an interview. “When I heard the record, I thought they’d done such a great job. It’s amazing how this song has had so much light throughout the years.”

Now, on Tuesday (Nov. 10), Shawn Mendes took a stab at the song by performing a stirring, jazzy piano rendition of it at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.

So which new cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” can’t you stop listening to? Vote below!

Beats Antique Teams Up With Bósa for Tribal Powerhouse “Ouroboros”

“Ouroboros” is derived from mythology and symbolizes the cycles of life, death, and rebirth.

Longstanding friends from the Los Angeles-based duo Bósa and Bay Area world fusion trio Beats Antique have teamed up to deliver a hypnotic expedition in “Ouroboros,” now out via the latter’s Beats Antique Records banner.

In 2019, Stephan Jacobs of Bósa took a trip to the Bay Area and met up with Sidecar Tommy of Beats Antique, where the two began to compose “Ouroboros.” Over the following months, the two musical groups decided to create an official Beats Antique and Bósa collaboration. David Satori of Beats Antique incorporated his dexterous banjo while Sunev of Bósa integrated his celestial vocals.

The ouroboros is one of the world’s most ancient symbols, and it represents infinity through eternity and endless return. Derived from mythology, it is allegedly composed of stardust that carries the ability to cast spells. As the spell is cast, a period of rapid transformation may occur. The ancient symbol depicts a dragon or serpent eating its own tail, representing the cycles of life, death, and rebirth, also known as the eternal cycles of renewal. 

Beats Antique and Bósa translate the mystical history behind the ouroboros through enticing tribal beats and organic instrumentation. “‘Ouroboros’ is our call from the past as we reach into the future at a time of processing many layers of our physical and spiritual realms,” shared Bósa in a press statement. “Herein the spirit can take time to reflect as it prepares for a celestial reboot.”

Stream Beats Antique and Bósa’s “Ouroboros” below.

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Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez Debut at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs Chart With ‘Dakiti’

Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’s “Dakiti” debuts at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated Nov. 17). Their new collaboration is just the third song to debut atop the chart in 2020 and the seventh No. 1 of 2020 in total. It concurrently earns the biggest week in terms of streaming for a Latin song in 2020.

“Working with Jhay is always a good experience,” Bad Bunny tells Billboard. “We’ve worked together on the remix of ‘No Me Conoce,’ which was a global hit, and the remix of ‘Como Se Siente,’ and people have always enjoyed our collaborations. In this case, it’s the first time we were able to work together in the studio, unlike the other two songs that were done via phone. Sharing ideas in person is the key of the success of the song.”

“Dakiti” bows atop Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streams, mainly on the strength of streaming activity and downloads.

Streaming Flies: “Dakiti” earned 22.2 million streams in the week ending Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, which yields a No. 3 debut on the overall Streaming Songs chart and a No. 1 on Latin Streaming Songs. The song earns the biggest week for a Latin song in terms of streaming activity in 2020. What takes the runner-up slot? Well, his own “Si Veo a Tu Mamá,” which opened with 19 million streams on the March 14-dated list.

“Dakiti” concurrently sold 5,000 downloads in its first tracking week, prompting a No. 1 opening on Latin Digital Song Sales and No. 12 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart.

“The creative process of this song was different than my previous works,” Bad Bunny adds. “I usually have a main idea for a song. For this one, though, Jhay composed the base, the initial rhythm and the main idea together with Mora. I then added to the evolution of the production, rhythm and lyrics with Tainy. It was a combined effort, which is unusual for me, but when one works as a team, great things come out. It’s been like a drug, literally. Everyone has gone crazy over ‘Dakiti.’”

“Dakiti” is just the third title to open at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs in 2020. Notably, all three have had Bad Bunny as a lead act. Prior to “Dakiti” his own “Si Veo a Tu Mamá” and “Un Día (One Day)” with J Balvin, Dua Lipa and Tainy, both arrived at the penthouse on the March 14- and the Aug. 8-dated lists.

As Bad Bunny clocks his sixth No. 1, Cortez captures his first No. 1 ever on a Billboard hybrid chart.

“Dakiti” is also just the seventh No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs in 2020. Let’s take a look at the leaderboard:

Chart Date, Title, Artist

Jan. 4, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life),” Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin
Feb. 1, “Tusa,” Karol G & Nicki Minaj
March 14, “Si Veo A Tu Mama,” Bad Bunny
July 18, “Mamacita,” Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna + J.Rey Soul
Aug. 8, “Un Día (One Day),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
Sept. 12, “Hawai,” Maluma
Nov. 14, “Dakiti,” Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

“Dakiti” concurrently achieves a No. 9 showing on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song becomes just the second all-Spanish tune to debut in the list’s top 10. The first was also a Bad Bunny tune (“MIA,” with Drake, arrived at No. 5  in October 2018.)

“It’s such an honor that this song is the second song completely in Spanish to debut top 10 in the Hot 100 chart,” Bad Bunny says. “The fact that the first song is also mine feels great. My dream was to record with Drake, it was an incredible experience, but this one is very special because it’s a song that came out of nothing. We didn’t expect to have success of this magnitude. Working with Jhay, both Latinos from Puerto Rico representing at a global level, fills me with pride as we are competing amongst great songs and artists.”

Cardi B Admits She’s ‘Very Hard on Herself,’ Especially When She’s ‘Winning’

Cardi B oozes confidence in everything she does, so it’s hard to believe that she’s her toughest critic.

The rapper opened up in her cover story for Footwear News, just a month before she’s set to receive the style influencer award at the FN Achievement Awards. “I’m such an ambitious person,” she told the publication. “I feel like I lost so much. Now that I’m winning, it’s a very addicting feeling.”

I can go to sleep with the No. 1 record, but I’m going to sleep and thinking, ‘I need my other album to go No. 1,’” she continued. “My sneaker sold out so fast; I need my next sneaker to sell out. I always wonder if I’m going to be satisfied.”

On November 13, Cardi is set to drop her Club C sneaker collection with Reebok. On her birthday in October, the rapper released a limited pairs of the shoe, which sold out instantly. The Cardi B Club C sneakers feature a black and white design with a see-through sole, and are available in toddler and adult sizes.

“I’m very hard on myself,” she admitted, despite her success. “I’m hard on my entire team. We don’t focus on nobody else, we are just focusing on our last — the last music video, the last collaboration, we always compare it to our last best. We want to do better and better. When I do something positive and when I see my things selling out or my record doing pretty good, I get this crazy rush of happiness, but then it’s this rush of overwhelmingness that makes me want more [and] want more.”

 

Check Out the Custom Xbox Series X/S Consoles Gifted to Steve Aoki and Zedd

Xbox developers turned to the electronic music scene to market the launch of Xbox Series X/S.

The gaming community is celebrating the release of the Xbox Series X/S today, November 10th. To market the release of the hotly anticipated fourth generation Xbox consoles, Microsoft decided to tap into the electronic music pool.

Developers have gifted Steve Aoki and Zedd their own custom consoles, sending each one in a beautiful, specially packaged box. As part of the partnership, each artist is also hosting a giveaway. Zedd is giving away one signed controller and a six-month Ultimate Xbox Game Pass while Aoki is offering up the chance to win a signed controller to those who make a $5 donation to his Aoki Foundation.

Aoki and Zedd are avid gamers, frequently streaming their endeavors on Twitch. Zedd is a diehard Valorant player and also recently took part in the Muscular Dystrophy Association‘s charitable “Let’s Play For A Cure” tournament, playing Fall Guys. Aoki is an investor in the Overwatch and Counter-Strike team Rogue and has collaborated with myriad gaming and Esports companies, such as Alienware.

You can read more about the new Xbox consoles here.

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