Selena Gomez enciende Instagram al anunciar nuevo tema con J Balvin


Tras haber lanzado ‘Taki, taki’ con Ozuna Cardi B en el 2018, la cantante Selena Gomez acaba de anunciar su regreso musical en colaboración con el colombiano J Balvin.

A través de su cuenta oficial de Instagram, la celebridad compartió una fotografía para afirmar que tendrá una canción con el responsable de temas como ‘Reggaeton’ y ‘No es justo’.

Con la misma instantánea se dio a conocer que Tainy y Benny Blanco también serán parte del proyecto musical.

El cantante J Balvin también se mostró emocionado por esta nueva colaboración y compartió la misma fotografía en su cuenta oficial de Instagram con la siguiente descripción: «I can’t get enough».

Los fans de ambos artistas no se hicieron esperar y se pronunciaron en la sección comentarios para felicitar a los cantantes por su nuevo proyecto.

«Balvin con Selena, OMG voy a morir en paz», «pura gente hit», «ahora solo falta con Bad Bunny», «siempre esperé esto» y «yo aún no supero el ‘Taki, taki'», se pudo leer entre los comentarios.

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¡Más récords para Ariana Grande!


Ariana Grande está muy obviamente en la cima de su carrera y es por supuesto entrada directa al número 1 en álbumes en Reino Unido con su nuevo disco, el recomendable ‘thank u, next’, pues ha vendido 80.816 copias en su primera semana. Además, también llega al top 1 directo en singles con el tema para el que presentaba vídeo la semana pasada, ‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’.

¿Qué supone todo esto? Algún que otro récord que sumar a su discografía. En primer lugar es la primera mujer de la historia que es a la vez número 1 de discos, número 1 de singles y número 2 de singles a la vez, pues ‘7 Rings’ cae desplazada por “Break Up” desde el número 1 al número 2. Además, es la primera mujer de la historia en reemplazarse a sí misma en el número 1. También es la primera vez que una mujer ocupa los dos principales puestos de la lista de singles británica desde que Madonna fuera número 1 y número 2 con ‘Into the Groove’ y ‘Holiday’ durante una semana de agosto de 1985.

A falta de que se conozcan los datos oficiales de Estados Unidos, donde rondará las 300.000 copias en su primera semana siendo top 1 con toda certeza, el álbum ‘thank u, next’ es número 1 en Suecia, Noruega, Nueva Zelanda o Irlanda, además de número 2 en Holanda e Italia y número 3 en Alemania.

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Are Engaged!


Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom got engaged on Valentine’s Day

It was an extra special Valentine’s Day for the couple, as the pop star, 34, and actor, 42, got engaged.

Sharing her first photo with her now-fiancé, Perry posted a close-up image of the pair surrounded by numerous heart-shaped balloons, while showing off her unique flower-shaped diamond ring, which features a colorful jewel in the center.

“Full bloom,” she sweetly captioned the image, using a play on her husband-to-be’s name.

Bloom went on to share the same image on his own Instagram, captioning the adorable snap, “Lifetimes.”

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The singer’s mother also shared, then later deleted a few intimate snaps from the couple’s engagement party on her Facebook page, captioning them, “Look who got engaged on Valentines Day!!”

Seemingly teasing the big day to come, Bloom shared a heartwarming quote about love on his Instagram earlier on Valentine’s Day, hours before the couple shared their big news.

“A shallow person will have only shallow relationships. Real love is not one person clinging to another , it can only be fostered between two strong people secure in their individuality. Antoine de Saint- Exupery, author of The Little Prince wrote in a work called Wind, Sand and Stars, ‘Love is not two people gazing at each other, but two people looking ahead together in the same direction.”

“Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda,” he wrote. “February 14, 2019 ❤️got nothin but love for ya’ll ❤️.”

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Katy Perry & Zedd’s “365” Sounds Like A Massive Hit!


The wait is over! Rumors have been swirling about Katy Perry and Zedd’s pop-saving collaboration for months now. It all started when the “Happy Now” hitmaker hopped on WITNESS: The Tour in late 2018. However, those rumors picked up speed last month after the duo registered a track called “365” with Universal Music Publishing Group. Since then, anticipation has been sky-high to hear what they cooked up in the studio. Today (February 14), it is finally out! And it sounds like a potentially massive hit. Boasting an addictive production and sugary sweet lyrics, the single is perfectly tailored for a Valentine’s Day release.

“Waking up next to you in the middle of the week. Never needed anyone to send me off to sleep. And I know I said go slow, but I can’t hold back no more,” Katy sings. She falls even deeper in love on the chorus. “Are you gonna be the one that’s on my mind? 365, all the time? I want you to be the one to stay. You give me the night and day.” That sentiment takes on a different connotation in the accompanying video, which plays with concepts of love and obsession. In the Warren Fu-directed release, the “Bon Appetit” diva is an android who develops feelings for the very-human Zedd. There are some twists and turns, all of which build up to a heartbreaking ending. Basically, it is essential viewing.

Zedd opened up how the song came about in a press release. “Katy and I have known each other for a while now and while on tour together in Australia last summer, we started working on some music,” he explained. “After we got off tour and with our musical value systems even more aligned we continued working together and that’s when ‘365’ started to take shape. As it all came together, we knew we had something special.” Katy echoed his message. “I was really excited for Zedd to join my WITNESS: The Tour last year, and in our down time, we started vibing on music, which led to this special song.” Check it out below!

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Cardi B Reunites With Bruno Mars On New Single “Please Me”


It has been a wild week for Cardi B. The Rap Empress kicked things off on an incredible high after making history at the Grammys. During the show, she delivered a suitably eye-popping rendition of current single “Money” and served a look on the red carpet. However, her night got even better when she picked up the Grammy for Best Rap Album. The accomplishment makes her the first female rapper to win the category as a solo artist. However, shortly after delivering her (iconic) acceptance speech, people began complaining that she didn’t deserve the honor. After defending herself on Instagram, the 26-year-old disabled her account for a while to escape the hate.

However, she didn’t let the naysayers keep her down for long. Instead, she ended her “retirement” early to announce a new collaboration with fellow Grammy winner Bruno Mars. The duo linked up on last year’s retro “Finesse (Remix),” which hit the number 3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. And it seems safe to assume that they have another massive hit on their hands with their latest – “Please Me.” Boasting production from Bruno and The Stereotypes, it’s a sensual bop. The “That’s What I Like” crooner shows off his velvety vocals on the seductive chorus. “Please me, baby. Turn around and just tease me, baby,” he pleads. Meanwhile, Cardi’s verses are as self-assured and smooth as ever.

Hopefully a video follows very soon. After the vibrant, mega-viral release that accompanied “Finesse (Remix),” I’m dying to see what they have in store this time around. In the meantime, press play on “Please Me” below!

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Ariana Grande Won Her First-Ever Grammy Award Despite Skipping The Show Because Of A Fight With Producers


Ariana Grande won her first-ever Grammy award on Sunday, taking home one of music’s most prestigious awards despite not showing up for the ceremony amid a feud with the show’s producers. Grande won the Best Pop Vocal Album trophy for her album Sweetener, beating the other nominees in her category: Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Pink, and Taylor Swift.

After her win, Grande had a simple response on Twitter: «I know I’m not there tonight (trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh)» she wrote in another tweet, «and I know I said I try not to put too much weight into these things …. but fuck.» «This is wild and beautiful,» she said, «Thank you so much.»

The award was handed out at the Sunday afternoon ceremony ahead of the night’s main show. Grande was sitting out both events amid a very public fight with Grammys producers about what songs she would sing on the Grammys stage.On Thursday, Grande accused Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammys, of lying about the reason why she was skipping the show.

«I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me,» Grande wrote on Twitter, responding to a screenshot of an Associated Press article in which Ehrlich said things fell through with the pop star performing on this year’s show because she thought it was «too late for her to pull something together.»

«I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken,» Grande wrote. «It was when my creativity & self-expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend.» The drama was said to have started when producers declined to allow Grande to perform her latest single in full. Producers reportedly told Grande that she could only perform «7 Rings» as part of a medley and wanted to have the final say on the second song. According to a source who spoke to Variety, Grande felt «insulted» and decided to to skip the Grammys entirely.The awkward public spat played out as Grande’s image was still used on billboards and ads for the Grammys. «Passed a Grammy’s bus with my face on it typing those,» she wrote on Twitter on Thursday. Grande was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance for «God Is A Woman,» but lost out in that category to Lady Gaga’s «Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)».


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Cardi B Is The First Woman Solo Artist To Win Best Rap Album At The Grammys


one of the year’s most exciting breakout artists, became the first-ever woman to win the Grammy for Best Rap Album on Sunday during music’s biggest night.The rapper won the highly coveted award for her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, which spawned two No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

«Oh my god, babe,» said Cardi to her husband, Offset. «Babe, I can’t breathe.»

The rapper thanked some of the people who made her success possible and singled out her daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, for a special shoutout.

«I’m not just saying thank you because she’s my daughter — it’s because you know when I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete,» Cardi said. «I had like three songs that I was for sure having [on the album] and then it was like we have to get this album done.» Cardi then talked about the work she had to put in after finding out she was going to be a mother, like shooting music videos for the project before she began to show.

«Woo, the nerves are so bad,» she said, telling the audience that she was shaking and joked that she should «start smoking weed,» an apparent reference to something a fan tweeted at her earlier this week as a remedy to calm her anxiety. She later celebrated the many talented artists featured on her album in her emotional speech, like Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Chance the Rapper, SZA, and Kehlani, and of course Migos, the hip-hop trio her husband is a part of.

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Grammy Awards Winners 2019


t’s been an explosive year in music, and all your favorite musicians will be recognized at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. The 61st annual Grammy Awards — which is arguably music’s biggest night of the year — is being hosted by Alicia Keys, so we’re super hyped! Especially because she’s a winner of several Grammys herself, so she’ll likely put on an excellent show.

This year, the night’s performers include Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Ricky Martin.

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar and Drake went into the show with the most nominations. But to find out who actually won, check out our full list of winners below! Those who win, will be noted in BOLD, and we’ll be updating live throughout the show!

Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B
By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile
Scorpion, Drake
H.E.R., H.E.R.
Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone
Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By, Various Artists

“All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
“Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
“In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
“The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
“This Is America,” Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino
“God’s Plan,” Drake
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar & SZA
“Rockstar,” Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

“Colors,” Beck
“Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello
“God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga
“Better Now,” Post Malone

Camila, Camila Cabello
Meaning Of Life, Kelly Clarkson
Sweetener, Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
Beautiful Trauma, P!nk
Reputation, Taylor Swift

“Fall in Line,” Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Backstreet Boys
“‘S Wonderful,” Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
“Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“Say Something,” Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton
“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Love Is Here To Stay, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
My Way, Willie Nelson
Nat “King” Cole & Me, Gregory Porter
Standards (Deluxe), Seal
The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!, Barbra Streisand

Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B
Swimming, Mac Miller
Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle
Daytona, Pusha T
Astroworld, Travis Scott

“God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
“King’s Dead,” Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)
“Lucky You,” R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)
“Sicko Mode,” Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)
“Win,” K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
From A Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton

“Shoot Me Straight,” Brothers Osborne
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay
“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Little Big Town
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

“Wouldn’t It Be Great?” Loretta Lynn
“Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters,” Maren Morris
“Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves
“Millionaire,” Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line,” Keith Urban

“Break Up In The End,” Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
“Dear Hate,” Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
“I Lived It,” Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
“Space Cowboy,” Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
“Tequila,” Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
“When Someone Stops Loving You,” Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Black Smoke Rising, Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
Jumpsuit, Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
Mantra, Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)
Masseduction, Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
Rats, Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

“Four Out Of Five,” Arctic Monkeys
“When Bad Does Good,” Chris Cornell
“Made An America,” THE FEVER 333
“Highway Tune,” Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable,” Halestorm

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, Arctic Monkeys
Colors, Beck
Utopia, Björk
American Utopia, David Byrne
Masseduction, St. Vincent

Everything Is Love, The Carters
The Kids Are Alright, Chloe x Halle
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz, Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
War & Leisure, Miguel
Ventriloquism, Meshell Ndegeocello

“Long As I Live,” Toni Braxton
“Summer,” The Carters
“Y O Y,” Lalah Hathaway
“Best Part,” H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar
“First Began,” PJ Morton

“Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand,” Leon Bridges
“Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight,” Bettye LaVette
“Honest,” Major
“How Deep Is Your Love,” PJ Morton Featuring Yebba
“Made For Love,” Charlie Wilson featuring Lalah Hathaway

“Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
“Come Through And Chill,” Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)
“Feels Like Summer,” Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
“Focus,” Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“Long As I Live,” Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton
Good Thing, Leon Bridges
Honestly, Lalah Hathaway
H.E.R., H.E.R.
Gumbo Unplugged (Live), PJ Morton

Singularity, Jon Hopkins
Woman Worldwide, Justice
Treehouse, Sofi Tukker
Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, SOPHIE

“Northern Soul,” Above & Beyond featuring Richard Bedford
“Ultimatum,” Disclosure featuring Fatoumata Diawara
“Losing It,” Fisher
“Electricity,” Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
“Ghost Voices,” Virtual Self

Call Me By Your Name, (Various Artists)
Deadpool 2, (Various Artists)
The Greatest Showman, (Various Artists)
“Lady Bird,” (Various Artists)
“Stranger Things,” (Various Artists)

“All The Stars (from Black Panther),” Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
“Mystery of Love (from Call Me By Your Name),” Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens)
“Remember Me (from Coco),” Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade)
“Shallow (from A Star Is Born),” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
“This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman),” Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble)

“Apes—,” (The Carters) Ricky Saiz, video director; Mélodie Buchris, Natan Schottenfels & Erinn Williams, video producers
“This Is America,” (Childish Gambino) Hiro Murai, video director; Ibra Ake, Jason Cole & Fam Rothstein, video producers
“I’m Not Racist,” (Joyner Lucas) Joyner Lucas & Ben Proulx, video directors; Joyner Lucas, video producer
“Pynk,” (Janelle Monáe) Emma Westenberg, video director; Justin Benoliel & Whitney Jackson, video producers
“Mumbo Jumbo,” (Tierra Whack) Marco Prestini, video director; Sara Nassim, video producer

“Life In 12 Bars,” (Eric Clapton) Lili Fini Zanuck, video director; John Battsek, Scooter Weintraub, Larry Yelen & Lili Fini Zanuck, video producers
“Whitney,” (Whitney Houston) Kevin Macdonald, video director; Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn & Lisa Erspamer, video producers
“Quincy,” (Quincy Jones) Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones, video directors; Paula DuPré Pesmen, video producer
“Itzhak,” (Itzhak Perlman) Alison Chernick, video director; Alison Chernick, video producer
“The King,” (Elvis Presley) Eugene Jarecki, video director; Christopher Frierson, Georgina Hill, David Kuhn & Christopher St. John, video producers

Accessory to war (Neil Degrasse Tyson & Avis Lang), Courtney B. Vance
Calypso, David Sedaris
Creative Quest, Questlove
Faith – A Journey For All, Jimmy Carter
The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish

Annihilation, Patton Oswalt
Equanimity & The Bird Revelation, Dave Chappelle
Noble Ape, Jim Gaffigan
Standup For Drummers, Fred Armisen
Tamborine, Chris Rock


The Band’s Visit, Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari’el Stachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow & David Yazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
Carousel, Renee Fleming, Alexander Gemignani, Joshua Henry, Lindsay Mendez & Jessie Mueller, principal soloists; Steven Epstein, producer (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)
Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Ben Daniels, Brandon Victor Dixon, Erik Grönwall, Jin Ha, John Legend, Norm Lewis & Jason Tam, principal soloists; Harvey Mason, Jr., producer (Andrew Lloyd-Webber, composer; Tim Rice, lyricist) (Original Television Cast)
My Fair Lady, Lauren Ambrose, Norbert Leo Butz & Harry Hadden-Paton, principal soloists; Andre Bishop, Van Dean, Hattie K. Jutagir, David Lai, Adam Siegel & Ted Sperling, producers (Frederick Loewe, composer; Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)
Once On This Island, Phillip Boykin, Merle Dandridge, Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Kenita R. Miller, Alex Newell, Isaac Powell & Lea Salonga, principal soloists; Lynn Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Stephen Flaherty & Elliot Scheiner, producers (Stephen Flaherty, composer; Lynn Ahrens, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast)


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Just In Time For Grammys Parties, Drake Introduces New Champagne


The rapper and producer has been nominated for seven Grammys; if he wins on Sunday, it’s a sure bet which bubbly he’ll be popping.

To his 53.4 million Instagram followers, he’s @ChampagnePapi, and now Drake owns a bubbly line to back up his popular handle. The Canadian rapper and producer – up for seven Grammy Awards this Sunday, including Album of the Year for Scorpion – is also becoming known for his talent in wines and spirits. His latest debut is Mod Sélection, a line of Champagnes he’s creating with Brent Hocking, the West Hollywood-based wines and spirits producer best known for launching DeLeón Tequila in 2009. The first two releases, Mod Réserve (a white Champagne) and Mod Rosé, have arrived on store shelves and are priced between $300 and $400 per bottle. From the juice to the bottle design, every detail is meant to position Mod Sélection at the top of the price spectrum. (Bottles of Jay-Z’s Armand de Brignac, nicknamed Ace of Spades, can be found at similar price points in NV or non-vintage, and Rosé.)

“After meeting Brent, you pretty much become an expert by association, but I’ve always loved Champagne and had a palate for luxury spirits,” Drake told The Hollywood Reporter of his partnership with Hocking, adding that it was born from a referral by someone who saw the two men as kindred spirits, no pun intended. “Early on, somebody was like, I know the equivalent to you in the spirits business, a guy who relentlessly dedicates his entire existence the most authentic, the most innovative, the best of everything. That was how we became partners, but we’ve been friends for years and years … we have many things that we’ve always wanted to do, and this was always at the top.”

Hollywood’s relationship with the wine and spirits industry has resulted in a variety of high-profile partnerships–John Legend’s LVE Wines, Ryan Reynolds and Aviation Gin, and George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s Casamigos Tequila, which they developed and heavily promoted before selling the ultra-premium spirit to alcohol giant Diageo in 2017 for up to $1 billion (the final figure is dependent on sales over 10 years).

Not unlike those examples, Drake wanted to directly involve himself in something he genuinely loves, Hocking says. “What drew me to Drake was that he clearly was interested in how I was making it, how I was designing it,” he notes. “He didn’t want to be just a bystander, someone who thinks all he has to do are some social-media posts. He wanted to come to blind tastings with me, he wanted to be intimately involved in every aspect. This has been his passion project.”

The pair first met in 2013 to discuss developing a Champagne, but Hocking cautioned his new partner that the right sparkling wine might require several years from concept to finished bottle. “I had already been working on a Champagne after finding a family that had only distributed in France,” Hocking explains of the winery, located in the Vallée de la Marne and dating back to 1892. “They had an exquisite product that the world wasn’t aware of, and I knew we could develop the most beautiful, high-quality Champagne together.”

“The juice is always the most important thing, and Brent is the guy you want to depend on when it comes to that,” Drake says. While waiting for their Champagne to mature, Drake and Hocking partnered on another project: Virginia Black Whiskey, which launched in 2016. The 80-proof whiskey has received high marks both for its smooth taste and the upscale look of its bottle, crafted of etched glass and topped with a gold cap.

The pair took a similarly luxe approach to the design for their Champagne bottles. “A bottle like this never existed before,” Hocking says of the design, a handcrafted bottle in a metallic chocolate hue, etched in a delicate floral pattern also intended so no two are exactly alike. Above a pewter label, the foil is embossed with a snakeskin pattern; the bottle is then housed in a suede-lined leather gift box that’s meant to be a keepsake. “We wanted to create something you would want to hang onto after the fact, another detail that went into creating a Champagne gift that felt truly special,” Hocking adds.

The name Mod Sélection takes its name from the idea of “a modern interpretation of the tradition, heritage and elegance that is Champagne,” Hocking says. Plans are in the works for follow-up debuts to Mod Réserve and Mod Rosé, including magnum and double-magnum bottles before the end of March, as well as blanc de blanc and blanc de noir Champagnes and limited-edition cuvees.

“This is a product that has been years and years in the making,” Drake points out. “Authenticity is probably the best word we continue to use. It’s a genuine bond, a genuine connection, something that we fully believe in and fully stand behind.”


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