Jennifer Lopez & Shakira’s Song Catalog Nets 893% Sales Gain After Super Bowl

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Thanks to their Super Bowl LIV halftime show performance, both Jennifer Lopez and Shakira see major sales gains for their entire catalog of songs, according to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

On Feb. 2, the day of the big game, the two superstars’ collected songs – all of their songs, not just the songs they performed at halftime – tallied an 893% sales increase in download sales in the U.S. In total, their songs sold 21,000 downloads on Feb. 2, up from just 2,000 on Feb. 1.

Isolating each performer, Shakira’s total song catalog sold 13,000 downloads on Feb. 2, up 957% from a little more than 1,000 on Feb. 1. As for Lopez, her collected songs sold 8,000 downloads on Feb. 2, up 800% from a little under 1,000 sold on Feb. 1.

It’s no surprise that each artist’s biggest selling songs on Feb. 2 were also tunes that were performed during the halftime show. Shakira’s top three biggest sellers were “Whenever, Wherever” (4,000; up 1,264%), “Hips Don’t Lie” (3,000; up 1,201%) and “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” (2,000; up 1,456%). As for Lopez, her top three sellers were “On the Floor” (2,000; up 1,193%), “Let’s Get Loud” (1,000; up 861%) and “Waiting for Tonight” (1,000; up 1,266%). All songs sold a negligible sum on Feb. 1, the day before the game.

Please note that the small differences in figures for “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie” reported in this story versus an earlier story on Feb. 3 are owed to further sales reports from digital retailers coming in to Nielsen Music/MRC Data for Feb. 2. Total sales for both songs increased.

 

Rihanna Will Receive a Major Honor at the NAACP Image Awards

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Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards this month.

The NAACP announced Tuesday (Feb. 4) that it had selected the 31-year-old pop star and fashion icon for her “groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but (someone who) has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant.”

Rihanna will be given the award during the Feb. 22 ceremony that will be televised for the first time on BET. The show will air live from Pasadena, California.

Previous recipients include Jay-Z, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson and Condoleezza Rice.

Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is a nine-time Grammy winner who launched her own fashion line last year called Fenty with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group. She also has a lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, that debuted in 2018.

NAACP president Derrick Johnson said Rihanna “epitomizes the type of character, grace and devotion to justice” that the organization seeks to highlight.

Finneas Says Bond Theme Coming Soon.

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In the break between the Grammys and this Sunday’s (Feb. 9) Academy Awards, singer/songwriter Finneas swung by The Tonight Show on Monday night (Feb. 3) to perform the acoustic ballad «Let’s Fall in Love for the Night» from his Blood Harmony EP and assure fans that the theme song that he and his sister, Billie Eilish, wrote for the upcoming 25th James Bond film is right around the corner.

After Fallon sang bits of some other famous Bond themes by Paul McCartney and Wings, Duran Duran, Carly Simon and Shirley Bassey, Finneas promised that they’d get a dart in the neck if he revealed anything. «I think I’m allowed to say soon, really soon,» Finneas said about the as-yet-untitled track for No Time To Die, which is due out on April 10. «It comes out soon. And the movie’s great… I can tell you something… it’s great.»

To be fair, Finneas couldn’t say anything about what he and Billie will perform at the Oscars, though he did reveal how he decides which songs to keep for himself and which ones to share with his sister or another artist. «The only ones that I really keep are ones where I’m like, ‘This is like a diary entry.’ It’s so personal that, like, I feel like only I can sing it,» he said, noting that it’s kind of annoying how much better his sister’s voice is than his.

 

He also revealed some of the weird, everyday sounds that are buried inside such beloved songs as «Bury a Friend» and «Bad Guy.» Always on the lookout for something to set his sound apart, Finneas said he walks around and records odd sounds to slip into songs, including the sound of a dentist’s drill in «Bury» and the sound of the crosswalk chime in Australia that makes up what sounds like the hi-hats on «Bad Guy.»

Finneas returned later in the show for an acoustic, boppy performance of «Let’s Fall in Love» backed by a bass player and drummer.

Watch Finneas on The Tonight Show below.

Justin Bieber’s ‘Changes’ Track List Is Here, Thanks to an Instagram Filter

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Justin Bieber is giving fans a more in-depth sneak peek into Changes before its Feb. 14 release date — but only if they can figure it out. The pop star’s partnership with Spotify, announced Tuesday (Feb. 4), is simple-yet-tricky: Use the «What Changes track are you?» filter on Instagram to see the entire track list flash before your eyes.

Luckily, some fans have already cracked the code and tweeted a list of all the Changes songs they spotted on the filter. Here’s what we already knew beforehand: There are a total of 17 tracks on Changes, including the previously released singles «Yummy» and «Get Me,» featuring Kehlani. And for those who’ve already checked the Apple Music preview page for Bieber’s upcoming album, the fourth track is titled «Intentions,» featuring Quavo.

So that leaves exactly 14 tracks unaccounted for — until now. Leave it to the Beliebers to spell it out. In addition to uncovering all 17 tracks (see the full list below), they also figured out that «La Bomba» — Bieber’s Latin-flair banger (with some Spanish lyrics, reminiscent of his «Despacito» remix from 2017) that he teased a snippet of in the third episode of his YouTube docuseries Seasons — doesn’t seem to be featured on the Instagram filter.

 

Changes tracklist:

All Around Me
Second Emotion
Intentions
Confirmation
Forever
ETA
Yummy
Habitual
Running Over
Available
Come Around Me
Take It Out On Me
Get Me
At Least For Now
That’s What Love Is