Miley Cyrus’ ‘Flowers’ 💐🌹🌻 Wins IFPI Global Single Award For 2023

Miley’s Sweet Smell of Success

The trade body today counts down the top 10 global singles, with Cyrus marking her first appearance on the list.

It’s official: Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” towered over all others in 2023, completing the year as the biggest-selling single on the planet, the IFPI reports.

Cyrus is presented with the IFPI Global Single Award, which each year recognizes the artist with the top-selling single across all digital formats – including paid subscription streaming, ad-supported platforms, and single-track downloads.

The trade body today (Feb. 26) counts down the top 10 singles for 2023, with Cyrus marking her first appearance on the list.

The success of “Flowers” was a truly global one, as the single simultaneously locked up No. 1 spots in 29 markets around the world, and finished at No. 1 on the year-end charts for the U.K., France and Australia.

In the U.S., “Flowers” showed serious staying power with an eight-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Those commercial muscles were rewarded at the 2024 Grammy Awards, where Miley performed the song and “Flowers” won for best pop solo performance and record of the year – her very first Grammys.

Cyrus can make it a week to remember at the 2024 BRIT Awards, set for Sunday, March 3 at The O2 in London, where she’s shortlisted for international artist of the year and “Flowers” is up for international song.

Presenting the latest award on behalf of the trade body, Lewis Morrison, director of global charts and certifications at IFPI, remarks, “Topping the charts in so many countries simultaneously, the song – along with its message of empowerment -resonated across the world and is the definition of a truly global hit. Congratulations to Miley and her team for this incredible achievement.”

Meanwhile, the reigning, four-time IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Taylor Swift is the only artist to double up in the IFPI top 10, doing so with “Cruel Summer” at No. 7 and “Anti-Hero” at No. 9.

There are first-time appearances for artists from Nigeria (Rema’s “Calm Down” with Selena Gomez at No. 2) and Mexico (Yng Lvcas and Peso Pluma’s “La Bebe” at No. 6), reflecting the border-crossing phenomenon of Afrobeats and Regional Mexican music.

All told, artists representing 10 nationalities (Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, U.K., and U.S.) impact the top 20, up from six nationalities in 2022.

“It is also fantastic to see so many nationalities and genres represented in the IFPI Global Single Chart,” remarks Morrison. “It is a wonderful reflection of the wide range of extraordinary artists that – working in partnership with their record labels – are finding international success.”

The IFPI’s charts capture streaming, downloads and physical formats in every country directly from the participating record labels, which is then converted using the trade body’s “unique” methodology to a single, global chart figure.

Article by Lars Brandle, 02/2024 for Billboard

Watch the video: Beyoncé Announces New Album Act II and Shares 2 New Songs: “Texas Hold ’Em” and “16 Carriages”

We Do Everything Big In Texas

Beyonce has announced a new album; Act II arrives March 29. She’s also graced us with two new songs: “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” Listen to those below, and scroll down for Beyoncé’s teaser clip for the album.

During the Super Bowl LVIII broadcast, Beyoncé revealed the news with a video on her Instagram. It looks as though she’s going country for the second act of her Renaissance trilogy, based on the sound of both songs and the footage in the teaser. The announcement video features old-school tunes like Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline,” as well as a dusty scene of men looking up at a massive billboard featuring a scantily-clad Beyoncé and the words “Texas! Hold ’Em.” The moment seems to be a reference to Wim Wenders’ 1984 film Paris, Texas.

“Texas Hold ’Em” was co-written by Canadian artist Lowell, with production and instrumental contributions fromRhiannon Giddens, Raphael Saadiq, Hit-Boy, Nathan Ferraro, Killah B, and more. “16 Carriages” features Dave Hamelin, Gavin Williams, Justus West, Saadiq, and more.

While the album news came as a surprise, Verizon did hint that a Beyonce-related advertisement would run this week. Sure enough, she starred in a Verizon commercial during the Super Bowl in which she teased releasing new music to break the internet. Minutes later, she did just that. Beyoncé also wore a white cowboy hat to the 2024 Grammys last weekend, perhaps as a nod to her country pivot.

Renaissance was Beyoncé’s seventh solo studio album, and was originally billed as Act I: Renaissance—implying future releases would follow suit—before its release in July 2022. While the album never got traditional music videos, there was a “cliquebait” clip for “Break My Soul” a “brand campaign film anthem” for Tiffany & Co. that used “Summer Renaissance,” and a concert film that played in theaters worldwide. Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce was the No. 1 movie in the United States during its debut weekend and, as of January 11, raised over $44.4 million worldwide.

“Break My Soul” was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Dance/Electronic Recording at the 2023 Grammy Awards, but Beyoncé won only the latter award. That didn’t stop her from taking home four trophies that night anyway, though, raising her overall career tally to 32 wins –breaking the record.for the most Grammys won by an artist in the award show’s history.

By Nina Corcoran for Pitchfork, 2024

N.W.A., Laurie Anderson, Donna Summer and more receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards 🏆

What a Life!

“What luck! To be part of a group of some of my all-time favourite artists”

N.W.A., Laurie Anderson, Donna Summer, and more have been announced as recipients of this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2024 cohort, which also includes Gladys Knight, Tammy Wynette and The Clark Sisters, will receive their awards at the Special Merit Awards ceremony on February 3. It will precede the Grammy Awards, which will take place the next day at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

“What luck! To be part of a group of some of my all-time favourite artists”, Anderson wrote on social media.

Article written by:Alex Rigotti; 6th January 2024 for NME

LiTTLE ACTS OF KiNDNESS ✨ CAN CHANGE THE 🌎… ☮ ❤❤❤

THE LiTTLE THiNGS ARE REALLY THE BiG THiNGS…

“Little Acts Of Kindness”: amidst the coldness of winter, we celebrate the spirit of the holidays by giving. Now and throughout the year, let’s give the heart-warming gift that never wears out or becomes outdated…kindness~from the Harte 

A friend of mine once told me that his mother always told him to ‘be nice’. Being nice is being polite which is important as it promotes civility.

However being kind is deeper. Being kind is being not only considerate but generous and caring. Kindness is a special sort of gentleness displayed by the way in which you speak to and treat others. Kindness is not limited to just people but animals show acts of kindness as well.

Kindness denotes being tender hearted. If one is kind, it does not mean that you are weak. One of my mother’s favorite sayings was a warning to beware of some people who might exploit kindness saying: “people can take kindness for weakness”. On the contrary, she knew kindness demonstrates strength of character and a reserve of generosity.

Being kind fits the saying: “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. It takes a strong person to look out for more than just self. It’s easier to tend to your own needs than to consider the needs of those around you; it takes an inner fortitude and a tender heart to be genuinely concerned about the well-being of others.

A demonstration of kindness doesn’t have to be grandiose. It can just be little acts like holding the door open for the next person, letting a driver switch lanes in front of you, giving words of encouragement when someone is sad, getting that top shelf item at the grocery store for someone who can’t reach it or saying, “I’m sorry and meaning it”, etc.

Just the word kindness evokes a certain tenderness. It’s funny how words take on their own frequency/vibration. Is this because words accurately describe how we are actually feeling or do words, after being used so often to describe how we feel, take on a resonance of that quality?

A person can be taught to be polite but can you be taught to be kind? Kindness comes from the heart and with its every beat sustains our very physical existence. Perhaps also along with every heart beat, there is a sort of indigenous, ethereal kindness pulsating through our bodies connecting us collectively heartbeat to heartbeat… written by ~from the Harte 🤜🏽⚡🤛🏽

Stay tuned into your ASTRO FREQUENCiES…

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What do You Believe in? 🌞 💡🚀

What’s On Your Mind…

How do you decide what course of action you should take to pursue your goals? to make your thoughts a reality?

Are you the type of person that seeks approval from others before you go after your dreams? Some believe in what they want to attain only after others validate what they believe. This says a lot about what your belief in yourself. Of course, it’s smart to know as much as you can gather about what you are about to put your time and energy into but once you are more informed, if it’s something you truly believe in, go for it!

Yes, there will be friends and family who point out all the negative reasons why you shouldn’t go for what you want and these people may have your best interest at heart. However, they may just be projecting their own fears onto you; they would never dare to venture out into unchartered territory, take a big risk. There is some truth to the old adage, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”.

We are the beneficiaries of great thinkers who created life-changing medicine, mechanical inventions, technologies and who also challenged us to think in more expansive ways. The great innovators of the world may have suspected that their ideas would be met with criticism and even contempt however, their belief in their ideas and themselves was far greater than remaining dormant.

When one is going out of the norm of what has been accepted, practiced and ordained, there may be many trials and tribulations to confront but it is that unwavering belief in one’s self that keeps dreams alive. It seems to be a knee-jerk reaction for people to doubt and criticize new, different ways of approaching  life as people are generally creatures of habit.

It takes a bold, self-confident, sometimes rebels, to make the world take note of the burning passion that lives in those who know they have something to contribute to the evolution of humankind. When you have this driving conviction and belef in yourself, the doubt and opposition encountered is precisely the validation that lets you know you’re on to something.
All the best, from the Harte
~Felecia

By Felecia Harte for HartecastMusic.com/Nov, 2023

 

Diddy All-Star Features for New Album Include Mary J. Blige, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber & More

THE LOVE ALBUM: DIDDY ROLLS OUT A STAR-STUDDED LINE UP

His sixth studio release, The Love Album: Off the Grid, arrives Sept. 15.

The race to DIDDY’S sixth studio effort, The Love Album: Off The Grid, is in high gear, as the perennial hitmaker finally unveils the features for his elusive offering.

Set to drop Sept. 15, the starry lineup includes notable names such as The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R, Summer Walker, Babyface, John Legend, Teyana Taylor and more. On Wednesday (Aug. 30), Diddy noted on Instagram that he in fact has the final feature of The Weeknd’s career, after the singer announced earlier this month that he was done with collaborations.

By Carl Lamarre for Billboard August, 2023

Fun Fact: Usher Reveals He Was Once A ‘Chaperone’ For Beyoncé When She Was A Tween

I Remember Beyonce Way Back…

Usher and Beyoncé go way back… even further than we already knew. In a recent interview, the singer revealed that he first met Beyoncé when she was just a child.

“Fun fact, I knew Beyoncé when she was 12 years old, 11 years old,” Usher revealed per People. “She used to be in a group by the name of The Dolls. I don’t know if I could consider myself their babysitter, but I had a time where I had to watch The Dolls.” That means the R&B singer would have been about 14 or 15 when he watched Beyoncé and The Dolls. Usher signed his first recording deal with L.A. Reid around that time as well.

Usher continued the story, “I was at Daryl Simmons’ house. [Simmons] was working with [The Dolls] at the time, and I just happened to be over there and they were working on a session. I kind of found my way into being their like, I don’t know, chaperone, nanny, or something like that — the oldest person in the room.”

Since then, Usher and Beyoncé have crossed paths frequently, performing together and also joining forces for their collaboration called “Love In This Club, Pt. II” which also featured rapper Lil Wayne. The song was included on Usher’s 2008 album Here I Stand.

As Beyonce continues her massively successful Renaissance World Tour, Usher is getting ready to perform a series of concerts in Paris, France, in mid-September before concluding his Las Vegas residency, My Way, at Dolby Live at Park MGM later this fall.

Article by Rebekah Gonzalez for American Top 10 August, 2023

 

Terence Crawford 🥊 and Eminem 🎧 Unite For: “The Walk That Made History”

TERENCE CRAWFORD AND EMINEM team up for “THE WALK” that made history! 

It all started with an idea and a tweet. The power of social media led to one of the biggest music stars in the world accompanying one of the biggest boxing stars to the ring on July 29th.

Eminem, a big fan of Terence Crawford, took him down to the ring before Crawford faced off against Errol Spence Jr. Crawford, the WBO welterweight champion, competed against WBC, IBF, and WBA champion Spence for the status of the undisputed welterweight champion.

Known for classics like “Lose Yourself,” “Stan,” and “Not Afraid,” Eminem rapped Crawford down in a full circle moment.

The moment stemmed from when Crawford posted a recent video of a discussion he had with Shakur Stevenson. While in training, both fighters talked about the upcoming fight, with Crawford saying who he’d want to bring him down to the ring.

“You know what I was thinking would be crazy s—? I think it would be dope to have Eminem walk me out or something like that,” Crawford said. “He’s never walked nobody out, huh?”

Eminem caught wind of the video and responded by saying, “This is 2 crazy.!!! You r 1 of my favorite boxers rn!”

Both appeared to come together following that post to collaborate on an epic walkout.

While he has never boxed professionally, Emimem has gotten involved in the sport. He boxes for exercise, has appeared on the “Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson” podcast, and produced music for the movie Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

It is the first time Eminem walked a fighter in a big fight, as he rarely makes appearances.

Emimem joined a packed T-Mobile Arena that included several celebrities:  Andre 3000, Damian Lillard, Mario Lopez, Mark Wahlberg, Chance The Rapper, and Cardi B are just a few names that paid to see Spence vs. Crawford.

Written by Daniel Yanofsky for Sporitng News; July, 2023