1. Camila Cabello has the #1 album
Camila Cabello leaving Fifth Harmony has worked out for her. She has become the first female artist in three years to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 200 with a debut album.
Camila sold 119,000 copies in its first week out. By jumping from a group to a solo career, Cabello’s chart topping success follows such superstars as Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Diana Ross, Lauryn Hill and Stevie Nicks.
Cabello has a chance to pull a double-play of number ones as Billboard projects Havana might become the top song in the country soon.
2. China bans Hip-Hop culture from television
China has banned images of hip-hop culture and actors with tattoos from television.
Their version of our FCC is called the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China. The group “specifically requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos [or depict] hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture).'”
The administration’s publicity department put out a list of Don’ts on Friday that included not using actors who are “tasteless, vulgar or obscene” or actors with “stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity.”
Several high profile rappers have been removed from television shows and streaming sites. The action has caused backlash on Chinese social media.
Do you think the government will prevail or will there be an uprising? Why does hip-hop get thrown into the vulgar and tasteless category?
3. Bacardi is buying Patron for $5.1 Billion
Bacardi Limited will acquire the maker of Patron in a deal valued at $5.1 billion according to reports
The deal will make Bacardi the No. 1 spirits player in the U.S. and the second largest spirits company in market share by value in the U.S.
Tequila has been a very fast-growing category, which has benefited from consumers’ shifting taste away from beer and vodka.
Are you a fan of Tequila? What is your goto spirit?