Nicky Jams With Chris Brown
Reggaeton star Nicky Jam is being cagey about his recent Instagram post indicating that he’s collaborating with R&B star Chris Brown, but he’s not exactly denying it either. “Here cooking something with @chrisbrownofficial,” Jam posted in Spanish on Oct. 26 alongside a fuzzy picture of Brown in a baseball cap, adding: “It’s official. We’re coming with a song you guys love and isn’t out yet.” Jam wouldn’t confirm to Billboard that Brown will be featured on his next single, which he says is called “Hasta el Amanecer” (’Til Dawn) and will be released in 2016 in Spanish and English versions. Jam, who already made Billboard history with “El perdón” alongside Enrique Iglesias (the song spent 30 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs, second only to Iglesias’ “Bailando”) says his new track will also break new ground: “It will be the first time a reggaeton artist can go toe to toe with a mainstream icon.”
Chris Martin Incognito
Save for his unusually casual attire, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin made a very discreet entrance at the black-tie Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards on Oct. 30. An hour into the event, Martin and his girlfriend Annabelle Wallis snuck into the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton while most were focused on the night’s honorees, who included Harrison Ford and Meryl Streep.
Gaga Goes Long
Lady Gaga was committed to giving a flawless performance at the Fiji Water-sponsored amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles on Oct. 29. Sources tell Overheard that she was such a perfectionist during her pre-event sound check at Milk Studios that she kept working until 6:30 p.m., when guests began to show. “The catering people, who weren’t allowed into the dining room during sound check, were scrambling to set the tables as the guests began arriving,” says one insider. The wait proved worth it when Gaga transfixed the crowd and the night’s honoree, her American Horror Story: Hotel boss Ryan Murphy, with such standards as “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”
Nico, Vinz & Pink’s
?Nico & Vinz‘s Vincent “Vinz” Dery has acclimated well to Los Angles. On Oct. 25, Norwegian singer-songwriter duo, who moved from Oslo to California a year and a half ago, performed songs from their new album Black Star Elephant at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s 26th annual A Time For Heroes family festival. Overheard talked to artists in the green room of Smashbox Studios in Culver City where Kahouly Nicolay “Nico” Sereba was getting a haircut, and Vinz was chowing down on a chili dog from Los Angeles institution Pink’s. Their love of American culture doesn’t end with fast food. Asked to name their musical influences, Nico replied, “Michael Jackson, Bobby Marley, and my father. He makes African music, so he is my biggest inspiration.” He also enjoyed listening to “Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls when we’re young, and Wu-Tang Clan when we were a little older. Vinz cited “Michael Jackson for sure, Jimmy Cliff, Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
–Additional reporting by Leila Cobo.