Banda Los Sebastianes Earns Third No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “En Eso No Quedamos”

Make that two in a row for Banda Los Sebastianes

The Mexican band has earned their third No. 1, and second in a row, on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart as “En Eso No Quedamos” rises 2-1 on the survey dated July 4.

Banda Los Sebastianes

“En Eso No Quedamos” follows the six-week reign of the group’s “Mi Meta Contigo” in November.

Banda Los Sebastianesfirst led the Regional Mexican Airplay chart for six weeks with its longest-charting title “A Través del Vaso” (39 weeks on the chart) in February 16, 2019, over three years after the band’s first entry on the chart, “Indeleble” (No. 39, Sept. 2015). 

“En Eso No Quedamos” rules the roost with a 13% boost in audience impressions (to 6.2 million) earned in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

With a 19-week climb to No. 1, “En Eso No Quedamos” ties for slowest rise to No. 1 on the list in 2020. Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga also took a 19-week journey to the top with “No Elegí Conocerte” on the February 15-dated list. (

Concurrently, the new song lifts 13-12 on the overall Latin Airplay chart.

“En Eso No Quedamos” is the second single off Banda Los Sebastianes’ 2018 album En Vida, which launched in the top 20 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart.

Pitizion Named a Latin Artist on the Rise by Billboard

Pitizion isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic slow her momentum…

The 28-year-old Colombian singer, whose real name is María del Pilar Pérez, started 2020 with a lot of promise, including a music video with Greeicy and touring with Alejandro Sanz as his opening act. 

Pitizion

Despite the pause caused by the global pandemic, Pitizion has kept creating music and getting her name out there, recently being named a Latin Artist of the Rise by Billboard.

Born in the Llanos Region, Pitizion got on the radar with her acting career, making her debut on the popular Nickelodeon Latinoamérica show Grachi. About three years ago, she decided to share her musical talent on social media because her “music never left her room.”

“My passion for music derives from my father’s passing when I was a child,” the now Miami-based artist tells Billboard. “I didn’t know how to express my feelings and my way of doing so was writing lyrics and singing for him.”

Pitizion was ultimately discovered by record producer Andres Saavedra, who not only believed in her project, but also took her music to Universal Music Latin, where she officially signed in early 2019.

“I’ll be honest: I never saw this dream come true. I never imagined myself signing with a record label. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but I didn’t have a lot of vision back then,” she admits. “It’s incredibly and completely changed my life. The most beautiful part is saying that Universal and Andres have taught me to dream and believe in myself.”

Since joining the Universal family, Pitizion has released her debut single “Ella” on July 5, 2019, dropped an eight-track EP dubbed La Piti, and nabbed collaborations with artists like Greeicy (“No Pasa Nada”) and Rafa Pabon and Big Soto for the remix of “Ella.”

Though she does not like to be boxed in a genre, Piti describes herself as a modern singer-songwriter with pop-urban melodies and hints of rap. Her empowering, witty lyrics and bohemian, global fusions are primarily influenced by artists like Cuban rappers Los Aldeanos, Puerto Rican rapper Rene “Residente” Perez, Spanish artist Bebe and Colombian vallenato stars. 

“I grabbed a little bit of what I heard in life and created my own version,” she concludes.

She’s currently making the rounds with her single “,” which sends a powerful message about self-love and diversity. 

6ix9ine Releases New Spanish-Language Single “Yaya”

6ix9ine is switching tongues…

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican & Mexican American rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, has released his new song “Yaya,” in which he embraces his Latino roots.

6ix9ine

In the party-ready track, 6ix9ine raps and sings in Spanish, a departure from the previous English-language singles he’s dropped this year following his early release from prison.

The vibrant music video was filmed while 6ix9ine remains on house arrest and features a whole lot of suggestive booty shaking and milk — and not much social distancing.

“THIS IS THE BEST ONE I DID SO FAR,” he teasedon Thursday, saying, “WE BREAKING THE INTERNET PARAAAAA MI GENTE LATINAAAAAAAAAAA LATINO AMERICA !!!!”

“Yaya” follows the rapper’s recent singles “Gooba” and “Trollz,” which was released with Nicki Minaj and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last month. 

He previously sang in Spanish on two tracks that were released back in 2018, “Bebe” and “Mala,” both with Anuel AA; “Bebe” debuted at No. 1on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Group Mates Release Video for their “Blinding Lights” Cover

Kirstin Maldonado is turning on the (blinding) lights

The 28-year-old half-Mexican & part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have released the video for their cover of The Weekend’s “Blinding Lights.”

Pentatonix

In the clip, the Grammy-winning a cappella groupappear in their respective homes, belting the infectious hook with harmonies and a capella instrumentals.

Pentatonix’s “Blinding Lights” video follows the release of last month’s “Home” mash-up, in which the group blended lyrics from hits about home, a fitting song for the world’s shelter-at-home moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PTX’s take on “Blinding Lights” appears on the The Sing-Off-winning group’s new At Home EP, which was recorded while the group was in quarantine in separate homes. It was released last week.

Pentatonix will be dropping videos from the project weekly throughout July.

New Posthumous Jenni Rivera Single, “Quisieran Tener Mi Lugar,” Released to Celebrate Her 51st Birthday

There’s a new placein our hearts for Jenni Rivera

To celebrate the late Mexican American bandasinger’s 51st birthday, Rivera’s family has released a new posthumous single “Quisieran Tener Mi Lugar.” 

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It was released on Wednesday, July 1 along with a music video that pays homage to La Diva de la Banda.

Penned by Luis Antonio LópezEl Mimoso” and Rivera, Rivera reflects on her hard work to get to the top with lyrics like, “It hurts them to see that I’m the diva, but I say what I feel … to earn respect, I’ve worked hard, I won’t stop.”

The video is a compilation of Rivera’s accolades like her Billboard awards and Premios Lo Nuestro, and footage from sold-out shows at the Staples Center and Arena Monterrey.

An unstoppable force, even eight years after her death, “Quisieran Tener Mi Lugar” follows Rivera’s two previous posthumous singles “Aparentemente Bien” and “Engañémoslo” released by the Rivera family. 

Jona Camacho Releases Otherworldly 360 Audiovisual Video for His New Single, “Memento”

It’s a whole new world for Jona Camacho

The rising Colombian singer-songwriter has released the video for his latest single “Memento,” and he’s promising to take viewers to a whole new world.

Jona Camacho

The 360 audiovisual video is Camacho’s first virtual reality effort that he edited after watching tutorials on YouTube and reading blogs to understand programs like Cinema4D KinectCrazytalk 8 and Protools in order to create the interactive clip.

“I started off with test videos until I decided that I was actually going to risk it and do one all by myself for ‘Memento’,” Camacho tells Billboard. “It’s a really cool concept because not only is it augmented reality, but I was also able to implement a 360-style sound that moves around with the video. I’m not only just providing music, it’s a whole experience that needs your full attention to be able to see what I’m talking about.”

For the virtual reality effect, you’ll need special glasses and to watch the video on your phone. Once you have them on, you enter a post-apocalyptic world with an animated image of Camacho on a television screen welcoming you to the deserted world home to pyramids and a statue of Camacho giving you Big Brother vibes.

“I was able to scan my face for the statue and the TV. It was like creating a whole different world that takes you to a future of emptiness. It’s a dark topic but that’s what I envisioned for ‘Memento,'” he says.

The track gives name to Camacho’s debut album, which was released in May. 

While Camacho was able to pull off creating a virtual reality by himself, he’s leaning on another creative mind for the rest of his virtual reality videos. 

“I learned it because I’m a nerd but I know there are people out there who specialize in creating these types of videos. I’m working with a designer in Cairo for the rest of my videos. People deserve good quality so he’s helping me out with the rest of them.”

If you don’t have the special glasses, you’ll still be able to enter Camacho’s world but won’t get the 360 audiovisual effect. A tip for watching (with or without the glasses): wear headphones and let the music transport you to the unknown.

“Take Me Out,” Featuring Hiram Delgado, to Open on Broadway in April 2021

Hiram Delgado is getting in the game

The Latino actor will star in Broadway’s Take Me Out, which will open on April 22, 2021, with previews beginning March 22.

Hiram Delgado

Delgado will star alongside Patrick J. AdamsJesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams in The Second Stage Theater‘s staging of the Richard Greenberg play.

Take Me Outis directed by Scott Ellis.

In addition to Delgado, Adams, Ferguson and Williams, Take Me Out, at the Second Stage’s Hayes Theater, will feature Julian CihiBrandon J. DirdenCarl LundstedtKen MarksMichael OberholtzerEduardo Ramos and Tyler Lansing Weaks

Take Me Out, first staged on Broadway in 2003, follows a New York baseball team called the Empires. When Darren Lemming (Williams), the star center fielder, comes out as gay, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. As Second Stage describes it, “Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory.”

The full creative team for Take Me Out includes scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and sound design by Fitz Patton.

It’s the latest production targeting a Spring opening after being interrupted or postponed this year due to Broadway’s COVID-19 shutdown. 

The production had been scheduled to begin previews on April 2, 2020 and officially open on April 23, 2020.

FKA Twigs Joins Voices with Ty Dolla $ign, Kanye West & Skrillex on “Ego Death” Track

There’s a new boost to FKA Twigs’ ego…

The 32-year-old part-Spanish singer appears alongside Kanye West and Skrillex on Ty Dolla $ign’s once-elusive single “Ego Death.”

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The mega-collaboration has an electro-hop feel, as Ty leaps into desperation after losing out on his sweetheart, singing “You murdered my ego when you walked away,” in the song’s chorus.

West returns with a spirited verse, bashing the GrammysSuper Bowl, and “halfway movements.” “Lotta people be thinking, but I’m just a sayer / all of us can’t perform at Super Bowl, but it’s OK for the players/ all these halfway movements need a whole lotta improvement/ everybody wanna talk, everybody wanna type, but nobody wanna do s–t,” he spews.

Later, FKA Twigs makes her presence felt with her purring verse at the song’s finale.

On “Ego Death,” Ty Dolla $ign partnered up with Triller to create a 9D experience for the listener — the first-ever of its kind. With 9D, additional effects like reverb come into play, allowing the music to give the sensation that it’s moving around in the headphones.

The Bella Twins to Appear on E!’s New Series “Celebrity Call Center”

The Bella Twins are officially on Call

E! has expanded its programming to include the new celeb-focused series Celebrity Call Center, with the 36-year-old half-Mexican American WWE stars and twin sisters (BrieNikki Bella) set toappear on the series.

The Bella Twins

Based on the groundbreaking UK series, Celebrity Call Centergives ordinary people an opportunity to receive advice from their favorite celebrities on topics like family, friends, relationships, work and more. The one-on-one conversations will reveal an exclusive peek behind the celebrity curtain as they tap into their personal experiences and funny anecdotes to help callers through any situation they find themselves in.

In addition to The Bella Twinswho star in E!’s reality docuseries Total Bellas, participating celebrities include Kandi Burruss and Todd TuckerNick CannonTodd Chrisley, Mikey DayTerry and Heather Dubrow, Vivica A FoxNene LeakesLoni LoveDorinda MedleyAlyssa MilanoKelly OsbourneShangela and more.

The new series, produced by Nick Cannon, will premiere on Monday, July 13 at 10:00 pm.

Sebastián Yatra Earns 7th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “TBT,” Featuring Rauw Alejandro & Manuel Turizo

Sebastián Yatra reigns supreme…

The 25-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter’s “TBT” single with Rauw Alejandro and Manuel Turizo has risen to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated July 4, dethroning the  Black Eyed PeasOzuna and J. Rey Soul’s from their one-week reign with “Mamacita.”

Sebastian Yatra

“I wrote this song over a year ago with Sech in Miami,” says Yatra. “We started writing a story based on personal situations we were both going through over a guitar riff. It’s a reggaetóntune with strong pop elements co-produced by the XAXO brothers with Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo. It also has its romantic touch, which is something I vibrate with strongly.”

Yatra, Alejandro and Turizo reach the summit in the song’s 14th week thanks to its 12.42 million in audience impressions (up 7 percent) earned in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“Its journey to the top is a reflection of how the song has been getting into people little by little,” Yatra continues. “It’s also a reflection of the perseverance of my team at Universal. Nowadays it is very easy to release a song and get lost in so many things — the news, our daily routines. We’ve done a nice job with ‘TBT.’”

It’s the first No. 1 for Alejandro, who began his Latin Airplaycareer a little over a year ago when he secured his first chart entry with “Luz Apaga,” with Ozuna and Lyanno (No. 48 peak, Feb. 16, 2019-dated survey).

“I was super happy to work with Manuel Turizo and Rauw Alejandro, who are both on fire these days,” Yatra adds. “They are not only extremely talented, but both have big hearts. So happy to be next to Rauw as he gets his first No. 1 on Latin Airplay. Without a doubt he’s one of the few newcomers who will leave a mark. I’m such a fan of him, his versatility and ability to create.”

As “TBT” hits No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart, Yatra nabs his seventh leader. His first No. 1 dates back to when “Robarte Un Beso,” with Carlos Vives, ruled for one week in January 2018. 

Turizo, meanwhile secures his second No. 1.

Elsewhere on the Latin charts, “TBT” remains atop the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart for a second week, and moves into the top 20 on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data.

Alejandro joins a group of other eight acts who have claimed their first No. 1 in 2020:

Artist, Song Title, Date Reached No. 1
Black Eyed Peas, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life),” with J Balvin, Feb. 8
Nicki Minaj, “Tusa,” with Karol G, Feb. 15
Static & Ben El, “Súbelo (Further Up),” with Pitbull and Chesca, March 28
Chesca, “Súbelo (Further Up),” with Static & Ben El and Pitbull, March 28
Ne-Yo, “Me Quedaré Contigo,” with Pitbull, featuring Lenier and El Micha, April 18
Lenier, “Me Quedaré Contigo,” with Pitbull, Ne-Yo, also featuring El Micha, April 18
El Micha, “Me Quedaré Contigo,” with Pitbull, Ne-Yo, also featuring Lenier, April 18
J.Rey Soul, “Mamacita,” with Black Eyed Peas, June 20
Camilo, “Si Me Dices Que Si,” with Reik and Farruko, June 27
Rauw Alejandro, “TBT,” with Sebastián Yatra and Manuel Turizo, July 4