“Una Noche en Latinoamerica” Live Concert Streamathon Set for December 5

Call it an online Latin music invasion…

More than 50 artists from throughout Latin America will perform live shows for a streamathon hosted by the website of the Association of Latin American Musical Managers (MMF).

Una Noche en Latinoamerica

Titled “Una Noche en Latinoamerica,” the December 5 event “will show the level of music that our continent produces, for our audiences and for the whole world,” the organization announced.

The recently founded regional organization of artists’ reps is calling the event “an action without precedent” whose goal is to “show the world the quality and diversity of musicians, venues, festivals, dances, concerts and artistic encounters on any given night on our continent.”

Artists, venues and promoters from Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina are among those who have confirmed their participation with shows by musicians of various genres to be streamed from urban clubs, rural festivals and everything in between.

The performances will be streamed at the MMF website.

The MMF, founded earlier this year, has recruited 60 members from 16 countries in Latin America. The stated goal of the managers’ organization is to promote the development of the Latin American music industry. The association is part of the global managers network International Music Management Forum.

“In Latin America we are more than 600 million people connected by the Spanish and Portuguese language and diversenative languages,” the organization notes. “We share common roots, parallel histories, and a very effervescent present. Together, [we are] connected by music.”

Shakira to Get Her Own Bird as Part of Rovio’s “Angry Birds Pop” Mobile Game

Shakira is flying high

The 38-year-old Colombian singer will become an Angry Bird in the new Angry Birds Pop mobile puzzle game.


The new “Shakira Bird” is yellow and has long, flowing blonde hair. In addition to Angry Birds Pop, she’ll also appear in the coming months to two other Angry Bird games: Angry Birds Friends and Angry Birds 2.

The deal between Shakria and the game-maker Rovio came about after she met with Rovio marketing head Peter Vesterbacka in Barcelona this year, according to an article in musically.

Shakira Bird in Angry Birds Pop

“Within five minutes it was very clear that we had to do something together,” said Vesterbacka in a statement

The Shakira-Rovio partnership isn’t the first time they’ve partnered with a major music artist.

Shakira Bird in Angry Birds Pop

Back in 2012, Rovio partnered with Green Day, who got their own episode in Angry Birds Friends.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Angry Birds will link the Shakira Bird to her music.

Shakira is working on a new album but no material has been released yet.

She most recently appeared onstage in Barcelona with Mexican rock band Mana, who featured her in the group’s single “Mi verdad.”

Iglesias’ “Bailando” Video Makes History with One Billion Views on YouTube

Enrique Iglesias has a billion reasons to bailar

The 40-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter’s massive hit “Bailando,” has reached a new milestone, hitting one billion views on YouTube.

Enrique Iglesias

Iglesias’ urban-flamenco party anthem featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona is now the first Spanish-language song to reach one billion views online.

“Thank you guys so much for getting Bailando Spanish version to 1 BILLION views. Incredible!!!,” said the “I Like It” singer on Instagram.

Iglesias is currently on his Sex & Love tour, which, to date, has attracted over one million people around the world and counting.

Up next he’s nominated for two Premios Tu Mundo, in the favorite pop artist category and “party-starting song” for “El Perdón,” his other mega-hit with Nicky Jam. A new bilingual version of the song, titled “Forgiveness,” aims to get it a comparable amount of play as its Spanish-language counterpart.

Iglesias will probably have more to toast to in the future. His longtime manager Fernando Giaccardi, who made it onto the 2015 Billboard Latin Power Players List, recently said of his superstar client, “With Enrique, it’s never enough. It’s like, ‘Great, we did this. Now what?’ ”

Mars & Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” 2015’s Top-Selling Digital Single So Far

Bruno Mars is the leader of the pack in 2015…

Nielsen Music has released its 2015 mid-year music charts with the 29-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter’s collaboration with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” the top-selling digital single.

Bruno Mars

Mars and Ronson’s ultra-catchy track claimed the top spot, with 4.89 million downloads. However, that number pales in comparison to the amount of times the single has been streamed: Combined audio and video streams of “Uptown Funk” have nearly reached the 368 million mark.

The track was also been a favorite among radio programmers, racking up 646,000 plays in 2015 so far.

Since the beginning of 2015, audio streaming is up 74 percent compared to the same period in 2014, while video streaming has grown an eye-popping 109 percent. From December 29th to June 28th, over 135 billion songs were streamed, the Nielsen report states.

Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” came in second place with 3.45 million downloads, and Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” (from “Furious 7″) finished at No. 3 with 3.07 million downloads so far this year.

Santos Rules YouTube’s Total Views Chart

Forget Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Katy PerryRomeo Santos is the real YouTube leader.

The 33-year-old Dominican American singer, the undisputed king of bachata, is also leader on YouTube, far outpacing several mainstream artists in terms of total views.

Romeo Santos

With more four billion total views (4,351,032,074, to be exact), Santos towers over Swift (over 3.7 billion), Beyoncé (over 2 billion), Perry (over 2.6 billion), Shakira (over 1.2 billion), and other mainstream pop artists.

YouTube based its total views on both official and fan-uploaded videos from September 2014 to June 30, 2015. Only videos claimed using “Content ID” get counted. The latter is a system used by copyright owners to identify and manage their content on YouTube. When a fan, for instance, uploads content matching a work an artist owns, the copyright owner gets to decide what happens to that video; options include blocking the video, monetizing on its views by running ads against it, and tracking the video’s viewership stats. Only copyright owners who own exclusive rights to a substantial body of original material that is frequently uploaded by the YouTube user community get a Content ID.

The latest YouTube data also shows where Santos’ fanbase views are coming from. Colombia is No. 1, with over 700 million views, followed by Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and the U.S.

But Santos’ rule is equally impressive in his home state of New York, where, according to the Wall Street Journal’s recent Musical Map of New York City study, which used data from e-jukebox vendor TouchTunes, the Dominican American heartthrob is the most popular artist in over 50 city neighborhoods.

Recently, Santos also made Billboard history on the Hot Latin Songs chart with his smash “Propuesta Indecente,” the first-ever song to reach the 100th week mark on the chart.

Lovato to Partner with Pocket Gems for Mobile “Create Your Own Adventure” Game

It’s game on for Demi Lovato

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress has partnered with mobile game developer Pocket Gems to create a game that recreates the storyline of becoming a famous musician.

Demi Lovato Mobile Game

The still-untitled game, to be released later this summer, is a “choose your own adventure” type story, says Pocket Gem’s Jameel Khalfan. Players will join Lovato on tour and backstage as they build their own music careers. It will run on Pocket Gems’ Episode platform, which powers dozens of interactive stories, and will be available to both iOS and Android users.

Why did Pocket Gems seek out Lovato? Khalfan says the company surveys its users about the kind of content they want and which people they admire. One recurring theme from its predominantly female user base was the desire to be famous. Pocket Gems eventually found out through CAA, Lovato’s agency, she was interested in this kind of project.

“If you incorporate an artist like Demi, it becomes more real,” Khalfan tells Billboard. “You get to see things that have helped her along the way. We wanted to come up with a compelling story our users will love. They’re all aware of her story.”

As for Lovato’s involvement in the game’s development, Khalfan says she has helped give it authenticity. She has helped craft her dialogue, the clothes and outfits her avatar will wear. Her dog Buddy will also be featured. Khalfan says Lovato’s original recordings will be incorporated in the game “in a few different ways” depending on the story.

Hillary Clinton’s First-Ever Spotify Playlist Includes Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud”

Jennifer Lopez is making Loud noise on Hillary Clinton’s MP3 player…

The presidential hopeful officially launched her campaign over the weekend, and as part of that, she also joined Spotify and put together her very first playlist “The Official Hillary 2016 Playlist.”

Jennifer Lopez

The 14-song mix is chock-full of inspirational pop, with powerful lady songs, including the 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actress and American Idol judge’s “Let’s Get Loud.”

Other power anthem’s include Katy Perry‘s “Roar,” Sara Bareilles‘ “Brave” and Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger.

Elsewhere, the playlist contains “Happy” and “Beautiful Day,” which all continue the themes she’s trying to push in her campaign.

“Let’s Get Loud,” a disco-salsa pop song about never giving up, appeared on J.Lo’s debut album On the 6, which was released in 1999. An accompanying music video was directed by Jeffrey Doe and filmed live at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The track, co-written by Gloria Estefan and Kike Santander, charted on several charts around the world, reaching the top ten on five European countries.

Lopez earned her second consecutive nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording with the song.

Carey Creates Special Match.com Profile to Promote Her New Music Video

It’s game, set, match for Mariah Carey

The 45-year-old half-Venezuelan singer has partnered with Match.com to help promote her latest musical endeavor.

Mariah Carey

Carey and her team decided to join forces with Match.com to premiere her music video Infinity.

One of the clip’s highlights? A look at the newly-single superstar’s Match.com profile (see below). Check out the full thing here.

Mariah Carey on Match.com

In terms of the profile, the self-described “curvy” divorcee’s interests are relatively broad, including everything from “movies/videos” to “music and concerts.” And as you probably know, she does have kids “and they live at home (2)”.

So, if you’re a non-smoking 6’0” – 8’11” tall male between the ages of 20-120, feel free to email her, “wink for free” or, hey, even “meet at Starbucks.”

Disney Partners with myLINGO to Make Pratts’ “McFarland, USA” Accessible to Spanish-Speaking Audiences

Spanish-speakers will soon have the chance to hear Carlos Pratts in their native tongue…

Walt Disney Studios has unveiled a new collaboration with myLINGO, a smartphone app that’ll allow Spanish-speaking audiences to experience the 28-year-old Latino actor’s latest film McFarland, USA in their native language.

McFarland, USA

The film, which opens on February 20, stars Kevin Costner as the coach of a track team at a predominantly Latino high school.

The myLINGO dubbing system uses the microphones on moviegoers’ smartphones or other devices to connect to the movie once it has begun. The app then matches the unique audio signature to its precise place in the movie, and plays back the alternate language audio through headphones in perfect sync with the film.

The app company previously conducted tests at limited screenings of Annie, Big Hero 6 and The Equalizer, but this is the first time that the technology will be available to wider audiences. “Now we’re going much wider,” myLINGO co-founder Olenka Polak told Deadline.

The myLINGO website said the system will be available at 25 theaters showing McFarland, USA, most of which appear to be located in neighborhoods with high percentages of Latino moviegoers.

“This is a great movie to do this with,” app co-founder Adam Polak said.

“We are delighted to bring the magical world of Disney films to a broader group of Spanish-speaking viewers and multicultural families at select theatres with this new technology,” said Paul Holliman, VP Strategic Planning at Walt Disney Studios. “myLINGO provides a rich and customized cinematic experience, where bilingual families and friends can share the same emotion, laughter and excitement together in a whole new way.”

Alexis y Fido Launch Mobile App

Alexis y Fido is going mobile…

The Puerto Rican reggaetón duo, comprised of Raúl Alexis Ortiz and Joel Martínez, has launched its own mobile app, designed to give fans endless information about the duo.

Alexis y Fido

The free app – available for iPhone and Android devices — includes a biography, pictures, direct access to their social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), a chat wall and a music store. Plus, a chat function allows fans to contact the duo, who already boast 1.63 million followers on Twitter and 7.4 million likes on Facebook.

“We are going to be directly connected with our fans through the chat feature,” Fido told Billboard. “They’ll also have access to exclusive information such as pictures, and right now they can enjoy the video gallery with all our music videos of Alexis y Fido.”

The app is only available in Spanish and can be found on mobile devices under Alexis y Fido.