J Balvin Replaces Drake as Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

Life is but a stream for J Balvin

The 33-year-old Colombian urban artist is officially the most streamed artist worldwide on Spotify, according to the digital platform.

J Balvin

J Balvin reached the milestone after surpassing the mark of 48 million monthly listeners, overtaking Drakefor the worldwide No. 1 spot.

Last summer, J Balvin’s single “Mi Gente” was the first Latin song sung completely in Spanish to make it to No. 1 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart.

And his recent single ‘X‘with Nicky Jam has already been streamed more than 327 million times.

According to Spotify, Latin music listening increased by 110% in 2017.

“The world is for those of us who dream big,” J Balvin said in a video posted on his social media platforms.

J Balvin’s New Album “Vibras” Makes History on Apple Music

J Balvin is making history…

The 33-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer’s new album Vibras has racked up the most first-week global streams for a Latin album ever on Apple Music, replacing week one of Romeo Santos‘ 2017 project Golden.

J Balvin

Vibras also claims the record for the most-streamed Latin album in 24 hours on Apple Music so far in 2018.

On the Billboard charts, the album notched the biggest week of 2018 for a Latin album so far with its No. 1 debut on the Top Latin Albums chart and No. 15 bow on the Billboard 200. The week of its release, Vibras was highlighted as one of the best albums of the week in Billboard’s Viva Friday article, which is a compilation of new songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors.

“I just want to make music for the world,” the Colombian singer told Beats 1’s Ebro Darden before he released the album.

Camila Cabello’s “Havana” is Spotify’s Most-Streamed Song Ever by a Solo Female Artist

Camila Cabello is officially the Stream Queen…

The 21-year-old Spanish and Mexican singer has reached another music milestone.

Camila Cabello

Cabello now holds the record for Spotify‘s most-streamed song ever by a solo female artist with “Havana,” Billboard has learned.

With more than 888 million streams, “Havana” has broken the previous record held by Sia with “Cheap Thrills.”

Cabello is also the first solo Latina female artist to hold the title.

On the Billboard charts, the song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week in January. It was Cabello’s first No. 1 on the chart. Also, it topped the Streaming Songs chart, in conjunction with the release of her self-titled debut album (chart dated Jan. 27).

Additionally, “Havana” was No. 1 for seven weeks on the Pop Songs chart, No. 1 for one week on Adult Top 40 and No. 1 for three weeks on Rhythmic Top 40, and it was the No. 1 song in all of radio (Radio Songs chart) for four weeks. It also led the Digital Song Sales chart for two weeks.

Victor Manuelle Partners with Fanstereo on New Collection of Wireless Speakers & Headphones

Victor Manuelle is speaker-ing out…

The 49-yar-old Puerto Rican salsa singer has partnered with Fanstereo to launch a new collection of wireless speakers and headphones branded with his name.

Victor Manuelle

The Victor Manuelle Capsule Collection is the first to be branded with the name of a Latin music artist for Fanstereo, which has previously put out similar lines endorsed by dance duo Ayo & Teo, rapper Boosie Badaz and DJ Scream.

According to an announcement from the company — founded by Bad Boy Branding CEO Jay Leopardi — more new collections in collaboration “with a variety of notable performers and artists” will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chris Nunez to Star in the Facebook Watch Series “The Tattoo Shop”

Chris Nunez is ready to ink on social media…

The 44-year-old Cuban American tattoo artist, television personality and entrepreneur, the star of Ink Master and Miami Ink, will appear on a new eight-episode interactive series on Facebook Watch starting Thursday, March 15.

Chris Nunez

The Tattoo Shop follows renowned inksters Nunez, Ami JamesChris Garver, Darren Brass and Tommy Montoya as they open their new tattoo shop, Liberty City Tattoo, in Wynwood, Miami.

The show will feature two episodes weekly, with Thursdays offering a behind-the-scenes look into the artists’ lives and their clients. Friday will feature a live tattoo experience on Mystery TattooEach week, one client will agree to get a tattoo, sight unseen, and is left in the hands of the Facebook community, who will make the creative decisions on the design and where the art will be drawn on the body.

“We’re psyched to do this amazing new show that shows real tattooing in a real tattoo shop,” said James, co-founder of Tattoodo and The Tattoo Shop star. “And with it being on Facebook Watch, we get to interact with viewers in a way we never have before.”

The show is created by Tattoodo, produced by Tattoodo and Drive Studios, with Ryan Duffy as executive producer and Kevin Johnston as showrunner.

Click here for a link to the trailer on Facebook.

Selena Gomez: The Queen of Social Media

Selena Gomez is officially the Queen of Social Media…

The 25-year-old Mexican singer/actress tops Deadline.com’s Top 25 Social Media Star Power Chart, which ranks the top stars across the big three social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Selena Gomez

Deadline partnered with RelishMIX to pull together the stats for the chart.

Gomez, with a social media universe (SMU) of 250M, ranked No. 1, having added 53 million followers/fans in the last year.

Gomez is the top star in Instagram with 132.9 million, and she has 61.8 followers on Facebook and 56.2 million followers on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez rose up two notches to No. 6 on the overall list.

The actress/singer has been busy with Shades of Blue returning on NBCWorld of Dance and the romantic comedy feature Second Act.

Lopez has 71.9 million followers on Instagram, 44.9 million followers on Facebook and 76.4 million followers on Twitter.


Becky G Earns First YouTube Button for Breaking Million Subscriber Mark

Becky G is all buttoned up…

The 20-year-old Mexican American singer has received her first YouTube button for reaching a million subscribers on her channel..

Becky G

Becky G was handed a plaque for the feat at this year’s Calibash in Los Angeles — after earning another five million subscribers — her first ever YouTube button plaque.

The honor comes just as Becky G, who starred in last year’s Power Rangers film, celebrates crossing the 900 million view mark on Vevo for her Bad Bunny collaboration, “Mayores.”

The music video for the sultry songs ranks as her biggest to date, with its view count almost triple that of her second-most-watched video.

“Shower,” her No. 2 performer, has logged 323 million views.

Becky G’s “Mayores” Video Surpasses Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” in YouTube Views

Look what you made Becky G do…

The official music video for the 20-year-old Mexican American singer’s collaboration with Bad BunnyMayores” has surpassed Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” in YouTube views.

Becky G

To date, the steamy “Mayores” video has notched 780,639,040 views while “Look What You Made Me Do” has earned 773,087,373.

It should be noted that because “Mayores” is a collaboration equally billed between Becky and Bad Bunny, Swift is still the most watched female solo act of 2017.

Considering “Look What You Made Me Do” premiered a little over a month after “Mayores,” it’s still possible for the numbers to change in favor of Swift — but only time will tell.

Spotify Enhanching Its ¡Viva Latino! Playlist with Exclusive, Original Content from Daddy Yankee & More

Spotify is upping it’s Latin Music game…

Spotify’s ¡Viva Latino! Playlist, which launched in 2014, has been connecting music lovers with some of the most established voices en el mundo Latino and giving a platform to emerging acts, all the while bridging cultural gaps regardless of language or origin.

Spotify x Daddy Yankee

But Spotify knows there’s more to music than just the finished product, and there’s more to an artist than what we hear on a single track. That’s why Spotify is upping the ante every Friday with a constantly refreshing playlist that brings fans even closer to their favorite Latin artists like J BalvinShakira or Daddy Yankee.

Starting this week, the new ¡Viva Latino! feed comes equipped with exclusive, original content, including videos from artists of all genres, behind-the-scenes tracks, and more.

According to Rocio Guerrero, head of global cultures at Spotify, the new enhanced playlist is poised to change the game, giving fans unparalleled access to the movers and shakers making a name for Latin music around the world.

“It’s a new playlist that we believe will take Latin culture to the next level. I don’t think there’s anything like it. It will have its own identity, original music videos and cover stories. We are relaunching [Viva Latino] with original music videos and audios. Every week we are going to have editorial content.”

Spotify isn’t stopping at behind-the-scenes exclusives, video premieres and original editorial content. They’re simultaneously introducing ¡Viva Latino! A Spotify Original Podcast, where every two weeks Latin music’s megastars contextualize their latest global hits charting on the Viva Latino playlist. The podcast is scheduled to feature luminaries like Jennifer LopezJesse & JoyBecky GBad BunnyCarlos Vives and Bomba Estéreo, among many others.

Guerrero looks no further than this year in Latin music as an indicator of the genre’s promising future in pop culture.

“The recent successes of Latin artists such as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and J Balvin have shown us that music today knows no geographic boundary or language. Latin music has truly become a universal language. We want to not only celebrate, but continue to foster that growth by bringing fans one step closer to their favorite Latin artists, while giving emerging artists a platform to reach new ears.”

To get things started properly, Spotify has recruited some of the biggest names in music to help celebrate their first week:

11/14: Daddy Yankee ft. Bad Bunny “Vuelve”
11/15: Bomba Estereo “Química”
11/16: J Balvin “Mi Gente”
11/17: Luis Fonsi’s new single featuring Demi Lovato.
11/18: Carlos Vives “Nuestro Secreto”
11/19: Anittas new single “Downtown” featuring J Balvin.

The new ¡Viva Latino! is available in the U.S. and Latin America on both mobile (iOS & Android) and desktop for free and premium users. Check it out here.

Demi Lovato’s Documentary Garners More Than 7 Million Views on YouTube

Demi Lovato’s story is going viral…

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress’ feature-length documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated has garnered more than seven million views on her YouTube channel since its October 17 debut.

Demi Lovato

Fans from 195 countries have tuned in to watch the documentary since its premiere. In addition, bonus content and trailers released over the last few weeks in the lead-up to the premiere have garnered an additional 8 million views to date, bringing the overall total to more than 15 million views for the documentary and its surrounding content.

Nearly 70% of subscribers tuned in to watch the film, according to YouTube, and viewership expanded beyond core fans, with 80% of overall views coming from non-subscribers. It was also trending on Twitter and YouTube on launch day.

Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated takes an inside look at the tumultuous experiences that have made Lovato who she is today, including the stories of getting sober while being a judge on The X Factor, the end of her six-year relationship, and what it’s like being single and dating for the first time in her adult life. It chronicles transformative moments in Lovato’s life, from her battles with substance abuse and an eating disorder, to becoming one of the biggest names in the world.

The project is produced by Philymack.