Shakira Takes to Social Media to Hint at New Music

Shakira’s ready to give fans what they want… new music!

Posing with headphones in front of a microphone, the 43-year-old Colombian superstar announced this week: “I’ve read your tweets bosses! I’m on it!,” hinting that she’s working on new music. 

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Shak’s Twitter fans immediately reacted with “OMG’s” and requests for a new English-language track. 

One Twitter user even hoped for a “Middle Eastern-Urban fusion with English lyrics and a good music video.”

Shak continues making the rounds with her Anuel AA-assisted single “Me Gusta,” which dropped in January and jumped 20-6 in its second frame on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated February 1. 

“Me Gusta” is an infectious reggaeton-meets-Latin-trap fusion revives Inner Circle’s 1992 reggae bop “Sweat,” using parts of the timeless “ala la la la long” chorus.

During quarantine, Shakira isn’t only recording music but also celebrating the 2.5 billion video views for “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” and recently revealed that she graduated from a four-week online crash course in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania because she needed to “make the confinement productive.”

Anuel AA’s “KEII” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

Anuel AA has another chart-topper on his hands…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer’s single “KEII” has reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart.

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“KEII” leads the list in its 11th week on the survey and picks up a 48% increase in audience impressions (to 15.9 million) earned in the week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music.

It’s his third No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart. He’s previously reached the summit with “China,” featuring Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin, and the “Otro Trago Remix” with Sech, Ozuna, Nicky Jam and Darrell.

The song also tops the Latin Rhythm Airplaychart dated May 2, 2020 as song the jumps 6-1.

Anuel AA Teams Up with Lil Pump for New Single “Illuminati”

Anuel AA has a new illuminat(i)ng new collaboration…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer has joined voices with Lil Pump for a fiery new single “Illuminati.” 

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Rumors about a new music videofrom Lil Pump surfaced late last year when the 19-year-old “Gucci Gang” rapper shared a profanity-laced Instagramclip showing his bloodied hand after being bitten by a snake.

On Friday, Pump and Anuel AA dropped the hellish Spiff TV-directed video for “Illuminati,” which features the two artists surrounded by death, fire and plenty of serpents. 

“Illuminati” and its accompanying video were released through Tha Lights Global.

Bad Bunny Releases New Album “YHLQMDLG”

Bad Bunnyis doing whatever he wants, including releasing a new surprise album…

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer released YHLQMDLG, which stands for “Yo hago lo que me da la gana,” on Saturday at midnight.

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The title is a testament to what Bad Bunny’s fans love about him. From redefining men’s fashion to his outspokenness about Puerto Rican politics, Bad Bunny has always stayed true to himself.

“My job is what I’m passionate about. I simply do what fulfills me,” Bad Bunny told Entertainment Tonight, ahead of the album drop. “I try to please people. I try to please myself.”

The sprawling 20-track album includes an all-star lineup of guest stars, including Daddy YankeeÑengo FlowSech and Jowell y Randy— as well as uncredited vocals by ArcángelAnuel AA and Myke Towers. The song “Bichiyal” also features a surprise comeback from Puerto Rican cult favorite, Yaviah.

Said Bad Bunny of the new album on Twitter Friday afternoon: “Les recomiendo que esta noche se reunan con sus amistades y seres queridos, compren cervezas, tengan el surtido correcto para toda la noche y la pasen cabrón escuchando mi álbum.” In short, the album goes down best with a few beers and your best buddies.

Bad Bunny’s star has been on the meteoric rise since 2018. After he dropped his debut album X 100pre, which won best urban music album at the Latin Grammys, he released an album with J Balvin the very next year, Oasis.

Anuel AA to Speak at This Year’s LatinFest+ 

Anuel AAis ready to talk the talk…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singeris set to speak at this year’s LatinFest+ by Billboard and Telemundo, taking place from April 20 to 23 in Las Vegas. 

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He’ll participate in a panel titled “Viva Live with Anuel,” where he’ll talk about the making of his upcoming new album to be released under Sony Music Latin.

Anuel earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albumschart with his 2018 debut album Real Hasta la Muerte(on the list dated July 28). 

After the global success of hits like “Ella Quiere Beber,” “Secreto,” and “China,” his new single “KEII” opens at No. 3 on the Hot Latin Songschart (dated February 22), earning him his first top 10 debut of the year on the tally and his 14th top 10 overall. 

The new single, which is Japanese for “respect,” adds his 14th top 10 on the list, following “Me Gusta,” his collaboration with Shakira(No. 6 peak).

Other stars confirmed so far to participate at Latinfest+ include OzunaJ BalvinRosaliaCarlos Vives, and Los Tigres del NorteSechLunayManuel TurizoNatanael CanoCazzuMariahMyke Towers, and Jhay Cortezwill also participate as part of the “On The Rise: The New Generation of Urban Men and Women” panel.

Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the three-day event and panel series, which has been revamped and expanded in a partnership with Telemundo, will unite Latin music’s top artists and industry leaders. The inaugural Latinfest+ also marks the 30th anniversary of Billboard’s Latin Music Conference, the longest-running and biggest Latin music gathering in the world.

Registration for 2020 LatinFest+ is already open at http://latinfestplus.com.

Tainy Releases New Single “Nada,” Featuring Lauren Jauregui & C. Tangana

Tainyis taking it old-escuela

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican hit-making producer and songwriter captures the essence of the reggaetón he was raised on “Nada,” the just-released single off his forthcoming debut solo EP The Kids That Grew Up On Reggaeton: Neon Tapes.

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Featuring Lauren Jaureguiand C. Tangana, “Nada” crosses language and genre barriers with Jauregui’s soulful pop vocals filtering Spanish and English lyrics and C. Tangana’s electronically-tinged trap verses. 

The song has a sexual flare to it, as both singers reject the notion of marriage but bemoan that they’re giving each other “nada” or nothing with their undefined yet playful relationship. 

The Elliot Muscat/The Garden-directed music video is set in Miami, Fla. where Tainy launched his NEON16 studio, showing the city’s raw, yet vibrant landscapes from green palm trees cascading over a vintage red Mercedes Benz that the former Fifth Harmony member rests on to turquoise-colored houses where Tainy kicks back with the guys. 

The Kids That Grew Up On Reggaeton: Neon Tapes marks Tainy’s first solo venture after working with the likes of Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Anuel AA, Ozuna and more Latin popstars in his accelerating successful career, spanning 47 Hot Latin Songs entries and a No. 1 producer ranking last year on Billboard‘s Latin Producers chart (dated July 20). 

“Nada” marks a pivotal cross-cultural moment in Tainy’s reggaetón speciality, democratizing the Latin urban genre for both mainstream American and Latin artists. “You can’t go too drastic when you’re creating records for the Latin market; it’s about expanding what their ear is used to,” Tainy told Billboard in an interview last month. “The American market has more liberty. Hearing the essence of reggaetón from [his production team] Luny Tunes, but listening to different chords from The Neptunes or how big and full Timbaland‘s percussion sounds [are] and adding those pop and electronic elements [influences my work].”

Khea Signs Worldwide Deal with Interscope Records

Khea is going global…

The 19-year-old Argentinian Latin trap singer, whose real name is Ivo Alfredo Thomas Serue, has signed a deal with Interscope Records worldwide.

Khea

Khea has established himself as one of the leaders of the Latin trap movement in Argentina and Latin America. His rise to fame was astronomical after his song “LOCA” exploded in Latin America. To date, the song has accumulated an astonishing 900M+ views across Spotifyand YouTube.

In 2018, Khea performed more than 100 shows in the most iconic venues in Argentina and Latin America to sold out crowds.

In 2019, he was invited to perform on the leading festivals in Latin America like  Lollapalooza Argentinaand Chile, Creamfields ChileHellow Festival Mexicoand Coca Cola Flow Fest Mexico. He has also been invited as a Special Guest during the tour stops for Daddy YankeeAnuel AA, and Nicky Jamin Argentina and Paraguay.

In 2019, he was also one of only three Latin artists performing on the major European festival circuit; Tomorrowland, Poland Open’erTinderboxWireless Germany, Les Ardentes, to name a few. 

Khea has collaborated with artists like Bad BunnyYung PinchC-TanganaRauw AlejandroDuki, and Eladio Carrion.

His versatility and lyrical creativity has put him at the forefront of Latin trap and is allowing him to pave the way for an entire generation of Urban Argentine musicians that are exporting their music globally.

Shakira Opening Pre-Super Bowl Pop-Up Store in Miami

Shakirais giving fans a special treat in Miami…

The 42-year-old Colombian superstar will co-headline the Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show with Jennifer Lopez on Sunday, February 2 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

Shakira

In celebration, Shak is opening a special pop-up store in Miami’s Wynwood area for two days only. 

Running from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1 at 2300 N.W. 2nd Ave., the pop-up store will showcase everything Shakira-related, from her exclusive merchandise to her complete perfume collection.    

“Miami! Visit Shak’s special pop-up store to celebrate her Halftime performance!” read the invitation on Instagram. “Check out the exclusive clothing line, discover Shak’s full perfume range and enjoy music and refreshments!” Shkiar, who’s currently making the rounds with her single “Me Gusta” in collaboration with Anuel AA, shared a set of photos, giving fans a sneak peek of the store.

Shakira Releases New Single “Me Gusta,” Featuring Anuel AA

Shakira is sharing her like

The 42-year-old Colombian superstar, who’ll be performing in the Super Bowl halftime show next month, has released a new single, “Me Gusta,” featuring Anuel AA

Shakira

“Nuevo sencillo!!! New single!!!” Shakira wrote on social media over the weekend, when Anuel AA also shared the news.

The two offered a peek at a photo for “Me Gusta,” which will be released on Monday, with their announcement.

The single’s artwork features both artists gazing at the camera, with Shakira in the forefront, gracing a table while dressed in an elaborate, pale pink ensemble.

Tainy Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Tainyhas new representation…

William Morris Endeavor (WME) has announced that the agency will represent the 30-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter, whose real name is Marco Masis, in all areas worldwide.

Tainy

Tainy, who continues to be managed by Lex Borreroat Neon16, will work across all departments of the agency to build his business. Billboard hasconfirmed that this is the first time he’s been represented by a talent agency.

After a successful 2019 as an artist, landing at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Producerschart for 26 consecutive weeks, Tainy crowned the year-end Hot Latin Songs Producerschart, followed by DJ SnakeMambo Kingz and DJ Luian.

His roster includes recent chart-topping hits such as Cardi B’s “I Like It,” “Callaita” in collaboration with Bad Bunny, “Adicto” in collaboration with Anuel AAandOzuna, and “I Can’t Get Enough,” for which he teamed up with Benny BlancoSelena Gomez and J Balvin

Tainy is currently nominated for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album at the 2020 Grammy Awardsfor his work on Bad Bunny’s X 100Preand on J Balvinand Bad Bunny’s joint album Oasis.