Marc Anthonyis shining a spotlight on his grand opus…
The 51-year-old Puerto Rican singer is offering an inside look at the making of his Grammy-winning 2019 album Opus.
The Latin music powerhouse is set to premiere a YouTubeseries titled “OPUS the Recording Session Series,” where fans will get a chance to witness Anthony’s “most intimate journey as a music creator,” according a press release.
The album was recorded in Miami at Art House Society and Criteria Studios.
Opus, produced by Sergio George, earned the salsa singer his 11th top 10 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albumschart (dated May 25, 2019) debuting at No. 2 logging his highest debut since his 2010 album Íconos.
The Magnus Studios-produced series, which will go live on YouTube on Thursday (February 13) at 7:00 pm ET, will run for 10 weeks. Anthony is a four-time nominee at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards. He’s up for tour of the year, tropical artist of the year, solo and tropical song of the year for “Parecen Viernes.” The Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on Telemundo on April 23.
Hailed as one the breakthrough artists of the world last year, Rosalía was the only newcomer to secure a spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Latin Artistschart and one of only six female acts to claim a spot on the 50-deep male predominant list. She has steadily populated the Latin charts captivating the industry with her flamenco genre-bending sonority and stylistic musical collision making her a trailblazer of the genre.
Her second-studio album, the flamenco-pop-urban tinged El Mal Quererdebuted at No. 10 on the Top Latin Albumschart and Rosalía has claimed four titles on the Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Con Altura,” with J Balvinand El Guincho, which peaked at No. 13 and won best urban song at the 2019 Latin Grammyawards.
Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the now substantially bigger weeklong event and panel series will unite Latin’s top artists, including Los Tigres del Norte, Ozunaand J Balvin, to celebrate Hispanic music and entertainment at large.
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.
Latinfest+ will be an immersive, weeklong experience for the Latin entertainment industry, artists, executives and fans and will include superstar conversations, industry panels and workshops, celebrity fireside chats, live concerts, fan experiences and live activations of some of Billboard’s most celebrated franchises, including On the Riseand Growing Up Latino.
The full-run week of activities culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live April 23 on Telemundo. Finalists for the awards will be announced in February.
Luis Figueroa is ready to expand his musical empire…
After announcing his affiliation with Magnus Media, the Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, has joined Sony Music Latin.
“Luis has diligently developed every facet of his career including singing, songwriting, producing, acting, live performance and promotion,” says Alex Gallardo, President of Sony Music US Latin. “We are very pleased to join him in this next major step of his development.”
Figueroa graduated from Berklee College of Music, was Romeo Santos’ backing and featured vocalist during the last two international tours and, in 2017, performed at Billboard Latin Music Awards.
“I feel honored to sign with Sony because my favorite artists growing up, like Marc Anthonyand Romeo Santos, are here,” adds Figueroa.
Also, in the past year, Figueroa has been working as a songwriter on tracks like “Por Perro” with Sebastián Yatraand Lary Over, and “Telepatía” with the Norwegian EDM star Matoma. Plus, he appears as a featured artist on Yashua’s “Pa Las Babies” which was co-written by Cris Chill.
“I am ready to have a record out, and ready to have an album out,” concludes Figueroa, who will release his debut single “La Especialista” on October 4.
The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer, whose full name is Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, has received four Guinness World Records 2020 titles.
“More and more Latinos, especially Puerto Ricans are headlining the lists of world records,” says Ralph Hannah, Official Adjudicator of Guinness World Recordsin a press statement. “The passion and enthusiasm that characterizes these stars have seen them reach the top of our rankings.”
Ozuna has been recognized with the Guinness World Records title for artist with the most videos to reach one billion views on YouTube(7) in Feb. 2019, the most Billboard Latin Music Award nominations for a single artist in a single year (23) on February 12, 2019, and most Billboard Latin Music Award wins for a single artist in a single year (11) on April 25, 2019.
And, since his album debut Odisea topped Billboard’s Top Latin Albumschart for 46 week from September 16, 2017, through September 1, 2018, Ozuna also achieved a title for most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart (male).
Ozuna received his certificates and a copy of Guinness World Records 2020 during an official ceremony in his home country.
“I feel honored to receive these [Guinness World Records] titles, which validates how hard we’ve been working for the past years,” the singer said.
Jenni Rivera’s family is commemorating her 50th birthday in a special way…
The Riveras havedebuted a new emotional ballad recorded at the prime of the late singer’s career before she died in a plane crash in 2012.
“Aparentemente Bien” is about a broken heart and shows an emotional side of the regional Mexican star who is heard having a heart-rending moment during the recording of the song.
“I was surprised she was crying,” says Jenni’s sister Rosie Rivera. “To allow herself to be so vulnerable. I think it’s an empowering song and she was living in the moment.”
The song was discovered by sibling Juan Riveraon a hard drive, among several others, about three years ago after his sister died. “It was like a puzzle,” says Rosie, referring to the discovery of the songs. “To hear Jenni’s voice with a new song is a spectacular feeling.”
The Rivera family decided to wait for the right moment before releasing the track, which will be followed by others in a span of about a year before a new album debuts, Rosie said. The new music is part of several projects that were recently announced, including a biopic, among other projects.
“We weren’t sure about releasing this music three years ago,” Rosie said. “We weren’t sure if the world was ready, if the kids were ready. We feel everyone is getting a better place and is ready for her 50th birthday (July 2), the golden year. We want to give her the best.”
The new song was written by “Despacito” co-writer Erica Enderand Alejandro Lerner. Ender met Rivera in 2009 at a Miami after party following the Billboard Latin Music Awardsand both talked about music and working together. Ender sent Rivera music for consideration.
“I didn’t hear anything from Jenni,” Ender tells Billboard. “When I recently heard the song I thought it was Jenni’s daughter singing. When her family told me it was actually Jenni it was so emotional. The lyrics of the song also relate to how people feel about her loss.”
Rosie calls this new chapter part of a “takeover year” as a gift to fans who will see and hear different sides of the singer with many surprises along the way. Marlon Villardirected the “Aparentemente Bien” video, which features a substantial cast, including the Rivera family, actors portraying real moments from the Long Beach, Calif.-born singer’s life and stories that fans have lived as well and continue sharing with the Riveras.
Villar conceived and directed Ricardo Arjona‘s first-ever animated music video “El Cielo a Mi Favor” in 2018. The new Rivera music video has aWalt Disneytouch featuring Villar’s vibrant style.
The filmmakers of the new video also traveled to Iturbide, Mexico, where Rivera died. This week’s launch includes a new Jenni Rivera makeup line and a day after Fourth of July, Rivera’s image and new music will be part of a Times Squarebillboard for the day through aSpotifycampaign. The digital music platform will also celebrate Rivera’s birthday with a video series going live on July 2.
“This is a way to feel my daughter again,” said Rivera’s mother Doña Rosa. “She’ll continue singing and we are happy about that, but it’s also bittersweet because I won’t get to see her. But I feel her in my heart.”
While preparing for his performance at the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards next month, the 27-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer, a 23-time BLMA finalist, has released his new song “Vacia Sin Mi,” featuring Darell.
The new single, released on March 14 – one day after Ozuna’s birthday – was accompanied by a music video, which is very different to what Ozuna has presented visually in previous songs.
On this occasion, Ozuna presents a dynamic clip, with neon effects and dancers.
“Vacía Sin Mi” is part of Ozuna’s next album Nibiru.
He performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonon Friday.
Telemundo has revealed the first wave of artists who’ll perform at the Billboard Latin Music Awards with the 28-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and songwriter earning a spot in the lineup.
Karol G, a new artist of the year finalist, joins a roster that includes Latin boy band CNCO and renowned vallenatosinger Carlos Vives.
The announcement comes a little more than a month after the 2019 finalists were revealed, with Ozuna leading the pack in 23 categories, followed by J Balvin and Nicky Jam (both with 13), and Bad Bunny (11).
Here’s the first batch of Billboard Latin Music Awards performers:
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The 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live at 8:00 pm ET on April 25 on Telemundo.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of Billboard’s Latin Music Week, which will take place on April 22-25 at The Venetianin Las Vegas, Nevada. Now in its 29th year, Latin Music Week & Conferenceis the biggest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin Music in the world. The most respected conference in Latin music will bring the top artists, executives and power players in the industry together for a week of concerts, showcases, interviews, keynotes, and industry panels.
For information visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.
The 48-year-old Puerto Rican superstar is set to perform at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.
J.Lo shared the news when she stopped by the TODAY show Wednesday morning amid chatting with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie about the Met Gala, Season 2 of her show World of Dance, and her new single “El Anillo.”
She quickly took to Twitter following her TODAY appearance to share her excitement.
Lopez premiered “El Anillo” at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 26, where she delivered a show-stopping performance in a goddess-like headdress and bejeweled bodysuit. She last performed on the Billboard Music Awards in 2014, when she also received the Icon Award.
Along with J.Lo, this year’s star-studded roster of BBMAs performers includes Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Kelly Clarkson (who is also hosting the show), John Legend, Dua Lipa, BTSand this year’s Icon Award recipient, Janet Jackson.
Christina Aguileraand Demi Lovatoalso just announced that they’ll team up for a performance of their new collaboration “Fall In Line,” which will mark the world premiere of the song.
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.
The 24-year-old Colombian singer has been confirmed as a Star Q&A participant at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Week, which will officially move to Las Vegas this year.
Considered the Latin music world’s biggest gathering of dealmakers, power players and artists, this year’s event will take place at The Venetian in Las Vegas, April 23-26.
The schedule will culminate with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, the longest-running Latin music award show, airing live on Telemundo April 26.
Maluma, a global powerhouse and 10-time finalist for this year’s awards, will be one of the conference’s superstars in attendance, sitting down for an exclusive Star Q&A where he will discuss his exploding international career, his upcoming arena tour and his collaboration with a plethora of artists, from Shakira to Brazilian singer Nego do Borel, with whom he features on his current No. 1 hit “Corazón.”
“It’s an honor to be taking part in this year’s Star Q&A at the most important conference for the Latin music industry,” said Maluma, who kicks off his U.S. arena tour in March.
“Many amazing things happened in the past year and I can’t wait to share with everyone during Latin Music Week.”
In 2017, more than 1,000 attendees witnessed legendary discussions with panelists, J Balvin, Farruko and Nicky Jam among others.
Now in its 29th year, the event, completely committed to the Latin music industry, will feature Q&A sessions and panels including “Superstar Q&As” and marquee sessions like the “Divas Panel” and “How I Wrote that Song,” with top artists, labels, radio, marketing, brand and music executives.
At 24 years old, Maluma is one of Latin music’s biggest acts, boasting 31.2 million Instagram followers and over 13.6 million YouTube/Vevo subscribers. Maluma notched seven top ten hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and currently boasts the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, “Corazón.” He was also the No. 1 most-viewed artist on Instagram Stories in 2017.
Registration for the annual event is now open and you can go to BillboardLatinConference.com to sign up with early bird, loyalty and group rates available.
Little Mix has confirmed the British all-girl group will be releasing a remix of the Latin boy band’s “Reggaeton Lento.”
The collaboration, which has been kept under wraps until today, was announced by both groups on their social media accounts and will feature Little Mix singing in Spanish on the track.
It will be their first new material since 2016’s Glory Days.
“We couldn’t keep this quiet anymore,” wrote Little Mix in a tweet that was soon followed by a video phone call between the two groups. “We’re so excited to be signing with you on the reggaeton Lento Remix!” say Little Mix in a video call with the CNCO guys.
“Can’t wait for everyone to hear the new remix,” said CNCO.
The group’s original version of “Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)” reached No. 6 on Hot Latin Songs on April 8, 2017. It hit No. 1 on the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart dated February 25.
The song has generated 99.8 million on-demand streams in the U.S., through Aug. 10, according to Nielsen Music.