Shakira’s “Chantaje” Video Ranks No. 1 on YouTube’s Music Global Top 100

Shakira is this year’s YouTube music video sensation…

The 39-year-old Colombian superstar is closing the year as the No. 1 artist on YouTube’s Music Global Top 100.


Shakira currently ranks No. 1 on the chart dated December 15 with the official music video for her new single “Chantaje” featuring Maluma with 57.6 million views during the period from December 9-15, a 17.8% increase over the previous week.

Shakira’s sultry clip also leads as the top video of the year with more than 268 million views (and counting).

But Shakira isn’t the only Latin artist to make the Top 10 for the week…

Ricky Martin ranks at No. 5 on the chart with the official music video for his single “Vente Pa’Ca,” featuring Maluma. The clip logged an additional 30.3 million views during the week.

Meanwhile, Daddy Yankee’s “Shaky Shaky” video comes in at No. 8 woth 29.6 million views during the week.

Further down the list: Carlos Vives and Shakira’s “La Bicicleta” video at No. 11, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” video at No. 13, J Balvin’s “Safari” video at No. 14, Zion & Lennox’s “Otra Vez” video featuring J Balvin at No. 15, Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” video at No. 17, and Maluma’s “Sin Contrato” video at No. 18.

Click here to see the entire list.

Jesse & Joy to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammys

Latin Grammy darlings Jesse & Joy have a special date in Las Vegas…

The Mexican duo, comprised of Jesse Huerta and his sister Joy Huerta, will take the stage at this year’s Latin Grammys.

Jesse & Joy

Jesse & Joy, who received nominations in all three major categories, join a roster of performers that includes Fonseca, Mon Laferte, Manuel Medrano, Gente de Zona, Alexis y Fido, Joss Favela and Wisin.

To kick off the awards ceremony, Latin Grammy and Grammy-winning artist Juanes will team up with the cast of Cirque Du Soleil‘s Mystere and Pablo López for a special performance.

Other Latin superstars set to perform are J BalvinBanda Los Recoditos, Los Fabulosos CadillacsFarruko featuring Ky-Mani MarleyLaura PausiniPrince Royce ft. Gerardo OrtizDiego Torres ft. Rachel PlattenCarlos Vives and Yandel.

This year’s Latin Grammys, will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on November 17.

The show, to be hosted by Roselyn Sánchez and Sebastian Rulli, will air live on Univision at 8 p.m. ET, with a red carpet special, Noche de Estrellas, airing one hour before the awards show.

Juanes’ “Fuego” Rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

Juanes is en fuego

The 44-year-old Colombian musician has earned his 11th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart (dated Nov. 12) with his latest single, “Fuego,” soaring 6-1 in its fourth charting week (with a 33 percent rise, to 13.7 million audience impressions in the week ending October 30 according to Nielsen Music).


The track takes Airplay Gainer honors there and on the multi-metric Hot Latin Songs chart, where it hops 18-14.

Juanes’ 11 No. 1s on Latin Airplay
Title, Peak date (weeks at No. 1)
“Fotografia,” with Nelly Furtado, July 19, 2003 (five weeks)
“Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor,” Sept. 25, 2004 (12 weeks)
“Volverte A Ver,” Feb. 5, 2005 (three weeks)
“La Camisa Negra,” April 9, 2005 (eight weeks)
“Me Enamora,” Sept. 29, 2007 (20 weeks)
“Gotas De Agua Dulce,” Feb. 23, 2008 (three weeks)
“Yerbatero,” Sept. 4, 2010 (one week)
“La Señal,” May 5, 2012 (one week)
“La Luz,” March 15, 2014 (one week)
“Juntos (Together),” April 18, 2015 (one week)
“Fuego,” Nov. 12, 2016 (one week, so far)

The crowning rise ties Juanes for the fourth-most No. 1s in the chart’s 30-year history. He equals Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Mana and Romeo Santos.

Ahead of them: Carlos Vives (12), Ricky Martin (16) and Enrique Iglesias (28).

“Fuego” is the lead single from Juanes’ upcoming visual album, Mis Planes Son Amarte.

Shakira Releases New Single “Chantaje,” Featuring Maluma

It’s a serious case of musical blackmail for Shakira

The 39-year-old Colombian superstar has released her highly anticipated new single, “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma.

Shakira & Maluma

After revealing several details of her new single through guessing games on social media throughout the week, Shakira’s highly anticipated new single “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma, is finally here.

The pop/reggaeton-infused track, which Shakira promoted via guessing games on social media, is the first collaboration between the Colombian singers, although recently, Maluma premiered his remix to Shakira and Carlos Vives‘ summer hit “La bicicleta.”

After working on the remix, Maluma confessed to Billboard that he couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with the pop star again.

The “Chantaje” collaboration was made possible thanks to Sony Music, who proposed the idea after the “La bicicleta” remix.

“I was in Barcelona working with Shakira and it was an amazing experience,” Maluma says about the collaboration. “She’s a great artist and I learned a lot while working with her.”

Vives Agrees to Global Deal with Kobalt Music Publishing & Kobalt Neighbouring Rights

Carlos Vives has a new publishing partner…

The 55-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter has agreed to a global deal with both Kobalt Music Publishing and Kobalt Neighbouring Rights.

Carlos Vives

The deal, effective immediately, includes Vives’ past hits, as well as future songs.

Vives’ latest hit “La Bicicleta,” with Shakira, is at No. 2 on this week’s Hot Latin Songs chart. It is also nominated for a Latin Grammy for Song and Record of the year.

The Kobalt deal, with its neighbouring rights services, is practical for an international artist like Vives, whose music tops many international charts.

Vives has had five No. 1s on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, dating back to 2000’s “Fruta Fresca” and up until 2012’s “Volví a Nacer,” which marked Vives’ return to recording after a nearly decade-long hiatus.

“I’ve always admired Carlos Vives’ extraordinary creative talent,” said Nestor Casonú, managing director for Latin America at Kobalt. “I value the authenticity he brings to the music of his country and the other native cultures, daringly incorporating contemporary instruments to his songs.”

When Casonú ran EMI’s Latin publishing operation, he signed Vives and worked closely with him on his 2001 album, Dejame Entrar, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. Vives also topped the chart with his two most recent albums, his 2013 comeback, Corazón Profundo, and 2015’s Mas + Corazon Profundo: Tour.

Vives’ credits the friendship as one of the reasons he decided to go with Kobalt when his contract with Sony/ATV ended.

“One of course comes to a company for the advantages and possibilities they offer to us as artists, but fundamentally one joins a company for the people, for the admiration they awaken in us and for the passion and mysticism with which they do their job,” he said in a statement. “It was with Nestor Casonu, a long time industry friend, that I found the motivation, the joy and the enthusiasm to continuously write new, quality songs. We are very happy to form part of the Kobalt family and we are fully committed with them.”

Vives was most recently signed to Sony/ATV as a songwriter. He is signed to Sony Music Latin as a recording artist.

Becky G to Perform at Univision & Fusion’s Rise Up as One Concert

Becky G is rising up to the challenge…

The 19-year-old Mexican American singer, songwriter and Power Ranger has joined the star-studded lineup for Univision and Fusion‘s Rise Up as One concert, taking place this weekend along the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego, California.

Becky G

“We are very happy that the beautiful daughter of immigrants has joined our concert,” reads the tweet with the announcement.

Becky G joins a list of performers that includes Miguel BoséJuanes, Jesse & JoyLila DownsLos Tigres del NorteLuis CoronelAndra DayAlejandro SanzJulieta VenegasLupillo RiveraCarlos VivesFonsecaNatalia Lafourcade, Debi Nova, T Bone Burnett and Jorge Drexler.


The free concert will wrap up the historical event, billed as a celebration of music, diversity and unity, taking place on October 15. It will broadcast live on Univision in Spanish and on Fusion in English at 7:00 pm ET.

Co-chairs to the event include Emilio & Gloria EstefanCalle 13‘s René Pérez aka ResidenteLin-Manuel Miranda, among others.

Coronel to Perform at Univision & Fusion’s “Rise Up as One” Concert

Luis Coronel is Rise-ing up to the challenge….

The 20-year-old Mexican American singer has joined the star-studded lineup of performers for Univision and Fusion’s Rise Up as One concert, billed as a celebration of music, diversity and unity.

Luis Coronel

In addition to Coronel, an award-winning regional Mexican singer known for his hit singles “Mi niña traviesa,” “Será más fácil,” and “Escápate,” the show will include performances by Andra Day, Lila Downs, Miguel Bosé, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy, Jorge Drexler, Lupillo Rivera, Alejandro Sanz, Los Tigres del NorteJuanes, Julieta Venegas, and Carlos Vives.

Staged along the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego, California, the free concert will wrap up the event taking place on October 15. It will broadcast live on Univision in Spanish and on Fusion in English at 7:00 pm ET.

“The U.S.-Mexico border provides the perfect stage for this amazing event and is a way to highlight diversity and inclusion, despite borders,” said Camila Jiménez Villa, Co-President and Chief Content Officer at Fusion Media Group, in a statement. “This location and our incredible lineup of award-winning artists will celebrate, through the power of music, the connectedness of our world and the positivity that occurs when we show empathy, respect and openness to one another.”

Co-chairs to the event include Emilio & Gloria Estefan, Calle 13‘s René Pérez aka Residente, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Ava DuVernay and Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others.

Mana’s “De Pies a Cabeza” Revamp with Nicky Jam Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

Maná is a band on top…

The Mexican rock band, known as the U2 of Spanish rock, and Nicky Jam rise 7-1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with their collaborative single “De Pies a Cabeza.”


The single, a revamped version of Maná’s 1992 version of the song, soars 47 percent at radio to 15 million audience impressions in the week ending September 18, according to Nielsen Music.

While the chart move gives Nicky Jam his fourth chart-topper, Maná earns its 11th No. 1.

Maná now has the most No. 1s among duos or groups; they were previously tied with Wisin & Yandel, with 10.

Among all acts, Enrique Iglesias leads with 28 No. 1s in the nearly 22-year history of the chart. He’s followed by Ricky Martin (with 15), Carlos Vives (12) and then Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Maná, Romeo Santos and Shakira — all with 11 each.

The original version of the song appeared on the group’s debut charting album, Donde Jugaron Los Niños?

On the Hot Latin Songs chart (which blends airplay, sales, and streams), “De Pies a Cabeza” lands in the top 10, flying 17-8 in its sixth charting frame. Along with Airplay Gainer honors, digital downloads also aid in the climb with an 11 percent hike (to 1,000 downloads in the week ending Sept. 15).

Martin Partners with Maluma for New Party Track “Vente Pa’Ca”

Ricky Martin is getting an urban assist…

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer has joined voices with Maluma for the upcoming single “Vente Pa’Ca.”

Maluma & Ricky Martin

Martin and the 22-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer traded verses poolside at the SLS Miami Beach during a music video shoot for the track, which will be released on September 23, along with the music video directed by Jessy Terrero.

Billboard has released exclusive photos of Martin and Maluma shooting scenes in multiple locations at the hotel, including the pool area, where they shared the spotlight with some 50 extras, men and women, flaunting toned abs.

“Vente Pa’Ca” is a party track set over a sultry reggaetón beat. It was written by producer Alexander Castillo Vásquez (aka A.C.) who works with Dr. Luke and has written for the likes of R. Kelly, Pitbull and Justin Bieber.

Lyrics for the Spanish-language song were penned by Mau y Ricky Montaner, sons of Ricardo Montaner.

An English version is also in the works.

It was Martin’s idea to invite Maluma into the mix for the Spanish track; the Colombian star is on multiple remixes and duets lately, including one of Carlos Vives and Shakira’s “La Bicicleta.”

Vives Makes First Appearance on YouTube’s Music Global Top 100 List

Carlos Vives is celebrating a YouTube first…

The 54-year-old Colombian singer has made his first appearance on YouTube’s Music Global Top 100 list with his collaboration with Shakira.

Carlos Vives & Shakira

Vives and Shakira’s music video for their single “La Bicicleta,” shot in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, debuted at No. 8 on the Music Global Top 100 list.

During its first week on YouTube, it logged more than 20 million views. It’s now at 30 million views and counting.

According to YouTube, the video is most popular in Vives and Shakira’s native Colombia and it is the second track — first being Jennifer Lopez‘s “Ain’t Your Mama” — to debut in the top 10 on the YouTube charts since they were launched back in February.

Other popular Vives videos on YouTube include “El mar de sus ojos” featuring ChocQuibTown, “Cuando nos volamos a encontrar” with Marc Anthony, and “Volví a nacer.”

All three have more than 40 million views.