Dangond Signs with WK Entertainment

Silvestre Dangond is ready to expand his global status…

The 36-year-old Colombian vallenato singer and four-time Latin Grammy-nominee has signed a deal with management company WK Entertainment to helm and expand his career in the United States and Latin America.

Silvestre Dangond

“I believe in God and that the sincere desires of the heart and dreams are fulfilled. I know this team will fight for me, that they will help me reach another level,” said Dangond in a statement. “Every day a new “silvestrista” is born, I want to get where they are. It will be very exciting for the “silvestristas” of Colombia see international “silvestristas” infected with my music around the world.”

The management company’s CEO Walter Kolm and Dangond’s longtime manager Carlos Bloom will co-manage Dangond’s career.

“This new alliance we formed will undoubtedly contribute to strengthening Silvestre internationally. We celebrate this event and hope that it will serve as an example for future work of the new generations,” said Bloom.

WK Entertainment currently manages Colombian superstars Carlos Vives and Maluma.

Shakira & Carlos Vives Release Their Collaboration “La Bicicleta”

Shakira is pedaling her latest collaboration…

The 39-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter has joined voices with Carlos Vives to release their new song “La Bicicleta,” the first collaboration between the two Colombian artists.

Shakira & Carlos Vives

The vallenato-reggaeton track pays homage to the singers’ respective hometowns, which are located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

“Hey, Carlos take me on your bicycle, and if you ever show Piqué the Tayrona, he won’t want to return to Barcelona,” sings Shakira, alluding to her boyfriend, Barcelona soccer player Gerard Piqué.

The music video for “La Bicicleta” was shot in Vives’ native Santa Marta and Shakira’s Barranquilla. The two Latin superstars shared photos on social media while filming the clip.

“This is a song that represents us both very well. He is the king of vallenato,” said Shakira about the collab. “He is one of the most impressive artists that Colombia has given us. I’ve always admired him, the style of his compositions, his charisma, his commitment to our country, his incomparable artistic talent and I’m very honored to be invited to participate in this project.”

Vives’ “Las Cosas de la Vida” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

It’s Lucky No. 11 for Carlos Vives

The 54-year-old Colombian singer/composer leaps 12-1 on Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart (dated March 5) with “Las Cosas de la Vida,” giving him his 11th career No. 1 on the list.

Carlos Vives

The song soars by 83 percent to 12.3 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music, earning Greatest Gainer honors.

Vives is now tied for the third-most No. 1s in the chart’s history with Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and Romeo Santos. Enrique Iglesias leads with 25 toppers, followed by Ricky Martin (15).

Vives’ chart victory follows a star-studded performance on Univision’s awards show Premios Lo Nuestro (broadcast live Feb. 18), on which he was honored with the award of excellence. The singer invited several surprise guests to accompany him for a medley of his hits, all fellow Colombian musicians, including Juanes, J Balvin, Maluma and Fonseca.

Vives achieved his first No. 1 on Latin Airplay in 2000 with his longest-leading hit to date, “Fruta Fresca” (six weeks on top). 2001’s “Dejame Entrar” is his second-longest-ruling No. 1 (four weeks).

Following a seven-year absence from Billboard‘s charts (2005-12, as he took a hiatus from music), Vives returned with a No. 1 debut on Hot Latin Songs for “Volvi A Nacer” (Oct. 13, 2012), his fifth (and most recent) song to top the airplay/sales/streaming chart.

Wisin Earns First Solo No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

It’s an extra special first for Wisin

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican Reggaeton singer-songwriter and record producer scores his first solo No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart (dated Sept. 26) with Los Vaqueros: La Trilogia.

Wisin

The album sold 2,000 copies in the week ending September 10, according to Nielsen Music.

It’s Wisin’s sixth overall No. 1, including the five he achieved as one-half of Wisin & Yandel.

Los Vaqueros: La Trilogia simultaneously opens at No. 15 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart.

On the Latin Rhythm Digital Songs chart, album cut “Que Se Sienta El Deseo,” featuring Ricky Martin, enters at No. 7 with 2,000 downloads.

The set’s lead single “Nota de Amor,” featuring Carlos Vives and Daddy Yankee, reached No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart dated April 25.

Vives to Auction Off Swarovski-Studded Guitar Designed by Mauricio Benitez for Charity

Carlos Vives is ready to give back to his community…

Tis November, the 54-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter is planning to auction off a guitar studded with 50,000 Swarovski crystals that he played in concerts on his Mas Corazon Profundo tour of Bogota and Santa Marta.

Carlos Vives' Swarovski-Studded Guitar

The instrument will be put up for bids on November 4 in Bogota to raise money for a social project in Santa Marta, the city where Vives was born.

“The guitar goes on the auction block to collect funds to rebuild the sports complex in the Pescadito neighborhood,” a project he shares with ex-soccer star Carlos “Pibe” Valderrama, also a native of that city, according to the auctioneers.

The guitar’s design was the work of Mauricio Benitez, known as “Mr. Bling,” and was inspired by the wide-brimmed “vueltiao” sombrero typical of Colombia’s Atlantic coast, woven with natural fibers and which was declared a “cultural symbol” of the country by Congress in 2004.

Notable among Benitez’s works are the crystal statuettes of Our Lady of Guadalupe and of artists and athletes like Alejandro Fernandez, Don Omar, Venus Williams and Falcao Garcia.

Fanny Lu Returns with the Brand New Single “El Perfume”

Fanny Lu is making a sweet-smelling return to the music world…

Following a three-year hiatus from recording new material, the 42-year-old Colombian singer has released a brand new single via Sony Music.

Fanny Lu

Written by Carlos Vives with his longtime producer and co-writer Andrés Castro, “El Perfume” marks a return to Fanny Lu’s original vallenato/pop sound, with prominent accordion riffs, a danceable beat and a catchy chorus.

“Colombia is my country, my heart and my inspiration, and this new single and album reflect that,” said Fanny Lu, who served as a coach on La Voz Colombia, her country’s version of the NBC singing competition The Voice.

With a mix of pop, vallenato accordion and a husky voice, Fanny Lu found success in 2006 with her catchy single “No te pido que me mandes flores” from her debut album Lágrimas Cálidas. Two subsequent singles, “Y si te digo” and “Tu no eres para mi” (with a video featuring Wilmer Vaderrama), reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay charts.

Fanny Lu was most recently a coach on La Voz Kids Colombia and also collaborated with Vives in his new version of “La tierra del olvido.”

Vives Reveals Marc Anthony as the Latest Confirmed Guest at His ‘Vives y Sus Amigos’ Concert

Carlos Vives is bringing out the big guns for a special summer concert.

The 53-year-old Colombian singer, composer and actor has been unveiling the musical guests who will join him for a concert being called “Vives y Sus Amigos” in Bogotá on August 13.

Carlos Vives

In a social media campaign meant to build hype and drive sales for his Más Corazón Profundo tour, Vives announced the artists confirmed to perform with Vives at the El Campín soccer stadium in front of nearly 50,000 people are reggaeton superstar Wisin, Afro-Colombian trio Chocquibtown, Latin urban breakout sensation Maluma, Brazilian singer Michel Teló, and salsa giant Marc Anthony.

Vives announced his “Cuando Nos Volvamos a Encontrar” collaborator as his latest guest. “Welcome Marc Anthony to Bogotá’s El Campín stadium!” Vives tweeted on Tuesday night.

The day before, Vives offered a clue as to who his next guest would be — just as he’s been doing since the viral campaign started May 11.

“My next friend is an unconditional one and he likes salsa. He’s happy to sing for us,” tweeted Vives about Anthony, with whom he is also performing in 11 U.S. markets as part of the UNIDO2 (United Part 2) tour kicking off this September.

Who will the final surprise guest be? With only one more slot to fill, Billboard predicts it will be Daddy Yankee, who is featured on Vives’ and Wisin’s monster collaboration “Nota de Amor.”

Sanz to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

Alejandro Sanz is bringing zombies to the Billboard Latin Music Awards…

The 46-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter will perform “Un Zombie a la Intemperie,” the first single from his upcoming new album, during the awards show on the April 30.

Alejandro Sanz

Sanz’s appearance will mark the worldwide television premiere of “Un Zombie a la Intemperie.”

The song will be included on Sanz’ new album Sirope, his 10th studio set. The artist has announced to his over 12 million Twitter followers that the album will be released on May 4.

Sanz, a Latin music superstar who has won more Grammys than any other Spanish artist, has also announced the first dates of what is expected to be a worldwide tour to support the album.

Starting with a concert in Cordoba on July 7, he’ll be performing in Spanish cities throughout the summer, finishing in Seville on Sept. 26.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards, hosted by actress and TV host Gaby Espino and Mexican singer Pedro Fernandez, will also feature performances Wisin, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Carlos Vives, Regional Mexican chart topper Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Ana Gabriel, Lucero, and special honorees Roberto Carlos and Carlos Santana.

Topping the list of this year’s finalists are Romeo Santos (21 entries), Enrique Iglesias (19), J Balvin (12), Marc Anthony (7), Drake (7), Descemer Bueno (6), Gente de Zona (6), Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda (6), Farruko (6) and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga (6).

Marc Anthony & Carlos Vives Announce Their Joint “UNIDO2” Tour

Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives are joining forces…

After joining voices on their hit single “Cuando Nos Volvamos a Encontrar,” the 46-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer and the 53-year-old Colombian singer have announced plans to tour together in an outing they’ve dubbed UNIDO2, a play on words meaning “United” part 2.

Marc Anthony & Carlos Vives

The tour will be presented by Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), which has long produced and booked Marc Anthony’s performances worldwide.

Anthony and Vives, two of Latin music’s biggest stars, will perform in 11 U.S. markets. The tour will also include additional solo performances by Marc Anthony in seven other markets.

UNIDO2 kicks off with two shows at Puerto Rico’s Coliseum on Sept. 11 and 12, followed by dates in Las Vegas, Canada and Chicago, among other cities.

The pair will play two nights at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater and two nights at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Anthony and Vives have both been touring as solo acts in the past year.

Anthony even came in as the highest-grossing Latin touring act of 2014, according to Boxscore, bringing in $26.8 million  ticket sales for 32 reported shows in North America. A total of 20 of those came from U.S. venues and 12 from Mexico.

Tickets for the tour go on sale April 10 at 1:00 pm ET, with the exception of the Barclays Center concert in New York, which goes on sale April 17. Puerto Rico sale dates will be announced separately.

­TOUR DATES AND VENUES FOR  “UNIDO2”2015

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH  – PUERTO RICO, COLISEO JOSE MIGUEL AGRELOT – MARC ANTHONY ONLY www.ticketpop.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH  – PUERTO RICO, COLISEO JOSE MIGUEL AGRELOT – MARC ANTHONY ONLY www.ticketpop.com

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH  LAS VEGAS, NV – MANDALY BAY ARENA – MARC ANTHONY ONLY www.ticketmaster.com

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD  – TORONTO, CANADA-MOLSON AMPHITHEATER – MARC AND VIVES www.ticketmaster.com

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH  CHICAGO, IL – ALL STATE ARENA – MARC AND VIVES www.ticketmaster.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH  -ATLANTA, GA – PHILLIPS ARENA – MARC AND VIVES www.ticketmaster.com

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST  ORLANDO, FL-AMWAY CENTER-MARC AND VIVES www.ticketmaster.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND  – MIAMI, FL – AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA – MARC ANTHONY ONLY www.ticketmaster.com

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD MIAMI, FL – AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA – MARC ANTHONY ONLY www.ticketmaster.com

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH  -NEW YORK, NY – BARCLAYS CENTER – MARC AND VIVES www.ticketmaster.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH  – BOSTON, MA-TD ARENA-MARC AND VIVES www.ticketmaster.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TH – WASHINGTON DC- PATRIOT CENTER-MARC ANTHONY ONLY www.ticketmaster.com 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15TH  – DALLAS, TX – AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER – MARC AND VIVES www.ticketmaster.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH – HOUSTON, TX – TOYOTA CENTER – MARC AND VIVES www.houstontoyotacenter.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH – MCALLEN, TX-STATE FARM ARENA – MARC ANTHONY ONLY www.ticketmaster.com

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND – LOS ANGELES, CA – NOKIA THEATER – MARC AND VIVES www.axs.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23RD – LOS ANGELES, CA – NOKIA THEATER – MARC AND VIVES www.axs.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH  – SAN JOSE, CA – SAP CENTER – MARC AND VIVES www.ticketmaster.com

J Balvin to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

J Balvin is ready to take the stage at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

The 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer, a 12-time finalist this year due in large part to his breakout hit, “6 a.m.,” has been revealed as one of the performers for the awards show, airing live on Telemundo on April 30.

J Balvin

J Balvin, who will contend for Artist of the Year, will join top-tier artists from every genre, who will grace the stage of the BankUnited Center in Miami Fla., including reggaeton pioneer Daddy Yankee — who holds the record for most top 10’s on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart with 30 songs — and fellow urban music leader Wisin, who is up for four awards this year for his chart-blazing work as a solo artist on El Regreso del Sobreviviente.

Carlos Vives, Mexican songstress Ana Gabriel, who has 20 top 10s on the Hot Latin Songs chart (the third-most top 10s for a female singer after Gloria Estefan and Shakira), and Lucero will also perform.

On the regional Mexican end, powerhouse Julion Alvarez y su Norteño Banda, up for six awards this year, is one of the confirmed acts.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated Feb. 1, 2014 through this year’s Jan. 31, 2015 issue.

See the complete list of this year’s finalists here.