Erika Ender Signs Global Multimedia Deal with BMG

Erika Enderhas a new global deal…

The 45-year-old Panamanian & Brazilian singer-songwriter has signed a global multimedia partnership deal with music company BMG.

Erika Ender

The wide-ranging deal includes a new recording agreement for her upcoming studio album, a book deal to publish her autobiography, a first-look documentary film agreement and development deal with her multi-platform company, Endertainment

“Over the years, my career has diversified into multiple branches of entertainment and different markets within the music industry and with my new BMG family, I feel I found a home that not only sees the world of music and music entertainment from a global perspective, but also, like me, believes that the world is unlimited and that makes me feel free to create and be the best I can in all the things I love to do…BMG lets me be me…,” said the “Despacito” co-writer about the deal.

Having written hit singles for Gloria Trevi(“Cinco Minutos“), Chayanne(“Candela“) and Ednita Nazario(“La Pasión Tiene Memoria“), Ender’s music career spans over 27 years.

Along with Luis Fonsiand Daddy Yankee, Ender co-wrote chart-topping “Despacito” which spent 16 weeks atop the BillboardHot 100. The song’s Grammy nomination for Song of the Year earned Ender the honor of being the first Latina to earn a nod in that category.

In 2017, Ender became the youngest inductee into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“We are honored that Erika has chosen BMG as both her new label and publishing home,” added Thomas Scherer, BMG executive vp, repertoire & marketing, Los Angeles. “Together we have a highly ambitious team that all share in the same global vision for the future. As one of entertainment’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, she has embraced all we have to offer beyond publishing and records, to television, for her show TalenPro, and also books as an author. She is truly an inspiration and we are proud to welcome Erika to the BMG family and look forward to working alongside her.”

Kany Garcia to Be Honored at This Year’s La Musa Awards

Kany Garcia is seriously A-Muse-d!

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its honorees for the 2019 La Musa Awards, with the 26-year-oldPuerto Rican singer and songwriter making the list.

Kany Garcia

Garcia, a three-time Latin Grammy winner, will be awarded the Elena Casals La Musa Award.

Garcia has penned all the songs for her albums. And she’s also written songs for other artists like Ha*AshEdnita NazarioPedro CapóFabiola and Chayanne.

José José, referred to as El Príncipe de la Canción, will receive the Living Legend Award, The 71-year-old Mexican crooner, who began his musical career in his early teens, has released more than 30 albums, his last Tenampa in 2001. 

Jesús López, chairman & CEO for Universal Music Latin Americaand the Iberian Peninsula, will receive the Desi Arnaz Pioneer Award, while music executive Nestor Casonuwill be honored with the Ralph S. Peer Publisher Award

Additional honorees will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

In addition to unveiling the first wave of honorees, LSHOF has also announced that Spotify is returning as the official title sponsor of the awards ceremony. According to an official statement, the “continuing partnership aligns with Spotify’s unparalleled commitment to supporting and highlighting Latin music and songwriters on its global platform.”

In May, Ivy QueenWillie ColónMichael SullivanChico Novarro, and Armando Larrinaga were announced as the five songwriters who will be inducted at the prestigious hall this year. 

The 2019 group of inductees, which were selected by the general public from a previously announced list of 24 nominated songwriters and composers, is comprised of some of the greatest performers, lyricists, and musicians in Latin music today.

The 2019 honorees will be officially inducted at the seventh annual La Musa Awards ceremony and gala, taking place October 24 at the James L. Knight Centerin Miami.

Tickets for the 7th annual La Musa Awards are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com.

Anuel AA’s All-Star New Single “China” Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

It’s an Asian invasion, of sorts, by Anuel AAon the Billboardcharts…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and single “China,” an all-star collaboration with 

Anuel AA, Karol G, Daddy Yankee & J Balvin

Daddy YankeeKarol GOzuna and J Balvin — blasts onto the Hot Latin Songschart at No. 2 on the chart dated August 3. 

The song is the first single from Anuel’s upcoming album, Emmanuel.

“China,” produced by Tainyand co-written by each of the five artists on the track, is a reimagination of Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me.”

“‘China’ is the strongest song of my career up to date,” Anuel told Billboard on July 12. “It’s the mix of different cultures with each of the collaborators contributing with its own flow. I had been looking to revive a classic and when I heard Shaggy’s mix, it hit me. The original rhythm had strong Chinese elements, hence the name of the song. I sent the mix to Daddy Yankee, he loved it and recorded his part after just three days. Karol then heard it and fell in love with the vibe. Ozuna and Balvin then came on board.”

“China” opens at No. 2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data, largely on the strength of streaming activity. It collected 14.1 million U.S. clicks in the week ending July 25, according to Nielsen Music, which enables its No. 1 debut on the Latin Streaming Songs chart.

“I always believed ‘China’ would be a hit!” Karol G tells Billboard. “Actually, I dared to tell everyone that it would be the hit of 2019! It makes me happy to be part of big opportunities such as this one, which lead the way to all those other goals that I still have to achieve.”

Sales, too, assist “China” in its Hot Latin Songs debut: The song registered 1,000 digital downloads in its first tracking week, opening at No. 1 on the Latin Digital Song Saleschart. The tune also starts at No. 34 on the Latin Airplay chart, garnering 4.8 million audience impressions in the week ending July 28.

The collaboration becomes just the second title to debut in the top two of the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2019. The only other song to debut in the top two this year was another track by J Balvin, as his collaboration with Bad Bunny, “Que Pretendes,” started at No. 2 on the July 13-dated chart.

“China” earns Anuel his 10th top 10 on the tally. It bests his second collaboration with Karol G: “Secreto,” a No. 4 high (April 27-dated list).

“China” earns Anuel his 10th top 10 on the tally and highest-charting song as a lead artist. (He’s only gone higher as the featured act on 6ix9ine‘s “BEBE,” which debuted at No. 1 on Sept. 15, 2018.) Meanwhile, Daddy Yankee, who nabs his 29th top 10, now ties with ChayanneChristian Castroand Shakirafor the third-most top 10s on the list which began in 1986.

Chayanne Extends His Desde El Alma Tour

Chayanne is extending his Alma

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican singer will be returning to the U.S. for a second leg of his Desde El Alma Tour, Cardenas Marketing Network has announced.

Chayanne

The second leg will begin on Thursday, April 4 in San Antonio, Texas, and is set to conclude on May 19 at the CAA Centrein Toronto, Canada.

The Desde El Alma Tour will be returning to major cities like Miami and New York City.

Ticket sales begin Friday, December 7 through Ticketmaster.

The tour is being produced by Cárdenas Marketing Network, Inc. (CMN).

Here are the added dates:

Desde El Alma Tour

April 4, 2019 San Antonio, Texas @ Freman Coliseum
April 5, 2019 McAllen, Texas @ Bert Ogden Arena
April 7, 2019 El Paso, Texas @ Don Haskins Center
April 11, 2019 Seattle, Washington @ WAMU Theatre
April 13, 2019 Ontario, California @ Citizens Business Bank Arena
April 14, 2019 Sacramento, California @ Golden1 Center
April 25, 2019 New York, New York @ (MSG) Hulu Theater
April 27, 2019 Chicago, Illinois @ Rosemont Theater
May 9, 2019 Ft. Myers, Florida  @ HERTZ Arena
May 11, 2019 Miami, Florida @ American Airlines Arena
May 17, 2019 Uncasville, Connecticut @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 19, 2019 Toronto, Canada  @CAA Centre

Wisin to Serve as Coach on Telemundo’s “La Voz”

Wisin is ready to find and coach the next big Latin music voice…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar, whose real name is Juan Luis Morera Luna, has been confirmed as the third coach of Telemundo‘s La Voz, according to Billboard.

Wisin

In addition to being a singer, Wisin produces his own music, is part of the duo Wisin y Yandel and was also in charge of CNCO‘s first album, Primera Cita.

He has also co-produced forJenniferLopezChayanneOzuna and more.

“I’m more than ready to start this new adventure and have the challenge of finding that voice,” Wisin said in a statement.

Wisin now joins Luis Fonsi and Alejandra Guzman as coaches for the first season of the reality show, which is currently in the auditions phase.

La Voz will visit three more cities: Chicago (July 14), San Antonio (July 21) and Miami (July 28).

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Chayanne Bringing His Desde El Alma Tour to the United States

Chayanne is hitting the road…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican singer has revealed his Desde El Alma U.S. tour dates.

Chayanne

After two years out of the spotlight, Chayanne will take his show on the road on a tour that will debut in the United States.

“There are many ideas that I have, the elements I want to incorporate, I want a show that people will have a good time with and sing with me,” said Chayanne in a press statement.

Desde El Alma tour will start in San José, CA on Aug. 23 and will visit 15 cities including Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Houston, Boston, and Miami (see full schedule below).

Ticket sales will begin on Friday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Ticketmaster.

The tour is being produced by Cárdenas Marketing Network, Inc. (CMN).

Chayanne, who has an extensive artistic career, is known for being very romantic and flirtatious on stage. His performances combine very deep ballads and explosive and danceable songs, which make his concert an unforgettable experience for all his fans.

Here are Chayanne’s Desde El Alma tour dates and cities:

Chayanne

Chayanne Releases New Single “Choka Choka” Featuring Ozuna

Chayanne is switching sounds…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican Latin pop singer/songwriter has joined voices with rising urban singer Ozuna for the release of the reggaeton track “Choka Choka” music video, which was filmed in Miami.

Chayanne & Ozuna

The song is Chayanne’s second official single of his forthcoming album, due next year.

It’s the first time Chayanne and Ozuna have collaborated on a fully reggaeton song. “Choka Choka” follows “Qué Me Has Hecho” (with Wisin), which peaked No. 10 on Billboards Latin Airplay chart (dated September 2).

Chayanne is known for his Latin-pop classics like “Tiempo de Vals,” “Y Tú Te Vas,” and “Provócame.” Now the Puerto Rican singer has evolved his style.

“I’m still married to my style, my lyrics with romanticism and what I’ve been doing for a long time,” says Chayanne in an interview with Billboard. “Well, finally I made that featuring that for a long time I was being asked for many years. Since Yandel accompanied me in ‘Humanos a Marte,’ I was totally changed to urban.”

Erika Ender Inducted Into the Latin Song Writers Hall of Fame

She’s the woman behind the song of the summer… And, now Erika Ender has earned her place in Latin music history.

At the fifth annual La Musa Awards gala last week — hosted by Jane the Virgin‘s Jaime Camil – the Panamanian-Brazilian singer/songwriter was inducted into the prestigious Latin Song Writers Hall of Fame, the youngest inductee in the hall’s history.

 Erika Ender

Along with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Ender is co-writer of the biggest hit of the year, “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, which spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Born in Panama to a Brazilian mother and a U.S.-born father of German ancestry, Ender speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish, and moves easily between cultures.

Before “Despacito,” she had written hits for ChayanneGilberto Santa RosaGloria TreviEdnita Nazario and Los Tigres del Norte. She also is a TV personality in Latin America, where she has been a judge for a Latin version of American Idol.

Along with Ender, Ana GabrielRoberto LiviMartin UrietaCarlos Vives and Camilo Sesto were also inducted into hall of fame.

Each was presented at the James L. Knight Center with the coveted hand-crafted trophy, originally inspired by “the muse” of the late Cuban songwriter and poet, Elena Casals.

Additionally, Vives was presented with the Icon Award, while Wisin, the late Julio Jaramillo and “La Bamba” garnered the Victory Award, Legacy Award and Song of All Time, respectively.

Amid a political climate currently riddled with anti-immigrant rhetoric, as well as the devastating aftermaths of hurricanes Irma and Maria throughout the Caribbean, Urieta offered words and sentiments in support of immigrants, while  Nazario performed a brilliant tribute to the island of Puerto Rico.

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to educating, preserving, honoring and celebrating “the lives and music of the world’s greatest Latin songwriters, composers and lyricists in every genre while developing and inspiring new generations of music creators through master classes, workshops, scholarships and digital initiatives.”

Shakira Notches Her 28th Top 10 Hit on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Perro Fiel”

And the hits just keep coming for Shakira 

The 40-year-old Colombian star’s “Perro Fiel,” featuring Nicky Jam, re-enters Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart at No. 10, spurred by the release of its music video on September 15.

Shakira

The re-entry gives Shakira her 28th top 10 hit — extending her record for the most top 10s among women — which passes Ricky Martin’s 27 top 10 hits.

Ahead of her, among all acts, are Luis Miguel (with 39), Enrique Iglesias (37) and Chayanne and Cristian Castro (29).

Of Shakira’s 28 top 10 hits, 11 reached the summit at No. 1, the fourth-most in the chart’s history.

“Perro Fiel” concurrently debuts at No. 13 on the Latin Streaming Songs chart, powered largely by clicks of the track on YouTube.

Gente de Zona Signs Worldwide Booking Deal with Cardenas Marketing Network

Gente de Zona is going global…

The Cuban reggaeton duo, consisting of Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom, has signed an exclusive deal with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) for worldwide booking, according to Billboard.

Gente de Zona

The deal was negotiated in partnership with Magnus Media, the entertainment company launched by Marc Anthony, which also manages Gente de Zona.

“We are proud to add Gente de Zona to our booking roster as they are continuing an upward trend playing in new venues, countries and continents”, said Henry Cardenas, Cardenas Marketing Network CEO.

CMN has already begun preparations for Gente de Zona’s 2016 tour dates which will take the duo throughout Europe, Latin America, the U.S., and for the first time, the Middle East.

Regarding the partnership, Magnus’ CEO, Michael Vega said: “We are thrilled to have the CMN team aboard as partners as we continue to develop Gente de Zona’s profile throughout the world.”

CMN, based out in Chicago and Miami, produces Latin music concerts in the United States and the rest of the world for Marc Anthony, Juan Luis GuerraJuan GabrielChayanneAlejandro Fernández and more.

Since the release of “Bailando” (with Enrique Iglesias) in 2014, and “La Gozadera” with Marc Anthony in 2015, Gente de Zona has taken Cuba’s sounds and rhythm around the world with their music.

The duo is a four-time finalist for the Billboard Latin Music Awards 2016.