Sangalo Debuts on Billboard’s Social 50 Chart

Ivete Sangalo has sambaed her way onto a soclal chart…

The 44-year-old Brazilian singer makes her first appearance on Billboard’s Social 50 chart, bowing at No. 14 on the list dated March 18 following a flurry of activity around the 2017 Rio Carnival (February 17-March 5).

Ivete Sangalo

Sangalo’s arrival follows two weeks during which she performed at the event and was even named Carnival Queen by a fan-voted poll on Billboard.com, besting countrywoman and fellow singer Claudia Leitte. (It was a distinction Sangalo shared on social media, thanking her fans.)

She garnered 6.4 million Instagram reactions and 252,000 new followers on the service in the tracking week ending March 5, according to Next Big Sound. Her No. 14 debut also gives the singer her first Billboard chart appearance on a ranking that is not specific to Brazil.

Lopez: The Most Followed Hispanic Celebrity on Twitter in 2014

Jennifer Lopez is all atwitter

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress and American Idol judge has made Twitter’s list of the Top 100 accounts with the most followers in 2014.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez, who has 30,024,935 followers, takes the No. 14 spot on the list and is the highest-ranking Latino/a entertainer/celebrity on this year’s chart. In all, 17 Hispanic celebrities have made this year’s final count.

Nipping at la Lopez’s “Louboutins” is Shakira.

The 37-year-old Colombian superstar comes in at No. 15 on the list with 28,228,559 followers.

Demi Lovato ranks as the third-highest charting Latino/a on the list. The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress and former The X Factor judge is ranked No. 18, with 25,802,236 followers.

Here’s a look at the other Latino/a celebrities on Twitter’s year-old list:

No. 20 Selena Gomez 25,164,292
No. 25 Kaka 21,562,716
No. 30 Bruno Mars 19,427,935
No 36 Pitbull 18,648,341
No. 44 Neymar Jr. 15,677,899
No. 46 Mariah Carey 15,234,039
No, 58 Christina Aguilera 13,563,729
No. 76 Alejandro Sanz 11,837,809
No. 82 Ivete Sangalo 11,437,396
No, 84 Charie Sheen 11,328,352
No. 85 Ricky Martin 11,239,789
No. 86 Ronaldinho Gaúcho 11,180,564
No. 95 Andrés Iniesta 9,998,061
No. 96 Claudia Leitte 9,962,698

Click here to see the complete list.

Lopez’s “A.K.A.” Lands Atop Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

And then there were three for Jennifer Lopez

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress and returning American Idol judge’s eighth studio album A.K.A. has landed atop Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 33,000 copies sold in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Jennifer Lopez

A.K.A.’s debut at the summit marks her third No. 1 on the chart (and eighth top 10).

Lopez previously ruled with J.Lo in 2001, her best-selling album to date (3.8 million), and J to the L-O! The Remixes in 2002.

Simultaneously, Lopez boasts two titles on the Billboard Hot 100: Pitbull‘s official FIFA World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola),” on which she and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte are featured (No. 85), and her new set’s second single “First Love,” which debuts at No. 87.

Pitbull Kicks Off a Night of Latin Performances at the Billboard Music Awards

This year’s Billboard Music Awards had a decidedly Latino feel… Not only did Jennifer Lopez become the first Hispanic artist (and woman) to win the coveted Icon Award, but the show featured several high-octane performances from Latino musicians, including Pitbull.

Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte

The 33-year-old Cuban-American rap superstar, joined by la Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, kicked off the night with an energetic performance of their new single ‘We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem.

Pitbull kicked off the perforamnce with several scantily clad dancers backing him up, then kicked it over to Lopez, whose gold-fringed outfit sparkled in the lights. Leitte finished out the song.

No surprise, the performance featured strong soccer imagery as this year’s World Cup is right around the corner.

Pitbull, Lopez and Leitte will perform the song at the World Cup opening ceremony in Sao Paulo.

But Pitbull wasn’t the only one to perform a soccer-themed song…

Ricky Martin brought a little life to the BBMAs by performing “Vida,” one of the 2014 FIFA World Cup theme songs.

The upbeat track was written by fellow Puerto Rican singer Elijah King, as part of Sony’s “Supersong” 2014 World Cup song contest.

Looking stylish in all black amongst his team of white-clad dancers, Martin tore through the soccer-themed banger, shouting out its stadium-worthy cries of ole! In between, he showed off some dance moves of his own, leaving little doubt that he’s still livin’ la vida loca.

This isn’t the first time Martin has performed a track for the World Cup. His song for the 1998 competition, “La Copa de La Vida” (The Cup of Life),” propelled him into the global spotlight, taking off after he performed it on the Grammys. It charted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, and reached No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jennifer Lopez, meantime, proved why she’s a living icon…

The “I Luh Ya Papi” singer returned to the BBMA stage once again, this time to debut her new single “First Love,” the latest track from her upcoming album A.K.A.

JLo not only looked haute in a one-shoulder, sparkly black jumpsuit, but she belted out the tune with gusto and showed the world just how well she can dance.

Last but certainly not least, Shakira performed her latest single “Empire.”

The Colombian singer and The Voice coach lit up the Billboard Music Awards stage with a sizzling rendition of the latest single from her recently released self-titled album.

Dressed in a sheer, sparkling dress and thigh high black boots, Shakira stalked the stage complete with a cathedral-like stage set and flames blasting on stage behind her.

By song’s end she had walked into the audience chanting the song’s luminescent refrain “and the stars made love to the universe,” pausing before a blast of steam with the mic stand held high above her head.

Santana’s Official 2014 FIFA World Anthem “Dar Um Jeito” Released

Santana has found a way to get soccer fans excited about the upcoming World Cup…

The FIFA single “Dar Um Jeito” (“We Will Find A Way”), featuring the 66-year-old Mexican musician, Wyclef, Avicii and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pire, has just been released on digital music outlets and Vevo.

Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana

Featuring the Brazilian drum beats that have become the soundtrack theme of the 2014 World Cup, and Santana’s signature electric guitar, the single – the official 2014 FIFA World Anthem — instantly transports you to Rio de Janeiro.

Santana, Wyclef, Avicii and will perform together at the July 13 World Cup closing match in Brazil.

The anthem is not to be confused with the previously released official World Cup song, “We Are One,” featuring Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte.

Both songs will be included on the 2014 FIFA World Cup album, to be released May 12 on RCA in the U.S., which will include a total of 14 stadium-friendly tracks by artists including World Cup hitmakers Ricky Martin and Shakira, Sergio Mendes, The Isley Brothers and Bebel Gilberto.

Pitbull Lends His Voice to Rico Love’s “They Don’t Know” Dance Remix

Pitbull is lending his lyrical rap skills to another single…

The 33-year-old Cuban American rap superstar has joined voices with Rico Love for a dance remix of the singer-songwriter’s single “They Don’t Know.”

Pitbull

“Pit and I have been friends for years and it was dope knowing that he loved the song and wanted to be a part of it. I have to thank DJ SinCity for making such a dope track as well,” says Rico Love.

Alongside Pitbull, the DJ SinCity-produced track features Ludacris who appears on the original remix.

Rico Love’s “Discrete Luxury” EP, which features “They Don’t Know,” is out now but will be available in physical form exclusively at Best Buy on April 8.

Meanwhile, Pitbull is preparing for World Cup fever, after releasinghis new song “We Are One (Ole, Ola),” the official World Cup track featuring Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte.

Santana to Perform “Dar um Jeito” at World Cup Closing Ceremony

It’s closing (ceremony) time for Carlos Santana at this year’s World Cup…

The 66-year-old Mexican American musician and guitar legend has joined forces with Swedish electro DJ Avicii, Brazilian Latin Grammy winner Alexandre Pires and Haitian-American rapper Wycleff for a special World Cup performance.

Carlos Santana

Santana and the other artists have been picked by FIFA, the World Cup’s governing body, to perform “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way),” the closing anthem for this year’s international soccer tournament, the world’s most-watched live televised event.

The track comes from the pen of two-time Grammy-nominee Ash Pournouri.

“In Portuguese Dar Um Jeito means to find a way around obstacles and impossibilities,” said Pournouri. “With this track, we wanted to send a message of optimism and opportunity with the music and the words.”

Santana, Avicii, Pires and Wycleff will perform the song live at the World Cup closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

The closing anthem is just part of the World Cup’s growing musical accompaniment and will form part of the official 2014 World Cup Album alongside the official World Cup song, which Pitbull debuted for an audience at SXSW earlier this month.

 

The Miami-based rap superstar will perform the official song, “We Are One,” in Brazil together with Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.

“FIFA and Sony have been working hard in developing an album that brings the sounds of Brazil to life through a variety of creative tracks,” said FIFA’s Marketing Director Thierry Weil. “Santana, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires are true musical icons and I am thrilled they will be part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony.”

“It is an honor to take part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” added Santana. “Along with my brothers, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires, we look forward to performing the song in Rio de Janeiro in July and sharing this message of light and hope on the FIFA World Cup stage.”

Other tracks to be included on the 2014 World Cup album are “Vidafrom American songwriter Elijah King, the winner of FIFA’s online SuperSong competition, which will be recorded by Ricky Martin, and the official mascot song, which Brazilian singer Arlindo Cruz first released in 2012.

King’s “Vida” Named the Winner of Sony’s “Supersong” 2014 World Cup Song Contest

It looks like World (Cup) is Elijah King’s oyster…

The Puerto Rican singer, who has made several appearances on the Billboard Latin charts since 2009, has been named the winner of Sony’s “Supersong” 2014 World Cup song contest.

Elijah King

King’s bilingual English and Spanish-language song “Vida” will now be recorded by Ricky Martin.

“Vida,” which has a tropical pop feel, will be produced by Salaam Remi, known for his work with The Fugees, Amy Winehouse and Nas.

The song will be included on FIFA partner Sony’s official 2014 World Cup album, to be released on RCA Records in May. And a video for “Vida,” Martin’s second World Cup song, will be shot in Brazil in March, to be included in a TV special that will air on Sony Pictures TV channels.

King was most recently featured on “Te Gusta” a song by Venezuela’s Grupo Treo that reached No. 4 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart in 2013. His 2011 solo single “Quitate la Ropa” peaked at No. 30 on the same chart.

The Miami-based singer/songwriter beat out four lesser-known finalists who entered the contest by uploading their songs to supersong.com, including Brazilian Rodrigo Alexey, a jingle composer who has a studio in Sao Paulo; and American-born Nicolas Salazar, who works as a musician and actor in Bogotá.

Martin’s previous World Cup song, 1998’s “La Copa de La Vida” (The Cup of Life,)” propelled him into the global spotlight, taking off after he performed it on the Grammys. It charted at No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs, and went to No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Shakira‘s 2010 World Cup hit “Waka Waka,” with South African group Freshly Ground, has sold 1.7 million downloads in the U.S.

The official 2014 World Cup song will be Pitbull‘s “We Are One featuring Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte. The artists will perform their song at the opening ceremony of the soccer tournament, which kicks off June 12 in Sao Paulo.

Shakira Lands Atop Billboard’s Social Media Chart

Shakira is No. 1 with a bullet on the social media charts…

The 36-year-old Colombian superstar singer and returning The Voice coach has reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Social 50 chart.

Shakira

Shakira jumped 5-1 to take the pole position. It’s her first time at No. 1 since Feb. 9, 2013, and only her second week atop the chart.

Shakira surged to the top of the heap after sharing another photo of her baby on January 25. That image garnered an astounding 2.1 million post-likes.

In addition, the “Loca” singer released the Spanish version of her new single with Rihanna, “Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte,” to VEVO on January 22.

The “Nunca” audio post on VEVO has received more than 1 million views, and a successful promotional post on Facebook led to a 250% spike in weekly fan acquisition on the platform.

But Shakira isn’t the only Hispanic artist to make the Top 10…

Pitbull, who earned extensive press this week when it was announced that his track “We Are One (Ole Ola)” was selected as the official song for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, comes in at No. 5.

The track, which hasn’t been released, features Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudie Leitte.

Pitbull’s boost in the Social 50 rankings is also complemented by Austin Mahone (47-40), who released his new single “MMM Yeah,” which features the 33-year-old Cuban American rap superstar. Overall, Pitbull ascends with a 132% increase in mentions on Twitter, a 7% rise in Facebook conversation, which leads to 928,000 new fans added overall (up 28% from the previous frame).

The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, VEVO, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.

Pitbull Inks Development Deal with Endemol North America

Pitbull is ready to branch out beyond music…

The 33-year-old Cuban American rap superstar, who will be performing the official World Cup song with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, has agreed to an exclusive overall deal with Endemol North America to develop and produce original content for television and digital platforms.

Pitbull

The digital aspect of the “Timber” singer’s deal, which was announced at NATPE, also entails a Pitbull channel on the newly launched Endemol Beyond.

The latter, a new global venture, will look to create a premium network of international and local channels across platforms such as YouTube, Yahoo and AOL. As part of the pact, Pitbull and his manager, Latium Entertainment CEO Charles Chavez, will executive produce fare.

“The U.S. Hispanic consumer and gigantic global stars like Pitbull have been the underpinning for the major Latin music and cultural influences in the U.S. and around the world. By offering the support, global infrastructure and reach for television and digital that only Endemol can provide, we look forward to the output and to the multitude of possibilities that this collaboration will generate,” said Endemol N.A. co-CEO Cris Abrego.

Added fellow CEO Charlie Corwin, who has actively looked to beef up the company’s brand roster since taking the reins of the company months earlier: “Combining Pitbull’s already massive global presence with our Endemol Beyond digital dream team and our creative scripted and unscripted teams in a first of its kind deal will give us an opportunity to create ground-breaking content across all media.”

The news comes as Pitbull’s latest breakout, “Timber,” sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the third consecutive week. The musician-turned-entrepreneur’s career sales exceed 5 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide, and he boasts No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries.