Erika Ender Releases New Trilingual Album “MP3-45”

Erika Ender is getting personal…

The 45-year-old Panamanian Latin Grammy-winning singer, songwriter has released MP3-45, her most personal and intimate album to date.

Erika Ender

Ender, who co-penned Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s massive hit “Despacito,” bares it all on the 9-track set, which kicks off with a vintage dance band cover of Alberto Zarzar’s “Abrázame.”

She then slows things down with beautiful ballads “Só Louco” and “When I Fall in Love” setting the stripped-down tone for the remainder of the album, which finds an emotional Ender singing about falling in and out of love.

“This album has to do with my structure as a human being and as an artist,” Ender tells Billboard. “MP3 is the format we listen to music nowadays and 45 takes me back to 45RPM which is how I used to listen to music when I was growing up at my parent’s house. That music formed me as a songwriter. I remember I’d listen and write down the lyrics and list the credits, I was fascinated by all of that. I’m bringing that little Erika to the woman I am now. It’s a digital vintage. It has profound, deep lyrics and I sing in three different languages because I come from a multicultural family.”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” Becomes First Video to Surpass 7 Billion Views on YouTube

Luis Fonsi is still killin’ it on YouTube

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” has officially become the first video in YouTube history to surpass 7 billion views.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

According to YouTube, the music video, released in 2017, averages more than 1.4 million views a day (so far) in 2020 with Daddy Yankee currently No. 16 on the streaming platform’s Global Top Artists chart.

The record-breaking news comes just days after Telemundo and Billboard announced that Fonsi and Yankee will receive the Billboard Latin Song of the Decade award for “Despacito” at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The top honor recognizes “Despacito” for its chart milestones, which include topping the Hot Latin Songs chart for a record 56 (non-consecutive) weeks, spending the most weeks at No. 1 for any title since the chart’s inception in 1986.

The song’s success also set the chart-topping longevity mark on Hot Latin Songs when it spent its 42nd week at the top on the February 17, 2018-dated tally, surpassing the 41-week reign of Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona’s “Bailando” in 2014-15.

In addition, “Despacito” made history at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2017, tying the then all-time mark for weeks at No. 1 (16) set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” in 1996.

Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are confirmed to perform at the Billboard Latin Music Awards set to take place on Wednesday, October 21, live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” Named Billboard Latin Song of the Decade

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee have the song of the decade…

Telemundo and Billboard have announced that the 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer and the 43-year-old Puerto Rican rapper will receive the Billboard Latin Song of the Decade award for their 2017 hit “Despacito” at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are also confirmed to perform at the awards ceremony, which is set to take place on Wednesday, October 21 live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

On the Billboard charts, “Despacito” topped the Hot Latin Songs chart for a record 56 (non-consecutive) weeks, spending the most weeks at No. 1 for any title since the chart’s inception in 1986. The song’s success also set the chart-topping longevity mark on Hot Latin Songs when it spent its 42nd week at the top on the February 17, 2018-dated tally, surpassing the 41-week reign of Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, and Gente de Zona’s “Bailando” in 2014-15.

In addition, “Despacito” made history at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2017, tying the then all-time mark for weeks at No. 1 (16) set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” in 1996.

The 2020 BLMAs, led by top finalists Bad Bunny and Ozuna, is the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, the awards are determined by the actual sales, streaming radio airplay, and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 2, 2019, through this year’s January 25 charts.

The event coincides with Billboard’s Latin Music Week 30th anniversary, a three-day virtual experience dedicated to Latin music, culture, and entertainment. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the event will take place October 20-23 and will feature intimate artist conversations, industry panels, exclusive performances, and more.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards 2020 will broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. on October 21 via Telemundo.

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.”

Selena Gomez Scores First-Ever No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Lose You to Love Me”

It’s a massive first forSelena Gomez

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has earned her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her new single “Lose You to Love Me.”

Selena Gomez

Gomez earns her first chart-topper more than 10 years after first appearing on the chart, as her ballad vaults from No. 15 to No. 1 following its first full week of data tracking.

“Lose You to Love Me” blasts 20-1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 38.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Octpber 31, according to Nielsen Music, good for the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainertrophy. It holds atop Digital Song Saleswith 39,000 sold in the same span

On the Radio Songschart, it debuts at No. 41 with 24.2 million audience impressions in the week ending November 3.

The song was released Wednesday, October 23and is expected to be the first tasteof Gomez’s upcoming album, her first since Revivalin 2015.

“Thank you guys for streaming and committing to this song! It means the world to me! This song has my whole heart.” Gomez said on social media, while sharing a heartfelt post to her Instagram feed.

Gomez achieves her first Hot 100 No. 1 after previously peaking as high as No. 5 with both “Good For You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, in 2015 and “Same Old Love” in 2016. It’s her eighth top 10 and first since “It Ain’t Me,” with Kygo, reached No. 10 in May 2017.

With Gomez having first appeared on the Hot 100 dated January 10, 2009 (at No. 99 with the eventual No. 58-peaking “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know“), she reaches No. 1 at last, 10 years and 10 months after her first entry. She completes the longest wait from a first visit to a first No. 1 (as a lead artist) since Daddy Yankee, who took 12 years and nine months from his first charted title to his first leader, “Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi and featuring Justin Bieber, in May 2017.

Among women, Gomez ends the longest wait for a first Hot 100 No. 1 in over 30 years, since pop icon Bette Midlerneeded 16 years, six months and two weeks from her first appearance in 1972 to her first No. 1, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” in June 1989.

Daddy Yankee to Perform at Coliseo de Puerto Rico for First Time in 12 Years

Daddy Yankee is preparing for a special homecoming…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper/singer is set to perform his first show in 12 years at Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee’s Con Calma Pal’ Choli concert is set for December 5, the artist announced on social media.

Produced by Rafael Pina, Con Calma Pa’l Choli is part of Yankee’s world tour. 

The ticket pre-sale will start on Tuesday, September 17.

Daddy Yankee, considered a pioneer of reggaeton, is the mastermind behind hits like “Con Calma,” “Dura” and “Despacito” alongside Luis Fonsi. This year, he is one of the top nominees for the Latin AMAs 2019, with five nominations.

Erika Ender Honored with Ismael Cala Foundation’s Philanthropy Award

Erika Ender is celebrating a special honor…

The 44-year-old Panamanian singer/songwriter, one of the masterminds behind the global hit single “Despacito,” has received the Ismael Cala Foundation’s philanthropy award.

Erika Ender

Ender, the president of Fundación Puertas Abiertas and creator of the Talenpro project, received the recognition over the weekend at Gala Fifty in Miami, which celebrated the Ismael Cala Foundation’s first 50 months of work.

“[Erika Ender] has created an exponential platform for young talents, interweaving entertainment and culture with efforts to promote the social welfare of others,” says Ismael Cala. “She is an example of an artist with a sense of social responsibility, involved in managing solutions for Panamanians and providing an example for the Americans overall.”

In its 50 months of activity, 6,359 young people from 13 countries in Latin America and the United States have benefited from the foundation’s programs, which seek to develop their potential and enhance their well-being and social development.

During the event, funds were raised to strengthen the foundation’s programs and contribute to the education and social transformation of children, adolescents and young adults.

Camila Cabello Earns Second No. 1 on Australian Singles Chart with Shawn Mendes Collab “Señorita”

Camila Cabellois the top Señorita on the charts in Australia…

The 22-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer’s collaboration with Shawn Mendes, “Señorita,” has unseated  Lil Nas X’s monster hit “Old Town Road” as the No. 1 song in Australia.

Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes

“Señorita” rises to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart after four consecutive weeks at No. 2, giving Cabello her second singles chart-topper following her smash “Havana,” which ruled the survey for three weeks in late 2017. Mendes, meanwhile, has earned his first leader Down Under

With “Señorita” claiming top spot, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (Columbia/Sony) dips 1-2, ending its chart-topping run at 13 weeks, good enough for equal second best of all time alongside Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” and Coolio’sGangsta’s Paradise”. Only Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” has enjoyed a longer streak at the summit, at 15 weeks.

Jenni Rivera’s Family Releases New Single by the Late Singer “Aparentemente Bien” to Commemorate Her 50th Birthday

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. 

Jenni Rivera

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.”

Daddy Yankee to Be First-Ever Spanish-Language Performer on “The Late Late Show With James Corden”

Daddy Yankee is bringing Spanish to late night…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper superstar will perform on The Late Late Show With James Corden.  

Daddy Yankee

In doing so, Daddy Yankee will be the first-ever Spanish-language performer on the show when it airs Wednesday on CBS.

Daddy Yankee will perform his hit single “Con Calma,” featuring Snow, which rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated March 16.

In 2018, Daddy Yankee earned 10 Guinness World Recordtitles for his achievement as the first Latin artist to reach No. 1 on Spotify, confirmed as of July 9, 2017. He received seven Guinness World Record titles for the success of the global smash hit “Despacito,” performed alongside Luis Fonsi, and two additional titles for topping Billboard‘s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.