Cash Money Records has officially announced the creation of a Latin music division with the launch of the Puerto Rican emerging artist.
Cash Money was founded by brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams in 1992. The new Latin division is a joint venture with Taste Music Group and major label support from Republic Recordsand Universal Music Latin.
“Urban Latin music is taking a similar course as we saw with Hip Hop during the 80s and 90s as it grew, evolved and fought to be accepted in the mainstream,” says Slim.
“It’s not just reggaeton anymore, it’s now evolving its subgenres (such as Latin Trap) and making them popular culture. At Cash Money we saw all that from the start in Hip Hop and we’re excited to adapt our lessons in helping develop Latin talent that also stands grounded in the Hip Hop world from day 1. With the guidance of various long-time Latin music experts such as Carlos Rivas, who is Cash Money’s Latin A&R, as well as our counterparts at Republic and Universal Latin we’re excited to venture into this new space as a label.”
As one of Hip-Hop’s reputable record labels, Cash Money has been home to some of the industry’s biggest names including Drake, Lil’ Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. Now, the label believes it can transfer its know-how to the Latin market.
“Slim and Baby have the ability to spot talent like no other, they’ve proven that for many years,” Vernon Brown, Cash Money’s long-time attorney, and business manager, tells Billboard. “There’s a big confidence and commitment behind anything they touch. I think the ability to now bring Latin artists and see the merge is only going to be a positive result for any artist.”
Luis Armando, who was raised in Ohio, is the label’s first-ever recording Latin artist, making his debut with “Chica Mala” in collaboration with reggaeton veteran Ñengo Flow.
“We want our artists to be consistent, talented, and ready to work,” Slim says. “Someone who has that passion and drive and a vision of how great they want to be. If they’ve got that attitude, we’ll give it a shot. We believe in the new talents. Luis Armando is our first, but we’re excited to discover and help develop more talent as we move forward.”
The melodic urban fusions with tropical rhythms heard in “Chica Mala” puts Armando’s fresh musical proposal in the forefront.
The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer’s latest single, “Dakiti,” featuring Jhay Cortez debuts at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, on the chart dated November 14.
Bad Bunny and Cortez’s charge onto the Hot 100 is due to 22.2 million streams, 3.2 million in airplay audience and 5,000 sold in the tracking week for “Dakiti.”
As it concurrently starts at No. 1 on the multi-metric Hot Latin Songs chart, it’s the first title ever to have entered the Hot 100 in the top 10 and launched atop Hot Latin Songs simultaneously.
“Dakiti” is Bad Bunny’s third Hot 100 top 10, all of which have debuted in the tier. It follows his Cardi B and J Balvin team-up “I Like It,” which began at No. 8 and spent a week at No. 1, and “MIA,” featuring Drake (No. 5 debut and peak), both in 2018.
“MIA” and now “Dakiti” are the only all-Spanish-language songs ever to have debuted in the Hot 100’s top 10.
Cortez, meanwhile, earns his first Hot 100 top 10.
“WAP,” which fended off a challenge from Drake‘s “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, is the first song to spend its first two weeks on the chart at No. 1 since Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings,” which tallied its first five weeks on the chart in the top spot (of eight total frames at No. 1), beginning on the February 2, 2019-dated tally.
Meanwhile, “WAP” is the first song among women to lead the Hot 100 for multiple weeks since Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reigned for three weeks in December-January. Before that, Lizzo‘s “Truth Hurts” totaled seven weeks at No. 1 last September-October.
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“WAP,” released on Atlantic Records, notches a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, with 36,000 downloads sold (down 71%) in the week ending August 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It dips to No. 2 on Streaming Songs with 72.2 million U.S. streams (down 22%) in the week ending August 20. A week ago, it blasted in with 93 million streams, the most ever for a song in its first week of release.
“WAP” concurrently posts a second week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which employ the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100.
“WAP” additionally debuts at No. 48 on the Radio Songs chart with 16.5 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 42%) in the week ending August 23.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards nominated have been revealed, with the 22-year-old Mexican/Cuban singer picking up six nods, the most of any Latina/o artist.
Cabello earned nods in the Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Lyrics and Best Music Video categories for “Señorita,” her chart-topping collaboration with Shawn Mendes.
Cabello is also up for Best Fan Army, as well as Best Cover Song for her cover of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved.”
Cardi B has picked up four nods…
The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar is nominated for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, as well as Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Money.”
Cardi B is also nominated for Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for her collaboration with DJ Snake, Ozuna and Selena Gomez, “Taki Taki,” as well as Best Remix for appearing on Blueface’s “Thotiana” alongside YG.
Daddy Yankee has picked up four nominations…
The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer, a nominee in the Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year category,is also up for Best Music Video, Best Remix and Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for his hit single“Con Calma.”
Bad Bunny has received three nods…
The 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer picked up two nods in the Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year category, for his single “MIA” featuring Drake, and “Que Pretendes, his collaboration with J Balvin.
Bad Bunny is also up for Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year.
J Balvin is also a three-time nominee this year…
The 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is nominated for Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year, as well as Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for “Que Pretendes” with Bad Bunny, and Best Music Video for “Con Altura” withRosalía and El Guincho.
Spanish singer/songwriter Rosalia, 26, is also nominated for Best New Latin Pop/Urban Artist. She’s nominated alongside Camilo, Guaynaa, Lunayand Sech.
Selena Gomezhas picked up three nods…
The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is up for Best Lyrics for her first-ever chart-topper “Lose You To Love Me.” She’s also up for Best Fan Army and Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year for “Taki Taki.”
The iHeartRadio Music Awards recognize the most-played names and songs throughout iHeartRadio‘s stations and apps.
Other multiple nominees include Ozuna, Calibre 50, El Fantasmaand Christian Nodal.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for several categories, including best fan army, best lyrics, best cover song, best music video, best remix, the social star award, favorite tour photographer and the first-ever favorite music video choreography award.
Voting is available now, through Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards, and will close on March 23 at 8 p.m. ET, except for best fan army, which will run until March 27 at 9:00 am ET.
The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 29 at 8:00 pm ET on Fox.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Song of the Year “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sucker” – Jonas Brothers “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
Female Artist of the Year Ariana Grande Billie Eilish Halsey Lizzo Taylor Swift
Male Artist of the Year Ed Sheeran Khalid Luke Combs Post Malone Shawn Mendes
Best Duo/Group of the Year Dan + Shay Imagine Dragons Jonas Brothers Maroon 5 Panic! At The Disco
Best Collaboration “Dancing With A Stranger” – Sam Smith & Normani “Eastside” – benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid “I Don’t Care” – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee
Best New Pop Artist: Ava Max FLETCHER Lewis Capaldi Lil Nas X Lizzo
Alternative Rock Song of the Year “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Doin’ Time” – Lana Del Rey “Ready To Let Go” – Cage The Elephant “The Hype” – twenty one pilots “Trampoline” – SHAED
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Billie Eilish Cage The Elephant Imagine Dragons Panic! At The Disco twenty one pilots
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist Dirty Honey Dominic Fike Matt Maeson SHAED The Glorious Sons
Rock Song of the Year “Blue On Black” – Five Finger Death Punch “Ghost” – Badflower “Lo/Hi” – The Black Keys “Monsters” – Shinedown “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)” – The Glorious Sons
Rock Artist of the Year Disturbed Five Finger Death Punch Godsmack Greta Van Fleet Shinedown
Country Song of the Year “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs “GIRL” – Maren Morris “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” – Justin Moore “Whiskey Glasses” – Morgan Wallen
Country Artist of the Year Carrie Underwood Dan + Shay Luke Bryan Luke Combs Thomas Rhett
Best New Country Artist Jimmie Allen Matt Stell Morgan Wallen Riley Green Runaway June
Dance Song of the Year “Body” – Loud Luxury featuring brando “Close To Me” – Ellie Goulding, Diplo featuring Swae Lee “Here With Me” – Marshmello featuring Chvrches “Higher Love” – Kygo & Whitney Houston “So Close” – NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cutsv featuring Georgia Ku
Dance Artist of the Year Diplo Kygo Loud Luxury Marshmello The Chainsmokers
Hip-Hop Song of the Year “Going Bad” – Meek Mill featuring Drake “Money In The Grave” – Drake featuring Rick Ross “Money” – Cardi B “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X “Suge” – DaBaby
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Cardi B Drake Lil Baby Meek Mill Travis Scott
Best New Hip-Hop Artist City Girls DaBaby Lil Nas X Lizzo Megan Thee Stallion
R&B Song of the Year “Before I Let Go (Homecoming Live Album)” – Beyoncé “Girls Need Love (Remix)” – Summer Walker & Drake “No Guidance” – Chris Brown featuring Drake “Shot Clock” – Ella Mai “Talk” – Khalid
R&B Artist of the Year Chris Brown Ella Mai H.E.R. Khalid Summer Walker
Best New R&B Artist Ari Lennox LightSkinKeisha Nicole Bus Summer Walker The Bonfyre
Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year “Calma” – Pedro Capó & Alicia Keys featuring Farruko “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry featuring Snow “MIA” – Bad Bunny featuring Drake “QUE PRETENDES” – J Balvin & Bad Bunny “Taki Taki” – DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B
Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year Bad Bunny Daddy Yankee J Balvin Maluma Ozuna
Best New Latin Pop/Urban Artist Camilo Guaynaa Lunay Rosalía Sech
Regional Mexican Song of the Year “¿Por Qué Cambiaste De Opinión” – Calibre 50 “A Través Del Vaso” – Banda Los Sebastianes “Con Todo Incluido” – La Adictiva Banda San José De Mesillas “Encantadora” – El Fantasma “Nada Nuevo” – Christian Nodal
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga Calibre 50 Christian Nodal El Fantasma La Arrolladora Banda El Limón
Best New Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:Banda Los Sebastianes El Fantasma Fuerza Regida Kanales Lenin Ramírez
Producer of the Year Andrew Watt Benny Blanco Finneas Louis Bell Max Martin
Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley Finneas Frank Dukes Louis Bell Savan Kotecha
Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category “10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber “7 rings” – Ariana Grande “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Beautiful People” – Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid “Hot Girl Summer” – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign “Juice” – Lizzo “Lose You To Love Me” – Selena Gomez “Nightmare” – Halsey “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi “The Bones” – Maren Morris “You Need to Calm Down” – Taylor Swift
Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog” – Miley Cyrus cover Ariana Grande – “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” – Lana Del Rey cover Phil Collins – “Can’t Stop Loving You” – Taylor Swift cover Sam Smith & Normani – “Dancing With A Stranger” – 5SOS cover Elvin Bishop – “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack cover The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There For You” – Meghan Trainor cover Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Keith Urban cover Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved” – Camila Cabello cover Jonas Brothers – “Sucker” – Halsey cover Post Malone – “Sunflower” – Vampire Weekend cover
Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category Agnation – Agnez Mo Arianators – Ariana Grande Beliebers – Justin Bieber BTSArmy – BTS Camilizers – Camila Cabello Harries – Harry Styles Limelights – Why Don’t We Louies – Louis Tomlinson MendesArmy – Shawn Mendes Niallers – Niall Horan Selenators – Selena Gomez Swifties – Taylor Swift
Best Music Video:*Socially Voted Category “7 rings” – Ariana Grande “bad guy” – Billie Eilish “Boy With Luv” – BTS featuring Halsey “Con Altura” – Rosalía, J Balvin featuring El Guincho “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Snow “Dancing With A Stranger” – Sam Smith & Normani “I Don’t Care” – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “Kill This Love” – BLACKPINK “ME!” – Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Sucker” – Jonas Brothers
Social Star Award:*Socially Voted Category Asher Angel Cody Orlove Danielle Cohn DeStorm Power King Bach Montana Tucker Niki and Gabi Piper Rockelle Scotty Sire Stephanie Poetri The Moy Boys Zoe Laverne
Best Remix:*Socially Voted Category “bad guy” – Billie Eilish (with Justin Bieber) “Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee, Katy Perry featuring Snow “Good As Hell” – Lizzo featuring Ariana Grande “Higher Love” – Kygo & Whitney Houston “Lover” – Taylor Swift featuring Shawn Mendes “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “The Bones” – Maren Morris featuring Hozier “Thotiana” – Blueface featuring Cardi B and YG “Trampoline” – SHAED featuring Zayn “Without Me” – Halsey featuring Juice WRLD
Favorite Tour Photographer: *Socially Voted Category Adam Degross (Post Malone) Alfredo Flores (Ariana Grande) Andy DeLuca (5SOS) Blair Caldwell (Normani) Daniel Prakopcyk (John Mayer) Jake Chamseddine (Panic! At The Disco) Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes) Matty Vogel (Billie Eilish) Rays Corrupted Mind (Travis Scott) Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We) Zakary Walters (Ed Sheeran)
Favorite Music Video Choreography: (New Category)*Socially Voted Category “7 rings” (Ariana Grande) – Scott and Brian Nicholson “How Do You Sleep?” (Sam Smith) – Parris Goebel “Kill This Love” (BLACKPINK) – Kyle Hanagami & Kiel Tutin “ME!” (Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie) – Tyce Diorio “Motivation” (Normani) – Sean Bankhead “Señorita” (Shawn Mendes & Camilla Cabello) – Calvit Hodge & Sara Bivens
Bruno Mars picked up the Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B trophy, the second win in the category for the 34-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer.
Mars beat out Chris Brownand Khalid for the award.
The third time proved to be the charm for J Balvin…
The 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer won the Favorite Artist – Latintrophy for the first time, after losing out for the award the previous two years.
J Balvin beat out Bad Bunny andOzuna for the prize.
Hosted by Ciara, the evening included performances by Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Christina Aguilera & A Great Big World, Kesha& Big Freedia, Post Malone& Ozzy Osbourne, Halsey, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Artist of the Decade Taylor Swift
Artist of the Year Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year Billie Eilish
Collaboration of the Year Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”
Tour of the Year BTS
Favorite Music Video Taylor Swift “You Need to Calm Down”
Favorite Social Artist BTS
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock Khalid
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock Taylor Swift
Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock BTS
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock Taylor Swift “Lover”
Favorite Song – Pop/Rock Halsey “Without Me”
Favorite Male Artist – Country Kane Brown
Favorite Female Artist – Country Carrie Underwood
Favorite Duo or Group – Country Dan + Shay
Favorite Album – Country Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”
Favorite Song – Country Dan + Shay “Speechless”
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop Cardi B
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B Beyoncé
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B Khalid “Free Spirit”
Favorite Song – Soul/R&B Khalid “Talk”
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock Billie Eilish
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary Taylor Swift
Favorite Artist – Latin J Balvin
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational Lauren Daigle
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Marshmello
The 26-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer’s latest single “China,” featuring Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin, rises 2-1 in just its third week on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated August 17.
It’s the fastest climb to the top in 2019 and the quickest ascent since Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” featuring Drake, jumped 9-1 in its second week (October 27, 2018).
“I’m extremely happy, blessed and grateful to God and my fans,” Anuel AA tells Billboard. “I thank my colleagues for trusting me, my team for their great work and giving their 200% to make this dream come true.”
“China” is a reimagination of Shaggy’s 2000 hit “It Wasn’t Me.” It was produced by Tainy and co-written by the five artists on the track.
It opened at No. 2 just three weeks ago, on the August 3-dated list.
“The artists on this track give it an elevated presence right out of the gate given the caliber of each individually and the power they present here collectively,” Ismael Santa Cruz, Vice President, Managing Director Radio Strategy at Univision Communications, tells Billboard. “The fact that the track samples a hit from 19 years ago also helps it build a foundation from which to grow on.”
Despite the song’s decline in streaming activity and digital sales (in the week ending August 8, according to Nielsen Music), “China” moves thanks to 6% boost in audience impressions (to 8 million) earned in the week ending August 11.
The Hot Latin Songs chart ranks the most popular Latin songs of the week, blending streaming, sales and airplay data.
“‘China’ is the strongest song of my career up to date,” Anuel AA 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.”
“China” is Anuel AA’s third leader, Daddy Yankee’s seventh, Karol G’s second, Ozuna’s fourth, and J Balvin’s sixth. Notably, Karol G becomes the first core Latin female artist to secure a No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs tally in over a year — since Karol herself led the list. Her first No. 1 arrived on May 12, 2018, with “Dame Tu Cosita,” a co-billed track with Pitbulland El Chombo, featuring Cutty Ranks. It topped the list for two weeks.
“The inclusion of Karol G helped the track,” Santa Cruz adds. “It was important to include a female artist in the song. This is a great time for female artists in the Latin rhythmic space as they are driving a lot of momentum and bringing a fresh sound.”
Prior to Karol G, the last time a core Latin female artist ranked at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs was way back in early 2017, when Shakira’s “Chantaje,” featuringMaluma, wrapped up 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the February 11, 2017-dated list.
Since then, three women who traditionally have only charted with English-language recordings have claimed the crown: Selena Gomezand Cardi B(featured on DJ Snake‘s “Taki Taki,” alongside Ozuna; 13 nonconsecutive weeks starting October 13, 2018) and Beyoncé (featured on J Balvin and Willy William‘s “Mi Gente”; 10 consecutive weeks starting October 21, 2017).
Beyond “China’s” coronation on Hot Latin Songs, the tune also climbs to a new high on the Latin Digital Songs Salesand Latin Streaming Songschart through an equal 2-1 boost.
On the all-genre BillboardHot 100, “China” lifts 44-43.
The 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer has landed six songs concurrently in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, setting a new record for the most songs by an artist in the top 10 at the same time.
On the chart — which blends airplay, sales and streaming data to rank to the most popular Latin songs of the week — all eight of Bad Bunny’s Oasis’ songs, his No. 1 joint album with J Balvin, debut on the list dated July 13.
The Oasis parade is led by “Qué Pretendes,” which debuts at No. 2. Another Oasis track, “La Cancion,” bows within the top 10, at No. 10.
So, that’s two Bad Bunny cuts in the top 10, which joins four other Bad Bunny songs already in the region, at No. 3 (“Callaita,” with Tainy), No. 4 (“MIA,” featuring Drake), No. 5 (“Soltera,” with Lunayand Daddy Yankee) and No. 8 (“No Me Conoce,” with Jhay Cortezand J Balvin).
With that, Bad Bunny notches his six songs concurrently in the top 10. The previous record was four, held by six acts (Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Anuel AA, Joan Sebastian, Romeo Santosand Wisin & Yandel).
Further, Bad Bunny sets another record: He’s the first act with four songs in the top five at the same time, as he holds Nos. 2-5.
The 24-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer will perform at Sonar, the iconic Barcelona electronic and experimental music festival, this July.
Organizers said in a statement that the presence of Bad Bunny, whose career is skyrocketing after hit collaborations with the likes of Cardi B, Drakeand Jennifer Lopez, “builds on the festival’s long history of supporting urban music from the Caribbean and Latin America.”
Other artists just announced for the July 18-20 dates include rapper Lil Uzi Vert, who will make his debut appearance in Spain, and Nuyorican DJ and producer Louie Vega with Honey Dijon.
The Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Bandwill close the festival with a politically-charged performance by 20 musicians and a 50-voice choir at Barcelona’s outdoor Grecamphitheater.
Spain will be represented at the festival by artists including Territoire, Berlinist, Diego Navarro, Lil Moss, Tutu, Fake Guido and Macromassa, as well as an audiovisual show by Niño de Elche collaborators Los Voluable, called “Flamenco is Not a Crime.”