Cash Money Records Signs Luis Armando as First Artist in New Latin Division

Luis Armando is makin’ (cash) money moves…

Cash Money Records has officially announced the creation of a Latin music division with the launch of the Puerto Rican emerging artist.

Luis Armando

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 Records and 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 DrakeLil’ 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.

Bad Bunny’s “Dakiti” Makes History as It Debuts in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100

Bad Bunny is making history again…

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 & Jhay Cortez

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.

Cardi B’s “WAP,” Featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Registers Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Cardi B is proving she has staying power…

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, has notched a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion "WAP" Video

The track debuted at the summit a week earlier with record first-week streams.

“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.

Camila Cabello Earns Six iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

Camila Cabello has plenty of (i)heart

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.

Camila Cabello

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 CamiloGuaynaaLunayand 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 OzunaCalibre 50El 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

Cardi B Wins Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop at the American Music Awards for the Second Straight Year

Make that two in a row for Cardi B

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation picked up her second straight Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop trophy at this year’s American Music Awards, which aired live on ABC on Sunday night.

Cardi B

Cardi B won the crown over Drake and Post Malonefor the title, the same artist’s she beat out for the prize last year.

Camilla Cabello has also picked up her second straight trophy in the Collaboration of the Yearcategory.

The 22-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer and former Fifth Harmony member, who now has five solo AMAs trophies and a sixth with5H, won alongside Shawn Mendes for their chart-topping singleSeñorita.” Last year, Cabello won for her chart-topping hit “Havana,” featuring Young Thug.

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 SwiftBillie EilishSelena GomezLizzoChristina Aguilera & A Great Big WorldKeshaBig FreediaPost MaloneOzzy OsbourneHalseyCamila 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

Favorite Soundtrack
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Sech Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Otro Trago”

Sech has reason to celebrate… 

The 25-year-old Panamanian urban singer has earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, as his single with Darell, “Otro Trago,” rises 3-1 on the chart dated August 31.

Sech

The new chart-topper arrives a month after the remix of the song, which features Nicky JamOzuna and Anuel AA, was released.

While Sech and Darell, who collaborated on the original version of the track, claim their first No. 1 on the list, Nicky Jam secures his 11th, Ozuna his 12th, and Anuel AA his fourth.

“Otro Trago” rises due in part to a 16% boost in audience impressions (13.8 million), logged in the week ending August 25, according to Nielsen Music.

The song also lands at No. 1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay tally. It previously topped the Hot Latin Songschart for two nonconsecutive weeks (starting August 10).

Only two other songs have topped the Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, and Latin Rhythm Airplay charts in 2019: Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” featuring Drake, and Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma,” featuring Snow.

Elsewhere, “Otro Trago” advances 8-7 on Latin Pop Airplay.

The song is Sech’s second single from his debut albumSueñoswhichholds for its fifth consecutive week at No. 3 (its peak) on the Top Latin Albums chart.

Anuel AA’s Single “China,” with Daddy Yankee, Karol G, J Balvin & Ozuna, Rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

Anuel AA is back at the top of the charts…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer’s latest single “China,” featuring Daddy YankeeKarol GOzuna and J Balvin, rises 2-1 in just its third week on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated August 17. 

Anuel AA, Karol G. Ozuna, Daddy Yankee

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 Pitbull and 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 Gomez and 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 Sales and Latin Streaming Songs chart through an equal 2-1 boost.

On the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, “China” lifts 44-43.

Bad Bunny Breaks Record for Most Songs in the Top 10 at the Same Time on Billboard’s Hot Latin Song​s Chart

Bad Bunnyis ruling the singles charts…

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 Song​s chart, setting a new record for the most songs by an artist in the top 10 at the same time.

Bad Bunny

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, OzunaAnuel AAJoan SebastianRomeo 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.  

Juanes to Tour the U.S. West Coast

Juanes is headed to the West Coast…

The 46-year-old Colombian superstar has announced dates for his West Coast concert series in the United States.

Juanes

Juane’s West Coast tour will kick off in May in Irvine, California, with stops in Seattle, Las Vegas, Berkeley, California and California’s Napa Valley. 

The new show will present a new concept, which is being put together by the creative minds who’ve worked on shows by artists like Kendrick Lamar,DrakeMigosKhalidand 6LACK, among others.

Bad Bunny to Perform at Barcelona’s Sonar Festival

Bad Bunny is headed to Barcelona…

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.

Bad Bunny

Organizers said in a statement that the presence of Bad Bunny, whose career is skyrocketing after hit collaborations with the likes of Cardi BDrakeand 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 TerritoireBerlinistDiego Navarro, Lil MossTutuFake Guido and Macromassa, as well as an audiovisual show by Niño de Elche collaborators Los Voluable, called “Flamenco is Not a Crime.”