Enrique Iglesias Announces Co-Headlining North American Tour with Ricky Martin

Enrique Iglesias is joining forces with a fellow Latin superstar…

The 44-year-old Spanish singer and Ricky Martin have announced their first-ever co-headlining tour in North America. 

Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin

Iglesias and Martin will be joined by rising star Sebastian Yatra, who will perform as a special guest on the trek.

The tour will kick off on September 5 in Phoenix and make stops in major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York. The ambitious tour will wrap up on October 30 in Atlanta.

Both superstars in their own right, the Grammy-winning artists boast chart-topping success throughout their careers, landing No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including Iglesias’ “Bailamos,” which hit No. 1 on the chart dated September 4, 1999, and “Be With You” on June 24, 2000, and Martin’s smash hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” which topped the chart dated May 8, 1999.

On the Hot Latin Songs chart, they both have multiple No. 1s under their belt. Martin has had a total of 11 chart-toppers, including “Vuelve” and “Pegate,” while Iglesias has 27 No. 1s, including “Bailando” and the Nicky-Jamassisted reggaetón hit “El Perdón.”

Tickets for the highly anticipated tour go on sale to the general public starting on March 12. 

Here are the tour dates:

Sept. 5 — Phoenix, AZ — Gila River Arena
Sept. 6 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
Sept. 9 — Edinburg, TX — Bert Ogden Arena
Sept. 11 — San Antonio, TX — AT&T Center
Sept. 12 — Houston, TX — Toyota Center
Sept. 13 — Dallas, TX — American Airlines Center
Sept. 17 — Los Angeles, CA — STAPLES Center
Sept. 22 — San Jose, CA — SAP Center
Sept. 24 — Sacramento, CA — Golden 1 Center
Sept. 26 — Las Vegas, NV — MGM Grand Garden Arena
Oct. 1 — Chicago, IL — Allstate Arena
Oct. 6 — Boston, MA — TD Garden
Oct. 8 — Toronto, ON — Scotiabank Arena
Oct. 10 — Montreal, QC — Centre Bell
Oct. 14 — Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 15 — Washington, DC — Capital One Arena
Oct. 17 — Newark, NJ — Prudential Center
Oct. 18 — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
Oct. 23 — Miami, FL — AmericanAirlines Arena
Oct. 29 — Orlando, FL — Amway Center
Oct. 30 — Atlanta, GA — State Farm Arena

Leila Cobo to Release New Book Offering Inside Look into the Latin Music Industry

Leila Cobo is doing some decoding…

The Colombian journalist/writer, a vice president at Billboard, will release a new book next year with Penguin Random House titled Decoding Latino: The Real Story of Latin Music.

Leila Cobo

The book will offer an insider’s view into the Latin music industry, tracking the stories behind 15 of the biggest hits of the past 50 years featuring some of the biggest names in music, including Emilioand Gloria EstefanEnrique IglesiasJ Balvinand Luis Fonsi, among others. 

“Bringing to life these stories and these songs is an honor and a pleasure,” said Cobo, who is also a classically trained pianist. “We’ve had so much fun reliving the making of these landmark songs.”

Decoding Latino will also explore areas such as the birth of Salsa, which was bred on the streets of Spanish Harlem, as well as Puerto Rican reggaetonand the bilingual chart-toppers making history. 

It will be published in English and Spanish, and will also be available as an audio book. 

Cobo, who has previously written four books in addition to co-writing the 2017 memoir Una Vida with recording artist Ednita Nazario, is Billboard‘s chief Latin music expert, writer and editor who has secured some of the magazine’s most iconic cover stories highlighting names like pop star Jennifer Lopez, urban king Ozuna and the recent cover story featuring Spain’s flamenco-inspired hip-hip artist Rosalía, who this month was celebrated at Billboard’s 14th annual Women in Music event for her contributions to female empowerment.

Previously, Cobo published two novels with Grand Central Publishing/Hatchette Book Group, which were translated to German, Italian and have won multiple awards. The Second Time We Met, Cobo’s 2012 novel, won the Latino Book Award for best popular fiction and was chosen as one of the top summer reads by MSN and Latina

Cobo’s biography on the late Jenni Rivera (Penguin Random House) stayed on the U.S. top 10 list of most-sold books in Spanish for more than 25 consecutive weeks. The book on the Diva of Banda music was named a top-read by several publications, including People en Español.

Daddy Yankee Earns Eighth No. 1 of the Year on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Que Tire Pa Lante”

Make that eight in a row for Daddy Yankee

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer nabs his eighth straight No. 1 of the year, and 18th overall, on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated December 21 as “Que Tire Pa Lante” hits No. 1 in its eighth week on the list.

Daddy Yankee

The dancehall uptempo reggaetón track, released October 18, adds to the list of now 18 leaders on the chart for Daddy Yankee, which dates back to 2005 when the 15-week ruler “Rompe” arrived at No. 1 in its fourth week.

Daddy Yankee now ties with J Balvinfor the second-most leaders on the Latin Airplay chart, which began in 1994, both with 18, trailing only Enrique Iglesiaswho continues at the helm with 30.

“Que Tire Pa Lante,” which features uncredited cameos by Anuel AADarellNatti NatashaWisin and Lennox, leads through a 28% boost in audience impressions (to 9.4 million) in the week ending December 15, according to Nielsen Music.

With “Que Tire Pa Lante” at the helm Daddy Yankee rises to 64 weeks in the penthouse for his Latin Airplay chart career, the third and only urban act with the most weeks at the summit, behind Latin pop acts Iglesias (160) and Shakira (68).

Here’s a look at Daddy Yankee’s entire No. 1 collection on Latin Airplay:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Daddy Yankee), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1

“Rompe,” 15, Dec. 10, 2005
“Lovumba (Prestige),” one, Feb. 25, 2012
“La Nueva y La Ex,” one, Feb. 08, 2014
“Nota de Amor,” Wisin + Carlos Vives, featuring Daddy Yankee, one, April 25, 2015
“Sígueme y Te Sigo,” one, May 23, 2015
“Vaiven,” one, Jan. 23, 2016
“Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi, featuring Justin Bieber, 19, March 11, 2017
“Todo Comienza En La Disco,” Wisin featuring Yandel & Daddy Yankee, one, March 10, 2018
“Dura,” five, March 17, 2018
“Zum Zum,” with RKM & Ken-Y & Arcangel, one, Nov. 17, 2018
“Con Calma,” featuring Snow, eight, March 16, 2019
“Baila Baila Baila,” with Ozuna, J Balvin, Farruko & Anuel AA, one, May 11, 2019
“Soltera,” with Lunay & Bad Bunny, two, July 13, 2019
“No Lo Trates,” with Pitbull & Natti Natasha, one, Sept. 14, 2019
“Runaway,” with Sebastian Yatra, Jonas Brothers & Natti Natasha, one, Oct. 5, 2019
“China,” with Anuel AA, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin, two, Sept. 21, 2019
“Si Supieras,” with Wisin & Yandel, one, Oct. 22, 2019
“Qu Tire Pa Lante,” one (to date), Dec. 21, 2019

Daddy Yankee, meanwhile, nets his 26th Latin Rhythm AirplayNo. 1 as “Qu Tire Pa Lante” moves 3-1. He extends his record for the most crowns (26), since the chart’s inception in 2005.

Daddy Yankee Earns 30th Top 10 on Billbard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Que Tire Pa’Lante”

Daddy Yankee has another Top 10 hit on his hands…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/rapper has nabbed his  30th top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart dated November 2, starting at No. 10 with new single “Que Tire Pa’Lante.” 

Daddy Yankee

He breaks out of a tie for the third-most top 10s in the chart’s history, trailing only Luis Miguel who continues to lead with 39 and Enrique Iglesias, with 38.

The dancehall/reggaetón song, which Daddy Yankee premiered at the Latin American Music Awardson October 17, debuts in the top tier mostly from streaming activity. 

It bows with 4.1 million streams earned in its first week of release (week ending October 24), according to Nielsen Music, and debuts at No. 17 on the Latin Streaming Songschart.

The song also did well in terms of sales and airplay. It debuts at No. 1 on Latin Digital Song Sales, with 4,000 sold, and enters at No. 24 on Latin Airplay, with 5.3 million in audience.

“Que Tire Pa’Lante” exceeds the Hot Latin Songs chart debut of Daddy Yankee’s predecessor unaccompanied by any other artist on Hot Latin Songs, “Hielo.” The stand-alone single started at No. 42 on the June 9, 2018-dated tally with 1.7 million streams collected in its first week. 

Produced by DJ UrbaRome, the new single concurrently bows at No. 1 on Latin Digital Song Sales, making it Daddy Yankee’s third No. 1 of the year on Latin Digital Song Sales following the collaborative efforts “Runaway” and “China” (July 7 and August 3-dated tallies, respectively). It sold 4,000 downloads in its first tracking week which leads way to a No. 34 debut on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart.  

J Balvin Earns 17th No. 1 on Billboard Latin Airplay Chart with “Loco Contigo”

Make that 17 for J Balvin

The 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and rapper’s collaboration with DJ Snakeand Tyga, “Loco Contigo,”rises 2-1 on the BillboardLatin Airplaychart dated November 2. 

J Balvin

With the move, J Balvin goes into a four-way tie with Daddy YankeeRicky Martinand Romeo Santosfor the second-most No. 1s in the chart’s history , all with 17 (Enrique Iglesiascontinues at the helm with 30).

“Loco Contigo” arrives at the summit almost a year after DJ Snake claimed his first leader on the tally with “Taki Taki” (on the December 8, 2018-dated chart). Meanwhile, it marks the first No. 1 for American rapper Tygaon any BillboardLatin chart.  

The Spanglish track released via DJ Snake/Geffen/Interscopeon June 14, lands in the penthouse in its 14th week on the chart with 12.7 million in audience impressions (up 1%) earned in the week ending October 27, according to Nielsen Music.

Written by J Balvin, Tyga, Justin Quilesand DJ Snake, “Loco Contigo” is the sixth single off DJ Snake’s Carte Blanchealbum, which debuted at No. 2 on the Top Dance/Electronic Album Saleschart (August 10-dated list).As “Loco Contigo”  arrives at the pinnacle of Latin Airplay, it makes progress on other Latin rankings. The song climbs an equal 2-1 on both the Latin Pop Airplayand Latin Rhythm Airplaycharts.vaScript

Enrique Iglesias Teams Up with Carly Rae Jepsen, Y@K & Bbno$ on “Lalala” Remix

Enrique Iglesiasis lending his voice to a hot remix…

The 44-year-old Spanish superstar and Carly Rae Jepsen have teamed up with Y2K and rapper Bbno$ for a new remix of “Lalala,” released on Wednesday, October 30.

Enrique Iglesias

“We went from uploading a song online with no support, to having Carly Rae Jepsen & Enrique Iglesias come on and be a part of the remix,” Y2K said in a press release.

On the new version, Iglesias adds Spanish lyrics: “Vamo’ a darle al cuerpo más de ritmo, Pa’ que no sea más de lo mismo/Te voy diciendo cosas al oído/Tú sabe’ que lo nuestro es divertido” 

“When we sat down to brainstorm features, we never in a million years expected that two of the most iconic pop artists would be down to be on our record,” Y2K added.

Jesús López to Receive Desi Arnaz Pioneer Award at the La Musa Awards

Jesús López has a pioneering spirit…

The chairman and CEO of Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula will receive the Desi Arnaz PioneerAward at the seventh annual La Musa Awards from the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

López, who is responsible for Universal Music Groupoperations in all Spanish and Portuguese-speaking territories of the world, will receive the recognition for his many contributions throughout his professional career. 

The Desi Arnaz Pioneer Award was created by the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in honor of the early television visionary, songwriter and entertainer, who developed the iconic comedy show I Love Lucy, which he produced and starred in with his wife, Lucille Ball.

For more than four decades, López has worked with some of the greatest artists in Latin music, including Juan Luis GuerraJuanesJosé Luis PeralesJoan Manuel SerratMecano and Juan Gabriel. Most recently, he has launched the careers of Karol Gand Sebastian Yatra, among many of a new generation of acts. Lopez was also behind the global hits “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and J Balvin’s “Mi Gente,” which were pivotal in the current explosion of Latin music.

Lopez’s roster of international hits also includes Los del Rio’s “Macarena,” “La Camisa Negra” by Juanes, and “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Buenoand Gente de Zona.

Previous recipients of the award include Quincy JonesNat King Coleand Raul Pablo Alarcon Sr

The La Musa Awards ceremony will take place on October 24 at the James L. Knight Centerin Miami. This year’s class of inductees includes Ivy QueenWillie ColónMichael SullivanChico Novarroand Armando Larrinaga.

Julio Iglesias the Subject of New Biography Out This Month

Julio Iglesias fans, prepare for a page-turner…

A new biography about the 75-year-old Spanish singer/songwriter chronicles the story of his long career, his relationship with fame, and his legend as the quintessential Latin lover— it was once reported that he had slept with 3,000 women, a figure, according to the book, that he privately told his manager not to deny.

Julio Iglesias

Julio. La Biografíawill be published on Thursday (Sept. 19), in Spanish, by Penguin Random House imprint Aguilar. The book’s author, Óscar García Blesa, a journalist and long-time music industry executive, previously wrote the authorized biography of Alejandro Sanz, which was a bestseller in Spain. García is currently director of Mow Management, the agency that also manages Sanz.

While the Iglesias book was not penned as an official biography, it is one that, in the publisher’s words, was written “with respect and rigor.”

“My admiration for Julio, his artistic achievements and his kaleidoscopic personality have been the fundamental reasons that drove me to write the book,” García writes in the introduction to Julio. La Biografá.

Published to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of Iglesias’ first album, Yo Canto, the 800-page book covers the crooner’s superstar achievements: his 350 million records sold throughout the world, his place among the five best-selling artists of all time and Spain’s internationally best-known artist of all time.

The book probes Iglesias’ feeling about success, and professes his insecurities with the ladies. “When I go out with a woman, when I have her in my mind, however beautiful the woman is and however romantic the evening” García quotes Iglesias as once saying, “I always ask myself, is she with me because of who I am or what I represent? That has made me doubt a lot and suffer quite a bit.”

The bio also delves into Iglesias’ marriage to Isabel Preysler, constant fodder for gossip magazines until she ended the union in 1979, as well as his relationship with his son and fellow singing star Enrique Iglesias, who began his career under an assumed name to escape the shadow of his father.

García, who first met Iglesias in Miami recording studio Criteria in 2001, says that his intention was to offer “a new look at the man and the character, someone who everyone in the world knows, but who, like any human being, has dirt that has not been dished.” The book, says García, is also “a sociocultural chronicle of an entire country [Spain] over more than seventy years.”

Ozuna Named Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year at BMI Latin Awards with a Record Nine 2018 Hits

Ozunais on Cloud Nine… 

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer/songwriter was named the Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year at the 26th annual BMI Latin Awards.

Ozuna

Ozuna was recognizedfor writing a record-breaking nine of the most-performed Latin songs of 2018, including “Ahora Dice,” “Criminal,” “El Farsante,” “Escápate Conmigo,” “La Modelo,” “La Rompe Corazones,” “Se Preparó,” “Te Boté (Remix)” and “Tu Foto.”

Ozuna attended the night’s festivities and took the stage to accept each one of his nine awards.

Legendary Mexican singer/songwriter Mario Quinteroof Los Tucanes de Tijuana received the BMI President’s Award.

Quintero, who has seen the fortunes of his Tucanes de Tijuana ebb and rise through the years, is in the midst of a major resurgence that includes an appearance at Coachella next month. On Tuesday night, his words of appreciation were mostly to his wife.

“I have few opportunities to recognize her,” he said, admitting he was nervous. “My wife. I call her mi cielo (my heaven). Thank you, mi cielo, for giving me the freedom I need. It’s important to say that when your partner gives you too much freedom, you can make mistakes. But when you give your partner the liberty they need to grow, it’s amazing. And it’s reciprocal.”

Producer Sebastian Krys was honored with the BMI Champion Award. Krys was not only honored for his work as a producer (Elvis CostelloAlejandro SanzCarlos Vives, La Santa CeciliaLuis Fonsi and Enrique Iglesias, among many others), but also for his work as a philanthropist through his Los Producersinitiative — which raises money for multiple music education initiatives — asked songwriters to “dig deeper” in a time of short attention spans.

“You create the raw material on which our culture is based,” he said. “Most of our music does not reflect our truth. I challenge each of you to speak from your truth. We cannot allow popular music to become a version of Instagram. Some people say ‘this is what the labels want’ or ‘this is what the platforms want.’ But as Henry Fordsaid, if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. Be bold, be brave, be real influencers.”

Other winners of the evening included J Balvin, who won Contemporary Latin Song of the Year for “Mi Gente,” and Espinoza Paz, named Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year for his hits “Ésta Es Tu Canción,” “Las Cosas No Se Hacen Así” and “Ojalá Que Me Olvides.” Omar Robles won Regional Mexican Song of the Year for “El Color de Tus Ojos.” 

Enrique Iglesias to Release New Version of Jon Z’s “Despues Que Te Perdi”

Winter is coming for Enrique Iglesias

The 43-year-old Spanish singer is returning with new music… And he’s giving fans a sneak peek.

Enrique Iglesias & Jon Z

Iglesias is set to release a new version of Jon Z’s “Despues Que Te Perdi.”

The teaser clip shows Iglesias and Jon Z in a winter wonderland, and features a shot of a piano outdoors in the snow.

The original song, released February 15,  shows that the Latin rapper also has a sweet heart. The track is about a breakup which, in this case, he knows is his fault. The single strays from typical Jon Z songs, which often cover topics like partying every day.

The new version of “Despues Que Te Perdi” by Iglesias and Jon Z will be available on Wednesday, March 13.