Victor Manuelle to Replace Carlos Rivera as Co-Host of the Latin Grammys Awards Show

Victor Manuelle is stepping-in in a big way…

The 52-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer will now be co-hosting the Latin Grammys this Thursday night alongside previously announced hosts Yalitza Aparicio and Ana Brenda Contreras.

Victor Manuelle

Victor Manuelle replaces Carlos Rivera, who had to back out due to being exposed to COVID-19.

“This has been a tough year for all of us in the music industry,” Manuelle, who served as Latin Grammys host back in 2006, tells Billboard. “But I’m honored to be part of this event that, despite a pandemic, carried on to produce the ceremony.”

Having three hosts already speaks to the uniqueness of an extraordinary 21st annual Latin Grammys featuring star-studded performances from different pockets of the world. So, what exactly can viewers expect to see that night? Without spoiling any surprises, Manuelle shares, “this ceremony will be very special. Production wise it will be very different, for example, for the first time ever, we’ll see artists performing around the world including my island [Puerto Rico] featuring Bad Bunny.”

Manuelle is also set to take the stage with Ivy QueenRauw AlejandroRicardo Montaner and Reik‘s Jesus Navarro for the night’s opening musical number that will pay tribute to salsa icon Héctor Lavoe.

“Can you imagine? It’s a great honor for me,” he says. “The opening will allow us to relive Héctor Lavoe’s music, the music that is in our blood, that makes us so proud and is part of our musical history and culture.”

The Latin Grammys — which will also showcase diverse stories of hope, community, sense of purpose, and celebration throughout the night as part of their “music makes us human” theme — will air at 8:00 pm ET via Univision.

The event will be preceded by the The Latin Grammy Premiere, which starts at 3:00 pm ET via Facebook Live and is where the majority of the categories will be awarded.

Robert Trujillo & Metallica Top Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos Chart for August

Robert Trujillo is celebrating a social media feat…

The 55-year-old half-Mexican American bassist and his Metallica band mates’ final installment of its Metallica Mondays on Facebook Live has ended with a bang, as the rockers rule Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos chart for August 2020.

Metallica

The chart, the latest of which recaps August 2020 activity, is a monthly look at the widest-reaching and most-reacted-to videos posted by musicians on Facebook Live, as tracked by media analytics company Shareablee. Rankings are determined by a formula that blends reactions, comments, shares and first-seven-days views.

Posted on August 25, Metallica’s final (at least for now) Metallica Mondays video featured the band’s March 3, 2017, concert from Mexico City.

Metallica’s upload paced the field for August 2020 in first-seven-days views (1.5 million), comments (23,000) and shares (20,000), according to Shareablee. It was also reacted to 52,000 times.

The week’s victor in reactions, meanwhile, was Larry Hernandez, whose August 26 post racked up 78,000 reactions. Hernandez’s video prominently featured his new daughter, Dalett, who was born earlier this year.

Here’s the full top 10 list:

10. Garth Brooks
9. Grupo5
8. Larry Hernandez
7. Garth Brooks
6. Garth Brooks
5. Luke Bryan
4. La Sonora Dinamita
3. Prince Royce
2. Larry Hernandez
1. Metallica

Mj Rodriguez to Take Part in GLAAD’s “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” Live Stream Event

Mj Rodriguezis bringing the pride to sheltering in place…

GLAAD will host the live stream event “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the 29-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and Pose star among the celebrities taking part.

MJ Rodriguez

The event will be available on GLAAD’s YouTube channel and Facebook Liveon April 26 at 8:00 pm ET. 

“Together In Pride” will raise funds for LGBTQ community centers impacted by the coronavirus.

In addition to Rodriguez, the event will include appearances by Billy EichnerMatt BomerAdam LambertLilly Singh, Bebe RexhaDan LevyWilson CruzGigi GorgeousNats GettyMichelle Visage, Javier MuñozSean HayesSharon Stone,Tatiana Maslany, with more guests being announced soon.

The event will include performances by Kesha and Melissa Etheridge.

Actor and producer Erich Bergen is working alongside GLAAD to bring the event to the masses.See More

 “At a time when some LGBTQ people could be isolating in homes that are not affirming, GLAAD is bringing together the biggest LGBTQ stars and allies to send messages of love, support and acceptance,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “So many LGBTQ people, especially our youth, depend on support from local community centers around the country, and during this time of financial distress, we must come together as a community to ensure that all LGBTQ organizations can continue their life-saving work.”

“Together in Pride: You are Not Alone” will also raise critical funds for CenterLink, a coalition of more than 250 LGBTQ community centers from 45 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada, China, Mexico, and Australia. 

CenterLink strengthens, supports, and connects LGBTQ community centers, which serve over 2 million people each year. Participating community centers will also share the livestream on their social platforms.

“LGBTQ centers are the heart of the community, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic these centers have continued to provide vital connectivity and services, pivoting to virtual programming, modifying in-person services when possible, and ensuring that their communities have resources and support when they need it the most,” said Denise Spivak, Interim CEO of CenterLink.

In March, GLAAD joined over 100 LGBTQ organizations in an open letter calling on U.S. public health officials and media to address the heightened vulnerability of LGBTQ people to COVID-19. Amongst other factors, the LGBTQ community experiences higher rates of cancer, HIV, and tobacco use — all which factor into higher susceptibility to negative outcomes from COVID-19. Additionally, LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination and unwelcoming attitudes in medical settings, and as a result, many are reluctant to seek medical care. On Wednesday, Centerlink released a letter signed by over 160 LGBTQ community centers to House and Senate leaders, urging them to include nonprofits who serve the LGBTQ population in future relief packages.

Gusttavo Lima Leads Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos Chart with Five-Hour At-Home Concert

Gusttavo Lima is the leader of the Facebook Live pack…

The 30-year-old Brazilian singer leads Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos chart’s March 2020 edition.

Gusttavo Lima

In March, much of the world began isolating itself due to the global outbreak of COVID-19— and a result, the chart saw more uploads than ever, as multiple musicians and bands uploaded videos from quarantine to their Facebookaccounts.

Lima’s chart-topper was a March 27 clip in which he performed a concert from home.

The chart is a monthly look at the widest-reaching and most-reacted-to videos posted by musicians on Facebook Live, as tracked by media analytics company Shareablee. Rankings are determined by a formula that blends reactions, comments, shares and first-seven-days views.

Lima’s five-hour stream, titled Buteco em Casa, was streamed across multiple social media channels in addition to Facebook. The concert featured Lima performing over prerecorded instrumentals and was shot at Lima’s home, with lighting and other resources used to create a more high-tech concert experience than, say, a solo performance in front of a webcam.

The concert was a major success, leading the March chart in two of its four metrics: comments (551,000) and reactions (338,000), according to Shareablee.

Lima held a second such concert on April 11 that will likely be in contention for the top spot of April 2020’s Top Facebook Live Videos chart.

Lima’s concert was outpaced in two metrics: shares and views in its first seven days. That distinction belongs to the No. 2 video of the month, uploaded by French singer-songwriter and actor Patrick Bruel. Bruel’s March 20 video, which ran for 11 minutes, also included a performance from his home.


Uploads from Bob SinclarMatthieu Chedid and Metallica round out the chart’s top five.

Ximena Sariñana Hosts Billboard Live At-Home Concert

Ximena Sariñanahas opened the doors to her home…

The 34-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter and actresshosted a Billboard Live At-Home concert on Thursday (April 23) to serenade fans and raise money for Downtown Women’s Center, which offers support services for survivors of domestic violence and women experiencing homelessness during COVID-19.

Ximena Sariñana

Sariñana kicked off her live performance while at home in Mexico City with her latest single “TBT 4 EVER,” debuting a piano version on the live stream.

“I’m imagining your applause. Sending all my love to everybody, hope you are all staying safe,” she said in between songs while also taking questions from fans. “Sending you all my love.”

Sariñana went on to perform her empowerment anthem “Que Tiene” and “Mediocre.” 

Before wrapping up, she announced to fans that she’s releasing new music next week.

Thalia Releases New Single “Me Oyen, Me Escuchan” Based on Her Recent Facebook Live Hit Phrase

Thalia is making viral music…

No one would have thought that a regular Facebook Live session would spark a viral sensation to the point that it’s become a song. But that’s the case for the 47-year-old Mexican singer, who has released her new single “Me Oyen, Me Escuchan.

Thalia

Thalia has become the latest hit on the Internet thanks to a live video she did on Facebook thanking her fans for helping “No Me Acuerdo” reach 200 million views on YouTube.

During the video, Thalia, wearing a pink-fringed bodysuit and gold hoops, asks her fans in Spanish: “Are you there, my loves? Can you hear me? Can you feel me?”

Her phrase became an immediate hit on social media, sparking the #ThaliaChallenge. In the midst of the phenomenon, a musician named Chuy Nuñezturned the video into a catchy pop song, which is being released as Thalia’s newest single.

“Me Oyen, Me Escuchan,” was released on Friday, August 31 on all digital platforms under Sony Music Latin.

Thalia Rules Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos Chart in June 2018

Thalia is the Facebook Live Queen…

The 46-year-old Mexican singer rules Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos chart for June 2018 thanks to a video in which she celebrated hitting 50 million YouTube views on her music video for “No Me Acuerdo.”

Thalia

The chart, whose latest edition recaps June 2018 activity, is a monthly look at the widest-reaching and most-reacted-to videos posted by musicians on Facebook Live, as tracked by media analytics company Shareablee. Rankings are determined by a formula that blends reactions, comments, shares and first-seven-days views.

The June 21 video thanked fans for helping “No Me Acuerdo,” Thalia’s song with Natti Natasha, reach 50 million views following its June 1 release on YouTube. The clip has since reached nearly 170 million global views as of July 25.

Thalia’s thank-you video leads June’s chart in two metrics: reactions and comments. It received 66,000 reactions and 25,000 comments, according to Shareablee, as well as 3,000 shares and 811,000 views in its first seven days.

Carey Releases New Single “I Don’t,” Featuring YG

Mariah Carey is singing through the pain…

The 47-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer has released the emotional ballad “I Don’t,” her new collaboration with rapper YG.

Mariah Carey I Don't Video

In the video, which is about her breakup from ex-fiancé James Packer, the Grammy-winning star dons bridal lingerie while seductively singing in the back of a car with YG. After changing into an equally sexy red cutout gown, Carey flings a wedding dress over a fire pit and watches it burn.

Carey briefly discussed the track during a recent Facebook Live session, noting that she and YG worked on it with Jermaine Dupri.

The song was teased on the January 29 season finale of Carey’s reality series Mariah’s World.

“But I’m tired of cryin, no more tears/Pity party of the year/Cold at night cause you’re not here/Leaving you was my worst fear,” Carey sings.

Carey said during her Facebook Live stream that she’s keen to do more single releases like “I Don’t”, rather than release a full album.

Her 14th and most recent LP was Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse, which dropped in 2014 and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Daddy Yankee’s “Shaky Shaky” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

Daddy Yankee is shaking up the Billboard charts…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer has earned his fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart as “Shaky Shaky” vaults 7-1 in its 25th charting frame (on the list dated Nov. 5).

Daddy YankeeA new remix released October 14, featuring Nicky Jam and Plan B, triggers the climb.

The Hot Latin Songs chart blends airplay, sales and streams to rank the top 50 most popular Latin songs of the week in the U.S.

Yankee spoke to Billboard about the track, which was not originally intended to be a single.

“It was an improvisation in the studio. We recorded it in one take, like it used to be done,” he says. Last year, Yankee posted a Facebook Live video from the recording session (with producers DJ Urba and Rome), sharing the beginning stages of the song. The post was viewed over 1 million times and shared over 8,000 times. The video sparked a series of fan-uploaded clips, using the track. From there, Yankee says, “This song grew very organically.”

“I simply decided to improvise and created a blend of the old-school [reggaeton] sound and incorporating the sound of the new generation [of the genre]. The viral impact of this track was so big that I had to release it as a single even though I was preparing to release another song.”

The original song’s music video has amassed over 357 million global views on YouTube, becoming his third-highest-viewed video on the platform (behind “Sigueme y Te Sigo,” with 376 million and “Limbo,” with 607 million).

“With the video,” he says, “we incorporated the element of dance, and a lot of the success had to do with that. It’s the root of the reggaeton movement, and it hasn’t been done in a while.”

The new version — which is combined with the original version of the song for charting and tracking purposes — causes a 20 percent jump in streams (to 2.8 million U.S. clicks in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music), thrusting the track 2-1 on the Latin Streaming Songs chart, where he scores his first No. 1. A lyric video released Oct. 14 has collected nearly 7 million views so far. A 46 percent lift in digital sales (to over 3,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Music) also supports the song’s rise to the top of the chart. Of those sales, 56 percent stem from the new version.

When asked how the remix came to be, the reggaeton pioneer says, “I tried to get collaborators that know this sound and that were pillars of reggaeton, so I called Nicky Jam and Plan B.”

The latest version has even spawned plans for a completely new song from the three urban acts. “The fans are already requesting a new track based on the ‘hula hoop’ hook from the remix, which we are going to release in the near future.” A representative for Daddy Yankee confirms that he is currently working on the new track. The artist predicts the song “promises to be viral by the response that we are seeing on social networks.”

In all, Yankee has dotted Hot Latin Songs with 44 hits since debuting in 2004, more than any other urban act. He previously crowned the chart with “Rompe” (15 weeks in 2005), “Lovumba (Prestige)” (one week in 2012), and “Limbo” (15 weeks in 2013). He first appeared on the then-radio-based chart with his breakout hit “Gasolina,” which reached No. 17 (and peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100).

When asked about how it feels to have earned his latest No. 1 hit, he says, “I am very surprised. I did not expect that a one-take improvisation was going to become an anthem. Everything has been very spontaneous, organic.”

Since the chart began in 1986, only five other songs have taken 25 weeks or more to reach the peak; the longest trek was when Marco Antonio Solis topped the chart with “Mas Que Tu Amigo” after a 32-week ascent in 2004. Most recently, J Balvin’s “Ay Vamos” spent 26 weeks marching to No. 1, reaching the top on the March 7, 2015-dated chart.