Bad Bunny Wins ASCAP Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

It’s a special first for Bad Bunny

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has revealed the winners of the most performed songs of the past year in Latin music, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican singer and rapper taking the top honor for the first time in his career.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny, who’d previously won the ASCAP Song of the Year award for his Cardi BJ Balvin collaboration “I Like It.,” was named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards. He won the prestigious award on the strength of seven of his recognized singles, including “Callaita,” “La Cancion,” “Que Pretendes,” and “Solo de Mi.”

Romeo Santos picked up the Songwriter/Artist of the Year award. The 38-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer earned the honor for penning the recognized singles “Aullando,” “Canalla,” and “Inmortal.”

The Song of the Year award went to Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma,” featuring Snow.

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper/singer’s uptempo reggaeton and dancehall song, a reimagination of Snow’s chart-topping single “Informer,” was YouTube’s most viewed music video of 2019.


Other recognized artists include Gerado Ortiz (“Aerolinea Carrillo”), Becky G (“Bubalu”), FarrukoPedro Capo (“Calma (Remix)”), Marc Anthony (“Parecen Viernes”),Jhay Cortez (“Reggaeton,” “Hola” ) and Carlos Vives(“Si Me Das Tu Amor”).

Universal Music Publishing Group was bestowed the Publisher of the Year award and the Independent Publisher of the Year award went to Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.  

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s winners were announced via ASCAP’s social media platforms: @ASCAPLatino and @ASCAP. The innovative virtual format allowed fans, friends and peers to join in the online celebration.

The virtual event, hosted by Greeicy Rendón and Mike Bahía, also included special performances and appearances by: Marc Anthony, Descemer Bueno, Pedro Capó,Desmond Child, Jhay Cortez, Darrell, Natalia Lafourcade, Lunay, Silverio Lozada andSebastián Yatra, among other music creators. 

The complete list of winners is available on the ASCAP website.

Gloria “Goyo” Martínez Helps Launch the Latin Music Industry’s BLM-Inspired ‘Conciencia Collective’

GloriaGoyoMartínez is standing in solidarity with the Black community…

The 37-year-old Colombian singer and member of the Latin Grammy-winning hip-hop group ChocQuibTown has joined the Conciencia Collective

Gloria "Goyo" Martínez

The recently-announced initiative, comprised of more than 35 executives from the Latin music industry — including artists, activists, artist managers, publicists, among others – aims to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Mattermovement in an effort to create awareness about racial and social injustice.

Conciencia Collective was born amid national outrage in the U.S. over the recent killings of George FloydBreonna Taylorand other black citizens who’ve died at the hands of police. The intention is to “educate our colleagues, artists and peers of influence in order to gain their advocacy. Our ongoing initiatives also focus on the many issues affecting our Latin community,” according to a press release. 

Goyo, a leading, Afro-Latinx voice launched the initiative with a poignant statement.

“I’m talking to you as a Black woman, rapper, singer, born in South America. In an invisible region, a jewel in my country; a Black village,” writes Goyo. “The experiences that we Black women live change you from the moment you leave your home. Society reminds you that at home, you live in a protected space. At home, we are educated with tools to go out into a racist world. As Howard C. Stevensonsaid, ‘we [as Black people] are educated with a kind of a racial literacy.'”

Goyo kicked off a “Conciencia Talk” alongside Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Rafa Pabónin partnership with Latinx-focused media/news company MiTú on Friday, June 26.

The “online dialogue” was moderated by Afro-Colombian Dr. Aurora Vergara Figueroa, director of the Afrodiasporic Studies Centerat ICESI University.

Quotes on solidarity and racial inequality from more than 100 Latin artists, including Leslie GraceAnuel AAJesse & JoyMyke TowersCarla MorrisonZion & Lennox, and Farruko, among others, will be posted weekly on MiTú’s page.

“In order to consciously educate the Latinx community and change the derogatory narratives towards people of color within our community, we commit to leading with acknowledgement in solidarity with the Black community to enable the rise of leaders in our respective communities,” the statement continues.

“We want to extend our platforms to our brothers and sisters so that their voices and needs can be heard. We want our brothers and sisters across the U.S. and Latin America to know that we see them, we hear them and we will champion equality and justice on behalf of our industry.”

Interscope Records Signs Kevvo

Kevvo’s on his way to makin’ a bigger musical bang…

Interscope Records, in partnership with Una Vision Quintana, Inc., has signed the 22-year-old emerging Puerto Rican singer and rapper, whose full name is Kevin Manuel Rivera Allende, according to Billboard.

Kevvo

“Today, an artist’s unique and authentic identity is the ticket to becoming a staple in the culture,” Nir Seroussi, Interscope Records evp, said in a statement. “In that respect, Kevvo checks all of the boxes of a star-in-the-making. We’re very impressed with everything that he and Pepe Quintanahave accomplished in only one year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be their partner for what’s to come.”

“Hooking up with Interscope is a dream come true,” adds Kevvo. “They completely understand and support our vision. They’ve also given me the freedom to do what I want, and I can’t wait for everybody to hear what we’ve got coming.”

Hailing from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Kevvo has been marking his territory in the Latin urban scene.

Most notably, Kevvo is known for his monster 2019 single “105F RMX,” in collaboration with ArcangelBrytiagoChenchoCorleone,DarellFarrukoMyke Towersand Nengo Flow. In less than a year, the music video has racked up over 212 million views at the time of publishing. 

Last year, Kevvo nabbed the award for top urbano Puerto Rico at Premios Tu Música Urbano.

Pepe Quintana, industry leader and CEO of Una Vision Quintana, signed Kevvo in 2019 and developed him under-the-radar. “Nir, Jorge [Fonseca, svp of A&R] and the Interscope team got it right away,” he said of the partnership with Interscope Records. “They recognized Kevvo’s talent, attitude, and energy and will be the perfect partner to elevate him to the next level. It’s exciting to kick off this alliance.”

In the middle of the coronavirus quarantine, Kevvo gained an entirely new following on social media with his nightly live party shows on Instagram dubbed “CuarentenaTV.” Kevvo prepares to bring new music and projects in 2020 under his new deal with Interscope Records.

Miguel to Perform for the First-Time at the Latin Grammys

Miguel is preparing for Latin music’s biggest night…

The 34-year-old Mexican American R&B singer, songwriter, who released the Spanish EP Te Lo Dije earlier this year, is set to perform at this year’s Latin Grammys, according to The Latin Recording Academy.

Miguel

Miguel is part ofthe final wave of performers and presenters joining the star-studded 2019 Latin Grammys lineup.

In addition to Miguel, who performed “Remember Me” with Natalia Lafourcade on the soundtrack to Disney’s Dia de los Muertos-themed animated film Coco, new additions to the performers roster include Alicia KeysFarrukoOzunaResidenteBeto CuevasCalibre 50Leonel GarcíaFito PáezMilly QuezadaTony SuccarCarlos Rivera, and Prince Royce.

Plus, Ángela AguilarEduardo “Visitante” Cabra,Sofia CarsonEmilio EstefanMon LaferteWilliam LevyRudy Mancuso,,Luis Gerardo MéndezMichael Peña, and Dayanara Torres join as presenters. 

Nominees CamiloDe La GhettoPaula FernandesKany GarcíaChristian Nodal and Tommy Torres were previously announced as presenters.

Coined as “the biggest night in Latin Music,” the awards show will kick off with a never-before-seen tribute honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Latin Grammys. A group of 20 artists, who’ll perform together for the first time, will interpret multiple iconic songs spanning various genres of Latin music while commemorating the past 20 years of excellence.

The final roster of performers join already confirmed artists Aitana, Anitta, Pedro CapóJulio Reyes CopelloDarellDimelo FlowFonsecaLuis FonsiGreeicyIntocableNellaReikRosalía, and Alejandro Sanz, who’s this year’s top nominee. 

The awards show will also include performances by Pepe Aguilar and Los Angeles AzulesPaula ArenasBad BunnyAlessia CaraDraco Rosa, Ximena SariñanaSech, Sebastián YatraNatalia Jiménez, Olga Tañón and Juanes, who as the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year will perform a medley of his biggest hits.

VicenteAlejandro, and Alex Fernandezwill also take the stage, becoming the first time all three generations of the Fernandez family will perform at the show. They’ll be joined by Mariachi Sol de Mexico

The 20th annual Latin Grammys, which will be co-hosted by Ricky Martin and actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega, will air live Nov. 14 from the MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas via Univision.

Farruko Releases Music Video for His Bad Bunny-Collaboration “La Cartera”

Farruko is flyin’ high

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican urban singer-songwriter has released the official music video for “La Cartera,” his collaboration with Bad Bunny.

Farruko & Bad Bunny

The clip features Farruko and the 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singerhaving a blast as postmen driving around, delivering weed to a neighborhood. They eventually get so high their vehicle reaches the clouds. But they eventually make it back to earth, just in time for a Jamaican-style party.

“La Cartera” is the latest single from Farruko’s album Gangalee, released early this year. The set includes 22 songs and marked a return to Farruko’s musical roots of reggaeton and reggae, featuring calle lyrics mixed with his romantic style.  

Manuel Turizo Named Global Priority Act for Deezer NEXT

Manuel Turizo‘s got NEXT

The 19-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is now officially a global priority act for Deezer NEXT, alongside French-American R&B pop singer Lolo Zouaï

Manuel Turizo

The new picks follow in the footsteps of Lewis Capaldi, who became Deezer NEXT’s global priority act back in January.

“I feel proud, happy and fortunate to be chosen as a Deezer NEXT global act and to be able to spread my music further every day,” says Turizo. “It’s also an honor to be selected as the first Latin global act.”

Turizo is part of a duo with his brother Julian, who plays the ukulele. They blew up with their song “Una Lady Como Tu,” giving Manuel and Julian the opportunity to collaborate with Nicky JamPrince Royce and Farruko, among others.

The Deezer NEXT Channel is filled with exclusive content, including live sessions and personal inspiration playlists.  

“Since we launched our first Deezer NEXT in 2018, it’s been very rewarding  to see how far our hugely talented alumni artists have come,” Nigel Harding, Deezer’s VP of artist marketing, says. ”We’re especially thrilled to welcome Manuel as our first Latin global priority artist.”

Ezequiel “EZ” Rivera Agrees to Long-Term Publishing Agreement with Sony/ATV

Ezequiel “EZ” Riverais joining the Sony Musicfamily…

The Puerto Rican urban producer and songwriter has entered in to a long-term publishing agreement with Sony/ATV, according to Billboard.

Ezequiel “EZ” Rivera

“We are so happy to have EZ join our Sony/ATV family,” Jorge Mejia, president and CEO at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, tells Billboard. “He is an outstanding writer and producer, and we can’t wait to work side by side with him as he continues to develop his awesome career.”

Rivera has worked with artists like Arcangel, FarrukoAnuel AA, to name a few. Some of the hits he produced and co-wrote include Farruko’s “Delincuente” in collaboration with Anuel AA and Kendo Kaponi, and “Secreto” by Anuel AA and Karol G.

“Since day one Sony/ATV believed in me and made me feel part of a family,” EZ says. “I am thrilled to be part of their team and look forward to what the future will bring.” Currently, EZ is working with Anuel AA and Farruko on their upcoming individual releases.

Rivera was represented in the deal by attorneys Matt Greenberg and Stephanie Chopurian.

J Balvin & Bad Bunny’s “Que Pretendes” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

It’s J Balvin’s quinceañera on the charts…

The 34-year-oldColombian reggaeton singerhas nabbed his 15th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with his collaboration with Bad Bunny, “Que Pretendes.”

J Balvin & Bad Bunny

J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s singerlifts 2-1 on the chart dated August 10. 

It’s the first single off their collaborative eight-track album, Oasis (released June 28), advances with 13.8 million audience impressions (up 35%) earned in the week ending August 4, according to Nielsen Music.

J Balvin breaks away from a four-way tie with Carlos VivesShakira, and Wisin who have each claimed 14 No. 1s thus far. J Balvin now places as the act with the third-most leaders in the chart’s history which began in 1994. Bad Bunny, meanwhile, claims his sixth.

Beyond the “Que Pretendes” coronation, each act has nabbed two other No. 1s in 2019. J Balvin claimed his first No. 1 of the year when “Reggaeton” hit the top in its 13th week (chart dated April 6). His collaboration on Ozuna’s remix, “Baila Baila Baila,” alongside Daddy YankeeFarruko and Anuel AA, secured a spot atop the list just a little over a month after.

Bad Bunny’s “Soltera,” with Lunayand Daddy Yankee arrived at No. 1 on the July 13-dated tally (a two-week reign), while “Callaita,” with compatriot producer Tainy, landed at the summit last week (Aug. 3-dated list).

Farruko Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Digital Song Sales Chart with Jason Derulo Collaboration “Mamacita”

Farrukohas a mother of a hit on his hands…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter’s collaboration with Jason Derulo, “Mamacita,” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Digital Song Sales chart dated July 20, becoming the first leader on the list for both singers.

Farruko

“The song came from such an honest place, I wasn’t trying to make a hit or catch any trends,” Derulo tells Billboard. “I wanted to make a party song that had a Latin feel, when I got Farruko’s verse I felt like it was going to be fire!” 

The bilingual track, produced by Nuking Uffpop, starts with 3,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 11, according to Nielsen Music.

“I’m from Miami so Latin influence has been very prevalent in my life and that’s where the idea of the song came from and the partnership with Farruko,” Derulo adds. “I didn’t expect it to go No. 1, especially in the first week. I’m shocked, but I’m very thankful.”

“Mamacita” misses charting on the Hot Latin Songs chart (which blends sales, airplay and streaming data), as the track is just getting started with streams (850,000 in the week ending July 11) and garnered minimal airplay in the week ending July 14 (with just one reporting Latin station playing the song).

Farruko scores his best debut week on the tally. “Baila Baila Baila” with OzunaDaddy YankeeJ Balvin and Anuel AA, reached No. 2  on the May 11-dated chart; with 2,000 recorded downloads in its first week.

Daddy Yankee Tops Billboard Argentina Hot 100 for Sixth Straight Week with “Con Calma”

Daddy Yankee is embracing the calm at the top of the charts…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer continues to hold the top spot on the Billboard Argentina Hot 100 with his single “Con Calma” featuring Snow for a sixth consecutive week. 

Daddy Yankee

And now, Katy Perry joins the No. 1 team, thanks to her remix of the song. The song is a debut on the charts for the American singer — giving her the best Hot Shot Debutfor an artist.   

The rest of the top three on the Billboard Argentina Hot 100 remain the same as last week, with Pedro Capó feat. Farruko‘s “Calma (Remix)” at No. 2, and the Argentine trap anthem “Tumbando el club (Remix)” by Neo Pistea featuring C.R.O.ObiewanshotYsy ACazzu and more at No. 3. It is the first time three remixes have topped the list.   

Rosalía‘s song with J Balvin and El Guincho, “Con Altura,” climbed 12 places, ending the week at No. 12. Rosalía’s first-ever song on the Billboard Argentina Hot 100 entered the chart last week at No. 24.  

BTS gained the most positions in the past seven days. “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey climbed a total of 51 places, now ranking at No. 27. On the day of its release, the video clip accumulated more than 36 million views in 24 hours, setting a YouTube record.

Estelares had the best debut of the week, with Manuel Moretti’s group at No. 69 with the latest single, “Ríos de Lava.”

Finally, “Chica Paranormal” by Paulo Londra re-entered the chart at No. 76, and the Argentinian trapper totaled five songs on the list, including two in the top 10: “Tal vez” at No. 6 and “Adán y Eva” at No. 8.

The Argentina Hot 100 ranks the most popular songs in the country and is compiled by a formula that blends local streaming activity on leading music services such as YouTube, Spotifyand Apple Music, among others, as well as national radio airplay and plays of songs featured on a variety of Argentine TV networks. Streaming data is provided by Nielsen Music, while radio and TV measurement is powered by BMAT/Vericast.

The Billboard Argentina Hot 100 will appear in each monthly print issue and will be refreshed weekly each Wednesday.

Billboard Argentina Hot 100 Top 10 (Week of April 27)
1. Daddy Yankee feat. Snow & Katy Perry – “Con calma (remix)”
2. Pedro Capó feat. Farruko – “Calma”
3. Neo Pistea feat. C.R.O, Obiewanshot, Ysy A, Cazzu, Khea, Lucho SSJ, Coqeéin Montana, Marcianos Crew & Duki – “Tumbando el club (remix)”
4. Dalex feat. Rafa Pabon – “Pa mi”
5. Anuel AA y Karol G – “Secreto”
6. Paulo Londra – “Tal vez”
7. Maluma – “HP”
8. Paulo Londra – “Adán y Eva”
9. Sebastián Yatra y Reik – “Un año”
10. Nicky Jam x Ozuna – “Te robaré”