Ryan Vasquez to Star in Ross Golan’s Musical “The Wrong Man”

Ryan Vasquez is in the Wrong

The Latino actor/singer has been cast in the world premiere in New York this September of multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan’s musical The Wrong Man.

Ryan Vasquez

Vasquez will star opposite Tony-nominee Joshua Henry and Ciara Renéein the musical.

The Wrong Man is set in Reno, Nevada, and tells the story of Duran, a man just scraping by, who is accused of a murder he says he didn’t commit.

Golan’s first stage musical was initially conceived as an acoustic solo piece, but over a decade has grown to include a full-length concept album and an animated film.

Previews begin on Wednesday, September 18, with an opening night of October 7, at the Off Broadway MCC Theater.

Golan (book, music, lyrics) has written massive hits for a massive roster of artists including Maroon 5, Justin BieberNicki MinajLady Antebellum, Michael BubléSelena GomezKeith Urban, Ariana GrandeFlo RidaOne Direction, Idina MenzelNellyDemi LovatoJason DeruloMeghan TrainorCee Lo Green, 5 Seconds of SummerPrince RoyceSnoop DoggGavin DeGraw, Colbie CaillatAndy GrammerJames Blunt, Big Sean and Travis Barker.

Vasquez has appeared on Broadwayin Hamilton, Waitress and Wickedand on television in The Good FightCurb Your Enthusiasm and The Code.

Pitbull to Headline This Year’s Nickelodeon SlimeFest

Pitbullis ready for the slime of his life…

The 38-year-old Cuban American rap superstar has been set as a headliner for the second Nickelodeon SlimeFest in the US, which returns to Chicago June 8-9 and will feature Nick multimedia star Jojo Siwa

Pitbull

Pitbull’s fellow headliners are Bebe Rexha and T-Pain. 

The sophomore lineup signals a strong green light for SlimeFest—which has seen a strong following in markets including the U.K., Spain, South Africa and Australia since its debut in 2012. The event drew a crowd of primarily kids and their parents to the Huntington Bank Pavilionat Northerly Island in Chicago on a chilly June weekend last year to catch headliners Liam PayneFlo RidaZedd and Siwa.  

Round two in Chicago is a beacon of the growing drive at the company to connect families around content that appeals to multiple generations.

“Nickelodeon knows how to get the SlimeFest started! This festival is for everyone – kids, their parents and all of us who take the stage,” said Pitbull. “Nickelodeon has been a great partner throughout my career, so it’s always an honor to be part of their iconic events and this one takes green to a whole new level.”

It’s also a fit with the kind of offline, immersive experiences parent Viacomwants more of. Viacom chief Bob Bakish mandated more live events when he took over as CEO in 2016, and sister brands are also upping their drive to cement brand affinity including the expanded BET Experienceand Comedy Central’s ClusterFest.

Nickelodeon last year established new division Nick Experience to focus on granular, real-life experiences and extensions of its IP. Division executive VP Sharon Cohen told Billboard at last year’s Slimefest, “People are together and in the moment. It’s an area where we feel we really can grow the brand.”

“I’m so excited to return to Chicago for SlimeFest and see all the Siwanatorz with their bows,” says JoJo Siwa. “This is such a cool event for the whole family, plus there will be tons of slime!”

SlimeFest also provides an opportunity to interact with network talent, this year including Annie LeBlanc of Annie vs. HayleyScarlet Spencer and Dallas Dupree Young of Cousins For LifeElla Anderson and Riele Downs of Henry Danger; and Owen Joyner and Daniella Perkins of Knight Squad

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 29, at 11:00 am.

Lele Pons to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Lele Pons is ready for one of the biggest performances of her career…

The 22-year-old Venezuelan-American singer, actress and internet personality is set to perform at this year’s Latin American Music Awards, which bring together the best of Latin pop, rock, Regional Mexican, tropical and urban music in one event.

Lele Pons

Pons, the host of La Voz… México, released her latest single “Celoso” earlier this year.

In addition to Pons, additional performers include AnittaFarrukoGloria Trevi, Joss FavelaLa Arrolladora Banda El Limon de Rene CamachoNachoWisin & Yandel and Zion & Lennox.

They will be joining Alvaro SolerBanda MSBecky GCardi BChristian NodalCNCOFlo RidaLeslie GraceLudacrisPitbullPrince Royce and Tini, who were previously announced on September 18.

Produced by Telemundo and Somos Productions, the 2018 Latin AMAs will broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 8:00 pm ET on October 25 via Telemundo, with a simulcast on Spanish-language entertainment cable network Universo.

Maluma to Receive Extraordinary Evolution Award at the Latin American Music Awards

Maluma has evolved big time…

The 24-year-old Colombian superstar is set to receive the Extraordinary Evolution Award at this year’s Latin American Music Awards (Latin AMAs), Telemundo has announced.

Maluma

Maluma is also confirmed to perform at the fourth annual show to be held from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, on October 25.

Maluma has placed 24 songs on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart, nine of which went to No. 1: “Borro Cassette” (2015), “El Perdedor” featuring Yandel (2016), “Sin Contrato” that featured a version with Fifth Harmony and another with Don Omar & Wisin (2017), “Vente Pa’ Ca” by Ricky Martin featuring Maluma (2016), Shakira’s “Chantaje” featuring Maluma (2016), “Felices los 4” (2017), “Corazón” with Nego do Borel (2018), “El Préstamo” (2018, leading for 2 weeks), and “El Clavo” by Prince Royce featuring Maluma (Sept. 1, 2018).

His sophomore album, Pretty Boy Dirty Boydebuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in 2015, and his latest album, F.A.M.E.debuted at No. 1 this June and currently stands at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

On social media, Maluma has reached an astonishing 17.5M subscribers on YouTube, 35.5M on Instagram, 5.6M on Facebook and 5.6M on Twitter.

Produced by Telemundo and Somos Productions, the fourth annual Latin AMAs pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic Latin artists, as voted by the fans in the tradition of the American Music Awards.

The list of top nominees this year include J Balvin (9), Ozuna (9), Nicky Jam (8), Daddy Yankee (6), Bad Bunny (5), Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga (5), Christian Nodal (5), Luis Fonsi (4), Maluma (4), Romeo Santos (4), Shakira (4) and Wisin (4).

Cardi B, Christian Nodal, PitbullCNCO, Ludacris, Prince Royce, Becky G, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Leslie Grace, Flo Rida, Tini, and Alvaro Soler are confirmed to perform during the three-hour live show of the 2018 Latin AMAs.

Alvaro Soler to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Alvaro Soler is ready to take the stage on Latin music’s biggest night…

The 27-year-old Spanish-German singer will perform at this year’s Latin American Music Awards, which celebrate the best of Latin pop, rock, regional Mexican, Tropical and more.

Alvaro Soler

Soler rose to prominence across Europe and Latin America with his 2015 hit “El Mismo Sol“, primarily hitting success in Italy, Switzerland and Mexico. A special bilingual Spanish-English version of “El Mismo Sol”, featuring Jennifer Lopez, was also recorded for international release in the United States, in the United Kingdom, and worldwide. He most recently released his sophomore album, Mar de Colores.

In addition to Soler, the three-hour fan-voted award show will also feature special performances by Banda MS de Sergio LizárragaBecky GCardi B, Christian NodalCNCOFlo RidaLeslie GraceLudacrisPitbullPrince Royce and Tini.

The top nominees this year include Ozuna and J Balvin with nine nods, Nicky Jam with eight, Daddy Yankee with six, and Bad BunnyBanda MS de Sergio Lizarraga, and Christian Nodal nabbing five nods each.

Produced by Telemundo and Somos Productions, the 2018 Latin AMAs will broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 8:00 pm ET on October 25 via Telemundo, with a simulcast on Spanish-language entertainment cable network Universo.

Fans in the United States and Puerto Rico have until 3:00 pm ET on October 10 to vote online for their favorite artists here.

Victor Manuelle to Perform at the Los Dells Music, Art and Food Festival

Victor Manuelle is headed to the Midwest…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer is set to perform at the second annual Los Dells Music, Art and Food Festival.

Victor Manuelle

Manuelle is among the new wave of artists confirmed for the two-day music event that’s known as the largest Latin multi-genre music fest in the Midwest.

Other additions include Flo RidaEl TriZion & Lennox, El Haragan & CIAMau y Ricky, and Jesse Baez.

Organizers of the event also revealed that FarinaDescember BuenoJarina de Marco, Raquel Sofia, Gadiel,and Oscarcito will all perform at the Toyota Music Denat the festival.

They will be joining already-confirmed acts such as Karol G, Aterciopelados, Porter, Wisin & Yandel, Bad Bunny, Molotov, Chiquis Rivera and La Original Banda el Limon.

Los Dells Festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend on September 1-2 at Woodside Ranch in Madison, Wisconsin.

For additional festival details, visit LosDells.com.

Pitbull to Perform at This Week’s MLB All-Star Events

Pitbull is preparing for an All-Star affair…

The 36-year-old Cuban-American rap superstar will perform during ceremonies Monday night before the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Home Run Derby.

Pitbull

Bebe Rexha will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Tuesday night before the All-Star Game at Marlins Park and Jocelyn Alice will sing “O Canada.”

Jennifer Hudson will sing at a private party in Miami Beach hosted by Stand Up to Cancer and Mastercard on Sunday night, when there also will be a New Era event with Amine and Metro Boomin.

Lenny Kravitz will perform Monday night at the Major League Baseball Players Association party in Miami.

Rapper Lil Jon was to perform at the All-Star 5K on Saturday night and Don Omar at the All-Star Zumba experience on Sunday, when Flo Rida is to give a show at Marlins Park between the All-Star Futures Game and the celebrity softball game.

Reyes to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Sofía Reyes is ready for her internationally televised close-up…

Sofia Reyes

The 20-year-old Mexican singer, who was discovered by way of YouTube, has been added to the list of performers for the second annual Latin American Music Awards.

Earlier this year, Reyes released her third single “Solo Yo“, a heartfelt ballad and her first singing collaboration with mentor Prince Royce. Both are featured in the official music video.

Along with Reyes, the new roster of performers includes Pitbull, Banda MS, Flo Rida, Miguel Bosé, Joey Montana, Alvaro Soler and Baby Rasta & Gringo.

They join previously announced performances by CNCO, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Jesse & JoyPrince Royce, among others.

Yandel and Banda MS lead this year’s nominations with six nods each. Other top nominees include Nicky Jam, Enrique Iglesias, J Balvin and Los Plebes de Ariel Camacho.

The 2016 Latin AMAs are set to take place on October 6 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

The ceremony, hosted by Mexican singer and actress Lucero, will broadcast live on Telemundo, which will include a special tribute in honor of the late Mexican singer and songwriter Juan Gabriel, who died August 28.

Mars’ “Uptown Funk” Notches a 12th Week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart

Bruno Mars’ chart-topping run continues…

The 29-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter’s collaboration with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” rules the roost on the Billboard Hot 100 for a twelfth week.

Bruno Mars

Released on RCA Records, “Uptown Funk” becomes only the fifteenth No. 1 in the chart’s five-and-a-half-decade history to rule for at least 12 weeks. It also ties for the longest reign of the 2010s: Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, also logged a 12-week command beginning in June 2013.

“Uptown Funk” inks a 12th week atop the Digital Songs chart with 187,000 downloads sold (down 1 percent) in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music.  It’s now within one week of tying the record for the most time spent atop Digital Songs: the T-Pain-assisted “Low” by Flo Rida led for a record 13 weeks in 2007-08.

“Uptown Funk” leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (4.6 million U.S. streams, down 6 percent) for an 11th week and Streaming Songs (19.1 million, up 13 percent) for a 10th, adding top Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100. Helping fuel its burst in streams: a clip that YouTuber Carson Dean created (featuring the song’s audio), in which he dances, and gets in a good cardio workout, on a treadmill. It drew 2.2 million U.S. clicks in the chart’s tracking week.

On Radio Songs, “Uptown Funk” reigns for a ninth week with 173 million in all-format audience (down 3 percent).

Ronson and Mars’ smash, therefore, leads the Hot 100 and its three main component charts (Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs) simultaneously for a record-extending eighth week (non-consecutively).

Twelve weeks into its Hot 100 reign, “Uptown Funk” manages to widen its lead at No. 1, as it’s up by 3 percent in overall activity, while Maroon 5‘s “Sugar,” at its No. 2 peak for a second week, dips by 4 percent. “Sugar” holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (156,000, down 13 percent) and No. 4 on both Radio Songs (129 million, up 5 percent) and Streaming Songs (9.8 million, down 1 percent).

Mars & Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!” Leads the Billboard Hot 100 for an 11th Week

Bruno Mars continues to etch his name in the annals of Billboard chart history…

The 29-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, the world’s highest-paid Latino musician, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for an 11th week with his hit collaboration with Mark Ronson‘s “Uptown Funk!”

Bruno Mars

“Uptown Funk!,” released on RCA Records, becomes only the 19th No. 1 in Hot 100 history to lead for at least 11 weeks. It’s just the second to reach that level this decade: Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, began a 12-week command in June 2013.

“Uptown Funk!” logs an 11th week atop the Digital Songs chart with 189,000 downloads sold (down 10 percent) in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music.

It’s now one of just three songs to lead Digital Songs for at least 11 weeks: Flo Rida‘s “Low,” featuring T-Pain, racked a record 13 weeks on top in 2007-08, while Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy” dominated for 11 weeks last year.

“Uptown Funk!” leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (4.9 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent) for a 10th week and Streaming Songs (16.9 million, down 3 percent) for a ninth. On Radio Songs, the track reigns for an eighth week with 178 million in all-format audience (down 2 percent).

Ronson and Mars’ collaboration, thus, leads the Hot 100 and its three main component charts (Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs) simultaneously for a record-extending seventh week (nonconsecutively).