Gerardo Ortiz Releases New Corrido “El Perro”

Gerardo Ortiz is returning to his roots…

Following the release of “Otra Botella,”a hybrid tune that fuses mariachi with reggaetón-pop with Gente de Zona, the 31-year-old Mexican American singer-songwriter returns with a corrido titled “El Perro.”

Gerardo Ortiz

“With this corrido, I return to my roots where I write real stories, and this is a song that my audience can relate to,” Ortiz says.

The lyrics of “El Perro” represent various Mexican proverbs that express authentic morals.

The track will be part of Ortiz’s forthcoming album, Décimo Aniversario, that will celebrate his 10-year career.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” Becomes First Video to Surpass 7 Billion Views on YouTube

Luis Fonsi is still killin’ it on YouTube

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” has officially become the first video in YouTube history to surpass 7 billion views.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

According to YouTube, the music video, released in 2017, averages more than 1.4 million views a day (so far) in 2020 with Daddy Yankee currently No. 16 on the streaming platform’s Global Top Artists chart.

The record-breaking news comes just days after Telemundo and Billboard announced that Fonsi and Yankee will receive the Billboard Latin Song of the Decade award for “Despacito” at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The top honor recognizes “Despacito” for its chart milestones, which include topping the Hot Latin Songs chart for a record 56 (non-consecutive) weeks, spending the most weeks at No. 1 for any title since the chart’s inception in 1986.

The song’s success also set the chart-topping longevity mark on Hot Latin Songs when it spent its 42nd week at the top on the February 17, 2018-dated tally, surpassing the 41-week reign of Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona’s “Bailando” in 2014-15.

In addition, “Despacito” made history at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2017, tying the then all-time mark for weeks at No. 1 (16) set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” in 1996.

Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are confirmed to perform at the Billboard Latin Music Awards set to take place on Wednesday, October 21, live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” Named Billboard Latin Song of the Decade

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee have the song of the decade…

Telemundo and Billboard have announced that the 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer and the 43-year-old Puerto Rican rapper will receive the Billboard Latin Song of the Decade award for their 2017 hit “Despacito” at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are also confirmed to perform at the awards ceremony, which is set to take place on Wednesday, October 21 live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

On the Billboard charts, “Despacito” topped the Hot Latin Songs chart for a record 56 (non-consecutive) weeks, spending the most weeks at No. 1 for any title since the chart’s inception in 1986. The song’s success also set the chart-topping longevity mark on Hot Latin Songs when it spent its 42nd week at the top on the February 17, 2018-dated tally, surpassing the 41-week reign of Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, and Gente de Zona’s “Bailando” in 2014-15.

In addition, “Despacito” made history at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2017, tying the then all-time mark for weeks at No. 1 (16) set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” in 1996.

The 2020 BLMAs, led by top finalists Bad Bunny and Ozuna, is the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, the awards are determined by the actual sales, streaming radio airplay, and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 2, 2019, through this year’s January 25 charts.

The event coincides with Billboard’s Latin Music Week 30th anniversary, a three-day virtual experience dedicated to Latin music, culture, and entertainment. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the event will take place October 20-23 and will feature intimate artist conversations, industry panels, exclusive performances, and more.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards 2020 will broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. on October 21 via Telemundo.

Jessie Reyez to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards,

Jessie Reyez is celebrating her Latin roots…

The 29-year-old Colombian-Canadian singer and Grammy nominee will perform at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, which are less than a month away.

Jessie Reyez

 

Reyez joins a roster of newly confirmed A-list artists set to perform at the Billboard awards show.

Reyez joins a roster of new additions to the lineup that includes Anuel AA, Banda MS, Carlos Vives, Chesca, Daddy Yankee, Kendo Kaponi, Luis Fonsi, Manuel Turizo, Pablo Alborán, Paulina Rubio, Pitbull, Rauw Alejandro, Raymix, Reik, and Yandel.

They join the previously announced performers Armando Manzanero, Black Eyed Peas, Farruko, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Jesse & Joy, Maluma, Myke Towers, Ozuna, Sech, and Wisin.

The 2020 BLMAs, led by top finalists Bad Bunny and Ozuna, are the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, the awards are determined by the actual sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social data that informs Billboard‘s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 2, 2019, through this year’s January 25 charts.

The event is coinciding with Billboard’s Latin Music Week 30th anniversary, a three-day virtual experience dedicated to Latin music, culture, and entertainment, The Billboard Latin Music Awards 2020 will broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 21 via Telemundo.

For more information and to RSVP for Latin Music Week, visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.

Gerardo Ortiz Teams Up with Gente de Zona for New Mariachi-Reggaeton Track “Otra Botella”

Gerardo Ortiz is expanding his musical universe with an exciting collaboration…

The 30-year-old Mexican singer and Regional Mexican star has joined voices with Gente de Zona on the new single “Otra Botella.”

Gerardo Ortiz

On the new track, a mariachi tune comes on and Ortiz starts singing about heartbreak before a massive plot twist… Gente de Zona’s Alexander takes over the track that transforms into a reggaeton-pop track.

The song then continues to go from mariachi to rhythmic for the duration of the song, as the artists step out of their comfort zone in their first collaboration Gente de Zona and Ortiz.

“We had this song finished for our new album but then we found out that there could be a possibility of singing it with Gerardo, which is great cause we had been wanting to collaborate with someone from the regional Mexican genre,” Gente de Zona’s Randy tells Billboard. “It was an honor to work with him and he gave the song that touch we were looking for. We made a great team.” Alexander adds, “we had mariachi music on there but not like a live mariachi so when Gerardo came on, he decided to bring on a real mariachi because, he said, ‘a real Mexican is going to find out that we hadn’t used a real one.’ We thought the end result was spectacular.”

Jesse & Joy to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

Jesse & Joy are returning to performing in October…

The Latin Grammy-winning Mexican sibling duo will take the stage at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Jesse & Joy

Jesse & Joy, comprised of Jesse Huerta Uecke and Joy Huerta Uecke, join a roster that includes Ozuna, Gerardo Ortiz, Farruko, Gente de Zona, SechMyke Towers and The Black Eyed Peas.

Jesse & Joy released their latest album, Aire (Versión Día), in May.

The awards show is set to take place on October 21 live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, which boasts of a state-of-the-art set including five distinct stages to accommodate multiple live performances.

Aside from show-stopping performances, the show will also celebrate Latin music’s finest, and honor this year’s finalists, which include Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Daddy YankeeJ Balvin and Karol G, among others.

The complete list of finalists were announced earlier this year with Bad Bunny and Ozuna leading the list with 14 mentions each. Daddy Yankee and J Balvin both have 12 finalist mentions; Anuel AA has 11; and Farruko has 10.

See the complete list of finalists here.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will kick-off at 7 p.m. ET with a red carpet pre-show followed by the three-hour awards show featuring live performances by today’s top Latin artists to honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music.

Leoni Torres Teams Up with El Micha for New Single “Recordandote”

It’s a time of rememberance for Leoni Torres.

The 42-year-old Cuban singer has joined voices with El Micha for the single “Recordandote,” and the track’s music video.

Leoni Torres

The first collaborative effort between the Torres and his compatriot, “Recordandote” is a song about a man who’s trying to conquer the girl of his dreams: 

“I spend my life remembering you / and the hours go by remembering you / today I want to love you / I come to give you love.”

Leoni-Torres-&-El-Micha

“Recordante,” produced by Colombian producer Daneon, is a tropical-urban rhythm laced with El Micha’s distinguishable voice.

“We were both eager to be able to work together, but we were waiting for the right moment,” Torres expressed in an official statement. “We intend this to be the song that everyone prefers this summer, as it is romantic, danceable, and very fresh.”

The music video, directed by Alejandro Perez, shows both artists dancing in an empty pool as Torres video calls the girl he likes to serenade her with the song.

Torres, who penned “Traidora” by Marc Anthony and Gente de Zona and Pablo Milanes‘ “Para Que Un Día Vuelvas,” among others, wrote this single, which was originally interpreted by Jennifer Lopez and Maluma.

According to an official statement, the song would form part of an unpublished album by Lopez but was never released.

“Recordandote” marks Torres second release in 2020, following “Deja La Tristeza.”

Leoni Torres Releases New Single “Deja La Tristeza”

Leoni Torresis kicking off Valentine’s week with a banger…

The Cuban singer has released “Deja La Tristeza,” the perfect song to dance to during Valentine’s Day

Leoni-Torres

Written by Torres, “Deja La Tristeza” is a salsa track that will encourage you to continue looking for happiness and leave the past behind. 

“It’s a happy song that invites us to see the positive side of life when we feel bad,” he tells Billboard.

Born in Camagüey, Cuba, Torres began his solo career in 2008 and has written songs for other artists, like “Traidora” by Marc Anthonyand Gente de Zona and Pablo Milanes‘ “Para que un día vuelvas,” among others.Filmed in Cuba and directed by Yeandro Tamayo, the music video presents different people who suddenly stop being sad and join in the celebration of love through music and dance. 

Marc Anthony’s Magnus Studios Developing Animated Children’s Series “Gloria (doesn’t) Know It All”

Marc Anthony is getting animated…

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican singer’s Magnus Studios, a division of his entertainment company Magnus Media, will develop and produce an animated children’s series aimed at children ages 4-8. 

Marc-Anthony

Gloria (doesn’t) Know It All will be produced in partnership with filmmaker and Academy Award winner Juan Jose Campanella‘s animation studio Mundoloco CGAand Lanugo Media.

The series, which will draw heavily on music and magic realism, tells the story of a 7-year-old little Alpaca sent to visit her grandparents in a magical town. 

Anthony and Magnus COO Felipe Pimento, who is also head of Magnus Studios, will act as executive producers. Anthony will also be the series’ music executive producer, supervising the creation of all original songs and music for the show.

On their end, Campanella and Mundoloco co-founder Gaston Goraliwill act as executive producer and showrunner, respectively. 

Campanella is best known for his film The Secret In Their Eyes, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009.

“I am thrilled to start the new year with the announcement of a project that will highlight the splendor and diversity of our Latino culture for children everywhere and I am looking forward to inspire families and young generations with this story,” said Anthony in a statement. 

Gloria (doesn’t) Know It Allwas co-created by Pimiento and Gorali with Carla Curieland Roberto Castro. Curiel and Castro, who are co-executive producers for Lanugo Media, said the story was inspired by their twin daughters Adriana and Emilia.

Gloriawill be the latest venture for an expanding Magnus Media, which also includes management, publishing and digital and video content divisions in addition to a sports unit and a talent agency. The company’s roster of acts includes Anthony, Gente de ZonaFonseca and Mau y Ricky in addition to over 60 professional baseball players, including New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman and the Toronto Blue JaysVladimir Guerrero

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.