Bad Bunny Wins Big at the First-Ever Spotify Awards

Bad Bunny is the Spotify king in Mexico…

The first-ever Spotify Awards were celebrated this week in Mexico City, with the 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer topping the list of winners with seven awards.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunnyscored big wins in the top categories including Spotify Artist of the YearMost Listened to Artistand Most-Streamed Male Artist.

Karol Gpicked up four awards, making her the top Latina winner of the night.

Among her wins, the 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer picked up the awards for Most-Streamed Female Artist andMost Streamed Female Urban Pop Artist.

Other winners include J BalvinDanna PaolaHa*ashShakiraand Luis Miguel.  

According to Spotify, the winners are based 100 percent on the user-generated data or the patterns and listening habits of Spotify users in Mexico.

The ceremony included standout performances by J Balvin and the Black Eyed Peaswho sang their crossover hit “Ritmo,” Karol G, who performed “Tusa,” and Los Ángeles Azuleswho took the stage to sing classic cumbiasongs with artists like BelindaHoracio Palenciaand Lalo Ebratt.

Listen to the best of the winners with the Spotify Awards Playlist.

Here are some of the night’s winners:

Spotify Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
Most frequent artist: Sinaloense MS Band by Sergio Lizárraga
Most listened artist: Bad Bunny
Most added artist to playlist: Bad Bunny
Most popular KPOP artist: BTS
Artist with the largest increase in fans: Danna Paola
Contemporary Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Most shared artist: J Balvin
Most listened to Mexican artist in Mexico: Luis Miguel
Radar artist: Tones And I
Most popular Pop Artist: Ha*Ash
Most listened artist: Karol G
Most listened to Mexican artist in the World: Reik
Most popular EDM artist: Rita Ora
Most popular Mariachi artist: Pepe Aguilar
Most popular Urban Pop Artist: Maluma
Most listened song: Calma Remix by Pedro Capó and Farruko
Artist most listened to by users aged 13 to 17: Billie Ellish
Artist most listened to by users aged 13 to 17: Bad Bunny
Artist most listened to by users aged 19 to 29: Karol G
Artist most listened to by users aged 19 to 29: Bad Bunny
Artist most listened to by users aged 30 to 44: Shakira
Artist most listened to by users aged 30 to 44: Luis Miguel

Kany Garcia to Be Honored at This Year’s La Musa Awards

Kany Garcia is seriously A-Muse-d!

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its honorees for the 2019 La Musa Awards, with the 26-year-oldPuerto Rican singer and songwriter making the list.

Kany Garcia

Garcia, a three-time Latin Grammy winner, will be awarded the Elena Casals La Musa Award.

Garcia has penned all the songs for her albums. And she’s also written songs for other artists like Ha*AshEdnita NazarioPedro CapóFabiola and Chayanne.

José José, referred to as El Príncipe de la Canción, will receive the Living Legend Award, The 71-year-old Mexican crooner, who began his musical career in his early teens, has released more than 30 albums, his last Tenampa in 2001. 

Jesús López, chairman & CEO for Universal Music Latin Americaand the Iberian Peninsula, will receive the Desi Arnaz Pioneer Award, while music executive Nestor Casonuwill be honored with the Ralph S. Peer Publisher Award

Additional honorees will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

In addition to unveiling the first wave of honorees, LSHOF has also announced that Spotify is returning as the official title sponsor of the awards ceremony. According to an official statement, the “continuing partnership aligns with Spotify’s unparalleled commitment to supporting and highlighting Latin music and songwriters on its global platform.”

In May, Ivy QueenWillie ColónMichael SullivanChico Novarro, and Armando Larrinaga were announced as the five songwriters who will be inducted at the prestigious hall this year. 

The 2019 group of inductees, which were selected by the general public from a previously announced list of 24 nominated songwriters and composers, is comprised of some of the greatest performers, lyricists, and musicians in Latin music today.

The 2019 honorees will be officially inducted at the seventh annual La Musa Awards ceremony and gala, taking place October 24 at the James L. Knight Centerin Miami.

Tickets for the 7th annual La Musa Awards are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com.

Ha*Ash Named a Guest Act on Ricky Martin’s One World Tour

Ha*Ash will be livin’ la vida loca with Ricky Martin

The Mexican American pop duo, comprised of sisters Hanna Nicole Pérez Mosa and Ashley Grace Pérez Mosa, will serve as one of the guest acts on the U.S. leg of Martin’s One World Tour.

Ha*Ash

Beginning on September 15, the tour will feature 25 dates Stateside. 20 of those dates will feature either Ha*Ash or reggaeton star Wisin as guest acts.

Martin will play his initial two shows at the Axis at Planet Hollywood and the Grand Sierra Grand Theater in Reno on September 15 and 16, respectively. He’ll be joined by Ha*Ash opening night and then again beginning Sept. 17 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The duo will open for Martin in 10 West Coast stops, including the Forum in Los Angeles and Viejas Arena in San Diego.

Then, on Oct. 1, Wisin will join Martin at Madison Square Garden and will also perform 10 dates with him, including Miami’s American Airlines Arena.

While having opening acts or guest acts in major tours is a normal part of doing business for mainstream acts, big Latin stars rarely tour with opening acts. One of the first to change that was Enrique Iglesias, who’s been touring with supporting acts for years and playing an instrumental role in catapulting them to success.

In Wisin’s case, he already is a major star who toured massive arenas as part of the duo Wisin y Yandel.

In this case, he says, touring with Martin was about “mutual respect.” Martin is featured in Wisin’s hit single “Adrenalina” (which also featured Jennifer Lopez) and will also sing on Wisin’s upcoming single, “Que se sienta el deseo.”

“Ever since we recorded ‘Adrenalina’ it’s clear to me that people enjoy hearing us together,” said Wisin.

“By the time I go on tour with him in October, the track should be strong in radio.”

On their end, Ha*Ash will perform an acoustic set with their group, which has been touring Mexico, Latin America and Spain. The duo just released their new single in the U.S., “Lo aprendí de tí.”

“We’re thrilled with the invitation,” said Hannah. “We love that Ricky is lending us his stage and his audience.”

Beyond Martin, more and more Latin acts are touring with opening acts. Juanes is currently on tour with alt chanteuse Ximena Sariñana. And J Balvin will go on tour with Becky G in September.

RICKY MARTIN ‘ONE WORLD’
Sept. 15 – Las Vegas – Axis at Planet Hollywood
Sept. 16 – Reno – Grand Sierra, Grand Theater
Sept. 17 – Oakland – Oracle Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 19 – Los Ángeles – The Forum – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 20 – San Diego – Viejas Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 23 – Tucson – Anselmo Valencia Amp
Sept. 24 – Albuquerque – Sandia Casino
Sept. 26 – Phoenix – Comerica Theatre – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 27 – El Paso – El Paso County Coliseum – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 29 – Hidalgo – State Farm Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 30 – Houston – Toyota Center – Con Ha*Ash
Oct. 1 – Laredo – Laredo Energy Arena con Ha*Ash
Oct. 3 – San Antonio – Freeman Coliseum con Ha*Ash
Oct. 4 – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion – con Ha*Ash
Oct. 8 – Nueva York – Madison Square Garden – con Wisin
Oct. 9 – Washington – Patriot Center – con Wisin
Oct. 11 – Chicago – Allstate Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 14 – Montreal (Canadá) Bell Centre – con Wisin
Oct. 15 – Toronto (Canadá) – Air Canada Center – con Wisin
Oct. 17 – Atlantic City – Boardwalk Hall – con Wisin
Oct. 18 – Uncasville – Mohegan Sun Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 21 – Durham – Durham Perf Arts Centre
Oct. 22 – Atlanta – Philips Arena con Wisin
Oct. 24 – Miami – American Airlines Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 25 – Orlando – Amway Center – con Wisin

Ha*Ash Releases New Ballad “Perdon, Perdon”

Prepare to shed a few tears, thanks to Ha*Ash’s new music…

The Mexican-American pop duo, composed of Hanna Nicole Pérez Mosa and Ashley Grace Pérez Mosa, has released a brand new single “Perdon, Perdon.”

Ha*Ash

The heart-wrenching ballad, Ha*Ash’s first single since 2011, was written by the duo and José Luis Roma.

It’s the debut single from the duo’s upcoming album Primera Fila, which will be released on November 11. It includes collaborations with Julio Ramírez (Reik), Joy (Jesse & Joy), Axel, and Matisse y Maluna, among others.

Primera Fila includes a documentary and musical numbers that were recorded in the United States, including the sisters’ home state of Louisiana.

Espinoza Paz Tops the List of Premios Oye! Nominees…

He’s been proclaimed “the singer-songwriter of the pueblo”… But Espinoza Paz could be called this year’s most influential musician in Mexico.

The 30-year-old Mexican artist has received four nominations for the 10th annual Premio Nacional a la Música Grabada Oye!, which are presented annually by the Academia Nacional de la Música en México for outstanding achievements in the Mexican record industry.

Espinosa Paz

Paz received nods in the Popular Album, Popular Song, Norteño Solo Artist or Group and Banda Solo Artist or Group categories.

But Paz wasn’t the only artist to receive four nods… 43-year-old Mexican rockera Alejandra Guzmán scored the same number of nods.

Meanwhile, Zoé, Joan Sebastian and Calle 13 received three nominations, while Shakira, Cristian Castro, Marco Antonio Solís, Los Tigres del Norte, Franco de Vita, Río Roma and Ha*Ash received two nods each.

Nominations are determined by a jury of approximately 2, 500 experts in the music industry.

The Premio Nacional a la Música Grabada Oye! 2012 awards show will take place on February 9, 2012.