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.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira See Huge Streaming Uptick Post-Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Life is but a stream for Jennifer Lopezand Shakira

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar and the 43-year-old Colombian superstar have seen a major uptick in streaming activity following their Super Bowl LIVhalftime show, according to initial reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira

In total, J.Loand Shaki’s song catalogs earned 31.1 million on-demand streams (audio and video combined) on February 2 and February 3 — up 193% compared to their streaming sum on January 31 and February 1 (10.6 million).

Individually, Lopez’s songs tallied 10.1 million streams on February 2-3, up 149% versus the 4.06 million they collected on January 31 and  February 1.

Shakira’s songs earned 20.98 million clicks on February 2 and February 3, up 221% as compared to the 6.53 million they earned on January 31 and February 1.

As for the songs performed during the halftime show, includingthose by guest performers Bad Bunny(“I Like It”) and J Balvin(“Que Calor,” “Mi Gente”), the songs performed in the halftime show snared 24.85 million on-demand streams on February 2 and February 3, up 157% compared to the 9.66 million they registered on January 31 and February 1.

The most streamed song after the halftime show… Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” which captured 3.16 million streams on those two days combined — up 194% compared to the 1.07 million it earned the two days before the Super Bowl.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira Rock the Super Bowl with Their Epic & Latin Proud Halftime Show

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are celebrating an epic night at Hard Rock Stadiumin Miami.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar and the 43-year-old Colombian superstar teamed up for an electrifying Super Bowl halftime show.

Shakira & Jennifer Lopez

J.Loand Shakimade history at Super Bowl LIVon Sunday as the first two Latina women to co-headline the coveted halftime show gig, and they each brought their unique styles to a worldwide audience, performing a combined 20 songs in 14 minutes. (Gloria Estefanwas part of the 1992 and 1999 halftime shows, and sent her support for Lopez and Shakira, both of whom she has written songs for.)

Shakira kicked things off with her hit “She Wolf,” then seamlessly transitioned into her track “Empire,” where she showcased her ability to shred on the guitar.

After a brief dance interlude, Shakira — who rocked a sparkly red two-piece — broke into “Whenever, Wherever” and a cover of Cardi B’s “I Like It,” with an assist from Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer Bad Bunny, who appears on the original singer.

Shaki, who celebrated her 43rd birthday on Super Bowl Sunday, then showed off her dancing skills once again before singing “Hips Don’t Lie,” during which she crowd-surfed atop a group of enthusiastic fans.

Then, Lopez took over the program, taking the stage atop a skyscraper-like pole for a high-energy performance of “Jenny from the Block” and “Ain’t It Funny,” and then transitioned into “Get Right.”

After shedding her studded black leather bodysuit for a sparkly silver one, Lopez showed off her Hustlersmoves own on a stripper pole, while singing “Waiting for Tonight.”

J.Lo was then joined by J. Balvin, who assisted her on “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”

Lopez continued to flaunt her moves to “Mi Gente” before moving on to a high-octane version of “On the Floor.”

The performance then transformed into a family affair as Lopez brought out her 11-year-old daughter Emme, who hit the stage singing a slowed-down rendition of “Let’s Get Loud” — with Shakira on drums — before her mom came back out wearing a large jacket made of feathers that featured the American flag on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other. It was a show of support to the territory, which has been affected by natural disasters in recent years, including Hurricane Maria and a recent damaging earthquake.

Emme briefly sang Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” while the set design featured glowing cages housing child performers, a marked gesture of solidarity toward the Latin community and those impacted by anti-immigration policies.

Then Shakira joined Lopez to sing “Let’s Get Loud” together.

The duo then moved on to Shakira’s hit “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” before switching back to “Let’s Get Loud,” at which point they closed out their set with impressive synchronized shimmiesas fireworks went off behind them, before wrapping their historic performance with a hug.

Tainy Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Tainyhas new representation…

William Morris Endeavor (WME) has announced that the agency will represent the 30-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter, whose real name is Marco Masis, in all areas worldwide.

Tainy

Tainy, who continues to be managed by Lex Borreroat Neon16, will work across all departments of the agency to build his business. Billboard hasconfirmed that this is the first time he’s been represented by a talent agency.

After a successful 2019 as an artist, landing at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Producerschart for 26 consecutive weeks, Tainy crowned the year-end Hot Latin Songs Producerschart, followed by DJ SnakeMambo Kingz and DJ Luian.

His roster includes recent chart-topping hits such as Cardi B’s “I Like It,” “Callaita” in collaboration with Bad Bunny, “Adicto” in collaboration with Anuel AAandOzuna, and “I Can’t Get Enough,” for which he teamed up with Benny BlancoSelena Gomez and J Balvin

Tainy is currently nominated for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album at the 2020 Grammy Awardsfor his work on Bad Bunny’s X 100Preand on J Balvinand Bad Bunny’s joint album Oasis.

Cardi B Gets “Carried Away” at London’s Wireless Festival

Cardi B is wiggin’ out…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar admittedly “got carried away” during her headlining set at London’s Wireless Festival on Friday, July 5.

Cardi B

Midway through her performance, the “I Like It” rapper got so fired up that she tore off her long black wig and tossed it into the crowd, leaving her only with a wig cap on her head. 

Later on social media, Cardi B admitted that she went a little too far and jokingly asked for fans to return the hairpiece.

“I GOT CARRIED AWAY …….I want my wig back:/ Dm me,” she wrote on Twitter, along with sharing a fan-caught video of the incident.

It didn’t take long for fans to joke about the wig-tossing fiasco on social media. “CARDIIII THAT WIG IS PROLLY ON EBAY RN SELLIN FOR MILLIONSSSSSS,” one fan wrote.

Cardi B also made headlines for bringing out Lil Nas X to perform his hit single “Old Town Road” during her Wireless set. 

Cardi B is Asking the Presidential Hopefuls to Address the Issue of Police Brutality

Cardi B is raising the question of police brutality to presidential hopefuls…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar, who has long taken an interest in American history and politics, has taken to Instagram to pose a hypothetical question, asking Democratic presidential candidates looking to run in the 2020 election what they would do when it comes to issues of police brutality in America.

Cardi B

“I would like to ask what are we going to do about police brutality,” the “I Like It” rapper wondered. “It seems like it keeps on happening every single day and they are getting away with it. Nobody is talking about it. I would like to see a change and know if our next president even cares because it seems our president now doesn’t.”

Cardi B called on her Bardi Gangto start thinking about the changes they want to see in their communities and drop their answers in the comments. 

The most-liked comments addressed hot-button topics like health care, college tuition, school safety, prison reform and the legalization of marijuana, just to name a few. 

J Balvin Collaborating with Chris Brown & Tyga on New Music

J Balvinis working on his latest high-profile collaboration… And he’s planning to release it soon.

The 33-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer has revealed that he’s working on a collaboration with  Chris Brown and Tyga — and that it’s coming any day. 

J Balvin

“It will be released soon. You have to wait until it’s out!” said J Balvin, refusing to dish more. 

J Balvin, who earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a featured artist on Cardi B’s “I Like It,” most recently collaborated with Rosalia on “Con Altura.”

Bruno Mars Earns iHeartMedia’s Titanium Award for Surpassing 1 Billion Total Audience Spins for “Finesse,” feat. Cardi B

Bruno Marsis a man of steel, so to speak…

iHeartMedia has announced that 32 artists will receive the company’s Titanium Award for reaching a threshold of 1 billion total audience spins of their hits throughout 2018, including the 33-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning crooner.

Cardi B & Bruno Mars

Mars will be recognized for his hit single, “Finesse,” featuring Cardi B. The remixed track peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

But that isn’t the only single to earn Cardi B a Titanium Award.

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation is also earning recognition for her chart-topping single “I Like It,” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, as well as her No. 1 hit collaboration with Maroon 5on “Girls Like You.”

Camila Cabellowill be recognized for surpassing the 1 billion spins mark for two of her smash singles, “Havana” and “Never Be the Same.”

Meanwhile, Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry,” which was released in July 2017, has also earned the 26-year-old part-Mexican American singer a Titanium Award.

Other recipients and their tunes are Bazzi‘s “Mine,”Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line‘s “Meant to Be,” Drake‘s “God’s Plan,” Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect,” Halsey for “Bad at Love” and her collab with G-Eazy Him & I,” Imagine Dragons‘ “Thunder,” Khalid featuring Normani‘s “Love Lies,” Lauv‘s “I Like Me Better,”  MAX featuring Gnash‘s “Lights Down Low,” NF‘s “Let You Down,” P!nk‘s “What About Us,” Portugal. The Man‘s “Feel It Still,” Post Malone for “Better Now,” “Rockstar” and “Psycho,” Taylor Swift‘s “Delicate,” and ZeddMaren Morrisand Grey‘s “The Middle.”

The total audience spins is calculated based on Mediabase airplay multiplied by the number of persons listening to the radio at the time of those plays, equaling total audience impressions, which is the broadcast equivalent of the number of streams from a streaming music service. More Titanium Award recipients will be announced as artists reach the milestone throughout 2019 on iHeartRadiostations.

Last year’s winners include Alessia Caraand Zedd, Bruno Mars, DJ SnakeDJ KhaledRihanna and Bryson Tiller, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokersand ColdplayCharlie Puth, Imagine Dragons, James ArthurKygoand Selena GomezLuis Fonsiand Daddy Yankee, Maroon 5, Niall HoranSam Hunt, Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, Zayn and Taylor Swift and French Montana.

Cardi B to Headline Toronto’s Veld Music Festival

Cardi Bis headed to the Great White North

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar will be one of the headliners at Toronto’s Veld Music Festival.

Cardi B

The “I Like It” rapper joins a roster that includes KygoSkrillex, and Tiësto.

Rounding out the weekend lineup will be sets from AlessoKodak BlackLoud Luxury and Zeds Dead, and more. 

The Veld Music Festival comes to Toronto’s Downsview Parkon Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4. 

Tickets go on pre-sale on Wednesday, March 20, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm ET. Tickets open to the public on Thursday, March 21, at 10:00 am ET. 

Cardi B Earns Four Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Nominations

Cardi B is the kids choice

The nominations for Nickelodeon‘s 2019 Kids Choice Awards are in, with the 26-year-old Dominican American rap sensation earning the most nods of any Latina/o artist.

Cardi B

Cardi B earned four nominations, including Favorite Female Artist, where she’ll face off against fellow Latinas Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello. 

She’s also up for Favorite Breakout Artist for the second year in a row, as well as Favorite Collaboration for two of her chart-topping songs: “Girls Like You” (Maroon 5) and “I Like It” (Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin).

Zoe Saldanaearned two nods.

The 40-year-old half-Dominican/half-Puerto Rican American actress is up for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Butt-Kicker for her role as Gamorain Avengers: Infinity War.

Other nominees include Noah CentineoJennifer Lopez and Bruno Mars.

DJ Khaled will host this year’s awards show, which will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 23.

Here’s a look at all the nominations:

TELEVISION:

Favorite Funny TV Show

The Big Bang Theory

BUNK’D

Fuller House

Henry Danger

Modern Family

Raven’s Home

Favorite TV Drama

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Flash

Riverdale

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Favorite Reality Show

America’s Got Talent

American Idol

American Ninja Warrior

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors

Double Dare

The Voice

Favorite TV Host

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)

Kevin Hart (TKO: Total Knock Out)

Liza Koshy & Marc Summers (Double Dare)

Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)

Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

Tyra Banks (America’s Got Talent)

Favorite TV Judges

Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent)

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie (American Idol)

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, (Dancing with the Stars)

Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor (THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM)

Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton (The Voice)

Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO (World of Dance)

Favorite Cartoon

ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks

The Boss Baby: Back in Business

The Loud House

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

SpongeBob SquarePants

Teen Titans Go!

Favorite Male TV Star

Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash, The Flash)

Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)

Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)

Karan Brar (Ravi Ross, BUNK’D)

Neil Patrick Harris (Count Olaf, A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Favorite Female TV Star

Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)

Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory)

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)

Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack, Andi Mack)

Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)

Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)

FILM:

Favorite Movie

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Mary Poppins Returns

The Kissing Booth

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Favorite Movie Actor

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther, Black Panther)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Infinity War)

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer,Skyscraper)

Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Aquaman)

Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Favorite Movie Actress

Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns)

Joey King (Shelly “Elle” Evans, The Kissing Booth)

Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia, Black Panther)

Rihanna (Nine Ball, Ocean’s 8)

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow,Avengers: Infinity War)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Superhero

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther, Black Panther)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Infinity War)

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Infinity War)

Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Aquaman)

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man, Avengers: Infinity War)

Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Butt-Kicker

Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Danai Gurira (Okoye, Black Panther)

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer, Skyscraper)

Emilia Clarke (Qi’ra, Solo: A Star Wars Story)

Michael B. Jordan (Adonis Johnson,Creed II)

Zoe Saldana (Gamora, Avengers: Infinity War)

Favorite Animated Movie

The Grinch

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Incredibles 2

Peter Rabbit

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie

Adam Sandler (Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Andy Samberg (Johnny, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Grinch, The Grinch)

Channing Tatum (Migo, Smallfoot)

James Corden (Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit)

Shameik Moore (Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie

Gal Gadot (Shank, Ralph Breaks the Internet)

Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Kristen Bell (Jade Wilson, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies)

Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)

Yara Shahidi (Brenda, Smallfoot)

Zendaya (Meechee, Smallfoot)

MUSIC:

Favorite Music Group

The Chainsmokers

Fall Out Boy

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5

Migos

twenty one pilots

Favorite Male Artist

Bruno Mars

DJ Khaled

Drake

Justin Timberlake

Luke Bryan

Shawn Mendes

Favorite Female Artist

Ariana Grande

Beyoncé

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift

Favorite Song

Delicate(Taylor Swift)

In My Blood(Shawn Mendes)

In My Feelings(Drake)

Natural(Imagine Dragons)

thank u, next(Ariana Grande)

Youngblood(5 Seconds of Summer)

Favorite Breakout Artist

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Dan + Shay

Juice WRLD

Kane Brown

Post Malone

Favorite Collaboration

Girls Like You(Maroon 5, featuring Cardi B)

Happier(Marshmello, featuring Bastille)

I Like It(Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin)

Meant to Be(Bebe Rexha, featuring Florida Georgia Line)

No Brainer(DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo)

SICKO MODE(Travis Scott, featuring Drake)

Favorite Social Music Star

Baby Ariel

Chloe x Halle

Jack & Jack

JoJo Siwa

Max & Harvey

Why Don’t We

Favorite Global Music Star

Africa: Davido

Asia: BLACKPINK

Australia/New Zealand: Troye Sivan

Europe: David Guetta

North America: Taylor Swift

Latin America: J Balvin

United Kingdom: HRVY

OTHER CATEGORIES:

Favorite Video Game

Just Dance 2019

LEGO® The Incredibles

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate

Super Mario Party™

Favorite Social Star

David Dobrik

Emma Chamberlain

Guava Juice

Lilly Singh

Miranda Sings

Ryan ToysReview

Favorite Gamer

DanTDM

Jacksepticeye

Markiplier

Ninja

PopularMMOs

SSSniperWolf

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