This year’s Premios Juventud will include a special segment, honoring 25 years of Selena Quintanilla’s music and legacy, with the 33-year-old Dominican singer-songwriter among the artists set to take part.
In addition to Natasha, Selena’s brother and producer of her biggest hits, A.B. Quintanilla III, will participate in the special dedicated to la Reina de la Musica Tejana.
The other artists participating in the Selena tribute include Karol G, Danna Paola, Ally Brooke and Greeicy.
“For me being part of this special was a real honor. She is a woman that after all these years, and everything that has happened, is a legend. I never hard the chance to meet her while she was here but she is an icon, an icon that lasts a lifetime,” Greeicy tells Billboard.
“How amazing is it that she has inspired so many with her music. It was very challenging for me to create the energy and portray her flavors of cumbia. It was a beautifully difficult challenge and it was very special because I learned from her music and I’m going to keep enjoying it with respect and I hope to honor her. To have the privilege to prepare this special with her brother, who knew her, lived with her, and spent her life with her, is very special. It was a hard challenge for me because I felt like I was speaking directly to her. The special is going to be really great, it was beautiful to be able to create it with him, he was wonderful to work with,” she adds.
With 12 nominations, J Balvin leads the 2020 Premios Juventud, followed by Karol G, Bad Bunny and Anuel AA.
Confirmed performers include CNCO, Ozuna, Natanael Cano, Pitbull and Gloria Trevi, to name a few.
Following all the safety guidelines, PJ 2020, broadcasting live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, will feature artists performing at the venue, a virtual audience, an innovative integration of the latest state-of-the-art, augmented and virtual reality technologies for award presentations, intros and musical performances.
Ally Brooke is gearing up for the Premios Juventud…
Univisionhas unveiled the second wave of talent confirmed to perform at this year’s Premios Juventudawards show, with the 27-year-old Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony making the list.
Ally Brooke, who finished in third place on the last installment of Dancing With the Stars, recently released the Spanish single “500 Veces,” featuring Messiah. No word if she’ll perform that song.
In addition to Ally Brooke, the star-studded lineup includesJ Balvin, Natanael Cano, Pedro Capo,CNCO, Karol G, Kany Garcia, Greeicy, Mau & Ricky, Ozuna, Rafa Pabon, Pitbull, Alex Rose, Sebastian Yatra, Caly y El Dandee, Danna Paola, The Wailersand Zion & Lennox, who will bless fans with a special musical number from Puerto Rico in celebration of their 20th anniversary.
They join previously announced performers Anuel AA, Rauw Alejandro,Neto Bernal, Camilo, Natti Natasha, Gloria Trevi, Manuel Turizo and Jay Wheeler.
In a first ever, PJ-only version, The Wailers will be joined on stage by Cedellaand Skip Marley,Pedro Capo, Rauw Alejandro, Camiloand Kany Garcia to send a message of love, justice and inclusion.
Pitbull will surprise fans with his first ever television performance of his single “I Believe That We will Win.”
The program will feature artists performing at the venue, a virtual audience, and an innovative integration of the latest state-of-the-art, augmented and virtual reality technologies for award presentations, intros and musical performances.
Bad Bunny’s leading Latin music’s charge in consumption…
Latin music has posted a healthy increase in audio consumption album equivalents in the U.S. in the first six months of 2020, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data‘s midyear report, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggeaton singer earning top artist honors.
Overall, audio consumption of Latin music grew to 14.56 million units in the first six months of 2020, up 15.9% from the 12.6 million units registered for 2019’s midyear total. That number helped the overall growth of the genre.
Following R&B/Hip-Hop, Latin was the greatest percentage point gainer among the large genres, now comprising 4.09% market share of the total U.S. music market. That’s up from 3.86% at midyear 2019.
Latin’s market share growth comes despite the fact that, like other genres, it has suffered a decline in its weekly streaming average since the economic shutdown beginning the week of March 13. Latin saw its average weekly on-demand count drop from 1.182 billion prior to the advent of the pandemic to 1.143 billion average weekly streams from the pandemic period onward through July 2, a 3.3% drop.
Like other genres, Latin’s physical sales was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with physical album sales dropping 48.7% to 212,000 copies from 414,000 in the first half of 2019. As with other genres, Latin enjoyed a digital sales bump with download albums growing 11.7% to 248,000 copies from 222,000 the year before.
That means overall, album sales fell 27.6% to 461,000 from 636,000 copies, and digital track sales fell 32.6% to 3.35 million copies, versus 4.83 million in the six-month year earlier period.
It’s also the sixth-most-consumed album of the year and the lone Latin title in the top 10. Interesting fact: When Bad Bunny’s Las Que No Iban a Salir debuted on the May 14 Top Latin Albums chart at No. 1, Bad Bunny also held the No. 2 (YHLQMDLG) and No. 3 (X100PRE) slots.
Following Bad Bunny in consumption for the first six months of the year is Ozuna, and in third place, newcomer Natanael Cano.
In terms of songs, the most-consumed track for the first six months of the year was Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s “Tusa,” followed by Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola.”
At the midyear mark, Bad Bunny gets an artist credit, either as a solo or in collaboration, in seven of the top 10 most streamed Latin songs.
Karol G is opening up about love through her music…
The 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer/songwriter has released her new single “Ay DiOs Mio,” which she co-wrote with Danny Ocean.
During the writing process, the track morphed into a tale of how she met her fiancé, rapper Anue lAA.
“I sat down with Danny and he came up with the idea of ‘She wrote me,’” Karol told Billboard during an exclusive Zoom interview.
“I said, ‘What? No. Not ‘she wrote me.’ In this song I’ll tell the story of how I met Ema [short for Emmanuel, Anuel’s real name]. The song starts from the moment Ema first wrote me a DM on Instagram and how he sent me DMs in Instagram and WhatsApp, until the day we met and went out. And when we went out, in the middle of dancing, and whether I’d go home with him or not.”
“Ay DiOs Mío [Oh My God],” produced by longtime collaborator Ovy On The Drums, is reminiscent of “Tusa,” Karol G’s smash hit with Nicki Minaj, in the use of a slow intro that then breaks into a slow, sensual reggaetón.
Working with Danny Ocean, however, was a departure for an artist used to writing alone. “But that’s the way you grow and evolve,” adds Karol G. Evolving, she says, has been front of mind since the COVID-19 epidemic and lockdown.
“There is so much pressure that you start losing your way,” she says. “Trying so hard to fit in was making me lose myself, doing a million things at the same time but with no direction. … Understanding myself has been the most important thing during these times, and I can tell you with absolute conviction that I’m Carolina again, the one who did music at home 14 years ago, and it’s connected to the entire concept of my [upcoming] album.”
Univision has announced the 2020 Premios Juventud nominations, with the 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer leading the pack.
Balvin received 12 nominations, including Video with a Purpose for the heart-wrenching “Rojo,” This Choreo Is On Fire for the dancetastic music video to “Amarillo,” and And Featuring, for being an artist that everyone wants to sing with.
He’s followed by Karol G, who picked up nine nods.
The 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is nominated for Can’t Get Enough of This Song for her hit collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Tusa,” Breaking the Internet, and Nailed It, for having the best manicure.
Bad Bunny picked up eight nominations, including The Traffic Jam (for songs you listen to while stuck in traffic) for “En Casita,” Sneakerhead and Scroll Stopper.
Other nominees include Anuel AA (7), Daddy Yankee (5), Manuel Turizo (5), Banda MS (4), Maluma (4),Sebastian Yatra (4), and Jennifer Lopez (3).
The New Generation – Female nominees include Jessie Reyez and Mariah, while the New Generation – Male nominees include Jhay Cortez, Lunay and Myke Towers.
The 17th edition of the awards show includes 28 different categories with new and modified categories Spicy Regional Songs, The Perfect Mix, The Quarantune, OMG Collaboration, #StayAtHomeConcert and Influencer with a Cause.
For the first time, Ana Patricia Gámez, Francisca Lachapel, and Borja Voces will host the three-hour live event beginning at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 13, preceded by “PJ Takeover,” a one-hour pre-show hosted by Jomari Goyso, Clarissa Molina and Amara La Negra, beginning at 7:00 pm ET.
Celebrating the hottest artists in Latin music, pop culture, digital media, fashion, TV, and social media, the annual ceremony will air in a different and creative way, keeping safety top of mind.
The show will include a virtual audience, an innovative integration of the latest state-of-the-art, augmented, and virtual reality technologies for award presentations, intros, and musical performances. In true PJ fashion, the 2020 event is set to inspire, motivate and lead, honoring Agents of Change, including the young frontline heroes during the current global health crisis.
PJ 2020 will broadcast live from Miami and feature artist performances, with organizers leveraging technology and innovation to provide a safe environment in delivering a live music awards show.
Producer you know by Shout-Out (When an artist shouts out the producer’s name) CHRIS JEDAY & GABY MUSIC DIMELO FLOW DJ SNAKE PLAY N SKILL OVY ON THE DRUMS SKY ROMPIENDO STEVE AOKI SUBELO NEO TAINY WILL.I.AM
The New Generation – Female (New female artist that make us dance) CAZZU EMILIA JESSIE REYEZ MARIAH YENNIS
The New Generation – Male (New male artist that make us dance) EL ALFA JHAY CORTEZ LUNAY MYKE TOWERS RAUW ALEJANDRO
The New Regional Mexican Generation (NewRegional Mexican Artist) ALEX FERNÁNDEZ CARIN LEÓN GRUPO FIRME NATANAEL CANO NETO BERNAL
Spicy Regional Songs (Regional Mexican songs with “spicy” lyrics) “Amor Tumbado” – NATANAEL CANO “Cosas De La Clica” – HERENCIA DE PATRONES “El Amor No Fue Pa’ Mi” – GRUPO FIRME FT. BANDA COLOSO “El Circo” – EL FANTASMA “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo” – LENIN RAMÍREZ FT. GRUPO FIRME
The Traffic Jam (Songs you listen to while stuck in traffic) “China” – ANUEL AA FT. DADDY YANKEE, KAROL G, OZUNA & J BALVIN “Escondidos” – LA ADICTIVA “Me Quedaré Contigo” – PITBULL X NE-YO FT. LENIER & EL MICHA “No Elegí Conocerte” – BANDA SINALOENSE MS DE SERGIO LIZÁRRAGA “Que Tire Pa’ ‘Lante” – DADDY YANKEE
Can’t Get Enough Of This Song (Songs you can’t stop singing) “Mi Meta Contigo” – BANDA LOS SEBASTIANES “Pegao” – CNCO FT. MANUEL TURIZO “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)” – BLACK EYED PEAS & J BALVIN “Se Me Olvidó” – CHRISTIAN NODAL “TUSA” – KAROL G FT. NICKI MINAJ
The Perfect Mix (Best collaboration song) “China” – ANUEL AA FT. DADDY YANKEE, KAROL G, OZUNA & J BALVIN “Indeciso” – REIK, J BALVIN & LALO EBRATT “Pegao” – CNCO FT. MANUEL TURIZO “Qué Maldición” – BANDA SINALOENSE MS DE SERGIO LIZÁRRAGA FT. SNOOP DOGG “Qué Pena” – MALUMA FT. J BALVIN
The Quarentune (Songs born during quarantine) “Cuando Amanezca” – NIBAL, JUSTIN QUILES, DANNY OCEAN, FEID “Color Esperanza (2020)” – Artistas múltiples: DIEGO TORRES, NICKY JAM, REIK, CAMILO, FARRUKO, RUBÉN BLADES, CAMILA, CARLOS VIVES, MAU Y RICKY, THALÍA, LESLIE GRACE, RAUW ALEJANDRO, PRINCE ROYCE, PEDRO CAPÓ, KANY GARCÍA, LEONEL GARCIA, RÍO ROMA, DIEGO EL CIGALA, JORGE VILLAMIZAR, CARLOS RIVERA, IVETE SANGALO, COTI SOROKIN, LALI, GENTE DE ZONA, FONSECA, DANI MARTÍN, MANUEL TURIZO, ÁNGELA TORRES, ARA MALIKIAN , DILSINHO “El Mundo Afuera” – ALEJANDRO SANZ “El Tiempo Pasa (Cuarentena)” – FARRUKO “En Casita” – BAD BUNNY “Es Hora De Unirse” – BANDA SINALOENSE MS DE SERGIO LIZÁRRAGA “Esta Cuarentena” – ABRAHAM MATEO “I Believe That We Will Win” – PITBULL “Resistencia” – KENDO KAPONI “Tomar Distancia” – PISO 21
OMG Collaboration (Unexpected collaborations) BANDA SINALOENSE MS DE SERGIO LIZÁRRAGA & SNOOP DOGG – “Qué Maldición” NATANAEL CANO & BAD BUNNY – “Soy El Diablo (Remix)” REYKON & WILLIE COLÓN – “Perriando (La Murga Remix)” SHAKIRA & ANUEL AA – “Me Gusta” T3R ELEMENTO & FARRUKO – “DEL Barrio A La Ciudad”
And Featuring… (The artist that everyone wants to sing with) ANUEL AA DADDY YANKEE J BALVIN MANUEL TURIZO NATTI NATASHA
Can’t Get Enough (Artist that I follow on social media that I always want to see) BAD BUNNY FRIDA SOFÍA JENNIFER LOPEZ KAROL G SEBASTIÁN YATRA
Together They Fire Up My Feed (Couple or friends that appear on each others’ feeds) CAMILA CABELLO & SHAWN MENDES KAROL G & ANUEL AA NICKY JAM & CYDNEY MOREAU ROSALÍA & KYLIE JENNER SEBASTIÁN YATRA & MAU Y RICKY
Scroll Stopper (Artists that halt us from scrolling just to see their posts) BAD BUNNY CARDI B GUAYNAA SEBASTIÁN YATRA THALÍA
#Pet Goals (Artists that post with their pets) EL DASA CON BENITO FRIDA SOFÍA CON PHILLIPPE J BALVIN CON PAZ Y FELICIDAD KAROL G Y ANUEL AA CON GOKU MALUMA CON BONNIE Y CLYDE
#Stay Home Concert (Best at-home concert) ALEJANDRO SANZ & JUANES – “#LaGiraSeQuedaEnCasa” CARLOS VIVES – “#NoTeVayasDeTuCasa El Show de Carlos Vives” CHRISTIAN NODAL – “Juntos Por La Música #StayHome #WithMe #QuédateEnCasa GERARDO ORTIZ – “Juntos Por La Música #StayHome #WithMe #QuédateEnCasa” SECH – “#YouTubeAndChill Concert”
Breaking the Internet (Artists that post pictures that break the internet) CHIQUIS RIVERA KAROL G LUNAY MALUMA NATTI NATASHA
Triple Threat (Influencer that does it all and dominates at least 3 areas: Social Media platforms, television, film or music) DANILEIGH JUANPA ZURITA ISABELA MERCED LUISA FERNANDA W MARIO BAUTISTA
Name a Better Duo (Friends, siblings or couples that frequently create content together) ANALISSE & KAT RODRÍGUEZ CALLE Y POCHÉ JUANPA ZURITA & MARIO RUIZ KAREN GONZÁLEZ & SEBASTIÁN ROBLES MARTÍNEZ TWINS
Best LOL Award (Funny content creators) ALEX GUZMAN (BLESIV) GADIEL DEL ORBE LEJUAN JAMES LOUIE CASTRO SALICE ROSE
Influencer With A Cause (Influencers who use their platforms for a good cause) CANELO ÁLVAREZ EDWIN CASTRO INDYA MOORE JESSICA Y JP DOMINGUEZ JULISSA CALDERÓN
High Fashion (Always dressed “High Fashion” for Red Carpet Events) BAD BUNNY JENNIFER LOPEZ MALUMA SOFÍA CARSON THALÍA
Sneakerhead (Loves sneakers more than anything) BAD BUNNY DE LA GHETTO J BALVIN KAROL G ROSALÍA
Hair Obsessed (Has the trendiest hairstyles) AMARA LA NEGRA CAMILO J BALVIN JENNIFER LOPEZ PABLLO VITTAR
Nailed It (Has the best “Manicure”) BAD BUNNY BILLIE EILISH CARDI B KAROL G ROSALÍA
This Choreo Is On Fire (Best dance choreography in a music video) “Aguardiente” – GREEICY “Amarillo” – J BALVIN “Bogaloo Supreme” – VICTOR MANUELLE Y WISIN “Que Tire Pa’ ‘Lante” – DADDY YANKEE “Whine Up” – NICKY JAM Y ANUEL AA
Video With A Purpose (Video with best social messaging) “Aleluya” – REIK Y MANUEL TURIZO “Me Estás Matanado” – NATTI NATASHA “No Ha Parado De Llover” – MANÁ Y SEBASTIÁN YATRA “Rojo” – J BALVIN “Tiburones” – RICKY MARTIN
The 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer appears in the energetic music video for “X,” her new single with the Jonas Brothers.
Set against a white background, the video features the JoBros dancing, enjoying a drink and playing instruments inside individual phone screens. Karol G soon appears on a fourth screen, wearing a sizzling all-red ensemble as she sings her verses.
“She said oh oh oh, kiss me like your ex is in the room,” they sing in the infectious hook.
The Jonas Brothers and Karol G will perform the new song on The Voice’s two-hour finale airing at 9:00 pm EST/PST Tuesday (May 19) on NBC.
Karol Gis doing more than keeping up with the Jonases…
The 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer-songwriter is joining voices with the Jonas Brothers for the band of brothers’ new single “X.”
The JoBros revealed the artwork for the new single, which shows a white outlines letter X on top of red lips, on their social media accounts.
Without giving too many details, the Jonas Brothers also announced that “X” will be released this Friday, May 15.
On release day, Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas will take part in and answer fan questions in a virtual SiriusXM Hits 1 Celebrity Session hosted by The Morning Mash Up, where they’ll interact with an audience of frontline healthcare workers and their families from across the country.
The Jonas Brothers will talk about their music, including their upcoming collaboration with Karol G.
Their Karol G-assisted track marks the second time the Jonas Brothers have teamed up with a Latin act, following the 2019 summer bop “Runaway” with Sebastian Yatra,Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha.
The LeBron James Family Foundation announced that it’s paying tribute to the class of 2020 with a one-hour multimedia event called Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer joining the roster of participating artists.
James’ virtual graduation party for this year’s graduation class, who’s seen their school year cancelled because of the coronavirus, will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 pm ET simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox— as well as on the streaming platforms Complex Networks, Facebook app, Instagram, People TV, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube.
In addition to Bad Bunny, the lineup includes Kane Brown, Lana Condor, David Dobrik, Dolan Twins, Karol G, Liza Koshy, Maren Morris, National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson, Olivia Wilde, Zendaya, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., the Jonas Brothers, Brandan Bmike Odums, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzaiand many more.
Working with the XQ Instituteand The Entertainment Industry Foundation, the show will allow the companies to honor the more than three million high school seniors who’ll miss out on the annual rite of passage due to the national shutdown caused by the COVID-19pandemic.
“We learned early on in our work with students and families in Akron that education is so much more than academics,” said James in a statement.
“It’s about a shared experience, a journey we’re all on together—students, parents, educators, community members, and everyone around them. With that not being possible right now, we’ve been working to find ways to help families get through this really difficult time. These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized. While this won’t be the graduation experience they were supposed to get, we hope we can still give them something special because they deserve it.”
The commercial-free show will be curated by high school students and educators from across the country, with support from the American Federation of Teachers, highlighted by a collection of commencement addresses, celebrity performances and inspirational vignettes.
The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer’s single “KEII” has reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart.
“KEII” leads the list in its 11th week on the survey and picks up a 48% increase in audience impressions (to 15.9 million) earned in the week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music.
It’s his third No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart. He’s previously reached the summit with “China,” featuring Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin, and the “Otro Trago Remix” with Sech, Ozuna, Nicky Jam and Darrell.
The song also tops the Latin Rhythm Airplaychart dated May 2, 2020 as song the jumps 6-1.