Gloria “Goyo” Martínez Helps Launch the Latin Music Industry’s BLM-Inspired ‘Conciencia Collective’

GloriaGoyoMartínez is standing in solidarity with the Black community…

The 37-year-old Colombian singer and member of the Latin Grammy-winning hip-hop group ChocQuibTown has joined the Conciencia Collective

Gloria "Goyo" Martínez

The recently-announced initiative, comprised of more than 35 executives from the Latin music industry — including artists, activists, artist managers, publicists, among others – aims to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Mattermovement in an effort to create awareness about racial and social injustice.

Conciencia Collective was born amid national outrage in the U.S. over the recent killings of George FloydBreonna Taylorand other black citizens who’ve died at the hands of police. The intention is to “educate our colleagues, artists and peers of influence in order to gain their advocacy. Our ongoing initiatives also focus on the many issues affecting our Latin community,” according to a press release. 

Goyo, a leading, Afro-Latinx voice launched the initiative with a poignant statement.

“I’m talking to you as a Black woman, rapper, singer, born in South America. In an invisible region, a jewel in my country; a Black village,” writes Goyo. “The experiences that we Black women live change you from the moment you leave your home. Society reminds you that at home, you live in a protected space. At home, we are educated with tools to go out into a racist world. As Howard C. Stevensonsaid, ‘we [as Black people] are educated with a kind of a racial literacy.'”

Goyo kicked off a “Conciencia Talk” alongside Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Rafa Pabónin partnership with Latinx-focused media/news company MiTú on Friday, June 26.

The “online dialogue” was moderated by Afro-Colombian Dr. Aurora Vergara Figueroa, director of the Afrodiasporic Studies Centerat ICESI University.

Quotes on solidarity and racial inequality from more than 100 Latin artists, including Leslie GraceAnuel AAJesse & JoyMyke TowersCarla MorrisonZion & Lennox, and Farruko, among others, will be posted weekly on MiTú’s page.

“In order to consciously educate the Latinx community and change the derogatory narratives towards people of color within our community, we commit to leading with acknowledgement in solidarity with the Black community to enable the rise of leaders in our respective communities,” the statement continues.

“We want to extend our platforms to our brothers and sisters so that their voices and needs can be heard. We want our brothers and sisters across the U.S. and Latin America to know that we see them, we hear them and we will champion equality and justice on behalf of our industry.”

Anitta Signs Recording Deal with Warner Records

Anitta is ready to breakthrough in the United States…

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer, a massive star in Latin America, has signed a recording contract with Warner Records. And she’s eyeing the release of a multilingual debut, to be produced by Ryan Tedder, in the U.S. later this year. 

Anitta

Anitta fuses elements of reggaetón, bossa nova, R&B, hip-hop, EDM and funk carioca to create her own unique musical blend. 

She’s previously collaborated with the likes of Miley CyrusBecky GJ BalvinKaty PerryDavid Guetta and P. Diddy.

Already a star in her native Brazil — where Anitta is the most streamed artist — and beyond, Anitta’s digital profile includes 47 million Instagram followers, nearly 5 billion YouTube views, in addition to more than 14 million YouTube subscribers, and 6.5 billion cumulative Spotif ystreams. 

She has been nominated for five Latin Grammys and has won 6 MTV EMAs. She was set to perform at Coachellaand Rock In Riothis year before the COVID-19pandemic caused the cancellation of both.

“I’m so excited to join the U.S. Warner Records team,” said Anitta, who is based in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s the most important moment in my career. Now, I can show more about my art and culture to the world internationally. I can’t wait for everyone to hear all the new music I’ve been working on, which will be a fresh blend of both Spanish and English.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the global Warner Music Latin team to bring Anitta’s incredible music to the U.S. and beyond. Anitta is truly unlike any artist we’ve ever experienced,” said Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson, co-chairmen of Warner Records. “ She’s not only an extraordinary musical talent, but is a blazing creative force, an electrifying performer and a true cultural phenomenon.”

Jesse & Joy Release Star-Studded “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)” Music Video in Support of LGBTI+ Community

Jesse & Joy are spreading the love with some all-star assistance…

The Mexican Latin Grammy-winning brother and sister duo has released the official music video for “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)” and it features appearances by nearly 200 people from around the world, including artists like ThalíaJuanes and more.

Jesse & Joy

The music video speaks out against violence toward the LGBTI+ community and raises awareness about conversion therapies that to this day take place in Mexico and other parts of the world.

“Our music will always be there to remind you that you are beautiful just as you are,” the Mexican previously said about the song, included in their recently-released album Aire. “It’s called ‘Love’ and talks about love being the universal language, the language that all of us should speak.”

Toward the end of the video, the message is loud and clear: “A sexual orientation is nothing something that should be cured. Conversion therapies are acts of torture and violation of privacy.”

Featuring cameos by Latin artists like Mon Laferte, Natalia JiménezÁngela Aguilar, Alejandro SanzLaura PausiniKany GarcíaAna BárbaraTommy Torres, Sofía Reyes, Luis Fonsi, among others, the video was directed by Kacho López and Joy. 

The release coincides with the landmark ruling officially protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Profits from the video will be donated to the YAAJ MEXICO Foundation to help the organization continue their social work in Mexico and for their work supporting sexual violence young victims.

Mala Rodriguez to Perform During the Virtual Edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference

Mala Rodriguez is offering a special alternative for people stuck at home during this coronavirus pandemic.

The 41-year-old Spanish Latin Grammy-winning rapper will take this in this year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference, which will be held live online.

Mala Rodriguez

This year, the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference will officially kick off on Tuesday, June 9 withg a variety of virtual industry panels, workshops and showcases that will live.

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and as the nation begins to reopen gradually, the LAMC‘s five-day virtual conference includes timely panels like “The Future of Touring” with panelists Jordi Puig (OCESA), Phil Rodriguez (Move Concerts) and Sebastian De la Barra (Lotus Producciones).

And, “Mental Health and the Creative Community” presented by MusiCares and the Latin Grammys featuring Carla MorrisonKany GarcíaAna Tijoux and Guaynaa.

LAMC’s Talks with Billboard Latin will feature Leila Cobo‘s fireside chats with Walter Kolm and ChocQuibTown‘s GloriaGoyo” Martínez.’

Rodriguez will perform on June 9 as part of peermusic‘s showcase. Other participating artists include Thee SinseersGaby Moreno and Lido Pimienta.

Francisca ValenzuelaTatiana HazelLos Caligaris, among others will perform during the LAMC. 

On closing night, LAMC will celebrate Pride Month with performances by Kany García, MabilandCirco and Javiera Mena.

“Providing a forum to discuss the issues we face and the potential solutions that lie ahead is key as we look towards the future,” LAMC founder Tomas Cookman said in a previous statement. “Although the days ahead may be slightly different for a time, we should always keep in mind there is very much a future as music is a human and global emotion. We are lending our hand by making the conference free for all and having a team of professionals join us in making sure the LAMC experience is as informative and technologically seamless as can be.”

Check out the full schedule on the LAMC website.

La India’s Latest Single Reaches Top 10 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay Chart

La India  is back in familiar territory…

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer-songwriter returns to the Top 10 of Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart after four years with the salsa version of “Mi Propiedad Privada” as the song climbs 14-10 on the May 9 tally. 

La India

With the move, India clocks her 24th top 10 since the chart’s inception in 1994.

The Tony Succar-produced tune ascends with a lofty 63% in audience impressions (to 2 million) earned in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen MusicMRC Data.

“It’s so exciting to be back on the Billboard charts, it really means the world to me,” La India tells Billboard. “I chose to sing this song because it has always been a favorite of mine. It was also special working with Peruvian Latin Grammy Producer of the Year winner Tony Succar on the record which makes me very proud. Tony is on fire right now and is part of the Peruvian salsa movement, he is fresh, young and innovative!”

“Mi Propiedad Privada” is a 1971 Afro-Peruvian waltz written by Spanish composer Modesto López Otero, which became an anthem of the Peruvian música criollathrough the voice of Afro Peruvian singer Lucha Reyes.

With its salsa version hitting the top 10, India has now secured a top 10 in each of the last four decades on the chart dating back to October 1994 with her maiden two-week ruler “Nunca Voy a Olvidarte.” 

She has placed a total of 24 top 10s on Tropical Airplay: 10 in the 1990s, eight in the 2000s, four in the 2010s and her new top 10 entry on the current chart. Out of those, 10 have reached No. 1.

La India last visited the Tropical Airplay chart in 2016 with “Me Voy a Acostumbrar,” featuring the late Juan Gabriel, which marked her most recent No. 1 on the list.

Succar, “Mi Propiedad Privada’”s salsa version producer, has also earned a spot on the chart: “Uno De Los Dos,” with Obie Bermudez where he also claims writing and production credit, peaked at No. 15 on the Feb. 8-dated list. The two-time Latin Grammywinner made his first appearance on a Billboard Latin chart in 2015 with Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, which opened at No. 1 and remained a total of 63 weeks on the chart.

Bad Bunny Releases New Album “YHLQMDLG”

Bad Bunnyis doing whatever he wants, including releasing a new surprise album…

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer released YHLQMDLG, which stands for “Yo hago lo que me da la gana,” on Saturday at midnight.

Bad Bunny

The title is a testament to what Bad Bunny’s fans love about him. From redefining men’s fashion to his outspokenness about Puerto Rican politics, Bad Bunny has always stayed true to himself.

“My job is what I’m passionate about. I simply do what fulfills me,” Bad Bunny told Entertainment Tonight, ahead of the album drop. “I try to please people. I try to please myself.”

The sprawling 20-track album includes an all-star lineup of guest stars, including Daddy YankeeÑengo FlowSech and Jowell y Randy— as well as uncredited vocals by ArcángelAnuel AA and Myke Towers. The song “Bichiyal” also features a surprise comeback from Puerto Rican cult favorite, Yaviah.

Said Bad Bunny of the new album on Twitter Friday afternoon: “Les recomiendo que esta noche se reunan con sus amistades y seres queridos, compren cervezas, tengan el surtido correcto para toda la noche y la pasen cabrón escuchando mi álbum.” In short, the album goes down best with a few beers and your best buddies.

Bad Bunny’s star has been on the meteoric rise since 2018. After he dropped his debut album X 100pre, which won best urban music album at the Latin Grammys, he released an album with J Balvin the very next year, Oasis.

Rosalia to Appear at This Year’s LatinFest+

Rosalíais hittin’ the fest…

The 26-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter is set to take part in the 2020 LatinFest+, which is produced by Billboardand Telemundo.

The Grammy nominee for Best New Artist will be part of a superstar Q&A taking place the week of April 20-23 in Las Vegas. 

Rosalia

Hailed as one the breakthrough artists of the world last year, Rosalía was the only newcomer to secure a spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Latin Artistschart and one of only six female acts to claim a spot on the 50-deep male predominant list. She has steadily populated the Latin charts captivating the industry with her flamenco genre-bending sonority and stylistic musical collision making her a trailblazer of the genre.  

Her second-studio album, the flamenco-pop-urban tinged El Mal Quererdebuted at No. 10 on the Top Latin Albumschart and Rosalía has claimed four titles on the Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Con Altura,” with J Balvinand El Guincho, which peaked at No. 13 and won best urban song at the 2019 Latin Grammyawards.

Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the now substantially bigger weeklong event and panel series will unite Latin’s top artists, including Los Tigres del NorteOzunaand J Balvin, to celebrate Hispanic music and entertainment at large. 

The inaugural Latinfest+ also marks the 30th anniversary of Billboard’s Latin Music Conference, the longest-running and biggest Latin music gathering in the world. 

Latinfest+ will be an immersive, weeklong experience for the Latin entertainment industry, artists, executives and fans and will include superstar conversations, industry panels and workshops, celebrity fireside chats, live concerts, fan experiences and live activations of some of Billboard’s most celebrated franchises, including On the Riseand Growing Up Latino.

The full-run week of activities culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live April 23 on Telemundo. Finalists for the awards will be announced in February.

Registration for 2020 LatinFest+ is officially open at http://latinfestplus.com.

Flor de Toloache Release John Legend-Assisted Single “Quisiera”

Flor de Toloache releases Legend-arynew track…

The all-female Latin Grammy-winning mariachi group, which is known for infusing the classic ranchero sound with bursts of hip-hop, soul, jazz and salsa, has joined voices with John Legend on the new single “Quisiera.”

Flor de Toloache

“I am a huge fan of his voice and songwriting, and he’s a very sweet guy,” says member Shae Fiol about Legend’s participation on the song. “It totally blew my mind when we got the news he was down to sing, in Spanish! His voice is iconic. You always know it’s him from the first note he sings.”

“Quisiera” appears on Flor de Toloache’s latest album Indestructible, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.

Prince Royce Readyng for a Busy 2020 with New Album & Tour

Prince Royceis preparing for a busy new year…

The 30-year-old Dominican American singer is planning to release a new album and go on tour in 2020.

Prince Royce

Prince Royce’s new album is titled Alter Ego and is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of next year.

“I’m playing a little bit with a duo alter ego concept which is different,” he says. That’s why he is constantly exploring the idea of collaborating and recording in other genres, such as Regional Mexican, which he did recently, first with Gerardo Ortiz(Moneda) and later with Calibre 50 for a performance at the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards. “The idea is not to change who you are or change your sound, it is to bring your sound into that vision.”

Last month, Royce announced a new tour that includes 40 cities in the United States, the largest (so far) of his career.

“I’m doing the biggest tour — over 40 cities, it’s almost double the dates I did on my last tour and I’m really excited that I will visit places I’ve never been before,” he revealed. Also, the tour will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of his debut album, Prince Royce.

Mau y Ricky Renew Publishing Deal with Sony/ATV

Mau and Ricky Montaner’s music won’t be finding a new home…

The Venezuelan brothers, better known as Mau y Ricky, have renewed their publishing deal with Sony/ATV, according to Billboard.

Mau-y-Ricky

“We are happy to remain part of the Sony/ATV family where our songs have a house and are well maintained,” Mau and Ricky tell Billboard. “It’s been many years now. [President and CEO, Latin America and U.S. Latin] Jorge Mejia trusts in our talent and we trust him.”

The Latin Grammy-nominated duo,  sons of music icon Ricardo Montaner, officially joined Sony/ATV in 2014 and since then have been working with many stars including Thalia,Karol G,Sofia Reyes,Lali,Ednita Nazario and Miguel Bosé, to name a few.

On the Billboard charts, Mau and Ricky have also scored hits as songwriters, including Ricky Martin’s “Vente Pa’ Ca,” which debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplaychart in 2016, and “Sin Pijama” by Becky Gand Natti Natasha, which also topped that chart in 2018.

“They are part of our house, composers who are part of the company’s DNA and we trust them,” concludes Mejia.