Erika Ender Releases New Trilingual Album “MP3-45”

Erika Ender is getting personal…

The 45-year-old Panamanian Latin Grammy-winning singer, songwriter has released MP3-45, her most personal and intimate album to date.

Erika Ender

Ender, who co-penned Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s massive hit “Despacito,” bares it all on the 9-track set, which kicks off with a vintage dance band cover of Alberto Zarzar’s “Abrázame.”

She then slows things down with beautiful ballads “Só Louco” and “When I Fall in Love” setting the stripped-down tone for the remainder of the album, which finds an emotional Ender singing about falling in and out of love.

“This album has to do with my structure as a human being and as an artist,” Ender tells Billboard. “MP3 is the format we listen to music nowadays and 45 takes me back to 45RPM which is how I used to listen to music when I was growing up at my parent’s house. That music formed me as a songwriter. I remember I’d listen and write down the lyrics and list the credits, I was fascinated by all of that. I’m bringing that little Erika to the woman I am now. It’s a digital vintage. It has profound, deep lyrics and I sing in three different languages because I come from a multicultural family.”

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.

Maluma to Receive the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award

Maluma’s spirit is being celebrated…

The 26-year-old Colombian superstar, whose real name is Juan Luis Londoño Arias, will be honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will take place October 21.

Maluma, MichelobULTRA

Announced by Telemundo and Billboard, Maluma – who recently topped the debut Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart – will be recognized for his commitment and altruistic efforts surrounding his foundation, El Arte de los Sueños, which he founded in 2016. The non-profit organization supports nearly 170 young individuals at risk of accomplishing their dreams.

Through song, dance, percussion and creative art (all with an urban emphasis), as well as psychosocial care, the organization seeks to generate the tools needed to seek a different lifestyle, so that these young dreamers can face the world and its challenges.

The Billboard Spirit of Hope Award was created in honor of Selena Quintanilla, and throughout the past 20 years has been given to an artist in recognition of their extraordinary philanthropic and humanitarian contributions beyond their musical work.

Previous recipients include Maná, Los Tigres del Norte, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Vives and Luis Fonsi, among others.

Maluma, a 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist, will also perform during the awards ceremony taking place live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will kick-off at 7:00 pm 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.

Sammy Colon Named the Winner of Telemundo’s “La Voz”

Sammy Colon is voicing his excitement…  

The 32-year-old Puerto Rican singer has been crowned the winner of the second season of Telemundo’s La Voz.

Sammy Colon

Colon, a member of Carlos Vives’ team, not only won the highly coveted trophy. He also takes home a $200,000 cash prize and a recording contract with Universal Music Group.

After Telemundo paused production on the show due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the grand finale, which aired Sunday night, comes less than a month after the network resumed the show with coaches Alejandra Guzmán, Vives, Luis Fonsi and Wisin, and the remaining 28 contestants to kick-off “Los Enfrentamientos” or Cross Battles.

Ultimately nabbing the most audience votes, Colon takes the title, followed by finalists Jose Class (Team Fonsi), Sugeily Cardona (Team Guzman), and Andrea Serrano (Team Wisin).

“Thank you to everyone who voted at home,” Vives said during the show. “Sammy is very deserving of this title. Thank you for believing in this boricua.”

Colon dedicated his win to all the 80-plus contestants who formed part of the competition.

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Colon is the second winner of La Voz U.S., following the winning voice Jeidimar Rijos of Team Fonsi on the inaugural season in 2019. Colon also became the second Puerto Rican to win the competition.

Claudia Brant Returning to Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Claudia Brant’s music will have a broader audience…

The 51-year-old Argentine singer-songwriter has signed a global publishing administration agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Claudia Brant

Brant, whose credits include Luis Fonsi’s “No me doy por vencido” and Ricky Martin’s “Lo mejor de mi vida eres tu,” is one of a few prominent female songwriters in Latin music.

She returns to Sony/ATV after a stint at Universal Music Publishing Group.

“With over two thousand songs recorded, multiple awards, and 30 years of my life dedicated to songwriting, it’s clear to me now that Sony/ATV is where I belong,” said Brant in a statement.  “It is my honor to be a part of this publishing powerhouse where songwriters are not only heard and understood but respected and taken care of. I am looking forward to getting back to work with my friend Jorge Mejia, whose hard work and dedication has greatly impacted my career. Moreover, I am thrilled to find new opportunities for my music under the guidance of the amazing Jon Platt and his team, both in the United States as well as internationally. I’m so glad to finally be back home.”

Brant has songwriting credits with many of Latin music’s biggest stars and beyond, including Camila CabelloFifth HarmonyReikIl Volo and CNCO

She was also inducted into the Latin Songwriter’s Hall of Famein 2016 and is a National Trustee board member for The Recording Academy. She won a Grammy award for Best Latin Pop Album in 2019.

Her deal with Sony/ATV encompasses her prior catalog with the publisher.

Most recently, she created “Canción de Autor Oficial,” a non-profit whose aim is to promote songwriters’ craft and rights. The organization teamed up with MusiCares for a live event concert series to raise money for the COVID-19 relief fund.

Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV president and CEO for Latin America and US Latin said in a statement: “I have known and worked with Claudia for years, and I couldn’t admire her more for the uncommon dedication, commitment, and respect she brings to her craft. She is the consummate songwriter (not to mention mother, artist, songwriter advocate, the list goes on). Sony/ATV is lucky to be able to welcome her back home.”

Luis Fonsi Appears on New Version of “Baby Shark”

Luis Fonsi is hittin’ the high seas… and high notes…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican Latin Grammy winner has lent his voice to a new version of “Baby Shark,” presented by Universal Music Latin Entertainment and children’s content producer Pinkfong.

Luis Fonsi

Officially released this week, the new version of “Baby Shark” is accompanied by a colorful animated video that shows Fonsi diving into the ocean and hanging out with his friendly shark buddies. 

Fonsi’s children Mikaela and Rocco also make their singing debut on the track.

Luis Fonsi x Baby Shark

“This was a very special collaboration for my kids and I and we hope this new version of ‘Baby Shark’ brings joy and entertains kids and families around the world as much as we enjoyed making it,” said Fonsi in an official statement.

“Baby Shark,” released in 2016, became a viral hit in 2018 and was covered by many K-Pop stars in addition to James Corden and John Legend.

The song debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 list dated January 12, 2019.

Produced by Joel IglesiasMini Star, and Pinkfong, the Fonsi-assisted “Baby Shark” is a glimpse of the upcoming Mini Stars Vol. 1 EP by Universal Music Latin Entertainment, where artists like Sebastián YatraNacho, Greeicy,Guaynaa and Joey Montana, to name a few, reimagine children’s classics in Spanish and English.

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.

Erika Ender Signs Global Multimedia Deal with BMG

Erika Enderhas a new global deal…

The 45-year-old Panamanian & Brazilian singer-songwriter has signed a global multimedia partnership deal with music company BMG.

Erika Ender

The wide-ranging deal includes a new recording agreement for her upcoming studio album, a book deal to publish her autobiography, a first-look documentary film agreement and development deal with her multi-platform company, Endertainment

“Over the years, my career has diversified into multiple branches of entertainment and different markets within the music industry and with my new BMG family, I feel I found a home that not only sees the world of music and music entertainment from a global perspective, but also, like me, believes that the world is unlimited and that makes me feel free to create and be the best I can in all the things I love to do…BMG lets me be me…,” said the “Despacito” co-writer about the deal.

Having written hit singles for Gloria Trevi(“Cinco Minutos“), Chayanne(“Candela“) and Ednita Nazario(“La Pasión Tiene Memoria“), Ender’s music career spans over 27 years.

Along with Luis Fonsiand Daddy Yankee, Ender co-wrote chart-topping “Despacito” which spent 16 weeks atop the BillboardHot 100. The song’s Grammy nomination for Song of the Year earned Ender the honor of being the first Latina to earn a nod in that category.

In 2017, Ender became the youngest inductee into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“We are honored that Erika has chosen BMG as both her new label and publishing home,” added Thomas Scherer, BMG executive vp, repertoire & marketing, Los Angeles. “Together we have a highly ambitious team that all share in the same global vision for the future. As one of entertainment’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, she has embraced all we have to offer beyond publishing and records, to television, for her show TalenPro, and also books as an author. She is truly an inspiration and we are proud to welcome Erika to the BMG family and look forward to working alongside her.”