Natti Natasha to Take Part in Selena Tribute at This Year’s Premios Juventud

Natti Natasha will be honoring a Latina legend…

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.

Natti Natasha

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.

Premios Juventud 2020, hosted by Ana Patricia Gámez, Francisca Lachapel, Borja Voces, Sebastian Yatra, and Julissa Calderon, will air at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 13, via Univision, preceded by “PJ Takeover,” a one-hour pre-show hosted by Jomari Goyso and Clarissa Molina and Amara La Negra, beginning at 7:00 pm ET.

Ally Brooke to Perform on This Year’s Premios Juventud Awards Show

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

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 BalvinNatanael CanoPedro Capo,CNCOKarol GKany GarciaGreeicyMau & RickyOzunaRafa PabonPitbullAlex RoseSebastian YatraCaly y El DandeeDanna PaolaThe 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 AARauw Alejandro,Neto BernalCamiloNatti NatashaGloria 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 CapoRauw AlejandroCamiloand 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. 

Premios Juventud, which celebrate the hottest artists in Latin music, fashion, television and social media, will be broadcast live from Miami, with Becky G and Ricky Martin being honored as Agents of Change during the telecast

Premios Juventud 2020 will air at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 13 via Univision.

Bad Bunny Leads Latin Music’s Double-Digit Audio Consumption Growth in 2020 So Far

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.

Bad Bunny

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.

In terms of top artists for the first six months of the year, Bad Bunny was king. His YHLQMDLG became the highest-charting all-Spanish-language album in the history of the Billboard 200 when it reached No. 2 on the March 14 tally.

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.

Natanael Cano Makes Debut on Billboard Latin Rhythm Albums Chart with “Trap Tumbado”

Natanael Cano is feeling theRhythm

The 19-year-oldMexican singer makes his debut on Billboard‘s Latin Rhythm Albums chart as his first-ever trap album Trap Tumbado arrives at No. 11 on the July 11 survey.

Natanael Cano

The eight-track all-trap set opens with a little more than 3,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 2, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, with the bulk of the opening sum stemming from streaming activity.

The Latin Rhythm Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin rhythm albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Trap Tumbado registered 3,000 SEA units, which equates to 4.3 million on-demand streams for the album’s songs in its opening week.

The album, mostly sung in Spanish, was released June 26 via Rancho Humilde. It features collaborations with artists Tyan GLil Tecca and JhonnyX, among others.

Cano earned commercial success with “Soy El Diablo,” with Bad Bunny. The song debuted and peaked at No. 16 on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated November 9, 2019.

Ivonne Galaz Releases Tribute Song to Murdered U.S. Army Soldier Vanessa Guillén

Ivonne Galaz is raising her voice to honor murdered U.S. army soldier Vanessa Guillén.

The Mexican singer, one of the young female singers leading the emerging corridos tumbados movement, revisits Guillén’s tragic fate in a tribute song she’s uploaded to her Instagram account. 

Ivonne Galaz


JusticeForVanessaGuillen with much respect to Vanessa’s family,” wrote Galaz, who titled the track “Vanessa Guillén.”

After Guillén’s disappearance made national headlines, the lawyer for her family confirmed on Sunday that the U.S. Armypositively identified the soldier’s remains near the Leon River in Texas last week. 

Guillén, 20, a soldier in Fort Hood, was declared missing by her family since April, but the search for her only intensified last month when the family went public with appeals to find her.

Galaz, the first female signee on corridos tumbados label Rancho Humilde, uploaded the song to Instagram on Sunday night. Corridos tumbados (sometimes referred to as trap corridos) are a new take on the traditional Mexican song from the perspective of the youth in the streets of the U.S.

Backed by an acoustic guitar, Galáz sympathizes with Guillén’s family in her heartbreaking corrido. “Her suffering family asking, ‘Where is the girl?'” she sings in Spanish. Galáz sadly notes Guillén’s “light has been put out” while highlighting her heritage in the haunting final line: “The Mexican people, we will be there so that her case is not forgotten.”

Many Latino artists, including Becky GChiquisSalma Hayek and Intocable, have posted about Guillen in social media, demanding answers from authorities at her base.

The main suspect in Guillén’s murder, Spc. Aaron David Robinson, who was stationed with the her at Fort Hood, killed himself last Wednesday as investigators were closing in. Robinson’s reported girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, says Robinson murdered Guillén and that she tried to help him dispose of her body. Aguilar was charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

Galáz hails from Senora, Mexico, the same state as her labelmate Natanael Cano. She made her debut last year as a featured artist on Cano’s “Golpes de La Vida” from his Mi Nuevo Yo EP. On Rancho Humilde’s recent Corridos Tumbados Vol. 2 album, Galáz recorded with Cano again and also teamed up with Natalie Lopéz on the girl-powered “La Rueda.” A solo project from Galaz is due out soon.

Natanael Cano Named to YouTube Music’s Foundry Class of 2020

Natanael Cano is the head of the class…

YouTube Music has announced its first foundry class of 2020, highlighting 12 emerging artists who are creating a buzz in the music scene, including the 19-year-old Mexican corridos singer.

Natanael Cano

Foundry is YouTube’s global artist development program that “helps independent artists use music and storytelling to engage fans across borders and build careers with a vision they uniquely define on their own.”

In addition to Cano, a trailblazer in the Mexican corridos genre and beyond, this year’s inaugural class includes Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Adam Melchor, Puerto Rican trap star Eladio Carrion, Brooklyn-based multifaceted artist Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Birmingham grime artist and actor Jaykae, Glasgow R&B singer Joesef, Japanese indie-rock band Novelbright, Sydney pop-rock brothers Lime Cordiale, Mumbai DJ/producer duo Lost Stories, Korean-American multitalented REI AMI, Nigerian singer and producer Tems and avant-garde French pop-rap artist TESSÆ.

Since its inception in 2015, the YouTube program has helped over 120 rising acts in more than 13 countries, providing them with marketing, promotion, and development support and tools to help set them up for long-term success.

“YouTube is a platform that thrives on discovery and at its core, that is what Foundry is all about. We are so proud to bring this diverse group of artists together to help share their music and creative visions with new fans from around the world,” said Vivien Lewit, YouTube’s Global Head of Artist Relations in a statement.

Naomi Zeichner, YouTube Artist Partnerships Lead added: “This year, we’re all navigating a new industry, and the artists in this Foundry class are finding new ways to create content and stay connected. These artist’s journeys are a snapshot of today’s music landscape, and worth watching for anyone interested in the future of music and culture. We’re grateful to support them as they grow and build lasting relationships with their fans.”

The inaugural class of 2020 joins previous Foundry alumni like Dua LipaRosaliaCuco,Omar Apollo and Arlo Parks, to name a few.

Natanael Cano to Perform During This Week’s Billboard Live At-Home Series

Natanael Cano is bringing you into his home…

The 19-year-old Mexican trap corridos singer will be performing this week as part of Billboard‘s Live At-Home series.

Natanael Cano

Cano, who released his new single “Arriba” this week, will perform alongside Junior Hon Tuesday, May 12 at 1:00 pm ET.

But Cano isn’t the only Latin artist performing live this week…

Camilowill welcome you into his home as well.

The 26-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter will perform on Thursday, May 14 at 1:00 pm ET.

The at-home sets can be seen via Billboard‘s Facebookpage.

The Billboard Liveseries launched on March 19 with the help of JoJoJosh Groban and Russell Dickerson, who selected non-profits to support during their livestream to benefit those most affected by COVID-19. 

Billboard Live At-Home series thus far has helped charities like Meals on Wheels AmericaDowntown Women’s CenterMy Friend’s Place and more.

Here’s this week’s full schedule:

Monday (May 11)
1 p.m. ET — Loud Luxury

Tuesday (May 12)
1 p.m. ET — Natanael Cano & Junior H

Wednesday (May 13)
1 p.m. ET — Hanson

Thursday (May 14)
1 p.m. ET — Camilo

Friday (May 15)
1 p.m. ET — Noah Cyrus

Anuel AA to Speak at This Year’s LatinFest+ 

Anuel AAis ready to talk the talk…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singeris set to speak at this year’s LatinFest+ by Billboard and Telemundo, taking place from April 20 to 23 in Las Vegas. 

Anuel AA

He’ll participate in a panel titled “Viva Live with Anuel,” where he’ll talk about the making of his upcoming new album to be released under Sony Music Latin.

Anuel earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albumschart with his 2018 debut album Real Hasta la Muerte(on the list dated July 28). 

After the global success of hits like “Ella Quiere Beber,” “Secreto,” and “China,” his new single “KEII” opens at No. 3 on the Hot Latin Songschart (dated February 22), earning him his first top 10 debut of the year on the tally and his 14th top 10 overall. 

The new single, which is Japanese for “respect,” adds his 14th top 10 on the list, following “Me Gusta,” his collaboration with Shakira(No. 6 peak).

Other stars confirmed so far to participate at Latinfest+ include OzunaJ BalvinRosaliaCarlos Vives, and Los Tigres del NorteSechLunayManuel TurizoNatanael CanoCazzuMariahMyke Towers, and Jhay Cortezwill also participate as part of the “On The Rise: The New Generation of Urban Men and Women” panel.

Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the three-day event and panel series, which has been revamped and expanded in a partnership with Telemundo, will unite Latin music’s top artists and industry leaders. 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.

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

Natanael Cano Releases Official “Amor Tumbado” Music Video

Natanael Cano is fallin’ hard out of love…

The 18-year-old Mexican urban-inspired corridos singer has released the official music video for his latest single “Amor Tumbado.”

Natanael Cano

The release comes after Cano, who hails from Sonora, Mexico, earned his first top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart. 

“Amor Tumbado,” a heartbreak song about young love, is currently sitting at its No. 10 peak on the chart dated February 8.

It was one of the last songs he wrote for his album Mi Nuevo Yo, Cano told Billboard. “I wrote that song for a girl, and that song has become a hit because it’s real. Everyone goes through a breakup. It happened to me. It’s my favorite song because it’s my song.”

Natanael Cano Debuts on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart

Natanael Cano is officially on the (emerging) list…

The Mexican singer-songwriter debuts at No. 34 on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart (dated Jan. 18), due to four breakout singles on the Hot Latin Songs survey.

Natanael Cano

In its 11th charting week, Cano’s “Soy El Diablo,” with Bad Bunny, ranks at No. 26 on Hot Latin Songs (after peaking at No. 16 in November); “Disfruto Lo Malo” follows at No. 29 (after reaching No. 25 in December); “Ella,” featuring Junior H, places at No. 44 (a new peak); and “Amor Tumbado” debuts at No. 45.

Meanwhile, Cano’s debut LP Corridos Tumbados ranks at No. 5 on Top Latin Albumswith 4,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, after reaching No. 4 in November.

The Emerging Artists chart ranks the most popular developing artists of the week, using the same formula as the all-encompassing Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity across multiple Billboard charts, including the Hot 100Billboard 200 and the Social 50. (The Artist 100 lists the most popular acts, overall, each week.) However, the Emerging Artists chart excludes acts that have notched a top 25 entry on either the Hot 100 or Billboard 200, as well as artists that have achieved two or more top 10s on Billboard‘s “Hot” song genre charts and/or consumption-based “Top” album genre rankings.