Thalia Among the Artists Featured on Billboard’s Latin Divas Spotify List

Thalia will have you dancing this Hispanic Heritage Month…

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15-October 15, Billboard has created a special Spotify playlist honoring the Latinas in music, including the 48-year-old Mexican singer.

Thalia

Billboard’s Latin Divasplaylist gathers the best songs from the best Latinas in music, including Thalia, Paulina RubioAnittaShakiraJennifer Lopez, Karol GNatti NatashaCamila CabelloBecky Gand more talented Latin female artists who are proud of their Hispanic heritage.

Check out the playlist below, and let us know who’s your favorite diva on the list:

Rubio Releases New Single “Me quema”

Paulina Rubio’s ready to burn up the charts…

The 45-year-old Mexican singer has debuted her brand new single “Me quema,” while sharing a fun video to go along with it.

Paulina Rubio

Cruising around the streets of Mexico City wearing a Little Black Dress with champagne in hand, Rubio becomes the ultimate playgirl, and proves she’s mastered the art of seduction.

“Me quema” is the third single from Rubio’s forthcoming album, due next year.

The upbeat track was written by Colombian band Morat, who were featured on Rubio’s “Mi nuevo vicio,” which peaked at No. 12 on Billboard‘s Latin Pop Airplay chart (dated May 2, 2015).

Currently, Rubio is a judge on Mexico’s singing competition La Apuesta alongside Pepe Aguilar and David Bisbal.

Rubio Reunites with Demi Lovato at the Singer’s Mexico City Concert

Paulina Rubio reunites with her “little sister”…

The 45-year-old Mexican singer reunited with Demi Lovato in Mexico City over the weekend at Lovato’s concert, where Rubio joined her former co-The X Factor USA judge onstage to sing Cyndi Lauper‘s ’80s anthem “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”

Paulina Rubio & Demi Lovato

“Thank you for inviting me. I love you little sister, see you soon,” wrote Rubio on social media.

Rubio and Lovato rocked the Palacio de los Deportes stage, singing their hearts out, dancing and hugging each other.

Lovato is currently in Mexico with her Confident World Tour, where she will perform this week in cities including Guadalajara and Monterrey.

Paz Signs Deal with Universal Music Publishing Group

Espinoza Paz is going Universal

The 34-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter has joined the Universal Music Publishing Group roster after signing an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal with the company.

Espinoza Paz

The announcement was made by Alexandra Lioutikoff, UMPG EVP Latin Music, and Yadira Moreno, Managing Director of UMPG Mexico and Central America.

“Espinoza is the consummate hitmaker with a rare ability to write songs that truly connect with music fans. We are proud to be part of the career of one of the most important songwriters in Mexico and the U.S. Latin market,” said Moreno in a statement.

Lioutikoff adds: “We are honored this is the first time Espinoza Paz has signed a publishing deal with a major music publisher and chosen Universal Music Publishing Group. Espinoza is such an important songwriter who’s had a constant presence on the charts for years with songs that have such wide reach and continue to touch people’s hearts.”

The “Perdí la pose” singer, known for his achingly beautiful and poetic lyrics, has written for Latin superstars including Paulina Rubio, Julión Álvarez, Banda MS, Calibre 50 and Thalía.

The latest chart-topping hits penned by Paz include Banda Carnaval‘s “Desde cuándo no me quieres,” which peaked at No. 6 on Regional Mexican Airplay chart (dated October 1) and the Latin Grammy-nominated song “Te dirán” by La Adictiva Banda San José de Mesillas, which peaked at No. 2 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart (October 15).

Paz recently made a comeback on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart with his latest album, No Pongan Esas Canciones, debuting at No. 1 on the chart two weeks ago (chart dated Oct. 8). It became his fifth chart-topping album.

Rubio Gives Birth to Second Child…

It’s back to diaper duty for Paulina Rubio

The 44-year-old Mexican singer Gerardo Bazúa has given birth to her second child, a baby boy born on March 5 in Miami.

Paulina Rubio

It’s Rubio’s child with Mexican singer Gerardo Bazúa, a former contestant from her team on La Voz… México.

This is Rubio’s second child. Her first, Andrea Nicolás, 5, is from her marriage to Nicolás Vallejo. The couple divorced in 2013.

Rubio met Bazúa in 2013 when she was a coach on La Voz… Mexico. Bazúa has two children from a previous marriage.

Rubio hid her pregnancy well for several months. But in December, when she performed at Miami’s Grand Slam Party Latino, she was showing a baby bump.

No word yet on the baby’s name.

Rubio Releases New Single “Si Te Vas” in Pop & Reggaeton Versions

Paulina Rubio isn’t going anywhere…

The 44-year-old Mexican singer has released her brand new single, “Si Te Vas.” As part of the global launch Rubio debuted the track in two versions – pop and a reggaeton version backed up by Puerto Rican duo Alexis & Fido.

Paulina Rubio

In the videos for both versions, which premiered on Rubio’s Vevo channel, La Chica Dorada plays an artist who dedicates the song to the portrait of a man she painted.

Rubio, who is pregnant, presented her new single for the first time at the Latin American Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles last October.

Several weeks ago Rubio kicked off a campaign on social networks to promote the launch of “Si Te Vas,” in which she shared clips of the track and video along with other images.

Rubio’s new track follows the single she recorded with the Colombian band Morat and launched in February 2015, “Mi Nuevo Vicio,” which went double platinum in Spain and got 30 million plays on Spotify in Mexico.

Last December, Rubio confirmed her second pregnancy to ¡Hola! magazine.

The singer, 44, had her son Andrea Nicolas with Spaniard Nicolas Vallejo, from whom she split in 2012, and currently shares her life with Gerardo Bazua, her boyfriend since 2013, when he, also a singer, was a contestant on La Voz Mexico and she was his mentor.

Lucero to Host This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Lucero’s this year’s Latin AMAs hostess with the mostess

The 46-year-old Mexican singer/actress and television host will serve as the host of the first-ever Latin American Music Awards.

Lucero

Known as Latin America’s sweetheart, Lucero has a long history of serving as the mistress of ceremonies for numerous awards shows.

La Novia De America” has hosted the Latin Grammy Awards eight times and the Mexican Telethon since 1997, as well as telethon editions in Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador and U.S. She also coached contestants on the first season of La Voz México.

The Latin AMAs, taking place on October 8 from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, will begin with a one-hour red carpet pre-show special at 8:00 pm. ET, followed by the awards show at 9:00 pm. ET, to be broadcast live simultaneously on Telemundo and NBC Universo.

The night will culminate at 11:35 pm. ET, with the exclusive behind-the-scenes special Latin American Music Awards: Acceso VIP.

The night will be filled with talent. Confirmed performers for the event include Paulina RubioDaddy YankeeJesse & JoyReikFarrukoFonsecaShaggyLil JonYandel, Natalie La RoseJencarlos CanelaLuis CoronelCD9Gloria TreviGerardo OrtizIl Volo and DJ Alex Sensation.

The show will also include a special musical tribute to the late queen of salsa, Celia Cruz, produced by salsa veteran Sergio George and featuring Colombian sensation Maluma, princess of salsa India, Mexican icon Yuri and singer/actress Aymée Nuviola — who portrays Cruz in the new Telemundo series Celia.

Cruz to Receive Musical Tribute at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Celia Cruz may be gone, but she’ll be remembered in a big way at the inaugural Latin American Music Awards.

The late Cuban-American salsa singer/performer and seven-time Grammy winner, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 77, will receive a musical tribute produced by Sergio George at the Latin AMAs.

Celia Cruz

George, a tropical music legend, has rounded up a diverse group of performers to honor the late Queen of Salsa’s legacy during the October 8 telecast on Telemundo, airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Colombian sensation Maluma, princess of salsa India, Mexican icon Yuri and singer/actress Aymée Nuviola — who portrays Cruz in the new Telemundo series Celia — will sing a medley of her most beloved hits.

Presenting the tribute are Puerto Rican actors Jeimy Osorio and Modesto Lacén, who play Cruz and her husband/manager Pedro Knight during their younger years on Celia (Nuviola and renowned theater actor Willie Denton play the couple later in life).

Slated for an October 13 premiere, Celia chronicles Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso‘s evolution from a shy teen in pre-revolution Havana, Cuba, to a larger-than-life figure that brought the world to its feet with the power of her voice, inimitable style and exuberant presence. Along the way, Cruz battled racism, sexism and defied expectations of what a black female musician could achieve in the ’50s.

Other performers confirmed for the Latin AMAs include Paulina RubioDaddy YankeeJesse & JoyReikFarrukoFonsecaShaggyLil Jon, YandelNatalie La Rose, Jencarlos Canela, Luis CoronelCD9Gloria TreviGerardo Ortiz and Il Volo.

Jesse & Joy to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Jesse & Joy will be spreading their (ecos de) amor at this year’s Latin American Music Awards.

The Mexican pop duo, comprised of siblings Jesse Huerta and Tirzah Joy Huerta, have been added to the lineup of the first-ever Latin AMAs.

Jesse & Joy

No word on what song Jesse & Joy will perform, but all bets are on the duo’s new ballad, “Ecos de Amor.”

Jesse & Joy will join a lineup that includes Paulina Rubio, Daddy Yankee, Yuri, Reik, Farruko, Fonseca and Shaggy.

The Latin AMAs, the first-ever Spanish language award show modeled after the American Music Awards, will be broadcast on October 8 on Telemundo, live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The newly announced performers will join Lil Jon, Yandel, Natalie La Rose, Jencarlos Canela, Maluma, Luis Coronel, CD9, Gloria Trevi, Gerardo Ortiz and Il Volo.

With awards given in 20 categories, winners to the Latin AMAs will be voted by the fans in the traditional format of the American Music Awards.

Fans from the United States and Puerto Rico can vote online now at www.LatinAMAs.com/vota, through Wednesday, Septenber 30 at 12:00 pm EST.

Fans worldwide can vote via Twitter by posting a tweet that contains first and last name of the nominee, category and the hashtag #LatinAMAs.

Don Francisco to Receive an All-Star Send-Off as “Sabado Gigante” Ends Its Historic Run

It’s an all-star send-off for Don Francisco

The 74-year-old Chilean television host will have an A-List roster of talent on hand when his popular Univision program Sábado Gigante airs its final episode on September 19.

Don Francisco Sabado Gigante

The longest-running variety show in history, created and hosted by television icon Mario Kreutzberger (more commonly known as Don Francisco), will draw to a clsoe after an unparalleled 53-year cycle.

The network confirmed to Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter exclusively that the lineup for the finale includes global superstar Shakira, Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, Colombian rocker Juanes, Mexican pop diva Paulina Rubio, Italian pop singer Laura Pausini, Latin urban king Daddy Yankee, salsa icon Marc Anthony, regional Mexican acts Espinoza Paz and Intocable, pop balladeer Luis Fonsi, bachata idol Prince Royce and the original crossover queen, Gloria Estefan.

Their participation will be a mix of live performances and other surprises, the details of which will be revealed by Univision in the coming days.

Many of those artists have a unique attachment to Don Francisco, who gave them a platform long before they became household names.

Upon hearing the news in April that the show was ending, many prominent members of the music community shared heartfelt messages on social media dedicated to Kreutzberger, who will continue his relationship with Univision by hosting specials.

At the time, Yankee told Billboard, “Don Francisco was the first person who gave me a shot on national television. I’ll always be indebted to him. His contribution to — and influence in — the Latino community has no limit. He is an example and a true leader.”

Likewise, Royce told Billboard, “Don Francisco and Sábado Gigante have been hugely important in my career. It was the first show where I performed on television even before I was known. Mario opened the doors to Chile for me by inviting me to be a part of his beloved telethon and I’ve joined him for two years in that beautiful labor of love which he puts on from the heart for the kids and families of his country. He has a giant heart and that’s why he’s so big, our dear Don Francisco.”

Iglesias, who first visited the show in 1995 when he was still a relative newcomer, reacted to the news by saying, “Fifty-three years on TV is easy to say, but it’s an incredible record. Don Francisco will always be unique and irreplaceable. I am so grateful because I started my career on the show and I’m sure a lot of my colleagues will agree with me that he has been like a father figure to all of us. Thank you Don Mario.”

Promos for the special “Sábado Gigante: Hasta Siempre” started airing on Univision on September 12 leading up to the grand finale.