Bad Bunny Wins ASCAP Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

It’s a special first for Bad Bunny

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has revealed the winners of the most performed songs of the past year in Latin music, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican singer and rapper taking the top honor for the first time in his career.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny, who’d previously won the ASCAP Song of the Year award for his Cardi BJ Balvin collaboration “I Like It.,” was named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards. He won the prestigious award on the strength of seven of his recognized singles, including “Callaita,” “La Cancion,” “Que Pretendes,” and “Solo de Mi.”

Romeo Santos picked up the Songwriter/Artist of the Year award. The 38-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer earned the honor for penning the recognized singles “Aullando,” “Canalla,” and “Inmortal.”

The Song of the Year award went to Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma,” featuring Snow.

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper/singer’s uptempo reggaeton and dancehall song, a reimagination of Snow’s chart-topping single “Informer,” was YouTube’s most viewed music video of 2019.


Other recognized artists include Gerado Ortiz (“Aerolinea Carrillo”), Becky G (“Bubalu”), FarrukoPedro Capo (“Calma (Remix)”), Marc Anthony (“Parecen Viernes”),Jhay Cortez (“Reggaeton,” “Hola” ) and Carlos Vives(“Si Me Das Tu Amor”).

Universal Music Publishing Group was bestowed the Publisher of the Year award and the Independent Publisher of the Year award went to Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.  

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s winners were announced via ASCAP’s social media platforms: @ASCAPLatino and @ASCAP. The innovative virtual format allowed fans, friends and peers to join in the online celebration.

The virtual event, hosted by Greeicy Rendón and Mike Bahía, also included special performances and appearances by: Marc Anthony, Descemer Bueno, Pedro Capó,Desmond Child, Jhay Cortez, Darrell, Natalia Lafourcade, Lunay, Silverio Lozada andSebastián Yatra, among other music creators. 

The complete list of winners is available on the ASCAP website.

Greeicy Releases New Single “Los Consejos”

Greeicy is seeking new counsel…

Quarantined in Colombia due to coronavirus pandemic, the 27-year-old Colombiansinger/actress is using the time to create new music and accompanying heartfelt videos. 

Greeicy

Following “Los Besos,” released in the midst of lockdown, Greeicy has released the single “Los Consejos.” 

The romantic ballad-turned-pop with hints of vallenato and reggaeton is about life lessons and the importance of following advice from your loved ones. 

“Mama told me to be careful because you can lose what you neglect, and she was right,” Greeicy chants. “It hurts to love you and you’re so far/ I had faith that we would grow old together.” 

In its melancholic lyrics, Greeicy tells the story of a person who regrets ending a relationship. 

“Today, more than ever, the advice hurts.” 

In a music video directed by Dario Burbano, Greeicy dons a cream top with ruffled sleeves and a fuchsia-colored skirt as she performs the song outdoors.

Leila Cobo to Release New Book Offering Inside Look into the Latin Music Industry

Leila Cobo is doing some decoding…

The Colombian journalist/writer, a vice president at Billboard, will release a new book next year with Penguin Random House titled Decoding Latino: The Real Story of Latin Music.

Leila Cobo

The book will offer an insider’s view into the Latin music industry, tracking the stories behind 15 of the biggest hits of the past 50 years featuring some of the biggest names in music, including Emilioand Gloria EstefanEnrique IglesiasJ Balvinand Luis Fonsi, among others. 

“Bringing to life these stories and these songs is an honor and a pleasure,” said Cobo, who is also a classically trained pianist. “We’ve had so much fun reliving the making of these landmark songs.”

Decoding Latino will also explore areas such as the birth of Salsa, which was bred on the streets of Spanish Harlem, as well as Puerto Rican reggaetonand the bilingual chart-toppers making history. 

It will be published in English and Spanish, and will also be available as an audio book. 

Cobo, who has previously written four books in addition to co-writing the 2017 memoir Una Vida with recording artist Ednita Nazario, is Billboard‘s chief Latin music expert, writer and editor who has secured some of the magazine’s most iconic cover stories highlighting names like pop star Jennifer Lopez, urban king Ozuna and the recent cover story featuring Spain’s flamenco-inspired hip-hip artist Rosalía, who this month was celebrated at Billboard’s 14th annual Women in Music event for her contributions to female empowerment.

Previously, Cobo published two novels with Grand Central Publishing/Hatchette Book Group, which were translated to German, Italian and have won multiple awards. The Second Time We Met, Cobo’s 2012 novel, won the Latino Book Award for best popular fiction and was chosen as one of the top summer reads by MSN and Latina

Cobo’s biography on the late Jenni Rivera (Penguin Random House) stayed on the U.S. top 10 list of most-sold books in Spanish for more than 25 consecutive weeks. The book on the Diva of Banda music was named a top-read by several publications, including People en Español.

Daddy Yankee Earns Eighth No. 1 of the Year on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Que Tire Pa Lante”

Make that eight in a row for Daddy Yankee

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer nabs his eighth straight No. 1 of the year, and 18th overall, on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated December 21 as “Que Tire Pa Lante” hits No. 1 in its eighth week on the list.

Daddy Yankee

The dancehall uptempo reggaetón track, released October 18, adds to the list of now 18 leaders on the chart for Daddy Yankee, which dates back to 2005 when the 15-week ruler “Rompe” arrived at No. 1 in its fourth week.

Daddy Yankee now ties with J Balvinfor the second-most leaders on the Latin Airplay chart, which began in 1994, both with 18, trailing only Enrique Iglesiaswho continues at the helm with 30.

“Que Tire Pa Lante,” which features uncredited cameos by Anuel AADarellNatti NatashaWisin and Lennox, leads through a 28% boost in audience impressions (to 9.4 million) in the week ending December 15, according to Nielsen Music.

With “Que Tire Pa Lante” at the helm Daddy Yankee rises to 64 weeks in the penthouse for his Latin Airplay chart career, the third and only urban act with the most weeks at the summit, behind Latin pop acts Iglesias (160) and Shakira (68).

Here’s a look at Daddy Yankee’s entire No. 1 collection on Latin Airplay:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Daddy Yankee), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1

“Rompe,” 15, Dec. 10, 2005
“Lovumba (Prestige),” one, Feb. 25, 2012
“La Nueva y La Ex,” one, Feb. 08, 2014
“Nota de Amor,” Wisin + Carlos Vives, featuring Daddy Yankee, one, April 25, 2015
“Sígueme y Te Sigo,” one, May 23, 2015
“Vaiven,” one, Jan. 23, 2016
“Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi, featuring Justin Bieber, 19, March 11, 2017
“Todo Comienza En La Disco,” Wisin featuring Yandel & Daddy Yankee, one, March 10, 2018
“Dura,” five, March 17, 2018
“Zum Zum,” with RKM & Ken-Y & Arcangel, one, Nov. 17, 2018
“Con Calma,” featuring Snow, eight, March 16, 2019
“Baila Baila Baila,” with Ozuna, J Balvin, Farruko & Anuel AA, one, May 11, 2019
“Soltera,” with Lunay & Bad Bunny, two, July 13, 2019
“No Lo Trates,” with Pitbull & Natti Natasha, one, Sept. 14, 2019
“Runaway,” with Sebastian Yatra, Jonas Brothers & Natti Natasha, one, Oct. 5, 2019
“China,” with Anuel AA, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin, two, Sept. 21, 2019
“Si Supieras,” with Wisin & Yandel, one, Oct. 22, 2019
“Qu Tire Pa Lante,” one (to date), Dec. 21, 2019

Daddy Yankee, meanwhile, nets his 26th Latin Rhythm AirplayNo. 1 as “Qu Tire Pa Lante” moves 3-1. He extends his record for the most crowns (26), since the chart’s inception in 2005.

Daddy Yankee Opening His Own Museum in Puerto Rico

Daddy Yankeeis inviting you to celebrate his storied career…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper’s Barrio Fino album just turned 15, and to celebrate, Daddy Yankee is launching his own museum called “El Jefe” Daddy Yankee Museum, at Plaza Las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

daddy-yankee-El-Jefe-Museo

“During the creating process of ‘El Jefe’ Daddy Yankee Museum, I discovered that there are not many memories of reggaeton since its inception,” Daddy Yankee tells Billboard.

Yankee’s first-ever museum is an 8,000-square-foot exhibit that re-creates the history of his life in chronological order starting in his neighborhood, then his biggest achievements, including his iconic outfits, exclusive interviews for the museum, awards and the history of the urban genre.

Opening Friday, admission to the exhibition is free for all fans who reserve a ticket online. It will remain open until January 2020.

“I am not good at giving advice, but I am good at giving my testimony,” concluded the reggaeton legend.

Rosalia Releases New Single “A Pale,” An Ode to Her Childhood in Barcelona

Rosalía is celebrating her roots in a special way…

In celebration of the first anniversary of her album El Mal Querer, the 26-year-old Spanish singer  has released a new song called “A Pale.”

Rosalia

Co-produced by Rosalía, El Guinchoand Frank Dukes, the songs “takes its name from the nearly ubiquitous wooden shipping pallets Rosalía was surrounded by for years growing up in an area outside Barcelona dominated by [the] trucking industry,” a release explains, “but the spirit of the song centers around ‘doing it big’ — our ability to be strong and carry a lot of weight.”

Fittingly, the clip was filmed in a warehouse, and directed by Jora Frantzis.  

On “A Pale,” Rosalia fuses her flamenco with contemporary global rhythms, stepping aside from the reggaeton beat from some of her other recent releases, like “Con Altura” with J Balvinand El Guincho and “Yo X Ti, Tu X Mi” with Ozuna

Karol G Releases Pinktastic New Video for Nicki Minaj Collaboration, “Tusa”

Karol Gis Queen-ing out…

The 28-year-old Colombian singer, one of the most in-demand collaborators in the Latin pop world,has joined voices with Nicki Minaj on “Tusa,” and the catchy single’s video.

Karol G, Tusa, Nicki Minaj

The song’s title hails from a Colombian slang term for the heartache one experiences after a breakup. But, Karol G and Minaj don’t sweat it — in both English and Spanish, instead they party away the pain. 

“Se cansó de ser buena/Ahora es ella quien los usa,” sings Karol G. 

Colombian producer Ovy on the Drums accents the swaggering reggaeton track with a crisp sample of a classical string quartet. The song’s pomp is matched by the luxe, Rococo feel of the video, directed by Mike Ho; together the divas revel in diamonds, feathers and miles of pink satin. 

“Pero hice todo este llanto por nada/Ahora soy una chica mala,” sings Minaj in Spanish.

The track came together after Karol G and Minaj  began messaging privately on Instagram, then swapped a few demos. It was Karol G’s idea for “Tusa” that finally won Minaj’s approval. 

“[The collaboration] came into my life unexpectedly and I wanted to keep it like that for my fans,” said Karol G in a press statement. “The collaboration and the song means more to me than I can put into words. I hope everyone enjoys ‘Tusa’ as much as Nicki and I did creating it!”

Karol G has previously collaborated with PitbullJessie Reyez, Damian Marley and Nicky Jam, among others.

Farruko Releases Music Video for His Bad Bunny-Collaboration “La Cartera”

Farruko is flyin’ high

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican urban singer-songwriter has released the official music video for “La Cartera,” his collaboration with Bad Bunny.

Farruko & Bad Bunny

The clip features Farruko and the 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singerhaving a blast as postmen driving around, delivering weed to a neighborhood. They eventually get so high their vehicle reaches the clouds. But they eventually make it back to earth, just in time for a Jamaican-style party.

“La Cartera” is the latest single from Farruko’s album Gangalee, released early this year. The set includes 22 songs and marked a return to Farruko’s musical roots of reggaeton and reggae, featuring calle lyrics mixed with his romantic style.  

J Balvin & Bad Bunny’s “Que Pretendes” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

It’s J Balvin’s quinceañera on the charts…

The 34-year-oldColombian reggaeton singerhas nabbed his 15th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with his collaboration with Bad Bunny, “Que Pretendes.”

J Balvin & Bad Bunny

J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s singerlifts 2-1 on the chart dated August 10. 

It’s the first single off their collaborative eight-track album, Oasis (released June 28), advances with 13.8 million audience impressions (up 35%) earned in the week ending August 4, according to Nielsen Music.

J Balvin breaks away from a four-way tie with Carlos VivesShakira, and Wisin who have each claimed 14 No. 1s thus far. J Balvin now places as the act with the third-most leaders in the chart’s history which began in 1994. Bad Bunny, meanwhile, claims his sixth.

Beyond the “Que Pretendes” coronation, each act has nabbed two other No. 1s in 2019. J Balvin claimed his first No. 1 of the year when “Reggaeton” hit the top in its 13th week (chart dated April 6). His collaboration on Ozuna’s remix, “Baila Baila Baila,” alongside Daddy YankeeFarruko and Anuel AA, secured a spot atop the list just a little over a month after.

Bad Bunny’s “Soltera,” with Lunayand Daddy Yankee arrived at No. 1 on the July 13-dated tally (a two-week reign), while “Callaita,” with compatriot producer Tainy, landed at the summit last week (Aug. 3-dated list).

Daddy Yankee Leads Team World to Victory at MLB’s Annual Celebrity Softball Game

Daddy Yankee is always ready to play ball…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rap superstar joined several celebrities over the weekend at Cleveland’s Progressive Fieldfor Major League Baseball’s annual celebrity softball game.

Daddy Yankee

This year’s roster was divided into two celebrity teams:Team Cleveland, which included Drew CareyMachine Gun KellyQuavo, and Hall of FameJim Thome; and Team World, including Daddy YankeeAnuel AAJamie Foxx, and Dascha Polanco

Team World

Yankee, who aspired to become a professional baseball player before becoming one of the pioneers of reggaeton,played third base and was pitcher during Sunday’s game, his publicist Mayna Nevareztold Billboard.

 In true Daddy Yankee fashion, his global hit “Con Calma” blasted throughout the field when it was his turn to bat. 

A true baseball aficionado, Daddy Yankee owns a softball team in Puerto Rico called “El Cartel Softball,” which focuses on doing charitable games. 

On Instagram, Latin trap sensation Anuel AA shared a photo of him and Daddy Yankee in the locker room. “Smile at life because it’s only one!!!!” he expressed before Team World ultimately won the game with a final score of 21-16.