Jenni Rivera’s Family Releases New Single by the Late Singer “Aparentemente Bien” to Commemorate Her 50th Birthday

Jenni Rivera’s family is commemorating her 50th birthday in a special way…

The Riveras havedebuted a new emotional ballad recorded at the prime of the late singer’s career before she died in a plane crash in 2012. 

Jenni Rivera

Aparentemente Bien” is about a broken heart and shows an emotional side of the regional Mexican star who is heard having a heart-rending moment during the recording of the song.

“I was surprised she was crying,” says Jenni’s sister Rosie Rivera. “To allow herself to be so vulnerable. I think it’s an empowering song and she was living in the moment.”

The song was discovered by sibling Juan Riveraon a hard drive, among several others, about three years ago after his sister died. “It was like a puzzle,” says Rosie, referring to the discovery of the songs. “To hear Jenni’s voice with a new song is a spectacular feeling.”

The Rivera family decided to wait for the right moment before releasing the track, which will be followed by others in a span of about a year before a new album debuts, Rosie said. The new music is part of several projects that were recently announced, including a biopic, among other projects.

“We weren’t sure about releasing this music three years ago,” Rosie said. “We weren’t sure if the world was ready, if the kids were ready. We feel everyone is getting a better place and is ready for her 50th birthday (July 2), the golden year. We want to give her the best.”

The new song was written by “Despacito” co-writer Erica Enderand Alejandro Lerner. Ender met Rivera in 2009 at a Miami after party following the Billboard Latin Music Awardsand both talked about music and working together. Ender sent Rivera music for consideration.

“I didn’t hear anything from Jenni,” Ender tells Billboard. “When I recently heard the song I thought it was Jenni’s daughter singing. When her family told me it was actually Jenni it was so emotional. The lyrics of the song also relate to how people feel about her loss.”

Rosie calls this new chapter part of a “takeover year” as a gift to fans who will see and hear different sides of the singer with many surprises along the way. Marlon Villardirected the “Aparentemente Bien” video, which features a substantial cast, including the Rivera family, actors portraying real moments from the Long Beach, Calif.-born singer’s life and stories that fans have lived as well and continue sharing with the Riveras.

Villar conceived and directed Ricardo Arjona‘s first-ever animated music video “El Cielo a Mi Favor” in 2018. The new Rivera music video has aWalt Disneytouch featuring Villar’s vibrant style.

The filmmakers of the new video also traveled to Iturbide, Mexico, where Rivera died. This week’s launch includes a new Jenni Rivera makeup line and a day after Fourth of July, Rivera’s image and new music will be part of a Times Squarebillboard for the day through aSpotifycampaign. The digital music platform will also celebrate Rivera’s birthday with a video series going live on July 2.

“This is a way to feel my daughter again,” said Rivera’s mother Doña Rosa. “She’ll continue singing and we are happy about that, but it’s also bittersweet because I won’t get to see her. But I feel her in my heart.”

Nicky Jam Wins Big with Six Awards at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

It’s a jammin’ year for Nicky Jam

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American reggaeton star, who rose to stardom after a decade of silence battling drug addiction, turned out to be the big winner at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking home six awards.

Nicky Jam

Nicky Jam, who claimed his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart earlier this year with Fenix, his first set in a decade, lived up to the album’s name. He was named Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male and Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo.

His hit song “Hasta el amanecer” won Hot Latin Song of the Year — an award that includes radio airplay, sales and streams, underscoring Nicky Jam’s popularity across all platforms. “Hasta el amanecer” also won Digital Song of the Year, Streaming Song of the Year and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year.

Following in wins was the late Juan Gabriel, who won the coveted Artist of the Year award, as well as Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male and Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo. Gabriel’s album Los Dúo 2 won Top Latin Album of the Year as the top-selling release and Latin Pop Album of the Year.

Enrique Iglesias took home four awards, including Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo. Iglesias and reggaeton star Wisin both won three awards for their hit collaboration “Duele el corazón”: Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Airplay Song of the Year; and Latin Pop Song of the Year.

Also winning three awards each were Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizarraga, CNCO, Gente de Zona and Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho. CNCO — a bilingual/bicultural pop group spawned from a TV reality show — were the winners in the coveted Artist of the Year, New category. The group, mentored by Ricky Martin and produced by Wisin, is currently playing its first major tour.

Special awards of the evening went to Ricardo Arjona, the iconic Guatemalan singer/songwriter, who was given the lifetime achievement award for a career that continues to be one of the most successful in Latin music. Luis Fonsi won the Spirit of Hope Award for his work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Jennifer Lopez, who also won social artist of the year, was given the Telemundo Star Award.

Find the full list of winners below:

ARTIST CATEGORIES

Artist of the Year:

  •  Juan Gabriel

Artist of the Year, New: 

  •  CNCO

Tour of the Year:

  •  Marc Anthony

Social Artist of the Year:

  •  Jennifer Lopez

Crossover Artist of the Year:
•    Justin Bieber

SONG CATEGORIES

Hot Latin Song of the Year:

  •  Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:

  •  Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele El Corazón”

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:

  •  Nicky Jam

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:

  •  Shakira

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga

    Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Airplay Song of the Year:

  •  Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”

Airplay Label of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

    Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Digital Song of the Year:

  •  Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

Streaming Song of the Year:

  •  Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

ALBUM CATEGORIES

Top Latin Album of the Year:

  •  Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo 2

    Latin Compilation Album of the Year:

  •  Varios/Various, Las Bandas Románticas de América 2016

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:

  •  Juan Gabriel

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:

  •  Selena

    Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year:

  •  Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year:

  •  Fonovisa

LATIN POP CATEGORIES

Latin Pop Song of the Year:

  •  Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

  •  Enrique Iglesias

    Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  CNCO

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Latin Pop Album of the Year:

  •  Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo 2

    Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

  •  Juan Gabriel

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  CNCO

    Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:

  •  Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:

  •  Fonovisa

TROPICAL CATEGORIES

Tropical Song of the Year:

  •  Deorro feat. Pitbull & Elvis Crespo, “Bailar”

    Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

  •  Prince Royce

    Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  Gente de Zona

    Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

    Tropical Album of the Year:

  •  Gente de Zona, Visualízate

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

  •  Marc Anthony

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  Gente de Zona

Sello Discográfico del Año, “Tropical Albums” Tropical Albums Label of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORIES

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

  •  Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, “Solo Con Verte”

    Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

  •  Gerardo Ortiz

    Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

    Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year:

  •  Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  •  Fonovisa

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:

  •  Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

  •  Joan Sebastian

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:

  •  Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:

  •  Fonovisa

    LATIN RHYTHM CATEGORIES 

Latin Rhythm Song of the Year:

  •  Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:

  •  Nicky Jam

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

    Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:

  •  J Balvin, Energía

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:

  •  J Balvin

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  •  Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:

  •  Sony Music Latin

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:

  •  Capitol Latin

    WRITERS/PRODUCERS/PUBLISHERS CATEGORIES

Songwriter of the Year:

  •  Horacio Palencia Cisneros

    Publisher of the Year:

  •  DEL World Songs, ASCAP

    Publishing Corporation of the Year:

  •  Sony/ATV Music

    Producer of the Year:

  •  Saga Whiteblack

Fonsi to Earn Spirit of Hope Award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

Luis Fonsi is earning a special recognition…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award for his humanitarian work with St. Jude Children’s Hospital at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 27.

Luis Fonsi

Fonsi will receive the accolade created in honor of the late Selena Quintanilla and given to artists for their philanthropic and humanitarian contributions beyond their musical work.

Fonsi began working closely with St. Jude and other programs fighting childhood cancer since the beginning of his career, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he became its Thanks and Giving campaign ambassador.

“I sang at fundraisers for St. Jude but realized nobody was the face of the Latin community for the hospital,” Fonsi tells Billboard. “I said, ‘I’d like to be that messenger.'”

The “Despacito” singer — who recently released a new remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber singing in Spanish — will also perform at the awards show. Other superstars set to perform include Ricardo ArjonaNicky JamCNCO and J Balvin.

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, from the Netflix series Ingobernable, and Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce will host the awards ceremony.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami, are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

Arjona to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

It’s an extra special recognition for Ricardo Arjona

The 53-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter and chart-topping artist  will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 27.

Ricardo Arjona

Arjona will receive the special accolade to honor his outstanding career that spans over 30 years and includes 16 studio albums, 36 hits on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs, five No. 1’s and 20 entries on the Top Latin Albums chart. Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Marco Antonio Solís and Roberto Carlos.

Arjona will also perform for the first time ever at the Billboard Latin Music Awards joining a star-studded lineup with acts such as Luis Fonsi, J Balvin and Nicky Jam.

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, from the Netflix series Ingobernable, and Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce will host the awards ceremony. Presenters throughout the night include artists like ChocQuibTown, Sofía ReyesOlga TañónSin BanderaJuan Luis Guerra and Ednita Nazario.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami, are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

To register, visit BillboardLatinConference.com.

Arjona to Release New Album “Circo Soledad” Next Month

Ricardo Arjona is circling with new music…

Less than a year after releasing his acoustic album Apague la Luz y Escuche, the 53-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter is set to drop a new album titled Circo Soledad on April 21.

Ricardo Arjona

Along with the release of the LP, Arjona will embark on a world tour in June, which will include a return to Europe after eight years with stops in London, Paris and Barcelona.

Arjona recorded Circo Soledad in different countries, including England, Colombia and his native Guatemala.

“I never recorded in a country pretending that that place would become the main character in the song. If this production took me to many countries, studios and allowed me to work with some of the most important musicians around the world, it was simply because the song needed it,” Arjona said in a statement.

Arjona’s Apague la Luz y Escuche spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Pop Albums chart.

The new album’s first single and music video “Ella” will be released on Friday.

Arjona Releases Music Video for New Single “Nada es como tú”

Ricardo Arjona won’t be easily tempted…

The 52-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter has released the official music video for his website-breaking new single “Nada es como tú.”

Ricardo Arjona

In the clip, Arjona proved that he won’t fall for a woman’s charm.

Despite being tempted and seduced by beautiful women who watch him sing onstage and compete for his attention, Arjona decides that his son, who appears at the end of the video with a soccer ball, is the one he wants to spend time with.

“Nothing is like you, nothing is as perfect as you,” sings Arjona on the acoustic track, which is the first single to his upcoming album Apague la luz y escuche, an all-acoustic LP.

Arjona released the new track in June, making it available for free on his website for two hours. But after more than 100,000 fans tried to download the song within the first 30 seconds, the site crashed.

The music video was filmed in New York’s Museo del Barrio.

Arjona’s Fans Take Center Stage in “Nada es como tú” Lyric Video

Ricardo Arjona is getting an assist from his fans…

The 52-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter put his fans center stage in his new lyric video for “Nada es como tú.”

Ricardo Arjona

Arjona took to social media to present the clip, which is made up of videos and artwork sent by his fans, resulting in a four-minute compilation of Arjona fans around the world singing along to his new single.

Arjona released his new track two weeks ago, making it available to download for free for only two hours on his website. But after 30 seconds, the site crashed after more than 100,000 fans tried to download “Nada es como tú” simultaneously.

The romantic tune will be featured on Arjona’s upcoming all acoustic album titled Apague la luz y escuche.

Arjona’s Website Crashes in 30 Seconds After 100,000 Fans Download His New Single

Ricardo Arjona knows how to shut down the Internet…

The 52-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter’s website, ricardoarjona.com, collapsed after he allowed fans to download his new single, “Nada es como tu,” for free on Friday.

Ricardo Arjona

Arjona announced on his social media pages that he’d be offering “Nada es como tu” exclusively on his website, and not on iTunes (“No en iTunes,” read the banners on his social sites).

The single was offered as a free download for two hours on Friday.

Within 30 seconds, 100,000 users went on the website in an effort to download the single, causing it to crash.

“We had prepared for big traffic, but never for what is happening,” Arjona posted on his page. “We are working on making the single available to you.”

The new single hails from Arjona’s all acoustic album, Apague la luz y escuche… It features Arjona singing simply with his guitar and little else.

“Nada es como tu” will be available for sale beginning Monday (June 20), only on Arjona’s website.

This isn’t the first time Arjona has tried a maverick move. Several years ago, the Guatemalan star announced he would record and release his music independently, after years on major labels. Arjona’s most recent album, Viaje, was released on his own label, Metamorfosis, with distribution from Sony.

NBC Releases First Images of Arjona’s “Wizard of Oz”-Themed Series “Emerald City”

Adria Arjona isn’t in Kansas anymore…

Adria Arjona

NBC has released new photos from its upcoming Emerald City, a musical re-take on Dorothy and company starring the 24-year-old Puerto Rican and Guatemalan actress-singer.

In one of the new images, Arjona appears as Dorothy Gale, alongside romantic interest Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen).

Emerald City

In the other photo, Jackson-Cohen and Arjona follow the famed yellow brick-like road.

Emerald City

No premiere date has been set for Emerald City, created by Matthew Arnold and co-starring Vincent D’Onofrio as the Wizard, Joely Richardson as Glinda, among a large cast.

Arjona, the daughter of Ricardo Arjona, recently appeared on the HBO television series True Detective, as well as CBSPerson of Interest and Netflix’s Narcos.

Bisbal to be Honored at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards

David Bisbal has is the voice

The 35-year-old Latin pop star will receive special honors during ASCAP‘s 23rd annual Latin Music Awards.

David Bisbal

Bisbal is receiving ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award, given to artists whose music represents the spirit of a generation. Past honorees include Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks and Luis Fonsi.

Mexican singer/songwriter Mario Domm, the lead singer for Camila and also the author of many hits for other acts, will receive the Golden Note Award, given to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Jose Feliciano, Victor Manuelle and Pharrell Williams.

Regional Mexican group La Original Banda El Limon de Salvador Lizarraga will receive the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award, presented to music creators in recognition for their unique and enduring contributions to Latin music. Past recipients include Ricardo Arjona, Celia Cruz and Alejandro Sanz.

The awards will also honor top Latin publishers and songwriters of 2014, with awards given to the Songwriter of the year, Publisher of the year, Independent publisher of the year and Latin song of the year, as well as awards in pop, tropical, regional Mexican, urban and television categories.

The dinner ceremony will take place March 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.