Yeison Jimenez Signs With Vibras Lab for Global Representation

Yeison Jimenez has a vibrant future…

The 28-year-old Colombian singer has signed with Vibras Lab, the management company headed by J Balvin co-manager Fabio Acosta, for global representation.  

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Jiménez, signed to Sony Colombia, is one of the leaders in the country’s burgeoning “Música popular,” or popular music movement, the name given locally to Colombia’s take on regional Mexican music.

“Colombia is a trend-setter in music, and música popular, as they call the genre in Colombia, has seen huge growth there in the past year,” says Acosta. “Yeison is a leader in that genre and he has the potential to be one of those Colombian artists who are very successful with another genre, as happened with reggaetón and artists from Medellín.”

The deal with Vibras, says Acosta, will allow Jiménez to expand in other territories. 

Already, the singer/songwriter has more than 400,000 followers on Spotify

Jiménez’s music is an example of how regional genres morph. Although he’s rooted in Mexican norteño and mariachi sounds, he also adds tropical music and the traditional acoustic guitar of Colombian popular music from the countryside for a unique blend of sounds.

Jiménez joins a Vibras roster that also includes Colombian Manuel Medrano, Argentine rapper Cazzu, J Balvin and newly signed Matt Paris.

Anitta Signs Recording Deal with Warner Records

Anitta is ready to breakthrough in the United States…

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer, a massive star in Latin America, has signed a recording contract with Warner Records. And she’s eyeing the release of a multilingual debut, to be produced by Ryan Tedder, in the U.S. later this year. 

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Anitta fuses elements of reggaetón, bossa nova, R&B, hip-hop, EDM and funk carioca to create her own unique musical blend. 

She’s previously collaborated with the likes of Miley CyrusBecky GJ BalvinKaty PerryDavid Guetta and P. Diddy.

Already a star in her native Brazil — where Anitta is the most streamed artist — and beyond, Anitta’s digital profile includes 47 million Instagram followers, nearly 5 billion YouTube views, in addition to more than 14 million YouTube subscribers, and 6.5 billion cumulative Spotif ystreams. 

She has been nominated for five Latin Grammys and has won 6 MTV EMAs. She was set to perform at Coachellaand Rock In Riothis year before the COVID-19pandemic caused the cancellation of both.

“I’m so excited to join the U.S. Warner Records team,” said Anitta, who is based in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s the most important moment in my career. Now, I can show more about my art and culture to the world internationally. I can’t wait for everyone to hear all the new music I’ve been working on, which will be a fresh blend of both Spanish and English.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the global Warner Music Latin team to bring Anitta’s incredible music to the U.S. and beyond. Anitta is truly unlike any artist we’ve ever experienced,” said Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson, co-chairmen of Warner Records. “ She’s not only an extraordinary musical talent, but is a blazing creative force, an electrifying performer and a true cultural phenomenon.”

“XRey” Podcast About King Juan Carlos I’s Abdication Being Adapted for Television

The story behind King Juan Carlos I’s relinquishment of his crown is headed to the small story…

XRey, a Spotify podcast from The Story Lab on the abdication of the 82-year-old former Spanish king, is being adapted for television by the producer of Netflix original Hache.

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The Story Lab is working with Weekend Studio on the adaptation after XReyhas been among Spotify’s top three podcasts in Spain since premiering on May 19.

King Juan Carlos I abdicated in 2014 in sudden and unexplained circumstances and the 10-part XRey podcastfeatures testimony from prime ministers, leading historians and investigative journalists. It’s produced by Toni Garrido.

Michael Iskas, global president of The Story Lab, said: “Toni and his team at The Story Lab Spain have brought the XReystory to life in a brilliantly creative way to deliver a breakout hit on Spotify that has the pace of a political thriller.”

Weekend Studio president Tomás Cimadevilla added: “XReyhas a potent mix of intrigue, royalty and international power play. This fascinating story, which is captivating listeners on Spotify, is ideal for adaptation as a major TV drama.”

Selena Gomez Curates Special “Cooking Together” Playlist for Spotify

Selena Gomez is hoping to answer your wildest streams…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is among the artists forming part of Spotify’s new suite of celebrity-curated playlists in their “Listening Together” collection under the titles Together and ICYMI.

Selena Gomez

The playlists and podcasts are intended to “bring a sense of connection and comfort to listeners when they need it most,” according to a statement from Spotify. 

The playlists feature lists pulled together by Gomez (Cooking Together), Dolly Parton (At Home Together), Normani (Working Out Together), Lil Yachty(Gaming Together) and Kiana Ledé(Meditating Together).

The playlists and podcasts from celebs, artists, podcasters and influencers will refresh weekly, allowing them to “share in users’ favorite at-home interests, past times and passions… based on the most popular home-based activities like cooking, cleaning, workouts & wellness, gaming and more.”

Gomez’s Cooking Together roster features several of her own songs (“Boyfriend,” “Vulnerable,” “Rare” and “Ring“), as well as songs by Fleetwood Mac (“Gypsy“), Kacey Musgraves (“Lonely Weekend“), Saint Jhn (“God Bless the Internet“), Parton (“He’s Alive“), Surfaces (“Sunday Best“) and Harry Styles(“Adore You“) and Kid CudiTaylor SwiftLauryn Hill,Amy WinehouseRoddy RicchClairo and The Weeknd.

Parton will help kick off the At Homeplaylist this week, which includes her own “Shine,” as well as tracks from Brandi Carlile (“Carried Me With You“), Avicii (“Wake Me Up“), Maggie Rogers, (“Light On“), Journey, (Don’t Stop Believin’“), Demi Lovato (“Skyscraper“), Lauren Diagle, (“You Say“) and Ashley McBryde (“Hang in There Girl“), as well as songs by Celine DionThe TemptationsKelsea BalleriniDermot Kennedyand Avril Lavigne.

Yachty’s Gaming Together pulls together seven songs from Solange, as well as a number of songs from Pink Floyd, and Lake Street Drive (“Mistakes“), Unknown Mortal Orchestra (“Hunnybee“), The Art of Noise (“Moments in Love“), Gorillaz (“Dare“), the La’sAriel PinkCautous Clay and Felix Da Housecat.

Normani’s gonna make you sweat with Working Out Together, featuring hits from Diplo (“New Shapes“), Mark Ronson (“Why Hide“), Kendrick Lamar (“Love.”), Snoh Aalegra (“Here Now“), Drake (“Signs“), Calum Scott (“Dancing on My Own“), as well as Crowded HouseCharlotte Day WilsonJess GlynneHushedRihannaBonga and Trevor Hall.

The ICYMI playlists include DJ sets from D-Nice‘s “Club Quarantine” and songs played during the super-popular “Verzuz” DJ battles.

Bad Bunny Wins Big at the First-Ever Spotify Awards

Bad Bunny is the Spotify king in Mexico…

The first-ever Spotify Awards were celebrated this week in Mexico City, with the 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer topping the list of winners with seven awards.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunnyscored big wins in the top categories including Spotify Artist of the YearMost Listened to Artistand Most-Streamed Male Artist.

Karol Gpicked up four awards, making her the top Latina winner of the night.

Among her wins, the 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer picked up the awards for Most-Streamed Female Artist andMost Streamed Female Urban Pop Artist.

Other winners include J BalvinDanna PaolaHa*ashShakiraand Luis Miguel.  

According to Spotify, the winners are based 100 percent on the user-generated data or the patterns and listening habits of Spotify users in Mexico.

The ceremony included standout performances by J Balvin and the Black Eyed Peaswho sang their crossover hit “Ritmo,” Karol G, who performed “Tusa,” and Los Ángeles Azuleswho took the stage to sing classic cumbiasongs with artists like BelindaHoracio Palenciaand Lalo Ebratt.

Listen to the best of the winners with the Spotify Awards Playlist.

Here are some of the night’s winners:

Spotify Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
Most frequent artist: Sinaloense MS Band by Sergio Lizárraga
Most listened artist: Bad Bunny
Most added artist to playlist: Bad Bunny
Most popular KPOP artist: BTS
Artist with the largest increase in fans: Danna Paola
Contemporary Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Most shared artist: J Balvin
Most listened to Mexican artist in Mexico: Luis Miguel
Radar artist: Tones And I
Most popular Pop Artist: Ha*Ash
Most listened artist: Karol G
Most listened to Mexican artist in the World: Reik
Most popular EDM artist: Rita Ora
Most popular Mariachi artist: Pepe Aguilar
Most popular Urban Pop Artist: Maluma
Most listened song: Calma Remix by Pedro Capó and Farruko
Artist most listened to by users aged 13 to 17: Billie Ellish
Artist most listened to by users aged 13 to 17: Bad Bunny
Artist most listened to by users aged 19 to 29: Karol G
Artist most listened to by users aged 19 to 29: Bad Bunny
Artist most listened to by users aged 30 to 44: Shakira
Artist most listened to by users aged 30 to 44: Luis Miguel

Bad Bunny Teams Up with Spotify for Fashion Forward “Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana” Lookbook

Bad Bunny’s got the look(book)

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer has joined forces with Spotify to give fans a look at his upcoming third studio album ahead of its release on Saturday.

Bad Bunny

Titled Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana, Bad Bunny and the digital music service app developed a lookbook with different styles, sets and images that speak to five songs and musical storylines from the album. 

Throughout the avant-garde looks, Bunny plays with androgynous and gender-bending styles, wearing extravagant jewelry, skirts, dresses and more.

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“When you feel good with yourself and know who you are deep down, you can wear what you want to because others will know exactly who you are too, regardless of what you have on,” he said in an official statement. “I guess I’m unconsciously breaking all the rules, and not, at the same time. I don’t play by any rules, so in that sense, let those that want to be shocked to be shocked.”

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Mixing his unique musical and fashion styles, the lookbook includes a romantic Bad Bunny for his Sech-assisted track “Ignorantes,” an old-school perreovibe for his track “Bichiyal,” an empowered Bad Bunny for “Yo Perreo Sola,” a rock-meets-trap look for “Hablamos Mañana,” and an emotional boy for his track “Si Veo A Tu Mama.”

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Khea Signs Worldwide Deal with Interscope Records

Khea is going global…

The 19-year-old Argentinian Latin trap singer, whose real name is Ivo Alfredo Thomas Serue, has signed a deal with Interscope Records worldwide.

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Khea has established himself as one of the leaders of the Latin trap movement in Argentina and Latin America. His rise to fame was astronomical after his song “LOCA” exploded in Latin America. To date, the song has accumulated an astonishing 900M+ views across Spotifyand YouTube.

In 2018, Khea performed more than 100 shows in the most iconic venues in Argentina and Latin America to sold out crowds.

In 2019, he was invited to perform on the leading festivals in Latin America like  Lollapalooza Argentinaand Chile, Creamfields ChileHellow Festival Mexicoand Coca Cola Flow Fest Mexico. He has also been invited as a Special Guest during the tour stops for Daddy YankeeAnuel AA, and Nicky Jamin Argentina and Paraguay.

In 2019, he was also one of only three Latin artists performing on the major European festival circuit; Tomorrowland, Poland Open’erTinderboxWireless Germany, Les Ardentes, to name a few. 

Khea has collaborated with artists like Bad BunnyYung PinchC-TanganaRauw AlejandroDuki, and Eladio Carrion.

His versatility and lyrical creativity has put him at the forefront of Latin trap and is allowing him to pave the way for an entire generation of Urban Argentine musicians that are exporting their music globally.

Demi Lovato’s “Anyone” Sees Huge Sales & Streaming Spike Post-Grammys

Demi Lovatois back with a vengeance…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress saw a huge spike in sales and streams after the performance of her emotional, autobiographical single “Anyone.”

Demi Lovato

Lovato’s “Anyone” was the most downloaded song in the U.S. on Grammy Day, with more than 11,500 sales on the day of the show and more than 27,000 sales within 24 hours of her performance, according to data from BuzzAngle and Spotify.

It sets a promising scene for her performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Lovato’s “Anyone” was the most streamed song the day after her performance increasing with 2 million streams (up 600%).

But she isn’t the only Latina seeing a bump…

Camila Cabello‘s ode to her father, “First Man” — which she sang to her father in the Grammy audience, causing him and untold thousands of dads across the world to weep — led to a whopping 68,000% gain, according to BuzzAngle. 

The song went from selling a handful of units per day prior to the show to 6,159 sales on the day of the show and over 11,400 sales within 24 hours of her performance. “First Man” increased by 310% the day of her performance and nearly 900% the day after her performance, for 1.4 million streams. Spotify said streams of the song increased more than 1,000% after her performance.

Here’s a look at the post-Grammy reporting:

Top Songs Performed/ Day Of % Impact/ 2 Day Sales/ 2 Day % Impact

  1. Anyone/Demi Lovato 27,071/ Debut
  2. Nobody But You/Blake Shelton 103%/ 14,159/ 54%
  3. First Man / Camila Cabello 68,333%/ 11,415/ 81,435%
  4. Old Town Road/ Lil Nas X 263%/ 7,878/ 207%
  5. What’s A Man Gotta Do/Jonas Brothers 192%/ 7,104/ 142%

Top Streamed Songs Performed/ Day After % Impact

  1. Anyone/ Demi Lovato/ 1.9M 592%
  2. Old Town Road/ Lil Nas X/ 1.8M -9%
  3. When the Party’s Over/ Billie Eilish/ 1.7M 97%
  4. First Man/ Camila Cabello/ 1.4M 890%
  5. What A Man Gotta Do/ Jonas Brothers 1.3M/ 21%

Tessa Thompson to Star In & Produce the QCode Podcast “The Left Right Game”

Tessa Thompson is getting in the game

The 36-year-old half-Afro-Panamanian and part-Mexican American actress will star in and produce podcast The Left Right Game, the latest fiction pod from QCode.

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The cast will also include W. Earl BrownAml Ameen, Dayo OkeniyiInanna SarkisColleen Camp, Robin BartlettJohn BillingsleyJojo T GibbsBrian Greenberg and Pat Healy.

Thompson plays Alice, an idealistic young journalist who tries to make a name for herself at a new job by following a group of paranormal explorers, obsessed with a seemingly harmless pastime known as the Left/Right Game. The journey takes her into a supernatural otherworld that she and the other members of the expedition cannot handle or survive.

The podcast, which is in post-production, was created by Jack Anderson and is based on his original Internet blog of the same name.

The 10-episode series will premiere in a longer format than QCode’s past projects, with episodes ranging from 40-45 minutes. They will be available on AppleSpotify and other podcast platforms in February 2020.

“With sequels and remakes continuing to be such a big media focus, there is a clear gap in the market for original storytelling. We are excited to be partnering with brilliant filmmakers, actors, and sound teams to create fresh, original stories for your ears,” said former CAA agent Herting, president of QCode.

Thompson’s upcoming projects include the third season of Westworld, the Disney reboot Lady and the Tramp and Rebecca Hall’sdirectorial debut Passing.

Bad Bunny: Spotify’s Most Streamed Latin Artist Globally

Bad Bunnyis livin’ a stream

The year is almost over, and Spotify has revealed its annual “Wrapped” data insights highlighting the most-streamed artists of the year, with the 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer coming in as the most streamed Latino artist globally.   

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Based on more than 248 million users’ listening habits across the globe, Bad Bunny comes in at No. 5 on the list of the Most Streamed Artists of 2019 around the world, behind Post MaloneBillie EilishAriana Grandeand Ed Sheeran

On the male only list, Bad Bunny comes in at No. 3, while J Balvin comes in at No. 5.

This year’s most streamed Latina artist on Spotify is Camila Cabello, who comes in at No. 4 on the Most Streamed Female Artists of 2019 global list, behindBillie Eilish, Ariana Grande and 
Taylor Swift.

Meantime, Cabello’s collaboration with Shawn Mendes, “Señorita” is the most streamed track of 2019, with more than one million streams despite only being released in late June.

In the United States, Cardi B comes in as the most streamed Latina artist of the year. The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation comes in at No. 5 on the U.S. Most Streamed Female Artists of 2019 list, behind Billie EilishAriana Grande,Taylor Swift andHalsey.

Here are all of Spotify’s “Wrapped” 2019 results:

Spotify “A Decade Wrapped” 2010-2019 Global Top Lists: 

Most Streamed Artists of the Decade (Global)
1. Drake
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Post Malone
4. Ariana Grande
5. Eminem

Most Streamed Female Artists of the Decade (Global)
1. Ariana Grande
2. Rihanna
3. Taylor Swift
4. Sia
5. Beyoncé

Most Streamed Tracks of the Decade (Global)
1. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
2. “One Dance”  – Drake, Kyla, WizKid
3. “rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” – 21 Savage, Post Malone
4. “Closer” – Halsey, The Chainsmokers
5. “Thinking out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

Spotify Wrapped 2019 Global Top Lists: 

Most Streamed Artists of 2019
1. Post Malone
2. Billie Eilish
3. Ariana Grande
4. Ed Sheeran
5. Bad Bunny

Most Streamed Albums of 2019
1. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
2. Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone
3. thank u, next – Ariana Grande
4. No.6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
5. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

Most Streamed Tracks of 2019
1. “Señorita” – Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
2. “bad guy” – Billie Eilish
3. “Sunflower” – Post Malone, Swae Lee
4. “7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
5. “Old Town Road – Remix” – Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus

Most Streamed Female Artists of 2019
1. Billie Eilish
2. Ariana Grande
3. Taylor Swift
4. Camila Cabello
5. Halsey

Most Streamed Male Artists of 2019
1. Post Malone
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Bad Bunny
4. Khalid
5. J Balvin

Most Streamed Podcasts of 2019
1. The Joe Budden Podcast With Rory & Mal
2. My Favorite Murder With Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
3. Gemischtes Hack
4. Fest & Flauschig
5. The Misfits Podcast

Most Streamed Podcast Genres of 2019
1. Comedy
2. Society & Culture
3. True Crime
4. News
5. Health & Fitness

Spotify Wrapped 2019 U.S. Top Lists 

U.S. Most Streamed Artists of 2019
1. Post Malone
2. Drake
3. Billie Eilish
4. Ariana Grande
5. Khalid

U.S. Most Streamed Female Artists of 2019
1. Billie Eilish
2. Ariana Grande
3. Taylor Swift
4. Halsey
5. Cardi B

U.S. Most Streamed Male Artists of 2019
1. Post Malone 
2. Drake
3. Khalid
4. Juice WRLD
5. XXXTENTACION

U.S. Most Streamed Tracks of 2019
1. “Sunflower” – Post Malone, Swae Lee
2. “Wow” – Post Malone
3. “7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
4. “MIDDLE CHILD” – J. Cole
5. “bad guy” – Billie Eilish

U.S. Most Streamed Albums of 2019
1. Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone
2. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
3. thank u, next  – Ariana Grande
4. beerbongs and bentleys – Post Malone
5. Free Spirit – Khalid