Maluma to Take Part in Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Climate Change-Themed “Earth Day! The Musical” Special on Facebook Watch

Maluma is hoping to raise awareness about climate change

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter is joining forces with Bill Nye the Science Guy and fellow superstar musicians for an Earth Day-centered Facebook Watch special dedicated to protecting the planet.

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Earth Day! The Musical, formed in partnership with Facebook Watch and EARTHDAY.org, follows Nye, the iconic TV science educator, as he teams up with Maluma and more to share with their fans what part they can play in restoring our Earth.

Nye will also pass the mic to young climate activists discussing what work they’ve been doing to help the planet, including Alexia Akbay, CEO and co-founder of Symbrosia, a Hawaii-based startup using seaweed to reduce livestock methane; Jerome Foster II, the youngest member of the Joe Biden White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council at age 18; and Xiye Bastida, a Mexican-Chilean climate activist and one of the lead organizers of the Fridays for Future youth climate strike movement in New York.

Other A-list musical guests who will be featured in the special include Justin BieberBen PlattCharli and Dixie D’AmelioCNCOCody SimpsonIdina MenzelJack HarlowSteve Aoki, and Tori KellyZac EfronDesus Nice and The Kid MeroJasmine Cephas Jones, Karamo Brown, Nick Kroll and more are also slated to appear.

On Monday (April 19), Maluma surprised fans with his freshly minted Earth Day anthem baby dating calculator that he recorded in collaboration with Michelob Ultra Pure Gold to toast to its first-ever organic lager brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from solar power.

During Earth Day! The Musical, Facebook will roll out its #RestoreOurEarthChallenge, which calls on international viewers to share pictures, videos and other social media posts about the steps they’re taking to combat climate change on Earth Day this year.

“Earth Day! The Musical” will air on Thursday at noon ET on https://www.hispanicallyyours.com/ethiopian-dating-site/.

AQUIHAYAQUIHAY Signs with Steve Aoki’s New Latinx-Focused Imprint Dim Mak En Fuego

Things may never be the same for AQUIHAYAQUIHAY

The Mexican anti-boy band has signed with Steve Aoki’s new Latinx-focused imprint Dim Mak En Fuego and launches its first single, “Ya No Es Igual.”

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The multi-faceted producer, who has collaborated with a slew of Latin artists — including Daddy Yankee, Maluma and Maná– launched the label to help nurture and develop Latinx artists “driven from the underground scene,” according to Aoki. The move was born from the bond he’s had with his global Latin fanbase.

“We’ve been planning this for quite some time now. These things take time to build and it all started when I started doing more of the Latin collaborations — it was then that I started planting the seeds,” Aoki tells Billboard. “I’ve gotten so much support from my Latin fanbase and I’ve built a bond with them and its culture. Their acceptance has not only helped me collaborate with Latin artists, but it’s also now allowed me to be part of the development and nurturing of Latin artists too.”

Aoki launched his own record label, Dim Mak, 24 years ago.

Dedicated to releasing hybrid sounds from the global underground alongside contemporary hitmakers, Dim Mak En Fuego’s team includes Bryan Linares (head of marketing) and Christian Herrerra (co-founder of Gasolina Party). Distribution partners include Merlin, A2IM and FUGA.

Their first and only signed artist (so far) is Mexican self-described anti-boy band AQUIHAYAQUIHAY, who launch the label with the release of their pop-tinged R&B track “Ya No Es Igual.”

“The idea of launching with AQUIHAYAQUIHAY really cements where we want Dim Mak En Fuego to land,” says Linares. “We could’ve come out with a straight reggaeton record but coming out with them feels very authentic to us because we come from the underground.”

“They are amazing young kids who are doing something different,” says Aoki of the group. “When we heard the music and saw what they’re doing and their drive I thought, ‘that’s it.’ This is the kind of feeling we need when we sign an artist. I’m excited about watching what they can do.”

Howie Dorough & Backstreet Boys Release Moving Video for Steve Aoki Collab “Let It Be Me”

Howie Doroughis about to make you cry…

The 46-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys have released the official music video for their Steve Aoki collaboration “Let It Be Me,” and you may need a tissue or two.

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While there are plenty of forlorn close-ups and boyish dance moves, the heart of the clip is a collection of tear-jerker stories from real humans.

“Let It Be Me” features men and women sharing their stories of love’s triumph over hate and disease. There’s the man whose wife battles cancer, the woman whose parents disown her for being gay, the deaf man who feels he’s less than others, and the trans woman who lives her life in constant fear. There’s a happy ending for all, but their journeys to get there will move you just as far.

It’s touching and true to life. 

Nicky Jam & Steve Aoki Have Reunited for the New Track “Jaleo”

It’s a musical reunion for Nicky Jam

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer/songwriter has joined voices with Steve Aoki once again to bring all their fans a new collaboration called “Jaleo.”

Nicky Jam & Steve Aoki

Nicky Jam And Steve Aoki revealed the big news on Instagram, sharing behind-the-scenes photos of their new video, which was directed by Jessy Terrero.

The artists filmed the video the day Aoki shared snaps, which show them enjoying the nice weather of the last days of summer in Miami.

“Jaleo” doesn’t have a release date yet.

Bad Bunny to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammys

Bad Bunny is ready to take the stage at this year’s Latin Grammys

The 23-year-old Puerto Rican Latin hip-hop/trap singer and rapper, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, is set to perform at this year’s awards show, airing live on November 16.

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Bad Bunny, a nominee this year, joins a roster of performers that includes J Balvin, Flor De Toloache, Luis Fonsi, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Maluma, Residente and Sofía Reyes.

Also slated to perform is person of the year honoree Alejandro Sanz and guest artists Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, Logic and French Montana.

The Latin Grammys will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air live on Univision, as well as around the world.

Jaime Camil and Roselyn Sanchez will host this year’s awards show.

The announced performers include the top nominees this year. Residente leads with nine — including record, album and song of year — while Maluma has seven, including three for record of the year. Juanes and Mon Laferte have five nominations each.

Bella Thorne & Prince Fox Release Music Video for Their Electro-Pop Song “Just Call”

Bella Thorne is having a smashing time…

The 19-year-old half-Cuban American singer/actress has joined voices with Prince Fox for the single “Just Call.”

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Thorne and Prince Fox appears in the new, split-screen video for the single, which features a smashing guitar scene.

The unique collaboration is a thought-provoking ode to the ever-so-relatable relationship struggles we’ve all faced at one time or another.

Directed by Joe Zohar, the captivating visual narrative shows the duo’s coping mechanisms, including throwing back shots at a neon-lit bar, splashing around in the bath, smashing a box of belongings with a guitar and lots of dramatic, mascara-streaked crying — all to the tune of the song’s simmering, electro-pop vibe.

“Just Call” first dropped as a single on Steve Aoki‘s label, Dim Mak, back in June. And it seems to be part of a new venture into music from Thorne, the former Disney Channel star who now stars in the Freeform series Famous in Love.

Crespo Teams with Ilegales for New Single “Guayo”

Elvis Crespo is charting into illegal territory with his next song…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning Merengue singer has joined voices with Ilegales for his latest single, “Guayo.”

Elvis Crespo

The track has a sound that’s described as an EDM/tropical fusion.

“I’m going through an amazing moment in my career right now,” Crespo tells Billboard. “‘Bailar‘ was a huge success last year and the collaboration with Deorro worked so well. We took that song to places where no one even spoke Spanish, but they were singing and dancing to our song. I wanted to release a fun summer track, and ‘Guayo’ has that ‘Bailar’ vibe.”

This time around, the merengue superstar teams up with Ilegales for the upbeat track.

“I’ve collaborated with Ilegales before and there’s just a great chemistry between us. We created a song full of energy.”

Following the “Bailar” phenomenon, which peaked at No. 8 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, Crespo says he’s open to working with other EDM artists.

“I’ve always had an open mind when making music and I like getting out of my comfort zone,” he explains. “You have to in order to stay relevant. Actually, I’ve gotten a lot of messages from other DJs who want to collaborate, including Steve Aoki and Juan Magán.”

Crespo is currently in the studio working on his forthcoming album, which he says will include many surprises.

“I’m unpredictable. Later this year I’ll drop a new merengue/bachata album. The album will have nothing to do with ‘Guayo.'”

Dzeko & Torres Set to Play Insomniac’s Countdown for New Year’s Eve 2016 Event

Luis Torres will be sleepless in San Bernadino…

The Latino musician’s production and DJ duo Dzeko & Torres is set to play at Insomniac’s third-annual Countdown for New Year’s Eve 2016 event.

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Luis Torres and his musical partner Julian Dzeko join a 40-plus roster that includes 4B, Zomboy, The Chainsmokers, Diplo, Steve Aoki, Morgan Page, A-Trak and Baauer.

There are actually so many heavy headliners, the festival is expanding to two nights.

The final Insomniac festival of the year will take place on Friday, December 30, and Saturday, December 31, at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets are on sale now.

Dzeko & Torres, who hail from Toronto, Canada, have toured throughout North America and Europe, performing at festivals like The BPM Festival, Ultra Music Festival, Winter Music Conference, Coachella and Tomorrowland.

Torres handles the turntables, DAW, production and keyboards.

Alexis & Fido Record “Si No Tiene El Swing” for ESPN’s MLB Coverage

It’s a swing and a hit for Alexis & Fido

The Latin Grammy-nominated Puerto Rican reggaeton duo have partnered with ESPN to release a Spanish version of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” for the sports channel’s Major League Baseball coverage.

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Dubbed “Si No Tiene El Swing,” the new version was recorded by Alexis & Fido, and features vocals by up-and-coming singer Eli Jas.

It was produced exclusively for ESPN and will be incorporated into ESPN’s cross-platform MLB game and studio coverage, including bumpers, teases and montages across all of ESPN’s baseball programming on all platforms worldwide.

It will include programs in Spanish, like ESPN Deportes, as well as in English, like Baseball Tonight.

This isn’t the first time ESPN tapped  a Latin act to use Spanish music, but it’s the first time it’s been done on such a wide scale, according to ESPN music director Kevin Wilson.

“We do a good job of choosing music whether in English or Spanish that lyrically connects to the network and to the sport,” says Wilson. “As long as people know the message of the lyrics [it] works.”

In fact, the use of Latin music at ESPN has increased exponentially in the last couple of years. “Reaching our Hispanic fans became much more of a priority for the network,” says Wilson.

The use reflects the reality of the market. According to Major League Baseball’s site for last season, reggaeton is the third most-used genre for walk-up songs (only behind hip hop and rock). Additionally, Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam are among the top 10 most-used artists by players.

Alexis & Fido, who perform an uptempo brand of reggaeton, have already seen their music used in cross-cultural campaigns.

In 2014, they were part of a TV spot for Sol Replic Deck for Radio Shack that also featured Lil’ Jon and Steve Aoki.

“It’s been a wonderful process,” says Wilson. “We had the idea to create a reggaeton version of the classic record ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing.’ We contacted the guys and they were totally down to do it since they are big MLB fans.”

“Si no tiene el swing” is available via Alexis & Fido’s app.

Solano Named CEO of ID&T North America/Made Event

Sebastian Solano is movin’ on up…

The Colombian business executive, best known as co-founder, CEO and president of Life in Color, as the new CEO of SFX Entertainment’s ID&T North America/Made Event.

Sebastian Solano

Solano is responsible for Life in Color, the Miami-based company that began throwing extravagant paint parties across the US. After conquering the North American market, Solano expanded Life in Color to an international phenomenon in more than 40 countries.

He’ll continue to run the company while simultaneously managing ID&T and Made Events North American productions, which includes TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland and Electric Zoo.

SFX Entertainment hopes Solano will help improve the company’s image among dance music fans. Over the past few years these festivals have had some missteps, the most recent being the disastrous TomorrowWorld this past September. Since then, SFX and Robert Sillerman have struggled to keep the company afloat, as stocks and faith in the brand plummeted to record lows.

Meanwhile, Life in Color has shone brighter than ever, and will host Jack Ü, Steve Aoki, and a host of others for its hallmark Life in Color Festival in Miami this January.

In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Solano revealed that it was an honor to work for the company that inspired Life in Color’s exponential growth over the past 10 years, and he hopes to bring back the positive atmosphere of ID&T and Made’s events.