Rauw Alejandro Earns First No. 1 on Any Billboard Chart with “Vice Versa”

Rauw Alejandro is celebrating a big first

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and composer has notched his first No. 1 on any Billboard albums chart as Vice Versa, his sophomore effort, debuts atop the Top Latin Albums chart dated July 10.

Rauw Alejandro

Vice Versa was released on June 25 via Duars/Sony Music Latin. It starts with 21,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 1, according to MRC Data.

His debut set, Afrodisiaco, debuted at No. 30 and eventually peaked at No. 10 on the 50-deep tally.

Vice Versa, like everything I do, was created from the heart,” Rauw Alejandro tells Billboard. “The main difference is that I was willing to take more chances and experiment more than when I did Afrodisíaco, which was a lot more traditional.”

The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

Nearly all of Vice Versa’s starting sum is powered by streaming activity. The album registered 20,000 SEA units, which equals 29.1 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks. Album sales and TEA units comprise less than 1,000 units combined.

Vice Versa bends Rauw Alejandro’s usual reggaetón structure by integrating synth-pop, drum’n’bass and dance rhythms to the 14-track set produced by Mr. NaisGai, Tainy and Caleb Calloway; the project also features artists Anitta and Lyanno.

“There were two challenging parts to making this album,” Rauw Alejandro adds. “Being able to separate the artist from myself and the second one was deciding which track was going to be the first single. I wanted every track to be the first single.”

Vice Versa was preceded by two singles on Hot Latin Songs: the No. 3 high “Todo De Ti” (June 12-dated tally) and “2/Catorce,” with Mr. NaisGai (which reaches a new peak of No. 11 on the current chart). Concurrently, two other tracks debut on the airplay-, streaming- and digital sales-blended list: “Sexo Virtual” at No. 20 and “Aquel NapZzZz” at No. 48.

“Todo De Ti” also sees progress on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, pushing 36-32.

Over on the Billboard 200Vice Versa arrives at No. 17, marking the Puerto Rican’s highest-charting entry there.

Tainy & Yandel Team Up Once Again for New Single “Déjà Vu”

It’s déjà vu for Tainy

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter has teamed up with Yandel for the new single “Déjà Vu.”

Tainy, Yandel,

A certified slam-dunk hit, Tainy and Yandel don’t disappoint on the reggaeton anthem, which serves as a preview for the pair’s first-ever upcoming joint album titled Dynasty.

Two major forces in the genre, it’s not the first time Tainy and Yandel team up.

“Deja Vu” joins a long list of collaborations between Tainy and Yandel including “Pam Pam,” “Noche de Sexo,” and “Sensación” that they’ve released over the past 16 years.

Produced by Tainy with Yandel on vocals, “Deja Vu” premieres along with a music video directed by Elliott Muscat where Tainy and Yandel are scoring back-to-back championships as iconic basketball players.

During a press conference, Yandel explains their longevity. “It’s been 16 years of a lot of work, sacrifice, winning multiple championships, that’s why I feel we’re a dynasty. What do you think, Tainy?”

To this, the chart-topping producer answers, “I think we can do it one more time.”

Selena Gomez’s “Revelación” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Selena Gomez is No. 1 with a bullet…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with her first Spanish-language album Revelación on the March 27-dated survey.

Selena Gomez

Her album arrives with 23,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 18, according to MRC Data — marking the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman since 2017.

“I never go into anything expecting a No. 1 so I do not take it for granted,” Gomez tells Billboard. “It’s always a bit nerve racking before releasing any music because as artists we put so much of ourselves out there. For this EP specifically, I was the most nervous I have been in a long time because my heritage means so much to me and I have been talking about doing this for over 10 years. I wanted it to be perfect. I am thrilled to see the response from my fans and also from people who might not have listened to my other music.”

The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

The seven-track Revelación was released March 12 via Interscope/IGA. Of its starting sum of 23,000 equivalent album units, album sales comprise 14,000 and the bulk of the remainder are SEA units (equaling 12.21 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs). Gomez’s debut Latin project boasts the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman in nearly four years, since Shakira’s El Dorado started with 29,000 units in its first week (chart dated June 17, 2017).

“Without a doubt the most challenging aspect was having to do all of the sessions over Zoom,” Gomez adds. “We started recording the EP right before COVID-19 shut everything down. In the beginning there were times I ended up canceling sessions because I found it so uninspiring not to be in the same room with everyone. I eventually was able to get past it and am extremely happy with how the music came together. [Producer] Tainy was very patient with me while I worked through my frustrations.”

Revelación is the first album by a female act at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums since Shakira’s El Dorado spent its fifth and final nonconsecutive week atop the list dated Aug. 5, 2017.

Gomez also notches the highest debut by a female solo act since Jenni Rivera’s Paloma Negra Desde Monterrey likewise debuted atop the list in November 2016. In between Rivera and Gomez, a collaborative set by two women launched at No. 1: Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman’s Versus in July 2017.

As Gomez’s “Baila Conmigo,” with Rauw Alejandro, concurrently takes over the top spot on the new Latin Airplay chart, she becomes the first female act in over a decade to rule both charts simultaneously. The last woman to achieve the feat was Shakira when Sale el Sol and “Loca,” featuring El Cata, ruled both Top Latin Albums and Latin Airplay, respectively in November 2010.

Elsewhere, Gomez places a total of four tracks on Hot Latin Songs, all from Revelación — one of which debuts in the top 20: “Baila Conmigo” with Rauw Alejandro lifts 8-5, “Selfish Love,” with DJ Snake, is at No. 18, “Dámelo To’,” featuring Myke Towers, starts at No. 20, and “De Una Vez,” re-enters at No. 50.

“Releasing ‘De Una Vez’ as the first song was the perfect way to introduce the new music,” Gomez says. “It’s a song I really related to and I think it’s beautiful with a message of hope and healing. I think all of the collaborators bring different elements to the table. With Snake it was great because we have a history together so on a mere comfort level that was nice to have. On ‘Dámelo Tó’ Myke brings this smooth rap and it makes you crave for it to be summer because it has the kind of vibe. When we were recording ‘Baila Conmigo’ I  knew we needed a male voice on it and Rauw has the ideal sexy, soulful voice that really complements the song perfectly.”

Revelación concurrently bows at No. 1 on Latin Pop Albums and at No. 22 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

J Balvin to Launch “Neón Experience” in September, Alongside Big Name Guest Stars

Things are looking brighter for J Balvin, and he’s sharing that outlook with some big names…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is heading to Las Vegas in September for a weekend of experiences and performances he’s dubbed his “Neón Experience.” And, he’s invited Karol G, Jhay Cortez, Rauw Alejandro, Jowell & Randy and producers Tainy and Sky Rompiendo.

J Balvin

Also included in his roster of events will be DJ Alex Sensation, Cornetto, DJ Pope, Agudelo888 and Matt Paris and La Gabi, the first two artists Balvin signed to his own label.

The Neón Experience will take place in Las Vegas during Mexican Independence Weekend, September 16-19, which traditionally has been a huge weekend for Latin music in Vegas, typically featuring big stars playing arena shows.

Balvin’s event, coming in the wake of the pandemic, is something else entirely. Capped at just 3,000 tickets, the three days and nights of events are being curated by Balvin and will include a headlining concert with him.

Different “experiences” will take place in various locales in the new Resorts World Las Vegas, including its entertainment venues Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub.

The centerpiece of the event is a 90-minute concert headlined by Balvin where, for the first time, he’ll sing the songs from his Colores album live.

“It’s the first event we’ve announced since the pandemic,” says manager Fabio Acosta, noting Balvin’s last concert was more than a year ago. “He will curate the entire weekend, down to the artists and themes. It’s the first time we do an event like this.”

Neón is presented by Pollen Presents, an event production company that develops and produces unique “experiences” in different locations around the world.

They include two upcoming Latin music experiences: Nicky Jam Jamworld, taking place May 13-16 in Miami, and Ozuna Cancún fest, taking place May 20-24 in Cancún.

Selena Gomez Releases First-Ever Spanish Album “Revelación”

It’s a revelation like no other for Selena Gomez

A decade after tweeting that Spanish music was on the way, the 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has officially released her first-ever Spanish project.

Selena Gomez

Entitled Revelación, the seven-track set, produced by hitmaker Tainy, kicks off with the dreamy pop track “De Una Vez” that puts Gomez’s soothing vocals and empowering lyrics at the forefront.

“She wanted us to give life to Selena Gomez in Spanish,” singer-songwriter Elena Rose, who co-wrote most of the songs on the EP, tells Billboard. “For it to be a direct translation of who she is when she’s singing in English. She’s all about empowerment, compassion, being a warrior, and being vulnerable. So the lyrics were very important here.”

Revelación picks up speed with more rhythmic, soft reggaeton tracks like “Buscando Amor,” the Rauw Alejandro-assisted “Baila Conmigo,” and “Dámelo To’” with Myke Towers.

She then goes solo again with “Vicio” and “Adiós.”

The EP, an exploration of her Latin roots, follows Gomez’s 2020 album Rare.

J Balvin Releases New Single “Ma’ G”

J Balvin is ringing in a new era of music…

The 35-year-old Colombian singer took to the boxing ring, alongside friend and boxer Canelo Alvarez, to perform his new single “Ma’ G, for the first time prior to Saturday night’s Canelo/Avni Yildrim fight at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

J Balvin's Air Balvins

The official music video for “Ma’ G,” the first from his upcoming album, was filmed in Balvin’s hometown of Medellín, and the song marks a return to Balvin’s rap roots.

“Ma’ G” is Balvin’s first song since “Un Día,” last year’s Grammy-nominated collaboration with Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy. The track was released alongside a merch collection with 747 and La Plaga Invade that includes a varsity jacket, hoodie and masks.

Selena Gomez Releases Rauw Alejandro Spanish Collaboration “Baila Conmigo”

Selena Gomez is urging you to dance with her…

Only two days after revealing that her first-ever Spanish-language EP, Revelación, will be released this spring, the 28-year-old Mexican American singer has dropped the Rauw Alejandro-assisted and Tainy-produced single “Baila Conmigo.”

Selena Gomez, Rauw Alejandro, Baila Conmigo

“Dance, dance, dance with me/ Dance, dance and I’ll follow you/ Come closer, come get loose/ Don’t leave me without making me want to come back,” Gomez sings on the flirty track (translation via Genius).

The song comes two weeks after “De Una Vez,” a rhythmic pop song about healing and self-worth that was produced by Tainy, Albert Hype, Jota Rosa and Neon16.

Gomez also unleashed the official music video for “Baila Conmigo.” While Gomez only appears for a few seconds, the vibrant video is still a visual treat, as two young lovers dance on a beach and ride motorcycles.

Gomez’s Revelación EP will come out on March 12.

 

Selena Gomez to Release First-Ever Spanish-Language EP in March

Selena Gomez is switching tongues in a big way…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has officially announced plans to release her first-ever Spanish-language EP is set on March 12.

Selena Gomez

Titled Revelación, the album will follow Gomez’s singles “De Una Vez,” which arrived on January 16, and the Rauw Alejandro-assisted “Baila Conmigo,” which will be released on Friday, January 29.

“Revelación, my first ever Spanish EP, is out March 12,” the singer tweeted to her over 60 million followers. “Preorder it tomorrow at 9am PT.”

News of the EP comes a day after Gomez announced the Tainy-produced “Baila Conmigo.” She shared a photo on social media that shows Selena rocking her shoulder-length hair, a fitted dress with a red-orange spotlight.

Earlier this month, the multi-hyphenate dropped “De Una Vez,” her first Spanish single in a decade, produced by Tainy, Albert Hype, Jota Rosa, and Neon16. In the song, Gomez opens up about healing from a previous relationship and discovering her self-worth.

The rhythmic pop tune scored Gomez her second top five on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart as “De Una Vez” debuts at No. 4 on the January 30 survey, which arrives two years since her first No. 1: DJ Snake’s bilingual “Taki Taki,” which also features Ozuna and Cardi B.

 

Selena Gomez Earns Second Top Five Single on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “De Una Vez”

Selena Gomez is makin’ a salpicadura on the Latin charts…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer has clocked her second top five on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart as “De Una Vez” debuts at No. 4 on the January 30 survey.

Selena Gomez

Gomez’s all Spanish-language song arrives a little more than two years since her first No. 1 on the chart: Her featured role on DJ Snake’s bilingual “Taki Taki,” which also features Ozuna and Cardi B, reigned for 13 weeks starting on the chart dated October 13, 2018.

“De Una Vez” was released January 14 and bows at No. 4 on the all-metric list mainly powered by streaming activity and digital sales. It starts with 5.6 million U.S. streams earned in the week ending Jan. 21, according to MRC Data, propelling a No. 5 debut on Latin Streaming Sales.

The rhythmic pop track, which was produced by Tainy, Albert Hype, Jota Rosa and Neon16, concurrently registers 5,000 downloads, and it sits at No. 1 for a second week on the Latin Digital Song Sales tally (after debuting a week earlier from one day of sales activity in the week ending January 14). It starts at No. 14 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart.

Gomez is just the seventh female act to debut in the top five on Hot Latin Songs in the last three years. Out of all, Cardi B, Karol G, Rosalía and now herself have snatched two top five debuts. Let’s take a look at all the titles:

Song, Artists, Year, Debut Position
“La Modelo,” Ozuna & Cardi B, 2018, No. 3
“Taki Taki,” DJ Snake Featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B, 2018, No. 1
“China,” Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin, Aug. 2019, No. 2
“Tusa,” Karol G & Nicki Minaj, 2019, No. 1
“TKN,” Rosalía & Travis Scott, 2019, No. 2
“Un Día (One Day),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy, 2020, No. 1
“Me Gusta,” Anitta Featuring Cardi B & Myke Towers, 2020, No. 5
“La Noche De Anoche,” Bad Bunny & Rosalía, 2020, No. 2
“De Una Vez,” Selena Gomez, 2020, No. 5.

 

On the overall Billboard Hot 100 chart, “De Una Vez” starts at No. 92. The track also launches at No. 40 on the Billboard Global 200 and No. 36 on the Billboard Global 200 Excluding U.S. charts.

Selena Gomez Releases Behind the Scenes Video of New Spanish-Language Track “De Una Vez”

Selena Gomez is giving you a look behind the scenes…

Just seven days after the release of her Spanish-language single “De Una Vez,” the 28-year-old Mexican American singer released the behind-the-scenes video directed by Hunter Simmons.

Selena Gomez

In the three-plus-minute video, the singer and actress is with her team as she’s getting ready to film the video.

“This is my first Spanish song that I’ve done, I think, since I was maybe 18, 19?” she said.

In the empowering song, produced by Tainy, Albert Hype, Jota Rosa, and Neon16, Gomez opens up about healing from a previous relationship and discovering her self-worth.

Ya no duele como antes, no/ La herida de tu amor sanó,” she kicks off the track.

“De Una Vez” marks Gomez’s first Spanish-language track in more than a decade.

“I spent hours trying to perfect the language and I also know some of it growing up but it has been really fun to step into it and it’s just a whole different world,” she added.

In the behind the scenes clip, Gomez is filming different scenes from the official music video directed by Los Pérez (Tania Verduzco and Adrián Pérez), rocking her very own Rare Beauty makeup collection, and even making reference to her Disney Channel days.