J Balvin to Receive Collaborator of the Year Prize at Variety’s Hitmakers Awards Program

J Balvin is a real Hitmaker

The 35-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter, who won a Latin Grammy earlier this week, will be honored at Variety’s Hitmakers awards program on Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET.

J Balvin

The program will highlight the award recipients featured in Variety’s annual Hitmakers issue on December 2nd. The program will simulcast on Variety’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages.

J Balvin will be honored with the Collaborator of the Year prize.

Harry Styles will be receiving Hitmaker of the Year. Benee, Jenna Andrews and Josh Fountain will receive the Isolation Salvation Song of the Year prize, Charli XCX and A. G. Cook for Innovator of the Year, Roddy Ricch for Breakthrough Artist of the YearBlackpink for Group of the Year, Lewis Capaldi for Songwriter of the YearInterscope Geffen A&M for Label of the YearMaren Morris for Crossover Artist of the Year, Mustard for Producer of the Year, Ron Perry for Executive of the Year and Wassim “Sal” Slaiby for Manager of the Year.

Presenters include 100 gecsJustin BieberSheryl CrowNiall Horan, Zane Lowe, Lil Nas XTyga, and Ty Dolla $ign.

Becky G Teams Up with Reykon, Maluma & Tyga for “Latina” Remix

Becky G is putting the Latina in a Reykon/Maluma hit…

The 23-year-old Mexican American singer/rapper and Tyga have joined voices with Reykon and Maluma to inject new life into their catchy reggaetón track “Latina.”

Becky G

Originally released in May 2019, the Reykon and Maluma track, which finds the pair falling for every Latina that comes their way, was a summer hit.

But now Becky G and Tyga are giving the remix a boost, along with an animated music video.

“To be able to gather all these people in one song is extraordinary,” Reykon tells Billboard. “People liked the song with Maluma and now to have these artists join us, it’s an honor. Becky G has been representing women with her incredible talent and Tyga is the rapper of the moment.”

The new version finds Reykon and Maluma trading slick verses with Becky and Tyga, who isn’t afraid to deliver some cheeky lyrics in Spanish. “I love all my Latinos and Latinas around the world,” Tyga says. “They have supported me unconditionally and bringing ‘Latina’ remix to life with Reykon, Maluma, and Becky G is without a doubt a record the entire world will enjoy.”

El Alfa Collaborates with Tyga on the New Single “Trappea”

There’s new music on trap for El Alfa.

The Dominican dembow and Latin trap recording artist has joined voices with Tyga for the single “Trappea” for his latest musical venture.

El Alfa

Marking the pair’s first-ever collaboration, ‘Trappea” features Tyga rapping in English over the infectious dembow melodies that are distinctive of El Alfa’s sound.

“I’m the pride of an entire country. An example to follow,” El Alfa proudly proclaims on Instagram.

Tyga, also made the announcement on his account, sharing a set of Dominican flag and fire emojis. “Drop a flag wherever you [are] from,” he expressed.

In the colorful music video, directed by Rodrigo Films, both artists are seen jamming to the music video as a group of women show off their twerking skills.

El Alfa has previously teamed up with Diplo, Anuel AA, Bad Bunny and Cardi B.

Tainy Executive Produces the “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” Soundtrack, Releases First Single “Agua” with J Balvin

Tainy’s getting his Sponge on…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter is the mastermind behind Paramount AnimationNickelodeon and NEON16’s SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run movie soundtrack.

Tainy

Tainy executive produced the album alongside renowned industry leader Lex Borrero, with NEON16 curating the official soundtrack of the forthcoming animated film. 

This marks the first time the Latin multimedia company and talent incubator has partnered with the animated franchise.

The soundtrack, set to be released via NEON16/Interscope Records, will include songs by Tyga, Swae Lee, Lil Mosey, Weezer, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming LipsKenny G and Cyndi Lauper, to name a few. 

Additionally, Hans Zimmer is expected to score the film.

Kicking off the soundtrack is Tainy and J Balvin’s single “Agua,” which was released on Thursday, July 9.

“Tomorrow it’s officially out,” Balvin expressed on Instagram posing with Patrick Star. “It was meant to be a secret but oh well! I know that this song has good vibes and a lot of happiness, which we need during these moments.”

SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Runwill debut digitally in the U.S via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access, ViacomCBS’ subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, following the premium video-on-demand window.

Ozuna Teams Up with Scott Storch & Tyga on Spanglish Single “Fuego Del Calor”

Ozuna is bringing the heat…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer has joined voiced with superproducer Scott Storch and Tyga for the breezy poolside “Fuego Del Calor” music video.

Ozuna

Storch, who received his first credit as a lead artist for the reggaeton hip-hop single, casually smokes a cigar while the Ozuna and Tyga swap verses at sundown as things are just starting to heat up.

The trio’s summer forecast features Ozuna kicking off the track singing suave borderline raunchy Spanish lyrics like “Tú tiene’ algo que me hace delirar Yo no sé, el baile lo mezclo con el alcohol/ You have something that makes me delirious, the dancing I mix with alcohol.” Then, mid-song, Tyga comes in to take the Latin rhythms-influenced song to a whole other level.

“Fuego Del Calor” serves as a preview to Storch’s debut solo album due to arrive via Atlantic Records in the coming months.

The “Fuego Del Calor” music video was directed by Mike Ho.

Howie Dorough & the Backstreet Boys to Perform on Fox’s ‘New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey’ Special

Howie Dorough is ready to ring in the New Year with a bangin’ performance…

The 46-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his Backstreet Boys mates will take the stage for Fox’s third annual Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square special.

Backstreet Boys

Dorough and the Backstreet Boys join a lineup that includes LL Cool JDJ Z-Trip, the Chainsmokers, the Lumineers, Florida Georgia LineTygaand The Killers, along with celebrity appearances by Gordon RamsayWill Arnettand Jenna Dewan.

Maria Menounos and NFL ex-player Rob Gronkowskiwill co-host the evening, which will feature a performance by Angel Moralesand his fellow Village Peoplemembers as the group tries to set a world record for the largest YMCAdance.

The evening also will feature a WWE match with Roman Reigns.

The Fox party starts at 8:00 pm live from Manhattan, with a tape-delayed edition for the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

J Balvin Earns 17th No. 1 on Billboard Latin Airplay Chart with “Loco Contigo”

Make that 17 for J Balvin

The 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and rapper’s collaboration with DJ Snakeand Tyga, “Loco Contigo,”rises 2-1 on the BillboardLatin Airplaychart dated November 2. 

J Balvin

With the move, J Balvin goes into a four-way tie with Daddy YankeeRicky Martinand Romeo Santosfor the second-most No. 1s in the chart’s history , all with 17 (Enrique Iglesiascontinues at the helm with 30).

“Loco Contigo” arrives at the summit almost a year after DJ Snake claimed his first leader on the tally with “Taki Taki” (on the December 8, 2018-dated chart). Meanwhile, it marks the first No. 1 for American rapper Tygaon any BillboardLatin chart.  

The Spanglish track released via DJ Snake/Geffen/Interscopeon June 14, lands in the penthouse in its 14th week on the chart with 12.7 million in audience impressions (up 1%) earned in the week ending October 27, according to Nielsen Music.

Written by J Balvin, Tyga, Justin Quilesand DJ Snake, “Loco Contigo” is the sixth single off DJ Snake’s Carte Blanchealbum, which debuted at No. 2 on the Top Dance/Electronic Album Saleschart (August 10-dated list).As “Loco Contigo”  arrives at the pinnacle of Latin Airplay, it makes progress on other Latin rankings. The song climbs an equal 2-1 on both the Latin Pop Airplayand Latin Rhythm Airplaycharts.vaScript

J Balvin Collaborating with Chris Brown & Tyga on New Music

J Balvinis working on his latest high-profile collaboration… And he’s planning to release it soon.

The 33-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer has revealed that he’s working on a collaboration with  Chris Brown and Tyga — and that it’s coming any day. 

J Balvin

“It will be released soon. You have to wait until it’s out!” said J Balvin, refusing to dish more. 

J Balvin, who earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a featured artist on Cardi B’s “I Like It,” most recently collaborated with Rosalia on “Con Altura.”

Dash to Star in JD Dillard’s Urban Magic Thriller “Sleight”

Stacey Dash has landed the sleightest role…

The 48-year-old part-Mexican American actress, former Clueless star and Fox News contributor has joined the cast of JD Dillard’s Sleight from Diablo Entertainment.

Stacey Dash

Sleight is an urban magic thriller about a young Los Angeles street magician who is left to take care of his little sister after their mother’s death. He turns to drug dealing to keep a roof over their heads. After he has a run-in with his supplier and his sister is kidnapped, the magician has but no choice but to rely on his exceptional talents.

In addition to Dash, new cast members include Syechelle Gabriel, the 24-year-old part-Mexican American actress who appeared on TNT’s Falling Skies, Sasheer Zamata and Cameron Esposito.

The film stars Dulé Hill, Jacob Latimore and hip-hop artist Tyga.

Production begins this month.

Ortiz Joins the Cast of Voltage Pictures’ Untitled Detective Comedy Starring Bruce Willis

Victor Ortiz has landed his next movie role…

The 28-year-old Mexican American actor and former boxer has joined the cast of Voltage Pictures’ untitled detective comedy starring Bruce Willis.

Victor Ortiz

Ortize rounds out a cast that includes Tyga, Ken Davitian, David Arquette, John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Stephanie Sigman, Thomas Middleditch, Adrian Martinez, Kal Penn and Adam Goldberg.

Production began last month in Venice Beach on the film, which stars Willis as a down but not out L.A. private investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of bizarre circumstances find him doing the gang’s bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers, a loan shark’s goons, and a few other shady characters.

Mark and Robb Cullen, who also wrote the Willis-starring movie Cop Out, are directing the film.

Ortiz, a former WBC Welterweight champion and Dancing with the Stars competitor, has starred opposite Antonio Banderas in The Expendables 3 and Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw.