J Balvin to Release New Single “Machika,” Featuring Anitta, This Month

J Balvin is returning with new music…

The 32-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is set to release his new single “Machika,” featuring Anitta and Jeon Arvani, on January 19.

J Balvin

After teasing his fans for several weeks, on Monday afternoon J Balvin finally revealed the release date for the new track.

The single follows J Balvin’s smash hit “Mi Gente,” which topped the Hot Latin Songs chart and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

J Balvin is set to perform at Calibash 2018, joining Jennifer LopezWisin y YandelBad Bunny, Ozuna, Becky GNatti Natasha and French Montana, who are also confirmed for the show.

Jennifer Lopez to Perform at Calibash 2018

Jennifer Lopez will be bashful next year…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican superstar will perform at the 11th annual mega concert Calibash when it returns to the Staples Center on January 20, 2018, as announced by Los Angeles party station Mega 96.3FM.

Jennifer Lopez

Touted as the largest Latin concert in LA, Calibash celebrates the best in hip-hop, urban, tropical, pop and R&B with some of the industry’s top performers and recording artists.

Previous showstoppers include Chris BrownDon OmarDaddy YankeeJustin Bieber and Pitbull. This year’s star-studded lineup promises to continue a tradition of bringing down the house, combining a bevy of veteran entertainers and freshmen heavy hitters.

In addition to Lopez, the 2018 Calibash lineup includes J Balvin, Wisin y YandelBad BunnyOzunaBecky GNatti Natasha and French Montana.

“The 2018 Calibash is a one-of-a-kind celebration that showcases the wide variety of Latin Urban music we play every day on our top Hispanic millennial station in Los Angeles Mega 96.3FM,” Alessandra Alarcón SBS West Coast said in a statement. “In 11 years, the festival has exceeded even our own expectations. We’re thrilled to be returning to the Staples Center for the 2018 Calibash. It promises to be a can’t-miss night.”

Tickets are officially on sale. For more information, visit here.

 

Lopez Working on New, All-Spanish Album Alongside Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez is switching tongues…

The 47-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress is hard at work on a new, all-Spanish album, alongside ex-husband Marc Anthony, who will act as executive producer, according to Billboard.

Jennifer Lopez

The album is scheduled for release in 2017, with the first single from the new production set to drop in November.

It will be Lopez’s first all-Spanish album in a decade. Back in 2007, she released her Spanish-language debut, Como Ama una Mujer, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and, at the time, was only the fifth Spanish-language album to debut in the top 10 of the all-genre chart.

Como Ama una Mujer was co-produced by Anthony, who now comes in as an executive producer on Lopez’s new album via an alliance with his entertainment company, Magnus Media, and Sony Music Latin, which will release the effort.

Magnus also will provide consulting services to Lopez for the Hispanic market in marketing, content development and touring.

“I am so excited and really looking forward to this new musical journey and to celebrate my Latin roots with Marc Anthony and the Sony/Magnus family,” Lopez said Thursday in a statement.

Lopez hasn’t really stopped celebrating her Latin roots. In the past few years, she’s had several high-profile collaborations with Latin acts, including Pitbull (“On the Floor”), Wisin y Yandel (“Follow the Leader”), Wisin and Ricky Martin (“Adrenalina”), Prince Royce and Pitbull (“Back It Up”) and, of course, Anthony.

Most recently, Lopez recorded “Love Make the World Go Round” with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“[Jennifer] has had enormous accomplishments in her career and has been representing our culture all over the world from day one,” Anthony said in a statement. “Her artistry, professionalism and passion for music are just some of the many attributes that have earned her a unique place in the entertainment world that very few people have been able to obtain. I am looking forward to our creative collaboration and to be part of continuing her musical legacy.”

Expectations are high surrounding Lopez’s new Spanish set. At the time of its release in 2007, Como Ama una Mujer set the record for the largest sales week for an act’s debut Spanish-language album. That mark would later be topped by Romeo Santos, but Lopez still maintains the record among female artists.

“Jennifer is one of the most iconic Latina superstars of all time and a longtime member of the Sony family,” added Afo Verde, chairman and CEO, Latin America, Spain and Portugal, Sony Music Entertainment. “We’re very excited to partner with her and Marc on a project that is all about spotlighting her spirit and soul.”

Aside from her recording career, Lopez is currently working on season 2 of her hit NBC series Shades of Blue. In December she will complete the first year of her All I Have residency in Las Vegas at the AXIS Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Ha*Ash Named a Guest Act on Ricky Martin’s One World Tour

Ha*Ash will be livin’ la vida loca with Ricky Martin

The Mexican American pop duo, comprised of sisters Hanna Nicole Pérez Mosa and Ashley Grace Pérez Mosa, will serve as one of the guest acts on the U.S. leg of Martin’s One World Tour.

Ha*Ash

Beginning on September 15, the tour will feature 25 dates Stateside. 20 of those dates will feature either Ha*Ash or reggaeton star Wisin as guest acts.

Martin will play his initial two shows at the Axis at Planet Hollywood and the Grand Sierra Grand Theater in Reno on September 15 and 16, respectively. He’ll be joined by Ha*Ash opening night and then again beginning Sept. 17 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The duo will open for Martin in 10 West Coast stops, including the Forum in Los Angeles and Viejas Arena in San Diego.

Then, on Oct. 1, Wisin will join Martin at Madison Square Garden and will also perform 10 dates with him, including Miami’s American Airlines Arena.

While having opening acts or guest acts in major tours is a normal part of doing business for mainstream acts, big Latin stars rarely tour with opening acts. One of the first to change that was Enrique Iglesias, who’s been touring with supporting acts for years and playing an instrumental role in catapulting them to success.

In Wisin’s case, he already is a major star who toured massive arenas as part of the duo Wisin y Yandel.

In this case, he says, touring with Martin was about “mutual respect.” Martin is featured in Wisin’s hit single “Adrenalina” (which also featured Jennifer Lopez) and will also sing on Wisin’s upcoming single, “Que se sienta el deseo.”

“Ever since we recorded ‘Adrenalina’ it’s clear to me that people enjoy hearing us together,” said Wisin.

“By the time I go on tour with him in October, the track should be strong in radio.”

On their end, Ha*Ash will perform an acoustic set with their group, which has been touring Mexico, Latin America and Spain. The duo just released their new single in the U.S., “Lo aprendí de tí.”

“We’re thrilled with the invitation,” said Hannah. “We love that Ricky is lending us his stage and his audience.”

Beyond Martin, more and more Latin acts are touring with opening acts. Juanes is currently on tour with alt chanteuse Ximena Sariñana. And J Balvin will go on tour with Becky G in September.

RICKY MARTIN ‘ONE WORLD’
Sept. 15 – Las Vegas – Axis at Planet Hollywood
Sept. 16 – Reno – Grand Sierra, Grand Theater
Sept. 17 – Oakland – Oracle Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 19 – Los Ángeles – The Forum – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 20 – San Diego – Viejas Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 23 – Tucson – Anselmo Valencia Amp
Sept. 24 – Albuquerque – Sandia Casino
Sept. 26 – Phoenix – Comerica Theatre – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 27 – El Paso – El Paso County Coliseum – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 29 – Hidalgo – State Farm Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 30 – Houston – Toyota Center – Con Ha*Ash
Oct. 1 – Laredo – Laredo Energy Arena con Ha*Ash
Oct. 3 – San Antonio – Freeman Coliseum con Ha*Ash
Oct. 4 – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion – con Ha*Ash
Oct. 8 – Nueva York – Madison Square Garden – con Wisin
Oct. 9 – Washington – Patriot Center – con Wisin
Oct. 11 – Chicago – Allstate Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 14 – Montreal (Canadá) Bell Centre – con Wisin
Oct. 15 – Toronto (Canadá) – Air Canada Center – con Wisin
Oct. 17 – Atlantic City – Boardwalk Hall – con Wisin
Oct. 18 – Uncasville – Mohegan Sun Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 21 – Durham – Durham Perf Arts Centre
Oct. 22 – Atlanta – Philips Arena con Wisin
Oct. 24 – Miami – American Airlines Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 25 – Orlando – Amway Center – con Wisin

Prince Royce Ties Romeo Santos for Most Premio Lo Nuestro Nods

Call it a “battle of the bachateros”

Romeo Santos and Prince Royce will battle it out for top honors at Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro during the show’s 25th anniversary on February 21, 2013.

Prince Royce

The 31-year-old Dominican/Puerto Rican singer, the former front man for Aventura, and the 23-year-old Dominican singer tied for most nods, at seven each. Santos and Prince Royce will battle it ou for Tropical Album of the Year, Tropical Male Artist of the Year, and Tropical Song of the Year.

Reggaeton superstar Don Omar, meantime, received six nods, including Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year for his mega duet with Natti Natasha, “Dutty Love,” and Album of the Year for his Don Omar Presents Meet The Orphans 2: New Generation.

Barcelona-raised urban artist Juan Magan is up for Best New Artist, along with four other awards. He faces stiff competition from 3Ball MTY, who cleaned up at this year’s Billboard’s Mexican Music Awards.

Mexican rock group Maná earned six nominations, and will compete against with Don Omar, Jenni Rivera, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho and Santos in the Artist of the Year category.

Sibling duo Jesse & Joy, the big winners at the Latin Grammys, are up for five awards, including Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “¡Corre!” as well as Album of the Year for ¿Con Quién Se Queda el Perro?.

Juanes was recognized for his critically acclaimed MTV Unplugged album with four nods, tied with Beto Cuevas and Victor Manuelle.

Daddy Yankee, Alejandro Sanz, Paulina Rubio, Ricardo Arjona, Chino y Nacho, Gerardo Ortiz, La Original Banda El Limón, La Banda El Recodo and Wisin y Yandel each earned three nods.

View the full list of 130 nominations in 33 different categories here and cast your vote until December 23, then tune into Univision on February 21 for the awards show.

Santos Named MTV Tr3s’ Latino Artist of the Year

Demi Lovato isn’t the only Hispanic artist to pick up a first-ever Moonman

Romeo Santos, who released his debut solo album last month after serving as the front man for Aventura, earned MTV Tr3s’ Mejor Artista Latino 2012 award during a Spanish-subtitled transmission of the MTV Video Music Awards.

Romeo Santos

The 31-year-old Dominican-American, who sold out Madison Square Garden twice last year, beat out some serious competition for the award: Jennifer Lopez, Wisin y Yandel, Pitbull and Juanes.

“To receive the award leaves me speechless,” says Santos in a statement. “I owe it to all the votes [I received] from my fans. Thank you, what a blessing!”

The Spanish-subtitled transmission of the MTV VMA show will be broadcast on September 15 at 9:00 pm ET on MTV Tr3s.

Earlier this year, Santos picked up two awards at the Premios Juventud, including Most Played Album for his first solo venture, Fórmula Vol 1.

Lopez to Release First Greatest Hits Album…

It’s been a lucky 13 years of making memorable music for Jennifer Lopez… And, now she’s celebrating her success with 13 dancetastic tracks…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress—who is currently on her first world tour—will release her first best-of collection of songs next month through Epic Records.

Jennifer Lopez

Entitled Dance Again… The Hits, Lopez’s greatest hits album will include a pair of previously unreleased songs: “Dance Again,” the Pitbull-assisted single that peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 last month, as well as “Goin’ In,” featuring Flo Rida, which Lopez premiered during the American Idol finale in May.

In addition, The Hits will include some of Lopez’s biggest hits; including “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “On the Floor,” “If You Had My Love” and her “I’m Real” remix featuring Ja Rule.

Lopez’s hits package will arrive in stores shortly after her summer tour with Enrique Iglesias and opening act Wisin Y Yandel kicks off July 14 in Montreal, on July 24.

Lopez—who claim the top spot on one of YouTube‘s “Rewind” lists last year—has enjoyed a remarkable comeback with the release of her studio album Love? and her stint on the American Idol judges panel. La Lopez has yet to confirm her return to Idol for a third season next year.

Here is the track list for Lopez’s Dance Again … The Hits:

1. Dance Again featuring Pitbull
2. Goin’ In featuring Flo Rida
3. I’m Into You featuring Lil Wayne
4. On the Floor featuring Pitbull
5. Love Don’t Cost A Thing
6. If You Had My Love
7. Waiting for Tonight
8. Get Right featuring Fabolous
9. Jenny From the Block (Track Masters Remix featuring Styles P. & Jadakiss)
10. I’m Real (Remix featuring Ja Rule)
11. Do It Well
12. Ain’t It Funny (Remix featuring Ja Rule & Caddillac Tah)
13. Feelin’ So Good (Remix featuring Big Pun & Fat Joe)

Lopez Kicks Off Her World Tour in Sizzling Style…

It’s one down and 26 to go for Jennifer Lopez

The  42-year-old Puerto Rican pop star kicked off her international summer tour at the Figali Convention Center in Panama City, Panama on Thursday.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez—who will be performing solo in Latin America before being joined by Enrique Iglesias and Wisin Y Yandel in Canada and the United States—wowed the crowd in several looks created by designer Zuhair Murad, who was the mastermind behind the American Idol judge’s show-stopping dress at this year’s Academy Awards.

Jennifer Lopez

Touring for the first time in four and a half years, Lopez kicked off the show by performing her hit “On The Floor” in a sheer, nude and crystal-adorned bodysuit that showed offer her curves.

Lopez later changed into another revealing outfit, a barely there red getup with a flowing robe over a fringe-filled mini skirt with matching tank top. Click here to check out Murad’s sketches!

Lopez’s next stop will be in Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday. Click here to see all her upcoming tour dates.

Lopez Rocks Dramatic Tattoos in “Follow the Leader” Video

Now tat’s one way to make an impression…

Wisin & Yandel have just released the music video for the duo’s latest single “Follow the Leader,” a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez.

But while the dancetastic Spanglish song will get you moving las caderas, it’s the 42-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer’s body art that’s causing quite a stir.

Jennifer Lopez's Follow the Leader Video

In the clip, la Lopez appears shirtless with the word “lideres” tattooed across her collarbone, as well as what appears to be a dragon emblazoned on her back.

Shot in Acapulco, Mexico, the video showcases the American Idol judge dancing on a rooftop with the reggaeton superstars, moviendo las caderas and writhing seductively.

Jennifer Lopez's Follow the Leader Video

Lopez—who will be embarking on a tour with Enrique Iglesias and Wisin Y Yandel this summer—is also spotted traipsing through the city while being chased by her friends (crashing through windows and making massive jumps all the while), as well as topless to showcase her temporary body art.

Lopez is hoping to have her sexy new “Follow the Leader” video break a viewing record. She tweeted  Friday, “Let’s break the record Vevo, 5M views in 24 hours!”

Lopez & Iglesias to Co-Headline North American Tour

Last fall, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias joined voices on the single “Mouth 2 Mouth”… And now they’re preparing to join forces to co-headline a North American tour.

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress and 36-year-old Spanish singer/songwriter have announced plans for a 16-city concert tour this summer, with more dates to be announced soon.

Jennifer Lopez & Enrique Iglesias

“I’m so excited to be spending this summer out on the road,” said Iglesias in a statement. “There is no better feeling than being out on stage in front of all my fans.”

Meanwhile, Wisin Y Yandelwho recently collaborated with Lopez on the track “Follow the Leader”—will open for the American Idol judge and Iglesias on the tour.

“We are going to give you everything we got,” Lopez said. “I think it’s going to be one of the most historic tours ever. Because I don’t know that there has ever been something … where these Latinos have come together like this as family.”

Promoted by AEG Live, the tour will kick off in Montreal on July 14. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Here are the announced dates for the Lopez/Iglesias/Wisin Y Yandel tour:

July 14: Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
July 17: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
July 20: Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
July 25: Boston, MA (TD Garden)
July 28: Washington DC (Verizon Center)
July 29: Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
August 3: Chicago, IL (United Center)
August 8: San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion at San Jose)
August 11: Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
August 16: Los Angeles, CA (STAPLES Center)
August 18: Las Vegas, NV (Mandalay Bay Resort)
August 23: San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)
August 25: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
August 26: Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
August 29: Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
August 31: Miami, FL (AmericanAirlines Arena)