Yandel Partners with Rapetón Founder Angel “El Guru” Vera to Launch Talent Search Venture ‘Rapetón Approved’

Yandel is giving a hand up to the next generation…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer and record producer, whose real name is Llandel Veguilla Malavé, and Angel “El Guru” Vera, the founder of popular website and media brand Rapetón, have joined forces for a new venture called Rapetón Approved that will sign and promote up and coming acts.

Yandel

Rapetón Approved will sign new artists through Yandel’s label, Y Entertainment Records, and will help promote them via Rapetón’s platforms, including its website and YouTube channel.

Yandel is the latest among several Latin acts to launch or expand their label ventures in recent months. His longtime recording partner, Wisin, recently launched his own label with his manager, Walter Kolm.

Yandel, however, is partnering with a journalist, albeit one whose specialty is reggaeton and who has become a brand name within the genre.

“I’ve been following Angel’s growth for several years,” says Yandel. “I think he’s a natural A&R who truly wants to help new artists. I’m 100% convinced that with my record label, I can contribute to grow this Rapeton Approved, an idea Angel has been working on since 2016.”

Y Entertainment already has producers and artists signed to its roster, including Catalyna, Nesty and Izzy Guerra. However, the new Rapetón Approved will start from scratch in its search for talent, says Yandel’s manager, Andy Martínez, who helped piece the deal together.

Likewise, Rapetón will continue to function as it normally does, focused on covering the world of Latin urban music in general and the reggaeton in particular, where Guru is a widely respected fixture with a YouTube channel with over 900k subscribers.

“We are ready to support those who want to be successful in this industry and we’re doing it hand in hand with professionals who know their jobs,” added Guru. “There are no barriers to making dreams come true.”

The Natti Natasha-Executive-Produced YouTube Originals’ Series “Bravas” Launching This Week

Natti Natasha is expanding her creative realm…

The 33-year-old Dominican singer and songwriter is launching a new stage in her career as an executive producer for YouTube Originals’ upcoming series Bravas.

Natti Natasha

The eight-episode series, produced by Cinema Giants and directed and executive produced by Jessy Terrero, tells the story of three friends and aspiring artists –Mila (Audri Nix), Roja (Nohemy) and Ashley (Amanda Antonella) — who form a musical group called La Milagrosa and are on a mission to find their place in the world.

“Through music, they want to talk about the issues that are happening in their lives,” Natasha tells Billboard. “They are using their voices to vent as women. We’re going to see the things that girls and women go through in order to reach their goals, such as people not believing in you and the sacrifices.”

Bravas, which is written and produced by Kisha Burgos, is also a celebration of Latin music and culture.

“I immediately said ‘yes,’” Natasha said of her role as executive producer. “This is my first time ever and I’m very happy. I’m always going to try to serve as a platform and be a voice for all girls and women.”

The series, which began developing before the global pandemic, also counts the participation of artists like WisinJon ZDe La Ghetto and more. “They’re all going to be acting. It’s going to be interesting to see them in this light,” Natasha says.

Bravas will premiere at 6:00 pm ET on Wednesday on Natti Natasha’s YouTube channel.

Anitta to Take Part in Special One-On-One Conversation with Ryan Tedder at This Year’s Virtual Latin Music Week

Anitta is ready to open up about being a girl from Rio

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer, who recently released the Cardi B & Myke Towers collaboration “Me Gusta,” will take part in this year’s virtual Latin Music Week (Oct. 20-23).

AnittaAnitta joins a list of new additions to the roster that includes Anuel AA, Becky G, Nicky JamLos Tigres del Norte and Wisin.

Anitta and producer and lead singer of OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder, will take part in a one-on-one conversation about working together on Anitta’s forthcoming album, Girl From Rio and much more.

Puerto Rican rapper and Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist Anuel AA will be joined by his close friend, Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx, to talk about their upcoming joint music and film projects, including a documentary on Anuel’s life, produced by Anuel, Foxx, and RD Whittington.

Mexican-American hitmaker Becky G will join Jorge and Hernán Hernández from the iconic norteño group Los Tigres del Norte to discuss the role artists currently play in engaging voters and the immigrant experience as seen by two generations of iconic Mexican American artists.

Reggaeton star Nicky Jam will discuss the process behind his songs with Billboard’s Latin industry lead Leila Cobo for the “Sony ATV Iconic Songwriter” panel.

And Latin urban superstar Wisin will be joined by Latin music executive Walter Kolm to chat about how the two are expanding into their own label operations, how they are discovering new talent and creating new and novel marketing and promotions strategies in the music business, in a panel moderated by Enrique Santos, chairman and chief creative officer of iHeart Latino.

The newly-announced panelists join a star-studded Latin Music Week that will also feature superstar speakers like J Balvin, Maluma, Jennifer Lopez, Rosalía, Ozuna, Carlos Vives, Sech and Camilo. This year’s Latin Music Week, which was originally scheduled to take place April 20-23 in Las Vegas, NV and was postponed due to COVID-19.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary as the longest-running and biggest Latin music industry, the three day immersive experience dedicated to Latin Music, culture and entertainment, will feature intimate artist conversations, industry panels, workshops and performances. Additional participants and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. To reserve a spot and receive updates, RSVP here.

Jessie Reyez to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards,

Jessie Reyez is celebrating her Latin roots…

The 29-year-old Colombian-Canadian singer and Grammy nominee will perform at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, which are less than a month away.

Jessie Reyez

 

Reyez joins a roster of newly confirmed A-list artists set to perform at the Billboard awards show.

Reyez joins a roster of new additions to the lineup that includes Anuel AA, Banda MS, Carlos Vives, Chesca, Daddy Yankee, Kendo Kaponi, Luis Fonsi, Manuel Turizo, Pablo Alborán, Paulina Rubio, Pitbull, Rauw Alejandro, Raymix, Reik, and Yandel.

They join the previously announced performers Armando Manzanero, Black Eyed Peas, Farruko, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Jesse & Joy, Maluma, Myke Towers, Ozuna, Sech, and Wisin.

The 2020 BLMAs, led by top finalists Bad Bunny and Ozuna, are the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, the awards are determined by the actual sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social data that informs Billboard‘s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 2, 2019, through this year’s January 25 charts.

The event is coinciding with Billboard’s Latin Music Week 30th anniversary, a three-day virtual experience dedicated to Latin music, culture, and entertainment, The Billboard Latin Music Awards 2020 will broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 21 via Telemundo.

For more information and to RSVP for Latin Music Week, visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.

Sammy Colon Named the Winner of Telemundo’s “La Voz”

Sammy Colon is voicing his excitement…  

The 32-year-old Puerto Rican singer has been crowned the winner of the second season of Telemundo’s La Voz.

Sammy Colon

Colon, a member of Carlos Vives’ team, not only won the highly coveted trophy. He also takes home a $200,000 cash prize and a recording contract with Universal Music Group.

After Telemundo paused production on the show due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the grand finale, which aired Sunday night, comes less than a month after the network resumed the show with coaches Alejandra Guzmán, Vives, Luis Fonsi and Wisin, and the remaining 28 contestants to kick-off “Los Enfrentamientos” or Cross Battles.

Ultimately nabbing the most audience votes, Colon takes the title, followed by finalists Jose Class (Team Fonsi), Sugeily Cardona (Team Guzman), and Andrea Serrano (Team Wisin).

“Thank you to everyone who voted at home,” Vives said during the show. “Sammy is very deserving of this title. Thank you for believing in this boricua.”

Colon dedicated his win to all the 80-plus contestants who formed part of the competition.

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Colon is the second winner of La Voz U.S., following the winning voice Jeidimar Rijos of Team Fonsi on the inaugural season in 2019. Colon also became the second Puerto Rican to win the competition.

Wisin Launches Own Record Label, La Base Music

Wisin is set to help new Latin artists… 

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper, singer and record producer, one half of the Wisin & Yandel, has launched his own record label, La Base Music, in an effort to support up-and-coming Latin talent.

Wisin

Wisin says he was inspired to become a resource for young talent and help foster their careers following his stints as a coach on reality television shows La Voz and La Banda.

“There is so much talent out on the streets and there are artists who don’t have the tools to achieve great things or don’t have any direction in their career,” says Wisin. “It was just a matter of time for me to do something like this and I have been working on creating a top-level studio that can compete with any other studio around the world.”

Headquartered in Wisin’s native Puerto Rico, La Base Music launches with new signees Chris Andrew and Abdiel Larralde, who will soon release new music under the label.

“Our new artists have potential and the hunger to grow,” adds Wisin. “That’s the most important thing for us here at La Base. Attitude is everything. I’m looking for people who want to grow but also listen. We are here with the intention of making good music. And it’s not just new artists we are collaborating with. We actually just finished Ozuna‘salbum at La Base and we’re almost done with Wisin & Yandel’sforthcoming album.”

La Base Music’s resident engineer and award-winning producers include Hyde Quimico and Los Legendarios who have worked with Latin superstars like Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and Reik.

Although La Base Music will be distributed by The Orchard via WK RecordsWalter Kolm‘s recently-launched imprint (Kolm’s WK Entertainment manages Wisin), all artistic decisions will be taken independently.

“All the decisions and everything that has to do with our artists, I will be in charge of that,” Wisin explains.

Wisin says he doesn’t take this new venture lightly as it comes with great responsibility. “I’m grateful that life has given me the opportunity to become a resource for artists who maybe in three or four years will be great musicians. It’s very fulfilling and it makes me proud that I can still contribute to music in that way.

Daddy Yankee Earns Eighth No. 1 of the Year on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Que Tire Pa Lante”

Make that eight in a row for Daddy Yankee

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer nabs his eighth straight No. 1 of the year, and 18th overall, on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated December 21 as “Que Tire Pa Lante” hits No. 1 in its eighth week on the list.

Daddy Yankee

The dancehall uptempo reggaetón track, released October 18, adds to the list of now 18 leaders on the chart for Daddy Yankee, which dates back to 2005 when the 15-week ruler “Rompe” arrived at No. 1 in its fourth week.

Daddy Yankee now ties with J Balvinfor the second-most leaders on the Latin Airplay chart, which began in 1994, both with 18, trailing only Enrique Iglesiaswho continues at the helm with 30.

“Que Tire Pa Lante,” which features uncredited cameos by Anuel AADarellNatti NatashaWisin and Lennox, leads through a 28% boost in audience impressions (to 9.4 million) in the week ending December 15, according to Nielsen Music.

With “Que Tire Pa Lante” at the helm Daddy Yankee rises to 64 weeks in the penthouse for his Latin Airplay chart career, the third and only urban act with the most weeks at the summit, behind Latin pop acts Iglesias (160) and Shakira (68).

Here’s a look at Daddy Yankee’s entire No. 1 collection on Latin Airplay:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Daddy Yankee), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1

“Rompe,” 15, Dec. 10, 2005
“Lovumba (Prestige),” one, Feb. 25, 2012
“La Nueva y La Ex,” one, Feb. 08, 2014
“Nota de Amor,” Wisin + Carlos Vives, featuring Daddy Yankee, one, April 25, 2015
“Sígueme y Te Sigo,” one, May 23, 2015
“Vaiven,” one, Jan. 23, 2016
“Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi, featuring Justin Bieber, 19, March 11, 2017
“Todo Comienza En La Disco,” Wisin featuring Yandel & Daddy Yankee, one, March 10, 2018
“Dura,” five, March 17, 2018
“Zum Zum,” with RKM & Ken-Y & Arcangel, one, Nov. 17, 2018
“Con Calma,” featuring Snow, eight, March 16, 2019
“Baila Baila Baila,” with Ozuna, J Balvin, Farruko & Anuel AA, one, May 11, 2019
“Soltera,” with Lunay & Bad Bunny, two, July 13, 2019
“No Lo Trates,” with Pitbull & Natti Natasha, one, Sept. 14, 2019
“Runaway,” with Sebastian Yatra, Jonas Brothers & Natti Natasha, one, Oct. 5, 2019
“China,” with Anuel AA, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin, two, Sept. 21, 2019
“Si Supieras,” with Wisin & Yandel, one, Oct. 22, 2019
“Qu Tire Pa Lante,” one (to date), Dec. 21, 2019

Daddy Yankee, meanwhile, nets his 26th Latin Rhythm AirplayNo. 1 as “Qu Tire Pa Lante” moves 3-1. He extends his record for the most crowns (26), since the chart’s inception in 2005.

J Balvin & Bad Bunny’s “Que Pretendes” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

It’s J Balvin’s quinceañera on the charts…

The 34-year-oldColombian reggaeton singerhas nabbed his 15th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with his collaboration with Bad Bunny, “Que Pretendes.”

J Balvin & Bad Bunny

J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s singerlifts 2-1 on the chart dated August 10. 

It’s the first single off their collaborative eight-track album, Oasis (released June 28), advances with 13.8 million audience impressions (up 35%) earned in the week ending August 4, according to Nielsen Music.

J Balvin breaks away from a four-way tie with Carlos VivesShakira, and Wisin who have each claimed 14 No. 1s thus far. J Balvin now places as the act with the third-most leaders in the chart’s history which began in 1994. Bad Bunny, meanwhile, claims his sixth.

Beyond the “Que Pretendes” coronation, each act has nabbed two other No. 1s in 2019. J Balvin claimed his first No. 1 of the year when “Reggaeton” hit the top in its 13th week (chart dated April 6). His collaboration on Ozuna’s remix, “Baila Baila Baila,” alongside Daddy YankeeFarruko and Anuel AA, secured a spot atop the list just a little over a month after.

Bad Bunny’s “Soltera,” with Lunayand Daddy Yankee arrived at No. 1 on the July 13-dated tally (a two-week reign), while “Callaita,” with compatriot producer Tainy, landed at the summit last week (Aug. 3-dated list).

Alejandro Sanz’s Collab with Camila Cabello “Mi Persona Favorita” Certied Gold by the RIAA

Alejandro Sanz is golden…

The 50-year-old Spanish singer’s collaboration with Camila Cabello, “Mi Persona Favorita,” has been certified gold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico by the RIAA.

Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz

The flamenco pop ballad is part of Sanz’s latest album #ElDisco, and it carries a positive message by highlighting all of the beautiful qualities a person has.

Sanz and Cabello released the track on March 28. The song has reached No. 1 in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama.

On August 28, Sanz will be kicking off his #LaGiratour in Chicago which is set to visit 15 cities including two shows in Miami, FL.

Today, RIAA also handed out certifications to works by several Latin acts, including Marc Anthonywith his album OpusGuaynaa’s “Rebota,” and “Si Me Das Tu Amor” by Carlos Vivesand Wisin

See the full list here.

Leslie Grace to Headline the Fiesta de la Flor, Honoring Selena Quintanilla

Leslie Gracewill be in full bloom this summer…

The Fiesta de la Flor festival, which is dedicated to celebrating the life and music of Selena Quintanilla, returns for its fifth year to the late Tejano singer’s hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. 

Leslie Grace

The 24-year-old Dominican American singer/songwriter has been announced as the headliner of the second day, where she’ll be joined onstage by many special guests, including FarinaLuis Coronel and Noriel, to sing some of her hit singles.

Grace will also be joined by Texas-based producers Play-N-Skillz, who together with Wisin and Frankie J dropped a fresh cover of Selena’s “Si Una Vez” in 2016.

“Headlining Fiesta de la Flor will be such a full circle moment for me because, in a way, I’ll be able to officially say thank you [to Selena] for showing me, and so many like me, that our dreams are valid and worth fighting for by simply being who we are,” Grace said in a statement.

Fiesta de la Flor will take place April 12 and 13 in Corpus Christi, Texas.