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.

J Balvin Leads Pack of Heat Latin Music Awards Nominees

J Balvin is feeling the Heat, and the love…

HTV has announced the nominees for the Heat Latin Music Awards 2019, with the 33-year-old Colombian urban singer leading the list of nominated artists with five nods.

J Balvin

J Balvin is nominated in the Best Male Artist and Best Urban Artist categories, Meanwhile, his “Machika” track with Jeon and Anitta earned nods for Best Video and Best Collaboration, where he’ll compete against himself after a earning a second nod in the category for appearing on Bad Bunny’s “Sensualidad” single alongside Prince Royce.

Ozuna earned four nominations.

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin Trap singer is nominated for Best Male Artist and Best Urban Artist, while his Reik & Wisin collaboration “Me Niego” and Natti Natasha collab “Criminal” are both up for Best Collaboration.

Sebastián Yatra also has four nods…

The 24-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter is up for Best Male Artist and Best Pop Artist; his single “Por Perro,” featuring Luis Figueroa and Lary Over, is nominated for Best Video; and his single with Carlos Vives, “Robarte Un Beso” earned a nod in the Best Collaboration category.

Meanwhile, Greeicy, Karol G and Anitta have tied for the most nominations for a female artist with three each.

The 26-year-old Colombian actress and singer, whose full name is Greeicy Rendon, is up for Best Female Artist and Best New Artist, while her single “Amantes” with Mike Bahia is nominated in the Best Collaboration category.

Karol G is nominated for Best Female Artist, and she’s the only female up for Best Urban Artist. The 27-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and songwriter’s clip for her single “Pineapple” is nominated for Best Video.

Anitta has earned a nod in the Best Female Artist, while her collaboration with J Balvin and Jeon, “Machika” is up for Best Video and Best Collaboration.

The Heat Latin Music Awards are made in Latin American territory with a large component of popular voting, which aims to become a milestone in the music industry by awarding the main stars of Latin music.

Heat Latin Music Awards will broadcast live on May 13 from Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Male Artist
Carlos Vives
Luis Fonsi
Maluma
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos
Sebastián Yatra
Nicky Jam

Best Female Artist
Karol G
Natti Natasha
Becky G
Farina
Rosalía
Greeicy
Anitta

Best Group
Piso 21
Reik
Mau Y Ricky
CNCO
Chocquibtown
Zion & Lennox
Morat

Best Rock Artist
Juanes
Café Tacvba
Bomba Estéreo
Aterciopelados
Los Cafres
Los Pericos

Best Pop Artist
Jencarlos Canela
Sin Bandera
Sanluis
Sebastián Yatra
Manuel Medrano
Andrés Cepeda
Paty Cantú
Pablo Alborán​

Best Urban Artist
Ozuna
Karol G
Maluma
J Balvin
Farruko
Nicky Jam
Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee

Best Tropical Artist
Roberto Antonio
Eddy Herrera
Víctor Manuelle
Silvestre Dangond
Jerry Rivera
Gabriel
Carlos Vives

Best Southern Artist
Mon Laferte
Rombai
Agapornis
Daniela Darcourt
Lali Espósito
Los Caligaris
Américo

Best North Artist
Marielle
Gabriel
Manni Cruz
Melendi
Juan Magán
Mozart La Para
Vicente García​

Best Andean Artist
Pipe Bueno
Tomás The Latin Boy
Alkilados
Chyno Miranda
Wolfine
Mike Bahía
Mirella Cesa

Best New Artist
Greeicy
Mark B
Anuel Aa
Manuel Turizo
Paulo Londra
Daniela Darcourt
Ventino

Best Video
Dura: Daddy Yankee
Échame La Culpa: Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato
Pineapple: Karol G
Machika: J Balvin, Jeon, Anitta
Por Perro: Sebastian Yatra Ft. Luis Figueroa, Lary Over.
A Tan Solo Una Hora: Gabriel
Pa Dentro: Juanes
Déjate Llevar: Juan Magán, Belinda, Manuel Turizo, Snova, B-Case

Best Collaboration
Amantes: Greeicy, Mike Bahia
Felices Los 4: Maluma, Marc Anthony
Me Niego: Reik, Ozuna, Wisin
Robarte Un Beso: Carlos Vives, Sebastian Yatra
Machika: J. Balvin, Jeon, Anitta
Sensualidad: Bad Bunny, Prince Royce, J Balvin
Krippy Kush Remix: Farruko, Nicki Minaj, Bad Bunny
Criminal: Natti Natasha, Ozuna

Maluma to Receive Extraordinary Evolution Award at the Latin American Music Awards

Maluma has evolved big time…

The 24-year-old Colombian superstar is set to receive the Extraordinary Evolution Award at this year’s Latin American Music Awards (Latin AMAs), Telemundo has announced.

Maluma

Maluma is also confirmed to perform at the fourth annual show to be held from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, on October 25.

Maluma has placed 24 songs on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart, nine of which went to No. 1: “Borro Cassette” (2015), “El Perdedor” featuring Yandel (2016), “Sin Contrato” that featured a version with Fifth Harmony and another with Don Omar & Wisin (2017), “Vente Pa’ Ca” by Ricky Martin featuring Maluma (2016), Shakira’s “Chantaje” featuring Maluma (2016), “Felices los 4” (2017), “Corazón” with Nego do Borel (2018), “El Préstamo” (2018, leading for 2 weeks), and “El Clavo” by Prince Royce featuring Maluma (Sept. 1, 2018).

His sophomore album, Pretty Boy Dirty Boydebuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in 2015, and his latest album, F.A.M.E.debuted at No. 1 this June and currently stands at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

On social media, Maluma has reached an astonishing 17.5M subscribers on YouTube, 35.5M on Instagram, 5.6M on Facebook and 5.6M on Twitter.

Produced by Telemundo and Somos Productions, the fourth annual Latin AMAs pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic Latin artists, as voted by the fans in the tradition of the American Music Awards.

The list of top nominees this year include J Balvin (9), Ozuna (9), Nicky Jam (8), Daddy Yankee (6), Bad Bunny (5), Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga (5), Christian Nodal (5), Luis Fonsi (4), Maluma (4), Romeo Santos (4), Shakira (4) and Wisin (4).

Cardi B, Christian Nodal, PitbullCNCO, Ludacris, Prince Royce, Becky G, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Leslie Grace, Flo Rida, Tini, and Alvaro Soler are confirmed to perform during the three-hour live show of the 2018 Latin AMAs.

Carlos Vives Earns 14th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Hoy Tengo Tiempo (Pinta Sensual)”

Carlos Vives is back in familiar territory…

The 57-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter and actor leads Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Hoy Tengo Tiempo (Pinta Sensual)” as the song rises 10-1 on the chart dated September 22.

Carlos Vives

It catapults to the No. 1 spot with a 51 percent gain in audience impressions to 13.5 million in the week ending September 16, according to Nielsen Music.

It’s Vives’ 14th No. 1 on the chart, dating back to “Fruta Fresca,” which jumped to No. 1 on the January 8, 2000-dated chart, reigning for six weeks. He now ties Romeo Santos and Wisin for the third-most No. 1s, trailing only Enrique Iglesias with 30 and Ricky Martin with 17.

“We aim at making songs which reach people’s hearts, not really thinking about rankings,” Vives says. “It will always be a nice surprise to be No. 1 on Billboard.Thank you, all.”

“Hoy Tengo Tiempo” is Vives’ second leader of the year. It follows “Robarte Un Beso,” his collaboration with Sebastian Yatra, which led for one week (January 13).

Concurrently, “Hoy Tengo Tiempo” continues to lead the Tropical Song sairplay chart for a fourth consecutive week.

Ozuna & J Balvin Lead the Pack of Latin American Music Awards Nominees with Nine Each

Ozuna and J Balvin are the men of the hour…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer and the 33-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer lead the list of nominees for the 2018 Latin American Music Awards (Latin AMAs) with nine nods each.

Ozuna & J Balvin

Close behind is Nicky Jam with eight nods; Daddy Yankee with six; Bad Bunny, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga and Christian Nodal with five; and Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Romeo Santos, Shakira and Wisin with four nods each.

In the tradition of the American Music Awards (AMAs), the Latin AMAs pay tribute to the top Latin artists in the market today with fans voting for the ultimate winners.

In terms of nominations, 10 artists are up for artist of the year: Bad Bunny, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Christian Nodal, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Ozuna and Shakira.

Ozuna and Balvin are also both up for favorite artist-male, favorite artist, urban and favorite album-urban and album of the year for Odisea and Vibras, respectively. In addition, Ozuna is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban for “Escápate Conmigo,” his hit with Wisin. “Me Niego,” by Reik featuring Ozuna and Wisin is up for favorite song –pop, and “Sobredosis,” by Romeo Santos featuring Ozuna is up for favorite song – tropical.

On his end, Balvin’s “Mi Gente” with Willy William featuring Beyonce is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban, while “X” by J Balvin with Nicky Jam is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban.

This year’s new artist of the year category is particularly competitive, with Bad Bunny, Manuel Turizo, Raymix and Sebastian Yatra vying for the award.

The Latin AMAs honors artists in pop/rock, regional Mexican, urban, and tropical genres. Nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including sales, airplay, streaming and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound for data covering the periods of Aug. 11, 2017 through Aug. 9, 2018. Winners are decided by fan votes.

The Latin AMAs are scheduled to air live October 25 on Telemundo from The Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Christian Nodal
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Luis Fonsi
Maluma
Nicky Jam
Ozuna
Shakira

Nuevo Artista del Año / New Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny
Manuel Turizo
Raymix
Sebastián Yatra​

Sencillo del Año / Song of the Year
Becky G feat. Bad Bunny – “Mayores”
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”
Maluma & Nego do Borel – “Corazón”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin – “X”
Wisin feat. Ozuna – “Escápate Conmigo”

Álbum del Año / Album of the Year
Christian Nodal – Me Dejé Llevar
J Balvin – Vibras
Nicky Jam – Fénix
Ozuna – Odisea
Wisin – Victory

Artista Favorita – Femenina / Favorite Artist – Female
Becky G
Jennifer Lopez
Karol G
Natti Natasha
Shakira

Artista Favorito – Masculino / Favorite Artist – Male
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma
Nicky Jam
Ozuna​

Dúo o Grupo Favorito / Favorite Duo or Group
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
CNCO
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
Zion & Lennox

Artista Favorito – Pop / Favorite Artist – Pop
CNCO
Luis Fonsi
Shakira

Álbum Favorito – Pop / Favorite Album – Pop
CNCO – CNCO
Juanes – Mis Planes Son Amarte
Sebastián Yatra – Mantra

Canción Favorita – Pop / Favorite Song – Pop
Carlos Vives & Sebastián Yatra – “Robarte Un Beso”
Enrique Iglesias feat. Bad Bunny – “El Baño”
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”
Reik feat. Ozuna & Wisin – “Me Niego”
Shakira & Nicky Jam – “Perro Fiel”

Artista Favorito – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Artist – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Christian Nodal

Álbum Favorito – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Album – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – La Mejor Versión De Mí
Christian Nodal – Me Dejé Llevar
T3r Elemento – Underground

Canción Favorita – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Song – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – “Tu Postura”
Calibre 50 – “Corrido de Juanito”
Christian Nodal – “Me Dejé Llevar”
La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho – “Entre Beso y Beso”
Raymix – “Oye Mujer”

Artista Favorito – Urbano / Favorite Artist – Urban
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Canción Favorita – Urbano / Favorite Song – Urban
Becky G feat. Bad Bunny – “Mayores”
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin – “X”
Wisin feat. Ozuna – “Escápate Conmigo”

Álbum Favorito – Urbano / Favorite Album – Urban
J Balvin – Vibras
Ozuna – Odisea
Yandel – #Update

Artista Favorito – Tropical / Favorite Artist – Tropical
Gente de Zona
Nacho
Romeo Santos
Canción Favorita – Tropical / Favorite Song – Tropical
Nacho – “Báilame”
Romeo Santos feat. Nicky Jam & Daddy Yankee – “Bella y Sensual”
Romeo Santos feat. Ozuna – “Sobredosis”
Silvestre Dangond & Nicky Jam – “Cásate Conmigo”
Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skilz & Elvis Crespo – “Azukita”

Álbum Favorito – Tropical / Favorite Album – Tropical
Carlos Vives – VIVES
Orquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán
Victor Manuelle – 25/7

Artista Favorito – Crossover / Favorite Crossover Artist
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Demi Lovato

Tour Favorito / Favorite Tour
Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
Jennifer Lopez
Luis Miguel
Romeo Santos
Timbiriche

Video Favorito / Favorite Video
Anitta “Medicina”
Juanes “Pa Dentro”
Nacho “No te Vas”
Residente & Dillon Francis Feat. iLe “Sexo”
Ricardo Arjona “El Cielo a Mi Favor”

Carlos Vives Added to Coaching Lineup of Telemundo’s “La Voz”

Carlos Vives is headed to the coach’s chair…

The 57-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter and actorhas been confirmed as the fourth superstar to join the coaching lineup for Telemundo’s La Voz.

Carlos Vives

Vives, a legend of vallenato music, completes the panel of coaches that includes Luis Fonsi, Alejandra Guzmánand Wisin.

“I feel very proud to be part of this first season accompanied by great friends and colleagues,” said Vives. “Together we will go in search of that unique voice that will captivate the audience across the United States and Puerto Rico, with the hope that this great voice will be born in Team Vives.”

La Vozis a production of Telemundo, Talpa Media USA Inc.and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.

The show will premiere at the beginning of 2019.