Luis Fonsi Earns Ninth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay Chart with Rauw Alejandro-Collab “Vacío”

Luis Fonsi is on Cloud Nine

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer’s single “Vacío” featuring Rauw Alejandro takes over the top spot on BillboardLatin Pop Airplay chart as the song rises from No. 3 on the May 8-dated survey.

Luis Fonsi & Rauw Alejandro

The song jumps 3-1 boosted by a 21% lift in audience impressions, to 6.7 million, earned in the week ending May 2, according to MRC Data.

Luis Fonsi earns his ninth No. 1 on the chart after “Perfecta” with Farruko reigned for two weeks starting in December 2020.

Rauw picks up his third, and second of the year, following “Baila Conmigo,” his two-week champ alongside Selena Gómez (March 13-dated list).

“Vacío” is the fourth male co-billed duet to top BillboardLatin Pop Airplay chart in 2021, one of which, as previously mentioned, also includes Luis Fonsi: “Perfecta,” with Farruko (Jan. 2).

In between, two other dual male pairings took the crown: Ozuna and Camilo’s “Despeinada” (four weeks starting Jan. 9-dated list) and Sebastian Yatra and Guaynaa’s “Chica Ideal” (three-week champ starting February 2).

“Vacío” is among a handful of songs of late to find reception among both Latin pop and Latin rhythmic audiences and radio. It continues its ascent on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart (9-7) to become the fifth Latin pop song No. 1 of 2021 to make it to the top 10 of the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, following four other titles which led Latin Pop Airplay before: Ozuna and Camilo’s “Despeinada,” Sebastian Yatra and Guaynaa’s “Chica Ideal,” Selena Gomez and Rauw Alejandro’s “Baila Conmigo” and Karol G, Anuel AA and J Balvin’s “Location.”

“Vacío” concurrently enters the top 10 on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with a 14-9 hike. Luis Fonsi ups his career count to 19 top 10s, while Rauw clams his sixth. “Vacío” was written by Fonsi, Andres TorresMauricio RengifoOmar Alfanno and Rauw.

Calibre 50 Scores 19th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Vamos Bien”

Calibre 50 is celebrating another chart-topper…

The Mexican norteño-banda group’s “Vamos Bien” rises on No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated May 8.

Calibre 50

Calibre 50 captures its 19th leader on the 26-year tally and extends its record for the most No. 1s.

“Vamos Bien” ascends 2-1 with 7.1 million in audience impressions, up 17%, earned in the week ending May 2, according to MRC Data.

The title track of Vamos Bien (No. 12 high, Regional Mexican Albums, February 20-dated list), is the third song from the album to land atop the Regional Mexican Airplay chart. It trails “Barquillero” (four-week champ, July 2020) and “Te Volvería a Elegir” (six- week winner, Dec. 2020).

With the songs move, Calibre 50 extends its record for the most No. 1s, raising its career count of No. 1s, ahead of Conjunto Primavera and Intocable, both with 16 No. 1s.

Here are the groups with the most leaders on Regional Mexican Airplay:

No. 1s, Artist
19, Calibre 50
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, Intocable
15, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
15, Los Tigres del Norte

In addition to its Regional Mexican Airplay coronation, “Vamos Bien” speeds up the all-genre Latin Airplay pushing 12-5. As Calibre 50 adds a 22nd top 10 to its career, it continues to hold the record for the most top 10s by a regional Mexican group.

Netflix Lands José Padilha’s Expert Knife Fighting Project “Sharp

José Padilha is sharpening his skills…

Netflix has landed Sharp, an action script set in the world of expert knife fighting by the 53-year-old Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter and Nicolette Noble that Padilha will direct.

José Padilha

It brings Padilha back to the Netflix fold after a long collaboration on the Narcos and Narcos: Mexico series.

The streamer hopes to launch an original action film franchise set in the world of knife fighting. 

Sharp follows a group of six knife-wielding assassins who, after a globally-synchronized hit goes wrong, are forced to work together to save themselves and discover who betrayed them.

Padilha directs and is a producer with Greg Silverman of Stampede Ventures. Taylor Zea will oversee the project for Netflix.

Padilha and Noble said they “read at least 20 books on blades, from different times and cultures, before writing Sharp. It boils down to this: gunfights are often anonymous; you can shoot someone from afar. Knife fights are always intimate, up close, and personal. We’re happy Netflix got the point, no pun intended.”

Said Stampede’s Silverman: “‘If you consider yourself an action fan and have not seen Elite Squad 1 and 2, you
need to reevaluate your fandom. José Padilha is quite simply the most dynamic, groundbreaking action director working today and we are so grateful he and Nicolette brought us on as partners to this great franchise.”

Padilha’s The Elite Squad 2 is the highest-grossing Brazilian film of all time. He is wrapping production on Narcos: Mexico‘s third season.

PBS to Air Sergio Mendes’ Documentary “Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration”

Sergio Mendes is celebrating with friends on the small screen…

PBS will air the documentary Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration, about the 80-year-old acclaimed Brazilian musician.

Sergio Mendes

The film, which will premiere as part of special programming on PBS stations this June, is derived from the feature documentary Sergio Mendes: In The Key Of Joy by filmmaker John Scheinfeld.

Mendes, who exploded onto the scene in the 1960s with his group, Brasil ’66, played a big role in popularizing Brazilian music around the world, and at the same time created his own genre by fusing Brazilian music with American pop.

The three-time Grammy winner has made 35 albums, including Timeless, produced by will.i.am. Hit singles include “Mas Que Nada”, “The Look of Love”, “Scarborough Fair”, “Night and Day”, “Never Gonna Let You Go” and his famous rendition of “Fool on the Hill”.

In 2012, his “Real in Rio” from the animated film Rio was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Original Song.

In Sergio Mendes & Friends: A Celebration, he is joined onscreen by friends and collaborators including Herb Alpert, Common, Lani Hall (lead singer of Brasil ’66), Quincy Jones, John Legend, Gracinha Mendes (Sergio’s lead singer since 1971 and his wife of 46 years), Jerry Moss, Carlos Saldhana and will.i.am.

“I am really looking forward to sharing my life and musical journey through the decades from Brasil ’66 through present day with PBS viewers across the nation,” said Mendes. “I hope viewers will have a joyful and uplifting experience.”

“Sergio’s warmth, humor and appreciation of life through all the senses made me feel a strong connection with him and I want others to feel the same way,” added director Scheinfeld. “His life is an exceptional blend of encounters, spontaneity and serendipity and makes him an irresistible subject for a film.”

The deal was negotiated by WNED PBS and the film’s distributor Brainstorm Media.

Nicky Jam & Romeo Santos’ “Fan de tus Fotos” Rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

It’s a picture perfect run for Nicky Jam

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican-American singer’s latest single “Fan de tus Fotos,” with Romeo Santos, has landed atop Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated May 1.

Romeo Santos & Nicky Jam

The song rises 8-1 in its 11th week.

It’s the second collaboration for the two artists, who previously paired up for the top 10 hit “Bella y Sensual” (2018), which also features Daddy Yankee.

“Fan De Tus Fotos” makes its way to No. 1 boosted by a 38% increase in audience impressions, to 9.8 million, earned in the week ending April 25, according to MRC Data. It rallies to the top flanked by heavy support from New York’s WSKQ (up 906,000 in audience), Puerto Rico’s WODA (up 546,000) and Miami’s WXDJ (up 261,000).

The new chart champ gives Jam his 15th No. 1 and Santos, who last led the tally in 2019 with “Aullando,” his 18th.

Here’s a recap at the acts with the most leaders:

31, Enrique Iglesias
29, J Balvin
23, Daddy Yankee
23, Ozuna
20, Maluma
18, Romeo Santos
18, Wisin
17, Ricky Martin
15, Carlos Vives
15, Nicky Jam
15, Shakira

In addition to the single’s coronation on Latin Airplay, “Fan de tus Fotos” pounces to No. 1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart as well. There, it becomes Jam’s 13th leader and Santos’ third.

“Fan” was produced by Sky Rompiendo with Saga Whiteblack as sound engineer, and was written by both Jam and Santos alongside other acts.

Nathy Peluso to Trek Across Spain for First Major Tour

Nathy Peluso is ready for her first major tour in Spain.

With an already sold-out show at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona this Friday and a following sold-out set at Granada’s Granada Alive! on May 28, the 26-year-old Argentine singer-songwriter and producer is bring her “Calambre” España Verano Tour to 17 confirmed dates.

Nathy Peluso

Peluso, who’s expected to sing songs from her edgy and versatile 2020 album, including her Latin Grammy-nominated “Buenos Aires” and viral “BZRP Music Sessions #36,” helmed by produced Bizarrap, will visit cities like Seville, Madrid and Valencia, to name a few.

“I want to have the best show of my life and tour the whole world,” the former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise previously told Billboard. “Live shows are my passion.”

On Instagram, Peluso assured fans that she created her album Calambre with the purpose to sing it live.

“You know that I’m ruthless on stage, so get ready for the sugar and the flavor that I prepared for each person who comes to these shows,” she expressed, promising that she and her entire band are ready for showtime.

Tom Llamas to Serve as Primetime Anchor for NBC News Now Live-Streaming Service

Life is but a stream(ing news service) for Tom Llamas

The 41-year-old Cuban American broadcast journalist, a popular former ABC News anchor, has joined NBC News as a primetime anchor for its NBC News Now live-streaming service.

Tom Llamas

Llamas will work as a senior national correspondent and will also contribute reporting to the network’s flagship shows and breaking news and special events coverage.

The launch of his new show marks the first evening newscast for NBC News Now, which will face off against, among other competitors, a similar program anchored by Linsey Davis that is already running at ABC News — and which recently expanded its hours.  He will start May 3.

“Tom brings with him more than two decades of experience tenaciously covering the news across multiple platforms and for many different audiences,” said Noah Oppenheim, president of NBC News, in a prepared statement. “Our viewers expect us to bring them smart and trustworthy journalism, wherever they are, and we’re thrilled that Tom will be bringing his expertise and passion to NBC News, NBC News Now and beyond.”

Llamas had been working as a senior anchor at ABC News, leading its weekend World News Tonight broadcast and working as its chief national affairs correspondent. He also served as a breaking-news anchor for ABC News Live, that company’s live-streaming service. In January, however, he abruptly left the Walt Disney-backed news division, and the identity of his next employer had been one of the news industry’s worst-kept secrets.

Llamas began his reporting career with NBC News in 2000, serving first with the specials unit at NBC News and then as a political campaign reporter for MSNBC. He also worked at NBC Owned Stations as an investigative reporter and anchor at WNBC in New York and as a reporter for WTVJ in Miami.

His new assignment illustrates the new focus traditional TV-news outlets are placing on streaming video. NBC News launched NBC News Now in May of 2019 and in recent months has started to expand the live hours it offers as well as the personnel assigned to them.

Luis Fonsi to Help Announce 2021 Billboard Music Awards Finalists

It’s the final (announcement) for Luis Fonsi.

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer is among the stars who’ll help announce the finalists for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

Luis Fonsi

Fonsi will be joined d by Finneas and Maggie BairdJon BatisteTate McRae and Verzuz creators Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

They’ll do the honors during Billboard Music Awards The List Live, which will stream on Thursday (April 29). The show will be hosted by Access Hollywoods Zuri Hall and comedian LaLa Milan.

Billboard Music Awards – The List Live will also feature appearances by Anitta, Bretman Rock, Brianne Howey and Antonia Gentry, Chris Sullivan, Jay Pharoah, Kandi Burruss, Kyle Richards, Leslie Jordan, Lisa Rinna, the New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, Nick DiGiovanni, Paris Hilton, Rob Gronkowski, Tanya Rad and Brad Goreski, Tika the Iggy, Tim Anderson, Wisdom Kaye and more.

These guests will reveal this year’s finalists. The show will also include finalist reactions. In addition, hosts Hall and Milan will discuss the awards categories, key finalist chart achievements and records.

The finalists announcement will occur as follows:

Wednesday, April 28:

NBC’s Today show will reveal finalists in the top Hot 100 artist category live in the Pop Start segment in the 8 a.m. hour ET/PT.

E!’s Daily Pop will reveal finalists in the top Latin male artist category live during the show, starting in the 11 a.m. hour ET/PT.

Access Hollywood will reveal finalists in the top rap female artist category live during the show, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Karol G Earns Five Heat Latin Awards Nominations

Karol G has the heat

The 30-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter leads the Heat Latin Awards 2021 nominations alongside J Balvin and Myke Towers with five nominations each.

Karol G

Karol G’s nominations include Best Female Artist, Best Collaboration and two nods for Best Video.

J Balvin is up for Best Male Artist, while Towers is up for Best Urban Artist.

The list continues with Bad Bunny and Farina, who are both up for four awards, followed by Anuel AA, Prince Royce, Anitta, Natti Natasha, El Alfa, Nathy Peluso and Nicki Nicole with three each.

For the sixth edition of the awards, a new category has been announced: best Dominican urban artist. In homage to the host country, up for this new category are El Alfa, Natti Natasha and Mozart La Para, among others.

The 2021 awards ceremony is set to take place in June with the exact date to be announced. Starting now, fans can vote for their favorite artists in each category once a day via the LosHeat.tv app.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

BEST MALE ARTIST
CAMILO
MALUMA
J BALVIN
NICKY JAM
PRINCE ROYCE
FARRUKO
OZUNA
BAD BUNNY 

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
ROSALÍA
KAROL G
GREEICY
FARINA
KALI UCHIS
NATTI NATASHA
ANITTA
NATHY PELUSO
DANNA PAOLA 

BEST BAND OR GROUP
CNCO
REIK
PISO 21
MORAT
ZION & LENNOX
GENTE DE ZONA
MAU Y RICKY 

BEST ROCK ARTIST
MON LAFERTE
JORGE DREXLER
MORAT
JUANES
LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES
ZOÉ
FITO PÁEZ
DIAMANTE ELÉCTRICO 

BEST POP ARTIST
CAMILO
LUIS FONSI
RICARDO MONTANER
GREEICY
SEBASTIÁN YATRA
CARLOS RIVERA
AITANA
LUIS FIGUEROA 

BEST URBAN ARTIST
BAD BUNNY
J BALVIN
KAROL G
NICKY JAM
ARCANGEL
OZUNA
FARRUKO
ANUEL AA
FARINA
MYKE TOWERS
RAUW ALEJANDRO 

BEST TROPICAL ARTIST
N’KLABE
KALIMETE
VÍCTOR MANUELLE
CARLOS VIVES
ROMEO SANTOS
GABRIEL PAGÁN
MARC ANTHONY
PRINCE ROYCE 

BEST REGIÓN SUR (CHILE, ARGENTINA, BRASIL, PARAGUAY Y URUGUAY, PERÚ) ARTIST
NATHY PELUSO
ANITTA
NICKI NICOLE
PALOMA MAMI
CAZZU
KHEA
YAHAIRA PLASENCIA 

BEST REGIÓN ANDINA (COLOMBIA, ECUADOR Y VENEZUELA) ARTIST
MIKE BAHÍA
SEBASTIÁN YATRA
NACHO
FARINA
MANUEL TURIZO
DANNY OCEAN
EVALUNA MONTANER
MICRO TDH 

BEST REGIÓN NORTE (CENTROAMÉRICA, MÉXICO Y CARIBE) ARTIST
FARRUKO
EL ALFA
DANNA PAOLA
RAUW ALEJANDRO
LUNAY
SECH
MILLY
JUSTIN QUILES 

BEST NEW ARTIST
NATANAEL CANo
GUAYNAA
BOZA
JAY WHEELER
ALEX ROSE
JESSI URIBE
NICKI NICOLE
NATHY PELUSO 

MOST PROMISING ACT
JUAN DE DIOS PANTOJA
KATIE ANGEL
EMILIA MERNES
JUHN
AMY GUTIÉRREZ
ALEJANDRO SANTAMARÍA
JAY MENEZ
MORA
KENIA OS 

BEST VIDEO
“LOCATION” (KAROL G, ANUEL AA, J BALVIN)
“PROBLEMA” (DADDY YANKEE)
“MI NIÑA REMIX” (WISIN, MYKE TOWERS, MALUMA FT. ANITTA)
“MACHU PICCHU” (CAMILO & EVALUNA MONTANER)
“LA LUZ” (J BALVIN, SECH)
“BICHOTA” (KAROL G)
“LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE” (BAD BUNNY & ROSALÍA)
“LOS DIOSES” (ANUEL AA Y OZUNA)
“ROJO” (J BALVIN) 

INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR
KIMBERLY LOAIZA
KUNNO
LUISA FERNANDA W
MARIO RUIZ
EL CHOMBO
MARKO
MR ZEO
MOLUSCO 

BEST REGIONAL POPULAR ARTIST
CHRISTIAN NODAL
PAOLA JARA
JESSI URIBE
PIPE BUENO
LOS ÁNGELES AZULES
YEISON JIMENEZ
CARIN LEON
EDWIN LUNA Y LA TRAKALOSA DE MONTERREY 

BEST URBANO DOMINICAN ARTIST
EL ALFA
NATTI NATASHA
ROCHY RD
QUIMICO ULTRA MEGA
MOZART LA PARA
LA INSUPERABLE
KIKO EL CRAZY
CHIMBALA 

BEST COLLABORATION
“BANDIDO” (MYKE TOWERS & JUHN)
“DÁKITI” (BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ)
“ELLA NO ES TUYA” (ROCHY RD, MYKE TOWERS & NICKI NICOLE)
“LA BOCA” (ARCANGEL & FARINA)
“VÍCTIMAS LAS DOS” (VÍCTOR MANUELLE / LA INDIA)
“ANTES QUE SALGA EL SOL” (NATTI NATASHA & PRINCE ROYCE)
“LA CURIOSIDAD” (MYKE TOWERS, JAY WHEELER, DJ NELSON)
“DE VUELTA PA LA VUELTA” (DADDY YANKEE & MARC ANTHONY)
“BEBÉ” (CAMILO, EL ALFA)
“SE TE NOTA” (LELE PONS Y GUAYNAA)
“MIEDITO O QUÉ?” (OVY ON THE DRUMS Ft KAROL G, DANNY OCEAN)

Los Angeles Azules to Celebrate 40-Year Career with U.S. Leg of “40 Años Tour”

Los Angeles Azules are celebrating a major milestone with a bang…

The Mexican musical group, who reeled in a new wave of fans after a revamped sound, a Coachella set and a viral Justin Bieber, will celebrate 40 years in music with a U.S. tour.

Los Angeles Azules

Los Angeles Azules, formed by siblings of the Mejia Avante family — Elías, Alfredo, José Hilario, Jorge, Cristina and Guadalupe — in the early ‘80s, will kick off the 40 Años Tour on August. 26 in Corpus Christi, Texas’ Selena Auditorium and is slated to wrap up on Nov. 27 at Reno Events Center in Nevada.

The group will then continue in 2022 with three confirmed dates to take place in March in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

With their catchy cumbia sonidera sound, Los Angeles Azules are known for hits like “Como Te Voy a Olvidar” and “El Liston de tu Pelo.” In 2019, the group landed their first No. 1 in 19 years on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart (dated Jan. 26) with their Natalia Lafourcade-assisted single “Nunca es Suficiente.”

“Keeping cumbia alive has been very challenging,” Dr. Elias previously told Billboard. “The group has had its up and downs, but the most important part of all is taking cumbia to all parts of the world and that’s what’s happening.”

Tickets for the “40 Años Tour” will be available for presale at 10:00 am local time on Thursday with code LAA40. They officially go on sale starting at 10:00 am local time on Friday via Ticketmaster or the official Los Angeles Azules website.

Here are the complete U.S. tour dates:

2021
8/26 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Selena Auditorium
8/27 – McAllen, TX @ Payne Arena
8/28 – Laredo, TX @ Sames Auto Arena
8/29 – Austin, TX @ HEB Center
9/2 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
9/3 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
9/4 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
9/5 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
9/9 – Bakersfield, CA @ Mechanics Arena
9/10 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
9/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Performance Venue at Hollywood Park
9/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
10/8 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/9 – Sacramento, CA @ Papa Murphy’s Park
11/5 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
11/6 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
11/7 – Fort Myers @ Hertz Arena
11/11 – Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor
11/12 – New York, NY @ United Palace
11/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
11/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
11/21 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
11/24 – Ontario, CA @ Toyota Arena
11/26 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
11/27 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center

2022
3/18 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
3/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre
3/20 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room