Erika Ender Releases New Trilingual Album “MP3-45”

Erika Ender is getting personal…

The 45-year-old Panamanian Latin Grammy-winning singer, songwriter has released MP3-45, her most personal and intimate album to date.

Erika Ender

Ender, who co-penned Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s massive hit “Despacito,” bares it all on the 9-track set, which kicks off with a vintage dance band cover of Alberto Zarzar’s “Abrázame.”

She then slows things down with beautiful ballads “Só Louco” and “When I Fall in Love” setting the stripped-down tone for the remainder of the album, which finds an emotional Ender singing about falling in and out of love.

“This album has to do with my structure as a human being and as an artist,” Ender tells Billboard. “MP3 is the format we listen to music nowadays and 45 takes me back to 45RPM which is how I used to listen to music when I was growing up at my parent’s house. That music formed me as a songwriter. I remember I’d listen and write down the lyrics and list the credits, I was fascinated by all of that. I’m bringing that little Erika to the woman I am now. It’s a digital vintage. It has profound, deep lyrics and I sing in three different languages because I come from a multicultural family.”

Camila Gallardo to Perform as Part of Billboard & W Hotels’ Next Up: New Artists, New Music Series

Camila Gallardo is next up

Billboard and W Hotels are gearing up for the third and final concert in this year’s Next Up: New Artists, New Music series, featuring intimate performances with rising musicians.

Camila Gallardo

Gallardo, an R&B/pop powerhouse and The Voice Chile finalist, will entertain guests of the W Hotel in Santiago, Chile on November 8.

Since finishing as runner-up of The Voice Chile‘s inaugural season in 2015, Galladaro has built a strong following through her emotive pop that combines a range of influences from Amy Winehouses soulful swagger to Violeta Parra‘s Chilean folk. This year, she has released two new songs: “Un Poco Más De Frío” and “Abrázame.”

“Last year’s Next Up series and partnership with W Hotels was a tremendous success, bringing music fans across the United States closer to artists that have strong voices and fresh perspectives,” says Julian Holguin, Billboard’s SVP of brand partnerships. “Billboard looks forward to the continued partnership with W Hotels to highlight music’s best new talent, and shine a spotlight on some of the best up-and-coming artists making music today both in the U.S. and abroad.”

This year’s Next Up concerts have featured the likes of LÉON in New York City and Sofi Tukker in Los Vegas.

Fans can access exclusive behind-the-scenes video content from these shows and others on and W Hotels’ music platform, The Angle.

Il Divo Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Carlos Marin has his first No. 1 on the Latin charts…

The 47-year-old Spanish baritone and his fellow members of the classical crossover quartet Il Divo have earned their first showing on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as Amor & Pasion debutsat the top of the chart (dated Dec. 5), selling 5,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music.

Il Divo

The 12-track Spanish-language set strays from the majority of Il Divo’s albums, which are performed predominantly in Italian and English.

Over on the Top Classical Albums chart, Amor & Pasion enters at No. 5 — the group’s 10th top 10. Overall, Il Divo has seven No. 1s on the list with its debut self-titled album spending 29 weeks at the top in 2005.

Amor & Pasion includes classical versions of some well-known Latin tracks including “Don’t Wanna​ Lose You,” originally written and performed by Gloria Estefan. The group also interprets Julio Iglesias’ “Abrazame,” his 1975 hit from the album El Amor. Versions of Consuelo Velazquez’s “Besame Mucho” and Carlos Gardel’s “Volver” also form part of the track list.