Mariah Angeliq Teams Up with Mariah Becerra & Bad Gyal for “Bobo,” a Reimagining of TLC’s “No Scrubs”

Mariah Angeliq is making a TLC classic her own…

The 21-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American singer-songwriter, known as “La Princesa de Miami,” has joined voices with urbana newcomers Mariah Becerra and Bad Gyal for the single “Bobo.”

Mariah Angeliq, Mariah Becerra, Bad Gyal

Co-produced by DJ Chino and her longtime producer Nely El Arma Secreta, “Bobo” gives TLC’s ’90s anthem “No Scrubs” a reggaeton twist with a touch of Mariah’s perreo, Becerra’s urban-pop sounds, and Bad Gyal’s dancehall vibes.

Mariah does not hesitate to describe it as a “lit” collaboration overall.

“This song is going to make a big impact in the industry because we’re three girls,” she affirms.

“Honestly, I have loved this song since I was little,” she says. “I love R&B, and I think that’s one of the reasons that when Chino presented the idea to me I said, ‘Hell yeah!’ because I have that music in my soul.”

 

Mariah became a household name with her saucy 2019 single “Perreito.” In only two years, she captured the attention of her colleagues, landing major collaborations with Arcangel and Anuel AA, to name a few.

In March, Mariah joined forces with Karol G on “El Makinon,” a focus track from Karol’s KG0516 album. “It has definitely made my career grow,” Mariah tells Billboard, explaining that the Colombian star began supporting her music on social media before extending an invite to work together.

“This song has a lot of elements that identify me and that’s why I believe Karol wanted to do the song with me,” she recalls. “I was sharing my story when we were writing the song and I mentioned that I ran away at 16 to chase my dreams, so for sure, that’s why the song makes reference to that. Karol’s the same. She’s a fighter and she’s been working hard for her dreams since she was young. That’s why we connected on this song.”

“El Makinon,” slang for a big machine, also earned Mariah her first No. 1 on any Billboard chart when it topped the Latin Airplay chart dated June 5, becoming only the third female pairing to rule since the chart’s inception in 1994.

“Everything happened so quickly,” Mariah recalls. “I’m super happy because what’s better than to collaborate with one of the most important women in the industry? I took this as a blessing.”

Up next, Mariah is reportedly working on a full-length album and has 40 to 50 dates confirmed for an upcoming tour that will soon be announced.

Anuel AA & Manager Become Owners of Puerto Rico’s Capitanes de Arecibo Basketball Team

Anuel AA is getting in the game…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer and his manager Frabian Eli have become the new owners of Puerto Rican basketball team Capitanes de Arecibo.

Anuel AA

Shortly before the 2021 Baloncesto Superior Nacional season kicks off in July, Anuel AA and Eli will take the reins of the team that has previously won four league championships in the past decade.

“Frabian and I will do everything in our hands to continue taking this team to other levels,” Anuel AA said. Eli added, “For us it’s an honor to continue this legacy. We promise to keep the culture and traditions of Arecibo and los Capitanes.”

Anuel AA joins the likes of Bad Bunnywho in May became the co-owner of Puerto Rico’s basketball team Los Cangrejeros de Santurce, which is also part of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional league — Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, who all own sports teams.

Karol G’s “El Makinon,” Featuring Mariah Angeliq, Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

Karol G’s winning streak continues…

The 30-year-old Colombian singer’s collaboration with Mariah Angeliq, “El Makinon,” rises from No. 7 to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated June 5.

Karol G & Mariah Angelique

The rise to the summit comes a week after Karol G’s first live performance at the Billboard Music Awards on May 23, and her win for Top Latin Female Artist. She performed a medley of the tune and “Bichota” on the NBC broadcast.

The track rises with a 26% boost in audience impressions, to 8.7 million, earned in the week ending on May 30, according to MRC Data. That’s a 1.8 million gain from the previous week. “El Makinon” marks Karol G’s 11th Latin Airplay No. 1. Mariah Angeliq claims her first on any Billboard chart.

“El Makinon” is the fifth consecutive track from KG0516 (Karol’s first Top Latin Albums No. 1 debut) to crown Latin Airplay: “Tusa” with Nicki Minaj, “Ay, Dios Mio!,” “Bichota” and “Location” with Anuel AA and J Balvin all ruled for at least one week. Among women, she holds the record for the most leaders on the chart from the same album.

Beyond its Latin Airplay coronation, “El Makinon” takes the Greatest Gainer/Airplay honor on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales, and streaming data, with a 7-6 lift.

It’s only the third female pairing to rule since the chart’s inception in 1994.

Bad Bunny: The Top Latinx Winner at the Billboard Music Awards

Bad Bunny is celebrating a memorable night…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican superstar took home four awards at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, the most of any Latinx artist.

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

Bad Bunny collected the awards Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Male Artist, Top Latin Song (“Dákiti“) and Top Latin Album (YHLQMDLG).

Bad Bunny, who performed “Te Deseo Lo Mejor” after accepting his Top Latin Artist award, presented by Lena Waithe, holds the record for the most top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with 104. He also holds the record for the most hits in total on that chart: 111. His chart-topping YHLQMDLG won him his first Grammy on March 14, when it was named Best Latin Pop or Urban Album.

In the Top Latin Artist category at the BBMAs, Bad Bunny was up against Anuel AA, J Balvin, Maluma and Ozuna.

“I share this [award] with all of my colleagues nominated who are doing big things for the genre,” he said in Spanish during his speech.

El Conejo Malo wasn’t the only one representing Latin music at the BBMAs. Colombian hitmaker Karol G also took center stage performing “Bichota” and “El Makinon” after being announced winner of the Top Latin Female Artist award, beating out Becky G and Rosalía.

Karol G, whose most recent album KG0516 debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, becoming her first No. 1 on that list, has amassed 25 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including three No. 1s. She has had 10 No. 1s on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart.

She performed a medley of her hits “Bichota” and “El Makinon,” both from her latest album KG0516. She also flaunted her “next level” dance moves that she rehearsed “very hard” for, as she told Billboard’s Leila Cobo.

“I’m happy and I’m nervous,” she said ahead of her big night. “A lot of power…with this performance, I want to express that I feel like a woman and a business girl. I feel so happy and grateful for everything that’s happening in my career and my life, and to have the opportunity to inspire girls all over the world.”

Finally, representing the Regional Mexican realm, Eslabon Armado took home the Top Latin Duo/Group award. The teenage trio was up against Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga and Los Dos Carnales in that category.

Known for their sierreño ballads, Eslabon Armado – comprised of brothers Pedro (lead vocalist) and Brian Tovar (bass and bajoloche), along with friend Gabriel Hidalgo (harmony and background vocals) – scored three consecutive chart-topping albums in 2020: Tu Veneno MortalVibras de Noche and Corta Venas.

“Always grateful to God, our parents, our label and our fans,” Eslabon Armado posted on their social media after they won the award. “This award is for all of you.”

Hosted by Nick Jonas, the ceremony also honored P!nk as the Icon, Drake as the artist of the decade and Trae Tha Truth as the Change Maker.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Top Artist: The Weeknd
Top New Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake
Top Song Sales Artist
: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
Top Social Artist (Fan Voted): BTS
Top R&B Artist:
The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist
: Doja Cat
Top Rap Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Male Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Female Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Top Country Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Male Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Female Artist: Gabby Barrett
Top Country Duo/Group: Florida Georgia Line
Top Rock Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Male Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Female Artist
: Karol G
Top Latin Duo/Group: Eslabón Armado
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist
: Elevation Worship
Top Gospel Artist
: Kanye West
Top Billboard 200 Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top R&B Album: The Weeknd, After Hours
Top Rap Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top Country Album: Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
Top Rock Album: Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall 
Top Latin Album: Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG 
Top Dance/Electronic Album
: Lady Gaga, Chromatica 
Top Christian Album: Carrie Underwood, My Gift
Top Gospel Album: Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1 
Top Hot 100 Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Streaming Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Top Selling Song: BTS, “Dynamite”
Top Radio Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Collaboration (Fan Voted): Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Rap Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Top Country Song: Gabby Barrett, “I Hope”
Top Rock Song: AJR, “Bang!”
Top Latin Song
: Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: SAINt JHN, “Roses (Imanbek Remix)”
Top Christian Song: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, “Graves Into Gardens”
Top Gospel Song: Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, “Wash Us In The Blood”

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.

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)

Karol G Releases Third Studio Album “KG0516”

Karol G’s latest project has officially taken flight

The 30-year-old Colombian singer, whose real name is Carolina Giraldo Navarro, has released her third studio album KG0516.

Karol G

Karol G produced the album with her longtime collaborator Ovy on the Drums.

Guests on the record include Nicki Minaj (“Tusa”), J Balvin, Anuel AA, Ludacris, and Ozuna.

The album’s title, KG0516, follows the format of a flight number and stands for Karol G’s name, followed by the numbers representing May 16, 2006, the day she signed her first record deal.

“This album represents the evolution of Carolina as a person and Karol G as an artist,” she said in a press release. She continued:

“This is a flight I want to invite all my fans on to join me  on my musical journey, where each song represents a connecting flight that takes you to a new place. I experienced  a lot with different sounds, genres and unique vibes. It’s definitely something that hasn’t been heard before from me and the songs are all a representation of who I am today as a person and an artist.”

Chris Jeday & Gaby Music Launch New Record Label ‘La Familia’

Chris Jeday is expanding his Familia

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican record producer has joined forces with Gaby Music to launch a a new record label.

Chris Jedi & Gaby Music

Jedi and the 31-year-old Puerto Rican music composer/producer, known for their work with Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Anuel AA, Lunay and, most recently, the Bad Bunny/Rosalía smash “La Noche de Anoche,” will run La Familia.

The new label will be home to Lunay, as well as newly signed Puerto Rican acts Chanell and Julito and a roster of producers that includes Dímelo Ninow and Dulce Como Candy.

The company also includes both Jedi’s and Gaby Music’s state of the art recording studios in Puerto Rico, which they see as ground zero both for production and for talent development.

“The term ‘family’ is a big deal for us and it’s a word that truly represents us,” says Jedi. “We feel that everyone in this operation is a true family, and we want everybody to feel the same and equally supported.”

“This is a vision we’ve had for years,” says Gaby music. “Beyond being successful producers, we wanted our own label and the ability to sign new talent. We have great plans with our artists and are looking forward to growing our family.”

Jedi and Gaby Music have, for several years, owned and operated record label Star Island, to which Lunay is signed, and distributed via Ingrooves. Lunay will now shift to La Familia with Star Island remaining as a sort of holding company or “mothership,” in its founders’ words.

The launch of La Familia is part of a growing group of independent labels launched by prominent executives and artists; most recently manager Walter Kolm launched his WK Records and one of his artists, reggaetón star Wisin, launched La Base Music.

But La Familia stands out because Chris Jedi and Gaby Music are perhaps the top production duo in the reggaetón realm today, and also, because their operation is fully self-financed and is currently not a joint venture with a major label or distributor. Although Lunay is distributed through a longstanding deal with Ingrooves, upcoming La Familia releases will be negotiated on a track by track basis.

“The fact that we’re producers is key,” says Jedi. “We worked in this for years and realized there was a need. We sign artists not because they have a hot single, but because we’re interested in developing the artist or the producer. To sign good talent, you need to produce or to have good taste. That’s our biggest asset. And we’ve learned how to delegate in other aspects.”

Lunay, for example, was initially managed by Jedi and Gaby Music. When his career began to take off, they tapped star manager Rebeca León, whose select roster includes Rosalía (and formerly J Balvin).

“It’s amazing to work with Chris and Gaby because they not only have incredible visión and business acumen but are also the biggest hitmakers in Latin music today,” says León. “It’s a fierce and winning combination. Lunay is in such a privileged position to be part of La Familia.”

Jedi and Gaby Music met as teenagers when they were sound engineering students in Puerto Rico. They met again in 2013, working with hitmakers Wisin & Yandel, and have been together since, working with virtually every name in the genre as both producers and songwriters.

La Familia’s staff includes label manager Sam Allison. Max Perez of Buena Vibra Group will be in charge of marketing and Normaris Cruz of The Wall Group will head PR.