Grammy Museum Launching Shakira-Themed Exhibit in March

Prepare for the ultimate Shakira experience…

The Recording Academy Grammy Museum is set to host a special exhibit that celebrates the 45-year-old Colombian Grammy– and Latin Grammy-winning singer and songwriter’s three-decade-plus career.

ShakiraThe “Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience” will go live on March 4 at the museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit is on display in the Museum’s permanent Latin Music Gallery.

“It’s an honor to have the journey of my career displayed at the GRAMMY Museum,” Shakira said in a statement. “These pieces are a testament to so many indelible moments that I cherish, and I’m so happy to be able to relive these memories with those who have and continue to support me as an artist.”

Shakira, Shakira explores the artist’s musical evolution, from her origins as a Latin rock-loving singer-songwriter in Barranquilla, Colombia, to a global superstar whose catalog spans multiple genres, from bhangra and bachata to rock and reggaetón. Early in her career, Shakira began fusing elements of her mixed ethnicity and multicultural roots, including the Lebanese heritage on her father’s side, with Arabic dancing and the mainstream pop rock that she grew up with, to construct a richly layered sonic universe that allowed her to grow as a creator while appealing to a worldwide audience. In the process, she achieved international crossover success and broke boundaries for Latin artists.

To deepen visitors’ appreciation and understanding of how these cultural elements have shaped every aspect of her songs, music videos, performances, and world tours, the first museum exhibit about Shakira features interactives that provide fresh insights into her creative process. It also includes artifacts from her personal archive, three original films, and an immersive space that draws inspiration from her El Dorado tour.

“Shakira is the rare superstar who has discovered a way to keep evolving as an artist while growing her expansive audience along with her,” said Jasen Emmons, chief curator & vice president of curatorial affairs at the Grammy Museum. “She’s a serious student of music, and the Grammy Museum is excited to offer a dynamic exhibit that reflects her intelligence and artistry.”

The announcement comes after Shakira hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated January 28 with “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53,” her collaboration with Bizarrap. Shakira now ties with Bad Bunny for the fourth-most No. 1s overall, both with 12.

Camila Cabello & Camilo Release Music Video for Their Bachata Track “Ambulancia”

Camila Cabello is calling an ambulance…

The 25-year-old Cuban & Mexican singer/songwriter has teamed up with Camilo to release the official music video for their first collaborative effort “Ambulancia.”

Camilo & Camila CabelloDirected by Camilo’s wife and singer/actress Evaluna Montaner, the VHS-inspired clip finds Camilo and Cabello riding on top of an ambulance, where they are sitting on a mattress filled with sunflowers.

In the background, a green screen shows trippy visuals such as the starry galaxy, a busy highway and crashing ocean waves, to name a few.

The clip comes more than four months after the single dropped September 6, part of Camilo’s De Adentro Pa Afuera album, which debuted at No. 8 on the Latin Pop Albums chart dated September 17.

“I love the song so much,” Cabello told Camilo during an Instagram Live chat Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve always wanted to do a song with you. Being on set with you, Evaluna, and Indi (the couple’s baby), and then performing it live together in Los Angeles, for me, was a dream come true.”

The Colombian artist agreed: “I wanted to thank you for opening the door of your heart to do music together and also your fans for allowing me to be a part of their playlist.”

“Ambulancia” is a flirty slow-tempo bachata track that narrates the story of a connection that cannot be explained, the one that is pure magic and magnetic.

Moreover, it perfectly combines Camilo’s melodic vocals with Camila’s raspy voice. “I had turned off my heart, but when he saw you alone, he decided to turn back on,” she sings in a verse.

Natti Natasha Releases New Single “To’ Esto Es Tuyo”

Natti Natasha is giving you everything

In celebration of the future, the 36-year-old Dominican singer has released a new single, a certified party banger called “To’ Esto Es Tuyo.”

Natti NatashaProduced by renowned Latin hitmakers Hear This Music, Natasha brings the best of her country’s musical essence in a vibrant bachata-meets-dembow-meets-electronic dance track.

In the lyrics, she’s flirtatious as ever on a chorus that offers, “Papi if you elevate me, you won’t bring me down, all of this is yours.”

She oozes sensuality in the song’s attractive music video, directed by Chacha.

Shakira Releases Heartbreaking Video for New Bachata Single “Monotonía,” Featuring Ozuna

Shakira is addressing her recent heartbreak…

The 45-year-old Colombian superstar has joined voices with Ozuna for the new Spanish single “Monotonía,” a bachata track released on Wednesday, October 19.

Shakira, MonotoniaShakira starts off declaring: “It wasn’t your fault, it wasn’t my fault. It was monotony’s fault. I never said anything but it hurt. I knew this would happen.”

 

Marking the first collaboration between Shakira and Ozuna, “Monotonía” follows the singer-songwriter’s Latin Airplay chart-topping song “Te Felicito” with Rauw Alejandro, where she calls out her significant other and congratulates them on a stellar performance making her believe he truly loved her.

 

In the music video — which Shakira co-directed with longtime collaborator Jaume de la Iguana — she has an encounter with the ex at a grocery store where he blows up her chest and her heart is ejected from her body. She then runs around with her beating heart in hand until she hands it over to Ozuna, who takes it from her and puts it in a safe box.

 

“Monotonía” and “Te Felicito” follow Shakira’s public breakup from longtime partner, and the father of her two children, soccer star Gerard Piqué.

In an interview with Elle, she addressed the split, calling this moment one of the “most difficult” of her life.

“I’ve remained quiet and just tried to process it all. Um, and yeah, it’s hard to talk about it, especially because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye and because our separation is not like a regular separation. And so it’s been tough not only for me, but also for my kids. Incredibly difficult.”

Romeo Santos Releases New Album “Fórmula Vol. 3”

Romeo Santos is expanding his formula

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer-songwriter, known as The King of Bachata, has released this latest album Fórmula Vol. 3.

Romeo SantosSantos, the lead member and vocalist of Aventura who has pushed the genre to new sonic boundaries and commercial heights over the course of his solo career, has grounded the majority of the album’s 21 tracks in the style he’s made a home.

Yet Santos also isn’t content to keep reinventing his respective wheel, so Fórmula Vol. 3 offers glimpses of tropical music (“Sexo Con Ropa”), merengue (“15,500 Noches,” with several luminaries of the style) and flamenco (“El Pañuelo,” with current torch-bearer Rosalía).

The album even finds room for a Justin Timberlake-assisted pop crossover, “Sin Fin,” that could bring a towering veteran like Santos to a whole new audience.

Romeo Santos Releases Teaser of Justin Timberlake Collaboration “Sin Fin”

Romeo Santos is (n)syncing up with a pop icon…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican-American singer, known as the King of Bachata, is joining voices with Justin Timberlake for the new single “Sin Fin.”

Romeo SantosSantos offered a sneak peek at the upcoming collaboration, dropping a 15-second preview of their highly anticipated single via social media on Monday.

The preview of the track from Santos’ Formula, Vol. 3 album, due September 1, spotlights JT’s vocals, as he sings, “You already know this love is all your, baby/ So take it/ We’ve been here before, it’s strong enough to save us, oh baby,” over what appears to be black and white footage from the song’s video. The various set-ups range from JT and Santos laughing and goofing around on set to Santos dancing with a woman and taking a ride in his expensive car.

The song will appear on an album that also boasts a collaboration with Rosalía and which will focus not on reggaetón, trap or rap, but on bachata, the traditional, guitar-based Dominican heartbreak music that Santos has made his calling card.

“If I do an urban song, it could be massive. I don’t want it to be a distraction,” Santos recently told Billboard in a cover story. “You have these amazing artists who right now are in their prime offering urban music. I wanted to make a difference and speak for my genre. Bachata needs me. I needed to put on my Superman cape for my culture.”

Santos, a longtime JT fan, had never met the “Sexy Back” singer and they had few connections before working together. In fact, just feeling out Justin’s interest in recording a song took nearly a year, but Santos was determined to make it happen.

“Ninety-nine percent of my records are written and produced by me,” he said. “But on Aventura’s first album, I took ‘Gone’ by *NSYNC and rewrote and translated it to Spanish,” he added, referring to an all-acoustic cover from his group’s 2002 album, We Broke the Rules. “It’s crazy how things line up. That was history in the making without realizing it.”

Once the song was in the works, however, it came together quickly, with Santos recruiting longtime collaborator Rico Love and producer Danja (who, along with Timbaland, co-produced all of Timberlake’s 2006 album, FutureSexLoveSounds) to come up with “Sin Fin.”

“He said, ‘I dig this.’ What I respect about JT is he not only recorded his vocals but he turned that song that now I feel was at 30% into something completely different for the better,” said Santos. “He changed the melody, the lyrics; he wrote, he produced. There was a moment where I was at the studio and he was directing my guitarist. To me, that was surreal: JT is producing a bachata.”

Romeo Santos to Release “Formula Vol 3” in September

Romeo Santos will be sharing his winning Formula in less than a month…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican-American singer, known as the King of Bachata, has announced plans to release his latest album Formula Vol 3. On September 1.

Romeo SantosSantos revealed the release date of his new album with a 14-second teaser on social media on Monday, August 15.

The video featured a crown spinning at the guitar’s sound of what could be his next single as his voice says: “You don’t forget Romeo! Y yo, ni te recuerdo .”

The caption of the Instagram post read, “9.1.2022 FV3,” the date for the album’s release.

The new album comes eight years after Santos released Vol. 2 in 2014. Following the LP’s release, it became the best-selling Latin album to move 100,000 copies in the first week, making it the best debut for a Latin album since teen pop group RBD’s Celestial in 2006. Since the last Formula album in 2014, Santos has released Golden (2017) and Utopia (2019).

Throughout his career, Santos — also the leader of bachata supergroup Aventura — has scored a total of 43 entries on the Hot Latin Songs chart, the fourth-most among tropical acts, trailing Marc Anthony’s 60, Gilberto Santa Rosa’s 48 entries, and Victor Manuelle, who’s had a total of 47.

Santos has had a total of seven No. 1s — including his highest charting title at No. 1, “Odio,” feat. Drake, which topped the list for 13 weeks — making him the third-most among tropical acts, right behind Gloria Estefan, who has 15, and Anthony’s eight entries.

Additionally, Santos has scored 20 total top 10s, tying Juan Luis Guerra for the third-most among Tropical acts, behind Anthony and Estefan.

Santos is confirmed for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Week, set to take place September 26-30 at the Faena Forum in Miami. Other confirmed artists to speak at the conference include Camilo, Ivy Queen, Chayanne, Nicky Jam, Eslabon Armado, Bizarrap, Blessd, Ovy on the Drums, Luis R. Conriquez, among many others. Registration is now open at BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.

Maria Becerra Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with Prince Royce-Collab “Te Espero”

It’s a special first for Maria Becerra

The 22-year-old Argentine singer and former YouTuber has notched her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart as “Te Espero,” her collaboration with Prince Royce, rises 3-1 on the June 25-dated ranking.

Maria Becerra, Prince Royce, Te Espero“Te Espero” reaches the top of the all-genre tally, concurrent with its third week at No. 1 on the Tropical Airplay chart, due in part to a 19% gain in audience impressions, to 10.5 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 19, according to Luminate.

Released via Sony Music Latin on March 3, the song rises to No. 1 in its 15th week on the list and displaces another Sony Music Latin title from the top spot as Carlos Vives and Camilo’s “Baloncito Viejo” falls 1-7 after its one-week lead.

Further, “Te Espero” becomes the sixth song to reach the summit in 15 weeks or more in 2022.

Here’s a look at the ascent of these titles:

Number of weeks to the top, Title, Artist, Label
19, “Ley Seca,” Jhay Cortez & Anuel AA (Feb. 5)
17, “Mala,” Marc Anthony (March 12)
17, “Cúrame,” Rauw Alejandro (March 5)
17, “Sejodioto,” Karol G (Feb. 12)
16, “Medallo,” Blessd, Justin Quiles & Lenny Tavarez (May 21)
15, “Te Espero,” Prince Royce & Maria Becerra (June 25)

Becerra scores her first champ in her first try, all of which arrived in 2022. She’s also posted a pair of other titles, none of which hit top 20. Becerra, concurrently, becomes the eighth artist to claim a first leader this year.

Here’s the recap:

Artist, Title, Artists, Peak Date
Victor Cárdenas, “El Incomprendido,” with Farruko & DJ Adoni (Jan. 29)
DJ Adoni, “El Incomprendido,” with Farruko & Victor Cárdenas (Jan. 29)
Lisa, “SG,” with DJ Snake, Ozuna & Megan Thee Stallion (April 2)
Megan Thee Stallion, “SG,” with DJ Snake, Ozuna and Lisa (April 2)
Ed Sheeran, “Forever My Love” and “Sigue,” both with J Balvin (April 9 and April 16, respectively)
Blessd, “Medallo,” with Justin Quiles and Lenny Tavarez (May 21)
Lenny Tavarez, “Medallo,” with Justin Quiles and Blessd (May 21)
Maria Becerra, “Te Espero,” with Prince Royce (June 25)

Royce, meanwhile, captures his 15th hit on Latin Airplay, the third-most among tropical acts, trailing only Romeo Santos’ 19 No. 1s and Vives’ 16 champs. J Balvin continues at the helm with 35 leaders.

The surge in “Te Espero” plays also gives the tune a corresponding ascent on the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart, which measures airplay, streaming data, and digital sales.

There, the bachata hit rises 38-36, after its No. 26 peak on the May 14-dated survey.

Manuel Turizo Releases New Single “La Bachata”

Manuel Turizo is embracing a new song on his latest single…

The 22-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer has releases the track “La Bachata” via La Industria Inc. and Sony Music Latin.

Manuel TurizoTurizo’s new single is a captivating bachata track featuring a touch of urban beats and weeping string melodies a la Aventura in the 2000s.

In the new music video for “La Bachata,” Turizo is heartbroken and literally “gritando a los cuatro vientos.”

Disappointed in love, Turizo sings about an ex who hurt him, and yet he still misses her. In the music video, he’s seen listening to his song on a portable CD player while he performs it in a lonely field.

At the ending, he hints that his next single could possibly be titles “Extasis.”

Las Villa Release Bachata-fied New Single “La Carta”

Las Villa are switching up their sound again…

The Colombian duo, which has recorded trap, perreo and pop music, is now experimenting with bachata for the new single “La Carta.”

Las Villa

Las Villa, comprised of twins Laura and Lucia, present their new single composed by themselves alongside Vibarco, La Pardo, and Casta (who also produced the track).

“La Carta” fuses traditional bachata rhythms with edgy urbano beats, and tells the story of a letter where an ex-partner claims they have changed, but Las Villa believes not for the best. “Now I see you using Balenciaga when a year ago you didn’t care about that/ You’re not happy and soon you’ll realize that your movie will end,” the chorus goes.

“We came to the studio with the idea that we wanted to do a bachata,” the duo expressed in a statement. “It was clear to us that day that we wanted to do something different. The song ends up being about someone who changed from heaven to earth, overnight, and who you used to know and had a very strong bond with, and suddenly that person changes. Their tastes have changed, you don’t recognize them anymore, they now like fine and expensive things, and have completely turned their back on you and on all their values, changing all the fundamentals of life for superficial things.”

In the colorful music video, directed by Sergio de Avila and Jerome Lehoucq, the two sisters are shopping at a local clothing store and gossiping around the streets of Colombia.