Prime Video Acquires Documentary Film About Bad Gyal, “La Joia: Bad Gyal”

Bad Gyal is ready for Prime time…

Prime Video has acquired a documentary film about the 27-year-old Spanish singer, songwriter, DJ and model, whose real name is Alba Farelo Solé.

Bad GyalTitled La Joia: Bad Gyal, the original doc follows Bad Gyal, exploring how she attempted to conquer the mainstream while her debut album was postponed for over a year for reasons beyond her control.

Known for her distinctive overall use of Auto-Tune, Bad Gyal has developed a strong cult following  since her musical career began in 2016, with her uploading a cover of Rihanna‘s “Work“, sung in Catalan, to YouTube.

She continued to make music as an independent artist, releasing records like “Indapanden“, “Jacaranda” and the popular “Fiebre“.

Bad Gyal later released two mixtapes: Slow Wine Mixtape (2016) and Worldwide Angel (2018), which consecrated her as an emerging artist within the Spanish urban scene.

Bad Gyal signed with Interscope Records and Aftercluv in 2019, and saw mainstream acclaim with songs like “Santa María“, “Zorra” and “Alocao“, the latter becoming the number-one song in Spain for 2019

Her debut album La Joia was released in 2024.

Vampire Films is making the film in co-production with Double Body, Entrelíneas and Nanouk Films.

David Camarero is the director behind the project.

La Joia: Bad Gyal will premiere on Prime Video at the end of this year.

J Balvin to Release New Album, “Rayo,” This August

J Balvin will be catching some rayos this summer…

The 39-year-old Colombian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer has announced plans to release his upcoming new album, titled Rayo, on August 9.

J BalvinBalvin’s 15-track LP includes collaborations with Feid, Chencho Corleone, Bad Gyal and Carín León, among others. 

The set will follow the hitmaker’s Grammy-nominated Jose released three years ago, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart for three weeks.

Overall, Balvin has placed four No. 1 sets on the tally since 2016, including Energía, Vibras and Oasis, his 2019 joint album with Bad Bunny.

As with all his previous albums, this one also started with a name before even recording any of the songs included. “My albums have always started with their names,” he previously told Billboard. “That way, we let ourselves be guided by the vibe.” The singer-songwriter also shared that London was a major source of inspiration for the set, specifically its nightclub scene, where he and his team would play demos sometimes. “We wanted to see fan reaction, and it was amazing,” he teased.

According to a press release, Rayo is an expression of “earnest need for human connection that drove Balvin to create an album that feels more like a house party than a collection of songs.”

On this new album, he blends elements of reggeatón with electronic pop and dembow, the statement further adds.

In April, Balvin performed a riveting sci-fi-inspired headlining set at Coachella, where he sang his biggest anthems to date, including hits recent hits such as the Tainy-produced “Colmillo” and “Dientes.”

Some of his surprise guests included Jowell & Randy, De La Ghetto and Will Smith.

The new album announcement coincides with Balvin’s new single “Gaga” in collaboration with Saiko. The Keityn and L.e.x.v.z.-produced track dropped on Thursday (July 11).

Here’s the Rayo tracklist:

“Cosa de Locos”
“Polvo de tu Vida” featuring Chencho Corleone
“Swat” featuring Luar La L
“Bajo y Batería”
“Doblexxó” featuring Feid
“3 Noches”
“Gaga” featuring Saiko
“Gato” featuring Bad Gyal
“Lobo” featuring Zion
“La Noche” featuring Dei V
“Origami” featuring Ryan Castro and Blessd
“Sólido”
“Stoker” featuring Carin León
“Ganster”
“En Alta” featuring Omar Courtz, Yovngchimi, Quevedo, Mambo Kingz, DJ Luian

Anitta Releases Bad Gyal-Collaboration “Double Team,” Reveals Release Date for New Album “Funk Generation”

Anitta is bringing the funk…

The 30-year-old Brazilian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and occasional television host is set to release Funk Generation, her first full-length studio album under Republic Records and Universal Music Latin Entertainment.

Anitta & Bad GyalThe album will be released on April 26.

Funk Generation is an album where I celebrate my roots,” Anitta said about the forthcoming record. “It’s where I express the power of Rio’s funk in every track its unique, danceable, and sensual beats. It’s a rhythm born in the favelas, where I grew up, and it exudes resistance and art in every community. I’m proud to work on a project about a genre that has been unfairly stigmatized in Brazil but is slowly gaining recognition worldwide.”

Funk Generation is the extended album counterpart to Funk Generation: a Favela Lovestory, the three-song bundle Anitta shared last August.

That set included the funk-imbued singles “Funk Rave,” “Casi Casi” and “Used To Be,” which gave fans an indication of where she was headed next sonically. “I dive into carioca funk,” Anitta said in a statement at the time. “The rhythm that raised me and is part of the culture from where I was born.”

Anitta also says this album includes “important collaborations” that have helped her tell the complete story of this album, including a just-released new single and music video “Double Team” featuring Bad Gyal and Puerto Rican rapper Brray.

Anitta and Bad Gyal, a Spanish singer also signed to Universal Music Latino, have also recently released “Bota Niña,” a collaboration for Bad Gyal’s debut album “La Joia.”

“Double Team” — a song that trades lines in Spanish, Portuguese and English — arrives with an accompanying music video starring Anitta, Bad Gyal and Brray and is set in a sweltering open-air baile funk party.

Young Miko Among Opening Acts for Karol G’s Mañana Será Bonito Tour

Young Miko is preparing for a Bonito experience…

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican rapper has been named as one of the opening acts for Karol G’s Mañana Será Bonito tour.

Young Miko,Young Miko will appear at the seven of the “Bichota” singer’s 15 U.S. stops, including Karol G’s first night in Los Angeles, as well as Houston, New York, Atlanta and more.

Other special guests for Karol G’s show include DJ Agudelo888, who will appear at all 15 shows, and Bad Gyal, who will be an opening act at Karol G’s two Miami shows.

Karol G announced her special guests on Instagram following her history-making Lollapalooza performance—as the first female Latin act to headline the festival in more than 30 years.

Karol G’s Mañana Será Bonito tour

Becky G Makes Cameo Appearance in Tainy’s Just Released “La Baby” Music Video

Becky G is making a Tainy appearance…

One week after surprising he world with “La Baby,” a new single off Tainy’s upcoming studio album DATA, the Latin hitmaker has brought in a host of celebrity women, including the 26-year-old Mexican American singer, rapper and actress, for the summer-friendly track’s official video, released on Monday.

Becky GIn addition the 26-year-old Mexican American singer/atress, the star-studded music video features Camila Cabello, Lali, Elena Rose, Bad Gyal, Evaluna, RaiNao and PaoPao singing along to the verses from Daddy Yankee, Feid and Sech.

In a 90’s-inspired selfie clip, each artist is seen doing their own respective thing, such as getting ready for a night out (Bad Gyal), working out at the gym (Lali), drinking a morning coffee (Evaluna) or enjoying a late-night drive around town (Elena Rose).

“La Baby” sees Tainy opting for infectious reggaeton with hard-hitting drum beats and lyrics meant to empower and motivate the ladies.

“That kitty is lost/ She doesn’t have an owner/ An architect/ She’s building her dreams/ Everyone I show her off to/ Says she’s hot like a jalapeño,” he sings on his verse.

“Thank you to these incredible women for being a part of it,” Tainy expressed on his Instagram account.

“La Baby” is part of Tainy’s debut solo studio album DATA, slated for a June 29 release. The release also comes on the heels of Tainy unveiling its stacked tracklist including Bad Bunny, Rauw Alejandro, Myke Towers, J Balvin, Arcangel, Kany Garcia, Young Miko and many more.

“[DATA] is a representation of who I am as a person, and as a fan of music,” Tainy previously told Billboard Español. “To be able to have my own album is so special. I’m putting my everything into this, all the knowledge I’ve acquired since I started working with the people I admire.”

Anuel AA to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Anuel AA is heading to the Latin American Music Awards

The first wave of performers has been announced for this year’s Latin AMAs, with the 30-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer among those set to take center stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Anuel AAAnuel AA will perform “Más Rica Que Ayer” during the show.

Other performers include newlyweds Guaynaa and Lele Pons, who will perform a medley that includes their latest collaboration “Abajito”; Myke Towers, who will perform his newest track “Mi Droga”; and Prince Royce, who will surprise viewers with an unreleased song.

Additionally, Spanish newcomer Bad Gyal and Regional Mexican crooner Eden Muñoz will make their Latin AMAs debut. The former will deliver her single “Chulo,” and the latter will offer his viral solo hit “Chale!

Nominations for the 2023 awards — based on streaming, sales, radio airplay, tours, and even social media interactions data provided by Billboard and Luminate during the eligibility period (February 12, 2022, through February 4, 2023) — are led by Bad Bunny with 11 nominations. He’s followed by Becky G and Daddy Yankee, each with nine nominations; at eight nods each are Grupo Frontera, Karol G, Rauw Alejandro, Romeo Santos, and Rosalía.

Meanwhile, Muñoz, Bizarrap, Blessd, Grupo Frontera, Los Lara, Luis Figueroa, Luis R Conriquez, Quevedo, Santa Fe Klan and Yahritza y Su Esencia are nominated in the best new artist category.

Carlos Vives and Pepe Aguilar will be recognized as 2023 Latin AMAs Legacy honorees. This year’s ceremony will be co-hosted by Galilea Montijo, Julián Gil and Natti Natasha.

For the first time since its debut on October 8, 2015, on Telemundo, the ceremony will be broadcast live simultaneously on Univision, UNIMÁS and Galavisión after TelevisaUnivision acquired the rights from dick clark productions in September.

Karol G Reveals Doodle-Inspired Cover Art & Track List for New Album “Mañana Será Bonito”

Karol G is getting colorful

The 31-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter has unveiled the colorful doodle-inspired cover and tracklist for her forthcoming album Mañana Será Bonito, which will be released on February 24.

Karol GThe 17-song album, which kicks off with “Mientras Me Curo del Cora,” features collaborations with QuevedoCarla MorrisonSean PaulSechBad GyalJustin Quiles and Angel Dior.

It also includes previously released singles “Provenza,” “Cairowith Ovy on the Drums, “Gatubela” featuring Maldy, and the Romeo Santos-assisted “X Si Volvemos.”

“This is the face of my album,” Karol wrote on social media. “I present it with all my love and pride. To be honest, I can’t believe I was able to contain myself and not share the release date sooner but I can finally share it with you. I am happy and counting down the days.”

Mañana Será Bonito will be her fourth studio album. It will follow her 2021 Grammy-nominated KG0516, which scored Karol her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums. The set earned the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman since Shakira‘s 2017 El Dorado.

Karol G nabbed the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s 2022 year-end Top Latin Artists – Female chart for a fourth consecutive year. She was also No. 2 on the overall Top Latin Artists chart – the only female act in the top 10. Furthermore, Karol G’s $trip Love Tour became the highest grossing U.S. tour by Latin female act in history. It grossed $69.9 million and sold 410,000 tickets across 33 shows in North America (through the end of October), according to numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore.

Rosalia Among Headlining Acts for 2023’s Primavera Sound Festival

Rosalia is getting into the primavera spirit…

The star-studded lineup for the 2023 Primavera Sound Festival has been revealed, with the 30-year-old Spanish singer/songwriter among the acts set to perform.

RosaliaRosalia will headline the event alongside Kendrick Lamar, Depeche Mode, Blur and Halsey.

The event will take place in both Barcelona (June 1-3) at Ciudad del Rock in Arganda Del Rey and Madrid (June 8-10) at the Parc Del Forum.

Other participating acts include Ghost, Darkside, Le Tigre, Turnstile, Sparks, Pusha T, Baby Keem, Skrillex, Bad Religion, The Mars Volta, Bad Gyal, Maneskin, St. Vince, the War on Drugs and many more.

In addition, the Pet Shop Boys will play Wednesday’s (May 31) free show with Jake Bugg, Confidence man and La Paloma.

Other acts slated to take the stage include: Japanese Breakfast, PinkPanthress, Christine and the Queens, Arlo Parks, The Voidz, Alex G, Built to Spill, The Moldy Peaches, Bleachers, Julia Jacklin, Caroline Polachek, Maggie Rogers, My Morning Jacket, Tokischa, Death Grips and more.

One-day and multi-day tickets will go on sale on Thursday, December 1 at 12:00 pm CET; more information on tickets here.

Festival organizers announced earlier this year that 2023’s event would take place in Barcelona and Madrid for the first time, saying that the cities will “mirror” each other on consecutive summer weekends.

“Look for yourself in the Primavera Sound 2023 line-up… and find yourself,” organizers said in a statement in describing the mirror-image lineups. “Because we assure you that you are there. After twenty editions, the festival is the mirror in which the community that will come from near and far to Barcelona and for the first time to Madrid next June looks at itself and recognizes itself, but after everything it has experienced, this reflection goes in two directions, marking the richest musical itinerary we can think of: Primavera Sound also looks for and finds itself in its own audience.”

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.