Jenni Rivera’s Family to Release New, Never-Released Music by the Late Banda Queen

There’s new music by Jenni Rivera headed your way…

As the 10-year anniversary of the late Mexican American singer’s death in a plane crash over Mexico (in December, 2012) approaches, her family is planning to share new music with the world.

Jenni RiveraNever-released music she left recorded before her death will see the light of day, according to daughter Jacqie Rivera, who in January took over from her aunt Rosie Rivera as head of the Jenni Rivera estate.

“It’s definitely music in Spanish, it’s more than one song, and it’s regional Mexican,” Jacqie Rivera tells Billboard in her first interview since she took over her mother’s estate. “I think it’s very important that we tie in how she started, what [music] put her up there, and share that.”

The new tracks will be part of a full-fledged album of brand-new Rivera songs set for release before the end of the year. The set will include at least some of the 11 other unreleased songs that the Rivera estate found after Jenni Rivera’s passing, and will be released by Sony Music U.S. Latin. Several of the tracks will be produced by Sergio Lizárraga, the head of Banda MS and owner of Lizos Music.

Music in English is also on the way, although plans for those releases have yet to be finalized.

The music releases are the core of a series of actions that the estate is spearheading this year. Among them is a concert commemorating Rivera’s death — which will feature performances by her children, and which Jacqie Rivera describes as “a la Coachella” — and a long-planned biopic, which has long been discussed but is now firmly in the planning stages.

The moves signal a change of direction in the management of Jenni Rivera’s estate, which had been helmed by her sister, Rosie, since her death. Now, the reins have amicably passed to Jacqie, the second of Rivera’s five children. (The five are recording star Chiquis Rivera, Jacqie Rivera and Michael Marín from Rivera’s first marriage, and Jenicka and Johnny Angel, from her second marriage.)

All five siblings are now part of the estate’s advisory board and are actively involved in major decision-making, says Jacqie.

“The little decisions, I make them. For the big decisions, we all get together and we all vote,” she explains. “My little brother Johnny is working alongside with me, especially for the music. He’s always been involved in producing, and we’re working closely together. But we definitely need each other, all of us together, to really do it. There’s always meetings, phone calls, zooms. We’re all busy but we make it happen.”

When Rivera died in 2012, at 43 years old, she was the single most successful woman in regional Mexican on the Billboard charts — with over 26 entries on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart — and at the pinnacle of her career. But she was also on the verge of much more.

She was on the verge of a major crossover, having become the first Latina ever to sign a production deal to star in her own TV series on a major U.S. network and about to have her own residency in Las Vegas. On the verge of a cinematic career, Rivera played her first role in a major film, Filly Brown. On the verge of fulfilling her dream of becoming the “Latina Oprah,” with the continued success of her weekly radio show, Contacto Directo con Jenni Rivera. And on the verge of massive stardom in Mexico, following her stint as the most popular coach on season 2 of La Voz.

Perhaps most importantly to her, after years of being the sole provider for her family, she was finally finding the time to truly enjoy her children and her grandchildren. But her death left her children reeling. Only now, says Jacqie, does she feel ready to take control of her mother’s estate.

“My mom was such a big part…she was our everything,” says Rivera. “I don’t think any of us kids would have been ready to do this job because it’s a lot of work. For sure, I’m ready now.”

As part of the changes implemented since she took over, Rivera tapped Izabel Nicholas as general manager for Jenni Rivera Enterprises and Oswaldo Rossi has remained as the estate’s lawyer. Entotal Agency, the management firm headed by Jorge Sánchez and Tom Muzquiz with Pitbull as a partner is handling artist management.

“Being part of the Jenni Rivera team is an honor and a privilege,” says Sánchez, whose company started working with the estate in March, at the recommendation of BMI CCO Alex Flores. “Working with Jacqie and Jenni Rivera Enterprises represents a great experience due to her vision, respect and the enthusiasm. Jenni Rivera died in the prime of her life, and the music she left behind reflects this vitality. We have a great task ahead, with many and amazing releases plus other projects from one of the most important names and legacies in Latin music.”

It all amounts to an outpouring of material that would have made Jenni Rivera proud, says Jacqie, whose eyes brighten when asked what she thinks her mother would tell her if she could see her now.

“I think she would remind me of what my name means: Jacqueline is a form of Jacob, and Jacob is a go-getter,” she responds. “She would always remind me of what my name meant. [So I think she would say] ‘You got this, you can do this.’ And as a mom, she’d also tell me I’m doing a good job — because sometimes, you really don’t know.”

Banda MS Earns 18th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Hay Que Hacer Dinero,” Featuring Eden Muñoz

Banda MS is celebrating another chart-topper…

The Mexican banda group rises to No. 1 for an 18th time on BillboardRegional Mexican Airplay chart with “Hay Que Hacer Dinero,” featuring Eden Muñoz, which rises to the summit on the July 2-dated ranking.

Banda-MS“Hay Que Hacer Dinero” ascends 5-1 with a 34% increase in audience impressions, to 6.9 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 26, according to Luminate.

With the new champ, the Sinaloan band breaks from a tie with Banda El Recodo for the second-most No. 1 titles among all acts on Regional Mexican Airplay. Calibre 50 leads the category with 22 leaders. Muñoz, who scored his first No. 1 as a solo act less than two months ago with the three-week ruler “Chale!” (starting with the May 21-dated chart), captures his second.

 

Here’s a rundown of the Regional Mexican Airplay No. 1 scoreboard:

22, Calibre 50
18, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
17, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, Intocable
16, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho
16, Los Tigres del Norte
13, Christian Nodal
11, Gerardo Ortiz
11, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas

 

Concurrently, “Hay Que Hacer Dinero” breaks into the top tier on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with a 15-6 climb in its sixth week.

 

The push prompts a 23rd top 10 for Banda MS, which now ties with Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga for the third-most, trailing Marco Antonio Solis’ 27 top 10s and Calibre 50’s 25.

 

Elsewhere, “Hay Que Hacer Dinero” debuts at No. 49 on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data. With the new arrival, Banda MS adds a 32nd career entry, while Muñoz his second as a soloist.

 

Calibre 50 Earns Record-Extending 22nd No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Miranos Ahora”

Calibre 50 has another chart-topper…

The Regional Mexican band has notched its record-extending 22nd No. 1 on Billboard‘s Regional Mexican Airplay chart as “Miranos Ahora” rises 4-1 on the June 18-dated ranking.

Tony Elizondo, Calibre 50Calibre 50 continues to have the most No. 1s since the chart’s launch in 1994.

In second place are Banda El Recodo de Cruz de Lizárraga and Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, each with 17 No. 1s.

“Míranos Ahora” was released on March 11 via Andaluz/Disa/UMLE. It takes the No. 1 spot thanks to a 13% boost in audience impressions, to 7 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 12, according to Luminate.

The song trades places with “Brindo” by Mario Bautista and Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga as it dips 1-4.

With the new No. 1, Calibre 50 improves its career totals to 22 No. 1s on Regional Mexican Airplay.

Here’s a look at the leaderboard:

22, Calibre 50
17, Banda El Recodo de Cruz de Lizárraga
17, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, Intocable
16, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
16, Los Tigres del Norte

“Míranos Ahora” arrives atop the tally after Calibre 50 last led with “Si Te Pudiera Mentir,” which topped the chart for two weeks in January.

The band also makes progress on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart as “Míranos Ahpra” ascends 15-7.

The move earns Calibre 50 its 25th top 10, the most among Regional Mexican groups, and the second-most among all regional Mexican acts, trailing only Marco Antonio Solis’ 27 top 10s.

Mario Bautista Earns First No. 1 on a Billboard Airplay Chart with “Brindo,” Featuring Banda El Recodo

It’s a special first for Mario Bautista.

The 26-year-old Mexican artist has claimed his first No. 1 on a Billboard airplay chart as his single “Brindo,” with Banda El Recodo de Cruz de Lizárraga, rises to No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated June 11.

Mario BautistaBanda El Recodo notches its 17th champ on the chart.

“Brindo” posted a 20% gain in audience impressions, to 7.8 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 5, according to Luminate.

It dethrones Eden Muñoz’s “Chale!” after three weeks at No. 1 — the first leader for the singer-songwriter and producer after becoming a solo act.

The original version of “Brindo,” billed solely to Bautista, was released on September 9, 2021.

The regional Mexican collaboration with Banda El Recodo was announced via Twitter in January. The anticipatory buildup likely fueled the remix to debut on Regional Mexican Airplay at No. 40 on the March 26-dated survey.

With the 3-1 lift in its 12th week, Banda El Recodo secures its 17th win and enters a tie with Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga for the second-most leaders, just behind Calibre 50’s 21 No. 1s.

Further, Bautista is the fifth soloist to capture his first No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay in 2022.

Here’s the scoreboard:

Artist, Title, Date
Maluma, “Cada Quién,” with Grupo Firme, Feb. 5
Banda Rancho Viejo de Julio Aramaburú, “Me Vale Perderte,” April 16
Virlan García, “Híbrido,” May 14
Eden Muñoz, “Chale!”, May 21
Mario Bautista, “Brindo,” with Banda El Recodo, June 11

Elsewhere, “Brindo” moves up the overall Latin Airplay chart with a 8-4 climb.

Bautista gained notoriety as YouTuber for his sketch comedy, also becoming popular in his native Mexico as a pop singer and R&B performer.

“Brindo” is his first regional Mexican release.

 

Eden Muñoz Earns First No. 1 as a Solo Artist on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart

It’s a special first for Eden Muñoz

The Mexican singer-songrwiter and producer has reached a new career milestone as “Chale!” rises 2-1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated May 21.

Eden MuñozIt’s his first No. 1 on the chart — and chart entry — as a solo artist, after fronting Calibre 50 for all 21 of their No. 1s from 2013-21. He departed the group in January.

“This is my first No. 1 as a soloist but not the first in my career,” Muñoz tells Billboard. “It is something that fills me with satisfaction and gives me the drive to continue working for the better, to keep evolving, remain in the public’s favor, which I believe is the most important thing in this beautiful career.”

It’s the first champ for Muñoz after he parted ways as the lead singer of Sinaloan norteño band Calibre 50.

The group’s 21 leaders, all with Muñoz, are the most in the chart’s history (it launched in 1994). Banda MS is in second place with 17 No. 1 hits.

“Chale!” gives Muñoz a first win in his first chart appearance as a solo act. He’s already logged a second chart entry, as his featured role on Banda MS’s “Hay Que Hacer Dinero” rises 38-28 in its second week on the chart.

“Chale!” takes the Greatest Gainer honor of the week thanks to 23% increase, to 7.74 million audience impressions in the week ending May 15, according to Luminate.

“The song’s musical production addresses as such a fresh and innovative concept, a style that results from the mixture of instruments representing the classic big band (slide trombones, trumpet, sax, drums), with a fusion of current norteño, in search of a new aspect of the Mexican Regional, without leaving aside its essence,” adds Muñoz.

As a soloist, Muñoz joins three other acts who have clocked their first No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay in 2022.

Here’s the new leaderboard:

Banda Rancho Viejo de Julio Aramaburú, “Me Vale Perderte” April 16
Maluma, “Cada Quién,” with Grupo Firme, Feb. 5
Virlan García, “Híbrido,” May 14
Eden Muñoz, “Chale!”, May 21

Beyond its Regional Mexican Airplay coronation, “Chale!” enters the top 10 on the all-Latin genre Latin Airplay chart with an 11-4 jump in its seventh week. It’s also Muñoz’s first top 10 there.

“The adoption of the tuba and Toloche al norteño has undoubtedly come to complement ‘Chale!,’” Muñoz concludes. “It gives it the characteristic touch that makes it, without a doubt, a natural and unmistakable success that can be enjoyed at any time and in any situation.”

Banda MS Earns 17th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Ojos Cerrados”

It’s an eye-closing moment for Banda MS

The Mexican banda act has earned its 17th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart as “Ojos Cerrados” jumps 2-1 in its seventh week on the March 5-dated ranking.

Banda-MSThe track is Banda MS’ first collaboration with Carin León, who climbs up the list (31-18) with another collaboration: “Con Un Botecito a Pecho” with Adriel Favela.

“Ojos Cerrados” leads with 6.66 million in audience impressions, up 15%, earned in the week ending Feb. 27, according to MRC Data.

The track was released on January 7 via Lizos Music and composed by Horacio Palencia, Nathan Galante and Edgar Barrera.

With 17 No. 1s on its account, Banda MS breaks from a tie with four other groups for the second-most leaders, standing just behind Calibre 50’s 21 champs, since the chart’s inception in 1994.

Here’s a recap of the acts with the most leaders on Regional Mexican Airplay:

21, Calibre 50
17, Banda MS
16, Banda El Recodo de Cruz de Lizárraga
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, Intocable
16, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
15, Los Tigres del Norte
15, Christian Nodal
11, Gerardo Ortiz
11, La Arrolladora Banda San José de Mesillas

“Ojos Cerrados” concurrently makes progress on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with a 9-6 lift.

Back on Regional Mexican Airplay, “Ojos” follows another No. 1: “La Sinvergüenza,” a two-week champ (starting chart dated Nov. 27, 2021). Notably, out of Banda MS’ 17 hits, only three arrived through collaborations: in addition to the two already mentioned, “Somos Los Que Somos” with Los 2 De La S, ruled for one week in September 2020.

Edén Muñoz Leaving Calibre 50 to Launch Solo Career

Edén Muñoz is re-Calibre-ating his career…

The Mexican singer and accordionist is leaving Calibre 50 after 12 years to launch his solo career.

Edén Muñoz

Lizos Music announced the move in a statement this week the frontman of the norteño band has also signed a record and management deal with the indie label and management company spearheaded by Sergio Lizárraga.

Lizos Music is also home to artists like Banda MS and Natalia Jiménez.

Muñoz founded Calibre 50 in 2010, and the group quickly become known for its norteño sound via anthems like “El Inmigrante” and “A La Antiguita,” placing seven No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart. Their most recent album, Vamos Bien, peaked at No. 8 on the tally dated September 11.

Earlier in January, the group scored its 21st No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart (dated January 22) with their Marco Antonio Solís cover “Si Te Puediera Mentir.”

With 21 leaders on the group’s account, the band from Sinaloa extends its record for the most No. 1 since Regional Mexican Airplay launched in 1994.

As a songwriter, Muñoz has penned most of Calibre 50’s repertoire, and has also written chart-topping hits for Alejandro Fernández, Pepe Aguilar, Yuridia, Banda MS and Carlos Rivera, among many others.

Last year, Muñoz was named songwriter of the year at the annual 2021 SESAC Latin Music Awards. He won songwriter of the year in the regional Mexican category for the second time for songs penned both for Calibre 50 (“Barquillero,” “Solo Tú”) and for other groups, including Banda MS (“Cerrando Ciclos”) and Banda Carnaval (“Esta Vez Soy Yo”). Muñoz’s publisher, Dulce María Music, won publisher of the year, Regional Mexican.

According to the press release, 2022 will be a “year that will mark the beginning of a very productive era for both Muñoz and Lizos.”

“I feel alive again. I feel like I’ve escaped monotony. I’m motivated now that I have creative freedom,” says Muñoz of his decision to go solo.

His upcoming new solo single “Chale” is due out on February 18.

Maluma Among the Headlining Acts for This Year’s Baja Beach Fest

Maluma is headed south of the border this summer…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter will co-headline this year’s Baja Beach Fest, which will return to the beaches of Mexico this summer.

Maluma, Quay Australia,In addition to Maluma, the Rosarito-based fest will also be headlined by Anuel AA, Farruko and Wisin y Yandel.

The festival will also feature a headlining performance from Sinaloan heroes Banda MS.

The festival is slated to run two weekends in a row, from August 12-14 and August 19-21 for three days each. Each weekend will close out with a headlining set from Daddy Yankee, who recently suggested on social media he would be heading out on his last world tour this year.

The Reggaeton and Latin Trap festival will also see sets from Myke Towers, Natanael CanoSechJhay CortezEl AlfaNatti Natasha and more.

Jay WheelerTokischaMoraNicki Nicole, Arcángel and VF7 and Lunay, among others, are also set to perform at the beachside resort.

Baja Beach Fest first emerged as a one-day event in 2018 and has continued to grow each year.

In 2019, the festival expanded to two days and welcomed top-tier talent including OzunaJ BalvinBecky GBad Bunny and Nicky Jam.

In 2020, the festival postponed due to the pandemic and returned in 2021 with performances from Ozuna, Balvin and Karol G for 30,000 fans.

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Banda MS Teams Up with Carin Leon for Banda Ballad “Ojos Cerrados”

Banda MS has set its sights on a new No. 1…

The Mexican banda group has joined voices with Carin Leon for the new single “Ojos Cerrados,” released by Lizos Music.

Banda MS, Carin Leon

The track is considered an ultimate heartbreak song that’s powered by Banda MS’ signature tuba-pumping beat and romantic lyrics.

A ballad at its core, the single marks the first time the chart-topping band and newcomer Leon have teamed up for a collaboration.

The slowed-down banda track, penned by Edgar BarreraHoracio Palencia and Nathan Galante Rosales, finds Oswaldo, Alan and Leon narrating the downfall of a relationship and the scar its left behind.

 

Bad Bunny Wins His First-Ever American Music Awards Trophies

Bad Bunny’s America’s choice…

The American Music Awards aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, with the 27-year-old Puerto Rican superstar taking home his first-ever AMAs trophies.

Bad BunnyBad Bunny was named Favorite Male Artist – Latin, and he claimed the Favorite Album – Latin prize for his chart-topping album El Último Tour Del Mundo.

Cardi B, who hosted the star-studded awards show, won the award for Favorite Hip Hop Song for her chart-topping single “Up.” It’s her second consecutive win in the category after she took home the same award in 2020 for her single “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion.

The awards show featured performances from BTS with Coldplay, Olivia Rodrigo, Tyler the Creator, Måneskin, Walker Hayes, Mickey Guyton, Bad Bunny, Tainy with Julieta Venegas, Carrie Underwood with Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, New Edition and New Kids on the Block. Diplo was on DJ duty for the ceremony.

Bruno Mars won the Favorite R&B Song for “Leave the Door Open,” his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 track “Leave The Door Open,” his single with Silk Sonic co-bandmate Anderson .Paak.

Becky G was named Favorite Female Artist – Latin for the second year in a row, Band MS was named Favorite Latin Duo or Group, and Kali Uchis won her first-ever AMAs trophy for Favorite Latin Song for “Telepatía.”

Here’s a look at the night’s winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: BTS
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Olivia Rodrigo
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”
FAVORITE TRENDING SONG: Megan Thee Stallion “Body”
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO: Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST: Ed Sheeran
FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST: Taylor Swift
FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP: BTS
FAVORITE POP ALBUM: Taylor Swift “evermore”
FAVORITE POP SONG: BTS “Butter”
FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST: Luke Bryan
FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST: Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP: Dan + Shay
FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM: Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”
FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG: Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”
FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST: Drake
FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST: Megan Thee Stallion
FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM: Megan Thee Stallion “Good News”
FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG: Cardi B “Up”
FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST: The Weeknd
FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST: Doja Cat
FAVORITE R&B ALBUM: Doja Cat “Planet Her”
FAVORITE R&B SONG: Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open”
FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST: Bad Bunny
FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST: Becky G
FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP: Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM: Bad Bunny “EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO”
FAVORITE LATIN SONG: Kali Uchis “telepatía”
FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST: Machine Gun Kelly
FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST: Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST: Kanye West
FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST: Marshmello