Anuel AA to Make Feature Film Debut in Indie Horror Film “You Lose You Die”

Anuel AA is set to make his big screen debut…

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer, whose real name is Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago, will make his feature debut in Carlos “Spiff TV” Suarez’s indie horror film You Lose You Die.

Anuel AAHe joins previously announced stars Freddy Rodriguez, who also executive produces, and Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr (WWE star Charlotte Flair).

Shooting is due to wrap imminently in the Dominican Republic and the project will be shopped following post-production.

You Lose You Die follows sociopathic tech expert Mr. Fantastik (Rodriguez), who runs a popular show on the dark web with two other sociopathic tech experts, Ms. Perfect (Fliehr) and Mr. Creep (Anthony Alvarez). On the show, thousands of viewers vote on games and challenges for prisoners to participate in. If the prisoners lose, viewers vote on the weapons the sociopaths use to kill them.

In addition to Anuel AA who plays EZ Money, the cast includes Josh Bredl as Mr. Large, Sophia Zimba as Kara, Ashley Hernandez as Julie, Alejandro Duran as Alfonso, Noah Crider as Chase, Marcella Acuña as Christie, Mercy Grant as Darling and Lydia Faith Gomez as Jamie.

Rodriguez, Josue “Sway” Mendez and Ulysses Terrero serve as executive producers, with Mendez also producing.

Michael Patti is director of photography.

Anuel AA is a Latin trap music pioneer. He recorded his debut album Real Hasta La Muerte (2018) which topped the U.S. Top Latin Albums chart.

He has collaborated with notable artists such as Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin. His hits include “Secreto” and “China.” He won the Billboard Latin Music Award for New Artist of the Year in 2019.

Jacqueline Bracamontes Returning to Host 2nd Annual Billboard Latin Women in Music Special

Jacqueline Bracamontes is preparing to help celebrate Latinas in music…

The 44-year-old Mexican actress, former model and beauty pageant titleholder and television personality will host the Billboard Latin Women in Music special, which is scheduled to return for its second edition on June 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET via Telemundo.

Jacqueline BracamontesHailing from Billboard and Telemundo, the two-hour music special will celebrate “Latin female artists proactively working for positive change, inclusion, and gender parity in the music industry,” as noted in the press release.

Bracamontes will return as host for a second time.

Produced at Telemundo Center in Miami, the event captures the essence of Latin culture through dynamic musical showcases and special acknowledgments from leading Latin female artists. It will also be available for simultaneous streaming on the Telemundo app and Peacock.

The recipients of this year’s honors will be revealed at a later time.

Bracamontes holds a prominent position in Latin American television.

She has anchored Telemundo’s broadcasts of prestigious events such as Miss Universe, the Billboard Latin Music Awards and the Latin American Music Awards.

Additionally, she has helmed programs like the dance competition Así se Baila and starred in the popular primetime series La Suerte de Loli.

Furthermore, Bracamontes joined the U.S. Hispanic network as the host of Viva el Mundial y Más, a sports and entertainment show that aired during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, and co-hosted two seasons of the hit music competition La Voz (The Voice).

At last year’s Latin Women in Music event, honors were granted to those who’ve made significant contributions to Latin music and its industry. The recipients included included Shakira as Woman of the Year, Ana Gabriel as Living Legend, Thalia as Global Powerhouse, Maria Becerra as Visionary, Emilia as Rising Star, Evaluna as Tradition and Future and Goyo as Agent of Change.

Bad Bunny Repeats as Billboard’s Top Latin Artist of the Year for Fifth Consecutive Year

It’s a sweet repeat for Bad Bunny

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican Grammy-winning superstar has repeated as Billboard’s Top Latin Artist of the Year for a record fifth consecutive year.

Bad BunnyNo other artist has been the year-end Top Latin Artist five times since the category began in 2011. Only one other artist has pulled a back-to-back winning streak since the category launched in 2011: Romeo Santos, who took home the first-place trophy in 2014 and 2015.

Unsurprisingly, Bad Bunny also echoes his past four years of achievements on the albums front: Thanks to Un Verano Sin Ti’s stronghold, the album wraps at No. 1 on the year-end Top Latin Albums chart for a second consecutive year.

Adding to his blockbuster year — with seven awards at the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards, including Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year and Global 200 Latin Artist of the Year — Benito also boasts four songs on the year-end Hot Latin Songs rundown, including “Un X100to” with Grupo Frontera at No. 3. His first foray into Regional Mexican music became the second Regional Mexican track to break the weekly top 10 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts from November 19, 2022, through October 21, 2023. Rankings for Luminate-based recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-October time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Luminate.

Pitbull Extends Global Publishing Deal with BMG

Pitbull is extending his global deal…

The 42-year-old Cuban American rapper, singer, songwriter, businessman and actor, born Armando Perez, has extended his global publishing deal with BMG.

PitbullPitbull first signed to the company nearly a decade ago, and under the renewed partnership, his back catalog of hits and future songs will be administered by the BMG team.

Pitbull’s feel-good anthem “Give Me Everything,” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated July 9 for one week in 2011, while “Timber,” his collaboration with Kesha, went to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart on January 18, 2014, leading for three weeks.

Pitbull has sold more than 25 million studio albums and over 100 million singles worldwide. His music video have over 15 billion views on YouTube.

He has won one Grammy, one Latin Grammy, three Billboard Music Awards and nine Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Luis Figueroa’s “Bandido” Rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay Chart

Luis Figueroa is celebrating another chart-topper… 

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has notched his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart as “Bandido” lifts to the top of the October 21-dated ranking.

Luis Figueroa“I am so excited with the reaction from everyone with this song … it has become a fan favorite!” Figueroa tells Billboard. “I am also proud to represent this new salsa movement. Salsa es lo que hay!”

“Bandido” rises to the summit with a 23% gain to 5.7 million audience impressions on reporting radio stations during the October 6-12 tracking week, according to Luminate. The song was released on August 17 via Magnus Media/Sony Music Latin, with Figueroa one of its six writers.

“It was amazing to work with so many talented musicians and lyricists on this song,” Figueroa adds. “I have been looking forward to putting this record out for a while, so for everyone to finally listen to it, and the reaction it has received, is so gratifying.”

Notably, “Bandido” becomes the first salsa track to crown Tropical Airplay among the five tropical tunes that have notched their first weeks at No. 1 in 2023. Let’s look at the winners, by core style:

Peak Date, Artist, Title (style)
February 4, Romeo Santos & Rosalia, “El Pañuelo” (bachata)
April 8, Marshmello & Manuel Turizo, “El Merengue” (merengue)
July 8, Prince Royce, “Me EnRD” (bachata)
August 5, Chayanne, “Bailando Bachata” (bachata)
October 21, Luis Figueroa, “Bandido” (salsa)

“Bandido” is the first salsa No. 1 on Tropical Airplay since Marc Anthony’s “Mala” in March 2022.

“Bandido” concurrently translates into a new No. 1 for Magnus Media. The label last ruled Tropical Airplay through another Figueroa song, “Hasta El Sol de Hoy,” for one week in July 2021.

Beyond its Tropical Airplay coronation, “Bandido” rebounds to its No. 18 high on the overall Latin Airplay chart. It became Figueroa’s second top 20 entry there, following the No. 15-peaking “Todavía Te Espero” in 2022.

Figueroa’s new achievement follows his first-time nomination for a Billboard Latin Music Award this year, for tropical artist of the year, solo.

Yng Lvcas Signs Alliance with OCESA Seitrack, in partnership with Laele Records, for Global Management

Yng Lvcas is shoring up his alliances…

The 23-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter and rapper has signed an alliance with OCESA Seitrack, in partnership with Laele Records, to manage his career worldwide.

Yng Lvcas,The rising Mexican artist, known for his breakthrough track “La Bebe (Remix)” in collaboration with Peso Pluma, was a six-time finalist at the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards. He was up for artist of the year, new; Global 200 Latin song of the year; Hot Latin Song of the year; Hot Latin Song of the year, vocal event; Streaming Song of the year; and Latin Rhythm Song of the year.

Yng Lvcas artist and Peso Peso also shared center stage at the awards ceremony on Thursday in Miami to perform their smash hit, “La Bebe,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, peaked No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at No. 2 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, earlier this year.

“I’ve collaborated with emerging artists because I have to help other artists, we’re Mexican and we may not be best friends but coming together makes us stronger,” the Guadalajara-born artist expressed during the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Week, where he formed part of the The New Mexican Revolution panel alongside Peso Pluma and Grupo Frontera.

In May, Yng Lvcas — a leader of the Mexican reggaeton movement — unleashed his second all-reggaetón album Six Jewels 23, which captured the singer-songwriter his second top 10 entry on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart when it debuted at No. 5 on the June 10-dated ranking.

The following month, he signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Mexico, and up next, he will perform at the coveted Flow Fest on November 25 in Mexico.

Peso Pluma Leads Pack of Billboard Latin Music Awards Winners with Eight Awards

Peso Pluma is this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards darling…

The 24-year-old Mexican artist, a rising Regional Mexican music star, was the big winner at this year’s awards show claiming eight awards.

Peso PlumaPeso Pluma’s awards Artist of the Year, New; Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male; and the coveted Songwriter of the Year prize, reflecting his more than 20 hits on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.

Peso Pluma’s awards also included four nods alongside trio Eslabón Armado for their runaway hit “Ella Baila Sola,” which won Hot Latin Song of the Year and Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event, among other prizes.

Peso Pluma was followed in the number of wins by global superstar Bad Bunny.

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican superstar picked up seven awards, including Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year and Global 200 Latin Artist of the Year, as well as two awards for his smash hit “Titi me Preguntó.”

Next up in wins was Colombian star Karol G, who won five awards, two of them for her album Mañana Será Bonito as Top Latin Album of the Year. The set, which debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart — the first Spanish-language album by a female artist to do so in history — also won Latin Rhythm Album of the Year. Karol G also took home the Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female and top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female awards.

The four top winners — Peso Pluma, Bad Bunny, Karol G and Eslabón Armado — reflect the current state of Latin music, where urban beats are living high on the charts along with a new generation of Mexican music artists who have become global successes.

Finalists and winners of the Billboard Latin Music Awards reflect performance of new recordings on Billboard‘s albums and songs charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated August 13, 2022, through this year’s August 12, 2023 charts. Determinations are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay and touring, tracked by Billboard and its data partner, Luminate.

Other key winners of the evening included Manuel Turizo, Shakira, Bizarrap, Fuerza Regida, Aventura, Camilo, Edgar Barrera, Grupo Frontera, Ivan Cornejo, Maná, Marshmello, Romeo Santos and Wisin & Yandel.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards were produced by MBS Events and aired live on Telemundo from the Watsco Center in Miami.

Here’s the full list of winners:

OVERALL ARTIST CATEGORIES
Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
Artist of the Year, New: Peso Pluma
Tour of the Year: Bad Bunny
Crossover Artist of the Year: Marshmello
Global 200 Latin Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny

SONGS CATEGORIES
Global 200 Latin Song of the Year: Manuel Turizo, “La Bachata”
Hot Latin Song of the Year: Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma, “Ella Baila Sola”
Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event: Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma, “Ella Baila Sola”
Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male: Peso Pluma
Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female: Karol G
Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Grupo Frontera
Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin
Latin Airplay Song of the Year: Manuel Turizo, “La Bachata”
Latín Airplay Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin
Sales Song of the Year: Bad Bunny, “Tití Me Preguntó”
Streaming Song of the Year: Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma, “Ella Baila Sola”

ALBUM CATEGORIES
Top Latin Album of the Year: Karol G, Mañana Será Bonito
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female: Karol G
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Fuerza Regida
Top Latin Albums Label of the Year: Rimas

LATIN POP CATEGORIES
Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo: Shakira
Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Maná
Latin Pop Song of the Year: Bizarrap & Shakira, “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53”
Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin
Latin Pop Album of the Year: Camilo, De Adentro Pa Afuera
Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

TROPICAL CATEGORIES
Tropical Artist of the Year, Solo: Romeo Santos
Tropical Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Aventura
Tropical Song of the Year: Manuel Turizo, “La Bachata”
Tropical Airplay Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin
Tropical Albums Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin

REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORIES
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Solo: Peso Pluma
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Fuerza Regida
Regional Mexican Song of the Year: Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma, “Ella Baila Sola”
Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year: Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Regional Mexican Album of the Year: Ivan Cornejo, Dañado
Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year: Del

LATIN RHYTHM CATEGORIES
Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo: Bad Bunny
Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Wisin & Yandel
Latin Rhythm Song of the Year: Bad Bunny, “Tití Me Preguntó”
Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year: Sony Music Latin
Latin Rhythm Album of the Year: Karol G, Mañana Será Bonito
Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year: Rimas

WRITERS/PRODUCERS/PUBLISHERS CATEGORIES
Songwriter of the Year: Peso Pluma
Publisher of the Year: Prajin Music Publishing, BMI
Publishing Corporation of the Year: Sony Music Publishing
Producer of the Year: Edgar Barrera

SPECIAL AWARDS
Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award: Los Ángeles Azules
Billboard Icon Award: Ivy Queen
Billboard Spirit of Hope Award: Karol G

Jacqueline Bracamontes to Co-Host This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

Jacqueline Bracamontes will be reporting for host duty this week…

The 43-year-old Mexican actress, former model and beauty pageant titleholder will co-host this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place on Thursday, October 5.

Jacqueline Bracamontes It will be the first time serving as a host of the awards show for Bracamontes, who won Nuestra Belleza Jalisco 2000Nuestra Belleza México 2000 and represented her country at Miss Universe 2001.

She’ll be joined by fellow first-time host of the show, Danilo Carrera.

The 34-year-old Ecuadorian actor, presenter and model’s credits include El amor invencible, Vencer la ausencia and Contigo sí.

Telemundo also announced the following artists were announced as presenters for the awards show:  Eslabon Armado, Beéle, Christian Chávez (RBD), De La GhettoDanny Lux, La Materialista, Maite Perroni (RBD), Elena Rose, Alex Sensation, Mar Solis and Christopher Von Uckermann (RBD).

This year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida on Telemundo.

Sebastián Yatra to Take Part in Star-on-Star Interview with Lasso During Billboard Latin Music Week

Sebastián Yatra is preparing for a special star moment…

The 28-year-old Colombian hitmaker will take part in a star-on-star interview at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Week.

Sebastián Yatra Yatra, who has been pushing the boundaries of Latin pop, will be interviewed by by Lasso. The live Q&A will take place on Tuesday, October 3 at the Faena Forum Main Stage at 11:45 am ET.

In his upcoming interview with the Venezuelan singer/songwriter, the two South American artists will discuss Yatra’s creative process, his foray into the film industry, and how a multi-hyphenate artist manages success in a highly demanding Latin pop world. Topics will range from what inspires him and sparks curiosity, planning vs. flowing, mental health, tennis, and the power of one’s voice. The “Tacones Rojos” singer will also reveal what’s next for him.

Yatra continues his skyward ascent this year. Amid releasing a string of viral singles like “Vagabundo” with Manuel Turizo and Beéle and his latest solo hit “Energía Bacana,” Yatra was selected as the official musical opener for the 2023 U.S. Open tennis tournament.

He also received 2023 RIAA Honors for “driving the rise across American music, culture and society,” alongside global icon Gloria Estefan.

Currently, the Medellín artist is in the running for two 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards: Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo and Latin Pop Song of the Year for “Una Noche Sin Pensar.” Last year, Yatra achieved a No. 36 slot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 for “Dos Oruguitas” from Disney’s Encanto and has positioned himself multiple times on Billboard’s Global charts.

In 2022, the moderator and Yatra collaborated on the pop-rock ballad “Ojos Marrones.” Lasso’s “Ojos Marrones” is nominated for three Latin Grammys: record of the year, song of the year, and best pop/rock song. The song also became the Venezuelan artist’s first entry into the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. US charts.

Bad Bunny Releases New Single “Un Preview”

Bad Bunny is offering a preview

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican Grammy-winning superstar has released his new single, the reggaetón banger “Un Preview.”

Bad BunnyOn the track, Bad Bunny is smitten, singing about a girl that has him head over heels.

“Baby, I’m no longer scared of tasting you and falling in love again … we’re crazy at the club, I get closer to you dancing, and I kiss your neck, with you, I’ll deal with fire.”

At the beginning of the music video, which has a cowboy aesthetic, Bad Bunny explains that this song, as its name would suggest, is just a preview of what’s to come. “Ven acá,” he begins. “I’ll give you a preview of what will come after.” He expanded on that message on his WhatsApp channel where he wrote: “This is possibly the last song I release this year. It’s a little preview of what’s to come next year.”

Bad Bunny officially confirmed the release date of his new song on Sunday, when he posted a 17-second snippet and wrote in Spanish, “In case you like it and are interested to know, [the song] comes out tomorrow Monday at 8 p.m. Puerto Rico time.”

“Un Preview,” produced by Tainy and La Paciencia, comes on the heels of Bunny’s “Where She Goes,” which he released in May. The Jersey Club-inspired beat (a hybrid of house and hip-hop) reached No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 and Latin Airplay charts.

Earlier this year, Bunny also teamed up with Grupo Frontera on “un x100to,” which marked his first time dipping his toes in the norteño-cumbia realm. The song earned Grupo Frontera its highest debut on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, entering at No. 3 on the April 29-dated ranking, and later hitting No. 1 on both the Latin Airplay chart and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart.

Bad Bunny is a 15-time finalist at the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which are set to take place on Thursday, October 5. He is up for artist of the year, tour of the year, Global 200 Latin artist of the year and Global 200 Latin song of the year for “Titi Me Preguntó.”