Daddy Yankee & Don Omar to Take Part in This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference

Daddy Yankee and Don Omar are headed for a clash

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and the 38-year-old Puerto Rican recording artist – the two most iconic names in reggaeton – will share the stage at a special panel discussion taking place during this year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Daddy Yankee & Don Omar

The “Clash of Titans” panel will offer audiences an inside look at the The Kingdom: Daddy Yankee vs. Don Omar Tour, one of the most anticipated tours of all time in the Latino market. The two stars will give the industry an inside look at the reunion and the marketing behind the 60-date, two-year international tour that launched on Dec. 5, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The panel will also include a discussion about their future and past recording projects and how both stars have changed the face and direction of Latin music.

Although reggaeton has long been an established and dominant force on the Billboard charts, its popularity exploded at an international level due in large part to Daddy Yankee and Don Omar, who both rose to stardom a decade ago and notched huge international hits like “Gasolina” and “Danza Kuduro.”

Between them, the two artists have placed 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart, 28 top 10 hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart and over 4 million combined views on their Vevo channels.

News of their joint tour, which had been discussed for years, resulted in four sold-out shows in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last December.

The Kingdom Tour will launch in the U.S. in May, following the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards, where Don Omar and Daddy Yankee are also slated to perform, marking their first time ever to sing together on national television. The awards will air live on the Telemundo network April 28.

The “Clash of Titans” discussion will take place at 2:30 pm ET on Wednesday, April 27.

For more information on the Billboard Latin Music Conference, please visit

Five of Rivera’s Works Rank Among The Top-Selling Latin Albums in 2013 So Far

The late Jenni Rivera‘s presence is still being felt on the Billboard charts…

The Mexican American singer death in a plane crash last December has had a huge impact on this year’s Latin music sales. At the mid-way point (through the week ending June 30, 2012), Rivera registers five of the top 10 biggest-selling Latin albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Jenni Rivera

In fact, the top four selling Latin albums in 2013 are all by La Diva de la Banda.

Rivera’s La Misma Gran Señora is the top-selling Latin set of 2013 so far, selling 103,000 copies, rising 13% over last year’s top mid-year seller, Romeo SantosFormula: Vol. 1., which had sold 91,000 by the mid-year point of 2012.

Rivera’s Joyas Prestadas: Pop comes in at No. 2 on the 2 list with 100,000 sold so far. Both titles cross the 100,00 threshold, the first Billboard has had two Latin albums sell in excess of 100,000 at the mid-way point of the year since 2011.

Sales of the top ten mid-year Latin albums saw a 17% increase from last year’s top ten.  At this point in 2012, the ten best selling Latin albums had moved a combined 467,000, whereas this year sales exceed 545,000.

Contributing to the sales growth was Draco Rosa, whose duets project Vida lands at the No. 8 position on the mid-year list with 29,000 sold. Vicente Fernandez rounds out the list at No. 10 with El Hijo Del Pueblo, selling 28,000.

On the Latin digital song sales chart, Marc Anthony‘s “Vivir Mi Vida” at No. 5 is the highest-ranked new song on the best-selling Latin songs list. It’s the year’s No. 5 best-seller, having moved 83,000 downloads thus far.

In 2013 so far, five Latin songs have sold more than 100,000 digital downloads, matching the amount that did so at this point a year ago.  Shakira‘s “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” both remain in the mid-year’s top five for the fourth year in a row (Nos. 2 and 4, respectively). Don Omar’s “Danza Kuduro” (No. 1) continues in its third year among the mid-year top 10.

Overall Latin album sales stand at 4.31 million this year — down 14% compared to a year ago (5.02 million). Latin digital song sales are at 11.13 million for 2013 thus far — down 5.3% versus a year ago (11.75 million). To compare, overall album sales are down by 6%, while overall song sales slide by 2%.

The Late Rivera Wins Six Trophies at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

She may be gone… But Jenni Rivera has not been forgotten.

The late Mexican American singer, known as la Diva de la Banda, proved to be one of the big winners at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Jenni Rivera

Rivera, whose influence and sales rose in the wake of her tragic death last December in a plane crash in Mexico, won six awards, including Artist of the Year and Regional Mexican Album of the Year for La Gran Señora, which was coincidentally released the week after her death.

Edward James Olmos, Rivera’s Filly Brown co-star, introduced a tribute segment to the singer, pointing out that just a year before, she had herself performed live on the awards stage.

“We want to remember her a little bit differently — as the woman, the friend, the mother, the daughter,” he said, before a video montage focusing mainly on Rivera’s family life and humanitarian work.

Her parents, Pedro Rivera and Rosa Saavedra, and two eldest  daughters, Janney “Chiquis” Marín and Jacqueline Marín, accepted her posthumous awards.

Meanwhile, Don Omar – who performed his current hit, “Zumba” at the show – had garnered 18 finalist nods — a record tied only by Tito El Bambino in 2010 — and took home 10. They include Songs Artist of the Year, Male and Airplay Song of the year for “Dutty Love,” featuring Natty Natasha.  Don Omar also won Streaming Artist of the Year and Streaming Song of the Year for “Danza Kuduro,” featuring Lucenzo.

Prince Royce, the young urban/bachata singer and soon-to-be La Voz Kids coach who has dominated the charts since his debut in 2011, won four awards, including Albums Artist of the Year, Male.

Romeo Santos, Shakira and La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho won three awards each, as did Natty Natasha, who is featured in Don Omar’s “Dutty Love.” Teary-eyed, she dedicated her last win to “all Latinos — those who leave their homelands to pursue their dreams.”

This year’s awards featured a series of premiere performances, including Carlos Vives with Michel Teló (who won Song of the Year for his global hit  “Ai Se Eu Te Pego“).

Mexican rockers Maná, who won Albums Artist of the Year, duo or Group and Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group, also received the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award for the philanthropic work of their Selva Negra Foundation, which has worked in environmental causes for nearly 20 years.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honors the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts.

The awards were broadcast live on Telemundo from the BankUnited Center in Miami.

Click here to see the full list of winners.

Don Omar Leads the Pack of Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists

It’s no wonder he’s called Don Omar

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer/actor, born William Omar Landrón Rivera, is the don of this year’s  Billboard Latin Music Awards, earning 18 finalist nods, including Artist of the Year; Social Artist of the Year and Streaming Artist of the Year. Last year, Don Omar was the leader of the pack with 16 finalist nods.

Don Omar

In addition, Don Omar is nominated as Songs Artist of the Year, Male; Albums Artist of the Year, Male and Songwriter of the Year. His album Don Omar Presents MT02: New Generation competes for Latin Rhythm Album of the Year and Digital Album of the Year. Three of Don Omar’s hit songs — “Dutty Love,” featuring Natty Natasha, “Hasta Que Salga El Sol” and “Danza Kuduro” — are finalists in various song categories.

Romeo Santos comes in second, with the bachata star earning 12 nods. Wisin & Yandel and the late Jenni Rivera tied with 11 nods each. Prince Royce and Pitbull, major finalists last year, also returned with 10 and nine nods respectively, while newcomers 3BallMTY earned eight.

Meanwhile  regional Mexican acts La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho and Gerardo Ortiz nabbed seven and six nods, respectively, while rockers Maná with five and pop act Ricardo Arjona with three.

The 2013 Billboard Latin Awards will be broadcast live on Telemundo on April 25 from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin Music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated February 4, 2012, through this year’s January 26, 2013, issue.

Click here for the full list of nominees.

Prince Royce & Don Omar Top Winners at Billboard Latin Music Awards

One is a rising star on the Latin music scene; the other is a seasoned veteran… But Prince Royce and Don Omar tied for the title of this year’s “King of the Billboard Latin Music Awards.”

During Thursday night’s award ceremony, the Puerto Rican Don Omar and the Dominican-American Prince Royce each received eight awards.

Prince Royce

Prince Royce was ecstatic upon learning he had won artist/songwriter of the year and best tropical album for his self titled album and single Corazon sin cara.

“Wow! First of all I want to thank God who has given me everything,” said the soon-to-be-23-year-old singer. “[Also] my family and the Dominican Republic… and my fans I love you all with all my heart.”

Don Omar

Like Prince Royce, Don Omar thanked his mother and God as well as his fans and fellow colleagues after taking home awards for best Latin rhythm of the year, best songs of the year, best Latin rhythm artist of the year, best album of the year, best song of the year, best song of the year for airplay, and best Latin pop song of the year for his single “Taboo.”

His other hit “Danza Kuduro,” a collaboration with Brazilian artist Lucenzo, won best vocal collaboration of the year as well as best digital song.

“I am so grateful to each and every one of my colleagues in the music business… and from Puerto Rico,” said the 34-year-old reggaeton artist in Spanish. “It has been 15 years since we decided to start the urban music genre.”

Meanwhile, Mexican rock group Maná took home five awards, while Colombian pop star Shakira earned four. And, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas group won best new artist. Marc Anthony received a Billboard Hall of Fame Award for his global, artistic influence.

Thursday’s live show was televised on Telemundo from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

Don Omar Leads the Pack of Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists

Don Omar could very well be doing a celebration danza

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, rapper and actor is the lead finalist for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards. In all, Don Omar, the “Danza Kuduro” hitmaker, secured 16 finalist nods in 14 categories.

Don Omar

He was followed closely by another hitmaker, Pitbull, who is a 14-time finalist in 12 categories.

Newcomer Prince Royce, winner of the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Award for best new artist, was a 12-time finalist while rockers Maná are finalists in 11 categories.

Romeo Santos, currently on his first solo arena tour, and Shakira, are tied as finalists in 10 categories each.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are given in 65 categories and honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales and radio airplay data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts from the issue dated February 5, 2011 through this year’s January 28, 2012 issue.

For a full list of finalists, visit

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live April 26 on Telemundo from the BankUnited Center in Miami.