Four years after releasing his debut album La Verdadera Vuelta, the Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter returns with his sophomore set titled LVV the Real Rondon.
Featuring 16 tracks, the album kicks off with “Un Barrio,” a mambo-infused trap song that tells the story of Darell’s upbringing. “From the hood, that’s where I’m from,” the lyrics go. Songs like “Bandolero,” “LVV En Su Piel” and “Llorando” bring to the forefront a Latin trap and hip-hop-heavy production.
In his Kiko El Crazy-assisted track “Dinero Facil,” Darell experiments with dembow melodies, and on “Billetes de 100” with Gerardo Ortiz, he doesn’t shy away from experimenting with artists of other genres.
LVV the Real Rondon includes collaborations with Miky Woodz, Pablo Chill-E, Juanka, Ñengo Flow, KEVVO, De La Ghetto and Young Hollywood.
Kevvo’s on his way to makin’ a bigger musical bang…
Interscope Records, in partnership with Una Vision Quintana, Inc., has signed the 22-year-old emerging Puerto Rican singer and rapper, whose full name is Kevin Manuel Rivera Allende, according to Billboard.
“Today, an artist’s unique and authentic identity is the ticket to becoming a staple in the culture,” Nir Seroussi, Interscope Records evp, said in a statement. “In that respect, Kevvo checks all of the boxes of a star-in-the-making. We’re very impressed with everything that he and Pepe Quintanahave accomplished in only one year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be their partner for what’s to come.”
“Hooking up with Interscope is a dream come true,” adds Kevvo. “They completely understand and support our vision. They’ve also given me the freedom to do what I want, and I can’t wait for everybody to hear what we’ve got coming.”
Hailing from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Kevvo has been marking his territory in the Latin urban scene.
Most notably, Kevvo is known for his monster 2019 single “105F RMX,” in collaboration with Arcangel, Brytiago, ChenchoCorleone,Darell, Farruko, Myke Towersand Nengo Flow. In less than a year, the music video has racked up over 212 million views at the time of publishing.
Last year, Kevvo nabbed the award for top urbano Puerto Rico at Premios Tu Música Urbano.
Pepe Quintana, industry leader and CEO of Una Vision Quintana, signed Kevvo in 2019 and developed him under-the-radar. “Nir, Jorge [Fonseca, svp of A&R] and the Interscope team got it right away,” he said of the partnership with Interscope Records. “They recognized Kevvo’s talent, attitude, and energy and will be the perfect partner to elevate him to the next level. It’s exciting to kick off this alliance.”
In the middle of the coronavirus quarantine, Kevvo gained an entirely new following on social media with his nightly live party shows on Instagram dubbed “CuarentenaTV.” Kevvo prepares to bring new music and projects in 2020 under his new deal with Interscope Records.
The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer nabs his eighth straight No. 1 of the year, and 18th overall, on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated December 21 as “Que Tire Pa Lante” hits No. 1 in its eighth week on the list.
The dancehall uptempo reggaetón track, released October 18, adds to the list of now 18 leaders on the chart for Daddy Yankee, which dates back to 2005 when the 15-week ruler “Rompe” arrived at No. 1 in its fourth week.
Daddy Yankee now ties with J Balvinfor the second-most leaders on the Latin Airplay chart, which began in 1994, both with 18, trailing only Enrique Iglesiaswho continues at the helm with 30.
“Que Tire Pa Lante,” which features uncredited cameos by Anuel AA, Darell, Natti Natasha, Wisin and Lennox, leads through a 28% boost in audience impressions (to 9.4 million) in the week ending December 15, according to Nielsen Music.
With “Que Tire Pa Lante” at the helm Daddy Yankee rises to 64 weeks in the penthouse for his Latin Airplay chart career, the third and only urban act with the most weeks at the summit, behind Latin pop acts Iglesias (160) and Shakira (68).
Here’s a look at Daddy Yankee’s entire No. 1 collection on Latin Airplay:
Song Title, Artist (if other than Daddy Yankee), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Rompe,” 15, Dec. 10, 2005 “Lovumba (Prestige),” one, Feb. 25, 2012 “La Nueva y La Ex,” one, Feb. 08, 2014 “Nota de Amor,” Wisin + Carlos Vives, featuring Daddy Yankee, one, April 25, 2015 “Sígueme y Te Sigo,” one, May 23, 2015 “Vaiven,” one, Jan. 23, 2016 “Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi, featuring Justin Bieber, 19, March 11, 2017 “Todo Comienza En La Disco,” Wisin featuring Yandel & Daddy Yankee, one, March 10, 2018 “Dura,” five, March 17, 2018 “Zum Zum,” with RKM & Ken-Y & Arcangel, one, Nov. 17, 2018 “Con Calma,” featuring Snow, eight, March 16, 2019 “Baila Baila Baila,” with Ozuna, J Balvin, Farruko & Anuel AA, one, May 11, 2019 “Soltera,” with Lunay & Bad Bunny, two, July 13, 2019 “No Lo Trates,” with Pitbull & Natti Natasha, one, Sept. 14, 2019 “Runaway,” with Sebastian Yatra, Jonas Brothers & Natti Natasha, one, Oct. 5, 2019 “China,” with Anuel AA, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin, two, Sept. 21, 2019 “Si Supieras,” with Wisin & Yandel, one, Oct. 22, 2019 “Qu Tire Pa Lante,” one (to date), Dec. 21, 2019
Daddy Yankee, meanwhile, nets his 26th Latin Rhythm AirplayNo. 1 as “Qu Tire Pa Lante” moves 3-1. He extends his record for the most crowns (26), since the chart’s inception in 2005.
Miguel is preparing for Latin music’s biggest night…
The 34-year-old Mexican American R&B singer, songwriter, who released the Spanish EP Te Lo Dije earlier this year, is set to perform at this year’s Latin Grammys, according to The Latin Recording Academy.
Miguel is part ofthe final wave of performers and presenters joining the star-studded 2019 Latin Grammys lineup.
In addition to Miguel, who performed “Remember Me” with Natalia Lafourcade on the soundtrack to Disney’s Dia de los Muertos-themed animated film Coco, new additions to the performers roster include Alicia Keys, Farruko, Ozuna, Residente, Beto Cuevas, Calibre 50, Leonel García, Fito Páez, Milly Quezada, Tony Succar, Carlos Rivera, and Prince Royce.
Plus, Ángela Aguilar, Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra,Sofia Carson, Emilio Estefan, Mon Laferte, William Levy, Rudy Mancuso,,Luis Gerardo Méndez, Michael Peña, and Dayanara Torres join as presenters.
Nominees Camilo, De La Ghetto, Paula Fernandes, Kany García, Christian Nodal and Tommy Torres were previously announced as presenters.
Coined as “the biggest night in Latin Music,” the awards show will kick off with a never-before-seen tribute honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Latin Grammys. A group of 20 artists, who’ll perform together for the first time, will interpret multiple iconic songs spanning various genres of Latin music while commemorating the past 20 years of excellence.
The final roster of performers join already confirmed artists Aitana, Anitta, Pedro Capó, Julio Reyes Copello, Darell, Dimelo Flow, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, Greeicy, Intocable, Nella, Reik, Rosalía, and Alejandro Sanz, who’s this year’s top nominee.
The awards show will also include performances by Pepe Aguilar and Los Angeles Azules, Paula Arenas, Bad Bunny, Alessia Cara, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, Sech, Sebastián Yatra, Natalia Jiménez, Olga Tañón and Juanes, who as the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year will perform a medley of his biggest hits.
Vicente, Alejandro, and Alex Fernandezwill also take the stage, becoming the first time all three generations of the Fernandez family will perform at the show. They’ll be joined by Mariachi Sol de Mexico.
The 20th annual Latin Grammys, which will be co-hosted by Ricky Martin and actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega, will air live Nov. 14 from the MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas via Univision.
The Panamanian singer’s single “Otro Trago” has now claimed the top spot on the Billboard Argentina Hot 100 for a total of 13 weeks, extending its record for the most non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the chart.
The song by Sech and Darell held first place for seven consecutive weeks before its reign was interrupted by the rise of Rosalia‘s “Con Altura” for 21 days.
But “Otro Trago” returned to the top thanks to the remix of the track joined by three frontline players: Ozuna, Anuel AA and Nicky Jam.Since its return to No. 1, it has been ruling for six uninterrupted weeks, accumulating a total of 13.
However, the record for most weeks in a row at No. 1 is still Daddy Yankee‘s “Con Calma,” with a total of nine weeks.
The song by “The King of Reggaeton” remains in the Top 10 of the list. The track accumulated 32 weeks on the list, with 31 in the first 10 places. Currently, it is ranked No. 5, rising two places over the previous week.
The Argentina Hot 100 ranks the most popular songs in the country and is compiled by a formula that blends local streaming activity on leading music services like YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music, among others, as well as national radio airplay and plays of songs featured on a variety of Argentine TV networks. Streaming data is provided by Nielsen Music, while radio and TV measurement are powered by BMAT/Vericast.
The Billboard Argentina Hot 100 will appear in each monthly print issue and will be refreshed weekly each Wednesday.
Billboard Argentina Hot 100 Top 10 (Week of Sept. 14) 1. Sech feat. Darell – “Otro trago” 2. Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee & Karol G Feat. J Balvin & Ozuna – “China” 3. Rosalía & J Balvin Feat. El Guincho – “Con altura” 4. Jhay Cortez, J Balvin & Bad Bunny – “No me conoce (remix)” 5. Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry Feat. Snow – “Con calma” 6. Lunay – “Soltera” 7. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” 8. Maluma – “11 PM” 9. Pedro Capó ft. Farruko – “Calma (remix)” 10. TINI & Greeicy – “22”
The 25-year-old Panamanian singer has earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated August 10, as “Otro Trago” featuring Darell, pushes 5-1 in its 14th frame.
The track gets a big boost thanks in part to a new remix of the cut, which dropped on July 25, that features — in addition to Darell — Nicky Jam, Ozuna and Anuel AA.
“I’m extremely happy for the support,” Sech tells Billboard of his first No. 1. “I’m grateful to God, to Rich Music. There hasn’t been a Panamanian top a chart in a while, and I’m extremely proud and happy.”
The last Panamanian to top the Hot Latin Songs chart was El Chombowho scored his first No. 1 when “Dame Tu Cosita,” the remix alongside Pitbull and Karol G, featuring Cutty Ranks, landed atop the list over a year ago (May 12, 2018).
“Otro Trago,” which was written by Sech, Darell, Dímelo Flow and Joshua Méndezand produced by Dímelo Flow, also climbs 5-1 on Latin Streaming Songs, and debuts on the all-genre Streaming Songs chart at No. 22 with 15.9 million streams in the week ending August 1 (up 70%), according to Nielsen Music.
The song also sold 6,000 downloads (up 431%), pushing it 7-1 on Latin Digital Song Sales and enabling its debut at No. 30 on the overall Digital Song Sales list.
Radio play, meanwhile, advances with a 9-3 leap on Latin Airplay thanks to a 30% surge in audience impressions (to 12 million) earned in the week ending August 4.
As for Darell, he nabs his second No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs -which blends streaming data, digital sales and airplay. The Puerto Rican claimed his first leader in May 2018 when former No. 1 “Te Boté” (with Casper Mágico, Nio García, Nicky Jam, Ozuna and Bad Bunny) arrived at the summit where it remained for 14 nonconsecutive weeks.
Summer nay be drawing to a close, and most people couldn’t get enough of the 25-year-old half-Dominican American’s Cardi B’s “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunnyand J Balvin.
YouTube has revealed its Top 10 Songs of the Summer lists in the U.S. and globally, naming the top songs that were most popular around the world during the hot weather months.
The songs are ranked by their global and U.S. views across YouTube between May 28, 2018, and August 25, 2018.
“I Like It” nabbed the No. 1 spot in the U.S., becoming the favorite song for many people living in states like Florida, California, Texas, New York and Nevada.
Meanwhile, the “Te Bote” remix with Casper, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny and Ozuna, lands the No. 2 spot in the global list, following Maroon 5’s“Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B.
But the “I Like It” and “Te Bote” squads were not the only ones putting Latinos in the forefront this summer. In fact, five of the Top 10 Songs of the Summer on the global list belong to Latin artists.
Becky G andNatti Natasha’s “Sin Pijama” lands at No. 4. Followed by Cardi B’s “I Like It” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny at No. 5. Nicky Jam and J Balvin stand strong at No. 6 with “X” and Daddy Yankee sits at No. 7 with his catchy single, “Dura,” further proving that Latin music is the perfect go-to for a summer playlist.
The 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer has notched his 14th top 10 on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart as “Unica,” the latest single from his second full-length forthcoming albumAura, moves 12-10.
The track rises with a 22 percent jump in audience impressions to 9.5 million in its tenth frame.
As “Unica” ascends, Ozuna claims a trio of songs on the list’s Top 10. After its former No. 1 rank, Reik’s “Me Niego” featuring Ozuna and Wisin stands steady at No. 3 for its third consecutive week, and “Te Boté” (by Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna and Bad Bunny) places at No. 8. Further, Ozuna has two more hits on the chart:
“El Farsante” with Romeo Santos (No. 14) and his featured turn on Wisin’s “Quisiera Alejarme” (No. 16).