Wisin to Pull Double Duty at This Year’s Latin Music Week

Wisin is prepping for a Latin music celebration…

The 44-year-old  Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper, singer and record producer and La Base, the record label he launched in 2020, are confirmed for the 2023 Latin Music Week and Billboard En Vivo concert series, returning to Miami from October 2 to 6.

WisinThe Billboard En Vivo with La Base and Wisin” event, held at Oasis Wynwood, will feature special guests Luny Tunes and DJ Nelson spinning the biggest reggaeton hits of yesterday and today. Also marking the first-ever La Base party out of Puerto Rico, the 21-and-over free event will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis.

Additionally, reggaeton icon Wisin will be joined by legendary hitmakers Luny, Tunes, DJ Nelson and Hybe for a once-in-a-lifetime conversation where they will share their views on identifying and creating hits. Titled “Wisin & La Base: Eye of the Tiger,” the panel presented by Smirnoff will be tied to Wisin’s visionary label and music company La Base.

In other Latin Music Week news, Billboard will reveal the final talent additions and full event schedule during a press conference held September 20 at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, where Leila Cobo, chief content officer of Billboard Latin and Billboard Español, will be joined by mayor Dan Gelber, Valentina Bueno (director of Karol G’s Con Cora Foundation), as well as artists Fonseca, Mike Bahía and Venesti.

Celebrated for more than 30 years, Billboard Latin Music Week is the longest running and biggest Latin music industry gathering in the world, and coincides with the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will be broadcast live on Telemundo on Thursday, October 5, from the Watsco Center in Miami.

Gloria Trevi Among New Wave of Artists Added to Performance Roster at This Year’s Latin Grammys

Gloria Trevi is preparing for her Latin Grammys close up…

The Latin Recording Academy has announced additional performers set to take the stage for the 22nd annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 18 in Las Vegas, with the 53-year-old Mexican singer making the list.

Gloria Trevi

In addition to Trevi, who released the singles “Nos Volvimos Locos” featuring Guaynaa and “Mudanza de Hormiga” with María León this year, the new wave of artists includes current and past Latin Grammy nominees like Descemer BuenoCamilo, Julio Reyes Copello, DJ Nelson, Sergio GeorgeGente de ZonaGrupo FirmeMon LaferteJay Wheeler and Yotuel.

Laferte and Trevi will join La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho and a mariachi for a medley, including “La Mujer,” nominated for best pop song.   

Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona and Yotuel will take the stage for an acoustic rendition of “Patria y Vida,” which is up for both song of the year and best urban song.

The new group of artists join previously announced performers Bad Bunny, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga, Rubén Blades, C. Tangana, Calibre 50, Los Dos Carnales, Alejandro Fernández, Juanes, Maná, Ozuna, Danna Paola and Myke Towers, among others.

Five-time nominee C. Tangana is set to perform alongside Antonio Carmona, Diego del Morao, Jorge Drexler, Israel Fernández, La Húngara, Natalia Lafourcade and Omar Apollo. Meanwhile, Juanes will perform a new arrangement of Juan Gabriel’s iconic “No Tengo Dinero,” alongside Rubén Albarrán and Meme del Real of Café Tacvba.

With the theme “rediscovering life through music,” the three-hour show will air live on Univision at 8:00 pm ET, preceded by a one-hour pre-show starting at 7:00 pm ET. The telecast, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, will “invite audiences to rediscover what’s important in life using music as a storyline,” according to a statement from the Latin Recording Academy.

Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo leads the 2021 Latin Grammys nominees with 10 nods, including nominations in the album, record, and song of the year categories. He’s followed by tropical music icon Juan Luis Guerra with six, Spanish rapper Tangana with five nominations, and multiple artists, including Bad Bunny, with four.

Jay Wheeler Releases First-Ever English Single “Take My Life,” Featuring Tyla Yaweh

Jay Wheeler is switching tongues…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has surprised fans with his new single “Take My Life,” for which he joined voices with Florida-based rapper Tyla Yaweh.

Jay Wheeler

Not only does he experiment with new fusions, Wheeler also sings in English for the first time ever.

“I used to believe the love that we had was forever, but now I can let it go,” Wheeler sings in the heartfelt collaboration.

Produced by DJ Nelson, the song laces trap music with emo-punk and alternative pop sounds.

“Take My Life” is a preview of Wheeler’s upcoming new urban English album that will drop in the fall.

DJ Nelson Teams Up with Alfred Matias to Launch Flowmixx

DJ Nelson is ready to let it flow

The Puerto Rican producer has teamed up with Dominican Republic producer and engineer Alfred Matías to launch Flowmixx.

DJ Nelson

Billed as a one-stop-shop for all DJs, the company will be a space for deejays to acquire “top of the line edits” and “prepare records and singles with various deejay friendly versions to maximize your song’s reach all around the world with exposure in clubs, private events and radio,” according to a statement.

“This has been a dream of mine for a really long time and finally it’s become a reality,” DJ Nelson tells Billboard. “The purpose of this project is to elevate the urban culture and help advance the career of producers and deejays of the new generation.”

For more info, check out the new venture’s website at flowmixx.com.

Born Nelson Díaz Martinez, he first made a name for himself as part of the Noise collective in San Juan, Puerto Rico, then went on to release his debut album Nel-Zone in 1997. He’s also a producer, with notable credits on albums like Ivy Queen‘s En Mi Imperio and The Original Rude Girl and Wisin y Yandel‘s Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio.

J Alvarez to Headline Billboard Sounds Showcase During Latin Music Week

J Alvarez is about to Sounds off…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer is set to headline the Billboard Sounds Showcase during Billboard’s Latin Music Week in Las Vegas. 

J Alvarez

The event will take place from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24 at Drai’s After Hours.

Joining J Alvarez, best known for hit singles like “Junto Al Amanecer,” “La Pregunta,” and “Esa Boquita,“will be a wave of old-school and new-school reggaeton artists, including Nio GarciaCasper MagicoMC CejaDJ Nelsonand Myke Towers.

Returning for its 29th year, Latin Music Week features Q&A sessions and panels, including its signature “Star Q&As,” as well as panels focusing on streaming, videos, both mainstream and Latin collaborations and more. Registration to the conference will give attendees access to three days of panels, one-on-one sessions and showcases, plus tickets to the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo on April 25.