Neto Bernal Releases New Version of Luis Miguel-Hit “Hasta Que Me Olvides”

Neto Bernal isn’t forgetting an iconic hit… He’s reimagining it!

The 23-year-old Mexican Regional Mexican music newcomer has released “Hasta Que Me Olvides,” his sierreño version of Luis Miguel’s 1993 hit written by Juan Luis Guerra.

Neto Bernal

The heartfelt track, on which Bernal beautifully flaunts his powerhouse vocals, is the lead single from Bernal’s new EP of the same name.

The set is home to six tracks, including the mariachi version of “Si Quieres” in collaboration with Carolina Ross.

Eden Muñoz and Salvador Aponte also worked on the project as composers.

An emotional music video shows Neto and his onscreen girlfriend get in a car accident and stay by each other’s sides during the recovery. 

Alejandro Fernandez Announces 19-Date U.S. Leg of “Hecho en México” Tour

Alejandro Fernandez is rarin’ to get back on the road…

After a more than 12-month hiatus that saw him interrupt his tour mid-start, the 49-year-old Mexican superstar has announced a 19-date U.S. tour.

Alejandro Fernandez

It’ll see him performing with 25 people onstage, including his full band, his Mexican mariachi, special guests Christian Nodal and his son, Alex Fernández, as well as a handful of guests in different cities.

The “Hecho en México” tour, so named after Fernández’s Grammy-nominated album (out on Universal Music Latin), kicks off on September 10 in Reno, and ends October 24 in Phoenix.

The tour is presented by Live Nation, and tickets go on sale on April 16 at 10:00 am on Ticketmaster.

The tour will play to full capacity venues, says Luana Pagani, a partner in Seitrack, Fernandez’s management team. For these venues, it translates to 5,800 people at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden to nearly 15,000 at The Forum in Los Angeles.

“Nothing is ‘normal’ yet in terms of venues, but we understand all venues will follow their protocols, and we will as well,” says Pagani.

All visa and work requirements for Fernández and his musicians have already been cleared, and Fernandez will also perform at the Latin American Music Awards April 15.

For Fernandez, the import of his tour announcement is not lost, especially as one of Latin music’s biggest stars, as the scion of one of Mexico’s most prominent musical families (his father is Vicente Fernández), and as the spokesperson of Families Belong Together. The campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance works to end family separation, and will receive a portion of the tours’ proceeds.

“We lost a lot of people in this pandemic — fiends, family,” Fernández tells Billboard. “So the most important thing is we’re coming back properly, doing things right and with a very important message after all that’s happened, which is thanking God that we’re alive.”

Fernández, a prolific touring act, is known — like his father — for his bravura performances that are long on time and high on quality.

For “Hecho en México,” he is upping the ante by touring for the first time ever with his son, Alex Fernández, who is 25 and signed to Sony. The prospect recalls Fernández’s own stage debut alongside his father, when he was only six years old.

However, says Fernández, “I only started to tour when I was 18, so we’re not that far apart. Alex is a good kid. He’s dedicated and professional. He’s seen how my father works, and he’s seen how I work, and he’s responsible. He’s hungry to do things right.”

Fernández will also invite rising ranchero/norteño star Christian Nodal as a special guest on at least three tour stops. The two became close after recording the hit “Duele” together. It was the kind of cross-generational collaboration Fernández had not done before in Mexican music.

Fernández, that rare artist who’s able to navigate easily between traditional pop and traditional regional Mexican music, had most often collaborated with pop acts, and in his concerts he tends to mix styles and outfits to represent his two styles of music.

Partnering with Nodal, and also with Edén Muñoz of Calibre 50, who will be a guest in at least one show, highlights a new generation of Mexican music starts that are propelling the music forward.

“There’s a resurging interest for Mexican music,” agrees Fernández. “In fact, I’ll be singing some of my pop material, but in more Mexican arrangements.”

Fernández will also perform the entire tour dressed in the traditional formal charro garb that includes the broad-rimmed hat, tight decorated pants and a short fitted jacket.

That’s good news for Mexican fans, who are expected to fly in from Mexico to see Fernández’s shows, particularly on the West Coast. The month of September, which has traditionally drawn Mexican tourists to Las Vegas for the many Latin music performances that take place there as part of Mexican Independence, is expected to see a surge in travel, as concerts have not restarted in Mexico.

“Last year I had played Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City and a couple of dates in Guadalajara and then we had to put everything on hold,” says Fernández. “This will be an epic return.”

Here are the dates and venues for the “Hecho En Mexico” tour:

*with Alex Fernandez
+with Christian Nodal

Fri, Sept. 10 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theatre^
Sat, Sept. 11 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center*
Sun, Sept. 12 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center*
Wed, Sept. 15 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena*
Fri, Sept. 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Rio Rancho Events Center*
Sat, Sept. 18 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center*
Fri, Sept. 24 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land*
Sun, Sept. 26 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena*
Thurs, Sept. 30 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Fri, Oct. 1 – New York, NY – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Sun, Oct. 3 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Tues, Oct. 5 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
Fri, Oct. 8 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
Sat, Oct. 9 – Hidalgo, TX – Payne Arena*
Sun, Oct. 10 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center*
Fri, Oct. 15 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose+
Sat, Oct. 16 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena+
Fri, Oct. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum+
Sun, Oct. 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre*

Carlos Rivera Releases “100 Años” Remix Featuring Maluma & Calibre 50

Carlos Rivera is (re)mixing things up…

After surprising fans with his Maluma-assisted “100 Años” last fall, the 34-year-old Mexican singer has recruited Regional Mexican group Calibre 50 for an epic remix.

Carlos Rivera

The remix dropped last weekend, just about three months after the original’s premiere on November 19, 2020.

Ay doloooor!! Bring out the tequilas!!!!” Rivera expressed on social media.

The original song showcases Rivera and Maluma pouring their hearts out to the mariachi melodies.

On the remix, Calibre 50, led by frontman and accordionist Edén Muñoz, gives the track a norteño-banda twist.

The lyrics to the song — co-written by Rivera, Maluma, Muñoz, Édgar Barrera, and Vicente Barco — express a relationship worth salvaging: “Though it’s said that nothing bad lasts 100 years, I wouldn’t want to be the first idiot to be the exception / A love like ours doesn’t come along every day, a love like ours is worth saving.”

The original music video, which features Rivera and the Colombian star, currently has over 48 million views. The remix was released with a lyric video representing the colors of the Mexican flag: green, white, and red.

Calibre 50 Earns 18th No. 1 Song on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Te Volvería a Elegir”

Calibre 50 has another hit single on its hands…

The Regional Mexican band has landed its 18th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart, as “Te Volvería a Elegir” climbs 3-1 on the December 19 survey.

Calibre 50

The track posts a 21% gain in audience impressions, to 8.2 million, earned in the week ending December 13, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Te Volvería,” written by lead singer and accordionist, Eden Muñoz, follows “Decepciones,” the band’s first pairing with Alejandro Fernández, which led the chart for one week (October 4-dated chart).

“Te Volvería” is the second single from the Sinaloan’s forthcoming effort slated for 2021. “Barquillero,” the album’s lead single, topped Regional Mexican Airplay for four consecutive weeks starting July 5.

With “Te Volvería’s” reign, Calibre 50 extends its record for the most No. 1s on the list, with 18. Conjunto Primavera and Intocable stand behind, both with 16.

Over on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart, the tune ascends 11-5, granting the band its 21st top 10. The group breaks away from a tie with Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga and sets a record for the most top 10s among Regional Mexican bands since the chart launched in 1994.

On a broader spectrum, “Te Volvería” continues its ascent on Hot Latin Songs, which combines airplay, sales and streaming data, hiking 38-31 after peaking at No. 30 (December 5-dated list).

Banda MS Releases New Album “El Trabajo Es La Suerte”

Banda MS is feeling lucky

The Mexican band, whose full name is Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, has released their new 18-track album El Trabajo Es La Suerte.

Banda-MS

It’s the band’s first album since Con Todas Las Fuerzas, which was released two years ago.

Staying true to their ranchera-tinged ballads and their showstopper bandasound, Banda MS recruited songwriters like Eden Muñoz, Espinoza Paz, Omar Tarazon, Joss Favela and Jhonny Zazueta to pen songs for the well-rounded album.

During aninterview with Billboard in May, Banda MS’ lead singers Alan Ramírez and Oswaldo Silvas shared details about the album.

“We had 10 songs for the album and we thought, ok, these are enough,” Ramírez said. “But then we started getting other songs and had like 20 in total and so we had to start selecting which ones we really wanted on there, the best ones and the ones we like the most.”

Coronel Among Speakers at the Billboard Latin Music Conference’s “Mexican Millennials” Panel

Luis Coronel is reporting for Millennial duty…

The 19-year-old Mexican American singer will appear at the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Conference as part of the new “Mexican Millennials” panel discussion on April 29 at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Luis Coronel

Coronel, named Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Premios Los Angeles, will be joined by Kevin Ortiz, Jorge Valenzuela, Remmy Valenzuela and Eden Muñoz of Calibre 50 at what is being heralded as one of the first panels of its kind.

The discussion will focus on the genre’s influence and success while shining a spotlight on some of regional-Mexican’s young stars who are impacting the way this genre is seen and heard in the new millennium.

Digital engagement will be a major component of the panel, as will discussions on musical styles and content, including narcocorridos, and the development of new fanbases in both the U.S. and Mexico.

The “Mexican Millennials” join a roster of speakers at the conference which includes Romeo Santos and a number of top new urban acts, including J Balvin, Nicky Jam and Farruko.

To register for the Billboard Latin Music conference, visit BillboardLatinConference.com.

Calibre 50 Earns No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart

It’s a Lucky No. 13 for Calibre 50 

The regional Mexican quartet comprised of Eden Muñoz (vocals, accordion), Armando Ramos (guitar, vocals), Martín López (tuba) and Augusto (drums) has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart with “Javier El de Los Llanos.”

Calibre 50

Calibre 50’s song reaches the summit in its 13th week on the chart.

“Javier El de Los Llanos” reached 9.3 million audience impressions at the format (a 2 percent rise), according to Nielsen BDS.

The track dips slightly on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart (12-14), while “Que Tiene de Malo,” featuring El Komander, jumps 29-21 receiving Airplay Gainer honors.

“Malo” climbs 34-21 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart with a 75 percent gain.