Christina Aguilera to Host Intimate ‘Premiere Party’ at Billboard Latin Music Week

Christina Aguilera is throwing a premiere party

The 41-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer will take part in this year’s Billboard Latin Music Week, taking place September 26-October 1 at the Faena Forum in Miami.

Christina AguileraDuring the conference, Xtina will be hosting the “Premiere Party with Christina Aguilera,” where she’ll be debut never-before-heard music and answer fan questions in an intimate setting.

But Aguilera isn’t the only new addition to the lineup…

Justin Quiles will take part in an engaging panel about connecting people with music through technology, while Wisin y Yandel will join Nicky Jam for a compelling conversation during The Nicky Jam Rockstar Show Live from Billboard Latin Music Week.

The artists join a star-studded lineup that already includes: Bizarrap, Blessd, Camilo, Chayanne, Cris Chil, Dannylux, Dimelo Flow, Eladio Carrion, Elena Rose, Foreign Teck, Grupo Firme, The Children of Jenni Rivera, Kuinvi, Kunno, Lili Zetina, Luis R Conriquez, Eslabón Armado, Ivy Queen, Maluma, Mariah Angeliq, Ovy On The Drums, Subelo Neo, Tini, Tokischa, Ugly Primo and The King of Bachata Romeo Santos.

More participants will be announced in the weeks leading up to the 2022 Latin Music Week.

Registration is now open here.

Farruko to Perform at This Year’s Vibra Urbana Festival in Orlando

Farruko is bringing some vibra to the summer season…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter will be performing at this year’s Vibra Urbana, the popular reggaeton festival returns to Orlando in the summer.

Farruko

Farruko, who rose to fame collaborating with Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Don Omar and J Álvarez, joines a lineup that includes Myke Towers, Arcangel, Nio Garcia, Eladio Carrion, Lunay, Feid and many more.

For its second consecutive year in Orlando, the event will take place on June 11-12 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

Vibra Urbana will first make its debut stop at Las Vegas in April and will wrap the year in the winter in Miami.

For Orlando’s full lineup and ticket information, visit www.vibraurbanafest.com.

Gloria Estefan to Perform at the Latin Grammy Awards Show

Gloria Estefan is headed to the Latin Grammys stage…

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 64-year-old Cuban singer and four-time Latin Grammy winner among those on the list.

Gloria EstefanMaking her return to the Latin Grammys stage after more than a decade, Estefan — accompanied by AnittaCarlinhos Brown, Laércio da Costa, Pedro CapóFarina, Giulia Be and Diego Torres — will open the Latin Grammys with a three-song medley, including her iconic song “Abriendo Puertas,” along with “Cuando Hay Amor” and “Magalenha.”

Additionally, Ángela AguilarPepe Aguilar, María BecerraEladio Carrión, Silvestre Dangond, EmmanuelJoss Favela, Evaluna MontanerRicardo Montaner, Fito PáezResidente, Sofía Reyes, among others, have joined the broadcast as presenters.

The new group of artists join previously announced performers Mon Laferte, Grupo Firme, 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 p.m. ET, preceded by a one-hour pre-show starting at 7:00 p.m. 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.

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.

Estefan is nominated this year for Best Contemporary Tropical Album for her samba-flavored album Brazil305.

Junior Mesa Named to YouTube Music’s Foundry 2021 Independent Artists Class

Junior Mesa has found(ry-ed) his place on YouTube…

YouTube Music has revealed its Foundry New Class of 2021, with 27 independent artists representing 14 countries across a variety of genres, including the Latino American singer.

Junior Mesa

This is YouTube’s largest class to date since the program’s inception in 2015.

The global artist development program, which “helps independent artists use music and storytelling to engage fans across borders,” per a press release, provides artists with marketing, promotion, and development support, and tools to help set them up for long-term success.

In addition to Junior Mesa, seven Latin artists have been included on the list this year — including three who were recently featured on Billboard’s Emerging Latin Artists to Discover in 2021 list. They join other Latinx Foundry alumni like Natanael CanoEladio Carrion, Cuco and Omar Apollo.

Here’s a look at this year’s highlighted Latin acts, with quotes and more info from YouTube here:

Ambar Lucid
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Alternative/Indie
Ambar Lucid is a New Jersey-born singer-songwriter of Dominican and Mexican descent. She began to pen her own songs in her mid-teens, and ultimately put her hazy, bilingual indie-pop tracks onto SoundCloud.

“To me, being independent means having creative control and power over myself and my art,” she says to YouTube. “Success means being able to do things my way while having a loyal group of supporters with me throughout my journey.” Earlier this year, Lucid signed with independent label 300 Entertainment.

Bad Milk
Country: Colombia
Genre: Urban/Pop
Bad Milk (born Manuelita Garcia) has developed a following with her soulful vocals and urban-infused pop tracks. Her first single of 2021, “Ego,” was helmed by Latin hitmaker Ovy on the Drums, who also gave her his stamp of approval on his track “Angelito,” featuring Bad Milk and fellow Colombian newcomer Beéle.

“I love to experiment with different sounds and portray different emotions. I don’t enjoy putting my creativity in a box,” she says. “I see music as a mission. It’s definitely what I came here to do.”

Blessd
Country: Colombia
Genre: Urban/Hip-Hop
Also hailing from Colombia is Blessd (real name: Stiven Mesa Londoño), whose witty freestyle and sweet, crisp vocals are landing him major collaborations. The 21-year-old rapper, who kicked off his career in 2019, has already dropped tracks alongside Maluma, The Black Eyed Peas, Ovy on the Drums, The Rude Boyz and Piso 21.

Forming part of YouTube’s Foundry class is a great opportunity for Blessd, who mentioned that “being an artist is a dream I always had and also something I needed to do for my family. As an independent artist, I feel free.”

Junior Mesa
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Alternative/Indie
California-based newcomer Junior Mesa is bringing a fresh sound to indie music while staying inspired by the greats. With songs such as “Far Out,” “Losing my Grip” and “Pushing Away,” the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is immersed in a trippy psych-pop sound that’s influenced by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix and Sly & The Family Stone.

“Being independent is a mentality,” he assures. “Claiming independence is saying: We are not the same! I will not conform to your standards. I will express myself in a way that satisfies my will, not yours!”

Marina Sena
Country: Brazil
Genre: Pop
What Brazilian newcomer Marina Sena loves about being an independent artist is creating a sound that incorporates traditional genres such as Bossanova and funk with a soulful, seductive twist. “To be an independent artist is to have determination, free will, freedom,” she notes. “After starting my solo career on the right foot and being about to release my first full album, there’s nothing better than support to bet on my sound and make it reach people all over the world.”

Tokischa
Country: 
Dominican Republic
Genre: Urban
With her bold attitude and unapologetic lyrics, Tokischa is changing the Tokischa dembow game one single (and collaboration) at a time. With songs such as “Tukuntazo,” “El Rey de la Popola” and “No Me Importa” making the rounds, the Dominican trapera has already garnered the attention of artists such as J Balvin, Anuel and Karol G. “My music has no labels,” she says. “It’s a free, new wave. I’m excited to stand out in countries that are far from my culture.”

Tuyo
Country: Brazil
Genre: Alternative/Indie
Brazilian trio Tuyo — made up of Machado, Lio and Lay Soares — is making waves with an organic sound that experiments with folk music, lo-fi hip-hop and synth-pop. The São Paulo-based act says that their music is “more about a feeling” than a genre. “We mix very delicate vocals with strong rhythms. It’s music for floating, for flying. We are whole, happy, and successful when we can communicate with people through music.”

Rauw Alejandro to Headline First-Ever Vibra Urbana Music Festival Orlando Edition

Rauw Alejandro is bringing some vibra to Orlando…

Following its inaugural edition in Miami last February 2020, the Vibra Urbana Music Festival will make its debut in Orlando with a two-day event featuring the 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and composer.

Rauw Alejandro

Set to take place July 31 – August 1, phase one of this year’s lineup includes artists like, Sech, Mora, Mariah Angeliq, Alex Rose, Dalex, Eladio CarrionZion & Lennox, among others, who are set to perform at the Orlando Amphitheater. Additional artists will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

“After over a year since our last show as a result of the pandemic, our team wanted to make sure we delivered the most exciting and energetic festival for our fans,” Javier Caso, founder and partner of Vibra Urbana, said in a statement. “Being able to bring our Vibras to a second city in the Sunshine State makes us beyond excited.”

“We are honored to be bringing some of the biggest and brightest names in the genre with Rauw Alejandro and Sech, along with one of the legendary groups in reggaeton, Zion Y Lennox,” added Kirk Taboada, head of talent and Vibra Urbana partner. “It has always been a dream of mine to do a reggaeton festival here in my home state. Orlando, I hope you’re ready for us!”

Other artists set to perform in Orlando include Boza, Eix, El Prefe, Emilia, LATENIGHTJIGGY, Marconi Impara, Mario Duran and Omy de Oro. Tickets will go on-sale on Friday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. ET at www.vibraurbanafest.com.

Growing from a single-day event to two days, Vibra Urbana will also return to Miami at the Miami Dade County Fair & Expo Center on December 18-19. This year, the outdoor fest will transform into an immersive two-day experience in a new, open-air format.

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Eladio Carrion Releases Sophomore Album “Monarca,” Featuring J Balvin, Cazzu, Yandel, Natanael Cano & More

Eladio Carrion is joining the monarchy 

The Puerto Rican urbano singer, who was raised in the U.S., has released his 14-track sophomore album Monarca.

Eladio Carrion

The album opens with a confession-style intro, where he raps about feeling like he has the world in his hands.

The album features J Balvin, Cazzu, Yandel, Natanael Cano, among others, who join the Puerto Rican rapper on explosive, hard-hitting tracks.

From trap to reggaeton and hip-hop, Carrion delivers most trap bangers on his own.

Of the standout tracks, two are duets. On “Todo O Nada” with rising Venezuela singer Corina Smith, Carrion switches gears and slows things down for the R&B-infused seductive tune.

On the other end of the spectrum, trap-influenced hip-hop beat “Tata” finds Carrion and Balvin spitting fire rap verses.

Ecko Releases Debut Album “Young Golden”

It’s Ecko’s golden hour…

The Argentinian Latin trap singer, whose real name is Ignacio Matías Spallatti, has released his debut EP, Young Golden.

Ecko

On the seven-song set, all penned by Ecko, considered one of the pioneers of the blossoming trap movement in Argentina, the lyricist fuses Latin trap, hip-hop, and catchy urban melodies and counts with features from AmenazzyBrytiagoEladio Carrion, Kiubbah Malon, and Cazzu.

Cama Vacia” is an infectious and sultry trap song featuring his fiery freestyling skills and Cazzu’s dulcet vocals, telling the story of a former couple who is going back-and-forth on what went wrong with their relationship.

Another recommended song is “Te Lo Adverti,” where the Argentine trap star narrates the growth of his musical career and sends a message to everyone who didn’t believe in him.

Omar Apollo to Take Part in YouTube Music’s On-Demand Video Festival #FoundryFest

Omar Apollo is joining the Foundry

YouTube Music‘s first-ever #FoundryFest will feature 20 performances, premieres, videos and discussions with YouTube Foundry artists, including the 23-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer-songwriter.

Omar Apollo

The “So Good”singer will be joined by Dua LipaBeabadoobee and Rina Sawayama as part of the festival, which launches at 9:00 am ET on Friday, October 23.

Fans will be able to scroll through the offerings in the on-demand video series by searching #Foundryfest on YouTube, with new treats popping up throughout the day on the artist’s official You Tube channels.

“YouTube Music Foundry was a great resource to me early in my career, and I’m happy to be an alum of a program that helps support emerging artists from all over the world,” said 2015 Foundry alumni Lipa in a statement.

Other past and current Foundry artists from the service’s artist development program slated to participate in the event include: Arlo Parks, Joesef, Rauw Alejandro. Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Natanael Cano, Guapdad 4000, Lost Stories, Tessa Violet, Baby Rose, Michael Brun, Eladio Carrion, Novelbright, Lime Cordiale, Rei Ami, Adam Melchor, TESSÆ and Isabella Lovestory.

As with last week’s #SOSFEST, which collected funds for the National Independent Venue Association, #FoundryFest will raise money to support the nearly 3,000 U.S. venues, festivals and promoters who’ve been severely impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.

“YouTube created Foundry in 2015, to celebrate developing artists from around the world and help them build a global fanbase, which holds true today. Artists are always ingenious, creative problem solvers, but I’m especially impressed by how they’ve navigated change this year,” said Naomi Zeichner, YouTube’s Artist Partnerships Lead in a statement. “#FoundryFest is a testament to the resiliency of the artist community, and I’m excited for fans to explore what these artists are creating right now, and hear more about their experiences this year.”

Natanael Cano Named to YouTube Music’s Foundry Class of 2020

Natanael Cano is the head of the class…

YouTube Music has announced its first foundry class of 2020, highlighting 12 emerging artists who are creating a buzz in the music scene, including the 19-year-old Mexican corridos singer.

Natanael Cano

Foundry is YouTube’s global artist development program that “helps independent artists use music and storytelling to engage fans across borders and build careers with a vision they uniquely define on their own.”

In addition to Cano, a trailblazer in the Mexican corridos genre and beyond, this year’s inaugural class includes Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Adam Melchor, Puerto Rican trap star Eladio Carrion, Brooklyn-based multifaceted artist Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Birmingham grime artist and actor Jaykae, Glasgow R&B singer Joesef, Japanese indie-rock band Novelbright, Sydney pop-rock brothers Lime Cordiale, Mumbai DJ/producer duo Lost Stories, Korean-American multitalented REI AMI, Nigerian singer and producer Tems and avant-garde French pop-rap artist TESSÆ.

Since its inception in 2015, the YouTube program has helped over 120 rising acts in more than 13 countries, providing them with marketing, promotion, and development support and tools to help set them up for long-term success.

“YouTube is a platform that thrives on discovery and at its core, that is what Foundry is all about. We are so proud to bring this diverse group of artists together to help share their music and creative visions with new fans from around the world,” said Vivien Lewit, YouTube’s Global Head of Artist Relations in a statement.

Naomi Zeichner, YouTube Artist Partnerships Lead added: “This year, we’re all navigating a new industry, and the artists in this Foundry class are finding new ways to create content and stay connected. These artist’s journeys are a snapshot of today’s music landscape, and worth watching for anyone interested in the future of music and culture. We’re grateful to support them as they grow and build lasting relationships with their fans.”

The inaugural class of 2020 joins previous Foundry alumni like Dua LipaRosaliaCuco,Omar Apollo and Arlo Parks, to name a few.