Lunay Releases Sophomore Album “El Niño”

Lunay is celebrating his kid status…

The 20-year-old Puerto Rican singer, whose full name is Jefnier Osorio Moreno, has released his sophomore album El Niño.

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The 15-song set, released under La Familia Records, Chris Jedi and Gaby Music‘s independent label, kicks off with the title track that samples Jerry Rivera’s 1993 salsa hit “Cara de Niño” and transitions into a Latin trap.

The set is also home to edgy perreos (“Vudú,” “Party DB”), solid reggaeton singles (“Le Gusta Que La Vean”), and even some slow-tempo urban bops (“TBC,” “Se Cansó”).

Standout tracks include his sultry collaboration with Anitta on “Todo o Nada” and the infectious “Otra No” with Bryant Myers and Zion.

Other features on El Niño include Chencho Corleone, Zion, Chanell, Giovakartoons, Juliito and Chris Jeday.

“I wanted to make an album before I was 21 to reflect everything that I am right now — what I’m living and what I’ve learned so far — making fun songs for the streets and the clubs, while still being El Niño inside and outside the studio,” Lunay said in a statement.

Chris Jeday & Gaby Music Launch New Record Label ‘La Familia’

Chris Jeday is expanding his Familia

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican record producer has joined forces with Gaby Music to launch a a new record label.

Chris Jedi & Gaby Music

Jedi and the 31-year-old Puerto Rican music composer/producer, known for their work with Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Anuel AA, Lunay and, most recently, the Bad Bunny/Rosalía smash “La Noche de Anoche,” will run La Familia.

The new label will be home to Lunay, as well as newly signed Puerto Rican acts Chanell and Julito and a roster of producers that includes Dímelo Ninow and Dulce Como Candy.

The company also includes both Jedi’s and Gaby Music’s state of the art recording studios in Puerto Rico, which they see as ground zero both for production and for talent development.

“The term ‘family’ is a big deal for us and it’s a word that truly represents us,” says Jedi. “We feel that everyone in this operation is a true family, and we want everybody to feel the same and equally supported.”

“This is a vision we’ve had for years,” says Gaby music. “Beyond being successful producers, we wanted our own label and the ability to sign new talent. We have great plans with our artists and are looking forward to growing our family.”

Jedi and Gaby Music have, for several years, owned and operated record label Star Island, to which Lunay is signed, and distributed via Ingrooves. Lunay will now shift to La Familia with Star Island remaining as a sort of holding company or “mothership,” in its founders’ words.

The launch of La Familia is part of a growing group of independent labels launched by prominent executives and artists; most recently manager Walter Kolm launched his WK Records and one of his artists, reggaetón star Wisin, launched La Base Music.

But La Familia stands out because Chris Jedi and Gaby Music are perhaps the top production duo in the reggaetón realm today, and also, because their operation is fully self-financed and is currently not a joint venture with a major label or distributor. Although Lunay is distributed through a longstanding deal with Ingrooves, upcoming La Familia releases will be negotiated on a track by track basis.

“The fact that we’re producers is key,” says Jedi. “We worked in this for years and realized there was a need. We sign artists not because they have a hot single, but because we’re interested in developing the artist or the producer. To sign good talent, you need to produce or to have good taste. That’s our biggest asset. And we’ve learned how to delegate in other aspects.”

Lunay, for example, was initially managed by Jedi and Gaby Music. When his career began to take off, they tapped star manager Rebeca León, whose select roster includes Rosalía (and formerly J Balvin).

“It’s amazing to work with Chris and Gaby because they not only have incredible visión and business acumen but are also the biggest hitmakers in Latin music today,” says León. “It’s a fierce and winning combination. Lunay is in such a privileged position to be part of La Familia.”

Jedi and Gaby Music met as teenagers when they were sound engineering students in Puerto Rico. They met again in 2013, working with hitmakers Wisin & Yandel, and have been together since, working with virtually every name in the genre as both producers and songwriters.

La Familia’s staff includes label manager Sam Allison. Max Perez of Buena Vibra Group will be in charge of marketing and Normaris Cruz of The Wall Group will head PR.

Lunay Named to Billboard’s 21 Under 21 List

Lunay isn’t old enough to drink in the United States, but he’s already making his mark in the music world.

The 20-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer has been named to Billboard’s 21 Under 21 list.

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Billboard‘s annual ranking of powerful young voices includes arena headliners and promising new talent, familiar names and new musicians quickly rising toward the mainstream. For groups, if most members are under 21, they were considered eligible.

Lunay is recognized for having total streams of 524.5 million.

After posting videos of himself freestyling on Facebook in 2017, Lunay got a call from producers Chris Jedi and Gaby Music. Two years later, Lunay was collaborating with reggaetón superstars Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny on “Soltera (Remix),” his first top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, peaking at No. 3 and raking in 343.2 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Signed to indie label Star Island, the rising artist, who has since scored collaborations with Ozuna and Anuel AA, credits his success to two things: “humility and hard work.”

But Lunay isn’t the only Latino artist to make the list…

Manuel Turizo earned a spot for having total streams of 328.1 million.

Back in 2017, the 20-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer, then only 16, scored a viral hit with debut single “Una Lady Como Tú.” Since then, he has topped the Mexico Airplay chart with “Quiéreme Mientras Se Pueda” and the Latin Airplay list with his Sebastián YatraRauw Alejandro collaboration “TBT.”

Turizo says his second album, Dopamina, will “dominate” 2021. “I hope that by the time I’m 60, people will still be consuming my music and going to my concerts,” he says. “It’s not about being at the top. It’s about acquiring an audience [that will be] by your side throughout your career.”

Natanael Cano has also made the grade…

The 19-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter has earned a total of 905.3 million streams in his short career.

Six months into 2020, Cano — who only launched his career in 2019 — became the third-most-consumed Latin artist in the United States, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s midyear report, ranking just behind Bad Bunny and Ozuna.

Since partnering with Bad Bunny on “Soy El Diablo (Remix)” in October 2019, Cano has released four projects, including Trap Tumbado in June, cementing his place as a leading force in trap corridos. And as his career continues to grow in the United States, by 2021, he says, “I’d love to reach every corner of Mexico.”

A committee of Billboard editors and reporters weighed a variety of factors in determining the 2020 21 Under 21 list, including, but not limited to, impact on consumer behavior, as measured by such metrics as album and track sales, streaming volume, social media impressions, and radio and TV audiences reached; career trajectory; reputation among peers; and overall impact in the industry, specifically during the past 12 months. Where required, record-label market share was consulted using Nielsen Music/MRC Data market share for album plus track-equivalent and stream-equivalent album consumption units. Unless otherwise noted, Billboard Boxscore and Nielsen Music/MRC Data are the sources for tour grosses and sales/streaming data, respectively.