Grupo Frontera Appears on Billboard Hot 100 for First Time with Cover of Morat’s “No Se Va”

Grupo Frontera has joined an elite club…

Five weeks ago, the Latino group appeared on a Billboard chart for the first time, Now the act is officially a Billboard Hot 100 hitmaker with its cover of Morat’s “No Se Va.”

Grupo FronteraThe song, which the group released independently, debuts at No. 99 with 4.8 million U.S. streams (up 43%) and 1,000 downloads sold (up 278%) in the September 23-29 tracking week, according to Luminate.

It concurrently jumps 28-15 on Hot Latin Songs and 18-3 on Latin Digital Song Sales and debuts at No. 15 on Latin Streaming Songs.

Helping the song’s surge in popularity, a snippet of it has been used in more than 130,000 clips on TikTok.

Colombian folk-pop group Morat released its initial recording of the song in 2019, although the track has not appeared on any Billboard charts. The group has earned one Hot Latin Songs hit: “Sé Que Te Duele,” with Alejandro Fernandez (No. 49 peak, 2017).

“No Se Va” became Grupo Frontera’s first Billboard chart entry when it debuted at No. 12 on the Regional Mexican Digital Song Sales survey dated September 3; the song spends a second week at No. 1 on the latest list.

The song also helps the group rise 49-24 on the Emerging Artists chart.

Notably, “No Se Va” is just the fifth Regional Mexican song to reach the Hot 100 in the chart’s 64-year history, a distinction that began with Christian Nodal and Gera MX’s “Botella Tras Botella” in May 2021 (peaking at No. 60). Ivan Cornejo’s “Está Dañada” became the second regional Mexican song to reach the Hot 100 last October (No. 61), followed by Grupo Firme’s “Ya Superame (En Vivo Desde Culiacan, Sinaloa)” in November (No. 91) and Yahritza y Su Esencia’s “Soy El Unico” this April (No. 20).

 

Grupo Frontera comprises six members: Beto, Juan Javier Cantu, Carlos Frontera, Payo, Julian Pena Jr. and Carlos Zamora.

Nanpa Básico Signs Management Deal with T6H Entertainment

Nanpa Básico has new management…

The 29-year-old Colombian rapper has signed a management deal with T6H Entertainment.

Nanpa BásicoThe new deal is a partnership between Nanpa’s manager Jorge Jimenez – who’s been managing him for the past two years — and Guillermo Rosas, T6H Entertainment’s founder, to create a “real” strategic alliance and catapult Nanpa to international success.

“Nanpa is not only a great artist, but a movement that trespasses frontiers,” says Rosas, who’s agency’s roster includes other artists such as Esteman and Leon Leidan, among others. “To be part of his management [team] in this transcendental path is very exciting.”

“Guillermo Rosas is a great human being and he is a person that I greatly admire,” adds Jimenez. “He had many achievements in the industry but he is also a person who thinks in an innovative way and for me partnering with him is the perfect alliance to develop an artist who has the ability to be a global artist.”

News of the signing comes on the heels of Nanpa’s upcoming new single, “Lejos De Ti,” in collaboration with Mexican singer-songwriter Gera MX. The single serves as a preview of the Colombian artist’s new album.

With more than three million monthly listeners on Spotify, Nanpa is a singer-songwriter who is among the new generation of Latin hip-hop artists. His influences derive from genres such as rap and reggae and is known for his hard-hitting and poignant lyrics on street culture and social issues.

“It gives me enormous happiness to find such a great businessman and such an incredible human being,” Nanpa says. “I feel Jorge and I reached our own limits and it is part of growth to understand that we need other people who have the global presence and experience. And Guillermo is for me the perfect partner for this.”

Nanpa is set to release his new album in September and will hit the road this Fall with a tour set to visit the U.S., Mexico and other countries in Latin America.

CNCO to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

CNCO is preparing to take the global stage…

The Latin boy band is among the latest acts appearing on the performance roster for this year’s Latin American Music Awards, which will take place at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas

CNCOIn addition to CNCO, the latest list of confirmed artists includes EmiliaFarruko, Gera MXLuis Fonsi, Prince Royce, and Reik.

They join previous performers Black Eyed Peas, Boza, Calibre 50, Chiquis, Christian Nodal, Esteman, Gerardo Ortiz, Gloria Trevi, Jesse & Joy, Jhay Cortez, Lit Killah, Los Ángeles Azules, Lupita D’Alessio, María Becerra, Nicki Nicole, Ozuna, Sofía Reyes, and Tiago PZK.

The three-hour event will “pay tribute to today’s most influential and iconic Latin artists” in 26 categories, including favorite video and favorite social artist, selected by a committee of industry professionals who consider the quality, content, creativity, and fan engagement.

The 2022 Latin AMAs nominations are led by Bad Bunny with 10 nominations. He’s followed by the eight-time nominee Jhay Cortez, and Karol G, J Balvin, and Rauw Alejandro with seven nods each.

This year’s nominees, which are determined by fan voting via LatinAmas.com, are based on key fan interactions with music, including streaming, sales, airplay, and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners Luminate — formerly MRC Data — and Next Big Sound for data covering the periods of Feb. 6, 2021, through Jan. 29, 2022.

The 2022 Latin AMAs will take place on Thursday, April 21, live from the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The seventh annual ceremony will be broadcast on Telemundo starting at 7 p.m. ET with the red-carpet pre-show followed at 8 p.m. ET by the awards show.

Bad Bunny Leads Pack of Latin American Music Awards Nominees with 10 Nods

It’s a Perfect 10 for Bad Bunny

The nominees for the 2022 Latin American Music Awards have been revealed, with the 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter leading the pack with 10 nods.

Bad BunnyAmong his nominations, Bad Bunny is nominated in three of the four top categories.

He’s up for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Dákiti,” and Album of the Year for El Último Tour del Mundo.

Jhay Cortez, who appears on Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti,” follows with eight nominations.

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican singer and rapper is up for Artist of the Year and Favorite Artist – Male, among others.

Karol G is the top-nominated female, tied with J Balvin and Rauw Alejandro with seven nods each…

The 31-year-old Colombian singer is the sole female nominated in the Artist of the Year category. She’s also up for Album of the Year for KG0516.

J Balvin and Rauw Alejandro are both up for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. J Balvin is nominated alongside Skrillex in the category for “In Da Getto,” while Rauw Alejandro is nominated for “Todo De Ti

The forthcoming three-hour event will “pay tribute to today’s most influential and iconic Latin artists” in 26 categories, including favorite video and favorite social artist, selected by a committee of industry professionals who consider the quality, content, creativity and fan engagement.

In a highly competitive category, rising stars Gera MX, Ivan Cornejo, Jay Wheeler, Kali Uchis, Los Legendarios, María Becerra and Mariah Angeliq are up for new artist of the year.

This year’s nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including streaming, sales, airplay and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound for data covering the periods of February 6, 2021, through January 29, 2022.

All Latin AMA categories are determined by fan voting. To vote for your favorite artists, visit LatinAMAs.com.

The 2022 Latin AMAs will take place on Thursday, April 21, live from the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The seventh annual ceremony will be broadcast on Telemundo starting at 7:00 pm ET with the red-carpet pre-show followed at 8:00 pm ET by the awards show.

Here’s the complete list of nominations:

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny
Camilo
Eslabon Armado
Farruko
J Balvin
Jhay Cortez
Karol G
Myke Towers
Ozuna
Rauw Alejandro

Nuevo Artista del Año / New Artist of the Year
Gera MX
Ivan Cornejo
Jay Wheeler
Kali Uchis
Los Legendarios
María Becerra
Mariah Angeliq

Sencillo del Año / Song of the Year
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez – “Dákiti”
Farruko – “Pepas”
J Balvin & Skrillex – “In Da Getto”
Kali Uchis – “Telepatía”
Rauw Alejandro – “Todo De Ti” 

Álbum del Año / Album of the Year
Bad Bunny – El Último Tour del Mundo
Eslabon Armado – Corta Venas
Karol G – KG0516
Rauw Alejandro – Vice Versa 

Artista Favorita – Femenina / Favorite Artist – Female
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Natti Natasha
Rosalía
Selena Gomez

Artista Favorito – Masculino / Favorite Artist – Male
Bad Bunny
Farruko
J Balvin
Jhay Cortez
Myke Towers
Rauw Alejandro

Dúo o Grupo Favorito / Favorite Duo or Group
Aventura
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Eslabon Armado
Grupo Firme
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
Los Dos Carnales 

Artista Favorito – Pop / Favorite Artist – Pop
Camilo
Enrique Iglesias
Kali Uchis
Luis Fonsi
Sebastián Yatra
Selena Gomez 

Álbum Favorito – Pop / Favorite Album – Pop
Camilo – Mis Manos
CNCO – Déjà Vu
Enrique Iglesias – Final (Vol. 1)
Piso 21 – El Amor En Los Tiempos del Perreo
Selena Gomez – Revelación EP
Tommy Torres – El Playlist de Anoche 

Canción Favorita – Pop / Favorite Song – Pop
Kali Uchis – “Telepatía”
Maluma – “Sobrio”
Rauw Alejandro – “Todo De Ti”
Sebastián Yatra & Myke Towers “Pareja Del Año” 

Artista Favorito Solo – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Solo Artist – Regional Mexican
Carin Leon
Christian Nodal
El Fantasma
Junior H
Lenin Ramírez 

Dúo o Grupo Favorito – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Duo or Group – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
Grupo Firme
Los Ángeles Azules
Los Dos Carnales 

Álbum Favorito – Regional Mexicano Favorite Album – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – El Trabajo Es La Suerte
Christian Nodal – Ahora
Eslabon Armado – Corta Venas
Ivan Cornejo – Alma Vacía
Los Dos Carnales – Al Estilo Rancherón 

Canción Favorita – Regional Mexicano Favorite Song – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – “La Casita”
Calibre 50 – “A La Antigüita”
Gera MX & Christian Nodal – “Botella Tras Botella”
Grupo Firme & Carin Leon – “El Tóxico”
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho – “Mi Primer Derrota” 

Artista Favorito – Urbano / Favorite Artist – Urban
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Jhay Cortez
Karol G
Maluma
Rauw Alejandro 

Álbum Favorito – Urbano / Favorite Album – Urban
Bad Bunny – El Último Tour del Mundo
Karol G – KG0516
Maluma – Papi Juancho
Rauw Alejandro – Vice Versa 

Canción Favorita – Urbano / Favorite Song – Urban
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez– “Dákiti”
Farruko – “Pepas”
J Balvin & Skrillex – “In Da Getto”
Los Legendarios, Wisin & Jhay Cortez – “Fiel”

Artista Favorito – Tropical / Favorite Artist – Tropical
Aventura
Carlos Vives
Marc Anthony
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos 

Álbum Favorito – Tropical / Favorite Album – Tropical
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico – En Cuarentena
Luis Vazquez – Comienzos
Sonora Ponceña – Hegemonía Musical 

Canción Favorita – Tropical / Favorite Song – Tropical
Aventura & Bad Bunny – “Volví”
Camilo – “Kesi”
Carlos Vives – “Colombia, Mi Encanto”
Daddy Yankee & Marc Anthony – “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta”
Marc Anthony – “Pa’lla Voy”
Prince Royce – “Lao’ a Lao’” 

Artista Favorito – Crossover / Favorite Crossover Artist
Khalid
Shawn Mendes
Skrillex
The Weeknd 

Colaboración del Año / Collaboration of the Year
Aventura & Bad Bunny – “Volví”
Daddy Yankee & Marc Anthony – “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta”
Gera MX & Christian Nodal – “Botella Tras Botella”
Grupo Firme & Carin Leon – “El Tóxico”
Karol G & Mariah Angeliq – “El Makinon”
Los Legendarios, Wisin & Jhay Cortez – “Fiel”

Canción Viral del Año / Viral Song of the Year
Calibre 50 – “Si Te Pudiera Mentir”
Gera MX & Christian Nodal – “Botella Tras Botella”
Grupo Firme – “Ya Supérame (En Vivo Desde Culiacán, Sinaloa)”
Ivan Cornejo – “Está Dañada”
Kali Uchis – “Telepatía”
Los Legendarios, Wisin & Jhay Cortez – “Fiel”
Nio Garcia, J Balvin & Bad Bunny – “AM”
Sebastián Yatra – “Tacones Rojos” 

Gira del Año / Tour of the Year
Aventura
Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin
Grupo Firme
Los Bukis
Maluma
Marc Anthony 

Video Favorito / Favorite Video
Anitta – “Girl From Rio”
Camilo, Evaluna Montaner – “Índigo”
Christina Aguilera, Ozuna – “Santo”
Daddy Yankee – “Problema”
Gerardo Ortiz, Piso 21 – “Fino Licor”
J Balvin – “Lo Que Dios Quiera”
Ozuna – “La Funka”
Pablo Alborán – “Castillos de Arena”
Reik, María Becerra – “Los Tragos”
Sebastián Yatra – “Melancólicos Anónimos” 

Artista Social Favorito / Favorite Social Artist
Anitta
Becky G
Camila Cabello
Camilo
Chiquis
Karol G
Pabllo Vittar
Ricky Martin
Sebastián Yatra
Tini

Alejandro Fernandez Taking Part in Monthlong Mexican Independence Day Celebration in Las Vegas

Alejandro Fernandez is ready to scream with pride…

In celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day, Las Vegas will capture El Grito’s essence with month-long cultural events, a star-studded lineup that includes the 50-year-old Mexican singer, and culinary hotspots, to name a few.

Alejandro Fernandez,

“Only the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ can celebrate Mexican Independence Day with some of the biggest names in Latin entertainment,” Fernando Hurtado, senior director of global sales at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) tells Billboard. “With nearly 40 flights from Mexico to Las Vegas per week, there’s no better place to celebrate El Grito or any other special occasion.”

Live Nation is producing seven of 12 performances taking place in September, including Christian Nodal kicking off his Botella Tras Botella tour with special guest Gera MXGrupo Firme with three back-to-back shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and both Marco Antonio Solis and Fernandez with two concerts each.

“The Independence of Mexico is a celebratory event, and Live Nation has been the primary promoter recognizing this special holiday by bringing iconic Latin talent to Las Vegas, which is a destination for international and domestic Hispanic travelers every September,” Emily Simonitsch, SVP of concerts for Live Nation, tells Billboard in a statement.

In regards to the COVID-19 and Delta variant spikes, Simonitsch assures, “Live Nation continues to follow all venue and local government protocols and encourages guests to visit the websites for each venue for the most updated guidelines.”

For more information, visit LiveNation.com or VisitLasVegas.com.

Here’s the full live music schedule:

MALUMA
Sept. 4 — Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

MARCO ANTONIO SOLIS
Sept. 10 & 11 — The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

GRUPO FIRME
Sept. 10 to 12 — MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

BANDA MS
Sept. 11 — Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay

PANCHO BARRAZA
Sept. 11 — Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

LOS ANGELES AZULES
Sept. 12 — Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

CHRISTIAN NODAL with special guest GERA MX
Sept. 14 — Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ
Sept. 15 & 16 — MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand

PITBULL
Sept. 18 — Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

CAMILO
Sept. 18 — Tropicana Las Vegas

BRONCO
Sept. 18 — Concerts on the Beach Series at Mandalay Bay Beach

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS & RICKY MARTIN
Sept. 25 — MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand

Juanes performs Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” on “The Metallica Blacklist” Covers Album

Juanes is makin’ the (black)list

Metallica has announced that the band is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Black Album with a reissue of the wildly successful 1991 album, as well as a companion set titled The Metallica Blacklist, which will be packed with covers by major recording artists, including the 48-year-old Colombian Latin superstar.

Juanes

Juanes performs a cover of Metallica’s classic single “Enter Sandman.”

But he isn’t the only Latino artist appearing on the heavy metal group’s covers album.

J Balvin appears on “Wherever I May Roam,” while Mexican Institue of Sound featuring La Perla and Gera MX perform “Sad But True.”

Meanwhile, Ha*Ash and Jose Madero both perform separate versions of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven.”

In all, a whopping 53 musicians from various genres are set to be included on the covers album, taking on their favorite songs from The Black Album.

Others include Miley Cyrus, with her interpretation of “Nothing Else Matters” featuring Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, WATT and others.

The Metallica Blacklist will be available in all formats, including a limited edition seven-LP vinyl pressing, while the reissue will also be available in all formats as well as a limited edition box set. Both releases will arrive via Blackened Recordings on September 10.

Pre-orders for the covers album will receive “instant gratification” tracks in the form of Cyrus’ “Nothing Else Matters” cover, and Juanes’ “Enter Sandman.”

Fans who pre-order the reissue will receive three different recordings of “Enter Sandman.”

The band also announced that 100% of the proceeds from The Metallica Blacklist will benefit 52 charities. They will be split between the band’s own All Within My Hands Foundation, and the charities selected by the artists who appear on the covers album.

Christian Nodal to Launch 2021 “Botella Tras Botella” U.S. Tour in September

Christian Nodal will be popping bottles in the U.S.

The 22-year-old Mexican singer has announced the dates for his 2021 “Botella Tras Botella” U.S. tour with special guest Gera MX.

Christian Nodal

Produced by Live Nation, Nodal will kick off his series of concerts on September 14 at Las Vegas’ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood.

The Regional Mexican is scheduled to wrap his tour on December 19 at Phoenix’s Arizona Federal Theatre.

Nodal, who will be joined by special guest Gera MX, will make pit stops in cities such as Orlando, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago, to name a few.

“I’m excited to announce that we’re finally going back on tour in the U.S. and that we’ll finally see each other to enjoy unforgettable moments,” he tells Billboard.

The tour was coined after his and Gera’s country-meets-hip-hop collaboration “Botella Tras Botella,” which made Billboard history as the first Regional Mexican title to enter the Hot 100 in its almost 63-year history.

The song, born during a carne asada hangout in the midst of the pandemic, tells the story of a man who’s hanging out with his bros but can’t get over his ex and breakup. “It did not have a marketing strategy or a plan. It has soul,” Mexican rapper Gera previously told Billboard.

Nodal’s “Botella Tras Botella” tour comes on the heels of his and Belinda’s engagement announcement on May 25. The couple will also debut their first-ever collaboration this week as the theme song of Univision’s Si Nos Dejan.

Tickets will go on sale at 12:00 pm local time on Friday, June 4 via Ticketmaster.com.

Here’s the full list of U.S. dates:

Sept. 14 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
Nov. 12 – Orlando, Fla. @ Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 13 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Gas South Arena
Nov. 14 – Nashville, Tenn. @ TPAC
Nov. 19 – Dallas, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Nov. 20 – Hidalgo, Texas @ Payne Arena
Nov. 21 – Houston, Texas @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Nov. 24 – San Antonio, Texas @ Freeman Coliseum
Nov. 26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Rosemont Theatre
Nov. 28 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Dec. 3 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Performance Venue at Hollywood Park
Dec. 4 – San Diego, Calif. @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
Dec. 5 – Oakland, Calif. @ Paramount Theatre-Oakland
Dec. 10 – Reno, Nev. @ Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Dec .12 – Fresno, Calif. @ Save Mart Center
Dec. 17 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center
Dec. 18 – El Paso, Texas @ UTEP Don Haskins Center
Dec. 19 – Phoenix, Az. @ Arizona Federal Theatre

Gera MX & Christian Nodal’s “Botella Tras Botella” Makes Billboard Hot 100 History

Gera MX is making history…

The 27-year-old Mexican rapper’s Christian Nodal-assisted singer “Botella Tras Botella” is the first Regional Mexican title to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its almost 63-year history.

Gera MX & Christian Nodal

The track, which was released on April 23rd via Virgin Music México, laces both of the singers’ genres.

The breakup song, which has become a phenomenon, was produced by Erick Gutierrez Cervantes and Edgar Barrera. The country-tinged, acoustic ranchera features hip-hop beats.

“Botella Tras Botella” was born during a carne asada hang out in the midst of the pandemic.

“Christian and I live in the same residential, and one day he rode his bike to my house to hang out. I still can’t believe that Nodal, this huge artist that everyone knows, rides a bike to my house. That’s when I knew he was part of la raza,” Gera expresses. “He played the melody on the guitar and I just knew that this was the song. We hit the studio, turned our feelings into lyrics, and here it is. We weren’t even looking for it,” he continues.

The song also debuts at No. 3 on Hot Latin Songs and in the top 10 on both Global charts: No. 4 on Billboard Global Excl. U.S. and No. 9 on Billboard Global 200.

As for the song’s massive success on social media and digital platforms, Gera owes it all to a real friendship and the heart.

“This song did not have a marketing strategy or a plan. It has soul,” he says. “I wrote it thinking about someone very important to me and people can tell that it hurt me a lot. I can’t find any other explanation and it’s beautiful. You’re not only showing off your artistic side but also your human side.”