Karol G Releases Merengue-Inspired Single “Si Antes Te Hubiera Conocido”

Karol G is embracing a new sounds…

The 33-year-old Colombian Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has surprised fans with a new single called “Si Antes Te Hubiera Conocido,” released on Thursday, June 20.

Karol GReleased on the first day of summer, Karol G’s new single features a bold merengue sound.

“What would it have been like if I had met you before? Most probably you’d be dancing this song with me,” says part of the song’s lyrics.

In the music video, Karol G switched her baby pink locks for a new blonde look while performing the party-starting bop at a tiki bar.

On the eve of the song’s release, Karol G performed it for the first time in London, later explaining on her Instagram that the tribute to the merengue genre is because she owes a lot to The Dominican Republic.

“I worked on part of Mañana Sera Bonito there, and when I need to disconnect from the world and connect with myself I also go there,” she wrote. “Its culture, its music, its colors, the hospitality, the energy… everything feels very authentic and special there. Its people have embraced me in a way that fills my heart and inspires me all the time.”

“Si Antes Te Hubiera Conocido”—which is released in the midst of the European leg of the Mañana Será Bonito Tour—further demonstrates Karol’s ability to experiment outside of the reggaetón realm.

Prior to her merengue tune, she tapped into bachata (“El Barco”), corrido tumbado (“200 Copas”), cumbia (“Mi Ex Tenía Razón”), and even dropped a salsa version of “Amargura” at the 2024 Billboard Women in Music gala, where she was named this year’s Woman of the Year.

The vibrant “Si Antes Te Hubiera Conocido” marks Karol G’s second single of the year following the Tiësto-assisted “Contigo,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart dated March 2; reached No. 27 on the Latin Airplay chart dated June 1; and debuted at No. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March, becoming Karol’s 30th entry on the all-genre chart.

Ice Spice Teases Unreleased Song

Ice Spice is teasing new music…

The 24-year-old half-Dominican American rapper, who is set to roll out her debut album Y2K! in the near future, has posted a video of her rapping an unreleased song with the caption reading, “phattt buttttttttt,” and she has a clear message for her competition: Stop bitin’.

Ice Spice“Got these b—s copying my pose/ Got these b—s biting all my flows/ Like ballerinas, keep ’em on their toes/ And I really write, like f—k a ghost,” she rapped in the preview.

Ice Spice, one of the hottest female rappers at the moment, recently announced her debut album, artwork and a world tour.

She received some backlash from the David LaChapelle album cover to which she responded to a fan who “fixed” the cover in a since-deleted tweet as “delulu.”

So far, she has released two singles “U Think U the Shit? (Fart)” and “Gimmie a Light” with the former peaking at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

She also made a guest appearance on Cash Cobain and Bay Swag’s “Fisherrr (Remix)” as the continue to push New York City’s “Sexy Drill” scene forward.

This album will be her first project since 2023’s Like..? EP, which peaked at No. 15 and turned her into a superstar.

Still no word on the actual name of the song or when its being released, but it should be soon as her album is supposed to come out next month. Y2K! is set to drop July 26 and her world tour kicks off in Denmark on July 4.

DJ Luian to Make Feature Debut in Indie Horror Film “You Lose You Die”

DJ Luian is readying for his feature film close-up.…

The 33-year-old Puerto Rican DJ and producer is set to make his feature debut in Carlos “Spiff TV” Suarez’s indie horror film You Lose You Die.

DJ Lujan joins previously announced stars Freddy Rodriguez, who also executive produces, Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr (WWE star Charlotte Flair) and Anuel AA, who will also be making his feature debut.

Shooting is due to wrap imminently in the Dominican Republic and the project will be shopped following post-production.

You Lose You Die follows sociopathic tech expert Mr. Fantastik (Rodriguez), who runs a popular show on the dark web with two other sociopathic tech experts, Ms. Perfect (Fliehr) and Mr. Creep (Anthony Alvarez). On the show, thousands of viewers vote on games and challenges for prisoners to participate in. If the prisoners lose, viewers vote on the weapons the sociopaths use to kill them.

In addition to DJ Lujan, who plays Ice Pick, the cast includes Josh Bredl as Mr. Large, Sophia Zimba as Kara, Ashley Hernandez as Julie, Alejandro Duran as Alfonso, Noah Crider as Chase, Marcella Acuña as Christie, Mercy Grant as Darling and Lydia Faith Gomez as Jamie.

Rodriguez, Josue “Sway” Mendez and Ulysses Terrero serve as executive producers, with Mendez also producing.

Michael Patti is director of photography.

DJ Luian has collaborated with Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, J Balvin and Ozuna.

His notable songs include “La Ocasión, “Mia” featuring Drake and Bad Bunny and “Sensualidad.”

With “Mia,” he reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2015, DJ Luian co-founded the music label Hear This Music with Mambo Kingz and is credited with discovering and signing global superstar Bad Bunny, whose breakthrough hit “Diles” was released under the label.

GloRilla & Megan Thee Stallion’s “Wanna Be” Remix Featuring Cardi B Rises on Several Billboard Charts

Cardi B’s wanna be moment is a hit…

A new remix of GloRilla and Megan Thee Stallion’s collaboration “Wanna Be,” featuring the 31-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar, has sent the single rebounding up the Billboard Hot 100 and multiple other charts dated June 15 following the first tracking week for the new version, which was released May 31.

Cardi BIn the May 31-June 6 tracking week, according to Luminate, “Wanna Be” generated 19.7 million official U.S. streams – its biggest streaming yet and a 51% increase from the previous week, sparking its 35-15 ascent on the Streaming Songs chart.

The single sold 13,000 downloads in the same period, up 6,210%, prompting a No. 4 re-entry on the Digital Song Sales list. It had previously reached Nos. 9 and 1 on the respective charts upon its debut on rankings dated April 20. 

“Wanna Be” also registered 7.1 million airplay audience impressions, a 115% week-over-week improvement.

Although it’s as yet below the 50-position threshold for the all-genre Radio Songs chart, the single’s gains reap rewards on format airplay charts: It darts 36-17 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (up 113% in audience to 5.9 million) and debuts at No. 37 on Rhythmic Airplay.

Thanks to the increases for all three metrics, “Wanna Be” rockets 39-15 on the Hot 100, which blends streaming, sales and airplay into its calculations.

The collaboration nears its peak of No. 11, achieved upon the song’s debut.

Additional jumps occur on both the multimetric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same methodology as the Hot 100.

“Wanna Be” rebounds 11-5 on the former to match its peak rank and 9-4 on the latter, earning a new best showing. (All versions of the song are rolled up into one listing for tracking purposes and chart ranks. Cardi B is not listed on “Wanna Be” on the June 15-dated multimetric charts, as the remix did not account for the majority of the song’s overall consumption during the tracking week, although she is listed on radio charts, as the new remix is already responsible for the bulk of its airplay; such decisions are reviewed each week upon compilation of updated data.)

Kali Uchis to Receive Billboard Latin Women in Music’s Rising Star Award

Kali Uchis’ star is on the rise…

The 29-year-old Colombian American singer and songwriter will be honored at the 2024 Billboard Latin Women in Music program, per Billboard and Telemundo.

Kali UchisThis celebration, which highlights the efforts of Latin women musicians who are “proactively working for positive change, inclusion and gender parity in the music industry,” will see Uchis receive the Rising Star award.

Uchis “has quickly climbed the charts since releasing her first album in 2018,” the statement continues, “earning her this year’s Rising Star honor, a recognition and celebration of an emerging talent’s success in growing their musical prowess and solidifying their place in the industry.”

The singer, songwriter and record producer has successfully alternated between English and Spanish-language projects, while defying music genres with music that blends elements of R&B, neo-soul, pop, and Latin rhythms.

Her smash hit “telepatía” has amassed over 2 billion streams and is the Billboard Hot 100 longest-running Spanish song by a solo act this decade with a 23-week streak.

Uchis joins a list of previously announced honorees for this year that include Camila CabelloGloria Estefan (Legend), Ana Bárbara (Lifetime Achievement), Ángela Aguilar (Musical Dynasty) and Kany García (Spirit of Change).

In the coming weeks, additional honorees and details will be announced for the second annual Billboard Latin Women in Music ceremony, which will be hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes.

The Billboard Latin Women in Music program will air exclusively on Telemundo on Sunday, June 9, at 9:00 pm ET, and will be simultaneously available on the Telemundo app and Peacock.

Christian Nodal Announces Pa’l Cora Tour Across United States

Christian Nodal is preparing to trek across the United States. 

The 25-year-old Mexican singer and songwriter, one of the most sought-after artists worldwide within the booming regional Mexican music scene, has announced his Pa’l Cora Tour 2024 in the U.S.

Christian NodalThe mariacheño superstar will kick off his 25-date arena tour in Seattle on September 11, which will see him making stops in major cities such as Los Angeles, Denver, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Newark, Brooklyn, Miami and Atlanta. He’ll wrap up in Baltimore on November 10 at the CFG Bank Arena.

“I’m very excited that we will meet again very soon. I’m working very hard to make Pa’l Cora Tour even more surprising than the previous one,” Nodal said in a press release. “Get your Don Julio tequila ready so we can toast together. Wait for me, I’ll be there. I love you all.”

Recently, Nodal partnered with Tequila Don Julio for the launch of A Summer of Mexicana to “celebrate and spotlight inspiring Mexican creatives who live Por Amor,” read a press release.

Nodal has won six Latin Grammys, eight Latin Billboard Music Awards, and 11 Latin American Music Awards. His songs “Botella Tras Botella” with Gera MX and “La Intención” with Peso Pluma have reached the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 60 and 92, respectively, among other chart achievements.

Pre-sale of tickets for Pa’l Cora Tour begins on May 15, and the official on sale begins on the following day, May 16, at www.cmnevents.com.

Here are the tour dates:

Sept. 11 — WAMU Theater @ Seattle, Wash.
Sept. 12 — Toyota Center @ Kennewick, Wash.
Sept. 20 — SAP Center @ San José, Calif.
Sept. 26 — Toyota Arena @ Ontario, Calif
Sept. 27 — Honda Center @ Anaheim, Calif.
Sept. 28 — Kia Forum @ Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept. 29 — Desert Diamond Arena @ Glendale, Ariz.
Oct. 4 — Ball Arena @ Denver, Colo.
Oct. 6 — Delta Center @ Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct. 10 — Payne Arena @ Hidalgo, Texas
Oct. 11 — Dickies Arena @ Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 12 — Moody Center @ Austin, Texas
Oct. 13 — Smart Financial Centre @ Sugar Land, Texas
Oct. 18 — Allstate Arena @ Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 20 — Prudential Center @ Newark, N.J.
Oct. 23 — Place Bell @ Montreal, CAN
Oct. 24 — Coca Cola Coliseum @ Toronto, Canada
Oct. 26 — Barclays Center @ Brooklyn, N.Y.
Oct. 27 — Agganis Arena @ Boston, Mass.
Nov. 1 — Kia Center @ Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 2 — Kaseya Center @ Miami, Fla.
Nov. 3 — Hertz Arena @ Ft. Myers, Fla.
Nov. 8 — Gas South Arena @ Atlanta, Ga.
Nov. 9 — Greensboro Coliseum @ Greensboro, N.C.
Nov. 10 — CFG Bank Arena @ Baltimore, Md.

Grupo Frontera Announces 38-Date “Jugando A Que No Pasa Nada” North American Tour

Grupo Frontera is ready to take North American by storm…

Less than a week after releasing their sophomore studio album Jugando A Que No Pasa Nada, the Mexican American Regional Mexican group has unveiled dates for its upcoming tour, set to kick off on August 2 in Las Vegas.

Grupo FronteraGrupo Frontera, known for megahits such as “No Se Va” — the Morat cover that catapulted them to stardom — “Tulum” and “un x100to” will embark on a 38-date trek across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The arena tour, also titled Jugando A Que No Pasa Nada, will visit major U.S. cities including New York (Barclays Center), Dallas (American Airlines Center), Los Angeles (Intuit Dome) and Nashville (Bridgestone Arena).

After wrapping the U.S. leg on October 5 at the Bert Ogden Arena in their hometown of Edinburg, Texas, the band will head out to Mexico for 10 dates.

After having breakout year in 2022, the six-member has since placed eight songs on the Billboard 100, including top 10 hit “un x100to” with Bad Bunny.

The norteño/tejano band’s debut album, Un Comienzo, peaked at No. 4 on the Top Latin Albums chart dated August 19.

Along with the release of their new album — which includes collaborations with acts such as Nicki NicoleMaluma and Morat — Frontera recently nabbed its eighth No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart thanks to the Christian Nodal-assisted “Ya Pedo Quien Sabe.”

The Jugando A Que No Pasa Nada U.S. Tour general onsale will begin on Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.

Here are the tour dates:

Aug. 2 — Las Vegas — T-Mobile Arena
Aug. 3 — Phoenix — Footprint Center
Aug 4 — El Paso, Texas — Don Haskins Center
Aug. 9 — Dallas — American Airlines Center
Aug. 10 — Houston — Toyota Center
Aug. 15 — Laredo, Texas — Sames Auto Arena
Aug. 16 — Austin — Moody Center
Aug. 17 — San Antonio — Frost Bank Center
Aug. 18 — Oklahoma City — Paycom Center
Aug. 21 — Nashville — Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 22 — Atlanta — State Farm Arena
Aug. 24 — Orlando, Fla. — Kia Center
Aug. 25 — Sunrise, Fla. — Amerant Bank Arena
Aug. 27 — Greensboro, N.C. — Greensboro Coliseum
Aug. 29 — Brooklyn, N.Y. — Barclays Center
Aug. 31 — Washington, D.C. — Capital One Arena
Sept. 4 — Montreal, Quebec — Place Bell (Canda)
Sept. 7 — Chicago — Allstate Arena
Sept. 8 — Milwaukee — Fiserv Forum
Sept. 11 — Kansas City, Mo. — T-Mobile Center
Sept. 13 — Salt Lake City — Maverik Center
Sept. 15 — Tacoma, Wash. — Tacoma Dome
Sept. 20 — Los Angeles– Intuit Dome
Sept. 22 — San Francisco — Chase Center
Sept. 26 — Sacramento, Calif. — Golden 1 Center
Sept. 27 — Fresno, Calif. — Save Mart Center
Oct. 2 — San Diego — Viejas Arena
Oct. 5 — Edinburg, Texas — Bert Ogden Arena
Oct. 24 — San Luis Potosí — El Domo (Mexico)
Oct. 26 — León, Guanajuato — Mega Velaria (Mexico)
Oct. 31 — Torreón, Coahuila — Coliseo Centenario (Mexico)
Nov. 2 — Guadalajara, Jalisco — Arena VFG (Mexico)
Nov. 7 — Monterrey, Nuevo León — Arena Monterrey (Mexico)
Nov. 9 — Tijuana, Baja California — Plaza de Toros (Mexico)
Nov. 15 — Mexico City — Palacio de los Depoartes (Mexico)
Nov. 20 — Mérida, Yucatan — Foro GNP Seguros (Mexico)
Nov. 22 — Puebla — Auditorio GNP Seguros (Mexico)
Nov. 23 — Veracruz — WTC (Mexico)

Peso Pluma Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Peso Pluma has new representation…

The 24-year-old Mexican singer and musician has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in all areas.

Peso PlumaPeso Pluma’s debut albumGénesis, won the “Best Música Mexicana Album” award at the 2024 Grammys and landed No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the highest-charting Mexican music album in the chart’s history.

The album has also garnered a variety of other awards this year, including four iHeartRadio Music Awards and two wins for “Best Album – Regional Mexican” and “Best Collaboration – Regional Mexican” at the 2024 Latin American Music Awards.

In the past year, Peso headed off on a sold-out global tour, became the first Mexican artist to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards and won the “Best New Act” category at the MTV Europe Music Awards last year.

In 2023, Peso’s hit single “Ella Baila Sola” broke records by securing the No. 10 spot on Billboard’s All-Genre Hot 100 list, amassing an impressive 1.2 billion streams.

He currently holds the title of the fifth most-streamed artist globally, boasting over 60 million monthly listeners on Spotify revealing his popularity beyond the Spanish-language market.

Following his performances at Coachella and for Sony Electronics, Peso is gearing up for his North American tour this summer and headlining major festivals such as the Governor’s Ball, Sueños and Baja Beach Fest.

Additionally, his second studio album, Éxodo, is set to release this spring.

Additional accolades include four 2024 Premio Lo Nuestro awards, including “New Artist Male” and “Música Mexicana – Album of the Year.” Further, there were eight triumphs at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, with Peso notably clinching titles like “Artist of the Year, New.” Additionally, he garnered five distinctions at the 2023 Premios Juventud, securing recognitions like “Next Generation Regional Mexican” and “Best Regional Mexican Album.”

Ricky Martin to Headline LA Pride in the Park

Ricky Martin is taking great pride in his next performance…

The 52-year-old Puerto Rican superstar will headline LA Pride in the Park, which will return to the Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday, June 8.

Ricky MartinThis marks Martin’s first-ever headlining Pride performance.

Moreover, Martin will be the first openly gay Latin artist to take center stage at the popular Pride event.

The theme for this year’s Pride season is “Power in Pride,” which celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community’s ability to live authentically.

“I am thrilled to be headlining LA Pride in the Park because it’s an incredible opportunity to celebrate love, diversity, and equality,” Martin said in a statement. “LA Pride is a testament to the power of community, the power of visibility, and the power of standing up for our rights. Being part of this vibrant community fills me with pride and purpose.”

“With his electrifying stage presence and chart-topping hits, Ricky Martin has long been an inspiration to millions around the world,” said Gerald Garth, board president of CSW/LA Pride. “His participation in LA Pride in the Park goes beyond mere entertainment; it symbolizes a powerful affirmation of queer Latin identity and a celebration of diversity within the LGBTQ+ community. We cannot wait to be ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ while beaming with Pride!”

Across 20 acres and with a capacity of 25,000, LA Pride in the Park is one of the largest official Pride concerts in the country.

The nonprofit Christopher Street West Association has produced the LA Pride celebration for more than 50 years. General admission and VIP passes are now available to purchase at lapride.org.

Throughout his nearly four-decade career, Martin has brought Latin music and culture to the mainstream, paving the way for an explosion of crossover talent.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1971, Martin gained fame as a member of Menudo before embarking on a highly successful solo career, which has brought him two Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards.

Martin’s 1999 smash “Livin’ La Vida Loca” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks and received Grammy nods for record and song of the year. It was also nominated for record of the year at the inaugural Latin Grammys in 2000 – a show that became a reality because of the undeniable crossover success of artists like Martin, Santana and Marc Anthony, among others.

In May 1999, Martin appeared on the cover of Time in a story headlined “Latin Music Goes Pop!”

In November 2006, at age 34, he became the youngest-ever person of the year recipient at the annual gala put on by the Latin Recording Academy.

Martin is also an accomplished actor, earning a Primetime Emmy nod for his role in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and displaying his talent on Broadway. He starred in Jingle Jangle for Netflix, opposite Forest Whitaker and Anika Noni Rose and can now be seen in the Apple TV series Palm Royale alongside Laura Dern, Kristen Wiig, Allison Janney and Carol Burnett.

Cardi B Hints at Sophomore Album’s Release While Celebrating 6th Anniversary of “Invasion of Privacy”

Cardi B is promising her new album this year…

While celebrating the sixth anniversary of her Grammy-winning debut album, Invasion of Privacy, the 31-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar teased the release of her sophomore effort before year’s end.

Cardi BInvasion of Privacy was released in 2018, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and earning a Grammy win for best rap album at the 2019 Grammy Awards. The set’s tracklist includes Hot 100 No. 1 singles “Bodak Yellow” and “I Like It.”

Cardi B looked back at the success of her studio debut in a post on X on Saturday (April 6).

In her message, she hinted at what fans can expect from her long-awaited second album.

“6 years ago I released my first album and it broke so many records GAH LEE!!” she wrote. “6 years later I’m preparing to drop the next one this year.. it’s so different from what everyone is expecting and I’m sooo excited.”

“Love you guys and thank you for the support! I’ll talk to ya soon I been so busy these last few days,” added Cardi.

Cardi most recently unveiled the single “Enough (Miami)” on March 15 along with a Patience Harding-directed music video for the track. “Enough” arrived two weeks after she dropped “Like What (Freestyle).”

She’s also featured on “Puntería,” the opening track from Shakira’Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran album that was just released on March 22.

The follow-up LP to Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy has yet to get an official release date.