J Balvin to Launch “Neón Experience” in September, Alongside Big Name Guest Stars

Things are looking brighter for J Balvin, and he’s sharing that outlook with some big names…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is heading to Las Vegas in September for a weekend of experiences and performances he’s dubbed his “Neón Experience.” And, he’s invited Karol G, Jhay Cortez, Rauw Alejandro, Jowell & Randy and producers Tainy and Sky Rompiendo.

J Balvin

Also included in his roster of events will be DJ Alex Sensation, Cornetto, DJ Pope, Agudelo888 and Matt Paris and La Gabi, the first two artists Balvin signed to his own label.

The Neón Experience will take place in Las Vegas during Mexican Independence Weekend, September 16-19, which traditionally has been a huge weekend for Latin music in Vegas, typically featuring big stars playing arena shows.

Balvin’s event, coming in the wake of the pandemic, is something else entirely. Capped at just 3,000 tickets, the three days and nights of events are being curated by Balvin and will include a headlining concert with him.

Different “experiences” will take place in various locales in the new Resorts World Las Vegas, including its entertainment venues Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub.

The centerpiece of the event is a 90-minute concert headlined by Balvin where, for the first time, he’ll sing the songs from his Colores album live.

“It’s the first event we’ve announced since the pandemic,” says manager Fabio Acosta, noting Balvin’s last concert was more than a year ago. “He will curate the entire weekend, down to the artists and themes. It’s the first time we do an event like this.”

Neón is presented by Pollen Presents, an event production company that develops and produces unique “experiences” in different locations around the world.

They include two upcoming Latin music experiences: Nicky Jam Jamworld, taking place May 13-16 in Miami, and Ozuna Cancún fest, taking place May 20-24 in Cancún.

Jhay Cortez Releases New Single “Christian Dior”

Jhay Cortez is livin’ the luxe life…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has released his latest single “Christian Dior.”

Jhay Cortez

While the new track stars off slower than expected,

“Christian Dior” quickly shifts gears into a hard-knocking reggaeton/trap song that finds Cortez singing about a luxurious lifestyle.

The Tainy-produced track, which interpolates Hector El Father’s 2005 reggaeton anthem “Tu Quieres Duro,” was penned by Cortez and follows his “Kobe En LA,” an experimental uptempo reggaetón track.

“Christian Dior” is the second single from his forthcoming album Timelezz.

Cortez’s new release coincides with the news that he’ll perform global hit “Dákiti” with Bad Bunny at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Bad Bunny Tallies Record-Extending 50th Week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Songwriters Chart

Make that 50 weeks for Bad Bunny

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer/rapper has tallied his record-extending 50th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Songwriters chart dated January 16, with a whopping 15 songwriting credits on the latest Hot Latin Songs chart.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny is the second artist to spend at least 50 weeks atop one of Billboard’s songwriter charts, which began in June 2019. Kirk Franklin has led Gospel Songwriters for 73 weeks and counting.

Dakiti,” with Jhay Cortez, paces Bad Bunny’s haul as it spends its 10th week at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs. Here’s a recap of all 15 of Bad Bunny’s credits as both an artist and writer on the latest list:

Rank, Artist Billing, Title
No. 1, Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dakiti”
No. 4, Bad Bunny & Rosalia, “La Noche de Anoche”
No. 9, Bad Bunny, “Te Mudaste”
No. 12, J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy, “Un Dia (One Day)”
No. 13, Bad Bunny, “Booker T”
No. 20, Bad Bunny, “Hoy Cobre”
No. 21, Bad Bunny, “Haciendo Que Me Amas”
No. 28, Bad Bunny, “Yo Visto Asi”
No. 32, Bad Bunny, “Te Deseo Lo Mejor”
No. 36, Bad Bunny, “Maldita Pobreza”
No. 38, Bad Bunny, “La Droga”
No. 42, Bad Bunny, “Antes Que Se Acabe”
No. 44, Bad Bunny & ABRA, “Sorry Papi”
No. 45, Bad Bunny, “El Mundo Es Mio”
No. 47, Bad Bunny, “120”

Bad Bunny’s frequent production collaborator Tainy concurrently collects his record-extending 62nd week at No. 1 on the Latin Producers chart, with six production credits on Hot Latin Songs.

Here’s a rundown:

Rank, Artist Billing, Title
No. 1, Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dakiti”
No. 6, Manuel Turizo, Myke Towers & Rauw Alejandro, “La Nota”
No. 8, Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers, “Caramelo”
No. 12, J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy, “Un Dia (One Day)”
No. 44, Bad Bunny & ABRA, “Sorry Papi”
No. 47, Bad Bunny, “120”

The weekly Latin Songwriters and Latin Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Latin Songs chart; as with Billboard‘s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Earns Fourth Week at No. 1 on Billboard Global 200

Mariah Carey is still celebrating some Christmas magic…

The 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” remains the biggest song in the world, as it spends a fourth frame at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Global 200.

Mariah Carey

The chart’s streaming and sales tracking period encompassed December 25-31, and even with six days of measurement after Christmas, Carey’s 1994 holiday hit rules the Billboard Global 200 despite a 55% drop to 58.3 million streams and a 60% slide to 11,000 sold worldwide in the tracking week. The song was first released on her 1994 album Merry Christmas.

Carey unwraps yet another present, as “Christmas” now solely boasts the most weeks at No. 1 in the Global 200‘s brief history. It passes three songs that have each led for three weeks, including Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez‘s “Dákiti,” which rebounds 10-2, and BTS‘ “Dynamite” (12-3). (The chart’s other three-week No. 1 to-date: Cardi B‘s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion.)

Rounding out the Global 200’s top five, The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights” rebounds from No. 17 to No. 4, returning to its best rank, and 24kGoldn‘s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior, jumps 15-5, after reaching No. 2.

Plus, Karol G earns her first Global 200 top 10, as “Bichota” climbs 21-9, with 63.6 million streams (down 8%) and 1,000 sold (up 6%) worldwide.

Bad Bunny to Star Opposite Brad Pitt in the Action Film “Bullet Train”

Bad Bunny is speeding into Hollywood like a bullet

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer will star opposite Brad Pitt in action film Bullet Train.

Bad Bunny

The Latin Grammy winner and platinum-selling recording artist joins a cast that includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, Masi Oka and Andrew Koji.

David Leitch will direct and also supervise the script, which will be written by Zak Olkewicz.

The film is based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by bestselling author Kotaro Isaka.

Plot details are vague, and it is unknown who Sanada will be playing.

Bad Bunny’s most recent album, El Ultimo Tour del Mundo debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first all-Spanish album to reach this position. This year, he was proclaimed the No. 1 artist globally on Spotify and the No. 1 Latin artist of 2020 by Billboard for second consecutive year.

Most recently, he released his single Dakiti with Jhay Cortez, which made history as the first Latin song to simultaneously reach #1 on the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. as well as on Spotify’s Top 200 and Apple Music’s Top 100: Global.

He’s set to make his acting debut in the Kevin Hart produced drama American Solestarring Pete Davidson, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Camila Mendes and Offset.

Rauw Alejandro Signs Exclusive Co-Publishing Deal with Warner Chappell Music

Rauw Alejandro has landed a new publishing deal…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and composer has signed an exclusive co-publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.

Rauw Alejandro

The worldwide deal covers Rauw’s releases going forward.

“He’s a creative and fearless writer who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and experiment with his sound,” said Gustavo Menendez, Warner Chappell Music, Latin America president, in a press statement. “Since breaking onto the scene he’s consistently released hit after hit, and has made a name for himself in the growing Latin urban space.”

Rauw, who was nominated for best new artist at the 2020 Latin Grammys, is currently making the rounds with his debut studio album Afrodisiaco, which opened at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart (dated November 28) and arriving at No. 75 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Additionally, “Tattoo,” with Camilo, “De Cora <3,” with J Balvin, and “Reloj” with Anuel AA, all entered the Hot Latin Songs chart this year.

“The team has done a great job connecting me with other producers for some of my favorite collaborations so far, and it’s a pleasure to now have them represent my music,” Rauw said, expressing he feels honored to form part of the Warner Chappell family.

Menendez added: “It’s been a joy to see Rauw’s work get the recognition it deserves, and all of us at Warner Chappell are thrilled to be working alongside him for what is sure to be a long career ahead.”

Rauw joins the publisher roster that includes Latin urban’s major rising acts including Jhay Cortez, Lunay, Duki, Omy de Oro, Nio Garcia, Lalo Ebratt, and Ecko, to name a few.

Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti, Featuring Jhay Cortez, Holds at No. 1 on Billboard Global Excl. U.S. Chart

It’s a tie for Bad Bunny

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer’s “Dákiti,” featuring Jhay Cortez holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart.

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

“Dákiti” remains atop the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, with 78.4 million streams (down 20%), and 1,000 downloads sold (down 20%), in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending December 10.

The song leads the list for a fifth total week, tying BTS‘ “Dynamite” for the most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s brief history.

The chart (dated December 19) premiered in September and ranks songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

On the Billboard Global 200, Bad Bunny and Cortez’s “Dákiti” drops to No. 2, behind Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” after three total weeks at No. 1, with 97.1 million streams (down 20%), the week’s top worldwide sum.

Bad Bunny’s “Dakiti” with Jhay Cortez Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. Charts

Bad Bunny is bringing Dakiti back…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap & reggaeton singer’s hit single “Dakiti,” featuring Jhay Cortez, has returned to No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Bad Bunny

“Dakiti” rebounds from No. 2 to No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 with 121.4 million streams, up 13%, and 3,000 downloads sold, down 8%, globally in the week ending December 3. The streaming sum is the third-best in a week since the chart began, trailing only the weekly highs for BTS‘ “Life Goes On” a week earlier (152.5 million, December 5) and BLACKPINK‘s “Lovesick Girls” (123.8 million, October 17).

“Dakiti” adds a third total week atop the Global 200, tying for the most time on top so far. BTS’ “Dynamite” and Cardi B‘s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, previously each led for three weeks.

Likewise the single leads the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, with 98.2 million streams, up 13%, and 1,000 downloads sold, up 2%, in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending December 3. The song leads the list for a fourth total week, second only to the five-week reign of BTS‘ “Dynamite,” which keeps at No. 2.

The two charts (the latest of which are dated December 12) premiered in September and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

Bad Bunny’s album El Ultimo Tour del Mundo, which was released November 27 and includes “Dakiti,” soars in at No. 1 on the U.S.-based Billboard 200 chart with 116,000 equivalent album units, marking the first No. 1 album in the chart’s 64-year history sung entirely in Spanish. Also in the Global 200’s top 10, the set’s “La Noche de Anoche,” by Bad Bunny and Rosalía, debuts at No. 7 with 56.9 million streams and 2,000 sold globally.

Bad Bunny Makes History on the Billboard 200 as “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” Debuts at No. 1

Bad Bunny’s Ultimo Tour del Mundo is his first Billboard 200 chart-topper…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer has earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, while making history in the process.

Bad Bunny

His new studio effort El Ultimo Tour del Mundo debuts atop the list, marking the first all-Spanish-language album to reach No. 1 in the 64-year history of the all-genre chart.

The album starts with 116,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending December 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The previous highest-charting all-Spanish-language album came earlier this year, when Bad Bunny’s own YHLQMDLG debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated March 14 (179,000 units earned in its first week).

Of El Ultimo Tour del Mundo’s 116,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending December 3, SEA units comprise 103,000 (equating to 145.94 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 12,000 and TEA units comprise 1,000.

Only four all-Spanish-language albums have ever reached the top five on the Billboard 200: Bad Bunny’s El Ultimo Tour del Mundo (No. 1), YHLQMDLG (No. 2), Mana’s Amar es Combatir (No. 4; Sept. 9, 2006) and Shakira’s Fijación Oral: Vol. 1 (No. 4; June 25, 2005).

Before El Ultimo Tour del Mundo became the first all-Spanish-language album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200, there were only two mostly Spanish-sung albums reigned: Il Divo’s Ancora (February 11, 2006) and Selena’s Dreaming of You (August 5, 1995). Of Ancora’s 10 songs, seven were performed in Spanish. Dreaming of You’s 13-track album includes six tracks in Spanish, five in English and two duets that blend English and Spanish.

All told, Bad Bunny has now achieved five charting albums on the Billboard 200, with his last four all reaching the top 10. His first charting set, X 100PRE, peaked at No. 11 on the January 12, 2019-dated chart, and he followed it with Oasis (with J Balvin, No. 9; July 13, 2019), YHLQMDLG (No. 2; March 14, 2020), Las Que No Iban a Salir (No. 7; May 23, 2020) and now El Ultimo Tour del Mundo.

El Ultimo Tour del Mundo was led by the track “Dákiti,” a co-billed song with Jhay Cortez. It marked Bad Bunny’s third top 10 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and his seventh No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. The song also reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

Ryan Garcia Among the Latinx Sports & Entertainment Stars Appearing in Bad Bunny’s “Yo Visto Así” Music Video

Ryan Garcia is taking a break from training for his next bout to offer an assist to one of Latin music’s biggest stars…

The 22-year-old Mexican American professional boxer, who will fight Luke Campbell in January, makes an appearance in the official music video for Bad Bunny’s “Yo Visto Así.”

Ryan Garcia

In addition to Garcia, the Stillz-directed clip also features cameo appearances by Cleveland Indians’ shortstop Francisco Lindor, Sofia Vergara, Ricky Martin, Karol G and Sech, among others.

“So glad it came out so good and got to support my Latino brother,” tweeted Garcia about the video, which has already amassed more than 16 million views on YouTube since its release.


YoVisto Así” is the lead single from Bad Bunny’s surprise third album of the year ‘El Último Tour del Mundo, which was released on Friday. The 16-track collection features collaborations with Rosalía, Jhay Cortez and Abra.