The 41-year-old Puerto Rican former professional basketball player and reggaeton singer has released his new single “Morena,” as well as the song’s music video.
Reeling in reggaeton star Nicky Jam and urban newcomer Jeon, Arroyo offers up a hard-hitting reggaeton and dembow track married with Middle Eastern-infused dance beats.
Produced by Saga WhiteBlack, “Morena” is about a man who’s trying to conquer the girl he likes at the club. The song’s melodies and catchy hooks easily remind fans of old-school reggaeton singles like Don Omar’s “Dale Don.”
The edgy music video, helmed by director Gus, features all three artists in a parking garage loaded with dancers, cars, neon lights and fire.
Arroyo previously played in the NBA for teams like the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. He kicked off his music career in 2009, collaborating with artists like Yomo and Ivy Queen. He’s currently the general manager of the Puerto Rico national team.
Balancing his love for basketball and music, Arroyo returned to the scene in 2020 after a nine-year hiatus and has since collaborated with Farruko, Rauw Alejandro, Luis Fonsi, and Jowell & Randy.
Edén Muñoz and Manuel Turizo are sharing a special honor…
The 30-year-old Mexican singer, the charismatic lead singer of regional Mexican group Calibre 50, and the 21-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter have both been recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the annual SESAC Latin Music Awards 2021.
It’s the first time in awards history that the top award was presented in two categories — Regional Mexican and Pop/Latin Rhythm — and it underscores how both urban and regional Mexican music have taken a front seat in Latin music in the past year.
Muñoz won songwriter of the year in the regional Mexican category for the second time for songs penned both for Calibre 50 (“Barquillero,” “Solo Tú”) and for other groups, including Banda MS (“Cerrando Ciclos”) and Banda Carnaval (“Esta Vez Soy Yo”). All were recognized with SESAC Latina Performance Awards.
Muñoz’s publisher, Dulce María Music, won publisher of the year, Regional Mexican.
Turizo, who often writes with brother Julián and is known for his deep, velvety voice, won songwriter of the year, Pop/Latin Rhythm for the first time with his songs “TBT,” “Quiéreme Mientras Se Pueda,” “Te Quemaste,” “Pegao,” “La Nota” and “No Encuentro Palabras,” which were all recognized with SESAC Latina Performance Awards.
His publisher, Sony Sounds (Sony Music Publishing) won publisher of the year for the sixth consecutive year.
The song of the year award in regional Mexican went to Christian Nodal for “Se Me Olvidó.” The track peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart and spent 23 weeks on the chart.
In the Pop / Latin Rhythm category, song of the year went to Ñengo Flow for “Safaera,” the hit he wrote and performed with Jowell & Randy and Bad Bunny for Bunny’s hit album YHLQMDLG.
The track peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.
Although these year’s winners will be announced on SESAC’s social media channels and website due to the pandemic, the organization has honored the best in Latin music every year for nearly three decades.
“There is no doubt that music makes our world a better place to enjoy life, helping us overcome any difficult situation like the one we are facing now,” said Celeste Zendejas, vice president of SESAC Latina. “Thanks to all our songwriters for capturing all their experiences and feelings in each song.”
“It has been an exciting year in Latin music, and we are proud to celebrate and honor SESAC Latina’s songwriters’ and publishers’ most performed songs,” said Sam Kling, senior vice president of creative operations, SESAC Rights Management in an official statement. “Their songs have blended genres, transcended eras, and made their way to non-Spanish speaking audiences in unprecedented ways.”
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.
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.
The Puerto Rican reggaeton duo, composed of Joel Muñoz and Randy Ortiz, is back on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart as Viva El Perreo, their fifth studio album, debuts at No. 5 on the August 22-dated survey.
It marks Jowell & Randy’s return to the Top 10 on the chart since 2013 when Sobredosis debuted and peaked at No. 10.
“Somehow we feel that our effort is recognized,” Jowell tells Billboard. “It is definitely a great achievement for us at this stage of our career. It’s what we aspire to as artists every time we release new music. We are proud.”
Viva El Perreo starts at No. 5 with 7,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending August 13, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, most of which stemmed from streaming activity.
The album’s songs logged 10 million U.S. on-demand streams in the tracking week, a career-high weekly total for the duo.
The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin 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).
Viva El Perreo was released August 8 via Rimas Entertainment and produced by DJ Orma, SubeloNeo, DJ Blass and Bad Bunny.
“The production of this album was somewhat atypical due to the pandemic,” Randy adds. “Most of the ideas were handled by Bad Bunny and we managed to exchange and approve our ideas from home using technology. The process of recording our voices took place under strict security measures, quartering us for several weeks in a studio. Once the voices were recorded, they were distributed via the internet to the producers who each took charge from their respective studios to finalize the mixes and give the last details to this musical project.”
Viva El Perreo is a follow up to La Alcaldía del Perreo: The Album, Jowell & Randy’s last entry on Top Latin Albums in 2016, which debuted and peaked at No. 23.
The new 14-track effort features collaborations with Don Omar, J Balvin, Miky Woodz, De La Ghetto, Barbie Rican and Kiko El Crazy.
“We enjoyed working with Don Omar the most,” Jowell continues. “It was a personal and professional goal that we had as a group,” “We have been fans of his music since his origins and we learned a lot from him while we shared in the recording studio.”
Viva El Perreo was preceded by one song on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data: “Anaranjado,” with J Balvin, peaked at No. 31 on the current chart.
“We have developed a chemistry with J Balvin that we don’t have with anyone else in the genre,” Randy adds. “Our friendship for years and the trust we have in each other allowed us to work freely and feel comfortable when composing together.”
Viva El Perreo concurrently debuts at No. 5 on Latin Rhythm Albums, the duo’s fifth consecutive top 10 there.
Puerto Rico’s First Lady, Beatriz Rosselló, announced the resumption of “Unidos Por Puerto Rico” concert and telethon event, with the 49-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer among the featured artists.
The charitable initiative was originally organized in early September to help those affected by Hurricane Irma and now joins the effort to raise funds for damages caused by Hurricane Maria.
In addition to Anthony, the concert-telethon will feature Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Ednita Nazario, Olga Tañón, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Zion & Lennox, Carlos Vives, Maluma, La Secta, Tito el Bambino, Vico C, Nicky Jam, Jowell & Randy, Pirulo y La Tribe, Víctor Manuel, Wisin, Ozuna and Yandel, among others.
The artists will also unite for a song and video titled “Isla Bendita“, which will honor the event.
“United for Puerto Rico” will air on October 22 directly from Puerto Rico through more than 20 Spanish Broadcasting System radio stations and on television through Telemundo, Univision and Mega TV in the U.S.
“Puerto Rico needs us now more than ever after suffering the scourge of two consecutive hurricanes,” said the Rosselló in a statement.
To make a donation for the victims of Irma and Maria visit www.unidosporpuertorico.com for more information.
Jowell & Randy have joined forces once again with a Latin superstar for a Bonita-fied hit…
The Puerto Rican duo and Colombian superstar J Balvin are going old-school reggaetón with their new track “Bonita.”
The upbeat reggeatón tune and emoji-filled music video was released on Friday (June 2).
The team-up marks the second collaboration between the J Balvin and Jowell & Randy, who have previously collaborated with other reggaetoneros including Tego Calderón, Farruko and Yandel.
“Bonita” will be featured in the duo’s forthcoming album Viva La Musik.
This new collaboration follows J Balvin’s latest string of releases including the Fate of the Furioustrack “Hey Ma“ with Pitbull ft. Camila Cabello and the Bad Bunny-assisted song “Si tu novio te deja sola.”
Manny Manuel is helping shine a chart-topping spotlight on Puerto Rico…
De Puerto Rico Para El Mundo, a compilation album by various Puerto Rican stars, including the 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer, leads Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.
The set, which includes Pedro Capo and Ismael Miranda, soars 39-1 in its third charting week, due to sales triggered by its accompanying annual television special put on by Banco Popular, which aired on December 4 on Telemundo.
Sales following the broadcast grew more than 1,000 percent, to 2,000 copies sold in the week ending December 8.
The album features a mixture of party-ready tunes, holiday selections and patriotic songs that are popular at traditional Puerto Rican Christmas celebrations. They include remakes of Tito Nieves‘ “I Like It Like That” (performed by La Tribu de Abrante featuring Jeimy Osorio) and Vico C‘s “Bomba Para Afincar” (performed by Jowell & Randy), along with the ever-popular “Feliz Navidad” (performed by Manny Manuel featuring Mozart la Para).
Original “Feliz Navidad” singer Jose Feliciano is also featured on the star-studded festive collection. He lends his talents on the patriotic “En Mi Lindo San Juan.”