Anahí Returning to Music with “Déjame Vivir,” New Collaboration with the Late Juan Gabriel

Anahí is preparing for her return to the music world…

The 39-year-old Mexican actress and singer will make her official comeback to music with “Déjame Vivir,” a new collaboration alongside Juan Gabriel. 

AnahiThe single—released posthumously, six years after Juanga’s passing—is a new version of his Rocío Dúrcal-assisted single that launched in 1984. Almost 40 years later, Anahi gives it a modern EDM twist.

“Who’s excited to listen to it?” the singer asked her fans on Instagram, sharing a 15-second preview of the video that features both stars.

“Déjame Vivir,” which marks Anahí’s first official release since “Latidos” in 2020, follows El Divo de Juarez’s “Mía Un Año” released last month in collaboration with Eslabon Armado.

The collaborative track with Juanga comes after his duets with Marc Anthony, J Balvin, and other major artists who formed part of his Los Dúo 2 album released in 2015, which ruled the No. 1 spot on the Top Latin Albums chart for 20 weeks in 2016.

Although it’s Anahí’s first single in two years, she has kept herself busy with music endeavors — in June, the former Rebelde star joined Karol G on stage for an epic rendition of RBD’s 2004 hit “Salvame.”

The performance that took place during the Bichota Reloaded tour in Mexico City became the first time Anahí performed live in 11 years. The singer’s last concert prior to that was in 2011 with her Go Any Go Tour.

Anahí has also been spotted spending time with her former RBD bandmates Maite Perroni, Christian Chávez and Christopher Von Uckermann — first in December 2020 when they hosted a virtual reunion called “Ser o Parecer,” and most recently for Perroni’s wedding to longtime boyfriend Andrés Tovar.

“Déjame Vivir,” which drops at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 27, will form part of the upcoming Los Dúo 3 set.

Georgel & Esteman Release Updated Version of Juan Gabriel’s Classic “El Noa Noa”

Georgel and Esteman are breathing new life into an El Divo de Juarez classic…

The Mexican singer-songwriter and 35-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter have joined voices to pay tribute to the late Juan Gabriel’s legacy with the release of “El Noa Noa.” 

Georgel, Esteman

Just in time for El Divo de Juarez’s third-year death anniversary on August 28, Georgel and Esteman not only revamp a timeless ‘80s hit, but also mark the first time two openly gay Latin artists are collaborating together. 

“There was immediate chemistry, artistically speaking,” Esteman tells Billboard of when he met Georgel thanks to the producer (and friend in common) Juan Pablo Vega. “He told me he wanted to do the song with me, and I thought it was a great idea to bring this classic song to our generation.”  

As someone who admires Juan Gabriel, Georgel didn’t hesitate to do a new electro-cumbia version of “El Noa Noa.” “In my opinion, it’s the most fun, it’s the most uptempo, it’s the one that our Mexican and Latin culture remembers as a party song,” he says, adding that it’s a very personal tribute for him in different aspects.

“I wanted to celebrateJuangawith ‘Noa Noa,’ but at the same time, it sends a message of equality and liberty. With this song, we want to send the message that there’s a place for everyone in this world,” he adds. 

The retro-futuristic music video, produced by Autumn Leave Filmsin Ciudad de Juarez, does just that. 

“It looks like we’re on another planet but basically, it’s to show that when you go to ‘el noa noa,’ everyone is different,” Esteman says of the clip. “The best part is the message it sends of accepting each other in this diverse world, where everyone is welcomed and where we have freedom of speech.”

New Video Released for Gabriel’s 1982 Classic “Si quieres”

Juan Gabriel’s classic is getting an update…

Just weeks after the Mexican singer-songwriter’s unexpected death on August 28, a new video for JuanGa’s 1982 classic “Si quieres” was released over the weekend.

Juan Gabriel

The clip combines images of an orchestra being conducted by Eduardo Magallanes and the Divo de Juárez recording the song in a studio, which he recorded days before he died at the age of 66.

At the end of the video, the ballad becomes a festive tune with all 35 musicians up and dancing.

“Si quieres” forms part of Gabriel’s final album Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart for two-consecutive weeks before his death.

Gabriel’s Death Causes Spike in Sales & Streams of His Catalog

Juan Gabriel’s death continues to impact the music charts…

The Mexican singer’s death on August 28 has caused a spike in sales and streams of the his repertoire.

Juan Gabriel

JuanGa’s U.S. album sales jumped to 37,000 in the week ending September 1, up 846 percent from the previous week.

Five of his albums dot Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart (dated September 17), with four in the tally’s top 10. His Los Duo 2 ranks the highest, hopping 5-2 (up 1,412 percent to 9,000 copies). The last album he released in his lifetime (on Aug. 5), Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallenes, slides 1-3 (despite a 192 percent jump in sales, to 5,000 copies) after crowning the September 3 and September 10-dated charts.

Gabriel becomes only the third act to have five simultaneous top 10s. He joins two other acts who achieved the distinction in death: Selena (who died in 1995) and Joan Sebastian (2015) each had five albums in the top 10 in the weeks following their deaths.

Gabriel, who began his career in the early 1970s, has placed a total of 32 albums on the chart (since it began in 1993).

He concurrently holds the top nine spots on the Latin Catalog Albums chart (led by his former Top Latin Albums No. 1, Mis Numero 1 … 40 Aniversario, 9,000 copies — up 1,370 percent). At No. 2, his 2014 set Los Duo, which finished as the top Latin album of the year on Billboard’s 2015 year-end charts.

Latin Catalog Albums Chart Rank (dated Sept. 17):
Rank, Title
No. 1, Mis Numero 1…40 Aniversario
No. 2, Los Duo
No. 3, Mis 40 En Bellas Artes (Parte 1)
No. 4, Mis 40 En Bellas Artes
No. 5, Los Gabriel…Cantan A Mexico (with Ana Gabriel)
No. 6, La Historia Del Divo
No. 7, Frente a Frente (with Ana Gabriel)
No. 8, Mis 40 En Bellas Artes (Parte 2)
No. 9, Los Gabriel…Para Ti (with Ana Gabriel)

On the Hot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming, 10 Gabriel tracks make the list. Only Sebastian has placed more songs on the chart at the same time, when he held 11 spots after his death (Aug. 1, 2015 chart).

Gabriel’s classic 1984 track “Querida” leads the entries at No. 4. It’s his highest charting song since 2001’s “Abrazame Muy Fuerte” reached No. 1. The Hot Latin Songs chart launched 30 years ago, and Gabriel’s “Yo No Se Que Me Paso” was the first No. 1 on the inaugural chart (Oct. 4, 1986). The posthumous entries give Gabriel a total of 36 career-charting songs on the list, with 20 having reached the top 10 (and seven No. 1s).

All of Gabriel’s tracks that debut or re-enter on Hot Latin Songs are powered primarily by streams. “Querida” leads with 2.4 million domestic plays during the week, while “Asi Fue” and “Hasta Que Te Conoci” follow with nearly 2 million streams each. Gabriel’s total on-demand audio and video streams increase 1,099 percent, to 52.9 million weekly U.S. plays.

Increased digital sales spur 21 Gabriel songs onto the 50-position Latin Digital Songs chart, the second-most simultaneous songs on the chart after Jenni Rivera placed 24 charting titles following her death in 2012.

“Querida” fronts the debuts, arriving at No. 4 (4,000 downloads). Overall digital song sales for Gabriel increased 3,045 percent, to 54,000 downloads, in the most recent week.

Spotify Reports a 257% Increase in Streams of Gabriel’s Songs

He may have left this world suddenly… But Juan Gabriel’s music lives on.

It appears the world is honoring and remembering the late Mexican singer and music icon by listening to his timeless songs.

Juan Gabriel

Within less than 24 hours of Gabriel’s unexpected passing on Sunday (August 28), Spotify reported a 257% increase in streams of JuanGa‘s tracks.

In his native Mexico, he currently has 19 songs on the Top 50, including “Abrazame muy fuerte,” which peaks at No. 1 on the Spotify Mexico chart and “Hasta que te conocí,” which lands on No. 4. On Spotify’s Top 200 Global, the singer and songwriter has three songs: “Abrazame muy fuerte,” “Hasta que te conocí” and “Querida.”

Spotify also honored the Mexican crooner with their own playlist titled “Hasta siempre, Juan Gabriel,” now with more than 50,000 followers, that includes songs like “No tengo dinero,” “Siempre en mi mente,” “La muerte del palomo,” “El noa noa,” “Amor eterno,” plus 50 other songs.