Christina Aguilera to Host Intimate ‘Premiere Party’ at Billboard Latin Music Week

Christina Aguilera is throwing a premiere party

The 41-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer will take part in this year’s Billboard Latin Music Week, taking place September 26-October 1 at the Faena Forum in Miami.

Christina AguileraDuring the conference, Xtina will be hosting the “Premiere Party with Christina Aguilera,” where she’ll be debut never-before-heard music and answer fan questions in an intimate setting.

But Aguilera isn’t the only new addition to the lineup…

Justin Quiles will take part in an engaging panel about connecting people with music through technology, while Wisin y Yandel will join Nicky Jam for a compelling conversation during The Nicky Jam Rockstar Show Live from Billboard Latin Music Week.

The artists join a star-studded lineup that already includes: Bizarrap, Blessd, Camilo, Chayanne, Cris Chil, Dannylux, Dimelo Flow, Eladio Carrion, Elena Rose, Foreign Teck, Grupo Firme, The Children of Jenni Rivera, Kuinvi, Kunno, Lili Zetina, Luis R Conriquez, Eslabón Armado, Ivy Queen, Maluma, Mariah Angeliq, Ovy On The Drums, Subelo Neo, Tini, Tokischa, Ugly Primo and The King of Bachata Romeo Santos.

More participants will be announced in the weeks leading up to the 2022 Latin Music Week.

Registration is now open here.

J Balvin & Karol G Lead Pack of Premios Juventud Nominees with 11 Nods Each

J Balvin and Karol G are the leaders of the pack…

The 2022 Premios Juventud nominations have been revealed, with the 37-year-old Colombian singer and rapper and the 31-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter each earning 11 nods.

J Balvin, Karol GJ Bavin and Karol G are followed by nine-time nominee Rauw Alejandro and Farruko with eight.

Balvin, Karol, Farruko and Rauw Alejandro are up for the coveted album of the year prize, alongside Sebastian Yatra, Justin Quiles, Daddy Yankee, Camilo, Rosalia and Natti Natasha.

Other top nominees include Angela Aguilar, Camilo and Grupo Firme with seven nominations each, followed by Anitta, Christian Nodal, El Alfa, Maluma and Rosalia with six nominations each.

Celebrating the trendiest artists in Latin entertainment, 31 awards will be handed out to music stars, actors and fashionistas.

This year, 10 new categories have been added: female artist – on the rise, male artist – on the rise, my favorite actor, my favorite actress, best onscreen couple, my favorite streaming artist, best couple song, tropical hit, the best beatmakers, and best fandom.

Fans have until June 27 to vote at PremiosJuventud.com.

In addition to the nominees, Univision unveiled bachata crooner Prince Royce, Grupo Firme’s Eduin Caz, Mexican pop star Danna Paola, and Dominican TV personality Clarissa Molina as the ceremony’s co-hosts.

The 2022 Premios Juventud will air live at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, July 21, from the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, via Univision.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

The New Generation – Female
Bad Gyal
Corina Smith
Evaluna Montaner
Ingratax
Kim Loaiza
La Gabi
Las Villa
Lola Indigo
Ptazeta
Tokischa

The New Generation – Male
Alejo
Blessd
Boza
Duki
Lit Killah
Luis Vazquez
Ovi
Robi
Ryan Castro
Tiago Pzk

The New Generation – Regional Mexican
Dannylux
Gera Mx
Ivan Cornejo
Los Del Limit
Luis R Conriquez
Lupita Infante
Majo Aguilar
Ramon Vega
Santa Fe Klan
Yahritza Y Su Esencia

Male Artist – On the Rise
Eladio Carrión
El Alfa
Feid
Jay Wheeler
Jhayco
Justin Quiles
Lenny Tavárez
Mora
Paulo Londra
Sech

Female Artist – On the Rise
Ángela Aguilar
Cazzu
Emilia
Farina
Kali Uchis
Maria Becerra
Mariah Angeliq
Nathy Peluso
Nicki Nicole
Tini

My Favorite Streaming Artist
Anitta
Bad Bunny
Camilo
Christian Nodal
Daddy Yankee
Farruko
Grupo Firme
J Balvin
Karol G
Rauw Alejandro

Best Song by a Couple
“Att: Amor” – Greeicy & Mike Bahía
“Dangerous” – Nicki Nicole, Trueno & Bizarrap
“Esto Recién Empieza” – Duki & Emilia
“Índigo” – Camilo & Evaluna Montaner
“Si Tu Me Busca” – Anuel Aa & Yailin La Mas Viral

Best Regional Mexican Song
“Ahí Donde Me Ven” – Ángela Aguilar
“A La Antigüita” – Calibre 50
“La Casita” – Banda Ms De Sergio Lizárraga
“¿Qué Tienen Tus Palabras?” – Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
“Sin Miedo Al Éxito” – Banda Los Sebastianes
“Soy Buen Amigo “- El Fantasma
“Soy El Único” – Yahritza Y Su Esencia
“Ya No Somos Ni Seremos” – Christian Nodal
“Ya Solo Eres Mi Ex” – La Adictiva Banda San José De Mesillas
“Ya Supérame (En Vivo)” – Grupo Firme

Best Regional Mexican Collaboration
“2 Veces” – Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho & Christian Nodal
“Amores Van Y Vienen” – La Nueva Estrategia & La Maquinaria Norteña
“El Columpio” – Banda Los Sebastianes & Los Rieleros Del Norte
“El Triste Alegre (En Vivo)” – Banda Carnaval & Calibre 50
“En Tu Perra Vida” – Grupo Firme & Lenin Ramírez
“La Sinvergüenza” – Christian Nodal & Banda Ms De Sergio Lizárraga
“Mariachi Tumbado” – Danny Felix Feat. Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlán
“Mariposa Traicionera” – Maná & Alejandro Fernández
“Señorita Cantinera” – Los Rieleros Del Norte Feat. Polo Urias Y Su Maquina Norteña
“Te Encontré” – Ulices Chaidez & Eslabon Armado

Best Regional Mexican Fusion
“Cada Quien” – Grupo Firme & Maluma
“Como Lo Hice Yo” – Matisse & Carin Leon
“Ella Qué Te Dio” – Ángela Aguilar & Jesse Y Joy
“Está Dañada Remix” – Ivan Cornejo & Jhayco
“Fino Licor” – Gerardo Ortiz Feat. Piso 21
“Las Locuras Mías” – Omar Chaparro Feat. Joey Montana
“Monterrey” – Guaynaa & Pain Digital
“Otra Noche” – Los Ángeles Azules & Nicki Nicole
“Qué Bueno Es Tenerte” – Natalia Jiménez & Banda Ms De Sergio Lizárraga
“Te Lloré Un Río” – Maná & Christian Nodal

The Perfect Mix
“Canción Bonita” – Carlos Vives & Ricky Martin
“El Incomprendido” – Farruko, Victor Cardenas & Dj Adoni
“Emojis De Corazones” – Wisin, Jhayco & Ozuna Feat. Los Legendarios
“Fan De Tus Fotos” – Nicky Jam & Romeo Santos
“Mojando Asientos” – Maluma Feat. Feid
“Pareja Del Año” – Sebastián Yatra & Myke Towers
“Se Menea” – Don Omar & Nio García
“Una Nota” – J Balvin & Sech
“Volví” – Aventura & Bad Bunny
“Wow Bb” – Natti Natasha, El Alfa & Chimbala

Best Tropical Hit 
“Agüita E Coco” – Kany García
“Cartas Sobre La Mesa” – Gilberto Santa Rosa
“Cumbiana” – Carlos Vives
“Hasta El Sol De Hoy (Versión Salsa)” – Luis Figueroa
“Lao’ A Lao’” – Prince Royce
“No Hay” – El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico
“Pa’lla Voy” – Marc Anthony
“Pa’ Que Me Perdones” – Héctor Acosta “El Torito”
“Sus Huellas” – Romeo Santos
“Tu Fan” – Luis Vazquez

Best Tropical Mix
“Besos En Cualquier Horario” – Carlos Vives, Mau Y Ricky & Lucy Vives
“Dame Una Noche” – Manny Cruz & Daniel Santacruz
“Dios Así Lo Quiso” – Ricardo Montaner & Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
“Háblame De Miami” – Gente De Zona & Maffio
“La Bendición” – Farruko & Lenier
“Lluvia Y Samba” – Elvis Crespo, Gilberto Santa Rosa & Alex Bueno
“Pa’mi” – Peter Nieto & Ivy Queen
“Señor Juez” – Ozuna & Anthony Santos
“Te Espero” – Prince Royce & Maria Becerra
“Tú No Bailas Mas Que Yo” – Jerry Rivera Feat. Don Omar

Collaboration Omg 
“Don’t Be Shy” – Tiësto & Karol G
“Kesi – Remix” – Camilo & Shawn Mendes
“La Fama” – Rosalía Feat. The Weeknd
“Mama Tetema “- Maluma Feat. Rayvanny
“Nostálgico” – Rvssian, Rauw Alejandro & Chris Brown
“Oh Na Na” – Camila Cabello, Myke Towers & Tainy
“Santo” – Christina Aguilera & Ozuna
“Sg” – Dj Snake, Ozuna, Megan Thee Stallion & Lisa Of Blackpink
“Sigue “- J Balvin & Ed Sheeran
“Tacones Rojos” – Sebastián Yatra & John Legend

Viral Track of the Year 
“Envolver Remix” – Anitta & Justin Quiles
“Índigo” – Camilo & Evaluna Montaner
“Mamiii” – Becky G & Karol G
“Medallo” – Blessd, Justin Quiles & Lenny Tavárez
“Pepas” – Farruko
“Poblado Remix” – J Balvin, Karol G & Nicky Jam Feat. Crissin, Totoy El Frio & Natan Y Shander
“Qué Más Pues?” – J Balvin & Maria Becerra
“Sobrio” – Maluma
“Todo De Ti” – Rauw Alejandro
“Yonaguni” – Bad Bunny

Artist of the Youth – Male
Bad Bunny
Camilo
Christian Nodal
El Alfa
Farruko
J Balvin
Maluma
Rauw Alejandro
Romeo Santos
Sebastián Yatra

Artist of the Youth – Female
Ángela Aguilar
Anitta
Becky G
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Maria Becerra
Natti Natasha
Nicki Nicole
Rosalía
Sofía Reyes

Favorite Group or Duo of the Year
Calibre 50
Cnco
Gente De Zona
Grupo Firme
Jesse & Joy
Los Ángeles Azules
Maná
Mau Y Ricky
Reik
Wisin Y Yandel

Album of the Year
Dharma – Sebastián Yatra
Jose – J Balvin
Kg0516 – Karol G
La 167 – Farruko
La Última Promesa – Justin Quiles
Legendaddy – Daddy Yankee
Mis Manos – Camilo
Motomami – Rosalía
Nattividad – Natti Natasha
Vice Versa – Rauw Alejandro

Regional Mexican Album of the Year
Alma Vacía – Ivan Cornejo
Del Barrio Hasta Aquí, Vol. 2 – Fuerza Regida
Esta Vida Es Muy Bonita – Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Inédito – Carin Leon
La Ley De La Vida – Luis Angel “El Flaco”
Mexicana Enamorada – Ángela Aguilar
Mi Herencia, Mi Sangre – Majo Aguilar
Mi Vida En Un Cigarro 2 – Junior H
Vamos Bien – Calibre 50
Ya Solo Eres Mi Ex – La Adictiva Banda San José De Mesillas

The Catchiest Song
“A La Antigüita” – Calibre 50
“Envolver” – Anitta
“In Da Getto” – J Balvin & Skrillex
“Lao’ A Lao’” – Prince Royce
“Pa’lla Voy” – Marc Anthony
“Pepas” – Farruko
“Provenza” – Karol G
“Sus Huellas” – Romeo Santos
“Todo De Ti” – Rauw Alejandro
“Ya Supérame (En Vivo)” – Grupo Firme

Best Girl Power Collab
“24/7” – Sofía Reyes & The Change
“Báilalo Mujer” – Flor De Rap & Denise Rosenthal
“Hasta Los Dientes” – Camila Cabello & Maria Becerra
“La Niña De La Escuela” – Lola Indigo, Tini & Belinda
“Linda” – Tokischa & Rosalía
“Mamiii” – Becky G & Karol G
“Pa Mis Muchachas” – Christina Aguilera, Becky G, Nicki Nicole Feat. Nathy Peluso
“Piketona” – Lele Pons & Kim Loaiza
“Roce” – Paopao, La Gabi, Villano Antillano, Aria Vega & Cami Da Baby
“Yummy Yummy Love” – Momoland & Natti Natasha

The Best”Beatmakers” 
Albert Hype
Bizarrap
Caleb Calloway
Edgar Barrera
Los Legendarios
Mr. Naisgai
Mvsis
Ovy On The Drums
Sky Rompiendo
Tainy

The Hottest Choreography
“Chicken Teriyaki” – Rosalía
“Disciplina” – Lali
“Envolver” – Anitta
“Todo De Ti” – Rauw Alejandro
“Wow Bb” – Natti Natasha, El Alfa & Chimbala

Video with Best Social Message
“Dpm (De P*Ta Madre)” – Kany García
“Gracias” – Pedro Capó
“My Lova” – Farruko
“Niño Soñador” – J Balvin
“This Is Not America” – Residente Feat. Ibeyi

Popular Artist or Influencer
Ángela Aguilar
Danna Paola
Domelipa
Eduin Caz
El Alfa
Karol G
Karol Sevilla
Kim Loaiza
Lele Pons
Luisito Comunica

Best Social Media Power Couple
Anuel Aa & Yailin La Mas Viral
Becky G & Sebastian Lletget
Emilia & Duki
Gabriel Soto & Irina Baeva
Juanpa Zurita & Macarena Achaga

Best Fandom
Ángela Aguilar – Angelitos
Camilo – La Tribu
Carlos Rivera – Riveristas
Cnco – Cncowners
Jay Wheeler – Rueditas
Tini – Tinistas

Best Social Dance Challenge 
“Bombón” – Daddy Yankee, El Alfa & Lil Jon
“Don’t Be Shy” – Tiësto & Karol G
“Envolver” – Anitta
“Fiel” – Los Legendarios, Wisin & Jhayco
“Fuera Del Mercado” – Danny Ocean
“In Da Getto” – J Balvin & Skrillex
“Jordan” – Ryan Castro
“Linda” – Tokischa & Rosalía
“Mon Amour Remix” – Zzoilo & Aitana
“Problemón” – Álvaro Díaz & Rauw Alejandro

Trendiest Artist
Bad Bunny
Danna Paola
Emilia
Goyo
Grupo Firme
J Balvin
Karol G
Maluma
Rauw Alejandro
Reik

My Favorite Actor
Gabriel Soto – Soltero Con Hijas
Jesús Zavala – Búnker
José Ron – La Desalmada
Oscar Isaac – Moon Knight
Sebastián Rulli – Vencer El Pasado

My Favorite Actress
Angelique Boyer – Vencer El Pasado
Carolina Miranda – ¿Quién Mató A Sara?
Danna Paola – Elite
Macarena Achaga – Luis Miguel: The Series
Yalitza Aparicio – Hijas De Brujas

Best On-Screen Couple
Angelique Boyer & Sebastián Rulli – Vencer El Pasado
Livia Brito & José Ron – La Desalmada
Maite Perroni & Alejandro Speitzer – Oscuro Deseo
Susana González & David Zepeda – Mi Fortuna Es Amarte
Úrsula Corberó & Miguel Herrán – La Casa De Papel

 

Blessd Earns First No. 1 on Any Billboard Chart with “Medallo,” Featuring Justin Quiles & Lenny Tavarez

It’s a big first for Blessd.

The 22-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter and rapper has secured his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart as “Medallo,” with Justin Quiles and Lenny Tavarez, rises 4-1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay ranking-dated May 21.

Blessd

It’s also Tavarez’s first leader on the all-Latin genre tally, Quiles captures his third among a collection of 14 entries.

“I’m really excited!” says Stiven Mesa Londoño, better known as Blessd. “When I received the news that we were No. 1 on Billboard, I was very emotional. This only makes me work harder for many more wins.”

“Medallo” hits No. 1 in its 16th week with 11 million audience impressions (up 49%) earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 12, according to Luminate.

It evicts Rosalía’s “La Fama,” with The Weeknd, down to No. 5 after its one-week on top (7.6 million, down 29%).

“Medallo” is the fifth title of 2022, which has landed at the summit in at least 16 weeks or more. The other four comprise Karol G’s “Sejodioto,” Rauw Alejandro’s “Cúrame,” and Marc Anthony’s “Mala,” all with 17 weeks to the top, and Jhay Cortez and Sech’s “Ley Seca” (19 weeks).

Further, Blessd and Tavarez join a crew of five other acts who have secured their first champ on the all-Latin genre Latin Airplay chart in 2022. Here’s a recap of the leaderboard:

Artist, Title, Artists, Peak Date
Victor Cárdenas, “El Incomprendido,” with Farruko & DJ Adoni, Jan. 29
DJ Adoni, “El Incomprendido,” with Farruko & Victor Cárdenas, Jan. 29
Lis, “SG,” with Ozuna & Megan Thee Stallion, April 2
Megan Thee Stallion, “SG,” with Ozuna and Lisa, April 2
Ed Sheeran, “Forever My Love” and “Sigue,” both with J Balvin, April 9 and April 16, respectively
Blessd, “Medallo,” with Justin Quiles and Lenny Tavarez, May 21
Lenny Tavarez, “Medallo,” with Justin Quiles and Blessd, May 21

The Ovy on the Drums-produced track, concurrently lands atop Latin Rhythm Airplay after its third week at No. 3.

“At first, the idea of ‘Medallo’ was intended to be produced together with another artist who is also well positioned in Colombia,” the 22-year-old Blessd adds. “But in the end, it did not happen. In our counter plan, Lenny and Justin joined in and the song became a global hit.”

Among the trio, “Medallo” finds its home in Blessd’s roster. The tune is one of 10 tracks on the rapper’s Hecho en Medellín album, which has not entered the charts.

“The collaboration with Lenny and Justin was incredible,” Blessd concludes. “We went from making a song to becoming very good friends, the song transcended into my personal life.”

Carla Morrison Among Artists Confirmed for Season 3 of HBO’s “HBO Latino Presents: A Tiny Audience”

Carla Morrison is preparing for her Tiny moment… 

A Tiny Audience is unveiling its season 3 lineup, with the 35-year-old Mexican indie-pop singer and composer among the participating artists.

Carla MorrisonPresented by HBO Latino, the series features intimate live specials with some of Latin music’s hottest acts, including Paulina Rubio in season 2, where the artist is filmed in a live and unfiltered way, revealing a personal secret to the small audience and performing songs that are meaningful to them.

In its new season, HBO Latino Presents: A Tiny Audience will present Morrison, Danna Paola, Jessie Reyez, Justin Quiles, La India, Mike Bahia, Ximena Sariñana, Jay Wheeler, Becky G, Zion y Lennox, Robin Thicke, Manuel Medrano, Leslie Grace, Guaynaa, El Fantasma, Aleks Syntek and a tribute to Celia Cruz.

Season 3 premieres on April 22 on HBO/HBO Max in the U.S. and DirecTV/DirecTV GO in Latin America.

Blessd Signs Worldwide Distribution & Licensing Deal with Warner Music Latina

Blessd has an exciting new deal…

Warner Music Latina has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution and licensing agreement with the up-and-coming Colombian artist, who recently announced his first-ever international tour.

In addition, Blessd’s exclusive deal, which is an alliance with JM World Music and Cigol Music, will include a “crafty, all-party proposal that will bring the artist’s music globally.”

“Blessd is undoubtedly Colombia’s next musical urban star,” Gabriela Martinez, managing director at Warner Music Latina, said in a statement. “At Warner Latina we are very excited to be part of this project and take it to the next level.”

Dr. Velasquez, who signed Blessd to JM World Music in 2019, added: “JM World Music and Cigol Music see in Warner Mexico and Warner Music Latina an opportunity for team growth.”

“Everything that is happening in my career is very important to me,” the 21-year-old artist said in a statement. “I feel that the alliance with Warner Music Latina is a new beginning and I feel very confident to have the backing of a company like this. The idea is to project bigger and bigger goals and work as a team with the best.”

Part of Colombia’s new wave of hip-hop and reggaetón artists, the artist born Stiven Mesa Londoño in Antioquia, Medellín, broke out during the global pandemic, releasing viral hits like “Imposible” and “Hace Tiempo.” A promising singer-songwriter, who can gracefully go from freestyle to a chanteo to singing, he has already collaborated with artists such as Maluma, Piso 21, Ovy on the Drums, and The Black Eyed Peas. The former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise credits reggaetón veteran Arcangel and Venezuelan rapper Akapellah as his biggest source of inspiration.

He continued: “All my achievements are in the hands of God and in prayer, I always ask that my songs be heard in all corners of the world and that my team is always blessed. From today on, I have the Warner, JM, and Cigol shirt on, because working hand in hand with the Lord everything is possible.”

The signing announcement comes on the heels of his first-ever international fall tour, kicking off November 4 in Europe. Blessd’s upcoming studio album, Hecho en Medellín, is scheduled to launch on October 27 under Warner Music Latina and features collaborations with Arcangel, Justin Quiles, Myke Towers, and more.

Justin Quiles Earns Second No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Loco,” Featuring Chimbala and Zion & Lennox

It looks like the country is going loco for Justin Quiles’ latest song…

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer has notched his second career No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart as “Loco,” with Chimbala and Zion & Lennox, rises 8-1 on the August 28-dated survey.

Justin Quiles, Chimbala, Zion & Lennox,

The song, released May 13, part of Quiles’ album La Última Promesa, is the biggest song on the radio of the week.

“Loco” advances with 11.3 million audience impressions, up 58%, in the week ending August 22, according to MRC Data. It earns Dominican rapper Leudy Tejeda, better known as Chimbala, his first No. 1 and first chart entry. He joins a group of four other acts who have notched their first No. 1s with their first chart appearance in 2021. Notably, three out of those five No. 1 titles feature Myke Towers. Let’s take a look:

Artist, Title, Peak Date
Los Legendarios – “Mi Niña,” with Wisin & Myke Towers, Jan. 16
Flow La Movie – “Travesuras,” with Nio García, Casper Mágico, Ozuna, Wisin, Yandel & Myke Towers, March 6
Maria Angeliq – “El Makinon,” with Karol G, June 5
Juhn – “Bandido,” with Myke Towers, June 19
Chimbala – “Loco,” with Justin Quiles and Zion & Lennox, Aug. 28

Zion & Lennox, meanwhile, who first secured a No. 1 on Latin Airplay in 2012 (“Diosa de Corazones,” with Arcangel, Lobo and RKM & Ken-Y), capture their eighth leader, also their first of 2021.

Quiles concurrently sets foot atop Latin Rhythm Airplay with a 6-1 climb. It follows his only other No. 1 “Porfa,” with Feid, J Balvin, Maluma, Nicky Jam and Sech, a one-week ruler in August 2020.

Over on the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart, “Loco” lifts 19-13 despite a 23% decline in sales and takes the Greatest Gainer/Airplay honor. The track sees a 1% gain in streams, to 1.6 million, earned in the week ending Aug. 19.

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Anitta Appears in This Year’s Edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 

It appears Anitta is doing swimmingly

The 28-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter appears on the pages of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, which launched online on Monday, July 19.

Anitta, SI Swimsuit

Anitta is one of three musicians appearing in the issue. The other two? Megan Thee Stallion, who becomes only the second musician ever to star on the cover of the issue, and R&B singer Tinashe. This is the 58th edition of SI Swimsuit.

For Latin artists like Anitta, being featured in SI Swimsuit can not only make their reach more global, but it can also make their brand more relatable, says Isabel Paz, publicity and promotions associate director at Warner Music Latina. Paz works with artists including Anitta, Justin Quiles and Sofia Reyes.

Anitta, SI Swimsuit

Warner Records worked with the global Warner Music Latin team to sign the “Girl From Rio” singer last June ahead of her U.S. debut album due this year.

“I think Sports Illustrated is such a big brand that it definitely has a global reach. We don’t have Sports Illustrated in our market, like a Spanish version,” Paz tells Billboard, adding that print coverage exposes fans to a multidimensional view of their favorite singers. “It also shows another side of the artist that perhaps we wouldn’t see if they wouldn’t have been featured there. If you see them in a sports-related magazine, then you’re able to discover that this artist also has that interest. I think it just makes them more well-rounded and perhaps shows a side that is not just them on stage, but it also lets you know that the artist is capable of doing something else. It humanizes them a bit, because you can relate to them further.”

While SI Swimsuit works to “redefine the cultural conversation around beauty by celebrating a diverse group of women,” according to the publication’s statement during the annual Miami runway show earlier in July, Paz believes it has the power to celebrate “the whole variety” of Latina artists. The question remains if SI Swimsuit will continue to break grounds with whom the magazine wants to feature on the cover and in its pages in the coming years, and how many of those models will come from the music industry.

Megan Thee Stallion, Tinashe and Anitta will take the stage and perform at the official launch event for the 2021 issue on July 23 and 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. SI Swimsuit partnered with Hard Rock International for the two-day series of festivities, including interactive daytime events and a red carpet before the blowout concert at Hard Rock Live.

SI Swimsuit also worked with Roc Nation, where all three artists have direct and indirect management ties, to book the talent featured in its pages. Anitta signed a worldwide management deal with Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Entertainment, which is a partner of Roc Nation, in August 2019.

Anitta’s “Girl From Rio” single has been getting steady rotation at top 40 and rhythmic radio, further helping to ensure the Brazilian superstar’s long overdue breakout in the United States, with special thanks to DaBaby for his guest verse on the remix.

The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will be on newsstands on Thursday, July 22.

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Micro TDH Signs Exclusive Record Deal with Warner Music Latina

Micro TDH is ready to break out…

The 22-year-old Venezuelan singer has signed an exclusive record deal with Warner Music Latina.

Micro TDH

The agreement between Warner and the Latin music newcomer will further develop the artist’s musical career, including the release of his upcoming studio album.

“Micro TDH is the new face of the Urban Latin music movement and I am sure that one day he will be recognized as one of the best Latin songwriters of all time,” said Iñigo Zabala, president of Warner Music Latin America & Iberia in a statement. “It is an incredible privilege to work with such a multifaceted and talented artist.”

Managing director Gabriela Martinez agrees, calling Micro one of the most sought-after young acts. “With his incomparable talent, charisma, unique sound, and our vision we will work hard to grow his music,” she adds.

With over two million followers on Instagram, Micro TDH is a singer-songwriter who has caught the attention of music lovers with his soulful hip-hop fusions and raw lyrics about love, heartbreak, and life lessons, overall.

He first got on the international radar with his collaboration on Piso 21’s feel-good track “Te Vi,” which peaked at No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated May 11, 2019. After collaborating with artists like Lenny TavarezGreeicyJustin Quiles, and Colombian hitmaker Ovy on the Drums, Micro is currently making the rounds with his Myke Towers-assisted “El Tren,” which recently entered the Latin Pop Airplay chart.

“I hope this is the beginning of something very big. We are here to make history with our music and leave a mark in the industry,” Micro, who’s nominated for best artist Andean region at the 2021 Premios Heat, expressed.

Ozuna to Headline Calibash in January 2022

Ozuna is headed to a massive bash

After being sidelined in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Calibash will return to Los Angeles’ Staples Center in January 2022 to celebrate its quinceañera, with the Puerto Rican singer serving as one of the headlining acts.

Ozuna

For the first time ever, this year’s Calibash will be a three-day show (January 14-16), headlined by Ozuna (January 14), Daddy Yankee (January 15) and J Balvin (January 16) along with a roster of superstars.

Also performing are Wisin & Yandel, Myke Towers, Becky G, Sech and Natanael Cano (on Day 1); Natti Natasha, Manuel Turizo, Rauw Alejandro, Lunay and Kali Uchis (Day 2); and Nicky Jam, Black Eyed Peas, Jhay Cortez, Justin Quiles and Nío García (Day 3).

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 1 on asx.com.

The multi-artist show, produced and presented by SBS Entertainment, is the best-known urban Latin festival in the United States, and perhaps, the best-known Latin fest in the country.

Staged every year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and for the past three years also in Las Vegas, Calibash has since its inception reflected and set trends, hosting acts like Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber alongside Latin names like J Balvin, Enrique Iglesias and Nicky Jam.

“There’s nothing like it,” says Alessandra Alarcón, president of SBS Entertainment, the live event arm of SBS, which also owns the SBS radio network and TV station La Mega. “We’re activating the entirety of LA Live. We’ll have an outdoor stage with performances by local and up and coming artists, and inside, for the first time, we’ll have three completely different talent lineups.”

Prices will range from $45 for the cheapest seat to $1,000 for a top VIP seat (which grants access averaging $150 per night and $600 for a three-day pass). Aside from ticket sales, SBS also sells merchandise and of course sponsorships, both for the indoor and outdoor portions of the fest.

Anitta Appears on Official “F9” Soundtrack

Anitta is (Fast and) Furiosa

The soundtrack to the latest Fast and Furious film, F9, has been revealed, with the 28-year-old Brazilian singer-songwriter appearing on the album.

Anitta

Anitta, who recently released her first English-language track “Girl From Rio,” perforns the single “Furiosa” on the soundtrack.

But Anitta isn’t the only Latinx artist to appear on the soundtrack…

Justin Quiles, Dalex and Konshens join voices for the single “Rapido;” Amenazzy, Farruko, Myke Towers and Rochy RD perform the single “Real,” and Dominican singer Jarina De Marco performs the song “Mala.”

Like past Fast soundtracks, this one boasts a stellar lineup of established stars and up-and-comers in hip-hop, R&B and Latin. Other artists include Don Toliver, Pop Smoke, Offset, Ty Dolla $ign, Jack Harlow, RZA, The Prodigy, Rico Nasty, and more, who are set to shake up car stereos on June 17 (released via a partnership between Atlantic Records and Universal Pictures; available for pre-order on June 4).

F9 will roar back into movie theaters on June 25.

Check out the full tracklist below.

F9: The Fast Saga (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“Fast Lane” – Don Toliver, Lil Durk & Latto
“Lane Switcha (Feat. A$AP Rocky, Juicy J & Project Pat)” – Skepta & Pop Smoke
“Hit Em Hard” – Offset, Trippie Redd, Kevin Gates, Lil Durk & King Von
“I Won” – Ty Dolla $ign, Jack Harlow & 24kGoldn
“Rapido” – Amenazzy, Farruko, Myke Towers & Rochy RD
“Breathe (Liam H and Rene LaVice Re-Amp) [Feat. RZA]” – The Prodigy
“Real” – Justin Quiles, Dalex & Konshens
“Bussin Bussin” – Lil Tecca
“Furiosa” – Anitta
“Ride Da Night (Feat. Polo G & Teejay3k)” – Kevin Gates
“Bushido” – Good Gas & JP THE WAVY
“Speed It Up (Feat. Rico Nasty)” – NLE Choppa
“Mala” – Jarina De Marco
“Exotic Race (Feat. Sean Paul & Dixson Waz)” – Murci