Maluma Becomes First Celebrity to Fully Design a Collection for Balmain

Maluma is getting some real hands on fashion design experience…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer has teamed up with fashion house Balmain to launch a limited edition collection that’ll be available from April 12 through June 1 in all Balmain stores, including brick and mortar and online.

Maluma

The collection, which includes sneakers, blazers, t-shirts, pants and other ready-to-wear clothing, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue as of April 15.

This marks Balmain’s second-ever celebrity collaboration (the first was with Beyonce), and the first time ever that the brand has collaborated with a celebrity in the actual designing of a collection.

Maluma x Balmain

Although Balmain has featured other celebrities in advertising campaigns and runway shows, it has never actually enlisted a celebrity to help design a full, name-branded line.

The brand’s high profile, along with the haute-couture retail price of the collection, underscores how entrenched Maluma is now in the global fashion world and how valuable his endorsement and name is perceived by high fashion.

Maluma x Balmain

“Maluma, more than being an incredible singer, is bringing a lot to the fashion community with his joy and his happiness and the fact that he’s always playing his style from different kinds of houses from around the world, mixing different cultures as well,” Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing told Billboard. “For Balmain, which is a French brand from Paris, the collaboration with Maluma is obviously [adding] to Balmain and pushing the aesthetic more internationally.”

“It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho,” says Maluma, referencing both his album name and alter ego.

Maluma x Balmain

Items in the Balmain + Maluma collection range from a black cotton T-shirt that retails for $495, to $1,500 high top sneakers to a $2,555 multi-color print bomber jacket. Photos and billboards of Maluma wearing the new line will be featured at Balmain stores and at Saks.

Maluma, a Balmain fan who’s often worn the brand in high-profile appearances, first collaborated with Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing for his 2020 performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“From that, point we just exchanged texts and were like, ‘Why don’t we work together? Because your aesthetic and your vision of music can really combine with my fashion world,’” says Rousteing.

“We ended up riffing on the sherbet tones, sexy styling and ’80s silhouette of Crockett and Tubbs for Maluma’s amazing performance of Hawái,” says Rousteing in a statement. “And, after the success of that VMA appearance, we knew we had to push our partnership further.”

Initially, the plan was to design a collection that Maluma would wear for his 2020 tour. When Covid-19 shifted those dates, “we decided to release our Balmain-Maluma collaboration as a special, limited-edition collection,” as Rousteing explains.

Maluma has long publicly spoken of his desire to partner with a fashion brand and he is known for wearing couture in his tours and photo shoots. At a Billboard Latin Music Conference in 2018, he specifically said he wanted to launch his own line clothing with a high fashion brand.

While Balmain would not disclose financials on the deal, Maluma, as a creative partner and face of the line, will be compensated in some way.

Most immediately, he is expected wear his new line during the Latin American Music Awards that air live April 15 on Telemundo.

“This process was exciting, as I have always dreamt to design one day, and I was happy to have a friend like Olivier let me express creatively through fashion,” Maluma says.

Alejandro Fernández to Receive Icon Award at Latin American Music Awards

Alejandro Fernández has officially reached icon status…

The 49-year-old Mexican singer will receive the Icon Award during the sixth edition of the Latin American Music Awards, Telemundo has announced.

Alejandro Fernandez

With a career that spans more than four decades, the son of regional Mexican legend Vicente Fernández has sold over over 35 million records and has collaborated with artists like Beyoncé, Plácido DomingoChristina Aguilera and Marc Anthony.

Most recently, his Grammy-nominated 2020 album Hecho En México debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart becoming the first act to achieve No. 1s on the tally in the 1990s, ‘00s, ‘10s, and ‘20s.

The Icon Award is given to an artist who interprets our life in their songs, forms an important part of Latin America’s history, and is considered a musical hero whose name exceeds all generations, according to statement by Telemundo.

“In addition to his immense contribution to Latin music, his service to those most in need, coupled with his constant support for Latino immigrants in the United States, make him worthy of the Latin AMAs Icon Award.”

The Jalisco-born star will also perform at this year’s Latin AMAs, which will take place on April 15 and will be broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Fernández joins the previously-announced star-studded lineup that includes Ozuna, Maluma, Banda MS, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Eslabon Armado, Karol G, Los Dos Carnales, José Luis “El Puma” Rodríguez and Piso 21. The ceremony will also include a special tribute to the late regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian.

Following safety protocols to protect the health and safety of all involved, the 2021 awards show will honor some of the most influential Latin artists of today, as voted by fans in 25 categories including pop, urban, tropical, regional Mexican and the newly-added favorite virtual concert.

This year’s top nominees include Karol G and J Balvin with nine nods each, followed by Bad Bunny with eight, Ozuna with seven, and Anuel AA and Camilo with six each.

The 2021 Latin AMAs, hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes, will air at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 15, via Telemundo and will broadcast simultaneously on Universo and throughout the Americas on Telemundo Internacional.

Anitta to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Anitta will be bringing the heat to the Latin AMAs

Telemundo has announced the second wave of performers to take center stage at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards next month, with the 27-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter making the list.

Anitta

Anitta joins a roster of new additions to the lineup that includes Carrie Underwood, Juanes, Manuel Turizo, Pitbull, Ricky Martin, Wisin, Yandel, Ziggy Marley, Alaina Castillo, Cami, Carlos Rivera, Juhn, Mariah Angeliq, Natanael Cano, Sofía Reyes and Yendry.

Underwood will join David Bisbal for their first-ever television performance of “Tears of Gold,” Ricky and Carlos Vives, as well as Ziggy and Maluma, will present their upcoming collaborations, Juanes will serenade fans with a new song from his soon-to-be-released album, and Karol G will take the stage with Mariah Angeliq for an exclusive TV premiere, to name a few.

They join the first wave of performers, which included Ana Bárbara, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Bisbal, Eslabon Armado, Gerardo Ortiz, Joss Favela, Karol G, Los Dos Carnales, Maluma, Myke Towers, Nicky Jam, Piso 21 and a special tribute to the late Regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joan “El Poeta del Pueblo” Sebastian.

Following safety protocols to protect the health and safety of all involved, the 2021 awards show will honor some of the most influential Latin artists of today, as voted by fans in 25 categories including pop, urban, tropical, regional Mexican, and the newly added favorite virtual concert.

The 2021 Latin AMAs, hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes, will air at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 15, from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, via Telemundo and will broadcast simultaneously on Universo and throughout the Americas on Telemundo Internacional.

Ozuna to Receive Extraordinary Evolution Award at the Latin American Music Awards

It’s an extraordinary time for Ozuna

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican urban singer will receive the Extraordinary Evolution Award during the sixth edition of the Latin American Music Awards, according to Telemundo.

Ozuna

With seven Latin AMAs nominations this year — including artist of the year and collaboration of the year — the “Caramelo” singer will be honored for his achievements as an artist who has demonstrated change and accelerated growth to reach the pinnacle of success in a short period of time. Previous recipients of the award include Becky G (2019) and Maluma (2018).

The chart-topping artist, who most recently dropped the joint album Los Dioses with Anuel AA and is featured on the new animated film Tom and Jerry, will also perform at this year’s Latin AMAs, which will take place on April 15 and will be broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Ozuna joins the previously announced star-studded lineup that includes Maluma, Banda MS, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Eslabon Armado, Karol G, Los Dos Carnales, José Luis “El Puma” Rodríguez and Piso 21. The ceremony will also include a special tribute to the late regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian.

Following safety protocols to protect the health and safety of all involved, the 2021 awards show will honor some of the most influential Latin artists of today, as voted by fans in 25 categories including pop, urban, tropical, regional Mexican and the newly added favorite virtual concert.

This year’s top nominees include Karol G and J Balvin with nine noms each, followed by Bad Bunny with eight, Ozuna with seven, and Anuel AA and Camilo with six each.

The 2021 Latin AMAs, hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes, will air at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 15, via Telemundo and will broadcast simultaneously on Universo and throughout the Americas on Telemundo Internacional.

José Luis Rodríguez, aka “El Puma,” To Receive Legend Award at Latin American Music Awards

José Luis Rodríguez is ready for a legendary experience…

Acclaimed singer The 78-year-old Venezuelan singer and actor, commonly known as “El Puma,” is set to receive the Legend Award during the sixth edition of the Latin American Music Awards, according to Telemundo.

José Luis Rodríguez

Presented to artists who have endured the test of time, “El Puma” has serenaded fans for six decades with anthemic ballads like “Culpabloe Soy Yo,” “Dueño De Ti” and “Agárrense De Las Manos.”

The chart-topping artist has also recorded more than 60 albums and has participated in more than 34 soap operas, movies and international series.

Rodriguez will also perform at this year’s Latin AMAs, which will take place on April 15 and will be broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Rodriguez joins the previously announced star-studded lineup that includes Maluma, Banda MS, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Eslabon Armado, Karol G, Los Dos Carnales and Piso 21.

The ceremony will also include a special tribute to the late regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian.

Karol G Ties J Balvin for Most Latin American Music Awards Nominations with Nine

Karol G is on Cloud Nine

The 30-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer/songwriter leads the pack of 2021 Latin American Music Awards alongside J Balvin, with nine nods each.

Karol G

Karol G and J Balvin are both up for artist of the year, sharing the category with Anuel AA, Bad Bunny, Christian Nodal, Eslabon Armado, Maluma, Ozuna and Sech.

Bad Bunny follows with eight nominations — including artist, song, album and social collaboration of the year — while Ozuna is recognized with seven nominations, including artist and collaboration of the year, favorite video and virtual concert.

In a sign of the times, the Latin AMAs have added the brand new category favorite virtual concert of the year, as most concerts have gone virtual due to the ongoing global pandemic. As with all Latin AMAs categories, winners will be determined by fan voting.

Nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including streaming, sales, airplay and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound for data covering the periods of January 17, 2020, through January 21, 2021.

The 2021 Latin AMAs will take place on April 15 live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Latin AMAs return after the show went on hiatus in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The sixth annual ceremony will be broadcast on Telemundo starting at 7:00 pm ET with the red-carpet pre-show followed at 8:00 pm ET by the awards show.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Artist of the Year
• Anuel AA
• Bad Bunny
• Christian Nodal
• Daddy Yankee
• Eslabon Armado
• J Balvin
• Karol G
• Maluma
• Ozuna
• Sech

New Artist of the Year
• Camilo
• Eslabon Armado
• Los Dos Carnales
• Myke Towers
• Natanael Cano
• Rauw Alejandro

Song of the Year
• Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
• Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
• Karol G, Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
• Maluma & The Weeknd – “Hawái”

Album of the Year
• Anuel AA – Emmanuel
• Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG
• J Balvin – Colores
• Natanael Cano – Corridos Tumbados

Favorite Artist – Female
• Anitta
• Becky G
• Karol G
• Natti Natasha
• Shakira

Favorite Artist – Male
• Anuel AA
• Bad Bunny
• Christian Nodal
• J Balvin
• Maluma
• Ozuna

Favorite Duo or Group
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
• Eslabon Armado
• Jowell & Randy
• Reik

Favorite Artist – Pop
• Camilo
• Enrique Iglesias
• Luis Fonsi
• Ricky Martin
• Shakira

Favorite Album – Pop
• Camilo – Por Primera Vez
• Kali Uchis – Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)
• Pedro Capó – Munay
• Reik – Ahora

Favorite Song – Pop
• Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna + J.Rey Soul – “Mamacita”
• Camilo – “Favorito”
• Reik, Farruko, Camilo – “Si Me Dices Que Sí”
• Ricky Martin – “Tiburones”
• Shakira & Anuel AA – “Me Gusta”

Favorite Solo Artist – Regional Mexican
• Carin Leon
• Christian Nodal
• El Fantasma
• Junior H
• Lenin Ramírez
• Natanael Cano

Regional Mexican, Favorite Duo or Group
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
• Eslabon Armado
• Los Ángeles Azules
• Los Dos Carnales

Favorite Album – Regional Mexican
• Christian Nodal – Ayayay!
• Eslabon Armado – Tu Veneno Mortal
• Junior H – Atrapado En Un Sueño
• Natanael Cano – Corridos Tumbados

Favorite Song – Regional Mexican
• Banda Los Sebastianes de Mazatlán, Sinaloa – “En Eso No Quedamos”
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg – “Qué Maldición”
• Lenin Ramírez featuring Grupo Firme – “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo”
• Los Dos Carnales – “El Envidioso”
• Natanael Cano – “Amor Tumbado”

Favorite Artist – Urban
• Anuel AA
• Bad Bunny
• J Balvin
• Karol G

Favorite Album – Urban
• Anuel AA – Emmanuel
• Bad Bunny – Las Que No Iban a Salir
• J Balvin – Colores

Favorite Song – Urban
• Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
• Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
• Karol G & Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
• Maluma & The Weeknd – “Hawái”
• Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers – “Caramelo”

Favorite Artist – Tropical
• Marc Anthony
• Prince Royce
• Romeo Santos
• Silvestre Dangond

Favorite Album – Tropical
• Carlos Vives – Cumbiana
• Gloria Estefan – Brazil305
• Prince Royce – Alter Ego

Favorite Song – Tropical
• Alex Bueno & Romeo Santos – “Nuestro Amor”
• Carlos Vives – “No Te Vayas”
• Kyen?Es? – “El Carnaval de Celia: A Tribute”
• Prince Royce – “Carita de Inocente”
• Víctor Manuelle & Wisin – “Boogaloo

Favorite Artist – Crossover
• Black Eyed Peas
• Dua Lipa
• Ne-Yo
• Snoop Dogg
• The Weeknd

Collaboration of the Year
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg– “Qué Maldición”
• Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
• Karol G, Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
• Lenin Ramírez featuring Grupo Firme – “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo”
• Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers – “Caramelo”
• Reik, Farruko, Camilo – “Si Me Dices Que Sí”

Social Artist of the Year
• Anitta
• Bad Bunny
• Cardi B
• Daddy Yankee
• J Balvin
• Jennifer Lopez
• Karol G
• Lali
• Selena Gomez
• Shakira

Favorite Video
• Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg– “Qué Maldición”
• Christian Nodal & Ángela Aguilar – “Dime Cómo Quieres”
• David Bisbal & Carrie Underwood – “Tears Of Gold”
• Ozuna, Doja Cat & Sia – “Del Mar”
• Rosalía & Travis Scott – “TKN”
• Selena Gomez – “De Una Vez”

Favorite Virtual Concert
• Alejandro Sanz y Juanes – “#LaGiraSeQuedaEnCasa”
• Carlos Vives – “#NoTeVayasDeTuCasa”
• Juan Luis Guerra – “Privé”
• Juanes & La Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá – “Concierto Sinfónico Virtual – #VolverteAVer”
• Marco Antonio Solís – “Serenata a las Madres MÁS En-Cantadoras”
• Ozuna – “#Latinosunidos”
• Pepe Aguilar, Ángela Aguilar, Leonardo Aguilar – “Mexicano Hasta Los Huesos”
• RBD – “Ser o Parecer 2020”
• Sebastián Yatra – “SOSFest”
• Yandel – “Goodbye 2020”

Maluma to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Maluma is heading to the Latin American Music Awards

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter is set to perform at the Latin AMAs, according to Telemundo.

Maluma, ELLE Magazine

Maluma joins a roster of recently announced performers that includes Ana BárbaraBanda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, CamiloCarlos VivesDavid BisbalEslabon ArmadoGerardo OrtizJoss FavelaKarol G, Los Dos Carnales, Myke TowersNicky Jam and Piso 21.

Artists like Banda MS, Maluma, Ortiz, and Karol G will all take the stage with exclusive television premieres.

The sixth annual ceremony will include a special star-studded tribute to the late Regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joan “El Poeta del Pueblo” Sebastian.

Following safety protocols to protect the health and safety of all involved, the 2021 awards show will honor some of the most influential Latin artists of today, as voted by fans in 25 categories including pop, urban, tropical, regional Mexican and the newly added favorite virtual concert.

This year’s top nominees include Karol G and J Balvin with nine nominations each, followed by Bad Bunny with eight, Ozuna with seven, and Anuel AA and Camilo with six each.

Winners for all categories will be determined by fan voting via LatinAMAs.com/vota and on Twitter @LatinAMAS by using the hashtag #LatinAMAs.

The 2021 Latin AMAs, hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes, will air at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 15, from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, via Telemundo and will broadcast simultaneously on Universo and throughout the Americas on Telemundo Internacional.

Daddy Yankee Earns 30th Top 10 on Billbard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Que Tire Pa’Lante”

Daddy Yankee has another Top 10 hit on his hands…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/rapper has nabbed his  30th top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart dated November 2, starting at No. 10 with new single “Que Tire Pa’Lante.” 

Daddy Yankee

He breaks out of a tie for the third-most top 10s in the chart’s history, trailing only Luis Miguel who continues to lead with 39 and Enrique Iglesias, with 38.

The dancehall/reggaetón song, which Daddy Yankee premiered at the Latin American Music Awardson October 17, debuts in the top tier mostly from streaming activity. 

It bows with 4.1 million streams earned in its first week of release (week ending October 24), according to Nielsen Music, and debuts at No. 17 on the Latin Streaming Songschart.

The song also did well in terms of sales and airplay. It debuts at No. 1 on Latin Digital Song Sales, with 4,000 sold, and enters at No. 24 on Latin Airplay, with 5.3 million in audience.

“Que Tire Pa’Lante” exceeds the Hot Latin Songs chart debut of Daddy Yankee’s predecessor unaccompanied by any other artist on Hot Latin Songs, “Hielo.” The stand-alone single started at No. 42 on the June 9, 2018-dated tally with 1.7 million streams collected in its first week. 

Produced by DJ UrbaRome, the new single concurrently bows at No. 1 on Latin Digital Song Sales, making it Daddy Yankee’s third No. 1 of the year on Latin Digital Song Sales following the collaborative efforts “Runaway” and “China” (July 7 and August 3-dated tallies, respectively). It sold 4,000 downloads in its first tracking week which leads way to a No. 34 debut on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart.  

Becky G to Receive Extraordinary Evolution Award at the Latin American Music Awards

Becky G is evolving as an artist… And, now she’ll have the hardware to prove it.

The 22-year-old bilingual Mexican American singer/rapper will be honored with the Extraordinary Evolution award during the fifth edition of the Latin American Music Awards, Telemundo has announced.

Becky G

 

Becky G will also perform at the 2019 edition of the show.   

The Extraordinary Evolution award recognizes the success of a young performer who has demonstrated change and accelerated growth as an artist to reach the pinnacle of success in a short period of time. Last year, Colombian singer Maluma was the first recipient.

Becky G’s achievements include two No. 1 hits on Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart (“Mayores” and “Sin Pijama”), a starring role in the movie Power Rangers, and many collaborations with superstars including PitbullDaddy Yankee, Maluma, AnittaNatti NatashaBad Bunny and CNCO.

Last year, Becky won two Latin AMAs (favorite female artist and favorite urban song for “Mayores”) and received YouTube’s Diamond Play Buttonfor surpassing 10 million followers on the digital platform.   

The Latin American Music Awards will take place on October 17 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.  Tickets for the show are available here.

Ozuna to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Ozuna will be taking the stage at least once at this year’s Latin AMAs

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singerhas been confirmed as a performer for the fifth annual Latin American Music Awards, taking place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on October 17, according to Telemundo

Ozuna

In addition to Ozuna, the network also announced that Colombian American artist Kali Uchis will perform.

For the second consecutive year, Ozuna leads the list of nominees for the 2019 Latin American Music Awards with nine nods. He’s followed by Bad Bunny and Romeo Santos with eight nods each; Anuel AA with seven nominations; and Banda MS with five. Daddy YankeeMalumaLuis FonsiSebastian YatraT3R Elemento and Marc Anthony each landed four nominations this year.

Fans can vote for their favorite artist online here.

The 2019 Latin AMAsnominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including sales, streaming and social activity, according to Billboard‘s analysis through their data allies Nielsen Musicand Next Big Sound, covering the period from August 10, 2018, to July 25, 2019. The awards will be broadcast live on Telemundo from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Thursday, October 17 at 8:00 pm ET.