Venesti’s Collaboration with Nacho & Maffio, “No Es Normal,” Earns Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay Chart

Venesti is celebrating a new normal success…

The 29-year-old Colombian urbano music artist’s collaboration with Nacho and Maffio, “No Es Normal,” continues its rule atop Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay chart.

Venesti', Nacho, Maffio“No Es Normal” holds strong for a third week with a robust 21% increase in audience impressions, to 4.1 million during the same period.

The collab earned each of the artists their first No. 1 when it lifted 2-1 on the January 13-dated list. Nacho came up short a few years back, when “Báilame” achieved a No. 2 peak in November 2017. Over a year later, “Déjalo,” with Manuel Turizo, took him to a No. 7 high in April 2019.

While Nacho and Maffio have secured previous entries on the chart, the song earned newcomer Venesti his first chart visit. The Colombian artist, however, scored his first No. 1 on any Billboard chart with “Umaye,” which spent one week atop Latin Rhythm Airplay last October.

Over on the overall Latin Airplay list, “No Es Normal” pushes from No. 35 to No, 24, Maffio’s highest ranking there.

Fonseca to Take Part in Billboard’s En Vivo Concert Series During Latin Music Week 2023

Fonseca is heading to South Florida for a special performance…

The 44-year-old Colombian singer will take part in Billboard‘s En Vivo concert series, with the live shows taking place during Latin Music Week 2023, which returns to the Faena Forum in Miami October 2-6.

FonsecaIn addition to Fonseca, the En Vivo concert series will also feature performances by GreeicyMike BahíaMyke TowersNathy Peluso and Young Miko. 

Colombian power couple Greeicy and Mike Bahía will take the stage on Monday, October 2 for an intimate performance at the Faena Theater presented by Michelob ULTRA. It will be a private show, available only to Billboard Latin Music Week pass holders (21+).

That same day, Venesti, Maffio, Nacho, Bernier, Gonza and Alejo will help turn on the Official Billboard Latin Music Week Kickoff Party, hosted by DJ Alex Sensation and presented by AP Global Music. This event is open to the public and free to all Latin Music Week pass holders (21+).

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Argentine-Spanish singer and songwriter Peluso will grace the stage at Oasis Wynwood with special guest Young Miko. Latin Music Week pass holders will receive free access, but the show is open to the general public with tickets starting at $35 (already available here.)

Two big stars will be taking the stage on Friday, October 6. During the day, Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter Myke Towers will give a special performance at Wynwood Marketplace, as part of the Billboard Latin Music Week Block Party. The event is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis.

And for a grand finale, there will be Friday Night with Fonseca. Sponsored by Michelob ULTRA, the Colombian singer will close the week of En Vivo performances at Oasis Wynwood — with tickets also starting at $35 and Latin Music Week pass holders (21+) receiving free access.

Celebrated for over 30 years, Billboard Latin Music Week is the longest-running and biggest Latin music industry gathering in the world. After a sold-out 2022 edition that featured live performances by Maluma, Camilo and GALE, to name a few, the event returns, coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month.

Billboard Latin Music Week will also coincide with the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will be broadcast live on Telemundo on Thursday, October 5 from the Watsco Center in Miami. The show will be available simultaneously on Spanish entertainment cable network Universo, Peacock, Telemundo’s App, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional.

Darell Releases New Album “Everybody Go to the Discotek”

Darell is hoping to get you dancing…

The 33-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and songwriter has released his new album Everybody Go to the Discotek, which is named after his signature phrase.

DarellThe album features 18 tracks crafted for a good time at the club while showcasing Darell’s musical versatility.

At the core of each track is his distinct, deep, raspy vocals, but while some songs are hard-hitting perreos (“Deshidratado,” “Ponte Bonita,” and “Me Dice Daddy,” to name a few), Darell is as experimental as ever.

Lollipop” is a sensual merengue-bachata fusion, “Rulay” is a tribute to Dominican dembowFunka” is a saucy Brazilian funk number and focus single “Wait Deh Man,” a reggae-infused collaboration with Nicky Jam, Wisin and Luar La L.

Other collaborators on Everybody Go to the Discotek include Ozuna, Myke Towers, Sech, Jory Boy, Maffio, Omar Courtz and Omar Montes.

Jencarlos Canela Releases the New Single “Antes y Después”

Jencarlos Canela is celebrating the before and after

The 34-year-old Cuban-American singer, songwriter and actor has released the new single “Antes y Después.”

Jencarlos CanelaCanela releases the single, which featured a powerful message, after going on a journey of self discovery.

His new track is an invitation to heal and come back stronger than ever.

Penned by Canela and produced by the Dominican singer-songwriter Maffio, “Antes y Después” is the artist’s most personal song yet.

The poignant track is a must-listen on this long weekend.

Canela’s acting credits include Grand Hotel, Telenovela and The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia.

Calacote Signs Exclusive, Global Publishing Deal with Universal Music Publishing Group

Calacote is going universal

The 22-year-old Dominican urban Latin artist, whose real name is Luca Newton, has signed an exclusive, global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).

CalacoteThe ambitious singer-songwriter, who was born in North Carolina and is of Dominican and French descent, hopes to revolutionize the Dembow movement with his Caribeño and European roots, and trilingual lyrics.

Through his new deal, Calacote will be given the opportunity to collaborate with many of UMPG’s composers in English, Spanish, and French.

“Calacote represents a new sound within the Latin urban community,” Alexandra Lioutikoff, president of US Latin and Latin America at UMPG, said in a statement. “UMPG is thrilled to sign a multilingual talent like him with truly global potential as both a songwriter and an artist.”

Ana Rosa Santiago, vice president of Latin Music at UMPG, added that the newcomer is “energetic, versatile and a fresh new prospect in Latin Music.”

Calacote, who unearthed his talent and passion for composing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, moved from Canada to Miami for a shot in the music industry.

He was discovered by the award-winning Latin hitmaker Maffio, and later signed to his label Alkatraks Music Group in 2021. The artist’s proposal is a “unique and unheard of” musical mixture full of witty hooks and experimental fusions with Dominican dembow always at the forefront.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the amazing team at UMPG,” Calacote noted. “This marks an exciting chapter in my career, and I am excited to have the opportunity to collaborate creatively with UMPG’s writers in the U.S. and abroad as well to develop commercially with Alexandra’s and Ana Rosa’s input. I know we will achieve great things together.”

“Alexandra and Ana Rosa understand our vision and we are excited to be collaborating with them and the entire UMPG global team on the development of Calacote’s career,” said Maffio.

On Jan. 14, Calacote will release his third single “Intercambio” in collaboration with Venezuelan rapper and Latin Grammy nominee Akapellah. The single follows his debut track “Azafata” and his Kiko el Crazy-assisted “Bruja.”

His debut album is slated to be released in the second quarter of 2022.

Santos’ “La Vida” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay Chart

Henry Santos is livin’ La Vida at the top of his game…

The 34-year-old Dominican singer-composer and former Aventura band member’s latest single “La Vida,” featuring MaFFio, jumps 4-1 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart to secure his second No. 1 on the list as a lead artist.

Henry Santos

In addition, Santos’ urban infused merengue track grows 21 percent at the format (to 609 plays), taking Greatest Gainer honors.

Santos – the record holder for successfully completing and winning, undefeated and never nominated for elimination, on Mira Quien Baila, a dancing competition on Univision – previously reached the summit on the Tropical Airplay chart for a single frame with “My Way” in May 2013.

Santos’ cousin, and former Aventura band-mate Romeo Santos, has topped Tropical Airplay on seven occasions, while the band itself enjoyed eight trips to the peak during its time together.