Ovy on the Drums Renews Global Publishing Deal with Kobalt Music Group

Ovy on the Drums isn’t going anywhere…

The Colombian artist, producer and songwriter, whose real name is Daniel Echavarria Oviedo, has renewed his global publishing deal with Kobalt Music Group.

Ovy on the Drums“They’ve always believed in me,” Ovy, who first signed with Kobalt in December of 2017, tells Billboard. “The first time Kobalt got me many opportunities and was on top of my project. They are an incredible publisher and that’s why I keep firm with them.”

The renewal deal includes a full range of creative, sync, and administration services for his catalog and future works.

“Kobalt is very transparent in the way they look at revenue and that gives me a lot of security,” he notes, saying he’s excited to continue growing his brand. “I feel that my sound has a lot to offer and with Kobalt, I will be able to work with big artists on the anglo side.”

Nestor Casonu, president of Kobalt Music Latin America, says he’s thrilled to be extending his relationship with the Colombian hitmaker.

“I personally feel very proud to have had the opportunity to witness Ovy’s impressive talent and trajectory not only as a producer but also as a songwriter and artist whose success continues to unfold,” he expressed in a press statement. “It brings us great joy to believe in an artist from the beginning and that feeling multiplies when admiring their continued success, of which we are very proud. We look forward to continuing to support Ovy as his star continues to rise.”

The artist-producer is behind some of Latin’s biggest titles including Paulo Londra’s breakthrough hit “Adan y Eva,” Piso 21 and Micro TDH’s viral track “Te Vi,” and Karol G’s “Tusa” in collaboration with Nicki Minaj.

“Tusa,” which won Song Of The Year at the 2021 ASCAP Latin Awards, also became the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2019, and the first song by a female act in a lead role to bow at No. 1 since 2016, when Shakira‘s “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma, bowed atop the list.

“He is able to produce with new and developing artists and turn them into megastars with his trademark sound heard all over the world,” Leslie Ahrens, svp creative, Kobalt Music, noted. “We believed in Ovy from the very beginning of his career and are proud to be part of his successful journey along with his manager Stephanie Chopurian for many more years to come.”

Up next, Ovy revealed that he’s beginning to work on Karol G’s fourth studio album, finalizing Micro TDH’s sophomore set, producing for Myke Towers, collaborating with Becky G on the artist side, and thanks to connections at Kobalt, he’s also working with Enrique Iglesias.

“Incredible things are coming,” he assures.

Maluma’s “Borro Cassette” Enters YouTube’s Billion Views Club

It’s Lucky No. 7 for Maluma

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter’s “Borro Cassette” has crossed the one billion views mark on YouTube, scoring Maluma his seventh entry in the Billion Views Club.

Maluma x Quay

Released in 2015, the track was part of Maluma’s chart-topping Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy album, which peaked at No. 1 on BillboardTop Latin Albums Chart dated November 20, 2015. “Borro Cassette” spent 40 weeks on the Hot Latin Songs chart, peaking at No. 3.

Other Maluma songs that have entered the billion views club include “Sin Contrato,” “Corazón,” “El Perdedor” and “Felices Los 4.”

News of his seventh entry in the billion views club comes as the “Hawái” singer has sparked confusion among his fans after feuding on Twitter with reality TV personality Scott Disick, who appears in Maluma’s new music video for his latest single “Sobrio.”

Karol G Leads Pack of Premios Juventud Nominees with 12 Nods

Karol G could be taking home an awards haul at this year’s Premios Juventud

Univision has unveiled the nominees for the 2021 Premios Juventud, with the 30-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter leading with 12 nominations, alongside Camilo.

Karol G

The two Colombian artists are followed by J Balvin and Maluma with 11 nominations, Daddy YankeeLos Dos Carnales and Myke Towers with nine noms, and with eight each, Christian Nodal and Natti Natasha, among other nominees.

Celebrating the “Youth Leading Change in Culture,” the 18th annual awards show will not only reflect the diverse and global growth of Latin music, and recognize “agents of change” in the industry and community, but will also return with a live audience.

“We made history as the first live music awards show during the pandemic and now, we are excited to bring back a live audience to our show that will feature Latin music’s hottest stars, emerging artists, and honor remarkable individuals making their mark in the community and around the globe,” said Ignacio Meyer, SVP of Music, Nonfiction and Development at Univision, in a statement.

This year, Premios Juventud added 14 new categories, including best regional Mexican collaboration, viral track of the year, girl power (best all-female collab), social dance challenge, and helping the fans, to name a few.

Alejandra Espinoza has been confirmed as one of this year’s main hosts, as well as Borja Voces (backstage host) and Gabriel Coronel, Jomari Goyso, Roberto Hernández, Clarissa Molina and Fátima Molina as co-hosts of the “PJ Takeover” preshow.

“Premios Juventud” will air live from Miami’s Watsco Center at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, July 22, in Miami via Univision.

Fans can vote for their favorite nominees until June 28 via premiosjuventud.com or the Uforia app.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

La Nueva Generación – Femenina
CHESCA DANIELA DARCOURT
ELENA ROSE
KALI UCHIS
LA ROSS MARIA
MARIA BECERRA
NATHY PELUSO
NICKI NICOLE
VF7
YAHAIRA PLASENCIA

La Nueva Generación – Masculina
ALEX ROSE
FRAN ROZZANO
GUAYNAA
JAY WHEELER
KHEA
LLANE
MANNY CRUZ
MATI GÓMEZ
MORA
ROCHY RD

La Nueva Generación Regional Mexicano
ESLABON ARMADO
INGRID CONTRERAS
JESSI URIBE
JUNIOR H
LAS MARÍAS
LOS DOS CARNALES
LOS NUEVOS FEDERALES
MARCA MP
NUEVO ELEMENTO
YEISON JIMENEZ

Mejor Canción Mariachi-Ranchera
“DIME CÓMO QUIERES” – CHRISTIAN NODAL & ÁNGELA AGUILAR
“EL ALUMNO” – JOSS FAVELA & JESSI URIBE
“EL TIEMPO NO PERDONA” – ALEX FERNÁNDEZ
“NO ANDES CON NADIE” – NUEVO ELEMENTO
“PARA NO EXTRAÑARTE TANTO” – ANA BÁRBARA
“POBRE CORAZÓN” – INGRID CONTRERAS
“TE OLVIDÉ” – ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ
“TU AMANTE” – YEISON JIMENEZ
“YA NO INSISTAS CORAZÓN” – VICENTE FERNÁNDEZ
“Y SI ME VUELVO A ENAMORAR” – JARY FRANCO

Mejor Canción Regional Mexicana
“BARQUILLERO” – CALIBRE 50
“BORRACHO DE COCHERA” – EL FANTASMA
“EL ENVIDIOSO” – LOS DOS CARNALES
“EN OTRO CANAL” – LA FIERA DE OJINAGA
“OTRA BORRACHERA” – GERARDO ORTIZ

Mejor Colaboración Regional Mexicana
“CA…. Y VAGO” – EL FANTASMA FT. LOS DOS CARNALES
“CONTRA MIS PRINCIPIOS” – LENIN RAMÍREZ & REMMY VALENZUELA
“EL GÜERO” – GRUPO FIRME FT. MARCA MP
“SOMOS LOS QUE SOMOS” – LOS 2 DE LA S & BANDA MS DE SERGIO LIZÁRRAGA
“Y LA HICE LLORAR” – LOS ÁNGELES AZULES FT. ABEL PINTOS

Mejor Fusión Regional Mexicana
“100 AÑOS” – CARLOS RIVERA, MALUMA & CALIBRE 50
“BOTELLA TRAS BOTELLA” – GERA MX & CHRISTIAN NODAL
“CUMBIA A LA GENTE” – GUAYNAA & LOS ÁNGELES AZULES
“EL CAMBIO” – CHESCA & GRUPO FIRME
“QUE SE SEPA NUESTRO AMOR” – MON LAFERTE & ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ
“TUYO Y MÍO” – CAMILO & LOS DOS CARNALES

La Mezcla Perfecta
“AGUA” – TAINY & J BALVIN
“CARAMELO (REMIX)” – OZUNA, KAROL G & MYKE TOWERS
“CHICA IDEAL” – SEBASTIÁN YATRA & GUAYNAA
“FÚTBOL Y RUMBA” – ANUEL AA FT. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
“HONEY BOO” – CNCO & NATTI NATASHA
“MALA COSTUMBRE” – MANUEL TURIZO & WISIN Y YANDEL
“MI NIÑA (REMIX)” – WISIN, MYKE TOWERS, MALUMA FT. ANITTA & LOS LEGENDARIOS
“PORFA (REMIX)” – FEID, JUSTIN QUILES, J BALVIN FT. MALUMA, NICKY JAM & SECH
“RELACIÓN (REMIX)” – SECH, DADDY YANKEE, J BALVIN, ROSALÍA & FARRUKO
“TITANIC” – KANY GARCÍA & CAMILO

Tropical Mix
“ANTES QUE SALGA EL SOL” – NATTI NATASHA & PRINCE ROYCE
“BEBÉ” – CAMILO & EL ALFA
“DE VUELTA PA’ LA VUELTA” – DADDY YANKEE & MARC ANTHONY
“TÚ VAS A TENER QUE EXPLICARME (REMIX)” – LA ROSS MARIA & ROMEO SANTOS
“VÍCTIMAS LAS DOS” – VÍCTOR MANUELLE & LA INDIA

Colaboración OMG
“BAILA CONMIGO” – SELENA GOMEZ & RAUW ALEJANDRO
“BEAUTIFUL BOY” – KAROL G, LUDACRIS & EMILEE
“DEL MAR” – OZUNA, DOJA CAT & SIA
“HAWÁI (REMIX)” – MALUMA & THE WEEKND
“MAMACITA” – BLACK EYED PEAS, OZUNA & J. REY SOUL
“ME GUSTA” – ANITTA FT. CARDI B & MYKE TOWERS
“TKN” – ROSALÍA & TRAVIS SCOTT
“TOP GONE” – LIL MOSEY & LUNAY
“UN DÍA (ONE DAY)” – J BALVIN, DUA LIPA, BAD BUNNY & TAINY
“X” – JONAS BROTHERS FT. KAROL G

Track Viral Del Año (Canción con el ascenso más rápido en social media)
“CON TUS BESOS” – ESLABON ARMADO
“DÁKITI” – BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ
“DE VUELTA PA’ LA VUELTA” – DADDY YANKEE & MARC ANTHONY
“DIME CÓMO QUIERES” – CHRISTIAN NODAL & ÁNGELA AGUILAR
“EL ENVIDIOSO” – LOS DOS CARNALES
“HAWÁI” – MALUMA
“LA JEEPETA (REMIX)” – NIO GARCIA, ANUEL AA, MYKE TOWERS, BRRAY & JUANKA
“RELACIÓN (REMIX)” – SECH, DADDY YANKEE, J BALVIN, ROSALÍA & FARRUKO
“TÚ” – CARIN LEÓN
“VIDA DE RICO” – CAMILO

Artista De La Juventud Masculino
BAD BUNNY
CAMILO
CHRISTIAN NODAL
DADDY YANKEE
EL FANTASMA
J BALVIN
LUNAY
MALUMA
MYKE TOWERS
PRINCE ROYCE

Artista De La Juventud Femenino
BECKY G
CAZZU
CHIQUIS
FARINA
KANY GARCÍA
KAROL G
MARIAH ANGELIQ
NATHY PELUSO
NATTI NATASHA
ROSALÍA

Grupo o Dúo Favorito Del Año
CALIBRE 50
CNCO
GRUPO FIRME
LOS ÁNGELES AZULES
LOS DOS CARNALES
MAU Y RICKY
N’KLABE
PISO 21
REIK
ZION Y LENNOX

Álbum Del Año
ALTER EGO – PRINCE ROYCE
DÉJÀ VU – CNCO
EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO – BAD BUNNY
KG0516 – KAROL G
LOS LEGENDARIOS 001 – LOS LEGENDARIOS
MESA PARA DOS – KANY GARCÍA
MIS MANOS – CAMILO
MUNAY – PEDRO CAPÓ
PAPI JUANCHO – MALUMA
UNA NIÑA INÚTIL – CAZZU

Álbum Regional Mexicano Del Año
AL ESTILO RANCHERON – LOS DOS CARNALES
AYAYAY! – CHRISTIAN NODAL
CARTELES – EL FANTASMA
DE BUENOS AIRES PARA EL MUNDO – LOS ÁNGELES AZULES
DESPUÉS DE HOY – NETO BERNAL
EL TRABAJO ES LA SUERTE – BANDA MS DE SERGIO LIZÁRRAGA
EN OTRO CANAL – LA FIERA DE OJINAGA
NOS DIVERTIMOS LOGRANDO LO IMPOSIBLE – GRUPO FIRME
SIN PERDER EL ESTILO – LENIN RAMÍREZ
VAMOS BIEN – CALIBRE 50

Canción Del Año
“CARAMELO (REMIX)” – OZUNA, KAROL G & MYKE TOWERS
“CARITA DE INOCENTE” – PRINCE ROYCE
“DÁKITI” – BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ
“DE VUELTA PA’ LA VUELTA” – DADDY YANKEE & MARC ANTHONY
“DIME CÓMO QUIERES” – CHRISTIAN NODAL & ÁNGELA AGUILAR
“EL ENVIDIOSO” – LOS DOS CARNALES
“HAWÁI” – MALUMA
“MI NIÑA” – LOS LEGENDARIOS, WISIN & MYKE TOWERS
“SI ME DICES QUE SÍ” – REIK, FARRUKO & CAMILO
“TU VENENO” – J BALVIN

El Traffic Jam
“ADMV” – MALUMA
“BAILA CONMIGO” – SELENA GOMEZ & RAUW ALEJANDRO
“BANDIDO” – MYKE TOWERS & JUHN
“BICHOTA” – KAROL G
“EL ENVIDIOSO” – LOS DOS CARNALES
“FIEL” – LOS LEGENDARIOS, WISIN & JHAY CORTEZ
“LA TÓXICA” – FARRUKO
“RELACIÓN (REMIX)” – SECH, DADDY YANKEE, J BALVIN, ROSALÍA & FARRUKO
“SE ME OLVIDÓ” – CHRISTIAN NODAL
“VIDA DE RICO” – CAMILO

La Más Pegajosa
“ANTES QUE SALGA EL SOL” – NATTI NATASHA & PRINCE ROYCE
“AY, DIOS MÍO!” – KAROL G
“BORRACHO DE COCHERA” – EL FANTASMA
“CHICA IDEAL” – SEBASTIÁN YATRA & GUAYNAA
“DE VUELTA PA’ LA VUELTA” – DADDY YANKEE & MARC ANTHONY
“DIOSA” – MYKE TOWERS
“HAWÁI” – MALUMA
“ROPA CARA” – CAMILO
“TE VOLVERÍA A ELEGIR” – CALIBRE 50
“VACÍO” – LUIS FONSI & RAUW ALEJANDRO

Girl Power
“ANIMAL” – MARIA BECERRA & CAZZU
“¡AQUÍ YO MANDO!” – KALI UCHIS & RICO NASTY
“EL CONSEJO” – ANA BÁRBARA & PAQUITA LA DEL BARRIO
“EL MAKINON” – KAROL G & MARIAH ANGELIQ
“LA MUJER” – MON LAFERTE & GLORIA TREVI
“LAS NENAS” – NATTI NATASHA, CAZZU, FARINA FT. LA DURACA
“LO VAS A OLVIDAR” – BILLIE EILISH & ROSALÍA
“RAM PAM PAM” – NATTI NATASHA & BECKY G
“SE PORTABA MAL” – KANY GARCÍA & MON LAFERTE
“TICK TOCK” – THALIA, FARINA & SOFÍA REYES

La Coreo Más Hot
“BALADA PARA PERREAR” – LAS VILLA
“BICHOTA” – KAROL G
“ENCHULE” – RAUW ALEJANDRO
“LA BURBUJA” – MALUMA
“PROBLEMA” – DADDY YANKEE

Social Dance Challenge
“BICHOTA” – KAROL G
“LAS NENAS” – NATTI NATASHA, CAZZU, FARINA FT. LA DURACA
“PAPÁS” – MAU Y RICKY
“ROPA CARA” – CAMILO
“SE TE NOTA” – LELE PONS & GUAYNAA

Video Con El Mensaje Más Poderoso
“CUANDO ESTÉS AQUÍ” – PABLO ALBORÁN
“CUENTA CONMIGO” – MIKE BAHÍA, LLANE, PJ SIN SUELA FT. MOZART LA PARA
“GIRASOLES” – LUIS FONSI
“TAN BONITA” – PISO 21
“UN DÍA (ONE DAY)” – J BALVIN, DUA LIPA, BAD BUNNY & TAINY

Quiero Más
ALEJANDRA CAPETILLO & ANA PAULA CAPETILLO
ARIEL FOCUS
DOMELIPA
FRIDA SOFÍA
IRINA BAEVA
JAVIERR
JOSÉ EDUARDO DERBEZ
KUNNO
MICHELLE SALAS
SEBASTIÁN RULLI

Juntos Encienden Mis Redes
ANGELIQUE BOYER & SEBASTIÁN RULLI
CAMILO & EVALUNA
CHRISTIAN NODAL & BELINDA
GUAYNAA & LELE PONS
KIMBERLY LOAIZA & JUAN DE DIOS PANTOJA
NATTI NATASHA & RAPHY PINA

Ayudando A Sus Fans
BECKY G
DEMI LOVATO
J BALVIN
RICKY MARTIN
SELENA GOMEZ

Mejor LOL
ABELARDO CAMPUZANO
IMARAY ULLOA
JAVIER HALA MADRID
MARIO AGUILAR
MRCHUY0123

Influencer Con Causa
ARTURO ISLAS ALLENDE
JUANPA ZURITA
PAOLA ZURITA
SANTI MARATEA
YALITZA APARICIO

El Más Trendy
CAMILO
J BALVIN
KALI UCHIS
KAROL G
SOFÍA REYES

Maluma Teams Up with Quay for Full Collection of Sunglasses & Glasses

The future’s so bright for Maluma that he’s gotta wear shades…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter is expanding his empire with a special collaboration with Quay.

Maluma x Quay

Maluma has teamed up with the eyewear brand for a full collection of sunglasses and optical lenses, designed to bring he good vibes and energy this summer.

The Maluma So Much Sol campaign features a variety of styles and colors for everyone.

Maluma x Quay

“I always liked Quay,” the singer, born Juan Luis Londoño Arias, tells Billboard of the new collaboration. “I saw a couple of years ago when Jennifer Lopez was part of a big campaign with Quay and when I saw it, I wanted to be there. I always wear Quay. So one day, some guy from the office called me and said he wanted to work with me, so I was like, ‘What?’ That was a big, big dream for me and now it’s happening so I’m excited to release this big campaign. There’s going to be, hopefully, around the world, fans who are excited too. They know that I love shades, I love sunglasses.”

The summery theme of the campaign, of course, was inspired partly by his 2020 album, Papi Juancho, which peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on November 20, 2020.

Maluma x Quay

“[The album] had those tropical colors, that Miami Vice vibe, so I wanted to match it with the campaign,” Maluma explains. “That’s how I was feeling at the time when we started working on it. It matched perfectly. We did the photoshoot in Miami and it looked very vintage and modern at the same time.”

While it’s “hard to choose” a favorite pair, the global superstar gushes over the multi-colored Yada Yada pair. “They look like a rainbow and they’re big and are a statement,” he says. “Those are the kind of shades I love, because I’m not afraid to wear different kinds of things. When I saw those shades, I knew they were my favorite.”

Maluma is also ready to rock his new Quay collaboration at his Papi Juancho 2021 World Tour, which kicks off in the U.S. on September 2 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

“Finally, finally, finally, we’re going on tour,” the singer says, bursting at the seams with excitement. “I miss it so bad. The last time I was one stage was a year and a half ago, and it feels like an eternity.”

“We’re preparing new music, because the last year was one of the most important years of my career,” he continues. “I released Papi Juancho, ‘Hawái’ was the biggest song of my career, so now we’re preparing for the musicians and the band and the team. We’re going to make a show that’s another level. That’s the goal – we’re talking about fashion, dancers, lights, music. We’re very excited about it.”

Shop the full Quay x Maluma collection here.

Ana Gabriel Bringing “Por Amor a Ustedes” Tour to 18 U.S. Cities in Early 2022

Ana Gabriel is preparing to head north of the border…

After her scheduled world tour was sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic a year ago, the 65-year-old Mexican legendary singer/songwriter is now announcing new live dates.

Ana Gabriel,

Her “Por Amor a Ustedes” tour, originally slated to kick off in Spring of 2020, will now launch February 10, 2022 at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, California.

Ana Gabriel will play 18 U.S. cities. Tickets originally purchased for her 2020 postponed dates will be honored on the new dates.

A legacy artist known as much for her throaty voice as for her songwriting, Ana Gabriel is one of the few Latin female acts playing to large venues today.

Based on her chart success, she sits at No. 25 on Billboard’s list of Top Latin Artists of All Time, one of only four female artists on the list’s top 25.

Her tour is produced by concert promoter Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), who are also producing Bad Bunny and Maluma’s tour. Alex Fernández, Alejandro Fernández’s son, will be the guest artist on Ana Gabriel’s Miami and Fort Myers dates.

Tickets will be available for presale May 27 at 10 a.m. and for general sale on May 28 at http://cmnevents.com

Bad Bunny: The Top Latinx Winner at the Billboard Music Awards

Bad Bunny is celebrating a memorable night…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican superstar took home four awards at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, the most of any Latinx artist.

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

Bad Bunny collected the awards Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Male Artist, Top Latin Song (“Dákiti“) and Top Latin Album (YHLQMDLG).

Bad Bunny, who performed “Te Deseo Lo Mejor” after accepting his Top Latin Artist award, presented by Lena Waithe, holds the record for the most top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with 104. He also holds the record for the most hits in total on that chart: 111. His chart-topping YHLQMDLG won him his first Grammy on March 14, when it was named Best Latin Pop or Urban Album.

In the Top Latin Artist category at the BBMAs, Bad Bunny was up against Anuel AA, J Balvin, Maluma and Ozuna.

“I share this [award] with all of my colleagues nominated who are doing big things for the genre,” he said in Spanish during his speech.

El Conejo Malo wasn’t the only one representing Latin music at the BBMAs. Colombian hitmaker Karol G also took center stage performing “Bichota” and “El Makinon” after being announced winner of the Top Latin Female Artist award, beating out Becky G and Rosalía.

Karol G, whose most recent album KG0516 debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, becoming her first No. 1 on that list, has amassed 25 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including three No. 1s. She has had 10 No. 1s on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart.

She performed a medley of her hits “Bichota” and “El Makinon,” both from her latest album KG0516. She also flaunted her “next level” dance moves that she rehearsed “very hard” for, as she told Billboard’s Leila Cobo.

“I’m happy and I’m nervous,” she said ahead of her big night. “A lot of power…with this performance, I want to express that I feel like a woman and a business girl. I feel so happy and grateful for everything that’s happening in my career and my life, and to have the opportunity to inspire girls all over the world.”

Finally, representing the Regional Mexican realm, Eslabon Armado took home the Top Latin Duo/Group award. The teenage trio was up against Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga and Los Dos Carnales in that category.

Known for their sierreño ballads, Eslabon Armado – comprised of brothers Pedro (lead vocalist) and Brian Tovar (bass and bajoloche), along with friend Gabriel Hidalgo (harmony and background vocals) – scored three consecutive chart-topping albums in 2020: Tu Veneno MortalVibras de Noche and Corta Venas.

“Always grateful to God, our parents, our label and our fans,” Eslabon Armado posted on their social media after they won the award. “This award is for all of you.”

Hosted by Nick Jonas, the ceremony also honored P!nk as the Icon, Drake as the artist of the decade and Trae Tha Truth as the Change Maker.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Top Artist: The Weeknd
Top New Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake
Top Song Sales Artist
: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
Top Social Artist (Fan Voted): BTS
Top R&B Artist:
The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist
: Doja Cat
Top Rap Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Male Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Female Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Top Country Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Male Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Female Artist: Gabby Barrett
Top Country Duo/Group: Florida Georgia Line
Top Rock Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Male Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Female Artist
: Karol G
Top Latin Duo/Group: Eslabón Armado
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist
: Elevation Worship
Top Gospel Artist
: Kanye West
Top Billboard 200 Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top R&B Album: The Weeknd, After Hours
Top Rap Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top Country Album: Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
Top Rock Album: Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall 
Top Latin Album: Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG 
Top Dance/Electronic Album
: Lady Gaga, Chromatica 
Top Christian Album: Carrie Underwood, My Gift
Top Gospel Album: Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1 
Top Hot 100 Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Streaming Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Top Selling Song: BTS, “Dynamite”
Top Radio Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Collaboration (Fan Voted): Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Rap Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Top Country Song: Gabby Barrett, “I Hope”
Top Rock Song: AJR, “Bang!”
Top Latin Song
: Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: SAINt JHN, “Roses (Imanbek Remix)”
Top Christian Song: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, “Graves Into Gardens”
Top Gospel Song: Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, “Wash Us In The Blood”

Maluma Teams Up with Blessd for “Imposible” Remix

Maluma is officially blessd

The 27-year-old Colombian urban global star has joined voiced with Colombian newcomer Blessd for a remix of “Imposible.”

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With more than 3 million views on YouTube, the original track put Blessd — a rising rapper based in Medellin — on the radar.

“This [song] is the beginning of my career, which will showcase me on a professional level,” he expressed in a statement, adding that with “Imposible,” he’s entering the big leagues.

Evidently, it caught the attention of Maluma, who is not only on the remix, but also gave Blessd his stamp of approval on social media.

“Medellín on the map!” he wrote. “There’s a bunch of promising artists coming from the motherland and I want them to shine. It won’t be like the old days, where ego didn’t let people work together. Business is business and friendship is friendship. I’m vouching for mine.”

Produced by Latin hitmakers The Prodigiez (J Cortes and Young Crunk), “Imposible (Remix)” is a juicy, sensual reggaeton track about two people who are curious about being with each other despite being in another relationship. Maluma’s flirtatious vocals tie in with the infectious melody as Blessd flaunts his refreshing rapping skills.

Unlike the original music video, where Blessd performs the song at a barbershop, Maluma and Blessd are hanging out with the bros and riding around town in luxurious cars.

“We hope that this opportunity will serve to motivate new talents to work hard and realize that great artists, producers, entrepreneurs and important personalities of the industry have their eyes set on Colombia,” The Prodigiez commented.

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Maluma to Take Part in Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Climate Change-Themed “Earth Day! The Musical” Special on Facebook Watch

Maluma is hoping to raise awareness about climate change

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter is joining forces with Bill Nye the Science Guy and fellow superstar musicians for an Earth Day-centered Facebook Watch special dedicated to protecting the planet.

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Earth Day! The Musical, formed in partnership with Facebook Watch and EARTHDAY.org, follows Nye, the iconic TV science educator, as he teams up with Maluma and more to share with their fans what part they can play in restoring our Earth.

Nye will also pass the mic to young climate activists discussing what work they’ve been doing to help the planet, including Alexia Akbay, CEO and co-founder of Symbrosia, a Hawaii-based startup using seaweed to reduce livestock methane; Jerome Foster II, the youngest member of the Joe Biden White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council at age 18; and Xiye Bastida, a Mexican-Chilean climate activist and one of the lead organizers of the Fridays for Future youth climate strike movement in New York.

Other A-list musical guests who will be featured in the special include Justin BieberBen PlattCharli and Dixie D’AmelioCNCOCody SimpsonIdina MenzelJack HarlowSteve Aoki, and Tori KellyZac EfronDesus Nice and The Kid MeroJasmine Cephas Jones, Karamo Brown, Nick Kroll and more are also slated to appear.

On Monday (April 19), Maluma surprised fans with his freshly minted Earth Day anthem Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem) that he recorded in collaboration with Michelob Ultra Pure Gold to toast to its first-ever organic lager brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from solar power.

During Earth Day! The Musical, Facebook will roll out its #RestoreOurEarthChallenge, which calls on international viewers to share pictures, videos and other social media posts about the steps they’re taking to combat climate change on Earth Day this year.

“Earth Day! The Musical” will air on Thursday at noon ET on Facebook Watch.

Maluma Releases Surprise New Single “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem)” in Time for Earth Day

Surprise! Maluma is back with brand new music…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has released the single “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem),” and it arrives just in time for Earth Day and the approaching lazy days of summer.

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The soulful, Caribbean-infused reggaeton track is in collaboration with Michelob Ultra Pure Gold to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and the brand’s first-ever organic lager brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from solar power.

“I’ve collaborated with some of the biggest artists in the world, but never before with a star that’s literally out of this world,” Maluma said in an official statement about the sun-powered beer. “I had so much fun partnering with Michelob Ultra Pure Gold to record this anthem and I love that it is in support of sustainability, which is a huge passion of mine. I really hope people enjoy ‘Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem)’ and join us in this celebration with a Pure Gold in hand.”

“Rumba” — co-produced by MadMusick (Giencarlos Rivera and Jonathan Rivera) and Edgar “Edge” Barrera — features the roaring sounds of the sun.

An official music video will be released on Thursday through Maluma’s YouTube channel.

“This Earth Day we look forward to celebrating our commitment together with our long-standing partner, Maluma, who shares in our passion for nature and sustainability,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president of Michelob Ultra.

In addition to solar power and reinforcing Anheuser-Busch‘s commitment to achieving its 2025 Sustainability Goals, the “brewer has been investing in other forms of renewable electricity, including wind, and recently announced that $100M of the company’s planned $1 billion investment over the next two years will go to sustainability initiatives,” Billboard has learned.

To further celebrate with fans, the beer brand and Maluma will be giving away limited-edition “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem)” gold vinyl records to fans 21 and older on social media.

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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.