The 34-year-old Colombian singer has joined voices with his compatriot Paula Arenas to release the new single “Puro Sentimiento,” with the official music video premiering Thursday on Billboard.
After years of friendship, Medrano and Arenas have finally released their first-ever collaborative effort.
“Puro Sentimiento” is an ‘80s-inspired love song with chill funk melodies and smooth soulful vocals, narrating the story of two people who have chemistry.
“I’m counting the hours so that you can meet this special song for me,” Arenas expressed on Instagram. “Because I wrote it with two friends, Manuel Medrano and Juan Pablo Vegas because we had a great time filming the video, because it’s years of friendship reunited in one song, and because it’s a dream come true.
The official music video, directed by Jesus Adrianza, brings the lyrics of “Puro Sentimiento” to life, showing both Arenas and Medrano pulling closer to each other every once in a while atop the old Post Office building in Downtown Miami.
“Puro Sentimiento,” which translates to “pure feelings,” marks Arenas’ second single of the year.
It follows a successful 2021, where she was a four-time nominee at the 2021 Latin Grammys for album of the year, song of the year, record of the year, and best contemporary pop vocal album with her EP Mis Amores. The set also received a Grammy nomination for best Latin pop album.
Up next, Arenas will share the stage with Medrano as a special guest on his “Eterno Tour” in Mexico.
The tour kicks off Friday, May 13, at the Showcenter Complex in Monterrey.
A Tiny Audience is unveiling its season 3 lineup, with the 35-year-old Mexican indie-pop singer and composer among the participating artists.
Presented 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.
The 33-year-old Colombian pop singer has released a new single “Hay Una Luz Dentro De Ti.”
After testing the waters with a pop-funk-meets-urban sound, which he simply nailed, Medrano returns to his roots on the single.
In true and authentic Medrano fashion, he laces a soulful alternative beat with heartfelt lyrics that will simply make anyone fall in love.
“There are so many things within you that I can’t resist” and “your heart and mine join forces and it feeds my entire body,” are some of the lyrics that Medrano’s deep vocals chant, flaunting his ease with poetry.
The music video is just as symbolic, showing a couple’s love story through lyrical dance as Medrano performs the song in an abandoned train station and inside a vintage theater.
The 38-year-old Spanish singer, songwriter and actress appeared in an intimate concert special filmed in Havana, Cuba, that premiered on HBO Latino on Friday, February 12.
The second installment of the HBO concert series “Havana Street Party Presents” — filmed before the global pandemic — not only includes live performances of Luengo’s Cuerpo y Almaalbum, but also taps into personal stories and empowering anecdotes as told by Luengo.
“Prior to the tour that was expected to start in 2020, I started making this documentary as a way to show my fans what my show would be like and as a presentation for those who don’t know me,” Luengo tells Billboard.
Of her 2018 album, she explains “cuerpo” are the songs she composes on top of beats, for artists like Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Wisin, Yandel. “Alma” are the songs she pens for organic instruments, for artists like Reik, Thalia,Ha*Ash, Alejandra Guzman, and Ricky Martin.
“This concert is an opportunity to show how a woman has managed to become a songwriter in such a difficult industry,” she says.
Filmed at the doors of an ancient castle in Habana for a select group of local fans, Luengo’s special guests include Manuel Medrano, Farina, Blas Cantó, and Orishas. She’s accompanied by a gospel choir, string quintet, and live DJ throughout the show.
For Luengo, it was important to bring her concept to life, fusing melancholy with modernity, the past with the future.
“We created a very special ambiance,” she says. “I feel that it is a way of projecting and giving hope, showing the Cuban youth all the advanced technology, such as mapping. The entire production has a very strong message for me. Cuba deserves the best.”
Meanwhile, Luengo is making the rounds with the Yotuel and Omar Montes-assisted “Rebelde,” which has become a viral sensation on TikTok with its vogue-meets-flamenco dance. “It exploded!” she expresses. “The TikTok videos are giving me life, all the outfits, and concepts. I love to see how your music can generate a person’s creativity or simply have fun.”
“Havana Street Party presents Beatriz Luengo” is currently streaming on HBO Max.
The 28-year-old Colombian singer has signed with Vibras Lab, the management company headed by J Balvin co-manager Fabio Acosta, for global representation.
Jiménez, signed to Sony Colombia, is one of the leaders in the country’s burgeoning “Música popular,” or popular music movement, the name given locally to Colombia’s take on regional Mexican music.
“Colombia is a trend-setter in music, and música popular, as they call the genre in Colombia, has seen huge growth there in the past year,” says Acosta. “Yeison is a leader in that genre and he has the potential to be one of those Colombian artists who are very successful with another genre, as happened with reggaetón and artists from Medellín.”
The deal with Vibras, says Acosta, will allow Jiménez to expand in other territories.
Already, the singer/songwriter has more than 400,000 followers on Spotify.
Jiménez’s music is an example of how regional genres morph. Although he’s rooted in Mexican norteño and mariachi sounds, he also adds tropical music and the traditional acoustic guitar of Colombian popular music from the countryside for a unique blend of sounds.
Jiménez joins a Vibras roster that also includes Colombian Manuel Medrano, Argentine rapper Cazzu, J Balvin and newly signed Matt Paris.
Manuel Medrano is bringing his live show to the internet.
Rappi, a growing on-demand delivery platform that operates in nine Latin American countries, will begin hosting live performances, starting with a concert by the 32-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter on June 19.
Medrano’s one-hour show will be accessible live, for a small “entrance” fee, to Rappi’s 25 million registered users, spread across its home base of Colombia (5 million registered users), Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.
“Rappi has a significant number of users who use the platform recurrently,” says Sebastian Ruales, global head of SuperApp for Rappi. “Now, they can also find their favorite artists. It’s an added value for the Rappi platform where you’ll be able to do your transactions and also go the events you want to go to. We are offering Rappi users a platform where they can connect with what they want to see. And we offer artists a monetizable platform where they can connect directly with over 25 million people. It’s a model with very clear monetization.”
Rappi’s sheer scale and ease of use could make it a game-changer in the digital live entertainment business, particularly in Latin America, where it operates.
The company, launched just five years ago, becoming only the second Colombian startup to reach “Unicorn” status when it raised $1 billion in 2018, and it has been expanding its capabilities at a fast pace.
Originally launched as a delivery app – think GrubHub, Instacartand Uber Eats— it now takes its inspiration from apps like China’s WeChat, which combines a messenger service, social media, online shopping and payment to create a completely integrated mobile ecosystem.
For artists, it’s guaranteed income. Rappi can either charge a small fee per viewer (which goes to the artist), or it can offer the concert for free to more people with sponsorship support.
In Medrano’s case, fans will pay a small fee for a 50-60 minute concert filmed in a state of the art Rappi studio that conforms to all health requirements during the COVID-19lockdown.
“We’ve been wanted to do a show since the beginning of the lockdown, but we wanted it to clearly be a concert — not a livestream — a concert that originated from a platform specialized in concerts,” says Medrano, who hasn’t done any livestreams since the beginning of Colombia’s strict lockdown orders took effect in March.
“I’m about playing live. That’s what I enjoy most,” adds Medrano, who is known for his soulful, guitar-accompanied ballads and his deep distinctive voice. When Medrano and his manager, Fabio Acosta, began to explore options, they encountered Rappi as an alternative. “When they told us they wanted to launch a livestream button, we were really intrigued and we got together.”
For artists, Rappi’s appeal lies in its huge user base, but also in the ability to monetize.
Rappi does not take a percentage of earnings, but a “small take” to cover production costs and use of the platform.
“Our model is not to make money,” says Ruales. “I win because I offer a value proposition for users, where artist fans we’ll be able to watch their artist and will want to join Rappi. Rappi acts as a big microphone that amplifies the audience.”
For Medrano, that will mean singing and playing his guitar in front of potentially millions of paying customers versus simply YouTubeusers. “I’m going to perform in my most intimate format, playing my songs with just my guitar,” he says. “That’s how I write, that’s how I got started, but it’s a part of me fans rarely see anymore as I’m always touring with my band.”
Beyond Medrano, Rappi is already planning ahead and is closely to finalizing contracts with 19 other performers, including musical acts, YouTubers and influencers. The company now has a team devoted to livestreams and has partnered with booking agencies to find the best talent.
“It’s ambitious, but it’s new and we’re learning and taking it step by step.”
Prince Royce is ready to take the international stage…
The 28-year-old Dominican American bachata singer has been added to the list of superstars set to perform at 2017 Latin American Music Awards 2017, according to Telemundo.
Prince Royce, the reigning Favorite Tropical Artist, joins a list of performers that includes Chris Brown, Gente de Zona, Natalia Jimenez, Banda MS, Alejandra Guzmán, Gloria Trevi, hip hop legend Spiff TV, Pablo Alborán and Jesse & Joy.
The list of performers also includes upcoming acts like Spanish pop singer Abraham Mateo, Cuban pop music group Angeles, Puerto Rican “trap” singer Bad Bunny, regional Mexican singer Christian Nodal and Colombian singer/songwriter Manuel Medrano.
The “Latin AMAs” honors artists in the genres of Pop/Rock, Regional Mexican, Urban and Tropical, as well as categories for Favorite Crossover Artist, Favorite Collaboration, New Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, among others.
This year, Colombian superstars Shakira and Maluma top the list of nominees for the third annual awards show. Nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including, but not limited to, sales, airplay, streaming and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.
The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, at 9:00 pm ET on Thursday, October 26. The show is produced by Telemundo and Somos Productions.
Manuel Medrano is representing the next generation of hitmakers…
The 29-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter will speak at the “I Write the Song, the New Generation” panel at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference.
Medrano will be joined by fellow hitmakers Joss Favela, Servando, Horacio Palencia, Erika Ender and The Rude Boyz on the panel..
Medrano is a Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter known for his romantic ballads like “Una y otra vez“; regional Mexican singer Favela is ASCAP‘s 2016 & 2017 songwriter of the year; while Palencia is a five-time BMI songwriter of the year.
Servando is the songwriter behind Enrique Iglesias‘ Grammy-nominated hit “Duele el corazón“; Ender co-wrote Luis Fonsi‘s chart-topping hit “Despacito“; and to round out the panelists are The Rude Boyz, hitmakers behind Shakira’s “Chantaje” and Maluma’s “Borró cassette.”
The “I Write the Song” panel will take place April 26. Other confirmed panels and panelists include “Socializing Maluma” featuring the Colombian superstar; “The Latin Trap Panel” with artists like Farruko, Ozuna and Bad Bunny; and the memoirs and biopics panel titled “Me, Me, Me” with Ednita Nazario.
The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference will kick off on April 24 with more panels and panelists set to be announced in the upcoming weeks leading up the conference.
The conference will take place on April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach. To register, visit BillboardLatinConference.com.
The Fronterizo Indie pop fusion ensemble, consisting of Manuel Calderon, Hector Carreon, Paulina Reza, Alejandro Bustillos and Fernando Fonseca, has released the music video for their single “Ramas.”
The new video follows the release of their debut album’s Once Oncedeluxe version, which was released back in September.
The clip, filmed during a studio session, features the Latin Grammy nominated band’s new vocalist Paulina Reza — who joined the bordertown group after Once Once’s deluxe release.
Representing border cities El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, The Chamanas — known for their ’70’s-inspired ballads and contemporary beats — are among the 10 acts nominated for best new artist in this year’s Latin Grammys. The indie band is up against such artists as Chilean balladeer Mon Laferte, Colombian singer-songwriter Esteman, regional Mexican singer Joss Favela and Colombian artist Manuel Medrano.