J Balvin Lands Two Singles on Spotify’s “Billions Club” Playlist

J Balvin is officially in special company…

Spotify has launched its “Billions Club” playlist to highlight the music of the members of its Billion Streams Club, including two of the 36-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter’s most iconic singles.

J Balvin

According to Spotify, the new playlist — which currently features more than 150 songs — highlights the megahits that have surpassed the one billion streams mark. Included on the new playlist are J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” with Willy William and his collaboration with Cardi B and Bad Bunny, “I Like It.”

In all Cardi B has three singles on the playlist. Along with “I Like It,” the other singles are “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5, and “Taki Taki,” her collaboration with Selena Gomez, Ozuna and DJ Snake.

Selena Gomez has three singles. Along with “Taki Taki,” her other singles on the playlist include “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Charlie Puth, and “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo.

Bruno Mars has three singles on the playlist “That’s What I Like” and “Just the Way You Are,” as well as “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson.

Other Latin artists appearing on the playlist include Karol G, Danny Ocean, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello and Luis Fonsi.

“Spotify has long celebrated artist milestones and we wanted to find a unique way to honor the artists and songs fans can’t stop listening to,” Ashley Graver, Global Head of Creative Artist Partnerships, tells Billboard. “The Billions Club playlist is a natural evolution of the plaques you have seen from multiple artists, and we are excited to give fans a one-stop destination to enjoy some of the most streamed songs in the world.”

Also in celebration of the newly rounded up collection of songs, Spotify created a video sharing how various artists have reveled when learning of the milestone and receiving their One Billion Streams plaque from the streamer.

Prior to the launch of the “Billions Club” playlist, some artists have marked hitting the billion streams achievement by doing more than just showing off their shiny new plaques on social media. Several have literally eaten off the platter-shaped badge of honor: Halsey dug into some Cheetos and candy, Joe Jonas dined on some McDonald’s, and Quavo ate some scrambled eggs and waffles with plenty of syrup, for example. (See Billboard’s gallery.)

Spotify has been busy this year launching new features beyond the just announced “Billions Club” playlist.

In April, the streaming service started adding some livestream events to artist pages, and in late May, partnered with Driift for tickets to a virtual concert series.

Cardi B, “I Like It,” featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Cardi B, “Girls Like Me,” with Maroon 5
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”
Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” with Mark Ronson
Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Karol G, “Tusa,” featuring Nicki Minaj
Selena Gomez, “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” with Charlie Puth
Selena Gomez, “Taki Taki,” with DJ Snake, Cardi B & Ozuna
Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me,” with Kygo
Camila Cabello, “Senorita,” with Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabello, “Havana,” featuring Young Thug
Luis Fonsi, “Despacito – Remix,” with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber
Luis Fonsi, “Despacity,” with Daddy Yankee
J Balvin, “Mi Gente,” with Willy William
Danny Ocean, “Me Rehuso”

Karol G’s “El Makinon,” Featuring Mariah Angeliq, Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

Karol G’s winning streak continues…

The 30-year-old Colombian singer’s collaboration with Mariah Angeliq, “El Makinon,” rises from No. 7 to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated June 5.

Karol G & Mariah Angelique

The rise to the summit comes a week after Karol G’s first live performance at the Billboard Music Awards on May 23, and her win for Top Latin Female Artist. She performed a medley of the tune and “Bichota” on the NBC broadcast.

The track rises with a 26% boost in audience impressions, to 8.7 million, earned in the week ending on May 30, according to MRC Data. That’s a 1.8 million gain from the previous week. “El Makinon” marks Karol G’s 11th Latin Airplay No. 1. Mariah Angeliq claims her first on any Billboard chart.

“El Makinon” is the fifth consecutive track from KG0516 (Karol’s first Top Latin Albums No. 1 debut) to crown Latin Airplay: “Tusa” with Nicki Minaj, “Ay, Dios Mio!,” “Bichota” and “Location” with Anuel AA and J Balvin all ruled for at least one week. Among women, she holds the record for the most leaders on the chart from the same album.

Beyond its Latin Airplay coronation, “El Makinon” takes the Greatest Gainer/Airplay honor on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales, and streaming data, with a 7-6 lift.

It’s only the third female pairing to rule since the chart’s inception in 1994.

Karol G Releases Third Studio Album “KG0516”

Karol G’s latest project has officially taken flight

The 30-year-old Colombian singer, whose real name is Carolina Giraldo Navarro, has released her third studio album KG0516.

Karol G

Karol G produced the album with her longtime collaborator Ovy on the Drums.

Guests on the record include Nicki Minaj (“Tusa”), J Balvin, Anuel AA, Ludacris, and Ozuna.

The album’s title, KG0516, follows the format of a flight number and stands for Karol G’s name, followed by the numbers representing May 16, 2006, the day she signed her first record deal.

“This album represents the evolution of Carolina as a person and Karol G as an artist,” she said in a press release. She continued:

“This is a flight I want to invite all my fans on to join me  on my musical journey, where each song represents a connecting flight that takes you to a new place. I experienced  a lot with different sounds, genres and unique vibes. It’s definitely something that hasn’t been heard before from me and the songs are all a representation of who I am today as a person and an artist.”

Daddy Yankee Named Songwriter of the Year at This Year’s ASCAP Latin Music Awards

Daddy Yankee is celebrating a massive honor…

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has revealed the 2021 winners of the ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with the 45-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer/rapper earning the top prize.

Daddy Yankee

Honoring the most performed Latin songs of the past year, Daddy Yankee nabbed the title of ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for the third time, following his songwriter-artist of the year wins in 2019 and 2017. Yankee has a total of 42 ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

The reggaeton veteran had a promising year with many collaborations that included Sech, Play-N-Skillz, Zion & Lennox, Anuel AA, and Kendo Kaponi, to name a few.

He closed off 2020 with his Marc Anthony-assisted salsa single “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta,” which arrived at No. 6 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated Dec. 26). His current single “Problema” debuted at No. 9 on the chart dated March 13, earning him his 36th top 10 on the list, which blends airplay, streams, and digital sales.

Meanwhile, Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s viral collaboration “Tusa,” which became the first song by two lead female artists to debut at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs, received the ASCAP Song of the Year award.

“Tusa,” which is an empowering ode to heartbreak, was written by Keityn and Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez and published by Girl Power Publishing, JCV Music, KCMusic, Kobalt, and Sony Music Publishing.

“We are so thrilled to honor your amazing achievements of the past year at our El Premio ASCAP, our annual Latin Music Awards,” said Paul Williams, ASCAP chairman of the board and president, in a video. “Once again we will come together in spirit and solidarity. Starting today, we welcome your fans from all over the world to join in and celebrate your success. On behalf of your ASCAP family, I want to say congratulations to all of this year’s winners for your incredible musical achievements. Felicitaciones!”

Hosted by Colombian singer, rapper, and songwriter Farina, the event kicked off with a livestream concert featuring winners Danny Ocean, Elena Rose, and Vibarco.

The ASCAP Latin Music Awards are presented until March 25 in both Spanish and English via @ASCAPLatino and @ASCAP on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtags #ElPremioASCAP and #ASCAPAwards.

Here’s the complete ASCAP Latin Music Awards winners list:

ASCAP Composer of the year: Daddy Yankee
Song of the Year: “Tusa”
Composers: Keityn, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Publishing: Girl Power Publishing, JCV Music, KCMusic, Kobalt, Sony Music Publishing
Publishing of the Year: Sony Music Publishing

WINNING SONGS

ADICTO
Composers: Jhay Cortez
Publishing: A Million Dollar Dream, Warner Chappell

ADMV
Composers: Miky La Sensa, Vibarco
Publishing: Dynasty Publishing Group, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Vibarco Publishing, Warner Chappell

AGUA
Composers: Lex Borrero, Jhay Cortez, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen McDannell Hillenburg, Keityn, Blaise Smith, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Publishing: 22 Words, A Million Dollar Dream, JCV Music, KCMusic, Sony Music Publishing, Tunes By Nickelodeon, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

AY DIOS MIO!
Composers: Danny Ocean
Publishing: OCNS Publishing, Sony Music Publishing

BLANCO
Composers: Bull Nene
Publishing: Black Koi Entertainment, Warner Chappell

BONITA
Composers: Mauricio Rengifo, Sebastián Yatra
Publishing: Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

CABALLERO
Composers: José Luis Roma
Publishing: Sony Music Publishing

CADA VEZ TE EXTRAÑO MÁS
Composers: Miguel Luna
Publishing: Editorial LGA Nueva Generación, Pacific Latin Copyright

CARAMELO
Composers: Gotay El Auténtiko, Yazid Rivera López, Felix Ozuna
Publishing: Gotay Autentik Music Publishing, Kobalt, Los Tesla Publishing, My Money 3

CON TUS BESOS
Compositores: José Ángel Del Villar
Publishing: BMG, Del World Song

DÁKITI
Compositores: Jhay Cortez, Mora
Publishing: A Million Dollar Dream, RSM Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

DEFINITIVAMENTE
Composers: Daddy Yankee, Nekxum
Publishing: Cangris Publishing, Nerdy Beats Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

EL CIRCO
Composers: El Fantasma
Publishing: Melodies Of Afinarte, Melodies Of Rigoletto Music Publishing

EL ENVIDIOSO
Publishing: Melodies Of Afinarte, Melodies Of Rigoletto Music Publishing

ESCONDIDOS
Composers: Abbel
Publishing: Editora Anval

ESTA VEZ SOY YO
Composers: Mario Ernesto Martínez Cuevas
Publishing: De Calibre Music

FANTASÍA
Composers: Chris Jedi, Luis E. Ortiz Rivera, Nino Karlo Segarra
Publishing: Isla Estrella Publishing, Jedy Squat Music, ORL Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

FANTASÍAS
Composers: DJ Urba, Eric Duars, Windel B. Edwards, Farruko, Franklin Martínez, Sharo Towers
Publishing: The Beat Tower Publishing, Duars Music Publishing, Holl Up, Kobalt, Music By STB, Primestar Hits Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Urbani Music Publishing , Warner Chappell

HASTA QUE SALGA EL SOL
Composers: Gotay El Auténtiko, Jamal F. Rashid
Publishing: Gotay Autentik Music Publishing, Los Tesla Publishing, Mally Mall Music

HAWÁI
Composers: Bull Nene, Jowan, Keityn, Miky La Sensa, Andrés Uribe, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Publishing: Dynasty Publishing Group, JCV Music, KCMusic, Rudeboyz Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

KEII
Composers: Chris Jedi, Luis E. Ortiz Rivera,Nino Karlo Segarra
Publishing: Isla Estrella Publishing, Jedy Squat Music, ORL Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

LA DIFICIL
Composers: Mora
Publishing: RSM Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

LA JEEPETA (REMIX)
Composers: Benny Benni, Brray, Flow La Movie, Myke Towers, Nío García, Juanka
Publishing: Ah Ent Music Publishing, Canaliense Music, House Of Haze Music, León Negro Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell, White World Music Publishing

LA MEJOR VERSIÓN DE MI (REMIX)
Composers: Joss Favela, Natti Natasha, Raphy Pina, Romeo Santos
Publishing: Acustic Music, I Love Amiguita, Kobalt, La Dura De Las Duras Publishing, Los Magnífikos Music, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

LA SANTA
Composers: Daddy Yankee
Publishing: Cangris Publishing, RSM Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

LA TÓXICA
Composers: Andy Bauza, Everton Bonner, DJ Joe, Farruko, Franklin Martínez, Luis Angel O’Neill, Héctor Pagán, Sharo Towers, John Christopher Taylor, Tempo, Lloyd Oliver Willis
Publishing: Ankk Tempo Music, The Beat Tower Publishing, Carbon Fiber Hits Publishing, Holl Up, Irish Town Songs, Kobalt, No Stop Music Publishing, Primestar Hits Music Publishing, RSM Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Trebol Clan Official Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

LO QUE TE DI
Composers: Marc Anthony
Publishing: Sony Music Publishing

MAMACITA
Composers: Bruce R. Gaitsch, Gotay El Auténtiko, Madonna
Publishing: Gotay Autentik Music Publishing, Los Tesla Publishing, Warner Chappell, Webo Girl Publishing

ME GUSTA
Composers: Joan Antonio González, Chris Jedi
Publishing: Canciones De Caballero Music, Jedy Squat Music, Universal Music Publishing Group Warner Chappell

ME LA AVENTÉ
Composers: Javier González, Carin León
Publishing: Klak Hits

ME QUEDARÉ CONTIGO
Composers: Eliosbel Galarraga “El Brujo”, Jacob Forever, Lenier, El Micha, Ne-Yo
Publishing: Kobalt, Pen In The Ground Publishing, Rottboyz, Rottweilas Miami, Songs 305, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

MUÉVELO
Composers: Daddy Yankee, Kenton Nix
Publishing: BMG, Cangris Publishing, Contenido Auténtico, Play for Play N Skillz Music, Skillz for Skillz N Play Music, Sony Music Publishing, Twenty Fifteen Avenue Music, VMG West End Copyrights

PORFA
Composers: Esteban “Wain” Higuita Estrada, Feid
Publishing: Dynasty Publishing Group, Universal Music Publishing Group

QUE CALOR
Composers: Bull Nene, Diplo, Keityn, Ronald “El Killa” Hernandez T.
Publishing: BMG, I Like Turtles Music, KCMusic, Kobalt, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

QUÉ PENA
Composers: Wissem Amine Larfaoui
Editoras: Sony Music Publishing

QUE TIRE PA LANTE
Composers: Everton Bonner, Daddy Yankee, DJ Urba, Philip Smart , John Christopher Taylor, Lloyd Oliver Willis
Publishing: BMG, C And I Jah Bless Music, Cangris Publishing, Irish Town Songs, Kobalt, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Urbani Music Publishing

RITMO (BAD BOYS FOR LIFE)
Composers: Francesco Bontempi, Michael Gaffey, Peter Wilfred Glenister, Annerley Gordon, Keith Harris, Giorgio Spagna
Publishing: BMG, Fresh Me Fresh U Music Publishing, Roynet Music, Warner Chappell

ROJO
Composers: Nicolás Ignacio Jana Galleguillos, Luis Angel O’Neill
Publishing: Black Koi Entertainment, Kobalt, No Stop Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

SAFAERA
Composers: DJ Orma, Missy Elliott, Jowell, Bob Marley, Randy Nota Loca, Sting International, Timbaland, Lloyd Oliver Willis
Publishing: Fifty Six Hope Road Music, Irish Town Songs, León Negro Music Publishing, Mass Confusion Productions, ODNIL Music Limited, RSM Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Sting International Music, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

SI ME DICES QUE SI
Composers: Ricardo Arjona, Camilo, Julio Ramírez Eguía, Farruko, Sharo Towers
Publishing: Arjona Musical, The Beat Tower Publishing, Holl Up, Sony Music Publishing

SI TE VAS
Composers: Simón Restrepo
Publishing: Universal Music Publishing Group

SIGUES CON ÉL (REMIX)
Composers: Arcángel, Keityn, Omar Rivera, Angelo Roca V “Jvy Boy”, Romeo Santos, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Publishing: I Love Amiguita, JCV Music, Jvy Boy Publishing, KCMusic, Kobalt, La Maravilla Music Publishing, Omi Mgmt Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

TATTOO (REMIX)
Composers: CAMILO, Eric Duars, Rafael Alfonso Rodríguez, Daniel Ignacio Rondón, Elena Rose
Publishing: Daniel Rondón Music, Duars Music Publishing, Rafa Rodríguez, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

TE QUEMASTE
Composers: Chris Jedi, Luis E. Ortiz Rivera, Nino Karlo Segarra
Publishing: Jedy Squat Music, Isla Estrella Publishing, ORL Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

TUSA
Composers: Keityn, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Editoras: Girl Power Publishing, JCV Music, KCMusic, Kobalt, Sony Music Publishing

TUTU (REMIX)
Composers: Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López
Publishing: Lola Words & Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing,Trainer Red Publishing, Warner Chappell

UN DÍA (ONE DAY)
Composers: Lex Borrero, Clarence Bernard Coffee, Dua Lipa
Publishing: 22 Words, Best Coffee in Town, Kobalt, RSM Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

VETE
Composers: César Batista, Edgar Wilmer Semper Vargas, Xavier Alexis Semper Vargas
Publishing: Best Music by Kartier, Editora De Música Mambo Kingz, RSM Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

YO PERREO SOLA
Composers: Nesi
Publishing: RSM Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, White Umbrella

YO YA NO VUELVO CONTIGO
Composers: Fabián Pacheco, José Ángel Del Villar
Publishing: BMG, Del World Son

Bad Bunny: This Year’s Big Premio Lo Nuestro Winner

It’s a night to remember for Bad Bunny

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer proved to be the big winner at Thursday night’s Premio Lo Nuestro awards show.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny took home seven awards, including Premio Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for YHLQMDLG, bringing his career total to 13.

Camilo picked up five awards, including New Artist Male and Pop – Artist of the Year.

They’re the first Premio Lo Nuestro wins of the 26-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter’s career.

Grupo Firme took home five awards…

The Mexican group’s wins include Regional Mexican – Song of the Year and Regional Mexican – Collaboration of the Year for their hit single Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo)”featuring Lenin Ramírez, who won three awards.

Karol G was the night’s top female winner…

In addition to winning Urban – Female Artist of the Year, the 30-year-old Colombian singer won in the Song of the Year and Urban – Collaboration of the Year categories for her hit single “Tusa,”featuring Nicki Minaj.

Other multiple award winners include Romeo Santos (3), Christian Nodal (2), Farruko (2), Reik (2) and Maluma (2).

The annual awards show was broadcast live from Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena.

Here’s the full winners list:

Regional Mexican – Song of the Year
“Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo)” – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Pop- Song Of The Year
“ADMV” – Maluma

Premio Lo Nuestro Artist Of The Year
Bad Bunny

Album Of The Year
YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny

Song Of The Year
TUSA – Karol G & Nicki Minaj

New Artist Female
Nicki Nicole

New Artist Male
Camilo

Remix Of The Year
La Jeepeta (Remix) – Nio Garcia, Anuel, Myke Towers, Brray & Juanka

“Crossover” Collaboration of the Year
Un Día (One Day) – J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny ft. Tainy

Video of the Year
Tkn – Rosalía & Travis Scott

Pop – Artist of the Year
Camilo

Pop – Collaboration of the Year
Si Me Dices Que Sí – Reik, Farruko & Camilo

Pop – Group or Duo of the Year
CNCO

Pop – Album of the Year
Por Primera Vez – Camilo

Pop/Ballad – Song of the Year
ADMV – Maluma

Urban – Female Artist of the Year
Karol G

Urban – Male Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny

Urban – Song of the Year
La Difícil – Bad Bunny

Urban – Collaboration of the Year
Tusa – Karol G & Nicki Minaj

Urban – Album of the Year
YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny

Urban/Pop – Song of the Year
Si Me Dices Que Sí – Reik, Farruko & Camilo

Urban/Trap – Song of the Year
Vete – Bad Bunny

Tropical – Artist of the Year
Romeo Santos

Tropical – Song of the Year
La Mejor Versión De Mi – Natti Natasha & Romeo Santos

Tropical – Collaboration of the Year
Nuestro Amor – Alex Bueno & Romeo Santos

Regional Mexican – Artist of the Year
Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican – Collaboration of the Year
Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo) – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Group or Duo Of The Year
Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Sierreña Song of the Year
El Güero – Marca MP

Regional Mexican – Banda Song of the Year
Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo) – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Norteño Song of the Year
El Envidioso – Los Dos Carnales

Regional Mexican – Mariachi/Ranchera Song of the Year
Se Me Olvidó – Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican – Cumbia Song of the Year
Tú Y Yo – Raymix & Paulina Rubio

Regional Mexican – Album of the Year
En Vivo Desde Anaheim, Ca – Grupo Firme

Karol G’s “Tusa,” Featuring Nicki Minaj Named the Most “Shazamed” Latin Track of 2020

Karol G is having a Shazam-azing year…

Shazam has announced its most “Shazamed” songs in 2020 by genre, with the 29-year-old Colombian singer leading the Latin pack.

Karol G

Karol G’s chart-topping single “Tusa,” featuring Nicki Minaj is the most Shazamed single in the Latin category.

Here’s a look at the genre leaders of 2020:

Pop: Dance Monkey – Tones And I
Dance: Roses (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN
R&B/Soul: Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
Alternative : Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
Hip-Hop/Rap: death bed (feat. beabadoobee) [coffee for your head] – Powfu
Latin: Tusa – KAROL G & Nicki Minaj

The genre leaders list caps off a strong year for Shazam, which increased its reach due in part to a deeper integration into Apple’s iPhones and iPads in iOS 14 that allows users to identify songs from their device’s control center. The service revamped its iOS app earlier this week to increase the focus on music discovery, improving the layout and making its charts available on the search page.

Bad Bunny Leads Billboard’s Top Latin Artists Chart for Second Straight Year

Make that two in a row for Bad Bunny

Billboard has released its 2020 year-end Top Latin Artists chart, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer-songwriter coming in at No. 1 for the second consecutive year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny also ranks as the Top Male Artist.

Bad Bunny notched a field-dominating 41 charting songs on the airplay-, streaming- and digital sales-blended Hot Latin Songs chart during the tracking year (five of them spent time at No. 1, seeding a booming closing year for the artist whose full name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio). Plus, on the Top Latin Albums chart, he spent 45 weeks at No. 1 during the chart year with three different No. 1 albums.

J Balvin is the runner-up on the year-end Top Latin Artists chart, Ozuna comes in third place, while Anuel AA, Sech and Maluma are Nos. 4-6, respectively. The male reggaetón brigade in the top 10 is closed by Myke Towers at No. 10.

Karol G leads the female flock closing as the Top Female Artist for a second year in a row (and the only woman in the year-end top 10).

The 29-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter comes in as the No. 8 artist; she was No. 9 in 2019. (Shakira was the lone woman in the top 10 in 2018 and 2017.)

Karol G was the only female act who mostly records in Spanish to reach No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart during the 2020 chart year. She topped the list with “Tusa,” a collaboration with hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj, which led the list for four weeks.

Newcomer Natanael Cano earns the No. 7 spot on the Top Latin Artists chart (he’s also the Top New Artist).

The 19-year-old Mexican musician’s year-end finish was aided by his seven charting hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart during the chart year, along with his album Corridos Tumbados spending half of the year locked in the weekly top 10 of the Top Latin Albums chart, placing him as one of the trailblazers of the corridos tumbados squad.

Eslabon Armado is the Top Duo/Group.

The Mexican group’s debut album Tu Veneno Mortal arrived in the top 10 on the weekly Top Latin Albums chart dated May 16 (peaking at No. 7 in July), and then, just a few months later, the teenage trio’s second album, Vibras de Noche, bowed at No. 1 (Aug. 1). It was the second title by a regional Mexican act to open at No. 1 in 2020, and earned the year’s biggest week — at that point — for a regional Mexican album in terms of equivalent album units. The Pedro Tovar-led ensemble leads the year-end Top Latin Artists – Duo/Group ranking.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated November 23, 2019, through November 14, 2020. The rankings for Nielsen Music/MRC Data-based year-end recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-November time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

J Balvin: Deezer’s Most Streamed International Artist for Third Consecutive Year

J Balvin is livin’ the stream

Deezer has revealed its top streaming acts of 2020, with the Colombian reggaeton singer, known as the Prince of Reggaeton, the most streamed international artist for a third straight year.

J BalvinJ

J Balvin, beat out The Weeknd to take the top spot in the overall category, also ranks No. 1 on the Top 10 International Male Artists chart. His collaboration with the Black Eyes Peas, RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” comes in at No. 9 on the Top 10 International Tracks list.

 

Bad Bunny comes in at No. 3 on the Top 10 International Male Artists, while the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton star also ranks No. 3 on the Top 10 International Male Artists list.

 

Anitta ranks as the top Latina artist on Deezer’s year-end lists…

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter comes in at No. 7 on the Top 10 international artists list and at No. 4 on the Top 10 International Female Artists chart.

Karol G, who comes in at No. 10 on the Top 10 International Female Artists chart, has the highest-ranking Spanish track on the charts.

The Colombian singer-songwriter’s chart-topping collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Tusa,” comes in at No. 5 on the Top 10 International Tracks chart.

Other Latin artists making an appearance on one of the Deezer lists… Ozuna and Daddy Yankee.

 

“This is the year of home confinement and social distancing,” said Frédéric Antelme, Deezer’s VP of content and productions. “Streaming helped many people cope and it may be telling that the Top 10 tracks this year are all international, dancey, and positive.

“We also saw some interesting trends, with 40% of our top 20 international albums made by black artists, compared to a quarter the year before. And our top 10 streamed international acts were equally split between genders this year. Music has always reflected the underlying dynamics of our society and 2020 is no different. I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings.”

Top 10 international artists 
1.      J Balvin
2.      The Weeknd
3.      Bad Bunny
4.      Dua Lipa
5.      Billie Eilish
6.      Lady Gaga
7.      Anitta
8.      Eminem
9.      Ed Sheeran
10.    Ariana Grande

Top 10 international female artists 
1.      Dua Lipa
2.      Billie Eilish
3.      Lady Gaga
4.      Anitta
5.      Ariana Grande
6.      Rihanna
7.      Sia
8.      Beyoncé
9.      Nicki Minaj
10.    Karol G

Top 10 international male artists 
1.      J Balvin
2.      The Weeknd
3.      Bad Bunny
4.      Eminem
5.      Ed Sheeran
6.      Queen
7.      Ozuna
8.      Justin Bieber
9.      Daddy Yankee
10.    Drake

Top 10 international tracks
1.      Dance Monkey – Tones and I
2.      Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
3.      Roses (Imanbek Remix) – Saint Jhn
4.      Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
5.      Tusa – Karol G, Nicki Minaj
6.      Ride It – Regard
7.      The Box – Roddy Ricch
8.      bad guy – Billie Eilish
9.      RITMO (Bad Boys For Life) – Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin
10.    Say So – Doja Cat

Top 10 international albums 
1.      After Hours – The Weeknd
2.      When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
3.      The Kids Are Coming – Tones and I
4.      Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon – Pop Smoke
5.      Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial – Roddy Ricch
6.      Hot Pink – Doja Cat
7.      Fine Line – Harry Styles
8.      Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
9.      Chromatica – Lady Gaga
10.    Music To Be Murdered By – Eminem

Bad Bunny Wins First-Ever American Music Award Prizes of His Career

Bad Bunny is celebrating a big night…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton superstar took home two trophies at this year’s American Music Awards, the most of any Latinx artist.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny, who picked up the first-ever AMAs of his career, beat himself in the Favorite Album – Latin category. His second studio album YHLQMDLG, which became the highest-charting all-Spanish album ever on the Billboard 200 at number two when it debuted in February, won against his own Las que no iban a salir, the surprise follow-up album he released two months later. He also beat out Anuel AA’s Emmanuel for the coveted trophy.

Bad Bunny, who had to cancel his scheduled performance on the show due to testing positive for COVID-19, also won in the Favorite Male Artist – Latin category.

Becky G picked up her first AMAs trophy…

The 23-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer/rapper took home the award for Favorite Female Artist- Latin.

Becky G gave a heartwarming acceptance speech that celebrated her Mexican and immigrant heritage. She told fans she “proudly waves both flags Mexican and American.” She went on to dedicate the award to immigrant parents, students, and her abuelitos.

Karol G took home her first-ever American Music Awards prize – in the Favorite Song – Latin category – for her chart-topping “Tusa” single, featuring Nicki Minaj; while Cardi B won in the Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop category for her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion.

Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, this in-person ceremony aired on ABC and was wildly socially distanced with cardboard cutouts of Beyonce, Jay Z, Dolly Parton and others in the orchestra section of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, select masked fans who were tested for COVID and socially distanced were in the balcony of the theater to provide live energy to performers that included Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Darius Rucker, BTS as well as the unexpected duet of The Weeknd and Kenny G.

Here’s the full list of winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Doja Cat

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Taylor Swift, “Cardigan”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
BTS

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Harry Styles, “Fine Line”

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Kane Brown

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST- COUNTRY
Maren Morris

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Blake Shelton, “Fully Loaded: God’s Country”

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Juice WRLD

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Roddy Ricch, “Please Forgive Me For Being Anti Social”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Doja Cat

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
The Weeknd, “After Hours”

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
The Weeknd, “Heartless”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN
Bad Bunny

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST- LATIN
Becky G

FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN
Bad Bunny, “YHLQMDLG”

FAVORITE SONG – LATIN
Karol G & Nicki Minaj, “Tusa”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Twenty One Pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Jonas Brothers

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Lady Gaga

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
“Birds of Prey: The Album”

Cash Money Records Signs Luis Armando as First Artist in New Latin Division

Luis Armando is makin’ (cash) money moves…

Cash Money Records has officially announced the creation of a Latin music division with the launch of the Puerto Rican emerging artist.

Luis Armando

Cash Money was founded by brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams in 1992. The new Latin division is a joint venture with Taste Music Group and major label support from Republic Records and Universal Music Latin.

“Urban Latin music is taking a similar course as we saw with Hip Hop during the 80s and 90s as it grew, evolved and fought to be accepted in the mainstream,” says Slim.

“It’s not just reggaeton anymore, it’s now evolving its subgenres (such as Latin Trap) and making them popular culture. At Cash Money we saw all that from the start in Hip Hop and we’re excited to adapt our lessons in helping develop Latin talent that also stands grounded in the Hip Hop world from day 1. With the guidance of various long-time Latin music experts such as Carlos Rivas, who is Cash Money’s Latin A&R, as well as our counterparts at Republic and Universal Latin we’re excited to venture into this new space as a label.”

As one of Hip-Hop’s reputable record labels, Cash Money has been home to some of the industry’s biggest names including DrakeLil’ Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. Now, the label believes it can transfer its know-how to the Latin market.

“Slim and Baby have the ability to spot talent like no other, they’ve proven that for many years,” Vernon Brown, Cash Money’s long-time attorney, and business manager, tells Billboard. “There’s a big confidence and commitment behind anything they touch. I think the ability to now bring Latin artists and see the merge is only going to be a positive result for any artist.”

Luis Armando, who was raised in Ohio, is the label’s first-ever recording Latin artist, making his debut with “Chica Mala” in collaboration with reggaeton veteran Ñengo Flow.

“We want our artists to be consistent, talented, and ready to work,” Slim says. “Someone who has that passion and drive and a vision of how great they want to be. If they’ve got that attitude, we’ll give it a shot. We believe in the new talents. Luis Armando is our first, but we’re excited to discover and help develop more talent as we move forward.”

The melodic urban fusions with tropical rhythms heard in “Chica Mala” puts Armando’s fresh musical proposal in the forefront.