Anuel AA’s “KEII” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

Anuel AA has another chart-topper on his hands…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer’s single “KEII” has reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart.

Anuel AA

“KEII” leads the list in its 11th week on the survey and picks up a 48% increase in audience impressions (to 15.9 million) earned in the week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music.

It’s his third No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart. He’s previously reached the summit with “China,” featuring Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna and J Balvin, and the “Otro Trago Remix” with Sech, Ozuna, Nicky Jam and Darrell.

The song also tops the Latin Rhythm Airplaychart dated May 2, 2020 as song the jumps 6-1.

Alejandro Sanz Tops List of Latin Grammy Nominees with Eight Nods

Alejandro Sanz is this year’s Latin Grammys darling…

The 50-year-old Spanish singer/songwriter is the top-nominated artist for the 20th annual Latin Grammy Awards

Alejandro Sanz

Sanz, a 17-time Latin Grammy winner, is up for eight awards this year, including Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album, for #ElDisco

Additionally, two of Sanz’s tracks — “No Tengo Nada” and “Mi Persona Favorita” (featuring Camila Cabello, a three-time nominee this year) — are competing against each other in the Song of the Year and Record of the Yearcategories.

Sanz’s compatriot Rosalía is nominated for five awards.

The 26-year-old Spanish singer’s groundbreaking flamenco set El Mal Querer will go head to head against Sanz, her advocate (Rosalía sang at Sanz’s Person of the Year tribute in 2017) in the Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Albumcategories. 

Rosalía also has three separate singles, only one of them from her album, competing in different categories: “Aute Couture,” is up for Record of the Year; “Con Altura” with J Balvin, and featuring El Guincho, is up for Best Urban Song; and “Pienso en tu Mirá” (from El Mal Querer) is up for Best Pop SongEl Mal Querer is up for Best Engineered Albumand Best Recording Package. El Guincho, Rosalía’s co producer, is also up for five awards.

This year’s nominations skewed more pop and alternative, with urban totally absent from the main categories (minus Rosalía’s genre-bending fare). It almost felt like a rebuke against a global trend that has seen Latin urban music in all its forms gather record-breaking views on YouTube, streams on Spotify and Apple and positions on the Billboardcharts.

Instead, artists like Bad Bunny (with two nominations), Ozuna and Daddy Yankee(with only one each), were found only in the urban categories. 

The most nods in the urban/reggaeton realm went to newcomer Sech, with three, including his multi-artist “Otro Trago,” which competes in the Best Urban Songcategory against Ozuna(“Baila Baila”), ChocQuibtown’s  “Pa Olvidarte”; Rosalía and J Balvin’s “Con Altura”; and De La Ghetto’s “Caliente” featuring J Balvin. 

Following Rosalía, veterans Juan Luis GuerraFonseca and Andrés Calamaro are up for four awards each, as is percussionist and bandleader Tony Succar. All have nominations in the main categories, with Fonseca, Calamaro and Succar all vying for Album of the Year. Meanwhile, Guerra’s “Kitipún,” a slow bachata with jazz undertones, is up for Song and Record of the Year. 

In video of the year, the representation came in the form of social commentary from Brazil (via Criolo’s “Boca du Lobo,” a harrowing look at Brazil’s societal crisis) and Spain (with rapper Nach’s “Los Zurdos Vienen Antes”). 

This year’s Best New Artist nominees include Argentine trap star Paulo Londra; Colombian rising star Greeicy; and Nella, a Venezuelan jazz singer from Berklee College of Music

Nominations to the Latin Grammys were selected from approximately 15,500 submissions across 50 categories, of recordings released during the eligibility period (June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019).

The Latin Grammys will air live on November 14 from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas on Univision

Here’s a partial list of nominees. (For a full list, visit http://Latingrammy.com.)

Record Of The Year:
“Parecen Viernes” — Marc Anthony
“Verdades Afiladas” — Andrés Calamaro
“Ahí Ahí” — Vicente García
“Kitipun” — Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
“Querer Mejor” — Juanes Featuring Alessia Cara
“La Plata” — Juanes Featuring Lalo Ebratt
“Aute Couture” — Rosalía
“Mi Persona Favorita” — Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello
“No Tengo Nada” — Alejandro Sanz
“Cobarde” — Ximena Sariñana

Song Of The Year:
“Calma” — Pedro Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez & George Noriega, songwriters (Pedro Capó)
“Desconstrução” — Tiago Iorc, songwriter (Tiago Iorc)
“El País” — Rubén Blades, songwriter (Rubén Blades)
“Kitipun” — Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40)
“Mi Persona Favorita” — Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello)
“No Tengo Nada” — Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)
“Quédate” — Kany García & Tommy Torres, songwriters (Kany García & Tommy Torres)
“Querer Mejor” — Rafael Arcaute, Alessia Cara, Camilo Echeverry, Juanes, Mauricio Montaner, Ricardo Montaner & Tainy, songwriters (Juanes Featuring Alessia Cara)
“Un Año” — Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Sebastián Yatra Featuring Reik)
“Ven” — Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)

Best Pop Song:
“Bailar” — Leonel García, songwriter (Leonel García)
“Buena Para Nada” — Paula Arenas, Luigi Castillo & Santiago Castillo, songwriters (Paula Arenas)
“Mi Persona Favorita” — Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello)
“Pienso En Tu Mirá” — Antón Álvarez Alfaro, El Guincho & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía)
“Ven” — Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)

Best Urban Fusion/Performance:
“Tenemos Que Hablar” — Bad Bunny
“Calma (Remix)” — Pedro Capó & Farruko
“Pa’ Olvidarte (Remix)” — ChocQuibtown, Zion & Lennox, Farruko Featuring Manuel Turizo
“Con Calma” — Daddy Yankee Featuring Snow
“Otro Trago” — Sech Featuring Darell

Best Urban Music Album:
Kisses— Anitta
X 100Pre — Bad Bunny
Mi Movimiento— De La Ghetto
19 — Feid
Sueños — Sech

Best Urban Song:
“Baila Baila Baila” — Ozuna & Vicente Saavedra, songwriters (Ozuna)
“Caliente” — J Balvin, René Cano, De La Ghetto & Alejandro Ramirez, songwriters (De La Ghetto Featuring J Balvin)
“Con Altura” — J Balvin, Mariachi Budda, Frank Dukes, El Guincho, Alejandro Ramirez & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía & J Balvin Featuring El Guincho)
“Otro Trago” — Kevyn Mauricio Cruz, Kevin Mauricio Jimenez Londoño, Bryan Lezcano Chaverra, Josh Mendez, Sech & Jorge Valdes, songwriters (Sech Featuring Darell)
“Pa’ Olvidarte” — René Cano, ChocQuibtown, Kevyn Cruz Moreno, Juan Diego Medina Vélez, Andrés David Restrepo, Mateo Tejada Giraldo, Andrés Uribe Marín, Juan Vargas & Doumbia Yohann, songwriters (ChocQuibTown)

Best Alternative Music Album:
Latinoamericana— Alex Anwandter
Discutible —Babasónicos
Bach — Bandalos Chinos
Prender Un Fuego— Marilina Bertoldi
Norma— Mon Laferte

Best Traditional Tropical Album:
Andrés Cepeda Big Band(En Vivo)— Andrés Cepeda
Vereda Tropical— Olga Cerpa y Mestisay
Lo Nuestro— Yelsy Heredia
A Journey Through CubanMusic— Aymée Nuviola
La Llave Del Son— Septeto Acarey

Best Singer-Songwriter Album:
Acústica— Albita
Contra El Viento— Kany García
Amor Presente— Leonel García
Algo Ritmos— Kevin Johansen
Intuición— Gian Marco

Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album:
Mi Persona Preferida— El Bebeto
Sigue La Dinastía… — Alex Fernández
Más Romántico Que Nunca— Vicente Fernández
Indestructible— Flor De Toloache
Ahora — Christian Nodal

Best Norteño Album:
Por Más —Bronco
Las Canciones De La Abuela— Buyuchek
Mitad Y Mitad— Calibre 50
Percepción — Intocable
Amo — La Maquinaria Norteña

Best Long Form Music Video:
“Anatomía De Un Éxodo” — Mastodonte
“Piazzolla, Los Años Del Tiburón” — Astor Piazzolla
“Hotel De Los Encuentros” — Draco Rosa
“Lo Que Fui Es Lo Que Soy” — Alejandro Sanz
“Déjame Quererte” — Carlos Vives

Sech Extends Record for Most Non-Consecutive Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard Argentina Hot 100 with “Toro Trago”

Sech is still big in Argentina…

The Panamanian singer’s single “Otro Trago” has now claimed the top spot on the Billboard Argentina Hot 100 for a total of 13 weeks, extending its record for the most non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the chart. 

Sech

The song by Sech and Darell held first place for seven consecutive weeks before its reign was interrupted by the rise of Rosalia‘s “Con Altura” for 21 days.

But “Otro Trago” returned to the top thanks to the remix of the track joined by three frontline players: OzunaAnuel AA and Nicky Jam.Since its return to No. 1, it has been ruling for six uninterrupted weeks, accumulating a total of 13. 

However, the record for most weeks in a row at No. 1 is still Daddy Yankee‘s “Con Calma,” with a total of nine weeks.

The song by “The King of Reggaeton” remains in the Top 10 of the list. The track accumulated 32 weeks on the list, with 31 in the first 10 places. Currently, it is ranked No. 5, rising two places over the previous week.

The Argentina Hot 100 ranks the most popular songs in the country and is compiled by a formula that blends local streaming activity on leading music services like YouTubeSpotify and Apple Music, among others, as well as national radio airplay and plays of songs featured on a variety of Argentine TV networks. Streaming data is provided by Nielsen Music, while radio and TV measurement are powered by BMAT/Vericast.

The Billboard Argentina Hot 100 will appear in each monthly print issue and will be refreshed weekly each Wednesday.

Billboard Argentina Hot 100 Top 10 (Week of Sept. 14)
1. Sech feat. Darell – “Otro trago”
2. Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee & Karol G Feat. J Balvin & Ozuna – “China”
3. Rosalía & J Balvin Feat. El Guincho – “Con altura”
4. Jhay Cortez, J Balvin & Bad Bunny – “No me conoce (remix)”
5. Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry Feat. Snow – “Con calma”
6. Lunay – “Soltera”
7. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”
8. Maluma – “11 PM”
9. Pedro Capó ft. Farruko – “Calma (remix)”
10. TINI & Greeicy – “22”

Sech Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Otro Trago”

Sech has reason to celebrate… 

The 25-year-old Panamanian urban singer has earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, as his single with Darell, “Otro Trago,” rises 3-1 on the chart dated August 31.

Sech

The new chart-topper arrives a month after the remix of the song, which features Nicky JamOzuna and Anuel AA, was released.

While Sech and Darell, who collaborated on the original version of the track, claim their first No. 1 on the list, Nicky Jam secures his 11th, Ozuna his 12th, and Anuel AA his fourth.

“Otro Trago” rises due in part to a 16% boost in audience impressions (13.8 million), logged in the week ending August 25, according to Nielsen Music.

The song also lands at No. 1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay tally. It previously topped the Hot Latin Songschart for two nonconsecutive weeks (starting August 10).

Only two other songs have topped the Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, and Latin Rhythm Airplay charts in 2019: Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” featuring Drake, and Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma,” featuring Snow.

Elsewhere, “Otro Trago” advances 8-7 on Latin Pop Airplay.

The song is Sech’s second single from his debut albumSueñoswhichholds for its fifth consecutive week at No. 3 (its peak) on the Top Latin Albums chart.

Sech Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Otro Trago,” Featuring Darell

Sech is a man on top (of the charts)…

The 25-year-old Panamanian singer has earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated August 10, as “Otro Trago” featuring Darell, pushes 5-1 in its 14th frame. 

Sech

The track gets a big boost thanks in part to a new remix of the cut, which dropped on July 25, that features — in addition to Darell — Nicky JamOzuna and Anuel AA.  

“I’m extremely happy for the support,” Sech tells Billboard of his first No. 1. “I’m grateful to God, to Rich Music. There hasn’t been a Panamanian top a chart in a while, and I’m extremely proud and happy.”

The last Panamanian to top the Hot Latin Songs chart was El Chombowho scored his first No. 1 when “Dame Tu Cosita,” the remix alongside Pitbull and Karol G, featuring Cutty Ranks, landed atop the list over a year ago (May 12, 2018).

“Otro Trago,” which was written by Sech, Darell, Dímelo Flow and Joshua Méndezand produced by Dímelo Flow, also climbs 5-1 on Latin Streaming Songs, and debuts on the all-genre Streaming Songs chart at No. 22 with 15.9 million streams in the week ending August 1 (up 70%), according to Nielsen Music.

The song also sold 6,000 downloads (up 431%), pushing it 7-1 on Latin Digital Song Sales and enabling its debut at No. 30 on the overall Digital Song Sales list.

Radio play, meanwhile, advances with a 9-3 leap on Latin Airplay thanks to a 30% surge in audience impressions (to 12 million) earned in the week ending August 4.

As for Darell, he nabs his second No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs -which blends streaming data, digital sales and airplay. The Puerto Rican claimed his first leader in May 2018 when former No. 1 “Te Boté” (with Casper Mágico, Nio GarcíaNicky JamOzuna and Bad Bunny) arrived at the summit where it remained for 14 nonconsecutive weeks.