Karol G Claims New Career Milestone on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Provenza” & “MAMIII”

It’s a one-two punch for Karol G.

The 31-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has claimed a new career milestone on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart as her latest single, “Provenza,” debuts at No. 2 on the May 7-dated ranking.

Karol GStill holding the No. 1 spot with “Mamiii,” with Becky G, Karol G becomes only the second woman, after Selena, to hold Nos. 1 and 2 at the same time since 1995.

“Provenza,” Karol G’s 15th Hot Latin Songs top 10, begins with 11 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 28, according to Luminate. It opens as her fifth No. 1 on Latin Streaming Songs and her second top 10, at No. 10 (after “Mamiii”), on the overall Streaming Songs chart.

“Provenza” also sold 2,100 downloads and becomes her fifth No. 1 on Latin Digital Song Sales. It additionally jumps onto Latin Airplay at No. 18 with 5.3 million in audience.

Produced by Karol G’s longtime collaborator Ovy on the Drums, “Provenza” is a fusion of sounds with tropical and rhythmic elements peppered with afro-dance beats that pays tribute to a neighborhood in her native Medellín.

With “Provenza” arriving at No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs as “Mamiii” reigns for a 10th week, Karol G achieves a feat that no other woman had in over a quarter-century.

The last solo female with no accompanying artists to claim the top two spots together was the late Selena, when “Tú Sólo Tú” and “I Could Fall in Love” ranked at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively, on the September 9, 1995-dated tally (when Hot Latin Songs, now a blend of airplay, streaming and sales data, was based on monitored audience totals among Latin radio stations). Selena logged a total of six weeks at Nos. 1 and 2 with those titles beginning that July.

Previously this decade, Bad Bunny (two weeks) and The Black Eyed Peas (five) doubled up at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on Hot Latin Songs, both in 2020.

Elsewhere, “Provenza” bows at No. 36 on the all-genre, multi-metric Billboard Hot 100, marking Karol G’s highest start as an unaccompanied act. It’s her fourth top 40 entry; “Mamiii” ranks at No. 20, after launching at a personal-best No. 15 in February.

Karol G Lands Fifth Music Video on YouTube’s Billion Views Club with “Bichota”

Make that five music video hits for Karol G

The 31-year-old Colombian singer’s “Bichota” music video has surpassed one billion views on YouTube, marking her fifth title to enter the Billion Views Club.

Karol GThe latest clip follows “China,” “Secreto,” “Tusa,” and “Culpables.”

Karol G, who won the 2021 Latin Grammy for best reggaeton performance with this single, reached this new milestone over the weekend.

Released on October 23, 2020, the term “Bichota” (linked to the Puerto Rican slang “bichote,” deriving from the English term “big shot”) refers to “a moment of feeling sexy, flirtatious, daring, strong, empowered, and to a certain extent, [it] translates into personal motivation and self-confidence,” Karol G previously told Billboard. “We are all super ‘Bichotas’ inside. It’s about believing and working so that the rest of the world can see it too.”

The Ovy on the Drums-produced single hit the Top 20 on Billboard Global Charts, earning Karol G her ninth No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart, and her 10th top 10 on Hot Latin Songs.

This led to her becoming the first female artist to debut in the list’s top 10 without another act in eight years since Gloria Estefan’s 2012 “Hotel Nacional.”

News of “Bichota” reaching one billion views comes on the heels of Karol G’s two-weekend Coachella debut on April 17 and 24, where she performed “MAMIII” with Becky G live for the first time, releasing her new single “Provenza,” and announcing her upcoming new trek dubbed the $trip Love Tour 2022. The trek kicks off on September 6 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, and wraps up on October 29 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.

Blessd Announces “Tendencia Global” Tour Across U.S., Europe & South America

Blessd is ready to globe-trot…

The 22-year-old Colombian emerging singer-songwriter and rapper has announced a global tour that will run through the U.S., Europe and South America for the rest of the year.

BlessdThe independently produced Tendencia Global trek is Blessd’s first-ever global tour following a year of star-studded collaborations with artists like MalumaThe Black Eyed PeasPiso 21 and, most recently, Ovy on the Drums and Myke Towers for his new track “Tendencia Global.”

The ambitious tour includes more than 20 stops in the U.S., including key markets like Chicago, New York, Miami and Atlanta. Blesd will wrap up the tour in September in his native Colombia with back-to-back shows in Bogotá, Medellín and Cali.

“Since I started my career, I had always dreamt of this moment,” Blessd said in a statement. “It’s an incredible achievement to be able to announce my global tour. I have to thank all the people that have always been there with me.”

The tour comes on the heels of Blessd’s whirlwind of a year scoring major collaborations with superstars, releasing his debut album and signing an exclusive worldwide distribution and licensing agreement with Warner Music Latina. The exclusive deal with Warner is an alliance with JM World Music and Cigol Music that included a, “crafty, all-party proposal that will bring the artist’s music globally.”

Real name Stiven Mesa Londoño, the artist went from selling fruit at a local market in Colombia to having a viral hit (“Una”) in 2019.

“I would make eight dollars to ten dollars per day at the market,” he previously told Billboard. “With that money, I would record parts of a song. One day, I had enough money to record an intro, the other day, I would record a chorus, and so on.”

Here’s the complete list of dates for Blessd’s U.S. tour dates:

May 5 — San Francisco — The Grand Nightclub
May 6 — Los Ángeles —  La Boom
May 7 — Phoenix — Stratus Center
May 8 — Denver — Stampede Club
May 12 — Dallas — Club VIVO
May 13 — Houston — Vertigo Club
May 14 — Atlanta — The Coliseum
May 15 — Miami — Oasis Winwood
May 19 — Washington D.C. — Coco Cabana
May 20 — Danbury, Conn. — La Canchita
May 21 — Revere, Mass. — Oceanside Events Center
May 22 — Mashantucket, Conn. — Shrine Nightclub
May 26 — Allentown, Pa. — Maingate Nightclub
May 27 — Columbus — La Boom
May 28 — Chicago — Sueños Festival
May 29 — Charlotte — Dubai Nightclub
June 10 — Newark — Prudential Center
June 12 — Orlando — Vibra Urbana Fest
June 18 — Brooklyn — Barclay Center
June 19 — Las Vegas — Mandalay Bay Resort

Paulo Londra Signs New Deal with Warner Music Latina

Paulo Londra is forging a new partnership…

The 23-year-old Argentine rapper and singer has signed a new agreement with Warner Music Latina, according to Billboard.

Paulo Londra,Londra’s deal, signed at the company’s Miami Beach headquarters with Londra’s family, team, and the label’s president, Alejandro Duque, in attendance, will focus on the artist’s upcoming releases and musical expansion.

“I’m happy for this new phase,” Londra, who last released music in 2019, expressed in a press statement. “I waited and went through a lot to be able to do what I love. I’ve gone through the bad times, now it’s time for the good times, that’s why I’ve started to enjoy it.”

Paulo Londra, Warner Music LatinaIn November 2021, Londra settled a two-year legal battle with Cristian Salazar and producer Daniel Oviedo (Ovy on the Drums), with whom he co-founded Big Ligas in 2018. During the course of the term, Big Ligas entered a $3 million licensing deal with Warner Music Latina in January 2019. After filing dueling lawsuits in 2020, Big Ligas and Paulo Londra amicably resolved their differences in a Miami courtroom.

“We are thrilled that Paulo has chosen us for this new phase,” Duque, president of Warner Music Latin America added. “Paulo has been at the forefront since the beginning of his career and has captivated global audiences with his music. We are convinced that Paulo’s best is yet to come and we are proud to be part of this moment and together, take Paulo Londra’s music to the global scene.”

On the Billboard charts, the pioneer of the Argentine urban movement and former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise has a total of three entries on Hot Latin Songs and two on Latin Airplay, including his banger “Adan y Eva.”

His freshman album Homerun debuted and peaked at No. 12 on Top Latin Albums in 2019 and at No. 10 on Latin Rhythm Albums, earning a combined 185,000 equivalent albums units and 332 million on-demand song streams in the U.S., according to MRC Data.

Londra has collaborated with artists like Ed Sheeran, Becky G, De La Ghetto, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and many more.

Bull Nene Launches Own Label “God Willing” & Signs Global Distribution Deal with Virgin Music US Latin

Bull Nene is (God) willing and able…

The 32-year-old Colombian songwriter and producer, whose real name is René David Cano, has launched his own record label, called God Willing, and signed a global distribution deal with Virgin Music US Latin.

Bull NeneBull Nene, known for his work with the likes of J Balvin, Karol G, Maluma and Juanes among others, is known for his more melodic urban sound.

His first signing is 23-year old Medellín native Mar Mejía, who sings a blend of soul and pop with urban beats. Mejía’s first single under the label is “Money,” a bilingual track about ambition and dreams, written by Bull Nene with Vibarco, Zenzei and Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Gale.

Tapping an artist from Medellín and basing his new label in his hometown was a deliberate decision, says Bull Nene.

“I felt it was the right time to do something more for the Latin music industry. We’ve always wanted to give back to the country and I always felt that music is the path of non violence. That’s why we built the label in Medellín.”

Mejía, who studied communications, has been devoted to music for the past three years. “As someone from Medellín, I’ve followed Bull Nene’s growth closely and seen how he became a world-known producer and composer. To now have him bet and believe in my project is impossible to describe,” she says.

Bull Nene is the most recent in a string of producers who have launched their own labels, including fellow Colombians Ovy on the Drums and Sky Rompiendo.

“Bull Nene’s huge talent has led him to produce some of the great Latin hits in recent years. We’re very excited about this partnership and the launch of Mar Mejía, a great promise in the world of pop,” said Victor González, president of Virgin Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula.

Kim Loaiza Teams Up with Ovy on the Drums for New Single “Ya No Somos”

Kim Loaiza is heartbroken

The 24-year-old Mexican YouTuber, influencer and singer has teamed up with artist-producer Ovy on the Drums to release her latest single “Ya No Somos.

Kim Loaiza The pop-urban heartbreaking track, which features thumping beats, was penned by Loaiza, Ovy on The Drums, Keytin, JD Pantoja, and Gotex, doesn’t fail to bring that nostalgic sentiment of a romance that once was while also exploring the complex emotions and overwhelming feeling that follow a breakup.

“Today I drink in your honor. For what we were, and what we are no
longer, baby,” Loaiza sings in the chorus.

The music video has already amassed over 6 million views.

Loaiza’s previous singles include “No Seas Celoso,” “Me Perdiste” and “Bye Bye.”

Tainy Tops Billboard’s End-of-Year Hot Latin Songs Producers Chart

Tainy is a producer on top…

The 32-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter comes in at No. 1 on Billboard’s end-of-year Hot Latin Songs Producers chart.

TainyIn all, Tainy placed 25 tracks on the chart during the eligibility period of November 21, 2020, through Nov. 13, 2021 to rank at the summit.

The list includes hits like Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez‘s “Dákiti,” Selena Gomez‘s “De Una Vez” and one of his most recent hits “Lo Siento BB:/” with Julieta Venegas and Bunny.

Other top 10 producers on the chart include Edgar Barrera. He boasts a wide-ranging list of tracks that go from a salsa anthem, “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta,” to an urban smash hit such as “Imposible Amor.”

In addition to Tainy and Barrera, Ovy on the Drums, Mora and Sky Rompiendo have made this year’s 10 Latin producers list after ruling the charts this year.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated Nov. 21, 2020, through Nov. 13, 2021. The rankings for MRC Data-based 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 MRC Data.

Here’s a look at the Top 10.

  1. Tainy

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez’s “Dákiti” — The song debuted and peaked at No. 1 on the chart dated Nov. 14, 2020. Has spent a total of 27 weeks atop the chart, 20 in 2021, the most for any Latin track.

  1. Ovy on the Drums

Karol G, Anuel AA & Bad Bunny’s “Location” — Part of her chart-topping album KG0516, this Western-inspired, country-tinged empowering anthem peaked at No. 6 on Hot Latin Songs.

  1. MORA

Anuel AA’s “Dictadura” — one of Anuel’s newest songs, the reggaeton hit peaked at No. 12 on the tally in November. The track was the first single off the singer’s new album, Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren, which launched at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated Dec. 11).

  1. MAG

Bad Bunny’s “Maldita Pobreza” — The alternative track may not be one of Bunny’s highest charting titles, but it is part of his history-making album El Último Tour del Mundo. On Hot Latin Songs, “Maldita Pobreza” peaked at No. 12.

  1. Sky Rompiendo

J Balvin & Sech’s “Una Nota” — In September, Balvin and Sech’s collab peaked at No. 11 on Hot Latin Songs.

  1. Edgar Barrera

Gera MX and Christian Nodal’s “Botella Tras Botella” — In May,  Nodal and newcomer Gera MX’s “Botella Tras Botella” debuted at No. 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated May 8), becoming the first regional Mexican title to enter the list in its almost 63-year history. On the Hot Latin Songs chart, the track peaked at No. 3.

  1. Mr. Naisgai

Rauw Alejandro’s “Todo De Ti” — A No. 2 peak (Sept. 11-dated tally), it’s Rauw’s highest-charting title.

  1. Albert Hype

Selena Gomez & Rauw Alejandro’s “Baila Conmigo” — One of the first single’s off Gomez’s first-ever Spanish-language album titled Revelación, the track debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the tally.

  1. Keityn

Maluma’s “Sobrio” — The reggaeton song premiered in July to a star-studded music video that has raked in more than 155 million views on YouTube. “Sobrio” peaked at No. 11 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated July 24).

  1. Manuel Lara

Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” — Peaked at No. 1 on the chart dated May 22, where it remained for eight weeks. Kali Uchis became the first female soloist to reach No. 1 with a song unaccompanied by another act since Paulino Rubio did it in Feb. 2012

Anuel AA Earns Fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart with “Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren”

Make that for in a row for Anuel AA.

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer has collected his fourth straight, and total, No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren debuts at No. 1 on the December 11-dated survey.

Anuel AA

Anuel’s third studio album – a follow up to Los Dioses, with Ozuna, which also had a No. 1 debut (February 6-dated list) – is his second leader of 2021.

Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren opened with 22,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending December 2, according to MRC Data. Most of that sum (20,500) was driven by streaming activity, representing 30.2 million on-demand streams of the set’s 16 tracks, while a little over 1,000 units arrive from traditional album sales.  The rest comprises track equivalent album units. (One unit equals one album sale, 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams for a song on the album.)

Las Leyendas is Anuel’s fourth leader in as many appearances on the all-Latin genre tally.

His first chart success arrived in July 2018 when album debut Real Hasta La Muerte bowed at No. 1 and held at the summit for two consecutive weeks (a 135-week run).

Emmanuel, which remains at No. 20 on the current ranking, concurrently opened at No. 1 less than a year later (June 13, 2020-dated chart).

Las Leyendas, released via his own label Real Hasta La Muerte, congregates a group of producers including Chris Jeday, Gaby Music, Tainy, Nelly El Arma Secreta,” and Ovy on The Drums.

It likewise earns Anuel his fourth No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums among six entries. The set concurrently gifts Anuel his fourth entry on the all-genre Billboard 200, starting at No. 30.

Nine Leyendas cuts debut on the all-metric (airplay, digital sales, streaming data) Hot Latin Songs chart. However, the set was preceded by two songs: “Dictadura” (No. 12 debut and peak, Nov. 13) and “Leyenda” (No. 21 debut and peak, Nov. 27).

In total, Anuel places 12 titles on the current survey (including “Ley Seca,” with Jhay Cortez), the most since his pair-up with Ozuna on Los Dioses placed 13 simultaneous tracks (February 6-dated tally).

Here’s a recap of all Anuel’s titles on Hot Latin Songs (11 belonging to Leyendas):

No. 12, “Súbelo” (Greatest Gainer/ Airplay)
No. 16, “Ley Seca,” with Jhay Cortez
No. 24, “North Carolina” (debut)
No. 25, “McGregor” (debut)
No. 26, “Dictadura”
No. 31, “Real Hasta La Muerte” (debut)
No. 33, “Llorando En Un Ferrari” (debut)
No. 36, “Leyenda” (Greatest Gainer/ Sales & Streaming)
No. 39, “1942” (debut)
No. 41, “Rick Flair” (debut)
No. 44, “Pin” (debut)
No. 48, “Esa Cruz” (debut)

Warner Music Latina Signs Worldwide Deal with Keityn

Keityn is ready to break out globally…

Warner Music Latina has signed a worldwide exclusive deal with the 25-year-old Colombian songwriter.

Keityn

Born Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, the artist is behind chart-topping hits like “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki MinajMaluma‘s “Hawái” and J Balvin and Tainy‘s “Agua,” to name a few.

The deal will see future releases of his songs as an artist. With “Nueva Versión,” which was released this week, he makes his debut as a singer-songwriter.

“Keityn is undoubtedly one of today’s top and most complete artists,” Gabriela Martinez, managing director Warner Music Latina, said in a statement. “His new musical work with his lyrics and rhymes represent an unprecedented new sound, and his voice confirms his unstoppable talent.”

“For me it is a pleasure to be part of the Warner family, this is one of the largest labels in the industry and I’m extremely happy,” Keityn expressed. “It is incredible to know they trust me, and my talent and I hope to do amazing things with this great family.”

Juan Vargas, Keityn’s manager added: “It is a pleasure to start this new stage in his rising career, with the support of a Warner Music Latina. It means a lot to be backed by a such a great record label.”

Keityn is up for three Latin Grammys, including song of the year for “Agua” and “Hawai” and best urban song for “Agua.”

Earlier this year, Billboard caught up with the artist who’s “Tusa (Heartbreak),” which he co-wrote with Ovy on the Drums, won song of the year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

“It’s a song that a woman or a man can sing,” Keityn said talking about the hit song. “It’s a situation a lot of people go through so they identify with the song. Plus, the combination of Nicki with Karol; that was explosive.”

Blessd Signs Worldwide Distribution & Licensing Deal with Warner Music Latina

Blessd has an exciting new deal…

Warner Music Latina has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution and licensing agreement with the up-and-coming Colombian artist, who recently announced his first-ever international tour.

In addition, Blessd’s exclusive deal, which is an alliance with JM World Music and Cigol Music, will include a “crafty, all-party proposal that will bring the artist’s music globally.”

“Blessd is undoubtedly Colombia’s next musical urban star,” Gabriela Martinez, managing director at Warner Music Latina, said in a statement. “At Warner Latina we are very excited to be part of this project and take it to the next level.”

Dr. Velasquez, who signed Blessd to JM World Music in 2019, added: “JM World Music and Cigol Music see in Warner Mexico and Warner Music Latina an opportunity for team growth.”

“Everything that is happening in my career is very important to me,” the 21-year-old artist said in a statement. “I feel that the alliance with Warner Music Latina is a new beginning and I feel very confident to have the backing of a company like this. The idea is to project bigger and bigger goals and work as a team with the best.”

Part of Colombia’s new wave of hip-hop and reggaetón artists, the artist born Stiven Mesa Londoño in Antioquia, Medellín, broke out during the global pandemic, releasing viral hits like “Imposible” and “Hace Tiempo.” A promising singer-songwriter, who can gracefully go from freestyle to a chanteo to singing, he has already collaborated with artists such as Maluma, Piso 21, Ovy on the Drums, and The Black Eyed Peas. The former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise credits reggaetón veteran Arcangel and Venezuelan rapper Akapellah as his biggest source of inspiration.

He continued: “All my achievements are in the hands of God and in prayer, I always ask that my songs be heard in all corners of the world and that my team is always blessed. From today on, I have the Warner, JM, and Cigol shirt on, because working hand in hand with the Lord everything is possible.”

The signing announcement comes on the heels of his first-ever international fall tour, kicking off November 4 in Europe. Blessd’s upcoming studio album, Hecho en Medellín, is scheduled to launch on October 27 under Warner Music Latina and features collaborations with Arcangel, Justin Quiles, Myke Towers, and more.