Feid Releases Eclectic New Album “MOR, No Le Temas A La Oscuridad”

Feid is back with new music…

After weeks of teasing fans on social media, the 31-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter has released his new studio album, MOR, No Le Temas A La Oscuridad.

FeidTranslating to “Love, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” the set’s title is a tribute to the renowned ‘90s Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? and its concept is meant to remind us that everyone shines in the darkness.

On a personal level, Feid told Billboard earlier this year that its “whole concept has to do with how I went from being in the shadows as a composer to everything I am achieving now [as an artist].”

Home to 15 tracks, including the previously-released singles “Niña Bonita” with Sean Paul, “Vente Conmigo,” and “FERXXO 151” with Icon, which is rapidly gaining virality on TikTokMOR is easily Feid’s most eclectic production yet.

The set kicks off with a chill, one-minute piano melody, where Ferxxo (his alter-ego) summarizes all the fame and success he’s living now. “I always wanted to sing/I never wanted to be a bad boy/I don’t like to show off but music has me living like a gangster,” he chants.

If his latest singles, including the Spanglish AfrobeatBubalu” with Nigerian artist Rema, are any indication, the Colombian artist is experimental as ever. This time around, he dabbles into electronic music (“Luces de Tecno”), futuristic perreo (“Romanticos de Lunes”), and lacing funk and indie-pop (“Privilegios”).

On other notable tracks, such as the Ryan Castro-assisted “Ritmos de Medallo” and “Hey Chory,” Feid (real name: Salomón Villada Hoyos) keeps his essence by singing romantic lyrics using his Medallo slang and distinct reggaeton sound.

MOR, No Le Temas A La Oscuridad follows Feliz Cumpleaños Ferxxo, Te Pirateamos el Album, which after being leaked online, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in 2022.

Mora Releases Eclectic New Album “Estrella”

Mora is shining bright…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter has released his new album Estrella.

MoraThe 14-track set may be Mora’s most eclectic yet, both sonically and thematically.

Estrella finds Mora dabbling in reggaetón, perreo, trap and electronic, featuring a star-studded roster of collaborators — with OGs and newcomers alike, including Arcángel, Yandel, RaiNao, Alvaro Diaz and Dei V.

Whether you’re in love, overcoming heartbreak or just want some good escapism music, there’s something for everyone in the album: From the intergalactic romantic opening track “MEDIA LUNA” to the slowed down reflective “DONDE SE APRENDE A QUERER?” and the fast-paced, club-ready “LAGUNA” with Arcángel.

Putting Mora’s versatility at the forefront, the artist assembled an A-star team of producers for the LP, such as Ovy on the Drums, Sky Rompiendo and MAG.

“I would define the album as a combination of all I can musically contribute,” Mora says about Estrella.

Ryan Castro Teams Up with Peso Pluma for New Track “QUEMA”

Ryan Castro is feeling the burn… But he isn’t doing it alone!

The 29-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter has joined voices with Peso Pluma to release the new single “QUEMA” via Sony Music Latin.

Ryan Castro, Peso Pluma,Powered by a hypnotizing, head-bobbing beat, the irresistible old-school perreo track is signature Castro, who has a knack for delivering hooky songs — and his new track is no exception.

Add Peso, Mexican music’s biggest star today, and it’s a certified hit.

The song finds the corridos singer returning to urbano following “La Bebe Remix,” his hit song with Yng Lvcas, which has now spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Quema” — produced by SOG, Castro’s longtime producer — will be part of the Colombian artist’s upcoming new album, El Cantante Del Ghetto.

Zion y Lennox Release First “Salsa-fied” Single “Desnúdate”

Zion y Lennox are stripping down for their next single…

The Puerto Rican reggaeton music duo has released their first single of the year called “Desnúdate.”

Steering away from their signature old-school reggaetón essence and catchy perreo sound, Zion y Lennox experiment with salsa music for the first time, at the helm of co-producers Sergio George and Motiff.

The duo sings about love and betrayal, but admitted that performing the urban-infused salsa track was quite challenging.

“Without a doubt, this was one of the biggest challenges in our career but we were able to interpret it with love and compassion,” Zion tells Billboard of the tropical genre that they grew up listening to and respecting. “For us, it’s more than an honor to make this song in homage to all the salseros of Puerto Rico and around the world.”

To the hard-hitting rhythms of congas and trumpets, “Desnúdate” is about a girl who leads a man on and doesn’t want anything serious. “Oh no, oh no, you entangled me in your skin/you played with me […] get undressed, don’t tell me you care for me, you love me/ I knew you were like the rest that said they loved me but I do love you,” the pair laments.

“I am super excited about everything that is coming for the tropical genre, especially in salsa with these new sounds that I am experimenting with,” expressed Motiff.

“‘Desnúdate’ is undoubtedly part of the seasoning to all the salsa that is coming this 2023!!”

Nicky Jam Releases High Octane, New Single “Toy a Mil”

Nicky Jam is bringing it at 1,000

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer-songwriter has released his latest single “Toy a Mil” via Sony Music Latin.

Nicky JamPacked with Caribbean-packed sounds, the track is described as a “full-on summer jam.”

The track fins Nicky Jam meshing Jamaican reggae beats with Dominican dembow, while belting sensual and playful lyrics full of Dominican slang.

An invitation to start the party, the Jorge Milliano-produced track focuses on a girl Nicky Jam was waiting for to be single.

The just-as-vibrant music video captures the veteran hitmaker having a “boys night out” with perreo duo Jowell & Randy — who doesn’t shy away from doing the signature Dembow dance, holding a party foam cup in one hand and swaying the other side to side to the thumping rhythm.

Chesca Teams Up with Villano Antillano & Corina Smith to Release New Singer “Activa”

Chesca is reporting for active duty…

The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter has joined voices with emerging trans rapper Villano Antillano and Venezuelan pop star Corina Smith for her new single “Activa,” with the official music video premiering exclusively on Billboard on Thursday.

Chesca, Corina Smith, Villano AntillanoThe three female acts not only bring to the forefront their distinct, sensual, and captivating flow, but also empowering lyrics about owning yourself, your place, your body, and your sexuality. Backed by a hard-hitting perreo with futuristic beats, part of the track even references timeless reggaeton bangers like Yaga & Mackie’s “La Batidora” and Don Omar’s “Conteo.”

“Estamos toa’ la’ baby’s activa/pa’ lante y pa’ tras y dandole hasta abajo/Esto acaba empezar nadie se va” (All the babies are active/ To the front to the back and all the way down/ This is only the beginning, nobody is leaving), goes the catchy chorus.

“I feel happy with what is happening in my career. I thank God for allowing me to do what I do,” Chesca, a former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise, tells Billboard via email. “I like to put a lot of enthusiasm into my work and manage to be an example that dreams do happen. This is just the beginning of countless surprises that I have for my fans — new music and collaborations are what’s coming.”

Smith adds: “This collaboration has been a wonderful experience because as Latinas, we are exchanging dreams and talents between sister countries allowing us to strengthen our presence in music.”

The music video, featuring Chesca, Villana, and Corina, is the best representation of the nightlife in La Isla del Encanto.

Jowell y Randy Release New Single “Toro”

Jowell y Randy have returned with a bullseye…

The Puerto Rican reggaeton duo, composed of Joel Muñoz and Randy Ortiz, has released its new single “Toro,” released under Rimas Entertainment.

Jowell y RandyProduced by Subelo Neo and composed by Mora, the ultra-perreo stays true to the Puerto Rican duo’s essence.

“We feel the responsibility to ‘romper la calle’ very hard,” Jowell tells Billboard. “We cannot play with being experimental and bringing concepts that are not the sound people expect from us.”

The track, which has a raunchy lyricism that metaphorically relates to a bull, was a quick creative process, according to Randy.

“We didn’t have to think much about it,” he says. “Mora is very talented. This kid is a huge fan of ours and he grew up with our music. He has a different type of vocabulary and a different type of composing. Getting together with Jowell and Randy was like a huge challenge for him and a lot of fun too. There are a lot of powerful minds in this collaboration.”

For the official music video, Jowell y Randy opted for their signature party scene, mechanical bulls, and a very inclusive group of people.

The single is one of many the artists hope to release as part of their forthcoming studio album, following their 2020 Viva El Perreo, which peaked at No. 5 on the Top Latin Albums chart.

“We have a lot of songs for like three albums,” Jowell explains. “We are going to release the strongest rhythms we have for the club and for the dancing. This is very fast and people want music. We can’t keep waiting.”

The forthcoming untitled album is set to be released before 2022 comes to an end, and according to the duo, will include promising collaborations with Rauw Alejandro, De La Ghetto, Nicky Jam, Wisin y Yandel, and Maluma, to name a few.

“There’s nothing on this album that’s not reggaetón. It’s pure reggaetón,” Randy elaborates.

Jowell y Randy previously released their pandemic-inspired hit “Se Acabó la Cuarentena” featuring Kiko el Crazy in 2020.

Lenny Tavarez Teams Up with Piso 21 & Chencho Corleone for New Single “CXO (A Quien No Le Gusta)”

Lenny Tavarez is talkin’ sexo…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican singer has joined voices with Piso 21 and Chencho Corleone to release the new single “CXO (A Quien No Le Gusta).”

Lenny TavárezOn the single, a certified banger, Tavarez and his collaborators talk all things sex, primarily asking in the lyrics, “Who doesn’t like it?”

Tavarez and Chencho bring their distinct Boricua flow while Piso 21 adds their flirtatious spark, resulting in a catchy perreo single with very sensual lyrics.

The video was produced by Mastermind Entertainment and directed by Gustavo Camacho in Mandrake Miami.

Karol G Releases New Old-School Reggaeton-Laced Track “Gatúbela,” Featuring Maldy

Karol G is purring with new music…

The 31-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter and businesswoman, now sporting bright red hair, has released the new single “Gatúbela,” in collaboration with one of Latin urban’s pioneers, Maldy.

Karol GProduced by DJ MAFF, the track is an infectious old-school reggaeton laced with intense perreo beats.

In the lyrics, Karol G is fiery and unapologetic, chanting: “I’m not with anyone but I’m hooked/ I’m elevated, I feel like a Catwoman/ It feels good when he moves my panty to the side/ It feels good when you kiss me down there.”

The music video, directed by Pedro Artola in Barcelona, Spain, is inspired by vintage horror movies, showing Karol G — who makes her red-hair debut in a video — drenched in blood as she runs away from the moon. But before she’s caught in action running away in the dark, she’s feeling ultra sensual in a locker room full of equally sweaty people that she gets cheeky with.

“Gatúbela” comes four months after Karol G released her first single of the year, “Provenza,” and became the first woman to replace herself at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated May 14).


Up next, the artist is set to kick off her $trip Love Tour, produced by AEG Presents, on September 6 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. She’ll make pit stops in New York, Toronto, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Las Vegas and more before wrapping on October 29 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.

“There has never been a tour where they sing to love so nasty,” the singer previously expressed on Instagram, alongside a nearly one-minute video showing footage of her in a bed and scenes of professional pole dancers.

Tickets are available via KarolGMusic.com.

J Balvin Teams Up with Ryan Castro for Sizzling New Single “Nivel de Perreo”

J Balvin & Ryan CastroBalvin and Castro, an emerging artist also from Medellín, deliver a new, sizzling summer single.

Together, they bring forth hypnotizing beats that will make you play this song on repeat.

The traditional perreo track thumping beats fused with reggaetón drums and the duo’s skills give life to the track.

Directed by Patricia Alfonso and Chris Cabrera, along with Film Heads, the single’s video artfully brings the music to life. From rooftop cookouts, to the corner store, to clandestine dance parties, the music video is quite energetic.