Ozuna to Headline Calibash in January 2022

Ozuna is headed to a massive bash

After being sidelined in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Calibash will return to Los Angeles’ Staples Center in January 2022 to celebrate its quinceañera, with the Puerto Rican singer serving as one of the headlining acts.

Ozuna

For the first time ever, this year’s Calibash will be a three-day show (January 14-16), headlined by Ozuna (January 14), Daddy Yankee (January 15) and J Balvin (January 16) along with a roster of superstars.

Also performing are Wisin & Yandel, Myke Towers, Becky G, Sech and Natanael Cano (on Day 1); Natti Natasha, Manuel Turizo, Rauw Alejandro, Lunay and Kali Uchis (Day 2); and Nicky Jam, Black Eyed Peas, Jhay Cortez, Justin Quiles and Nío García (Day 3).

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 1 on asx.com.

The multi-artist show, produced and presented by SBS Entertainment, is the best-known urban Latin festival in the United States, and perhaps, the best-known Latin fest in the country.

Staged every year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and for the past three years also in Las Vegas, Calibash has since its inception reflected and set trends, hosting acts like Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber alongside Latin names like J Balvin, Enrique Iglesias and Nicky Jam.

“There’s nothing like it,” says Alessandra Alarcón, president of SBS Entertainment, the live event arm of SBS, which also owns the SBS radio network and TV station La Mega. “We’re activating the entirety of LA Live. We’ll have an outdoor stage with performances by local and up and coming artists, and inside, for the first time, we’ll have three completely different talent lineups.”

Prices will range from $45 for the cheapest seat to $1,000 for a top VIP seat (which grants access averaging $150 per night and $600 for a three-day pass). Aside from ticket sales, SBS also sells merchandise and of course sponsorships, both for the indoor and outdoor portions of the fest.

Lenny Tavarez Releases Debut Solo Album “Krack”

Lenny Tavarez is officially out with his first…

After blessing fans with new music for the last few months, the 34-year-old Puerto Rican singer has finally released his debut solo album Krack via Warner Music Latina.

Lenny Tavarez

Tavarez, who kicked off his solo career after leaving Puerto Rican duo Dylan and Lenny, calls the album his “first opportunity at life.” He’s also grateful for his new record label giving him total creative liberty with the album strategy.

“I decided to launch the album progressively, in four seasons, because I wanted fans to digest all the flavors, sounds, and lyrics that it brings,” he tells Billboard.

The album is home to 14 tracks, including “La Neta,” “A Cien” and focus track “Lo Tengo Todo.”

The set includes collaborations with Nicky JamRauw AlejandroZion & Lennox and Natanael Cano, to name a few.

Though Tavarez has released the singles sporadically and in groups, the album has been nearly five years in the making.

“My intention is to do different music without changing the genre,” he says. “Krack was created with a lot of sacrifices and stories of perseverance.”

Christian Nodal Wins Three Prizes at iHeartRadio Music Awards

Christian Nodal is celebrating a memorable night…

The 22-year-old Mexican singer, a three-time Latin Grammy winner, picked up three awards at Thursday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Christian Nodal

Nodal’s picked up the awards for Regional Mexican Album of the Year (AYAYAY!), Regional Mexican Song of the Year (“Se Me Olvidó”), and Regional Mexican Artist of the Year.

Nodal had previously won two iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2018.

Bad Bunny continues his winning ways with YHLQMDLG.

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican superstar’s Grammy-winning album was named The Latin Pop/Reggaeton Album of the Year.

Karol G’s insta-hit single “Tusa,” featuring Nicky Minaj, was named Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year.

J Balvin was named Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year, while Rauw Alejandro won the Best New Latin Artist prize.

In the non-Latin categories, Jhene Aiko was the sole Latinx winner…

The 33-year-old part-Spanish and part-Dominican American singer’s Grammy-nominated album Chilombo won the R&B Album of the Year.

Here are the winners:

Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd

Female Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Dua Lipa

Male Artist of the Year:
WINNER: The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year:
WINNER: Dan + Shay

Best Collaboration:
WINNER: “Savage” (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Best New Pop Artist:
WINNER: Doja Cat

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Level of Concern” – twenty one pilots

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
WINNER: twenty one pilots

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
WINNER: Powfu

Rock Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters

Rock Artist of the Year:
WINNER: The Pretty Reckless

Country Song of the Year:
WINNER: “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Country Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Luke Bryan

Best New Country Artist:
WINNER: Gabby Barrett

Dance Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Roses” (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN

Dance Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Marshmello

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:
WINNER: “The Box” – Roddy Ricch

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Roddy Ricch

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
WINNER: Roddy Ricch

R&B Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown & Young Thug

R&B Artist of the Year:
WINNER: H.E.R.

Best New R&B Artist:
WINNER: Snoh Aalegra

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Tusa” – KAROL G & Nicki Minaj

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Artist of the Year:
WINNER: J Balvin

Best New Latin Artist:
WINNER: Rauw Alejandro

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
WINNER: “Se Me Olvidó” – Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Christian Nodal

Producer of the Year:
WINNER: Max Martin

Songwriter of the Year:
WINNER: Ashley Gorley

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: “Adore You” – Harry Styles

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: “Juice” (Lizzo) – Harry Styles cover

Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: #BTSARMY – BTS

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: “Dynamite” – BTS

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo

Favorite Music Video Choreography: *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: BTS – Son Sung Deuk

TikTok Bop of the Year (New Category): *Socially Voted Category
WINNER: “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd

Pop Album of the Year
WINNER: Taylor Swift – Folklore

Alternative Rock Album of the Year
WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets to My Downfall

Rock Album of the Year
WINNER: AC/DC – Power Up

Country Album of the Year
WINNER: Luke Combs – What You See Ain’t Always What You Get

Dance Album of the Year
WINNER: Diplo – Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil

Hip-Hop Album of the Year
WINNER: Lil Baby – My Turn

R&B Album of the Year
WINNER: Jhene Aiko – Chilombo

Regional Mexican Album of the Year
WINNER: Christian Nodal – AYAYAY!

Latin Pop/Reggaeton Album of the Year
WINNER: Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG

Tini Working on “Mienteme” Remix

Tini is (re)mixing things up…

Less than a month after dropping her urban-infused cumbia “Mienteme,” in collaboration with Argentine newcomer Maria Becerra, the 24-year-old Argentine actress, singer, songwriter, dancer and model has revealed that she has a remix on the way.

Tini revealed the news during a Billboard Live interview via Instagram on Wednesday, saying, “Yes, a remix is coming at some point,” after being asked which artists would be ideal to jump on the song.

“If I said names it was going to be too obvious. So I prefer not to say anything at all and have it be a surprise,” she said.

After joining forces with artists like Alejandro Sanz, Karol G and Sebastian Yatra, Tini also announced that more collaborations are coming, including one with Manuel Turizo.

“These features mean so much to me because I’m growing a lot as an artist,” she noted.

Her dream collabs are Justin Bieber, Rauw Alejandro, Ariana Grande and Daddy Yankee, whom she’s been a fan of since she was little.

“Most probably a new album will drop this year. I have a lot of desire for that,” she added. “I don’t want time to pass because these songs that I’m writing represent the moment of my life that I’m living. The best thing would be to release them in an album and show my fans this new stage of my life.”

Luis Fonsi’s Rauw Alejandro-Collaboration “Vacio” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard Latin Airplay Chart

It’s a tweener moment for Luis Fonsi

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer’s collaboration with Rauw Alejandro, “Vacio,” rises 3-1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated May 29.

Luis Fonsi & Rauw Alejandro

It’s the 12th No. 1 for Luis Fonsi and the fifth for Rauw Alejandro.

“Vacío” was released on February 19 and reigns on the all-Latin genre chart in its 13th week with 10.2 million in audience impressions, up 18%, earned in the week ending May 23, according to MRC Data. That’s a 1.5 million increase in audience from the previous week.

“I’m very grateful that the audience continues to embrace every song I release,” Fonsi tells Billboard. “Having another No. 1 song is not something I take for granted, ever. I work very hard every day to produce the best music I can, and I’m just so happy it’s so well received, and that I’m able to do it with producers and artists that I admire, in this case with Rauw Alejandro who brought his unique talent and flow to the song.”

Luis Fonsi collects his 12th Latin Airplay No. 1 and first since 2019 when “Date La Vuelta,” with Sebastián Yatra and Nicky Jam, ruled for one week. Alejandro nabs his fifth, three of which just arrived in 2021.

“I feel honored to have worked with the maestro Luis Fonsi,” Rauw tells Billboard. “’Vacío’ is a song that allows us to express that bizarre feeling of when one wants to be with someone but it’s unable to. I’m super grateful to be part of this project and even more, to the fans who made it No. 1.”

Rauw Alejandro Releases Dance-Pop Track “Todo De Ti”

Rauw Alejandro is giving it everything

In a departure from his signature urban-leaning sonority, the 28-year-old Puerto Rican singer/rapper has released “Todo De Ti,” a dance-pop track with summer anthem potential.

Rauw Alejandro

Produced by Mr. NaisGai, the single allows Alejandro to show off not only his dancing abilities and rollerskating skills, but also his chameleonic abilities to shift gears and go from hard-core reggaeton to a sweet, groovy pop tune.

Spreading ’80s dance-floor nostalgia, the track is accompanied by an atmospheric video directed by Marlon Peña.

The video includes Alejandro’s smooth dance moves and a cameo by four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, who joins Alejandro and company in a skating ring dance battle. 

Rauw Alejandro to Headline First-Ever Vibra Urbana Music Festival Orlando Edition

Rauw Alejandro is bringing some vibra to Orlando…

Following its inaugural edition in Miami last February 2020, the Vibra Urbana Music Festival will make its debut in Orlando with a two-day event featuring the 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and composer.

Rauw Alejandro

Set to take place July 31 – August 1, phase one of this year’s lineup includes artists like, Sech, Mora, Mariah Angeliq, Alex Rose, Dalex, Eladio CarrionZion & Lennox, among others, who are set to perform at the Orlando Amphitheater. Additional artists will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

“After over a year since our last show as a result of the pandemic, our team wanted to make sure we delivered the most exciting and energetic festival for our fans,” Javier Caso, founder and partner of Vibra Urbana, said in a statement. “Being able to bring our Vibras to a second city in the Sunshine State makes us beyond excited.”

“We are honored to be bringing some of the biggest and brightest names in the genre with Rauw Alejandro and Sech, along with one of the legendary groups in reggaeton, Zion Y Lennox,” added Kirk Taboada, head of talent and Vibra Urbana partner. “It has always been a dream of mine to do a reggaeton festival here in my home state. Orlando, I hope you’re ready for us!”

Other artists set to perform in Orlando include Boza, Eix, El Prefe, Emilia, LATENIGHTJIGGY, Marconi Impara, Mario Duran and Omy de Oro. Tickets will go on-sale on Friday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. ET at www.vibraurbanafest.com.

Growing from a single-day event to two days, Vibra Urbana will also return to Miami at the Miami Dade County Fair & Expo Center on December 18-19. This year, the outdoor fest will transform into an immersive two-day experience in a new, open-air format.

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Luis Fonsi Earns Ninth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay Chart with Rauw Alejandro-Collab “Vacío”

Luis Fonsi is on Cloud Nine

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer’s single “Vacío” featuring Rauw Alejandro takes over the top spot on BillboardLatin Pop Airplay chart as the song rises from No. 3 on the May 8-dated survey.

Luis Fonsi & Rauw Alejandro

The song jumps 3-1 boosted by a 21% lift in audience impressions, to 6.7 million, earned in the week ending May 2, according to MRC Data.

Luis Fonsi earns his ninth No. 1 on the chart after “Perfecta” with Farruko reigned for two weeks starting in December 2020.

Rauw picks up his third, and second of the year, following “Baila Conmigo,” his two-week champ alongside Selena Gómez (March 13-dated list).

“Vacío” is the fourth male co-billed duet to top BillboardLatin Pop Airplay chart in 2021, one of which, as previously mentioned, also includes Luis Fonsi: “Perfecta,” with Farruko (Jan. 2).

In between, two other dual male pairings took the crown: Ozuna and Camilo’s “Despeinada” (four weeks starting Jan. 9-dated list) and Sebastian Yatra and Guaynaa’s “Chica Ideal” (three-week champ starting February 2).

“Vacío” is among a handful of songs of late to find reception among both Latin pop and Latin rhythmic audiences and radio. It continues its ascent on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart (9-7) to become the fifth Latin pop song No. 1 of 2021 to make it to the top 10 of the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, following four other titles which led Latin Pop Airplay before: Ozuna and Camilo’s “Despeinada,” Sebastian Yatra and Guaynaa’s “Chica Ideal,” Selena Gomez and Rauw Alejandro’s “Baila Conmigo” and Karol G, Anuel AA and J Balvin’s “Location.”

“Vacío” concurrently enters the top 10 on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with a 14-9 hike. Luis Fonsi ups his career count to 19 top 10s, while Rauw clams his sixth. “Vacío” was written by Fonsi, Andres TorresMauricio RengifoOmar Alfanno and Rauw.

Selena Gomez’s “Revelación” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Selena Gomez is No. 1 with a bullet…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with her first Spanish-language album Revelación on the March 27-dated survey.

Selena Gomez

Her album arrives with 23,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 18, according to MRC Data — marking the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman since 2017.

“I never go into anything expecting a No. 1 so I do not take it for granted,” Gomez tells Billboard. “It’s always a bit nerve racking before releasing any music because as artists we put so much of ourselves out there. For this EP specifically, I was the most nervous I have been in a long time because my heritage means so much to me and I have been talking about doing this for over 10 years. I wanted it to be perfect. I am thrilled to see the response from my fans and also from people who might not have listened to my other music.”

The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

The seven-track Revelación was released March 12 via Interscope/IGA. Of its starting sum of 23,000 equivalent album units, album sales comprise 14,000 and the bulk of the remainder are SEA units (equaling 12.21 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs). Gomez’s debut Latin project boasts the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman in nearly four years, since Shakira’s El Dorado started with 29,000 units in its first week (chart dated June 17, 2017).

“Without a doubt the most challenging aspect was having to do all of the sessions over Zoom,” Gomez adds. “We started recording the EP right before COVID-19 shut everything down. In the beginning there were times I ended up canceling sessions because I found it so uninspiring not to be in the same room with everyone. I eventually was able to get past it and am extremely happy with how the music came together. [Producer] Tainy was very patient with me while I worked through my frustrations.”

Revelación is the first album by a female act at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums since Shakira’s El Dorado spent its fifth and final nonconsecutive week atop the list dated Aug. 5, 2017.

Gomez also notches the highest debut by a female solo act since Jenni Rivera’s Paloma Negra Desde Monterrey likewise debuted atop the list in November 2016. In between Rivera and Gomez, a collaborative set by two women launched at No. 1: Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman’s Versus in July 2017.

As Gomez’s “Baila Conmigo,” with Rauw Alejandro, concurrently takes over the top spot on the new Latin Airplay chart, she becomes the first female act in over a decade to rule both charts simultaneously. The last woman to achieve the feat was Shakira when Sale el Sol and “Loca,” featuring El Cata, ruled both Top Latin Albums and Latin Airplay, respectively in November 2010.

Elsewhere, Gomez places a total of four tracks on Hot Latin Songs, all from Revelación — one of which debuts in the top 20: “Baila Conmigo” with Rauw Alejandro lifts 8-5, “Selfish Love,” with DJ Snake, is at No. 18, “Dámelo To’,” featuring Myke Towers, starts at No. 20, and “De Una Vez,” re-enters at No. 50.

“Releasing ‘De Una Vez’ as the first song was the perfect way to introduce the new music,” Gomez says. “It’s a song I really related to and I think it’s beautiful with a message of hope and healing. I think all of the collaborators bring different elements to the table. With Snake it was great because we have a history together so on a mere comfort level that was nice to have. On ‘Dámelo Tó’ Myke brings this smooth rap and it makes you crave for it to be summer because it has the kind of vibe. When we were recording ‘Baila Conmigo’ I  knew we needed a male voice on it and Rauw has the ideal sexy, soulful voice that really complements the song perfectly.”

Revelación concurrently bows at No. 1 on Latin Pop Albums and at No. 22 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

J Balvin to Launch “Neón Experience” in September, Alongside Big Name Guest Stars

Things are looking brighter for J Balvin, and he’s sharing that outlook with some big names…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is heading to Las Vegas in September for a weekend of experiences and performances he’s dubbed his “Neón Experience.” And, he’s invited Karol G, Jhay Cortez, Rauw Alejandro, Jowell & Randy and producers Tainy and Sky Rompiendo.

J Balvin

Also included in his roster of events will be DJ Alex Sensation, Cornetto, DJ Pope, Agudelo888 and Matt Paris and La Gabi, the first two artists Balvin signed to his own label.

The Neón Experience will take place in Las Vegas during Mexican Independence Weekend, September 16-19, which traditionally has been a huge weekend for Latin music in Vegas, typically featuring big stars playing arena shows.

Balvin’s event, coming in the wake of the pandemic, is something else entirely. Capped at just 3,000 tickets, the three days and nights of events are being curated by Balvin and will include a headlining concert with him.

Different “experiences” will take place in various locales in the new Resorts World Las Vegas, including its entertainment venues Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub.

The centerpiece of the event is a 90-minute concert headlined by Balvin where, for the first time, he’ll sing the songs from his Colores album live.

“It’s the first event we’ve announced since the pandemic,” says manager Fabio Acosta, noting Balvin’s last concert was more than a year ago. “He will curate the entire weekend, down to the artists and themes. It’s the first time we do an event like this.”

Neón is presented by Pollen Presents, an event production company that develops and produces unique “experiences” in different locations around the world.

They include two upcoming Latin music experiences: Nicky Jam Jamworld, taking place May 13-16 in Miami, and Ozuna Cancún fest, taking place May 20-24 in Cancún.