Nicky Jam to Bring “Rockstar Show” to Billboard Latin Music Week, with Jhay Cortez as Special Guest

Nicky Jam is bringing his (Rockstar) Show on the road…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American will bring his talk show Rockstar Show live to Billboard Latin Music Week, and he’s booked Jhay Cortez as his special guest.

Nicky Jam

The intimate experience is set to take place on September 22 exclusively for Billboard Latin Music Week registrants, with capacity limited.

Nicky Jam’s talk show, his passion project, launched in January with Maluma as his first guest.

Daddy YankeeKarol G and Nicky Jam are also confirmed for Billboard’s 2021 Latin Music Week, returning to Miami in September with a weeklong event that unites the top Latin hitmakers, influencers and industry leaders, and features live performances and conversations with superstars.

Latin Music Week will feature one-of-a-kind performances, panels, conversations and more with the aforementioned artists. Karol G will take center stage in The Superstar Q&A on September 21 for an in-depth conversation about her career, music, love and upcoming projects.

On September 22, fans will get up close and personal with Yankee as he discusses his 25-year career that launched reggaetón around the world in the second installment of The Superstar Q&A. The Puerto Rican hitmaker is also set to perform for a Billboard En Vivo concert that night at the Faena Forum exclusive to Billboard Latin Music Week registrants.

Other recently announced panels include “My Cause, My Music: A Conversation on Social Justice” with Cuban artist/activist Yotuel Romero, Puerto Rican star Kany García and ChocQuibTown members (and husband and wife) Goyo and Tostao; “Making the Hit, Live” masterclass with Lunay and his longtime producers Chris Jedi and Gaby Music; and “Regional No More– Mexican Music Goes Global” with Eslabon Armado, Los Dos Carnales and Carin Leon, which is moderated by Rancho Humilde‘s Jimmy Humilde.

For the first time, Billboard will launch a virtual streaming experience in partnership with LIVENow, offering viewing opportunities to international audiences. Passes for the livestream can now be purchased here. The star-studded 2021 Latin Music Week lineup also includes participation by García, Anitta, Elena RoseMyke TowersRauw Alejandro, EstemanRaymix, and Tainy, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Under the slogan “The Beat of Latin Music,” making its mark as the longest running and biggest Latin music industry gathering in the world, this year’s event will continue through the end of the week as Billboard launches its En Vivo concert series.

Natti Natasha to Take Part in Special Motherhood Talk During This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Week

Natti Natasha is opening up about being a new mom…

The 34-year-old Dominican singer and songwriter will be taking part in a special talk entitled “There’s No Hood Like Motherhood” at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Week.

Natti Natasha

Returning to Miami in September, the weeklong event unites the top Latin hitmakers, influencers and industry leaders, and features live performances and conversations with superstars.

Natti Natasha will appear alongside Telemundo’s Adamari López for a candid conversation on wellness, babies and superstardom.

The “Antes Que Salga El Sol” singer gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Vida Isabelle, in May with longtime manager and fiancé Raphy Pina of Pina Records.

Recently announced panels include the “Mano a Mano” panel with Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers, during which both chart-topping artists will discuss new projects, upcoming tours and the challenges and advantages for the new wave of reggaetón artists; “Making the Hit, Live” masterclass with Lunay and his longtime producers Chris Jedi and Gaby Music; and the “Coming Out Latin” panel with Raymix, Esteman, Erika Vidrio and Johnny Caz of Grupo Firme for an insightful and heartfelt conversation on the challenges and rewards of coming out as a Latin music act.

The star-studded 2021 Latin Music Week lineup — headlined by Daddy Yankee, Karol G and Nicky Jam — also includes participation by Anitta, Elena Rose, Myke Towers, Nicki Nicole, Rauw Alejandro, Esteman, Raymix, Kany García, Tainy and Tini, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2021 Latin Music Week will take place from September 20 to 24 at the Faena Forum in Miami and coincides with the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards broadcasting live via Telemundo on September 23.

To register and for more information, visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.

Jessie Reyez to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards,

Jessie Reyez is celebrating her Latin roots…

The 29-year-old Colombian-Canadian singer and Grammy nominee will perform at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, which are less than a month away.

Jessie Reyez

 

Reyez joins a roster of newly confirmed A-list artists set to perform at the Billboard awards show.

Reyez joins a roster of new additions to the lineup that includes Anuel AA, Banda MS, Carlos Vives, Chesca, Daddy Yankee, Kendo Kaponi, Luis Fonsi, Manuel Turizo, Pablo Alborán, Paulina Rubio, Pitbull, Rauw Alejandro, Raymix, Reik, and Yandel.

They join the previously announced performers Armando Manzanero, Black Eyed Peas, Farruko, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Jesse & Joy, Maluma, Myke Towers, Ozuna, Sech, and Wisin.

The 2020 BLMAs, led by top finalists Bad Bunny and Ozuna, are the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, the awards are determined by the actual sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social data that informs Billboard‘s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 2, 2019, through this year’s January 25 charts.

The event is coinciding with Billboard’s Latin Music Week 30th anniversary, a three-day virtual experience dedicated to Latin music, culture, and entertainment, The Billboard Latin Music Awards 2020 will broadcast live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 21 via Telemundo.

For more information and to RSVP for Latin Music Week, visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.

Vanessa Zamora to Perform at the First-Ever Edition of OutMusik Festival on National Coming Out Day

Vanessa Zamora’s ready to express her Pride

The 29-year-old Mexican singer, songwriter and composer will celebrate National Coming Out Day by taking part in the first-ever edition of OutMusik Festival.

Vanessa Zamora

In addition to Zamora, the list of performers set to take the stage on October 11 include Georgel, Javiera Mena, Zemmoa, Mabiland and Christian Chavez, among others.

The virtual festival will feature artists who form part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as allies who’ll be sending motivational messages to the community.

Georgel, Raymix and Esteman will serve as hosts of the first OutMusik Fest.

“I didn’t grow up with openly and well represented LGBTQ+ icons to identify with in mainstream media, which a lot of times led me to feel like I didn’t exist or this life wasn’t  worth living,” Georgel tells Billboard. “OutMusik represents an evolved world as I perceive it, a platform where LGBTQ+ artists express their truth through performance and audiences feel represented.”

“Music is a powerful medium to tell stories and send messages that tell our reality,” adds Esteman. “The more visible our stories, we won’t have to put labels and instead celebrate who we are.”

Presenters and allies who will be of the celebration include Karol G, Chiquis, Maite Perroni, Lila Downs, Francisca Valenzuela and Gepe.

The festival will be streamed on the website OutMusik.Com, which will remain post-festival and will serve as a resource center for the LGBTQ+ community. Access to the live stream will be free but viewers will have the option of donating.

Proceeds will go toward to organizations It Gets Better and The Trevor Project.

Raymix Releases New Electrocumbia Single “Llámame”

Raymix is feelin’ some kind of way…

The 29-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter has released his new single “Llámame,” a playful electrocumbia track that finds him experiencing a roller coaster of emotions while out with a group of friends.

Raymix

In “Llámame,” released along with a music video, Raymix is crushing hard on his friend and wondering if he’s feeling the same. The story’s unexpected twist will keep you on the edge of your seat so you’ll have to watch until the very end.

The video was filmed in Mexico City and directed by Raymix’s brother Pablo Gómez Moreno. It’s the first time Raymix, who came out as gay in June, features a man as his love interest in a music video.

“It’s time to be courageous though I understand it takes time and it’s not easy,” Raymix previously told Billboard. “We should modernize our music too because cumbia can fall under two categories, urban and regional Mexican, both with heteronormative standards of masculinity. We see the typical macho guys all the time.”

He continued, “Why not change the game? You don’t know how happy I am for doing what I did and for my new team to support me. They played a huge role in this. Here I am, showing the world that we can and should evolve. The most important thing is to be happy.”

Raymix Signs Global Deal with Universal Music Publishing

Raymix is going global…

The 27-year-old Mexican Electrocumbia artist has signed a global deal with Universal Music Publishing.

Raymix

Raymix’s “Oye Mujer” is currently no. 9 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

Trained as an aerospace engineer, Raymix, whose real name is Edmundo Gonzalez Moreno, was working at NASA when he began experimenting with electronic music.

“Oye Mujer” took off virally — the video know has over 300 million views on YouTube— before landing in the Billboard Top Ten. The track is also no. 2 this week on the Tropical Songs chart, where it peaked in the no. 1 slot.

Ozuna & J Balvin Lead the Pack of Latin American Music Awards Nominees with Nine Each

Ozuna and J Balvin are the men of the hour…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer and the 33-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer lead the list of nominees for the 2018 Latin American Music Awards (Latin AMAs) with nine nods each.

Ozuna & J Balvin

Close behind is Nicky Jam with eight nods; Daddy Yankee with six; Bad Bunny, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga and Christian Nodal with five; and Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Romeo Santos, Shakira and Wisin with four nods each.

In the tradition of the American Music Awards (AMAs), the Latin AMAs pay tribute to the top Latin artists in the market today with fans voting for the ultimate winners.

In terms of nominations, 10 artists are up for artist of the year: Bad Bunny, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Christian Nodal, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Ozuna and Shakira.

Ozuna and Balvin are also both up for favorite artist-male, favorite artist, urban and favorite album-urban and album of the year for Odisea and Vibras, respectively. In addition, Ozuna is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban for “Escápate Conmigo,” his hit with Wisin. “Me Niego,” by Reik featuring Ozuna and Wisin is up for favorite song –pop, and “Sobredosis,” by Romeo Santos featuring Ozuna is up for favorite song – tropical.

On his end, Balvin’s “Mi Gente” with Willy William featuring Beyonce is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban, while “X” by J Balvin with Nicky Jam is up for song of the year and favorite song-urban.

This year’s new artist of the year category is particularly competitive, with Bad Bunny, Manuel Turizo, Raymix and Sebastian Yatra vying for the award.

The Latin AMAs honors artists in pop/rock, regional Mexican, urban, and tropical genres. Nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including sales, airplay, streaming and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound for data covering the periods of Aug. 11, 2017 through Aug. 9, 2018. Winners are decided by fan votes.

The Latin AMAs are scheduled to air live October 25 on Telemundo from The Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Christian Nodal
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Luis Fonsi
Maluma
Nicky Jam
Ozuna
Shakira

Nuevo Artista del Año / New Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny
Manuel Turizo
Raymix
Sebastián Yatra​

Sencillo del Año / Song of the Year
Becky G feat. Bad Bunny – “Mayores”
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”
Maluma & Nego do Borel – “Corazón”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin – “X”
Wisin feat. Ozuna – “Escápate Conmigo”

Álbum del Año / Album of the Year
Christian Nodal – Me Dejé Llevar
J Balvin – Vibras
Nicky Jam – Fénix
Ozuna – Odisea
Wisin – Victory

Artista Favorita – Femenina / Favorite Artist – Female
Becky G
Jennifer Lopez
Karol G
Natti Natasha
Shakira

Artista Favorito – Masculino / Favorite Artist – Male
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma
Nicky Jam
Ozuna​

Dúo o Grupo Favorito / Favorite Duo or Group
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
CNCO
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
Zion & Lennox

Artista Favorito – Pop / Favorite Artist – Pop
CNCO
Luis Fonsi
Shakira

Álbum Favorito – Pop / Favorite Album – Pop
CNCO – CNCO
Juanes – Mis Planes Son Amarte
Sebastián Yatra – Mantra

Canción Favorita – Pop / Favorite Song – Pop
Carlos Vives & Sebastián Yatra – “Robarte Un Beso”
Enrique Iglesias feat. Bad Bunny – “El Baño”
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”
Reik feat. Ozuna & Wisin – “Me Niego”
Shakira & Nicky Jam – “Perro Fiel”

Artista Favorito – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Artist – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Christian Nodal

Álbum Favorito – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Album – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – La Mejor Versión De Mí
Christian Nodal – Me Dejé Llevar
T3r Elemento – Underground

Canción Favorita – Regional Mexicano / Favorite Song – Regional Mexican
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga – “Tu Postura”
Calibre 50 – “Corrido de Juanito”
Christian Nodal – “Me Dejé Llevar”
La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho – “Entre Beso y Beso”
Raymix – “Oye Mujer”

Artista Favorito – Urbano / Favorite Artist – Urban
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Canción Favorita – Urbano / Favorite Song – Urban
Becky G feat. Bad Bunny – “Mayores”
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin – “X”
Wisin feat. Ozuna – “Escápate Conmigo”

Álbum Favorito – Urbano / Favorite Album – Urban
J Balvin – Vibras
Ozuna – Odisea
Yandel – #Update

Artista Favorito – Tropical / Favorite Artist – Tropical
Gente de Zona
Nacho
Romeo Santos
Canción Favorita – Tropical / Favorite Song – Tropical
Nacho – “Báilame”
Romeo Santos feat. Nicky Jam & Daddy Yankee – “Bella y Sensual”
Romeo Santos feat. Ozuna – “Sobredosis”
Silvestre Dangond & Nicky Jam – “Cásate Conmigo”
Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skilz & Elvis Crespo – “Azukita”

Álbum Favorito – Tropical / Favorite Album – Tropical
Carlos Vives – VIVES
Orquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán
Victor Manuelle – 25/7

Artista Favorito – Crossover / Favorite Crossover Artist
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Demi Lovato

Tour Favorito / Favorite Tour
Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
Jennifer Lopez
Luis Miguel
Romeo Santos
Timbiriche

Video Favorito / Favorite Video
Anitta “Medicina”
Juanes “Pa Dentro”
Nacho “No te Vas”
Residente & Dillon Francis Feat. iLe “Sexo”
Ricardo Arjona “El Cielo a Mi Favor”

Jenn Morel Signs Joint Venture with Aftercluv & Universal Latino

It’s a new deal for Jenn Morel

The 26-year-old Dominican singer and songwriter, who is starting to make a name for herself in the music industry, has signed a joint venture with Aftercluv and Universal Latino, according to Billboard.

Jenn Morel

The LA-based singer got her start in the music business as a professional dancer in videos for DrakeNicki Minaj and Trey Songz. In 2017, she kicked off her singing career with the catchy song “Ponteme,” which made her a hot new artist in Europe, especially in Italy, where she had several sold-out events.

Now, with the mission of taking her music to an international level, Morel has signed a joint venture with Aftercluv, the dance entertainment division of Universal Music Latin America that has artists like Raymix and Juan Magan.

Both labels firmly believe in a long-term career for Jenn and will work together to bring music lovers a multicultural project that will progressively develop in two worlds: Latin and Anglo.

“I am very happy to have the full support of UMLE,” she said in a press statement. “I feel safe with the unique vision and structure that this union brings between Aftercluv and Universal Latino and I am super excited for everything that is to come.”

Currently, Morel is working on a “Ponteme” remix and an EP with new music.