Karol G Releases Music Video for Popular Track “Amargura,” Filmed Live During Her Puerto Rico Concerts

Karol G is sharing a bitter(sweet) clip…

The 32-year-old Colombian singer surprised fans by releasing the official music video to her song “Amargura” from her historic album Mañana Será Bonito

Karol GThe video was recorded in one of the spectacular concerts that the Colombian offered in Puerto Rico last March.

The video shows Karol G rocking her long, red locks and an all-denim outfit while she energetically performs the infectious heartbreak reggaeton track.

The video also shows aerial scenes of the packed Estadio Hiram Bithorn and fans jamming along to the lyrics.

The video already has more than two million views on YouTube and has almost five thousand comments on that platform.

“Amargura” is one of the most popular tracks on Mañana Será Bonito

The track is in the Top 50 on Spotify in several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Chile.

Jhayco Reveals Date for 16-City “Vida Rockstar Tour” Through U.S.

Jhayco is bringing his rockstar life to the masss…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican rapper/singer has revealed the dates, venues and cities for his 2023 Vida Rockstar Tour.

Jhayco,Presented by Loud And Live, the tour will take him to 16 major U.S. cities, kicking off on September 28 at the Agganis Arena in Boston and wrapping on December 10 at the Hertz Arena in Ft. Myers.

In between the opening and closing dates, Jhayco (born Jesús Manuel Nieves Cortés and formerly known as Jhay Cortez) will also visit his loyal fans in Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, San Antonio, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Miami, to name a few.

Fully embracing his “vida rockstar” season, fans can expect the edgy reggaetón artist to perform some of his greatest and viral hits including his song “Dakiti” with Bad Bunny, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart, and his latest singles “Cuerpecito” and the Quevedo-assisted “Mami Chula.”

In addition, the Vida Rockstar U.S. stint will offer VIP packages to give fans the ultimate concert experience.

Ticketmaster and AMEX pre-sale began on Tuesday, May 16; pre-sale for Spotify and Fan Club members begins at 10 a.m. (local time) on Wednesday, May 17; pre-sale for Loud And Live and venues begins at 10 a.m. (local time); and general public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. (local time) on Friday, May 19.

Jhayco, Vida RockstarFor more information on tickets and VIP packages, visit www.jhayco.com.


Keityn Named Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

(Te) Felicito-ciones are in order for Keityn

The Colombian songwriter and musical artist who co-wrote Karol G’s “Provenza” and Shakira and Rauw Alejandro’s “Te Felicito,” was named songwriter of the year at the 2023 ASCAP Latin Music Awards.


Me Porto Bonito” — performed by Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone and co-written by ASCAP songwriter Master Joe — won song of the year, while Universal Music Publishing Music Group took the publisher of the year honor.

Winners at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ annual awards — which recognize the songwriters, producers and publishers behind Latin music’s biggest hits — where announced on May 3 at an invitation-only event in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A first-time ASCAP winner, Keityn (real name: Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno) has also been behind chart-topping hits such as “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj, Maluma‘s “Hawái” and J Balvin and Tainy’s “Agua,” to name a few.

In October 2021, he signed an exclusive deal with Warner Music Latina, and since then, he has released songs as a performer like “El Egoísmo” with Mike Bahía and Dekko, “Anoche” and “Nueva Versión.”

Song of the year honoree “Me Porto Bonito” — a reggaetón track infused with Latin pop and sandungueo, in which two men promise to behave nicely if the woman they’re after asked them to — spent 20 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. It also reached No. 1 on Latin Airplay, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, and hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Universal Music Publishing Music Group was recognized as publisher of the year for hits including “Después de la Playa,” “Efecto,” “La Corriente,” “Me Porto Bonito,” “Moscow Mule,” “Neverita,” “Ojitos Lindos,” “Party,” “Tarot,” “Tití Me Preguntó” and “Un Ratito” — all part of Bad Bunny’s uber-successful Un Verano Sin Ti, the second album in Spanish to ever top the Billboard 200.

Other 2023 ASCAP Latin Music Award-winning songwriters include Daddy Yankee (“Remix”), Jhayco (“Sensual Bebé”), Marc Anthony (“Mala”), Marco Antonio Solís (“Si Te Pudiera Mentir”), GALE (her first ASCAP Latin Award for “Ley Seca”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Dos Oruguitas”).

Daddy Yankee to Executive Produce & Appear in Netflix’s Reggaeton-Themed Series “Neon”

It’s an electric time for Daddy Yankee

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar is set to executive produce the upcoming Netflix series Neon.

Daddy YankeeDaddy Yankee, a pioneer of the reggaeton genre popularized in his native Puerto Rico, will also make a cameo appearance.

Across 8 episodes, Neon follows three friends who move from a small town in Florida to Miami, hoping to make it big in the world of reggaeton. The show chronicles their larger-than-life dreams and the harsh comic realities of attempting to make it in the music industry.

Tyler Dean Flores plays Santi, a budding reggaeton artist who, with the help of his friends, Ness (Emma Ferrerira) and Felix (Jordan Mendoza) and A&R rep, Mia (Courtney Taylor) hopes to become the biggest reggaeton star in the world—or at least make rent.

Shea Serrano created Neon and Max Searle is the showrunner. In addition to Serrano and Daddy Yankee, executive producers include Searle alongside Scooter Braun, James Shin and Scott Manson for SB Projects and Anne Clements. Kyle Vinuya and Demi Adejuyigbe co-executive produce. Jordan Mendoza serves as consulting producer.

Daddy Yankee, the multi-hyphenate born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, recently announced his retirement as a performer following a successful three-decades-long career with his final shows set from November 30 to December 3 in Puerto Rico. The 5-time Latin Grammy Award winner’s biggest hit Gasolina, recently became the first reggaeton song to be inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

Daddy Yankee previously executive produced and starred in the film Talento de Barrio (2008) from director José Iván Santiago.

Although he has yet to announce his plans for the future, he remains dedicated to his non-profit Daddy’s House via his Corazon Guerrero Foundation.

Feid Teams Up with Sean Paul on New Single “Niña Bonita”

Feid is having a sweet moment…

The 30-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter has joined voices with Sean Paul to release the new single “Niña Bonita.

FeidProduced by Sky Rompiendo, the single begins with the sound of a cassette player and dreamy guitar riffs, as Feid single, “Someone like me was not going to fall in love” — setting the tone for ultra-sweet bop.

Lacing Feid’s signature romantic reggaetón sound and Sean Paul’s sensual dancehall beats, “Niña Bonita” is an honest letter to that special someone.

“Baby girl, if I love you and you love me/for you I’d give my life/Take my hand, only for one night, don’t feel alone anymore,” chants the Jamaican rapper in Spanish. “I want to make memories with you,” he later sings in English.

Meanwhile, Feid’s dulcet vocals sing about admiring the special girl’s body and wanting to spend time with her.

Eladio Carrión Teams Up with Anuel AA for New Single “Triste Verano”

Eladio Carrión is preparing for a somber summer

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer has joined voices with Anuel AA to release the new single “Triste Verano” via Rimas Entertainment.

Eladio CarriónTwo Puerto Rican powerhouses, two broken hearts, and one explosive lovelorn banger resulted in “Triste Verano.”

One of the most highly anticipated team-ups of the música urbana game, Latin trap superstars Carrión and Anuel AA spit verses like two forsaken fellows who ain’t too proud to beg against an invigorating interplay between Latin trap and reggaetón.

“Un verano sin ti, me tienes aquí desde junio hasta agosto,” cries Carrión, a slick reference to labelmate Bad Bunny’s last album.

The sad-themed spring song surprises a season too soon because of an unintended leak.

“It’s a song that I accidentally posted as a story. It was only up for like 15 seconds and then I deleted it. So this is probably one of the songs, and collab, that my fans have been waiting for,” Carrión tells Billboard Español.

El tremendo cabrón will be launching his own Sauce Boyz Fest this May, along with a beer line, La H.

Yandel Earns 15th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with Feid Collaboration “Yandel 150”

It’s a special quinceañera for Yandel

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has notched his 15th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart as “Yandel 150,” his collaboration with Feid, rises to the top spot on the chart dated April 15.

YandelIn addition, the song also rises from 2-1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.

Yandel returns to the summit following the one-week lead of “Déjà Vu,” with Tainy, in 2021. His longest-leading champ was “Encantadora,” which held atop the chart for three weeks.

Feid, meanwhile, claims his third No. 1 just a month after his featured turn in Ozuna’s “Hey Mor” ruled the March 4-dated list.

The collaboration ousts another pairing, Myke Towers and Daddy Yankee, after one week in charge for “Ulala.”

“Yandel 150” is the fourth single from Yandel’s Resistencia, his seventh studio album as a soloist, released Jan. 13 via Sony Music Latin. The 17-track set, jam-packed with reggaetón vets and newcomers alike, including his longtime collaborator Wisin, earned the Puerto Rican an eighth straight top 10 on Latin Rhythm Albums (March 23-dated list).

Further, “Yandel 150” leads in its ninth week on Latin Airplay, tying with “Hey Mor” as the third song to rise to the summit in nine weeks or fewer among Yandel’s 15 champs. Only two other tracks climbed faster: “Como Antes,” featuring Wisin, led in its second week, while “Se Acabó El Amor,” with Abraham Mateo and Jennifer Lopez, conquered in its sixth week.

Elsewhere, Yandel also takes his 15th No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay, while Feid picks up his fourth champ.

Library of Congress Adds Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina” to U.S. National Recording Registry

Daddy Yankee is gassed about his latest honor…

The 46-year-old retired Puerto Rican rapper, singer, songwriter and actor, considered to be one of the pioneers of the reggaeton genre, has earned a place in the U.S. National Recording Registry.

Daddy YankeeThe Library of Congress announced the 25 albums, singles and other recording that have been added to the registry, including Daddy Yankee’s smash single “Gasolina.”

Appearing on Daddy Yankee’s 2004 album Barrio Fino, the track was the first reggaeton song to be nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

But Daddy Yankee isn’t the only Hispanic artist making this year’s list…

Mariah Carey’s modern holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has made the grade.

“I’m honored beyond belief,” wrote Carey on Twitter about the single, which was released in 1994. “I definitely did not even imagine this would happen when writing and recording this song!”

The track became her 19th No. 1 the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2019, 25 years after its initial release, extending her record for the solo artist with the most number ones in the charts history.

Cuarteto Coculense’s album The Very First Mariachi Recordings (1908-1909) has also been added to the registry.

While mariachi music and its imagery are now emblematic of Mexican national identity, it was once a rural style of music played mainly in the state of Jalisco. In 1907, four musicians from the town of Cocula, Jalisco, led by the vihuela player Justo Villa, made the first recordings of it in Mexico City, where two years earlier they had introduced the style to the capitol when they performed for Mexican president Porfirio Diaz. These performances lack the trumpet now inextricably associated with mariachi, but even the early recording technology of the time could not fail to capture the group’s drive and spirit, and the recordings remained in print for many years. Due to the efforts of scholars and record collectors, the group’s work was collected and reissued in 1998 by Arhoolie Records, revisiting and reviving an otherwise lost chapter in mariachi’s history and paying overdue homage to these recording pioneers.

The late Irene Cara’s 1983 single “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” which she co-wrote for the film Flashdance, has also been named to the registry.

The hit single earned Cara the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and a nomination for Record of the Year. As part of the Flashdance soundtrack, it gave her and all of the songwriters who contributed to the album the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special, and she was also nominated alongside all of the other performers on the soundtrack for Album of the Year.

“Flashdance…What a Feeling” won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song and was also nominated in that category at the BAFTA Film Awards.

The 25 recordings were deemed worthy of preservation “based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage,” according to the Library of Congress.

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!!”

Eladio Carrión to Perform as Part of Billboard’s “Billboard Presents The Stage at SXSW”

Eladio Carrión is headed to the capital city of Texas…

The 28-yeaer-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton rapper/singer is among the artists set to perform at part of Billboard’s SXSW star-studded concerts.

Eladio CarriónCarrion will participate in Billboard’s series of star-studded concerts, Billboard Presents The Stage at SXSW.

Carrion will perform on the second night, March 17, alongside fellow Latin star Feid.

Meanwhile, rapper-singer Lil Yachty will perform on March 16, with opening acts Lola Brooke and Armani White, while electronic giants Kx5 (Kaskade x deadmau5) will perform on March 18.

Billboard Presents The Stage at SXSW will take place at Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park in Austin.

Several artists will also take part in conversations during a variety of events hosted at The Billboard House (800 Congress) on March 17. The one-day-only interactive content house will feature brand activations, photo moments, bites, cocktails and more. Entry is on a first come first serve basis, with a reserved amount of spaces available exclusively to SXSW Music and Platinum Badge holders and SXSW Music Festival wristband holders.

Billboard will also be donating a portion of ticket proceeds to Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that aims to create an urban park system in partnership with the city of Austin. The organization’s first phase, Waterloo Park, opened in 2021 to provide downtown green space, community programming and performing arts and entertainment at the Moody Amphitheater.

In addition to the presenting sponsors, Billboard will be sharing Reels on its official Facebook page across the three-day experience, and fans will have the opportunity to create custom Facebook Reels with unique experiential activations throughout SXSW.