J Balvin Kicks Off NPR’s “El Tiny” Home Concert Series in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Size doesn’t matter for J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian singer has kicked off NPR‘s “El Tiny” series in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

J Balvin

Balvin’s performance on September 16 was the first of 10 “El Tiny” concerts that will feature Latin artists like Camila CabelloPrince RoyceSech, Nicki Nicole and Silvana Estrada. The series will run through October 15, the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Backed by the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of the East River, the chart-topping artist kicks off his 15-minute mini concert, singing new tracks off his latest and most personal album yet, Jose. He kicks off the set with “Vestido” and goes on to perform “Que Locura,” “OTRO FILI,” “F40” and closes with fan favorite “In Da Getto.”

“Even though we have some of the biggest names in Latin music scheduled, our ‘El Tiny’ takeover of the Tiny Desk (home) concerts is more than just entertainment,” Felix Contreras, host of NPR Music‘s Alt.Latino, said in a statement. “I firmly believe that music has always been an accurate barometer of what’s going on in the Latin communities here in this country. Reggaetón hip-hop, soul, Afro Latino, jazz — it’s all reflected in our lineup and shows how diverse our listening habits, and our community, is.”

 

The nine-time finalist at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards recently spoke to Billboard about his 24-track set released on September 10. “The album was made thinking about myself and what I like to do,” Balvin said. “When I realized I didn’t have to box myself into a concept, like I did with Colores, I said, ‘The concept is me.'”

Daddy Yankee to Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame at 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Daddy Yankee is heading into the Hall (of Fame)

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and rapper, known as the “King of Reggaetón,” will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Billboard and Telemundo have announced.

Daddy Yankee

Given to artists who have achieved worldwide recognition for their work, transcending musical genres and languages, the accolade will honor the “Con Calma” hitmaker for his fruitful career that spans over three decades as a pioneer and top exponent of reggaeton.

Daddy Yankee will receive the award during the ceremony set to take place Thursday, September 23, live from Miami where he will also perform his latest hit “Métele al Perreo” for the first time on television.

The chart-topping, global star — known for reggaeton anthems such as “Gasolina” and “Dura” — has sold more than 17 million albums and placed 84 entries on the Hot Latin Songs chart, with seven of those hitting No. 1 and 36 landing in the top 10.

On the Latin Airplay chart, he has logged a total of 73 titles, including 24 No. 1s and 42 top 10s.

On the social front, his philanthropic work through “Daddy’s House” has been recognized by Billboard with the spirit of hope award.

Past recipients of the Billboard hall of fame award include José José, Vicente Fernández, Rocío Durcal, Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastian, Marc Anthony, Franco de Vita and Alejandro Fernández, among others.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will be broadcast live on Telemundo, kicking off at 7:00 p.m. ET with the traditional red carpet special, followed by the awards show at 8:00 pm.

Mike Bahía Partners with Lenny Tavarez to Release New Single “Colorao”

Mike Bahía is seeing red

The 35-year-old Colombian singer has teamed up with Lenny Tavárez to release the new track “Colorao,” which is slang for red in Spanish.

Mike Bahía & Lenny Tavarez

A slow-tempo single with reggaeton beats, the collaboration offers a combination of Bahía’s romance with Tavárez’s sensuality.

The song came into Bahia’s hands thanks to the Colombian producer and composer Sky Rompiendo.

It was re-written by Bahía, Cauty, Sky Rompiendo, JuanJha, Nina, Spreadlof, Eudis and Tavárez.

The lyrics of the song reflect the earnest hope of a young love who seeks to spend the rest of his days with the one he loves: “All I want is to live by your side/as an old man with red eyes/because of all the kisses you gave me; I’m, I’m in love.”

Dalex Releases Saucy New Single “Pa’nama”

Dalex is back with new music…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican urbano singer has released the new single “Pa’nama,” a saucy track with a clever play on words.

Dalex

If his debut album Climaxxx was any indication, Dalex continues along the lines of the sultry lyrics and edgy reggaeton fusions that characterize him.

Produced by Cromo La X, Rike Music, Ecby, and La Cone, the track tells the back-and-forth story of someone who’s playing hard to get and the other person who’s after them.

“Pa’nama,” according to Dalex, “is all about the vibes, and it’s such a fun, sexy, and cheeky song that I hope makes people let loose and enjoy the moment,” he said in a statement. 

Maria Becerra Teams Up with Becky G for New Single “Wow Wow”

Maria Becerra is bringing the wow factor…

After releasing a series of singles and collaborations with artists like Cazzu and J Balvin, the 21-year-old Argentine singer has officially released her debut album titled Animal.

Maria Becerra, Wow Wow, Becky G,

The 11-song set drops with “Wow Wow” featuring Becky G as its focus track, a hard-knock reggaeton single that has female empowerment anthem potential.

It marks the first time Becky and Becerra have joined voices for a collab.

With a “who needs men” attitude, the track (and music video) find the pair living the best life and sharing a wealthy lifestyle with their BFFs.

“Once I woke up and realized you were no longer by my side, I thought, ‘What good luck, this story has finally ended,’” Becerra opens the song.

Near the minute-mark, Becky G joins Becerra on the track, singing, “Life is just one and it won’t wait for you … everything is cured with a perreo so don’t be embarrassed to get down.” 

Maluma Releases New Single “L.N.E.M. (GATA),” Featuring Kapla y Miky, Philip Ariaz & Blessd

Maluma is hoping to put some up-and-coming talent on the map…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has joined voices with newcomers Kapla y Miky, Philip Ariaz and Blessd for the new single “L.N.E.M. (GATA).”

Maluma

The new single comes on the heels of “Sobrio” and its star-studded video featuring Scott Disick and other celebs.

This time, Maluma reels in the newcomers, as he hopes to put “la nueva en el mapa” on their collaboration.

Co-produced by Golden Mindz and Rude Boyz, the track infectiously laces a slow-tempo perreo melody with hip-hop and reggaeton beats.

“This is what making history is all about,” Maluma wrote on his Instagram.

“He wants to raise the flag,” former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise Blessd says of Maluma. “There is no other artist like him helping those of us who are emerging so much. He’s doing a job that no one else has done. I respect him as an artist and triple as a person because of that.” 

Anuel AA Releases New Single “23 Preguntas,” Dedicated to Ex Karol G

Anuel AA has some questions…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer has released a new track titles “23 Preguntas,” in which he asks ex-girlfriend and singer Karol G a set of questions.

Anuel AA

In the slow-tempo trap-infused reggaeton track, Anuel AA bares his heart and soul in a bid to win Karol back. “I have 23 questions to ask you/ Just let me know if you have time to respond to me,” he kicks off the track.

Throughout the song, he asks, “So many fights that you want to erase me/Tell me if you don’t want to listen to me?,” ”Tell me if it doesn’t feel like the first time?/ Instead of finishing, let’s start again,” and “Do you love me or is your love up for sale?” “Todo de Ti” singer Rauw Alejandro also makes a cameo toward the ending of the track, repeatedly saying, “Tell me if you’re staying/ Tell me, tell me if you’re leaving.”

“23 Preguntas” officially dropped on what would have marked the former couple’s third anniversary. “I really like this song, it means a lot to me!” he expressed on his social media. “August 23rd is a date that signifies a lot to me. I hope you like it.”

Karol and Anuel AA first met in 2018 on the set of their “Culpables” music video. The pair officially announced they were dating on Anuel AA’s 26th birthday, Nov. 26, 2018. They later sealed the deal with a second collaboration, “Secreto,” out Jan. 15, 2019, in which they documented their relationship in a homemade music video. The couple was also engaged.

On April 20, 2021, the two artists revealed that they have decided to end their relationship.

“The truth is that we’re not together,” Anuel said during an Instagram Live. “The times that people have seen us together is because we still love each other. We tried to recover what was lost but we took our different paths. May God bless her and that she continues to achieve her dreams and goals.” The Puerto Rican trap artist also addressed any rumors about infidelity. “There’s no negativity between us,” he assured. “We have a great relationship.”

On her Instagram stories, Karol G stated: “For many years we tried to keep our relationship away from social media to take care of it.” They eventually decided to make their love story public because they wanted to be transparent with fans.

“The incredible things that happened to us as people and artists was a blessing and the result of a beautiful love that arrived in our lives when we most needed it,” the Colombian artist wrote. “I love you, Emmanuel, my gratitude towards you, your family, and everything we lived, grew, and learned together is infinite.”

Despite their breakup, it appears as though the couple may still have feelings for each other.

At the recent 2021 Baja Beach Fest in Mexico, where both artists performed, Anuel AA asked fans to sing “Bubalu” very loud because “if Karol G hears it, she might get back with me.” During her performance, Karol also had a heartfelt moment and shed some tears when she sang “Ocean,” the love ballad she wrote and dedicated to Anuel AA.

The pair has also been spotted together multiple times, and they continue to support each other’s careers on social media.

Ozuna Teams Up with “Call of Duty” Mobile Game for Large Scale Partnership

Ozuna is answering the call (of duty)…

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican singer has become the first artist to score a large-scale partnership with the Call of Duty mobile game.

Ozuna

Ozuna’s partnership with Call of Duty: Mobile includes an official skin (an outfit for player avatars) and other in-game content, timed to the release of the game’s seventh season, “Elite of the Elite,” out August 25.

That day, he’s also releasing an original song, titled “A La Buena El Mejor,” to serve as the season’s official theme. While the first-person shooter game has collaborated with musicians in the past, it has never signed up an artist to a partnership this extensive.

Call of Duty: Elite of the Elite, Ozuna

“It’s a dream opportunity for my brand, for my name, to step up my career,” Ozuna tells Billboard. “I want to do something different for the culture.”

The collaboration gives Ozuna access to the vast audience of players on Call of Duty: Mobile, which launched in October 2019 and has since crossed 500 million worldwide downloads. Ozuna says that the game’s global reach is an exposure opportunity not just for his music, but for reggaeton and Latin music as a whole. “A La Buena El Mejor” is sung entirely in Spanish.

“My music culture goes up, reggaeton goes up,” thanks to the partnership, he says. “Call of Duty is an opportunity for my culture.”

Call of Duty: Mobile vice president of product and GM Matt Lewis adds that the partnership allows for the “cross-pollination” of fanbases, helping Ozuna’s fans discover the game just as much as it helps players discover Ozuna. The fact that Ozuna is already a frequent Call of Duty player sealed the deal.

“When we learned that Ozuna was a player, we thought this would be a great opportunity to celebrate that,” Lewis says. “[He] didn’t just want to give players the basics. He wanted to go deep with this collaboration and provide an experience for the players.”

Nicky Jam to Launch ‘Infinity Tour’ Next February

Nicky Jam is heading back on the road…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American rapper, singer and songwriter is returning to touring in his first official post-pandemic tour to kick off in early 2022.

Nicky Jam

Entitled the Infinity Tour after his upcoming studio album, which is set to be released this year, Nicky Jam will visit major cities across the U.S. and Canada, starting February 3, 2022, at Boston’s Agganis Arena.

He’ll then make pit stops in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, before wrapping up March 27 at the WAMU Theatre in Seattle.

“Thank you, God, for allowing us to tour again. I’ll wait for you there,” the reggaeton artist, rapper and actor told his more than 41 million followers on Instagram.

On the tour, presented by CMN Events, Nicky will sing some of his biggest hits as well as his upcoming releases live for the first time.

Tickets are officially on sale via CMNevents.com.

In addition, Nicky Jam is set to headline the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Week, returning to Miami in September with a weeklong event that unites the top Latin hitmakers, influencers and executives, and features live performances and conversations with superstars. For more information and registration, visit billboardlatinmusicweek.com.

Here’s a list of the full tour dates and venues:

February 3, 2022 — Boston @ Agganis Arena
February 5, 2022 — New York @ United Palace
February 10, 2022 — Atlanta @ Coca-Cola Roxy
February 11, 2022 — Chicago @ Rosemont Theatre
February 25, 2022 — Toronto @ Coca-Cola Coliseum
February 27, 2022 — Montreal @ Place Bell
March 3, 2022 — Orlando @ Amway Center
March 12, 2022 — Houston @ Smart Financial Center
March 13, 2022 — Hidalgo @ Payne Arena
March 19, 2022 — Ontario @ Toyota Arena
March 20, 2022 — Los Angeles @ Forum
March 25, 2022 — San Jose @ SAP Center
March 27, 2022 — Seattle @ WAMU Theatre

Maluma Getting Own Wax Figure at Orlando’s Madame Tussauds

Maluma is getting waxed…

The 27-year-old Colombian superstar will have his own wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Orlando.

Maluma

Maluma, who’s currently making the rounds with his heartfelt pop-reggaeton single “Sobrio,” shared the exciting news on NBC’s Today show by sharing images and videos of his wax figure in the making.

In true “waxed” fashion, studio artists took hundreds of measurements and captured photographs from every angle, and color-matched all the singer’s features.

Maluma

The singer/songwriter was decked out in an all-white Versace double-breasted jacket and black Bottega Veneta shoes for his session.

“I’m a big dreamer,” he said in an official statement. “I remember when I was in high school saying that I wanted to be here at the museum and everything is happening; nothing is too big to make it happen.”

Maluma’s wax figure — which will take nearly six months and 20 studio artists in London to create — will arrive at Madame Tussauds Orlando in 2022.

He now joins other Latin music stars to be “waxed” including Selena and Romeo Santos.