Bad Bunny: This Year’s Big Premio Lo Nuestro Winner

It’s a night to remember for Bad Bunny

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer proved to be the big winner at Thursday night’s Premio Lo Nuestro awards show.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny took home seven awards, including Premio Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for YHLQMDLG, bringing his career total to 13.

Camilo picked up five awards, including New Artist Male and Pop – Artist of the Year.

They’re the first Premio Lo Nuestro wins of the 26-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter’s career.

Grupo Firme took home five awards…

The Mexican group’s wins include Regional Mexican – Song of the Year and Regional Mexican – Collaboration of the Year for their hit single Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo)”featuring Lenin Ramírez, who won three awards.

Karol G was the night’s top female winner…

In addition to winning Urban – Female Artist of the Year, the 30-year-old Colombian singer won in the Song of the Year and Urban – Collaboration of the Year categories for her hit single “Tusa,”featuring Nicki Minaj.

Other multiple award winners include Romeo Santos (3), Christian Nodal (2), Farruko (2), Reik (2) and Maluma (2).

The annual awards show was broadcast live from Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena.

Here’s the full winners list:

Regional Mexican – Song of the Year
“Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo)” – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Pop- Song Of The Year
“ADMV” – Maluma

Premio Lo Nuestro Artist Of The Year
Bad Bunny

Album Of The Year
YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny

Song Of The Year
TUSA – Karol G & Nicki Minaj

New Artist Female
Nicki Nicole

New Artist Male
Camilo

Remix Of The Year
La Jeepeta (Remix) – Nio Garcia, Anuel, Myke Towers, Brray & Juanka

“Crossover” Collaboration of the Year
Un Día (One Day) – J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny ft. Tainy

Video of the Year
Tkn – Rosalía & Travis Scott

Pop – Artist of the Year
Camilo

Pop – Collaboration of the Year
Si Me Dices Que Sí – Reik, Farruko & Camilo

Pop – Group or Duo of the Year
CNCO

Pop – Album of the Year
Por Primera Vez – Camilo

Pop/Ballad – Song of the Year
ADMV – Maluma

Urban – Female Artist of the Year
Karol G

Urban – Male Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny

Urban – Song of the Year
La Difícil – Bad Bunny

Urban – Collaboration of the Year
Tusa – Karol G & Nicki Minaj

Urban – Album of the Year
YHLQMDLG – Bad Bunny

Urban/Pop – Song of the Year
Si Me Dices Que Sí – Reik, Farruko & Camilo

Urban/Trap – Song of the Year
Vete – Bad Bunny

Tropical – Artist of the Year
Romeo Santos

Tropical – Song of the Year
La Mejor Versión De Mi – Natti Natasha & Romeo Santos

Tropical – Collaboration of the Year
Nuestro Amor – Alex Bueno & Romeo Santos

Regional Mexican – Artist of the Year
Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican – Collaboration of the Year
Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo) – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Group or Duo Of The Year
Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Sierreña Song of the Year
El Güero – Marca MP

Regional Mexican – Banda Song of the Year
Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo (En Vivo) – Lenin Ramírez Ft. Grupo Firme

Regional Mexican – Norteño Song of the Year
El Envidioso – Los Dos Carnales

Regional Mexican – Mariachi/Ranchera Song of the Year
Se Me Olvidó – Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican – Cumbia Song of the Year
Tú Y Yo – Raymix & Paulina Rubio

Regional Mexican – Album of the Year
En Vivo Desde Anaheim, Ca – Grupo Firme

Beatriz Luengo’s “Havana Street Party Presents” Concert Special Streaming on HBO Max

Beatriz Luengo has bared it all…

The 38-year-old Spanish singer, songwriter and actress appeared in an intimate concert special filmed in Havana, Cuba, that premiered on HBO Latino on Friday, February 12.

Beatriz Luengo

The second installment of the HBO concert series “Havana Street Party Presents” — filmed before the global pandemic — not only includes live performances of Luengo’s Cuerpo y Alma album, but also taps into personal stories and empowering anecdotes as told by Luengo.

“Prior to the tour that was expected to start in 2020, I started making this documentary as a way to show my fans what my show would be like and as a presentation for those who don’t know me,” Luengo tells Billboard.

Of her 2018 album, she explains “cuerpo” are the songs she composes on top of beats, for artists like Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Wisin, Yandel. “Alma” are the songs she pens for organic instruments, for artists like Reik, Thalia, Ha*Ash, Alejandra Guzman, and Ricky Martin.

“This concert is an opportunity to show how a woman has managed to become a songwriter in such a difficult industry,” she says.

Filmed at the doors of an ancient castle in Habana for a select group of local fans, Luengo’s special guests include Manuel Medrano, Farina, Blas Cantó, and Orishas. She’s accompanied by a gospel choir, string quintet, and live DJ throughout the show.

For Luengo, it was important to bring her concept to life, fusing melancholy with modernity, the past with the future.

“We created a very special ambiance,” she says. “I feel that it is a way of projecting and giving hope, showing the Cuban youth all the advanced technology, such as mapping. The entire production has a very strong message for me. Cuba deserves the best.”

Meanwhile, Luengo is making the rounds with the Yotuel and Omar Montes-assisted “Rebelde,” which has become a viral sensation on TikTok with its vogue-meets-flamenco dance. “It exploded!” she expresses. “The TikTok videos are giving me life, all the outfits, and concepts. I love to see how your music can generate a person’s creativity or simply have fun.”

“Havana Street Party presents Beatriz Luengo” is currently streaming on HBO Max.

Camilo Earns Third No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Vida de Rico”

Camilo is livin’ la vida rica 

The 26-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter, and producer continues his dominance on the Billboard charts with “Vida de Rico,” as the song hits No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart dated January 30.

Camilo

The song surpasses its previous No. 4 peak.

It reigns in its 16th week, the longest hike to the top of the chart since the Black Eyed Peas’ 18-week trek with “Feel the Beat” in November 2020.

“Vida de Rico” surges ahead with 13.74 million in audience impressions, up 34% earned in the week ending January 24, according to MRC Data.

Camilo secures his third chart-topper, after “Tattoo,” with Rauw Alejandro (September, 2020, one week) and “Si Me Dices Que Si,” with Reik and Farruko (June 2020, one week).

Natalia Jiménez Signs with Sergio Lizárraga’s Management & Booking Company LM Events

Natalia Jiménez has new representation…

The 39-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter, who is beloved in Mexico, has signed a management and booking deal with LM Events, the management and booking company headed by Banda MS manager and founder Sergio Lizárraga, according to Billboard.

Natalia Jiménez

The move marks the first time in recent memory that such a prominent pop act enters a management agreement with a company that specializes in the Regional Mexican market. The deal underscores how fluid and collaborative genres have become in Latin music, with the former demarcated lines between sounds and formats, and now business, increasingly fading.

“He [Lizárraga] has been a pioneer of the genre with Banda MS, taking them to international success, and he’s proven his mettle by remaining relevant in a very difficult industry,” Jiménez tells Billboard. “I think it’s a fascinating challenge and I’m 100% vested in this pairing.”

Jiménez rose to prominence as the lead singer of hit Spanish pop group La Quinta Estación. Since launching her solo career in 2011, she’s placed three albums on the top 10 of Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and six songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart, including No. 1 “Lo mejor de mi vida eres tú” with Ricky Martin.

And for the past decade, Lizárraga’s Banda MS has been one of the top groups in Latin music, in any genre, with 19 top-10 hits on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart.  They are also Mexico’s top-touring banda act and ended 2018 as the country’s most streamed act on Spotify. Last year, the band made history by pairing up with Snoop Dogg in the hit track “Que Maldición.” The fusion track marked the first time a major Mexican banda collaborated with a major American rap act, and landed both acts their first top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs track.

However, signing Jiménez or bridging pop and Mexican music, wasn’t something that Lizárraga was actively looking for. He and Jiménez met in 2019 when the singer and the group recorded a new version of “El Color de Tus Ojos,” a Banda MS hit, as part of Jiménez’s album México de mi Corazón, an homage to Mexican music that featured prominent acts from different genres.

Jiménez wanted to record the track with the full band, so Lizárraga invited her to their home base of Mazatlán to record in his studio. There was a feeling of mutual respect, and last year, Jiménez called Lizárraga and asked if he’d be interested in handling her. “I was surprised at first; I wasn’t sure whether to take her seriously,” says Lizárraga. “Then, we met and I took it very seriously indeed. I know it’s a different genre, but in the end, it’s the music business and a lot of things overlap.”

Lizárraga is widely seen as one of Mexican music’s most successful executives. He helms Banda MS’s label, Lizos Music, launched in 2013, and also opened up LM Events as a management and booking subsidiary for the band and other groups.

“We have a lot of plans [with Natalia],” he says. “I have great songwriters in my team, and she can sing rancheras, mariachis, ballads, which is our expertise. I’m giving her a huge team to work with, in every department, and I’m bringing my honesty, which is flag. Finally, I plan to devote myself entirely to her new music.” Jiménez’s upcoming album is México de Mi Corazón 2, which will be produced by Armando Ávila, who worked on the first set.

She continues to be signed to Sony Music Latin, which also has a close relationship with Banda MS; the label was in charge of distributing and marketing the Snoop Dogg collaboration.

“This is a new and fascinating direction for me, particularly because regional Mexican music is the genre I’m most enjoying right now,” said Jiménez. “This is a woman who, musically speaking can sing anything, in any genre. I definitely feel the pressure,” laughs Lizárraga. “But I like a good challenge.”

Jiménez was previously signed to Westwood Entertainment, the company that manages Carlos Rivera and Reik, among others.

Reik & Christian Nodal Team Up for Heartfelt Ranchera Single “Poco

Reik is switching genres…

The Mexican pop rock band has joined voices with Christian Nodal, who recently earned his first Grammy nomination, for “Poco.”

Reik

The heartfelt ranchera single is about finally overcoming a breakup.

“From a kiss to kiss my broken heart has been able to heal/ I want to tell you that to forget you, very little is needed,” read part of the lyrics, composed by Andres Torres, Mauricio Rengifo and Camilo.

A melancholic music video, directed by Fernando Lugo in Guadalajara, shows the two musical acts in different settings in the Mexican city.

Reik’s lead singer Jesus Navarro says, “Poco” is a genuine collaboration that finds the middle point of both artists — both vocally and melodically.

Victor Manuelle to Replace Carlos Rivera as Co-Host of the Latin Grammys Awards Show

Victor Manuelle is stepping-in in a big way…

The 52-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer will now be co-hosting the Latin Grammys this Thursday night alongside previously announced hosts Yalitza Aparicio and Ana Brenda Contreras.

Victor Manuelle

Victor Manuelle replaces Carlos Rivera, who had to back out due to being exposed to COVID-19.

“This has been a tough year for all of us in the music industry,” Manuelle, who served as Latin Grammys host back in 2006, tells Billboard. “But I’m honored to be part of this event that, despite a pandemic, carried on to produce the ceremony.”

Having three hosts already speaks to the uniqueness of an extraordinary 21st annual Latin Grammys featuring star-studded performances from different pockets of the world. So, what exactly can viewers expect to see that night? Without spoiling any surprises, Manuelle shares, “this ceremony will be very special. Production wise it will be very different, for example, for the first time ever, we’ll see artists performing around the world including my island [Puerto Rico] featuring Bad Bunny.”

Manuelle is also set to take the stage with Ivy QueenRauw AlejandroRicardo Montaner and Reik‘s Jesus Navarro for the night’s opening musical number that will pay tribute to salsa icon Héctor Lavoe.

“Can you imagine? It’s a great honor for me,” he says. “The opening will allow us to relive Héctor Lavoe’s music, the music that is in our blood, that makes us so proud and is part of our musical history and culture.”

The Latin Grammys — which will also showcase diverse stories of hope, community, sense of purpose, and celebration throughout the night as part of their “music makes us human” theme — will air at 8:00 pm ET via Univision.

The event will be preceded by the The Latin Grammy Premiere, which starts at 3:00 pm ET via Facebook Live and is where the majority of the categories will be awarded.

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.

Kany Garcia Releases Music Video for “Titanic,” Her Heartwarming Duet with Camilo

It’s a Titanic moment for Kany Garcia

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican singer/songwriter has the official music video for “Titanic,” her solemn duet with Camilo.

Kany Garcia & Camilo

Garcia originally released the track, included on her album Mesa Para Dos, three months ago.

The beautifully shot video is set in an empty swimming pool filled with only García and Camilo’s nostalgic lyrics and memories of a relationship that, with time, turned sour as the pair grew apart.

The video was shot in Miami and directed by the Evaluna Montaner, who is a recording artist in her own right.

Montaner previously directed a video featuring her husband Camilo, their honeymoon-inspired clip “Favorito” released in March.

“Titanic,” a timeless ballad with subtle and elegant musical arrangements that allow García and Camilo’s tender vocals to carry the song, wraps up the 10-track set produced by Julio Reyes Copello and features collaborations with Carlos Vives, Reik and Mon Laferte, among others.

Claudia Brant Returning to Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Claudia Brant’s music will have a broader audience…

The 51-year-old Argentine singer-songwriter has signed a global publishing administration agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Claudia Brant

Brant, whose credits include Luis Fonsi’s “No me doy por vencido” and Ricky Martin’s “Lo mejor de mi vida eres tu,” is one of a few prominent female songwriters in Latin music.

She returns to Sony/ATV after a stint at Universal Music Publishing Group.

“With over two thousand songs recorded, multiple awards, and 30 years of my life dedicated to songwriting, it’s clear to me now that Sony/ATV is where I belong,” said Brant in a statement.  “It is my honor to be a part of this publishing powerhouse where songwriters are not only heard and understood but respected and taken care of. I am looking forward to getting back to work with my friend Jorge Mejia, whose hard work and dedication has greatly impacted my career. Moreover, I am thrilled to find new opportunities for my music under the guidance of the amazing Jon Platt and his team, both in the United States as well as internationally. I’m so glad to finally be back home.”

Brant has songwriting credits with many of Latin music’s biggest stars and beyond, including Camila CabelloFifth HarmonyReikIl Volo and CNCO

She was also inducted into the Latin Songwriter’s Hall of Famein 2016 and is a National Trustee board member for The Recording Academy. She won a Grammy award for Best Latin Pop Album in 2019.

Her deal with Sony/ATV encompasses her prior catalog with the publisher.

Most recently, she created “Canción de Autor Oficial,” a non-profit whose aim is to promote songwriters’ craft and rights. The organization teamed up with MusiCares for a live event concert series to raise money for the COVID-19 relief fund.

Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV president and CEO for Latin America and US Latin said in a statement: “I have known and worked with Claudia for years, and I couldn’t admire her more for the uncommon dedication, commitment, and respect she brings to her craft. She is the consummate songwriter (not to mention mother, artist, songwriter advocate, the list goes on). Sony/ATV is lucky to be able to welcome her back home.”

Wisin Launches Own Record Label, La Base Music

Wisin is set to help new Latin artists… 

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper, singer and record producer, one half of the Wisin & Yandel, has launched his own record label, La Base Music, in an effort to support up-and-coming Latin talent.

Wisin

Wisin says he was inspired to become a resource for young talent and help foster their careers following his stints as a coach on reality television shows La Voz and La Banda.

“There is so much talent out on the streets and there are artists who don’t have the tools to achieve great things or don’t have any direction in their career,” says Wisin. “It was just a matter of time for me to do something like this and I have been working on creating a top-level studio that can compete with any other studio around the world.”

Headquartered in Wisin’s native Puerto Rico, La Base Music launches with new signees Chris Andrew and Abdiel Larralde, who will soon release new music under the label.

“Our new artists have potential and the hunger to grow,” adds Wisin. “That’s the most important thing for us here at La Base. Attitude is everything. I’m looking for people who want to grow but also listen. We are here with the intention of making good music. And it’s not just new artists we are collaborating with. We actually just finished Ozuna‘salbum at La Base and we’re almost done with Wisin & Yandel’sforthcoming album.”

La Base Music’s resident engineer and award-winning producers include Hyde Quimico and Los Legendarios who have worked with Latin superstars like Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and Reik.

Although La Base Music will be distributed by The Orchard via WK RecordsWalter Kolm‘s recently-launched imprint (Kolm’s WK Entertainment manages Wisin), all artistic decisions will be taken independently.

“All the decisions and everything that has to do with our artists, I will be in charge of that,” Wisin explains.

Wisin says he doesn’t take this new venture lightly as it comes with great responsibility. “I’m grateful that life has given me the opportunity to become a resource for artists who maybe in three or four years will be great musicians. It’s very fulfilling and it makes me proud that I can still contribute to music in that way.