Rosalia Teams Up with Bjork to Release “Oral” Duet in Fight Against Intensive Salmon Farming

Rosalia has teamed up with Bjork to release a special duet…

The 31-year-old Spanish Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has joined voices with Bjork to release “Oral,” a single aimed to support action against intensive salmon farming.

Rosalia, BjorkThe song “aims to shed light on the alarming cruelty, and severe environmental and ecological consequences of open-pen ocean salmon farming in Björk’s native country, Iceland,” according to the announcement.

However, the song’s lyrics do not directly address the issue and seem more personal: “Your mouth floats above my bed at night/ My own private moon,” it begins, and continues in a similar vein, as the two unspool a lovely melody that recalls Bjork’s “Homogenic” era as an electronic beat kicks in and an orchestra bursts wide on the glorious chorus, which actually evokes a clouds-parting moment in an epic film.

The resemblance to Bjork’s earlier material is no accident: According to the announcement, she first wrote the song in the period between 1997’s “Homogenic” and 2001’s “Vespertine” albums, but “the track was lost to her archives after feeling like it wasn’t the right fit for an album.

Björk rediscovered the song after being reminded of its name whilst on tour in Australia in March 2023, the same month a report was released about the devastating impact of poorly regulated, Norwegian-owned commercial salmon farming operations on Iceland’s native ecosystems.”

The announcement continues below:

After deeply resonating with the cause, and as a passionate campaigner and protester for much of her life, Björk enlisted Rosalía to help bring the song to life and in turn raise awareness of the issue. The cruel practice of open-pen farming, introduced to Iceland after Norwegian businessmen began purchasing fish farms in the country’s fjords, involves intensively farming fish by penning them into open water nets that are anchored in natural waterways, where the fish are kept enclosed until they reach marketable size. This accelerates the fish’s development and in many cases creates genetic mutations in the salmon’s DNA, as well as being a breeding ground for a number of parasites and diseases. The industry in Iceland has grown tenfold since 2014, producing under 4,000 tones to 45,000 in 2021, with it now estimated that the annual production could be up to 106,500 tonnes. Iceland has the largest untouched natural area in Europe, and the waste and pollution associated with open-pen farming threatens to permanently damage its entire ocean ecology. Lack of regulation and the industry being largely unsupervised has also meant that thousands of these genetically altered, diseased salmon regularly escape the pens and swim upriver to Iceland’s highlands, where devastating genetic mixing occurs and endangers the future of Iceland’s wild salmon population.

We want to thank visual artist Carlota Guerrero and executive producer Zico Judge, of Blur & ProdCo, for creating a video art piece to go along with this song and help raise awareness of the cruelty, and severe environmental and ecological consequences of open-pen ocean salmon farming in Björk’s native country, Iceland. Carlota came up with the concept and executed the video, exploring the use of AI technology and embracing the glitches blurring the line between reality and virtuality whilst challenging the notions of identity. Throughout the piece, female rage is explored through Bjork’s and Rosalía’s avatars. They are not fighting each other; they are training together to fight the real and bigger enemy.

Proceeds from “Oral” will be used to support a legal case against the fisheries, brought forth by residents of the town of Seyðisfjörður on the eastern side of Iceland. Read the statement on behalf of all involved below.

You can learn more about Icelandic Fish Farming from the Icelandic Wildlife Fund.

Maluma to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammy Awards Show

Maluma will be feelin’ the FIBES

The 29-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter will perform at this year’s Latin Grammy Awards.

MalumaThe “Felices Los 4” singer joins a roster of recently added performers that includes Milo J, Rosalia, Shakira, Sebastian Yatra, Andrea Bocelli and DJ Premier.

They’ll perform at the upcoming ceremony, which will broadcast from FIBES in Seville, Spain, on Thursday, November 16.

The newly announced artists join previously unveiled performers, including Maria BecerraBizarrap, FeidKany GarcíaCarin LeónChristian NodalRauw AlejandroAlejandro Sanz, Pablo AlboránEdgar BarreraCamilo, Manuel Carrasco, IzaJuanes, OzunaEslabon Armado and Peso Pluma.

Additionally, Majo AguilarAnitta, Pedro Capó, Jorge Drexler, Luis Figueroa, Fonseca, Tiago Iorc, Mon LaferteNatalia Lafourcade, John Leguizamo, Nicki Nicole, Carlos PonceCarlos Vives and Yandel join as presenters throughout the ceremony.

For the first time held outside the United States, the annual Latin Grammys will be broadcast from the Conference and Exhibition Centre in Seville, Spain. It will air November 16 on Univision starting at 8:00 pm ET, UniMás and Galavisión in the U.S., and at 10:30 pm CET on Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) in Spain.

Danna Paola, Yatra, Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega will serve as co-hosts.

This year, Mexican hitmaker Edgar Barrera leads the list of nominees with 13 nods, including songwriter of the year, producer of the year and song of the year. Barrera is followed by Colombian stars Camilo, Karol G, Shakira and composer Kevyn Mauricio Cruz (also known as Keityn), each with seven nominations.

Peso Pluma Provides Exclusive Dia de los Muertos-Themed Merchandise for Spotify’s 2023 Capsule Collection

Spotify is embracing Peso Pluma’s style…

The digital music service has announced its 2023 Capsule Collection, featuring exclusive merchandise from artists including the 24-year-old Mexican Regional Mexican artist.

Peso PlumaOther artists with exclusive Spotify merchandise include Daft Punk, Rosalía, Tyler, the Creator and Tems.

Each week, a different artist will release a new merchandise package.

Top streamers identified through Spotify’s Fans First program will get a first chance to buy items from the respective collections.

This week, Spotify kicked off the collections with the release of Peso Pluma’s merch line, which is inspired by Dia de los Muertos.

Spotify, Peso Pluma, 2023 Capsule CollectionFans can access the line through Spotify’s merchandise hub, with an array of items including a hoodie inspired by La Catrina, long- and short-sleeved tees, and a Calavera bandana.

“Spotify has always supported my music, since day one so it made sense to align with them,” Peso Pluma said in a statement provided by Spotify. “I use these capsule items in my day-to-day so I want my fans to have them as well. They have a special meaning to Mexican culture.”

Currently, Spotify users can purchase everything from Taylor Swift vinyl to Janet Jackson tour books on the platform. In October 2021, Spotify threw its hat into the e-commerce ring by partnering with Shopify to allow musicians to list merchandise directly on their profiles.

“I’m thrilled with the launch of our Capsule Collection and thankful to all the amazing artists for partnering with us on this,” said Jeremy Erlich, VP/head of music at Spotify. “We’re excited to provide another avenue for fans to support their favorite artists with unique and high-quality merch. Spotify is already where fans and artists connect, and we’re dedicated to continuing to find new ways to strengthen that bond within our platform’s ecosystem.”

Karol G Earns 16th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Mi Ex Tenía Razón”

Karol G is celebrating her sweet sixteen

The 32-year-old Colombian singer has earned her 16th No. 1 on Billboard’Latin Airplay chart with “Mi Ex Tenía Razón,” which rises 3-1 in its seventh chart week to lead the October 7-dated ranking.

Karol G“Mi Ex Tenía Razón” was released on August 11 as part of Karol G’s Mañana Será Bonito (Bichota Season), which took her to No. 1 on Top Latin Albums (August 26-dated list).

The track arrives at the summit on the overall Latin Airplay after it earned 9.8 million audience impressions in the U.S. in the week ending September 28, according to Luminate, a 16% gain from the week prior.

It ejects Chencho Corleone’s “Un Cigarrillo” from the lead and sends it to No. 9, after one week in charge (6.41million in audience, down 28%)

With the new leader, Karol G becomes the first woman to achieve a No. 1 as a soloist, unaccompanied by any other act, in 2023. The last woman to do so was Rosalía, who accomplished the feat through “Despechá” in October 2022.

In total, among Karol G’s 16 No. 1s, she’s led the Latin Airplay chart five times, unaccompanied by another act. Her first leader overall was “Mi Cama,” with J Balvin, featuring Nicky Jam, in 2018.

Prior to “Mi Ex Tenia Razón,” “Provenza” became Karol G’s last totally solo ruler, for one week in charge in July 2022. In between, “TQG,” a collaboration with Shakira, spent two weeks at No. 1.

The new peak of “Mi Ex Tenia Razón” on Latin Airplay, arrives after its one-week coronation on Hot Latin Songs (August 26-dated list), where it dips 5-6 on the current chart with a 7% decrease in streams, to 7.56 million, and an 18% fall in sales during the same period.

Beyond its Latin Airplay coronation, “Mi Ex Tenia Razón” also pushes up Regional Mexican Airplay, climbing 39-23. The song earned Karol G a first entry on the chart when it debuted at No. 39 (September 30-dated list).

Rosalía Teams Up with Björk on New Track Aimed at Fighting Against Industrial Salmon Farming

Rosalía has joined one of Iceland’s biggest stars to fight against a controversial food production system.

The 31-year-old Spanish Grammy-winning singer/songwriter has joined voices with Björk on a new single that aims to raise awareness in the fight against industrial salmon farming in Björk’s native Iceland.

RosaliaRosalia and Bjork will donate sales of the track to help protesters cover their legal fees.

The track , which currently remains untitled, will be released later this month, though a short clip has been uploaded to Björk’s YouTube channel with the cover art featuring a fish in distress.

The acapella snippet features the two singers repeating, “Is that the right thing to do? I just don’t know.”

In a statement attached to the song’s announcement, Björk writes that they are looking to aid the town of Seyðisfjörður, where residents are combatting the industrial fish farming’s impact on local wildlife.

She said that farmed fish in the region suffer “horrid health conditions” and are in danger of extinction.

Selena Gomez Earns Three MTV Europe Music Awards

Selena Gomez is the leader of the Latinx pack…

The 31-year-old Mexican American singer/actress leads all Latino/a nominees for the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards with three nods.

Selena GomezGomez, who had previously earned five MTV EMA nods, is nominated for Best Song and Best Collaboration for her Rema-collaboration “Calm Down,” as well as Biggest Fans.

Anitta is nominated in two categories.

The 30-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter is nominated for Best Latin, an award she won last year, and Biggest Fans.

Ice Spice, a first time MTV EMAs nominee, has picked up three nods.

The 23-year-old half-Dominican American singer/rapper is up for Best New and Best Push, as well as Best Collaboration for her PinkPantheress-collab “Boys A Liar Pt. 2.”

Cardi B has earned two nominations.

The 30-year-old half-Dominican American Grammy-winning rap superstar and two-time MTV VMAs-winner is up for Best Hip-Hop and Best Video for her Megan Thee Stallion collaboration “Bongos.”

Karol G and Shakira are both nominated in the same two categories. The Colombian artists are up for Best Collaboration for “TQG;” and they’ll compete against each other in the Best Latin category.

Peso Pluma has picked up his first ever MTV EMAs nods.

The 24-year-old Mexican artist, the sole Latino artist with multiple nods, is up for Best New and Best Latin.

Other nominees include Jared Leto (and his Thirty Seconds to Mars band mates), Bad Bunny, Rosalia and Robert Trujillo (and his Metallica band mates).

This year’s event will be broadcast live to more than 150 countries on November 5 from the Paris Nord, marking the first time the ceremony has returned to the City of Light since 1995; the show will also be available in a number of international territories on Pluto TV and on-demand on Paramount+.

Fans can vote for their favorite categories; voting will be open through 11:59 p.m. CET on October 31. Fans in 24 regions around the world will be able to vote for their favorite performers in the best local act category.

Here’s complete list of 2023 MTV EMAs nominees:

Best Song
Doja Cat – “Paint The Town Red”
Jung Kook feat. Latto – “Seven”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
Rema, Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” 

Best Video
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – “Bongos”
Doja Cat – “Paint The Town Red”
Little Simz – “Gorilla”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

Best Artist
Doja Cat
Miley Cyrus
Nicki Minaj
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift  

Best Collaboration
Central Cee x Dave – “Sprinter”
David Guetta, Anne-Marie, Coi Leray – “Baby Don’t Hurt Me”
KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG”
Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, 21 Savage – “Creepin’”
PinkPantheress, Ice Spice – “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”
Rema, Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” 

Best New
Coi Leray
Ice Spice
Peso Pluma
Reneé Rapp

Best Pop
Billie Eilish
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Miley Cyrus
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Best Afrobeats
Aya Nakamura
Ayra Starr
Burna Boy

Best Rock
Arctic Monkeys
Foo Fighters
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Killers

Best Latin
Bad Bunny
Peso Pluma

Best K-pop
Jung Kook
Stray Kids

Best Alternative
Fall Out Boy
Lana Del Rey
Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Electronic
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Swedish House Mafia
Peggy Gou

Best Hip-Hop
Cardi B
Central Cee
Lil Wayne
Lil Uzi Vert
Metro Boomin
Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott

Best R&B
Chris Brown
Steve Lacy
Summer Walker

Best Live
Burna Boy
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd 

Best Push
November 2022: Flo Milli
December 2022: Reneé Rapp
January 2023: Sam Ryder
February 2023: Armani White
March 2023: FLETCHER
May 2023: Ice Spice
June 2023: FLO
July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith
August 2023: Kaliii
September 2023: GloRilla
October 2023: Benson Boone

Biggest Fans
Billie Eilish
Jung Kook
Nicki Minaj
Olivia Rodrigo
Sabrina Carpenter
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

Best Group
Jonas Brothers

2023 MTV EMA Best Local Act Nominees:

Best African Act
Burna Boy
Tyler ICU
Diamond Platnumz 

Best Asia Act
Tiara Andini

Best Australian Act
G Flip
Kylie Minogue
Troye Sivan 

Best Brasilian Act
Kevin O Chris
Luisa Sonza
Manu Gavassi

Best Canadian Act
Charlotte Cardin
Jamie Fine
Shania Twain
The Beaches 

Best Caribbean Act
Eladio Carrion
Myke Towers
Rauw Alejandro
Young Miko

Best Dutch Act
Kriss Kross Amsterdam
Zoë Tauran 

Best French Act
Aime Simone
Aya Nakamura
Bigflo & Oli

Best German Act
Apache 207
Kontra K
Nina Chuba
Ski Aggu 

Best Hungarian Act
ajsa luna
Analog Balaton
Co Lee
Hundred Sins 

Best India Act
Dee MC
When Chai Met Toast 

Best Italian Act
The Kolors 

Best Israeli Act
Anna Zak
Liad Meir
Noa Kirel
Shira Margalit 

Best Lat Am Central Act
Manuel Turizo
Ryan Castro
Sebastian Yatra

Best Lat Am North Act
Danna Paola
Kenia Os
Kevin Kaarl
Natanael Cano 

Best Lat Am South Act
Fito Paez
Nicki Nicole 

Best New Zealand Act
Jolyon Petch

Best Nordic Act
Swedish House Mafia
Zara Larsson

Best Polish Act
Kasia Nosowska
Vito Bambino

Best Portuguese Act
Bárbara Bandeira
Carolina Deslandes
Marisa Liz

Best Spanish Act
Abraham Mateo
Álvaro de Luna
Lola Índigo
Samantha Hudson

Best Swiss Act
Gjon’s Tears
KT Gorique

Best UK & Ireland Act
Calvin Harris
Central Cee
Sam Smith
Tom Grennan 

Best US Act
Doja Cat
Nicki Minaj
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Rosalía Signs with Jaime Levine for Global Management

Rosalía is under new management.

The 30-year-old Spanish Grammy-winning superstar has signed with Jaime Levine of Seven Mantels for global management.

RosaliaRosalía was previously managed by Rebecca León of Lionfish Entertainment, with whom she parted ways this past February after a five-year relationship.

Levine spent more than a decade managing global superstar Shakira but recently transitioned from management into a senior advisor role for the Colombian star on ongoing projects, sources say.

By all accounts, the two continue to have an amicable professional and personal relationship.

Shakira, who was named Billboard’s Woman of the year during the first-ever Billboard Latin Women In Music event in May, is currently recording a new album and planning a new tour for 2024.

Rosalía’s albums have earned a combined 747,000 equivalent album units in the United States, according to Luminate, with 880 million on-demand official streams across her catalog, 84,000 albums sold and 98,000 song downloads.

She also has seven entries on the Billboard Hot 100, the latest of which — “Beso” with Rauw Alejandro — is her highest-charting there, peaking at No. 52. She also has 21 entries on Hot Latin Songs, including seven top 10s; 10 entries on Latin Airplay, of which eight reached the top 10 and seven hit No. 1.

Her 2022 release, Motomami — her third studio album — ruled Latin Pop Albums for 25 weeks, making it the longest-leading Latin Pop set this decade. The album earned Rosalía her first and only entry on the Billboard 200, debuting and peaking at No. 33 in April 2022; it also received the Latin pop album of the year award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Rosalía was poised to launch her international tour at the time of her split with León, with stops at major festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza Chile and Argentina. She continued successfully with her touring plans, amidst much speculation about who would eventually take over as her manager.

Rosalía’s Motomami tour, her first-ever global trek, included 66 performances in 21 countries across three continents. The “Saoko” singer performed to nearly two million people around the world, according to a press statement. The tour ended with a July 22 performance at Lollapalooza Paris, where Rosalía gave an emotional speech.

“The blessings that Motomami has given me are endless,” she told a crowd during the tour. “Many of you discovered me thanks to this project, thanks to this album. I’m so thankful to all of you. I don’t know what the next chapter will look like, there are some ideas but I don’t know. Only God knows.”

Gaby Music Signs Record Deal with Universal Music Latino

Gaby Music has a new deal…

The Puerto Rican producer, composer and hitmaker, who was born Juan Rivera, has signed a record deal with Universal Music Latino.

Gaby MusicGaby Music has produced and written hits for a variety of artists, including Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Rosalía, Bad Bunny and Ozuna, among many others.

His association with Universal Music Latino marks his first recording contract as an artist-producer with a major label.

“When I started making music I saw my favorite producers and artists and how they grew up with Universal Latino. Belonging to this great team was one of my biggest goals,” Gaby Music said in a statement. “Very grateful to the Universal Latino team for this new alliance. I am a dreamer who wants to make history in music and I know that together we will achieve it!!!”

Gaby Music broke in as a producer and composer in 2015 and since then has worked on hits such as “Con calma” by Daddy Yankee and Snow, “La noche de anoche” by Bad Bunny and Rosalía, and “Soltera (Remix)” by Lunay with Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny.

He has won seven Latin Grammys, including Best Urban Song for Daddy Yankee’s “Dura,” which he co-wrote.

Gaby Music also launched his own label, La Familia, together with producer and collaborator Chris Jedi. The pair signed Puerto Rican artist Lunay in 2019, when he was an emerging reggaeton singer-songwriter. That same year, his song “Soltera (Remix),” produced by Gaby Music and Chris Jedi, peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. La Familia’s staff includes artists and producers Bryant Myers, Chanell, Juliito, Dímelo Ninow and Dulce as Candy.

Anitta Reportedly Taps Rebeca León to Serve as Her New Manager

Anitta has a new manager…

Rebeca León has been tapped as the 30-year-old Brazilian singer, songwriter, acress and television host’s new manager, according to Variety.

AnittaLeón is the CEO and founder of Lionfish Entertainment, an artist management and production company operating in the music, film, TV, and digital businesses.

Representatives for Republic Records, Anitta’s new label, and León did not respond to requests for comment from Variety.

Anitta was formerly managed by Brandon Silverstein, the founder/CEO of S10 Entertainment, who helped build the multi-lingual singer’s career in the United States.

Just a few months ago, Léon amicably parted ways with her longtime client Rosalía, with whom she started a partnership in 2018. As a manager, she’s worked with numerous renowned Latin acts, including overseeing the fruitful career of Colombian superstar Juanes, and the emergence of J Balvin (they amicably split in 2019).

Before Lionfish, León led Latin operations as senior VP for AEG/Goldenvoice.

This shift in Anitta’s team comes as she’s also switched labels: Anitta had signed a new deal with Universal’s Republic Records in late April, just weeks after her highly-publicized split from Warner Music.

She cut ties with Warner after 11 years at the company and a big effort by the company’s Warner Records label to launch the singer’s career in the U.S. with her multi-genre latest album “Versions of Me,” released just over a year ago.

“After eleven years of successful partnership, we’ve agreed to go our separate ways,” read a statement from the label and artist. “Anitta would like to thank the Warner Music team for all their support. And the Warner team wishes Anitta all the best in future.”

Anitta recently announced the incoming release of her first Republic Records single titled “Funk Rave.” She’s also said to be releasing a new project, a “Brazilian album of English and Spanish,” that pays homage to the early beginnings of Brazilian music.

“I think Brazilian funk is opening its room right now and I want to show more about where this was born and it’s my culture, my community, my place so I feel happy to have this in hands with Republic,” Anitta told Variety.

Manuel Turizo’s “El Merengue” Collaboration with Marshmello Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

Manuel Turizo is hip-shaking his way to the top of the charts…

The 23-year-old Colombian singer’s Marshmello collaboration “El Merengue” has risen to No.1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated June 10.

Manuel Turizo“El Merengue” jumps from No. 2 despite a 5% dip in audience impressions, to 10.4 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 1, according to Luminate.

It ousts Grupo Frontera and Bad Bunny’s “Un x100to” after its three-week command, sending it to No. 2, likewise with a decline on weekly impressions (falls 11% to 10.36 million).

“El Merengue” is just the second tropical tune to lead the overall tally this year, after Romeo Santos and Rosalia’s “El Pañuelo” headed the February 25-dated ranking.

Turizo, meanwhile, cements his airplay No. 1 growth with six champs spanning almost six years. Previously, he topped Latin Airplay with another tropical track: “La Bachata” (one week in October 2022).

As “El Merengue” tops Latin Airplay, Marshmello becomes the first artist unfamiliar to the Latin genre to occupy the top slot in 2023. Congolese French singer and rapper Gims (born Gandhi Alimasi Djuna) last completed the deed as “Arhbo (Music From The FIFA World Cup Quatar 2022),” with Ozuna, took over Latin Airplay for three weeks last December.

Beyond its Latin Airplay coronation, “El Merengue” wins a second term at its No. 5 high on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in its 13th week in the top 10, encompassing its entire run in the chart so far.