Natalia Jiménez Teams Up with Banda MS for Love Anthem “Qué Bueno Tenerte”

Natalia Jiménez is teaming up with Banda MS once again…

After previously recording a reimagined version of Banda MS’ “El Color de Tus Ojos” two years ago, the 39-year-old Spanish Grammy and Latin-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and the Mexican band have now gifted fans with “Qué Bueno Tenerte.”

Natalia Jiménez

The true love anthem was penned by Omar Angulo Robles and produced by Sergio Lizárraga, Banda MS and Jimenez’s manager.

“Singing again with Banda MS gives me immense pleasure,” Jimenez said about “Qué Bueno Tenerte.” “Meeting them again and presenting an unpublished song is a pleasure since they are the most international banda in Mexico.”

 

The track is the first single from her upcoming album México De Mi Corazón II, which is the sequel to her ranchera project from 2019.

Banda MS’ Sergio Lizárraga Launches New Record Label ‘Room 28’

Sergio Lizárraga is making room for new musical acts…

The Mexican Banda MS manager and founder has launched new record label, Room 28, which will focus solely on “developing, managing and promoting” pop and urban acts.

Sergio Lizárraga

An extension of his management and booking company LM Events, which specializes in the regional Mexican market, Lizárraga will run Room 28 alongside business partner Mario Barrón.

“It’s an unknown world for me,” Lizárraga, who launched Lizos Music in 2013 (the indie label home to Banda MS), tells Billboard. “But you meet people that know that world perfectly and well they’re the ones that will guide this project. I am continuing with Lizos Music but I wanted to create this alternate label that is exclusively for pop-urban music.”

The new company’s objective is to “give national and international visibility to recording artists that contribute variety and creativity,” according to an official statement. One of Room 28’s first signees includes Mexican influencer Mont Pantoja, whose lip-sync videos have made her a star on Tik Tok, where she boasts of more than 18 million followers. Pantoja is set to release her debut single “Maviri,” a pop-infused track, on March 18. Lizárraga’s daughter, Brianda, is also part of the label’s roster, which will be announced in the next few days.

News of Lizárraga’s Room 28 arrives two months after the announcement of a new booking and management deal between Spanish singer-songwriter Natalia Jiménez and LM Events. The move marked the first time in recent memory that a pop act entered a management agreement with a company that specializes in the regional Mexican market.

“What excites me the most about new ventures is the challenge,” adds Lizárraga. “[Room 28] goes hand-in-hand with what I already do but in a genre that has a different style of lyrics and rhythms. With Mario, who knows the ins and outs of that world, we’re not only going to do this but we’re going to do this well.”

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.

Banda MS Becomes First Mexican Group/Artist Featured in YouTube Music’s Artist Spotlight Stories

Banda MS is making history on YouTube Music

As the year draws to a close, YouTube Music has announced that Banda MS will be part of it’s Artist Spotlight Stories, becoming the first Mexican artist or group to be featured in the series.

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“Banda MS has taken on the task of making banda music grow. I believe that music has no borders. Music is music,” kicks off the one-minute trailer.

The short documentary, titled “No Hay Limite,” captures the road to success of Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, from their challenging beginnings to their sold-out stadium concerts to landing major collaborations, such as “Que Maldición” with Snoop Dogg, and beyond.

“From the moment we decided to start something new, creating Banda MS, uniting our dreams with innovative ideas, trying to open new horizons; the support of our fans has been a source of energy to continue trying things that have never been done, always making our beloved Mexico proud,” founder and director Sergio Lizárraga said in an official statement.

No Hay Límite: A YouTube Music Artist Spotlight Story launched on Tuesday via Lizos Music‘s official YouTube channel here.

Banda MS Teams Up with Snoop Dogg for Epic Single “Que Maldición”

Banda MS has let the Dogg out…

The Mexican musical group, whose full name is Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, has joined voices with the one and only Snoop Dogg for the Mexican-folk-meets-G-funk single “Que Maldición.”

Banda MS & Snoop Dogg

The highly anticipated collaboration has been on the radar ever since the West Coast icon posted a Banda MS song on his Instagramback in 2016. 

The historical collaboration between the two powerhouses in their respective genres celebrates the union of two cultures. The melancholic song organically fuses banda with hip-hop, an unorthodox combination that works for the two. 

The Banda MS/Snoop collaboration was proposed by Sergio Lizárraga, founder of Banda MS, who sent the song to Snoop’s team and “they loved it,” Lizárraga says. “They said, ‘Don’t change anything and we’ll work our magic.’ In less than a month, his team sent the song back with his part recorded, and the end result is excellent.” 

“Que Maldición” was written by Pavel OcampoCalvin Broadus and Omar Tarazón

Banda MS and Snoop Dogg had previously announced a joint summer concert prior to the coronavirus pandemic. No word on whether the concert will still move forward.

Banda Sinaloense MS’s “Con Todas Las Fuerzas” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums Chart

It’s a lucky No. 13 for Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

The Mexican band debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Regional Mexican Albums chart dated September 29 with its 13th album, Con Todas Las Fuerzas.

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

The set earned 4,000 equivalent album units in the week ending September 20, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 1,000 were in traditional album sales, while the bulk of the remaining figure was driven by streaming activity.

Banda MSearns its fourth leader. It last crowned the tally over a year ago, when La Mejor Versión de Mi debuted at the summit, ruling for two weeks (May 6-13, 2017).

The new album’s lead single, “Mejor Me Alejo,” rises 6-4 on the Regional Mexican Songs airplay chart (up 7 percent in audience), earning the group its 15th top five hit.

Notably, the group currently has five entries on the current Regional Mexican Albums chart, four of which hit No. 1, tying its career-best count. (Joan Sebastian holds the record with seven concurrent titles on September 5, 2015.)

Current Rank, Title, Peak Date, Weeks at No. 1

No. 1, Con Todas Las Fuerzas, Sept. 29, 2018, one to-date
No. 3, La Mejor Versión de Mi, May 6, 2017, two
No. 4, Que Bendición, Feb. 27, 2016, four
No. 8, En Vivo: Guadalajara – Monterrey, Sept. 19, 2015, 15
No. 18, Solo Hits: 20 Éxitos, Aug. 11, 2018 (No. 13 peak)

Moreover, Con Todas debuts at No. 5 on the Top Latin Albums chart, where it’s Banda MS’ sixth top 10.

La Banda MS Earns Its First No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

It’s a special first for Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga 

The 16-member Mexican banda sinaloense, better known as La Banda MS, has earned its first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

Their new album En Vivo: Guadalajara-Monterrey debuts with 2,000 copies sold.

The live set is the band’s ninth charting album, and follows No Me Pidas Perdon, which reached No. 2 (a 3,000 start, chart dated July 12, 2014).

Additionally, Banda Sinaloense spends a third week in the top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart with “Piensalo” (No. 6), growing two percent in streams (to 620,000).

Meanwhile, “Me Gusta Tu Vieja” enters Hot Latin Songs at No. 50, becoming the act’s fifth track to chart in 2015.