TikTok Names Anitta its First Official #Rompiendo Artist

Anitta is counting down to a new partnership…

TikTok has announced the launch of a new program dubbed #Rompiendo, with the 29-year-old Brazilian star the first artist to be featured in the new program.

Anitta#Rompiendo is meant to “highlight the success and impact” of Latinx music and artists on the app. According to the social media company, the program includes promotion, playlisting, inclusion on TikTok radio and a feature on @MusicOnTikTok socials.

Anitta is a strong first choice to launch the program.

Her single “Envolver” has been used in more than 2 million videos after the song and its dance challenge went viral on TikTok. A new #Rompiendo artist will be announced every two weeks.

Most recently, Anitta made her Coachella debut with an epic set that brought Brazil to the desert and featured surprise guests such as Snoop Dogg, Saweetie and Diplo.

In mid-April, she dropped her long-awaited album Versions of Me, which includes “Envolver.” The cheeky reggaeton track peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart earlier this month, marking the first leader on the list by an artist from Brazil.

#Rompiendo is TikTok’s latest effort to propel Latinx creators on the app. Last year, during Hispanic Heritage Month, TikTok and MACRO — a media company that represents the voices and perspectives of Black people and persons of color — teamed up to launch a new incubator called TikTok Latinx Creatives in an effort to help further grow the Latinx creative community on the platform. The 10-week program focused on “nurturing and developing” 150 talented Latinx creators and music artists.

“We’re driven to spotlight and support Latinx talent with a platform that amplifies their voices and a community that is moved by them,” TikTok said in a statement at the time of Latinx Creatives’ launch.

According to TikTok, popular Latinx community hashtags — including #Latino, #Latina, #Familia, #Hispanic — generate “significant” community engagement and have accumulated billions of video views.

La La Anthony Upped to Series Regular on Starz’s Drama Series “BMF”

There’s much more BMF in La La Anthony’s future…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican television personality, author, businesswoman, producer and actress, who recurred in the first season of Starz’s drama series BMF, has been upped to series regular status for Season 2.

La La AnthonyThe series hails from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and writer/executive producer and Detroit native Randy Huggins.

Anthony will reprise her role as Markisha Taylor, who will have an expanded storyline in the second season. Markisha is the smart, sophisticated and street savvy wife of a powerful Detroit dealer. Despite the risk, Terry begins to pursue her relentlessly and they develop a friendship.

Anthony joins returning cast including Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr., the son of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory; Da’Vinchi, Russell Hornsby, Michole Briana White, Myles Truitt and Steve Harris. Snoop Dogg, Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight, Wood Harris and Serayah recur in the series.

BMF is inspired by the true story of two brothers who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980’s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in this country.

The series is executive produced by Jackson, alongside Huggins. Heather Zuhlke joins as an executive producer on Season 2 with Anthony Wilson and Anne Clements who are both set to return to executive produce.

BMF is produced through Jackson’s G-Unit Film and Television in association with Lionsgate Television for Starz.

Las Marías Among the Latinx Acts Set to Compete on NBC’s “American Song Contest”

Las Marías are hoping they have the write stuff…

The Mexican American duo, comprised of twin sisters Maria Isabel Eguino and Maria Teresa Eguino, will represent Arizona in American Song Contest, the US version of the Eurovision Song Contest, which launches this month.

Las MariasLas Marias has already released multiple albums and accumulated a faithful following of fans online. 

The program will see all 50 U.S. states, five territories, and Washington, D.C. compete for the title of Best Original Song. The contest, set to take place between March 21 and May 9, will air on NBC. The show will be hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson.

Sweet Taboo, a dynamic Los Angeles-based Latina girl group consisting of singers Jen Torrejon, Sami Ramos and rapper ICP Bre, will represent California.

Ale Zabala will represent Florida, while Christian Pagán will compete for Puerto Rico.

The winner of the Contest’s Best Original Song will be decided by audience vote, with the grand final to air live on NBC on Monday 9 May – during the same week of the main European competition.

The contest will feature multiple stages, with three qualifying rounds before the semifinals.

The arrival of the show is a dream come true for executive producer Ben Silverman. He said in a statement: “I’ve spent 20 years trying to pursue this. I just love the format.”

He added: “When America is more fractionalized than ever and we are dealing with so many issues that divide us, the one [thing] that truly unites us is our culture.”

Jhené Aiko to Perform “America the Beautiful” at Super Bowl LVI

Jhené Aiko is preparing for a beautiful moment…

The 33-year-old part-Spanish and Dominican American Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter will perform “America the Beautiful” before the start of the game at Super Bowl LVI on February 13.

Jhené Aiko

Country star Mickey Guyton will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game, while Sandra Mae Frank, who plays Dr. Wilder on NBC’s New Amsterdamis set to perform both songs in American Sign Language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf.

Also set to take the pregame stage is veteran gospel duo Mary Mary, who will accompanied by the LA Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles on “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Zedd will serve as the pregame DJ.

NBC will telecast the Big Game from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The NFL championship will pit the hometown Los Angeles Rams against the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.

The game will also air on Telemundo and stream live on Peacock.

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The quintet, which never have appeared together onstage, have 43 Grammys and 22 No. 1 albums among them.

Robert Trujillo & His Metallica Band Mates to Perform at This Year’s BottleRock Festival

Robert Trujillo is putting the rock in this year’s BottleRock festival…

The 57-year-old half-Mexican American musician, songwriter and bassist and his Metallica band mates will be headlining this year’s BottleRock, California’s premiere food, wine and music festival.

MetallicaMetallica will headline the event, taking place Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29), alongside P!nk, Twenty One Pilots and Luke Combs.

The fest, which includes more than 75 musical acts, also includes The Black CrowesKygoPitbull, Greta Van Fleet, Mount Westmore, a new hip-hop supergroup featuring Snoop DoggIce CubeE-40 and Too $hort.

The Napa Valley festival will also showcase the region’s wine, craft brew and culinary legacy.

“We’re happy to be bringing the first taste of summer back to music fans here in the Napa Valley,” says Dave Graham of BottleRock Napa Valley. “As fans have come to expect, our 2022 lineup has something for everyone, featuring a wide variety of genres that offer legendary performers with some of the most exciting new and emerging artists in the world.”

This year’s festival includes the highly entertaining Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage, showcasing a unique mashup of cooking demonstrations with renowned chefs, celebrities, performers and rock stars. Details on the 2022 Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage will be announced at a later date.

BottleRock Napa Valley will follow all local and state COVID-19 health & safety guidelines in place at the time of the event and will communicate all requirements to ticket holders beforehand.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Pacific. More details here.

Bad Bunny Leads Pack of Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists with 22 Nominations

Bad Bunny is celebrating a banner year…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton superstar leads the list of finalists for the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards – with a bullet!

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny earned a whopping 22 nods in 13 categories, including artist of the year, songwriter of the year, Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, top Latin rhythm album and top Latin album of the year — with three of his releases up for awards.

It’s a stellar showing that caps an incredible year for Bad Bunny, who was able to place three albums — El Último Tour del Mundo, YHLQMDLG and Las Que No Iban a Salir — atop the Billboard charts during the eligibility period for the awards (Feb. 1, 2020, through the Aug. 7, 2021, charts).

Following Bad Bunny in the double digits is Maluma with 11 nods, including artist of the year and Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, with his global hit “Hawái” up for six awards, including airplay song of the year and Hot Latin Song of the year.

Other multi-finalists include J Balvin with nine nods, and Karol GAnuel AA and Black Eyed Peas with eight each.

Finalists and winners will be honored at the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will broadcast live on Telemundo from the Watsco Center in Miami on Thursday, Sept. 23, and which will cover 59 categories across the major music genres of Latin pop, tropical, Latin rhythm and regional Mexican.

Balvin and Anuel AA are both up for artist of the year in a category that also includes fellow reggaetón star Ozuna, who is up for seven awards. Balvin also garnered four nods for “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life),” the blockbuster track with Black Eyed Peas, who are also four-time finalists with “Ritmo.”

Fellow Colombian Karol G is a four-time finalist for her smash “Tusa” (with Nicki Minaj), while Anuel is up for Hot Latin Songs artist of the year and Top Latin Albums artist of the year, primarily on the strength of his sophomore album, Emmanuel.

But while urban music continued to drive the beat of Latin music, regional Mexican music wasn’t far behind, thanks to a new crop of acts who are revamping the genre’s sound and branding.

Leading the way is the group Eslabon Armado with seven nods that include three of their albums: Corta Venas, Tu Veneno Mortal and Vibras de Noche. They’re followed by Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga with four nods, including song of the year for “Que Maldición,” and Los Dos Carnales, who are up for three awards, including regional Mexican song of the year, where they compete against themselves with “El Envidioso” and “Cabrón y Vago.”

Beyond the growing strength of regional Mexican, another highly visible trend in this year’s list of finalists is mainstream music’s growing interest in Latin acts. The leaders of the pack are the Black Eyed Peas, whose album Translation featured mostly Latin acts, and which has two tracks, “Mamacita” and “Ritmo,” up for awards in addition to the Peas’ nod in the crossover artist of the year category. In addition, The Weeknd has seven nods on the strength of “Hawái,” his collaboration with Maluma; Minaj has six on the strength of “Tusa” alongside Karol G; and Snoop Dogg is a finalist for regional Mexican song of the year for “Que Maldición,” his collaboration with Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards were not immune to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility for the awards, whose finalists and eventual winners are based exclusively on performance on the Billboard charts, was extended from its usual one-year period to 18 months (from the rankings dated Feb. 1, 2020, through the Aug. 7, 2021, charts), as the 2020 awards were delayed by the pandemic.

And this year, given the pause in touring of the past 18 months, there is no touring category.

But there is a live awards show that will be broadcast once again on the Telemundo network at 8:00 pm ET and preceded by the red carpet one-hour preshow “La Alfombra de Premios Billboard.” The music special will also broadcast simultaneously on Spanish entertainment cable network Universo and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional.

 

BILLBOARD 2021 LATIN MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTAS

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna

 Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:

  • Camilo
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Kali Uchis
  • Myke Towers
  • Rauw Alejandro

 Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year:

  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ne-Yo
  • Nicki Minaj
  • The Weeknd

SONG CATEGORIES 

“Hot Latin Song” Canción del Año / Hot Latin Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Kali Uchis, “Telepatía”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

   “Hot Latin Song”, Colaboración Vocal del Año / Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Bad Bunny & Rosalía, “La Noche De Anoche”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

 “Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Masculino / Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Jhay Cortez
  • Maluma

“Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Femenina / Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:

  • Kali Uchis
  • Karol G
  • Natti Natasha
  • Rosalía
  • Selena Gomez

 “Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Dúo o Grupo / Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Calibre 50
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Grupo Firme
  • Los Dos Carnales

 “Hot Latin Songs” Sello Discográfico del Año / Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:

  • Epic
  • Interscope
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

“Hot Latin Songs” Casa Disquera del Año / Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year:

  • Aura Music
  • Duars
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

 Canción del Año, Airplay /Airplay Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”
  • Ozuna, Karol G & Myke Towers, “Caramelo”
  • Prince Royce, “Carita de Inocente”

 Sello Discográfico del Año, Airplay / Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Remex
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

 Casa Disquera del Año, Airplay / Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • Aura
  • Fonovisa
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

 Canción del Año, Ventas / Sales Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna & J. Rey Soul “Mamacita”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj, “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

 Canción del Año, Streaming / Streaming Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Bad Bunny “Yo Perreo Sola”
  • Bad Bunny, “Vete”
  • Bad Bunny, Jowell & Randy & Ñengo Flow, “Safaera”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

ALBUM CATEGORIES 

“Top Latin Album” del Año /Top Latin Album of the Year:

  • Anuel AA, Emmanuel
  • Bad Bunny, El Último Tour del Mundo
  • Bad Bunny, Las Que No Iban a Salir
  • Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
  • Maluma, Papi Juancho

 “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año, Masculino / Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Ozuna
  • Romeo Santos

 “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año, Femenina / Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:

  • Becky G
  • Kali Uchis
  • Karol G
  • Selena Gomez
  • Shakira

 “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año Dúo o Grupo / Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Aventura
  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Los Legendarios

 “Top Latin Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año / Top Latin Albums Label of the Year:

  • Glad Empire
  • Rancho Humilde
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Top Latin Albums” Imprint del Año / Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Del
  • Real Hasta La Muerte
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment


LATIN POP CATEGORIES
 

Artista “Latin Pop” del Año, Solista / Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo:

  • Camilo
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Kali Uchis
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Shakira

Artista “Latin Pop” del Año, Dúo o Grupo /  Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • CNCO
  • Maná
  • Mau y Ricky
  • Piso 21
  • Reik

 Canción “Latin Pop” del Año / Latin Pop Song of the Year:

  • Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna & J.Rey Soul “Mamacita”
  • Kali Uchis “Telepatía”
  • Reik, Farruko & Camilo “Si Me Dices Que Sí”
  • Sebastián Yatra, Rauw Alejandro & Manuel Turizo “TBT”
  • Shakira & Anuel AA “Me Gusta”

 “Latin Pop Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año / Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Epic
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

 “Latin Pop Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año / Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • Real Hasta La Muerte
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino
  • WK

       Álbum “Latin Pop” del Año / Latin Pop Album of the Year

  • Camilo, Mis Manos
  • Camilo, Por Primera Vez
  • Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)
  • Piso 21, El Amor En Los Tiempos del Perreo
  • Selena Gomez, Revelación

 “Latin Pop Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año /Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:

  • Interscope Geffen A&M
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Thirty Tigers
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

 “Latin Pop Albums” Casa Disquera del Año / Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Capitol Latin
  • Hecho a Mano
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino
  • Warner Latina

TROPICAL CATEGORIES 

Artista Tropical del Año, Solista / Tropical Artist of the Year, Solo:

  • Carlos Vives
  • Elvis Crespo
  • Marc Anthony
  • Prince Royce
  • Romeo Santos

 Artista Tropical del Año, Dúo o Grupo / Tropical Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Aventura
  • Gente de Zona
  • La Sonora Dinamita
  • Monchy & Alexandra
  • N’Klabe

        Canción Tropical del Año / Tropical Song of the Year:

  • Daddy Yankee & Marc Anthony, “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta”
  • Marc Anthony, “Un Amor Eterno”
  • Nio García, Casper Mágico, Ozuna, Wisin & Yandel, Myke Towers & Flow La Movie, “Travesuras”
  • Prince Royce, “Carita de Inocente”
  • Prince Royce, “Lotería”

 “Tropical Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año /Tropical Airplay Label of the Year:

  • El Cartel
  • LP
  • Pina
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Tropical Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año / Tropical Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • El Cartel
  • Hecho a Mano
  • Pina
  • Sony Music Latin
  • WK

Álbum Tropical del Año / Tropical Albums of the Year:

  • El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, En Cuarentena
  • Frankie Ruiz, TheGreatest Salsa Ever, Vol. 1
  • Gloria Estefan, Brazil305
  • Prince Royce, Alter Ego
  • Sonora Ponceña, Hegemonía Musical

“Tropical Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año / Tropical Albums Label of the Year:

  • Discos Fuentes
  • Sony Music Latin
  • The Orchard
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Zacarías Ferreira

 “Tropical Albums” Casa Disquera del Año / Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Norte
  • Premium Latin
  • Sony Music Latin
  • The Orchard
  • Top Stop

REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORIES 

Artista Regional Mexicano del Año, Solista /Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Solo:

  • Christian Nodal
  • El Fantasma
  • Junior H
  • Lenin Ramírez
  • Natanael Cano

 Artista Regional Mexicano del Año, Dúo o Grupo / Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Calibre 50
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Los Ángeles Azules
  • Los Dos Carnales

 Canción Regional Mexicana del Año / Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg, “Que Maldición”
  • El Fantasma & Los Dos Carnales, “Cabrón y Vago”
  • Lenin Ramírez, featuring Grupo Firme, “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo”
  • Los Dos Carnales, “El Envidioso”

“Regional Mexican Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año / Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Afinarte
  • Lizos
  • Remex
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Regional Mexican Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año / Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • Afinarte
  • Disa
  • Fonovisa
  • Lizos
  • Remex

 Álbum Regional Mexicano del Año / Regional Mexican Albums of the Year:

  • Christian Nodal, Ayayay!
  • Eslabon Armado, Corta Venas
  • Eslabon Armado, Tu Veneno Mortal
  • Eslabon Armado, Vibras de Noche
  • Junior H, Atrapado En Un Sueño

“Regional Mexican Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año /Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:

  • Afinarte
  • DEL
  • Rancho Humilde
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Regional Mexican Albums” Casa Disquera del Año / Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Afinarte
  • DEL
  • Fonovisa
  • Lizos
  • Rancho Humilde

LATIN RHYTHM CATEGORIES  

Artista “Latin Rhythm” del Año, solista / Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna

 Artista “Latin Rhythm” del Año, Dúo o Grupo / Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Jowell & Randy
  • Los Legendarios
  • Play-N-Skillz
  • Wisin & Yandel
  • Zion & Lennox

 Canción “Latin Rhythm” del Año Latin / Rhythm Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Bad Bunny “Yo Perreo Sola”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

“Latin Rhythm Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año /Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Glad Empire
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

“Latin Rhythm Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año /Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • Aura
  • La Industria
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

 Álbum “Latin Rhythm” del Año / Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:

  • Anuel AA, Emmanuel
  • Bad Bunny, El Último Tour del Mundo
  • Bad Bunny, Las Que No Iban a Salir
  • Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
  • Maluma, Papi Juancho

“Latin Rhythm Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año /Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:

  • Glad Empire
  • Rich
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Latin Rhythm Albums” Casa Disquera del Año /Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Aura
  • Real Hasta La Muerte
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

WRITERS/PRODUCERS/PUBLISHERS CATEGORIES 

Compositor del Año / Songwriter of the Year:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • Edgar ‘Edge’ Barrera
  • J Balvin
  • Tainy

 Editora del Año / Publisher of the Year:

  • RSM Publishing, ASCAP
  • Sony Discos Music Publishing LLC, ASCAP
  • Universal Music Corp, ASCAP
  • WC Music Corp, ASCAP

    Corporación Editora del Año / Publishing Corporation of the Year:

  • Kobalt Music
  • RSM Publishing
  • Sony Music Publishing
  • Universal Music
  • Warner Chappell Music

 Productor del Año / Producer of the Year:

  • Mora
  • Ovy On The Drums
  • Sky Rompiendo
  • Súbelo Neo
  • Tainy

Swizz Beatz to Receive ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award

Swizz Beatz is a voice of the future

The 42-year-old half Puerto Rican recording artist, music producer and entrepreneur will receive the ASCAP Voice of the Culture award alongside Timbaland and D-Nice to kick off the 2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 22.

Swizz Beatz

Following the presentation, the music creators will take part in a 2021 ASCAP Experience conversation, “Voices of the Culture: How Swizz Beatz, Timbaland & D-Nice United the World Through Music,” at 12:00 pm ET/ 9:00 am PT.

The virtual conversation will explore how Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’s virtual music battle series Verzuz and D-Nice’s Club Quarantine became tools for uplift within the Black music community and touchstones of empowerment during the pandemic.

To join the conversation, participants can RSVP at www.ascapexperience.com/schedule. They can also submit a question for the three creators before June 10.

Verzuz has featured such epic matchups as Gladys Knight vs. Patti LaBelle, Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott, Earth, Wind & Fire vs. The Isley Brothers, and Snoop Dogg vs. DMX.

Club Quarantine attracted a virtual community of millions to Instagram Live for sets of funk, disco, hip-hop and R&B.

In addition to launching these popular events, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and D-Nice are accomplished music creators in their own right.

Grammy-winning songwriter-producer Swizz Beatz has been in the music and business worlds since he was 16. He began DJing and working at his uncle’s company, Ruff Ryders Entertainment, while still in high school. Within a short time, Swizz produced the company’s first hit, by DMX. More success followed as a producer and artist. As a producer, Swizz has worked with a diverse array of artists, including Jay-Z, Madonna, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Metallica.

The 2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards is a virtual celebration that takes place on social media from June 22-24. The event recognizes songwriters, composers and publishers behind the most performed R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel songs of the past year. Friends and fans can join the online festivities as ASCAP shares photos, videos, acceptance speeches and more from some of its top songwriters and publishers, posted with the hashtag #ASCAPAwards to @ASCAPUrban on Instagram and @ASCAP on Twitter and Instagram.

The ASCAP Experience takes place twice a month on Wednesdays through the end of 2021. Songwriters, composers and music business professionals can join the ASCAP Experience community for access to conversations with songwriters and producers from across the musical spectrum, plus panels with top industry executives, song feedback, networking opportunities and more. The virtual sessions are free to attend and take place on a variety of platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and on the ASCAP Experience website.

Bad Bunny to Appear on HBO/HBO Max’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted”

Bad Bunny is hittin’ the shop…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican superstar will be making an appearance on The Shop: Uninterrupted’s upcoming fourth season.

Bad Bunny

The show is set to premiere on Friday May 28 on HBO and HBO Max.

In addition to Bad Bunny, the other stars joining LeBron James and Maverick Carter for the season premiere are iconic music mogul Jay-Z; WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike; and marketing executive Paul Rivera.

The group will discuss confidence on the big stage, parenthood and WrestleMania.

Staged periodically throughout the year, the show offers conversation and debate between some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment.

Past guests include Drake, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Jimmy Kimmel, Patrick Mahomes, Lil Nas X, Will Smith, Megan Rapinoe, Kevin Hart, Rob Gronkowski and most recently, Barack Obama.

Executive producers are  James, Carter, Jamal Henderson, Devin Johnson and Philip Byron; director is Robert Alexander; producers are Kevin McGrail, Brandon Riley and Rob Roediger; co-executive producer is Camille Maratchi; and creators are Paul Rivera and Randy Mims.

Oscar de la Hoya to Return to the Ring in July

Oscar de la Hoya is officially coming out of retirement…

The 48-year-old Mexican American former professional boxer and boxing legend has a date in mind for his previously stated plan to return to the ring.

Oscar De La Hoya

At a news conference for the upstart promoter Triller Fight Club, de la Hoya took the stage alongside Snoop Dogg at the Venetian and suddenly announced that he’d be making his boxing comeback on July 3.

De La Hoya said last August that he would be coming out of retirement, but now there is a date for his return. And he will be promoted by the new fight promotion launched by Triller, the social media app.

Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO of Triller parent company Proxima Media, told ESPN that he and de la Hoya are “dear friends” and the two have been discussing his return for “a long time.” Kavanaugh said the card will take place in Texas — possibly AT&T Stadium — and the promotion is targeting a “big” UFC name for de la Hoya’s opponent.

“He has been [training] and in his own words, he’s stronger and better than ever,” Kavanaugh said of De La Hoya.

Sources told ESPN that de la Hoya has a multifight deal with Triller and this will not be a one-off bout.

de la Hoya, a former six-division boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist, has not fought since a 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao. He’s one of the best drawing boxers in the sport’s history. The news conference was held Friday to promote Triller Fight Club’s April 17 card, which is headlined by YouTube star Jake Paul and former UFC fighter and wrestling Olympian Ben Askren.

Lupillo Rivera Signs Record & Management Deal with Z Records

Lupillo Rivera has a time-ly new deal

The 48-year-old Mexican-American singer-songwriter has signed a record and management deal with Regional Mexican indie label Z Records in partnership with Rancho Humilde, according to Billboard.

Lupillo Rivera

“I’ve always had a high respect for George Prajin (Z Records CEO),” says Rivera. “I’ve worked with him and his family since the 90s. They are the ones that helped us launch our record label in Huntington Park in California and they were the only ones selling our music in their records stores. I said why not give him a chance. We’ve never had an issue working together. There’s a lot of respect there from his family to my family.”

Under the new deal, the corridos singer will also launch and host the interview-style show Época Pesada on Z Records’ YouTube channel. The idea is “to interview artists from the 90s and put the 90s music back and its artists on the map,” Rivera adds. “The kids listening to the new stuff are also listening to 90s regional Mexican music but I don’t think they know who the artists are. So, let’s put ourselves out there.”

To keep the momentum going, the chart-topping artist, previously signed to Linea Music, will also release multiple albums throughout the year including a duets record, a 90s-inspired set and a tribute album to mariachi titan Vicente Fernández.

“It’s an honor to welcome the great Lupillo Rivera to our roster of artists,” Prajin says, whose Z Records’ lineup includes Leonel El Ranchero,” Jorge Gamboa and El Chalinillo, among others. “In his 20-year career, I’ve had the privilege of being his friend and have worked with him on multiple occasions. Lupillo is one of the most influential artists in regional Mexican, his music has transcended frontiers and he’s made valuable contributions to the genre.”

Jimmy Humilde, founder of Rancho Humilde, will also co-produce Época Pesada set to go live February 17. “In 2021, Rancho Humilde is committed to take all its artists to the next level and Lupillo Rivera’s arrival to the group’s talent is a testament to that,” Humilde says.

Snoop Dogg will be the first guest on the show. “I don’t think Snoop remembers me but we were in the same class in Long Beach Polytechnic and it was fun hanging out with that guy in class,” Rivera says. “I’m going to remind him of all the stupidities we did in class. It was fun, we were high school students so imagine what we were doing over there. He’s going to trip out. It’s going to be great.”

Other artists confirmed to be a guest on the show include El Aleman, Jorge Gamboa, Voces del Rancho, Chalinillo and B-Real.

“I think that it’s a big responsibility to make all of this work because Z Records is putting everything behind me. I’m going to try my best with the music and the show and make it work no matter what,” adds Rivera.