Yandel & Myke Towers’ “Borracho y Loco” Rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart

Yandel is back on top…

The 47-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter and the half-member of the reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel and Myke Towers have notched another No. 1 on Billboard’Latin Airplay chart as “Borracho y Loco” crowns the list dated February 17.

Yandel & Myke TowersIt’s the first collaboration by two Latin rhythm acts to top the chart in 2024.

Yandel and Towers’ track advances from the runner-up slot with 10.3 million audience impressions earned in the U.S. in the week ending February 8 (up 18%), according to Luminate.

It sends last week’s No. 1, Xavi’s “La Diabla” down to No. 7 after one week in charge. The latter declined 26% to 7.1 million in audience.

“The truth is that it makes me very happy that with so many years making music my songs still reach the first places and top lists in the United States and other parts of the world,” Yandel told Billboard.

As “Borracho y Loco” lands at the summit, it becomes the pair’s second No. 1 team-up. The Puerto Ricans last ruled the overall Latin Airplay ranking through a Nio Garcia, Casper Mágico, Ozuna, Wisin and Flow La Movie collab, when “Travesuras” topped the tally for one-week in 2021.

With “Borracho y Loco” Yandel scores his 16th champ on Latin Airplay. Further, he ties with Nicky Jam for the seventh-most No. 1s among male urban artists since the tally launched in 1994.

Here’s a review of the winners:

36, J Balvin
33, Ozuna
28, Daddy Yankee
24, Bad Bunny
24, Maluma
22, Wisin
16, Nicky Jam
16, Yandel

“I am beyond grateful for my fans, my producers and the artists I have had the joy of collaborating with,” Yandel adds. “Now another No. 1 arrives through ‘Borracho y Loco.’ Myke Towers, thanks brother! Here we go, another No. 1 for the books!”

For Towers, the rapper and singer-songwriter lands his 10th No. 1 with his 31st chart appearance. He last topped the chart with the viral TikTok hit “Lala,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 in September 2023.

“Borracho y Loco” takes over Latin Airplay in its 18th week, marking the second-longest climb to the top for both artists. Previously, Yandel placed three songs at the summit each one in its 20th week, including two featured roles: through Maluma’s “El Perdedor,” and in IAmChino’s “Ay Dios Miío,” which also featured Pitbull and Chacal, and with “Nunca Me Olvides,” all in 2016.

Tower’s, meanwhile, secured two songs at No. 1 in 22 weeks each: “Bandido” with Juhn, and “Bésame,” with Luis Fonsi, in June and Nov. 2021, respectively.

Isabela Ferrer to Star in Film Adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s Bestselling Novel “It Ends With Us”

It’s the beginning of the Ends for Isabela Ferrer.

The Irish-Puerto Rican actress has joined he cast of Wayfarer Studios and Sony Pictures’ film adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s bestselling novel It Ends With Us alongside Alex Neustaedter.

Ferrer and Neistaedter will play Young Lily and Young Atlas, respectively.

The film stars Blake Lively as Lily, Justin Baldoni as Ryle and Brandon Sklenar as Atlas, with Baldoni directing. Jenny Slate and Hasan Minhaj are also starring.

The film follows Lily Bloom, who though coming from a complicated past has always known the life she wants. While living in Boston, she meets neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid and believes she may very well have found her soulmate. Soon, however, questions arise about their relationship, and to complicate matters her high school love interest, Atlas Corrigan, comes back into the picture, putting her relationship with Ryle in jeopardy.

Sony Pictures is releasing the film theatrically on June 21, 2024, with Alex Saks producing for Saks Picture Company along with Jamey Heath on behalf of Wayfarer.

Christy Hall has penned the current screenplay and is also producing.

After becoming a “BookTok” cultural phenomenon with more than 3.8 billion views on her TikTok hashtag, Hoover is currently the bestselling novelist in the U.S. with more than 20 million books sold; she wrote five of the top 10 bestselling print books of any genre in 2022.

Published in 43 foreign languages, It Ends With Us was the top-selling print book of 2022 and has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 90 weeks.

In 2019, Baldoni and Wayfarer Studios optioned rights for the big screen and have been working with the author who is consulting on the film.

Ferrer is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and the film marks her first for a major studio.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Holds Atop TikTok Billboard Top 50 Chart

Mariah Carey is the TikTok queen of the holiday season…

The 54-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer’s inescapable holiday hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” holds atop the TikTok Billboard Top 50 chart dated January 6.

Mariah CareyThe TikTok Billboard Top 50 is a weekly ranking of the most popular songs on TikTok in the United States based on creations, video views and user engagement.

The latest chart reflects activity December 25-31. Activity on TikTok is not included in Billboard charts except for the TikTok Billboard Top 50.

The beginning of the latest TikTok Billboard Top 50’s tracking week was on Christmas Day, so it’s only natural that Christmas-related tunes dot the chart, led by Carey and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” at Nos. 1 and 2.

It’s the second week at No. 1 for “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” while “Last Christmas” reaches a new peak after previously rising to No. 4 the preceding week (Dec. 30, 2023).

Concurrently, Carey’s holiday standard appears at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (down from No. 1 after being passed by Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

See the full TikTok Billboard Top 50 here.

Sheynnis Palacios Makes History as Nicaragua’s First-Ever Miss Universe

Sheynnis Palacios has made history at this year’s Miss Universe pageant.

The 23-year-old Nicaraguan model and beauty pageant titleholder was crowned the 2023 Miss Universe at the culmination of the annual beauty pageant, which took place over the weekend in El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador.

Sheynnis PalaciosAnntonia Porsild of Thailand placed as first runner-up.

Palacios’ win marks the first-ever time a Nicaraguan woman has won Miss Universe. She had previously represented Nicaragua in the 2017 Teen Miss Universe pageant, placing in the top 10, and in the 2021 Miss World pageant.

Prior to becoming Miss Universe, Palacios was working as a model, television presenter, and journalist in Nicaragua, and presented a show called Entiende tu mente, which discussed topics related to mental health.

The winners of 84 countries’ national pageants had competed at this year’s Miss Universe, judged by a panel including model Halima Aden, Queer Eye star Carson Kressley, TikTok influencer Avani Gregg and two former Miss Universe winners, Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago (Miss Universe 1977) and Iris Mittenaere of France (Miss Universe 2016).

Twenty semifinalists were announced at the beginning of Saturday night’s proceedings following the results of the preliminary competition (and a global fan vote). After the swimsuit round, the field was narrowed to 10 — seeing the elimination of the first “curvy” contestant to make the pageant’s semifinals, Miss Nepal, as well as the first contestant to choose a burkini as their swimsuit, Miss Pakistan. The evening gown round cut the number of contestants in half again.

Miss Colombia Camila Avella and Miss Puerto Rico Karla Guilfú, rounded out the top five, while another member of the top 10, Spain’s Athenea Pérez, was crowned the pageant’s Miss Congeniality.

Palacios succeeds the 2022 Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel of the USA.

Cardi B to Participate in TikTok’s Global Live Music Event, “TikTok in The Mix”

The clock is TikTok-ing for an extra special event featuring Cardi B.

The 31-year-old half-Dominican American Grammy-winning rap superstar will take part in TikTok in The Mix, the social media app’s first-ever live global music event for fans.

Cardi BIt’s all part of TikTok’s continued foray into the music world.

In addition to Cardi B, others set to headline the event include Anitta, Niall Horan and Charlie Puth.

The event will take place on December 10 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz.

Additionally, rising stars Isabel LaRosa, Kaliii, LU KALA and Sam Barber will perform as part of TikTok’s emerging artist program, TikTok Elevate.

For those unable to attend the event in person, In the Mix will be streamed globally via TikTok Live.

“I really love my TikTok fans and I’m very excited to be able to bring The Show to the TikTok In The Mix event,” Horan said in a press statement. “I’m also very much looking forward to performing in such a special venue and putting on an amazing show for all the fans that will be present on the day and also all the fans that will be watching from all over the world live on TikTok.”

“No other platform mixes music, creativity and community like TikTok. With In The Mix, our goal is to bring the For You feed to life for fans at the venue and on TikTok,” added Paul Hourican, global head of music partnerships and programming at TikTok. “Our vision is to create a show that is reimagined for the TikTok era and our music-loving global community.”

In the Mix is an all-ages event, with tickets available to purchase exclusively on TikTok. Fans who follow the headlining artists on TikTok are able to receive a special code allowing them to purchase tickets presale tickets on from Friday, October 27 at 9 a.m. PT.

Tickets go on general sale starting Thursday, November 2 at 9:00 am PT.

For more information, search for “In the Mix” on TikTok or visit the event’s website here.

Feid Releases Eclectic New Album “MOR, No Le Temas A La Oscuridad”

Feid is back with new music…

After weeks of teasing fans on social media, the 31-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter has released his new studio album, MOR, No Le Temas A La Oscuridad.

FeidTranslating to “Love, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” the set’s title is a tribute to the renowned ‘90s Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? and its concept is meant to remind us that everyone shines in the darkness.

On a personal level, Feid told Billboard earlier this year that its “whole concept has to do with how I went from being in the shadows as a composer to everything I am achieving now [as an artist].”

Home to 15 tracks, including the previously-released singles “Niña Bonita” with Sean Paul, “Vente Conmigo,” and “FERXXO 151” with Icon, which is rapidly gaining virality on TikTokMOR is easily Feid’s most eclectic production yet.

The set kicks off with a chill, one-minute piano melody, where Ferxxo (his alter-ego) summarizes all the fame and success he’s living now. “I always wanted to sing/I never wanted to be a bad boy/I don’t like to show off but music has me living like a gangster,” he chants.

If his latest singles, including the Spanglish AfrobeatBubalu” with Nigerian artist Rema, are any indication, the Colombian artist is experimental as ever. This time around, he dabbles into electronic music (“Luces de Tecno”), futuristic perreo (“Romanticos de Lunes”), and lacing funk and indie-pop (“Privilegios”).

On other notable tracks, such as the Ryan Castro-assisted “Ritmos de Medallo” and “Hey Chory,” Feid (real name: Salomón Villada Hoyos) keeps his essence by singing romantic lyrics using his Medallo slang and distinct reggaeton sound.

MOR, No Le Temas A La Oscuridad follows Feliz Cumpleaños Ferxxo, Te Pirateamos el Album, which after being leaked online, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in 2022.

Kenia Os Re-Signs Recording Deal with Sony Music Mexico & 5020 Records

Kenia Os is hoping to expand her musical reach…

The 24-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter, a rising Latin music pop star, has re-signed her recording deal with Sony Music Mexico and 5020 Records, the new Sony imprint based out of Miami.

Kenia Os“I’m thrilled to continue growing along with my label, Sony Music Mexico, and with 5020 Records to develop my career at an international level. I’m very excited about everything that’s coming,” said Os. The singer signed her new deal out of 5020’s offices in Miami.

In a Latin arena currently dominated by urban and regional Mexican music, Os has been an unlikely pop success, garnering over 5 million subscribers to her YouTube channel and currently has over 7 million listeners on Spotify. A sensation on TikTok, Os’ hit “Malas decisiones” generated over 8.4 million creations on the platforms.

Os (real name Kenia Guadalupe Flores Osuna) has released two albums on Sony, Cambios de Luna (2022) and K3 (2023), which was also released in vinyl format in Mexico. The former was accompanied by a short documentary that played successfully in movie theaters in Mexico.

“We’re very happy with what we’ve accomplished so far with Kenia, the new Mexican pop star,” said Roberto Lopez, president of Sony Music Mexico.

“Kenia is a unique artist, with an artistic and entrepreneurial vision,” said Rafael Arcaute, co president of 5020 Records. “We are inspired by her power and dedication to her career.”

“She’s an exceptional artist who combines talent, vision and professionalism,
added 5020 co president Bruno Duarte. “It’s an honor for us to extend this relationship.”

Os recently won three Premios Juventud, which are voted on by fans, including New female generation and Best Fandom. She also has multiple nominations to the MTV MIAW 2023 awards.

Myke Towers Earns First No. 1 on Billboard Global Excl. U.S. Chart with “LaLa”

Myke Towers is LaLa-loving life right now…

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican rapper’s latest single “LaLa” surges from No. 13 to No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart dated July 22, becoming his first leader on the list.

Myke TowersTowers’ track rockets to the top of the chart after logging 70.4 million streams outside the U.S. July 7-13, a 101% increase.

The profile of the reggaetón-powered Spanish-language song has recently swelled on TikTok, after the track was released in March.

The single becomes Towers’ first Global Excl. U.S. No. 1, following three top 10s: “Pareja Del Año,” with Sebastián Yatra (No. 9 peak, May 2021); “Bandido,” with Juhn (No. 6, February 2021); and “Caramelo,” with Ozuna and Karol G (No. 10, September 2020).

The Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, which started in September 2020, ranks songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Luminate. The Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the United States.

Chart ranks are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

Karol G Releases New Single “S91,” Inspired by Psalm 91 Bible Verse

Karol G is back with an inspirational new tune…

The 32-year-old Colombian superstar has released a new single called “S91,” inspired by the popular Psalm 91 Bible verse, while making an importance announcement in the track’s impactful music video.

Karol GIn the emotional and ultra-personal release, produced by Ovy on the Drums, Karol G sings about overcoming adversity over an EDM-meets-trap fusion.

The music video, directed by Pedro Artola and produced by WeOwnTheCity, is just as powerful as the lyrics, demonstrating Karol G running away from a group of people backed by a pack of wolves trying to bring her down, but she’s protected by a lone panther. She also used the opportunity to announce that Mañana Sera Bonito (Bichota Season) is coming soon.

A week ago, the “Bichota” singer hinted that she was up to new projects when she posted a photo all smiles and with a line from Psalm 91: “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”

A couple of days later, and a month ahead of her Mañana Sera Bonito stadium tour kicking off, she surprised fans with a new music video teaser assuring them that she has an announcement “so important that it deserved its own song and music video” and that she planned to release it on July 13 because 13 is her favorite spiritual number. “Remember I always save the best for last. This video is dedicated to my people, the ones from the start,” she noted.

On the eve of the “S91” release, Karol posted a TikTok video of her mother reacting to the production in tears. “This video is special for many reasons,” she shared in the caption.

“One, there is no more beautiful feeling for me than knowing that my family is proud of me and that my music can cause them reactions like that,” she continued. “Two, my mom took us to school and taught us to pray Psalm 91 after leaving home every day in the morning because she said they were sacred words of protection, and three, I am grateful to God and to life for giving me a family that supports me, that has believed in me from the very beginning and that is still with me today, celebrating together so many beautiful things that happen to us.”

Beyond its personal connection to the artist, “S91” is charged with a message of celebration, pride, love, triumph and “many beautiful feelings,” according to Karol’s TikTok caption.

Cardi B Teams Up with FendiDa Rappa for “Point Me To the S—s” remix, “Point Me 2”

Cardi B is making a big point

The 30-year-old half-Dominican American Grammy-winning rap superstar appears on the remix of FendiDa Rappa’s TikTok viral hit “Point Me To the S—s.”

Cardi BTitled “Point Me 2,” the new remix is the latest in a string of collaborations between Cardi B and rising female rappers.

Last September, Cardi B linked up with Memphis rapper GloRilla for “Tomorrow 2,” a remix of the “F.N.F.” rapper’s original track. With Cardi’s help, the remix peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Just last month (June 2), Cardi B joined forces with two-time Grammy nominee Latto for “Put It On Da Floor Again,” a remix of Latto’s original that landed a Hot 100 peak of No. 13.

Although it has been more than five years since Cardi B released her last album, fans are still waiting for her follow-up. Nonetheless, the “Up” rapper has kept the verses coming as she continues to prep the release of her sophomore LP.

On the Billboard Hot 100, Cardi B has earned five No. 1 singles, including “Bodak Yellow,” “Girls Like You” (with Maroon 5), and the Megan Thee Stallion-assisted “WAP.” Invasion of Privacy, the Bronx rapper’s debut studio album, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has spent over 200 weeks on the ranking.