Christina Aguilera to Release Her Spanish Language EP “La Fuerza” This Week

Christina Aguilera is sharing her strength this week…

The 41-year-old half-Ecuadorian American Grammy-winning singer will release her highly anticipated Spanish-language EP La Fuerza on Friday, January 21.

Christina Aguilera

Aguilera — who had been teasing her upcoming collaboration with Ozuna — also unveiled La Fuerza‘s tracklist dating etiquette.

The Ozuna-assisted “Santo,” set to drop on Thursday, is part of the EP, along with girl-power anthem “Pa’ Mis Muchachas,” which features anime dating gameNicki Nicole and Becky G. “The first chapter,” Aguilera teased in the caption.

La Fuerza is the first of her three-part album, set to be released more than 20 years after her first Spanish effort, Mi Reflejo. That release debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart in September 2000, and remained there for 19 weeks.

The album also peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart.

“It’s been a project that I wanted to follow up for so long, but I’m so happy that it’s happening now as a grown woman,” Aguilera previously told Billboard. “Having been a mother, having experienced the career I have, I bring a different view and set of passions. Now it’s coming from a deeper perspective and wanting to explore.”

“It can be intimidating and scary to put yourself out there in a way you know will be challenging. I don’t write in Spanish the way I do in English, but I know my heart,” she continued. “It’s a layered journey I’ve been on but now having kids of my own, I want them to see that mommy doesn’t know everything. I’m still learning too and I’m not going to back down from something I’m truly passionate about because I’m scared or I’m afraid of what people will think. This is me being me on my own journey of life. I could cry about it. It means a lot to me.”

Here’s the tweet with the full track list:

https://twitter.com/xtina/status/1483855266101792773

Christina Aguilera to Release Ozuna Collaboration “Santo”

Christina Aguilera has found her santo

The 41-year-old half-Ecuadorian American Grammy-winning singer will follow up her girl-power anthem “Pa’ Mis Muchachas,” featuring Becky G, Nicki Nicole and Nathy Peluso, with a Latin collaboration with Ozuna.

Christina AguileraAguilera shared the news on social media, posting a photo of the two artists in red outfits and a caption with the song’s title, release date, and pre-save link. “‘Santo’ feat. Ozuna,” she wrote across her social media accounts, revealing that the collaboration drops on January 20.

“Santo” will be part of her Spanish-language EP, La Fuerza, the first of her three-part album, set to be released more than 20 years after her first Spanish effort, Mi Reflejo, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart in September 2000, and remained there for 19 weeks.

The album also peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart.

“It’s been a project that I wanted to follow up for so long but I’m so happy that it’s happening now as a grown woman,” Aguilera previously told Billboard. “Having been a mother, having experienced the career I have, I bring a different view and set of passions. Now it’s coming from a deeper perspective and wanting to explore.”

“It can be intimidating and scary to put yourself out there in a way you know will be challenging. I don’t write in Spanish the way I do in English, but I know my heart,” she continued. “It’s a layered journey I’ve been on but now having kids of my own, I want them to see that mommy doesn’t know everything. I’m still learning too and I’m not going to back down from something I’m truly passionate about because I’m scared or I’m afraid of what people will think. This is me being me on my own journey of life. I could cry about it. It means a lot to me.”

José Pastor to Portray Miguel Bosé in Upcoming Biopic Series “BOSÉ”

José Pastor is ready to embody a Spanish superstar…

The Spanish actor will take on the role Miguel Bosé alongside Iván Sánchez in the upcoming BOSÉ biopic series, which will stream on Paramount+.

José Pastor

The original six-episode series, currently filming in Miami and Spain, will be based on the life of the chart-topping Spanish singer-songwriter, and is produced by VIS in collaboration with Shine Iberia (Banijay Iberia), Elefantec Global and Legacy Rock.

Newcomer Pastor — who has worked in musicals like La Bella y la Bestia and Peter Pan — will portray the “Amante Bandido” singer in his younger years.

Spanish actor Sánchez, known for his breakout role in La Reina del Sur, will play Bosé in his older years.

According to the series’ official description, the biopic will be “a rare piece of art in and of itself, transporting viewers to different parts of the singer-songwriter’s career that began in the late 1970s, revealing the stories behind the inspiration, composition, and recording of some of his most iconic works and how this success affected his personal life.” The release also noted that the series will “reveal unknown secrets, give us an inside look at his circle of friends, demonstrate the extraordinary relationship between Miguel and his parents.”

A force in Latin pop, Bosé — who in 2013 was named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy and boasts of a career that spans more than four decades — has placed five top 10 albums on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, including the star-studded duets album Papito, which peaked at No. 2 on the tally (dated April 7, 2007).

As an agent of change through his foundation Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace Without Borders), he fights for the right for all people to live in peace, and he’s also helped raise funds for the foundation Fight Against AIDS.

BOSÉ is slated to premiere later this year.

Anuel AA Earns Fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart with “Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren”

Make that for in a row for Anuel AA.

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer has collected his fourth straight, and total, No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren debuts at No. 1 on the December 11-dated survey.

Anuel AA

Anuel’s third studio album – a follow up to Los Dioses, with Ozuna, which also had a No. 1 debut (February 6-dated list) – is his second leader of 2021.

Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren opened with 22,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending December 2, according to MRC Data. Most of that sum (20,500) was driven by streaming activity, representing 30.2 million on-demand streams of the set’s 16 tracks, while a little over 1,000 units arrive from traditional album sales.  The rest comprises track equivalent album units. (One unit equals one album sale, 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams for a song on the album.)

Las Leyendas is Anuel’s fourth leader in as many appearances on the all-Latin genre tally.

His first chart success arrived in July 2018 when album debut Real Hasta La Muerte bowed at No. 1 and held at the summit for two consecutive weeks (a 135-week run).

Emmanuel, which remains at No. 20 on the current ranking, concurrently opened at No. 1 less than a year later (June 13, 2020-dated chart).

Las Leyendas, released via his own label Real Hasta La Muerte, congregates a group of producers including Chris Jeday, Gaby Music, Tainy, Nelly El Arma Secreta,” and Ovy on The Drums.

It likewise earns Anuel his fourth No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums among six entries. The set concurrently gifts Anuel his fourth entry on the all-genre Billboard 200, starting at No. 30.

Nine Leyendas cuts debut on the all-metric (airplay, digital sales, streaming data) Hot Latin Songs chart. However, the set was preceded by two songs: “Dictadura” (No. 12 debut and peak, Nov. 13) and “Leyenda” (No. 21 debut and peak, Nov. 27).

In total, Anuel places 12 titles on the current survey (including “Ley Seca,” with Jhay Cortez), the most since his pair-up with Ozuna on Los Dioses placed 13 simultaneous tracks (February 6-dated tally).

Here’s a recap of all Anuel’s titles on Hot Latin Songs (11 belonging to Leyendas):

No. 12, “Súbelo” (Greatest Gainer/ Airplay)
No. 16, “Ley Seca,” with Jhay Cortez
No. 24, “North Carolina” (debut)
No. 25, “McGregor” (debut)
No. 26, “Dictadura”
No. 31, “Real Hasta La Muerte” (debut)
No. 33, “Llorando En Un Ferrari” (debut)
No. 36, “Leyenda” (Greatest Gainer/ Sales & Streaming)
No. 39, “1942” (debut)
No. 41, “Rick Flair” (debut)
No. 44, “Pin” (debut)
No. 48, “Esa Cruz” (debut)

Anuel AA Releases New Single “Dictadura”

Anuel AA is back with new music…

Serving as a preview of his upcoming album, the 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer has released his new single “Dictadura.”

Anuel AA

Produced by Subelo Neo and Machael, and co-written by Anuel and Mora, the bouncy, head-bobbing reggaeton track will be included on his third LP, Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren.

The track and music video, directed by Anuel, chronicles a love and basketball story, which finds the singer-songwriter at his peak: dating the girl of his dreams (who may or may not break his heart) and getting drafted into the NBA in 1984.

“For a year, my fans have been waiting for me to release more music and I have been teasing a new album, and we are finally here,” the chart-topping artist said in a statement. “‘Dictaudura’s’ video is one of many to come that I direct and I wanted the plot to guide my fans through a concept storyboard for my upcoming album Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren. I can’t wait for them to see what is to come, but I want them to be inspired by the legends concept the way they have influenced my career and story.”

“Dictadura” follows Anuel’s latest release “23 Preguntas,” in which he asks Colombian singer and ex-girlfriend Karol G a set of questions. In the slow-tempo trap-infused reggaeton track, he bares his heart and soul in a bid to win Karol back. “23 Preguntas” dropped on what would have marked the former couple’s third anniversary.

Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren becomes Anuel’s third solo project after teaming up with Ozuna on the chart-topping Los Dioses — the collaborative effort peaked at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart (dated February 5).

 

His debut album Real Hasta La Muerte, released in 2018, and his 2020 sophomore set Emmanuel also crowned the survey.

Alejandro Fernandez Donates Portion of Hecho en Mexico Tour Proceeds to Help Immigrant Families Separated at U.S.-Mexico Border

Alejandro Fernandez is helping keep families together…

The 50-year-old Mexican singer has wrapped up the U.S. leg of his Hecho en Mexico tour, which served as a fundraiser for Families Belong Together.

Alejandro Fernandez,

In all, Fernandez donated over $100,000 from the tour proceeds to assist immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The impact of my concerts goes beyond the money, the box office, and the sold-out shows,” he explains. “I have always been a very sensitive person to things that happen, especially if it happens in my country. The important thing is to be able to start something and for people to come together, to educate and invite them to support these causes. I see it as giving my audience a little bit of what they have given me.”

On tour, Fernandez was joined by 25 people on stage, including his full band, his Mexican mariachi, special guests Christian Nodal and his son, Alex Fernández, as well as a handful of guests in different cities.

“History repeated itself,” Fernandez, who on many occasions shared the stage with his famed father Vicente Fernandez, expresses. “In fact, Alex was so reserved that I did not contemplate, nor did I know that he wanted to dedicate himself to a musical career. This was the first time we sang together on tour and it gave me a sense of nostalgia, family, and tradition.”

Hecho en México is also the name of his latest studio album, which made him the first act to achieve No. 1s on Billboard Top Latin Albums in the 1990s, ’00s, ’10s, and ’20s, starting with his first chart entry and 12-week ruler Me Estoy Enamorando in 1997.

Up next, the tour continues to Mexico with shows at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional, the Telmex Theater in Guadalajara, and the Pa’l Norte Festival in Monterrey, before moving on to Central and South America and Spain in 2022.

“That is what we have now, while we wait for the health protocols to be finalized in each country,” he assures. “Hopefully this nightmare ends soon and we can live a normal reality around the world.”

Fernandez originally kicked off his 2021 Hecho en Mexico U.S. tour on September 10 at the Grand Sierra Theatre in Reno, Nevada. The 21-date tour, presented by Live Nation, wrapped up on October 24 at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix.

“It was one of the most important tours I have ever had in my career here in the United States,” Fernandez tells Billboard of the gratifying experience.

Farruko’s “La 167” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Farruko is back on top…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has returned to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart after nearly six years, as La 167 debuts atop the October 16-dated list.

Farruko

The 25-track set, released via Carbon Fiber/Sony Music Latin on October 1, starts with 17,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 7, according to MRC Data.

It secures Farruko his third win on the overall Top Latin Albums chart dating back to his first champ Farruko Presents Los Menores (No. 1 start in November 2014). In between, he’s placed one more leading album: Visionary in November 2015.

“I don’t work to get a No. 1, but it’s incredible that people like what I’m doing and that they are enjoying it,” Farruko tells Billboard.

La 167 is a nod to a highway that passes through his homeland in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and a gas station once owned by his late grandfather. The 100-minute set is stacked with Latin artists, including Myke Towers, Ñengo Flow, O’Neill, Pedro Capó, Jay Wheeler and more, and each has rendered a variety of Latin styles ranging from perreo and reggae, to pop, hip-hop and reggaetón.

“The most challenging aspect of the production was structuring an album that didn’t bore,” Faruko adds. “Where the production, lyrics and everything were different, varied; where I allowed myself to explore other genres which were not necessarily mine.”

As La 167 arrives at the summit, Farruko now has a total of six top 10s on Top Latin Albums, three of which, as previously mentioned, hit No. 1 for at least one week. Here’s a recap:

Ranking, Title, Debut Date
No. 1, Farruko Presents Los Menores, Nov. 15, 2014 (two weeks atop)
No. 8, The Ones, Sept. 19, 2015
No. 1, Visionary, Nov. 14, 2015
No. 3, Trapxficante, Oct. 7, 2017
No. 2, Gangalee, May 11, 2019
No. 1, La 167, Oct. 16

La 167 concurrently debuts at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums, also his third No. 1 there. Farruko also captures his highest album yet on the overall Billboard 200, clocking in at No. 26 (Gangalee’s No. 80 start in 2019 earned him his highest debut, and peak, until now).

La 167 was preceded by only two tracks on the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart: the No. 4-peaking “La Tóxica” (November 2020) and the now eight-week champ (and counting) “Pepas,” which takes the Greatest Gainer/ Digital honors of the week despite a 6% dip in sales (3,000 downloads sold for the tracking week ending in October 7).

“I connect with many of the tracks on the album, for instance the opening track ‘Ki,’ ‘$,’ and ‘Helicóptero’,” Farruko continues, “all based on personal experiences from a particular chapter in my life.”

In addition to “Pepas” holding strong at the penthouse, “El Incomprendido,” with Víctor Cárdenas and DJ Adoni, another rhythmic/EDM club banger, bows at No. 14. The latter interpolates Alice Deejay’s “Beter Off Alone,” the ’90s Eurodance hit that reached the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2000.

Manuel Turizo Releases New Single “Te Olvido”

Manuel Turizo is forgetting…

The 21-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer has released his latest single “Te Olvido,” in which he suggests he can forger about an ex-girlfriend overnight.

Manuel Turizo

Drawing inspiration from the early 2000s — from sporting denim-on-denim outfits to instant messaging chat rooms — Turizo narrates the tragic ending of a love story in the song’s music video, which was directed by P The Chemist.

“Don’t even bother giving my an explanation,” Turizo sings. “If you ever think of apologizing when you’re alone. I hope you don’t even try it. Just remember I was rooting for you, and you threw everything out the window.”

“Te Olvido,” which starts off like a ballad but ultimately transitions into Turizo’s signature slow-tempo reggaeton, is the new single from his forthcoming third studio album titled 2000, named after the year he was born.

His upcoming effort will follow ADN and this year’s Dopamina, which peaked at No. 15 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart. The former peaked at No. 8 on the survey dated September 6, 2019. Currently, the “Vaina Loca” singer is touring the U.S. with his Dopamina trek, making stops in cities like Chicago, Orlando, Houston, New York, among others.

Joss Favela Signs Worldwide Administration Agreement with Warner Chappell Music

Joss Favela has a new deal…

The 30-year-old Mexican award-winning singer-songwriter has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Warner Chappell Music.

Joss Favela

“His raw talent, creative instincts, and authenticity shine through in every performance,” said Gustavo Menéndez, WCM president, U.S. Latin & Latin America, who first saw Favela perform at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards a few years ago. “We’re glad Joss has chosen Warner Chappell as his partner in this journey and we look forward to working alongside him.”

Proud to be his publisher and excited to do “great things together,” Lazaro Hernandez, WMC vice president, A&R, U.S. Latin & Latin America, added: “Joss is a dynamic and genuine songwriter who at such a young age has already established himself as one of the greatest of his time.”

The Regional Mexican star, who has penned more than 100 songs for artists like Alejandro Fernandez, Banda MS, and Natti Natasha, made history at the 2016 Premio ASCAP as the youngest person ever to win songwriter of the year. He nabbed the title in 2017 and 2018.

On the Billboard charts, Favela has entered Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, Top Latin Albums, Regional Mexican Albums, and Regional Mexican Airplay, where he has five top 10’s.

“When my love for music started I never thought that I’d get to spend my life writing songs,” he said. “I’m continuously surprised by the beautiful things that happen to me, and joining the Warner Chappell family is one of them. I’m grateful for the songs that life has given me, but I’m even more grateful for the ones that are still to come.”

Favela, who is represented by Simran A. Singh and Christopher Navarro of Singh, Singh & Trauben, LLP, is nominated for best banda album at the 2021 Latin Grammys with Llegando al Rancho.

J Balvin Earns Fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart with “Jose”

Make that four chart-topping albums for J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian singer has notched his fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as Jose debuts atop the September 25-dated tally.

J Balvin

The set, released on September 10 via Sueños Globales/Universal Music Latino/UMLE, starts with 27,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week September 16, according to MRC Data.

Jose marks J Balvin’s sixth visit to the all-Latin genre Top Latin Albums chart, all of which have hit the top 10.

The rhythmic singer-songwriter first earned a No. 10 high with La Familia, his first studio album. A trio of No. 1s followed: Energía in 2016, two-week ruler Vibras (2018) and Oasis, with Bad Bunny, the eight-week leader starting July 2019. Colores, his fifth studio album and immediate predecessor to Jose, reached a No. 2 high in April 2020.

As Jose starts with 27,000 overall units, it becomes the second-largest debut week in 2021 after Anuel & Ozuna’s Los Dioses (29,000 in its opening week). In terms of largest week overall this year, Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour del Mundo continues at the helm with 38,000 units.

The 27,000-unit arrival for Jose easily marks Balvin’s best week, by units earned, for a solo album. His previous best week came through Colores‘ first full tracking week on the chart, when it earned 24,000 units on the April 4, 2020-dated chart. (Among all of Balvin’s albums, Oasis, his collaborative effort with Bad Bunny, holds his best week — with its 36,000 unit start on the July 13, 2019-dated chart.)

Out of Jose’s 27,000 units, 25,000 stem from streaming activity which equates to 33.8 million U.S. streams of the set’s tracks. The remainder 2,000-unit sum derives from album sales and track equivalent album units.

As Jose arrives, five of the set’s 24 tracks debut on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data. Let’s take a look:

No. 11, “Una Nota,” with Sech
No. 33, “Te Acuerdas de Mi,” with Yandel
No. 46, “La Venganza,” with Jhay Cortez
No. 48, “Perra,” with Tokischa
No. 49, “Billetes de 100,” with Myke Towers

Eight other tracks preceded the album on the all-metric chart: “Un Día (One Day)” (No. 1 peak and five-time ruler in 2020), “Otra Noche Sin Ti” (No. 5 peak, May 2021), “7 de Mayo” (No. 48 debut and peak (May 22-dated list), “Qué Más Pues?” (No. 14 peak, July 310-dated survey), “Otro Fili” (No. 26 debut and peak (June 26-dated chart), “Poblado (remix),” (No. 11 debut and peak, July 3), “In Da Getto” (peaks at No. 5 on the current chart), “Que Locura” (No. 41 debut and peak, August 28).

Jose concurrently starts at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums and at No. 12 on the overall Billboard 200 chart, his fifth entry there.