Victor Manuelle Recognized with Five Guinness World Records Titles

Victor Manuelle is breakin’ records…

After becoming the artist with most hits on any Billboard Latin airplay chart this past August, the 50-year-old Puerto Rican singer has received official recognition for this feat, and others, from Guinness World Records.


Guinness presented the salsa star with five titles: most charted titles on the Billboard Latin Airplay charts; most Top 10 hits on the Billboard Tropical Airplay chart; most Top 10 hits on the Billboard Tropical Airplay chart (male); most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Tropical Airplay Chart; and most charted titles on the Billboard Tropical Airplay chart.

Manuelle received his honors during the live telecast of daily morning show Un Nuevo Díaon Telemundo.

One of the most successful and respected salsa stars of this generation, Manuelle won two Latin Grammys in November for his album 25/7, an eclectic set where he collaborated with both traditional salsa singers as well as new reggeaton and trap stars. This musical open-mindedness has contributed to Manuelle remaining a relevant chart topper, 25 years after he launched his recording career.

“I never thought that a phrase that I use jokingly –‘ Let’s get a Guinness World Records title’–  came true,” said Manuelle in a statement. “Today, I receive the great news that I officially belong to the prestigious Guinness World Records family in several categories in 2018. I thank God and my extended family, my audience that never fails me. Let’s go for more,” he said.

In August, Manuelle notched his 71st entry on the Tropical Songs airplay chart. Only Daddy Yankee,with 68 entries on the Latin Rhythm airplay chart, comes close to his numbers.

“We are proud that incredible music stars such as Victor are part of the Guinness World Records family. His illustrious musical career is now Officially Amazing™,” said Manuelle, Guinness World Records adjudicator.

Manuelle joins an impressive list of Latin music artists who have set Guinness World Records, including “Despacito” singers Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi in 2018.

Raymix Signs Global Deal with Universal Music Publishing

Raymix is going global…

The 27-year-old Mexican Electrocumbia artist has signed a global deal with Universal Music Publishing.


Raymix’s “Oye Mujer” is currently no. 9 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

Trained as an aerospace engineer, Raymix, whose real name is Edmundo Gonzalez Moreno, was working at NASA when he began experimenting with electronic music.

“Oye Mujer” took off virally — the video know has over 300 million views on YouTube— before landing in the Billboard Top Ten. The track is also no. 2 this week on the Tropical Songs chart, where it peaked in the no. 1 slot.

Carlos Vives Earns 14th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Hoy Tengo Tiempo (Pinta Sensual)”

Carlos Vives is back in familiar territory…

The 57-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter and actor leads Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Hoy Tengo Tiempo (Pinta Sensual)” as the song rises 10-1 on the chart dated September 22.

Carlos Vives

It catapults to the No. 1 spot with a 51 percent gain in audience impressions to 13.5 million in the week ending September 16, according to Nielsen Music.

It’s Vives’ 14th No. 1 on the chart, dating back to “Fruta Fresca,” which jumped to No. 1 on the January 8, 2000-dated chart, reigning for six weeks. He now ties Romeo Santos and Wisin for the third-most No. 1s, trailing only Enrique Iglesias with 30 and Ricky Martin with 17.

“We aim at making songs which reach people’s hearts, not really thinking about rankings,” Vives says. “It will always be a nice surprise to be No. 1 on Billboard.Thank you, all.”

“Hoy Tengo Tiempo” is Vives’ second leader of the year. It follows “Robarte Un Beso,” his collaboration with Sebastian Yatra, which led for one week (January 13).

Concurrently, “Hoy Tengo Tiempo” continues to lead the Tropical Song sairplay chart for a fourth consecutive week.

Carlos Vives Earns 11th Top 5 Single on Billboard’s Tropical Songs Airplay Chart

It’s Lucky No. 11 for Carlos Vives

The 56-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter and actor’s latest single, “Hoy Tengo Tiempo (Pinta Sensual),” has reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs airplay chart.

Carlos Vives

The single ascends7-4 in its third frame with a 58 percent airplay increase (to 3.7 million audience impressions).

The lift gives Vives his 11th top five.

Vives last landed on the chart’s top five in 2016, when his collaboration with Shakira, “La Bicicleta” debuted in the top spot, spending one week atop the list.

“Hoy Tengo” is Vives’ 16th consecutive top 10 song, and it follows “El Arrepentido” with Melendi, which peaked at No. 8 on May 26.

Romeo Santos Earns 11th No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs Chart with “Bella y Sensual”

It’s Lucky No. 11 for Romeo Santos

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer-songwriter has earned his 11th No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs with “Bella y Sensual,” featuring Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee.

Romeo Santos

The song ascends 2-1 in its 16th week frame — despite a 9 percent decline in audience at the format (8.8 million impressions in the week ending December 17, down 881,000). The song still receives a bullet, despite a decline, as titles in their first week at No. 1 on any chart always receive a bullet.

The song is Santos’ third chart-topper in 2017, following “Imitadora,” which reigned for 10 weeks, and “Heroe Favorito,” which spent eight weeks in the penthouse.

It’s also the fourth career No. 1 for Nicky Jam, and the fifth for Daddy Yankee on the chart.

The song also holds at No. 7 on the Hot Latin Songs chart for a second week. It’s the singer’s 15th top 10 hit on the list.

Victor Manuelle Partners with La Tribu de Abrante & PJ Sin Suela for Holiday Song “Mi Navidad No Se Apaga”

Victor Manuelle is bringing holiday cheer to Puerto Rico…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican salsa singer has released a new holiday song, featuring the rootsy tropical dance outfit La Tribu de Abrante and artist PJ Sin Suela.

Victor Manuelle

“I don’t have water or electricity but the bet things happen in the dark,” Sin Suela raps [in Spanish] in “Mi Navidad No Se Apaga” — one of the many lines in the song that, with sabor and a smile, make reference to the catastrophic conditions that residents have experienced since the island was hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.

The song is one of a wave of post hurricane-referencing songs that Puerto Rican artists have recorded to keep spirits high in a country where the holidays are known for being exceptionally merry, and very musical.

They include Grupomania’s “Navidad Con Vela,” and “La Fila de la Gasolina” by the group Algareplena.

“Whatever happens there is always a party,” Puerto Rican pop star Olga Tañon said in this year’s Banco Popular Christmas television special, in which she sings a rousing version of “La Vida Es Un Carnival,” the uplifting song made famous by Celia Cruz.

La Tribu de Abrante and PJ Sin Suela also perform in the special.

The airing of the showland release of its soundtrack, an annual holiday event, has taken on special significance this year as sign that in Puerto Rico there will be Christmas this year in spite of the hurricane damage.

“Mi Navidad No Se Apaga” debuts at No. 22 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs chart this week.

Prince Royce Notches 15th No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs Chart

It’s a special quinceañera for Prince Royce

The 27-year-old Dominican American singer has earned his 15th No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs airplay chart as “Deja Vu,” featuring Shakira (who earns her fifth leader), steps 2-1 on the April 29-dated chart.

Prince Royce

The lift puts Royce in third place for most chart-toppers on the 23-year-old chart, breaking out of a tie with Gilberto Santa Rosa and Elvis Crespo (each with 14 No. 1s). He is bested only by Marc Anthony and Victor Manuelle, who each lead the pack with 28 No. 1s.

“I feel honored and grateful for being amongst artists I admire. Marc Anthony and Victor Manuelle have been creating great music for so many years and have maintained the tropical genre,” Royce shared with Billboard.

The song reaches the top spot due to a 9 percent audience increase at monitored Latin stations, to 14.3 million impressions in the tracking week ending April 16, according to Nielsen Music.

Further, Royce has earned the 15 crowning hits faster than any other act — six years, six months, and two weeks after is first (“Stand By Me” reached No. 1 on the Aug. 14, 2010 chart). Anthony has the second-fastest accumulation of his first 15 No. 1 hits: seven years, one week (between June 17, 1995, when “Te Conozco Bien” hit No. 1, through June 29, 2002, when “Viviendo” first led the tally).

Royce adds, “Obtaining my 15th number 1 on the Tropical Songs chart in less than seven years is an accomplishment I’m proud of and I’d like to thank my fans, radio programmers, my team and all of the people that have supported my music throughout the years.”

Prince Royce’s 15 No. 1s on Tropical Songs chart
Title, peak date (weeks at No. 1)
“Stand By Me,” Aug. 14, 2010 (one week)
“Corazon Sin Cara,” Oct. 23, 2010 (10 weeks)
“El Verdadero Amor Perdona” (Mana featuring Prince Royce), Dec. 10, 2011 (two weeks)
“Las Cosas Pequeñas,” Feb. 4, 2012 (two weeks)
“Incondicional,” June 16, 2012 (two weeks)
“Te Me Vas,” March 2, 2013 (four weeks)
“Darte Un Beso,” Aug. 17, 2013 (seven weeks)
“Te Robare,” March 8, 2014 (two weeks)
“Soy El Mismo,” Aug. 2, 2014 (one week)
“Solita,” March 21, 2015 (one week)
“Que Cosas Tiene El Amor” (Anthony Santos & Prince Royce), June 20, 2015 (one week)
“Culpa Al Corazon,” Feb. 13, 2016 (four weeks)
“La Carretera,” July 9, 2016 (one week)
“Moneda,” featuring Gerardo Ortiz, Jan. 28, 2017 (three weeks)
“Deja Vu,” with Shakira, April 29, 2017 (one week, so far)

On working with Shakira, Royce says the collaboration “has been such a great experience. She’s so talented and professional. The chemistry between us has been great; I love that she’s hands on and has been part of the process since day one.”

“Deja Vu” is the latest single from Royce’s most recent album, Fivewhich remains at No. 1 for a seventh straight week on the Tropical Albums chart.

Tañón Extends Record on Billboard’s Tropical Songs Chart with “Así Es El Amor”

Olga Tañón is staying ahead of the tropical pack…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican singer has scored her 27th top 10 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs airplay chart, as her single “Así Es El Amor,” featuring Wisin, jumps 12-6 (up 40 percent to 1.9 million audience impressions).

Olga Tañón

Tañón extends her record for most top 10s on the chart by a woman (India follows with 23).

The latest single marks her first trip to the top 10 since 2011 when “You Need To Know” peaked at No. 7.

“Así Es El Amor” is the lead single from Tañón’s forthcoming album, Olga Tañón y Punto, due May 12. The set is poised to be her 18th entry on the Tropical Albums chart, where she also holds the record for most top 10s – all 17 of her albums have peaked in the top 10 and three have reached No. 1.

Tañón, who has won two Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammys, debuted on Tropical Songs in 1994 with “Receta De Amor,” which became her first track to reach the top 10 (No. 7). Her following eight chart hits also followed in the feat, all reaching the top 10.

Bacilos Returning with New Music and Tour

Bacilos is making a comeback…

Folowing the Latin American Grammy– and Latin Grammy-winning trio’s split 10 years ago, Bacilos is returning to the scene with new music and a tour, according to Billboard.


The trio, comprised of Jorge Villamizar, Andre Lopes and Jose Javier Freire, will now be managed by Jose Puig of 2PK Entertainment, with a new single expected as soon as April, according to Puig.

“Ever since we began working with Bacilos, it’s been surprising to see how people have reacted,” Puig tells Billboard exclusively. “We knew the potential of a Bacilos’ return, but we never expected a tour to come together so fast without even having released the first single. We plan on dropping the new single in April and then Bacilos will embark on a tour in May.”

During the trio’s hiatus, lead vocalist Villamizar launched his solo career with a self-titled debut album back in 2008. Now, he’s ready to regroup with Bacilos.

“I’ve spent 10 years touring Latin America as a solo artist, but wherever I would go people asked me about Bacilos,” he says. “It’s surprising how that name is still registered in people’s memories throughout the world. But what is most surprising is to see how young people are familiar with Bacilos. Those fans were so young when we were still together, they probably never even saw us perform live. Which is why 10 years after the band separated, it’s a good time to reunite and share with old and new fans. I’m not sure how long this will last, but it feels good right now … Our friendship stood the test of time and a separation.”

On the Billboard charts, Bacilos had four top 20 hits on the Tropical Songs chart, including two top 10s: “Pasos De Gigante” (No. 4 in 2004) and “Contigo Se Va” (No. 8 in 2006). On the Latin Pop Albums chart, Caraluna debuted (and peaked) at No. 15 on the September 20, 2003 chart.

ChocQuibTown Signs Management Deal with La Industria

ChocQuibTown is under new management…

The Latin Grammy-winning Colombian group has signed a management deal with La Industria, according to Billboard.


The trio, comprised of Gloria MartínezGoyo,” Mike Martínez “Slow” and Carlos ValenciaTostao, joins the Industria family led by Juan Diego Medina, who manages Nicky Jam, Saga White Black and Valentino.

ChocQuibTown’s 2015 album El Mismo reached the No. 5 spot on Billboard‘s Latin Rhythm Albums chart.

Last summer, the Grammy-nominated group scored their first No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Songs chart with their single “Desde el día en que te fuiste” (chart dated August 6, 2016).

ChocQuibTown’s “De donde vengo yo” will be the official song for ESPN Deportes‘ 2017 World Baseball Classic coverage.