Karol G & Anuel AA’s “Secreto” Tops VEVO’s Top Latin Videos List for the First Half of 2019

It’s no secret… Karol G and Anuel AA are the hottest couple in Latin music… And, they have the online impressions to prove it.

VEVO has unveiled its Top Latin Videos of the year (so far) via a curated playlist, with the 28-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and the 26-year-old Puerto Rican rapper taking the top spot.

Karol G & Anuel AA

The music video for Anuel AA and Karol G’s “Secreto,” which premiered on January 15, currently has more than 718,000 views. The clip highlights the couple’s journey, from traveling on a private jet together to spending the holidays with the family. 

“Secreto” is followed by RosaliaJ Balvin and El Guincho’s plane party in “Con Altura” with nearly 500,000 views.

Maluma, on the other hand, is featured three times on the list with “HP,” “11 PM,” and his collaboration in Becky G’s “La Respuesta.” 

“That playlist is for the top 10 most-viewed Latin videos of 2019 so far, based on videos January 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019,” a VEVO representative confirms to Billboard. 

Here’s the full list:

“Secreto” – Anuel AA, Karol G (718.1K + views)
“Con Altura” – Rosalia, J Balvin ft. El Guincho (458.5K + views)
“HP” – Maluma (440.8K + views)
“Un Año” – Sebastian Yatra, Reik (328.8K + views)
“Aullando” – Wisin & Yandel, Romeo Santos (290.6K + views)
“No Me Conoce Bien (Remix)” – Jhay Cortez, J Balvin, Bad Bunny (193.7K + views)
“11PM” – Maluma (144.1K + views)
“La Respuesta” – Becky, Maluma (135.7K + views)
“Simplemente Gracias” – Calibre 50 (52K + views)
“De Los Besos Que Te Di” – Christian Nodal (51.5K views)

Greeicy Named one of Vevo DSCVR’s 2019 Artists To Watch

Greeicy is livin’ laVEVO loca…

The 26-year-old Colombian singer and actress has been named one of Vevo DSCVR’s 2019 Artists To Watch, along with 20-year-old half-Colombian American singer-songwriter Matt Hunter.


Vevo DSCVR choices for 2019 focus on the meteoric rise of Latin Pop on mainstream airwaves in the United States and abroad.

Greeicy may be a household name in her native Colombia, but it’s time for the rest of the world to catch up. The singer got her start on the children’s talent show Factor Xs, and despite not winning the competition, Greeicy converted the opportunity into a successful acting career. Though she remained engaged in the music industry between booking roles, Greeicy appears to have chosen 2018 to return full-time with an outpouring of new music, including a single with Brazilian superstar Anitta.

“Greeicy has been perfecting her craft working across music and film and we’ve definitely taken notice,” Vevo director of music and talent David McTiernan says. “Already a superstar in her home country of Colombia, she is truly on the verge of becoming a global superstar.”

Matt Hunter is a young singer whose voice may sound eerily familiar to listeners of a certain age. Originally the voice of the titular character on the popular children’s program Go, Diego, Go!, Hunter developed his vocal abilities into a full-fledged singing career and built a following performing covers and original songs in Spanish on YouTube. With a string of singles rolled out on a consistent basis from as far back as 2012, Hunter continues to push himself into increasingly mature territory. On his latest single “Dicen” with singer Lele Pons, Hunter proves himself equally prepared for balladry and pop.

In a prepared statement, McTiernan tells Billboard, “We expect big things in 2019 from Matt Hunter — he’s definitely laid the groundwork over the last couple years, but the music he’s making now sounds like it could propel him to become one of the most exciting young voices in Latin Pop.”

Maluma to Take Part in Star Q&A Session During 2018 Billboard Latin Music Week

Maluma is ready for questioning…

The 24-year-old Colombian singer has been confirmed as a Star Q&A participant at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Week, which will officially move to Las Vegas this year.


Considered the Latin music world’s biggest gathering of dealmakers, power players and artists, this year’s event will take place at The Venetian in Las Vegas, April 23-26.

The schedule will culminate with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, the longest-running Latin music award show, airing live on Telemundo April 26.

Maluma, a global powerhouse and 10-time finalist for this year’s awards, will be one of the conference’s superstars in attendance, sitting down for an exclusive Star Q&A where he will discuss his exploding international career, his upcoming arena tour and his collaboration with a plethora of artists, from Shakira to Brazilian singer Nego do Borel, with whom he features on his current No. 1 hit “Corazón.”

“It’s an honor to be taking part in this year’s Star Q&A at the most important conference for the Latin music industry,” said Maluma, who kicks off his U.S. arena tour in March.

“Many amazing things happened in the past year and I can’t wait to share with everyone during Latin Music Week.”

In 2017, more than 1,000 attendees witnessed legendary discussions with panelists, J Balvin, Farruko and Nicky Jam among others.

Now in its 29th year, the event, completely committed to the Latin music industry, will feature Q&A sessions and panels including “Superstar Q&As” and marquee sessions like the “Divas Panel” and “How I Wrote that Song,” with top artists, labels, radio, marketing, brand and music executives.

At 24 years old, Maluma is one of Latin music’s biggest acts, boasting 31.2 million Instagram followers and over 13.6 million YouTube/Vevo subscribers. Maluma notched seven top ten hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and currently boasts the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, “Corazón.” He was also the No. 1 most-viewed artist on Instagram Stories in 2017.

Registration for the annual event is now open and you can go to BillboardLatinConference.com to sign up with early bird, loyalty and group rates available.

Becky G Earns First YouTube Button for Breaking Million Subscriber Mark

Becky G is all buttoned up…

The 20-year-old Mexican American singer has received her first YouTube button for reaching a million subscribers on her channel..

Becky G

Becky G was handed a plaque for the feat at this year’s Calibash in Los Angeles — after earning another five million subscribers — her first ever YouTube button plaque.

The honor comes just as Becky G, who starred in last year’s Power Rangers film, celebrates crossing the 900 million view mark on Vevo for her Bad Bunny collaboration, “Mayores.”

The music video for the sultry songs ranks as her biggest to date, with its view count almost triple that of her second-most-watched video.

“Shower,” her No. 2 performer, has logged 323 million views.

Jessie Reyez to Perform at Vevo’s First Halloween Concert in San Francisco

Jessie Reyez is planning to haunt the Bay Area…

Vevo wants to make it a happy Halloween for music fans in San Francisco. After four years in the U.K., the streaming platform is bringing its flagship Halloween event to the U.S. for the first time.

Jessie Reyez  

Vevo will host simultaneous shows at the Craneway Pavillion in San Francisco and Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Saturday, October 28, featuring live sets from rising acts supported this year on Vevo Lift, including the 26-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter.

Reyez joins a lineup that includes Khalid, Julia Michaels and Aminé.

They’ll perform for 4,000 guests at the U.S. leg with a fifth artist to be announced in due course.

The U.K. lineup features Jonas Blue, JP Cooper, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Yungen.

Presale tickets are priced at $5 (including booking fees) from http://www.vevo.com/halloween.

Ortiz Earns His Seventh No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Songs Chart with “Fuiste Mia”

It’s Lucky No. 7 for Gerardo Ortiz

The 26-year-old Mexican American singer-songwriter’s latest single “Fuiste Mia” jumps 5-1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Songs airplay chart (dated September 10), earning him his seventh chart-topper.

Gerardo Ortiz

The crowning rise ties Ortiz with Mexican superstar Vicente Fernandez for most No. 1s on the airplay chart by a solo act. (The chart was launched in 1994.)

Among all artists, regional Mexican groups Conjunto Primavera and Intocable lead for most overall No. 1s on Regional Mexican Songs, with 16 each.

It’s the first time “Fuiste Mia” has topped any Billboard chart, and comes five months after the song’s controversial music video was released. The clip, issued in March, depicted images of murder and violence against women. At a press conference in April, Ortiz attempted to explain his artistic vision for the video saying, “It’s only a music video, pure fiction. People have to understand and learn how to distinguish fiction from reality.”

The clip was removed from the artist’s official YouTube and Vevo channels in April following an online petition demanding its take down. An arrest warrant was later issued by the Mexican government for “criminal exaltation.” On July 16, Ortiz was arrested at an airport in Mexico in connection with the video, and released the following day after posting bail.


“Fuiste Mia” vaults to No. 1 with a 42 percent gain in airplay audience at the format in the week ending August 28, according to Nielsen Music, rising to 10.63 million. A healthy chunk of that rise is owed to increased play at KLAX in Los Angeles, which doubled its plays of the song from 30 spins to 60 in the latest tracking week (growing it by 116 percent in audience, to 990,000). Among all regional Mexican radio stations that report to the chart, “Fuiste Mia’s” largest supporter, in terms of audience, is KLTN, with 1.1 million for the week.

Ortiz accumulated his first seven No. 1s in just four years, four months and 20 days (trumping the 11 years it took Fernandez to notch his seven leaders). Only two other acts claimed their first seven No. 1s as fast as Ortiz: Conjunto Primavera took two years, eight months and 22 days between their first seven No. 1s, while Los Tigres del Norte marks the shortest duration between that many chart-toppers, one year, eight months and 22 days.

The airplay increase for “Fuiste Mia” helps the track to soar 16-5 on the Latin Airplay chart, where it takes Greatest Gainer honors and reaches a new peak in its 13th charting frame. It marks the seventh top five for Ortiz on the all-Latin genre radio chart.

Over on the Hot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales, and streaming, the track matches its previous peak, hopping 15-11 (it first peaked at No. 11 on the Aug. 6-dated chart).

On August 14, Ortiz announced that his forthcoming album will be called Comeré Callado. The release date has not yet been revealed.

J Balvin’s “Bobo” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

It’s another chart topper for J Balvin

The 31-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer’s latest single “Bobo,” which broke Spotify and Vevo records after its release, rises 3-1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart (dated July 2), earning him his third chart-topping hit.

J Balvin

“Bobo” reaches No. 1 in only its sixth charting week.

A 31 percent rise in streams helped push the song to the summit, earning the Streaming Gainer tag and increasing to 2.4 million U.S. on-demand plays in the week ending June 16, according to Nielsen Music.

YouTube claims the most clicks, with 69 percent of the overall streams. Over on the Latin Streaming Songs chart, “Bobo” reaches a new peak — rising 4-2.

“Bobo” is the second single from Balvin’s Energia album, which will be released June 24. Most recently, he spent 22 weeks atop Hot Latin Songs with the set’s lead track, “Ginza.”

Two additional preview songs from the album were released exclusively on Apple Music on June 17; “Safari,” featuring Pharrell, BIA and Sky, and “Malvada,” which could impact the charts dated July 9.

J Balvin Breaks Vevo & Spotify Records with New Single “Bobo”

J Balvin is breaking records…

The 31-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer’s latest single “Bobo,” which vaults 42-2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, has broken the record for most worldwide views for a Spanish-language video on Vevo in 24 hours.

J Balvin

The platform has certified that “Bobo” amassed 4.9 million views in the day following its debut. Vevo also declared that it scored the record for most first week streams (for a Spanish song), with 23.8 million views.

As of May 25, the YouTube clip has 39 million global views.

Meanwhile, Spotify also announced that Balvin had broken a record claiming that “Bobo” is the most streamed Spanish song in its first 48 hours, and stating that in 10 days it had crossed 5 million streams. Stateside, “Bobo” collected 362,000 plays on Spotify in its first week.

The track, which initially debuted from a partial week of airplay on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, after its May 13 release, logged 1.7 million domestic streams in its first full tracking (week ending May 19) — with the song’s music video claiming 64 percent of overall plays.

Daddy Yankee & Don Omar to Take Part in This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference

Daddy Yankee and Don Omar are headed for a clash

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and the 38-year-old Puerto Rican recording artist – the two most iconic names in reggaeton – will share the stage at a special panel discussion taking place during this year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Daddy Yankee & Don Omar

The “Clash of Titans” panel will offer audiences an inside look at the The Kingdom: Daddy Yankee vs. Don Omar Tour, one of the most anticipated tours of all time in the Latino market. The two stars will give the industry an inside look at the reunion and the marketing behind the 60-date, two-year international tour that launched on Dec. 5, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The panel will also include a discussion about their future and past recording projects and how both stars have changed the face and direction of Latin music.

Although reggaeton has long been an established and dominant force on the Billboard charts, its popularity exploded at an international level due in large part to Daddy Yankee and Don Omar, who both rose to stardom a decade ago and notched huge international hits like “Gasolina” and “Danza Kuduro.”

Between them, the two artists have placed 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart, 28 top 10 hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart and over 4 million combined views on their Vevo channels.

News of their joint tour, which had been discussed for years, resulted in four sold-out shows in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last December.

The Kingdom Tour will launch in the U.S. in May, following the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards, where Don Omar and Daddy Yankee are also slated to perform, marking their first time ever to sing together on national television. The awards will air live on the Telemundo network April 28.

The “Clash of Titans” discussion will take place at 2:30 pm ET on Wednesday, April 27.

For more information on the Billboard Latin Music Conference, please visit BillboardLatinConference.com.

J Balvin’s ‘Ginza’ Makes History on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

J Balvin makes Billboard chart history…

The 30-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer spends a 21st consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart with “Ginza.”

J Balvin

With its latest frame at the top of the charts, the song makes history as the longest-leading No. 1 by a single act, unaccompanied by another.

“It’s amazing how dreams are limitless, and how discipline, along with good music, can bring you to live the unimaginable,” said Balvin in an interview with Billboard.

“Ginza” passes three other 20-week No. 1s by acts unaccompanied by other artists: Flex‘s “Te Quiero” (2008), Juanes‘ “Me Enamora” (2007-08) and Son by Four‘s “A Puro Dolor” (2000).

Overall, “Ginza” is the fourth-longest-leading No. 1 in Hot Latin Songs history (which dates to 1986) but rules as the only non-collaborative track to spend as many as 21 weeks atop the tally (which shifted from solely airplay audience measurement to a blend of airplay, sales, and streaming in October 2012). Enrique Iglesias leads with 41 weeks at No. 1 with “Bailando,” featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona (2014-15), followed by Nicky Jam and Iglesias’ “El Perdon” (31 weeks, 2015) and Shakira‘s “La Tortura,” featuring Alejandro Sanz (25 weeks, 2005).

Sustained streaming has helped to keep “Ginza” atop Hot Latin Songs, with 1.9 million U.S. streams logged in the week ending Feb. 18, according to Nielsen Music (an 8 percent hike), lifting it to No. 1 on Latin Streaming Songs for the first time. YouTube and Vevo on YouTube views account for 58 percent of overall clicks, including views stemming from the official music video (which has amassed more than 420 million worldwide streams since its July 2015 premiere). At its height, “Ginza” was streamed 2.4 million times in the U.S. during a single tracking week (reflected in the Oct. 31, 2015 chart week).

The reign of “Ginza” is also propelled by continued airplay on Latin stations, as it steps 3-2 on Latin Airplay with 12 million audience impressions in the tracking week. It previously dominated for 12 weeks on the airplay chart, peaking in September. Meanwhile, downloads of the song are up 14 percent to 3,000 downloads, earning it the No. 3 spot on Latin Digital Songs (following its No. 2 peak on the chart). The track has sold 153,000 downloads to date.

Balvin debuted the reggaeton track via a live performance on Univision‘s Premios Juventud awards show July 17, 2015, and it rose to No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs (in its 11th chart week) Oct. 17. “Ginza” is his second No. 1 on the chart, following a week atop the ranking with “Ay Vamos” earlier in the year (March 7).