Bad Bunny Notches Seventh Entry on YouTube’s “Billion Views Club” with “Dakiti,” Featuring Jhay Cortez

It’s Lucky No. 7 for Bad Bunny

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton superstar’s “Dákiti,” his collaboration with Jhay Cortez, has officially entered YouTube’s Billion Views Club.”

Bad Bunny, Dakiti

Bad Bunny and Cortez first joined the list with their 2019 banger “No Me Conoce” in collaboration with J Balvin.

The official music video for “Dákiti,” which shows the two artists performing the song at a beach setting, premiered on Oct. 20, 2020.

This marks Bunny’s seventh video (following “Te Bote Remix,” “Mayores,” “No Me Conoce,” “I Like It,” “Mia,” and “Tu No Vive Asi) and Cortez’s second visual to achieve the milestone.

Four other Bad Bunny videos are soon to hit one billion views, including “Si Tu Novio te Deja Sola” with Balvin, the Karol G-assisted “Ahora me Llama,” “Amorfoda,” and “Soy Peor,” all of which have more than 900,000 views.

“Working with Jhay is always a good experience,” Bad Bunny previously told Billboard. “We’ve worked together on the remix of ‘No Me Conoce,’ which was a global hit, and the remix of ‘Como Se Siente,’ and people have always enjoyed our collaborations. In this case, it’s the first time we were able to work together in the studio, unlike the other two songs that were done via phone. Sharing ideas in person is the key to the success of the song.”

On the Billboard charts, “Dákiti,” part of Bunny’s chart-topping album El Ultimo Tour del Mundo, hit No. 1 on January 2, 2021, and spent 27 consecutive weeks at the top.

The fiery joint also topped at No. 1 on Billboard’s Year-End Hot Latin Songs chart.

Tiago PZK Signs Recording Deal with Warner Music Latina, via Partnership with Grand Move Records

Tiago PZK has a new recording deal…

The 20-year-old soulful Argentine singer and rapper, who has already placed three songs on the Billboard Global Excl U.S. chart, has signed a recording deal with Warner Music Latina, via a partnership with indie Grand Move Records.

Tiago PZK

Tiago PZK, whose real name is Tiago Uriel Pacheco, uses the suffix PZK in honor of his freestyle crew in Argentina, but his music defies categorization, often shifting from R&B and pop to rap.

Moreover, instead of resorting to the sexually explicit lyrics that define so many reggaetón hits today, Tiago’s themes lean more toward love and loss and his own journey from the housing projects of Buenos Aires to nascent fame.

His breakout single “Sola,” for example, talks about his childhood and his mother’s abuse at the hands of his father.

Tiago PZK’s signing to Warner makes him the youngest in a string of urban-leaning acts defining a new Argentina music scene that includes acts like Nicki Nicole, Duki, Maria Becerra, Cazzu and Paulo Londra who are making waves internationally.

News of his deal coincides with this week’s release of the remix of “Entre Nosotros” with fellow Argentines Killah, Nicki Nicole and Maria Becerra.

The original track alongside Killah, which has garnered more than 212 million views on YouTube, was No 1 on Argentina’s Billboard charts entered the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart last year. The remix is this week’s highest entry on Spotify’s Top Songs Global chart at No. 44.

“For me, having signed with Warner was a very big step professionally; it is good to be able to enlarge the team and know that much bigger projects are coming with the support of a company full of good and hardworking people, willing to give it their all in order for us to take the world ahead. I am very happy and grateful,” said Tiago PZK.

Tiago began gaining notoriety around 2016 with his participation in local rap battles in Argentina and his self-released track, “Andamo en la Cima.” In 2019, he signed to indie SyP Recors in Argentina, eventually catching the eye of concert promoter Phil Rodriguez, the CEO of Move Concerts, one of Latin America’s biggest indie promoters. Rodriguez signed Tiago to management and to his new Grand Move Records label.

Moving to a major label was the next step for an act with increasing international traction. Alejandro Duque, president of Warner Music Latina, set his sights on Tiago since he was appointed to his post in mid 2021. Now, the new deal includes both future and past works.

“He is a young artist with a great ambition and a natural talent,” Duque said in a statement. “His lyrics resonate with a massive audience. At his young age and short musical career Tiago PZK, has managed to make his music known not only in Argentina but has placed several of his singles on the Billboard and Spotify Global 200 Charts. Our goal at Warner is to lead Tiago PZK to conquer the world and become a global superstar.”

“Our decision to close with Warner Latin was not taken lightly,” says Rodríguez, a veteran executive who has worked in some capacity with most Latin industry leaders. “The deal closer was the enthusiasm and commitment that Alejandro Duque and the Warner Latina team transmitted to us at every step on the negotiations. Tiago PZK is a unique and amazing artist that truly is “the real deal.”

Last year, Tiago signed a publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing Latin America.

Nicki Nicole & Maria Becerra Bring Girl Power to Tiago PZK & LIT Killah’s “Entre Nosotros” Remix

Nicki Nicole and Maria Becerra are bringing some girl power to Tiago PZK’s most recent single…

The 21-year-old Argentine rapper and singer and 21-year-old compatriot have joined voices with Tiago PZK (real name: Tiago Uriel Lezcano) and LIT Killah for the official remix of “Entre Nosotros.”

Nicki Nicole, Maria Becerra, LIT Killah, Tiago PZK

Released in the summer of 2021 via Mad Move Records/Warner Music Chile, the original track is a collaboration between Tiago and LIT, which has garnered more than 212 million views on YouTube and entered the Billboard Global 200 chart last year.

Now, the two artists have reeled in fellow Argentine stars Nicole and Becerra for a fiery remix.

Produced by Big One, the new version keeps its sultry R&B and rap fusion intact, but each artist shines in their own right with their powerhouse vocals.

“Entre Nosotros” is about a person who’s struggling to forget an ex-lover.

In the music video, helmed by director Ballve and producer Anestesia, all four artists appear to be battling their internal feelings and lying on stretchers inside a laboratory as a scientist experiments with each of their minds.

“Entre Nosotros’ is easily the most iconic song that I have until now,” Tiago, a former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise, previously said. “It not only continues to top the charts in my country but it also opened many doors for me. Many artists and producers are interested in collaborating with me.”

YouTube Originals to Premiere “30 Days With: Anuel,” About Anuel AA’s Road to Success, This Week

Anuel AA’s success is being documented

YouTube Originals has announced plans to launch a new docuseries following the 29-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singer’s road to success will premiere this week.

Anuel AATitled 30 Days With: Anuel, after the YouTube Originals franchise, the four-part documentary series, helmed by director Jessy Terrero, captures the Latin trap artist’s beginnings in the music industry and the story behind his arrest in Puerto Rico.

According to an official statement, “The project was filmed over 30 days during the final days of Anuel’s probation period, and his first week of freedom.”

On April 2, 2016, Anuel (real name Emmanuel Gazmey Santiago) was arrested on gun possession charges and denied bail, despite having a clean record. He was sentenced to 30 months, which he served in full, spending time in four different prisons in Puerto Rico, Atlanta, and Miami, with a brief stint at a halfway house. On July 17, 2018, he finally walked out a free man, just hours after releasing his debut album, Real Hasta La Muerte (on Glad Empire and distributed by The Orchard).

An Endemol Shine Boomdog production, the docuseries is executive produced by Alejandro Rincón, Javier Pérez Teuffer, Flavio Morales, and Miguel Batz, with Nicole Emanuele overseeing the Anuel miniseries for YouTube Originals.

30 Days With: Anuel premieres at 12:00 pm PT on Wednesday, December 29, on Anuel’s official YouTube channel, with a new episode premiering every week.

Kim Loaiza Teams Up with Ovy on the Drums for New Single “Ya No Somos”

Kim Loaiza is heartbroken

The 24-year-old Mexican YouTuber, influencer and singer has teamed up with artist-producer Ovy on the Drums to release her latest single “Ya No Somos.

Kim Loaiza The pop-urban heartbreaking track, which features thumping beats, was penned by Loaiza, Ovy on The Drums, Keytin, JD Pantoja, and Gotex, doesn’t fail to bring that nostalgic sentiment of a romance that once was while also exploring the complex emotions and overwhelming feeling that follow a breakup.

“Today I drink in your honor. For what we were, and what we are no
longer, baby,” Loaiza sings in the chorus.

The music video has already amassed over 6 million views.

Loaiza’s previous singles include “No Seas Celoso,” “Me Perdiste” and “Bye Bye.”

Angélica Garcia to Appear at Next Year’s SXSW Music Festival

Angélica Garcia is heading south (by southwest)

The Mexican and Salvadoran American singer is among the second round of showcasing artists set to perform at the 36th Annual SXSW Music Festival.

Angelica GarciaGarcia, who became widely known when her song “Jícama” was named to Barack Obama’s 2019 year-end music list.

Garcia joins a roster of new additions that includes the Black LipsKT Tunstall, Desire, Shamir, Alex the AstronautThe Dream SyndicateCharlie Hickey and many more.

The festival, which was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return live and in-person March 14-20, 2022 at dozens of venues around Austin, Texas.

The new list, which follows an initial lineup released in October, includes a typically wide-ranging collection of U.S. and international artists from countries including Argentina (Isla De Caras), Japan (4s4ki), Turkey (Affet Robot), Scotland (Joesef), Ireland (Just Mustard), Australia (Phebe Starr), Brazil (Tuyo), France (The Blind Suns) and China (Sophia Shen).

Joining the previously announced showcase presenters are Italians Do It Better, Luminelle Recordings, Gorilla Vs Bear, Domino Recording Company, Qobuz, City Slang, Bushwig, Initiative Musik, POP Montreal, M for Montreal, Sounds from Spain, Traffic Music, Devil In The Woods, Atomic Music Group, Music from Ireland, End of the Trail Creative, Fierce Panda Records, LICKS Magazine, The Color Agent, Exploding in Sound, Care Free Black Girl, Chicken Ranch Records and Modern Sky UK.

All showcasing artists at SXSW 2022 can be heard by subscribing to the festival’s official Apple MusicSpotify and YouTube Music Video playlists. The complete list of programming, which gives festivalgoers the option of building a customized schedule, can be found here.

All artists announced in the second round can be found below. The list is subject to change; additional artists will be announced later.

4s4ki (Tokyo JAPAN)
A-Wall (Dallas, TX)
a/lpaca (Mantua ITALY)
Ada Lea (Montreal CANADA)
Affet Robot (Istanbul TURKEY)
Alex The Astronaut (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Allegra (New York NY)
Altameda (Toronto CANADA)
Amber Van Day (London UK-ENGLAND)
Andrea Magee (Austin TX)
Angélica Garcia (El Monte CA)
Anna B Savage (London UK-ENGLAND)
Anna Fox Rochinski (New York NY)
Annie Blackman (Brooklyn NY)
Aoife Nessa Frances (Dublin IRELAND)
ÄTNA (Dresden GERMANY)
Ayoni (Los Angeles CA)
Baba Ali (London UK-ENGLAND)
BABii (Margate UK-ENGLAND)
Bad Bad Hats (Minneapolis MN)
bad tuner (Brooklyn NY)
Bad Waitress (Toronto CANADA)
Baiuca (Galicia SPAIN)
Balto (Los Angeles CA)
BBY Kodie (Houston TX)
bbymutha (Chattanooga TN)
Beachtape (London UK-ENGLAND)
Beat Root Revival (Austin TX)
BELAKO (Mungia SPAIN)
Bess Atwell (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
BESTIAL MOUTHS (Los Angeles CA)
Black Lips (Atlanta GA)
Blondes (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
BORAJ (Pucón CHILE)
Boy Scouts (Oakland CA)
Boyish (New York NY)
Bradley Zero (London UK-ENGLAND)
Broadside Hacks (London UK-ENGLAND)
Brother. (Salt Lake City UT)
Brown Penny (London UK-ENGLAND)
Buenos Diaz (Austin TX)
Cadence Weapon (Toronto CANADA)
Capsula (Bilbao SPAIN)
CARYS (Toronto CANADA)
Cedric Noel (Montreal CANADA)
Charlie Hickey (Pasadena CA)
Chateau Chateau (Tucson AZ)
Chela (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
CHERISE (London UK-ENGLAND)
CHERYM (Derry UK-N. IRELAND)
Children Collide (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Christina Wheeler (Berlin GERMANY)
Circuit Des Yeux (Chicago IL)
Cítrico (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Ciudadanos (Santiago CHILE)
Clarissa Connelly (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Clementine & Valentine (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)
Club Intl (New York NY)
CMAT (Dublin IRELAND)
Coach Party (East Cowes UK-ENGLAND)
Colectiva (London UK-ENGLAND)
COMMANDO (San Francisco CA)
COSBY (Munich GERMANY)
Cruz Cafuné (Tenerife SPAIN)
dal:um (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Daniel Casimir (London UK-ENGLAND)
Danielle Durack (Phoenix, AZ)
Danny B. Harvey & Annie Maire Lewis (Austin TX)
daysormay (Vancouver CANADA)
Dead Horses (Milwaukee WI)
Deap Vally (Los Angeles CA)
Dende (Houston TX)
Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba (Sevilla SPAIN)
Desire (Los Angeles CA)
Discovery Zone (New York NY)
DJ SHANI (Austin TX)
Donzii (Miami FL)
Dreamgirl (Kansas City MO)
Duquette Johnston (Birmingham AL)
Easy Wanderlings (Pune INDIA)
Eddie 9V (Atlanta GA)
El Shirota (Chiluca MEXICO)
Eli Fola (Arverne NY)
Eliza Hull (Castlemaine AUSTRALIA)
ELLEVATOR (Hamilton CANADA)
Enamorados (Barcelona SPAIN)
Enrique Campos (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Eric Tessmer (Austin TX)
exociety (Rav / Kill Bill: The Rapper / Airospace / Scuare) (Austin TX)
Farah (Dallas TX)
Fears (Dublin IRELAND)
Ferdinand the Bull (Pittsburgh PA)
Ferris & Sylvester (London UK-ENGLAND)
Fieh (Toten NORWAY)
Film School (Los Angeles CA)
Flasher (Washington DC)
flipturn (Fernandina Beach FL)
Flower Face (Windsor CANADA)
Foxx Bodies (Los Angeles CA)
FRANKIIE (Vancouver CANADA)
Free (Grand Prairie TX)
FUR (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Gallus (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Gamma Vibes (Bucheon SOUTH KOREA)
George O’Hanlon (Dorking UK-ENGLAND)
George Riley (London UK-ENGLAND)
Georgia Cécile (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Glüme (Los Angeles CA)
Godcaster (New York NY)
Good Dog Nigel (Richmond VA)
Good Looks (Austin TX)
Grandmas House (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Gus Englehorn (Montreal CANADA)
Hamzaa (London UK-ENGLAND)
Hanita Bhambri (Delhi INDIA)
Haviah Mighty (Toronto CANADA)
Hayfitz (Brooklyn NY)
Heavy Salad (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Her Skin (Modena ITALY)
Hera (Reykjavík, ICELAND)
Hēran Soun (Oakland CA)
Hope (Berlin GERMANY)
Hot Garbage (Toronto CANADA)
Hotel Lux (London UK-ENGLAND)
Igor Grohotsky (Kyiv UKRAINE)
Ilira (Berlin GERMANY)
Indigo Sparke (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Isla De Caras (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Ivypaint (Orlando FL)
jackie (Toronto CANADA)
Jake Etheridge (Nashville TN)
Jake Lloyd (Austin TX)
James Holt (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Jamie Webster (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Jan Verstraeten (Oostende BELGIUM)
Jas Kayser (London UK-ENGLAND)
jazz re:freshed DJs (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jelani Blackman (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jenny Owen Youngs (Kittery ME)
Jerry Paper (Los Angeles CA)
Jess Williamson (Los Angeles CA)
jéTexas (Austin TX)
JM Stevens (Austin TX)
Jodi (Chicago IL)
Joecephus and The George Jonestown Massacre (Memphis TN)
Joesef (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
John The Martyr (Brooklyn NY)
Johnny Jewel (DJ Set) (Los Angeles CA)
Jon Muq (Austin TX)
Josh Fudge (Oklahoma City OK)
Juni Ata (Cuyamaca CA)
Just Mustard (Dundalk IRELAND)
Kainalu (Madison WI)
Kareem Ali (Phoenix AZ)
Katerine Duska (Athens GREECE)
KAVYA (Delhi INDIA)
KAZKA (Kyiv UKRAINE)
King Hannah (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Kiwi Jr. (Toronto CANADA)
KOKO (Pesaro ITALY)
KT Tunstall (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Kwesi Arthur (Accra GHANA)
Kydd Jones (Austin TX)
Kylie Price (Dunedin NEW ZEALAND)
La Sra. Tomasa (Barcelona SPAIN)
Laurence-Anne (Montreal CANADA)
Lavender Thug (El Paso TX)
Le Pain (Los Angeles CA)
Leif Vollebekk (Montreal CANADA)
Leon III (Houston TX)
Leon of Athens (Athens GREECE)
Ley Line (Austin TX)
LEYA (New York NY)
Lie Ning (Berlin GERMANY)
Lil Texxan (Plano TX)
Lisa Morales (Austin TX)
Little Quirks (Central Coast AUSTRALIA)
Liz Lawrence (Stratford Upon Avon UK-ENGLAND)
Lofi Legs (San Francisco CA)
Los Bitchos (London UK-ENGLAND)
Low Girl (Hemel Hempstead UK-ENGLAND)
Low Hummer (Hull UK-ENGLAND)
Lowertown (Atlanta GA)
Luther & Lamar of North Mississippi Allstars (Hernando MS)
Macy Rodman (New York NY)
Mae Powell (San Francisco CA)
Malin Pettersen (Oslo NORWAY)
MAN ON MAN (New York NY)
MANE (Adelaide AUSTRALIA)
Marina Herlop (Barcelona SPAIN)
Marion Raw (Mexico City MEXICO)
Marta Knight (Barcelona SPAIN)
Mauskovic Dance Band (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
MELTS (Dublin IRELAND)
Meltt (Vancouver CANADA)
MEMES (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
MENGERS (La Magdalena Contreras MEXICO)
Mini Trees (Los Angeles VA)
Mint Field (Ciudad De México MEXICO)
Mise en Scene (Gimli CANADA)
MLE (Berlin GERMANY)
MØAA (Venice ITALY)
moistbreezy (New York NY)
Molly Payton (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Moor Mother (Philadelphia PA)
MOTHERMARY (New York NY)
Mulay (Berlin GERMANY)
My Expansive Awareness (Zaragoza SPAIN)
Natalie McCool (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Necking (Vancouver CANADA)
Nemegata (Austin TX)
Ness Heads (Chicago IL)
New Candys (Venice ITALY)
Nicolás Molina (Aguas Dulces URUGUAY)
Night Palace (Athens GA)
NOCONA (Los Angeles CA)
Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band (Austin TX)
Nova Twins (London UK-ENGLAND)
Núria Graham (Vic SPAIN)
Orion (Providence RI)
Pacific Jam At My Apartment (Saltillo MEXICO)
Page 9 (Dallas TX)
Parliamo (Perth UK-SCOTLAND)
Pearla (New York NY)
Phebe Starr (Dorrigo AUSTRALIA)
Pip Blom (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Pleasure Venom (Austin TX)
Poppy Jean Crawford (Los Angeles CA)
Population II (Montreal CANADA)
Psymon Spine (Brooklyn NY)
Qarabagh Ensemble (Baku AZERBAIJAN)
Qlowski (Bologna ITALY)
Rachika Nayar (Brooklyn NY)
Raffaella (New York NY)
Rakky Ripper (Madrid SPAIN)
Randy Randall (Los Angeles CA)
Red Rum Club (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Reserva Fantasma (San José COSTA RICA)
Revii612 (St. Paul MN)
Rianne Downey (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Rikas (Stuttgart GERMANY)
Robin Kester (Rotterdam NETHERLANDS)
Robynn Shayne (Austin TX)
Rock Eupora (Nashville TN)
Russian Baths (Brooklyn NY)
Ruth Lyon (Newcastle Upon Tyne UK-ENGLAND)
Sarah Mary Chadwick (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
School of X (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Scrounge (London UK-ENGLAND)
SELF ESTEEM (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sgt. Papers (Hermosillo MEXICO)
Shamir (Philadelphia PA)
Shovel Dance Collective (London UK-ENGLAND)
Shutups (Oakland CA)
Sinead O’Brien (Limerick IRELAND)
Skiifall (Montreal CANADA)
Smoothboi Ezra (Greystones IRELAND)
Snapped Ankles (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sofía Campos (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Sofia Talvik (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
Sophia Kennedy (Hamburg GERMANY)
Sophia Shen (Zhangzhou CHINA)
Status/Non-Status (Toronto CANADA)
Steam Down (London UK-ENGLAND)
Steven Bamidele (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Stuck (Chicago IL)
Sue Foley (Austin TX)
Suenatron (San Jose CA)
Sunflower Bean (New York NY)
SUSTO (Charleston SC)
SUU (Barcelona SPAIN)
Sweeping Promises (Austin TX)
Sweet Spirit (Austin TX)
Talk Show (London UK-ENGLAND)
TC Superstar (Austin TX)
Teagan Johnston (Whitehorse CANADA)
the 4onthefloor (Minneapolis MN)
The Blind Suns (Angers FRANCE)
The Bots (Los Angeles CA)
The Dream Syndicate (New York NY)
The Garrys (Saskatoon CANADA)
The HawtThorns (Nashville TN)
The Institutes (Coventry UK-ENGLAND)
The Lathums (Wigan UK-ENGLAND)
The Lottery Winners (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
The Lounge Society (Hebden Bridge UK-ENGLAND)
The Pine Hill Haints (Florence AL)
The Prescriptions (Nashville TN)
The School (Cardiff UK-WALES)
The Shivas (Portland OR)
The Texas Gentlemen (Dallas TX)
The Thing With Feathers (Nashville TN)
The Waymores (Atlanta GA)
The Wood Burning Savages (Derry UK-N. IRELAND)
Thee Unemployed (Austin TX)
THELIMITDOESNOTEXIST (Brooklyn NY)
Tisakorean (Houston TX)
Tom West (Adelaide AUSTRALIA)
Tomás del Real (Santiago CHILE)
Toya Delazy (London UK-ENGLAND)
Tres Leches (Seattle WA)
Tufan Derince (Diyarbakir TURKEY)
Tuyo (Curitiba BRAZIL)
VALERAS (Reading UK-ENGLAND)
Van Mary (Austin TX)
Vaya Futuro (Tijuana, MEXICO)
Velvet Starlings (Los Angeles CA)
Vera Di Lecce (Lecce ITALY)
Vision Video (Athens GA)
Volk (Nashvillle TN)
W. H. Lung (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Warren Hood (Austin TX)
We Were Promised Jetpacks (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Weakened Friends (Portland ME)
Western Youth (Austin TX)
Whitney K (Montreal CANADA)
Whitney Rose (Austin TX)
Wiley From Atlanta (Atlanta GA)
Wired Sessions (Santiago CHILE)
Xcelencia (Caguas PUERTO RICO)
Yoo Doo Right (Montreal CANADA)
zannie (New York NY)
Zoon (Toronto CANADA)

Thiaguinho Signs New Record Deal with Virgin Music

It’s a big deal for Thiaguinho

The 38-year-old Brazilian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has signed a record deal with Virgin Music, according to Billboard.

Thiaguinho

In hopes of catapulting Thiaguinho to mainstream success, the signing — which took place in Miami — comes on the heels of a “new cycle on Thiaguinho’s career, envisioning his international career such as the development of his new projects,” according to a statement from the company own by Universal Music Group.

“It’s with a great pleasure for me to join forces with Virgin to take my art and the culture of our country to new places and even more people. I’m very grateful and I’m excited for the start of this work,” Thiaguinho said in a statement.

Miguel Cariello, general director of Virgin Music Brasil, added: “I’m happy for having another dreaming coming true. Thiaginho, just like Virgin is synonyms with boldness and joy. We’ll use these attributes that we have in common to fly even higher, to further strengthen the career of this great artist in Brazil and seek to break through the borders across the world.”

With more than three million listeners on Spotify and over two million YouTube subscribers, the Latin Grammy-nominated artist is an exponent of traditional Brazilian genres such as samba and pagode, which he fuses with pop and R&B.

“Thiaguinho has been part of the Brazilian music scene from a young age, becoming one of the most successful artists of the Pagode and Samba genres,” stated Jesús López, chairman/CEO Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula. “His determination to extend his success outside of Brazil and that he has chosen Virgin Music as his travel companion, gives us great joy and also responsibility.”

Camila Cabello’s “Havana” Music Video Joins YouTube’s Billion Views Club

It’s a repeat billion performance for Camila Cabello

The 24-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer and former Fifth Harmony member’s “Havana” video, featuring Young Thug, has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube, the video-sharing site has announced.

Camila CabelloCabello’s video was released in October 2017 and the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2018 — marking Cabello’s first No. 1 on the chart.

Cabello is no stranger to YouTube’s Billion Views Club. Before launching her solo career, Cabello’s all-girl group Fifth Harmony— as of August this year — has racked up a pair of videos with 2 billion views on the site: 2015’s “Worth It” and 2016’s “Work From Home.”

Cabello also racked up 1 billion views with her 2019 Shawn Mendes duet “Señorita,” which joined the club in April 2000. The former couple’s steamy duet also hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Victor Fontanez, aka VicBlends, Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Victor Fontanez has new representation…

William Morris Endeavor (WME) has signed the 22-year-old part-Latino social media star, known commonly as VicBlends, for representation in all areas.

VicBlends,The agency will build his business across non-scripted television, podcasting, speaking, brand partnerships, licensing and beyond.

Fontanez, a barber and entrepreneur, has grown his side hustle from cutting hair in his mom’s garage to becoming a renowned celebrity barber and business mogul.

In under a year, he has amassed more than 9M followers and over 100M likes on TikTok. He also has a significant following on Instagram with 1.2M followers and YouTube with 555K subscribers.

Fontanez recently got off tour with Lil Baby, and his client list includes NLE Choppa, Nelly, Trae Young and Polo G. He is a barber by trade, but changing lives is his mission. On social media he shares inspiring videos of him giving out free haircuts to unassuming strangers. During these cuts, he engages in deep conversations from home life to personal dreams to sports to relationship advice. Giving back to his community and leaving a legacy are two major goals for Fontanez, which prompted him to launch Vic Blends Academy.

His barber school, The Vic Blends Academy, is an online curriculum for the next generation of barbers. Also he recently announced the launch of the first licensed barber schools in California prison history. This program, created with producer and social justice advocate Scott Budnick, will give prisoners the opportunity to obtain their barber’s license while incarcerated with hopes of setting them up for success upon release.

Fontanez previously was represented by A3 Artists Agency.

Paulo Londra Logs First & Second Entries in YouTube’s Billion Views Club

Paulo Londra is doubling up on a special feat…

The 23-year-old Argentine trap star  has logged two entries in YouTube‘s Billion Views Club this week, with the Lenny Tavárez-assisted “Nena Maldición” and “Adán y Eva.”

Paulo Londra

The tracks’ official music videos, both from 2018, each crossed 1 billion views this week, becoming Londra’s first and second videos to achieve the feat.

On the Billboard Argentina Hot 100, “Adán Y Eva” peaked at No. 1 back in 2018. Meanwhile, “Nena Maldición” spent 14 weeks on the tally, peaking at No. 61 that same year.

News of Londra’s two music videos raking in 1 billion views comes during a busy week for the singer-songwriter. A multimillion-dollar, two-year dispute between Londra and his label, Big Ligas, was settled amicably in a Miami courtroom Wednesday (Nov. 10), just three days into the trial.

In a statement provided to Billboard by Londra and Big Ligas’ attorneys, they said: “The parties’ lawyers have stated that the parties are happy to announce that they have resolved their differences and that they will make a joint press release in the future.”

Warner will continue to administer Londra’s existing works, but no comment was provided as to his future projects.