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5 Essential Tracks From Visitante & Vicente Garcia’s Trending Tropics

At a time when Latin and non-Latin artists alike can’t seem to help but collaborate for one-off Spanish-language singles and overstuffed remixes, Trending Tropics truly stands out. Bringing together Eduardo Cabra Martínez, better known as Visitante of Puerto Rican hip-hop group Calle 13, and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Vicente García, the duo devised a full-length that gleefully thumbs its nose at genre expectations while exploring exciting new sonic fusions. The album marks the former’s first release as a recording artist since the seemingly indefinite hiatus of his partnership with stepbrother Residente. Even by Calle 13 standards this record is a strange one, albeit just as entertaining and perhaps even more provocative. Beyond the project’s clever pun of a name, Trending Tro...

Jennifer Lopez Teases New Song With Bad Bunny

Superstars Jennifer Lopez and Bad Bunny have joined forces to work in a new song together. The news was confirmed on Thursday after Lopez posted a video on Instagram from the set where they are filming the music video. Last Friday, Bad Bunny surprised all his fans by dropping “Mia” featuring Drake, while Lopez’s last collaboration was “Dinero” with Cardi B and DJ Khaled.

Viva Friday! The Best Latin Music by Bad Bunny, Drake, Roxiny & More

Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new songs, albums and videos recommended by Billboard editors. This week on the Viva Friday playlist… Bad Bunny & Drake – “Mia” Listening to Drake singing in Spanish with Bad Bunny makes the song unforgettable and it is an example of the growth of Latin music within the global music market. — SUZETTE FERNANDEZ [embedded content] Roxiny- “Golden Prophet” With visceral vocals that instantly submerge one into Roxiny’s brooding dark orbit, “Golden Prophet” sees the Dominican shifting the sound from her old days as part of the duo Jezehbel and moving toward a more mature format while still expressing bright exuberance. A suggestive performance, the song’s music video displays a bevy of women flowing harmoniously throughout, layered in whi...

Venezuelan Singer Gretchen Dies at 28

Venezuelan singer/songwriter Gretchen — born Gretchen Serrao and also known as Gretchen G — died at age 28 on Monday. The news was confirmed Wednesday (Oct. 10) by the singer’s family through a statement sent by her publicist. “It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing of our beloved daughter and sister Gretchen Serrao (Gretchen G) on Monday, October 8th,” the statement reads. “Her passion was music and always worked towards her dream of sharing it with the world. She was a wonderful soul and free spirit and will be dearly missed by us all. We want to officially declare that Gretchen suffered from a disease that she battled for years and one that finally defeated her resulting in her passing. We hope that everyone remembers her for the beautiful pers...

Colibrí Share How Venezuela’s Crisis Has Changed Their Music, Recording: Interview

When Jeffrey Bautista, Uber Silva, Carlos Linares and Juan David Artal created Colibrí in August 2017, they were betting on Venezuela and on the concept of the “bandada,” or flock.  “Being a bandada was Carlos’ idea,” Bautista says. “Even though we are four main faces, everyone who supports us in any area — photography, studio time, or even those who share the links of our material — are considered part of the group,” he says.  Bautista defines the group’s sound as a mix of many things within the framework of indie music and fusion: “The timbre of Carlos’ voice makes it distinctive, but we are a very well-known and constantly evolving mix.” In March of this year, the band premiered “Guasina,” a powerf...

Regional Mexican Premios de la Radio Awards Nominations Announced: Exclusive

Christian Nodal leads nominees for the EstrellaTV awards, which will be held in Mexico for the first time. U.S. Spanish-language network EstrellaTV has announced the nominees for its Premios de la Radio awards show, to be broadcast on the network and live-streamed via its website on Nov. 8. Christian Nodal leads the nominations with five nods, followed by Alfredo Olivas (4), El Fantasma (4) and Virlán García (4). Regional Mexican superstars Julión Álvarez, Banda MS and Gerardo Ortiz nabbed three nominations each. [readmore: 8467981] The awards show, now in its 19th year, will be held at Auditorio Telmex in Guadalajara, Mexico. The show will be produced in Mexico for the first time “as a sign of solidarity with those recording artists that have been denied visas to work in the United States...

Lupita Infante, the King of Rancheras’ Granddaughter, Signs With Peermusic

The publishing deal follows Lupita Infante’s ear-catching single “Flor Sin Retoño.” Regional Mexican singer and songwriter Lupita Infante has been signed to an exclusive co-publishing agreement with peermusic. Infante is the granddaughter of Pedro Infante, the legendary Mexican singer and actor known as “the King of Rancheras.” Her father was the actor Pedro Infante Jr. “Lupita is one of the brightest new stars of her generation and a strong female presence in a very male dominated genre,” Yvonee Drazen, peermusic’s Latin division vice president said in a statement from the company. “I am a huge fan of her grandfather’s music, and thus have a special appreciation for the way Lupita channels the tenderness of his voice while still making her own mark in the current market....

Ozuna Gave Sony More Skin in the Game to Push Album No. 2, and It’s Paying Off With Record Streaming #s and Sold-Out Tour Dates

Ozuna doesn’t have an agent. He doesn’t have major sponsorships. He doesn’t have deals in place with AEG Live or Live Nation. And although his music is distributed and marketed by Sony Music U.S. Latin, he is signed to Dimelo Vi, the independent label owned by his manager, Vicente Saavedra. Yet right now, the 26-year-old artist from Puerto Rico is the top-selling Latin act in the market, and his Aura Tour may finish 2018 as the highest-grossing U.S. Latin tour, with over 30 arena dates scheduled until December. For the week ending Aug. 30, Ozuna’s second studio album, Aura, scored the year’s biggest week for a Latin album, with 49,000 equivalent album units, and the largest streaming week ever for a Latin release, according to Nielsen Music. Aura arrived at No...

Salsa Evolution: Listen to the Legacy of Latin’s Dance Floor Revolution

The legacy of salsa music knows no borders. From Havana to New York, San Juan to Barranquilla, Caracas to Dakar and beyond, salsa has circled the world. While the name “salsa” was coined as a marketing concept for the urban Latin mix coming out of New York that was recorded on the Fania label in the ’60s and ’70s, its roots are indisputably in Cuba. Tito Puente, whose 1957 album Dancemania was a milestone in the evolution of the sound that would become known as salsa, routinely dismissed the term, saying that “salsa is something you put on spaghetti.” Celia Cruz, who was dubbed the queen of salsa after she left Havana for New York, would define it as “Cuban music with another name.” While the sound we now recognize as salsa had been simmering for decades...

Timeless Music: Celebrating the Centennial of the Birth of Cuban Maestro Cachao

The 100th birthday of the infinitely inventive Cuban double bassist and mambo pioneer falls on the Eve of Hispanic Heritage Month The infinitely inventive double bassist and mambo and Latin jazz pioneer Israel Lopez — Cachao — would have turned 100 years old today (Sept. 14).   Cachao made music from early childhood up until the days before his 2008 death at age 89 in Miami. By his own account, he performed with over 200 orchestras, getting his first break in 1927 when he accompanied silent movies with a combo led by iconoclastic singer Bola de Nieve. Cachao joined the Havana Philharmonic when still a tween, and went on to join various popular music bands, and then lead his own, playing every conceivable Cuban style and creating his own during a time when every day — or n...

6ix9ine & Anuel AA Lust After a ‘Lil’ Devil’ in Translated ‘Bebe’ Lyrics

Late last month, 6ix9ine and Anuel AA released “Bebe,” their first collaboration, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. But do you know the meaning behind the hit song? Below, read the “Bebe” lyrics translated to English to find out what 6ix9ine and Anuel AA are really talking about. [readmore:8473196] Making love at the same time that you touch yourself Baby, nothing will happen, go crazy Your boyfriend treats you bad, he doesn’t control you   My lil’ devil She gets pornographic in intimacy Her husband doesn’t value her and leaves her alone And I’m always waiting for him with my 9 gun And with me now she always gets wet Baby girl Your boyfriend loves you but you are unfaithful Because you’re a devi...

Victor Manuelle to Receive 2018 La Musa’s Icon Award

Salsa singer Victor Manuelle will be honored by Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame (LSHOF) with the Icon Award during the 2018 La Musa Awards.The announcement was made by LSHOF founders Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez on behalf of its Board of Directors. The special award will recognize Victor Manuelle’s career & musical contribution, breaking chart records within the Latin & tropical music space for over two centuries. Only Alejandro Sanz and Carlos Vives have been honored with the Icon award in 2014 and 2017, respectively. “I have received many awards through the years, but being the recipient of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Icon Award has a very special significance for me,” said Manuelle in a press statement. “This award not only recognizes the depth an...