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Best Tips From the New Starmakers at the Billboard Latin Music Conference

Billboard Latin Music Week has started, and The New Starmakers panel was the perfect opportunity for new, upcoming artists to learn how to be successful in the music industry and also discuss how women are taking over in Latin music. During the panel — moderated by Billboard associate editor Justino Aguila — Noah Assad from Rimas Entertainment; Vicente Saavedra, VP Entertainment/Dimelo Vi; and Luis Del Villar, Gerencia 360 Music Inc. discussed how important quality content for a rising artist it is important instead having too many songs without a message to bring. Another important topic covered in the panel was how to manage social media platforms. Del Villar, Saavedra and Assad explained that when a song is out, it should have a social media plan because depending on the suc...

Watch Cardi B, J Balvin & Bad Bunny Perform ‘I Like It’ at Coachella Weekend 2

Cardi B took the stage for her second weekend of Coachella with some special guests: J Balvin and Bad Bunny joined her onstage to perform their hit “I Like It” together for the first time. The 25-year-old rapper just beat out Beyoncé for the most simultaneous Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female, landing 14 songs at once on the chart dated April 21. “I Like It” sits at No. 6, thanks in part to its crossover appeal on Latin and hip-hop radio. Check out the performance below, via LA hip-hop radio station Real 92.3: Cardi, Bad Bunny and Balvin are all scheduled to perform at Thursday’s Billboard Latin Music Awards. The performance wasn’t the only highlight of Cardi’s weekend: JAY-Z showed his fellow New York native some love during Beyoncé’s Co...

J Balvin Announces ‘Vibras’ U.S. Tour Dates

J Balvin keeps giving good news to all his fans. After hitting the Coachella stage to perform “Mi Gente” with Beyonce and “I Like It” with Cardi B, the Colombian superstar is ready to hit the road. On Monday morning (Apr 23), Balvin revealed the dates for his Vibras Tour Powered by Buchanan’s Whisky. The news comes two weeks after he announced the release of his new album Vibras, due May 25. The 27-date tour produced by Live Nation kicks off September 19 in Fresno, CA and will visit Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston and more before wrapping up on Oct. 28 in Miami, FL. General tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 27 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com and a presale for Citi cardmembers will happen beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10am local time, until Thursd...

Jennifer Lopez Dumps Her Man, Declares ‘I’m Going to Start My Life’ in New Abraham Mateo Video: Watch

The visual for ‘Se Acabó El Amor’ delivers must-see scenes starring Lopez, Mateo and Yandel. The love is over, and Jennifer Lopez, Yandel and Abraham Mateo get down to tell the tale in Mateo’s “Se Acabó El Amor” video. The Spanish singer’s new track is met with a clip that features global stars Yandel and Lopez, who throws a bunch of clothes off a balcony in a dramatic, colorful and liberating display. “Se Acabó El Amor” introduces the singers in a story of a fallen relationship through lively performances and intricate dance moves, giving the nearly four-minute music video a certain charm reminiscent of classic films such as Singin’ in the Rain. Already approaching 1 million YouTube views, “Se Acabó El Amor” is also gaining...

Billboard Latin Music Week: Justin Quiles, Sofia Reyes & More to Play Vegas Showcases

Billboard Latin Music Week promises plenty of surprises and activities, but the music dominates thanks to the many artists performing at scheduled showcases. Here’s a list of the artists set to perform during the week. For schedules, venues and additional information, visit billboardlatinconference.com. Performances by Sofia Reyes & Justin Quiles, Presented by Buchanan’s Venetian Pool 1, Level 4 on April 24, 7 to 9 p.m. Justin Quiles Reggaeton singer-songwriter Justin Quiles, aka J Quiles, has written for some of Latin’s most notable acts, such as Anitta and J Balvin. No stranger to Billboard’s Latin charts, he emerged reborn as a singer and songwriter with his sophomore album, La Promesa, which earned him his first solo charting set, which debuted at No. 2 on the Top...

Becky G & Natti Natasha Turn On the Heat in ‘Sin Pijama’ Video: Watch

Women are taking control in Latin music. This time, Becky G and Natti Natasha have teamed up to prove that women can also dominate the urban genre with their new video “Sin Pijama.” The clip, directed by Daniel Duran and filmed in New York, mostly shows both singers in a high-end party that wraps up with a pajama party. “Sin Pijama” mixes urban rhythms with a suggestive lyric that was written by a group of songwriters and producers, including Becky G, Natti Natasha, Mau & Ricky, Daddy Yankee, Gaby Music, Raphy Pina, Jon Leone and Camilo Echeverry. Becky G and Natti Natasha are finalists at 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards in the Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, female category, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and are set to perform during the ceremony....

Watch Pitbull’s Most Inspiring Motivational Speeches

Pitbull can always lighten up any mood with his upbeat, danceable hits, but Mr. Worldwide is also known to inspire through kind acts of charity and uplifting speeches. He’s openly talked about his struggles growing up and uses his own experiences as proof that anyone can thrive and reach success. The “Fireball” singer has showed his support of charter schools by opening up his own Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM) institutions, offering students more educational opportunities and his words of wisdom to the world. The Cuban-American recording artist always makes sure to shout out those who have encouraged him throughout his life and pays it forward to the Latin community.  In honor of his panel at Latin Music Week on Thursday (April 25), check out PitbullR...

Shakira & Maluma on Their ‘Absolute Chemistry’ & the New Latin Explosion

Two years ago, when Shakira was looking for songs for her 2017 Spanish-language album, El Dorado, Sony Music Latin chief Afo Verde had a suggestion: How about going into the studio for a writing session with a fellow Colombian, the red-hot up-and-comer Maluma? Shakira, 41, Latin music’s most bankable and best-known female star, was open to the idea. She had paired up with newcomers many times before, and while Maluma had yet to land a No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, his Instagram and YouTube accounts were exploding, and she was intrigued by his sinuous 2015 pop-reggaetón hit, “Borro Casette.” The collaboration “turned out to be one of the most brilliant ideas Afo Verde has had — and mind you, he has had several,” Shakira says now with a laugh. Says Verde, who also ...

J Balvin on New Album ‘Vibras’: ‘I Want to Bring Something New and Refreshing’

Recently, J Balvin surprised us with the announcement of his new album, Vibras. In fact, he also revealed the track list, and now fans are counting the days until they finally get Balvin’s new music. In the meantime, we all want to know more details about Vibras (which means Vibes in English), and on Saturday, Billboard caught up with the Colombian singer during MiamiBash 2018. “I wanted to surprise people,” Balvin said. The 14-track album is set to be released May 25. “I want to bring something new and refreshing,” he added. This year, J Balvin leads the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists list with nods in 12 categories. The awards will air live on Telemundo on April 26 from Las Vegas. Watch the full interview above.

Los Tigres Del Norte Play at Folsom Prison 50 Years After Jonny Cash’s Visit

The April 17 show was recorded for an Univision documentary produced by Oscar-winning Gustavo Santaolalla, NPR reports. Iconic Mexican band Los Tigers Del Norte played two nights at Folsom State Prison, 50 years after the late Johnny Cash did the same. The April 17 performance of two shows, captured in a report by NPR‘s Felix Contreras, included an audience of about 800 inmates, as Univision cameras captured the concert for a documentary being produced by Oscar-winning Gustavo Santaolalla. “When we first came to this country, the first performance that we did  … was in a prison in Soledad, California,” Tigres frontman Jorge Hernandez said in the NPR report. “It reminds us that it’s a blessing that we can be here at Folsom playing.” Santaolalla echo...

9 Colombian Rhythms Declared Cultural Heritage of the Americas

“Colombia, Land of Sabrosura,” the country’s new musically focused tourism campaign, has its international launch in Washington, D.C. Nine Colombian rhythms have been declared Cultural Heritage of the Americas by the Organization of American States. Bambuco and torbellino, from Colombia’s Andean region; the Caribbean cumbia, vallenato, and mapalé; the Pacific curralao, berejó and contradanza; and indigenous rhythms from the Amazon region were named as cultural treasures by Andrés González, Colombian ambassador to OAS. He made the announcement at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Theater on Tuesday, coinciding with the international launch of Colombia’s musically focused tourism campaign, “Colombia, Land of Sabrosura.” The  campaign kicked off with a weeklong Colombian cultural celebration in Wash...

Bad Bunny to Perform on the Honda Stage in Las Vegas During Billboard Latin Music Week

The special concert is part of the Bilboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, April 23-26. Latin urban star Bad Bunny is scheduled to perform during Billboard Latin Week on the Honda Stage in Las Vegas.  Registrants of Billboard Latin Music Week will have access to the April 25 performance at Drai’s Beachclub Nightclub. Born Benito Antonio Martinez, Bad Bunny has become a music phenomenon with his fusion of reggaeton and trap. A Latin Grammy nominee in 2017 for the hit song “Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola,” the entertainer with millions of followers has become one of the biggest names in recent years to appeal to audiences globally in the U.S. and beyond. “The New Trap King” panel featuring Bad Bunny takes place on April 24 and it will look at his newfound succes...