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Artist Spotlight: Leslie Shaw Releases New Single, “BOMBÓN”

After enjoying success with her first international single “Faldita” (Short Skirt) with Mau y Ricky, the Peruvian singer, songwriter and actress Leslie Shaw returns with another empowering track, “Bombón.”

A catchy reggaetón jam, “Bombón” is accompanied by a vibrant, sumptuous music video starring Leslie and her fellow Peruvian, the model, and chef Franco Noriega. The video is directed by Katherine Díaz of 2 Wolves Films, which also produced the “Faldita” video.

The video was filmed in the Big Apple, highlighting the atmosphere of a dive bar, a classic car and the stunning creations of the Peruvian fashion designer Augusto Manzanares.


D Smoke Takes on The Hip Hop Scene with a Spanglish Beat

You may not know his name, but you will. D Smoke, a rapper from Inglewood, CA, battle rapped hundreds of aspiring rappers on Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow to become the champion of its first season.

Audiences from around the country fell in love with his charisma, his rapping skills, and introduced the audience to Spanglish hip hop. A couple of Spanish artists have introduced Spanish into rap most notably Cardi B and Drake. On the other hand, D Smoke flowed so well with both English and Spanish that he made it seem like a walk in the park.

D Smoke is no stranger to the music industry, won an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award with his older brother, Sir Darryl Farris aka SiR, for “Never,” a Billboard-charting song from Jaheim in 2007, and received songwriting credits on tracks for Ginuwine and The Pussy Cat Dolls.


There’s no denying D Smoke is going and continue to make a cultural impact on the hip hop scene. He will be releasing his Inglewood High EP very soon, he’ll be rapping about growing up in Inglewood, going to Inglewood High, and teaching at the high school after he graduated from UCLA. You read that correctly, not only did he attend Inglewood High School, he was also a Spanish teacher at the school. Talk about a multi talented person, there’s no denying D Smoke is a star.

Kali Uchis To Release Spanish Language Album

Kali Uchis is digging into her Latin roots on her next album.

The follow up to her 2018 album, Isolation, is set to arrive in 2020. The album is said to be predominantly in Spanish with some Spanglish. The first single is set to release before the end of the year.


Kali Uchis is a singer-songwriter that likes to mix genres, which then creates her unique sound. Most recently she performed at Tropicalia, where she wowed thousands in attendance with her music. No doubt that with a new album out in 2020, Kali Uchis will continue to leave a mark in the music industry.


Luis Enrique + C4 Trío Win Big at the Latin GRAMMYs

Las Vegas celebrated with two-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Luis Enrique and the critically acclaimed group C4 TrÍo at the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY® in Las Vegas. After their unforgettable performance of their single, ‘Añoranza’ during the ceremony the artists took home two Latin Grammys for their album, ‘Tiempo Al Tiempo’ in the category, ‘Best Folk Album’ and ‘Best Arrangement’, ‘Sirena’ (Arranger, Rodner Padilla).

The album delivers a world music vibe from Luis Enrique in the hands of the intricate harmonies and musical richness of C4 Trio, a group that uses the Venezuelan four as the main instrument to fuse various Latin American rhythms and styles. Includes original music except for “Date a chance” and “Tonada en Melancolía”. The rest of the album includes songs that have just been recorded for the first time with Luis Enrique + C4 Trío in collaboration with renowned composers such as Fernando Osorio, Jorge Luis Chacin and Omar Alfanno.


GRAMMY Museum® in Collaboration with The Latin Recording Academy® Unveils Latin GRAMMY®, 20 YEARS of Excellence

To celebrate the milestone 20th anniversary of the Latin GRAMMY Awards®, the GRAMMY Museum® unveiled the Latin GRAMMY®, 20 Years Of Excellence exhibit with a full day of programming, including an educational program for students featuring OzoKids; a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy®Michael Sticka, President of the GRAMMY Museum, along with Latin GRAMMY® and GRAMMY® nominee Ángela Aguilar and Latin GRAMMY winner Christian Nodal, local government officials and prestigious Latin artists and personalities; as well as performances at the Clive Davis Theater by Latin GRAMMY winner Flor de Toloache and Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY nominee Raquel Sofía.


Working in collaboration with The Latin Recording Academy, the Museum renovated its third floor in order to expand its Latin-themed exhibits to showcase the power of Latin music as it continues to grow as one of the leading influences worldwide.

Exhibit highlights include:

  • Instruments played by Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winners, including Lila DownsBanda El RecodoLos Tucanes De TijuanaAlejandro Sanz, and Julieta Venegas
  • Juan Gabriel’s tuxedo from his memorable 40-minute performance at the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®
  • Luis Fonsi’s outfit from his performance of “Despacito” at the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®
  • Ricky Martin’s paint-stained tuxedo shirt from his performance with the Blue Man Group at the 8th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®
  • Alex González from Maná’s first professional drum set 

Jessie Reyez Releases New Take On Patsy Cline’s, ‘Crazy’

Toronto singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez has released a new track and cover of “Crazy”, one of the most iconic and recognized songs of all time by legendary country-western singer Patsy Cline where she grapples with attachment and exes who won’t let go.

Reyez was just chosen as one of Apple Music’s Up Next artist, an initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing, and elevating rising talent. On November 21st, Jessie appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Prince Royce Teams Up with Zion y Lennox on ‘Trampa’

Multiplatinum award-winning Latin superstar Prince Royce has released his latest single “Trampa” featuring Zion & Lennox as well as its music video.

In the hot music video filmed in the Wynwood area in Miami by director Fernando Lugo, the seductive woman is played by former Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, who, effortlessly and one by one, leads Royce, Zion and Lennox into dangerous trampas (traps).

“Trampa” is the latest single off Royce’s upcoming album ALTER EGO, that has so far scored four hits: The first single released was 6x platinum urban track “El Clavo” (and its remix feat. Maluma) which reached #1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, followed by 2x “Adicto”, a bachata with Marc Anthony which was #1 on the Tropical Songs chart for seven weeks in a row; then came “Cúrame” feat. Manuel Turizo, an urban song that has been certified Double Platinum in the United States and has more than 175 million streams across digital platforms.


Ozuna, Farruko, Calibre 50, Prince Royce, Fito Paez To Perform at 2019 ‘Latin GRAMMYs’

The Latin Recording Academy® announced additional performers for the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®: three-time Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY® winner Beto Cuevas, 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys, GRAMMY winner Miguel, 24-time Latin GRAMMY and four-time GRAMMY winner Residente; current nominees Calibre50, Farruko, Leonel García, Ozuna, Fito PáezMilly Quezada, and Tony SuccarCarlos Rivera; and past Latin GRAMMY nominee Prince Royce.


They join previously announced artists: Pepe Aguilar, AitanaAnitta, Paula ArenasBad BunnyCamilo, Pedro Capó, Alessia CaraJulio Reyes CopelloKany García, DarellDe La GhettoPaula FernandesAlejandro FernándezAlex FernándezVicente FernándezDimelo Flow, Fonseca, Luis FonsiGreeicyIntocableNatalia Jiménez, Juanes,  Los Ángeles AzulesMariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, NellaChristian NodalReikDraco RosaRosalía, Alejandro Sanz, Ximena SariñanaSechOlga TañónTommy Torres, and Sebastián Yatra.


Three-time Latin GRAMMY winner, 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™, and two-time GRAMMY winner Ricky Martin, alongside internationally renowned actresses  Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega, will host The Biggest Night in Latin Music live on the Univision Network Nov. 14  from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Christian Serratos To Star as Selena Quintanilla In Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’

Christian Serratos, best known for her role on AMC’s The Walking Dead, is set to star as Selena Quintanilla In Netflix’s Selena: The Series.

Netflix’s Selena: The Series is a coming of age story following Selena Quintanilla as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.

Also starring in Selena: The Series are Gabriel Chavarria, Noemi Gonzalez, Ricardo Chavira, Seidy Lopez, Madison Taylor Baez. Part one of Selena: The Series will premiere in 2020 on Netflix.


Carlos Peña Y Su Big Band Welcome The Holiday Season With New Single, “Llegó La Navidad”

Carlos Peña y su Big Band are here to help usher in the holidays with their newest single “Llegó La Navidad” which emerges from an album full of new songs titled “Navidad es Navidad”.

“Llegó La Navidad” is a vibrant celebration of the Christmas season and everything it encompasses, like spending time with loved ones.

A lighthearted melody and airy beats, along with Peña’s crystal clear vocals, will have everyone up and dancing to the song’s infectious swing, making it the perfect addition to any holiday party soundtrack.