From career milestones and new music releases to big announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.
Resident makes history
This week, Rene “Residente” Perez received the “Grand Prix for Entertainment Lions for Music” award at the Cannes Lions for her powerful music video “This Is Not America” with the French-Cuban duo Ibeyi. Awarded to Doomsday Entertainment and Sony Music Latin, this grand award makes Residente the first Sony Music Latin artist to receive this honor. In his four-minute long single, the Puerto Rican rapper targets politicians, police and American imperialism and tells of years of injustice and violence against the people of Latin America. Throughout the issue, he drives home an important point: America is not just the United States. The music video also won best director, best music video and best video effects at the Berlin MVA and best video at the AICP Awards.
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Llanes debut album
Colombian singer-songwriter Llane (real name: Juan David Castaño) has finally dropped his debut studio album, three years after announcing he would go solo. The former Piso 21 singer now presents 10 tracks that best capture his musical flow: fresh, positive and very popetón (pop and urban). IN Lived (Warner Music Mexico), Llane joins partners Zion, Manuel Turizo, Danny Ocean, Boza, Khea, Alvaro Diaz, Omar Montes and Masego. “We started a new phase of an album filled with emotions and feelings, which is something we all live and overcome in the stages of love and life,” he said in a press release. “As an artist, I feel very proud of the wonderful songs that are part of my album.” Stream and listen Lived below:
Bad Bunny on Ball train
In March, it was announced that Bad Bunny would join Hollywood heavyweights Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Michael Shannon and more in the upcoming Ball train movie. Now Sony Pictures has released the official character posters, which include the Puerto Rican artist as The Wolf. In it, Bunny will play a hitman, part of an ensemble of hitmen, all with related, but conflicting, goals. And they all run in a non-stop shooting train in Japan. Ball train coming to the cinema later this year on aug. 5.
Karol G’s winning streak
If the title of her debut studio album is any indication, Karol G is unstoppable. This week, the Colombian star won big on 2022 Premios Tu Music Urbana fan-voted awards, where she received 11 awards, including artist of the year, top social artist and best tour. Although the singer was not present at the ceremony in Puerto Rico, which aired live for the first time on Telemundo, she certainly got the note. “I am very happy with all these awards,” she said via a video message. “Thanks PR and to everyone who voted for me.” She also explained that she did not participate in the awards because she was out of the country working on a lot of new projects.
Prophetic culture in retrospect
In honor of their 25th anniversary, Cultura Profetica announced that they will have an anniversary concert at the famous Estadio Hiram Bithorn in San Juan that August. 13. To celebrate the news, the Latin Grammy-winning reggae group hosted an exhibition at the UPR Theater in Rio Pedras that took fans back in their careers. “We showed a lot of band memorabilia and historical photos that capture our 25 artistic years. We had a tbt in real life,” the group wrote on Instagram.