From career milestones and new music releases to big announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.
Latin Music Week Update
Christina Aguilera, Wisin y Yandel and Justin Quiles is confirmed for 2022 Billboard Latin Music Week, to take place Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at the Faena Forum in Miami, coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month.
At the conference, Xtina will host the “Premiere Party With Christina Aguilera,” where she will debut never-before-heard music and answer questions from fans in an intimate setting. Quiles will be part of an engaging panel on connecting people to music through technology, and Puerto Rican duo Wisin y Yandel will join Nicky Jam for a compelling conversation during Nicky Jam Rockstar Show Live from Billboard Latin Music Week.
Registration is now open here.
Gloria Estefan’s very own Barbie
“I am honored to partner with Barbie to create a doll in my likeness, especially as I ring in my 65th birthday and just ahead of Hispanic Heritage Month,” Estefan said in a statement to Billboard. “When I designed my Barbie with the team, I wanted to make sure I stayed true to my multicultural roots — and I think we did just that.” Here’s where you can buy it online.
Raphael receives a special award
With a musical career spanning more than 60 years, Raphael – known for anthemic songs such as “Yo Soy Aquel”, “En Carne Viva” and “Mi Gran Noche” – has garnered worldwide recognition as a pioneer of Spanish-language romantic ballads. In 1962 he began his professional career, quickly winning first, second and third prizes at Spain’s Festival Internacional de la Canción in Benidorm. He also performed twice in a row at the Eurovision Festival.
Raphael will be recognized for his “exceptional professional career and his artistic and personal contributions” that have influenced the development of Latin music around the world. The singer also performs during prices show, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Watsco Canter in Miami and will air live on Telemundo from 7 p.m. ET.
Calling all Camilo fans
Camilo has revealed the release date of his upcoming album De Adentro Pa’ Afuera. Set for a Sept. 6 release, the album marks his third studio album following his debut By Primera Vez (2020) and Miss Manos (2021), each of which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart.
The Colombian singer-songwriter said in a press release that the album — whose title loosely translates to “from the inside out” — is “undoubtedly the title of this chapter of my life.” “After the pandemic, I discovered on my first tour that the songs that were born from within belong to those who are out there,” he explained. “That meeting changed my life and inspired many ideas that are now part of this album. After being completely hermetic to welcome our first baby, Indigo, we are now packing a suitcase with [new] songs to go around the world and reunite with La Tribu again.”
J Balvin meets the Pope
J Balvin took to social media to share a handful of photos he was able to capture with the Pope during his trip to Italy. In the caption, he wrote: “We took selfies smiling and another one with a Latino gang flow with Pope Francis. Always sending love and tolerance. Ps Check out the video at the end so you can get the vibe.” In the video, the pope tells Balvin, “it seems like you’re a troublemaker.”