From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.
Los Tigres del Norte’s MTV Unplugged Turns 10
This week, Los Tigres del Norte celebrated the 10th anniversary of the iconic album, TR3S Presents MTV Unplugged Los Tigres del Norte And Friends. Recorded live on Feb. 8, 2011 from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, the album features collaborations with artists such as Juanes, Andrés Calamaro, Calle 13, Diego Torres, Zack de la Rocha and Paulina Rubio. All the videos from the recording also now up on YouTube for streaming.
Ricky Martin onePulse Foundation
Ricky Martin will be a spokesman for a foundation that is building a memorial and museum to honor the 49 victims who died during a massacre at a gay Florida nightclub nearly five years ago. The Puerto Rican singer will also make public service announcements promoting tolerance and also support the foundation by making social media posts, taping video messages and possibly narrating some exhibitions, foundation officials said.
Starting on Valentine’s Day, the foundation is launching a fundraising campaign with a goal of getting 1 million people to donate $49. The goal of the outlovehate.com campaign is to raise $49 million, with proceeds going toward building a permanent National Pulse Memorial & Museum.
Bad Bunny returns to WWE
After appearing on WWE’s Royal Rumble on Jan. 31 to perform (and wrestle), Bad Bunny had unfinished business with a few pro-wrestlers so he went back to clear the air. “Get used to it,” he posted on social media. “The damn Bunny is back again.” Back in January, the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter made his dream come true of performing at WWE Royal Rumble. He performed “Booker T” alongside the pro-wrestling legend himself, who stood intimidatingly beside the Puerto Rican star throughout. At the end of the song, Bunny handed the mic to Booker T, who closed Bunny’s set with his catchphrase: “Can you dig it, sucka?”
Amazon’s regional Mexican initiative
Amazon Music launched a new initiative to celebrate regional Mexican music with new content spotlighting established and emerging artists who have “built and redefined the genre,” according to Amazon Music. Exclusive content includes Album Spotlight, Anatomía de Un Hit (Anatomy of a Hit) breakdown, Raíces, which celebrates decades-spanning careers of artists, and Rompe, spotlighting rising artists.
“Latin music is so diverse, and Regional Mexican is one genre leading the way in redefining itself while still being true to its roots,” said Rocio Guerrero, global head of Latin at Amazon Music. “We’re committed to supporting the genre and its many talented artists by celebrating their work through this dedicated initiative across various channels. It is truly an embodiment of ‘La Música Que Nos Conecta.’ This campaign is just the beginning and we can’t wait to see how the genre continues to evolve.”
The campaign launches with a new mariachi version of beloved classic “Bésame Mucho,” reimagined by Ángela Aguilar, and exclusive videos that bring customers a different look into the works of leading artists including Banda MS, Calibre 50. Learn more about Amazon Music LAT!N at amazon.com/latinmusic.
First peek at Nicky Jam on Tom & Jerry The Movie
Ahead of the Tom & Jerry The Movie premiere on Feb. 26, Nicky Jam is giving fans a sneak peek at his character “Butch.” The singer-songwriter shared a short clip from the film on social media introducing Butch as “the leader of the stray cats.” The 45-second clip finds intimidating Butch bullying Tom, who he’s accusing of breaking and entering a hotel. Watch below.