Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, also known as Bad Bunny, photographed by Gabriela Berlingeri. (Source: Rolling Stone)
After releasing his surprise album “LAS QUE NO IBAN A SALIR,” Bad Bunny made history last Thursday by becoming the first Latin urban music artist to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The Puerto Rican star was also the first artist to have a Rolling Stone cover story done during the pandemic.
This historic article features a glimpse at the life of the Grammy-nominated reggaeton artist while quarantined in Puerto Rico.
The cover story, which was written by Rolling Stone’s Latin music editor Suzy Exposito, broke ground by being the magazine’s first article completely worked on by Latinas. It includes photographs by Bad Bunny’s girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri, and it was transcribed and translated by Alex Douglas-Barrera.
Related Post: How Bad Bunny and Tainy’s ‘Callaita’ Was Produced
With over 340 million streams on Spotify alone, the track peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, and No. 52 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. It adds to a growing list of Spanish-language songs that have crossed over into the US mainstream.
Watch Tainy break down “Callaita” above.
Related Post: Watch Bad Bunny’s ‘200 MPH’ Video Feat. Diplo
Fresh off his performance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last Thursday, Bad Bunny has returned with a video for his single, “200 MPH.” The Diplo-assisted track appears on the Latin trap star’s debut album, X 100PRE.
The video, which is packed with special effects, features Bad Bunny riding a jet ski through the sky and drinking beers on the beach with Diplo.
Watch it above and download “200 MPH” on DJcity.
J. Balvin (Source: Facebook)
Other newly announced residents include dance and electronic artists deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Armin van Buuren, Cheat Codes, Louis The Child, Gorgon City, Brooks, and Breathe Carolina, along with open-format DJs Vice and Politik.
“We are incredibly proud to present the next generation of the Las Vegas nightclub and day club experience with programming that transcends so many genres of music,” said Jon Gray, manager of the Palms Casino Resort, in a press release. “Every performance at KAOS will be unique to each artist with next-level production and unique technology that we cannot wait to share with our guests.”
Check out the full list of dates from the newly announced residents below.
Nightclub: April 6, 26
Nightclub: April 25
Dayclub: April 28
Dayclub: April 14
Nightclub: April 20
Dayclub: April 26
Nightclub: April 13, May 11
Armin van Buuren
Dayclub: May 17, 26
Nightclub: May 16
Dayclub: April 19, May 12
Louis The Child
Nightclub: May 31
Dayclub: April 12
Dayclub: April 7, May 10
Nightclub: April 5, 6
Bad Bunny at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA on Aug. 25, 2018. (Credit: Alan Hess)
Of the Latin artists that have crossed over into mainstream popularity, none have done it quite like Bad Bunny. The Puerto Rican native has taken a progressive, often controversial path to become one of music’s biggest stars. And he’s done it while singing only in Spanish.
In a new feature story in Billboard, writer Eduardo Cepeda describes how “el conejo malo” managed to take over pop music by taking “risks few young male Latin stars would.” Bad Bunny chimes in with insights into his mindset and discusses why he’s not afraid to paint his nails or call out social issues.
Bad Bunny released his critically acclaimed debut album X 100PRE in December. The project peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and currently sits at No. 19. It features the hit singles “MIA” featuring Drake, “Estamos Bien,” and “Solo de Mi.” The latest single is “Si Estuviesemos Juntos,” which the 24-year-old dropped on Thursday along with a music video.
Read Bad Bunny’s best quotes from the story and watch the video for “Si Estuviesemos Juntos” below.
Why he takes risks:
“When I came into this industry, I was never afraid to be myself … There were others who would advise me to tone down a bit, but I just always thought, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?'”
How calling out social issues comes easy to him:
“At the end of the day, these are basic messages .. Ultimately, I’m not doing that much. I’m only doing what a human being who feels wants to do — in my way, without stepping out of my flow, while staying in my lane. Without, I guess, boring people.”
Why he lets fans approach him in the street:
“That’s the whole point — that’s how it should be … Like, fucking trying to connect with people.”
Why he keeps his friends close:
“[It] makes you feel like you’re with family, makes you feel at home, makes you feel normal. It gives me that grounding I need to always stay within orbit and not forget Earth.”
Why he used the same two producers on X 100PRE:
“It influences not just the quality of the album, but also the sentimentality of it … That energy translates. You feel like you’re listening to an artist, not just music meant for radio play.”
Related: Watch Bad Bunny’s ‘Caro’ Video
“Caro” appears on Bad Bunny’s debut album, X 100pre. The project debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, where it has remained for four straight weeks. It currently sits at No. 11 on the Billboard 200.
Watch the video above and download “Caro” on DJcity.
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