Maluma at Billboard’s Latin Music Conference at The Venetian in Las Vegas on April 25, 2018. (Credit: Nicole Pereira)
Latin music’s popularity is at an all-time high thanks in part to artists like Bad Bunny, Maluma, and Pitbull. They, along with other Latin stars, have topped charts and sold out shows in record numbers all over the world over the past year.
Now, they’ve all gathered together in Las Vegas for the 29th annual Billboard Latin Music Week. The event, which ends Thursday night with the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards, began Monday with a three-day conference.
Among the festivities at the conference was a series of individual Q&A and panel interviews with the top artists, producers, and executives in the game. Topics included a look back at the past year, how collaborations came together, and future projects.
We put together some of the best Q&As below, most of which were conducted in Spanish. The list includes interviews by the aforementioned Bad Bunny, Maluma, and Pitbull as well as Ozuna, Maná, and songwriter Descemer Bueno.
Watch them below.
Iconic Songwriter Descemer Bueno
Thombs at PluggedIn.LA in Los Angeles on May 6, 2017. (Source: Facebook)
In 1999, legendary guitarist Santana released his comeback album, Supernatural. The star-studded project featured a variety of artists, such as Lauryn Hill, CeeLo Green, Dave Mathews, Rob Thomas, and Eric Clapton.
In addition to smashes like “Smooth” and “Maria Maria,” the album also contained a single called “Corazon Espinado” featuring Latin rock group Maná. The song became a hit in Spanish-speaking countries and won the “Record of the Year” and “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group” at the 2000 Latin Grammy Awards.
Now, almost 20 years later, rising Colombian producer Thombs has dropped a moombahton remix of the track as part of DJcity’s Puro Pari series. His version adds new drums and drops while retaining the original vocals.
Stream it below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
Donald Trump’s offensive comments about Mexican and Latin American immigrants last week have sparked an uproar. Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the US, has severed ties with the real estate tycoon and many celebrities have denounced him.
One of the latest to speak out against Trump is Fher Olvera, the lead singer of the hugely popular Mexican rock band, Maná. Speaking exclusively with Billboard, Olvera told the website why him and his band felt the need to raise their voices.
“At the end of the day, he can be a ‘pendejo’ [a fool] — he’s a guy whose head doesn’t work well — but he’s an important celebrity. And he makes such an aggressive reference to a race, it can’t pass unnoticed. We have to express what we think as Latins. I don’t think we should stay quiet. We have to express the truth: He’s a man full of violence and hate, and really, it’s obvious he dislikes Latins and Mexicans, even though many work for him. It’s an unfair posture from an ungrateful boss. We can’t keep quiet in a country where we’re trying to make a living.”
Photo credit: Omar Cruz
Mexican rock band Maná recently spoke with Billboard about their upcoming album Cama Incendiada and hit single “Mi Verdad” featuring Shakira.
Watch the exclusive interview below:
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