From career milestones to new music releases to major announcements and those little, important moments, Billboard editors highlight uplifting moments in Latin music. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.
Peso Pluma is Halloween ready
Just ahead of Halloween, Netflix Latinoamérica released a fun clip featuring Mexican star Peso Pluma who tries entering a party without a costume. He’s immediately stopped at the door when security notices he’s not dressed up as any character from a Netflix series. On cue, he quickly transforms into Stranger Things’ Mike Wheeler. “Now I am Mike, perro,” he jokes about the character he’s been compared to in the past by people who say they look alike.
Maria Becerra makes history
Maria Becerra sold out her first concert at the fabled River Plate Stadium in record time, according to the artist’s team. With over 500 tickets sold per minute, the 23-year-old artist will become the first Argentine woman to pack the revered Nuñez stadium on March 23, 2024.
With a capacity of 65,000 people, other artists that have performed at that venue include The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Madonna, among others. Becerra’s show at River Plate Stadium will be produced by DF Entertainment and LNDA.
“When I found out the sold out I was shocked, I was overflowing with happiness. I’m a calm person,” Becerra told Billboard Español. “But they told me, ‘You’re about to sell out,’ and it had only been an hour. And throughout the day I started to fall in the event that it implied.”
2023 Latin Grammys announces its hosts
Mexican singer Danna Paola, Colombian superstar Sebastián Yatra, Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sánchez and Spanish actress Paz Vega are set to host the 24th annual Latin Grammy Awards. The ceremony will be broadcasted from the Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES) in Seville, Andalucía in Spain, on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. ET via Univision.
Racking up a total of 15 Latin Grammy nods throughout his career, Sebastián Yatra is nominated for best pop song for “Contigo,” featuring Pablo Alborán. Roselyn Sánchez returns for the sixth time after presenting the 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th and 22nd Annual Latin Grammys. Also, previously nominated for a Latin Grammy, Danna Paola joins the lineup of hosts for the first time. Finally, award-winning actress Paz Vega returns for a second time after hosting the 20th annual ceremony.
The first round of performers was announced earlier this week. See who is performing here.
Maluma is going to be a dad
The Colombian artist revealed that he and his girlfriend, Susana Gomez, are expecting their first child together via a new music video posted at midnight on Friday (Oct. 20).
Titled “Procura,” the song is an edgy bachata-urban fusion about two people who are crazy for each other and have an unforgettable romance. At the beginning, Maluma is giving a speech at one of his previous concerts and shouting out his girlfriend: “I love you. So many years looking for love elsewhere and I didn’t realize it was next to me.”
Manuel Turizo es Billboard Español’s latest cover star
Colombian star Manuel Turizo graces the latest digital cover for Billboard Español. In his story, the singer-songwriter talks about his experimental nature, which has catapulted him to the top of the charts. Additionally, the singer of “La Bachata” and “El Merengue” shares that he’s preparing to release a new album following the same instinct that took him to the top.
Read the cover story here.