From career milestones and 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.
Marc Anthony’s Hollywood Star
This week, Marc Anthony was honored with his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, the salsa artist — who has a trajectory that spans 35 years and countless hits, including eight No. 1’s on the Hot Latin Songs chart and 35 No. 1’s on the Tropical Airplay chart — was accompanied by his wife and model Nadia Ferreira, and good friend and soccer icon David Beckham. “Thank you to everyone who has accompanied me throughout the years of my career. This is thanks to you!,” the Puerto Rican star expressed on his Instagram. See the unveiling of his star on the coveted strip, below.
Goyo Makes VS History
Goyo made Victoria’s Secret history this week after taking center stage at the Victoria’s Secret World Tour premiere event on Sept. 6 in New York. There, the Colombian prowess (a former singer of hip-hop fusion collective ChocQuibTown) debuted her single “Tumbao,” part of her upcoming solo studio album. “I am the First Afro-Latina woman and urban genre artist to be part of this show!!!” she proudly wrote on her Instagram account.
Luis Figueroa’s Special Recognition
On Sept. 3, breakthrough salsa artist Luis Figueroa was honored with the “David Meléndez Award” at the 2023 New York International Salsa Congress (NYISC). The former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise and 2023 Billboard Latin Music Award finalist was recognized for his “outstanding contributions to Latin music and the salsa genre,” according to a press release. “How much we enjoyed in NYC at the New York International Salsa Congress!!!! We had a crazy time!,” Figueroa wrote on his Instagram, where the official NY salsa congress account replied with: “Thank you very much for sharing your art with us, and for being that light that will keep this genre alive, bringing joy and Latin flavor to our people.”
The CNCO Series
The CNCO highly-awaited series already has a release date. This week, the Latin boy band unveiled new details on 4 Ever, Disney’s upcoming original fiction miniseries where Christopher Vélez, Richard Camacho, Zabdiel De Jesús, and Erick Brian Colón make their acting debut. “Ian, Andy, Dario, and Ciro. Four voices, one same destiny,” reads the Instagram caption. The five-episode miniseries that’s produced by Tolmur and Bourke and directed by Nuno Gomes will air Oct. 11 on Disney+. 4 Ever will follow the story of four musicians who are on their way to becoming a popular band in Miami’s music scene, and will include three original songs performed by CNCO and three covers of well-known ballads.
First Wave of BLMA Performers
This week, Billboard and Telemundo unleashed the first wave of performers to take center stage at the the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards. They are: Calibre 50, Chiquis, El Alfa, Eladio Carrión, Justin Quiles, Los Ángeles Azules, Manuel Turizo, Marshmello, Myke Towers, Peso Pluma, Tini and Yandel. Led by 21-time finalist Peso Pluma, the coveted music award is set to take place Oct. 5. at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards also coincide with Billboard‘s Latin Music Week conference, which will feature panels, conversations and workshops at the Faena Forum and exclusive performances and fan experiences throughout the week in Miami. Shakira, Myke Towers, Vico C, Grupo Frontera, Peso Pluma, Nicki Nicole, RBD and many more are confirmed to participate.
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