From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest Latin music news weekly. Here’s what happened in the world of Latin music this week.
Encanto Hit the charts
This week the soundtrack of the Walt Disney animated film Encanto jumped from 110 to 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart, entering the top 10 after the film premiered on the Disney + streaming service on Christmas Eve. The tracks from the album “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure” are also on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, at 50th and 54th places respectively. Encanto is the most recent soundtrack to make the Billboard 200 Top 10, after Disney Frozen II in 2019. Listen to the soundtrack below:
Wisin and Rauw Alejandro give back
Wisin and Rauw Alejandro traveled to barrios in their native Puerto Rico to give toys and gifts to their community on the feast of the Three Kings. Although they are both in different cities, every Puerto Rican star has not been shy about giving back to their fans and their community. Wisin partnered with the Stefano Foundation for a toy drive that took place in Caguas. “We want to bless all children and in the midst of this pandemic be able to bring them joy,” he said. expressed on Instagram. Rauw, meanwhile, shared a recap video of his experience. Watch it below:
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Inclusive video by J Balvin
On Friday January 7th, J Balvin released the official music video for his track “Lo Que Dios Quiera”, which is part of his album. Jose (and one of billboards Best Latin Albums of 2021). In the vibrant clip, where Balvin brings heartwarming lyrics about leaving fate in God’s hands to life, we see biracial and gay couples and people with disabilities enjoying their best lives. “This video was not on YouTube but it will be released for the kickoff of 2022. Inclusion and love,” he said wrote on Instagram before the release. Watch the video below:
Nio Garcia’s tribute tattoo
The Puerto Rican artist has unveiled his new ink in honor of his longtime producer, Flow La Movie. The tattoo is on his shoulder and shows the late artist’s name in cursive with the years 1985-2021 underneath. Flow died on December 15 in a plane crash. The producer / artist, born JosÃ© Angel Hernandez, was one of seven passengers on a private plane that crashed near Las AmÃ©ricas International Airport in the Dominican Republic. Among the victims are also his partner Debbie Von Marie Jimenez Garcia and their children. The plane was heading for Florida. âFlow La Movie Forever,â Nio captioned the photo.
Britney Spears confides in Bad Bunny
Britney showed off her new candy pink bikini by modeling it on a Bad Bunny medley. “This is my very first high waisted swimsuit,” she captioned the clip. âMy fiance likes it but I’m not sure. It’s super cool because you can adjust it up or down !!! â In the short video, Spears exerts his influence side by side on âDÃ¡kitiâ by Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez and âCallÃ¡itaâ by Bad Bunny and Tainy. See the clip below: