5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (April 18)

Natti Natasha
Jodi Jones

Natti Natasha

From career milestones to new music releases and major announcements, and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week.

Here's what happened in the Latin music world this week.

Natti Natasha reached 2 billion views on YouTube

Natti Natasha announced to her fans on social media that she has officially surpassed two billion views on YouTube with her 2017 hit “Criminal” in collaboration with Ozuna. The sensual reggaeton, which was produced by Haze and written by Jhay Cortez, Natti Natasha and Ozuna, marked an emblematic moment in Natti’s music career.

“I feel that that song was my second chance,” she previously told Billboard. “Before that, I had so many great songs that never got released because I didn’t have the help and support and I’m very grateful that he said yes and believed in me, my song, and my team, Pina Records. To me, it’s such a special song because I had the opportunity to write my part of the lyrics and I just really loved it.”

As she celebrates her new milestone, the Dominican artist is making the rounds with her new single, “Despacio,” in collaboration with Nicky Jam, Manuel Turizo, and Myke Towers.


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Maluma hints at collaboration with Don Omar

Straight from his home in Medellin, Maluma shared a preview of his new music, which seems to be a collaboration with reggaeton veteran Don Omar. "Sincerely, the least loved," he posted on the clip, tagging Don Omar. "And now, who will defend us?" Omar reposted.

Marc Anthony helps the needy during the coronavirus pandemic

Salsa singer Marc Anthony announced that SOMOS Care in partnership with World Central Kitchen, chef Jose Andres, and Maestro Cares is working to distribute more than 1,000 meals to patients, doctors, nurses and the community who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington Heights, NY.

Bad Bunny flaunts his freestyle skills

Still in quarantine, where he's spending it at home in Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny has let his creative juices flow. Not only did he drop a voice note-made collaboration with his girlfriend called "En Casita," but this week, he flaunted his freestyling skills in a nearly three-minute video.

Athletes and Music Artists Raise Medical Equipment in Puerto Rico

Nearly $3 million in medical supplies has been raised in Puerto Rico by a coalition of non profits that appealed to artists and athletes to donate to fight Covid 19. Led by the Correa Family Foundation, the non profit founded by the family of baseball player Carlos Correa, and JAK Entertainment, the coalition garnered support from artists like Bad Bunny (through his Fundación Good Bunny), Kany García, Yandel, Pedro Capó and Tommy Torres. Athletes like Carlos Correa, Martín "Machete" Maldonado, Eddie Rosario and Christian Vázquez also contributed. The efforts have resulted in the acquisition of 400,000 N95 masks, 6,000 gallons of hospital disinfectant and other equipment.