On a mild Sunday evening in March, a month in which they ruled Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart, the four members of Calibre 50 rolled through Las Vegas in a tricked-out bus, headliners bound for the Silver Nugget Casino & Event Center. That meant leaving the glitz and glamour of the Strip and rumbling north, past the old downtown and across the freeway, beyond the Bargain Pawn and the Knotty Pine Motel and the Pair-a-Dice Trailer Park, to a side of Vegas few visitors see.
One day after the 2017 Grammy Awards, Kelly Zutrau of Wet -- one of Soul Sisters' personal choices for best new artist of the past year -- joined us to dissect the Adele vs. Beyonce controversy, the challenges of being a high school dropout, and the cornerstone of so many of the songs that Zutrau (and those other ladies) writes: heartbreak.
Born in the USA, catapulted to teen fame in Puerto Rico and practically washed up by his 20s, Nicky Jam went to Medellín, Colombia -- a city haunted by its drug kingpin past — to find sobriety, love and greater-than-ever success. Billboard spends 48 hours with the reggaetón superstar in his adopted home as he prepares for his wedding — and, oh yeah, scores a No. 1 Latin album.