Jesse Katz

Jesse Katz

From left: Alejandro Gaxiola, Muñoz, Armando Ramos and Erick Garcia of Calibre 50, photographed March 26 at the Silver Nugget Casino & Event Center in Las Vegas.

How Calibre 50 Became Folk Heroes of the Mexican Immigrant Community

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.
Kelly Zutrau

Soul Sisters Podcast: Kelly Zutrau of Wet Explains Why Breakup Music is Political

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.
Nicky Jam, photographed Feb. 1 in front of a mural of himself painted by fans in Medellín.

48 Hours With Nicky Jam In MedellÍn: How the City Helped Him Quit Drugs & Get Back on Top

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.