From career milestones and new music releases to 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:
The Way of the Queen
This week, Ivy Queen shared her personal journey as the “Queen of Reggaeton” in a new documentary called The Way of the Queen. The 45-minute short film documents Ivy’s visit to Mexico, from the moment she’s greeted by her beloved fan club at the airport to her promo tour to her live concert. Throughout the doc, the reggaeton artist talks about the struggles and accomplishments throughout her career and about motherhood. Watch it below.
A special tribute to a special fan
This week, Ricardo Arjona presented a heartfelt tribute to his late, beloved fan Veronica Luque with his new single “Ella Baila Sola” (She Dances Alone). Luque was a 12-year-old Argentinian girl who lost her battle to Ewing’s Sarcoma disease in 2019. Making her dreams come true, Arjona visited the young fan in Buenos Aires to spend time with her and sing for her. Now, he pays tribute to Luque with a black-and-white music video that captured their memorable encounter.
A motivational pep talk
Amid these trying times, Erika Ender wants to make sure her fans are doing all right. In an Instagram video, the Panamanian songwriter encouraged her followers to “never give up,” sharing the many struggles she faced as a woman in the industry. “I blindly believed in myself and in God only,” she notes. “Follow your mission. Jump obstacles, be persistent. Don’t look for excuses, look for roadways and solutions,” she said. Watch the entire message below.
“El Pulso’s” anniversary
Pandora’s El Pulso celebrated its 2nd anniversary on Wednesday (July 15), in addition to surpassing two million followers and a 244 percent growth in listeners since the beginning of 2020. Offering their listeners the ultimate listening experience and the best of Latin music, Pandora has added five new modes under the “El Pulso” banner, including El Pulso Perreo, El Pulso Old School, El Pulso Leading Ladies, El Pulso Tropical, and El Pulso Number Ones. Check out the message Natti Natasha shared below on their big day.
Unveiling “Papi Juancho”
After announcing that a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez was in the works, Maluma surprised fans once again by unveiling “Papi Juancho.” As of now, it’s not confirmed if “Papi Juancho” is an upcoming single or the name of an album. However, the Colombian singer did hint at new music by sharing a set of photos of himself in the recording studio and coining the caption “Hielo.” Could this be the name of a new song?