Welcome to the This Week in Billboard News podcast, where Gary Trust, Billboard senior director of charts, and Danica Daniel, Billboard senior editor (filling in for Jordyn Rolling, Billboard News host and producer), dive into the week’s biggest music news stories.
This week, we cover the ascent of J Balvin, the reggaeton superstar and subject of Billboard’s new cover story, in which he discusses his new album and label deal and performing on stage with Jennifer Lopez at this year’s Super Bowl.
Balvin described the Feb. 2 spotlight as “one of my happiest days, of my life and professional, too, because being at the Super Bowl… few artists can say that. It changed my life and the perception of Latinos and immigrants.”
Balvin also mused about one of his biggest hits, a collaboration that he correctly predicted “was a No. 1 for sure.”
Gary and Danica go on to discuss the latest on Harry Styles‘ Halloween (Harryween) plans, BTS‘ late-night TV whirlwind, Nick Jonas‘ announcement of Jonas Brothers‘ next album, Britney Spears‘ unfortunate oops and more.
Plus, get up to date on all things Billboard charts, including the debut of Billie Eilish‘s James Bond theme, “No Time to Die,” Sam Hunt‘s first Country Airplay No. 1 in three years and what’s due in the upper reaches of next week’s Billboard 200.
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