Billboard Latin Music Week, the pinnacle event for Latin music, kicked off with an exhilarating Day 1 at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach. Esteemed panels presented by industry heavyweights Live Nation, Rimas Publishing, and Viña Del Mar set the stage for thought-provoking discussions and insights. The inaugural day served as a precursor to the following days, with a stellar lineup of renowned artists including Carin León, Chencho Corleone, Vico C, and several others who would grace the event in Day 2.
The momentum continued into Day 2, which saw a multitude of artists like Peso Pluma and Nicky Jam sharing their stories and insights. Highlighted by panels such as "The New Mexican Revolution," the day delved deep into the current shifts in Latin music. Global sensation Thalia unveiled new tracks during a dedicated premiere party. As dusk settled, the audience was treated to unforgettable "En Vivo" performances, with Peso Pluma taking center stage at Faena Theater and Wisin delivering an electrifying set alongside Luny Tunes & DJ Nelson at Oasis Wynwood.
The third day further elevated the experience, with Shakira sharing heartfelt anecdotes and receiving RIAA Platinum® Awards. Other iconic figures like Fonseca, Manuel Turizo, and members of RBD shared their journey and insights. A particular highlight was the retrospective discussion on reggaetón's "Golden Era" featuring legendary figures Dj Nelson, Luny Tunes, and Hyde alongside Wisin. This enriching day wrapped up with a Netflix premiere and multiple live performances across Miami Beach.
Below, we'll be spotlighting some of the standout moments from the panels and discussions that unfolded during the week.
Superstar Songwriters Unveiled:
Opening the third day of this sensational music week, Billboard Latin/Español’s Leila Cobo introduced powerhouse songwriters Edgar Barrera and Keityn. The duo dished on crafting hits for Shakira, Maluma, Karol G and many more. An intriguing revelation? Their song “Hawái”, now synonymous with Maluma, was once offered to multiple artists.
An Iconic Sit-down with Fonseca:
Presented by Michelob ULTRA, Colombian star Fonseca shared his musical journey, starting from Venezuela and his rise to fame with “Te Mando Flores”. He even gave fans a melodious treat, performing live and hinting at his upcoming single "Canto a la Vida".
The Doctor Who Sings:
Dr. Tania Medina showed another facet, delivering a musical performance during the Artist Showcase, bringing medical healing through music.
Rising Star Alert – Manuel Turizo:
Docking at the Faena Forum in Miami, Turizo sat with Billboard Latin's Jessica Roiz. From his Miami hotspots to his journey of hits like “Una Lady Como Tú”, Manuel's story was nothing short of inspiring.
The Reggaetón Roundtable:
Wisin, DJ Nelson, Luny Tunes, and Hyde delved deep into the world of Reggaetón, recollecting its "Golden Era" and the evolving industry trends.
Billboard’s Big Thank You:
Mike Van and Dana Droppo celebrated the success of Latin Music Week, with a special shoutout to non-profit partners Con Cora Foundation and Green Haven Project.
When Sports Meets Music:
Baseball stars Francisco Alvarez and Ezequiel Jesus Tovar connected with artists Eladio Carrión and Arcángel to highlight the fusion of sports and music anthems.
Art & Music with Myke Towers:
The global sensation Myke Towers collaborated with designer Shantall Lacayo and artist Rob The Original. Discussing creativity, the trio emphasized the significance of community support.
In a historic reunion, members of the pop group RBD sat down to share their comeback tale, touching on nostalgia and the healing power of their music.
Shakira’s Power Hour:
The iconic Shakira took center stage, opening up about her music journey and the stories behind her chart-topping hits. In a heartfelt moment, she shared how her sons influenced her latest work. Ending her segment, Shakira was honored with Platinum Awards for her tracks.
“Era menos frágil de lo que pensaba, la música ha sido mi herramienta principal,” revealed Shakira, which translates to: "I was less fragile than I thought, music has been my main tool."
NEON Sneak Peek:
In a closing highlight, attendees were treated to an early screening of Netflix's upcoming series NEON. With a reggaetón-infused storyline, the series promises to be a chart-topper.
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