5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (November 5) – Billboard

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest buzz in Latin music news every week. Here’s what’s been happening in the Latin music world this week.

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Maluma launches a new business

Anyone fancy a Maluma burger or hot dog? The Colombian launched his own delivery-only restaurant called Dembow. Available in four countries (Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and Peru), those wishing to place an order can do so directly via WhatsApp or the Rappi fast delivery app or online. “Another dream come true,” the “Junio” singer wrote on social media. “Taste the best burgers and hot dogs with Latin flavors.”

J Balvin receives a special award

The Colombian star received the “Latino Impact Award” at the United Nations Latino Impact Summit for his work highlighting mental health. J Balvin was honored Nov. 3 at the United Nations headquarters in New York during the summit, which returned to an in-person format for the first time since the pandemic. He was honored for raising awareness about mental health and wellness in the Latin community as well as launching his mental wellness app, OYE.

Latin Grammys announces more artists

The Latin Recording Academy has unveiled a new wave of artists who will take center stage at the 2022 Latin Grammy Awards. They include Christina Aguilera, Camilo, Christian Nodal, Elvis Costello, Jorge Drexler, John Legend and Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernandez.

The Latin Grammy Awards – which “promise to honor the legacy, celebrate the present, and embrace the future of Latin music, with deliberate awareness, paying it to future generations of music creators,” according to one press release – will be held on November 17 at the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The ceremony will air live on Univision beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Blessd breaks down the tracks

Calling all Blessd fans! The Colombian artist released his second album, Siempre Beni.

Home to 13 tracks, including the previous “Instagram (Remix)” featuring De La Ghetto and Darell, and “Tendendia Global” featuring Myke Towers and Ovy on the Drums, Siempre Beni continues to consolidate the status of the artist as a revolutionary interpreter of Colombia.

The set navigates from songs that will inspire budding artists from neighborhoods dreaming big (like “Barrio Antioquia”), to songs about coming to terms with loneliness after a failed relationship (like “Solitario” assisted by Ñengo Flow) to songs inspired by his discovery of the world (like “Europa”).

Blessd breaks down five essential tracks from his new set. Read all about them here.

Halloween recap

Billboard compiled a list of some of the Latin music stars who got the job done this year. The list starts with Becky G and her boyfriend Sebastian Lletget, who dressed up as Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek) and Seth Gecko (George Clooney) in the 1996 film From dusk till dawn. The power couple is followed by entertainers like Anittam who dressed in beetle juice woman, and Rauw Alejandro, who dressed up as the blue ranger from the timeless Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, to name a few. See Halloween costumes here.

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