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:
Angela Aguilar honors artisan women
This week, Angela Aguilar paid tribute to the beautiful and hardworking labor of artisan women in Mexico. In a photo, where she’s wearing a hand-made traditional dress, the Regional Mexican songstress expressed, “I carry our traditions in the embroideries of my dresses wherever we go, it fills me with pride to stand on stage dressed in Mexico.” Aguilar’s post was in celebration of World Embroidery Day on July 30.
NEON 16, Tommy Mottola, and MITH Media unite for a good cause
Multifaceted talent incubator NEON16, music executive Tommy Mottola, and MITH Media have joined forces with the mission of changing the world, together. This week, co-founders Lex Borrero, Marco “Tainy” Masis, Tommy Mottola, and Charlie Guerrero, launched HUMAN (X), a multimedia charity initiative with the purpose of curating and funding messages of humanity. Their goal, according to an official statement, is to spotlight and fund important causes to create a tangible solution.
On August 5th, HUMAN (X) will debut a charity single dubbed “Pa’ La Cultura” in collaboration with David Guetta, Sofia Reyes, Abraham Mateo, De La Ghetto, Manuel Turizo, Zion & Lennox, Lalo Ebratt, Thalia, and Maejor. All proceeds will be donated to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and their ART/WORKS fellowship program to help immigrants impacted by the global health crisis.
Latin representation at the MTV VMAs
Earlier this week, MTV announced the nominations for the 2020 Video Music Awards with Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga leading the pack with nine noms each. This year’s nominees also include Latin artists Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Karol G, J Balvin, Maluma, CNCO, Natti Natasha, and Rosalia. The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards 2020 will air on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET, live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
A skit by Natti Natasha & Marko Musica
Inspired by Natti Natasha’s latest song “Que Mal Te Fue,” Venezuelan comedian Marko Musica and the Dominican singer shared a new comedy skit that’s totally relatable. In the short video, Marko is seen hiding in the bathroom, sending voice messages to his ex-girlfriend, portrayed by Natti, and telling her that he can’t forget her. Meanwhile, Marko’s new girlfriend is waiting for him outside, without a clue that he’s missing his ex. Watch it below.
Celebrating El Dany’s legacy
A group of Cuban artists got together this week in memory of El Dany, the late singer of duo Yomil Y El Dany. Moderated by radio personality DJ Yus on the music streaming and audio distribution platform, Audiomack, the panel included renowned Cuban acts such as Chala, Osmani Garcia, and Yulien Oviedo, to name a few, who shared personal and professional anecdotes about El Dany. Daniel Muñoz Borrego, better known as El Dany, died July 18 at a hospital in Havana. He was 31 years old. In case you missed the panel, watch it below.