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7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton
These artists have been a part of the genre's revival and each have made unique contributions that are sparking excitement over what projects they'll do next
Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15 and among other standouts to consider in the world of music, reggaeton is shining bright. With roots in Panama and Puerto Rico, reggaeton has introduced the world to a genre that mixes hip hop, salsa, reggae and a dembow beat. Many salute Daddy Yankee's hit "Gasolina," released in 2004, for pinning the genre on the map in the early '00s — the hit reached No. 32 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 2005. The song was on the album, Barrio Fino, that won Daddy Yankee his first Latin GRAMMY for Best Urban Music Album.
In the last few years, reggaeton has been placed back in the limelight of the mainstream music world thanks to Latin GRAMMY winner J Balvin who is credited with having shifted the genre's center-of-action to Colombia while pursuing what Rolling Stone has described as "a mission to globalize" reggaeton. But Balvin has only been the beginning.
Here is a closer look at 7 artists who represent this growing wave, following Balvin's revitalizing revival. Each has made unique contributions to that success and are sparking excitement over what projects they'll do next.
1. Karol G
Singer Karol G's debut album Unstoppable was released in Nov. 2017 and broke into the Billboard 200. Originally from Colombia, collaborations with Nicky Jam and Bad Bunny boosted her recognition. Now her natural authority and her ability to be playful with pop style have made her album's title seem to apply to Karol G's own talent.
Maluma released his third album, F.A.M.E., in May 2018, which reached No. 37 on the Billboard 200 in June. From Colombia, his dreams of playing soccer faded as the popularity of his singles attracted growing attention. Their power has broken into Billboard's Hot 100 three times, including "Corazon" with Nego do Borel this year. His duet "Clandestino" with Shakira helped heat up the summer, but like the other artists on this list, his sunshine is much greater than any one song.
3. Natti Natasha
From the Dominican Republic, Natti Natasha's first album All About Me was released in 2012 and she has been associated with her mentor and early champion Don Omar. Although she is yet to demonstrate what she can do in the album format, her proven ability to electrify singles has been clear as lightning in 2018. Two of her collaborations landed on Billboard's Hot 100 this year, "Criminal" with Ozuna and "Sin Pijama" with Becky G.
No sophomore slump for Ozuna, whose second album Aura was just released in Aug. 2018 accompanied by spectacular charting for his singles. From Puerto Rico, Ozuna's long-awaited debut was 2017's Odisea, which reached No. 22 on the Billboard 200, followed by Aura reaching No. 7 this month. "Única" broke into the Hot 100, reaching No. 72 this month, his sixth track on that chart this year.
5. Justin Quiles
Best known so far for his songwriting, Justin Quiles was born in Connecticut, moved with his family to Puerto Rico, moved back to Connecticut for high school and then back to the island to break into the music business. His 2016 album La Promesa reached No. 2 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. In an interview with Remezcla, earlier this year, he defended the pop-crossover side of the genre as still connected to its roots, saying, "There are always people taking it to old school reggaeton."
6. Los Rakas
Los Rakas' self-titled 2016 major-label debut was nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. Cousins, Raka Dun was born in Panama and Raka Rich was born in California but spent his childhood in Panama City. "Rakataka" is a Panamanian slur for people from the slums, but the duo embrace the designation as describing their roots, and their music is all about uplift. Early collaborations with major artists included Blondie and Major Lazer. Although the duo are still a minor part of the 2018 reggaeton diaspora, it is good to include Panamanian urban music because Panama has deep reggaeton roots of its own.
Like some others on this list, the road to Reykon's first album was stellar. El Lider was released in May 2018 and reached No. 20 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums including Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam among its featured artists. His work leading up to that is considered to have made Reykon and reggaeton into synonyms in his native Colombia. He has a featured spot himself on Kali Uchis' 2018 debut Isolation, on the track "Nuestro Planeta."
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.