Karol G & Anuel AA Talk the Joys of Being Together and Recording With Ivy Queen

Anuel, who in recent weeks got heat for questioning Ivy Queen’s title as the “Queen” of reggaetón on his Instagram posts, said he’d be happy to collaborate with the pioneering rapper. “Why not? She’s a legend,” he said. 

As for Karol G? She already recorded with the legendary Puerto Rican diva. “I’ve always said it: I recorded in one of her songs that hasn’t been released. I hope they release it one day,” she said.

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New Latino chancellor makes history at CUNY, nation’s largest urban public university

Felix Matos Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico, will become the first person of color to lead the City University of New York in its 172-year history when he takes office Wednesday.

Matos Rodríguez has been recognized nationally for measurably boosting college retention and completion rates in the previous institutions he has led. He is currently the president of Queens College, part of CUNY, the nation’s largest urban public university system.

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Members Of The World’s Biggest Rum Family Work To Preserve A Centuries-Old Competitor

When Eduardo Bacardi describes the rum company he works for by saying, “There’re people who love it for so many different reasons; Some love the label or the history or the liquid or they know someone in the family,” he’s not talking about the rum you might expect. Though his name suggests a close association with the maker of the planet’s best-selling rum, he actually holds a top managerial position at a long-time Casa Bacardi competitor.

Rather than contributing his labor to the world’s largest family-owned spirits company, of which he’s the sixth generation of approximately 600 living family members, Bacardi serves as sales and marketing director for a relatively small-batch 139-year-old distillery just seven miles away from his birthright outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico — a cherished brand about which all but a few spirits connoisseurs have ever heard: Ron del Barrilito.

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9 Highlights From Wisin & Yandel’s Sony/ATV Iconic Songwriter Q&A Panel at Billboard Latin Music Week

Wisin & Yandel took the stage during 2019 Billboard Latin Music Week as part of this year’s Sony/ATV Iconic Songwriter Q&A session, moderated by Leila Cobo, Billboard’s Vice President and Latin Industry Lead.

The panel, which took place Tuesday (April 23) at The Venetian in Las Vegas, was introduced by Jorge Mejia, president Latin America & US Latin, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who emphasized that the Puerto Rican duo holds the most sold-out records at the Coliseo in Puerto Rico, with eight sold-out shows.

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Ozuna Talks Extortion Plot, Admits He Doesn’t Know What ‘Taki Taki’ Means at Billboard Latin Music Week

Puerto Rican reggaeton star Ozuna told a captive audience at Billboard’s Latin Music Week that his fans deserved an apology after it was revealed that the musician paid someone off to keep an explicit video of himself from being released.

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Singer-Songwriter iLe Rallies for Puerto Rican Freedom — And Her Own — in Upcoming LP, ‘Almadura’

“I want my country to be free,” said Ileana Cabra Joglar, better known as iLe, with one hand on her chest. During a recent performance at El Museo del Barrio — New York City’s leading art museum for the Latin American diaspora, and the jewel of Spanish Harlem — she took a moment between songs to give pause and take in the history of the space.

On May 10th, she’ll present Puerto Rico and the world with her intimate sophomore album, Almadura. A play on the word armadura (armor), the title literally translates to “strong soul” — a rather sane weapon of choice in arduous times. The 12 song collection is lyrically-focused, driven by emotion, and infused with call to actions between the lines for people from an island which has been colonized by the United States for over a century now.

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AVANDRA’s New Album Descender Is Post-Hurricane Prog Metal Fury From Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican progressive metal unit Avandra‘s sophomore effort Descender was written in the dark after Hurricane Maria by frontman and band mastermind Christian Ayala Cruz. So of course it stands to reason that behind all the technical wizardry and challenging songwriting, Descender is pissed. Which is why I’m so excited to premiere this record for you all today. Without knowing its background, Descender is a fantastically progressive record that manages to write songs that happen to be dazzlingly difficult, not just dexterity exercises to show off. But by knowing the record’s background, it adds a purpose to the edge and allows you to really dig in to their aggressiveness.

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This Is How Marc Anthony Balances His Megawatt Career with His Six Kids

In Latin America, music lovers treat Marc Anthony the way members of the Beyhive treat Beyoncé: like royalty. The 50-year-old New York City-born, Puerto Rican superstar is arguably the most famous Latin salsa singer of all time, having earned two Grammys and broken dozens upon dozens of records in the Latin music industry. Oh, and he just so happens to be Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband, plus the father of her two children.

Anthony is set to perform at the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 25. And he’s nominated for Tropical Artist of the Year, Solo (which he, uh, tends to win a lot). But before his performance makes waves, here’s a quick refresher on why the musician is so beloved—and how, as the father of six children, he juggles work with family and life at home.

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