From career milestones to new music releases to major announcements and those little important moments, Billboard editors highlight uplifting moments in Latin music. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.
Emilia Makes Moves in Spain
Emilia kicked off 2024 by revealing that she sold out her upcoming show in Madrid’s WiZink Center slated for July 6. Not only is it a remarkable feat to achieve six months ahead of the big date but it’s also the Argentine pop star’s first time performing at a venue of this capacity in Spain. Just last month, Emilia made history in her native country selling out 10 shows at the Movistar Arena in Buenos Aires in only 10 hours. The shows are set to take place in April for a collective audience of more than 100,000 fans. Billboard can confirm that, to date, only Emilia and Luis Miguel have achieved this feat.
Grupo Firme’s Europe Takeover
Speaking of concerts, this week Grupo Firme announced that they too are hitting the road in 2024 with their La Última Peda tour. Though the dates and venues are yet to be revealed, Firme confirmed they will be visiting fans in Mexico, the U.S., Latin America and, for the first time, Europe, becoming one of the few Mexican banda groups to do a tour in European territory. “You dictate where you want to see Grupo Firme. The most mentioned cities or countries [in the comments] will be where we will be present,” the group shared on Instagram.
Xavi Dominates the Charts
In other música Mexicana news, rising Mexican-American artist Xavi scored his first Billboard No. 1 hit this week with “La Diabla” crowing the Hot Latin Songs chart. The viral track pushed Bad Bunny’s “Monaco” to the No. 2 spot after it spent 11 weeks at the top. “Super grateful with everyone and the whole team,” he previously told Billboard. “We’ve been doing everything with love, giving it our all to keep pushing our music and culture to new heights.” Additionally, Xavi’s “La Victima” jumped seven to five on that chart. This week, Karol G also let her followers on Instagram know that she’s been listening to Xavi.
Bad Bunny’s New Year’s Resolution
In true fashion, Bad Bunny surprised fans at the start of this week (on New Year’s Eve) with the official music video of “No Me Quiero Casar,” part of his 2023 album nadie sabe lo que va a pasar mañana. In the nearly 10-minute-long video, the Puerto Rican artist is seen hanging out with family and friends at a NYE party—to everyone’s concern, they are all curious to know when Bad Bunny is going to settle down and get married. Annoyed by the questions and comments, and even his friends in relationships, Bunny decides to walk away and sing about living his best single life. The music video features an acting cameo by Cuban-American comedian Marcello Hernandez of Saturday Night Live and renowned Colombian DJ Alex Sensation. Revisit the clip below.
The article “Emilia Sells Out Concert in Spain & More Uplifting Moments in Latin Music” by Jessica Roiz was published on 06/01/2024 by www.billboard.com