Karyn Leon will open for The Rolling Stones and more inspirational moments

Karyn Leon will open for The Rolling Stones and more inspirational moments

From career milestones to new music releases to big announcements and those little milestones, billboard editors highlight inspiring moments in Latin music. Here’s what happened in the world of Latin music this week.

Karin Leon and The Rolling Stones

Regional Mexican star Karin Leon is set to open for The Rolling Stones in Glendale, Arizona on May 7. “This is one of the things I dreamed about when I was a little boy,” Leon posted on social media. The “Según Quién” singer will join the rock band, who are set to kick off their Stones ’24 Hackney Diamonds US tour in April. Most recently, Leon teamed up with Kane Brown to release “The One (Pero No Como Yo),” a remarkable crossover between country and Mexican music. In February, Leon reached a career milestone with his debut performance at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry.

Lupita Infante’s version of “Canto del Bracero”

Mexican American singer Lupita Infante has released a new version of “Canto Del Bracero,” a song originally released by her grandfather, iconic Mexican singer and actor Pedro Infante. The song shines a spotlight on the sacrifices and hardships experienced by immigrants, especially Mexican workers, in their pursuit of the so-called “American Dream.”

“I felt a special connection to this beautiful song of my grandfather’s that talks about the hardships of being an immigrant living in this country,” Lupita said in a statement. “My maternal family (not the Infantes) came to this country to work as braceros (Mexican farm laborers) and my mother would work in the vineyards. The lyrics of the piece are about bracers who came to this country hoping to achieve their dreams of a better life but instead suffered. I wanted to bring my grandfather’s powerful message back to the forefront as it still rings true today.”

The first ever Billboard Spanish-language music forum in Madrid

Madrid’s first Spanish language music forum presented by the Madrid community and maintained by billboard, was held on March 19 at the WiZink Center. The one-day event — attended by around 500 artists, managers and industry executives — aimed to highlight the growing consumption of Spanish-language music on the continents and featured four panel discussions, as well as a Q&A and a performance by Nicky Nicole. The Argentine superstar shared that she made music with Alejandro Sanz and talked about putting her mental health first in her career and personally.

See highlights from Nikki Nicole’s Q&A here.

Shakira’s new album is finally here

Good things come to those who wait, and Shakira’s fans have waited long enough. The Colombian hitmaker released Women don’t cry anymore, her new album in seven years. The project, the superstar’s most personal album to date, takes her on a healing journey after a very public breakup. With this set, Shakira takes control of her narrative, declaring that women don’t cry anymore, a statement she made in her Bizarrap-produced music session that has become a motto for women around the world. “I hope that with this album you can celebrate, laugh, dance and find your own strength, just like I found mine,” Shakira said at the album’s release party in Miami on March 21.

billboard ranks all songs on Women don’t cry anymore. See who took first place.

Seeing double?

J Balvin has two new Madame Tussauds wax figures: one in New York and one in Las Vegas. The Colombian artist expressed his excitement on Instagram at the two similarities. “It’s amazing how dreams come true, you rarely find yourself face to face and it’s not a reflection in a mirror heheheh Triple JoSSSe,” he captioned the clip. “Keep dreaming and believe it yourself ⚡️ Go see it and take a picture with me Thanks @madametussaudsusa PA LA CULTURA.”

“J Balvin’s wax figures at Madame Tussauds New York and Madame Tussauds Las Vegas epitomize his indelible influence on music and culture,” said Matthew Clarkson, head of marketing for Madame Tussauds USA. “With our recently renovated music experience in New York and the brand new Club T in Las Vegas, his presence adds another dimension to the immersive experiences we offer. It’s a testament to its lasting impact and our dedication to creating dynamic experiences that resonate with visitors around the world.”

Check out the wax figures below:

Jay Balvin

Madame Tussauds

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