El Condado De La Salsa y Jazz Latino The Best Latin Jazz CD’s of 2019 by Nelson Rodriguez

We all know that Jazz was created and cultivated in the United States and that Latin Jazz was created from the mind of Mario Buaza, before co-forming the Afro Cubans with Frank Grillo ‘Machito’ in the late 40’s. Latin Jazz was introduced through the music of Chano Pozo in the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra with the world famous song “Manteca”. In Cuba the mixture of Jazz with Latin instruments came in the form of Bebo Valdes and later the Cuban Jam Sessions of the late 50’s well after Afro Cuban Jazz had been introduced in the states by Machito & The Afro Cubans. Latin Jazz became a rage with Jazz musicians in the 50’s and 60’s basically by adding one Latin percussionist. Some of these musicians included Candido, Ray Barretto, Francisco Aguabella, Patato, Carlos Vidal, Armando Peraza, Ray Mantilla, as well as others.

Tito Puente, Cal T’Jader, Mongo Santamaria, Candido, Noro Morales, Chico O’Farrill and many others would start to record full LP’s in this exciting genre and while many Latinos, like Ray Barretto insisted that it was all Jazz, the ‘jazzers’ knew it was Latin Jazz (with the use of congas and/or bongos). Meanwhile, there was a different Latin Jazz coming out of places like Brazil that did not use Latin percussion but being from a Latin country was considered Latin Jazz also. For me that is Jazz and not Latin Jazz for the purpose of my article. If Latin Jazz was Jazz then why weren’t Latinos getting equal airplay at Jazz radio stations?

Tracking and writing about Latin Jazz since the 80’s I saw the re-birth of Latin Jazz with Salsa musicians, from the Salsa Romantica era, looking for a way to voice their instrument and stretch themselves as musicians and turning to Latin Jazz. You now had Irakere (probably one of the greatest Latin Jazz bands of all time and what I call the University of Latin Jazz with the alumni that included Chucho Valdes, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval), from Cuba, making a big name for themselves by being signed to CBS Records. By the 80’s Concord Records had one of the next big names, from the Cal T’Jader band, named Poncho Sanchez and independents surfaced like Papo Vazquez, Dave Valentin (for so many years with the GRP label), Ray Vega, Bongo Logic, Shades Of Jade and Bobby Matos. Many non-Latinos recorded Latin Jazz throughout the decades and some have spent their careers doing Latin Jazz like Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, Clare Fischer, Dave Samuels, Steve Khan

Each year since the mid-80’s we have seen some great Latin Jazz recordings done by both Latinos and non-Latinos and over the last few years we have been seeing the ratio of Latino and non-Latinos very close to even.

We also have been seeing a huge absence of the artists we had grown to seeing on a regular basis originally on the record shelves but now mostly online. We see re-issues from time to time but where are the constant names we all loved like Papo Vazquez, Ray Mantilla, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’ Rivera, Chembo Corniel, Bobby Sanabria, John Santos, Nestor Torres, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hilario Duran, Little Johnny Rivero, Oskar Cartaya, Bobby Rodriguez, Julio Padron, Ray Vega, Rebeca Mauleon, Jane Bunnett, David Sanchez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Edy Martinez, Johnny Blas, Irakere, Mango, Tito D’ Gracia, Tony Lujan, Mitch Frohman (alone or with his Bronx Horns), Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Pete Rodriguez, Chuchito Valdes, Ralph Irizarry, Arturo Stable, Steve Kroon, Eliseo Borrero, Charlie Sepulveda, Arturo O’Farrill and his Big Band, Miguel Zenon, Calixto Oviedo, Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz, Pedro Guzman, Orlando Poleo, Pete Escovedo, Willie Rodriguez, Mark Levine, Snowboy & The Latin Section, Sammy Figueroa, Luis Marin, Edsel Gomez, Yosvany Terry, Elio Villafranca, Mike Freeman, Chris Washburne & S.Y.O.T.O.S., Manuel Valera, Harvey Swartz,  the Estrada Brothers, Luis Conte, Luis Perdomo, Wendell Rivera, Victor Rendon, Susie Hansen, Luis Bonilla, Jazz On The Latin side all Stars, Paoli Mejias, Andy Duran, Steve Turre and so many more that can be present with all the new recordings that are coming out.

You have so many Salseros that have done Latin Jazz like Oscar Hernandez, Joe Gonzalez (just this year), Tommy Villariny del Sur Al Norte, Edwin Clemente, Jose Luis Cortes, Enrique Lazaga (just this year), Papo Lucca, Artie Webb, Raul Agraz, Andy Gonzalez, Bobby Valentin, Pedro Bermudez

With all that said we do see some awesome recordings coming out each year from legendary names along with the new artists and this year is no different. This year’s list has 9 debuts, first time Salseros Machito Jr, and Enrique Lazaga recorded Latin Jazz and 8 were non-Latinos.

Here are the 2019 Best Latin Jazz CD’s we heard this year:

1-Carlos Henriquez- Dizzy Con Clave

2-Siguarajazz- De Pelicula

3-John Rodriguez- Brutal

4-Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet- The Rhythm Of Invention

5-Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre- Love The Moment

6-Poncho Sanchez- Trane’s Delight

7-Chucho Valdes- Bata Jazz 2

8-Bill O’Connell and The Afro Caribbean Ensemble- Wind Off The Hudson

9-Steve Khan- Patchwork

10-Gunter Brock- Entre Amigos

11-Machito Jr. & Cubology- For My Grandsons

12-GC and The Cuban Cowboys

13-Michel Camilo- Essence

14-Joe Gonzalez- 62nd & 10th

15-Carlos Sarduy- Luz

16-El Comite- So What?

17-Andy Williams & Alabama All Stars- De La Habana A Alabama

18-Patricio Bonilla- Volando Bajito

19-Classico Latino- Havana Classico

20-Samuel Torres- Alegria

21-Humberto Ramirez- 8 Doors

22-Trombeatz- A Caribbean Thing

23-Ryan Timoffe Timba Jazz- Cuban Safari

24-Cuban Jazz Report

25-Juan Alamo & Marijazz- Ruta Panoramica

26-Enrique Lazaga

27-Chemi Nakai- Ascendent

28-The Cuban Latin Jazz- Juntos Por Siempre

29-Owen Watt & Bobby Carcasses- Carlito’s Tune

30-Sr. Ortegon- The Latin Experience

El Condado De La Salsa y Jazz Latino The Best Latin Jazz CD’s of 2019 by Nelson Rodriguez

El Condado De La Salsa y Jazz Latino The Best Salsa Recordings of 2019 by Nelson Rodriguez

One of the greatest things God has given us is the ability to make our own judgements, choices and individual tastes in everything including music choices. I love salsa that swings, has great arrangements and excellent collaborations. I love concept recordings and recordings that make a statement while offering the dancer memorable music. While I love my ‘old skool’ Salsa Dura I also love what is being produced today.

I have been formulating this list of the best Salsa recordings, since February, keeping in mind key elements that helps me in my selections. My cut-off date for these selections is in November which means I include recordings released in November & December from the year before. It cannot be an EP (usually a recording of 4 to 6 songs) less than 7 songs. It can be from the previous year or longer if it was never released before (ie. A recording from the 80’s being released now for the first time as in the case of Van Lester scheduled to be released soon). You can make my list if you have Pop, Latin Jazz or other genres in the recording but in the case of Pop you will be low on my list. I’m sorry to the fans of Pop but to me I only except Pop in a Salsa form or Latin Jazz for the purpose of this ‘Best of’ list.

Why do I bring this up? Because of the recent Latin Grammy Salsa award that went to Tony Succar’s “Mas De Mi”. Just to be sure about my decision I went back and heard the entire CD to make sure I did not make a hasty judgement and I still contend that the nominees Mario Ortiz All-Star Band, Eddie Palmieri and the Quintero Project had better recordings. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tony Succar and he has done some great recordings that should have gotten nominated, but “Mas De Mi” should not even been nominated. While I truly loved “Sentimiento Original” featuring Haila & Issac Delgado (the collaboration theory), Jean Rodriguez’ voice and the arrangement on the sensual “Uno De Los Dos”, the rest of the CD was primarily Salsa Romantica with POP songs. I know why Tony produced it and I commend him but a salsa Grammy winner it is not. With that said I congratulate Tony Succar on the win.

It’s my opinion but I know many who agree with me and I can safely bet that some who agree with me are on this ‘Best of 2019’ list which many Salsa fans will also agree with. Remember ‘para eso se inventaron los colores’ (That’s why colors were invented) which allows us to pick our favorites. Here are the recordings everyone was talking about in 2019.

 

1-Mario Ortiz All Star Band- 55 Aniversario

2-Eddie Palmieri- Mi Luz Mayor

3-Alfonso Osuna Big Band- Sabrosura Full

4-Don Perignon y La Puertorriqueña- Cultura y Sabor

5-Eduardo Zayas y su EZ Banda- Nacido Entre Titanes

6-Tommy Olivencia Jr. y La Primerisima- Plante Bandera De Nuevo

7-Don Goro- Para El Mundo Latino

8-Charlie Cruz- Recordando El Papa De La Salsa 20 Años Despues

9-Ruben Blades & Wynton Marsalis- Una Noche Con Ruben Blades

10-Alain Perez y Amigos- A Romper El Coco

11-Luisito Ayala y La Puerto Rican Power- 40 Años De Power

12-VibraSon- Llego VibraSon

13-Pete Perignon- Blanco y Negro

14-Elito Reve y su Charangon- Dos Leyendas De Reve a Van Van

15-La Paris All Star Orchestra- R&B and Pop Hits in Salsa

16-Orquesta Irawo De Mexico- Con Salsa De Verdad

17-Julito Alvarado Del Sur Al Norte- Aniversario (Keep on Keeping On)

18-Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café- Tributo Desde Londre a Cali

19-Issac Delgado- Lluvia y Fuego

20-Orchestra Fuego- Vengan Todos A Bailar

21-Tromboranga- Te Voy a Cantar

22-8 Y Mas- Otra Ruta

23-Monika Mesa- La Suerte Es Loca

24-Leonardo Garcia- Doce

25-Marlow Rosado- Feminomania

26-The Echo Park Project- El Pin Pin Pon

27-Jeremy Bosch- Prefacio: The Music of Cheo Feliciano

28-Yanela Brooks- Featuring Tops of Cuba

29-New Swing Sextet- Lo Que Traigo Yo

30-Congana 2

31-Haila- Canta Armando Manzanero (Con Todo Respeto)

32-Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco- Para Bailar Este Son

33-La 33- Si Tu Quieres Salsa

34-Johnny Cruz & Adalberto Santiago- Trayectoria De Clasicos

35-La Picante- La Rumba No Para

36-Orquesta La Potente- Viajando En El Tiempo

37-John Upegui- Legado

38-Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra- Dialectica

39-Josean Rivera- Un Sonero Para El Pueblo

40-Mercadonegro- Somos Del Barrio           

41-Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor- Que Tiene Que Te Mueve

42-Pedro Ortega & Orquesta Corporacion Latina- Un Regalo Para El Mundo

43-Lisset Morales & Reinier Bonachea- Otra Oportunidad

44-Gilberto Santa Rosa- 40…y Contando (En Vivo Desde Puerto Rico)

45-Allan Cate- Recuerdos De Cuba

46-Cal State LA Afro Latin Ensemble- 70

47-Frank Marquez-Hijo

48-Conciencia Clasica- Entre Cielo e’ Infierno

49-Kharim Santos- Mi Tiempo y En Mi Esquina

50-Alex Torres- Guarapo y Mermelada

51-Orquesta Magia Caribeña Federico Jr- 30 Aniversario

52-Marc Anthony- Opus

53-Tony Succar- Mas De Mi

54-Orquesta Mulata Son- No Vale Rendirse

55-Conjunto Caribeño- Original Y Sabroso

56-Enrique Alvarez y su Charanga Latina- Pa’ Que Se Acabe El Comentario

57-Renzo Padilla- El Borincaico

58-Kiki Valera- Vivencias En Clave Cubana

59-Diego Gale y su Quinto Mayor- Callejero

60-David Morales (El Capitan De La Salsa)- El Original

61-Septeto Acarey- La Llave Del Son

62-Luchito Muñoz- Antagenico

63-Orquesta Asiel- Pero Llegaste Tu

64-Maikel Dinza Y Soneros De La Juventud- Pa’ Que Bailen To

65-Panchito Amat y su Cabildo Del Son- El Swing del Son

66-Rigo y su Obra Maestra Presenta a Betsy Lopez- Le Cantare Al Bailador

67-Canarias Salsa All Star

68-Mas Bajo- Tiempo A Tiempo

69-Papo Medina- Nunca Es Tarde

70-Yellow House Orchestra- Pop

71-Pibo Marquez y La Colombiana- Agradeciendo

72-Victor Maldonado & Orquesta Novedades- Soberania

73-David Lenis- Señales de Humo

74-Chispa y sus Complices- Cuba Me Llama

75-Pedrito Calvo- A Mi Manera

76-Mosie Gonzalez su 4.40 Havana- Irrepetible

77-Hector Aponte- Matices De La Musica

78-Roberto Armas y los Conquistadores De La Salsa-

79-Raul Gallimore y La Inmensidad- Positivo

80-Sitara Son Ft. Lazaro Galarraga- Sentimental Reason

81-Son De Obano Orquesta- Soy Original

82-Sol Caribe De Cuba- Soy Del Caribe

83-Charley Hernandez- La Distancia

84-Potente Urbano- Enterate

85-Luis Papo Marquez- Primogenito

86-Son De Oro- La Gran Pelea

87-Manana Club y Papucho- Pa’ Cualquiera

88-Conexion Cubana- La Maravilla

89-Roberto Santamaria- Cuban Soul Train

90-Pelusa y La Banda Caramba- Salsa A Domicilio

El Condado De La Salsa y Jazz Latino The Best Salsa Recordings of 2019 by Nelson Rodriguez

CUBANISMS “TRILINGUAL”

La agrupación entorno al tresero y arreglista Michael McClintock regresa con su mas reciente y segundo trabajo discográfico Trilingual. Creados en Kansas, Estados Unidos,  Cubanisms debuto en el 2017 con el disco Acento Cubano.

En esta ocasión y a diferencia de su previo album, donde se opto por el sonido de la flauta, se incluye el saxofón -a cargo de James Isaac-. De resto escuchamos a la misma formación, con la adición del percusionista Miko Spears.

El disco abre con el clásico Costumbres, popularizado por Rocio Durcal. Bruno Bessa vocaliza este numero que también destaca a James Isaac en el saxofón. La Gloria Eres Tu, una composición de José Antonio Méndez, destaca la increíble voz de Fedra Cooper con un solo del mismo McClintock en la guitarra. Flor Palida, el numero popularizado por Marc Anthony -aunque de la autoría del cubano Polo Montanez-, es revisitado con majestuoso arreglo McClintock, con el inédito soneo de Bessa en portugués. Uno de los himnos de Juan Luis Guerra es Bachata Rosa. El puente que siente aqui con el bolero es evidente. Compuesto por Antônio Carlos Jobim, el tradicional numero Aguas De Março tiende puentes con el bossa nova y destaca el tandem vocal Copper y Bessa. Contigo en la distancia del cantautor cubano César Portillo de la Luz, presenta la acertada Fedra Cooper en la parte vocal. Peope Are People de Depeche Mode es adaptado con al estilo Cubanisms.

Cubanisms propone un discurso musical con un sonido muy orgánico. Valiendose del portugués, el ingles y el español, logran crear un disco sui-generis. Un Viaje sonoro envolvente que nos pasea por diferentes estados de animo y embruja desde el primer hasta el ultimo corte. El acercamiento a cada pieza es de una sensibilidad exquisita.

www.cubanismsband.com

        

        

CUBANISMS “TRILINGUAL”

GLAD Empire, el gigante de la era musical digital, forma parte del conteo anual Year-End de la revista Billboard

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GLAD Empire, el gigante de la distribución musical digital con más de 15 años de experiencia en el mercado, figura en el conteo anual de Billboard como una de las disqueras más destacadas del año 2019.
Liderando un total de 4 categorías en la listas del conteo anual Year- End de Billboard, GLAD Empire afirma su liderazgo en la industria musical y su constante diversificación en las distintas áreas de la distribución digital. Para cerrar el año con broche de oro, GLAD Empire se posiciona en las siguientes listas:
– Latin Airplay Labels, puesto #9
– Top Latin Labels, puesto #4
– Top Latin Albums Labels, puesto #4
– Latin Rhythm Album Labels, puesto #4
Recientemente, la compañía cuyas sedes se localizan en las ciudades de Orlando, Florida (sede principal) y San Juan, Puerto Rico, anunció la expansión de su marca, ofreciendo una experiencia integral para sus clientes. Comenzando por Get Low Studios, 3 innovadores estudios de alta tecnología, para la creación, grabación, mezcla y masterización de piezas musicales o comerciales. Además, cuenta con un nuevo estudio integral para artes audiovisuales que lleva por nombre: Conteni2 Film and Photography Studio.
GLAD Empire finaliza un exitoso 2019, esperando un 2020 con una mayor capacidad para ofrecer nuevas experiencias a sus clientes a nivel internacional.
GLAD Empire, el gigante de la era musical digital, forma parte del conteo anual Year-End de la revista Billboard

La Industria INC entre las disqueras latinas más exitosas del 2019 según la revista Billboard

La compañía de origen colombiano que se destaca por el manejo, representación e impulso de artistas: La Industria INC, celebra su liderazgo como una de las disqueras latinas más exitosas del 2019, según el conteo anual Year- End realizado por la revista Billboard.
La Industria INC, la disquera que ha sido pieza clave en las carreras artísticas de estrellas como: Nicky Jam y Manuel Turizo, celebra, junto a su fundador Juan Diego Medina, el posicionamiento de su compañía como una de las más destacadas de este 2019.
En el conteo anual Year-End realizado por la revista Billboard, que reconoce a los artistas, temas y disqueras más exitosos del año, La Industria INC destaca en 4 diferentes listados:
–       Airplay Imprints, puesto # 5
–       Hot Latin Songs Imprints, puesto # 7
–       Latin Pop Songs Imprints, puesto #5
–       Latin Rhythm Songs Imprints, puesto #5
Actualmente, “la casa musical” es responsable del éxito de: Nicky Jam, Manuel Turizo, Valentino, ChocQuibTown, y, recientemente le dio la bienvenida a su más nueva estrella el chileno Mati Gómez.
“La Industria INC es la materialización de mis sueños, estoy orgulloso de cada uno de los artistas que representamos y el valor que tienen en la industria, en el 2020 vamos con todo” afirma Juan Diego Medina.
La Industria INC entre las disqueras latinas más exitosas del 2019 según la revista Billboard

Nio García y Casper Mágico se posicionan en el conteo “Year-End” de la revista Billboard con “Te Boté Remix”

El éxito mundial “Te Boté Remix” sigue sonando con fuerza a nivel mundial
“Te Boté Remix” el tema que revolucionó la industria musical en el 2018, interpretado por Nio García, Casper Mágico, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny y Ozuna, sigue siendo un éxito internacional a finales del 2019, ya que, en el conteo anual realizado por la revista Billboard, el sencillo figura en 4 distintas listas de los temas más escuchados del año.
“Te Boté Remix” tuvo su lanzamiento oficial en el mes de abril del año 2018, bajo el sello de Flow La Movie, Inc., liderado por el empresario puertorriqueño, José A. Hernández, con la distribución de GLAD Empire. Desde entonces, el tema se convirtió en un himno a nivel mundial, catapultando la novel carrera artística de Nio García y Casper Mágico.
Hoy, el tema posee más de 2 billones de reproducciones en YouTube, y después de más de un año “arrasando” en la industria musical, vuelve a aparecer en el conteo final anual de la revista Billboard, en el que “Te Boté Remix” continúa marcando la pauta en las siguientes categorías:
– Hot Latin Songs, puesto #10
– Latin Streaming Songs, Puesto #7
– Latin Airplay Songs, puesto #33
– Latin Rhythm Airplay Songs, puesto #34
“Cuando grabamos este tema nunca o nos imaginamos el impacto que iba a tener”, comentó Nio García.
 
“Estamos feliz de seguir disfrutando de este tema tan especial con nuestros fanáticos”, añadió Casper Mágico.
La carrera artística de ambos intérpretes continúa en pleno crecimiento. Recientemente, Casper Mágico anunció el lanzamiento de su tema “Fantasmita remix” junto a Alex Rose, Bryant Myers y Juhn, que en menos de una semana ha logrado acumular más de 3 millones de visitas en YouTube. Por su parte “El Dragón” del género Nio García, continúa la promoción de su tema “Hoy se bebe remix”junto a Rauw Alejandro y Brytiago, disponible en todas las plataformas digitales
Nio García y Casper Mágico se posicionan en el conteo “Year-End” de la revista Billboard con “Te Boté Remix”

KAROL G CLOSES OUT 2019 AS THE #1 LATIN FEMALE ARTIST IN THE WORLD “TUSA” WITH NICKI MINAJ HOLDS THE #1 SPOT ON BILLBOARD’S HOT LATIN SONGS CHART AND IS #1 IN 13 COUNTRIES WHILE SITTING AT #12 ON SPOTIFY’S GLOBAL CHART

Credit: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

“[‘Tusa’] is a catchy song about heartbreak”

“The pair luxuriate in pink.”

“In Spanish and English the pop stars deliver an empowering, care-free post-breakup anthem.”

“KAROL G is leading urbano’s new wave”

KAROL G and Nicki Minaj’s “Tusa” ends the decade on a high note coming in at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart while simultaneously sitting at #14 on Spotify’s Global Chart. The official music video has broken records too, reigning in at #1 in 13 countries making it the top Latin video in the world on YouTube and making KAROL G the only female artist with two videos on the YouTube 2019 Rewind Top 10 Global.

Since its November release, “Tusa” has been certified two-times platinum by the RIAA and in its first month, “Tusa” garnered over 200+ million streams globally. The track has also climbed charts across all digital platforms ranking #1 in 14 countries on Apple Music, #1 in 13 countries on Spotify, #1 on the YouTube Global Video chart and #12 on Spotify’s global chart.

In addition to groundbreaking achievements, KAROL G has been ranked by Spotify as one of their 2019 Global Artists making her their top Latin Female Artist of 2019. With this placement, KAROL G is closing the year as the most listened to female artist in the US (Latin), Spain, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. Additionally, KAROL G is the only woman listed among the Top 10 most listened to Latin artists in the US and among the Top 5 most listened to artists in Mexico of the decade.

Her success extends beyond the music, KAROL G has also partnered with Instagram on its Checkout feature making her the first Latin artist to debut an online store on the social platform. As part of the partnership, she debuted a limited edition “Tusa” hoodie which sold out in its first 24 hours. KAROL G plans to release more items in the online store… stay tuned for more!

With a rabid fanbase of over 60 million and nearly five billion views across YouTube, KAROL G has become the most watched female pop artists on YouTube globally. In 2017 she released her debut album, Unstoppable, which landed at #1 on The Billboard Latin Chart making the album the biggest debut for a Latin female urban artist in recent years. With reggaetón at her core, Karol G’s unique blend of urban, Caribbean and R&B influences have placed the Latin GRAMMY Award-winner as the undisputed best-selling Latin female artist in the world. Her sophomore album Ocean is now certified 7X Platinum in the United States and broke Apple Music’s sales records as the fastest album by a female Latin artist to land #1 worldwide.

In addition to her 2018 Latin GRAMMY Award, the global superstar has received nods from the People’s Choice Awards, Billboard Latin Music Awards, Latin American Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, Premios Juventud and more. Not to mention the unanimous praise from press like The New York Times, Vulture, PAPERVICE, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Complex, Noisey and many others from around the world.

All of this, along with KAROL G’s 60 million fans worldwide, is setting the stage for yet another record-breaking year for the Colombian singer in 2020.

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KAROL G CLOSES OUT 2019 AS THE #1 LATIN FEMALE ARTIST IN THE WORLD “TUSA” WITH NICKI MINAJ HOLDS THE #1 SPOT ON BILLBOARD’S HOT LATIN SONGS CHART AND IS #1 IN 13 COUNTRIES WHILE SITTING AT #12 ON SPOTIFY’S GLOBAL CHART