Romeo Santos’ voice is hypnotizing. His bachata is like delicious, warm butter to our ears. We’ve melted to his music and his sexiness. This has been happening since 1995, since his band Los Tinellers released their self-produced album Trampa de Amor. Finally, the rest of the world is catching up.
Noisey’s latest feature on Santos talks about how people like Nicky Minaj, Usher, Lil’ Wayne, and Drake are taking notice…how they’ve all done collaborations with him in Spanish. Duh! He’s sold out venues all over the world, including two nights at the Yankee Stadium — neither Metallica nor Pink Floyd can say the same thing.
Although we’ve taken note of this rising star for the better part of two decades, we’re happy he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves stateside.
Nicky Jam is stepping in 2021 with something for everyone. The Boricua OG will be reaching out to his younger fans as Butch the Cat in Tom & Jerry. The movie was released to HBO Max and theaters on Feb. 26. For his longtime fans, there’s his new single “Fan de Tus Fotos” with Romeo Santos.
Nicky Jam is growing his Hollywood résumé.
“I’m a big fan of Tom & Jerry,” Jam tells Latido Music. “You know you made it when you do something that’s got to do with the kids. Children are everything. That’s the future of our world. That’s going to be iconic and all the kids are going to watch that forever.”
Tom & Jerry is Jam’s latest foray into Hollywood. The movie also stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, and fellow reggaetonero Ozuna. Last year, Jam appeared in the blockbuster Bad Boys for Life and in 2019, he was able to tell his life story in the Netflix series Nicky Jam: El Ganador.
Don’t worry. Music is still in the mix.
This year Jam expanded his brand with The Rockstar Show, his YouTube talk show where he chats with other Latin music superstars. Recent guests include Maluma, Karol G, and Luis Fonsi. Music is still a part of the picture. His recent tease of his next album is the sexy “Fan de Tus Fotos” with the King of Bachata. In an exclusive interview with Latido Music, Jam talked to us about taking on Hollywood and reteaming with Santos.
What can you tell us about your character in Tom & Jerry?
I’m an alley cat. I’m playing Butch. You know I can relate because I’m an alley cat myself. I’m from the streets. You know what I’m saying? I got that New York accent, so I think it’s a good combination. My favorite color is black, so for some reason, it’s a good combination.
What was the experience like to team up with Romeo Santos again for “Fan de Tus Fotos”?
It was really good because I was really, really looking forward to doing something with Romeo Santos alone because [last time we] did a song with Daddy Yankee [“Bella y Sensual“]. I said, “You know, we need to something alone because it’s part of my bucket list.” I sent him a song first and he was like, [Nicky imitating Romeo’s voice] “Yo, Nicky, I don’t know. I don’t like this song. I think it’s not my style.” And then I sent him another one and he was like, “The song’s a hit, but I don’t see me there.” And then I sent him the third one and he loved the song. We did the video. You know. The rest is history.
What was the experience like to regroup with Daddy Yankee as Los Cangris last year for “Muévelo”?
It’s always good to work with Daddy Yankee. The respect that we have for each other. I reminisce so much when I’m with him. He gives me so many memories of what we did in the past. And to see that we’re still doing it today after 25 years is just amazing.
Are you going to release another album soon?
Yeah! The new album is called Infinity and it’s going to be out at the end of March.
We know you for your music but you expanded your brand more into Hollywood with El Ganador,Bad Boys for Life, and Tom & Jerry. Can you tell us more about taking that direction?
It’s something that I want. My dream is to have a star on Hollywood on the floor on the Walk of Fame, so that’s going to take me there. I’ve already done so much with the music. There are no challenges in the music anymore for me. Acting is where the challenges are at and I’m just focusing on that.
As one of the OG reggaetoneros, what do you think of the reggaeton music scene now?
I’m like a proud father to see where it’s at. To see that I’m one of the architects of this and I knocked on doors for it to be where it’s at today. Every time I see Bad Bunny on Saturday Night Live or I see somebody doing the Super Bowl or anything like that, I’m like, “It was worth it.” We busted our a*ses and today we got the respect that we wanted.
What more can we expect from Nicky Jam in 2021?
I’m still working hard on my show The Rockstar Show. Growing so much on that show. Apart from that, I got a movie called American Sole. Kevin Hart is the executive producer of that movie. It’s about the sneaker game and it’s going to be huge as well.
The nominees for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and some of your faves are claiming several spots on the list. Bad Bunny and Ozuna are leading the pack with 14 nominations each. The two reggaetoneros claimed nominations for the coveted Artists of the Year award. All four nominees for Artist of the Year are male. Here the artists nominated for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.
First, let’s breakdown the nominees for Artist of the Year.
Bad Bunny had an exceptional 2019. The Puerto Rican artist teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin on the collaborative album “Oasis.” The album brought us hits like “Que Pretendes” and “La Canción.” The reggae star also become politically active this year joining other Puerto Rican celebrities to travel to the Caribbean island to participate in protests against former Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Rosselló’s proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation.
The Colombian music star has been everywhere this year. Balvin not only partnered with Bad Bunny for collaborative album “Oasis,” he released a slew of new songs in 2019. The singer teamed up with Maluma to create “Qué Pena” and we spent most of last year jamming out to that single. Balvin is in tied in second place with Daddy Yankee with 12 nominations.
Despite a longterm scandal involving extortion and a sex tape, Ozuna kept things going and delivered high power music last year. The Puerto Rican singer joined Karol G, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin on “China,” which has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.
Romeo Santos spent 2019 collabing with so many different artists. His year of collaborations includes “Me Quedo” with Zacarias Ferreira and “ileso” with Teodoro Reyes. Santos has been nominated for five other awards including Canción del Año, Streaming for “Ella Quiere Beber” with Anuel AA, Top Latin Album, Artista del Año, Masculino, Categoria Tropical, Canción Tropical del Año for “Aullando” with Wisin and Yandel, and Álbum Tropical del Año for “Utopia.”
Here is a full list of nominees in the top categories for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:
Bad Bunny J Balvin Ozuna Romeo Santos
Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:
Jhay Cortez Manuel Turizo Paulo Londra Sech
Gira del Año / Tour of the Year:
Bad Bunny Chayanne Jennifer Lopez Marc Anthony
Artista del Año, Redes Sociales / Social Artist of the Year
Anuel AA Becky G Daddy Yankee Lali
Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year