With Latin Music Week less than a week away, Billboard is proud to announce the headliners for its “The World Can Also Pop” panel, featuring Beatriz Luengo, Kany Garcia, Pedro Capó, and Sofia Reyes.
The four Latin pop artists will take the stage for a roundtable discussion of the future of the pop music genre in an urban world. The panel will be moderated by Billboard associate editor Suzette Fernandez and Bryant Pino, director of Latin music programming for SiriusXM. It will take place Tuesday, April 23rd at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
“Latin pop is at a particularly exciting time, with all kinds of sounds, fusions and styles hitting the Charts,” said Leila Cobo, Billboard’s vice president and Latin industry lead. “We’re fortunate to have four great, and very different artists/songwriters speaking on where the genre is going.”
Meet the headliners below.
Grammy award-winning artist Beatriz Luengo has sold more than 1.5 million records and has had No. 1 hits on the radio charts in France, Spain, and Belgium. As a composer, she’s written songs for many artists including Thalia, Jennifer Lopez, Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, and Ricky Martin.
Kany Garcia’s latest studio album Soy Yo received four Latin Grammy nominations and was named one of the 50 Best Albums of 2018 -- among all genres -- by Billboard. As a composer, the Puerto Rican acoustic-pop singer-songwriter has written songs for artists such as Roberto Carlos and Chayanne.
Award-winning singer-songwriter Pedro Capó has taken over streaming platforms and radio charts across the globe with his diamond-certified hit “Calma Remix” alongside Farruko, which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart. Capó has also composed award-winning hit songs for artists such as Ricky Martin (“La Mordidita” and “Disparo Al Corazón”).
Sofia Reyes moved to Los Angeles from Mexico when she was 16 years old to kick off her solo career with an independent label. In 2016, her single “Solo Yo,” featuring Prince Royce, earned her the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Pop Songs Chart, making her the first female singer in five years to do so (after J.Lo). She’s also collaborated with top artists including Wisin, Anitta and Rita Ora.
Returning for its 29th year, Latin Music Week features Q&A sessions and panels, including its signature "Star Q&As," as well as panels focusing on streaming, videos, both mainstream and Latin collaborations and more. Registration to the conference will give attendees access to three days of panels, one-on-one sessions, and showcases, plus tickets to the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo on April 25.