CNCO is a latin boyband with five members: Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colon, Christopher Velez and Zabdiel De Jesus. They won a 5-year recording contract with Sony Music Latin after becoming the winning competitors of the first season of La Banda. The band toured with Ricky Martin and their singles, "Tan Fácil" and "Quisiera", charted well soon after their debut. They released their first album, Primera Cita on August 26, 2016. Their song "Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)" has over one billion views on YouTube.
CNCO a boyband composed of the winners of La Banda, a televised singing competition started on Univision in September 2015, created by Simon Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin. The band was formed on the finale of the show, on December 13, 2015, when they received their name, which alludes to the Spanish word for five, "cinco", and is pronounced in English as it is spelled "C-N-C-O." The band's members competed individually with other contestants from Latin America and the United States before the show's judges, Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz and Laura Pausini. They won a recording contract of 5 years with Sony Music Latin, and rapper Wisin was scheduled to produce their first album. Martin became their representative.
They performed the song "Devuélveme Mi Corazón" on the finale, which included performances by Pitbull, Fifth Harmony, Wisin, and a video congratulations from One Direction. They sang it again in Times Square at Univision's Feliz 2016 New Year's celebration.
On January 29, 2016, they released their debut single, "Tan Fácil" which debuted on Billboard's Latin Rhythm Airplay at number 25, on the Hot Latin Songs chart at number 23, and instantly topped the U.S. iTunes Latino charts, later peaking at number one on the Latin Airplay chart. On January 30, 2016, they held their first concert in The Fillmore Miami Beach.
On February 12, they started touring as opening acts on Ricky Martin's One World Tour for some of his shows in the U.S., including Hollywood, Florida San Juan, Puerto Rico, and parts of South America, including Chile and Argentina.
On May 13, they released their second single "Quisiera", which peaked on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs at number 29, with its music video premiering on June 3. Also in May, they sang the national anthem at the Yankee Stadium.
On July 13, the band was nominated for six awards, and won five of them, at Premios Juventud for Catchiest Tune - "Tan Fácil", My Pop/Rock Artist, Producers' Choice Award, My Favorite Twitter Celebrity and My Favorite Fan-Army; they also performed at the ceremony.
In August, their fans, who are called 'CNCOwners', voted the band first place in Billboard's "Favorite New Latin Boy Band Poll', with CD9 second, and Dvicio third. On August 23, the band asked fans to locate hotspots for songs from their upcoming album, in a Pokémon Go inspired game, called 'CNCOGo', and Ecuadorian fans found the first song, "Cometa". On August 26, their first album, Primera Cita, (First Date, in English), produced by Wisin, was released. Wisin spoke about their album saying, "It is a union of countries and cultures. It is what keeps us growing because the people can understand that we can unite different genres." The album has fourteen tracks and includes an urban remix of "Tan Fácil" featuring Wisin, and the song "Quisiera” featuring Spanish singer Abraham Mateo. On its release date, the band met fans while traveling with Ricky Martin on his tour, and they gave a concert at the Miami International Mall to celebrate the album's debut.
In November, they filmed a new music video for one of the songs on Primera Cita, "Para Enamorarte", at the Los Angeles Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. It was produced in conjunction with Toyota and included fans who also selected the ending of the video. A video clip was scheduled for airing on La Banda's season finale on December 11, then on Toyota's Latino Facebook page and on YouTube. They also announced plans for their first headlining tour in February 2017 in Latin America. On October 7, they released the single "Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)". It became their most successful song to date, peaking at number 6 on the Hot Latin Songs and number 11 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100.
On February 7, 2017, the band was announced as one of four finalists in the category "Artist of the Year, New" for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards, representing artists who charted well over the last year. Also, in February, they released dates for their first headlining tour, Más Allá, scheduled to start on February 26, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for a total of 15 countries, including 40 performances in Central and South America, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. On April 4, 2017, the group officially released their new single, “Hey DJ” from their upcoming second album. On August 18, CNCO released a remixed version of "Reggaeton Lento" featuring vocals from British girl group Little Mix. On October 20, 2017, the group released their single, “Mamita” which will be part of their second album. On March 3, 2018 , the group released their single, " Mi medicina" which will be part of their second album
On February 26, 2018, CNCO announced the release of their self-titled second album to be released on April 6, 2018, on all digital platforms.
Griselda Flores of Billboard said the band is "taking the torch and leading a new boy band era", like prior Latino bands Magneto, Menudo, Uff!, and Salserín.
On January 26, 2018, when speaking of their nomination at the iHeartRadio Music Awards during an interview, the topic changed to another nominee, BTS. The radio host compared the two groups and said that BTS was the Korean version of CNCO, to which the members hesitantly agreed. However, CNCO drew criticism by singing gibberish, mimicking the Korean language, to the tune of "Mamita", and adding such things as "Oppa Gangnam style", from South Korean PSY's pop music single "Gangnam Style", and "I have a pen, I have an apple", from Japanese comedian Pikotaro.
Primera Cita (2016)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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