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Meet Lunay, latin music’s latest star

  • By The YouTube Music Team
  • Oct.06.2021
Meet Lunay, latin music’s latest star
Lunay is our next 2021 Artist on the Rise

Today, we announced emerging reggaeton sensation Lunay as our next Artist On The Rise, on a day that also happens to be his birthday!  

After bursting onto the scene with his hit single “Soltera,” which reached #5 on YouTube’s Global Top Songs Chart, Lunay has amassed over 550M views globally on the platform in the past 12 months. Quickly gaining recognition for his highly anticipated new album “EL NIÑO,” the young Latin artist’s album was hailed by Billboard as “One Of The Best Latin Albums of 2021 So Far.”

Dubbed a musical “wunderkind” by Rolling Stone, Lunay, also known as “El Niño,” has rapidly established himself as Puerto Rico’s next big star. With over 4.8 million subscribers on his Official Artist Channel, Lunay’s video “La Cama (Remix)” with Myke Towers, Ozuna, Chencho Corleone, and Rauw Alejandro has earned over 120 million views since its release last year. After releasing a remix to his hit single “Soltera,'' featuring icons Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, which has also garnered significant praise, Lunay has found himself in the spotlight. 

In the coming months, Lunay will unveil a live performance and Artist on the Rise mini-doc for his fans to get an inside look at his musical journey so far. In the meantime, we caught up with Lunay to get the inside scoop right from the start…

Where are you from?

LUNAY: Puerto Rico

What inspired the last song you wrote and/or recorded?

LUNAY: “TBC” ....In this song, I was inspired by something that is part of my personal life. I wanted to transmit certain experiences that I had in Ocean Park Beach in Puerto Rico, which is a very special place for me.  At that moment, I felt the vibes and took that out of my heart. That’s how I got inspired.  I have a lot of faith in this song, and it is one of my favorites.

Being part of YouTube Artist on the Rise fills me with a lot of enthusiasm. That such an important platform sees me as a great artist means a lot to me.”

What are your top priorities when it comes to making a new music video? 

LUNAY:  My priorities for making a music video are that the story makes sense with the song and I feel comfortable with the wardrobe and scenes. The rest is to shoot and enjoy the process.

How does it feel to be part of YouTube's Artist on the Rise? Were you excited when you found out?

LUNAY: Being part of YouTube Artist on the Rise fills me with a lot of enthusiasm. That such an important platform sees me as a great artist means a lot to me. When my team told me this, I couldn't believe it. This is something that adds value to my career and to me as an artist. I also know that my fans are going to like the content that we filmed and they are going to enjoy it a lot.