CNCO is a Latin American boy band formed on the first season of La Banda. The group is composed of Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez and Zabdiel De Jesús. They won a five-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, which included the hit "Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)". They released their sophomore self-titled album, on April 6, 2018. Both records debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and the top 40 on the Billboard 200.
2015: La Banda and "Devuélveme Mi Corazón"
Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez, Zabdiel De Jesús, Richard Camacho and Joel Pimentel auditioned for the first season of La Banda, a televised singing competition which started on Univision in September 2015, created by Simon Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin. They all received a 'yes' from the judges, Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz and Laura Pausini, during auditions except Colón, though he was saved by Martin. The band's members competed individually with other contestants from Latin America and the United States before the show's judges. The boys had to go through several phases to become the winners. During the competition, they were put into groups, with Camacho and De Jesús in the same band, while Vélez, Colón and Pimentel were in another. 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."  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.
2016: Ricky Martin One World Tour and Primera Cita
On January 29, 2016, they released their debut single, "Tan Fácil" which debuted on Billboard's Latin Rhythm Airplay at number 25, number 23 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, 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, CNCO 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. In May, they sang the national anthem at Yankee Stadium. On July 13, the band was nominated for six awards, at Premios Juventud and won five 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, called "CNCOwners", voted the band first place in Billboard's "Favorite New Latin Boy Band Poll'. On August 23, the group 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 the rapper, and a ballad version of 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)", which peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and number 11 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.
2017–present: Más Allá Tour and CNCO
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 past year. On February 26 they began their first headlining tour, Más Allá, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for a total of 15 countries, including 40 performances in Central and South America, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States; and recorded music for their second album while on tour.
On April 4, 2017, the group officially released the lead single from their second album, “Hey DJ”, featuring Puerto Rican singer Yandel; they also released a solo pop version. On August 18, CNCO released a remixed version of "Reggaeton Lento" featuring vocals from British girl group Little Mix as the second single from the record. On October 20, 2017, the group released the third single, “Mamita” from their second album. On March 3, 2018, the group released the song, "Mi Medicina," announcing the album's pre-order. It was followed by "Bonita" two weeks later, on March 16, and finally "Fiesta en Mi Casa", also arriving two weeks later, on March 30. The music videos accompanied the songs' releases.
On April 6, 2018, they released their highly-anticipated second self-titled album, CNCO. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and entered at number 33 on the Billboard 200, succeeding their debut, Primera Cita. The group released "Sólo Yo", along with its music video, to celebrate the album's release. The music video for the fifth single "Se Vuelve Loca" was made available on July 19, with a Spanglish version being released for digital download and streaming several hours later. It reached number one on the Latin Pop Songs Chart in October 2018. The band embarked on the CNCO World Tour, starting in Guatemala. They announced shows in the United States, thus becoming their first U.S. tour.
- Christopher Velez
- Richard Camacho
- Zabdiel De Jesus
- Joel Pimentel
- Erick Brian Colon
As opening act
- 2016: Ricky Martin's One World Tour
- 2017: Dangerous Woman Tour (Ariana Grande)
- 2017: Enrique Iglesias And Pitbull Tour
|2016||Premios Juventud||Voz del Momento||Themselves||Nominated|||
|Mi Artista Pop Rock||Won|
|Producers Choice Award||Won|
|Mi Tuitero Favorito||Won|
|La Mas Pegajosa||"Tan Fácil"||Won|
|Mi "Fan Army" Favorito||CNCOwners||Nominated|
|2016||Latin American Music Awards||Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist||Themselves||Won|||
|Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group||Won|
|Xfinitiy New Artist of the Year||Won|
|2017||Premios Lo Nuestro||Pop/Rock Song of the Year||"Tan Fácil"||Won|||
|Pop/Rock Album of the Year||Primera Cita||Won|
|Pop/Rock Group or Duo of the Year||Themselves||Won|
|2017||Billboard Latin Music Awards||Artist of the Year Debut||Themselves||Won|||
|Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:||Themselves||Won|
|Latin Pop Album of the Year||Primera Cita||Nominated|
|Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group||Themselves||Won|
|2017||BreakTudo Awards||Best International Group||Themselves||Nominated|
|2017||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best New Latin Artist||Themselves||Won|||
|Best New Artist||Themselves||Nominated|
|2018||Best Boy Band||Themselves||Nominated|||
|Best Remix||"Reggaeton Lento (Remix)"||Won|
|2018||BreakTudo Awards||Best International Group||Themselves||Pending|
Premios Tu Mundo:
- Favorite Pop Artist - Themselves (Won)
- Favorite Party-Starting Song - "Hey DJ" ft. Yandel (Won)
- Favorite Fan Club - CNCOwners (Won)
Billboard Music Awards:
- Top Latin Album - Primera Cita ( Nominated)
Teen Choice Awards:
- Choice Latin Artist - Themselves (Won)
- Choice Latin Song - "Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)" (Nominated)
- Choice International Artist - Themselves (Nominated)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Mexico:
- Favorite Song - "Reggaeton Lento" (Won)
- Favorite Collaboration - "Hey DJ" with Yandel (Nominated)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Colombia:
- Favorite Song - "Reggaeton Lento" (Won)
- Favorite Collaboration - "Hey DJ" with Yandel (Nominated)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Argentina:
- Favorite Song - "Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)" (Nominated)
Latin American Music Awards:
- Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group- Themselves (Won)
- Favorite Pop/Rock Album - Primera Cita (Won)
- Favorite Pop/Rock Song - "Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)" (Won)
- Album of the Year - Primera Cita (Won)
- Favorite Pop Duo/Group- Themselves (Won)-2018
- Favorite Pop/Rock Album- "CNCO" (Won)-2018
- Favorite Pop Artista- Themselves (Won)-2018
Latin Grammy Awards:
- Best New Artist - Themselves (Nominated)
- Cobo, Leila (December 14, 2015). "Hello CNCO! 'La Banda' Wraps Season With New Boy Band". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- "CNCO - Billboard chart history". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
- Flores, Griselda (August 9, 2016). "CNCO Tops New Latin Boy Band Reader Poll". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Irizarry, Doris (August 10, 2016). "CNCO's first album 'Primera Cita' on pre-sale now". AXS. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Civita, Alicia (August 25, 2016). "CNCO reivindica su autenticidad con su primer disco, "Primera cita"". Fox News Latino (in Urdu). Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
- Cabo, Leila (August 16, 2017). "Little Mix Team Up With CNCO for 'Reggaeton Lento' Remix". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
- Raygoza, Isabela (November 17, 2017). "Best: Introducing CNCO, the K-pop idols of Latin music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
- "CNCO lanza álbum con música "más fresca y madura"". Ecuavisa (in Spanish). April 6, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Gardner, Elysa (February 19, 2015). "Ricky Martin joins Simon Cowell's 'La Banda'". USA Today. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Flores, Griselda (July 15, 2016). "Magneto, CNCO or Menudo? Vote for Your All-Time Favorite Latin Boy Band!". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Irizarry, Doris (December 16, 2016). "First 'La Banda' winners form CNCO: the newest Latin boy band". AXS. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Benjamin, Jeff (January 29, 2016). "Can CNCO Be the Next Big Boy Band? Listen to Debut Single 'Tan Fácil'". Fuse TV. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Roiz, Jessica Lucia (December 29, 2015). "Demi Lovato, Maluma, CNCO, Taylor Swift, Celebrate New Year's Eve In Times Square, Plus Full Performers List". Latin Times. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- "Tan Fácil". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- Billboard Staff (February 5, 2016). "Tomorrow's Hits: Brandy Clark, CNCO & Gryffin". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Fernandez, Suzette (January 29, 2016). "Latin Notas: CNCO, Jencarlos Canela, Thalía, Carlos Vives & More". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- "Latin Airplay chart - May 14, 2016". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- Balzano, Caterina (July 12, 2016). "CNCO ready to take home awards". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- "CNCO debuta con un concierto en el Fillmore Miami Beach". Noticias MSN Latino (in Spanish). January 30, 2016. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- "Grupo CNCO debuta en los escenarios con concierto en el Fillmore Miami Beach". El Nuevo Herald (in Spanish). Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- "Grupo CNCO debuta en los escenarios con concierto en el Fillmore Miami Beach". Fox News Latino (in Spanish). January 30, 2016. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Sandberg, Michele Eve (August 29, 2016). "Ricky Martin and CNCO at Hard Rock Live". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Billboard Staff (January 22, 2016). "'La Banda' Winners CNCO to Join Ricky Martin on Tour". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- "Quisiera". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- "CNCO estrena su nuevo video "QUISIERA"". Sony Music Latin (in Spanish). June 4, 2016. Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- "CNCO cantó en el estadio de los Yankees". Univision/YouTube (in Spanish). May 25, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- Flores, Griselda (July 14, 2016). "Premios Juventud 2016: CNCO, Nicky Jam, Marc Anthony & More Winners". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- Raquel Miserachi and Beatriz Vernon (July 15, 2016). "The 5 most epic performances of Premios Juventud 2016". Univision. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- Flores, Griselda (August 24, 2016). "CNCO Invites Fans to Play 'CNCOGo' & Catch Their New Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Correa, Adriana (August 28, 2016). "Latin Boy Band CNCO Celebrates Album Debut with Fans in Miami". WTVJ. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Contreras, Milly (January 15, 2016). "Nicky Jam Releases Video, Daddy Yankee Hits No 1, Wisin Talks CNCO". Latin Post. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- "Primera Cita - CNCO". iTunes. August 26, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Marr, Madeleine (August 24, 2016). "'La Banda' winners, Latin boy band CNCO, at Macy's". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Flores, Griselda (November 30, 2016). "CNCO Talks New Music Video 'Para Enamorarte,' Plus Exclusive Photos From Shoot in L.A." Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
- "CNCO - Chart History - Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. April 8, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- Mendizabal, Amaya (February 7, 2017). "Meet the Finalists for Artist of the Year, New, for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
- Irizarry, Doris (February 3, 2017). "CNCO to kick off first worldwide tour". AXS. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
- "CNCO tiene 'Mi medicina' y la tuya también". Billboard Argentina (in Spanish). March 2, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- Fernandez, Suzette (February 26, 2018). "CNCO Reveal Release Date for Self-Titled Sophomore Album". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
- Bustios, Pamela (October 19, 2018). "CNCO's 'Se Vuelve Loca' Hits No. 1 on Latin Pop Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
- Flores, Griselda (June 4, 2017). "Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & CNCO Kick Off Tour With Sold-Out Concert in Chicago". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
- Flores, Griselda (October 6, 2016). "Latin American Music Awards 2016 Winners: Enrique Iglesias, CNCO & More". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
- Flores, Griselda (February 23, 2017). "Premio Lo Nuestro 2017: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- Harrison, Lily (October 13, 2017). "Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017: Complete List of Winners". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
- "BreakTudo Awards 2017: BTS, CNCO, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony e Coldplay concorrem na categoria "Melhor Grupo"". Tudo Information. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
- Vulpo, Mike (January 4, 2017). "iHeart Radio Music Awards 2017". EOnline. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
- Atkinson, Katie (March 11, 2018). "iHeartRadio Music Award Winners 2018: Complete List". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
- "Nominees announced for BreakTudo Awards 2018". Celebmix. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- Fabian, René (November 16, 2017). "2017 Latin GRAMMY Awards: Full Winners List". Latin Grammy Award. Missing or empty
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to CNCO.|