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CNCO debut concert, Miami Beach, January 30, 2016. From left: Joel, Erick, Richard, Christopher and Zabdiel
Background information
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Years active 2015–present
Labels Sony Latin

CNCO (also known as the best kings of Latin America) are a Latin American boy band formed on December 13, 2015, composed of Christopher Vélez, Richard Camacho, Joel Pimentel, Erick Brian Colón and Zabdiel de Jesús.[1] They won a 5-year recording contract with Sony Music Latin after becoming the winning competitors of the first season of La Banda.[2] The band toured with Ricky Martin and their singles, "Tan Fácil" and "Quisiera", charted well soon after their debut.[3][4] They released their first album, Primera Cita on August 26, 2016.[5][6] In August 2017, they became the first boy band to reach one billion views in YouTube, with their single "Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)."


2015: La Banda and "Devuélveme Mi Corazón"[edit]

CNCO is 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."[1] 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.[1][7] They won a recording contract of 5 years with Sony Music Latin,[4] and rapper Wisin was scheduled to produce their first album.[1]Martin became their representative.[5][8]

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.[1][8] They sang it again in Times Square at Univision's Feliz 2016 New Year's celebration.[9][10]

CNCO at Univison's Premio Lo Nuestro 2016

2016: Ricky Martin One World Tour and Primera Cita[edit]

On January 29, 2016, they released their debut single, "Tan Fácil"[11] which debuted on Billboard's 'Latin Rhythm Airplay' at No. 25,[12] on the 'Hot Latin Songs' chart at No. 23,[7][13] and instantly topped the U.S. iTunes Latino charts,[9] later peaking at No. 1 on the 'Latin Airplay' chart.[14][15] On January 30, 2016, they held their first concert in The Fillmore Miami Beach.[16][17][18]

On February 12, they started touring as opening acts with Ricky Martin's One World Tour for some of his shows in the U.S., including Hollywood, Florida[19] and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and parts of South America, including Chile and Argentina.[20]

On May 13, they released their second single "Quisiera"[21] which peaked on Billboard's 'Hot Latin Songs' at No. 29.[4] and its music video on June 3.[22] Also in May, they sang the national anthem at the Yankee Stadium.[15][23]

On July 13, the band was nominated for six awards,[15] 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';[5][24] they also performed at the ceremony.[25][26]

In August, their fans, who are called 'CNCOwners' voted the band first place in's "Favorite New Latin Boy Band Poll', with CD9 second, and Dvicio third.[4] 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".[27] On August 26, their first album, Primera Cita, (First Date, in English), produced by Wisin, was released.[5][6][28] 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."[29] The album has fourteen tracks and includes an urban remix of "Tan Fácil" featuring Wisin, and the song "Quisiera” featuring Spanish singer Abraham Mateo.[28][30] 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.[19][28][31]

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.[32]

2017-present: Más Allá Tour[edit]

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.[33] 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.[33][34] On April 4, 2017, the group officially released their new single, “Hey DJ” for their upcoming second album.


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.[7]


Concert tours[edit]


Opening act[edit]


Christopher Velez[edit]

Christopher Velez (born November 23, 1995), from Ecuador, moved to Hightstown, New Jersey in search of a better life for his family, who he hoped to have join him there. His work, to make a living, included shining shoes.

Richard Camacho[edit]

Richard Camacho (born January 22, 1997), from the Dominican Republic, lives in New Hampshire. He has a brother, and his father is a musician and cameraman, and his mother a dancer, which is also a hobby for him. Camacho has been involved in songwriting, for he contributed lines to the remix of "Reggaeton Lento", which features Little Mix.

Zabdiel De Jesus[edit]

Zabdiel De Jesus (born December 13, 1997), from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, developed an interest in singing at age twelve, singing with his hip-hop and salsa church group.

Joel Pimentel[edit]

Joel Pimentel de Leon (born February 28,1999), who has Mexican ancestry, was born in Hesperia, California and was inspired by his late grandfather to study theater and continue with his singing. He started his singing at the age of 8 which has now successfully resulted in making him a member of CNCO

Erick Colon[edit]

Erick Brian Colon (born January 3, 2001), moved from Cuba to Tampa, Florida with his mother and sister, three years prior to joining the band. There he played football, danced and participated in musical activities at school.[8][35]


CNCO receiving award at Lo Nuestro Awards 2017, with Ricky Martin.
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Premios Juventud Voz del Momento Themselves Nominated [5][24]
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
Mejor Look Themselves Won
2016 Latin American Music Award Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Themselves Won [36]
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 [37]
Pop/Rock Album of the Year Primera Cita Won
Pop/Rock Group or Duo of the Year Themselves Won
2017 Premios Latin Billboard 2017 Artist of the Year Debut Themselves Won [38]
Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Themselves Won
Latin Pop Album Album of the Year, Duo or Group Primera Cita Nominated
Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group: Primera Cita Won
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Latin Artist Themselves Won [39]
Best New Artist Themselves Nominated


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