Mau y Ricky make a name for themselves outside the Montaner name
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Venezuelan-born brothers Mau y Ricky is making waves in the Latin music scene. As songwriters and artists in their own right, the duo has recently collected impressive sales plaques and racked up millions of views on YouTube. The sons of Argentinean superstar Ricardo Montaner are making a name for Mau y Ricky without having to use their famous surname.

Mauricio and Ricardo "Ricky" Montaner, Jr. make up Mau y Ricky. The brothers started off the past decade as MR and opened for some of their father’s shows around the world. After a few single releases, the two started to focus more on writing for other artists. Ricky wrote Thalía's sweeping "Por Lo Que Reste de Vida" in 2014 and Mauricio joined him in 2016 to co-write Leslie Grace's tropical "Aire" and Ricky Martin's Maluma-assisted smash "Vente Pa'Ca," which currently has over 1.4 billion views on YouTube. That year Mau y Ricky was also born with the debut single "Voy Que Quema," which was a wild blend of Latin music with a jazzy kick.

The following year, Mau y Ricky put out the ballad-filled Arte EP that garnered them a Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. They were also up for Song of the Year as songwriters on "Vente Pa'Ca" but lost to "Despacito." The brothers rounded out 2017 with the urban-flavored "Mi Mala" alongside Colombian reggaetonera Karol G that began to raise their profile globally. Both acts upped the girl power of the track with a remix that added Becky G, Grace and Lali, which was Platinum-certified in the U.S. in May for over 60,000 units sold.

In 2018, Mau y Ricky is living the best of both worlds as hit-making songwriters and artists on the rise. They collected another Platinum plaque for having hands in writing one of this year's biggest hits, Becky G and Natti Natasha's "Sin Pijama," which sits at over 795 million views on YouTube and has broken through Billboard's all-genre Hot 100 chart at No. 70. As of press time, the duo's "Ya No Tiene Novio" with Colombia's Sebastián Yatra is shaping up to be another smash, nearing 130 million views. Mau y Ricky continues to find success in the reggaeton genre with the sexy "Sin Querer Queriendo" alongside Argentina's Lali closing in on 11 million views.

Mau y Ricky is pushing the limits of modern Latin music and seeing no borders when it comes to working with artists around the globe. They have recently been in the studio with Manuel Turizo, another Colombian reggaetonero who is on the up and up. The Montaner brothers are making money moves.