October 9th, 2017
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Proceeds from “Almost Like Praying” will go toward the Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to help support those affected by Hurricane Maria. The track, written by Miranda, incorporates vocals by Jennifer Lopez, “Despacito” singer Luis Fonsi and Gloria Estefan, as well as Broadway stars Rita Moreno, John Leguizamo and Ana Villafañe. If the track sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a throwback to the “West Side Story” track “Maria,” where Tony compares his love’s name to a soft prayer.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival will feature artists from around the world this weekend and next, but there is a dearth of Latino and Latina fronted music acts. That grabbed the attention of ¡Ahora Si! editor Liliana Valenzuela, who says her Spanish language news publication has no reason to cover the festival this year.
n all-star team of composers, music supervisors, and songwriters (including the duo behind Frozen’s most famous tune “Let It Go”) has come together to bring musical life to the forthcoming Día de los Muertos-themed Pixar movie Coco. Among the collaborators is Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound fame, who is consulting on the project.
Superstar Daddy Yankee has received an award for being the Most Demanded Latin Artist on Music Choice on-demand, Billboard has learned.
This is where Latin America comes in. The local video advertising markets throughout Latin America are much less developed than in the US and, additionally, there is much less advertiser demand. Compared to the US, there are fewer advertisers with less money to spend on consumers, who also spend less money. This means that advertiser demand massively outstrips supply, which suggests that ad prices are lower. So, as Latin American YouTube music consumption grows, effective per stream rates will decline.
I love Cardi B. precisely because she represents so much of what we’re supposed to hate about women.
The nominees for the 2017 Latin Grammys were finally announced on Sept. 26. As usual, one of the most exciting categories is best new artist, where 10 acts have been nominated this year. We already know some of them, while others are making themselves known in the Latin music industry. Billboard has gathered more details about all of the 2017 hopefuls. From CNCO to Sebastián Yatra, meet the Latin Grammys' best new artist nominees.
Folks are beginning to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Maria, and for Puerto Rico's plena musicians, it means rebuilding a sense of culture and community.
s Fifth Harmony performed on stage in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Monday night, Becky G jumped on the stage and made a beeline toward Dinah Jane. A quick acting security guard, who didn’t recognize Becky, grabbed the singer and actress and escorted her off the stage. Though the group didn’t miss a beat during the whole snafu, one of them eventually walked over to Becky and brought her back onto the stage.
Chavela Vargas had the kind of voice ready-made for songs about heartbreak. The Costa Rican-born Mexican singer could suggest an aching melancholy with the emotionality she brought to ranchera songs. Many who may only know of her songs from hearing them on their parents’ record collection or for their inclusion in Pedro Almodóvar films are getting a chance to know more about this musical icon courtesy of a new documentary on her life. Aptly titled Chavela, the music doc sheds light not just on the personal demons (including her alcoholism) that haunted her life or on the radical politics she came to represent (she was, after all, too keen on wearing pants and defying gender roles) but on the singer’s artistic legacy.
The two men's sons, pianists Chucho Valdes and Arturo O'Farrill, recently collaborated on Familia: Tribute to Bebo and Chico, an album both dedicated to their memory and inspired by their towering historical presence. It's a true family affair, bringing in a third generation of Valdes and O'Farrill progeny to perform on the album. This week on Alt. Latino, the music is full of life and beauty. And the conversation with Arturo O'Farrill is free-flowing and, as always, thought provoking.
Pitbull will receive the honor of becoming the first-ever recipient of the Latin AMA Dick Clark Achievement Award at the third annual Latin American Music Awards on Oct. 26, Telemundo officially announced today (Oct. 4).
What makes someone Latino is an on-going debate in our community. In recent years, celebrities like Camila Mendes and Gina Rodriguez have brought awareness to the issue by challenging the notion that they aren’t sufficiently Latino. Over Twitter last night, Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, who’s Cuban-American, became the latest star to wrangle with those who contest her right to claim Latin roots. She blasted a radio station based in Spain that aired an opinion piece questioning the legitimacy of American stars self-identifying as Latino.
TechBloc’s faux pas is one done by most well-meaning privileged folks who fail to recognize their privileges and lack of context, thus disrespecting established communities. Similar to the bodega fiasco out of California (in which young tech bros released a business venture to put traditional, mom-and-pop bodegas, often owned by people of color, out of business with their self-reliant essentials shopping hubs), the theme of this music festival is a confusing and offensive title for many San Antonians who have been frequenting actual botánicas on the south and west sides of the city for years.
Anna Mvze is the mumbo sauce of Washington, D. C. ’s music scene. Like the beloved carryout condiment of the DMV (D. C. -Maryland-Northern Virginia), the District-born artist’s sound is a delectable combination of flavors. Her almost-southern-but-not-exactly D. C. drawl raps and sings over Latin-infused hip-hop/R&B beats in songs that stir her city much like its favorite ingredient-packed relish.
When Erika Ender was a little girl growing up in Panama, she’d buy albums and inscribe them with imaginary dedications from the artists. “Dear Erika, thanks for your songs. Signed, Chayanne,” the singer-songwriter says with a laugh, recalling the cover of one record in her collection.
The urban artist from Cuba is known for “El Taxi,” his hit collab with Pitbull. Osmani García, the urban artist best known for “El Taxi,” his hit collab with Pitbull, has signed a worldwide deal with Planet Records.
This month Mark Guerrero returns with his Chicano Music Chronicles, this time showcasing Max Uballez, pioneering songster and leader of the sixties music group The Romancers. Before the Premiers, Cannibal & the Headhunters, and The Blendells, there was The Romancers. The Romancers were the first East L. A. Chicano band to record an album and were the main influence of the mid-sixties East L. A. sound. They were also the first East L. A. band to work with Billy Cardenas and Eddie Davis, who went on to record many other Eastside bands throughout the 1960s. The Romancers made two albums on the Del-Fi record label and many other singles for Eddie Davis’ Linda label. The main figure in the Romancers’ story is Max Uballez, the leader, chief songwriter, and rhythm guitarist. Max was involved in the production and/or wrote songs for many recordings by The Romancers, as well as other top Eastside bands.
COASTCITY the duo comprised of Jean Rodríguez and Danny Flores, are undoubtedly two of the most respected names in the industry for their musical trajectory recently adding Beyoncé to their roster. Jean Rodríguez worked closely with Beyoncé at her private studio as her Latin vocal co-producer for J Balvin & Willy William’s “Mi Gente” remix which has garnered over 11 millions of views in less than a week.
The groundwork for a 26-week run on Pandora’s Top Spin chart was laid by a decades-long fusion of Latin, Caribbean and African music — and a chart-topping hit by Justin Bieber.
Cultural movements are hard to put into words. They involve pictures, sounds and complex ideas, but a good way to try and define them is to talk about them. That is exactly what New Latin Wave is about. It’s a conversation where all the elements are included: art, music, cinema, gastronomy, literature and technology. Last year’s edition commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month with an inaugural sold out show by Xenia Rubinos and Ela Minus, putting the Latin community on show and depicting it in a form that is not only an exotic element in New York city’s cosmopolitan landscape, but is also a strong force with influences in diverse fields of study.
The Colombian rising star brings a feminine touch to Latin urban music. Karol G, née Carolina Giraldo Navarro, is one of a handful of women artists trying to carve a lane in urban Latin music. Medellin’s own, Karol G spent years vying for creative autonomy in order to compete in the male-dominated industry of hip-hop.
Yebo Music and Mexican Institute of Sound (Instituto Mexicano del Sonido) are excited to share the music video for the lead single “Mi T-Shirt de la NASA. ” Set for release on Nov. 10th, Disco Popular was mixed by Mario Caldato Jr (Beastie Boys) and recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, Mexico City, Tucson, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA, and features collaborations with Sly and Robbie, Toots and the Maytals, Adán Jodorowsky, La Yegros, and Calexico.
Freemuse in 2017 is focusing on women’s and musicians’ rights and access to cultural equality under the banner #LetWomenSing. The image they are using in their media campaign bears a striking resemblance to Celia Cruz and it is appropriate because Freemuse wants to create awareness and start a conversation about the inequality female musicians are experiencing.
Before embarking on a tour with Arcade Fire, the Colombian duo share “Internacionales” and work once again with the creator of their audiovisual phenomenon “Soy Yo. ”
There are several things you need to know about Snow Tha Product: The first is that her live shows are no ordinary performances; they're full-blown parties. If you’re not familiar with the San Jose native, you need to catch up. Claudia Alexandra Madriz Meza was born to an undocumented father and, as is the case with many immigrants, she hustled and persevered to catapult her career. The Mexican-American emcee was featured on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" from the Hamilton Mixtape. She also had a cameo in USA Network’s Queen of the South as gang leader Lil' Traviesa.
This summer was a big one for Camila Cabello, who dropped two smash hits we’re obsessed with- “OMG” ft. Quavo and “Havana” ft. Young Thug. With its sultry, funky, and smooth Latin beats, "Havana" has steadily been climbing charts, and has earned the Cubana a top 20 position in Billboard's Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales. Just last month, the 20-year-old performed "Havana" live on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and set the stage on fire!