Mala Rodriguez to Perform During the Virtual Edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference

Mala Rodriguez is offering a special alternative for people stuck at home during this coronavirus pandemic.

The 41-year-old Spanish Latin Grammy-winning rapper will take this in this year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference, which will be held live online.

Mala Rodriguez

This year, the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference will officially kick off on Tuesday, June 9 withg a variety of virtual industry panels, workshops and showcases that will live.

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and as the nation begins to reopen gradually, the LAMC‘s five-day virtual conference includes timely panels like “The Future of Touring” with panelists Jordi Puig (OCESA), Phil Rodriguez (Move Concerts) and Sebastian De la Barra (Lotus Producciones).

And, “Mental Health and the Creative Community” presented by MusiCares and the Latin Grammys featuring Carla MorrisonKany GarcíaAna Tijoux and Guaynaa.

LAMC’s Talks with Billboard Latin will feature Leila Cobo‘s fireside chats with Walter Kolm and ChocQuibTown‘s GloriaGoyo” Martínez.’

Rodriguez will perform on June 9 as part of peermusic‘s showcase. Other participating artists include Thee SinseersGaby Moreno and Lido Pimienta.

Francisca ValenzuelaTatiana HazelLos Caligaris, among others will perform during the LAMC. 

On closing night, LAMC will celebrate Pride Month with performances by Kany García, MabilandCirco and Javiera Mena.

“Providing a forum to discuss the issues we face and the potential solutions that lie ahead is key as we look towards the future,” LAMC founder Tomas Cookman said in a previous statement. “Although the days ahead may be slightly different for a time, we should always keep in mind there is very much a future as music is a human and global emotion. We are lending our hand by making the conference free for all and having a team of professionals join us in making sure the LAMC experience is as informative and technologically seamless as can be.”

Check out the full schedule on the LAMC website.

Intocable Offering Fans “Concert Meets Drive-In Movie” Experience This Weekend

Intocable’s showing the band’s drive

Keeping in line with their role as musical and industry trendsetters, the The Tejano and Norteño band from Zapata, Texaswill lead the return of live music in Texas following a more than two-month absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a drive-in concert on Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Poteet.

Intocable

The event is a “concert meets drive-in movie” experience, according to the group’s website, and Intocable’s lead vocalist/accordionist Ricardo Muñoz shared details about the event during several Instagram Live videos posted this week.

The informal videos, featured a bearded Muñoz, who at times puffed away on a cigar, as he addressed a wide and varied range of topics from the reason for the concert to the availability of portable bathrooms.

Muñoz, who spoke in Spanish, said the concert, which will be a full live audio and video production, is an opportunity to support the two-time Grammy-winning group’s behind-the-scenes staff and crew who have been grounded for months due to the coronavirus pandemic putting an end to live touring, and most importantly, to make music again.

Muñoz even discussed the issue of portable bathrooms in one video, encouraging concertgoers to limit their food and drink intake so as to avoid bathroom breaks and having to leave their vehicles.

Concertgoers could pay anywhere from $75 to $300 per car – with a maximum of four people per car – for the June 6 event which will enforce social distancing with space between parking slots and strict rules enforced which include that concertgoers remain inside of their vehicles for the concert’s duration.

Muñoz said the concert’s site in Poteet near the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds was chosen as the venue, that they were get the required permission to host the event, and that they coordinated the concert to meet safety standards and guidelines regarding the coronaviruspandemic.

Other drive-in concerts, including a May 14 free concert for first responders by country star Keith Urban in Tennessee, took place recently and could possibly be music lovers’ only option for live music during this pandemic.

Intocable’s drive-in concert will allow attendees to bring their own food and drink, including alcohol for those ages 21 and up, as long as refreshments are consumed inside the vehicle.

Fans will also have two large video screens on each side of the stage and the option of tuning in to a designated FM radio station to enjoy the concert.

Intocable Drive-In Concert Event Details
Saturday, June 6, 2020
9477 N State Highway 16, Poteet, Texas
Gates open at 6;30 pm; Music starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets valid for four (4) guests per vehicle. 
Prices: $75 to $300 for VIP. (Extra tickets: $25 each)

Prince Royce Releases “Carita de Inocente” Remix Featuring Myke Towers

Prince Royce is showing a new face

The 31-year-old Dominican American bachatasinger has released a remix to his latest hit single “Carita de Inocente,” featuring urbanoartist Myke Towers.

Prince Royce

“Carita de Inocente” landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart dated March 28, becoming Prince Royce’s 18th No. 1 on the chart.

The song is about a woman who has an angelic and innocent face but whose looks are deceiving. 

The track’s music video has over three million views since its debut on February 20.

On the remix, Myke Towers brings his crisp vocals and urban flares just one minute into the track. The Puerto Rican artist also flaunts his singing abilities, chanting the sensual chorus towards the end.

In addition to releasing the remix this week, Prince Royce is one of the Latin artists opening up about the recent deaths of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was suffocated to death by a Minneapolis police officer during an arrest last week, Breonna Taylor and other black citizens who’ve died at the hands of police.

“We must all band together, Latino, Black, White, Asian, to work for change,” he said. “Our nation is tired of racism, division, and hate. We can only heal and move forward towards a better future by dealing with this head-on, addressing it, educating ourselves and each other so that future generations never have to experience such injustices. This won’t bring any of the victims back but we must ensure they did not die in vain. Only in a nation free of racism will we all be able to breathe free again.“

Prince Royce also observed the music industry’s Blackout Tuesday initiative on June 2nd to reflect and show solidarity with the Black community.

Selena Gomez Invites Black Leaders & Anti-Racist Organizations to Take Over Her Instagram Account

She’s one of the most popular celebrities on Instagram, and now Selena Gomez is sharing her platform with the Black community…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress, who has nearly 180 million followers on IG, is supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by inviting Black leaders and anti-racist organizations to take over her account. 

Selena Gomez

Gomez announced on her Instagram account that the takeover would begin on Friday, June 5 as she  seeks to amplify Black voices on her platforms. 

“We all have an obligation to do better and we can start by listening with an open heart and mind,” Gomez said in her post.

Gomez has been sharing posts in support of the movement and wanted to do more.

“I have been struggling to know the right things to say to get the word out about this important moment in history,” Gomez wrote. “After thinking about how best to use my social media, I decided that we all need to hear more from Black voices. Over the next few days I will be highlighting influential leaders and giving them a chance to take over my Instagram so that they can speak directly to all of us. We all have an obligation to do better and we can start by listening with an open heart and mind.”

Selena Gomez's IG

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme” Documentary Release Postponsed in Solidarity with Nationwide Protestors

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Freestyle Love will have to wait… as a way to show love for the Black community.

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star and Hamilton and In The Height screator’s documentary about his other show Freestyle Love Supreme was supposed to begin streaming on Hulu this Friday.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

But Miranda has postponed the premiere of We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, about his hip-hop improv group, in solidarity with protesters.

The group announced the postponement Wednesday, citing that our “collective attention” is turned toward more pressing concerns. 

“Today our country, our world struggles to reach an end to this systemic racial injustice, intolerance, police brutality and hate,” Freestyle Love Supreme said in a statement on Twitter. “We add our voices to that fight.”

No word on when the documentary will now be released.

Bad Bunny Earns Ninth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Yo Perreo Sola”

And the chart-topping hits keep coming for Bad Bunny

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer and rapper’s latest single “Yo Perreo Sola” rises to No.1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated June 6. 

Bad-Bunny

It’s Bad Bunny’s ninth No. 1 on the chart in just over two years – his first leader came in February 2018 with his first chart hit, the Becky G track “Mayores,” on which he was featured. It reached No. 1 in its 24th week.

“Yo Perreo Sola” rises to the summit in its eighth week with a 4-1 hike. It ascends with 9 million in audience impressions (up 9%) earned in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“Yo Perreo Sola” follows “Vete,” the second single on Bad Bunny’s chart-topping album YHLQMDLG, and first to reach the top of the chart.

Demi Lovato Encouraging People to Send Birthday Cards for Breonna Taylor to Kentucky’s Attorney General

Demi Lovato is calling for people to honor the memory of Breonna Taylor

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has taken to social media to ask her fans to honor Taylor’s memory with a different kind of social action on what would’ve been the slain African-American woman’s 27th birthday.

Demi Lovato

“It’s Breonna Taylor’s birthday this Friday (June 5). Her favorite colors were blue and purple @iamkevingates was one of her favorite artists. She was an EMT on the frontlines during corona(virus),” Lovato wrote of the Louisville woman who was killed when a squad of police used a battering ram to enter her apartment using a “no-knock” warrant and opened fire. “Around midnight on March 13th police broke down her door and shot her 8 times, no evidence of a crime was uncovered. The sole crime was the murder of Breonna Taylor. Her crime being asleep in her own home.”

Taylor’s name is among those most frequently mentioned these days by protesters marching to demand justice for George Floyd, who was killed when a now-fired white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

During a week in which she’s been sharing resources for Lovatics interested in donating to or showing solidarity for groups seeking racial justice and police reform – as well as participating in Black Out Tuesday – Demi Lovato offered up a new way to make a statement.

Drawing inspiration from writer/feminist Cate Young‘s suggestion, Lovato encouraged fans to honor Taylor’s memory by sending cards to Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron

“The most underserved demographic in America is black women, we cannot allow them to forget Breonna,” she wrote.

Demi Lovato Breonna Taylor

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To date, a GoFundMe effort to support Taylor’s family has collected more than three times the initial $500,000 goal.

The three officers in the case have been placed on administrative reassignment and the attempted murder of a police officer charges against Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker— who reportedly fired on police when they burst through the door — were dropped last month; the FBIis investigating Taylor’s shooting.

Jesse & Joy Release New Track “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)” to Commemorate Pride Month

Jesse & Joy are spreading some Love this Pride Month

The Mexican brother & sister duo, comprised of Jesse Eduardo Huerta Uecke and Tirzah Joy Huerta Uecke, kicked off Pride Monthby releasing “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma),” a new track featured on their new album Aire.

Jesse & Joy

“Our music will always be there to remind you that you are beautiful just as you are,” Jesse & Joy said in the homemade video released on their Instagram page. “It’s called ‘Love’ and talks about love being the universal language, the language that all of us should speak.”

On the post’s caption, they elaborated that the song and video are in celebration of Pride Month and was a previous presentation for, LGBTI organization Yaaj Mexico.

“Do not let anyone tell you that it is wrong to love,” they stated of the uptempo acoustic song.

Jessica Andrade to Fight Rose Namajunas in High-Profile UFC Rematch

Jessica Andrade is readying for a rematch…

The UFC is thisclose to a deal for a high-profile rematch between the 28-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist and fellow  former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, according to ESPN.

Jessica Andrade

Contracts haven’t been signed yet, but both sides have reportedly agreed to meet on July 11 at a location to be determined. 

The location could be the mysterious “Fight Island,” which UFC president Dana White has claimed will be operational by late June.

Namajunas (8-4) was the champion when she first fought Andrade (20-7) in Brazil in May 2019. Namajunas appeared to be winning the bout until Andrade picked her up and slammed her midway through the second round for a knockout victory.

Andrade went on to surrender the title to current champion Zhang Weili in her first attempted defense three months later.

The UFC originally booked this rematch for UFC 249 on April 18 in Brooklyn, but that event was ultimately postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The promotion tried to keep it intact for May 2, but Namajunas was forced to withdraw due to personal reasons.

The winner of the 115-pound contest would have a strong case for another title shot against Zhang, who recently told ESPN she’d like to face Namajunas in her next bout.

Arturo Márquez Elected Vice President of CISAC

Arturo Márquez is representing…

The 69-year-old Mexican orchestral music composer has been elected as a vice president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). 

Arturo Márquez

Márquezwill lead alongside ABBA cofounder Bjorn Ulvaeus, the group’s president, and 

South African singer-songwriter and actress Yvonne Chaka Chaka as his fellow vice presidents.

CISAC represents more than 230 authors societies in more than 120 countries, and through this community, its role is to support the global network of collective management of rights for more than 4 million creators.

The organization is responsible for collecting €9.6 billion of licensing income and royalties worldwide.

Márquez’s works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra MexicoYOSA PhilharmonicPan American Symphonyl’Orchestre de ParisSimon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Lyon.

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Arturo Márquez are outstanding, inspirational creators, and I’m delighted CISAC will be able to benefit from their energy and authority in campaigning for creators worldwide. They join us as Vice Presidents at a critical moment for CISAC’s work, with millions of creators facing loss of their livelihoods and the challenge of rebuilding their careers. We are looking forward greatly to our collaboration and their support.”

Chaka Chaka and Márquez join Chinese director, writer and producer Jia Zhang-ke and Spanish visual artist Miquel Barceló as the four vice presidents of the confederation.