J Balvin Collaborates with Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy on “Un Dia [One Day]”

J Balvin is living one dayat a time…

The 35-year-old Colombian singer has joined voices with Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy on the track “Un Dia [One Day].”

J Balvin

Balvin’s star-studded collaboration, released on Thursday, July 23, was executive produced by NEON16’s Tainy and Lex Borrero.

J Balvin Collaborates with Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy on "Un Dia [One Day]"

The enthralling rhythm and music video was directed by Stillz and stars Spanish actress Ursula Corbero, best known for her role in La Casa de Papel (Money Heist).

Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Group Mates Release Cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams”

Kirstin Maldonado is livin’ in a dreams world…

The 28-year-old half-Mexican & part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have released the last of their quarantine-made videos for the a capella group’s At Home EP.

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Following creative, shot at home videos for their takes on Dua Lipa‘s “Break My Heart,” The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights” and Billie Eilish‘s “when the party’s over,” Pentatonix released its dreamy take on The Cranberries‘ fittingly titled 1992 hit, “Dreams.”

Despite having to quarantine at home, Maldonado and the gang still managed to create an ethereal feeling in their respective homes by singing against natural backdrops.

Nicolás Pereda’s Narco Culture-Themed Film “Fauna” to Premiere at This Year’s Reimagined Toronto Film Festival

Nicolás Pereda is bringing the faunato this year’s reimagined Toronto Film Festival.

The 38-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s latest film Fauna will be among the film’s screened at the festival, which is North America’s largest festival.

Nicolás Pereda

The film is an exploration of the impact of “narco” culture on Mexican society.

It’ll be Fauna’s official global premiere. An excerpt from the film was screened as part of the “Works in Progress” section of the Los Cabos International Film Festival in 2019,and won the Cinecolor Mexico Award.

This year’s edition will run from September 10–19. As expected, the festival will look different due to the coronavirus.

Organizers say the 45th TIFF will be “tailored to fit the moment,” with a combination of physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences and industry talks. 

There’ll be considerably fewer movies — a selection comprising 50 new features — and the festival isn’t expecting large numbers of international press or industry to attend in person.

In addition to Pereda’s Fauna, this year’s strong crop of early movies confirmed to screen at the festival are the Kate Winslet-starrer AmmoniteThomas Vinterberg’s Another RoundConcrete Cowboy with Idris ElbaGood Joe Bell starring Mark WahlbergSuzanne Lindon’s Spring BlossomTrue Mothers by Naomi Kawase and Halle Berry’s directorial debut BruisedMore titles will be announced over the summer.

The movies will play over the event’s first five days as physical, socially distanced screenings. There will also be five programs of short films, interactive talks, film cast reunions, and Q&As with cast and filmmakers.

However, the festival has acknowledged that its plans for an in-person festival will be contingent on the local government’s “reopening framework to ensure that festival venues and workplaces practice, meet and exceed public health guidelines.” Large gatherings still aren’t permitted in Toronto.

TIFF temporarily closed its year-round offices and cinemas at TIFF Bell Lightbox in March due to the pandemic. The organization is now taking steps to prepare for reopening and working with medical advisors and public health officials to ensure safe conditions.

Meanwhile, TIFF is launching a bespoke digital platform for the festival. The organization has partnered with Shift72 on the platform, which will host digital screenings, talks and special events.

The Industry Conference will be online-only this year, with screenings for press and industry taking place on the digital platform only. The fest says there will be “advanced security and anti-piracy measures, access to buyers, and opportunities for networking.”

For 2020, TIFF says it will welcome 50 filmmakers and actors as TIFF Ambassadors to help the festival deliver its program. They will include Ava DuVernayTaika Waititi, Anurag KashyapNicole KidmanMartin ScorseseNadine LabakiAlfonso CuarónTantoo CardinalRiz Ahmed, Isabelle HuppertClaire DenisAtom EgoyanPriyanka Chopra, Viggo MortensenZhang ZiyiDavid OyelowoLulu Wang, Rosamund PikeSarah Gadon and Denis Villeneuve.

TIFF will also present its annual TIFF Tribute Awards, acknowledging and celebrating outstanding contributors to the film industry. 

Now in its third year, TIFF’s Media Inclusion Initiative will continue to accredit eligible black, indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+ and female emerging film critics. New this year, TIFF is also offering companies and individuals the opportunity to gift industry access to 250 underrepresented emerging filmmakers from around the world.

6ix9ine to Release Another New Song & Music Video This Week

6ix9ine is releasing another new track…

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican & Mexican American rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, has announced plans to drop yet another song and music video this Friday, July 3.

Tekashi 6ix9ine

6ix9ine, who recently debuted at No. 1 with his Nicki Minaj collaboration “Trollz,”wrote 6ix9ine on Instagram this past Saturday afternoon (June 27).

“I have about 34 more days ’til house arrest is over, about 34 more days and the ankle monitor comes off and the king of New York is back on the street. I’m gonna give you all one more music video,” 6ix9ine teased in a video accompanying the post. “Just picture this, right. I’ve been on house arrest. I broke a whole bunch of records … I have the No. 1 record in the world, from house arrest. I’ve been shooting all the music videos in my living room. I”m gonna give you all one more music video. Picture the noise I’m gonna make when I’m outside.”

In his Instagram Stories, 6ix9ine repeated the news, writing: “THIS FRIDAY NEW SONG NEW MUSIC VIDEO JULY 3RD.”

And, he later said “para mi gente Latina” on Instagram, along with a video clip of what appears to be 6ix9inelip-synching to his Spanish track.

Before Trollz’s debut on June 12, 6ix9ine released the song “Gooba,” which debuted at No. 3 on the May 23-dated chart.

Rick Gonzalez to Star in the NBC Drama Pilot “Langdon,” Based on Dan Brown’s Thriller “The Lost Symbol”

Rick Gonzalez has lined up his next project…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American actor has been cast as a series regular in LangdonNBC’s drama pilot based on Dan Brown’s best-selling thriller novel The Lost Symbol.

Rick Gonzalez

Gonzalez will star opposite Sumalee Montano, Beau Knapp and Ashley Zukermanin the pilot project.  

Written by Dan Dworkin and Jay BeattieLangdon follows the early adventures of famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Zukerman), who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.

Gonzalez will portray Nunez, a uniformed Capitol policeman. 

Other cast members include Valorie Curry and Eddie Izzard.

The Lost Symbol is the third Brown novel featuring the character of Langdon, following Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, and is set after the events of Da Vinci Code.

Langdon, which hails from Imagine TelevisionCBS Television Studios and Universal Television, is among five 2020 pilots which NBC has committed to filming later this year, once production can safely begin amid coronavirus restrictions.

Gonzalez is coming off a four-year run as Mad Dog on the CW’s Arrow. His previous credits include an arc on Mr. Robot and the series regular role of Manny Maquis on the USA series Rush.

Disney+ Releases Trailer for Live-Action Feature of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway Musical “Hamilton”

Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing his story of Alexander Hamilton to the internet.

Disney+ has released the first look at the live-action feature of the 40-year-old Puerto Rican’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda

The hip hop musical about America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton debuts on Disney+ on Friday, July 3.

Disney paid $75M for the global rights to the movie, beating a number of rival studios. Soon after acquiring the film, Disney opted to send the film to its streaming service instead of movie cinemas; the film’s original theatrical release date was October 15, 2021. 

The Broadway musical with lyrics, music and book by  Miranda was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, scoring 11 including Best Musical in 2016. 

In addition, the musical owns the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. 

The feature film of the stage musical was shot two weeks before the original cast left. That cast included Miranda in the title role, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas JeffersonRenée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica SchuylerJonathan Groff as King GeorgeChristopher Jackson as George WashingtonJasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria ReynoldsLeslie OdomJr. as Aaron BurrOkieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James MadisonAnthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.

Director Tommy Kail directed both the stage version and the movie, which consisted of shooting three live performances, and also some setup shots without an audience. All of the footage was used to create multiple angles, to ensure the cinematic nature of the event.

Jencarlos Canela Releases First-Ever Mainstream Single “Water”

Jencarlos Canela is makin’ a splash…

The 32-year-old Cuban American singer/actor has released the new single “Water,” and it arrives just in time for summer.

Jencarlos Canela

Featuring sensual fusions of EDMAfrobeat and tropical rhythms bilingual song comes alive and mark’s Canela’s first-ever mainstream single. 

“I need your water, water, I’m swimming in your water, water,” he sings in the chantable hook that’s dedicated to the woman he’s crushing on.

“‘Water’ represents a form of pure love between two people. A love that’s shapeless, everlasting, and deeply connected,” he elaborates in an official statement. “Just like the water we need to survive; this song symbolizes everything that water means to us.”

Shot in Los Angeles, the homemade music video shows Cabela penning his lyrics and thoughts on the poolside as he daydreams about his song going viral and all his colleagues having fun in the water. Mario LopezPitbullSharleneGénesis Rodriguez and Alex Sensation, to name a few, make cameos as they get wet in the pool, on the beach, or even in the shower.

The single was created during a small quarantine gathering that included producers Pip Kembo ‘Dr. Chaii’ and Tido Nguyen, composers Soaky SirenAle AlbertiElijah Steen, and Mimi Knowles and mixing and mastering by Narek Ambar.

Alejandro Fernandez Releases “Menti” Video, Featuring Vicente Fernandez, Just in Time for Father’s Day

Alejandro Fernandez is celebrating his legendary dad this Father’s Day in a big way…

The 49-year-old Mexican singer has released the official music video for his single “Menti,” featuring his father and iconic Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez.

Alejandro Fernández

Joining forces to flaunt their powerhouse vocals and show the world how music runs in their blood, “Menti” forms part of Fernandez’s recent studio album Hecho en México, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’sTop Latin Albums chart dated February 29, 2020. 

With his new coronation, Fernández became the first act to achieve No. 1s on Top Latin Albums in the 1990s, ‘00s, ‘10s, and ‘20s.

The music video shows cartoon versions of Alejandro and Vicente wearing their symbolic charro suits as they try to win back the women in their life.

In a very old-fashioned manner, Alejandro is seen serenading his lady in hopes she comes out of her room to forgive him. Chente, on the other hand, can be found at a western bar thinking about his love interest. Towards the end of the video, inspired by the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, the two reunite with their women and promise to learn from their mistakes.

Additionally, Billboard has shared a set of never-before-seen photos of the two artists, further spotlighting their undeniable father and son bond that so many love and admire.

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Alejandro-Fernandez-Vicente-Fernandez

Gloria Estefan Releases Timely New Single “Cuando hay amor”

Gloria Estefan is spreading the amor

The 62-year-old Cuban singer has released a timely new single, “Cuando hay amor.”

Gloria Estefan

It was originally supposed to come out last fall, but the song is fitting for the time we’re in today.

“Cuando hay amor” is a celebration of love set to the beat of Brazilian and Colombian drums. 

The video, shot in Salvador Bahia, features Estefan dancing a samba de roda– a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance — surrounded by Bahian women of all ages.

“We wanted to highlight the movements and singing of the beautiful Bahianas who are important historical representatives of the Samba culture,” says Estefan. “I felt we need to put some love vibes out in the universe right now,” she added about the timing of the release. “We need some alegría, we need some joy. It’s very unifying. I really wanted this message to be the first thing to come out. And it’s a coincidence. I was supposed to put out this album three years ago.”

Estefan began recording Brazil 305, now slated for release in August, over three years ago. 

“I was going to record my vocals, and then my mom got sick and passed,” she recalls. “There was no way I could find the ability to sing.”

Eventually, Brazil 305began coming together again. The concept album features 11 of Estefan’s hits, including the seminal “Conga” recorded with Miami Sound Machine, redone in Brazilian rhythms. The set also includes four new tracks, among them “Cuando hay amor,” penned by Nicolás TovarEmilio Estefan and newcomer Andrea López.

“I really wanted an original song as the first single,” says Estefan. And as fate would have it, the message is just what’s needed.

“I feel a difference here,” says Estefan of the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “I’m very very proud of our youth, although scared for them because they took a risk to go out in Covid infested land to protest. Our country is going through upheaval. Out of the bad things we can grow and learn and evolve. Hopefully we can go through changes in the system and make it more equitable and fair.”

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

Prince Royce is showing a new face

The 31-year-old Dominican American bachata singer has released a remix to his latest hit single “Carita de Inocente,” featuring urbano artist 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.