Chiquis Releases Animated Video for Her Cumbia-fied Cover of “Jolene” with Becky G

Chiquis is getting animated…

The 35-year-old Mexican American singer and television personality has released the animated music video for “Jolene,” her cover of Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit single, featuring Becky G.

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Chiquis, the daughter of late banda singer Jenni Rivera, and Becky G revamped Parton’s iconic song, giving it a saucy Western-cumbia twist.

“Her and I have been wanting to work together for so long, but we didn’t know what genre,” Chiquis tells Billboard of working with Becky G. “She thought she was going to come to Regional because she sings really pretty with mariachi. I sent her two songs, one a little bit more urban, which I thought she was going to choose, and also ‘Jolene,’ which she absolutely wanted to do because she’s a huge fan.”

“Jolene” is the lead single from Chiquis’ 10-set album Playlist. In the lyrics, the two powerhouses confront each other about liking the same man.

“You think of country music and you think Dolly. We both loved the song and it happened so organically,” she adds. “I was happy because we can bring something new to the song, which is great as it is, but together we brought the Latino flavor with cumbia.”

The track was recorded at the studio right before the coronavirus outbreak. The music video, however, was recorded at home during the quarantine. In the animated clip, Chiquis and Becky G star in an action-packed Old Western film.

“It was all done with a green screen. I was at my house and Becky was at hers,” Chiquis says of the process. “There was a photographer that made us do all these crazy moves as if we were holding a gun, bending over and running away. It was very cool and something very, very different for me to see it all come together. It’s crazy cause we look real but we’re drawn at the same time.”

“A lot of people were waiting for Becky and me to do something together because we have a really nice friendship,” she notes. “Even though we were not together in the video, people won’t even tell because of our crazy connection. I think people are going to love it; it’s something different, it’s something fun.”

Anitta Signs Recording Deal with Warner Records

Anitta is ready to breakthrough in the United States…

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer, a massive star in Latin America, has signed a recording contract with Warner Records. And she’s eyeing the release of a multilingual debut, to be produced by Ryan Tedder, in the U.S. later this year. 

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Anitta fuses elements of reggaetón, bossa nova, R&B, hip-hop, EDM and funk carioca to create her own unique musical blend. 

She’s previously collaborated with the likes of Miley CyrusBecky GJ BalvinKaty PerryDavid Guetta and P. Diddy.

Already a star in her native Brazil — where Anitta is the most streamed artist — and beyond, Anitta’s digital profile includes 47 million Instagram followers, nearly 5 billion YouTube views, in addition to more than 14 million YouTube subscribers, and 6.5 billion cumulative Spotif ystreams. 

She has been nominated for five Latin Grammys and has won 6 MTV EMAs. She was set to perform at Coachellaand Rock In Riothis year before the COVID-19pandemic caused the cancellation of both.

“I’m so excited to join the U.S. Warner Records team,” said Anitta, who is based in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s the most important moment in my career. Now, I can show more about my art and culture to the world internationally. I can’t wait for everyone to hear all the new music I’ve been working on, which will be a fresh blend of both Spanish and English.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the global Warner Music Latin team to bring Anitta’s incredible music to the U.S. and beyond. Anitta is truly unlike any artist we’ve ever experienced,” said Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson, co-chairmen of Warner Records. “ She’s not only an extraordinary musical talent, but is a blazing creative force, an electrifying performer and a true cultural phenomenon.”

Chiquis Rivera & Becky G Release Cumbia-fied Version of Dolly Parton’s Classic Song “Jolene”

Chiquis Rivera is giving a Dolly Parton classic a Mexican cumbia twist…

The 34-year-old Mexican American singer has joined voices with Becky G torelease a new version of Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit “Jolene.” 

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On the track, Chiquis and the 23-year-old Mexican American singer/rapper belt the classic lyrics en español over a cumbia beat. 

Chiquis & Becky G, longtime friends, have been waiting for the opportunity to collaborate on a song. 

Chiquis, the daughter of the late Jenni Rivera, decided to reach out to Parton’s team and was pleasantly surprised when they gave their seal of approval.

“Dolly is an icon in music and for women. An example to follow and it is an honor to sing this song in Spanish,” the Chiquis told Telemundo.

Becky G was thrilled to fuse both her Mexican and American roots on the classic song.

“I was fascinated by the idea because it brings together our two worlds. When they ask me where I am from, I always say that I am Mexican. I never say that my grandparents are Mexican and I am American,” the “Sin Pijama”singer said. “However, country music was always heard in my house, with the Mexican, and our ‘Jolene’ is that. It has the essence of Dolly with a little bit of our itch.”

Jolene is the third single from Chiquis’ latest album PLAYLIST. For the women, it was the perfect time for them to come together for one of the biggest songs in history. “We were waiting for the right one, and although I never thought it would come from country, it worked perfectly.”

Chiquis and Becky G will release the music video for the track in the near future. The ladies teased the release on their respective social media accounts with clips. In the clips, the women hold guns as they ride through the dessert.

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Maluma Taking Part in OneHuManity’s (OHM) ‘Dream With Us’ 24-hour Livestream Event

Maluma is lettin’ you in on his dreams…

The 26-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter and more than 150 stars will take part in OneHuManity‘s (OHMDream With Us 24-hour livestream show on Friday, May 29 at 12:00 pm ET.

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Maluma’s La Respuesta” collaboratoBecky G will also participate alongside the likes of Dua Lipa and Jason Derulo.

Dream With Us aims to combine live musical performances, real-time challenges, one-on-one interviews and empowering stories for a full day of festivities presented by OHM Live and Constellation, an inspirational human impact organization co-founded by Dubai-based entrepreneurs Jean-Karl Saliba and Zaid Frederiks.

“Dreams can’t be quarantined. Dreams know no boundaries, no race, no color and no religion. Dreams have the power to change the world. Our vision is to amplify human connection within an ecosystem that enables dreamers to build a community and connect globally,” Saliba and Frederiks said in a statement. “We engage with humanity by using the power of our shared and collective dreams with the goal to positively reshape the narrative of our planet.”

Not only does the livestream event hope to collect one billion dreams for its unifying, algorithmically constructed “Dream Art” for viewers to share across social media, but it will collect donations to benefit Global Gift Foundation, Médecins Sans FrontièresDubai Cares, the International Red Cross, the Red Crescent Movement and FromU2ThemDream With Us will be the biggest production out of Dubai to serve the entire world.

Dream With Us will simulcast from Constellation’s YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok accounts and official website as well as the ABC News Live network.

MAC Cosmetics to Release Brand New Selena-Inspired Collection

Selena’s legendary style lives on… And, you can own a part of it. 

MAC Cosmetics has announced that a brand new makeup collection inspired by La Reina de la Musica Tejana will be released in April, honoring Selena’s 25 year legacy.

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“Selena and M·A·C Cosmetics are back together! Get ready for an all NEW collection launching in April to celebrate the Queen of Tejano’s life and legacy! Stay tuned for this iconic collection,” expressed a post on Selena’s official Facebook account. 

This is the second time the brand is honoring the late Mexican-American singer through beauty products. 

In 2016, fans were blessed with a makeup collection that embodied Selena’s style, including her signature red lipstick and an eye shadow palette named after some of her emblematic songs, like “Como La Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” and “No Me Queda Mas.”

The limited-edition collection released in 2016 was tenderly curated by Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla. “I wanted the colors to be about her personally, what she wore on and offstage,” Quintanilla said in a previous press statement. 

The new MAC collaboration comes on the heels of a Selena tribute concert taking place on May 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Presented by Q ProductionsSelena XXV-Veinticinco Años counts with a star-studded lineup including Pitbull, Los Tucanes de TijuanaA.B. Quintanilla III Los Kumbia AllstarzBecky G, and Ally Brooke, and more.

Mau y Ricky Renew Publishing Deal with Sony/ATV

Mau and Ricky Montaner’s music won’t be finding a new home…

The Venezuelan brothers, better known as Mau y Ricky, have renewed their publishing deal with Sony/ATV, according to Billboard.

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“We are happy to remain part of the Sony/ATV family where our songs have a house and are well maintained,” Mau and Ricky tell Billboard. “It’s been many years now. [President and CEO, Latin America and U.S. Latin] Jorge Mejia trusts in our talent and we trust him.”

The Latin Grammy-nominated duo,  sons of music icon Ricardo Montaner, officially joined Sony/ATV in 2014 and since then have been working with many stars including Thalia,Karol G,Sofia Reyes,Lali,Ednita Nazario and Miguel Bosé, to name a few.

On the Billboard charts, Mau and Ricky have also scored hits as songwriters, including Ricky Martin’s “Vente Pa’ Ca,” which debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplaychart in 2016, and “Sin Pijama” by Becky Gand Natti Natasha, which also topped that chart in 2018.

“They are part of our house, composers who are part of the company’s DNA and we trust them,” concludes Mejia.

Becky G & Her “True Damage” Squad Release “Giants” Video

Becky G is having a giant moment…

Riot Games has unleashed “Giants” in its latest cross-cultural collaboration featuring in-game hip-hop collective True Damage, featuring the 22-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer/rapper.

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It’s the follow-up to last year’s League of Legends anthem, K/DA’s “Pop/Stars,” which took the world by storm. 

Released over the weekend to coincide with the annual League of Legends Championships, “Giants” features the voices of Becky G, DuckwrthKeke PalmerSoyeonof K-pop girl group (G)I-dle, and Thutmose.

The multilingual track is performed predominantly in English with occasional verses in Spanish and Korean, it was released alongside an animated music video that features the quintet’s in-game counterparts — Qiyana, Senna, Akali, Ekko, and Yasuo — performing the dynamic track.  

Offering up a more of a hip-hop slant than the pop-focused “Pop/Stars,” “Giants” marks the inauguration of the in-game hip-hop collective known as True Damage. Soyeon, who voices Akali, is the only vocalist to return from K/DA to feature in the new song.

In the 24-hour period following its release, the music video achieved nearly 6 million views on YouTube

The five artists not only voice the members of True Damage but also performed at the League of Legends World Championship Final Opening Ceremony in Paris on Sunday. 

Becky G Wins Her First-Ever People’s Choice Award

Becky Gis the gente’s choice…

The E! People’s Choice Awards have been handed out, with the 22-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer-songwriter picking up her first-ever trophy.

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The “Mayores” singer took home the award for Latin Artist of the Year, besting the likes of Bad BunnyDaddy YankeeKarol G, Maluma and J Balvinand more.

Noah Centineo picked his first People’s Choice trophy as well…

The 23-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor was named The Comedy Movie Star of 2019 for his performance in Netflix’sThe Perfect Date.

Camila Cabello has picked up her first PCAas a solo artist…

The 22-year-old Cuban and Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony member took home the award for The Song of 2019 for her chart-topping collaboration with Shawn Mendes, “Señorita.”

Cabello had previously won twice for Favorite Group (2016, 2017) as a member of 5H.

In all, more than one billion votes were cast during this year’s PCAs voting period.

Here’s the full list of People’s Choice Awards 2019 winners:

People’s Champion Award: Pink
Fashion Icon Award: Gwen Stefani
People’s Icon of 2019: Jennifer Aniston

MOVIES

The Movie of 2019Avengers: Endgame
The Comedy Movie of 2019Murder Mystery
The Action Movie of 2019Avengers: Endgame
The Drama Movie of 2019After
The Family Movie of 2019Aladdin
The Male Movie Star of 2019: Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Endgame
The Female Movie Star of 2019: Zendaya, Spider-Man: Far From Home
The Drama Movie Star of 2019: Cole Sprouse, Five Feet Apart
The Comedy Movie Star of 2019: Noah Centineo, The Perfect Date
The Action Movie Star of 2019: Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Far From Home
The Animated Movie Star of 2019: Beyoncé, The Lion King

TV

The Show of 2019Stranger Things
The Drama Show of 2019Stranger Things
The Comedy Show of 2019The Big Bang Theory
The Reality Show of 2019: Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The Competition Show of 2019America’s Got Talent
The Male TV Star of 2019: Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
The Female TV Star of 2019: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
The Drama TV Star of 2019: Zendaya, Euphoria
The Comedy TV Star of 2019: Kristen Bell, The Good Place
The Daytime Talk Show of 2019The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Nighttime Talk Show of 2019: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Competition Contestant of 2019: Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette
The Reality Star of 2019: Khloé Kardashian, Keeping Up With the Kardashians
The Bingeworthy Show of 2019: Outlander
The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019Shadowhunters

MUSIC

The Male Artist of 2019: Shawn Mendes
The Female Artist of 2019: Billie Eilish
The Group of 2019: BLACKPINK
The Song of 2019: Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, “Señorita”
The Album of 2019: Taylor Swift, Lover
The Country Artist of 2019: Blake Shelton
The Latin Artist of 2019: Becky G
The Music Video of 2019: BLACKPINK, “Kill This Love”
The Concert Tour of 2019: BLACKPINK, BLACKPINK 2019 World

POP CULTURE

The Social Star of 2019: David Dobrik
The Beauty Influencer of 2019: Bretman Rock
The Social Celebrity of 2019: Ellen DeGeneres
The Animal Star of 2019: Doug the Pug
The Comedy Act of 2019: Kevin Hart
The Style Star of 2019: Harry Styles
The Game Changer of 2019: Simone Biles
The Pop Podcast of 2019: Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley and Tanya Rad

Becky G to Release Debut Album, “Mala Santa,” This Month

Becky G is finally ready for her big debut…

The 22-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer/rapper, who has released singles and collaborations since 2013, is set to release her first album in the near future.

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Becky G has revealed that her debut album Mala Santa will arrive on Thursday, October 17. Becky G shared the news on social media, writing: “Finally. This is my new era.”

During the past few years, the singer/songwriter and soon-to-be host of 2019 MTV EMAs awardshas proven her versatility as an entertainer.

Becky G has already conquered Billboard’s Latin Airplaychart with “Mayores” and “Sin Pijama.” With “Mayores,” she became one of only five women to achieve that feat in 2017.

Next week, Becky G will also participate at the Billboard Latin AMAs Summit as a speaker on The Superstar panel, and will be honored with the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the 2019 Latin American Music Awards for her success as a young performer who has reached the pinnacle of success in a short period of time.

Mala Santa will be available for preorder on October 11.

Becky G to Host & Perform at This Year’s MTV Europe Music Awards

Becky G is pulling double duty in Europe…

The 22-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer-songwriter, who just released the trilingual track “Chicken Noodle Soup” with BTSJ-Hope, is set to host this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, as well as perform at the awards show, which will take place in Seville, Spain.

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Becky G is set for a busy night as she also has a nomination, taking on Ariana GrandeCamila Cabello, Halsey, the Jonas Brothers, and Shawn Mendes in the Best Pop category.

Becky G has notched two number one hits on the Billboard Latin Airplay charts –  “Mayores” and “Sin Pijama” – and on-screen had a starring role in the Power Rangersmovie. She has also guest-starred on the Foxseries Empire.

“Becky G is an exceptional multifaceted talent who’s no stranger to the global stage,” said Bruce Gillmer, global head of music and talent,Viacom and co-brand head, MTV International. “We can’t wait to see her light up the MTV EMAstage in Seville.”

Rosalia, who’ll be the hometown favorite in her native Spain, leads the pack of Latino/a nominees with four.