Ivonne Galaz Releases Tribute Song to Murdered U.S. Army Soldier Vanessa Guillén

Ivonne Galaz is raising her voice to honor murdered U.S. army soldier Vanessa Guillén.

The Mexican singer, one of the young female singers leading the emerging corridos tumbados movement, revisits Guillén’s tragic fate in a tribute song she’s uploaded to her Instagram account. 

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JusticeForVanessaGuillen with much respect to Vanessa’s family,” wrote Galaz, who titled the track “Vanessa Guillén.”

After Guillén’s disappearance made national headlines, the lawyer for her family confirmed on Sunday that the U.S. Armypositively identified the soldier’s remains near the Leon River in Texas last week. 

Guillén, 20, a soldier in Fort Hood, was declared missing by her family since April, but the search for her only intensified last month when the family went public with appeals to find her.

Galaz, the first female signee on corridos tumbados label Rancho Humilde, uploaded the song to Instagram on Sunday night. Corridos tumbados (sometimes referred to as trap corridos) are a new take on the traditional Mexican song from the perspective of the youth in the streets of the U.S.

Backed by an acoustic guitar, Galáz sympathizes with Guillén’s family in her heartbreaking corrido. “Her suffering family asking, ‘Where is the girl?'” she sings in Spanish. Galáz sadly notes Guillén’s “light has been put out” while highlighting her heritage in the haunting final line: “The Mexican people, we will be there so that her case is not forgotten.”

Many Latino artists, including Becky GChiquisSalma Hayek and Intocable, have posted about Guillen in social media, demanding answers from authorities at her base.

The main suspect in Guillén’s murder, Spc. Aaron David Robinson, who was stationed with the her at Fort Hood, killed himself last Wednesday as investigators were closing in. Robinson’s reported girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, says Robinson murdered Guillén and that she tried to help him dispose of her body. Aguilar was charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

Galáz hails from Senora, Mexico, the same state as her labelmate Natanael Cano. She made her debut last year as a featured artist on Cano’s “Golpes de La Vida” from his Mi Nuevo Yo EP. On Rancho Humilde’s recent Corridos Tumbados Vol. 2 album, Galáz recorded with Cano again and also teamed up with Natalie Lopéz on the girl-powered “La Rueda.” A solo project from Galaz is due out soon.

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.”

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.” 

Becky G & Chiquis

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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Christian Nodal Wins Two Awards at the Premios de la Radio

Christian Nodal is the reyof radio…

This year’s Premios de la Radio have been doled out, recognizing the best of Regional Mexican music, with the 20-year-old Mexican singer and songwriter taking home two awards.

Christian Nodal

Nodal nabbed Male Artist of the Year and Mariachi Song of the Year for his single “De Los Besos Que Te Di.” 

Banda MStook home the night’s biggest prize… Artist of the Year. The Mexican band was also named Banda of the Year

Other winners included Calibre 50El Fantasma, rising urban corrido artist Natanael Cano and Ana Barbara, who won Female Artist of the Year, a category that returned after three years. 

Gloria Trevi was the night’s opening act, performing a cumbia version of her single “Abranse Perras,” produced exclusively for the event by producer Toy Selectah of Control Machete. Trevi was also recognized with a special award for Highest Rated Female Mexican Star in the World.

Various tributes to place Thursday night, including a heartfelt homage by Banda MS to the late Mexican singer José José.Grupo BroncoLos Huracanes del Norteand Pancho Barrazaalso received tributes. 

Following performances by La AdictivaLos Angeles AzulesLegado 7, and others, the awards show came to an end with a special cumbia tribute to the late Selena Quintanilla with a medley performanceby Belinda(“Baila Esta Cumbia”), Chiquis(“Techno Cumbia”), Edith Marquez(“No Debes Jugar”) and Ana Barbara(“Fotos y Recuerdos”). 

Here’s the complete winner’s list:

Artist of the Year: Banda MS
Female Artist of the Year:Ana Bárbara
Male Artist of the Year: Christian Nodal
Banda of the Year: Banda MS
Banda Song of the Year: “A través del vaso” Banda los Sebastianes
Mariachi Song of the Year: “De los besos que te di” Christian Nodal
Norteño Song of the Year: “Simplemente Gracias” Calibre 50
Sierreña Song of the Year: “Lluvia en tus pestañas” Virlán García
Collaboration of the Year: “Amor a Primera Vista” Los Ángeles Azules, Belinda, Horacio Palencia y Lalo Ebratt
Corrido of the Year: “Aerolíneas Carrillo” Gerardo Ortiz y T3r Elemento
Urban Corrido of the Year: “El de la Codeína” Natanael Cano
From social media to the radio: Herencia de Patrones
Norteño Group of the Year: Grupo Firme
Sierreño Group or Artist of the Year: Fuerza Régida
Orgullo Latino Award: El Fantasma
Revelation of the Year:  Carín León

Chiquis Releases “Paloma Blanca,” a Song Dedicated to Her Late Mother Jenni Rivera

Janney “Chiquis” Rivera is honoring the memory of her late mother through music…

The Mexican American singer/reality television star, the daughter of La Diva de la Banda Jenni Rivera, has premiered on YouTube a song entitled “Paloma Blanca.”

Chiquis Rivera Paloma Blanca

Rivera’s banda-themed song is dedicated to her mother who died in 2012 when her small plane crashed while on business in Mexico.

“Paloma Blanca,” which means “White Dove” in English, was posted to the ChiquisOnline channel on YouTube, which is normally reserved for Chiquis’ fashion tips.

Chiquis sent news of the new song out to her 477,000 followers on Twitter, writing, “Available #palomablanca #chiquispalomablanca on my official channel on YouTube.”

The song, presented with lyrics, opens with the words, “Sweet Sound Records presents Chiquis.” An image of Chiquis appears next; she’s wearing a white dress and looking at the white clouds in the sky.

The song’s opening begins with, “You don’t know how much I miss you … today I miss your laugh. From a star, you take care of me.”

Like her mother, Chiquis performs the song in her iconic banda style, which incorporates brass instruments to give the composition a specific sound in a genre that’s popular in Mexico and the U.S.

mun2 to Air Footage of Rivera’s Last Concert on “I Love Jenni”

Here’s your chance to catch a glimpse of footage from the late Jenni Rivera’s last concert.

This Sunday, May 19, mun2 will broadcast the concert the late Mexican American singer gave just before getting on the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff, taking the lives of the artist and another six people, as part of the final season of the network’s hit series I Love Jenni.

Jenni Rivera

Rivera’s show in Monterrey, Mexico, included songs that she dedicated to her fans and to her daughter Chiquis.

Along with the concert footage, the episode will feature backstage shots of the singer and businesswoman celebrating the show’s success with her crew.

In addition, the episode includes pictures of how the family took the news of the deadly plane crash in northern Mexico.

The singer had filmed five of the scheduled 17 episodes for the third season of the I Love Jenni series, which debuted in March 2011 and in which the artist shared with fans details of her family life and artistic career.

Rivera Gets “mun2” of Love…

It’s official… Banda and ranchera diva Jenni Rivera is la gran señora of mun2

The 42-year-old Mexican-American singer/songwriter has signed a long-term, cross-platform deal with the bilingual cable network that includes the return of the Rivera’s highly popular reality series, I Love Jenni—one of the network’s most watched shows.

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“mun2 has become a second home to me,” says the Long Beach, California-raised singer who recently took home an award at Billboard’s Mexican Music Awards. “I’m glad to continue and grow our relationship and show mi vida loca—my life, my vision and feelings to my fans. I have built my career on honesty, reality and creating the most vibrant, impactful career for my fans and my family. I look forward to continuing to share this with the viewers.”

Rivera’s lucrative deal includes an untitled new project for Rivera’s daughter Chiquis, who previously starred in the network’s top-rated original series Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C.

“Jenni is an icon,” declares mun2’s general manager Diana Mogollon of  the award-winning artist who has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide. “She is one of the most respected and acclaimed Latinas in music and entertainment, and is an integral part of the mun2 family. Jenni represents the vision of mun2 – cross-cultural, bilingual, influential and embodying the uniquely American lifestyle of our viewers. We know her fans will share our excitement as she continues to influence, build and give back to music and the Latino community.”

The new season of I Love Jenni, which begins shooting this fall, should be back on air in 2012.