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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Ariana DeBose to Take Part in Virtual Concert to Benefit the Covenant House Charity for Homeless & Trafficked Youth

Ariana DeBose  is helping homeless and trafficked youth…

The 29-year-old half-Afro-Puerto Rican actress, singer and dancer, known for her work in musical theatre and on So You Think You Can Dance, will take part in a virtual concert event to benefit the Covenant House charity for homeless and trafficked youth.

Ariana DeBose

DeBose joins a 50-plus roster of stars who’ll perform or appear for the May 18 fundraiser that includes Meryl StreepDiane Keaton, Jon Bon JoviRachel BrosnahanStephen ColbertMartin ShortDolly PartonDionne WarwickStephanie J. BlockTony ShalhoubCharlie DayChris O’DowdZachary Leviand Zachary Quinto.

A Night of Covenant House Stars, to be held on Monday, May 18 at 8:00 pm ET on the Broadway on Demand streaming platform, will be co-hosted by six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald and 60 Minutes orrespondent John Dickerson, both members of the Covenant House Board of Directors.

The event is designed to support Covenant House, the international, mostly privately funded charity providing housing, food and healthcare to children and youth facing homelessness, and the front-line staff working during the COVID-19crisis.

“This virus does not get the last word,” said Covenant House President & CEO Kevin Ryan. “This amazing group of stars uniting in love to help us care for kids is proof positive of that.”

Other stars slated to appear include Robin Thicke, Deborah CoxQuentin Earl DarringtonDarius de HaasMary Elizabeth EllisEden EspinosaJordan FisherStephanie Hsu,Randy JacksonCapathia JenkinsJeremy JordanRamona KellerAlex NewellKaren OlivoDawn O’Porter, Laura OsnesBenj PasekJodi Picoult, Shereen PimentelAndrew RannellsKeala SettleJake David SmithWill SwensonBobby Conte ThorntonAna VillafaneFrank Wildhorn, and the Broadway Inspirational Voices choir.

Event proceeds will benefit Covenant House’s work across 31 cities, in six countries.

The May 18 fundraiser will mark the launch of the Broadway on Demand platform (the company had previously announced a May 17 program). Viewers can watch the Covenant House event free of charge.

In addition to Broadway on DemandA Night of Covenant House Starscan be streamed on iHeartRadio BroadwayFacebookTwitchYouTube, and Stars in the House.

Selena Gomez Curates Special “Cooking Together” Playlist for Spotify

Selena Gomez is hoping to answer your wildest streams…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is among the artists forming part of Spotify’s new suite of celebrity-curated playlists in their “Listening Together” collection under the titles Together and ICYMI.

Selena Gomez

The playlists and podcasts are intended to “bring a sense of connection and comfort to listeners when they need it most,” according to a statement from Spotify. 

The playlists feature lists pulled together by Gomez (Cooking Together), Dolly Parton (At Home Together), Normani (Working Out Together), Lil Yachty(Gaming Together) and Kiana Ledé(Meditating Together).

The playlists and podcasts from celebs, artists, podcasters and influencers will refresh weekly, allowing them to “share in users’ favorite at-home interests, past times and passions… based on the most popular home-based activities like cooking, cleaning, workouts & wellness, gaming and more.”

Gomez’s Cooking Together roster features several of her own songs (“Boyfriend,” “Vulnerable,” “Rare” and “Ring“), as well as songs by Fleetwood Mac (“Gypsy“), Kacey Musgraves (“Lonely Weekend“), Saint Jhn (“God Bless the Internet“), Parton (“He’s Alive“), Surfaces (“Sunday Best“) and Harry Styles(“Adore You“) and Kid CudiTaylor SwiftLauryn Hill,Amy WinehouseRoddy RicchClairo and The Weeknd.

Parton will help kick off the At Homeplaylist this week, which includes her own “Shine,” as well as tracks from Brandi Carlile (“Carried Me With You“), Avicii (“Wake Me Up“), Maggie Rogers, (“Light On“), Journey, (Don’t Stop Believin’“), Demi Lovato (“Skyscraper“), Lauren Diagle, (“You Say“) and Ashley McBryde (“Hang in There Girl“), as well as songs by Celine DionThe TemptationsKelsea BalleriniDermot Kennedyand Avril Lavigne.

Yachty’s Gaming Together pulls together seven songs from Solange, as well as a number of songs from Pink Floyd, and Lake Street Drive (“Mistakes“), Unknown Mortal Orchestra (“Hunnybee“), The Art of Noise (“Moments in Love“), Gorillaz (“Dare“), the La’sAriel PinkCautous Clay and Felix Da Housecat.

Normani’s gonna make you sweat with Working Out Together, featuring hits from Diplo (“New Shapes“), Mark Ronson (“Why Hide“), Kendrick Lamar (“Love.”), Snoh Aalegra (“Here Now“), Drake (“Signs“), Calum Scott (“Dancing on My Own“), as well as Crowded HouseCharlotte Day WilsonJess GlynneHushedRihannaBonga and Trevor Hall.

The ICYMI playlists include DJ sets from D-Nice‘s “Club Quarantine” and songs played during the super-popular “Verzuz” DJ battles.

Sarah Shahi to Star in Netflix’s Dramedy “Sex/Life”

Sarah Shahi is livin’ the life… 

The 40-year-old part-Spanish actress has been cast as the lead on Netflix’s eight-episode dramedy series Sex/Life.

Sarah Shahi

Written by Stacy Rukeyserand inspired by BB Easton’s self-published memoir 44 Chapters About 4 Men, Sex/Life is the story of a love triangle between a woman, Billie Connelly (Shahi), her husband, and her past, which takes a deliciously steamy new look at female identity and desire.

Shahi’s Billie Connelly is a woman with everything to lose, a suburban mother of two who goes in search of that sexy, single girl in the city she used to be ten years ago. She takes a fantasy-charged trip down memory lane that sets her very married present on a collision course with her wild-child past.

UnReal alumna Rukeyser serves as showrunner on Sex/Life and executive produces with Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Daleand Larry Robins.

Shahi, a former NFLcheerleader, starred on Showtime’s drama series City on a Hill and on ABC’s The Rookie. Her other credits include Fairly Legal,The L WordReverie and Life.

At Netflix, Shahi recently starred in the Dolly Partonanthology series Heartstrings.She’ll next be seen in the indie film Language Arts, set to premiere at the Manchester International Film Festival.

First Trailer Released for Linda Ronstadt Documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”

Linda Ronstadt’s life in music is headed to the big screen…

The official trailer has been released for the documentary about the legendary 73-year-old half-Mexican American singer, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.”

Linda Ronstadt

The feature documentary takes an insider’s look at one of the most successful recording acts of the 20th century.

“Linda cold literally sing anything,” longtime friend and occasional collaborator Dolly Parton says in the trailer. And how. Along with a long string of pop hits, the singer from Tucson, Arizona, has recorded and toured with such disparate styles as opera, jazz, and Mexican folk.

Ronstadt was 21 when she first hit the national charts with the Stone Poneys’ “Different Drum,” a song penned by Monkees’ Michael Nesmith. Her plaintive vocal leapt off the radio from the opening line, and the track just missed the BillboardTop 10. By the early ’70s, her backing band included Glenn FreyDon HenleyRandy Meisnerand Bernie Leadon, who would go on be Eagles.

By the mid-’70s, Ronstadt was cranking out smash singles and multiplatinum albums as fast as the public could consume them. Three of her LPs hit No. 1 en route to her becoming the most successful female singer of the decade, selling out stadiums around the world.

Ronstadt, who also is part of the Kennedy Center Honors Class of 2019, also been an outspoken political advocate for causes like same-sex marriage and the inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants, never shying away from fighting for what she believes both on and off the stage. She retired several years ago when Parkinson’s disease left her unable to sing.

Two-time Oscar winner Rob Epstein and Oscar nominee Jeffrey Friedman directed the doc from Greenwich Entertainment1091 and CNN Films.

Greenwich opens the doc on September 6. 

Ricky Martin to Perform Alongside Camila Cabello at This Year’s Grammys

Ricky Martinis getting into the Grammy spirit…

The Recording Academy has announced that the 47-year-old Puerto Rican superstar will take the stage during this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony.

Ricky Martin

Martin, a two-time Grammy winner, will join Camila Cabelloduring her show opening number.

In addition to Martin, J BalvinYoung Thugand Arturo Sandovalare also expected to appear alongside Cabello, a two-time nominee this year.

Additionally, the show will feature a special tribute to eight-time Grammywinner, Dolly Parton, who will also take to the stage for the first time in 18 years to perform her new music.

Set to perform the iconic country star’s classic hits will be Katy PerryKacey MusgravesLittle Big Townand Maren Morris. Parton will then take center stage to sing her latest tunes from her 2018 album, Dumplin’ — the soundtrack to Netflix’s original motion picture by the same name starring Jennifer Aniston.

Previously announced artists performing during the biggest night in music include Cardi BDan + ShayH.E.R., Post MaloneShawn MendesJanelle Monáe,Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Diana Ross.

Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards will take place live from the Staples Center on Sunday, February 10 at 8:00 pm ET, and will be broadcast live on CBS.

Vanessa Rubio to Star in Netflix’s “Dolly Parton’s Heartstings: JJ Sneed”

Vanessa Rubio will soon be pulling at our heartstrings…

The Colombian actress has been cast in Dolly Parton’s Heartstings: JJ Sneed, an episode of Netflix’s upcoming eight-episode anthology series that showcases the stories, memories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs.

Vanessa Rubio

Colin O’Donoghue, Willa Fitzgerald, David Denman and Mac Davis round out the cast, joining Parton in the series, which launches in 2019. Each episode is a standalone story with a different cast.

In this JJ Sneed episode, written by Jim Strain and directed by Terry McDonough, O’Donoghue plays JJ Sneed, Fitzgerald portrays Maddie, Denman is Deke Fletcher, Davis will play Reverend Riggs and Rubio is Cimmaron.

Set in the 1880s, the episode centers around a feisty young woman trapped in a mundane existence who dreams of more, until a seductive outlaw pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime.

Scored by new and classic Parton music, each stand-alone episode in Dolly Parton’s Heartstringswill begin with an introduction by Parton talking/singing to camera (as herself) about the meaning behind each song. Each episode will feature a different cast, and Parton will star/guest star in some. They’ll vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, Westerns, and revenge comedies.

The series is produced by Magnolia Hill Productionsand Sandollar Productionsin association with Warner Bros. Television.

Rubio’s previous credits include Cobra Kai, Master of None and Deception.

Linda Ronstadt to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Linda Ronstadt is about to shine a little brighter…

The class of 2019 Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees have been announced, with the71-year-old half-Mexican American singer making the list.

Linda Ronstadt 

Recipients are recognized in the recording, television, film and live theater/live performance categories, and Ronstadt is certainly a living legend.

Ronstadt, an 11-time Grammy winner, was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Latin Recording Academy in 2011 and also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy in 2016. Additionally, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 2014.

She will receive a joint star with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. The three singers joined voiceson the albumTrio, which was released in 1987. It sold over 4 million copies worldwide and also received several awards, including two Grammy Awards.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame receives hundreds of submissions each year for a personal star on Hollywood Boulevard. The groundbreaking only comes to fruition for very few, as it is estimated that the construction and ceremony production costs exceed $30,000.

The dates for the star ceremonies have yet to be announced.

Fergie Among Artists Donating Autographed Items for Charity Auction to Benefit Girls Rock Camp Alliance

Here’s your chance to walk in Fergie’s shoes… And all for a good cause.

The 43-year-old part-Mexican singer and Black Eyed Peas member is among the women donating their gear to be auctioned off on online marketplace Reverb.

Fergie

The proceeds from the auction will benefit the non-profit Girls Rock Camp Alliance, which works to provide summer camps and education opportunities for female, transgender and gender non-binary youth.

Fergie is donating an autographed pair of Fergie Footwear Black Prestons, beautiful studded mule shoes in a Womens 9.

Other artists donating their gear and memorabilia include Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Paramore‘s Hayley Williams and Kacey Musgraves.

The auction begins on May 10.

All information about the auction can be found on Reverb’s website.

Maldonado & Pentatonix Receive Webby Award Nomination for Dolly Parton Collaboration “Jolene”

Kirstin Maldonado is having a webtastic year…

The 24-year-old half-Mexican and part-Spanish American singer and her fellow Pentatonix group mates have earned a Webby Award nomination from the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences for their collaboration with Dolly Parton on a cover of the country singer’s classic “Jolene.”

Pentatonix - Jolene

Pentatonix and Parton, who won a Grammy for their effort, are nominated in the Viral: Film & Video category for “Jolene,” which has logged nearly 24 million views on YouTube.

Residente has picked up two Webby Award nominations. The 39-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and former Calle 13 member nominated in the Websites: Celebrity/Fan category and the Websites: Music category. 

Selena Gomez’s Revival Tour has earned a nod in the Social: Celebrity/Fan category, while Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company earned a nomination in the Social: Corporate Communications category.

The Webby Awards are a celebration of the year’s best websites, interactive advertising, and online film and video.

Winners of the 21st annual Webbys, which will be announced on April 25, will be decided by a panel of IADAS members.

The public can also vote online for one award, the People’s Voice award, from Tuesday, April 4, through Thursday, April 20.

The Webby Awards will be celebrated at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, May 15. The show will be available to watch online May 16.

Here’s a look at the Latino nominees:

Websites: Celebrity/Fan
– Residente
– Vanity Fair’s Vanities
– PharrellWilliams.com
– Leon Bridges Website
– Stranger Things Type Generator

Websites: Music
– Residente
– Pandora
– Vevo
– Eye of the Stormers
– 20FT Radio

Social: Celebrity/Fan
– Revival Tour by Selena Gomez
– Celebrating Asian TV
– The Ellen DegGeneres
– Brooklyn & Bailey
– Martha Stewart Facebook Live

Social: Corporate Communications
– NASA Social Media
– Casper
– Dollar Shave Club
– MailChimp: Corporate Communications
– The Honest Company

Viral: Film & Video
– @midnight: Relax with Bubble Wrap (Facebook Live)
– Marty McFly & Doc Brown Visit Jimmy Kimmel Live
– The Viral Experiment
– #MoreThanMean – Women in Sports ‘Face’ Online Harassment
– Pentatonix & Dolly Parton – “Jolene”

For the full list of nominees, click here.