Jesse & Joy Release Star-Studded “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)” Music Video in Support of LGBTI+ Community

Jesse & Joy are spreading the love with some all-star assistance…

The Mexican Latin Grammy-winning brother and sister duo has released the official music video for “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)” and it features appearances by nearly 200 people from around the world, including artists like ThalíaJuanes and more.

Jesse & Joy

The music video speaks out against violence toward the LGBTI+ community and raises awareness about conversion therapies that to this day take place in Mexico and other parts of the world.

“Our music will always be there to remind you that you are beautiful just as you are,” the Mexican previously said about the song, included in their recently-released album Aire. “It’s called ‘Love’ and talks about love being the universal language, the language that all of us should speak.”

Toward the end of the video, the message is loud and clear: “A sexual orientation is nothing something that should be cured. Conversion therapies are acts of torture and violation of privacy.”

Featuring cameos by Latin artists like Mon Laferte, Natalia JiménezÁngela Aguilar, Alejandro SanzLaura PausiniKany GarcíaAna BárbaraTommy Torres, Sofía Reyes, Luis Fonsi, among others, the video was directed by Kacho López and Joy. 

The release coincides with the landmark ruling officially protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Profits from the video will be donated to the YAAJ MEXICO Foundation to help the organization continue their social work in Mexico and for their work supporting sexual violence young victims.

Julieta Venegas to Take Part in Soda Stereo’s Gracias Totales Tour

Julieta Venegasis helping Soda Stereogive Gracias.

The 49-year-old Mexican American singer and Grammy winner will serve as a special guest on Soda Stereo bassist Zeta Bosio and drummer Charly Alberti’s Gracias Totales tour, which will be making stops in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston. 

Julieta Venegas

Soda Stereo and their guests will take the stage to sing some of the band’s greatest hits and honor the legacy of late frontman Gustavo Cerati.

In addition to Venegas, other special guests include Soda Stereo’s first vocalist and the Cerati’s great friend Richard ColemanAterciopeladosAndrea EcheverriDraco Rosa; and Gustavo Santaolalla

More than 10 years after Cerati last hit the stage at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena in 2007, Soda Stereo’s members – joined by their special guests via in-person or audiovisual format – will perform some of their timeless hits, like “De Musica Ligera,” “Persiana Americana,” “Tratame Suavemente” and more.

Coleman, Draco, Santaolalla and Venegas will join Zeta and Charly at their shows in New York and Miami. Echeverri will then take over Venegas’ spot at the Los Angeles and Houston shows.

Joining via video are Rubén Albarránfrom Café Tacvba; Cerati’s son BenitoBabasonicos’ Adrián DárgelosLos Tresand Pettinellis’ Álvaro HenríquezJuanesMon LaferteLeón LarreguiFernando Ruiz Díazfrom Catupecu Machu; and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin

The tour, presented by Loud and Live and Move Concerts, will honor the late Argentine frontman and guitarist Gustavo Cerati, who died on September 4, 2014, after suffering a stroke. According to an official statement, technology will allow Cerati’s voice and image to be part of the show.

The Gracias Totales tour marks Soda Stereo’s farewell trek. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.

Here are the dates:

April 14 — New York @ Barclays Center
April 17 — Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
April 22 — Houston, TX @ Smart Financial
April 25 — Los Angeles, CA @ Forum

Molotov to Headline the First-Edition of Vive Latino in Europle, Vive Latino Zaragoza

Molotovis bringing their sound to the Iberian Peninsula…

The Mexican rap rock band has been named one of the headliners of the first edition of the Mexican mega festival Vive Latino to be held in Europe. 

Molotov

A new event, branded Vive Latino and characterized by the “quality, vanguard and independence” of the 20-year-old must-attend annual Mexican festival, will take place in Zaragoza, Spain.

Vive Latino Zaragoza is set to take place on September 11 and 12, with performances by headliners Molotov, BunburyVetusta MorlaLeivaAndrés CalamaroCafé Tacvba,TabureteKase.O and Ara Malikian.

The more-than 40 announced rock and alternative acts, both iconic and emerging, on the monster line up also include AterciopeladosMon LaferteDengue Dengue DengueMiss BoliviaBabasónicosMexican Institute of SoundLittle JesusXimena Sariñana and León Benavente.

They said in an announcement that Vive Latino Zaragoza will transport “the attitude and identity of the festival with the most tradition and success in Latin America.”

Vive Latino Zaragoza will take place at the Espacio Expo, the grounds of the 2008 International Expo.

Upon announcing the festival, the city’s Vice Mayor, Sara Fernández, stated that Vive Latino Zaragoza will allow the city to “reclaim the importance it is due on a national and international level” and “put Zaragoza back on the cultural map.”

Miguel to Perform for the First-Time at the Latin Grammys

Miguel is preparing for Latin music’s biggest night…

The 34-year-old Mexican American R&B singer, songwriter, who released the Spanish EP Te Lo Dije earlier this year, is set to perform at this year’s Latin Grammys, according to The Latin Recording Academy.

Miguel

Miguel is part ofthe final wave of performers and presenters joining the star-studded 2019 Latin Grammys lineup.

In addition to Miguel, who performed “Remember Me” with Natalia Lafourcade on the soundtrack to Disney’s Dia de los Muertos-themed animated film Coco, new additions to the performers roster include Alicia KeysFarrukoOzunaResidenteBeto CuevasCalibre 50Leonel GarcíaFito PáezMilly QuezadaTony SuccarCarlos Rivera, and Prince Royce.

Plus, Ángela AguilarEduardo “Visitante” Cabra,Sofia CarsonEmilio EstefanMon LaferteWilliam LevyRudy Mancuso,,Luis Gerardo MéndezMichael Peña, and Dayanara Torres join as presenters. 

Nominees CamiloDe La GhettoPaula FernandesKany GarcíaChristian Nodal and Tommy Torres were previously announced as presenters.

Coined as “the biggest night in Latin Music,” the awards show will kick off with a never-before-seen tribute honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Latin Grammys. A group of 20 artists, who’ll perform together for the first time, will interpret multiple iconic songs spanning various genres of Latin music while commemorating the past 20 years of excellence.

The final roster of performers join already confirmed artists Aitana, Anitta, Pedro CapóJulio Reyes CopelloDarellDimelo FlowFonsecaLuis FonsiGreeicyIntocableNellaReikRosalía, and Alejandro Sanz, who’s this year’s top nominee. 

The awards show will also include performances by Pepe Aguilar and Los Angeles AzulesPaula ArenasBad BunnyAlessia CaraDraco Rosa, Ximena SariñanaSech, Sebastián YatraNatalia Jiménez, Olga Tañón and Juanes, who as the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year will perform a medley of his biggest hits.

VicenteAlejandro, and Alex Fernandezwill also take the stage, becoming the first time all three generations of the Fernandez family will perform at the show. They’ll be joined by Mariachi Sol de Mexico

The 20th annual Latin Grammys, which will be co-hosted by Ricky Martin and actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega, will air live Nov. 14 from the MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas via Univision.

Mon Laferte to Be First Chilean Artist to Kick Off Viña del Mar Festival in Decades

Mon Laferte is the fest in show…

The Viña del Mar Festival has unveiled its first artist its 61st annual event… the 36-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter, who was born and raised in the city.

Mon Laferte 

The announcement was made by the organizing committee of the LXI International Festival of Viña del Mar, chaired by Chilean politician Virginia Reginato

Mon Laferte will be the first Chilean artist to kick off the event in recent decades. 

Laferte is known for her fusion music of blues-rock, Latin alternative, bolero, and cumbia, as heard in her songs such as “Tu Falta de Querer,” “Mi Buen Amor,” and “Amarrame.” 

Television presenters María Luisa Godoyand Martín Cárcamowill be returning as hosts of Viña del Mar, which will take place between February 23 and 28. 

According to the official statement, the LXI International Song Festival of Viña del Mar will be broadcast in Chile via Channel 13 and TVN in conjunction with the radio stations of the IARC-ADNand Pudahuelradio conglomerate. FOX Networkswill air the festival in Latin America. 

Mon Laferte Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal with Universal Music Publishing Mexico

Mon Laferte is going global… 

The 35-year-old Chilean alt-pop chanteuse with a beguiling voice and songs has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Mexico.

Mon Laferte

The deal will cover all of Laferte’s compositions moving forward, including her new single, “El beso,” released on Friday, September 7.

As a recording artist, Laferte is also signed to Universal Music Latin Entertainment. As a songwriter she was previously signed to Warner/Chappell.

Laferte has burst into prominence in the past year with her alt/folk fusion, winning a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song for her single “Amárrame.”

Most recently, she toured the U.S. with Juanes, playing 16 cities, in addition to performing for over 90,000 during her Latin American “Amarte” tour.

“The first time you hear Mon Laferte live, it’s an unforgettable experience. A deeply talented songwriter and artist, she is a bright star that electrifies with her lyrics and performances,” said Yadira Moreno, managing director, UMPG Mexico, in a statement.

Mon Laferte to Perform at the Immigrant Rights-Themed “Selena for Sanctuary” Concert

Mon Laferte is taking on the music of a legend… And it’s all for a good cause.

The 35-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter will perform at “Selena for Sanctuary,” a free concert that’s part of the summer festival Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Mon Laferte 

The concert aims to raise awareness about the dire situation of undocumented immigrant that has caused a national outcry, with the music of Selena being used to entertain and educate people about the plight of undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

“I am very excited to be part of this event,” said Laferte, a Latin Grammy winner. “I admire Selena and I grew up singing her songs. It is an honor for me to be able to sing her songs and to support this initiative with a subject like migration, which concerns us all.”

The show will also feature singers Gaby Moreno, Cuco and Nina Diaz, as well as special guest appearances by guitarist Chris Perez, Selena’s widower; Omar Apollo, and August Eve.

Created by Doris Munoz, daughter of undocumented immigrants, “Selena for Sanctuary” pays tribute to the most successful artist in Latin music while fighting for a cause. It arrives at the outdoor stage of the prestigious Lincoln Centerafter having smaller editions in South California.

“This event started as a simple idea and call to action after the current administration threatened our community’s sanctuary cities which affected my working-class undocumented parents,” Munoz said, referring to the policies of President Donald Trump.

She added: “It only feels necessary to leverage the platform we have been blessed with to help our community in need. This event is as personal as it gets, there are millions of families like my own and if this inspires at least one person to get involved we’ve done our job.”

More than two decades after her passing, Selena Quintanilla still inspires fans and musicians alike.

“We know Selena is a Tejano music icon and a legend, but beyond that, she represents the Latin American people as someone who fought for her dreams, overcoming many difficulties, always defending tooth and nail the Latino roots she carried inside,” Moreno said in an email.

Selena broke barriers for women in Latin music and opened the floodgates for a new generation of contemporary artists of Latin descent who would go on to enjoy huge popularity with mainstream American audiences.

She was fatally shot by her fan club’s president at 23. She has sold more than 65 million units worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist in Latin music history.

To Cuco, the late Tejano star launched a new era of representation for people of color in the industry.

“This event is important to me because it paves a way for people that went through the same struggle that my parents went through,” said the Mexican-American singer.

Mon Laferte’s “La Trenza” Enters the Top 5 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart

It’s a special first for Mon Laferte

The 35-year-old Chilean singer has earned her first top five-charting set on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums as her 2017 album La Trenza surges 11-4 in its fifth tracking week.

Mon Laferte

On the overall Top Latin Albums tally, it vaults 50-12 — the biggest jump on the chart since December.

The set earned 2,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 17 (up 126 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Most of that sum was driven by traditional album sales (up 167 percent). The title rallies thanks largely to sales generated by an in-store performance and album-signing appearance at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles on May 15.

La Trenza previously topped out at No. 10 on Latin Pop Albums for one week (May. 12).

La Trenza takes a striking 38-rank climb on the Top Latin Albums chart, as the set surges 50-12. It logs the largest positional jump since Puerto Rican Banco Popular’s compilation, Nuestra Isla, Nuestro Encanto surged 40 positions (45-5) on the Dec. 30, 2017- dated tally.

Concurrently, La Trenza leads the Latin Album Sales chart, jumping 7-1.

Juanes & Mon Laferte to Launch Joint North American “Amarte Tour”

Juanes is hitting the road with a rising star…

In a major twist from his traditional touring form, the 45-year-old Colombian star is joining forces with rising alt/chanteuse Mon Laferte.

Juanes & Mon Laferte

Together Juanes and the 34-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter will launch their 2018 North American Amarte Tour. Mexican artist Caloncho will be the opening act.

The trek is scheduled to kick off April 20 in Orlando’s Amway Center and will hit a mix of arenas and theaters in 15 additional cities, ending May 20 in Temecula’s Pechanga Theatre.

Both Juanes and Laferte launch the tour fresh from winning a Latin Grammy for their collaboration “Amárrame.” Juanes also won a Latin Grammy for best pop/rock album.

“It’s the first time to do a tour of this magnitude,” Mon LaFerte told Billboard at Casa Buchanan’s during Latin Grammy week, when the tour was still in its planning stages.

According to Juanes, both artists will travel in a tour bus with their respective bands.

“I admire Mon very much, I like what she does, and we’re going to do a very special show,” he added.

LaFerte and Juanes met LaFerte when to visit Juanes at his Miami home. “I literally knocked on his door,” she said laughing.

Watch the interview and check out the full list of tour dates below.

Amarte Tour 2018 Dates 

April 20 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
​April 21 — Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
April 27 — New York, NY @ The Theater at Madison Square Garden
April 28 — Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
April 29 — Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
May 01 — Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
May 03 — Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
May 04 — Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
May 06 — San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
May 9 — El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
May 11 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
May 12 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 16 — San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
May 18 — San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
May 19 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl at The Palms
May 20 — Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Theatre

Bad Bunny to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammys

Bad Bunny is ready to take the stage at this year’s Latin Grammys

The 23-year-old Puerto Rican Latin hip-hop/trap singer and rapper, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, is set to perform at this year’s awards show, airing live on November 16.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny, a nominee this year, joins a roster of performers that includes J Balvin, Flor De Toloache, Luis Fonsi, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Maluma, Residente and Sofía Reyes.

Also slated to perform is person of the year honoree Alejandro Sanz and guest artists Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, Logic and French Montana.

The Latin Grammys will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air live on Univision, as well as around the world.

Jaime Camil and Roselyn Sanchez will host this year’s awards show.

The announced performers include the top nominees this year. Residente leads with nine — including record, album and song of year — while Maluma has seven, including three for record of the year. Juanes and Mon Laferte have five nominations each.