Silvana Estrada Becomes First-Ever Latin Artist to Sign with Glassnote Records

Silvana Estrada is shattering a glass(note) door…

The 23-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has become the first Latin artist signed to Glassnote Records.

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Estrada, who joins the indie label’s roster that includes award-winning artists like Phoenix and Mumford & Sons, signed with Glassnote after a quick visit to New York back in February.

“After meeting the team, and a spontaneous performance, both parties left mesmerized,” according to a statement issued by Glassnote. “She officially joined the Glassnote family shortly after.”

Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico and inspired by artists like Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, Estrada began her musical career at a young age experimenting with different instruments — both her parents were luthiers.

“My music is made of who I am,” she says. “When I wasn’t hearing musicians playing snippets of classical pieces to try out the sound of the instruments, I was listening to my parents singing traditional Mexican songs or Latin American popular music. To me, being a singer or composer was just a normal job.”

Her deep and impressive vocals are at the forefront of her coming-of-age, intimate songs that have caught the attention of Natalia Lafourcade and Mon Laferte, who performed “La Llorona” with Estrada at Mexico City’s Teatro Metropolitan in 2018.

The Glassnote announcement comes ahead of Estrada’s Spanish-language cover of the CHVRCHES hit “Forever,” the Spanish-language “Para Siempre,” released on Friday, August 28. Marchita, her new full-length album, produced by Gustavo Guerrero, will be released by Glassnote Music.

“I’m making the music that I honestly want to do,” says Silvana, who can seem as susceptible to the power of her voice as her audiences are. “I sing my songs and I feel good. And the miraculous thing is that they make the people who hear them feel good too.”

Paramount Releases New Trailer for Monica Barbaro’s “Top Gun: Maverick”

Monica Barbarois ready to take flight…

Paramount has released the second trailer for Top Gun: Maverickthe studio’s long-anticipated sequel to the action classic about a U.S. Navy pilot’s daring airborne exploits starring the 29-year-old part-Mexican American actress.

Monica Barbaro,

The new footage unveils a little more plot of the film, with Tom Cruise’s fighter pilot Maverick now in an instructor role, training the next generation of pilots including Miles Teller’s Bradley Bradshaw, the son of the character Goose from the original movie.

Maverick appears to be putting his recruits through an intense training program, with the trailer featuring one hair-raising shot where he flies his jet narrowly between two of their planes.

It appears the film will also contain a tragic subplot, with shots of Maverick and Jennifer Connelly’s character – reportedly playing the protagonist’s love interest – getting emotional while attending a Navy funeral.

Rounding out the footage are the expected motorcycle shots, dialogue exchanges highlighting Maverick’s disregard for authority, plus some shirtless volleyball for good measure.

In addition to Cruise, Connelly and Barbaro, who portrays pilot trainee “Phoenix,”the movie’s cast also includes Jon Hamm, Glen PowellLewis PullmanCharles ParnellBashir Salahuddin, Jay EllisDanny RamirezGreg Tarzan Davis and Ed Harris.

The film, directed by Joseph Kosinski, flies into theaters on June 26, 2020.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine to Perform at Hurricane Relief Show for Puerto Rico “Queens United/ Reinas Unidas”

Cynthia Lee Fontaine is ready to lip sync for her tierra

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican drag performer and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, whose real name is Carlos Hernandez, is set to perform at a drag benefit to raise funds for Puerto Rico.

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Last month, fellow Drag Race star Phi Phi O’Hara announced the Hurricane Maria relief show, titled Queens United/ Reinas Unidas. Along with Fontaine, who competed on seasons eight and nine of Drag Race, the show will feature more than 25 queens of Drag Race fame, and will take place November 6 at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Other Latina drag performers set to perform include Jade Sotomayor, Naysha Lopez and Yara Sofia.

Billboard will host an exclusive live stream from the show on its Billboard Pride Facebook page.

All proceeds from the show — tickets, meets and greets and merch sales — will go to Somos Una Voz, a relief initiative started by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The foundation is rushing food, shelter, medicine, power and means of communication to Puerto Ricans in need after the island’s devastating natural disasters.

The full lineup includes: Acid Betty, Alexis Michelle, Bebe Zahara Benet, Bob the Drag Queen, Chad Michaels, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Ginger Minj, Jade Jolie, Jade Sotomayor, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, Jessica Wild, Jiggly Caliente, Kandy Ho, Katya, Kimora Blac, Madame LaQueer, Manila Luzon, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Max, Milk, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Katya, Mystique Summers, Naysha LopezOngina, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Phoenix, Trinity k. Bonet and Yara Sofia.

The show is sponsored by Flip Phone MSP, and O’Hara has launched a crowdfunding page as well.

Tickets are available for purchase here.