Shakira to Take Part in Global Citizen’s “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future – The Concert”

Shakirais going global…

Global Citizen and the European Commission have joined forces for Global Goal: Unite for Our Future – The Concert, with the43-year-oldColombian singer-songwriter set to perform.

Shakira

Dwayne Johnson will host the event, which will take place on Saturday, June 27. 

The Concertwill be televised worldwide and digitally streamed special that will highlight the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on marginalized communities.

In addition to Shakira, The Concertwill feature performances from Jennifer HudsonChloe x HalleChristine and the QueensColdplayJ BalvinJustin Bieber and Quavo, Miley CyrusUsher and Yemi Alade

In addition, there will be appearances from Billy PorterCharlize TheronChris Rock, David BeckhamDerrick JohnsonDiane KrugerForest WhitakerHugh JackmanKen JeongKerry Washington,Nikolaj Coster-WaldauOlivia ColmanOpal TometiSalma Hayek PinaultAntoni Porowski and more.

“Global Citizens around the world are calling for systemic change, change that brings about justice for everyone, everywhere, regardless of where they were born or the colour of their skin,” said Hugh Evans, co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen. “If we are to end COVID-19 for all, we need our world leaders to commit the billions of dollars needed to develop and equitably deliver testing, treatments and vaccines. Global Goal: Unite for Our Future – The Concertwill bring the centuries-old concept of music as a motivator for change and unity, together with science and data, to honour the problem solvers – including doctors, scientists, lab workers, essential workers and human rights advocates – who are racing to not only create the cure for COVID-19, but also to ensure that it’s available for everyone who needs it.”

The Concertwill air on broadcasters across the globe including ARD,Canal+ GroupRTVE in Europe, Bell Media, CBCCitytv, and Global TV, in Canada, NBC and iHeartMedia in the U.S.,Grupo Globo in Brazil, MultiChoice Group and SABC in Africa, Fuji TV and Star India in Asia, and Channel Nine in Australia. 

The Concert will also be streamed on global platforms. 

The virtual broadcast will celebrate innovators, scientists, health workers, activists and organizations working to develop and distribute COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines to everyone, everywhere who need them.

The Concertfollows Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Summit, a global pledging moment where world leaders, corporations and philanthropists will announce new commitments to help develop equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, as well as rebuild communities devastated by the pandemic. 

The Summit will feature panel discussions and interviews moderated by journalists Katie CouricMallika KapurMorgan RadfordIsha Sesay and Keir Simmons. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Miley Cyrus, Angelique Kidjo and Ken Jeong will join the conversation as well as experts including Brittany Packnett CunninghamMelinda GatesDr. Vin GuptaNAACP President Derrick Johnson, Executive Director of UN WomenPhumzile Mlambo-NgcukaEddie NdopuAbiola OkeKate Upton and Justin Verlander.

Shakira Takes to Social Media to Hint at New Music

Shakira’s ready to give fans what they want… new music!

Posing with headphones in front of a microphone, the 43-year-old Colombian superstar announced this week: “I’ve read your tweets bosses! I’m on it!,” hinting that she’s working on new music. 

Shakira

Shak’s Twitter fans immediately reacted with “OMG’s” and requests for a new English-language track. 

One Twitter user even hoped for a “Middle Eastern-Urban fusion with English lyrics and a good music video.”

Shak continues making the rounds with her Anuel AA-assisted single “Me Gusta,” which dropped in January and jumped 20-6 in its second frame on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated February 1. 

“Me Gusta” is an infectious reggaeton-meets-Latin-trap fusion revives Inner Circle’s 1992 reggae bop “Sweat,” using parts of the timeless “ala la la la long” chorus.

During quarantine, Shakira isn’t only recording music but also celebrating the 2.5 billion video views for “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” and recently revealed that she graduated from a four-week online crash course in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania because she needed to “make the confinement productive.”

Carlos Vives Releases Indigenous Roots-Inspired Album “Cumbiana”

Carlos Vives is going back to his roots…

The 58-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter has released his latest album, Cumbiana, a search for the indigenous roots of Colombian music. 

Carlos Vives

The album has been described as “exuberant, soulful, beautiful and important without ever sounding overbearing,” by Billboard.

The album features duets with Jessie ReyezRuben Blades and Alejandro Sanz,and ittreads that line between what’s commercial and what’s artistic.

“I discovered a lost world. That’s the truth,” Vives simply states, speaking from his home in Bogota, where he’s been in lockdown for the past two months.

“We’ve always spoken about our African heritage in music,” he adds. “We’ve always thought that the most uplifting elements of our music came from Africa or from European rhythms like polka. But it turns out it comes from Andean, or indigenous music. This album highlights the joy of the fusion of African, European and indigenous music.”

Marrying Colombia’s past with the future, Cumbianahas already delivered a chart hit with “No Te Vayas.” Edgier still is current single “For Sale,” a mix of traditional beats with reggaeton, a touch of rap and Sanz’s flamenco strains. Of course, Vives wrote the rulebook for Colombian fusion.

His 1994 album, La Tierra Del Olvido, where he marries Colombia’s most traditional folk beats — vallenato, cumbiaporro— with rock guitars and drums and pop sensibility, is the original blueprint of the sound that would later define the work of acts like JuanesFonseca and even Shakira at times.

But Cumbiana expands its realm. So much so that this is the first of a three-album project.

Miguel to Perform “Coco” Hit on ABC’s “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” Special

It’ll be a day of (Disney) remembrance for Miguel

The 34-year-old half-Mexican American singer will take part in ABC’s The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II.

Miguel

Miguel will perform “Remember Me,” the song he recorded for the soundtrack to the Dia de los Muertos-themed animated feature Coco.

Miguel’s version of the song appeared at the end of the film. He also performed a Spanish-English duet of the track with Natalia Lafourcade entitled “Recuérdame.”

“Remember Me” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Shakira, meantime, is set to perform “Try Everything” during the sing-along special. She recorded the Grammy-nominated song for Disney’s Zootopia.

The 43-year-old Colombian superstar voiced the character of Gazellein the film, and her character performed the track in the end credits.

Other artists recruited by Disney for the special, to be broadcast during the Mother’s Day, include Donald Glover, Halsey, Ben Platt and Chloe x Halle.

Audiences will be able to stream The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II on Disney+at a later, unconfirmed date.

The musical special plans to not just celebrate families, but nourish them too by raising awareness for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which supports people across the U.S. facing hunger amid the pandemic.

The first edition of the musical special saw big-time prime-time ratings, with 10.3 million viewers tuning in to Ariana Grande‘s spellbound “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” coverfrom Hercules, Beyoncé‘s surprise heartwarming rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star“and more.

Ryan Seacrest returns as the host for The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II, which will air on Sunday, May 10, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here’s the list of performances (with more to come):

“A Whole New World” – Idina Menzel & Ben Platt
“Almost There”– Chloe x Halle & Anika Noni Rose
“Hakuna Matata” – Seth Rogen & Billy Eichner feat. Donald Glover & Walter Russell III
“Part of Your World” – Halsey
“Poor Unfortunate Souls” – Rebel Wilson
“Remember Me” – Miguel
“Step in Time” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” –Derek Hough, Julianne Hough & Hayley Erbert”Try Everything”–Shakira
“When I Am Older” – Josh Gad
“You’ll Be in My Heart” –Disney on Broadway stars Merle Dandridge, Heather Headley, Adam Jacobs, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey & Josh Strickland”Zero to Hero” – Keke Palmer

Bad Bunny Wins Big at the First-Ever Spotify Awards

Bad Bunny is the Spotify king in Mexico…

The first-ever Spotify Awards were celebrated this week in Mexico City, with the 25-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer topping the list of winners with seven awards.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunnyscored big wins in the top categories including Spotify Artist of the YearMost Listened to Artistand Most-Streamed Male Artist.

Karol Gpicked up four awards, making her the top Latina winner of the night.

Among her wins, the 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer picked up the awards for Most-Streamed Female Artist andMost Streamed Female Urban Pop Artist.

Other winners include J BalvinDanna PaolaHa*ashShakiraand Luis Miguel.  

According to Spotify, the winners are based 100 percent on the user-generated data or the patterns and listening habits of Spotify users in Mexico.

The ceremony included standout performances by J Balvin and the Black Eyed Peaswho sang their crossover hit “Ritmo,” Karol G, who performed “Tusa,” and Los Ángeles Azuleswho took the stage to sing classic cumbiasongs with artists like BelindaHoracio Palenciaand Lalo Ebratt.

Listen to the best of the winners with the Spotify Awards Playlist.

Here are some of the night’s winners:

Spotify Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
Most frequent artist: Sinaloense MS Band by Sergio Lizárraga
Most listened artist: Bad Bunny
Most added artist to playlist: Bad Bunny
Most popular KPOP artist: BTS
Artist with the largest increase in fans: Danna Paola
Contemporary Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Most shared artist: J Balvin
Most listened to Mexican artist in Mexico: Luis Miguel
Radar artist: Tones And I
Most popular Pop Artist: Ha*Ash
Most listened artist: Karol G
Most listened to Mexican artist in the World: Reik
Most popular EDM artist: Rita Ora
Most popular Mariachi artist: Pepe Aguilar
Most popular Urban Pop Artist: Maluma
Most listened song: Calma Remix by Pedro Capó and Farruko
Artist most listened to by users aged 13 to 17: Billie Ellish
Artist most listened to by users aged 13 to 17: Bad Bunny
Artist most listened to by users aged 19 to 29: Karol G
Artist most listened to by users aged 19 to 29: Bad Bunny
Artist most listened to by users aged 30 to 44: Shakira
Artist most listened to by users aged 30 to 44: Luis Miguel

Anuel AA to Speak at This Year’s LatinFest+ 

Anuel AAis ready to talk the talk…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singeris set to speak at this year’s LatinFest+ by Billboard and Telemundo, taking place from April 20 to 23 in Las Vegas. 

Anuel AA

He’ll participate in a panel titled “Viva Live with Anuel,” where he’ll talk about the making of his upcoming new album to be released under Sony Music Latin.

Anuel earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albumschart with his 2018 debut album Real Hasta la Muerte(on the list dated July 28). 

After the global success of hits like “Ella Quiere Beber,” “Secreto,” and “China,” his new single “KEII” opens at No. 3 on the Hot Latin Songschart (dated February 22), earning him his first top 10 debut of the year on the tally and his 14th top 10 overall. 

The new single, which is Japanese for “respect,” adds his 14th top 10 on the list, following “Me Gusta,” his collaboration with Shakira(No. 6 peak).

Other stars confirmed so far to participate at Latinfest+ include OzunaJ BalvinRosaliaCarlos Vives, and Los Tigres del NorteSechLunayManuel TurizoNatanael CanoCazzuMariahMyke Towers, and Jhay Cortezwill also participate as part of the “On The Rise: The New Generation of Urban Men and Women” panel.

Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the three-day event and panel series, which has been revamped and expanded in a partnership with Telemundo, will unite Latin music’s top artists and industry leaders. The inaugural Latinfest+ also marks the 30th anniversary of Billboard’s Latin Music Conference, the longest-running and biggest Latin music gathering in the world.

Registration for 2020 LatinFest+ is already open at http://latinfestplus.com.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira See Huge Streaming Uptick Post-Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Life is but a stream for Jennifer Lopezand Shakira

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar and the 43-year-old Colombian superstar have seen a major uptick in streaming activity following their Super Bowl LIVhalftime show, according to initial reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira

In total, J.Loand Shaki’s song catalogs earned 31.1 million on-demand streams (audio and video combined) on February 2 and February 3 — up 193% compared to their streaming sum on January 31 and February 1 (10.6 million).

Individually, Lopez’s songs tallied 10.1 million streams on February 2-3, up 149% versus the 4.06 million they collected on January 31 and  February 1.

Shakira’s songs earned 20.98 million clicks on February 2 and February 3, up 221% as compared to the 6.53 million they earned on January 31 and February 1.

As for the songs performed during the halftime show, includingthose by guest performers Bad Bunny(“I Like It”) and J Balvin(“Que Calor,” “Mi Gente”), the songs performed in the halftime show snared 24.85 million on-demand streams on February 2 and February 3, up 157% compared to the 9.66 million they registered on January 31 and February 1.

The most streamed song after the halftime show… Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” which captured 3.16 million streams on those two days combined — up 194% compared to the 1.07 million it earned the two days before the Super Bowl.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira’s Super Bowl-Performed Songs See Huge Sales Gains

Jennifer Lopezand Shakiraare reaping the rewards of a job well done…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican multi-hyphenate and the 43-year-old Colombian superstar’s high-energy team-up for the Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show on Sunday, February 2 resulted in immediate sales gains for both.

Shakira & Jennifer Lopez

According to initial reports to Nielsen Music, the collection of songs performed during the halftime show (which aired live on Fox TVin the U.S.) garnered a 1,013% sales increase in the U.S. on the day of the big game. In total, the tunes sold 16,000 digital downloads on Sunday, up from a little more than 1,000 sold on Saturday, February 1.

The biggest selling song among those performed was Shakira’s “Whenever, Wherever,” which sold nearly 4,000 on February 2, snaring a 1,194% increase compared to the negligible figure it posted the day before. The second-largest selling halftime tune was another Shakira track, “Hips Don’t Lie,” moving 2,000 downloads (up 1,126% from a negligible sum the day before).

The halftime show was led by a multi-song medley from Shakira, with special guest Bad Bunny, which then transitioned to a medley by Lopez, with an appearance by J Balvin. After Lopez’s set, she was joined by Shakira to close the show with a two-song medley of Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud” (plus a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”) and Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).”

News on streaming gains gleaned from the halftime show are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira Rock the Super Bowl with Their Epic & Latin Proud Halftime Show

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are celebrating an epic night at Hard Rock Stadiumin Miami.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar and the 43-year-old Colombian superstar teamed up for an electrifying Super Bowl halftime show.

Shakira & Jennifer Lopez

J.Loand Shakimade history at Super Bowl LIVon Sunday as the first two Latina women to co-headline the coveted halftime show gig, and they each brought their unique styles to a worldwide audience, performing a combined 20 songs in 14 minutes. (Gloria Estefanwas part of the 1992 and 1999 halftime shows, and sent her support for Lopez and Shakira, both of whom she has written songs for.)

Shakira kicked things off with her hit “She Wolf,” then seamlessly transitioned into her track “Empire,” where she showcased her ability to shred on the guitar.

After a brief dance interlude, Shakira — who rocked a sparkly red two-piece — broke into “Whenever, Wherever” and a cover of Cardi B’s “I Like It,” with an assist from Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer Bad Bunny, who appears on the original singer.

Shaki, who celebrated her 43rd birthday on Super Bowl Sunday, then showed off her dancing skills once again before singing “Hips Don’t Lie,” during which she crowd-surfed atop a group of enthusiastic fans.

Then, Lopez took over the program, taking the stage atop a skyscraper-like pole for a high-energy performance of “Jenny from the Block” and “Ain’t It Funny,” and then transitioned into “Get Right.”

After shedding her studded black leather bodysuit for a sparkly silver one, Lopez showed off her Hustlersmoves own on a stripper pole, while singing “Waiting for Tonight.”

J.Lo was then joined by J. Balvin, who assisted her on “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”

Lopez continued to flaunt her moves to “Mi Gente” before moving on to a high-octane version of “On the Floor.”

The performance then transformed into a family affair as Lopez brought out her 11-year-old daughter Emme, who hit the stage singing a slowed-down rendition of “Let’s Get Loud” — with Shakira on drums — before her mom came back out wearing a large jacket made of feathers that featured the American flag on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other. It was a show of support to the territory, which has been affected by natural disasters in recent years, including Hurricane Maria and a recent damaging earthquake.

Emme briefly sang Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” while the set design featured glowing cages housing child performers, a marked gesture of solidarity toward the Latin community and those impacted by anti-immigration policies.

Then Shakira joined Lopez to sing “Let’s Get Loud” together.

The duo then moved on to Shakira’s hit “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” before switching back to “Let’s Get Loud,” at which point they closed out their set with impressive synchronized shimmiesas fireworks went off behind them, before wrapping their historic performance with a hug.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira Ready to Rock Their Super Bowl Halftime Show while Representing Latinos Everywhere

The countdown is on for Jennifer Lopez Shakira’s highly anticipated Super Bowl performance…

For the first time ever, two Latinas will be taking over the halftime show performance that promises to be powerful, electric, and most of all meaningful for the Latinx community.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira

“I think it’s very important for us to convey a message unity,” Shakira said during the Super Bowl Halftime Show press conference in Miami on Thursday, January 30, sponspred by the NFL and Pepsi. “To show what a relevant force the Latin community is in this country, how much we have to offer, our idiosyncrasies, our culture that is so unique and so diverse.”

Lopez and Shakira are stoked about their performances but admit they’re feeling the pressure of this big moment in their careers.

“I never imagined singing at the Super Bowl one day,” says Jennifer Lopez, whose family has always been a fan of the New York Jets. But for Shakira, the story is different. Since she grew in Colombia, American football wasn’t really part of her life.

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show promises to have more songs, dancers and time than ever, according to the duo.

So, what will the halftime show offer? A lot of energy and incredible moments.

“When I saw her show, I was like, ‘Wow,’ and she felt the same way,” adds Lopez, who didn’t confirm if her children will be involved in the show, but did say the duo plans to pay homage to the late Kobe Bryantand his family.

“It’s nerve-racking.  This moment is an example of how anything is possible no matter the size of your dreams,” Shakira said. “The Latin culture is unique and diverse and we are truly honored. “

For both women, it’s important they highlight their cultures on stage come Sunday evening to inspire the upcoming generation.

“Shakira being from Baranquilla, me being from the Bronx, the two of us could have never imagined we’d be playing the Super Bowl one day,” JLo said during the conference. “And I think it’s such a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to that and also to remind us all of what an important force we are,” Shakira added. “I wasn’t born or raised in the U.S. , but here I am—a Latina participating in this very, very American event, but also a global event. One hundred million people will be watching. I feel truly honored to be representing so many people out there.”

You can catch their Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, February 2.