Rita Moreno Dons ‘Vote’ Mask as Part of When We All Vote’s New ‘Get Out The Vote’ Campaign

Rita Moreno isn’t masking her feelings about the importance of voting this year…

With the November election right around the corner, the 88-year-old Puerto Rican Oscar-winning actress and Latina icon is encouraging people to do their civic duty without uttering a single word.

Rita Moreno

Moreno is taking part in When We All Vote’s new campaign.

Director and producer Allen Hughes has brought together a wide range of artists, athletes, industry leaders, and notable community members wearing a “VOTE” face covering to inspire maximum voter participation.

When We All Vote

Those taking part in this year’s mask campaign include Tony Bennett, Dr. Dre, Robert De Niro, Larry David, Megan Rapinoe, Sean Penn, David Crosby, Snoop Dogg, Diane von Furstenberg, Padma Lakshmi, Sterling K Brown, Tyler Oakley, Kevin Love, Ron Howard, Judd Apatow, Lindsey Vonn, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Sandra Oh, Steve Buscemi, Pamela Adlon, Christopher Poindexter, Rita Moreno, Iliza Shlesinger, and Deepak Chopra, along with healthcare worker Cady Chaplin.

“This is clearly an existential election year, and it’s critical that every eligible voter in every community engage in this election,” Hughes says. “The very soul of our nation is on the ballot November 3rd, 2020.”

Launched in 2018 by co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, When We All Vote uses a data-driven approach to increase participation in elections. The group focuseson increasing participation in every election while closing the race and age voting gap. The goal is to change the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.

In addition, Michelle Obama has added Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Rita Wilson to this year’s co-chair list.

For more information on the organization and its new campaign, visit whenweallvote.org.

Yandel Releases Sequel to His Debut Solo Album, “Quien Contra Mi 2”

Yandel is back with more contra music…

Seventeen years after releasing his solo debut album Quien Contra Mi, the 43-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter has released a sequel that features 22 tracks.

Yandel

Written and produced between his home and studio in Orlando while in quarantime during the COVID-19 pandemic, Quien Contra Mi 2 features 28 different collaborations, including music with J Balvin, Snoop Dogg and Ruben Blades, Anuel AA, El Alfa, Manuel Turizo, Nicky Jam and Rauw Alejandro.

In the nearly four-minute intro, Yandel shares a motivational speech to the new generation of artists.

“I wanted to tell my story, to pump up the kids who are just starting. And, since people always say I’m so quiet, well, here’s something different,” he says, elaborating on his struggles and accomplishments.

Quien Contra Mí was released in September 2003.

Banda MS Kicking Off Series of Private Virtual Concerts This Friday

Banda MS is going virtual…

The Mexican band is set to launch a series of private virtual concerts on Friday, July 31, hosting its first-ever streaming concert since the COVID-19 shutdown.

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In partnership with Cerveza Sol and Los Angeles’ radio station Que Buena, Band MS will perform live from Lizos Music, headquarters in Mazatlán, on July 31 it what the band promises will be the “first of many” private concerts the group will offer virtually in the next few months, according to a press release.

“Banda MS wants to offer fans entertainment while they spend time with their families at home. That’s the objective of the stream,” the regional Mexican band said in a press release. 

The July 31 virtual concert will be available to only 1,000 fans who will be selected at random after entering a drawing on the concert’s official website.

While this is the band’s first streaming concert after the coronavirus pandemic shut down the concert industry mid-March, Banda MS has been active on social media doing live Q&As, including one with Billboard, to discusstheir Snoop Dogg-assisted track “Qué Maldición” released in May and their forthcoming album slated to drop later this year.

Jhené Aiko Shoots Back to the Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart with “Chilombo” Deluxe Edition

Jhené Aiko is back in the Top 10…

The 32-year-old part Spanish & Dominican American singer-songwriter’s latest album Chilombo has surged back into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.

Jhené Aiko

The album charged 43-6 with 50,000 equivalent album units earned (up 247 percent) in the week ending July 23, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data

The album’s rise back up the list is due to the release of a deluxe edition on July 17, with an additional nine tracks. 

The deluxe album includes appearances from KehlaniMila JChris BrownSnoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.

The album was initially released on March 6, and debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the March 21-dated chart.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Aug. 1-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on July 28.

STXtv Developing Chicano-Themed Series “Once Upon a Time in Aztlan” to Star George Lopez

George Lopez has a little Timeon his hands for an ode to California’s Chicano culture…

STXtv is developing Once Upon a Time in Aztlan, a new television series anchored by the 59-year-old Mexican American actor/stand up comedian.

George Lopez

The project includes the participation of  famed photographer Estevan Oriol and iconic Los Angeles-based artist Mister Cartoon aka Mark Machado.

Michael Connolly, under his Mad Hatter Entertainment banner, brought the elements together. 

Lopez is in final talks to star and executive produce the project through his Travieso Productions, with Javier Rodriguez writing the pilot. Oriol and Cartoon will executive-produce.

“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Cartoon, Estevan, Jada and Michael for this series and developing a show with STXtv,” Lopez said. “Cartoon and Estevan are the DaVincis of our community; they have been the street chroniclers of our uniquely Chicano story … our American story. I’m looking forward to working with them and the rest of the team to expand their canvas to capture the diverse stories and people that make our culture and community so amazing, colorful and vibrant.”

This authentic L.A.-based series examines a family coming to terms with the falsehoods of the American Dream and their ability to defy expectations.

“I want to create a vision of Los Angeles inspired by my tattoos and murals that enriches and showcases the culture, opening it up to new audiences,” Cartoon said. “Putting together the dream team of Latino street culture and a collection of creative minds headed up by George Lopez, who is born and raised in L.A. and is an icon of our community. George’s experience and sense of humor acts as a foundation for this team.”

The pilot will be directed by Ricardo de Montreuil, who helmed Eva Longoria and Demián Bichir in the Blumhouse/Imagine East L.A.-set drama, Lowriders.During that production, he worked closely with Oriol and Cartoon, who were also involved in the production. 

Oriol and Cartoon’s longtime collaborators Mark Suroff and Marco Valadez, who produced LA Originals, also will serve as executive producers with Connolly.

“I’m looking forward to developing this with Cartoon, George, Jada and Michael,” said Oriol. “STXtv truly gets what it takes to develop a real show that can only be made in LA. This is the dream team. Period. It doesn’t get more authentic than this and I’m proud and privileged to be invited on this ride.”

Lopez recently released his first Netflix comedy special

He previously starred in Lopez for TV Land and Saint George for FX. And he had a talk show that ran from 2009-11. While his hit comedy George Lopez, whichended in 2007, ran on ABC, STXtv will zero in on buyers in the cable and streaming markets.

Cartoon is L.A.’s legendary tattoo artist, designer and cultural icon whose stylish and influential global work has been featured on countless celebrities including Kobe BryantEminemDr. Dre50 CentBeyoncéLewis HamiltonSnoop Dogg and many others. Cartoon also designed the logos for Cypress Hill and Eminem’s Shady Records, and his résumé includes cutting-edge designs for Nike, the LA Clippers and T-Mobile and others.

Oriol is an internationally celebrated photographer, director and urban lifestyle entrepreneur. Beginning as a tour manager for Cypress Hill and House of Pain, he developed a passion for photography as he documented life on the road to become hip-hop’s best-known chronicler; his work has been showcased in bestselling books, select galleries, and institutions, including the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives,Mesa Contemporary Art CenterPetersen Automotive Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ and New York’s Art in the Streets exhibit. He has photographed Eminem, Kim Kardashian, Cypress Hill, Dennis HopperBlink-182Forest Whitaker, Robert De NiroAl PacinoKendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Danny Trejo, among many others. He most recently executive produced the film Lowridersand directed the hit Netflix documentary L.A. Originals.

L.A. Originalswas critically acclaimed and extremely successful, introducing new fans to the world to Oriol and Cartoon.

Tainy Executive Produces the “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” Soundtrack, Releases First Single “Agua” with J Balvin

Tainy’s getting his Sponge on…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter is the mastermind behind Paramount AnimationNickelodeon and NEON16’s SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run movie soundtrack.

Tainy

Tainy executive produced the album alongside renowned industry leader Lex Borrero, with NEON16 curating the official soundtrack of the forthcoming animated film. 

This marks the first time the Latin multimedia company and talent incubator has partnered with the animated franchise.

The soundtrack, set to be released via NEON16/Interscope Records, will include songs by Tyga, Swae Lee, Lil Mosey, Weezer, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming LipsKenny G and Cyndi Lauper, to name a few. 

Additionally, Hans Zimmer is expected to score the film.

Kicking off the soundtrack is Tainy and J Balvin’s single “Agua,” which was released on Thursday, July 9.

“Tomorrow it’s officially out,” Balvin expressed on Instagram posing with Patrick Star. “It was meant to be a secret but oh well! I know that this song has good vibes and a lot of happiness, which we need during these moments.”

SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Runwill debut digitally in the U.S via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access, ViacomCBS’ subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, following the premium video-on-demand window.

Bad Bunny to Take Part in Houseparty’s Virtual “In The House” Event

Bad Bunny is heading to a special house party

The 26-year-old Latin trap and reggaeton singer will take part in Houseparty’s ultimate virtual bash, “In The House.”

Bad Bunny

In addition to Bad Bunny, the video chatting app has invited 

MiguelChef Jose Andres, Doja CatSnoop DoggKaty PerryNeil Patrick Harris and more stars for the weekend event.

But the curated lineup isn’t only about controlling the aux. As part of Houseparty’s new live experiential event series, Bad Bunny and the gang will do something extra.

Bad Bunny will welcome virtual guests into his kitchen, Doja Cat will talk about her music, Snoop Dogg will cook his favorite breakfast meal, Harris will pull a few tricks out of his sleeve for a magic show and Alicia Keys will demonstrate her go-to workout. 

But as far as performances go, Perry will sing her new single “Daisies,” coming out this Friday, May 15, while Idina Menzel transforms into her Frozen character Elsa for “Let It Go” and “Into The Unknown.”

Check out the full lineup featuring over 40 musicians, actors and athletes here.

Download Houseparty before heading over, which is free admission on iOSAndriodGoogle Chrome and Mac (Mac cannot host the “In The House” series). 

The party officially kicks off at 5:00 pm ET on Friday, May 15 and ends at 7:00 pm ET on Sunday, May 17. Each live set re-airs 12 hours after the original showtime, so fans won’t miss hanging out with their favorite stars and can even catch an encore round.

Banda MS & Snoop Dogg Teaming Up for “Dos Culturas, Una Union” Concert

Banda MSis getting into the hip-hop game…

The Mexican banda act is teaming up with Snoop Dogg for their first-ever joint concert.

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

The concert is called “Dos Culturas, Una Union” and will take place on Saturday, July 11, at the Toyota Arenain Ontario, Calif. 

The concert promises to bring the best of both worlds, Regional Mexican and Hip-Hop. 

“Each of these artists will present their show and sing their biggest hits,” states an official press release. “Consequently, the public will have the opportunity to see two shows and two totally different musical styles on the same stage.” 

On social media, Snoop Dogg has shared his love and admiration for Regional Mexican music many times, vibing to music from artists like Jenni RiveraBukanas de Culiacan and Banda MS, to name a few.

Banda MS is a three-time finalist at the 2020 Billboard Latin American Music Awards. The awards show will air live April 23 on Telemundo.

Ozuna Releases Videos for His New Singles “Fantasía” & “Nibiru” Back to Back

Ozunais livin’ in a fantasy world…

Timed with the release of his new album, Nibiru, the 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin rap and reggaeton singer, regarded as the New King of Reggaeton, has shared two music videos back to back.

Ozuna

On Thursday, Ozuna dropped “Fantasía — Cap. 1” and on Friday, he unveiled the video for the album’s title track, “Nibiru — Cap. 3.”

Nibiru’s first single, “Hasta que salga el sol,” which dropped earlier this month, is Chapter 2 in this video trilogy directed by Colin Tilley, which centers on Ozuna literally navigating the waters, land and air of fictional planet Nibiru.  

While there are plenty of collaborations on Nibiruthe album (including DiddyAnuel AASechSnoop Dogg and Nicky Jam), the new videos feature Ozuna by himself, underscoring his position as one of the few Latin stars who can carry their own weight.

Each video was released on Ozuna’s YouTube channel with an accompanying storyline and the promise of more chapters to come.

In “Fantasía,” Ozuna looks over a dystopian city in the midst of a sandstorm as his wife’s hair and face transform into stars and galaxies. In “Nibiru,” Ozuna swims in deep waters and is guided by sirens to a cave where he dances with ostensibly extraterrestrial creatures, a continuation of what he did in “Hasta que salga el sol.”

Fantasia

Nibiru

Christina Aguilera to Contribute New Music to Animated “Addams Family” Movie Soundtrack

Christina Aguilera is joining the Family

The 38-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer will contribute original music to the upcoming animated Addams Family movie soundtrack, according to MGM

Christina Aguilera

Aguilera will perform “Haunted Heart,” which was written by Antonina Armato, Aguilera and Tim James. It was produced by Rock Mafia. “Haunted Heart” will be released later this month by RCA Recordsahead of the film’s debut. 

But Aguilera isn’t the only Latina appearing on the soundtrack…

Karol Gwill perform “My Family” alongside MigosRock Mafiaand Snoop Dogg. The song was written by Antonina ArmatoQuavious Keyate MarshallCarolina GiraldoDanny ParraTim JamesCalvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. and Vic Mizzy. It’s produced by Rock Mafia.

It’ll be the first Addams Family track to be released. The track is being released by MGM Records and distributed by 12 Tone Music

“Christina Aguilera, Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg are powerhouse talents,” said MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman said in a statement. “We could not have asked for a better lineup of global superstars to help audiences embrace the weird and celebrate the absurd with two brand-new songs that perfectly [complement] this fresh, fun take on MGM’s beloved franchise, just in time for Halloween.”

The first new song, a collaboration between Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop titled “My Family,” will be released on Friday, September 13. 

Featuring the voice talents of Oscar IsaacCharlize TheronChlöe Grace Moretz and Bette Midler, The Addams Familyis slated to hit theaters nationwide on October 11.