Sofia Carson to Star Opposite KJ Apa in the Pandemic Thriller “Songbird”

Sofia Carson is flying high…

The 27-year-old Colombian American actress/singer will star opposite KJ Apa as star-crossed lovers in the pandemic thriller Songbird, which began filming last week in Los Angeles.

Sofia Carson

Told from street level through the eyes of the characters, Songbirdtakes place two years into the future, as a lockdown has been re-implemented after a more serious virus continues to mutate. In a feeble attempt to keep the sickness contained, the city has been split into haves and have nots. 

Songbird follows an essential worker (Apa) who has a rare immunity, a delivery man who delivers goods and hope throughout the city. Like the vast majority of the population, his girlfriend (Carson) is locked within her home, and the couple have no ability to physically be together. 

To be with the one he loves, he must overcome martial law, murderous vigilantes and a powerful, well connected family, helmed by a matriarch (Demi Moore) who will stop at nothing to protect her family and maintain her way of life.

Carson and Apa join the previously announced cast of Moore, Bradley WhitfordCraig RobinsonJenna OrtegaPaul Walter Hauser, and Peter Stormare

Adam Mason is directing off a screenplay he co-wrote with Simon Boyes. The film hails from Adam Goodman and Michael Bay.

Carson has more than 18 million followers on social media, over 1.5 billion streams of her music and over 2M subscribers to her YouTube channel. 

She currently stars in the Netflix feature film Feel the Beat. She previously starred as “Evie” in Disney’s Descendantsfranchjse and appeared on the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

Carson is signed to Hollywood Records/Republic Records and recently released her latest single “Miss U More Than U Know”, which has clocked more than 4.5 million streams to date. Carson is a Global Ambassador for Revlon, and recently unveiled the Revlon x Sofia Carson Collection, an exclusive collection of her favorite Revlon lip products and nail polish. 

Rosario Dawson to Co-Host Rock the Vote’s Democracy Summer Campaign Virtual Concert

Rosario Dawson is ready to rock the vote…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actress and activist will co-host Rock the Vote’s Democracy Summer campaign kick-off on Thursday, June 18, a two-hour virtual concert co-headlined by Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas.

Rosario Dawson

Co-hosted by Dawson and Logan Browning with Chuck D and Eve, the event will stream live beginning at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT on democracysummer.org, and Democracy Summer’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Ne-YoBig FreediaLucy HaleAmara La NegraSaweetie, Sklyar Astin, Max, Leslie Grace, Dove Cameron, Sofia CarsonRich Brian and Michael K. Williams are among those slated to appear remotely. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro will make appearances.

“I’m excited to be a part of this kickoff to Democracy Summer 2020 with so many amazing talents, activists and speakers,” says Perry. “The young people of America are speaking loud and clear on the streets and online, and come November, it will be more important than ever to fight for justice and equality, and against systemic racism, with our ballots.”

“The young people are engaged. Their voices are loud and getting louder. The world is watching. And we need to vote,” agrees Chuck D, an early and consistent supporter of Rock the Vote, which was founded in 1990 by Virgin Records America co-chairman Jeff Ayeroff primarily to increase voter turnout among young adults.

“We are seeing the urgency for change in America happening in real time. This is the moment for us to use the most important tool on the planet to fight for that change…our right to vote,” says Ne-Yo. “Our democracy needs our voices. Voting is the moment to be the voice for injustice and for equality. But most importantly, to be the voice for humanity. We cannot let each other down in the local elections or on Nov. 3.”

Produced by BWG Live and in partnership with Voto Latino FoundationWhen We All Vote and March For Our Lives, the concert marks not only the first live-streamed event for the Rock the Vote, but also its first large-scale summer activation. 

In previous years the organization amped up in the fall before a Presidential election and typically staged a live event. Both pivots are a direct result of Covid-19.

“One of the realities is coronavirus derailed the momentum that is required in a major election cycle,” Rock the Vote president Carolyn DeWitt tells Billboard. “A few months ago we began seeing how the restrictions were affecting young people in particular, by moving them off college campuses and disrupting graduations and proms,” she says. “Our effort is really about building that momentum back up.”

With some 4 million young people turning 18 this year and innumerable issues at stake, the goal of Democracy Summer is to bring 200,000 new voters to the polls in November when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden challenges Donald Trump, as well as myriad primary and local elections throughout the summer and fall. Those interested in the event are encouraged to register at the Democracy Summer web site to get the latest details and lineup updates, although preregistration isn’t required to tune in. Viewers can go to Rock the Vote’s website to register to vote.

The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the swell of support around the Black Lives Matter movement also has catalyzed Thursday’s event. As protesters around the country have taken to the streets, Rock the Vote registered 107,000 new voters through its platforms and gained more than 25,000 new Instagram followers during the week of June 1, DeWitt says—numbers that dwarf those of a typical week.

“With what we’ve seen over the last couple weeks, the effort around Democracy Summer has become even more important. It’s not just the virus, it’s bigger than the economy standing still. The world feels like it’s on the brink of chaos and yet this moment around Black Lives Matter is bigger than that,” DeWitt says. “Frankly speaking, a big part of that is people are exercising their rights in a democracy. Young people are looking for things they can do and actions they can take in order to create change. We want to make sure we’re continuing to sustain that fire and passion into November, and make sure young people know the power of their votes and create the change they want to see.”

The live stream will include opportunities for viewers to donate to black-led and -focused organizations including the Community Justice Action Fund and National Action Network.

“Now, more than ever, voting is key for long-term change,” Black Eyed Peas said in a statement. “The youth vote is going to decide the future of America. It’s not just our duty but our honor to spread the word in an election year.”

“The diversity of America is what makes it great, and it is also what makes it our country,” says La Negra. “I am Dominican proudly, yet I am a black woman always. I matter. You matter. And together, we will always matter!”

“The need for young people to get out and vote has never been more important,” says Participant CEO David Linde. “We are proud to be working with Rock the Vote in making that need a reality and by using the inspiring, powerful message of Rep. John Lewis to make good trouble.”

Rock the Vote is planning additional Democracy Summer activations throughout the summer including on the Fourth of July and on August 6, the anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Lauren Jauregui to Co-Host American Music Awards Red Carpet Show

Lauren Jaureguiwill be hitting the red carpet in a big way at the American Music Awards

The 23-year-old Cuban American singer and former Fifth Harmony member will co-host the 2019 AMAs Red Carpet Live.

Lauren Jauregui

Jauregui will host the official pre-show for this year’s AMAs alongside Sofia CarsonNick ViallAJ GibsonRaja Kumari and Jaymes Vaughan

It’s the first hosting gig for Jauregui.

The pre-show will stream live for two hours before the awards show exclusively on Twitter so fans can watch and engage in real-time conversation.

The red carpet pre-show will include interviews with nominees, performers and presenters, beginning at 6:00 pm ET and ending at 8:00 pm ET when the AMAs is set to officially start. The 2019 AMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theaterin Los Angeles on Sunday, November 24 at 8:00 pm ET on ABC

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.

Sofia Carson to Star in Netflix’s Dance Film “Feel the Beat”

Sofia Carson is feelin’ the beat…

The 26-year-old Colombian American actress and singer  and Descendants star is set to star in Feel the Beat, a Netflix dance film being directed by Elissa Down.

Sofia Carson

The plot follows April (Carson), who, after failing to find success on Broadway, returns to her small hometown and reluctantly is recruited to train a misfit group of young dancers for a big competition.

In addition to Carson, the ensemble family film will also star Wolfgang NovogratzDonna Lynne ChamplinEnrico ColantoniLidya JewettEva Hauge, Johanna ColónSadie LapidusShiloh Nelson, Shaylee MansfieldJustin AllanKai ZenCarina Battrick, Brandon Kyle GoodmanKen PakDennis Andresand Amy Stewart.

Emmy-winning choreographer and former So You Think You Can Dance judge Mia Michaels is choreographing the film, which was written by Michael Armbruster and Shawn Ku

Filming is underway in Toronto. 

Carson soon will be seen reprising her role as Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White, in Descendants 3, which will premiere in August.

Her other credits include appearances on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars spinoff PLL: The PerfectionistsFamous in Love, and Adventures in Babysitting.

Gina Rodriguez: The Best-Dressed Latina at the Oscars

She’s better known for her work on television… But, Gina Rodriguez proved to the night’s scene-stealer on the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards.

Gina Rodriguez

 

The 33-year-old Puerto Rican actress and Jane The Virgin star earned the title of Best Dressed Latina at the Oscars.

Gina Rodriguez

Rodriguez turned heads in a plunging gold Zuhair Murad gown with shimmering accents.

Sofia Carson had the world seeing red… 

Sofia Carson

The 24-year-old Colombian American actress/singer and Descendants film franchise star, who served as a host of the Oscars: All Access live stream, wore a caped red dress from Giambattista Valli dress.

Carson paired her dramatic dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and a Chopard necklace.

Eiza González had a bright moment on the red carpet…

Eiza Gonzalez

The 28-year-old Mexican actress and singer turned heads in a backless yellow dress by Ralph Lauren, which highlighted her incredible figure.

Wearing her wavy hair down, Gonzalez added a large bracelet and a pair of drop earrings to the look, and she complemented it with silver-polished nails.

Gomez Receives Five Radio Disney Music Award Nominations

Selena Gomez hasn’t lost her Disney popularity…

The 24-year-old Mexican American singer/actress, who starred on the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place from 2007 – 2012, has earned five nominations for this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards.

Selena Gomez

Gomez, a six–time RDMA winner, is nominated in the best female artist, fiercest fans and best tour categories. She’s also up for best breakup song and best collaboration for “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Charlie Puth.

Bruno Mars, meantime, has earned two RDMA nominations. The 31-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer is nominated for best male artist and best song that makes you smile for his hit single “24K Magic.”

Other Hispanic nominees include Fifth Harmony for best group and fiercest fans, Demi Lovato for best tour,a nd Camila Cabello for best collaboration for her single with Machine Gun Kelly, “Bad Things.”

Stuck in the Middle star Jenna Ortega is one of five hosts for this year’s awards show, alongside Hamilton star Jordan Fisher, Descendants actress Sofia Carson, Radio Disney host and singer Alex Aiono and country singer Kelsea Ballerini.

The RDMAs will take place on Saturday, April 29, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and the show will air the following day, April 30, at 7:00 pm ET on the Disney Channel. Voting is now open at Disney.com/RDMA.

Here’s the complete list of the nominees:

“You Know You Love Them – Best Group”
​DNCE
Fifth Harmony
One Direction
The Chainsmokers (TCS)
Twenty One Pilots

“He’s The One – Best Male Artist”
Bruno Mars
Justin Bieber
Niall Horan
Nick Jonas
Shawn Mendes

“She’s The One – Best Female Artist”
​Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Meghan Trainor
Selena Gomez

“The Bestest – Song Of The Year”
Cake By The Ocean –  DNCE
Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
Closer (f. Halsey) – The Chainsmokers (TCS)
Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes

“#SQUADGOALS – Fiercest Fans”
​Beliebers
Harmonizers
Mendes Army
​Megatronz
Selenators

“The Buzz – Breakout Artist Of The Year”
​Alessia Cara
Daya
DNCE
Hailee Steinfeld
​Kelsea Ballerini

“#TRENDING – Favorite Social Media Star”
Alex Aiono
Baby Ariel
Jacob Sartorius
Jake Paul
​Jiffpom

“The Freshest – Best New Artist”
Jon Bellion
Jordan Fisher
Julia Michaels
Noah Cyrus
Grace Vanderwaal

“So Happy – Best Song That Makes You Smile”
Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
Me Too – Meghan Trainor
​Handclap – Fitz & The Tantrums
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Juju On That Beat – Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall

“XOXO – Best Crush Song”
Let Me Love You (f. Justin Bieber) – DJ Snake
On Purpose – Sabrina Carpenter
Starving (f. Zedd) – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey
Wild (f. Alessia Cara) – Troye Sivan
Yeah Boy – Kelsea Ballerini

“Stuck In Our Heads – Best Song To Lip Sync To”
Bacon – Nick Jonas
Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
Closer (f. Halsey) – The Chainsmokers (TCS)
No – Meghan Trainor
Work – Rihanna

“When The Beat Drops! – Best Dance Track”
Alone – Marshmello
Cold Water (f. Justin Bieber & MØ) – Major Lazer
Don’t Let Me Down (f. Daya) – The Chainsmokers (TCS)
Millionaire (f. Nelly) – Cash Cash & Digital Farm Animals
Never Forget You (f. MNEK) – Zara Larsson

“Heartbreak – Best Breakup Song”
I Hate U, I Love U (f. Olivia O’Brien) – Gnash
Make Me Cry (f. Labrinth) – Noah Cyrus
Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix
Sorry – Justin Bieber
We Don’t Talk Anymore (f. Selena Gomez) – Charlie Puth

“Play It Again! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Song”
80s Mercedes – Maren Morris
​From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay
H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line
Peter Pan –  Kelsea Ballerini
Think of You (f. Cassadee Pope) – Chris Young

“The Bestest! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist”
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
​Kelsea Ballerini
​Maddie & Tae
Sam Hunt

“The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist”
Lauren Alaina
​Maren Morris
Old Dominion
RaeLynn
Temecula Road

“I’m With The Band! – Favorite Tour”
Hunter Hayes’ “21 Tour”
Justin Bieber’s “Purpose Tour”
Meghan Trainor’s “The Untouchable Tour”
Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato’s “Future Now Tour”
Selena Gomez’s “Revival Tour”

“Mashup! – Best Collaboration”
Beauty & The Beast – Ariana Grande & John Legend
We Don’t Talk Anymore – Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez
Bad Things – MGK X Camila Cabello
Just Hold On – Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson
​I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – Zayn & Taylor Swift