Miguel to Perform During ‘Black Power Live’ Digital Benefit

Miguel is bringing the Power

The 34-year-old half-Mexican American R&B singer and Grammy winner will perform during Black Power Live, a digital benefit taking place on Saturday, June 27th, on Twitch.

Miguel

The event will be hosted by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and feature a mix of musical performances and conversations with black artists and organizers, including the half-black “Adore You” singer, Doja Cat and Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes

Black Power Live is meant to be “a celebration of the incredible work done by organizers and activists around the world and will be a chance to reflect, regroup and talk about next steps.”

The musical lineup for Black Power Live will feature jazz star Terrace Martin debuting a new piece, “Racism on Trial,” featuring Kamasi WashingtonDenzel CurryRobert GlasperAlex Isley and others. 

Additional performers include Ne-YoAloe BlaccHO99O9 with Travis BarkerVagabonJessie ReyezSerpentwithfeet and Twin Shadow.

Along with the music, Black Power Live will feature interviews and discussions with a mix of artists and activists including Parkland survivor Emma GonzálezDear White People creator Justin Simien and author and filmmaker Dream Hampton.

The event will begin at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET and end at 12:00 am PT/3:00 am ET. 

Money raised will benefit the Crenshaw Dairy MartTrap HealsTransgender Law CenterSankofa and Black Men Build.

A complete lineup, and registration for the event, is available here.

Demi Lovato Releases Emo-fied Remix of “I Love Me” Featuring Travis Barker

Demi Lovatois getting all emo

The 27-year-old half-Mexican America singer/actress has released the official remix of her latest single “I Love Me” featuring Travis Barker.

Demi Lovato

Complete with a Myspace-themed lyric video, the new version of the song is every former emo kid’s dream as Lovato transforms the single into something that would sound perfectly at home amid the punchy pop-rock of her 2008 debut album, Don’t Forget.

“‘Cause I’m a black belt when I’m beating up on myself/ But I’m an expert at givin’ love to somebody else/ I, me, myself and I, don’t see eye to eye, me, myself and I/ Oh, why do I compare myself to everyone?/ And I always got my finger on the self-destruct/ I wonder when I love me is enough/ I wonder when I love me is enough,” she belts out over crunchy guitars and the iconic Blink-182 drummer’s roiling percussion.

First released back in March following her triumphant performance at the 2020 Grammys,“I Love Me” is set to serve as the lead single for the pop star’s forthcoming seventh studio album, and has thus far peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100

Lovato has since collaborated with Sam Smithon the bombastic “I’m Ready” from the non-binary singer’s as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2017’s The Thrill of It All.

Demi Lovato Releasing “I Love Me” Remix, Featuring Travis Barker

Demi Lovato is mixin’ things up…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has announced plans to release a remix of her latest track “I Love Me, featuring Travis Barker.

Demi Lovato

“#ILoveMe but make it… emo? Out tomorrow night with @travisbarker!!!” Lovato captioned a photo of the remix’s official cover art on Instagram, along with a string of emojis including a black heart, a drum, a “rock on” hand and an excited face.

Lovato also joined an Instagram Live with Tori Kelly on Tuesday, where the two powerhouse singers performed an a capella rendition of her 2016 Confident-era single “Stone Cold” and revealed they’d love to collaborate together in the studio.

“You are one of the best vocalists in this generation and it would be just an honor to do something with you, so we got it…Scooter, hello!” Lovato said, referencing the pair’s shared manager Scooter Braun, while Kelly replied, “Yes, I feel the same, I feel the same. I’m so down.”

Ryan Vasquez to Star in Ross Golan’s Musical “The Wrong Man”

Ryan Vasquez is in the Wrong

The Latino actor/singer has been cast in the world premiere in New York this September of multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan’s musical The Wrong Man.

Ryan Vasquez

Vasquez will star opposite Tony-nominee Joshua Henry and Ciara Renéein the musical.

The Wrong Man is set in Reno, Nevada, and tells the story of Duran, a man just scraping by, who is accused of a murder he says he didn’t commit.

Golan’s first stage musical was initially conceived as an acoustic solo piece, but over a decade has grown to include a full-length concept album and an animated film.

Previews begin on Wednesday, September 18, with an opening night of October 7, at the Off Broadway MCC Theater.

Golan (book, music, lyrics) has written massive hits for a massive roster of artists including Maroon 5, Justin BieberNicki MinajLady Antebellum, Michael BubléSelena GomezKeith Urban, Ariana GrandeFlo RidaOne Direction, Idina MenzelNellyDemi LovatoJason DeruloMeghan TrainorCee Lo Green, 5 Seconds of SummerPrince RoyceSnoop DoggGavin DeGraw, Colbie CaillatAndy GrammerJames Blunt, Big Sean and Travis Barker.

Vasquez has appeared on Broadwayin Hamilton, Waitress and Wickedand on television in The Good FightCurb Your Enthusiasm and The Code.

Kid Cudi Reveals More Details About His Upcoming Album

Kid Cudi is ready to stop, collaborate and listen…

After announcing the title of his upcoming album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’the 32-year-old half-Mexican American recording artist and actor continues to drop hints about the project, which could be loaded with PharrellAndre 3000 and Travis Barker collaborations.

Kid Cudi

“Got some magic from Pharrell last nite,” Cudi tweeted Wednesday (June 29). “New collabs, new energy, new frequency.”

He also teased that the new material is on the horizon.

“Gonna get a release date for yall in a few weeks,” he added. “This album and new jams

Though Cudder’s last album, the double-disc Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven veered more towards the rock side, artists like Erykah Badu and the aforementioned 3 Stacks praised his work.

The Cleveland rep has also been releasing new songs over the past few months including “Goodbye,” “All In” and “The Frequency.”

Lovato Reunites with Ex-Boyfriend Joe Jonas for “Camp Rock” Duet

Demi Lovato has reunited with an ex-boyfriend…

But it’s not what you think!

Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer-actress joined forces with her ex, Joe Jonas, for a special Camp Rock reunion when she made a tour stop in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Nearly six years after the Disney Channel original movie that they starred in together premiered, the two singers performed one of the songs from the film for the crowd at the Staples Center.

“You want to hear me play a really old song?” Lovato said while introducing the song. The intro of “This Is Me” kicked in and fans in the audience began freaking out. They sang along and screamed louder when Jonas appeared onstage mid-song to sing his part. She gave him a big hug after finishing the duet.

After the performance, Jonas posted an Instagram photo of him and Lovato onstage, saying, “Surprise LA! @DDLovato thank you for having me.” He also shared a video taken during a rehearsal and captioned it, “Tonight was amazing. Fun keeping this a secret.”

Jonas wasn’t the only special guest at Lovato’s L.A. concert. The “Really Don’t Care” hitmaker was also joined by Blink-182‘s drummer Travis Barker. She took to Instagram to share several photos of her performing with her guests.

Ashanti to be Featured on First Lady Michelle Obama “Songs for a Healthier America”

It looks like Ashanti will be makin’ music with First Lady Michelle Obama

The 32-year-old part-Dominican American singer/actress, who recently starred on Lifetime’s Army Wives, will form part of a hip-hop album from the first lady and non-profit organization Partnership for A Healthier America aimed at inspiring healthy living among our youth.

Ashanti

Entitled Songs for a Healthier America, the 19-track rap album due in September is part of Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which aims to fight childhood obesity.

Along with Ashanti, the record will include tracks featuring Jordin Sparks, Run DMC, Ariana Grande and Blink-182‘s Travis Barker.

Mrs. Obama herself won’t be heard on any of the tracks but she will be making cameos in the music videos, with a total of ten clips to be created for the album, which will first be released to New York schools before being distributed to other major cities.

The first track, “Everybody“, featuring Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Ryan Beatty, Artie Green and Dr. Mehmet Oz, was already released back in June as a free download and its music video can similarly be found online.

The positive message as well as the bouncy beat of the track, not to mention the spoken word feature from the First Lady highlighting the second year of her “Let’s Move” initiative, calling on everyone to spread the word is a fitting lead track for the well-intentioned project.

Lending some of his valuable support to the First Lady’s pet project is President Barack Obama himself, who has, in the past, made appearances and even sung publicly to help promote the program.