Nicky Jam is bringing you into his home for a special concert…
The 39-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer-songwriter will provide some entertainment as one of this week’s Billboard Live At-Home guests.
Nicky Jam will go live at 1:00 pm EST from his own home on Thursday, May 28 via Billboard’s Facebook page as a way of connecting with fans during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Nicky Jam is the latest guest to perform as part of the BillboardLive At-Home series since its launch in late March. Previous Latin performers include Manuel Turizo, Feid, Natanael Cano and Ximena Sariñana, to name a few.
Each performer chooses a nonprofit partner to support with their live stream. Some of the non-profits have included My Friend’s Place, American Red Cross, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Meals on Wheels America, Direct Relief, National Coalition for the Homeless, Housing Works Inc., Downtown Women’s Center, MusiCares and more that are working overtime to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Check out more from the Billboard Live At-Home series here.
The 34-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter and actresshosted a Billboard Live At-Home concert on Thursday (April 23) to serenade fans and raise money for Downtown Women’s Center, which offers support services for survivors of domestic violence and women experiencing homelessness during COVID-19.
Sariñana kicked off her live performance while at home in Mexico City with her latest single “TBT 4 EVER,” debuting a piano version on the live stream.
“I’m imagining your applause. Sending all my love to everybody, hope you are all staying safe,” she said in between songs while also taking questions from fans. “Sending you all my love.”
Sariñana went on to perform her empowerment anthem “Que Tiene” and “Mediocre.”
Before wrapping up, she announced to fans that she’s releasing new music next week.
Los Angeles Azules are ready to cumbianorth of the border…
The Mexican musical group will bring all of their classics to the U.S. with their Todos Somos Cumbia tour, adding 21 dates for a total of 27 shows in the states.
In support of Gran Centenario Tequila, the tour will kick off February 21 in Ft. Myers, Florida, with gigs to follow in West Palm Beach and Auburndale, marking the Mexican group’s first-ever concerts in the Sunshine State.
From late February to late April, Los Angeles will make stops in cities like Houston, New York, Washington, and Chicago. The group will retake the tour in September and November, visiting their fans in the West Coast and Canada. Additional dates will be announced.
Ximena Sariñana and Jay de la Cueva will be the special guests in select cities.
Formed by siblings of the Mejia Avante family — Elías, Alfredo, José Hilario, Jorge, Cristina and Guadalupe in 1983 — the group is known for their catchy cumbia soniderasound, including Billboard chart hits like “Como Te Voy a Olvidar” and “Nunca es Suficiente” featuring Natalia Lafourcade, which landed the group their first No. 1 in 19 years on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart (dated Jan. 26, 2019).
Their latest single “Amor a Primera Vista,” in collaboration with Belinda, Horacio Palencia, and Lalo Ebratt, jumped 11-4 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart-dated August 17, 2019, nabbing the group their eighth top 10.
Tickets for the Todos Somos Cumbia tour are currently on sale to the general public via Ticketmasterand Live Nation.
Todos Somos Cumbia U.S. tour dates: *with special guests Ximena Sariñana and Jay de La Cueva 2/21 — Fort Myers, FL @ Lee Civic Center 2/22 — West Palm Beach, FL @ South Florida Fairgrounds 2/23 — Auburndale, FL @ International Market World 2/28 — Laredo, TX @ Sames Auto Arena * 2/29 — Corpus Christi, TX @ Selena Auditorium * 3/1 — Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre * 3/12 — New York, NY @ United Palace 3/13 — Washington, D.C @ MGM National Harbor 4/16 — Dallas, TX @ Toyota Music Factory 4/17 — San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum 4/18 — Hidalgo, TX @ Payne Arena 4/19 — Austin, TX @ HEB Center 4/24 — Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre 4/25 — Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena 4/26 — Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room 9/11 — Bakersfield, CA @ Mechanics Arena 9/12 — Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Summit 9/13 — Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center 9/17 — El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum 9/18 — Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre 9/26 — San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena 9/27 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum 11/13 — Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena 11/14 — Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum 11/19 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center 11/20 — San Jose, CA @ SAP Center 11/21 — Ontario, CA @ Toyota Arena
Molotovis bringing their sound to the Iberian Peninsula…
The Mexican rap rock band has been named one of the headliners of the first edition of the Mexican mega festival Vive Latino to be held in Europe.
A new event, branded Vive Latino and characterized by the “quality, vanguard and independence” of the 20-year-old must-attend annual Mexican festival, will take place in Zaragoza, Spain.
Vive Latino Zaragoza is set to take place on September 11 and 12, with performances by headliners Molotov, Bunbury, Vetusta Morla, Leiva, Andrés Calamaro, Café Tacvba,Taburete, Kase.O and Ara Malikian.
The more-than 40 announced rock and alternative acts, both iconic and emerging, on the monster line up also include Aterciopelados, Mon Laferte, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Miss Bolivia, Babasónicos, Mexican Institute of Sound, Little Jesus, Ximena Sariñana and León Benavente.
They said in an announcement that Vive Latino Zaragoza will transport “the attitude and identity of the festival with the most tradition and success in Latin America.”
Vive Latino Zaragoza will take place at the Espacio Expo, the grounds of the 2008 International Expo.
Upon announcing the festival, the city’s Vice Mayor, Sara Fernández, stated that Vive Latino Zaragoza will allow the city to “reclaim the importance it is due on a national and international level” and “put Zaragoza back on the cultural map.”
Alejandro Fernandezis preparing for a family affair…
The Latin Recording Academy has announced the first group of performers for the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards , including all three generations of the Fernandez family.
For the first time, the 48-year-old Mexican singer, his son Alex Fernández and his father Vicente Fernández will perform together. No word yet on what the Fernandez men will sing, but Mariachi Sol de México will accompany them on stage.
Current nominees Paula Arenas, Bad Bunny, Alessia Cara, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, Sech and Sebastián Yatra are also confirmed to perform, plus Natalia Jiménez and Olga Tañón.
As customary, the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year (Juanes) is set to perform a medley with his best songs.
Last week, the Latin Recording Academy confirmed that Ricky Martin will host alongside Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega.
The annual ceremony will broadcast live on Univision on November 14 from 8:00–11:00 pm ET/PT (7:00 pm Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The 36-year-old Dominican musician has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Colombia, covering his past albums as well as future projects, according to Billboard.
Garcia debuted his solo album Melodrama in 2011, which includes collaborations with Ximena Sariñana and Cultura Profetica.
His sophomore album, A La Mar, nabbed Garcia best new artist, best singer-songwriter album, and best tropical song for “Bachata En Kingston” at the 2017 Latin Grammyawards.
“Vicente is a fearless and dynamic artist whose creativity has no boundaries,” said Gustavo Menendez, president, Warner Chappell Music Latin Americain an official statement. “He is constantly evolving by experimenting across multiple genres all while staying true to his Dominican roots. We have admired his work for a long time and we are thrilled to now welcome him to the Warner Chappellfamily.”
Daniel Mora, managing director, Warner Chappell Music Colombia, added: “I’m extremely proud to count Vicente among our fast-growing Warner Chappell Music Colombia roster. He is one of the most trail-blazing tropical and alternative artists of our generation, with a very unique perspective and writing style.”
García recently toured the U.S., United Kingdom, Colombia, Netherlands, Spain, Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, and Chile, to name a few, in support of his third studio album Candelareleased in May.
De La Ghetto is joining voices with Dillon Francis…
The Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer and songwriter, whose real name is Rafael Castillo, appears on the cross-genre electronic producer and DJ’s bilingual, Spanish-heavy full album.
Francis’ Wut Wutfeatures 11 tracks of Latin in a spectrum of pop palettes, and much like an actual trip to Latin America, it highlights the diversity of the culture within a variety of styles and feelings sure to entertain fans of dance-pop and Latin music alike.
It opens with self-awareness on previously-released single “White Boi.” The song features Colombia’s Lao Ratalking about how she fell in love for this Caucasian dude, and Francis hopes the Spanish-speaking masses will follow suit with the rest of his release.
It continues with a mysterious big of magic on “Esta Noche” withXimena Sariñana. Francis then puts extra funk on the R&B groove of “No Pare” feat. Yashua from the Dominican Republic, turns up the tropical heat on “Sexo” with ResidenteandiLe, and hits electric urban notes on “Never Let You Go” that’ll have you calling De La Ghetto Puerto Rico’s answer to The Weeknd.
If you’re looking for something romantic, give “We The Funk” with Fuego a spin. If you want wild-n-crazy classic Francis, head straight to “Look At That Butt” with Jarina De Marco. “Cuando” with noted madman Happy Colors is equally bold with banging bass lines. Things stay heavy with “Ven” feat. Arcángeland Quimico Ultra Mega, get twisted on booty banger “BaBaBa” with Young Ash, and finishes with quite the flourish on horn-heavy “Get It Get It.”
It’s a great mix of Francis’ dance-pop style and Latin rhythms. It’s multi-lingual and certainly influenced by a variety of tempos and feels. It definitely has more of a central character than its predecessor Money Sucks, Friends Rule, which the producer himself admitted was kind of all over the place. Wut Wut, in that way, it’s very much a matured sound for the producer, but don’t worry, Francis fans. Mostly, it’s just fun.
Miguel Bosé is unplugging with more Latin superstars…
The Spanish musician and actor has added Pablo Alborán, Maná‘s Alex and Sergio and Ximena Sariñana to the list of special guests slated to take part in hisMTV Unpluggedconcert.
The additions join previously announced Latin superstars Fonseca, Marco Antonio Solís, Natalia Lafourcadeand Benny Ibarra for the musical event.
Alborán took to social media to confirm his appearance alongside his fellow Spaniard.
“I have landed in Mexico City where we are ready to shoot Bosé’s MTV Unplugged. It will be a special and magical night and I think everyone will really enjoy it,” said the “Se Puede Amar” singer on Instagram.
Ha*Ash will be livin’ la vida loca with Ricky Martin…
The Mexican American pop duo, comprised of sisters Hanna Nicole Pérez Mosa and Ashley Grace Pérez Mosa, will serve as one of the guest acts on the U.S. leg of Martin’s One World Tour.
Beginning on September 15, the tour will feature 25 dates Stateside. 20 of those dates will feature either Ha*Ash or reggaeton star Wisin as guest acts.
Martin will play his initial two shows at the Axis at Planet Hollywood and the Grand Sierra Grand Theater in Reno on September 15 and 16, respectively. He’ll be joined by Ha*Ash opening night and then again beginning Sept. 17 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The duo will open for Martin in 10 West Coast stops, including the Forum in Los Angeles and Viejas Arena in San Diego.
Then, on Oct. 1, Wisin will join Martin at Madison Square Garden and will also perform 10 dates with him, including Miami’s American Airlines Arena.
While having opening acts or guest acts in major tours is a normal part of doing business for mainstream acts, big Latin stars rarely tour with opening acts. One of the first to change that was Enrique Iglesias, who’s been touring with supporting acts for years and playing an instrumental role in catapulting them to success.
In Wisin’s case, he already is a major star who toured massive arenas as part of the duo Wisin y Yandel.
In this case, he says, touring with Martin was about “mutual respect.” Martin is featured in Wisin’s hit single “Adrenalina” (which also featured Jennifer Lopez) and will also sing on Wisin’s upcoming single, “Que se sienta el deseo.”
“Ever since we recorded ‘Adrenalina’ it’s clear to me that people enjoy hearing us together,” said Wisin.
“By the time I go on tour with him in October, the track should be strong in radio.”
On their end, Ha*Ash will perform an acoustic set with their group, which has been touring Mexico, Latin America and Spain. The duo just released their new single in the U.S., “Lo aprendí de tí.”
“We’re thrilled with the invitation,” said Hannah. “We love that Ricky is lending us his stage and his audience.”
Beyond Martin, more and more Latin acts are touring with opening acts. Juanes is currently on tour with alt chanteuse Ximena Sariñana. And J Balvin will go on tour with Becky G in September.
RICKY MARTIN ‘ONE WORLD’ Sept. 15 – Las Vegas – Axis at Planet Hollywood
Sept. 16 – Reno – Grand Sierra, Grand Theater
Sept. 17 – Oakland – Oracle Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 19 – Los Ángeles – The Forum – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 20 – San Diego – Viejas Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 23 – Tucson – Anselmo Valencia Amp
Sept. 24 – Albuquerque – Sandia Casino
Sept. 26 – Phoenix – Comerica Theatre – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 27 – El Paso – El Paso County Coliseum – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 29 – Hidalgo – State Farm Arena – Con Ha*Ash
Sept. 30 – Houston – Toyota Center – Con Ha*Ash
Oct. 1 – Laredo – Laredo Energy Arena con Ha*Ash
Oct. 3 – San Antonio – Freeman Coliseum con Ha*Ash
Oct. 4 – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion – con Ha*Ash
Oct. 8 – Nueva York – Madison Square Garden – con Wisin
Oct. 9 – Washington – Patriot Center – con Wisin
Oct. 11 – Chicago – Allstate Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 14 – Montreal (Canadá) Bell Centre – con Wisin
Oct. 15 – Toronto (Canadá) – Air Canada Center – con Wisin
Oct. 17 – Atlantic City – Boardwalk Hall – con Wisin
Oct. 18 – Uncasville – Mohegan Sun Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 21 – Durham – Durham Perf Arts Centre
Oct. 22 – Atlanta – Philips Arena con Wisin
Oct. 24 – Miami – American Airlines Arena – con Wisin
Oct. 25 – Orlando – Amway Center – con Wisin
Ximena Sariñana is making alternative plans for the summer…
The 29-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter is set to perform at this year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference.
Taking place at the Central Park Summerstage and St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, the event will also feature a performance by Vicentico, best known as the lead singer of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.
He’ll headline a Saturday show with his own band on July 11, when Sariñana and critics’ favorites No Te Va Gustar, Uruguay’s most popular rock band, will also perform.
Mexican Institute of Sound’s Camilo Lara and DJ/producer Toy Selectah, performing together as Compass, will be featured at Summerstage on July 8. They’ll be joined by Colombian electro-cumbia outfit Systema Solar and the bilingual electronic music artist known as Helado Negro.
At a July 7 show at St. Mary’s, DJ Afro — aka Los Amigos Invisibles’ Jose Luis Pardo — shares the bill with “Our Latin Thing,” a tribute to the music of salsa founders the Fania Allstars and their ’70s scene by 17 singers and musicians.
Now in its 16th year, the LAMC is an annual date for lovers of diverse Latin sounds and tastemakers of all stripes. This year’s event will include several days of industry panels and presentations at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel, and showcases around the New York City area that can be attended by the public.