New Jersey Turnpike Authority to Name Rest Stop After the Late Celia Cruz

There’s a little rest (stop) for Celia Cruz’s biggest fans…

The late Cuban musician, who died in 2003 in her Fort Lee, New Jersey home at the age of 77, is one of several of New Jersey’s most iconic figures getting their names on a Garden State Parkway rest stops.

Celia Cruz

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority approved naming nine Parkway service areas after luminaries, including Cruz, one of the most popular Latin artists of the 20th century.

Others getting their name on a rest stop include groundbreaking baseball player Larry Doby, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and late actor James Gandolfini.

It’s being done in conjunction with the New Jersey Hall of Fame, which has inducted more than 180 people since 2008 in fields such as science, sports and the arts.

The service areas will contain Hard Rock Cafe-style exhibits and artifacts, and an interactive Wall of Fame featuring a life-sized video monitor showcasing Hall of Fame inductees and their acceptance speeches, according to Gov. Phil Murphy’s office.

Murphy said it’s part of a larger effort to showcase local heroes in a variety of fields at locations around the state, including Battleship New Jersey, the New Jersey Turnpike and Newark Penn Station.

In addition to Cruz, Gandolfini, Doby and Bon Jovi, service areas will be named after broadcast journalist Connie Chung; Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston; Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison; author Judy Blume; and perhaps New Jersey’s most famous native son, Frank Sinatra.

Daddy Yankee to Headline This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Week

Daddy Yankee is bringing the beats to this year’s Latin Music Week…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and rapper will headline Billboard’s 2021 Latin Music Week.

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee’s fellow headlining acts will be Karol G and Nicky Jam. 

Taking place September 20-24 at the Faena Forum in Miami, Billboard Latin Music Week returns under the slogan “The Beat of Latin Music,” making its mark as the longest running and biggest Latin music industry gathering in the world.

Early-bird registration for Billboard Latin Music Week is now open, register here.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Launching New Archie Comics Series “The Occult World of Sabrina”

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is still chilling

Sabrina Spellman lives on, in a way, in The Occult World of Sabrina, the new Archie Comics series from the 47-year-old Nicaraguan American playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

The new comic book series  will pick up where Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina left off in its series finale cliffhanger. Sabrina may have welcomed death, but someone close to her is plotting to bring her back.

The source comic book series that inspired the Kiernan Shipka-led drama will also move forward in time in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 with Aguirre-Sacasa at the helm, set to debut on Oct. 13.

“The scene that we shot and had to take out of the Netflix series with Zelda is the exact scene verbatim that’s in the first issue of The Occult World of Sabrina,” sats Aguirre-Sacasa. “When we start that series, it’s exactly as it ended in the Netflix series with Sabrina and Nick in the sweet hereafter and her family and friends in Greendale are trying to live in a world without Sabrina. In fact, that’s the name of the first story arc: ‘World Without Sabrina.’ We’ll see how her loved ones have been doing since Sabrina sacrificed herself. The first thing Zelda does is recruit a team of their family and friends to go into the underworld to bring Sabrina back to life.”

Bad Bunny Extends Record on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with Two New Top 10 Singles

Bad Bunny continues volando into the record books…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican singer has collected his record-extending 42nd and 43rd top 10s on BillboardHot Latin Songs chart as “De Museo” rises 11-8 and “Volando,” by Mora, Bad Bunny and Sech, debuts at No. 7, on the July 24-dated survey.

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

The former rises on the strength of streaming activity: It earned 6.2 million U.S. streams, up 34%, in the week ending July 15, according to MRC Data.

As for “Volando,” the cut — which was originally a solo track by Mora — garnered a new remix on July 8 with Bad Bunny and Sech. As the remix drives the bulk of the song’s chart activity, all three artists are credited. It’s the first top 10 for Mora. The track registered 6.4 million streams in the U.S., enough for a No. 5 start on Latin Streaming Songs.

Bad Bunny’s 43 top 10s are the most since the chart launched in 1986. Enrique Iglesias and Luis Miguel continue to be tied for the second-most, both with 39.

Here’s a look at the Latin artists with the most top 10s (at least 29) on the multi-metric (airplay, digital sales, and streams) Hot Latin Songs chart:

43, Bad Bunny
39, Enrique Iglesias
39, Luis Miguel
36, Daddy Yankee
34, J Balvin
30, Shakira
29, Chayanne
29, Cristian Castro

“De Museo,” Bad Bunny’s second new solo single of 2021, follows his five-week ruler “Yonaguni” which this week falls 1-2, as Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” retakes the crown. The latter earlier spent four weeks atop the list.

With “De Museo” entering the top 10, Bad Bunny rises to 556 weeks in the chart’s top tier, the fourth-most weeks in the region, trailing Daddy Yankee who remains at the helm with a total of 629 weeks, J Balvin (621), and Enrique Iglesias (620).

Beyond its progress on Hot Latin Songs, “De Museo” makes its first visit on Billboard’s all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, arriving at No. 94. The track joins another Bad Bunny debut: “Volando,” with Mora and Sech, at No. 89, for a total of four placements on the tally as “Yonaguni” and “AM,” with Nio García and J Balvin, rank at No. 38 and No. 66, respectively.

Lunay to Perform at This Year’s Lollapalooza

Lunay is ready to live his Fest life…

The 20-year-old Puerto Rican singer and rapper has revealed that he’s officially joining the 2021 Lollapalooza lineup.

Lunay

“I’m going to announce it here as an exclusive,” he tells Billboard. “‘El Niño’ will be at Lollapalooza this year, so stay tuned to my social media for all the details.”

Lunay, who performed his single “Todo o Nada” with Anitta at Thursday night’s Premios Juventud awards show, said he’s already rehearsing for the show with his band in Puerto Rico.

“I’m excited that big festivals are returning and that I can share with my audience,” he notes.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Lollapalooza, held from July 29 to Aug. 1 at Grant Park in Chicago, is headlined by Miley CyrusFoo FightersPost Maloneand Tyler, the Creator.

The Lollapalooza 2021 will also be available via livestream for Hulu subscribers.

Carlos Pena Jr. & His Big Time Rush Group Mates Reuniting for Two Shows

Carlos Pena Jr. is feelin’ the rush

The 31-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor, who goes by Carlos PenaVega, and his Big Time Rush group mates are making a comeback.

Big Time Rush

After an eight-year hiatus, the boy band is returning for two performances in 2021.

The L.A.-based group will perform at Chicago Theater in Illinois on December 15, followed by a December 18 show at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

“WE ARE BACK! It’s been a minute, but we couldn’t be more excited to see you! Lets make up for lost time,” the group said in a post announcing their return.

Big Time Rush originated from the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush in 2009 and released three studio albums between 2010 and 2013. The group set off on five tours from 2011 to 2014, when they ceased touring. The series concluded in the summer of 2013.

The Big Time Rush Live dates will consist of all four original members Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Pena Jr. and Logan Henderson.

The members conducted a virtual reunion in June 2020 for fans to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their song “Worldwide.” The acoustic version of the track was uploaded to PenaVega’s YouTube channel.

The show announcements were accompanied by a short promo video featuring the members being called back to return to their gigs.

Tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster. Fans can sign up for presale access here.

Pedro Almodovar’s “Madres Paralelas,” Starring Penelope Cruz, to Open Venice Film Festival

Penelope Cruz is ready for a big debut…

The 78th Venice Film Festival will open with Pedro Almodovar’s Madres Paralelas, starring the 47-year-old Spanish Oscar-winning actress.

Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar, Madres Paralelas

The film will play in Competition and will open the fest on September 1. It also stars Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Julieta Serrano and Rossy De Palma.

The story follows two women, Janis and Ana, who coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and got pregnant by accident.

Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which chance will undertake to develop and complicate in such a decisive way that it will change the lives of both.

The film is produced by El Deseo and will be distributed in Italy by Warner Bros. Pictures. Almodóvar received Venice’s 2019 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

“I was born as a film director in 1983 in Venice,” commented Almodóvar, “In the Mezzogiorno Mezzanotte section. Thirty-eight years later I am called to open the festival. I cannot explain the joy and the honor, and how much this means to me without falling into complacency. I am very grateful to the festival for this recognition and hope to be up to it”.

Venice director Alberto Barbera added: “I am grateful to Pedro Almodóvar for having given us the privilege of opening the film festival with his new movie, an intense and sensitive portrait of two women as they contend with a pregnancy with unpredictable consequences, women’s solidarity, and sexuality that is experienced in full freedom and without hypocrisy, all against the backdrop of a reflection on the ineluctable need for truth that is to be unwaveringly pursued. This is a very welcome return to Venice in Competition for the recipient of our 2019 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, many years after the success of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown the movie that marked his definitive triumph on the international scene.”

Victoria Alonso to Speak at NALIP Media Summit

There’s a little moderation in Victoria Alonso’s future…

The three-day 2021 virtual edition of the NALIP Media Summit will feature a conversation with the 55-year-old  Marvel Studios’ executive producer moderated by Variety’s Marc Malkin.

Victoria Alonso

The three-day event will feature diverse creative leaders from the Latinx community that will connect with attendees through a series of sessions, workshops, exclusive screenings and mentorship opportunities.

The 22nd annual event will be held July 19-21. Additional speakers and sessions will be announced soon.

Alonso has been working in the industry for over 25 years. She began her career working in visual effects and quickly rose as an award-winning VFX producer at Digital Domain. After joining Marvel as EVP of visual effects and post-production in 2005, she worked as a co-producer on the studio’s early hits such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Assuming her current position in 2015, she has served as an executive on every Marvel Cinematic Universe film and television show since 2012’s The Avengers.

Alonso’s talk will stream live on July 20 followed by a signature conversation with Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch. Other speakers include actors Isabela Merced and Frankie Rodriguez.

Mj Rodriguez Earns First-Ever TCA Awards Nod

Mj Rodriguez is celebrating some special recognition…

The TCA Award nominations have been revealed, with the 30-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and singer earning a nod.

MJ Rodriguez

Rodriguez is nominated for her acclaimed performance as Blanca Rodriguez in FX’s Pose, which recently ended its third and final season. It’s her first-ever TCA Awards nod.

There will be no formal in-person presentation for the second year in a row due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A full list of winners will be announced later this summer.

“This was an incredible year for fresh, inclusive content and new creators, and our nominations are a reflection of that,” Melanie McFarland, TCA President and TV Critic for Salon said in a statement. “The TCA membership selected from a wealth of original offerings that broke fresh ground and presented exciting, thought-provoking experiences that redefined the television landscape. Although we will not be able to honor these landmark achievements in person, we look forward to celebrating 37 years of the TCA Awards and sharing our top picks when the winners are unveiled.”

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

  • Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • Ethan Hawke, “The Good Lord Bird” – Showtime
  • Thuso Mbedu, “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision” – Disney+
  • Mj Rodriguez, “Pose” – FX
  • Omar Sy, “Lupin” – Netflix
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit” – Netflix
  • Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” – HBO

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

  • Bo Burnham, “Bo Burnham: Inside” – Netflix
  • Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • Maya Erskine, “Pen15” – Hulu
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Girls5Eva” – Peacock
  • Charlotte Nicdao, “Mythic Quest” – Apple TV+
  • Jean Smart, “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION

  • “Allen v. Farrow” – HBO
  • “City So Real” – NatGeo
  • “Framing Britney Spears” – FX/FX On Hulu
  • “Frontline” – PBS (Eight-time Winner in Category)
  • “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” – HBO
  • “Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” – CBS
  • “The Rachel Maddow Show” – MSNBC
  • “60 Minutes” – CBS (2012 Winner in Category)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY

  • “Couples Therapy” – Showtime
  • “Deaf U” – Netflix
  • “The Great Pottery Throw Down” – HBO Max
  • “Legendary” – HBO Max
  • “Nailed It! Double Trouble” – Netflix
  • “The Real World Homecoming: New York” – Paramount+
  • “Taste the Nation” – Hulu
  • “Top Chef: Portland” – Bravo

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING

  • “The Baby-Sitters Club” – Netflix
  • “Bluey” – Disney Jr.
  • “Donkey Hodie” – PBS Kids
  • “Emily’s Wonder Lab” – Netflix
  • “Odd Squad” – PBS Kids
  • “Sesame Street” – HBO
  • “Waffles + Mochi” – Netflix
  • “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” – PBS Kids

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM

  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “P-Valley” – Starz
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES OR SPECIALS

  • “Bo Burnham: Inside” – Netflix
  • “The Good Lord Bird” – Showtime
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “It’s a Sin” – HBO Max
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “The Queen’s Gambit” – Netflix
  • “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “The Crown” – Netflix
  • “For All Mankind” – Apple TV+
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Hulu
  • “Lovecraft Country” – HBO
  • “The Mandalorian” – Disney+
  • “Pose” – FX
  • “P-Valley” – Starz

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

  • “The Flight Attendant” – HBO Max
  • “Girls5Eva” – Peacock
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “Mythic Quest” – Apple TV+
  • “Pen15” – Hulu
  • “Superstore” – NBC
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” – NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY, TALK OR SKETCH

  • “The Amber Ruffin Show” – Peacock
  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” – HBO (2020 Winner in Category)
  • “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Comedy Central
  • “Desus & Mero” – Showtime
  • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – HBO (2019 & 2018 Winner in Category)
  • “Late Night with Seth Meyers” – NBC
  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – CBS
  • “Saturday Night Live” – NBC
  • “Ziwe” – Showtime

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

  • “Bridgerton” – Netflix
  • “Hacks” – HBO Max
  • “I May Destroy You” – HBO
  • “Mare of Easttown” – HBO
  • “The Queen’s Gambit” – Netflix
  • “Ted Lasso” – Apple TV+
  • “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon
  • “WandaVision” – Disney+

Natti Natasha & Becky G Return to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with Latest Team-Up “Ram Pam Pam”

Natti Natasha and Becky G are back in top form…

The 34-year-old Dominican singer and the 24-year-old Mexican American singer have returned to Billboard’s Latin Airplay summit with their collaborative single “Ram Pam Pam.” The track hits No. 1 on the July 17-dated chart.

Natti Natasha & Becky G

The pair previously appeared atop the tally when “Sin Pijama,” their first team-up, ruled for one week in August 2018.

Becky G last appeared atop the tally with “Sin Pijama,” while Natti Natasha was last at No. 1 in April with “Antes Que Salga El Sol,” with Prince Royce.

It’s the third No. 1 for Becky G on Latin Airplay, and the eighth for Natti Natasha on the 50-deep tally.

“Ram Pam Pam” takes the lead (6-1) with a 48% gain in audience impressions, to 9.6 million, earned in the week ending July 11, according to MRC Data. As Natti establishes her eighth chart-topper, she continues to have the fifth-most No. 1s among female artists since the chart launched in 1994.

Here’s a recap of female acts with the most Latin Airplay No. 1s:

15, Shakira
11, Gloria Estefan
11, Karol G
10, Jennifer Lopez
8, Natti Natasha
5, Paulina Rubio
5, Thalia

“Ram Pam Pam” becomes the second female pairing to lead Latin Airplay in 2021, after Karol G and Mariah Angeliq’s “El Makinon” reigned for one week on the June 5-dated list. The new collaboration is just the fourth joint effort by two women in a lead role to hit No. 1 since the chart’s inception.

Here are the four winners:

Artists, Title, Peak Date
Becky G & Natti Natasha, “Sin Pijama”, August 11, 2018
Karol G & Nicki Minaj, “Tusa,” Feb. 15, 2020 (five weeks)
Karol G & Mariah Angeliq, “El Makinon,” June 5
Natti Natasha & Becky G, “Ram Pam Pam,” July 17

 

Beyond its Latin Airplay coronation, “Ram Pam Pam” also lands at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay: a seventh win for Natti and a fourth lead for Becky.