Grupo Firme Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Grupo Firme is hoping to take Regional Mexican music to the global stage…

The Mexican band has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for worldwide representation in all areas.

Grupo FirmeThe L.A.-based agency also signed the regional Mexican group’s indie label, Music VIP.

News of the signing comes on the heels of Grupo Firme’s stadium tour across the U.S. with stops at L.A.’s Sofi Stadium, Metlife Stadium in New York, Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium and a final stop at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day weekend in September.

Grupo Firme — founded in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2013 — straddles the genres of banda and norteño and comprises brothers Eduin and Jhonny Caz, Abraham Hernández, Joaquín Ruiz, Christian Gutiérrez, José Rubio and Dylan Camacho.

Initially known for performing corridos, the group was catapulted into the mainstream in 2017 after signing a label and management deal with Music VIP.

Since then, the band — who won their first Latin Grammy last year with their album Nos Divertimos Logrando Lo Imposible — has achieved unprecedented success with many firsts under their belt, including making history by becoming the first banda ensemble to ever play at Coachella.

Additionally, on Billboard’s 2021 year-end Boxscore Charts, Grupo Firme landed at No. 23 in the Top 40 Tours chart after grossing $18 million from 19 shows thanks to their historic run at the Crypto.com Arena last year, when they helped relaunch the venue (then Staples Center) by playing its first concert in 513 days.

It also marked the beginning of the supergroup’s historic run at the arena with their first (of seven) full-capacity, sold-out show — making history as the Latin act to perform the most shows in a single calendar year at Staples (the only other artist who has done more is Adele, with eight in one calendar year).

Grupo Firme is managed by Isael Gutiérrez, founder of Music VIP. Management will continue to broker certain tour deals directly on their own.

Karol G Lands Fifth Music Video on YouTube’s Billion Views Club with “Bichota”

Make that five music video hits for Karol G

The 31-year-old Colombian singer’s “Bichota” music video has surpassed one billion views on YouTube, marking her fifth title to enter the Billion Views Club.

Karol GThe latest clip follows “China,” “Secreto,” “Tusa,” and “Culpables.”

Karol G, who won the 2021 Latin Grammy for best reggaeton performance with this single, reached this new milestone over the weekend.

Released on October 23, 2020, the term “Bichota” (linked to the Puerto Rican slang “bichote,” deriving from the English term “big shot”) refers to “a moment of feeling sexy, flirtatious, daring, strong, empowered, and to a certain extent, [it] translates into personal motivation and self-confidence,” Karol G previously told Billboard. “We are all super ‘Bichotas’ inside. It’s about believing and working so that the rest of the world can see it too.”

The Ovy on the Drums-produced single hit the Top 20 on Billboard Global Charts, earning Karol G her ninth No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart, and her 10th top 10 on Hot Latin Songs.

This led to her becoming the first female artist to debut in the list’s top 10 without another act in eight years since Gloria Estefan’s 2012 “Hotel Nacional.”

News of “Bichota” reaching one billion views comes on the heels of Karol G’s two-weekend Coachella debut on April 17 and 24, where she performed “MAMIII” with Becky G live for the first time, releasing her new single “Provenza,” and announcing her upcoming new trek dubbed the $trip Love Tour 2022. The trek kicks off on September 6 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, and wraps up on October 29 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.

TikTok Names Anitta its First Official #Rompiendo Artist

Anitta is counting down to a new partnership…

TikTok has announced the launch of a new program dubbed #Rompiendo, with the 29-year-old Brazilian star the first artist to be featured in the new program.

Anitta#Rompiendo is meant to “highlight the success and impact” of Latinx music and artists on the app. According to the social media company, the program includes promotion, playlisting, inclusion on TikTok radio and a feature on @MusicOnTikTok socials.

Anitta is a strong first choice to launch the program.

Her single “Envolver” has been used in more than 2 million videos after the song and its dance challenge went viral on TikTok. A new #Rompiendo artist will be announced every two weeks.

Most recently, Anitta made her Coachella debut with an epic set that brought Brazil to the desert and featured surprise guests such as Snoop Dogg, Saweetie and Diplo.

In mid-April, she dropped her long-awaited album Versions of Me, which includes “Envolver.” The cheeky reggaeton track peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart earlier this month, marking the first leader on the list by an artist from Brazil.

#Rompiendo is TikTok’s latest effort to propel Latinx creators on the app. Last year, during Hispanic Heritage Month, TikTok and MACRO — a media company that represents the voices and perspectives of Black people and persons of color — teamed up to launch a new incubator called TikTok Latinx Creatives in an effort to help further grow the Latinx creative community on the platform. The 10-week program focused on “nurturing and developing” 150 talented Latinx creators and music artists.

“We’re driven to spotlight and support Latinx talent with a platform that amplifies their voices and a community that is moved by them,” TikTok said in a statement at the time of Latinx Creatives’ launch.

According to TikTok, popular Latinx community hashtags — including #Latino, #Latina, #Familia, #Hispanic — generate “significant” community engagement and have accumulated billions of video views.

Karol G Announces New 30-Date “$trip Love Tour”

Karol G is strippin’ things down…

The 31-year-old Colombian singer has announced a new 30-date tour called $trip Love Tour, which will kick off in Chicago on September 6.

Karol G“There has never been a Tour where they sing to Love so NastY,” Karol G wrote on social media. “$triP LoVe ToUr USA 2022 ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 29.”

The AEG-produced tour will hit 30 North American cities in September and October 2022, including major cities like New York, Toronto, Miami, and Los Angeles.

“After breaking multiple sales records with her previous ‘Bichota Tour,’ Karol G promises to make her new ‘$trip Love Tour’ some of the most impressive shows in her career where she will bring to life all the greatest hits of her music repertoire,” the new tour’s press release reads.

Karol G will likely perform her new singles “Provenza” and “MAMIII,” as well as her now-classics like “200 Copas,” “Bichota,” and “Tusa.”

The tour announcement comes days after Karol G captivated hundreds of thousands of fans during her Coachella’s main stage performances on April 17 and 24.

For the second Coachella weekend, she performed her newest single, “Provenza,” for the first time, giving us a taste of this upcoming $trip Love Tour.

The song is already becoming a hit, having reached the No. 1 spot on YouTube’s “Global Trending” chart only a couple of days after its release.

Los Angeles Azules Announce “De Iztapalapa Para El Mundo” Tour Across the U.S.

Los Angeles Azules are preparing to hit the U.S. in a big way…

The six-sibling Mexican cumbia troupe, which found unlikely international success after 40 years together, is launching its biggest U.S. tour to date.

Los Angeles AzulesThe De Iztapalapa Para El Mundo tour, so named after their Mexican hometown, will feature 34 dates across 33 cities, beginning in Denver, Colorado on August 26, and ending in New Orleans on April 1, 2023.

Tickets for De Iztapalapa Para El Mundo go on sale beginning on Friday, April 22 at 10:00 am local time through www.losangelesazules.com.mx.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Entertainment.

While music from Mexico is increasingly gaining mainstream fans, both Latin and non-Latin, the continued popularity of Los Angeles Azules is one of the most remarkable success stories in Latin music in recent years.

Officially founded in 1980 by the Mejia Avante siblings, the group early on opted to sing its own version of Colombian cumbia, giving it a Mexican twist. Popular at home, Los Angeles Azules were thrust into the international spotlight in 1997, when their heartfelt cumbia “Como Te Voy a Olvidar,” landed the group for the first time ever on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay charts, peaking at No. 7 on the February 22, 1997-dated charts.

Three years later, “El Liston de tu Pelo” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart. It would take 19 years for Los Angeles to go to No. 1 again, this time with on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart with “Nunca Es Suficiente,” featuring Natalia Lafourcade.

It was one of many collaborations with artists of other genres that have increasingly raised the group’s profile. In 2018, Los Angeles played Coachella, and last month, the group sold out five nights in Buenos Aires’ legendary Luna Park theater, making them perhaps the first-ever Mexican cumbia group to achieve that level of success in Argentina.

In the U.S., the De Iztapalapa para el Mundo tour marks the culmination of almost a decade of steady touring. In 2013, Los Angeles were averaging a gross of $82,700 per tour stop, selling an average of 4,000 tickets at an average price of $20. Last year, their average gross was $270,000 with an average of over 7,000 tickets sold per stop.

All told, the group sold out 25 U.S. dates in their last tour, including shows in New York, Dallas, Las Vegas, Chicago and two in Los Angeles.

This time around, their trek is even more ambitious, with first-time stops in cities like New Orleans and Miami, where Mexican cumbia is not popular.

Here are the tour dates:

Los Angeles Azules’ 2022 De Iztapalapa Para El Mundo:
Aug. 26 – Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre
Aug. 27– Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Sept. 9 – Anaheim, CA – The Theatre Honda Center
Sept. 10 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
Sept. 11 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Sept. 16 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Sept. 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Michelob ULTRA Arena
Sept. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater
Sept. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater
Sept. 30– Rancho Mirage, CA – Agua Caliente Casino
Oct. 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
Oct. 7 – Laredo, TX – Sames Auto Arena
Oct. 8 – Edinburg, TX – Bert Ogden Arena
Oct. 9 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Center
Oct. 13 – Austin, TX – HEB Center at Cedar Park
Oct. 14– San Antonio, TX– Freeman Coliseum
Oct. 15 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Oct. 21 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
Oct. 22 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
Oct. 23 – Dodge City, KS – United Wireless Arena
Nov. 18 – Atlanta, GA – Gas South Arena
Nov. 19 – Miami, FL – FPL Solar Amphitheater
Nov. 23 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro, Coliseum
Nov. 25– Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 26 – New York, NY – Hulu Theater
Nov. 27 – Fairfax, VA– EagleBank Arena

2023
March 12 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
March 17 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center
March 18 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater
March 19 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
March 25– Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
March 31 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
April 1 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theater

Bia to Perform at This Year’s Revolve Festival

Bia has resolved to revolve

Fashion retailer Revolve is partnering with Los Angeles hospitality company The h.wood Group to bring today’s biggest stars to Coachella’s most coveted party, including the 30-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer/rapper.

BIARevolve Festival will be returning to La Quinta, Calif., on April 16 and 17 for its fifth year after a three-year hiatus.

In addition to Bia, other artists set to take the stage on Saturday (April 16) are Ty Dolla $ign and Jessie Murph, plus some special guest performances before Sunday (April 17), when Jack HarlowLatto, Iann Dior and Mills take the stage.

Willow will also be joining Sunday’s event as a special guest appearance.

Both days of the Revolve Festival will also include DJ sets by DJ Tay James and Zack Bia, Brittany Sky and Angel + Dren on Saturday, and Devin Lucien, Pookie | Honey and Angel + Dren on Sunday.

Revolve Festival

For nightlife enthusiasts, The h.wood Group will also be hosting a “Bootsy Bellows After Party” on Saturday night.

“Revolve Festival is our global cultural event, and the ultimate convergence of the lifestyle aspects we are most known for: fashion, music and fun,” Michael Mente, co-founder and co-CEO of Revolve Group, said in a press statement. “Our partnership with The h.wood Group allows us to explore this at the highest level, and to deliver bigger and better in all ways for fans, and our community. We can’t wait to bring this incredible lineup to the desert.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Revolve to throw the biggest activations during the festival weekend,” John Terzian and Brian Toll, co-founders of The h.wood Group, mirrored. “We are introducing the most epic lineup and award-winning talent to set the stage and bar high, while also bringing our world-renowned ‘Bootsy Bellows After Party’ to the same venue, rounding out the festivities. We really believe this will be where everyone will want to be.”

Additionally, Revolve Festival guests will have access to a number visually immersive, social media-ready installations, including experiences with partners Venmo and Spotify. Hawkers will be onsite as the official sunglasses partner.

Upon arrival, guests will be treated to organic pressed juices from popular Los Angeles-based health market Erewhon, delivered via Postmates, the official food delivery partner for Revolve Festival, and cocktails provided by Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila and tequila seltzers by the ready-to-drink partner, Onda. Daring Foods and a Good American ice cream truck will also on site, as well as drinks from exclusive energy partner, Celsius. Additional onsite partners include Zip and Pley Beauty.

“After nearly three years of hiatus, we are excited to showcase the incredible talent, brands, partners and content we believe our audience will be inspired by, and excited to celebrate with us,” Raissa Gerona, chief brand officer of Revolve said in a press statement. “Festival is a time our customer most looks forward to, so we always have to be there, and can’t wait to be back!”

See the lineup below, and shop the Revolve Festival Shop, curated with Zip here, between now and April 30.

Rebecca Black to Co-Host Special Afterparty During This Year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Rebecca Black will be pulling late-night duty at Coachella

A trio of festival afterparties will take place during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, with the 24-year-old half-Mexican American singer set to serve as one of the hosts..

Rebecca BlackTaking place each night of the first weekend of Coachella, April 15-17, the events are being produced by L.A.-based promoter Framework and will be hosted by Los Angeles’ revered A Club Called Rhonda, the Wynn Hotel’s ongoing Art of the Wild fête and Palm Springs’ recently launched Desert Air festival.

Friday night’s Rhonda show will be hosted by Black, along with Brazilian star Pabllo Vittar, with sets from Jayda G, SG Lewis, Purple Disco Machine and Rhonda’s longstanding residents Goddollars and Paradise.

On Saturday, Desert Air — which hosted its first-ever festival this past December in Palm Springs, Calif. — will feature Black Coffee playing back to back with The Martinez Brothers along with Peggy Gou and SOHMI, a Billboard pick for dance artists to watch this year.

And on Sunday, you can see Damian Lazarus b2b with Michael Bibi, Bedouin, Dixon and Layla Benitez playing at Art of the Wild.

All three events will happen at the Ross Aviation Thermal Airport in Thermal, Calif., roughly 15 minutes from the festival site in Indio. (This site is the former home of the once-buzzy, celebrity-laden Coachella afterparty Neon Carnival.)

Many of the artists playing this party trifecta are also playing Coachella itself, with the festival once again hosting the who’s who of dance music across multiple stages.

Los Angeles Azules to Celebrate 40-Year Career with U.S. Leg of “40 Años Tour”

Los Angeles Azules are celebrating a major milestone with a bang…

The Mexican musical group, who reeled in a new wave of fans after a revamped sound, a Coachella set and a viral Justin Bieber, will celebrate 40 years in music with a U.S. tour.

Los Angeles Azules

Los Angeles Azules, formed by siblings of the Mejia Avante family — Elías, Alfredo, José Hilario, Jorge, Cristina and Guadalupe — in the early ‘80s, will kick off the 40 Años Tour on August. 26 in Corpus Christi, Texas’ Selena Auditorium and is slated to wrap up on Nov. 27 at Reno Events Center in Nevada.

The group will then continue in 2022 with three confirmed dates to take place in March in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

With their catchy cumbia sonidera sound, Los Angeles Azules are known for hits like “Como Te Voy a Olvidar” and “El Liston de tu Pelo.” In 2019, the group landed their first No. 1 in 19 years on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart (dated Jan. 26) with their Natalia Lafourcade-assisted single “Nunca es Suficiente.”

“Keeping cumbia alive has been very challenging,” Dr. Elias previously told Billboard. “The group has had its up and downs, but the most important part of all is taking cumbia to all parts of the world and that’s what’s happening.”

Tickets for the “40 Años Tour” will be available for presale at 10:00 am local time on Thursday with code LAA40. They officially go on sale starting at 10:00 am local time on Friday via Ticketmaster or the official Los Angeles Azules website.

Here are the complete U.S. tour dates:

2021
8/26 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Selena Auditorium
8/27 – McAllen, TX @ Payne Arena
8/28 – Laredo, TX @ Sames Auto Arena
8/29 – Austin, TX @ HEB Center
9/2 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
9/3 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
9/4 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
9/5 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
9/9 – Bakersfield, CA @ Mechanics Arena
9/10 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
9/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Performance Venue at Hollywood Park
9/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
10/8 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/9 – Sacramento, CA @ Papa Murphy’s Park
11/5 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
11/6 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
11/7 – Fort Myers @ Hertz Arena
11/11 – Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor
11/12 – New York, NY @ United Palace
11/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
11/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
11/21 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
11/24 – Ontario, CA @ Toyota Arena
11/26 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
11/27 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center

2022
3/18 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
3/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre
3/20 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room

Anitta Signs Recording Deal with Warner Records

Anitta is ready to breakthrough in the United States…

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer, a massive star in Latin America, has signed a recording contract with Warner Records. And she’s eyeing the release of a multilingual debut, to be produced by Ryan Tedder, in the U.S. later this year. 

Anitta

Anitta fuses elements of reggaetón, bossa nova, R&B, hip-hop, EDM and funk carioca to create her own unique musical blend. 

She’s previously collaborated with the likes of Miley CyrusBecky GJ BalvinKaty PerryDavid Guetta and P. Diddy.

Already a star in her native Brazil — where Anitta is the most streamed artist — and beyond, Anitta’s digital profile includes 47 million Instagram followers, nearly 5 billion YouTube views, in addition to more than 14 million YouTube subscribers, and 6.5 billion cumulative Spotif ystreams. 

She has been nominated for five Latin Grammys and has won 6 MTV EMAs. She was set to perform at Coachellaand Rock In Riothis year before the COVID-19pandemic caused the cancellation of both.

“I’m so excited to join the U.S. Warner Records team,” said Anitta, who is based in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s the most important moment in my career. Now, I can show more about my art and culture to the world internationally. I can’t wait for everyone to hear all the new music I’ve been working on, which will be a fresh blend of both Spanish and English.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the global Warner Music Latin team to bring Anitta’s incredible music to the U.S. and beyond. Anitta is truly unlike any artist we’ve ever experienced,” said Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson, co-chairmen of Warner Records. “ She’s not only an extraordinary musical talent, but is a blazing creative force, an electrifying performer and a true cultural phenomenon.”

Jessie Reyez to Launch Before Love Came to Kill Us Tour in May

Jessie Reyezis hittin’ the road…

The 28-year-old Colombian singer will embark on her Before Love Came to Kill Us tour this spring.

Jessie Reyez

Reyez will kick off the North American leg on May 23rd, following her debut performance at Coachella.

The tour will be in support of Reyez’ upcoming debut album of the same name, due out March 27th via Fmlyand Island Records.

The 25-date run will take Reyez through Atlanta, Miami, Denver, Toronto, and more before a final show at Terminal 5 in New York on July 7th.

Reyez’s 2018 EP, Being Human in Public,earned her a first-ever Grammynomination, in the Best Urban Contemporary Albumcategory.

So far, she’s shared two singles from the upcoming album, the uplifting “Love in the Dark”and the harrowing “Far Away,”the latter of which is about her experiences as a migrant and the fear of separation from her family. She’s explored the topic a number of times in her music, collaborating with the rapper 6LACKon the immigrant anthem “Imported.”

Before Love Came to Kill UsTour Dates
May 23 — Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
May 24 — El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert
May 26 — Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
May 28 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 30 — Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
June 1 — New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
June 2 — Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade-Heaven
June 4 — Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
June 5 — Miami, FL @ Fieldhouse Watsco Center
June 7 — Charlotte, NC @ Underground @ Filmore
June 8 — Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
June 11 — Denver, CO @ Summit
June 12 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
June 19 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
June 20 — Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
June 22 — Seattle, WA @ Showbox
June 25 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
June 27 — Milwaukee, WI @ SummerFest
June 28 — Detroit, MI @ Cathedral Theatre @ Masonic Temple
June 29 — Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
July 1 — Washington, DC @ The Fillmore
July 2 — Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of The Living Arts
July 4 — Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
July 6 — Boston, MA @ Royale
July 7 — New York, NY @ Terminal 5