Mana Releases Revamped Version of “Eres Mi Religion” Featuring Jesse & Joy’s Joy Huerta

Mana is bringing a little Joy to one of its hit singles…

The legendary Mexican rock band has joined voices with Joy Huerta of Latin Grammy-winning Mexican duo Jesse & Joy for a revamped version of “Eres Mi Religion,” nearly 19 years after its original release.

Mana & Joy Huerta

“My loves, Maná invited me to be part of this song and it was impossible for me to resist,” Joy expressed on Instagram.

“Eres Mi Religion” is a timeless love anthem about finding your soul mate and being devoted to them.

Conserving the original’s essence, the 2021 version of “Eres Mi Religion” is still a romantic rock song. What’s different is its gospel-like intro and more instrumentation, likes the cajón. Notable is Joy’s powerhouse vocal throughout the track, beautifully harmonizing with Fher Olvera.

On the Billboard charts, the track peaked at No. 17 on Hot Latin Songs chart dated January 4, 2003, and at No. 10 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart dated January 4, 2003, earning the Mexican rock group its 10th top 10 at the time (the group has a total of 26).

It’s the latest re-do for Mana.

For two years now, the band has been sporadically releasing new versions of some of their biggest hits. In 2019, they released “Rayando el Sol” featuring Spanish crooner Pablo Alborán and “No Ha Parado de Llover” in collaboration with Sebastian Yatra.

Selena Gomez Launches Mental Health 101 Campaign with Her Rare Beauty Brand

Selena Gomez is hoping to raise awareness of mental health issues…

The 28-year-old Mexican American actress/singer has launched a new Mental Health 101 educational campaign with her beauty brand Rare Beauty.

Selena Gomez

In a note to her 222 million Instagram followers, the singer wrote about how Mental Health 101 “is so close to my heart because of my own struggles with mental health.”

She opened up about her bipolar diagnosis for the first time with Miley Cyrus on her Bright Minded Instagram Live series a year ago, in April 2020.

In September 2019, Gomez won the 2019 McClean Award for her mental health advocacy and detailed her struggles with anxiety and depression during her acceptance speech.

“I know first hand how scary and lonely it can feel to face anxiety and depression by yourself at a young age. If I had learned about my mental health earlier on — been taught about my condition in school the way I was taught about other subjects — my journey could have looked very different,” she continues writing.

Mental Health 101 is the education Gomez wished she’d had in school but is now dedicated to providing for others. The initiative, which coincides with May being Mental Health Awareness Month, is “dedicated to supporting mental health education and encouraging financial support for more mental health services in educational services,” according to her follow-up Instagram post. The set of slides — which starts off by listing mental health as its own school subject next to math, science, history and P.E. — contain shocking statistics about mental health, a petition calling on the philanthropy community to support mental health services in schools, and a fundraiser for the Rare Impact Fund that she launched on her 28th birthday last July.

The original plan for the Rare Impact Fund is to raise $100 million over the next 10 years to provide mental health services to underserved communities, with 1% of annual sales on Rare Beauty products in addition to funds raised benefiting the fund. Once Gomez reaches this goal, the Rare Impact Fund will become one of the largest known funds supporting mental health from a corporate entity. Now she’s zeroed in on distributing the money to organizations that have “created evidence-based programs that address social and emotional learning in schools, strengthen youth support networks through mental health trainings, and provide more suicide prevention and crisis response in educational settings ranging from K-college,” according to the GoFundMe page. On her second IG post, Gomez wrote that Rare Beauty will be matching $200,000 of donations.

Last summer, Rare Beauty also created the Rare Beauty Mental Health Council, which brings mental health experts from universities, organizations and companies together to guide the company’s strategy. Members of the Rare Beauty Mental Health Council include Permission to Feel author Dr. Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Dr. Scott L. Rauch of McLean Hospital; Dr. Jane Delgado of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health; Sad Girls Club CEO/founder Elyse Fox; NAMI National Director of Strategic Partnerships Katrina Gay; singer-songwriter Justin TranterThe Cut Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Peoples WagnerThe Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin; Sephora Vice President of Merchandising, Makeup Jennifer Cohen; and YouTube‘s Global Social Impact Marketing Director Kit Hayes.

“For anyone who is hurting right now, I hope you know that you are not alone. I’m a believer in seeking help. Getting support and educating myself on mental health has changed my life, and it can change yours, too,” her note concludes. “I hope that Mental Health 101 will be the stepping stones for others that I wish I had… to get connected to the resources they need, and to empower young people in ways that may not have been possible before.”

Bruno Mars Announces Plans to Launch Limited-Edition CD Single Release of Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open (Live)”

Bruno Mars is opening another door

The 35-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer and Anderson .Paak‘s Silk Sonic will release a limited-edition “Leave the Door Open (Live)” CD single on Friday.

Bruno Mars, Ricky Regal, Lacoste

The collectible item comes in a jewel-case CD featuring a photo from their 2021 Grammy Awards performance of their single.

It also features the minute-long intro track by funk legend and “special guest host” Bootsy Collins, which will be featured on Silk Sonic’s upcoming album An Evening with Silk Sonic.

“Due to popular demand (and by demand I mean andy’s close relatives and 2 people I employ) we proudly present, #LeaveTheDoorOpen LIVE!,” Mars wrote via Instagram on Tuesday (March 30), adding on Twitter, “Swear this is even more collectible.”

Silk Sonic’s debut single is currently sitting at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week (dated April 3) after peaking at No. 2. It reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot R&B Songs chart earlier this month.

 

The “Leave the Door Open (Live)” CD single, which can be pre-ordered here, will begin shipping Friday and is only available to order through April 5.

Selena Gomez Shares Glam Cowgirl Photos on Social Media

Selena Gomez is embracing her Texas roots…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has shared photos on Instagram of the former Disney Channel star wearing a sequined fringe cowgirl jacket, black lace bralette, jeans and black lace-up heeled boots and sporting her own Rare Beauty makeup line.

Selena Gomez

Rare Beauty’s official account praised their founder for being “100% that girl,” while DJ Snake crowned the social media queen with an emoji.

Their bilingual collab “Selfish Love” debuted within the top 10 region of Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart and hit No. 1 on the Latin Digital Song Sales (on the chart dated March 20). The song comes off Gomez’s chart-topping Spanish-language EP Revelaciónwhich she released March 12.

Gomez recently contemplated possibly retiring from her music career in her cover story for the April issue of Vogue. “It’s hard to keep doing music when people don’t necessarily take you seriously. I’ve had moments where I’ve been like, ‘What’s the point? Why do I keep doing this?'” she confessed. “‘Lose You to Love Me’ I felt was the best song I’ve ever released, and for some people it still wasn’t enough.”

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Maluma Announces Papi Juancho 2021 World Tour for Fall 2021

Maluma is hitting the road this fall…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter is planning to go back on tour, revealing U.S. dates and venues for his Papi Juancho 2021 World Tour.

Maluma

“I can’t believe I’m finally announcing my next tour, I’m crying of joy,” he expressed on Instagram. “I miss you guys, finallyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!”

The U.S. leg of his tour is set to kick off on September 2 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, and will run until October 24 at Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois.

The fall tour, produced by Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), will also make pit stops in cities like Las Vegas, New York, Atlanta, and Miami, to name a few, with additional tour dates potentially added in the coming weeks.

“I couldn’t be more excited to announce my return to the concert stage. It’s what I have been dreaming about for months and we are going to celebrate together like never before,” the Colombian singer expressed in a press statement. “It’s going to be a celebration! This will be my fourth U.S. tour and I am planning a brand new show full of surprises for my fans and lots of new music off my last two albums ‘Papi Juancho’ and ‘7DJ.’”

General tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. local time on February 26 via Ticketmaster, AXS for select venues, and Hacienda Midland for Odessa, Texas.

An exclusive fan pre-sale on February 25 will be made available by Maluma on Instagram, as well as a pre-sale by CMN and WK Entertainment using the code: CMN, WKE.

According to the statement, “CMN will follow and comply with recommendations and guidelines imposed by governmental authorities and public health departments.”

Here are the U.S. dates for Maluma’s Papi Juancho 2021 World Tour:

Thursday, September 2nd: Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Friday, September 3rd: Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Saturday, September 4th: Las Vegas, NV – Michelob Ultra Arena
Thursday, September 9th: San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Saturday, September 11th: Ontario, CA – Toyota Arena
Sunday, September 12th: San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
Saturday, September 18th: Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
Thursday, September 23rd: Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Suns Area
Friday, September 24th: El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
Saturday, September 25th: Odessa, TX – La Hacienda Event Center
Sunday, September 26th: San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Thursday, September 30th: Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
Friday, October 1st: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Saturday, October 2nd: Washington DC – Capital One Area
Sunday, October 3rd: Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Thursday, October 7th: Atlanta, GA – StateFarm Arena
Friday, October 8th: Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Saturday, October 9th: Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Sunday, October 10th: Fort Myers, FL – Hertz Arena
Thursday, October 14th: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Friday, October 15th: Laredo, TX – Sames Auto Arena
Saturday, October 16th: McAllen, TX – Payne Arena
Sunday, October 24th: Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena

Evaluna Montaner Releases Romantic Ballad “Uno Mas Uno”

Evaluna Montaner is feelin’ the love…

On the one-year anniversary of marriage with Camilo, the 23-year-old Venezuelan singer and actress — one of Billboard‘s Latin Artists to Watch in 2021 – has released her first single of the year, “Uno Mas Uno.”

Evaluna Montaner

She co-wrote the romantic ballad, which features an enchanting piano melody and Evaluna’s dulcet vocals, with Camilo and JP Saxe.

Cómo puede ser, que algo que no puedo tocar sea más real que lo que puedo tocar? Que algo que no puedo ver sea más real que lo que puedo ver?” say the nostalgic lyrics.

In the music video, Evaluna performs the heartfelt song at the beach with a lone piano and the sunset in the background.

Camilo makes a cameo at the end.

“I’m the most fortunate because I have you close, walking with me every step,” she expressed on Instagram of her husband and Latin pop star.

“Uno Más Uno” is part of Evaluna’s upcoming debut EP.

FKA twigs Releases New Single “Don’t Judge Me”

FKA twigs isn’t interested in your opinion…

The 33-year-old part-Spanish singer has released the single “Don’t Judge Me,” feauring UK drill rapper Headie One and English producer Fred again

FKA twigs

It’s FKA twigs’ first new single since 2019.

She also co-directed the accompanying visual with Emmanuel Adjei, which highlights Black models and dancers in utter anguish while encircling Kara Walker‘s Fons Americanus sculpture.

The fountain, inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, captures Black people’s historic plight during the transatlantic slave trade and the interconnected suffering endured by Black people from Africa, America and Europe. Twigs herself is flung across rooms and knocked down to the ground in her own twisted choreography.

“So proud to release ‘don’t judge me’ into the world. this project is very personal and special to me,” she wrote on Instagram. “It was an honour to shoot with kara walkers fountain exploring the interconnection of black history between africa, america and europe. thank you to everyone for making don’t judge me come to life.”

FKA twigs (real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett) filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf in December over claims of sexual battery and “relentless abuse” during their relationship. She discussed it at length on the Grounded With Louis Theroux podcast Monday and suggested her allegedly abusive relationship didn’t serve as the inspiration for the upcoming third studio album she created during the pandemic.

“I spent so much time in darkness with him that in lockdown I’ve been missing my friends and going out, getting ready, and dancing,” she told Theroux.

During an interview for the Grammy Museum‘s Programs at Home series in October, FKA twigs revealed that she was finishing up her latest album. Her last album, Magdalene, which she released in November 2019, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. She also name-dropped Spanish producer El Guincho as one of her collaborators on the untitled album, as well as songwriters Billy Walsh and Ali Tamposi.

“I’ve got more collaborations and features on this album than I’ve ever had before,” she added. “The majority of the people I’ve never met in real life. We spent a lot of time with each other over FaceTime. It’s a real product of 2020.”

Jennifer Lopez Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Her Former No. 1 Album “J.Lo”

Jennifer Lopez is celebrating her big love

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican star celebrated the big 20th anniversary of her sophomore over the weekend. And she marked the big day by recognizing her fans, who’ve helped J.Lo go four-times platinum and top the Billboard 200 since its January 23, 2001, release.

Jennifer Lopez

“As I reflect on the fact that it’s the #JLo20thAnniversary, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for being with me, loving me and supporting me through all the ups and downs,” she wrote on social media. “Thank you so much for all the love over the past 20 years!! I love you so much!!”

But J.Lo had more than just a thank you to share. The singer also reenacted scenes from her video for “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” the lead single from the album. In a video posted to both Instagram and Twitter, the star — with her hair styled in the same half-pony — rips off her accessories and chucks them aside as she walks along a beach, and does the same with a long, creamy white coat similar to the one in the video.

“Happy 20th anniversary to my 2nd album J.Lo!!!!” she captioned the video. “Had a little fun at a recent shoot.”

Lopez followed that up by inviting her fans to join in on the fun. “The #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge STARTS NOW !!!!” she tweeted, again sharing the clip in which she reenacts the song’s music video. “Can’t wait to see your renditions.”

Days before the album’s anniversary, the two-time Grammy nominee performed at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris‘ swearing-in ceremony. She kicked off her January 20 performance with “This Land Is Your Land,” then transitioned into “America the Beautiful” before working in some of her 2000 hit “Let’s Get Loud.”

Myke Towers Among the Musicians/Creators Named to #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021 Grant Program

Myke Towers is getting a global assist…

YouTube is using capital from its $100 million #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, which launched last October, to create a global grant program for Black creators on the platform, including the 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter.

Myke Towers

Towers, who has been active in the music scene since 2014, has raised his profile with collaborations with Bad Bunny, Becky G and Piso 21, among others.

The program kicks off with the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021: A group of 132 creators from across six countries, which includes 21 music artists, including Towers, alongside photographers, lifestyle vloggers, personal trainers and more.

Through the program, YouTube plans to directly invest in 500 creators total by the end of 2023, with the goal to equip Black creators with the resources to succeed on the platform.

“The #YouTubeBlack community is filled with so many passionate, creative, talented and brilliant artists and entrepreneurs,” YouTube vp, responsibility Malik Ducard said. “These creators and artists have been doing this work already and are known by their communities, but we’re really excited to invest in them, and we believe that they can and will become household names with this support.”

Added Lyor Cohen, global head of YouTube Music, during the briefing: “This is not a flash-in-the pan Instagram moment. This is about keeping the drum beat of change alive, and in the DNA of our organization.”

The 132 creators hail from the United States, Kenya, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and Nigeria. They were selected in part based on their past participation in #YouTubeBlack, the campaign and event series promoting Black creators which YouTube launched in 2016.

In addition to Towers, the 21 musicians included in the inaugural class are Brent Faiyaz, BRS KashFireboy DML, Jean Dawson, Jensen McRae, Jerome FarahJoy Oladokun, KennyHoopla, Mariah the Scientist, Brazil’s MC Carol, Miiesha, Brazil’s Péricles, Brazil’s RaelRexx Life Raj, Sauti Sol, serpentwithfeet, Sho MadjoziTkay Maidza, Brazil’s Urias and Yung Baby Tate.

“Our expectation is that these artists are going to be significant and important voices, and make music even more enjoyable,” Cohen said during the briefing. “There’s no question how significant of an impact Black music has had, not just in America, but globally.”

The cohort also includes creators like lifestyle vlogger Kelly Stamps and Jabril Ashe (known as Jabrils), who makes educational videos about gaming, technology and artificial intelligence.

Each Class of 2021 creator will receive an undisclosed amount of seed funding to use as they see fit to develop their channels — whether that means hiring a video editor or purchasing new lighting equipment, for example — as well as additional support from YouTube in the form of trainings, workshops and networking opportunities. According to Ducard, the grants do not come with any specific content requirements.

“We are not only supporting them in the moment, but this is seed funding that will help them to thrive on the platform long-term,” he added.

Moving forward, creators will apply for the grant program through an application process, details of which YouTube has yet to disclose.

The #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund is YouTube’s multi-year, global commitment to amplify Black voices on the platform and educate audiences about racial justice, in part by producing and acquiring new YouTube Original programs which focus on racial justice and the Black experience. Since its launch in October, the fund has supported programs such as 2 Chainz‘ “Money Maker Fund” series highlighting HBCU entrepreneurs and Masego‘s “Studying Abroad” livestreamed concert series.

Jennifer Lopez Releases Steamy Music Video for “In The Morning” on Triller

It’s a good morning for Jennifer Lopez

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has released the official music video for her latest single “In The Morning” on Triller.

Jennifer Lopez

“I am soooo excited for you to see the official video for #InTheMorning,” she shared on Instagram. “It’s full of symbolism about a dark one-sided relationship and the realization that you can’t change anyone else … you can only change yourself!!! Grow your own wings and walk away from anyone or anything that doesn’t truly value all you have to offer.”

Looking nothing short of a goddess, a teaser clip shows scenes of J.Lo wearing nothing but huge angel wings, and other scenes in which she’s wearing a long, white-fitted dress and rocking blonde locks.

Lopez is releasing the music video with the launch of her exclusive lifestyle channel on Triller, where she’ll create original content on music, beauty, fitness, and fashion.

“I’m always looking for innovative and modern ways to connect with my fans, and I am very happy to be able to work with Triller on this amazing new lifestyle channel,” Lopez said in a statement. “Triller’s motto, ‘Where You Do You,’ aligns perfectly with what I would like to share with my fans, and what a better way to start this exciting venture but with the exclusive release of my ‘In the Morning’ music video, which shares such an important message.”

The official “In the Morning” music video is available exclusively for 48 hours on the JLo channel via the Triller app.