Anitta to Perform Free Concert at First-Ever Billboard MusicCon

Anitta is proving she Con do it…

The 29-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter will headline the first-ever Billboard MusicCon alongside Ty Dolla $ign with free concerts on Friday and Saturday night.

Anitta

Anitta, who recently released her new album Versions of Her, and the “Champions” rapper will take the stage at AREA15 in Las Vegas this weekend.

The inaugural MusicCon will take place Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 ahead of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, May 15). The conference will feature a packed schedule of panels, fan experiences and free live music events in the lead-up to Sunday’s BBMAs.

While free, tickets for Anitta’s headlining show on Friday and Ty Dolla $ign’s on Saturday night will be available to MusicCon attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fans can RSVP for the show and purchase tickets to Friday’s industry Summit here.

Confirmed Summit panelists and speakers include Dina Sahim, Alex DePersia and Nelly Ortiz for a roundtable titled “Women on the Rise – Management 101” and Ukrainian artist Max Barskih presenting “Don’t F–k with Ukraine,” as well as one-of-a-kind conversations with Latto (“The Future of Hip-Hop”), Machine Gun Kelly (“A Decade of Touring”), Burna Boy (“The Explosion of Afro-Fusion”), Rauw Alejandro (“The Future of Reggaeton”) and more.

Additionally, MGK and Zedd are both set to host official MusicCon afterparties on subsequent nights of the convention at Zouk Nightclub.

Find more information about all that Billboard MusicCon has to offer by clicking here.

Anitta recently made her two-weekend Coachella debut with surprise appearances by Snoop DoggSaweetie and more.

Bruno Mars’ Silk Sonic Announce 13-Show Las Vegas Residency, “An Evening with Silk Sonic”

Bruno Mars is headed to Sin City…

The 36-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Anderson .Paak‘s dynamic duo Silk Sonic has announced plans to set down roots for a 13-show run in Las Vegas as part of An Evening With Silk Sonic.

Silk Sonic Las Vegas Residency

Silk Sonic will be performing on the Las Vegas Strip beginning on February 25 at Dolby Live.

“Its happening! The sexiest party of the year! Them Silk Sonic Boyz are performing Live in Las Vegas!” Mars tweeted.

The run currently includes 13 dates at the 5,200-seat theater at the Park MGM, and the Live Nation presale kicked off at 1:00 pm ET today; the general public on-sale begins at 1:00 pm ET on Friday (Jan. 21).

The shows are subject to the venue’s Health Check standards to reduce exposure to COVID-19, which requires masks be worn by all attendees and which could also require proof of full vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering the event or a rapid on-site COVID test.

“THE TERMS ARE LOCKED AND VEGAS MIGHT NOT EVER BE THE SAME JACK!! YOU’RE INVITED TO THE HOTTEST SHOW IN SIN CITY!” .Paak added about the first substantial run of gigs in support of the pair’s debut album, An Evening with Silk Sonic.

The collection debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on the list dated November 27, and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 after the lead single, “Leave the Door Open,” topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks between April and July 2021.

So far, the announced dates are: February 25, 26, March 2, 4, 5, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 31 and April 2.

Alejandro Fernandez Taking Part in Monthlong Mexican Independence Day Celebration in Las Vegas

Alejandro Fernandez is ready to scream with pride…

In celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day, Las Vegas will capture El Grito’s essence with month-long cultural events, a star-studded lineup that includes the 50-year-old Mexican singer, and culinary hotspots, to name a few.

Alejandro Fernandez,

“Only the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ can celebrate Mexican Independence Day with some of the biggest names in Latin entertainment,” Fernando Hurtado, senior director of global sales at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) tells Billboard. “With nearly 40 flights from Mexico to Las Vegas per week, there’s no better place to celebrate El Grito or any other special occasion.”

Live Nation is producing seven of 12 performances taking place in September, including Christian Nodal kicking off his Botella Tras Botella tour with special guest Gera MXGrupo Firme with three back-to-back shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and both Marco Antonio Solis and Fernandez with two concerts each.

“The Independence of Mexico is a celebratory event, and Live Nation has been the primary promoter recognizing this special holiday by bringing iconic Latin talent to Las Vegas, which is a destination for international and domestic Hispanic travelers every September,” Emily Simonitsch, SVP of concerts for Live Nation, tells Billboard in a statement.

In regards to the COVID-19 and Delta variant spikes, Simonitsch assures, “Live Nation continues to follow all venue and local government protocols and encourages guests to visit the websites for each venue for the most updated guidelines.”

For more information, visit LiveNation.com or VisitLasVegas.com.

Here’s the full live music schedule:

MALUMA
Sept. 4 — Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

MARCO ANTONIO SOLIS
Sept. 10 & 11 — The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

GRUPO FIRME
Sept. 10 to 12 — MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

BANDA MS
Sept. 11 — Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay

PANCHO BARRAZA
Sept. 11 — Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

LOS ANGELES AZULES
Sept. 12 — Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

CHRISTIAN NODAL with special guest GERA MX
Sept. 14 — Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ
Sept. 15 & 16 — MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand

PITBULL
Sept. 18 — Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

CAMILO
Sept. 18 — Tropicana Las Vegas

BRONCO
Sept. 18 — Concerts on the Beach Series at Mandalay Bay Beach

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS & RICKY MARTIN
Sept. 25 — MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand

Dorough & the Backstreet Boys May Launch Las Vegas Residency

Howie Dorough may be heading to Sin City

The 42-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys band mates may possibly launch a concert residency in Las Vegas in the near future, according to Nick Carter.

Backstreet Boys

“We have a deal with Live Nation, which is the touring company, and we just signed a 9-show deal to do sort of like a test run in Vegas with the residency,” Carter told ET at the Los Angeles premiere of his SyFy zombie western, Dead 7.

“So that’s definitely going to happen, but we’re going to do a trial run first.”

“It would definitely have to be a very big and spectacular show. Thankfully, we have a good catalog so we can perform all of our hits. That could take up a lot of the show,” Carter said.

Carter recently revealed that a new Backstreet Boys album is coming, which bandmate Kevin Richardson confirmed at the premiere.

“We’re definitely in the studio, recording a brand-new album,” Richardson said, adding, “We’re gonna do a world tour first.”

de la Garza to Star in ABC’s Drama Pilot “Forever”

Alana de la Garza has landed a forever role…

The 37-year-old Half-Mexican American actress has landed the female lead role opposite Ioan Gruffudd in ABC’s drama pilot Forever.

Alana de la Garza

Written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson, the project centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner.

What no one knows is that he studies the dead for a reason — he’s immortal.

His investigative work with recently widowed detective Jo Martinez (portrayed by de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life.

de la Garza, best known for her role as ADA Connie Rubirosa on the television series Law & Order, most recently co-starred on NBC’s short-lived series Do No Harm. Her other credits include All My Children, JAG, Charmed, Two and a Half Men, Las Vegas and CSI: Miami.

Marcil Returning to “General Hospital” for Brief Stint

It looks like Vanessa Marcil is checking back into General Hospital

The 44-year-old half-Mexican American actress will reprise her star-making role as Brenda Barrett Corinthos on ABC’s long-running soap opera, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Vanessa Marcil

The announcement comes as General Hospital continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary on the network.

GH hasn’t announced Marcil’s return date, but sources say it’ll happen sometime before April 1.

Marcil is expected to appear on the daytime soap for more than a few weeks, meaning fans will see the love triangle between Jax (Ingo Rademacher, who will be returning at the same time as Marcil), Brenda and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Marcil and Rademacher are among the former cast members who’ve come back to help celebrate the soap’s milestone

Marcil originated the role of Brenda in 1992. After an eight-year absence from the show, she returned to GH for a year from 2010-11.

Marcil’s other credits include starring on NBC’s Las Vegas series, appearing in Prince’s “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” video and guest-starring on Hawaii Five-0.

Ashanti to Star on Lifetime’s “Army Wives” Next Season

It’s ten-hut time for Ashanti

The 32-year-old part-Dominican singer/actress is joining the cast of Lifetime’s Army Wives for its upcoming seventh season.

Ashanti

Ashanti – who joins the cast as a series regular – will play Latasha Durant, an optimistic mother of three, a sexy, fun woman who knows how to keep a husband – and how to keep him in line.

It’s the first series regular role for Ashanti, whose previous television credits include appearances on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Las Vegas.

She’s also appeared on film in the John Tucker Must Die, Coach Carter and Resident Evil Extinction.

Filming on Army Wives’ seventh season will begin in mid-December in Charleston, South Carolina.

Garcia to Star in VH!’s “Hollywood Exes” Reality Series

Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia is about to get real

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican-Egyptian dancer and singer, who was married to Prince from 1996-2000, will star on VH1’s tentatively titled Hollywood Exes, alongside  Nicole Murphy (formerly Mrs. Eddie Murphy), Jessica Canseco (formerly Mrs. Jose Canseco), Sheree Fletcher (formerly Mrs. Will Smith) and Andrea Kelly (formerly Mrs. R Kelly).

Mayte Garcia

“These extraordinarily strong women adjusted to and endured a lot while their ex-spouses won fame and fortune defining pop culture for that moment,” said Jeff Olde, VH1’s EVP original programming and production.

He continued, “Now these women must re-invent themselves again, stepping out of the long shadows cast by their famous husbands and supporting each other as they define the next stage of their lives – this time on their own terms.”

Mayte Garcia & Prince

Hollywood Exes sets out to peel back the curtain on Cinderella tales gone wrong. These five women in particular have been friends for several years and are looking to make a name for themselves outside of their famous exes.

Garcia choreographed Britney Spears’ belly dancing routines for her “I’m a Slave 4 U” music video and performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. She’s also guest starred on several TV series, including Psych, The Closer, Las Vegas, Nip/Tuck and Army Wives.

The unscripted hour-long series, which been granted a 10 episode order by the pop culture-themed network, is set to bow on VH1 this summer.