Christina Aguilera to Receive Spirit of Hope Award at Billboard Latin Music Awards

It’s a spirited time for Christina Aguilera.

The 41-year-old half-Ecuadorian American actress and pop star will receive the Spirit of Hope award at the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Christina AguileraThe special award — which was established in 1996 in honor of the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla — will recognize Aguilera for her philanthropic and humanitarian contributions beyond her musical work.

Aguilera will also perform during the awards show, which will take place on Thursday, September 29, at the Watsco Canter in Miami, and will be broadcast live on Telemundo beginning at 7:00 pm ET.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards — where Bad Bunny leads the list of finalists with a staggering 23 nods across 13 categories — will be simulcast on Telemundo, Universo, Peacock, the Telemundo App, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional.

In addition to her musical accolades, including more than 75 million records sold worldwide, five No.1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, the artist also known as Xtina has lifted her voice to help end the cycle of domestic abuse, been a longtime supporter and ally to the LGBTQ+ community, raised awareness about HIV/AIDS research, and traveled the globe to help feed children in poverty-stricken areas.

Aguilera joins past Billboard Spirit of Hope recipients including Gloria Estefan, Emmanuel, Willy Chirino, Olga Tañon, Maná, Los Tigres del Norte, Ricky Martin, El General, Soraya, Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Ricardo Montaner, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Carlos Santana, Luis Fonsi, and Maluma.

Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga Earns 18th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart

Make that four chart-toppers in a row for Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga.

The Mexican banda’s first collaboration with Grupo Firme, “El Reemplazo,” has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay tally dated September 3.

Banda el RecodoThe original version of “El Reemplazo” finds its home on Grupo Firme’s 2020 LP Nos Divertimos Logrando Lo Imposible.

The new version, alongside Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga, was released May 31 via LGA/Music VIP. It takes over atop Regional Mexican Airplay (rising 4-1) as the Greatest Gainer of the week, thanks to a 28% gain in audience impressions, to 5.7 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending August 28, according to Luminate.

“El Reemplazo” trades places with La Fiera de Ojinaga’s “Luna de Miel” with a 4-1 dip after its one-week reign.

For Banda El Recodo, “El Reemplazo” is its fourth consecutive win among a collection of 18 champs. The 18th No. 1 moves the group into a tie for the second-most No. 1s since the chart launched in 1994. They tie Banda MS’ 18 rulers, while Calibre 50 remains ahead with 22 leaders.

Notably, Banda El Recodo is just the third band, alongside Intocable and Los Tigres del Norte, to score No. 1 titles in four decades.

Here’s a recap of his No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s, ‘10s and now ’20s:

Peak, Title, Artist
Feb. 20, 1999, “Adorable Mentirosa,” Juan Gabriel Con Banda El Recodo
Dec. 4, 1999, “Te Ofrezco Un Corazón,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
May 20, 2000, “Yo Se Que Te Acordarás,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
March 31, 2001, “Y Llegaste Tú,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Aug. 24, 2002, “No Me Se Rajar,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
April 19, 2008, “Tómame O Déjame,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Feb. 14, 2009, “Te Presumo,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Dec. 5, 2009, “Me Gusta Todo De Ti,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
June 19, 2010, “Dime Que Me Quieres,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Dec. 10, 2011, “Te Quiero A Morir,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Aug. 11, 2012, “Sin Respiración,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
April 6, 2013, “La Mejor De Todas,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Nov. 23, 2013, “Vas A Llorar Por Mí,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
July 25, 2015, “Mi Vicio Mas Grande,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Oct. 9, 2021, “Qué Tienen Tus Palabras?,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Feb. 19, 2022, “Esta Vida Es Muy Bonita,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
June 11, 2022, “Brindo,” Mario Bautista & Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Sept. 3, 2022, “El Reemplazo,” Grupo Firme & Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga

The new win gifts Grupo Firme its fifth No. 1.

In October of 2021, Grupo Firme marked a career milestone as the third act to score an entry on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 with a regional Mexican song — when “Supérame (En Vivo Desde Culiacán, Sinaloa)” (one of their five Regional Mexican No. 1s) entered the Hot 100.

Beyond its Regional Mexican Airplay coronation, “El Reemplazo” concurrently makes progress on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with an 18-12 trek.

Prime Video Releases Trailer for New Documentary “Los Tigres del Norte: Historias Que Contar”

Los Tigres del Norte have stories to tell…

Prime Video has released the first trailer for its documentary about the legendary Mexican norteño band.

Los Tigres del NorteTitled Los Tigres del Norte: Historias Que Contarthe film highlights everything from the Mexican group’s humble beginnings to its challenging road to success, and ultimately becoming one of Regional Mexican music’s biggest acts.

Directed by Carlos Pérez Osorio and produced by José Nacif GoberaHistorias Que Contar will premiere on June 17 via Prime Video.

The official trailer features the Amazon Original song “Jefe de Jefes.”

Los Tigres del Norte to Co-Headline First-Ever Bésame Mucho Festival at LA’s Dodger Stadium

Los Tigres del Norte are puckering up

The legendary Mexican norteño band will co-headline the first-ever edition of Bésame Mucho, taking place on Saturday, December 3 at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.

Los Tigres del NorteLos Tigres del Norte will headline alongside Julieta VenegasCafé Tacvba, ZoéSin BanderaJuanes and Banda El Recodo, among many other Latin acts who will perform.

The festival featured a head-turning, multigenerational lineup, featuring pop, Regional Mexican, merengue, cumbia and rock artists.

According to the Need Pastel-designed flyer, the Tropicália and La Tocada-organized event will be a one-day festival with three separate stages: Rockero stage, Las Clásicas stage and Te Gusta El Pop? stage.

The fest will also feature sets by Bronco, Banda Machos, Caifanes, Enanitos Verdes, Panteón Rococó, Los Ángeles Azules, Sonora Dinamita, Kabah, Fey and Aleks Syntek with additional headliners to be announced later this year.

Giving When We Were Young vibes featuring a packed lineup, the logistics of how the festival will pan out throughout the day are yet to be outlined by its producers.

But just hours after the event was announced, Latin music fans took to social media to comment on the nostalgia-provoking lineup while also confirming their attendance to a festival that’s 10 months away.

“I’m there,” someone tweeted. “The lineup is absolutely insane,” another Twitter user wrote.

Tickets for the Bésame Mucho festival will go on sale Friday, February 18 at 5:00 pm ET. General admission tickets will start at $199.99 with VIP tickets starting at $324.99.

Visit besamemuchofestival.com for more information.

Los Tigres del Norte Extend La Reunión Tour with 40 New Dates in 2022

Los Tigres del Norte plan to stay on the road longer…

The legendary norteño band has extended its current La Reunión tour with new dates for 2022.

Los Tigres del Norte

Los Tigres del Norte, which kicked off a tour in September, is set to continue with 40 confirmed dates in 2022, including February 11 at Ontario’s Toyota Arena, February 19 at San Jose’s SAP Center, March 12 at New York’s UBS, and for the first time in their career, Los Angeles’ Staples Center on April 2.

Full concert dates and venues for 2022 will be announced soon for the La Reunión tour presented by Zamora Live. To see ticket sales, click here.

In addition to going on tour, Los Tigres del Norte—Jorge Hernández, Eduardo Hernández, Luis Hernández and Oscar Lara—will premiere their upcoming EP, named after the tour, on December 3. The set will include six tracks, including the previously released title track.

Known as la voz del pueblo, Los Tigres del Norte have consistently spoken out against issues that directly impact the Latinx community. Through lyrics, documentaries and activism, the norteño band — whose career spans over five decades — has explored topics like immigration, gun violence and, most recently, cash bail reform.

Los Tigres del Norte Release New Family-Themed Single “La Reunión”

Los Tigres del Norte are celebrating la familia

The legendary Mexican American norteño band has blessed fans with a new single titled “La Reunión,” a song that captures the essence of family in the Latin community.

Los Tigres del Norte

“Welcome to your house, my brothers. Hugging each other was necessary especially now that we are all alive and in good health. Cheers to that,” brothers Jorge and Hernan Hernández sing.

Penned by Eduardo García Márquez, “La Reunión” is a preview of Los Tigres del Norte’s forthcoming album due in the fall.

As always, the band’s new song comes with a poignant message: a call for family unity and forgiving mistakes in order to build a strong foundation of love for their children.

 

After the band’s longest touring hiatus, “Los Jefes de Jefes” will soon celebrate another reunion, this time with their fans in the upcoming U.S. tour set to kick off September 10 in Kentucky.

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs to Perform at Next Year’s Chicago-Based Ruido Fest

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are ready to make some ruido

After a year away, Chicago’s Ruido Fest is set to return in August with a star-studded lineup that includes the Argentine ska band, Café Tacvba and Panteón Rococó as headliners.

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

Marking the return of one of Latin music’s biggest festivals to the Midwest since the COVID-19 pandemic, the alt-rock fest is set to take place on August 20-22 at Union Park. Other artists set to perform throughout the three-day event include Moenia, Los Amigos Invisibles, La Doña, Lido Pimienta, Mexican Institute of Sound and Little Jesus, among others.

The announcement arrives as cities across the country are beginning to loosen COVID restrictions, including Chicago, which is currently in its “bridge phase” of its reopening plan.

Max Wagner, co-founder of Ruido and owner of event production company Metronome, tells Billboard that production will follow state and city guidelines.

“The hope is that by late August things are somewhat back to normal,” Wagner says. “We will try to keep everyone safe. There will be more people cleaning and all of our staff will be required to have masks across the grounds. With fans attending, we’ll follow CDC guidelines and whatever they’re saying at the time of the festival in terms of mask or no masks outdoors.”

Launched in 2015, Ruido Fest has featured an array of Latin artists, including Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G, Zoé, Molotov, Vanessa Zamora, Bomba Estéreo, Intocable, El Tri, Los Tigres del Norte and Maldita Vecindad.

For more information on the festival and how to buy tickets, visit ruidofest.com.

Here’s the Ruido 2021 lineup in alphabetical order:

Ambar Lucid
Café Tacvba (Sunday headliner)
El Chisme
El Shirota
Evil Empire
Inner Wave
Kaina
La Armada
La Doña
Las Nubes
Lido Pimienta
Little Jesus
Los Amigos Invisibles
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (Friday headliner)
Margaritas Podridas
Maye
Mexican Institute of Sound
Moenia
Nahuales Underground
Nanpa Básico
Panteón Rococó (Saturday headliner)
Rosalba Valdez
Silverio
The Mini Projects
Tone Zone Skam

Juanes to Host Star-Studded Christmas Musical Special “Celebremos: Eterna Navidad”

Juanes is getting into the holiday spirit…

The 45-year-old Colombian superstar and his wife Karen Martínez are set to host a star-studded Christmas special that will stream only on Pantaya, according to Billboard.

Juanes

Titled Celebremos: Eterna Navidad, the musical event — produced by streaming service Lionsgate‘s Pantaya, Universal Music GroupElefantec Global and Plataforma — will feature performances by Alejandro FernándezDanna PaolaGloria Trevi and Los Tigres del Norte, among many others.

“We all need a little extra Christmas cheer this year and what better way to bring people together than by a holiday special featuring joyful music and celebrity fun,” said Mario Almeida, Pantaya vice president of programming, development, and acquisitions. “We are excited to be working with the biggest names in Latinx entertainment and to partner with Pepe Baston’s Elefantec Global, Plataforma and Universal Music Group.”

The holiday special will also include other guests, including actors Aislinn Derbez, Ana De La Reguera, Sebastian Zurita and Ricardo O’Farrill, and renowned chefs Benito Molina and Solange Muris.

Celebremos: Eterna Navidad premieres December 4 on Pantaya and can be streamed across the U.S., including Puerto Rico.

Anitta to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammys

Anitta is heading to the Latin Grammys

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer has been added to the list of performers set to take the stage at this year’s Latin Grammys, according to the Latin Recording Academy.

Anitta

Anitta appears on the final star-studded list of performers that includes Rauw Alejandro, J Balvin, Camilo, Lupita Infante, Juanes, Mariachi Sol De México De José Hernández, Ricky Martin, Natalia, Jimenez, José Luis Perales, Prince Royce, and Carla Morrison.

Those artists join previously-announced performers Anuel AA, Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Calibre 50, Pedro Capó, Julio Reyes Copello, Alex Cuba, Alejandro Fernández, Karol G, Kany García, Guaynaa, Los Tigres del Norte, Víctor Manuelle, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Nodal, Debi Nova, Fito Páez, Nathy Peluso, Raquel Sofía and Sebastián Yatra.

The 21st annual ceremony, led by 13-time nominee J Balvin, will also celebrate several Latin music icons, with special tributes including Julio Iglesias, Pedro Infante, Juan Luis Guerra, Roberto Carlos, and Héctor Lavoe.

Returning with a “music makes us human” theme that highlights musical excellence and the power of music in times of despair, the event will also showcase diverse stories of hope, community, sense of purpose, and celebration.

Hosted by Carlos Rivera, the 2020 Latin Grammys will air at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, November 19, via Univision.

The star-studded event will be preceded by the one-hour pre-show Noche de Estrellas, held virtually in Miami, where the majority of the categories will be awarded.

Becky G Interviews Kamala Harris & America Ferrera on Her Multimedia Podcast “En La Sala”

Becky G is bringing in some big guns to talk politics and more…

The 23-year-old Mexican American singer/rapper’s new voting-themed episode of her En La Sala multimedia podcast features Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and actress America Ferrera.

Becky G

The candid conversation, which went live Tuesday (October 6) exclusively on Amazon Music with corresponding video on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel, touches on a wide range of topics including Harris’ experience as California’s attorney general, the importance of voting on November 3 and 2Pac.

“This is one of the biggest moments in my entire career,” Becky G says in the episode’s trailer. She also speaks with Ferrera about She Se Puede, the new nonprofit the actress and activist founded to pursue social justice and support civic engagement for Latinas. The episode will also be dedicated to the Latino Community Foundation, a nonprofit working to increasing political participation of the Latinx community in California.

Becky G is confirmed to speak at this year’s virtual Latin Music WeekThe hitmaker will join Jorge and Hernán Hernández from the iconic norteño group Los Tigres del Norte to discuss the role artists currently play in engaging Latino voters who for the first time in a presidential election are the nation’s largest racial minority among eligible voters this year with a record 31.6 million Latinos eligible to vote. They will also chat about the immigrant experience as seen by two generations of Mexican-American artists. To reserve a spot and receive updates, RSVP here.