Mon Laferte is changing things up for her next album…
The 37-year-old Chilean singer and songwriter wrote her sixth album, Seis, while hunkered down in the pueblo mágico Tepoztlán, nearly two hours south of Mexico City.
Mon Laferte started writing it a month after the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed.
“I was like everyone else, just filled with uncertainty,” she tells Billboard. “So I clung onto my music and my guitar because I thought, if the world ends, I at least want people to know how I was feeling.”
It’s the first album in which she sings regional Mexican (banda, corridos tumbados, mariachi) music in homage to the country she’s live in for the past 14 years. In it, she doesn’t hold back while singing about toxic relationships, past and future loves, and the love she has for her mother and other women.
“The entire writing process was very solitary, bleak and melancholic … it was nights of just me and my guitar, drinking mezcal, with the crickets in the background,” she adds.
Mon Laferte is expressing her ranchera love with an extra special guest…
The 37-year-oldChilean singer/songwriter has joined voiced with Alejandro Fernández for the new single “Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor.”
Accompanied by traditional instruments like acoustic guitars, trumpets, violins, and accordion, Mon Laferte and Fernández come together for the ultra ranchera song about wanting to tell the world about a love that has been hidden for far too long.
Throughout the song, the duo one-up each other’s powerful, passionate and dramatic vocals, making their collaboration of the year’s strongest musical pairings.
Just as dramatic is the black and white video, directed by Rodrigo Robles, set in the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.
“I was not just writing a love song, I was thinking of a song of principles, from now on love should never hide, it seemed to me that by sharing the song it had to be a duet and I thought of Alejandro, the greatest exponent of regional music, and I am very happy that he accepted,” says Mon Laferte.
The 23-year-old Mexican singer-songwriterandmulti-instrumentalist has become the first Latin artist signed to Glassnote Records.
Estrada, who joins the indie label’s roster that includes award-winning artists like Phoenix and Mumford & Sons, signed with Glassnote after a quick visit to New York back in February.
“After meeting the team, and a spontaneous performance, both parties left mesmerized,” according to a statement issued by Glassnote. “She officially joined the Glassnote family shortly after.”
Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico and inspired by artists like Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, Estrada began her musical career at a young age experimenting with different instruments — both her parents were luthiers.
“My music is made of who I am,” she says. “When I wasn’t hearing musicians playing snippets of classical pieces to try out the sound of the instruments, I was listening to my parents singing traditional Mexican songs or Latin American popular music. To me, being a singer or composer was just a normal job.”
Her deep and impressive vocals are at the forefront of her coming-of-age, intimate songs that have caught the attention of Natalia Lafourcadeand Mon Laferte, who performed “La Llorona” with Estrada at Mexico City’s Teatro Metropolitan in 2018.
The Glassnote announcement comes ahead of Estrada’s Spanish-language cover of the CHVRCHES hit “Forever,” the Spanish-language “Para Siempre,” released on Friday, August 28. Marchita, her new full-length album, produced by Gustavo Guerrero, will be released by Glassnote Music.
“I’m making the music that I honestly want to do,” says Silvana, who can seem as susceptible to the power of her voice as her audiences are. “I sing my songs and I feel good. And the miraculous thing is that they make the people who hear them feel good too.”
Jesse & Joy are spreading the love with some all-star assistance…
The Mexican Latin Grammy-winning brother and sister duo has released the official music video for “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)” and it features appearances by nearly 200 people from around the world, including artists like Thalía, Juanes and more.
The music video speaks out against violence toward the LGBTI+ community and raises awareness about conversion therapies that to this day take place in Mexico and other parts of the world.
“Our music will always be there to remind you that you are beautiful just as you are,” the Mexican previously said about the song, included in their recently-released album Aire. “It’s called ‘Love’ and talks about love being the universal language, the language that all of us should speak.”
Toward the end of the video, the message is loud and clear: “A sexual orientation is nothing something that should be cured. Conversion therapies are acts of torture and violation of privacy.”
Featuring cameos by Latin artists like Mon Laferte, Natalia Jiménez, Ángela Aguilar, Alejandro Sanz, Laura Pausini, Kany García, Ana Bárbara, Tommy Torres, Sofía Reyes, Luis Fonsi, among others, the video was directed by Kacho López and Joy.
The release coincides with the landmark ruling officially protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Profits from the video will be donated to the YAAJ MEXICO Foundation to help the organization continue their social work in Mexico and for their work supporting sexual violence young victims.
Julieta Venegasis helping Soda Stereogive Gracias.
The 49-year-old Mexican American singer and Grammy winner will serve as a special guest on Soda Stereo bassist Zeta Bosio and drummer Charly Alberti’s Gracias Totales tour, which will be making stops in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston.
Soda Stereo and their guests will take the stage to sing some of the band’s greatest hits and honor the legacy of late frontman Gustavo Cerati.
In addition to Venegas, other special guests include Soda Stereo’s first vocalist and the Cerati’s great friend Richard Coleman; Aterciopelados’ Andrea Echeverri; Draco Rosa; and Gustavo Santaolalla.
More than 10 years after Cerati last hit the stage at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena in 2007, Soda Stereo’s members – joined by their special guests via in-person or audiovisual format – will perform some of their timeless hits, like “De Musica Ligera,” “Persiana Americana,” “Tratame Suavemente” and more.
Coleman, Draco, Santaolalla and Venegas will join Zeta and Charly at their shows in New York and Miami. Echeverri will then take over Venegas’ spot at the Los Angeles and Houston shows.
Joining via video are Rubén Albarránfrom Café Tacvba; Cerati’s son Benito; Babasonicos’ Adrián Dárgelos; Los Tresand Pettinellis’ Álvaro Henríquez; Juanes; Mon Laferte; León Larregui; Fernando Ruiz Díazfrom Catupecu Machu; and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
The tour, presented by Loud and Live and Move Concerts, will honor the late Argentine frontman and guitarist Gustavo Cerati, who died on September 4, 2014, after suffering a stroke. According to an official statement, technology will allow Cerati’s voice and image to be part of the show.
The Gracias Totales tour marks Soda Stereo’s farewell trek. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.
Here are the dates:
April 14 — New York @ Barclays Center April 17 — Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena April 22 — Houston, TX @ Smart Financial April 25 — Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Molotovis bringing their sound to the Iberian Peninsula…
The Mexican rap rock band has been named one of the headliners of the first edition of the Mexican mega festival Vive Latino to be held in Europe.
A new event, branded Vive Latino and characterized by the “quality, vanguard and independence” of the 20-year-old must-attend annual Mexican festival, will take place in Zaragoza, Spain.
Vive Latino Zaragoza is set to take place on September 11 and 12, with performances by headliners Molotov, Bunbury, Vetusta Morla, Leiva, Andrés Calamaro, Café Tacvba,Taburete, Kase.O and Ara Malikian.
The more-than 40 announced rock and alternative acts, both iconic and emerging, on the monster line up also include Aterciopelados, Mon Laferte, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Miss Bolivia, Babasónicos, Mexican Institute of Sound, Little Jesus, Ximena Sariñana and León Benavente.
They said in an announcement that Vive Latino Zaragoza will transport “the attitude and identity of the festival with the most tradition and success in Latin America.”
Vive Latino Zaragoza will take place at the Espacio Expo, the grounds of the 2008 International Expo.
Upon announcing the festival, the city’s Vice Mayor, Sara Fernández, stated that Vive Latino Zaragoza will allow the city to “reclaim the importance it is due on a national and international level” and “put Zaragoza back on the cultural map.”
Miguel is preparing for Latin music’s biggest night…
The 34-year-old Mexican American R&B singer, songwriter, who released the Spanish EP Te Lo Dije earlier this year, is set to perform at this year’s Latin Grammys, according to The Latin Recording Academy.
Miguel is part ofthe final wave of performers and presenters joining the star-studded 2019 Latin Grammys lineup.
In addition to Miguel, who performed “Remember Me” with Natalia Lafourcade on the soundtrack to Disney’s Dia de los Muertos-themed animated film Coco, new additions to the performers roster include Alicia Keys, Farruko, Ozuna, Residente, Beto Cuevas, Calibre 50, Leonel García, Fito Páez, Milly Quezada, Tony Succar, Carlos Rivera, and Prince Royce.
Plus, Ángela Aguilar, Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra,Sofia Carson, Emilio Estefan, Mon Laferte, William Levy, Rudy Mancuso,,Luis Gerardo Méndez, Michael Peña, and Dayanara Torres join as presenters.
Nominees Camilo, De La Ghetto, Paula Fernandes, Kany García, Christian Nodal and Tommy Torres were previously announced as presenters.
Coined as “the biggest night in Latin Music,” the awards show will kick off with a never-before-seen tribute honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Latin Grammys. A group of 20 artists, who’ll perform together for the first time, will interpret multiple iconic songs spanning various genres of Latin music while commemorating the past 20 years of excellence.
The final roster of performers join already confirmed artists Aitana, Anitta, Pedro Capó, Julio Reyes Copello, Darell, Dimelo Flow, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, Greeicy, Intocable, Nella, Reik, Rosalía, and Alejandro Sanz, who’s this year’s top nominee.
The awards show will also include performances by Pepe Aguilar and Los Angeles Azules, Paula Arenas, Bad Bunny, Alessia Cara, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, Sech, Sebastián Yatra, Natalia Jiménez, Olga Tañón and Juanes, who as the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year will perform a medley of his biggest hits.
Vicente, Alejandro, and Alex Fernandezwill also take the stage, becoming the first time all three generations of the Fernandez family will perform at the show. They’ll be joined by Mariachi Sol de Mexico.
The 20th annual Latin Grammys, which will be co-hosted by Ricky Martin and actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega, will air live Nov. 14 from the MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas via Univision.
The Viña del Mar Festival has unveiled its first artist its 61st annual event… the 36-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter, who was born and raised in the city.
The announcement was made by the organizing committee of the LXI International Festival of Viña del Mar, chaired by Chilean politician Virginia Reginato.
Mon Laferte will be the first Chilean artist to kick off the event in recent decades.
Laferte is known for her fusion music of blues-rock, Latin alternative, bolero, and cumbia, as heard in her songs such as “Tu Falta de Querer,” “Mi Buen Amor,” and “Amarrame.”
Television presenters María Luisa Godoyand Martín Cárcamowill be returning as hosts of Viña del Mar, which will take place between February 23 and 28.
According to the official statement, the LXI International Song Festival of Viña del Mar will be broadcast in Chile via Channel 13 and TVN in conjunction with the radio stations of the IARC-ADNand Pudahuelradio conglomerate. FOX Networkswill air the festival in Latin America.
The 35-year-old Chilean alt-pop chanteuse with a beguiling voice and songs has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Mexico.
The deal will cover all of Laferte’s compositions moving forward, including her new single, “El beso,” released on Friday, September 7.
As a recording artist, Laferte is also signed to Universal Music Latin Entertainment. As a songwriter she was previously signed to Warner/Chappell.
Laferte has burst into prominence in the past year with her alt/folk fusion, winning a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song for her single “Amárrame.”
Most recently, she toured the U.S. with Juanes, playing 16 cities, in addition to performing for over 90,000 during her Latin American “Amarte” tour.
“The first time you hear Mon Laferte live, it’s an unforgettable experience. A deeply talented songwriter and artist, she is a bright star that electrifies with her lyrics and performances,” said Yadira Moreno, managing director, UMPG Mexico, in a statement.
Mon Laferte is taking on the music of a legend… And it’s all for a good cause.
The 35-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter will perform at “Selena for Sanctuary,” a free concert that’s part of the summer festival Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
The concert aims to raise awareness about the dire situation of undocumented immigrant that has caused a national outcry, with the music of Selena being used to entertain and educate people about the plight of undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
“I am very excited to be part of this event,” said Laferte, a Latin Grammy winner. “I admire Selena and I grew up singing her songs. It is an honor for me to be able to sing her songs and to support this initiative with a subject like migration, which concerns us all.”
The show will also feature singers Gaby Moreno, Cuco and Nina Diaz, as well as special guest appearances by guitarist Chris Perez, Selena’s widower; Omar Apollo, and August Eve.
Created by Doris Munoz, daughter of undocumented immigrants, “Selena for Sanctuary” pays tribute to the most successful artist in Latin music while fighting for a cause. It arrives at the outdoor stage of the prestigious Lincoln Centerafter having smaller editions in South California.
“This event started as a simple idea and call to action after the current administration threatened our community’s sanctuary cities which affected my working-class undocumented parents,” Munoz said, referring to the policies of President Donald Trump.
She added: “It only feels necessary to leverage the platform we have been blessed with to help our community in need. This event is as personal as it gets, there are millions of families like my own and if this inspires at least one person to get involved we’ve done our job.”
More than two decades after her passing, Selena Quintanilla still inspires fans and musicians alike.
“We know Selena is a Tejano music icon and a legend, but beyond that, she represents the Latin American people as someone who fought for her dreams, overcoming many difficulties, always defending tooth and nail the Latino roots she carried inside,” Moreno said in an email.
Selena broke barriers for women in Latin music and opened the floodgates for a new generation of contemporary artists of Latin descent who would go on to enjoy huge popularity with mainstream American audiences.
She was fatally shot by her fan club’s president at 23. She has sold more than 65 million units worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist in Latin music history.
To Cuco, the late Tejano star launched a new era of representation for people of color in the industry.
“This event is important to me because it paves a way for people that went through the same struggle that my parents went through,” said the Mexican-American singer.