Omar Apollo Releases Heart-Wrenching R&B Ballad “Dispose of Me”

Omar Apollo is slowing things down…

The 27-year-old Mexican American Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter has released the R&B ballad “Dispose of Me.”

Omar ApolloThe moving track serves as a testament to the rising star’s vocal prowess, as he shows off as much of his impressive range as possible.

Flowing from flawless falsetto to rumbling baritone, Apollo evokes the heartbreaking feeling the title promises within the first few seconds of this number, making “Dispose of Me” an absolute must-listen for anyone in need of a good cry.

After signing a record deal with Warner Records, his debut album, Ivory, was released in 2022 to positive reviews and earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.

He sings in both English and Spanish.

Shakira Makes Red Hot Debut at This Year’s Met Gala, Earning Best Dressed Honors

Shakira is celebrating a red-hot red carpet debut on fashion’s biggest night…

The 47-year-old Colombian Grammy-winning singer/songwriter walked the steps at the Met Gala for the first time on Monday, looking stunning in red as she climbed the stairs.

Shakira, 2024 Met GalaShakira donned a spicy red gown by Carolina Herrera that gave off a flamenco vibe with its dramatic train and cape detailed with voluminous ruffled sleeves resembling an abstract rose.

The look also featured a sexy high slit at the leg, an open back, a low-cut sweetheart neckline and skin-baring cutouts on the sides. Adding a touch of sparkle, a diamond starburst ornament with a matching red stone was pinned to the front of the dress.

Shakira — who posed on the red carpet with Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon — accessorized with simple red platform heels and a diamond rope necklace. She wore her long hair down in natural waves, and kept her glam simple and understated.

Bad Bunny, 2024 Met GalaBad Bunny, who served as co-chair of the Met Gala this year, blended personal identity, cultural homage and fairytale fantasy, perfectly encapsulating the “Garden of Time” dress code for the event in his red carpet look.

His striking look consisted of a custom outfit from the Maison Margiela Artisanal Collection by John Galliano. Benito’s ensemble was laden with symbolic and cultural references; it featured a black satin corset and a navy barathea wool smoking jacket adorned with black grosgrain lapels. The jacket’s stitching was notably unusual, with an inside-out appearance that added an avant-garde twist to his attire.

Complementing the look was his gigantic beret made of blue foam paired with tiny sunglasses. This choice of headwear added a dramatic flair that was both whimsical and fashion-forward.

On his feet, the “Me Porto Bonito” singer sported shoes that were no less unusual — they were crafted to resemble the shape of a goat, further enhancing the eccentric, storybook theme of his outfit.

Adding a personal touch and a nod to his heritage, Bad Bunny carried a black Flor de Maga, the national flower of Puerto Rico, which symbolizes the island’s bravery and resilience during challenging times.

Jennifer Lopez, 2024 Met GalaJennifer Lopez, another co-chair for the event, stuck to her signature luxe bombshell style for fashion’s biggest night. She walked the carpeted steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a ravishing sheer gown dripping with rhinestones and silver pearls. Designed by Daniel Roseberry, the custom Schiaparelli haute couture piece had a dramatic sculptural neckline, whose branchlike elements jutted out to the sides. It was draped and slitted at the front with illusion tulle, and had a train that pooled around her feet.

The strapless sheath gown was made with over 2.5 million silver foil bugles and beads, and took over 800 hours of hand embroidery to create.

J.Lo paired it with silky champagne peep-toe heels, a massive diamond necklace in the shape of a bird, diamond bracelets and drop earrings, a silky envelope clutch, and a messy topknot.

Karol G made her Met Gala debut embodying this year’s theme “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” in a sheer, crystal-embellished Marc Jacobs gown.

The 33-year-old Colombian singer elevated the structured, floor-length piece — and leaned further into fairycore — with prosthetic fairy ears, ethereal makeup and platinum locks that fell to her waist.

Karol G told Vogue that the event “was the perfect opportunity for me to express how I love fairies and dreamy vibes and fantasy.”

“And this was the world I wanted to go with, with Marc Jacobs, who is the designer of the dress,” she added.

Colman Domingo, 2024 Met GalaColman Domingo paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and André Leon Talley at the event by wearing a cape that extended from his jacket, which he paired with wide-legged pants.

“They both wore capes when they were at the Met,” Colman told E! “Everything I do, I feel like it’s gotta be for the culture. It’s gotta be more than just for me.”

He continued, “I wanted to honor these brothers who were here before me as well.”

The Rustin actor honored the Black Panther star and the late Vogue journalist at the Met Gala. Colman’s suit was designed by Willy Chavarría and kept on theme carrying a bouquet of lilies.

Rosalia, 2024 Met GalaRosalia made her big return to the Met Gala, keeping her look simple, yet sophisticated with a black strapless gown by Dior that she paired with a chic veil.

“Embodying lady Dior. Embodying Maria Grazia‘s eyes,” she told Vogue‘s official red carpet co-hosts Gwendoline Christie and Ashley Graham at the event.

“I’m wearing all black because when I heard about the theme I heard it was about Sleeping Beauty. I was like, ‘What is this for me?'” she continued. “I thought about dreams. When you fall asleep, you close your eyes, you see black, you see darkness. That’s the prelude for the dreams. Today, I’m celebrating Dior and I’m a black tulip. By the way, by the way, Stephen Jones did this headpiece.”

Her look took over 1,800 hours of work to assemble.

Omar Apollo, 2024 Met GalaOmar Apollo stood out in a sharply tailored black suit by Loewe, epitomizing vintage chic.

Camila Cabello, 2024 Met GalaCamila Cabello channeled sophistication in a slit bronze-colored Ludovic de Saint Sernin gown complemented by Ring Concierge jewels and a blonde ponytail.

Rauw Alejandro, 2024 Met GalaRauw Alejandro opted for a gleaming metallic shirt paired with a silk white blazer, adding a touch of sleek sophistication.

Cardi B, 2024 Met GalaCardi B stepped out at the Met Gala in the largest dress ever seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Grammy-winning rap superstar donned a voluminous black dress that surrounded her on the carpet. She also rocked a matching beehive-style headpiece to add height to her look and the most luscious green jewels to match the greenery of the carpet’s backdrop.

Her appearance at the event, which featured the dress code “The Garden of Time,” marks her fifth showing at fashion’s biggest night.

Omar Apollo Releases Poignant New Single “Spite”

Omar Apollo can’t escape his last relationship…

The 26-year-old Mexican American singer and songwriter has released his new single “Spite,” a poignant track in which Apollo can’t help but wear his heart on his sleeve.

Omar Apollo“Spite” features a disgruntled Apollo trying to maintain his composure, as he can’t be close to the one he loves.

“Why you gotta ruin every night? / 50K I spend it out of spite / Every timе I see you on my phone / Hate that I still need you with my life / Tulips dying slowly in thе vase / Passport’s gettin’ dirty need a case,” sings Apollo on the song’s chorus.

“‘Spite’ is a song about a long-distance relationship and wanting to show the other person that you’re okay without them even though you feel like you need them,” said Apollo in a statement. “It’s an angry song about not being able to have someone all to yourself.”

In the song’s accompanying visual, Apollo is seen in Mexico City, embracing the beauty of his Latino roots, while grappling with feelings of heartbreak and uncertainty.

It’s the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album, which he expects to release later this year.

Feid Among Headlining Acts at Lollapalooza Argentina & Lollapalooza Chile

It’s Lollapalooza time for Feid.

The 31-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter is among the acts slated to headline the 2024 editions of Lollapalooza in South America.

Feid

Feid will be one of the headlining acts at Lollapalooza Argentina and Lollapalooza Chile. 

But he isn’t the only Latinx artist scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza in South America.

Omar Apollo and Jared Leto’s Thirty Seconds to Mars will perform in Argentina, Chile and at Lollapalooza Brasil.

Grupo Frontera will perform at the popular festival’s editions in Argentina and Chile.

Tickets are now on sale for the events in South America, which will take place from March 15 to 17 in Argentina at the Hipódromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires; from March 15 to 17 in Chile at the Parque Bicentenario de Cerrillos in Santiago; and from March 24 to 26 in Brazil at the Autódromo de Interlagos in Sao Paulo.

The Argentina shows will feature many of the same acts, along with YSY APhoenix, Miranda!, JungleCristian CastroKenia OsGALE and more.

The Chilean edition will also feature performances by Chencho CorleoneFrancisca Valenzuela and Ana Tijoux, to name a few.

While in Brazil, most of those mentioned will perform, in addition to MeduzaAbove and BeyondGilberto GilCéu and many more.

The lineups were announced Tuesday (Nov. 7) on social media and via press release.

In total, the program includes over 100 acts of varied genres and nationalities, who will be taking stages in each of the three South American cities.

The original Lollapalooza festival — which began as a U.S. tour in the early ’90s and then set up shop annually in Chicago in 2003 — has expanded over the years to countries that also include Germany, Sweden and France. The first edition outside the United States was in Chile, in 2011. Brazil debuted a year later and Argentina in 2014.

Omar Apollo to Perform at This Year’s Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas

Omar Apollo is readying for a beautiful moment…

The 25-year-old Mexican American singer and songwriter will perform at this year’s Life is Beautiful festival in Downtown Las Vegas.

Omar Apollo,The star-studded lineup for its 10th anniversary installment includes headliners Kendrick LamarThe Killers, ODESZA and Flume. 

The three-day event will take place from September 22 to 24, and will also feature a number of newcomers, set to take the Life Is Beautiful stage for the first time, including Khalid, The 1975, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Apollo, Kim Petras and more.

Additionally, the festival will honor the iconic entertainment of Sin City with performances and appearances from Vegas headliners including Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Jabbawockeez, Magic Mike Live, Piff the Magic Dragon and Tape Face.

“This year’s lineup is a reflection of the 10 years we’ve spent striving to give fans incredible experiences, centered around a weekend of revelry in Las Vegas,” said Craig Asher Nyman, director of music, programming and development for Life is Beautiful. “They asked, and we listened! Our fans are the heartbeat of this festival, and it’s our intention to deliver a festival that is a true representation of their interests.”

General Admission passes start at $380. Life is Beautiful has also added an all-new GA+ ticket tiers, which gives fans express festival entry, a private GA+ lounge with food and beverage offerings and air conditioned restrooms.

Omar Apollo Notches First No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart

Omar Apollo has emerged

The 25-year-old Mexican American singer-songwriter has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart dated April 8.

Omar Apollo,Apollo leads the chart for the first time due to his debut studio album, Ivory.

Originally released in April 2022 via Warner Records, the set re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 74 with 13,000 equivalent album units earned (up 265%) March 24-30, according to Luminate, exceeding its original No. 128 peak. The album’s vinyl edition arrived March 24, sparking 9,000 sold on vinyl in the tracking week.

Ivory concurrently debuts at No. 3 on the Vinyl Albums chart, and re-enters Top Album Sales at No. 12, a new best.

The set contains Apollo’s breakout single “Evergreen,” which reached No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October (becoming his first career entry), as well as No. 6 on Adult Alternative Airplay and No. 33 on Pop Airplay.

The Emerging Artists chart ranks the most popular developing artists of the week, using the same formula as the all-encompassing Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity across multiple Billboard charts, including the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and the Social 50. (The Artist 100 lists the most popular acts, overall, each week.) However, the Emerging Artists chart excludes acts that have notched a top 25 entry on either the Hot 100 or Billboard 200, as well as artists that have achieved two or more top 10s on Billboard’s “Hot” song genre charts and/or consumption-based “Top” album genre rankings.

Kali Uchis Releases New Album “Red Moon in Venus”

Kali Uchis is over the (red) moon

The 28-year-old Colombian-American singer and songwriter has released her new album Red Moon in Venus, which Complex calls a “fully realized universe made possible by the singer’s confident vision.”

Kali UchisWhile Uchis’ latest album isn’t without guests (Don ToliverOmar Apollo, and Summer Walker lend their vocals to the album), the bulk of the 15-track release keeps the focus on her.

“Phase 1 complete,” Uchis told fans when rolling out the new album.

“Love is the message,” Uchis previously said of the new album. “Red Moon In Venus is a timeless, burning expression of desire, heartbreak, faith, and honesty, reflecting the divine femininity of the moon and Venus.”

Red Moon in Venus follows 2020’s Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios), which went on to earn a Grammy nomination and appeared on numerous year-end lists.

A tour in support of Venus is slated to kick off in Austin, Texas on April 25 and also features stops in Atlanta, New York, Boston, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas and more.

Omar Apollo Releases New Single “3 Boys”

Omar Apollo releases a personal new single…

The 25-year-old Mexican American singer/songwriter and Best New Artist Grammy nominee has released this first single of 2023, “3 Boys.”

On the track, Apollo just can’t seem to let go, despite his best efforts as he attempts to move on from a relationship, but realizes that there will always be more than one in the relationship.

His silky vocals arc perfectly over an aching melody, arriving at a falsetto zenith with the song’s blissful chorus.

“When I first started writing songs I would often write about unrequited love,” says Apollo of the new single. “Eventually I wrote songs about the complexities that come with a relationship. “3 Boys” was my first time writing about something non-monogamous. Having more than one person to talk to. 🧐 I wrote the song on a rainy day in London. I spent most of December there, mostly just because I wanted to get out of America. I ended up going to the studio more than I thought I would. I wrote the song with a friend of mine, Dylan Wiggins. It seemed like we were both in the same mind state for a song like this. The song wrote itself really quickly. I also had my friend Mustafa help me with a few lines after I played it for him.

“3 Boys” comes after Apollo was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2023 Grammy Awards. Apollo released his debut studio album, Ivory, in April 2022.

The record features guest appearances from Daniel Caesar and Kali Uchis, as well as the R&B singer-songwriter’s biggest hit to date, “Evergreen.”

Later in 2022, he released a deluxe version of the album, Ivory (Marfil).

Bad Bunny’s “Titi Me Pregunto” Among Barack Obama’s Favorite Songs of 2022

Bad Bunny has a high profile fan…

Former President Barack Obama has released a list of his 25 favorite songs of 2022, with the 28-year-old Puerto Rican superstar making the grade.

Bad BunnyObama selected Bad Bunny’s “Titi Me Pregunto,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, as one of his faves.

But that wasn’t Obama’s only favorite by a Latin artist…

Best new artist Grammy nominee Omar Apollo made it onto Obama’s list.

The 25-year-old Mexican American artist made the list with his single “Tamaoatchi.”

Spanish Latin superstar Rosalia, who topped many critics’ year-end lists, was recognized by Obama for her song “Saoko.”

“I always enjoy sharing my end of year music playlist with all of you — and this year we heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites,” he wrote on social media.

Omar Apollo Signs Global Publishing Deal with Concord Music Publishing

Omar Apollo is taking his music global…

The 25-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer has signed a global publishing deal with Concord Music Publishing.

Omar ApolloThe new partnership comes after Apollo’s major label debut album, Ivory (2022) via Warner Records, and a juggernaut soulful single “Evergreen (You Didn’t Deserve Me At All),” which recently landed at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The contract with Concord will cover his complete music catalog, which includes Ivory and future works.

“Omar has already proven himself to be one of the most exciting artists, pushing music forward,” Jeremy Yohai, senior vice president of A&R at Concord, said in a statement. “It’s been amazing working Omar together with Dylan [Shanks, management] and his current music success is only the beginning.”

“Working with Jeremy and the Concord Music Publishing team has been great,” adds Apollo.

The independent music publishing company also houses the works of acclaimed songwriters like The 1975, BIA, Daft Punk, and Duff McKagan, and represents the catalogs of legends such as Benny Blanco, Phil Collins, and Joan Sebastian among others.

Prior to Ivory, Apollo was already a force to be reckoned with. He carved out a space as a prolific, millions-streaming SoundCloud creator; entered the top 20 of Heatseekers Albums for both 2019’s EP Friends and 2020’s mixtape Apolonio releases; and earned two Latin Grammy nominations in 2021.

Plus, he’s been building a fervid, cult fan base that’s now ready for a mainstream breakthrough.

With a heady mix of pop-punk (“Talk”), delectable funk (“No Good Reason”), Spanglish trap (“Tamagochi”), and plenty of bluesy cuts in the new album, Apollo further testifies his genre-spanning prowess and song-crafting eminence and that’s equipped for global consumption. Proof? For starters, Ivory debuted at No. 1 of the Heatseekers Albums chart, and singles like “Evergreen” racked up about 66 million plays across streaming channels.

This year, the bilingual star made memorable appearances in major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and ALC Fest. He also guested on Good Morning AmericaThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and is preparing for another headlining tour Stateside that includes stops at Brooklyn’s King Theatre and Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre.