Becky G to Perform at Univision & Fusion’s Rise Up as One Concert

Becky G is rising up to the challenge…

The 19-year-old Mexican American singer, songwriter and Power Ranger has joined the star-studded lineup for Univision and Fusion‘s Rise Up as One concert, taking place this weekend along the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego, California.

Becky G

“We are very happy that the beautiful daughter of immigrants has joined our concert,” reads the tweet with the announcement.

Becky G joins a list of performers that includes Miguel BoséJuanes, Jesse & JoyLila DownsLos Tigres del NorteLuis CoronelAndra DayAlejandro SanzJulieta VenegasLupillo RiveraCarlos VivesFonsecaNatalia Lafourcade, Debi Nova, T Bone Burnett and Jorge Drexler.


The free concert will wrap up the historical event, billed as a celebration of music, diversity and unity, taking place on October 15. It will broadcast live on Univision in Spanish and on Fusion in English at 7:00 pm ET.

Co-chairs to the event include Emilio & Gloria EstefanCalle 13‘s René Pérez aka ResidenteLin-Manuel Miranda, among others.

Ortega Releases Her Fourth Album “Faded Gloryville”

Lindi Ortega is ready to make her mark in Nashville…

The 35-year-old half-Mexican Canadian country singer has released her fourth album, Faded Gloryville, via Last Gang Records/The Grand Tour.

Lindi Ortega

Kicking off her release week with a series of events in both The Big Apple and Nashville, Ortega is excited to be presenting her fans with new music.

To get a glimpse into the making of the album, Billboard has exclusive behind-the-scenes footage documenting the making of Faded Gloryville, which was recorded in Muscle Shoals and Nashville with producers like John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton), Colin Linden (T-Bone Burnett), and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes).

Ortega has been working on Faded Gloryville for a long while — in fact, the album “has been finished since December or January, so I feel like I’ve been carrying a baby around for nine months – so now it gets to be born,” she explains.

The singer recorded three of the songs in Muscle Shoals with White and Tanner producing. Cutting those tracks in the Alabama musical landmark was a thrill. “I had never recorded there before. I had done some co-writing with John Paul White before, and I realized that he had a studio down there. I told my managers about it, and they called him and asked if he was recording people,” Ortega explains. “Muscle Shoals has this incredible history with the music, and it’s so ingrained in the culture. It really comes through in all the musicians. I feel that it’s in their heart and in their blood. They hired a bunch of musicians that they really seemed to have a good relationship and rapport with. We did some wonderful recordings while we were there.”

Though the music on Faded Gloryville definitely took on a soulful style, Ortega explains that happened organically. “It wasn’t a concept album, by any means. I just named the record after a song that I really liked. It’s always hard when you’re trying to pick the title for a record, and trying to come up with something interesting and unique. I felt the song was a good name for the record,” she says. “I was listening to a lot of soul music at the time, and I’ve found that whatever I’m listening to seems to come out in the songs that I like. When I was allotting songs to the producers, I felt that with the whole Muscle Shoals vibe, Ben and John Paul would be perfect for the songs that had more of a soulful vibe.”

When it comes to writing music, Ortega draws from her own experience, like on the song “Tell It Like It Is.” “It was a song that I wrote about an experience I had where I was being a little strung along, with a cat-and-mouse game romance-wise,” she says. “I was getting tired of it, and I had been there a few times, and thought it was ridiculous. I don’t understand how people can be that way. I would much rather just be straight up. It saves yourself a lot of time and heartache. It was basically a plea to tell people that play those games to stop doing that.”

Isaac’s Singing Takes Center Stage in New “Inside Llewyn Davis” Featurette

Here’s another look at Oscar Isaac making sweet music…

The 33-year-old Guatemalan and Cuban American actor appears in yet another Inside Llewyn Davis featurette.

Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

The video offers a behind-the-scenes look at Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver recording of one of the more popular songs in the film from Joel and Ethan Coen.

The film’s executive music producer T Bone Burnett chimes in about writing the lyrics and melody for “Please Mr. Kennedy” and sending it to the Coens for their opinion.

The song was recorded live in the studio — and wound up being the version included in the film about an early-’60s folk singer in Greenwich Village.

Isaac Appears in “Inside Llewyn Davis” Featurette

Oscar Isaac is more than a great actor… He’s also a talented singer.

The 33-year-old Guatemalan/Cuban actor, who is earning rave reviews and award nominations for his performance in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, is featured in a new video for the film that highlights his musicality.

Inside Llewyn Davis

In the video, the directors explain how their collaboration with T Bone Burnett created a musical sound that was as important as dialogue in capturing the early ’60s folk music scene in Inside Llewyn Davis.

They explain how they and Isaac pulled it off in the CBS Films release, which has earned a lot of Oscar buzz.

Isaac’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” to be Feted at the Telluride Film Festival

Oscar Isaac’s latest film will be getting special attention in Telluride, Colorado…

The 33-year-old Guatemalan and Cuban American actor’s highly anticipated film Inside Llewyn Davis will be part of a special performance by the Punch Brothers at the 40th anniversary of the Telluride Film Festival.

Inside Llewyn Davis

The performance will include songs featured in several of T Bone Burnett and the Joel and Ethan Coen Brothers’ collaborations, including songs from the soundtrack of Inside Llewyn Davis.

The concert will take place Wednesday, August 28 at 5:00 pm in Telluride Town Park.

The Telluride Film Festival, an annual celebration of artistic excellence that brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in world cinema in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, takes place Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2, 2013.

Isaac to Perform Live at Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Oscar Isaac will be singing the blues to promote his latest film…

The 33-year-old Guatemalan and Cuban American actor will be performing at Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, based on the film which stars Isaac as struggling musician meandering through New York City’s 1960s folk scene.

Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

In addition to Isaac, the benefit concert – which shines a spotlight on the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed film that earned the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival in May – will feature performances by Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings and Jack White. Additionally, the films other stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Stark Sands are set to perform.

The benefit concert will take place on September 29 at The Town Hall in New York City.

The folk bill is inspired by the Coen brothers film. Joel and Ethan Coen and T Bone Burnett are producing the event, with some of the proceeds benefiting the National Recording Preservation Foundation.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 21.

CBS Films will release Inside Llewyn Davis on December 6.

First Trailer Surfaces for Isaac’s “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Oscar Isaac will be back to making music on the big screen…

Following his role as a famous musician in 10 Years, the Guatemalan-born actor and singer is starring as a singer-songwriter looking for a break in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene in Joel and Ethan Coen‘s latest film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Oscar Isaac

The first trailer for the film, which has yet to find a distributor, was recently released as part of an invitation to the film’s debut screening next month hosted by Nonesuch Records and T-Bone Burnett.

Burnett has re-teamed with the Coen brothers on the music for Llewyn after earning five Grammys for his work on the duo’s O Brother Where Art Thou?

Meanwhile, Isaac has reunited with his Drive co-star Carey Mulligan in the film, which also stars John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham and Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky of HBO’s Girls.

Kid Cudi Featured on The Hunger Games Soundtrack

Kid Cudi may soon experience the same movie soundtrack success as Bruno Mars, who performed the lead single from the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack.

The 28-year-old part-Mexican American rapper, singer-songwriter and actor appears on the just-released soundtrack for the highly anticipated The Hunger Games.

Kid Cudi

Cudi, whose real name is Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, performs The Ruler And The Killer.” The original track finds the Grammy-winning singer still in WZRD mode, with heavy drums and buzz-saw guitars propping up his pained groans and lurching hooks.

“I could not have done it with out my producing partners on the project for the film, The legendary and Godly T Bone Burnett and Greg Wells!” Cudi wrote on his Twitter page about his experience working on “The Ruler And The Killer.”

Produced by T-Bone Burnett, The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 is a collection of folk-leaning music from a hodgepodge of top-line artists. Along with Cudi, the 16-song soundtrack features Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Arcade Fire, Maroon 5, Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies and Birdy.

Here’s a look at the full track list:

1. Arcade Fire, “Abraham’s Daughter”
2. The Secret Sisters, “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
3. Neko Case, “Nothing To Remember”
4. Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars, “Safe & Sound”
5. Kid Cudi, “The Ruler And The Killer”
6. Punch Brothers, “Dark Days”
7. The Decemberists, “One Engine”
8. The Carolina Chocolate Drops, “Daughter’s Lament”
9. The Civil Wars, “Kingdom Come”
10. Glen Hansard, “Take The Heartland”
11. Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane, “Come Away To The Water”
12. Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies, “Run Daddy Run”
13. Jayme Dee, “Rules”
14. Taylor Swift, “Eyes Open”
15. The Low Anthem, “Lover Is Childlike”
16. Birdy, “Just A Game”