Camila Gallardo to Perform as Part of Billboard & W Hotels’ Next Up: New Artists, New Music Series

Camila Gallardo is next up

Billboard and W Hotels are gearing up for the third and final concert in this year’s Next Up: New Artists, New Music series, featuring intimate performances with rising musicians.

Camila Gallardo

Gallardo, an R&B/pop powerhouse and The Voice Chile finalist, will entertain guests of the W Hotel in Santiago, Chile on November 8.

Since finishing as runner-up of The Voice Chile‘s inaugural season in 2015, Galladaro has built a strong following through her emotive pop that combines a range of influences from Amy Winehouses soulful swagger to Violeta Parra‘s Chilean folk. This year, she has released two new songs: “Un Poco Más De Frío” and “Abrázame.”

“Last year’s Next Up series and partnership with W Hotels was a tremendous success, bringing music fans across the United States closer to artists that have strong voices and fresh perspectives,” says Julian Holguin, Billboard’s SVP of brand partnerships. “Billboard looks forward to the continued partnership with W Hotels to highlight music’s best new talent, and shine a spotlight on some of the best up-and-coming artists making music today both in the U.S. and abroad.”

This year’s Next Up concerts have featured the likes of LÉON in New York City and Sofi Tukker in Los Vegas.

Fans can access exclusive behind-the-scenes video content from these shows and others on and W Hotels’ music platform, The Angle.

Natalia Lafourcade Releasing Her “Life-Changing” New Album “Musas”

Natalia Lafourcade is getting ready to release new muse-ic

The 33-year old Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter is set to release her latest album, Musas, on May 5.

Natalia Lafourcade

Lafourcade  recorded the instrumental-driven record “on a whim,” while vacationing in Brazil.

“That always happens. I start working while on vacation,” she tells Billboard. “It wasn’t in my plans to release a new album, but I had this desire to record with Los Macorinos and just make music for myself. But now here we are, releasing a new album.”

Musas, an emotional and graceful homage to Latin American music and songwriters with original songs and covers of classics like Violeta Parra‘s “Qué he sacado con quererte,” follows the artist’s Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning LP Hasta La Raíz (2015) in collaboration with Los Macorinos (Juan Carlos Allende y Miguel Peña), an acoustic guitar duo who accompanied Mexican legend and icon Chavela Vargas in various musical projects.

“I wanted an album that represented real music, bohemians, instruments made out of wood,” says Lafourcade. “The music we made there is something we can’t explain, it could only be felt.”

And the album ended up impacting Lafourcade personally, as well as those who worked on it.

“I was able to re-connect with myself and connect to songs in a way I hadn’t been able to before. It changed my life. It changed the life of Los Macorinos and everyone else who was involved in the project,” declares Lafourcade. “The energy and force from this album is very peculiar, one I hadn’t been able to achieve with any other musician from my age or doing it by myself and that’s because of Los Macorinos.”

Parra Biopic “Violeta Went To Heaven” to Be Released in the US

The story of Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval—the woman who ushered in la Nueva Canción chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk-inspired music and socially committed music—will soon be making its way to the big screen in the United States.

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Violeta Went To Heaven, Andrés Wood’s biopic of the Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist, who died in 1967 at the age of 49.

Violeta Parra

Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Wood’s film was recently screened in New York City, as part of the Latinbeat series organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and programmed by Richard Peña and Marcela Goglio.

The film, which was awarded the World Cinema Jury Prize (Dramatic) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is a portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.

The film’s cast: Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Luis Machín, Gabriela Aguilera and Roberto Farías.

Kino Lorber plans release the film nationally in November or December of this year, then offer Violeta Went To Heaven via video on demand.