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Lali Esposito Talks New Album, ‘Brava,’ & Track by Track Review

Lali is resting in Ibiza after her last sold-out shows in Miami and Tel Aviv. She also stopped by Madrid, where she got tons of promotion supported by Spanish radio host Tony Aguilar of Los 40 Principales. Even before the fall, you may see her in Fox Latin America and in Acusada, a movie directed by Gonzalo Tobal that will appear at Venice Film Festival and will premiere Sept. 13 in Argentina. Also, Esposito is about to start a tour through Argentina, Uruguay and Chile that will have its official start in Luna Park, one of Argentina’s most prominent theaters. “Every project has its own special aura, and I perform magic to join them all together. With a lot of passion, my schedule finds its place,” she says while she checks her pink iPhone. She manages her own social media...

Aretha Franklin Mourned by Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan & More Latin Stars

On Thursday (Aug. 16), Aretha Franklin died at age 76 after battling pancreatic cancer. The loss was felt across the music industry, impacting Latino artists such as Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Alejandro Sanz, who took to social media to remember the Queen of Soul. See their messages below: Today we have lost one of the greatest. She will always be remembered and admired. Aretha Franklin, rest in peace. We love you. — Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) August 16, 2018 For as long as I can remember, Aretha Franklin has been the absolute zenith, the guiding light, the master for any girl that aspired to sing or even just appreciated someone at the top of… https://t.co/80krP8ci0R — Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) August 16, 2018 Hoy es un día muy triste para la música, se nos fue la reina del ...

Cardi B Flaunts Her Sexy Dance Moves to Karol G’s ‘Pineapple’: Watch

Cardi B has got it going on and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. The proof can be seen in her latest video posted on Instagram on Sunday (Aug. 12), where the new mommy flaunts her sexy dance moves to Karol G’s “Pineapple.” Wearing camouflage pants, a cropped red sweater, black heels, and gold hoops, the 26-year-old “I Like It” singer shared a clip of her doing a sensual slow wine to Karol’s hit.  “I know you prefer to touch what you see,” she captioned the clip in reference to the song’s original lyric, which says, “Que yo sé que tú prefieres tocar lo que quieres ver.”  Check out Cardi’s moves below.

Lift Off Latin Music Festival’s Second Day Canceled in Chicago

In a bizarre turn of events, the Lift Off music festival, billed as a “Latin culture infused festival” debuting in Chicago this weekend, canceled its second day of performances for Sunday (Aug. 12). Artists scheduled to play today included Reik and Sofia Reyes, while Maluma and CNCO performed on opening day. An official statement provided via email on behalf of Lift Off co-executive producer Ivan Lopez said: “Earlier this morning, we made the decision to cancel Lift Off Festival performances for Sunday, August 12 — and fully refund all who purchased passes. We had a great day and night at Lift Off on Saturday, August 11 — with world-class performances by the artists and an electric crowd atmosphere. Unfortunately, Sunday activities at the festival posed challenges that led to t...

Who Was Cantinflas, Today’s Google Doodle?

The career of the beloved Mexican comedic actor is celebrated by Google on what would have been his 107th birthday Mexico’s beloved comedic actor Cantinflas is the Google Doodle for today, Aug. 12. It would have been the film star’s 107th birthday. Mario Moreno Reyes, born in 1911, started out singing and dancing for change on the streets of Mexico City.  had an early career as a boxer and in the circus before adopting the stage name Catinflas and finding fame on the big screen. Cantinflas won over audiences with his comedic portrayal of a man who started life in the slums. He never forgot his own beginnings, and was known in his later years as a philanthropist, who once underwrote housing costs for more than 250 low-income families in Mexico City. Charlie Chaplin, to whom he was often com...

Jenni Rivera Widower Esteban Loaiza Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges, Faces at Least 10 Years in Prison

Jenni Rivera’s widower, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, pleaded guilty to drug charges in a California court on Friday (Aug. 10) and could be deported once he serves his sentence. Loaiza, 46, is a legal U.S. resident. He’ll remain free on bail until his sentencing, scheduled for Nov. 2, and faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. Loaiza’s problems stem from a February arrest in San Diego, where he was found in possession of 44 pounds of cocaine. Loaiza was under surveillance and was arrested in front of a house in Imperial Beach at the border with Tijuana. A search warrant found the cocaine in another car. At the time, Loaiza pleaded not guilty, but according to published reports, in his new plea agreement he admitted he’d transferred the drugs from...

Janet Jackson and Daddy Yankee Will Release a Single and Video Together

It’s not an urban myth. Janet Jackson was indeed spotted in New York July 23 and 24 filming a music video alongside Daddy Yankee. The Jackson single will feature the Puerto Rican star, who flew up after performing at Premios Juventud the night before and devoted two days to filming in the streets of Brooklyn.   Sources confirmed the name of the single is “Made for Now,” and the video was directed by Dave Meyers. While word of the collab has been kept very much under wraps, the news filtered out via fuzzy photos on social media earlier this week and was initially reported by daily El Nuevo Día in Puerto Rico.  Janet Jackson and Daddy Yankee on the set of #MadeForNow#JanetsLegacyMatters#JanFam#JanetJackson#SOTW#SOTW2#StateOfTheWorldTour pic.twitter.com/3j0GcyT1db — #JanetsLegacyMatters (@jan...

Jerry Rivera Returns, Yandel Makes Him Explore Urban Sounds on ‘Mira’

Rivera has been retired from music for six years. Jerry Rivera is back! The salsa singer has officially announced his return and is premiering his new single “Mira” with Yandel. It’s been a while since Jerry Rivera decided to retire. But “Mira” totally changed his plans about making fresh tracks. “I had no plans to make music,” Rivera tells Billboard. “But I felt this song deep in my heart and it encourages myself again to go to the studio.” As usual, Rivera recorded his song in salsa but he needed a special element, a novelty touch, maybe an urban touch, which led to the idea of inviting Yandel. “We are great friends and we always talk about recording together but we wait for the perfect song,” adds Rivera. But Yandel had a...

Pipe Bueno Mixes Rancheras & Urban Sounds in New Song ‘Confesión’: Exclusive Video Premiere

Pipe Bueno makes his debut in the urban genre by merging his rancheras with the popular sound in his new single “Confesión,” premiering first on Billboard below. “Confesión” was composed by Bueno, Mauricio Rengifo (“Despacito”), Andy Clay and Edgar Barrera (producer of artists such as Maluma, Chocquibtown and Carlos Vives, among others). The song is opening a new window for urban singers to explore. “For some years now I have been taking my first steps in reggaeton. It’s no secret that I enjoy music in general … but also the music of my generation,” the 26-year-old Pipe Bueno said in a statement. The song was released with a music video — directed by Jorge Enrique Abello — which tells the story of a woman who is saved ...

Alvaro Soler Premieres ‘La Cintura’ Remix Video Feat. Flo Rida & Tini: Exclusive

Alvaro Soler is back. The Spanish singer is ready to release his “La Cintura” remix featuring Flo Rida and Tini, and its video is exclusively premiering on Billboard below. The clip shows colorful scenes of everyone enjoying summer either on a jet ski or in the middle of the city dancing to the rhythm of the song. “The video is very funny,” Soler told Billboard. “We filmed it between Miami and Cuba. I had to travel to both places because Flo Rida had many commitments in Miami as well as Tini in Cuba.” Soler became well-known in the United States after recording “El Mismo Sol” with Jennifer Lopez. And although it is not in his plans to come to the U.S., he hopes his “La Cintura” remix will reach fans internationally. Watch the new ...

Mon Laferte and Gaby Moreno to Pay Tribute to Selena and Immigrants With ‘Sanctuary’ Concert

The music of Selena will be used to entertain and educate during a free concert that is in part designed to raise awareness about the plight of undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Latin Grammy-winners Mon Laferte and Gaby Moreno are among those performing at “Selena for Sanctuary,” a free concert that’s part of the summer festival Lincoln Center Out of Doors. The concert seeks to raise awareness about the dire situation of undocumented immigrant that has caused a national outcry. “I am very excited to be part of this event,” said Laferte, who is from Chile. “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.” Created by Doris Munoz, daughter of undoc...

Argentina’s Chango Spasiuk Invites Chancha Vía Circuito for ‘Polcas de mi Tierra’ Rework: Interview

In one of the tracks on Polcas de mi Tierra, a key Chango Spasiuk album, a Ukrainian migrant tells the story of a German who imported weapons during World War II. He bet on Nazi expansion back then, and brought these weapons locked in wooden boxes, made with European pinewood. But the migrant’s father converted one of these boxes into a cradle, and then a handmade violin. Twenty years after the release of that album, the story still resonates in the mind of its creator. “Time passes on, and everything gets a new meaning, like that pinewood,” says Spasiuk, born in the Argentinean province of Misiones, populated by the sons of migrants who came from Eastern Europe. He is seated on a comfortable armchair in his home of Villa Urquiza, a residential Buenos Aires neighborhood. ...