From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.
Los Tigres del Norte get COVID-19 vaccine
Chart-topping Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte are urging fans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Hoping to set a positive example for the Latino community, the band rolled up their sleeves to become fully vaccinated at sites near their homes in San Jose, Calif.
“This Covid crisis has taken many of our loved ones from us too soon and is keeping us isolated from our extended families for far too long,” the band members said in a statement. “Thankfully, there is a very clear path for us to move toward that better tomorrow, together again, by getting vaccinated. We know it’s critically important to get the word out that, regardless of any confusion that may have caused some of us to have questions early on, we know that safe and effective vaccines are now available to us all.”
According to the CDC, 101,407,318 people in the U.S. (which is 30.5% of the total population) have been fully vaccinated.
Gustavo Santaolalla teams up with CORE for COVID-19 vaccine PSA
Renowned producer and composer Gustavo Santaolalla has teamed up with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) to create a multilingual PSA in hopes of motivating L.A.’s hardest to reach communities to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Titled “It’s Time Los Angeles,” the 30-second video, which includes original music by Santaolalla, was recorded in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
Watch the PSA in English below:
Grupo Firme adds show at Staples Center
Grupo Firme has added a seventh show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Aug. 4. The regional Mexican band, which hails from Baja California, Mexico, will now play July 30, 31 & Aug. 1, 4, 6, 7 and 8, where they’ll perform “all their hits, dance tunes, norteñas and corridos,” according to a press release. Tickets are now on sale via AXS.com.
Nicki Nicole makes history
Nicki Nicole made late night TV history, becoming the first Argentine artist to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on April 27.
Wearing a bucket hat, sports bra, and baggy jeans, she took center stage to perform a medley of her hit “Wapo Traketero” and her recent single “No Toque Mi Naik,” where she was joined by Puerto Rican star Lunay. The artists were also joined by a live band, perfectly meshing both artist’s flows over a sick beat that fuses trap, reggaeton, and bugalú undertones.
Watch the epic performance here.
Ellas Y Su Música
For the first time on television, the Latin Recording Academy and Univision will celebrate the journey of women in music through a television special. Hosted by Thalía, multiple artists — including Leslie Grace, Alejandra Guzmán, Gloria Estefan, Mon Laferte and others — will gather to celebrate those who paved the way and inspired new generations through musical performances.
The event will be broadcasted Sunday, May 9 at 8 p.m. on Univision.