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Airbnb Announces 12 Popular Latin cities

Latin America is a region full of culture, history, and great tourist attractions that in recent years has increased in popularity amongst travelers from the United States. In addition, having an extensive Latino community, there has always been a trend of trips to the region to develop and maintain family relationships which are necessary today more than ever.

According to data from Airbnb, the Latin American region has become a trend for travelers from the U.S. Based on the number of searches made on the platform, the top 12 most popular Latin cities are:

  1. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  2. Tulum, Mexico
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Mexico City
  5. Bahamas
  6. Playa del Carmen, México
  7. Ensenada, Mexico
  8. Medellin, Colombia
  9. Puerto Penasco, Mexico
  10. Aruba
  11. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

When it comes to the summer period, the most popular destinations were beaches, especially in Mexico where Playa del Carmen and Ensenada were trending destinations in 2021, rising 6 positions compared to 2019, as well as Tulum, which went from number 7 to number 3 in the list, based on the number of searches. City destinations also stand out from the list, including Mexico City and Medellín, both recognized for their high cultural offer.

The region represents an accessible option for North American visitors with an average cost per night of less than $150.00 USD.

“Not only are US travelers looking for destinations that offer cultural attractions and tropical beach escapes, but many from the Latinx community are looking to reconnect with their roots and visit their place of origin to see parents, grandparents, and extended family. Airbnb offers the possibility of finding accommodations in both large and small cities in all parts of the region,” said Stephanie Ruiz, Director of Communication for Latin America.

We’d be thrilled to have you consider for your upcoming travel and destinations stories for year-end and for 2022. Happy to schedule an interview with a spokesperson from Airbnb as well.

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Manuel Torizo – Te Olvido

Latin music superstar Manuel Torizo released his new song and music video, “Te Olvido.”

“Te Olvido” is a ballad that turns into a slow-tempo reggaeton that talks about being deceived by the person you thought was your partner and asking them to never come back. The song begins with Torizo giving us the backstory of the situation before transitioning to the pre-chorus, and finally dropping the beat in the chorus. 

“Don’t even bother giving my an explanation // If you ever think of apologizing when you’re alone // I hope you don’t even try it // Just remember I was rooting for you, and you threw everything out the window // You didn’t care how much I valued you, it just ended in lies,” Manuel Turizo begins singing, portraying his heartbreak with a lot of feeling that comes through his performance.

The music video, directed by P The Chemist, shows Manuel accepting the heartbreak and promising himself to forget that deception in one night. The inspiration behind it was the year 2000, which is the year when Manuel was born and will be the name of his upcoming third album. In the video, the viewer immerses themself in a memorable trip to the past with very recognizable tributes to shows, fashion, and celebrities that shaped a generation.

The video begins in a girl’s bedroom, exactly how you’d expect a teenager in the 2000s to decorate her room. Her TV is on, where we see the first hint of Manuel before taking us into his universe which feels like a mix of MTV Cribs and Entertainment Tonight. His fashion choices are very reminiscent of the styles of icons such as Pharrell, Nelly, and even Justin Timberlake, as he shows how he’s now getting over the heartbreak.

About Manuel Turizo

Manuel Turizo found fame after releasing his song “Una Lady Como Tù” (1.5 billion views) in 2016 and topping Colombia’s and then Latin America’s charts. This unprecedented success caught the attention of Juan Diego Medina and La Industria INC, who signed him as their artist to continue pushing a successful career of a very talented young man. His following singles “Esperàndote” and “Culpables” have garnered over 700 million views each, further cementing the career of Manuel Turizo among Latin music’s favorites.

He’s collaborated with names such as Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Darell, Noriel, Anuel AA, Zion & Lennox, Wisin & Yandel, Rauw Alejandro, Myke Towers, Piso 21, Maluma, Sech, Jay Wheeler, Mau & Ricky, Camilo, and more, and his songs have received multiple certifications from gold to platinum. He’s been nominated for Premios Juventud, Latin American Music Awards, Premios Tu Mùsica Urbano, Latin Billboards, and Latin Grammys.

Manuel Turizo has released two highly successful albums, ADN and Dopamina, and is working on his third project, 2000, an ode to the year he was born in. Currently, he’s on tour across the US, passing through cities such as Tampa, Chicago, El Paso, Orlando, Houston, New York, and more.

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EVAN CRAFT DROPS DOUBLE ALBUM

Singer/Songwriter Evan Craft Drops Double Album Holy Ground Oct. 1

Holy Ground/Tierra Santa to be released in both English and Spanish.

On the heels of the success of Desesperado, Evan Craft’s double album released in 2020 in English and Spanish with a deluxe bilingual album as well, the singer/songwriter released his next full-length worship album Holy Ground (English) and Tierra Santa (Spanish) simultaneously today, Friday, October 1.

This will be Craft’s first release as a married man! Him and his wife, Rachel, were married outside Nashville, Tennessee, on September 17.

Music Background

Craft’s most recent single Be Alright, landed the #1 spot on Christian radio Mediabase audience, #3 on Billboard’s Christian/Gospel songs chart, #5 on the Billboard Christian songs chart and cracked the top 20 at radio in three weeks. The album, Desesperado, debuted at #42 on the Billboard Top 100 Christian chart.

The successes of Be Alright have garnered Craft nearly 1 billion online streams and millions of subscribers and followers across social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Spotify.

The release of Holy Ground/Tierra Santa takes Craft back to the start, “Holy Ground is a very special album because it goes back to my roots as a worship leader.” He also mentions the goal he has in mind, “I get to incorporate Spanish language and experiences embedded in the lyrics from my travels throughout Latin America. We started out the year releasing pop music but I also want to lead people to a place of worship and to experience God in a very real way.”

Collaborations on this double release include Christine D’Clario on the feature track Healer, Pat Barrett (Same Spirit), Miel San Marcos (Looks Like Heaven) and Ke’Erron (Fix My Eyes/You Keep Hope Alive).

Latinx Impact

While not Hispanic, Craft has become a welcomed artist in the Latinx community not only for his authentic music, but his actions behind the words. To date he has raised more than $250k for the homeless mission in Los Angeles he co-founded called Mi Casa LA. In 2018 he rode his bicycle 1,200 miles across South America in a fundraising effort for various causes. A book and documentary of this trek are currently in the works.

Early in his career, Craft developed a deep love for the Latinx community in and around his Thousand Oaks, California, community. He began learning Spanish in high school to help his father who was running a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. In an effort to fully immerse himself in the Latin culture, Craft traveled to Mexico and other Latin American countries, which would spawn his first Spanish album.

He recorded Yo Soy Segundo in 2012 and much to Craft’s surprise, it became the No. 1 Latin Christian album. More mission trips would follow to South America and Craft’s online Spanish interpretations of popular worship songs have generated millions of views and earned him a devoted following.

“I have felt an incredible reception in Latin America,” Craft said. “I’ve been to Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and 99% of the people have honestly embraced me. It’s overwhelming and humbling.”

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Tokischa × Rosalia – Linda

Tokischa and Rosalia’s new hit single “Linda,” has been trending, with the music video becoming #1 in the world. Here’s what people are writing. 

Mitu said, “Tokischa & Rosalía’s Worlds Collide in a flirty and fierce club banger. “A hard-hitting [but] vibrant and bouncy new single… dropped [with] a stylish music video filmed in the Dominican Republic” wrote Complex. “To no one’s surprise, it’s an absolute bop from start to finish that showcases the talent of both women while delivering something fresh and an equally noteworthy sound” raved Remezcla. Consequence stated, “The Spanish superstar and polarizing Dominican up-and-comer… deliver a snappy, sexy number…  and steamy music video…that’s as uncompromising as the musicians themselves.”

“Rosalía and Tokischa vindicate ‘uncomfortable’ feminism in their new song, Linda,”  El Mundo stated. 

Many more publications have been speaking very highly of this dance banger. You can find the song HERE and watch the music video HERE

About Tokischa

Tokischa is a rising talent who deconstructs the perceptions and norms surrounding women’s roles. Her style is raw, authentic trap that few artists dare to pursue. In her world, there is no fear of showing society what she does, what she likes and who she is. She promotes a way of life that’s free from hypocrisy and gender stereotypes. Her vocal tone is instantly identifiable and is another major factor in making her songs distinctive. 

About Rosalia

Rosalia is a Grammy & Eight-Time Latin Grammy Winner who has quickly “leapt to the forefront of the global pop landscape” on the strength of her innovative musical fusions and distinctive style.  She has repeatedly shattered barriers for both female and Spanish language artists, while being widely hailed as: “a complicated geniusreflecting femininity and strength… a new generation leader… making Flamenco a global phenomenon… while becoming Earth’s Most Exciting Pop Star.” With the May 2018 release of Rosalía’s innovative breakthrough single “Malamente (Cap.1: Augurio)”-and the fall arrival of her landmark album “El Mal Querer,” fans worldwide quickly embraced Rosalía’s phenomenal vocal capability meshed with her now fully realized fusion of classic Flamenco and other timeless music styles of Spain, with R&B, hip-hop, contemporary Latin-American rhythms and electronic beats. Coupled with Rosalía’s strong influences from industrial visual arts, female empowerment, fashion and choreography, it became clear to critics that: “El Mal Querer is a boundary-breaking modern masterpiece… that has resonated like a shockwave… it stands out from virtually everything else on the global pop landscape.” As a result of the album’s long-running impact, and additional 2019 singles that followed, Rosalia garnered a GRAMMY Award, standout GRAMMY performance, the historic first-ever Best New Artist Grammy nomination for a Spanish Language artist, and eight Latin Grammys, including Album of the Year. Additional acclaim has included two MTV VMA’s, multiple magazine covers-including the annual Sunday New York Times Magazine’s special Culture Cover, highly praised Coachella and Lollapalooza festival appearances, the most watched global YouTube video of 2019 for a female artist, and “Best Music of the Decade” picks from Rolling Stone, Billboard, GQ, The LA Times, Pitchfork and more. While Rosalía has spent a large majority of the last year immersed in the creative process of writing and recording her eagerly-awaited next album, she also finalized landmark brand partnerships with Nike and MAC’s “Viva Glam” campaign, lead the field of LATIN GRAMMY winners for the second year in a row, joined Travis Scott, Bad Bunny, the Weeknd and Billie Eilish all on massive streaming collaborative tracks, and became the first-ever all-Spanish language music artist to grace the cover of VOGUE in the United States, with the unveiling of the January 2021 “Vogue Values” issue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Now, Rolling Stone has already declared her upcoming next full-length release as “One of the Most Anticipated Albums of the Year.”

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Ozuna Announces Bahamas Festival

Latin Grammy winning reggaetón singer and songwriter Ozuna has announced the details for his newest travel experience, Ozuna Fest Bahamas. Following the blowout success of the upcoming sold-out Ozuna Cancun Fest, he has again partnered with leading travel experience company Pollen Presents to bring a four day getaway to Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Taking place December 2-6, 2021, Ozuna Fest Bahamas welcomes performances by some of his favorite artists plus beachside events and tropical activities, full resort accommodations, pool parties, exclusive club events, high end food & drink selections, and much more.

The event’s centerpiece will be a headlining performance from Ozuna himself. Ozuna has also curated a lineup of fan-favorite talent, collaborators, and close friends to join him at Atlantis Bahamas. This includes the world-renowned Diplo led group Major Lazer Sound System, Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Jhay Cortez, Panamanian singer Sech, Puerto Rican singer and rapper Lunay, Colombian-born DJ and radio personality Alex Sensation, Puerto Rican reggaetón and trap artist Mora, rising Argentine hip-hop artist Tiago PZK, Panamanian DJ and producer Dimelo Flow, Puerto Rican electronic DJ and performer Caleb Calloway, Argentine vocalist and dancer Emilia, rising performer DJ Adoni, Colombian singer and rapper Blessd, and a special guest to be announced.

Ozuna has rapidly ascended to become one of the world’s most electrifying Latin acts. In 2018, he took home a record-setting 11 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has also won two Latin Grammy Awards, along with having nine videos on YouTube with over a billion views. Ozuna has also proven himself as an in-demand collaborator, having worked with many of the industry’s most distinguished acts including J Balvin, Karol G, Bad Bunny, Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and several others.

The demand for this burgeoning talent became even more clear following Ozuna Cancun’s rapid sell out of 4,500 people in only 30 minutes.

Travel experiences for Ozuna Bahamas will include a four day, four night stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, access to all pool parties and live performances, special beach activities, 141-acre Aquaventure water park and Rapids River access, and club nights. Monthly payment plans are available in the lead up to the event with a $99 deposit and at no additional interest. Pollen Presents also offers a COVID-19 Money Back Guarantee making the event 100% refundable if it is cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID-19.

More information on rooms and prices can be found on the Pollen Presents website.

About Pollen

Pollen is a leading travel company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Members immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on pollen.co and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched bespoke mini-breaks with mega stars like J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch and Ozuna.

Artist List (A – Z)

Alex Sensation

Blessd

Caleb Calloway

Dimelo Flow

DJ Adoni

Emilia

Jhay Cortez

Lunay

Major Lazer Sound System

Mora

Ozuna

Sech

Tiago PZK

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Havana Film Festival New York 2021

HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK IS BACK! 

SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2021

Celebrating Latin American Cinema since 2000

HFFNY returns to NYC in its 21st edition with Movie Premieres and Masterclasses

Showcasing top Latin talent at Village East Cinema and Instituto Cervantes

September 17-23, 2021 the 21st Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is back in theaters, with an exceptional program of over 30 films from Cuba, Latin America, and the U.S. Featuring a diverse slate of films, HFFNY 2021 highlights the Cuban cultural legacy through its most inspiring creators in addition to new releases from across Latin America competing to win the Havana Star Prize in fiction and documentary. This year’s program also includes retrospectives, roundtables, and master classes guaranteed to open minds and start conversations.

The 21st HFFNY will showcase films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States. The festival offers a cinematic window into the multiple perspectives that make up the Latin American diaspora, and will foster an environment for industry professionals, film lovers, and Latinos to enrich and expand their vision of Latino culture. Filmmakers will join us from around the world to introduce audiences to their stories, interpretations, and approaches to the art of making movies.

Special guests to be announced. A full schedule of films will be announced August 11th. Visit

HFFNY’s website for regular updates.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 

SCREENINGS AND FREE EVENTS

From a nostalgic tale of a childhood in Havana to an absurdist Argentinian drama in which a listless millennial sets out on a series of short encounters as the world flirts with possible apocalypse, HFFNY has a movie for everyone. Films will be screened during the afternoons and evenings with FREE panels at 11AM on Saturday and Sunday. Masterclasses, retrospectives, and other special events will be presented in partnership with local cultural organizations and educational institutions, free of charge and open to the public.

TRIBUTES TO THOSE WE LOST

In recognition of two Cuban filmmakers that we lost this year, Juan Carlos Tabío (1943-2021) and Enrique Pineda Barnet (1933-2021) the Havana Film Festival New York is celebrating their contributions to the field of filmmaking with screenings of the newly restored versions of some of their earlier films.

  • Se Permuta / House for Swap

Juan Carlos Tabío | Cuba | Fiction | 1983 | 103min

A charming farce about Cuba’s housing shortage, and the first sitcom produced by Cuba’s film

institute, it was widely received as a hilarious guide to the heart of Cuban society.

  • Giselle

Enrique Pineda Barnet | Cuba | Docu-Fiction | 1965 | 90min

A thrilling performance film that follows Cuba’s immortal ballerina, Alicia Alonso, in her

acclaimed portrayal of Giselle in the eponymous ballet that made her an international star

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF CLASSIC CINEMA

  • The Newsreels – Santiago Álvarez (ICAIC)

Produced weekly by Cuba’s foremost montage filmmaker from 1960 to 1990, these newsreels

captured Cuban revolutionary history and world events from a distinctly Latin American populist

perspective.

BOX OFFICE AND DISCOUNTS

HFFNY offers ticket discounts to students and senior citizens, and through its selection of Festival passes. It also advertises time-limited reduced price sales for screenings and events on its social media pages. For more information, follow us on social media at @hffny and visit the website.

HFFNY FESTIVAL VENUES

Village East Cinema: 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Instituto Cervantes: 211 E 49th Street, New York, NY 10017

HFFNY Virtual Cinema. Follow HFFNY via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Elvis Costello × Sebastian Krys – Spanish Model

ELVIS COSTELLO & SEBASTIAN KRYS REMODEL THE ALBUM, THIS YEAR‘S MODEL, INTO SPANISH MODEL, A DARING, FIRST OF ITS KIND RECORD

THE ALBUM FEATURES ONLY THE ATTRACTIONS’ ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES WITH NEWLY RECORDED VOCALS BY LATIN POP AND ROCK ARTISTS SINGING COSTELLO’S LYRICS TRANSLATED AND ADAPTED INTO SPANISH

16 SONGS PRODUCED BY MULTIPLE GRAMMY AND LATIN GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER SEBASTIAN KRYS, FROM AN ORIGINAL IDEA BY ELVIS COSTELLO

FIRST SINGLE UNVEILED TODAY IS JUANES PERFORMING PUMP IT UP

SPANISH MODEL DUE SEPTEMBER 10 VIA UMe

Elvis Costello and longtime collaborator, 18-time GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY award-winning producer, Sebastian Krys, have brought together a stunning international cast of some of the biggest Latin rock and pop artists from around the globe to interpret Elvis Costello and The Attractions’ album, This Year’s Model, entirely in Spanish. The inspired Spanish-language adaptations are set to the band’s classic studio performances, culled from the original master recordings, which have been newly mixed by Krys, revealing a new power and intensity to The Attractions’ 1978 instrumental performances. The mixes, sometimes running on, allow us to now hear “What Happened Next:” Costello and Mick Jones of The Clash lock dueling rhythm guitars in a thrilling coda to “Pump It Up” or Pete Thomas almost demolishing his drum kit at the end of “No Action.” There is even the occasional vocal cameo appearance by the bandleader, but the album can now be enjoyed in an entirely new way. Spanish Model is set for release September 10 via UMe.

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As Costello and Krys began to think of artists that would be a good fit, they discovered that This Year’s Model was an important record to many artists in the pan-Latin world, but its true nature had never been fully appreciated because of the language barrier. They enlisted many Costello fans, a few who Krys and Costello felt would be a great fit for the song, and all of whom have stellar careers and were excited to participate and bring their own styles to the immediacy and poignancy of the original songs, helping to create an entirely new listening experience.

Spanish Model features such artists as: Cami, Draco Rosa, Fito Páez, Francisca Valenzuela & Luis Humberto Navejas (lead singer of Enjambre), Gian Marco & Nicole Zignago, Jesse & Joy, Jorge Drexler, Juanes, La Marisoul, Luis Fonsi, Morat, Nina Diaz, Pablo López, Raquel Sofía & Fuego, Sebastián Yatra, and Vega. They sing these timeless and universal songs, which have been expertly translated and adapted into Spanish to retain their meaning, energy, attitude, and wit. The concept represents what may be a first: an artist replacing their vocals with newly recorded performances by other artists singing in another language, backed by the original music. The full track listing is below.

  1. No Action – Nina Diaz
  2. (Yo No Quiero Ir A) Chelsea ((I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea) – Raquel Sofía y Fuego
  3. Yo Te Vi (The Beat) – Draco Rosa
  4. Pump It Up – Juanes
  5. Detonantes (Little Triggers) – La Marisoul
  6. Tu Eres Para Mi (You Belong To Me) – Luis Fonsi
  7. Hand In Hand – Francisca Valenzuela y Luis Humberto Navejas
  8. La Chica de Hoy (This Year’s Girl) – Cami
  9. Mentira (Lip Service) – Pablo López
  10. Viviendo en el Paraiso (Living In Paradise) – Jesse & Joy
  11. Lipstick Vogue – Morat
  12. La Turba (Night Rally) – Jorge Drexler
  13. Llorar (Big Tears) – Sebastián Yatra
  14. Radio Radio – Fito Páez
  15. Crawling To The U.S.A. – Gian Marco y Nicole Zignago
  16. Se Esta Perdiendo La Inocencia (Running Out Of Angels) – Vega

The album includes 16 tracks drawing from the original U.S. version of This Year’s Model (Pump It Up, Radio Radio, This Year’s Girl, The Beat) plus several other songs from those sessions. The album will be available on CD, digital and 180-gram vinyl.

This Year’s Model, which has been newly remastered, will also be released concurrently on CD and 180-gram black vinyl with the addition of Big Tears and Radio Radio. A limited edition version, that pairs both Spanish Model and the new pressing of This Year’s Model together as a 180-gram double LP, will be released exclusively via Elvis’ website, uDiscover and Sound Of Vinyl webstores.

Today’s launch is heralded with the release of an exciting video from Colombian superstar Juanes, whose own recently released Origen album was also produced by Sebastian Krys and featured Pete Thomas on drums. His exhilarating performance of Pump It Up, (with its spitfire lyrics now in Spanish) manages to match the same intensity and feel as the original, while Costello’s original backing vocals provide the trademark chorus and an instant familiarity. The video plays on this by transforming Costello’s signature video by rotoscoping the original and inserting Juanes’ head in place of Costello’s to create a playfully updated version that’s a perfect blend of the old and new, that this daring album embodies. ‘Pump It Up’ is such an iconic and signature song from Elvis’ amazing repertoire, that it was a real honor to have the chance to sing with the original 1978 recording and be a part of that propulsive energy, Juanes said.

Spanish Model exudes the same kind of energy and spirit as the original but with a Latin twist. With 19 featured artists representing 10 countries and territories across the Spanish-speaking world including:  Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, plus several from the United States. The album is truly a global, collaborative affair. Costello’s spiky guitars collide with band mates Steve Nieve’s carnival-esque keys and the urgent, propulsive rhythms of bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas, as The Attractions virtually back a host of Latin music legends, contemporary stars and burgeoning artists for a set of thrilling Spanish-language performances imbued with each artist’s singular identity and style.

The idea for Spanish Model dates back to 2018 when it was sparked by a request by showrunner, David Simon (The Wire, Treme), to turn This Year’s Girl into a duet with a singer, Natalie Bergman for the opening credits of the second season of his show, The Deuce. Shortly after that came to fruition, allowing Costello to hear his song in a new way, he had a dream where he heard This Year’s Model, but in Spanish. With his curiosity and interest piqued he called his frequent collaborator, Argentinian-born, Latin GRAMMY Producer of the Year, Sebastian Krys, about the idea of having artists sing the entire album over the original backing tracks. It wasn’t long before the two were figuring out how to make the dream a reality.

Since releasing, My Aim Is True, in 1977, the ever musically curious Costello has allowed himself to follow his artistic desires wherever it takes him, often into unpredictable yet exciting territory. Across more than four decades, the iconoclast has reveled in exploring the human condition through a wildly diverse catalog that includes collaborations with Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint, Paul McCartney, T Bone Burnett, Brodsky Quartet, Spinal Tap, Anne Sofie von Otter, The Roots and his wife, Diana Krall along with many others spanning a dizzying array of genres, from country and jazz to orchestral, pop, rock, experimental and beyond, all the while keeping his audiences on their toes. After winning a Grammy for Look Now, his 2018 album with The Imposters, Costello recently released a French language EP, featuring French adaptations by Iggy Pop, Isabelle Adjani, Tshegue, Etta Somatis & AJUQ of songs from his acclaimed 2020 album, Hey Clockface.

Part of the fun of this project is its unexpected nature, Costello said. Although, I think people in my audience that have been paying attention are pretty much used to surprises by now.

When Elvis told me the idea, Krys said, it took me about 15 seconds to answer. I have been in so many situations where I was trying to turn Latin artists onto Elvis Costello’s music. The feedback I heard most often was ‘I love it. I wish I knew what he was saying.’ Spanish Model is an opportunity to turn an entire side of the world onto this great record and through these voices, get these ideas out. Lyrically, This Year’s Model is still relevant today, what the songs have to say and how they say it.

Costello and Krys worked closely with all the artists and in some cases with several songwriters, including Elsten Torres, Ximena Muñoz, Luis Mitre, Andie Sandoval, and Vega, to adapt the lyrics so the Spanish versions would seamlessly capture each song. With the lyrics in place, each artist set out to record.

The translation was key as Luis Fonsi explained: The lyrics felt really natural. Nothing stuck out, and you can’t just read it. You must sing the lyrics to really know if the song will work or not. From the first time I started singing ‘You Belong To Me,’ it just felt natural. It’s true to the original lyric. It has that same energy.

It’s tricky, Fonsi said, because you want to respect the original version. I tip-toed my way around it. Do you veer off a little bit? What’s the perfect combination?

I had a blast singing ‘Triggers,’ La Marisoul said. The translation was beautiful. I just love ballads where I can get down and sing.

Costello first hinted about the release last year when he created an October surprise playlist, 50 Songs for 50 Days, which included a, briefly available, preview of Spanish Model with Gian Marco and Nicole Zignago’s politically charged version of Crawling To The U.S.A. Costello and Krys recently discussed the origins of Spanish Model at the 2021 Latin Alternative Music Conference last month.

This Year’s Model is about desire and how that relates to love, fashion and to the male gaze towards women and control, especially in political control over us all, Costello said. I don’t think there’s anything that somebody in another language would not have encountered. Some of the lyrics might be a little obscure because I use peculiar English idioms, but I constantly fall in love with records in other languages in which I don’t even know one or two courtesy words. What you respond to is the humanity, the pride, the sorrow, the celebration.

Ultimately, Spanish Model echoes the personal journey of celebrating influences and inspirations that Costello has embarked upon in countless creative ways over the years, whether taking him outside his comfort zone, expanding his musical repertoire or, as with this project, discovering something new altogether.

Follow Elvis Costello via his Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and website.

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Mon Laferte Announces Tour

Chilean artist Mon Laferte has announced a two-month tour of the U.S. this morning behind her recent album, SEIS. The coast-to-coast run goes on sale Friday, July 23 at 10 am local time  and will kick off September 14 in Seattle. The run will then head down the West Coast for shows at the famed Wiltern in Los Angeles and cross the country from Phoenix to Brooklyn wrapping back west in Tucson. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
SEIS is an intensely personal album inspired by a documentary about Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, who is best known for revolutionizing Mexican ranchera music. The songs were born during the global pandemic and heavy isolation, and include carefully crafted lyrics, brought forth from self-reflection, allowing Mon to explore her deepest feelings, leaving nothing but vulnerability at this rare time.
SEIS was recently nominated for two Premios Juventud awards, Mon’s powerful duet with Alejandro Fernandez, “Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor,” for ‘Best Regional Mexican Fusion’ and her feminine call to arms, “La Mujer,” a duet with Gloria Trevi, for the ‘Girl Power’ award. The Mexico, youth-focused awards celebrating the best in pop culture, are presented by Univision. Winners will be announced on July 22.
Rolling Stone called “Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor,” “theatrical,” adding, “Fernández and Laferte exchange operatic verses befit for a bodice-ripping romance novel.” Billboard said, “It’s the collaboration we didn’t know we needed… one of the most attractive pairings of the year.”
Discussing “La Mujer,” The New York Times said, “Mon Laferte infuses vintage styles with up-to-date sentiments and fierce attitude” and The New Yorker added, “Laferte channels [Chavela] Vargas’s ability to convey both fierce grit and shattered vulnerability.” Robin Hilton at NPR Music noted SEIS, “Reminded me of a Chilean Édith Piaf…It’s easy to imagine her performing these songs late at night in a little club somewhere.”
Mon Laferte has also contributed her version of “Nothing Else Matters” to The Metallica Blacklist album. An unprecedented 50+ artists spanning an unbelievably vast range of genres, generations, cultures, continents, and more, each contributed a unique interpretation of their favorite Black Albumcut. Pre-order available here.
Enjoy Mon Laferte’s enamoring live performances of Amor Completo,” Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor and Tu Falta De Querer to prepare for her upcoming trip across the United States.
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Juanes Announces 2021 Tour

JUANES ANNOUNCES 2021 U.S. ORIGEN TOUR

The Global Superstar Returns To U.S. Concert Stages With A Powerful, Don’t Miss Concert Experience Combing His Greatest Hits With The First Live Performances Of The Masterpiece Songs Of His Recently Released ORIGEN Album.

Juanes Promises ‘Up Close & Immersive Journey’ On His 2021 Origen U.S. Tour: See Dates – Billboard

Juanes lleva su “Origen” de gira con 20 conciertos por EEUU – Associated Press

The Origen Tour Will See Juanes Sharing The Very Personal Stories Behind This Return To Roots Collection Reimaging Some Of The Most Important Songs From Artists That Shaped His Early Musical Vision – Presented In Iconic Rock Venues And Upon Some Of The Very First U.S. Stages He Ever Played.

The Twenty-Date Origen Tour Coincides With Hispanic Heritage Month In September & October – With General Public Tickets On Sale This Friday July 16 at 10am Local time

[His concerts] confirms Juanes as the rare artist — in company with the likes of Bruce Springsteen— with the power to inspire…  Juanes’ ‘Origin’ is born from the love and influence of his idols… a daring rock production, achieving very personal versions without abandoning his essence.  – Los Angeles Times

if you’ve listened to Juanes, you know that he has strived for (and undoubtedly reached) a new level of musicianship… Whatever you do, don’t miss the chance to check Juanes out when he comes your way – ABC News

Today Latin rock icon and multiple Grammy & Latin Grammy award-winning artist Juanes announced his 2021 U.S. ORIGEN TOUR – an up close & immersive journey through all the greatest hits of his past, combined with the first live performances of the songs from his recently released & critically praised ORIGEN album & documentary.

Hailed as a Masterpiece by Rolling Stone, ORIGEN finds Juanes returning to his earliest roots in order to share a scintillating collection that reimagines some of the most important songs and artists that shaped his own early musical vision.

This project is built upon a love of music instilled by my family, appreciation of my culture, and the discovery of the songs and artists that first completely stirred my soul.  ‘These are the songs that reside deep in my heart and continue to be a map to which I constantly return to remember who I am, where I come from, and where I am going. These songs were all recorded live, with the intention from the very beginning of performing them in a very special concert setting. Now, as we are able to start coming together again, I am incredibly excited to bring the intimacy and strong guitar driven energy of these songs directly to fans across the United States. – Juanes

Produced by Live Nation, the 20-date ORIGEN TOUR will kick-off September 16th with two nights at The Filmore In Miami, and make stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Houston, Dallas and many more cities across the country. (See Full dated Below)

Look for artist presale tickets to be available beginning Wednesday, July 14 10am to Thursday 10pm local time, and Live Nation/venue presale tickets available Thursday, July 15 10am – 10pm local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, July 16th at 10am local time at TicketMaster

While announcing this very special tour today from his rehearsal studio in Miami, Juanes not only showed his dedication to celebrating the Origens of Latin Music’s greatest songs, but also his commitment to also ensure the genre’s creative future, as he also named the winning music student of a four-year scholarship to The Berklee College of Music he has provided in partnership with the Latin Recording Academy.  (See the full Scholarship presentation details attached).

In ‘Origen’, Juanes delivers a masterpiece… an analog… honest and exquisite album… his vulnerability and determination translate into genius and brilliance. Juanes has a spot among the legends. He walks among the greatest to give us one of the best tribute records in the history of Latin music – Diego Ortiz,  Rolling Stone Cover Q&A

From Springsteen to Juan Luis Guerra, the Colombian rocker covers the soundtrack of his life, his way. Ranging from Mexican icon Juan Gabriel’s ‘No Tengo Dinero’ to Carlos Gardel’s ‘Volver’… done in vintage (yet subversive) style…the music is entirely Juanes’ own and everything sounds live. – Leila Cobo, Billboard

Juanes returns to his roots with ‘Origen,’ a covers album in which he pays tribute to the most influential artists in his life and career The album encompasses styles as diverse as tango, merengue, heavy metal, folk, reggae, vallenato, pop and, of course, rock. It includes the singles “El Amor Después Del Amor” in a rock and gospel version, and Springsteen’s classic ‘Dancing In The Dark’ in a slower folk style and in Spanish. – Sigal Ratner,  AP

New Music Recommendations: Everybody knows Juanes… and now we can rediscover Juanes again. His new album is called ‘Origen.’ And it’s a collection of songs of artists that have influenced him. And the discovery is how vast his influences are, from Bob Marley to Carlos Gardel, the legendary tango artist from Argentina, Juan Luis Guerra from the Dominican Republic, the Mexican diva Juan Gabriel and, yes, Bruce Springsteen… with a really interesting sort of remix of The Boss. There’s [also] a great documentary on Amazon Prime on the making of the album, talking about all those influences – Felix Contreras, NPR Music

ABOUT JUANES

Born and raised in Medellín, Colombia, Juanes is unquestionably Latin Rock’s most globally recognized artist and champion for social change. Hailed by TIME as one of the 100 Most-Influential People in the World, and The New York Times as Latin America’s hottest singer-songwriter… a soulful poet with electric guitar, Juanes is the only artist holding TWO of Billboard’s Top-5 Latin Pop Songs of All-Time, has 12 #1 U.S. singles to his credit, dozens of groundbreaking Spanish language television appearances including The Grammy broadcast, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tonight Show and more,  and has collected a staggering TWENTY-FIVE combined GRAMMY & Latin Grammy Awards. Known for his distinctive sound that fuses a deep love of rock & pop music with smartly crafted, multi-layered songwriting and a deep reverence for the traditional folkloric and other indigenous rhythms of Colombia and Latin America, Juanes has sold millions of records around the world and was honored as the most recent Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year recognizing his creative artistry, unprecedented humanitarian efforts, support for rising artists, and philanthropic contributions to the world.

For more information on Juanes go to his website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and charity.

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Pollen Presents Takes J Balvin NEON Experience Global

Four Days in Punta Cana (Dec 8-12) with J Balvin, Rauw Alejandro, Sech, Arcángel, Nio Garcia, Mariah Angeliq, Zion & Lennox, Cazzu, and More

Follows Three Sell Out J Balvin NEON Shows in Las Vegas

Pollen Presents has announced the first international J Balvin NEON experience in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which will take place from December 8-12, 2021, at the Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort. NEON’s international expansion follows the sellout of three much anticipated J Balvin NEON weekends in Las Vegas this September.

J Balvin NEON, a Pollen Presents experience, is a multi-day musical journey curated by Balvin himself and will include performances from some of his favorite acts, representing some of the most influential voices in global music. This will include performances by Puerto Rican rapper and singer Rauw Alejandro, Panamanian vocalist Sech, reggaeton and latin trap artist Arcángel, Latin dancer and world-class choreographer turned rapper and film actor Nio Garcia, Miami-born American singer Mariah Angeliq, Puerto Rican musical duo Zion & Lennox, Argentinan singer Cazzu, and much more. 

The Punta Cana experience will provide an incredible backdrop for NEON, as the weekend programming unfolds around pool parties, night swims, after parties, and a headlining show from J Balvin on the beach on the final night.

J Balvin NEON Punta Cana will take place at the beautiful beach-side adults-only Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort starting Wednesday, December 8th and concluding on December 12, with all food and drinks included in ticket packages along with access to headlining performances on the beach, club nights, and more.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale on Wednesday, July 14th. Additional details can be found here, and those interested in receiving updates can sign-up on the site.

About Pollen
Pollen is a leading travel company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Members immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on the official website and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched bespoke mini-breaks with mega stars like J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch and Ozuna.