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J Balvin Makes History As The First Latino Artist To Headline Lollapalooza

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In the history of Lollapalooza’s 27-year history, the music festival has never (ever) had a Latin artist headline the concert. How insane is that? While Lollapalooza — which began as a touring festival and now takes place every summer in Chicago — has featured Latin musical artists in the past, none have been a primetime headliner until now.

J Balvin will take center stage at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival, making the first Latino to headline the show.

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“SIEMPRE ELEVANDO ???? NUNCA INELEVANDO @lollapalooza,” J Balvin wrote on Instagram. “LATINO GANG Chicago, we’re coming to see you this summer at #Lolla!”

The festival, happening August 1-4, will also feature Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume and The Chainsmokers.

Here are more Latino artists performing at Lollapalooza this year:

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Boombox Cartel will be there as will Rosalía, Sonia de Los Santos, Omar Apollo, 123 Andres, Boy Pablo, Malu Trevejo, Deorro, and more.

Speaking of Latinx representation at festivals. Because so many music festivals lack Latino music, more festivals have since launched in order to serve this community.

Ruido Fest, which also takes place in Chicago, launched to long ago as did the Los Dells festival, Afro-Latino Festival, LAMC (which has been around for a while), Nuevo Fest, LatiNxt, NYC Migra Punk Fest, and more. You should defintely check them out if you haven’t already.

Here’s how social media is handling that J Balvin will be a Lolla headliner.

Where’s the lie?

Seriously, what took them so long?

Festival organizers are finally paying attention to what audiences love: Latin music!

Just keeping it real.

J Balvin will draw the crowd in, no doubt.

If you’re at Lolla just for J Balvin, you won’t be alone.

Click here for more information on this year’s Lollapalooza.

READ: If You’re Tired Of Music Festivals Not Featuring Latino Acts, Here’s One Full Of Latino Artists

Kids Really Do Say The Darndest Things: Watch This Group Of School Kids Interview J Balvin

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Kids Really Do Say The Darndest Things: Watch This Group Of School Kids Interview J Balvin

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There are few things more pure than a bunch of school kids meeting their idol – especially when that idol happens to be una leyenda like J Balvin. Someone who I too would totally fan girl over. But some kids know how to play it a lot cooler than I ever could.

In an interview with Noisey, J Balvin meets a group of Mexican school kids who pretty much give him the fifth degree, but in the best way possible.

J Balvin sat down for a one to like twenty when he was recently in Mexico – and the results are everything.

In the interview, the kids grill Balvin on everything from his love life to the inspiration behind his latest album, Colores. And honestly, these kids are better interviewers than me on a good day.

My favorite part comes at the start of the video when one kid wants to know why J Balvin writes music with curse words but makes Bad Bunny sing them instead. Unfortunately, it’s a question we don’t actually get an answer to.

Some of these kids offer up some really great questions.

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Like, does J Balvin have a novia? Unfortunately, that too is a question we don’t get a clear answer to. However, J Balvin does tease us a bit saying that he’s “in negotiations.”

At times, J Balvin hits back with his own questions and the kids responses are just wayyyyy too cute.

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Shortly after Balvin is asked if he has a girlfriend, he pops the question back to his audience – of like 8-year-olds – if any of them have significant others. Many of the girls answer saying no, that they’re too young. Meanwhile, a few boys say they’re incapable of having girlfriends because they’re saints and J Balvin has a good laugh.

Check out the full video here and do you best not to smile from ear to ear!

J Balvin Created A Playlist For Pandora And He Came Through With Some Of Our Favorite Bops

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J Balvin Created A Playlist For Pandora And He Came Through With Some Of Our Favorite Bops

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Pandora has teamed up with a handful of artists to give fans and listeners a chance to learn some new music while at home. J Balvin is one of the artists to partner with Pandora to give his fans a chance to see what their favorite is into right now.

J Balvin and Pandora are giving us a playlist curated by the Colombian singer.

“During this time of social distancing, artists want to help us connect using music,” reads the playlist bio in Spanish. “J Balvin wants his people to keep moving so he created this playlist that has songs filled with ‘the right vibe, right colors, and good energy.’ Get up and dance in the living room, turn up the volume while you are in your kitchen, or get ready for your next party with this music selected to forget the quarantine for a moment.”

J Balvin made a bilingual playlist making it very accessible so let’s see what he chose.

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J Balvin didn’t hold back when he created his playlist. The songs cover multiple genres of music and are not entirely in Spanish letting a lot of people in. Here are a few of the songs that J Balvin included in his Pandora playlist.

J Balvin “Rojo”

You can’t really fault the man for starting with his new song. Fans are already loving his new stuff and the release in 2020 happened to make it perfect for quarantine listening.

Karol G “Ocean”

We might be cooped up in our apartments, we are all fantasizing about visiting friends and going out for some fun stuff. “Ocean” by Karol G, especially the music video, gives you a chance to escape to the beach to give you a little break from your same four walls. Just give it a little watch on the tv and let yourself imagine a time in the sun. We will get there again soon.

Billie Eilish “everything i wanted”

Billie Eilish is everywhere right now. She won basically all of the awards because of her latest album and for good reason. The California-native gave the world a new and exciting sound with her album and her star continues to rise. There is no stopping her from reaching the full level of fame that she clearly deserves.

Kanye West “All of the Lights”

Okay, so, we all know that some people have some real problems with Kanye West. However, J Balvin created a playlist for people to just listen to some music and really enjoy their time while in quarantine with their friends or roommates or family. So, with that in mind, the song is a bop and we all lost our minds when it was first released several years ago. Give it a listen and try to remember those good days.

benny blacno, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin “I Can’t Get Enough”

Tbh, the giant bed in this music video is making people feel seen in their quarantine utopias. We all love our beds and right now is a time we can all spend as much time in our beds as we want. This is one song that you might have missed the first time around but it is here in this playlist to remind you that it should be on regular rotation in your life.

If you want to give this playlist a listen, go ahead and click here and enjoy.

READ: These 15 Latinx Artists Need To Be On All Of Your Playlists Now More Than Ever