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Los Tucanes De Tijuana Have The Key To The City Of Coachella And It Just Makes Sense

Back in January when Coachella announced its lineup, norteño fans were excited to see Los Tucanes de Tijuana booked for the two-weekend festival. Most known for their song “La Chona,” the group is one of the most widely celebrated bands in norteño music. Making it onto the Coachella lineup would have been reason enough to celebrate but this week the group got even more good news. According to KESQ, the group was presented with the keys to the city of Coachella ahead of their landmark performance in Indio, California this weekend.

Los Tucanes de Tijuana are the first artists in the festival’s history to be awarded the key to the city of Coachella.

On Thursday, they will be presented with a key to the city of Coachella, according to Goldenvoice, the promoter of the Coachella festival. The ceremony took place on April 11 at the Coachella Library, a Q&A followed with a discussion about the band and their impact in the Coachella valley.

Los Tucanes de Tijuana began their musical careers in 1987 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, which is less than four hours away from Indio. Hit singles like “La Chona,” “Mis Tres Animales,” and “El Tucanazo” put the norteño music genre on the map that spread into the U.S. Overall, the group has sold over 14 million albums worldwide and has amassed a huge following.

The group has various ties the Coachella Valley, which makes their upcoming performance more special.

While some might not know, the group has close ties to the city of Coachella. The group started playing in Coachella in their early days at a club known as La Copacabana. Even various members of the group, Mario Quintero Lara, David Servin Raya, Tomas Herrera, Gustavo Labrada Valenzuela, and Alfredo Gonzalez Gonzalez, have family who lives in the area. Their group manager also comes from Coachella.

“The band has close ties to the city,” Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez told the Desert Sun. “We can identify with them.”

As well as receiving the honor, Los Tucanes de Tijuana will become the first norteño band to take the stage at Coachella.

The group will be leaving their mark at Coachella by becoming the first norteño band to take the stage at the festival. As well as Coachella, the group will be performing at CHELLA on Wednesday, April 17.

It’s a landmark moment for the group in terms of representation on a mainstream U.S. festival. All of this is well deserved recognition for the group that has supplied the soundtrack to countless quinceaneras and backyard parties.

READ: Coachella Has Announced Their 2019 Line Up And Latinos Are Taking Over The Festival

Demi Lovato Says She Left Disney Channel Because Of Her Eating Disorder

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Demi Lovato Says She Left Disney Channel Because Of Her Eating Disorder

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Fans of Demi Lovato know that the former Disney Channel star has been through it in terms of mental health and body image issues. In the years since leaving her role as the titular character of the Disney Channel series “Sonny With A Chance” she has been outspoken about her struggles with eating disorders, mental health issues, and her use of drugs to cope.

Now, in a recent interview, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer is speaking out about the origins of those mental health-related issues: Disney.

Speaking to Bustle in an interview, Lovato revealed that she made the decision to leave Disney Channel after realizing the entertainment industry “terrifyingly normalized” eating disorders.

In her latest interview with Bustle, Lovato explained that after checking out of rehab in 2010 she realized that entertainment institutions like Disney perpetuated eating disorders. Lovato said that she’d struggled with an eating disorder before she became famous but it wasn’t until she broke into the industry that she realized many others were struggling as well.

“I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized,'” Lovato explained. She also recalled that spending time in rehab made her eager to address eating disorders. “I came out of [rehab] with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel. I was like that doesn’t feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story.”

Demi underlined in the interview that she aims to have a career that has “nothing to do” with her body.

In an interview earlier this year, Lovato spoke out about her eating disorder while on Ellen Degeneres claiming that her old management team “controlled” her diet. Instead of letting her enjoy a birthday cake each year, they gave her a “watermelon cake.” Later, Lovato took to Instagram to share that she was no longer “stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit.” 

In her interview, Demi also shared that she’s also changing for the better when it comes to allowing herself to love herself.

“Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. I had programmed the thought into my head when I was 16 that I’m only going to cry if people pay me to,” Lovato explains. “I started doing all this work, allowing myself to feel the pains of all the losses that I’ve had or the adversities or traumas that I’ve faced. I think my ability to be vulnerable and be more intimate with people has really heightened.”

Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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A recent audition on “America’s Got Talent” made judge Sofia Vergara so emotional that it inspired her to open up about a tragedy very personal to her.

On Tuesday’s episode of the competition series, Vergara watched 27-year-old Brandon Leake take the stage to deliver a spoken-word performance that resonated with Vergara.

Leake, a former high school English teacher introduced his piece by dedicating it to his sister.

“Love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever have,” Leake explained during his performance “And you must learn to hold onto it loosely so when it leaves it won’t exit so painfully.” During the performance, Leake recalled losing his sister in the late ‘90s saying “I’m still haunted by these nightmares ’cause I have a really creative mind, and sometimes it designs these alternate realities where she is still here.”

Continuing Leake said “Still alive, and all the things I wish we could have done are played again and again and again. I’m tired of playing God ’cause I gotta come to terms with the fact that my sister ain’t never comin’ back.”

The “Modern Family” actress became visibly emotional during the performance and teared up.

Judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell were quick to give Leakes a standing ovation.

“What an amazing tribute,” Cowell said. “There’s something very, very special about you. This is a very difficult thing for me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it, I just want to compliment you on what you just did because it was extraordinary.”

Mandel commended Leake’s performance saying “we feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this” before hitting the Golden Buzzer which means he is being sent straight to the AGT live shows.

Vergara shared with Leake that his poem reminded her of the loss and grief she experienced after losing her own brother.”My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away. I can feel your pain; I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing,” Vergara said before going on to say that the poem was “very beautiful for me.”

On Tuesday evening, Vergara tweeted that Leake’s performance was “a great way to end the night!!!”

In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered while men attempted to kidnap him.

Vergara opened up about the death in 2011 for a Parade cover story, telling the magazine “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colombia… “Mother was like a zombie… I wanted to be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived together. I am so grateful to be in this country.”