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Tropicalia Festival Is Back For Its Third Year With Los Tigres Del Norte, Kali Uchis And Chicano Batman Headlining

Southern California music fans are rejoicing. Music festival giant Goldenvoice announced the return of Tropicália Music and Taco Festival on Nov. 9 and 10th. This year’s lineup once again is a showcase of the vibrant and beloved Latin music scene in Los Angeles which crossed every genre from oldies, hip-hop to indie rock. 

While previous lineups have looked like a mash of various genres, the festival is a reflecting playlist of the music many Latinos in Southern California grew up listening to. Acts like Los Angeles Azules, Mon Laferte, and Natalia Lafourcade have all taken the stage at the festival in the last two years. 

The two-day festival will be headlined by Caifanes, Los Tigres Del Norte, Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, and CUCO. Natalia Lafourcade and so many more incredible acts will make the two-day festival a Latin music lovers dream. The Latino-centered festival will be in its third iteration but this time at a different location as the festival moves to the grounds of the Pico Rivera Sports Arena from its previous home, the Queen Mary Events Park.

This year’s festival will have a noticeably different lineup schedule with the two-day event being split into different blocks. 

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Day one is set to feature more of Latin American legacy performers like Los Tigres del Norte, Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G, Caifanes and Paquita la del Barrio. Day two is filled with more modern acts like Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, CUCO and Boy Pablo, who have all previously performed at the event.

The real treat of the festival will be the artists squeezed towards the bottom of the lineup slate. Ivy Queen, Bomba Estéreo, The Drums, La Santa Cecilia, Inspector, and The Marías makeup with the bottom half of Tropicalia this year. 

“[Tropicália] was spawned from the love of going to Mexican nightclubs, backyard parties and all-ages punk shows at community centers,” Jeff Shuman, the festivals lead talent buyer and also oversees the Observatory in Santa Ana, told the Los Angeles Times last year. 

The announcement of Tropicália has many music fans chiming in on what many are calling a “dream lineup.”

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With the Tropicália Instagram page teasing fans for the last week about who would be a part of the show, news of the lineup announcement had fans in a frenzy. Whether it’s a love for legacy acts like Los Tigres del Norte that many Latinos listened to growing up or their fandom for artists like CUCO, it’s been a generally positive response to the lineup. 

“Some of these artists I grew up seeing at the little festivals in my city as a younger teen. Some of the artists got me through some ROUGH times and were the background music to some of the best moments of my life,” one person said on Twitter. 

Yes, there are already some great memes in honor of this year’s Tropicália lineup.

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The two-day musical genre split has gotten the approval from many on social media who have been quick to point out what makes the festival so unique.

“Bruh tropicalia lineup even got my mom excited and wanting to go whoever planned that lineup is really catering to every age bracket,” one fan tweeted

“It definitely comes from local culture, you can see that in the lineup,” Paul Billings, Goldenvoice’s senior VP, told the LA Times last year. “If you look at the comments we get, it’s all ‘How did you get these artists to play together?’ It’s so distinct from anything else we do. Everyone who goes connects to the show, it’s so culturally relevant. The age demographic Is younger but It’s intergenerational, and you don’t see that at festivals that often.”

The festival has become quite popular in southern California among a young Latino demographic where music festivals in the past few years have been curated to specific genres and niches. Whether it be old school hip-hop, 2000s indie rock or Latin-American legacy acts, Tropicália has become an event that showcases the blend of these genres.  

L.A. Taco, a Los Angeles-based taco-focused website, will be curating the taco vendor lineup for the first time. There are already three announced vendors that include L.A. taco staples like Teddy’s Red Tacos, Balam Mexican Kitchen, Triple Threat and with more to be announced. Presale starts on Thursday, Sept. 5 at noon PST with the password TEQUIERO. Prices begin at $99. All passes go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PST.

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Whitney Houston’s Estate Released Images Of Her Hologram And Basically It’s As Scary As Seeing La Llorona

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Whitney Houston’s Estate Released Images Of Her Hologram And Basically It’s As Scary As Seeing La Llorona

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Last year when the world learned that the estate of the later singer Whitney Houston planned to send her hologram on your, there was a mass of objections and outcries. Now that a sneak peek of the tour has been released, fans have dug in their heels.

“An Evening With Whitney : The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” will begin on February 25 in the UK.

While Houston’s death occurred eight years ago, her estate has decided to bring her back to life for fans by giving her a new tour experience. According to The New York Post, “‘An Evening With Whitney’ was designed with Whitney’s image in mind, Pat Houston, the singer’s former manager and head of the Whitney Houston estate, said. Whitney planned on giving a more intimate, unplugged-esque tour before she died. And while that never took place when she was alive, the production team behind the hologram has ensured her vision will happen posthumously.”

“We had a discussion about her doing ‘Whitney Unplugged’ or some type of ‘Evening with Whitney,’ and that was really her idea,” Pat Houston said according to the Post. “It’s a dream that was realized by her. So that’s the production. This isn’t something that we’re just putting together. This is something that she wanted to do, and I get very emotional watching this because it is so close to what she wanted. The only thing missing was her, physically.”

Whitney fans have taken to Twitter to voice their horror over the hologram which, in all honesty, is alarming to see at first.

Literally so many fans have been left speechless.

And so many of u shave too many questions.

The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The nominees for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and some of your faves are claiming several spots on the list. Bad Bunny and Ozuna are leading the pack with 14 nominations each. The two reggaetoneros claimed nominations for the coveted Artists of the Year award. All four nominees for Artist of the Year are male. Here the artists nominated for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.

First, let’s breakdown the nominees for Artist of the Year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny had an exceptional 2019. The Puerto Rican artist teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin on the collaborative album “Oasis.” The album brought us hits like “Que Pretendes” and “La Canción.” The reggae star also become politically active this year joining other Puerto Rican celebrities to travel to the Caribbean island to participate in protests against former Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Rosselló’s proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation.

J Balvin

The Colombian music star has been everywhere this year. Balvin not only partnered with Bad Bunny for collaborative album “Oasis,” he released a slew of new songs in 2019. The singer teamed up with Maluma to create “Qué Pena” and we spent most of last year jamming out to that single. Balvin is in tied in second place with Daddy Yankee with 12 nominations.

Ozuna

Despite a longterm scandal involving extortion and a sex tape, Ozuna kept things going and delivered high power music last year. The Puerto Rican singer joined Karol G, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin on “China,” which has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos spent 2019 collabing with so many different artists. His year of collaborations includes “Me Quedo” with Zacarias Ferreira and “ileso” with Teodoro Reyes. Santos has been nominated for five other awards including Canción del Año, Streaming for “Ella Quiere Beber” with Anuel AA, Top Latin Album, Artista del Año, Masculino, Categoria Tropical, Canción Tropical del Año for “Aullando” with Wisin and Yandel, and Álbum Tropical del Año for “Utopia.”

Here is a full list of nominees in the top categories for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:

Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:

Jhay Cortez
Manuel Turizo
Paulo Londra
Sech

Gira del Año / Tour of the Year:

Bad Bunny
Chayanne
Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony

Artista del Año, Redes Sociales / Social Artist of the Year

Anuel AA
Becky G
Daddy Yankee
Lali

Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year

DJ Snake
Drake
Katy Perry
Snow

Check out the full list of nominees by clicking here.

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