We especially love the bizarre and wildly funny things are taking place on stage. This week was no different.
While playing some concerts in Australia, Kacey Musgraves was pressured to do a “shoey” on stage. First, let me explain what it is.
In Australia (with origin dates unknown), it’s a tradition to drink alcohol out of your shoe. That’s why they called it a “shoey” get it? Earlier this week, audiences kept yelling “shoey” while Musgraves was on stage and she flat out told them no. Who can blame her? It’s kind of gross.
She initially said, “I’m not f–king drinking out of your shoe!”
Some people praised her for not giving into peer pressure. “I’m so proud of Kacey for not doing the shoey,” one local fan said. “She stuck it out. We stan an anti shoey queen,” another said.
She still got some negative press for not taking part in this Australian tradition, and last night she finally had a change of heart. She said she wasn’t in the mood.
During her concert in Melbourne, Musgraves celebrated her last show in Australia by finally doing a shoey, but she did it her way — with a glass slipper, just like the one Cinderella wore.
The shoey tradition is for a performer to drink out of their own shoe, but because that’s nasty, Musgraves — like the star she is — chose a much more stylish way of taking the shot.
She downed tequila of course. What else would you expect from this lady? Check it out below.
Thre have long been alleged links between Mexico’s drug cartels and legitimate businesses. Whether by pressure or choice, several companies have been proven to be working alongside some of Mexico’s most deadly cartels – whether it be laundering money, lobbying politicians, or paying off corrupt officials.
However, a new investigation has revealed just how far the cartels have gone to ensure a steady stream of cash directly to their pockets. And in the process, they’ve revealed that some of Mexico’s most iconic brands may be tied to some of its most dangerous cartels.
Working together with the U.S. DEA, Mexico has identified tequila brands that are allegedly laundering money for cartels.
On Tuesday, Mexican financial regulators unveiled details about companies they believe to be linked to movements totaling more than $1.1 billion related to the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). They also froze the bank accounts of nearly 2,000 people they allege are involved in the money laundering scheme.
The country’s anti-money laundering agency said it worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to identify the 167 companies caught up in the financial dragnet, dubbed “Operation Blue Agave.”
Blue agave is the plant used to make tequila, which is the signature drink of Jalisco, the cartel’s home state.
Drug cartels have a long history of using tequila to disguise their operations, dating to at least 2006.
This isn’t the first time that criminal groups have used Mexico’s most popular beverage to advance their illegal activities – links between the tequila industry and drug cartels go back to at least 2006. That was the year the DEA first discovered a connection between tequila and drug trafficking in Mexico, the newspaper Milenio reported on Thursday.
Much like today’s report, it’s alleged that drug cartels are using legitimate – and sometimes totally fake – tequila companies to launder money.
In 2006, it was the Tequila Cartel – also known as the Arellano Félix organization – that was found to be using tequila as a front for illegal activities. the U.S. Treasury Department had alleged that the tequila company 4 Reyes had helped the Tijuana Cartel to launder the money it obtained from distributing drugs in both Mexico and the U.S.
So which tequila companies have been accused of working alongside the cartels?
Mexican officials so far are remaining pretty tight lipped about which specific companies have been accused of working alongside the cartels. However, from previous reports, links between the tequila company Onze Black have been discovered. The company was set up by Los Cuinis, a drug cartel with close ties to the CJNG, to help finance its criminal activities. The U.S. government added the company to an economic blacklist the same year.
Another tequila company, one owned by the actress Kate del Castillo, was investigated by Mexican authorities to establish whether it had any financial links to the former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, currently imprisoned in the United States.
However, no illicit dealings between del Castillo’s company, Tequila Honor, and El Chapo were detected.
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Shakira first gained fame in her native Colombia in the mid 1990s. And as a young millennial who grew up to her music, it’s hard to believe that the singer’s been such an iconic presence in Latinx music for almost three decades now. Shakira has built a name for herself as an entertainment powerhouse, this Latina has changed pop culture and reigns supreme as the hip-shaking queen. This year, she’s back from a vocal injury with a whole documentary —which will be premiering in theaters this month.
In November 2017, Shakira suffered a vocal cord hemorrhage.
After a vocal injury which forced the singer to postpone her first tour in seven years — and her first since becoming a mother to two sons— Shak is ready to bounce back with a documentary that brushes on her vocal-cord hemorrhage injury, but mainly follows her in her 2017 tour ‘El Dorado’.
El Dorado, in 2017, marked her first U.S. trek in seven years. The run, however, was delayed for several months until Shakira recovered from her injury.
We’ll get to see the Colombiana perform all of her classics.
The 30-second trailer for the documentary, opens with shots that capture Shakira’s difficult recovery. But the rest of the trailer is packed with shots teasing the singer’s iconic return as she dances across the stage, plays guitar, beats the drums and sings to her classics “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.”
Shakira took control of 100% of what went down during her ‘El Dorado’ tour.
Much like Beyonce did in her Homecoming show and ‘documentary’, this Latina diva took absolute control of every aspect of her live show: from the lighting to the musical arrangements to the choreography. “I want to look sexy as hell, or I cancel this!” yells Shakira with zeal to her crew during rehearsal in a scene of the film —and we can relate on a deep spiritual level.
In contrast to Beyonce though, and other superstars of her level, on this tour Shakira had no backup dancers, “I wanted the freedom to improvise,” she says to the camera during the film. The set design was purposefully minimalistic —inspired, she says, by Anton Corbijn, one of her favorite visual artists, who has directed music videos for U2, Metallica, and Depeche Mode.
The documentary was co-directed by the singer and will feature a lot of clips from her 2018 show in LA.
Shakira co-directed Shakira in Concert with James Merryman, and much of the movie was filmed at the pop star’s August 2018 concert in Los Angeles. The film will also feature behind-the-scenes clips and narration from Shakira.
Latinx music fans will also get to see other singers who have collaborated with Shakira.
Fans of reggaeton are in for a treat! The documentary also features a few behind-the-scenes moments of Shakira in the studio with Maluma and Nicky Jam, writing and recording their songs ‘Perro Fiel’ and ‘Chantaje’ together. We’ll get to catch glimpses of her interacting with her family —aka her hottie of a husband, Gerrard Pique— and her band during rehearsals and between concerts. Viewers will even get to see her dancing and singing aboard her private plane, still brimming with adrenaline after performing the nightly two-hour-long show.
El Dorado won’t be available on streaming platforms just yet —the singer has something much bigger planned.
Unlike other pop-star documentaries, El Dorado won’t be immediately available on streaming services or DVD. Shakira wanted her fans to have a communal fan experience by screening it in theaters. Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour will be shown in more than 2,000 theaters in more than 60 countries on the same day. Alongside the film, there will be a live album of the tour coming out this week as well.
Shakira dedicated ‘El Dorado’ to her fans.
The entire project, the film and album, is a gift to fans who have been with her through thick and thin and who, Shakira says, are the true protagonists of El Dorado. “When an artist decides to go on tour, in a way, he or she needs reaffirmation,” she said. “We need to confirm that there’s people out there loving us, worshipping what you do. . . . [There’s] a very narcissistic motivation behind all of that.” “When I came out on tour this time, there was none of that. I just wanted to do it for them, because they were there for me.”
Tickets for Shakira in concert are available on the film’s website. Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour will premiere internationally on November 13th
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