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Like it or not, Coldplay has been confirmed as the headliner for the 2016 Super Bowl Half-time Show. Some aren’t happy, as expected, but Coldplay’s 15 year career and over 80 millions records sold prove that they deserve to headline this show. From the moment “Yellow” hit the radio in 2000 through now, the band has contributed great music through the years. “Clocks”, “Fix U”, “Viva La Vida”, “Paradise”, are just a handful of hits. True, the band may be a bit light (or slow) for the show but they have a few up beat hits and that’s why they’re inviting Bruno Mars to join them on stage. I recommend they bring in their buddy DJ Avicii to help them out with some EDM and back them up for “A Sky Full of Stars”. If you’ve ever been to a Coldplay concert, you know you leave in awe at the end of the night and in a great mood. The music, the band, the lights, the visuals all contribute to making you feel this way and I can’t wait for the band to bring this to the Super Bowl.

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Flaca Covers Como La Flor

Posted: October 22, 2015 in New Music
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Did you know Flaca from Orange is the New Black sang? Neither did I. Did you know Flaca just released a new video? Neither did I, until today. Technically, it is not Flaca herself but Jackie Cruz, the actress that plays the not always bright, chola looking, latina inmate in Netflix’s series. Jackie Cruz can sing and who knew it? She just released a video to “Como La Flor” with a chilled acoustic version of the song. I like it, I like it a lot. It doesn’t sound like her trying to duplicate a Selena song, instead she is making the song into her own style. I hope to hear more music soon!

Shakira was already a household name when she released “La Tortura” ten years ago. It was the first single for her Spanish album Fijacion Oral Vol. I and it instantly became a huge hit in Spanish and English media formats. In the Spanish Billboard charts, it set a record by staying at #1 for 25 consecutive weeks and became the biggest Spanish single of 2005. Interestingly enough, the single reached #23 on the English charts and had regular airplay on popular English radio stations. The video earned several MTV Video Music Awards nominations and Shakira with Alejandro Sanz were invited to perform. This was the first Spanish performance made on the VMAs. After the success of this single, Shakira continued to make more hits but it is important to acknowledge the language and cultural lines “La Tortura” surpassed to become one of the biggest singles of 2005. For this, I chose it as my TBT blog. Enjoy the video below and also I included my personal video from Shakira‘s last concert in LA exactly five years ago on October 23, 2010.

I’ve been following Disclosure for a couple of years now and I was lucky enough to see them at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood before they blew up. There last album was hot from first to last song with some unknown guests (at the time), like Sam Smith. For this new album Caracal, they’re not holding back with the A+ guests and they’ve brought back Sam with the first single “Omen”. But what has me losing my shit, is the second single “Magnets” featuring Lorde. My first thought hearing this song, was damn, Lorde should’ve held on to this song for her own album! The song is bad ass and the vid is even badder. I can’t picture anyone else doing this song besides Lorde, the beat and Lorde’s voice blend in perfectly. So far Disclosure has two for two hits and it looks like they’re going to replicate the success of their last album. Wait until they release “Nocturnal” with the Weeknd!

I first discovered Linda Ronstadt in the late 80’s when my mom took me to Linda’s concert for Canciones de Mi Padre. I remember enjoying the full concert, mostly because I’ve always liked mariachi music. A few years later I saw Linda performing an English song on TV at the Grammys with Aaron Neville. I wasn’t familiar with her music history and I was immediately interested in discovering more. This search took me to the early 70’s with pop/rock; into the 80’s with pop standards and country; and finally to this Grammy performance of “Don’t Know Much”. I instantly became a fan and listened to her music as I grew up into adulthood. A few years ago, I heard Linda had retired from singing due to Parkinson’s. I was bummed because I would not be able to see her live in concert again but this week I was lucky enough to see her in person and hear her life story. Linda shared her life story for almost two hours at the Valley Performing Arts Center but it wasn’t enough. Her life story is as amazing and eclectic as her music. From her childhood in Tucson, to being part of the rock movement of the 70’s, to crossing over from English to Spanish with her Mariachi album…what an amazing career. Dan Guerrero, who is also a friend of Linda, was the interviewer and kept the conversation moving smoothly and provided some laughs throughout the night. I don’t usually pay to go see someone speak (I rather spend that money on concerts) but this was a exception and I’m glad I went. Also glad to hear Linda give praise to Brittany from Alabama Shakes, when she was asked about today’s music scene. Now the question is when will we get a Linda Ronstadt movie…I’ll even settle for a TV movie.

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