La Mosca’s Guillermo Novelis Details Hometown Livestream From Argentina: ‘It’s Very Symbolic For Us’

La Mosca, the Argentine big band whose infectious, danceable songs — including “Para no verte más” and “Todos tenemos un amor” — became hits throughout Latin America, will livestream their first quarantine show, #Deramalloalmundo (From Ramallo to the World), on Saturday (Sept. 19).

The caveat: all nine band members will be onstage.

“There are nine of us, and we are all essential,” says lead singer Guillermo Novellis, speaking on the phone from Ramallo, the group’s hometown (ergo the name of the show).

Having a nine-piece band onstage during COVID is as surprising as, well, having a nine-man group at all (the name La Mosca, by the way, translates to The Fly). But La Mosca’s brash wind section is what always made the group stand out, in addition to its blend of ska, reggae and pop.

Billboard spoke with Novellis ahead of the show, which will be their first hometown livestream, and can be watched here at 9 p.m. Argentina time (8 p.m. ET).

There’s nine of you! And you’re all going to be onstage even as Argentina is in a COVID lockdown. What are the logistics of this?

We have a very big and ample stage to play with. It’s just us and our tech team. It will be a big party, but keeping all the social distancing parameters. Also, fortunately we live in a city in the interior of the country where the pandemic hasn’t really been felt. Still, the show has all the permits and supervision required by the authorities. We’re filming with all the lights and camera as if we were playing in front of an audience.

Why was it important to do this in Ramallo?

It’s the place where we grew up, where we all met each other, where we created the band. It’s our point of departure and arrival. From Ramallo we come and we go. It’s very symbolic for us. We’re a band that has toured over 30 countries, we’ve won many awards and gold albums. And this will be a multinational show that the entire world can see. We’re preparing as if we were playing a live show, with all the adrenaline and excitement.

You’ve had the same members since 2001, which is remarkable. What’s the secret to keeping the peace between so many?

We’ve created a group based on respect. Every decision is discussed. The set list, the rehearsals, we vote on absolutely everything, and the majority wins. That’s it. Obviously, we lobby each other and try to make our case. But we’re a group and we’re very supportive of each other. It’s like soccer. Maybe the guy that scores gets to be on the cover, but team doesn’t work unless everybody has input.

This is also your 25th anniversary, correct?

Yes. And we had a whole series of celebrations planned. But… We’re going to take advantage of tonight to run through our entire career. No one is going to be disappointed.

As part of the anniversary you’re also planning an album of collabs. What can you tell us about that?

We’re working on an album of our best-known songs featuring guest artists and adapted to our guests. For example, we’re doing “Todos tenemos un amor” in a salsa version, featuring Gilberto Santa Rosa.

You are personally known for your signature big sunglasses. Is that what gave the band its name?

No. The name came first. And it’s not about a fly. We were looking for a short, easy to remember name, and it’s also the name of a card game we play in this area. Afterwards, I shaved my head and put on the glasses. Actually, the glasses were the brainchild of our manager, Santiago Ruiz.

Are you wearing your sunglasses tonight?

Always. They have to be there.

Demi Lovato Remembers Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a ‘Super Hero’ in Heartfelt Tribute

Demi Lovato is joining the list of artists mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday (Sept. 18).

The 28-year-old pop star took to Instagram on Friday (Sept. 18) to recognize the legal and feminist icon’s decades-long commitment to equal rights while serving on the Supreme Court.

“RBG, you are a super hero,” Lovato wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of Ginsburg. “For those that don’t know, she spent every day fighting for equal rights, women’s rights, LGTBQ+ rights, affordable healthcare AND MORE… Thank you for fighting for all of us. Thank you for being so brave. Your work will never go unappreciated.”

Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87.

With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 3, Ginsburg’s vacancy on the Supreme Court allows President Donald Trump to solidify the conservative majority on the court.

“She spent the last of her days fighting for us,” Lovato continued. “Now it’s OUR TIME to put in the work. Register to vote. Show up to the polls this November. Continue her legacy and strive for greatness … Sending love and prayers to the family of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rest In Justice.”

See Lovato’s full tribute to Ginsburg here.

Here Are 5 Times Rosalía Has Proven to be a Superstar Onstage

When Rosalía takes the stage, it’s impossible to take your eyes off of her.

Her jaw-dropping performances, which often include flamenco-inspired dance routines and raw interpretations of songs that show off her powerful and dramatic vocals, have mesmerized audiences, from Coachella to the Grammys.

At Coachella, a fan-recorded video captured Rosalía’s powerful a cappella performance of “Catalina” from her debut album Los Ángeles. At the 2020 Grammys, dressed in a white-fringed body suit she sang her new single “Juro Que” and later wowed artists and fans alike with her modern take on a traditional flamenco routine, and she then proceeded to perform “Malamente” from her Grammy-winning album El Mal Querer.

The Spanish singer-songwriter is confirmed to participate at this year’s Latin Music Week in a Q&A with Pharrell Williams, taking place the week of Oct. 20-23.

In anticipation of Rosalía’s chat with Williams and in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, watch (at least) five times Rosalía has proven to be a superstar onstage.

Live on Austin City Limits 2019: “Con Altura” 

Coachella 2019: “Catalina”  

Lollapalooza Chicago 2019: “Pienso En Tu Mirá” 

2019 Women in Music: “Di Mi Nombre” 

2020 Grammy Awards: “Malamente” 

The pair’s highly-anticipated Q&A joins other previously confirmed pairings including J Balvin and Deepak Chopra; Ozuna and Sony Latin head Afo Verde; and Carlos Vives and Gustavo Dudamel.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary as the longest-running and biggest Latin music industry, the three day immersive experience dedicated to Latin Music, culture and entertainment, will feature intimate artist conversations, industry panels, workshops and performances. Additional participants and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. To reserve a spot and receive updates, RSVP here.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards 2020 will broadcast live on Oct. 21 via Telemundo, with awards to be given out in 59 categories honoring the top artists, songs, albums, labels, publishers, songwriters and producers of the year.

5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (September 19)

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week:

Bad Bunny’s Virtual Concert

Bad Bunny will perform a livestream concert for Uforia’s Music Series in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The show will be live-streamed Sept. 20 via UforiaMusic.com, and can also be watched on Bad Bunny’s YouTube

“We are extremely excited to celebrate the richness of Latinx culture during Hispanic Heritage Month with this one-of-a-kind live streaming experience, and also commemorate the Puerto Rico community’s resilience on the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria, in partnership with Verizon” said Jesus Lara, president of radio, Univision. “We are proud to showcase the artistry of Bad Bunny who has had such a profound impact on our culture and the music industry at large.”

Bunny’s performance kicks off the Uforia Music Series’ star-studded livestream concerts which will air once a month through the end of December. Additional dates and artist lineups will be announced in the coming weeks.

J.Lo & Maluma at Latin Music Week 

Jennifer Lopez will join Maluma for a can’t-miss Superstar Q&A conversation set to take place during the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Week.

The chart-topping artists will speak about their new music together, their upcoming film, Marry Me – which will be packed with new original songs from both Lopez and Maluma – as well as how Latinos are changing the landscape in both Hollywood and the music industry.

Lopez and Maluma are the latest superstars announced to speak at Latin Music Week, a three-day immersive experience dedicated to Latin music, culture and entertainment, taking place virtually on its new dates Oct. 20-23. RSVP here.

“Your Face Sounds Familiar”

Univision announced the eight celebrities, a mix of actors, singers and TV personalities, who will transform into iconic music artists and take the “Tu Cara Me Suena (Your Face Sounds Familiar)” stage. The select group of celebrities such as El Dasa, Sandra Echeverría and Pablo Montero will showcase their powerful vocal skills during spectacular performances.

The music competition show will be part of Univision’s “Domingos en Familia (Family Sundays)” programming. “Tu Cara Me Suena” premieres Oct. 4 on Univision.

Hispanic Heritage Month

The 50 best Latin songs of all time kicked off Billboard’s Hispanic Heritage Month coverage. Billboard’s journey to choose the 50 greatest Latin songs of all time took us across space and time, from Argentina to Spain and from the 1920s to 2018. We wanted to represent the full spectrum of Latin music (including music from Spain), from Mexican ballads to Cuban son to Colombian salsa to today’s bachata. Click here for the 50 songs.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the contributions and influence of Hispanic to the history and culture of the United States. For an entire month (from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), you’ll find exclusive content here in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Marc Anthony’s 3.0 Earns ‘Diamante’ Certification 

Marc Anthony’s 3.0 became the first ever salsa album in history to be certified “Diamante,” the RIAA’s highest certification for a Latin album, for shipments of over 600,000 copies in the U.S. alone. The album, produced by Sergio George, also led to Marc Anthony’s longest ever tour. “The arrival of this new achievement in this particular time is truly gratifying and inspiring for me,” said Marc Anthony.

He continued, “3.0 was an album that I considered risky at the time of its release. The Latin music industry was beginning to shift and the main attention was going to other genres. The album was embraced by everyone in such a powerful way. That response gave a boost of reassurance in my career and my instincts as a music creator.” Read the story here.