Shakira And The Taylor Swift Factor


Coachella 2024 Takeaways: The Shakira and Taylor Swift Factor

Shakira performing at Coachella. (Image courtesy: AFP)

Coachella's first weekend featured barely-there fashion with enthusiastic guest appearances, a diverse slate of Latino acts, and an indie rock revival along with a heavy dose of Americana at the premier desert festival.

Here's a summary of the weekend's takeaways:

latino pride

Shakira, Peso Pluma, J Balvin… This year's edition of Coachella was definitely dominated by Latin American acts from different countries and different genres. There has been a significant increase in Latin representation at Coachella in recent years, and another strong showing in 2024 indicated that such bookings are becoming less an anomaly and more the norm as Latin music continues to dominate global charts.

Last year, Coachella made history when Bad Bunny became the first-ever Spanish-language headliner. And this year Argentine star producer Bizarrap surprised fans by bringing out collaborator Shakira for a stellar performance, as Peso Pluma took the main stage with his unique blend of regional Mexican ballads mixed with Latin rap and reggaeton .

Artists including Puerto Rico's Young Mico, Cuba's Cimafunk, Ecuador's Hermanos Gutierrez, and Mexico's Son Rompe Pera, Carin Leon and Girl Ultra were among the long list of Latino artists represented at the festival. And Balvin brought out…Will Smith, who wore dark glasses and a suit for the performance of, you guessed it, men in Black Subject.

Swift sighted

Rumors swirled about Taylor Swift's possible appearance before Coachella — she's collaborated on music with Lana Del Rey, Jack Antonoff, and Ice Spice, and Swifties thought maybe one of those acts would invite her on stage. They didn't perform, but they did, with rock band Bleachers – their longtime producer Jack Antonoff being the frontman – watching from a back corner of the stage and Bronx rapper Ice Spice watching from the VIP section.

Swift and boyfriend Travis Kelce, the NFL tight end who recently won the Super Bowl, walked, danced and kissed as fans, for once, enjoyed the spectacle. Next weekend she can always hit the stage to promote her album which comes out on April 19, when Coachella will repeat more or less the same line-up. And while she was the most talked about, Swift was far from the only celeb to see at Coachella, the playground for the rich and famous.

Billie Eilish – who joined Del Rey on stage on Friday – was seen at Tyler, The Creator's headlining set the following day, also making her own unscheduled performance at the festival's Do Lab, in which she performed three new tracks from her upcoming album Presented. hit me hard and soft,

Olivia Rodrigo was included for No Doubt along with other cameos including Ke$ha and Katy Perry.

88 Emerging Showcase

Music and media company 88Rising, which gained fame as a platform and label to promote predominantly Asian American artists, held a special showcase for the second time, which included performances from J-pop groups Yoasobi, Atarashi Gakko. Were! and Number_Eye, Japanese hip-hop artist Aitch, Korean-American rapper Tiger JK, Chinese pop star Xin Lu and Korean rapper Eunmirae.

Atarashi Gakko! And Yoasobi also played their own sets.

This year another history-maker took the stage, if only virtually: screaming fans flocked to Japan's famed singer Hatsune Miku — a Vocaloid software voicebank whose personality is that of a teen with turquoise pigtails.

indie rock returns

Alien Memory Neutralizer Smith was the fulcrum of a comeback in the 1990s, when Coachella's Saturday lineup offered a blast from the past as alt-rock recalled the roots from which it came.

No Doubt – the group fronted by Gwen Stefani – played together for the first time in 15 years, playing a lengthy show including 1990s hits. just a girl And Do not Speak,

Blur also took the stage as did Sublime, the stoner reggae rock group now led by Jacob Nowell, son of the band's late frontman Brad. Vampire Weekend – hits include “Cape Cod Kwasa Kwasa” – also returned to the desert for a surprise performance, bringing none other than Paris Hilton to the stage during a 15-minute honky tonk mash-up.

assless people, rimless glasses

Hilton wasn't the only one to go cowboycore at Coachella: Western hats and boots were also very popular, along with fringes, studs, vests, and even the occasional assless guy. Denim, big-buckle belts, airy white tops and lace-embroidered dresses complete the Americana theme, which comes in the form of pop-leaning country, led by none other than Beyoncé, whose Countrified album The pursuit of cowboy-inspired fashion has increased.

1990s-style punk and skater fashion, including leather, plaid and goth-lite lace, was also very popular, in line with the alt rock nostalgia evident on stage.

Of course, most of the desert fashion at Coachella involved wearing as little as possible — sheer sheaths over bikinis and mesh over nipple covers were common, as were string thongs peeking from low-rise jeans in a straight scene of Y2K.

The throwback to the early 2000s also applied to eyewear: Coachella attendees saw the world through rose-colored glasses of wrap-around, rectangular, and rimless varieties.

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