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Karol G makes history as the first Latina to headline Lollapalooza

The Colombian superstar will headline alongside Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish and more in Chicago in August.

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Earlier this week, on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the lineup for Lollapalooza 2023 was announced to great fanfare. 

There are a number of big acts set to take the stage in Grant Park, Chicago between Aug. 3 and Aug. 6, but only Karol G is making history with her performance.

The Colombian superstar is the first Latina to ever headline Lollapalooza, one of the longest-running and most-popular music festivals in the U.S.

Her history in the festival lineup comes just under a month after Karol G released fourth studio album, Mañana Será Bonito, and her fans can look forward to hearing some of the album’s new tracks live during her set at Lolla in August.

The album itself also made more history for Karol G, as she became the first Latina to ever score a number one Billboard album that is recorded entirely in Spanish, and the third overall all-Spanish album after Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour del Mundo and Un Verano Sin Ti.

In scoring the number one spot, Karol G also surpassed Shakira’s Fijación Oral, Vol. 1, as the highest-charting Spanish-language album by a female artist.

Streaming-wise, Mañana Será Bonito garnered over 118 million streams in its first week, making it the biggest U.S. streaming week for a Latin album by a woman.

Joining Karol G as a headliner across the four days of Lollapalooza 2023 are Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Odesza, Lana Del Rey, The 1975, and Tomorrow X Together.

Other Latino acts making the journey to Chicago to perform at Lolla are Jessie Reyez, Ivan Cornejo, Los Aptos, Usted Señalemelo, Lesly Reynaga and Junior Mesa.

Much like she competes with Bad Bunny when it comes to breaking music records and making history, Karol G headlining Lollapalooza this year is very much like Bad Bunny being one of two headliners for last year’s Made in America in Philadelphia. Benito was the first Latino, Spanish-language performer to ever be one of the show’s headliners.

It’s likely only a matter of time before Karol G makes her Philly festival debut.

A similar circumstance has also played out at Coachella. Bad Bunny first performed there in 2019, but will be the first Latin music, Spanish-language headliner in the festival’s history in 2023. Karol G and Anitta were the first Latinas to grace the festival’s main stage in 2022.

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