The New Queens of Regional Mexican Music
Icons like Jenni Rivera, Graciela Beltrán, Ana Bárbara, Alicia Villareal, and Ninel Conde have paved the way for new queens in regional Mexican. Chiquis, daughter of the late Reina de la Banda, and Victoria "La Mala" Ortiz are just a couple of the refreshing talents that are revolutionizing the genre.
Chiquis, the daughter of legendary singer Jenni Rivera, has shined in her own right, and just celebrated her first Latin Grammy win for her album Playlist. Her legion of fans around the world are known as the Boss Bee Nation.
Chiquis has shown that there is strength in unity. Rather than be rivals, she is friends with other regional Mexican stars like Helen Ochoa and Ely Quintero, with whom she recorded the song "Las Destrampadas."
Chiquis also recorded the music video of the Maná cover "Me Vale" with Helen Ochoa and Victoria "La Mala" Ortiz.
Going Her Own Way
Her mother was a big influence in her life, but Chiquis has strived to do things her way in the music industry. With songs like the "Jolene" cover with Becky G and "Ticket de Salida" with Amanditita, she's proven she has her own unique flow.
Ely Quintero's album Ahora Con Banda gives fans a taste of her passionate style.
Victoria "La Mala" Ortiz
"If Tupac and Selena had a love child, it would be me," said Victoria "La Mala" Ortiz, who was greatly influenced by the late Queen of Tex-Mex Selena Quintanilla and hip-hop and rap stars. She recently shared a photo with Chris Perez and Joe Ojeda, teasing fans about an upcoming collaboration. "To be able to create new music with them, who were such a big part of the music that has inspired me so much, is a true dream come true," she said.
The recently engaged singer has left her mark with female empowerment anthems like "Vete Mucho" and "El Corrido del Amor."
"Now more than ever we have to teach women to love and respect themselves," Helen Ochoa told Billboard. "I want to write songs about women overcoming obstacles, or help them overcome something they're going through with my lyrics."
Vicky Terrazas and her sister Marisol Terrazas gave the male-dominated regional Mexican genre a younger and female-inspired twist with their band Horoscopos de Durango.
With hits like "Estoy con Otro en la Cama," Horoscopos de Durango proved that female banda music stars have a loyal audience and a great following.