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Mexican rock band Mana set record; Tupac ‘hologram’ may tour — and more from the world of pop music

Each Tuesday on the Style blog, we’ll be rounding up the latest pop music headlines along with all of Style’s pop music coverage from the previous week.

● Powerhouse Mexican rock band Mana set a record this week, selling out its 11th consecutive concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The previous record-holder was Britney Spears with eight consecutive sell-outs at Staples — which Mana tied last summer.

View Photo Gallery: Florence + The Machine, the Black Keys and At the Drive In were a few of the acts that performed during the first weekend of Coachella, a two weekend-long music festival that attracts nearly 75,000 music fans and celebrities a day to Indio, Calif.

● Much of the buzz coming out of last weekend’s Coachella music festival centered around a performance by a “hologram” of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that the ghost of gangsta rap’s past might be going on tour: “Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss logistics for a tour involving the two performers and the virtual Tupac.”

● In today’s Post: Allison Stewart finds the latest album from Takoma Park troubadour Eric Hutchinson to be both “affable” and “genuinely creepy,” Sarah Godfrey reviews the latest from bachata heartthrob Prince Royce, and Bill Friskics-Warren takes the disparate global pop of LoCura for a spin.

● In case you missed it: Atlanta rapper Future drops his new album “Pluto” on Tuesday — and he spoke about it in Sunday’s Post; author R.J .Smith’s excellent new James Brown biography “The One” is well worth your time and Kindle-space; and catch up on live reviews of Afro-Blue, Tanlines, Hot Chelle Rae, Chain and the Gang and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the bliss of summer songs, the woe of festival fatigue and a guide on how to KonMari your record collection.


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