Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor
Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.
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We didn’t want you to start 2011 without having a listen to five stellar albums that may have flown below your radar.
Dreaming of Ibiza sunrises after a night of clubbing? Barcelona foursome Delorean fill in the gap with plenty of synths in their third studio album Subiza. The video for the first track, “Stay Close,” is a kaleidoscope of water and rays that will make you want to sway in the cool breeze.
We love it when our favorite musicians join forces to collaborate on a song. We imagine them jamming together in a studio and building on each other’s talents until something magical comes out. And while most of the following musical partnerships may not have happened quite like that, we were still blown away by the results.
Enrique Iglesias featuring Juan Luis Guerra, “Cuando Me Enamoro”
Elvis Crespo is back with a new look, a new sound and a new record. Yes, we’re referring to the same guy who gave us the merengue hits “Suavemente” and “Pintame” over a decade ago. The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer’s eighth album is aptly titled Indestructible (out this week) for the obstacles he’s faced—and overcome—throughout his long career. The “new and upated” Elvis Crespo is looking towards the future.
Why did you call the new album Indestructible?
Cuban singer-songwriter Alex Cuba has had a stellar year. Not only did he win a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist this past November, but just last month he also received a Grammy nod for Best Latin Pop Album. And even though he faces some stiff competition (Ricardo Arjona, Kany Garcia, Alejandro Sanz and Julieta Venegas are all nominated in the category), his soulful self-titled album is deserving of the accolade. We talked with the artist about his big nomination and his monster year:
Colombian superstar Juanes celebrated the release of his fifth studio, P.A.R.C.E., last night with an intimate show at New York City’s Irving Plaza. “I’ve spent a long time playing alone at home, totally bored. Being here with you is marvelous,” he told the 900-plus fans squeezed into the standing-room only venue.
The Grammy Nominations Concert in downtown Los Angeles last night kicked off the countdown to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. Hosted by LL Cool J, the star-studded precursor to the big event included performances by Katy Perry, Train, Justin Bieber and other chart-toppers.
We’d love to know what Julio Iglesias thinks about his eldest son’s newest single “Tonight (I’m F**kin’ You)”? After all, Dad was an original Latin Lover, a man who preferred to use innuendo when wooing the ladies. Even at his raunchiest, he was still a gentleman : “To all the girls who cared for me/ Who filled my nights with ecstasy/ They live within my heart/ I’ll always be a part/ Of all the girls I’ve loved before,” he croons in his most famous hit.
In the 84-year history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, there had never been an all-Spanish performance...until today. Colombian rockero Juanes made the record books this morning as the first artist to sing a song in español in front of the 50 million viewers nationwide that tune in to see the annual holiday spectacular.
Puerto Rican-Filipino cutie Bruno Mars hit the stage this morning on NBC’s Today Show as part of the Toyota Concert Series. Wearing a green and black plaid jacket, a chauffeur hat and Ray-Ban sunglasses, the singer-songwriter belted out a couple of songs from his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Atlantic Records), including fan favorites “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade.”
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