Marc Anthony’s a Triple Threat
Since Marc Anthony insists that he and wifey Jennifer Lopez don’t use nannies to care for their twin babies, you’d think he’d be on hiatus from the music biz. Apparently not! The boricua star just revealed that he’s currently working on no less than three albums and plans to release them all simultaneously by the end of 2008. Why three? There’s one to appease each of his lady-fanbases: one salsa album, one collection of ballads en español and one English-language album. For the latter, Anthony’s already hit the studio with such greats as Billy Joel and Babyface and plans to have more collabos where those came from. If that weren’t enough, he’s also prepping a fourth annual "Juntos en Concierto" tour with fellow heartthrobs Alejandro Fernandez and Aventura. The road trip kicks off July 26 in Los Angeles, and ticket proceeds are benefiting the childhood obesity non-profit, ING Run for Something Better. Whew. Someone send a diaper-changer to J.Lo’s house, stat!
David Archuleta Strikes a Deal
You weren’t honestly worried about American Idol’s babyfaced crooner, were you? No need...David Archuleta a.k.a. Chuleta (gringos call him Archie but we choose otherwise) only finished second in this year’s Idol competition, but the kid is alright. With three songs already on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week, Archuleta signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records. 19 is housed by 19 Entertainment, the company that produces American Idol, and it’s also the same label that inked a deal with this year’s winner, David Cook. In a statement, the 17-year-old hondureño said, “Signing a record contract with 19 Recordings/Jive Records is truly a dream come true. I’m really excited to start working on everything.” We’re excited for you too, Chuleta, but por favor, keep the schmaltz on your debut album to a minimum…
Latin Stars Speak Up for Obama
Forget those slapped-together Barack Obama mariachi and reggaeton music videos. In the vein of will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” video back in February, super-producer Andres Levin (Yerba Buena, Aterciopelados) has rounded up an impressive group of Latino celebrities to create a “Podemos Con Obama” video in support of the now-Democratic nominee’s presidential candidacy. The famosos featured include Paulina Rubio, Don Omar, Alejandro Sanz, Kate del Castillo, Volito, Jessica Alba and George Lopez, to name just a few, so it’s a must-see regardless of your political persuasion. Check it out at www.podemosconobama.com.
Cop It: The Pinker Tones Drop Those Funky Beats
Getting ready for those summer block parties? Then the album to pick up this week most definitely comes from Barcelona’s electronica gurus, the Pinker Tones. Wild Animals is a 12-track hodgepodge of thoroughly danceable beats (often featuring vocals by Mr. Furia and Prof. Manso themselves), but don’t expect to get pounded incessantly with a singular bassline or style. There’s something for everyone here, from the spaceage, brass-synth hybrid “S.E.X.Y.R.O.B.O.T.” to the reggae-lite “The Whistling Song,” house-heavy “Fugaz” and cruise-speed handclapper, “Happy Everywhere.” Jam out to it, and check back next week for our exclusive Q&A with Mr. Furia.