MUSIC ROUNDUP: Shakira Gets a Hollywood Star!

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Shakira Gets a Hollywood Star!

Last year Ricky Martin earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and this year it’s Shakira who gets the honor! The Colombian star joins fellow Latina Cameron Diaz (and hotties Robert Downey Jr. and John Stamos) as one of 25 famous faces selected by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to receive their stars in 2009. Other prominent Latin music stars who earned their propias estrellas in past years include Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz and Julio Iglesias. Congrats, Shaki! Hopefully this will motivate you to temporarily set aside your side projects—cosmetics line, fragrance, [insert leisurely activity here]—and hit the recording studio.

Cop It: Thalia’s Lunada

Mexican pop diva Thalia has already been stirring up attention over her new album, Lunada, though not necessarily for the right reasons. (Take a look at this side-by-side comparison that Blogamole recently did of her album cover versus a eerily similar one by Aussie electronica duo Cut Copy, and you be the judge.) But let’s get back to the music--Lunada’s first single is “Ten Paciencia,” and though we normally find Thalia’s music a bit too bubbly for our taste, we’re digging the scat-singing vibe that she lays over the song’s cumbia-house beats. Well done, girl! Now if only you could tone it down with the fuschia…

Rock in Rio Hits Madrid

Super-sized concert festivals abound in the summertime, but few are as global and far-reaching as Rock in Rio, which has bounced between Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon in recent years and will land in Madrid for the first time starting June 27. Among the artists performing: Spaniard faves like Alejandro Sanz and pop-rock outfit El Canto del Loco, alt-gods Café Tacuba and Shakira. Oh, and Amy Winehouse is booked to perform at the festival on July 4...something tells us she might not make it.

Has Hector “El Father” found God?

Word on the street is that Hector “El Father” is about to trade in his bling for a rosary necklace. ElCorillord.com reports that the reggaetonero has been experiencing a faith overhaul since his son recently fell ill, and he’s considering retiring as a music artist to become a priest. Think he’s regretting the fact that he called his last album The Bad Boy?

--Monica Herrera

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