Hugo Chavez Wants to Sing with Calle 13
By Mariela Rosario | 10/29/2009 - 11:45

It seems that the lines of communication have been crossed between Puerto Rican band Calle 13 and president Hugo Chavez. After lead singer René Pérez Joglar wore a shirt to the Los Premios MTV that read, "Chavez por mejor artista pop" the Venezuelan leader took the reference as a compliment.


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POLL: Did Calle 13 Go Too Far?
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2009 - 12:31

An upcoming Calle 13 concert scheduled to be held in Puerto Rico's famed Roberto Clemente coliseum has been canceled, apparently as a result of lead singer René Pérez's personal insult of the Republican Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño while hosting Los Premios MTV last week. Pérez took full advantage of his moment in the spotlight to highlight political issues and causes close to his heart and managed to offend quite a few people along the way.


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Calle 13 Go Nuts
By Grace Bastidas | 09/01/2009 - 12:49

Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 just released the video for "Fiesta de Locos," the fourth single from the pair’s latest album, Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo. The song, which imagines Residente and Visitante as a couple of mental patients, was inspired by Emir Kusturica’s Balkan gypsy-punk rock music. Filmed during a concert in Buenos Aires last year, the video captures the general revelry of the audience with a few “crazy” little moments spliced in between. Watch carefully for two women making out; a priest getting down; and a guy hugging a rooster.


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Q&A: Calle 13's Residente and Visitante Leave the Map at Home
By Grace Bastidas | 07/29/2009 - 10:12

Calle 13’s documentary Sin Mapa premieres tonight at the New York International Latino Film Festival. The film follows the Grammy Award–winning duo as they travel across South America in search of indigenous music and culture. I recently spoke to Residente about the experience:

Where did you go for this documentary?


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Shakira's Collaboration with Calle 13 is Socially Conscious, "Danceable"
By Monica Herrera | 03/24/2009 - 12:24

Details on the much-hyped collaboration between Colombian pop star Shakira and Puerto Rican alt-reggaetoneros Calle 13 are slowly trickling out.


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René Pérez of Calle 13 Opens Up About How AIDS/HIV Has Affected His Life
By Mariela Rosario | 03/20/2009 - 18:00

René Pérez (aka Residente) of Calle 13 sat down with MTV Tr3s at a recent screening of the new film Pedro, based on the life of Pedro Zamora, the first openly gay and HIV positive cast member ever featured on The Real World, at Florida International University.


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Shakira Hits The Studio with Calle 13!
By Monica Herrera | 01/07/2009 - 10:21

This is one collabo we're dying to hear more about. Colombian pop queen Shakira recently hit the studio with alt-raperos Calle 13 for a very fruitful recording session in the Bahamas. How do we know? One of the producers in the studio session, James Wisner, was kind enough to post a photo of the whole group on his MySpace profile. Thanks, James!


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Red Carpet Roundup: Los Premios MTV 2008
By Monica Herrera | 10/17/2008 - 14:50

The coolest names in Latin American music converged in Mexico City Thursday night for Los Premios MTV Latinoamerica 2008, where thick red tongues (not moon men) are the coveted prize and reggaeton artists are hard to find--and that's not a bad thing!


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Nelly Furtado Remixes Wisin & Yandel
By Monica Herrera | 04/18/2008 - 15:49

Nelly Furtado is officially the queen of Latin collabos. The pop princess—who just two months ago told a Chilean newspaper that she felt like a Latina—has jumped on a remix of Wisin y Yandel’s hit reggaeton jam, “Sexy Movimiento.” Click here to listen.


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MUSIC ROUNDUP: Enrique Rules, Gloria and Ozo Do Reality TV, and Calle 13’s Back!
By Monica Herrera | 03/25/2008 - 21:56

Cop It: Enrique Iglesias’ 95/08

Enrique’s latest release is more than just a greatest hits collection. Here are the top three reasons why it’s our album pick of the week:

Reason #1 – The disc features all of his chart-topping hits in Spanish, so instead of drowning in the sappiness of “Hero” and the cheesiness of “Rhythm Divine, you can bask in the romanticism of “Héroe” and the euphoria of “Ritmo Divino.” Bottom line: Everything sounds better in español.


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