Monica Herrera

The Genius Behind Lady Gaga: Fernando Garibay
The Genius Behind Lady Gaga: Fernando Garibay

The Way Lady Gaga first met Fernando Garibay, four-and-a-half years ago, still makes him smile. “She was pretty much in her underwear waiting outside the door to my studio,” the Mexican American producer and songwriter remembers. “It was love at first sight.”

The feeling was mutual, as the Mother Monster invited Garibay to write songs with her at almost every stop on her 18-month world tour, which wrapped in May 2011—and tapped him as musical director for her album, Born This Way. “Overseeing the album for the biggest artist on the planet? No problem!” he says.


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Remembering Selena

It's been 15 years since Selena Quintanilla-Pérez died at 24—tragically, and at the hands of her fan club's president—and it doesn't get any easier to explain her loss. The only thing that helps is to reflect on the legacy she's left behind: one that becomes more apparent each day as young artists inspired by the Tejana singer forge their own careers and inspire a new generation of Latinas to be their talented, strong and beautiful selves. Here's a look at the stars who now carry the torch for the one who left us too soon.

 


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New Music: Kat DeLuna Wants You To "Dance (Bailalo)!"

That Euro-sounding single featuring Lil Wayne? Old news! Kat DeLuna just dropped another new track called "Dance (Bailalo)," and it brings the Dominican songstress back to her Latina roots, which is a very good thing. Like Pitbull often does, DeLuna's decided to put her own twist on a classic dance song—in this case "Magdalena," by Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes—and the result is pretty damn catchy.


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Allison Iraheta Is Safe! For Now...

The second I saw Allison Iraheta's cleaned-up, rock chic look during Ryan Seacrest's "THIS...is American Idol!" intro on Tuesday night, I knew she'd be safe. She finally seemed to realize that she's got to play the game to win it, so she dutifully de-spiked her hair, stopped pretending to play guitar (a.k.a. "axe"), and just sang the hell out of a soulful Bonnie Rait tune from the day she was born (for the record, that's 1992, and I'm officially in a post-quarterlife crisis).


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"Parks & Recreation" Star Aubrey Plaza Explains Why She's So Hot Right Now

Half-boricua actress Aubrey Plaza is hot, hilarious and very much in demand—from her co-starring gig on Amy Poehler's new sitcom, Parks & Recreation, to dream movie roles with Seth Rogen and Michael Cera—but we still managed to land the 24-year-old comedian for a quick chat about tonight's premiere of P&R, plus why she likes playing bratty teens and what she really thinks of Sarah Silverman.


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What's-His-Name to Star Opposite Jennifer Lopez in New Romantic Comedy

Further proving that someone in Hollywood is out to sabotage Jennifer Lopez's career, CBS Films has decided to cast Alex O'Loughlin, a virtual unknown, as her male co-star in the upcoming romantic comedy, Plan B (or The Back-Up Plan, depending on whether you're reading Variety or The Hollywood Reporter).


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No Sexual Assault Charges Filed Yet Against Alex Da Silva

Alex Da Silva is a free man, for now. The So You Think You Can Dance choreographer accused of sexually assaulting four of his students is expected to be released from jail soon, as Los Angeles Country prosecutors say they don't have enough evidence yet to file charges.


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Video Premiere: Nina Sky, "On Some Bull..."

We tipped you off to Nina Sky's new single, "On Some Bull...," months ago, and now the music video has arrived!


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Natalia Jimenez on Her Cancelled Wedding: "I Am Divine, Single and Stupendous"

Natalia Jimenez is defintely not crying a river over her cancelled wedding. According to LatinGossip, the Quinta Estación frontwoman just spoke out for the first time since splitting with her fiancé on the day they were supposed to be married, and she sounds happier than ever.


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Video: Aterciopelados + Los Fabulosos Cadillacs = Best Concert Weekend Ever

Two of my all-time favorite Latin rock bands—Colombia's Aterciopelados and Argentina's Los Fabulosos Cadillacs—performed sold-out shows in NYC this past weekend, and I was lucky enough to catch them both and bring back exclusive video footage just for you.


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