It's (Really) Complicated: The Life and Times of Gloria Trevi
By Grace Bastidas | 12/22/2009 - 18:05

As the aughts draw to a close, one artist in particular stands out as having one of the craziest decades ever: I’m talking about 41-year-old pop star Gloria Trevi, of course. Here’s a quick timeline:

2000: She is arrested, along with her manager Sergio Andrade and back-up singer Maria Boquitas, on charges of kidnapping and sexually abusing teenage girls. Trevi is then jailed in Brazil, where the trio had been hiding out.

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Alejandro Sanz Gets Cozy with Eva Longoria Parker
By Grace Bastidas | 12/21/2009 - 10:53

“It’s not a bad day’s work when you have to cuddle in bed with Alejandro Sanz to keep warm,” said Eva Longoria Parker. The “desperate housewife” plays the Spanish singer’s love interest in the video for “Desde cuándo” from the Paraíso Express album.

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Q&A: Catching Up with Draco Rosa
By Grace Bastidas | 12/18/2009 - 12:30

“Omnia Vincit Amor” (or Love Conquers All) is not only the subtitle of Draco Rosa’s eponymous new album but it also may be what fuels his creativity as a producer, composer and singer. His latest collection of songs, inspired by his family’s homeland of Puerto Rico, is simple and poetic, just like you’d expect from someone that is above all a craftsman. I had a chance to chat with the man himself and here’s what he had to say:

Tell me more about the album.

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It’s Been A Stellar Year for Juanes
By Grace Bastidas | 12/17/2009 - 13:00

It’s only a matter of time before Juanes wins an Oscar. I know he’s not an actor nor has he done any film work—unless you count his music videos—but seriously, the Colombian rocker and tireless do-gooder is racking up the honors left and right so it’s not completely impossible. One thing we can all agree on for sure is that he can do no wrong.

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La Mala Rodriguez Preps New Album
By Grace Bastidas | 12/16/2009 - 09:03

Our favorite Spanish bad girl, La Mala Rodriguez, has been busy. After collaborating on Nelly Furtado’s Mi Plan with the song “Bajo otra Luz,” the sassy española put her head down and began working on her as-yet-untitled fourth album, which the 29-year-old calls her most “vanguard and elaborate” till now. Producers on board include Focus, who has also teamed up with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Cristina Aguilera.

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Selena Gomez and Mallu Magalhães: Two Very Different Teen Sensations
By Grace Bastidas | 12/15/2009 - 11:31

Teen queen Selena Gomez has a new music video out for the song “Naturally” from her debut album Kiss & Tell. Colorful and energetic, the vid features the 17-year-old Disney darling donning at least three different outfits and hairdos (curls, updo, straight) as she sings lyrics like “You are the thunder and I am the lightening.” As I listened attentively in preparation for writing today’s post, Gomez got me thinking about another lesser known teen in a land far, far away.

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Find Out What Everyone Was Listening to in 2009, According to iTunes
By Grace Bastidas | 12/14/2009 - 14:00

Download giant iTunes recently released “Rewind 2009,” a compendium of the year’s top-selling songs and albums. As expected, Michael Jackson takes top honors with Artist of the Year, followed by Lady Gaga as Best New Artist. In terms of mp3s, The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” is the no.1 song on the list and Kings of Leon’s Only By the Night dominates the charts with the most album sales.

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Q&A: Take Flight with Argentine Female Trio No Lo Soporto
By Grace Bastidas | 12/11/2009 - 12:00

No Lo Soporto, which translates to “I can’t stand it,” is a female indie rock trio from Buenos Aires with a very recognizable fan: Gustavo Cerati. Soda Stereo’s legendary frontman chose the group as best new band in 2006 for an Argentine paper, instantly putting them on the musical map. Their sophomore album, Avión, digitally released by Chappell Music in August, is taking them to where they want to be. I spoke with bassist Lara Pedrosa about everything you need to know:

How did you meet the other girls?

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Free Music Alert: Indie Label Nublu Records Spreads the Joy
By Grace Bastidas | 12/10/2009 - 11:22

I love a good freebie. Manhattan–based indie label Nublu Records is giving away some of the best tunes emanating from its namesake East Village club. Why, you ask? Simply because it’s Christmas, that’s why. The Nublu Holiday Giveaway includes 20 Mp3s by acts with one thing in common: They all live and jam in New York City. My favorites hail from Brazil and experiment with homegrown sounds filtered through the Big Apple.

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Aleks Syntek Reimagines Robert Palmer’s '80s Video
By Grace Bastidas | 12/09/2009 - 13:49

Mexican singer-songwriter Aleks Syntek is channeling eighties rocker Robert Palmer in his video for “Loca,” the first single from his upcoming album, Metodos de Placer Instantáneo (out Feb. 9 on Capitol Latin). The homage features the 40-year-old Yucateño suited up and backed by four beauties with slicked-back hair, thigh-high skirts and white guitars like in Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video. Syntek, who was just 16 when the iconic video premiered, isn’t the first artist to cull inspiration from it.

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