Shopping List: Music-Makers Make Other Stuff, Too
By Grace Bastidas | 12/08/2009 - 09:54

I usually leave my Christmas shopping till the last possible moment. Not this year. I’ve resolved to do all my gift-buying online, where there are no customers to push through. In an effort to help you do the same, I’m compiling a list of products by some of our favorite musicians, which I plan to share with you starting today until Santa officially arrives. Happy spending:

Sip: Café Draco

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Rock Star Alejandra Guzman is Ready for Fun After a Near-Fatal Experience
By Grace Bastidas | 12/07/2009 - 09:33

Alejandra Guzman is doing much better after the butt injections that almost cost the Mexican queen of rock her life, thank you very much. She just doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. The 41-year-old is ready to move onto a different topic altogether, namely her new album, Unico, the 14th in a career that spans two decades.

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Grammy Nominations Are In
By Grace Bastidas | 12/03/2009 - 10:32

I gotta feeling that the Black Eyed Peas are going to win a Grammy. The 2009 nominees were announced on Wednesday night with the multi-culti pop group scoring six nods, including Record of the Year (“I Gotta Feeling”) and Album of the Year (The E.N.D.). The competition is stiff though: Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, the leader of the pack with 10 nominations, are also—not surprisingly—contenders in both categories.

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Feliz Navidad Means Merry Christmas from the Bottom of José Feliciano’s Heart
By Grace Bastidas | 12/02/2009 - 10:37

When it comes to getting into the Christmas spirit, whom would you rather listen to: José Feliciano or Pitbull? I’ll give you a hint: You want to pick the guy responsible for one of the most enduring holiday classics of all time. Feliciano is currently trailing the in-demand rapper for the coveted no. 1 spot on the iTunes chart with “Feliz Navidad,” a song the 64-year-old Puerto Rican composer wrote in 1970.

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Juanes Awarded Peace Prize
By Grace Bastidas | 12/01/2009 - 10:35

Socially conscious rocker Juanes made his big solo debut in 2000 with an album called Fijate Bien that spoke about the dangers of land mines in his native Colombia. Ever since then, his voice and commitment to exposing this issue has only gotten stronger. So much so that he was awarded Colombia’s National Peace Prize this past Sunday.

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Allison Iraheta is Ready for What Tomorrow Brings
By Grace Bastidas | 11/30/2009 - 13:00

America Idol season eight alums have started dropping their debut releases with mixed outcomes. Winner Kris Allen’s self-titled album had disappointing first-week sales returns, and runner-up Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment received mixed reviews (much like his saucy performance at this year’s American Music Award). Next up we have Salvadoran rockera Allison Iraheta, whose first record, Just Like You (19 Recording/Jive Records), hits stores tomorrow. What can listeners expect from the fiery 17-year-old?

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Singer Ely Guerra Unveils Her Masculine Side in Hombre Invisible
By Grace Bastidas | 11/25/2009 - 10:00

It’s been five long years since Mexican singer Ely Guerra gave us the record Sweet & Sour/Hot y Spicy so it’s about time we hear from her again. Not one to conform, the 38-year-old left EMI Music to independently produce her newest effort, Hombre Invisible, an album that is being sold digitally through And if you think the singer-songwriter needs the backing of a major label (or even iTunes) to help the CD fly off of virtual shelves, think again.

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Calle 13’s Residente Makes His Hollywood Debut
By Grace Bastidas | 11/24/2009 - 11:13

What do John Travolta, Robin Williams and René “Residente” Pérez of Calle 13 have in common? They all star in the Disney film Old Dogs (out Nov. 25) about a pair of bachelors that are made to care for seven-year-old twins. The Puerto Rican singer plays a tattoo artist who is given the task of branding Williams’s character with a little ink. He scored the job because one of the movie’s producers is a fan of his music.

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Q&A: Bebel Gilberto's Famous Dad, João, Would Be Proud
By Grace Bastidas | 11/23/2009 - 19:00

Sultry chanteuse Bebel Gilberto just released an album titled All In One that captures her most romantic—still groovy—side. Recorded in her home studio, with the help of her new husband, it’s brimming with rhythmic bossa nova pop that speaks to her Brazilian roots and New York upbringing. I caught up with the singer as she tours around the country:  

What does this latest album say about you and your current state of mind?

Happiness, love and inspiration!

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Q&A: Anahi Addresses the Controversy Surrounding Her New Album
By Grace Bastidas | 11/20/2009 - 16:11

Mexican singer Anahi is evolving. After a lifetime as a telenovela actress and five years in RBD, the 26-year-old has finally found her sound as a solo artist. Her debut album Mi Delirio hits stores on Tuesday and is bound to make fans delirious with its electronica and dance–infused pop. I got a chance to chat with her as she makes her way around the world during a tour that continues till May 2010. Here’s what she had to say:

What did you set out to do with this album?

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