Ricky Martin Releases ‘Headphone Edition’ of Latest Album “Pausa,” Featuring ‘Orbital Audio’ Technique

Ricky Martin is giving the world an aural treat…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has released a special “Headphone Edition” re-release of his latest album Pausa, which was originally released in May.

Ricky Martin

The new version, complete with a new cover, features a new audio technique called “Orbital Audio.”

The patent-pending audio technique, developed by Martin with mix engineer Jaycen Joshua, creates an immersive headphone listening experience, that’s supposed to allow the listener to “engulf listeners within the complexities of a particular track for a true musical journey you can feel.”

The album features an enhanced surround sound, where each musical layer can be clearly heard and picked apart, even as it becomes part of a whole.

In the headphone mix, “Recuerdo,” featuring Carla Morrison, starts with Morrison’s voice on the left headphone, and it gradually engulfs the entire sound before Martin comes in on the right. 

But the instrumental layering is most impressive, with the listener able to extrapolate every element of sound. It’s indeed a very different experience from the original recording; almost like listening in 3D.

“This new ‘Orbital Audio’ technique has enabled me to deliver an extra layer of richness and immersion that enhances and enriches the tracks and the way fans can experience music via headphones — which is especially important in this time where fans can’t share the magic of being in a live concert setting,” said Martin in a statement.

Joshua added, “What Ricky and I did was set out to solve something that’s been bothering us as well as fellow musicians for a while. We wanted to find a new way for fans to be realistically deeply entrenched in the music.”

The new version of Pausa includes a new unreleased track, “Mi Sangre” featuring Bollywood star Neha Mahajan — produced using “Orbital Audio.” 

Pausa features collaborations with Sting, Morrison, ResidenteBad BunnyDiego El Cigala and Pedro Capó.

Rosario Dawson to Co-Host Women’s Suffrage Movement-Themed Podcast Series

Rosario Dawson is talking about an important moment in women’s history..

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actress and activist has teamed up Good Girls’ Retta for a podcast series about the women’s suffrage movement.

Rosario Dawson

Dawson and Retta will co-host And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women’s Fight for the Vote,one of two podcasts being launched in honor of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote.

And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women’s Fight for the Votewill explore the array of diverse voices beyond Susan B. Anthonyand Elizabeth Cady Stanton, telling stories of the generations of activists who fought for full access to the ballot. 

Guests will include historian Dr. Martha S. Jones, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, journalist Elaine Weiss, who wrote The Woman’s Hour, and Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of suffragist and civil rights icon Ida B. Wells.

“The full history of the women’s suffrage movement, the work of so many heroes who fought for and secured women’s right to vote, resonates profoundly today,” said Dawson. “It’s an honor to bring such powerful stories from our nation’s history to audiences everywhere.”

The podcast series, which will launch on Wednesday, August 5, hails from the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the National Park Service, and public media organization PRX.

The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) was created by the U.S.Congress to coordinate the nationwide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020. 

The WSCC will celebrate this milestone of American democracy through a series of campaigns and initiatives throughout the year, ranging from the building of a national suffrage memorial in Virginia to the donation of 18,000 children’s suffrage history books to public libraries across the U.S.“For generations, the suffragists demanded equality at the ballot box, and these podcasts will tell their stories and educate a new generation about this critical chapter in the history of American democracy,” said Anna Laymon, executive director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

Bad Bunny Featured in YouTube Music’s “Artist Spotlight Stories” Series

Bad Bunny’s in the spotlight

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer, who recently made history with his appearance on the cover of Playboy, will be part of YouTube Music’s “Artist Spotlight Stories” series.

Bad Bunny

“Sometimes I feel I attract everything with my mind,” Bad Bunny expressed in a one-minute trailer posted on his YouTube channel. “I think a lot of people, if not everyone, can do the same. But not everyone knows that.”

Bad Bunny’s short documentary will share his road to success from the beginning of his career to his chart-topping YHLQMDLG album.

“I try never to limit myself, at least not me and when someone tries to do so, I try to push them to the limit, as far as I can,” he added in the trailer.

Bad Bunny’s Artist Spotlight Story will premiere on Wednesday, July 22 on YouTube Music.

He now joins OzunaJ BalvinBillie EilishShawn Mendes, and other artists who’ve been featured as part of the intimate series.

Selena Gomez & Trevor Daniel Release Trippy Video for Their “Past Life” Collaboration

Selena Gomez’s body is a wonderland…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress and Trevor Daniel have released the official video for their “Past Life” collaboration.

Selena Gomez Past Life

In the trippy clip, Gomez appears to freeze during a faux Instagram Live chat with Daniel. The camera then pans around Gomez’s face and zooms in on her cheek as it transforms into a valley. 

At first glance, the music video features sweeping views of mountainsides and seascapes. But upon looking more closely, you’ll notice what appears to be an ear embedded in a cliff here, or a row of eyelashes in the distance there.

Selena Gomez Past Life

It turns out close up views of the singer’s face do indeed star in the surrealistic music video with the expertise of Scan Truck, a mobile 3Dstudio that’s popular in Hollywood and been involved in film projects likeThe Avengers: Endgameand Venom.

The mobile studio features 200 DSLR cameras trained on the subject to capture photorealistic scans, which are then incorporated into a 3D generated concept. 

The ‘3D spaceship on wheels’ allowed the artist to shoot her music video and still abide by social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I stepped into it on my own and it scanned my face up close, which is why the music video looks so real!” she tweeted.

“Past Life” serves as the second single from Daniels’ debut album, Nicotine, which was released in March.

Alice Braga & “The New Mutants” Cast to Take Part in Comic-Con@Home Panel

Alice Braga is readying for a Mutant-size appearance… 

The 37-year-old Brazilian actress will take part in a Comic-Con@Home panel dedicated to her superhero horror film from Marvel EntertainmentThe New Mutants at 2:00 pm Pacific (PDT).

Alice Braga in The New Mutants

The film, which stars Braga as Cecilia Reyes, will be released on August 28 after several date changes and delays since the film’s first trailer was released at CinemaCon in 2017, before the  Fox/Disney merger. 

Braga’s Comic-Con@Home panel will take place on Thursday, July 23.

In addition to Braga, the ComicCon@Home panel will feature writer/director Josh Boone, as well as fellow stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-JoyCharlie HeatonBlu Hunt and Henry Zaga.

The New Mutants is set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.

In addition, 20th Century Studios and Marvel released a new clip for the film.

Click here for the complete Comic-Con@Home schedule.

Filmax to Re-Release Manuela Velasco’s Found-Footage Horror Film “[REC]” in 4DX

Manuela Velasco is a REC again…

The 44-year-old Spanish actress’ acclaimed Spanish found-footage horror film [REC] will get a special re-release in the 4DX format, becoming the first Spanish non-CGI title to be adapted into the technology.

Manuela Velasco

4DX, originally developed by South Korean company CJ, augments a film experience with practical effects like motion seats, wind, strobe light and scents. 

The [REC] re-release is taking place initially at Cines Filmax Gran Via in Barcelona, where it’s coinciding with the inauguration of the venue’s second 4DX screen, which recently opened for business.

Spanish cinemas have tentatively been resuming business. Following the lockdown, sites began to re-open in late May with reduced capacity in certain areas. In Barcelona, this is the third weekend of the gradual resumption. 

To support the re-openings, Spain’s federation of cinemas and distributors joined forces to launch a publicity campaign to bring audiences back, with titles ranging from successful films from the last few years, like Parasite and Disney’s Onward, to classics, like Cinema Paradiso and The Shawshank Redemption

There have been a lack of fresh releases, however, with only a few new Spanish titles on offer, so the [REC] release is expected to boost to venues with 4DX technology. The film will also be available for international clients.

Filmax, which alongside operating cinemas also has distribution, sales and productions wings and produced [REC], said the4DX release had clocked in at four times higher than the national average per screen this weekend.

First released in 2007, [REC] won numerous accolades including a Goya Awards win for Best New Actress for Velasco. It racked up 1.4 million viewers in its home country, before being rolled out in more than 30 territories. It grossed $32.5 million off a minimal budget.

It follows a young TV reporter who goes to cover a story about a crew of firemen on duty. What seems to be a routine job soon turns in hell, with those inside the building becoming trapped. The film has also spawned three sequels to date.

“I’m so thrilled to know that both old and new fans of [REC]will be able to see the film in such a special format,” said co-director Jaume Balagueró on the re-release. “The experience will be so powerful, that it will be like watching [REC]for the first time all over again!”

[REC]has been one of the company’s greatest hits and an extremely important source of business for Filmax, becoming one of the most well-known international brands within the European independent film genre and solidifying Jaume and Paco [Plaza]’s reputations as top directors. It’s fantastic to see how this film, that has already brought us so much joy, can now have another life thanks to the 4DX format”, added Ivan Diaz, Head of International at Filmax.

Filmax’s CEO, Carlos Fernández, added, “With the release of [REC] in 4DX, we are giving the viewers the chance to relive, in first person, the experience of our protagonist, Angela Vidal. It’s a unique experience that only 4DX can provide. We’re sure that with this new format, the film will be even more frightening than before. It’s going to be a totally new experience for the audience.”

Laz Alonso to Take Part in “The Boys” Panel as Part of Amazon’s First-Ever Amazon Virtual-Con

Laz Alonso is bringing his Boys over…

The 46-year-old Afro-Cuban American actor and his The Boys cast mates will take part in Amazon Prime Video’s first-ever Amazon Virtual-Con, which will include virtual experiences and activations that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. The Amazon Virtual-Con is part of Comic-Con@Home.

Laz Alonso

The virtual event will kick off on the San Diego Comic Con’s official YouTube channel and on the Amazon Virtual-Con portal starting at 12:00 pm PST on Thursday, July 23.

Alonso’s The Boys panel, moderated by Aisha Tyler, will take place onThursday, July 23at 3:00 pm PST, with participation by executive producer Eric Kripke, along with series stars Alonso, Karl UrbanJack QuaidAntony StarrErin Moriarty, Jessie T. UsherChace CrawfordTomer CaponKaren Fukuhara and Aya Cash

The virtual panel will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming second season of The Boys. Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will also make a special appearance. 

Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick RobertsonThe Boysis a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. The even more intense, more insane Season Two finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought.

Other Amazon series joining this year’s virtual edition Comic-Con include Upload, Truth Seekers and UtopiaLike every Comic-Con, the panels will include cast, creators and crew of the series and will feature fan Q&As, behind-the-scene-stories, breaking news from the aforementioned series.

Virtual-Con will be available free of charge to all fans in front of the Prime Video paywall from July 23-26.

Here are the full details for the panels and Amazon Virtual-Con:

COMIC-CON@HOMEPANELS

Truth Seekers
Thursday, July 23 at 12:00 p.m. PST
A new original supernatural horror-comedy by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz), James Serafinowicz (Sick Note) and Nat Saunders (Sick Note). Join as they discuss the making of the hilarious eight-episode series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators, who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. Discussion and Q&A moderated by Empire Magazine’s Chris Hewitt.

Utopia
Thursday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m. PST
A twisted, eight-episode thriller about a group of young comic fans who discover the conspiracy in a graphic novel is real, and embark on a high-stakes adventure to save humanity from the end of the world. Join writer and executive producer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and series stars John Cusack (High Fidelity), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ashleigh LaThrop (Fifty Shades Freed), Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Desmin Borges (You’re The Worst), Javon “Wanna” Walton (Euphoria), and Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day) for a Q&A moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Christian Holub.

Upload
Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. PST
Join creator, executive producer and director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and stars Robbie Amell (Code 8), Andy Allo (Pitch Perfect 3), Kevin Bigley (Undone), Allegra Edwards (New Girl), and Zainab Johnson (American Koko) as they discuss how they brought this futuristic comedy to life, share behind-the-scenes details from Season One, and tease what fans can expect in Season Two. The panel will be moderated by Engadget’s Cherlynn Low. Upload Season One is a ten-episode, half-hour, sci-fi comedy that takes place in the near future, where people can be “Uploaded” into a virtual afterlife of their choice.

The Boys
Thursday, July 23 at 3:00 p.m. PST
Join executive producer Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara and Aya Cash, with moderator Aisha Tyler, for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming second season of The Boys. Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will also make a special appearance. Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boysis a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. The even more intense, more insane Season Two finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought.

AMAZON VIRTUAL-CON PROGRAMMING

ComiXology’s Comic-Con@Home Panel, Plus Live Artist Drawing Sessions, Creator Interview Series, and Comic Book Movie Trivia NightSaturday, July 25 at 3:00pm PST (Comic-Con@Home panel)
Are you currently reading digital comics? Are you familiar with comiXology’s exclusive digital content program – comiXology Originals? Join comiXology’s Head of Content, Chip Mosher and a cast of beloved comic creators and rising-stars including, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jason Loo (Afterlift), artist Claudia Aguirre (Lost on Planet Earth), writer Curt Pires (YOUTH), along with some surprise guests, to get the scoop on the latest comiXology Originals series direct from the creators making them! They’ll intrigue you with behind-the-scenes stories about the process of bringing comics from concept to the page and what it’s like pushing the envelope with digital comics, and beyond.

For the superfan seeking even more comic book content, comiXology’s own Kiwi will host live drawing sessions on comiXology’s Twitch channel with some of the industry’s most renowned illustrators, including GLAAD Media Award-winning illustrator Tula Lotay and three-time New York Times best-selling British artist Jock. In addition to drawing sessions, Kiwi will also host an interview series with creators from comiXology’s Originals line of exclusive digital content, including Curt Pires & Dee Cunniffe (YOUTH) and the creators behind two yet to be announced original graphic novels. And if all that isn’t enough, comiXology and Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky will host Comic Book Movie Trivia Night on Friday, July 24 at 5:00p.m. PST on their Twitch channel.

For the schedule of live drawing sessions and creator interviews, please continue to check amazon.com/virtualcon for updates.

Jorge Masvidal Makes History with ‘EA Sports UFC 4’ Cover Appearance

Jorge Masvidal is making history…

The 35-year-old Cuban and Peruvian American mixed martial artist, who lost his fight to Kamaru Usman this weekend, is the first Latino to grace the cover of the mixed martial arts fighting video game EA Sports UFC.

Jorge Masvidal EA Sports UFC 4

Masvidal shares the cover of EA Sports UFC 4 with Israel Adesanya.

“I’m honored to be on the cover,” tweeted Masvidal. “I’m even prouder to be the first #Latino to grace the cover. Es para mi gente. #theresurrection.”

The game will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 14. There’s no word yet on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X versions of the game. 

Jorge Masvidal EA Sports UFC 4
Jorge Masvidal EA Sports UFC 4

Spotify Developing Original Audio Programming for the U.S. Latino Podcast Audience

Spotify is investing in Latinx voices…

The Swedish digital music service has created a team to develop original audio programming for the growing U.S. Latino podcast audience.

Spotify

Spotify, which over the last two years has made a sizeable investment into non-music audio formats like podcasting, will work with Latinx creators to produce both English- and Spanish-language programming.

Javier Piñol, who for the last two years has served as head of studios for Spotify in Latin America, will lead the group.

“As we continue to grow we want to make sure we’re developing content that is relevant to our audiences. Our mission is to bring the U.S. Latinx consumer the streaming access they want and need, all in one place,” said Courtney Holt, global head of studios and video for Spotify.

Latinos represent 18 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 60 million people, and they are listening to podcasts more than ever before. A quarter of Latinos age 18 and up in the U.S. have listened to a podcast in the last month, according to an Edison Research report published June 30. The report also found that the majority of Latinos started listening to podcasts within the last year.  

As a global platform, Spotify has invested in podcasts for Latin American markets, including Fausto and Se Regalan Dudas in Mexico and Café da Manhã in Brazil. Earlier this year, reggaeton artist J Balvinreleased the original podcast Made in Medellín, promoting the six-episode series during his Super Bowl halftime performance alongside Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

“We have seen our podcast content consumption grow in Latin America, and now, we’re focusing on giving the U.S. Latin market well deserved attention as the best destination to consume relevant Latin podcasts,” added Holt. Spotify is already in business with digital creator and singer Lele Pons, who is developing a podcast for its platform.

Spotify reaches 286 million monthly users in 79 countries. The company has 130 million subscribers to its ad-free service. In addition to expanding its podcast programing in the U.S., the company is also beginning to bring local versions of its originals to other markets, per a Reuters report. It is starting with scripted series Sandra, which will get adaptations in countries including France and Mexico.

Mj Rodriguez to Co-Host FX’s Pose-A-Thon Virtual Event

Mj Rodriguez is set to strike a Pose

To commemorate Pride MonthDisney Television Studios and FX have announced the launch of Pose-A-Thon, a commercial-free, one-hour virtual event showcasing the 29-year-old half Puerto Rican actress/singer and her fellow Pose cast mates and producers.

MJ Rodriguez

The program aims to raise awareness for three organizations that work to support LGBTQ+education, social change for sexual and gender minority people of color, and transgender equality through legal services and policy efforts.

The special event will encourage viewers to support three of the many charitable LGBTQ+ organizations: GLSENHetrick-Martin Institute, and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.

The special, emceed by Rodriguez and Billy Porter, will air Friday, June 26 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on FX and Freeform. Viewers can also tune-in the same day starting at 7 PM PT at www.poseathon.com.

“I’m so proud of our cast and producers for coming together to present an uplifting hour of song and stories,” said Afro-Latino co-creator, executive producer, writer, and director Steven Canals. “In the spirit of Pose, ’our goal is to celebrate joy, love and, of course, pride, from our family to yours.”

Executive producer, writer, and director Janet Mock added, “Since we’ve been unable to shoot the show we love, we jumped at the chance to reunite our Posefamily and partner with the studio and network to raise spirits and awareness about the plight of LGBTQ+ people of color during such a turbulent time. This Pride month special is a commemoration of our forebears’ efforts, a memorial for trans lives lost, and a celebration of the life-saving work of LGBTQ+ organizations.”

Pose-A-Thonunites the voices behind the critically-acclaimed drama series Pose, featuring music and anecdotes from Porter, Rodriguez, Angel Bismark CurielSandra Bernhard, Dyllón BurnsideSteven CanalsDominique JacksonJeremy McClainJanet MockIndya MooreOur Lady JJason Rodriguez, Angelica RossHailie SaharRyan Jamaal SwainCharlayne Woodard and Patti LuPone