Aguilar to Headline TR3s’ Next “MTV Unplugged” Special

Pepe Aguilar is about to get unplugged

The 45-year-old Mexican American ranchera and mariachi singer-songwriter has been chosen to be part of TR3s’ (formerly known as MTV TR3s) next MTV Unplugged special.

Pepe Aguilar

Aguilar, known for his velvety voice and refined arrangements, has long alternated between pop and ranchero. But he’s best known for the latter, especially since he’s almost always wearing a charro outfit.

Aguilar also has rocker roots though, and has long talked about delving in that genre. His MTV Unplugged special could be the perfect opportunity.

“I normally fuse Mexican music with other rhythms and concepts,” Aguilar told Billboard in an exclusive interview. “Here it’s going to be the other way round. I’m going to have a traditional musical foundation—drums, bass, guitars, piano, organ—and we will incorporate mariachi to that.”

But it won’t only be mariachi. Although Aguilar and TR3s are still fine-tuning the production details, Aguilar’s MTV Unplugged special will be a fusion of sounds, produced by Emmanuel “Meme” del Real, one of the founding members of Mexican alt band Café Tacuba (and co-producer of Juanes’ latest album). This will mark the first time Aguilar is produced by someone other than himself, much less a rocker.

“Meme comes from a completely different background than mine, so joining these two experiences will be very interesting,” says Aguilar, who plans on covering several of his big hits.

Aguilar’s MTV Unplugged album is slated for release later this year.

TR3s’ last MTV Unplugged was Juanes’ 2012 MTV Unplugged, which earned album of the year honors at the 2012 Latin Grammys Awards.

Juanes Releases New Single “La Luz”

After a long absence, Juanes is finally bringing to light his latest recording…

The 41-year-old Colombian rockero has released the first single off his upcoming sixth solo studio album, which is due in 2014.


La Luz,” an uptempo track with Colombian rhythms, was written by the Latin Grammy-winning singer and produced by Steve Lillywhite (The Killers, U2).

Juanes recorded the track in Los Angeles with Emmanuel “Meme” del Real, of Mexican rock band Café Tacuba. A video, filmed in the historic resort city of Cartagena, will be released soon.

The as-yet untitled new album will be his first studio effort since 2010’s P.A.R.C.E. and first major release since the “La Camisa Negra” singer’s MTV Unplugged session last year, which topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Albums chart.

Pitbull Graces the Cover of Rolling Stone’s First Bilingual Issue

Pitbull is rolling his way into the history books…

The 31-year-old Cuban American hip-hop sensation graces the cover of Rolling Stone’s first bilingual issue in the magazine’s 45-year-history.

Pitbull's Rolling Stone Cover

Pitbull appears on a secondary cover, complete with the Rolling Stone nameplate and cover lines entirely en español on the back page of the magazine’s November 22 issue.

Pitbull’s cover opens to a 15-page special section, Latin Hot List, which features Hispanic artists,  musicians and luminaries like Puerto Rican rap group Calle 13, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, Emmy-nominated actress Sofia Vergara and more.

“This section was an incredible opportunity for us to dive deep into Latin music and culture, from Pitbull to Café Tacuba,” said Nathan Brackett, Rolling Stone Deputy Managing Editor in a press release. “We are thrilled with the results.

The November 22 issue has articles written in English with interview sidebars in Spanish — and no translations.