Ricky Martin Teams Up with Carlos Vives for New Single “Canción Bonita”

Ricky Martin is back with pretty music…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor has joined voices with Carlos Vives for their first-ever collaboration, “Canción Bonita.”

Carlos Vives & Ricky Martin

The dancetastic track, which celebrates Vives’ Colombian and Martin’s Puerto Rican roots, is an invitation to celebrate. It’s also a celebration of Puerto Rico, down to the video shot in Old San Juan.

“If anything, we’re more childlike than the new generation,” laughs Martin when asked what he brought to the table. “We’ll never change. We’re relaxed. We’ve achieved pretty things in life. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone.”

“We don’t want to change. We want to be the same people. And this song is a declaration of love to a city I love,” adds Vives, who lived in Puerto Rico in the beginnings of his career. “And it’s one of Ricky’s cities. For me to have a piece of Ricky in this song … it’s total happiness.”

Ironically, the fact that “Canción Bonita” is a “happy” song led to it being put on indefinite hold for months after its inception. Written by Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres, along with Rafa Arcaute, Vives and Martin, the song went back and forth between the two artists and was nearly finished when the pandemic hit.

“It was a party song. We couldn’t release it at that point,” says Martin, who was in “total lockdown” until Vives came back to him with “Canción Bonita” at the beginning of this year.

“Carlos Vives took me out of quarantine to film a video,” he laughs.

The video, directed by Carlos Pérez, was shot in Old San Juan, in the middle of streets still empty of tourists. Still, it was enough to remind Vives why he was now paying homage to the city.

“I came to live in Puerto Rico when Ricky’s career was taking off,” he recalls. “I was an actor with a hit series and I understood that special essence that the city has. This is my way of giving back.”

Marc Anthony to Perform “One Night Only” Livestream Concert in April

Marc Anthony is ready to perform in your living room…

The 52-year-old New York-born Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, one of the world’s top touring acts, will perform a single livestream concert that’ll be promoted and marketed for global consumption.

Marc Anthony

One Night Only, set to stream on April 17, is expected to be seen by over 100,000 fans worldwide, according to organizers.

One Night Only will feature Marc Anthony performing a full-length show accompanied by his full band of 20-plus musicians and featuring “surprises.” The show will be produced by Magnus Studios, a division of Magnus, Marc Anthony’s sports and entertainment company.

Worldwide marketing efforts will be led by Loud & Live, the Miami-based entertainment, marketing, media & live events company. Video and film director Carlos Perez will direct the special, which will stream from Miami.

It’s the first livestream by a major artist since the shut down of major touring last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Big names like J Balvin, Ricardo Montaner and most recently, Fito Páez, have played major livestreams.

But Anthony’s show seems poised to become the largest ticketed Latin livestream, thanks to the mix of the artist’s strong live appeal coupled with a massive marketing and promotion effort that includes both local and international efforts.

“Our goal is to make this the biggest Latin global livestream to date,” says Nelson Alabareda, CEO of Loud & Live. “Marc is a huge ticket seller and a guy who sells out everywhere he goes. But can only do 100 shows a year. How do his fans [in far-flung places] see him?”

“The first thing we did was an analysis of social media to really understand where those Marc fans are,” adds Albareda, whose company counts marketing as one of its biggest strengths.

According to Albareda, ticket prices will hover in the $20-$40 range in all territories. For those seeking a plus, there will be an after party hosted by Alex Sensation with an added bump to the ticket price.

“We think this is going to be an historic moment for a legendary artist,” says Michel Vega, co-founder and CEO of Magnus. “It’s a love letter from Marc to his fans after not performing for nearly a year.”

Daddy Yankee Joins Voices with Kim Viera on the Dancetastic Track “Como”

Daddy Yankee has released his latest collaboration…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has joined voices with Kim Viera on the high-octane track “Como.”

Daddy Yankee & Kim Viera

The single, which is bound to make you dance, fuses Caribbean sounds with Viera’s unique voice. Daddy Yankee turns up the beat with his distinct style.

The release was accompanied by a music video filmed in Puerto Rico by Carlos Perez (“Despacito“), which offers an unforgettable visual complement to the song.

Don Omar Releases Music Video for New Single “Te Quiero Pa’ Mi,” Featuring Zion & Lennox

Don Omar is back with a vengeance…

Don Omar

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar has surprised his fans by releasing the music video for his latest single “Te Quiero Pa’ Mi,” featuring Zion & Lennox.

The clip — filmed in Miami and produced/directed by Carlos Pérez from Elastic People — tells the story of a girl trapped in a dangerous relationship and escaping from the toxic situation.

Don Omar made the surprise announcement on social media just a few hours before its release.

Craviotto Partners with Cristian Toro to Win Gold in the Men’s Kayak Double 200M at the 2016 Rio Games

2016 Rio Games

Make that three Olympic medals for Saul Craviotto

The 31-year-old Spanish sprint canoer and his partner Cristian Toro raced to the gold medal in the final of the Men’s Kayak Double 200 m at the 2016 Rio Games.

Saul Craviotto & Cristian Toro

Craviotto and Toro finished the race in 32.07 seconds. Great Britain’s Liam Heath and Jon Schofield took home the silver medal at 32.36 seconds, while Aurimas Lankas and Edvinas Ramanauskas of Lithuania won bronze at 32.38.

Craviotto previously won the gold medal with Carlos Pérez in the K-2 500 m competition at the 2008 Beijing Games. He also took home the silver in the K-1 200 m competition at the 2012 London Games.

Craviotto has also won seven medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with three golds (K-1 4 x 200 m: 2009, 2010, 2011), two silvers (K-2 200 m: 2009, 2010) and two bronzes (K-1 200m: 2013, 2014).

Craviotto Earns His First-Ever Individual Medal at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

Saúl Craviotto Rivero has paddled his way to a first individual medal at the 2012 Olympic Games

The 27-year-old Spanish sprint canoer earned the silver in the men’s 200m kayak final at the London Games, finishing a mere 0.294 seconds behind Britain’s Ed McKeever in the sport’s fastest and newest Olympic discipline.

Saul Craviotto Rivero

McKeever’s strong start may have been the difference in the race. He had the best start in the eight-man field and comfortably held on in a fierce headwind at Dorney Lake, finishing with a time of 36.246.

Canada’s Mark de Jonge took home the bronze with a time of 36.657.

Saul Craviotto Rivero

Craviotto, who has been racing since the mid 2000s, had previously won the gold medal in the K-2 500-meter event with Carlos Pérez at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.