David Ortiz Selling Baseball Mementos & More

David Ortizis cleaning house…

The 44-year-old Dominican former Boston Red Sox slugger, whose nickname is “Big Papi,” is have an estate sale, and he’s selling memorabilia from his illustrious Major League Baseball career. 

David Ortiz

But Ortiz, a 10-time MLB All-Star, is also selling other sundry goods, including a neon Rolls Royce sign, a backyard composter and a stone owl sculpture, at an estate sale scheduled for Saturday at his home in the affluent Boston suburb of Weston.

“In addition to some exceptional sports memorabilia, you’ll find beautiful furniture and decor, women’s designer clothing and accessories, gym equipment, game room tables and more,” the company running the sale said on its website.

The baseball-related items for sale include framed jerseys, Ortiz bobbleheads, Big Papi commemorative Coca-Colabottles, signed Red Sox photographs and a Boston Bruinsjersey with the name Ortiz and his No. 34 on the back.

The three-time World Serieschampion and his wife put their six-bedroom, 8,100-square-foot home on the market last year for $6.3 million, but it’s not currently listed.

Ortiz retired in 1997, after 20 seasons with the MLB. Among designated hitters, he’s the all-time leader in MLB history for home runs (485), RBIs (1,569), and hits (2,192). Regarded as one of the best clutch hitters of all time, Ortiz had 11 career walk-off home runs during the regular season and two during the postseason.

Esparza Launches Pro Career with Multi-Year Golden Boy Promotions Deal

Marlen Esparza is heading to the big leagues…

The 27-year-old Latina boxer, won the bronze medal in the women’s flyweight division at the 2012 London Games, has decided to go pro, signing a multi-year promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions on Wednesday.

Marlen Esparza

Esparza, one of the world’s top female amateur boxers will make her professional debut in early 2017, Golden Boy president Eric Gomez said.

“I recently told my fans that I was going pro, and I am happy to announce that it will be the world’s best promotional company — Golden Boy Promotions,” Esparza said. “I am excited to get back into the ring as soon as possible and start climbing the ladder towards winning a professional world title.”

Esparza is the first female fighter signed by Golden Boy, which plans to become much more involved in women’s boxing.

“We really want to jump into women’s boxing,” Gomez said. “We feel she is someone who can revolutionize women’s boxing in the U.S. and bring awareness and excitement. Women’s boxing has been very successful around the world but we’re a little behind in the U.S. She is a smart young woman and she can fight.”

Esparza, who had around 200 amateur fights and lost about 12, won 12 consecutive U.S. national amateur championships and the flyweight gold medal at the 2014 world amateur championships.

She said she wants a world title as a professional and is very confident she will achieve her goal.

“This is a profession and a career for me but could I win a world title tomorrow? I could,” she told ESPN. “I could win it tomorrow but I want to do things correctly and fight my way to the top and do things the way they are supposed to be done, move my way up. I want to earn what I get. What I see myself doing is winning a world title when the time is right and when my team says it’s OK.

“I’m kind of for the first time feeling I’ve arrived. I’ve done so many things, but this (signing with Golden Boy) is something I feel I deserve. I am so ready for this. I’m not scared, I’m ready.”

She said she plans to get back into training right away and will go to England to train over the holidays with her good friend Nicola Adams, who won flyweight Olympic gold medals for Great Britain in 2012 and 2016.

Beyond her ring success, Esparza will come into the pro ranks already having established herself commercially. She has an endorsement deal with CoverGirl cosmetics and has appeared in Spanish-language television ads for Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, among others.

“Before she ever steps foot into the ring as a professional, Marlen Esparza has already established herself as a rising star,” Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said. “At Golden Boy Promotions, we pride ourselves on developing fighters and transforming them into the best of the best. We look forward to doing the same with Marlen.”

Gomez Participating in Coca-Cola’s Share a Coke and a Song Campaign

Selena Gomez is ready to share a Coke and a smile…

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress, a self-confessed Coca-Cola fan, has joined the company’s new Share a Coke and a Song campaign.

Selena Gomez

“When you have somebody call you and it’s something that you’re obsessed with and they want to put your work [on it]? … That is so crazy. I was stoked,” Gomez says. “So yeah, [it was a] no-brainer for me. And I can’t wait. My nana is freaking out. She already requested all of the bottles to put all over the house.”

Lyrics from two of Gomez’s songs — “Love You Like a Love Song” and “Me & the Rhythm” — will be featured on packages of Coca-Cola products nationwide throughout the summer. The two tracks are among the 70-plus tunes that are part of the campaign.

Gomez says the brand is “iconic” and that she’s participating in the campaign because of a real love for Coca-Cola. “I try to be an authentic as possible with everything I do, so nothing is forced.”

Shazam has also teamed with Coca-Cola so consumers of the Share a Coke and a Song products can have a deeper interactive experience with the song and its performer.

“You actually can grab a Coke bottle and you put up the screen onto your Shazam app and then it comes up what the actual song is, which I think is insane,” says Gomez. “And then you can lip-sync and create these cool videos.” Those videos can then be tricked out with filters and add-ons, and shared on social media.

The Share a Coke and a Song promotion launched in April, and, in addition to lyrics from Gomez’s songs, features other memorable lyrics like “We Are the Champions,” “Put a little love in your heart,” “Always on my mind” and “Lean on me.”


Juanes’ ‘Loco de Amor por Colombia’ Tour Continues Through September

Juanes is livin’ la vida loco de amor

The 42-year-old Colombian singer is planning his third performance in Colombia as part of his Loco de Amor por Colombia tour, an eight-city run that brings together massive performances with music education initiatives.


Sponsored by several government, media and corporate sponsors — including El Tiempo, Caracol Radio, Tigo Music, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet and the Ministry of Culture — the tour doesn’t sell tickets. Instead fans can get them through a series of sponsor-driven actions.

The aim of the tour is to showcase Juanes in secondary cities where he normally wouldn’t perform, sometimes playing in unusual locales. In addition, Juanes is hosting music seminars with local musicians and students before each show.

The tour — named after Juanes’ current album, Loco de Amor— kicked off on August 19 with a concert on a stage built on the Sinú River, in the city of Montería in the Pacific Coast. The second stop was a plaza in the Southern city of Pasto on Sunday, attended by some 35,000 fans. Juanes will next play in a stadium in Pereira  (August 28), at the Parque de la Leyenda Vallenata in Valledupar (September 4), and finally at the Alfonso López Stadium in Bucaramanga on September 9.

“This tour makes me feel bigger, happier, more thankful,” Juanes said in an interview with El Tiempo. “It breaks the mold and motivates because it’s different and it fills me with happiness and the country with dignity.”

Juanes will announce dates for his regular world and U.S. tours later this year.

Carey Scheduled to Kick Off the Toyota Concert Series on NBC’s “Today” Show

Mariah Carey is preparing to rock the Rock

NBC‘s Today show has announced its lineup for the annual Toyota Concert Series on Today, now in its 19th season, with the 44-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer kicking things off on May 16 in Rockefeller Plaza.

Mariah Carey

It will mark Carey’s sixth concert for the morning show and gives the singer, who recently notched her 17th No. 1 on the Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart, a chance to promote her new album, expected to be released in late May.

But Carey isn’t the only Hispanic artist slated to appear on the Today show…

Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez and their Fifth Harmony band mates will also take part in their first-ever Toyota Concert Series on Today. The all-girl group, recently named the favorite band on social media at the Shorties, will perform on July 11.

Meanwhile, Aloe Blacc, who lends his voice to Coca-Cola’s World Cup anthem “The World is Ours,” is set to make his debut performance as part of the concert series. The 35-year-old Panamanian American singer-songwriter is scheduled to perform on August 1.

Other artists scheduled to perform includeTim McGraw, Jennifer Hudson, Fall Out Boy and Usher all in the mix.

The concerts take place on Friday unless noted. More performers will be announced at a later date.

Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

16 Mariah Carey
23 Tim McGraw
26 Austin Mahone (Monday)
30 Rascal Flatts

5 Pharrell (Thursday)
6 Sara Bareilles
13 Train
17 Little Mix (Tuesday)
20 Fall Out Boy
27 Phillip Phillips

4 Ed Sheeran
11 Fifth Harmony
18 Jason Mraz
25 OneRepublic
29 Jennifer Hudson (Tuesday)

1 Aloe Blacc
15 Neon Trees
22 TBD
29 Ariana Grande

1 Maroon 5
5 Usher

Blacc Lends His Voice to Coca-Cola’s World Cup Anthem “The World is Ours”

The world is Aloe Blacc’s… At least when it comes to the upcoming 2014 World Cup.

The 35-year-old Panamanian American singer-songwriter is adding a little soul to a new version of Coca-Cola’s World Cup anthem, a mash-up between the Coke campaign theme “The World is Ours” featuring David Correy and an original song by Blacc.

Aloe Blacc

Following his second appearance at Coachella this Friday (April 18), Blacc will join Correy in a performance of the song at L.A. Live on Saturday when the FIFA World Cup trophy tour makes its final stop in Los Angeles.

“A World Cup song in any capacity is a fantastic opportunity to share music with the entire world,” Blacc tells Billboard. “It’s a blessing for me, especially because it’s the kind of music I want to make, uplifting and inspirational. It just fit right, it made sense to get involved.”

Blacc, who appears on Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” and has earned a  current Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single “The Man,” brings his vocal muscle, melody and some new lyrics to Coke’s Brazilian-rooted, club-friendly soccer song.

More than twenty versions of the anthem have already been recorded by Correy, Brazilian percussionists Monoblanco and a team of international artists.

The World is Ours by David Correy X Aloe Blacc,” available on Spotify and iTunes as a single, will be included on the official World Cup album, On Rhythm, One Love, due out May 12.

“The way I wanted to do it was to write my own song,” Blacc says of his contribution to the Coke anthem. “Something that felt a little bit more like me, that wasn’t too much of a dance song.”

Blacc’s album Lift Your Spirit, debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, and rose to No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart.  One track on Blacc’s album was produced by Rock Mafia, who produced “The World is Ours,” and provided Coke’s connection to Blacc.

“It was great to do a mash up between my song [“Hello World“] and David Correy’s song,” Blacc adds. “The message that I wanted to convey was oneness. I’ve been lucky enough to have my music accepted in countries all over the world. And everywhere I go I recognize music, sports entertainment being something that brings us all together. Football, soccer is something that makes us all one; its like a religion in a lot of places.”

Growing up in Orange County, where he was raised by his Panamanian parents, Blacc played soccer, in addition to learning the trumpet, and later, getting involved with hip hop.

“Almost all of the guys I went to school with played soccer in some form or fashion so it doesn’t escape anybody,” he says, adding that in his case, playing the sport was inevitable. “My Dad was the coach, I had to.”

Martin to Perform Fan-Penned FIFA World Cup “Super Song”

How would you like Ricky Martin to sing one of your tunes?

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singing sensation is inviting his fans to enter an international contest created by Sony to write a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil song that he’ll record.

Ricky Martin

While the song will not be the official 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem, it will be included as a track on a FIFA World Cup album to be released during next summer’s tournament through RCA, according to Alexandre Schiavo, president of Sony Music Entertainment Brazil, which is coordinating the “Super Song” contest.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are you have a chance to write a song for the next World Cup and I will record it,” Martin says in a video promoting the contest on international versions World Cup sponsor Sony’s “One Stadium” website.

Sony’s Super Song contest has been open to entries from around the world in December.

“It is a song that is going to get a lot of attention,” said Schiavo. “The idea as they say is to  give power to the people. Anyone with access to a computer can create some music and have the chance to co-write [the final version of] the song with Ricky and a famous producer. The winner will be invited to attend the final match of the World Cup.  There will be a lot of prizes connected with this promotion.”

Martin’s previous World Cup song, 1998’s “La Copa de La Vida (The Cup of Life,)” propelled the Puerto Rican singer into the global spotlight. In 2010, the official FIFA World Cup anthem was Shakira‘s worldwide hit “Waka Waka” with South African group Freshly Ground. It sold 1.7 million downloads in the U.S.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola, a longtime World Cup sponsor, announced the release of the first global World Cup Anthem: “The World is Ours.” The song, sung by David Correy and featuring Brazilian percussion group Monobloco, follows Coke’s 2010 World Cup South Africa campaign hit  “Wavin’ Flag.”

Correy Perform’s Coca-Cola’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Anthem

It appears that the world is David Correy’s…

The 26-year-old Brazilian American singer and former The X Factor contestant has been chosen to record Coca-Cola‘s global 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem.

David Correy

Correy performs the song, entitled “The World is Ours,” with the Brazilian percussion troupe Monobloco.

The soccer-themed track features a pumped up pop melody tethered by the Brazilian roots rhythms commonly identified with carnival, as well as inspirational lyrics readymade for stadium sing-alongs.

“The World is Ours” will be the theme of the brand’s international “World’s Cup” campaign. The tournament year anthem was written by song-writing team Rock Mafia (Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and produced by Brazilian-born Mario Caldato Jr., who has worked with the Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, and Brazilian artists including Seu Jorge and Bebel Gilberto.

“We always try to bring to light our campaign ideas through music and in 2014 we’re talking about the World Cup and bringing the world together,” says Joe Belliotti, Director of Global Entertainment Marketing at Coca-Cola. “That is what the song was meant to do from a lyric perspective. From a music perspective, we wanted the music to stay very authentic to Brazil, but in an original way that would resonate with an audience internationally…we’re taking that rhythm of Brazil and pairing it with just a great mainstream song.”

Correy, best known as a 2012 The X Factor finalist who re-connected with his Brazilian birth mother after appearing on the reality show, will debut the song live tomorrow on Corcovado Mountain above Rio de Janeiro.

“It’s such a feel-good song,” says Correy, whose tattoos include one on his back of a Brazilian flag covering a hand making the metal horns sign, which is spotlighted on the single’s cover photo. He opens the 2:38 minute track with a call to “kick it to the world.”

“I think with the rhythms, the song, the message, it’s going to touch a lot of people,” he says.

Tomorrow’s performance of the song will mark the opening of the Coke-sponsored World Cup Trophy tour, which takes the  tournament trophy to 88 countries.

Correy and Monobloco will perform the anthem at select stops on the tour, where fans’ voices will be recorded and added to future mixes. Artists from different countries will also collaborate with Correy on recordings of the song in different languages. A Portuguese version called “Tu Mundo,” with vocals by Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos was released in June in Brazil. That song did not include Correy’s vocals.

“The World is Ours” will be immediately available for streaming on Coca-Cola partner Spotify, and will later be sold widely as a download at digital outlets. The song will be featured in Coke’s World Cup-themed TV ads and mobile campaigns.

“The World of Ours” is the first major anthem to be unveiled for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which opens in Sao Paulo on June 12. FIFA has yet to announce the official World Cup anthem.

Amarantos Sings the New FIFA World Cup Anthem “Todo Mundo”

Following in Shakira’s waka waka dancesteps, Gaby Amarantos one of the voices behind the new soccer-themed anthem.

Coca-Cola has posted a video of one version of the new FIFA World Cup anthem on YouTube featuring the 34-year-old Brazilian singer and dancer of tecno brega.

Gaby Amarantos

Along with Amarantos at the mic, the video for “Todo Mundo” video features the samba supergroup Monobloco.

“Todo Mundo,” like Shakira’s 2010 World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” serves as a tribute to the game.

The stadium-friendly pop song backed by a Carnaval beat features shouts of “Gol,” calls for hand clapping, and the sound of a referee’s whistle.

Lopilato & Bublé Expecting Their First Child

Luisana Lopilato should be picking up her copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting soon.

The 25-year-old Argentine actress/model is expecting her first child with husband Michael Bublé.

Luisana Lopilato & Michael Buble

Lopilato and the 37-year-old crooner, who married on March 31, 2011 in Argentina and they had a full ceremony in April, posted a video on Lopilato’s YouTube page to share the news, along with a special surprise pic!

“Mike, Lu and … mini Bublé!!” appeared on the screen over an ultra sound image. “We’re having a baby Bublé!”

Lopilato has appeared in the television series Chiquititas, Rebelde Way, Alma Pirata, Casados con Hijos and Atracción x4. She has modeled for Ultimo, 47 Street, Coca-Cola, Axe, McDonald’s, Gillette, L’Oreal Elviv and BlackBerry.