Eduardo Cabra Partners with Vicente Garcia on New Multimedia & Music Fusion Project Called Trending Topics

Eduardo Cabra is trending

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican artist and producer,known as Visitante, has teamed with Puerto Rican singer Vicente Garcia for his first post Calle 13 solo project, called Trending Topics.

Eduardo Cabra

A single is due Sept. 14, with an album to follow later this fall.

The album will be a joint release between Sony Music Colombia and Sony Music Spain, according to Billboard, through a new deal Cabra and Garcia made with the global company that partners the two regional offices for the project.

Cabra, who has produced 13 albums for other artists, in addition to his groundbreaking work with Calle 13, previously told Billboardthat Trending Topics is a collaborative recording whose “common denominator is the production.”

In addition to Garcia, who won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2017, the album will feature Ana Tijoux, Jorge Drexler, Li Suamet of Bomba Estereo fame, Amayo from Antibalas, Pucho and Guille from Spanish rock band Vetusta Morla, and musician and producer Carlos Alomar, best known as David Bowie’s guitarist.

Sony calls Trending Topics, “an innovative multimedia, music fusion project” with music “born from the traditions of Afro-Caribbean and Caribbean cultures and rhythms – intertwined with the sounds of boundary pushing contemporary/ experimental recording techniques and timely lyrical subject matter.”

Cabra previously told Billboardthat reggaeton, approached “in a different way” will be part of the mix.

In an announcement from Sony, Cabra called Trending Topics, “a project that was made with much love and with a brutal sense of art.”

Spalding to Perform at David Bowie Tribute Concerts

Esperanza Spalding is paying tribute to a legend…

The 31-year-old part-Mexican singer and multi-Grammy winner has been added to the list of artists set to perform at the David Bowie tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, happening on March 31 and April 1, respectively.

Esperanza Spalding

Spalding joins a new round of performers that includes J MascisPatti Smith, TV on the Radio’s Kyp MaloneGogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, Kronos QuartetBilal and Tariq.

They join an already stacked lineup that features BlondieLaurie AndersonThe Roots, The Flaming Lips, and many others.

Both concert dates are sold out, but Radio City Music Hall has partnered with Skype to stream the latter date for a donation to the event’s charity partners.

Iglesias to Receive Honorary Degree from Berklee College of Music

It’s one degree of appreciation for Julio Iglesias

The 71-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter, one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee College of Music at the prestigious school’s commencement ceremony next month.

Julio Iglesias

The recognition comes for Iglesias’ achievements and influences in music and for his enduring contributions to American and international culture, according to a press release.

Iglesias, a Grammy winner, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released more than 80 albums, with more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified.

In April 2013, he was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other honorees this year include Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris, jazz drummer Harvey Mason and singer-songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Past honorary degree recipients include Aretha FranklinDizzy GillespieSmokey RobinsonSteven TylerLoretta LynnDavid Bowie and Duke Ellington, who was the first to receive this honor in 1971.

The ceremony will be held May 9 at the campus’ Agganis Arena.

Per Berklee’s tradition, on the eve of the commencement ceremony on May 8, students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music associated with their careers at Agganis Arena. The concert and ceremony are not open to the public.

Tribeca Film Festival Launches Music Film Challenge Using Blacc’s “Ticking Bomb” Track

Here’s your chance to create a special music video for one of Aloe Blacc’s songs.

The Tribeca Film Festival has launched a music film challenge, in which content creators and storytellers can create interactive music videos for songs by the 35-year-old Panamanian American singer, Ellie Goulding and Damon Albarn.

Aloe Blacc

The winning project for each artist will be screened at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place from April 16 to 27.

Starting Tuesday, participants can go to genero.tv/Tribeca to create a music video set to a song by one of the three artists, using Interlude‘s self-service interface Treehouse.

Filmmakers can select from Blacc’s “Ticking Bomb,” Albarn’s “Heavy Seas of Love” and Goulding’s “Dead in the Water.”

Submissions are due by March 27. A jury will then select finalists for each of the three songs, with the artists helping to select the winners.

The winning filmmakers will receive $10,000 each and a trip to attend the Tribeca Film Festival.

“New technologies are unlocking a world of storytelling opportunities for filmmakers to captivate, engage, and entertain audiences,” Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement. “We are always looking for ways to introduce new technology to the filmmaking community at the Festival.”

Blacc, who provided vocals for Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” added: “I’m excited to see how ‘Ticking Bomb’ is interpreted by Genero‘s community of directors. Whilst the song is meant to shed light on an issue close to my heart, I’m interested to see how the song inspires and translates through Genero’s community. I’m definitely not expecting videos that offer a literal interpretation of the lyrics, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with!”

Genero.tv connects musicians with a global community of more than 250,000 filmmakers, providing a platform for artists to find video directors.

The Genero community has created more than 5,000 videos, including official clips for Moby, M83, James Brown, Muse, John Mayer, Duran Duran, David Bowie, David Guetta, Passion Pit and Linkin Park.

The finalists’ films will be showcased during the Tribeca Online Festival and displayed throughout Festival venues and lounges via interactive kiosks.