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.”

Tommy Torres to Host This Year’s Latin Grammy Premiere Ceremony

Tommy Torres will be put on his hosting hat…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and producer, a three-time Latin Grammy-winner, will host this year’s Latin Grammy Premiere ceremony, during which approximately 85 percent of the categories will be awarded, according to the Recording Academy.

Tommy Torres

The “biggest night in Latin music” will kick off with performances by nominees Tiago IorcLas Migas, Debi Nova and Sig Ragga.

Additionally, the first Latin Grammy awards of the day will be presented by nominees Paula Arenas, Eduardo Cabra, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Miranda, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Guadalupe Pineda.

The Latin Grammy Premiere 2017 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on Thursday (Nov. 16); live streaming will begin at 4 p.m. EST on LatinGrammy.com and Univision.com/LatinGrammy.

The premiere ceremony will be followed by the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas from 8:00 – 11:00 pm EST.

Viewers can watch the Latin Grammys 2017 red carpet — “Night of the Stars” — beginning at 7:00 pm EST, featuring live interviews and commentary on the stars and their glamorous attires.

La Vida Boheme Teases Upcoming New Album “La Lucha”

La Vida Boheme is ending its trilogy with a fight

Using one of the most important words in the Spanish language, lucha, in their latest album title, the Venezuelan alternative independent band’s stirring new album completes a courageous trilogy that began with the attention-grabbing Nuestra and continued with the somber-toned Será.

La Vida Boheme

After documenting the increasing opaqueness of the their lives in Venezuela on Será, the members of La Vida Boheme moved to Mexico, where they were joined by Calle 13 founder turned producer Eduardo Cabra in the studio.

The record opens with a spoken word intro by former Uruguayan president and “less is more” icon José Mujica.

“¿Te molesta si canto?” lead singer and songwriter Henry D’Arthenay repeats on the first song, “Voce”, parting the curtain on an album that echoes eighties punk and new wave and at the same time updates the sound of the folklore-rooted Latin American protest song movement.

La Lucha will be released on Friday, March 24 via Nacional Records.

La Lucha track list

La Lucha
Você
Lejos
El Milagro del Sur
Eliseo
Pupitres en Fuego
La Luna y el Sol
Mi Mar Mi Nada
Los Heridos
No Contaba Con Eso
La Purga
La Respuesta
Domingo

Monsieur Periné Releases Music Video for New Single “Nuestra Canción”

It’s all about flower power in Monsieur Periné’s latest video…

The Colombian music group, the Best New Artist winner at the 2015 Latin Grammys, has released the official music video for its latest single “Nuestra Canción.”

Monsieur Periné

Directed by Christian Schmid Rincon, the colorful clip was filmed in the Cundinamarca region of Colombia, which is famous for the diversity of its flowers.

“Nuestra Canción” is part of the group’s latest album Caja de Música, produced by Calle 13‘s Eduardo Cabra.

Monsieur Periné, consisting of Catalina Garcia, David Gonzalez, Nicolas Junca, Santiago Prieto, Camilo Parra, Miguel Guerra and Daniel Chebaír, has also announced the dates for the group’s first-ever United States West Coast tour, visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix.

Earlier this year, they toured in East Coast cities, including New York and Boston.

The Monsieur Periné West Coast dates are:

April 27 – Phoenix, Musical Instrument Museum
April 29 – Goleta, CA, Isla Vista School
May 1 – Santa Barbara, Marjorie Luke Theatre
May 2 – Los Angeles, The Echo
May 3 – San Diego, Music Box
May 5 – San Francisco, The Chapel

Monsieur Periné to Perform in the United States

Monsieur Periné is heading to the States in early 2016…

The Colombian swing band, the 2015 Latin Grammy best new artist winner, will tour the East Coast of the United States in January.

Monsieur Periné

The Django Reinhardt-influenced Latin roots party outfit from Bogota will play two dates in New York, followed by concerts in Philadelphia and Boston.

The band’s album Caja De Música, produced by Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 fame and featuring Cafe Tacvba’s Ruben Albarran, is nominated for a 2016 Grammy in the Best Latin Rock/Alternative/Urban Album category.

The Monsieur Periné dates are:

Jan. 14 – New York, Highline Ballroom (Central Park SummerStage Preview)
Jan 18 – New York,  SOBs
Jan 19 – Philadelphia, World Cafe Live (WXPN Presents)
Jan 24 – Boston, CRASHfest at the House of Blues

Calle 13’s “Multiviral” Named Best Latin Album by Apple/iTunes

René Pérez and Eduardo Cabra have a multiviral hit on their hands…

Calle 13, formed by the Puerto Rican stepbrothers, has earned a spot on iTunes’ year-end charts.

Calle 13

The duo’s fifth studio effort MultiViral, which was released on March 1, 2014, was declared the Best Latin Album by Apple and iTunes.

Last month, Calle 13 picked up the Latin Grammy award for Urban Music Album for Multi_Viral, one of two prizes the duo picked up that night as they set the record for the most Latin Grammys with an astonishing 21 career wins.

Earlier this month, the album earned a Grammy nomination in the Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album category.

Check out the full best-selling list from iTunes, as well as Apple‘s best-ofs below:

Top Songs:
01. “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
02. “All Of Me,” John Legend
03. “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry, feat. Juicy J
04. “Talk Dirty,” Jason DeRulo, feat. 2 Chainz
05. “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
06. “Problem,” Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
07. “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
08. “Let It Go,” Idina Menzel
09. “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon
10. “Rude,” MAGIC!

Top Albums:
01. Frozen Soundtrack
02. 1989, Taylor Swift
03. Ghost Stories, Coldplay
04. In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
05. Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack
06. Beyoncé, Beyoncé
07. Pure Heroine, Lorde
08. x, Ed Sheeran
09. The Outsiders, Eric Church
10. 5 Seconds of Summer, 5 Seconds of Summer

Apple’s Best-Ofs:
Best Artist: Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Best Album: 1989, Taylor Swift
Best Song: “Fancy” Iggy Azalea, feat. Charli XCX
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Pop: 1989, Taylor Swift
Best Rock: Lazaretto, Jack White
Best Alternative: Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs
Best Hip-Hop/Rap: Under Pressure, Logic
Best Country: Pain Killer, Little Big Town
Best R&B/Soul: JHUD, Jennifer Hudson
Best Dance: New Eyes, Clean Bandit
Best Singer/Songwriter: Utah, Jamestown Revival
Best Latin: MultiViral, Calle 13
Best Electronic: Our Love, Caribou
Best Jazz: Time and Time Again, The Cookers
Best Classical: John Luther Adams: Become Ocean, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Iglesias’ Hit “Bailando” Nabs Three Awards at the Latin Grammys

Enrique Iglesias is bailando with good reason…

The 39-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter picked up three awards at this year’s Latin Grammys for his platinum hit “Bailando.”

Enrique Iglesias

Iglesias and his collaborators on the inescapable track, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, took home the trophies for Song of the Year, Urban Performance and Urban Song during Thursday night’s live broadcast from Las Vegas.

Iglesias accepted his awards from Paris, where he was touring, and a taped performance of his hit song closed the show.

Meanwhile, Calle 13 – comprised of stepbrothers Rene Perez and Eduardo Cabra – picked the awards for Urban Music Album (for Multi_Viral) and Alternative Song (for “El Aguante”).

With the two wins, Calle 13 set the record for the most Latin Grammys with an astonishing 21 career wins.

“We are happy. We have 21 (Latin) Grammys and it is a dream. We never thought we would have this in our lives,” said Perez backstage to reporters after the show.

Other winners included Paco de Lucia – the iconic Mexican guitarist who died earlier this year – who won album of the year and best Flamenco album for Canción Andaluza. Colombian singer Juanes won best pop/rock album for Loco De Amor, Marc Anthony won best salsa album for 3.0, and Carlos Vives won for best contemporary tropical song and album.

Venezuelan singer-songwriter Mariana Vega won best new artist and legendary singer Joan Manuel Serrat, who performed, was named person of the year.

Here’s a complete look at this year’s Latin Grammy winners:

Record of the year: “Universos Paralelos” — Jorge Drexler, featuring Ana Tijoux
Album of the year: “Canción Andaluza” — Paco de Lucía
Song of the year: “Bailando” — Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona and Enrique Iglesias
New artist: Mariana Vega
Contemporary pop vocal album:
“Elypse” — Camila
Traditional pop vocal album: “Fonseca Sinfónico” — Fonseca Urban performance: “Bailando” — Enrique Iglesias, featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona
Urban music album: “MultiViral” — Calle 13
Urban song: “Bailando” — Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona and Enrique Iglesias
Rock album: “Agua Maldita” — Molotov
Pop/Rock album:
“Loco De Amor” — Juanes
Rock song: “Cuando No Estás” — Andrés Calamaro
Alternative music album: “Romantisísmico” — Babasónicos
Alternative song: “El Aguante” — Calle 13
Salsa album: “3.0” — Marc Anthony
Cumbia/Vallenato album: “Celedón Sin Fronteras 1” — Jorge Celedón and various artists
Contemporary tropical album: “Más + Corazón Profundo” — Carlos Vives
Traditional tropical album:
“Grandes Exitos De Las Sonoras, Con La Más Grande, La Sonora Santanera” — La Sonora
Tropical song: “Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar” — Andrés Castro and Carlos Vives
Singer-songwriter album: “Bailar En La cueva” — Jorge Drexler
Ranchero album: “Lástima Que Sean Ajenas” — Pepe Aguilar
Banda album: “Haciendo Historia” — Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarrag
Tejano album: “Forever Mazz” — Jimmy González and Grupo Mazz
Norteño album: “Amor Amor” — Conjunto Primavera
Regional song: “De Mil Amores” — Marco Antonio Solís, songwriter (Marco Antonio Solís)
Instrumental album: “Final Night At Birdland” — Arturo O’Farrill and The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Folk album: “Raíz” — Lila Downs, Niña Pastori y Soledad
Tango album: “Tangos” — Rubén Blades
Flamenco album: “Canción Andaluza” — Paco de Lucía
Latin jazz album: Tie: “The Vigil” — Chick Corea, “Song For Maura” — Paquito D’Rivera & Trio Corrente
Christian album (Spanish language): “La Carta Perfecta – En Vivo” — Danilo Montero
Christian album (Portuguese language): “Graça” — Aline Barros
Brazilian contemporary pop album: “Multishow Ao Vivo – Ivete Sangalo 20 Anos” — Ivete Sangalo
Brazilian rock album: “Gigante Gentil” — Erasmo Carlos
Samba/pagode album: “Coração A Batucar” — Maria Rita
MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album: “Verdade, Uma Ilusão” — Marisa Monte
Sertaneja music album: “Questão De Tempo” — Sérgio Reis
Brazilian roots album: “Amigo Da Arte” — Alceu Valença
Brazilian song: “A Bossa Nova É Foda” — Caetano Veloso, songwriter (Caetano Veloso)
Latin children’s album: “Coloreando: Traditional Songs For Children In Spanish” — Marta Gómez & Friends
Classical album: “Verdi” — Plácido Domingo; Christopher Alder, album producer
Classical contemporary composition: “Concierto Para Violín y Orquesta De Cuerdas” — Claudia Montero, composer (Claudia Montero)
Recording package: “Wed 21” — Alejandro Ros, art director (Juana Molina)
Engineered album: “De Repente” — Juber Anbín, Johnnatan García, Rodner Padilla, Eduardo Pulgar, Vladimir Quintero Mora, Jean Sánchez & Alexander Vanlawren, engineers; Germán Landaeta & Darío Peñaloza, mixers; Germán Landaeta, mastering engineer (C4 Trío y Rafael “”Pollo”” Brito)
Producer of the year: Sergio George
Short form music video: “Flamingo” — La Vida Bohème | Leonardo Gonzalez, Pablo Iranzo & Carl Zitelman, video directors; Debbie Crosscup & César Elster, video producers
Long form music video: “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco – La Película” — Café Tacvba | Gregory Allen, video director; Café Tacvba, video producers

Visitante Leads the Pack of Latin Grammy Nominees with 10

It’s a perfect ten for Eduardo Cabra

The Puerto Rican reggaetón singer has picked up 10 Latin Grammy nominations to lead the pack of honorees this year.

Eduardo Cabra

Cabra, commonly known “Visitante,” earned nine nominations with his stepbrother and fellow Calle 13 member René Pérez, known as “Residente.” He earned his tenth nod of the year for Producer of the Year his work as a producer on Jorge Drexler’s album Todo Cae.

Calle 13’s nominations include Record of the Year, for their single “Respira El Momento;” Album of the Year for MultiViral; and Song of the Year for their track “Ojos Color Sol” with Silvio Rodríguez.

Since 2006, when they took home the Best New Artist award, Calle 13 has won 19 Latin Grammys.

Meanwhile, Andres Castro earned eight. Tom Coyne received seven, Julio Reyes Copello and Carlos Vives each received six nominations, and Descemer Bueno and Enrique Iglesias were next with five nods each.

In the running for best new artist are Aneeka, Linda Briceno, Caloncho, Julio Cesar, Pablo Lopez, Miranda, Periko & Jessi Leen, Daniela Spalla, Juan Pablo Vega and Mariana Vega.

This year’s Latin Grammy Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The ceremony will air on the Univision from 8:00 – 11:00 pm ET.

Click here to see the complete list of nominees.

Calle 13 Releases Eye-Opening Video for New Single “Multi_Viral”

Calle 13’s latest politically charged music video has gone “Multi_Viral)”…

The Puerto Rican reggaeton duo has released the official music video for its activist song “Multi_Viral,” which features guitarist Tom Morello, vocals by Palestinian artist Kamilya Jubran, and a spoken word contribution from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Calle 13

Running a little over four urgent and eye-opening minutes, the clip was shot on the West Bank in the city of Bethlehem and in Beit Sahour, a Palestinian village.

It follows an embattled schoolboy who discharges in a rooftop “music is the weapon” fantasy with Morello.

“Your weapons reveal your fear for all to see,” Assange intones. “From Cairo to Quito a new world is forming the power of people armed with the truth.”

Interviewed during the video shooting in Bethlehem, Calle 13’s provocative frontman Rene Perez, also known as Residente, told The Associated Press that he sees similarities between the political situation in Palestine and his native Puerto Rico: “We are a colony of the United States. Here you have the situation with Israel.

“Here most people want to be free, they fight for their country,” he said. “It would be good to start building bridges between Palestine and Puerto Rico.”

“Multi_Viral” is the first song from Calle 13’s new album, which will be released March 1, the same day Perez and his stepbrother Eduardo Cabra kick off the Latin American leg of the duo’s planned international tour in Buenos Aires. Concert ticket buyers will have free access to a digital download of the album.

“Multi_Viral” is Calle 13’s first independent release after splitting from Sony Music Latin. Calle 13’s previous albums have sold a total of 464,000 copies in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The duo has won 19 Latin Grammy awards, the record for a group.

Kacho Lopez Mari, who like the members of Calle 13 hails from Puerto Rico, directed the video.

Calle 13 Joins Voices with Outernational on “Todos Somos Ilegales”

Calle 13 is known for its known for its satirical lyrics and social commentary about Latin American issues and culture… And now the Latin Grammy record-holding group is back with another politically charged song…

The Puerto Rican hip-hop duo, comprised of step brothers Eduardo Cabra and Rene Perez, has joined forces with Nuyorican band, Outernational, for their new track also featuring Tom Morello and Chad Smith.

Calle 13

Entitled “Todos Somos Ilegales” (“We Are All Illegals“), the track brings to light the social injustices affecting the immigrant community and challenges the use of the term “illegal” to define human beings in the U.S.

The new song is part of Outernational’s 18-track new album, Todos Somos Illegales.