Silvana Estrada Becomes First-Ever Latin Artist to Sign with Glassnote Records

Silvana Estrada is shattering a glass(note) door…

The 23-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has become the first Latin artist signed to Glassnote Records.

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Estrada, who joins the indie label’s roster that includes award-winning artists like Phoenix and Mumford & Sons, signed with Glassnote after a quick visit to New York back in February.

“After meeting the team, and a spontaneous performance, both parties left mesmerized,” according to a statement issued by Glassnote. “She officially joined the Glassnote family shortly after.”

Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico and inspired by artists like Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, Estrada began her musical career at a young age experimenting with different instruments — both her parents were luthiers.

“My music is made of who I am,” she says. “When I wasn’t hearing musicians playing snippets of classical pieces to try out the sound of the instruments, I was listening to my parents singing traditional Mexican songs or Latin American popular music. To me, being a singer or composer was just a normal job.”

Her deep and impressive vocals are at the forefront of her coming-of-age, intimate songs that have caught the attention of Natalia Lafourcade and Mon Laferte, who performed “La Llorona” with Estrada at Mexico City’s Teatro Metropolitan in 2018.

The Glassnote announcement comes ahead of Estrada’s Spanish-language cover of the CHVRCHES hit “Forever,” the Spanish-language “Para Siempre,” released on Friday, August 28. Marchita, her new full-length album, produced by Gustavo Guerrero, will be released by Glassnote Music.

“I’m making the music that I honestly want to do,” says Silvana, who can seem as susceptible to the power of her voice as her audiences are. “I sing my songs and I feel good. And the miraculous thing is that they make the people who hear them feel good too.”

Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” Ranks as a Top-Seller in the U.K.

Bruno Mars is a big man in Britain…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy darling, who recently inaugurated The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, has one one of the the biggest-selling albums of 2013 in the United Kingdom.

Bruno Mars

Mars’ critically acclaimed sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox, nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the upcoming Grammy Awards, ranks at No. 6 on the chart. It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart in December 2012. It was Britain’s fastest selling album by a recording artist in 2012, selling 136,000 copies, just behind the albums by Mumford & Sons and One Directon.

With more than five million copies sold worldwide by the end of 2013, Unorthodox Jukebox is currently named the best-selling album of 2013.

Mars, the most played artist at pop radio in 2013 according to Mediabase, was named Billboard Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine.While, the album was the fifth “most streamed album” on Spotify.

Meanwhile, One Direction’s Midnight Memories was the biggest-selling artist album of the year in Britain with 685,000 copies sold
by year’s end.

Here is a look at the top 10 albums of 2013 in the U.K.:

1. One Direction Midnight Memories
2. Emeli Sande Our Version of Events
3. Michael Buble To Be Loved
4. Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways
5. Olly Murs Right Place Right Time
6. Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox
7. Rod Stewart Time
8. Arctic Monkeys AM
9. Gary Barlow Since I Saw You Last
10. Ellie Goulding Halcyon

Mars Receives Aria Awards Nod for Best International Artist

Bruno Mars hasn’t been locked out of Australia in 2013…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer has just earned his second consecutive ARIA Award nomination for Best International Artist.

Bruno Mars

Mars will face off against Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Michael Buble, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, P!nk and Taylor Swift in the category.

The “Locked Out of Heaven” lost out in the Best International Artist category to One Direction.

The ARIA Awards, hosted by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), recognize excellence and innovation across all genres of music in Australia.

The awards are judged by a panel of over 800 members from different sectors of the music industry, with some awards decided by members of the public

 

The ARIA Awards will be held on Sunday, December 1 at the Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Miguel Performing at Montreal’s Osheaga Music Festival

Miguel is heading to the Great White North…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer-songwriter will be making an appearance at the Osheaga Music Festival, which is taking place at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau this weekend, August 2-4.

Miguel

Miguel will join other acts like Mumford & Sons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vampire Weekend and Beck after original performer Frank Ocean pulled out.

Ocean’s cancellation came after he suffered a tear to one of his vocal cords. The rapper’s health issue has also forced him to cancel the rest of his Australian tour dates as well as his headlining set at Drake‘s annual music festival, OVO.

Miguel, who is nominated for a BET Award this year, most recently performed at the Young Hollywood Awards.

Juanes to Perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards…

Juanes won’t just be attending this year’s Grammy Awards as a nominee; he’s also a scheduled performer…

The 40-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter will perform  at Sunday’s Grammy Awards (February 10) ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, according to Universal Music, his record label.

Juanes
Juanes, nominated for a gilded gramophone from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the Best Latin Pop Album category for Juanes MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, will join a list of performers that includies Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys.

Juanes, the winner of last year’s Latin Grammy for Album of the Year for the same project, which was recorded in early 2012 before a live audience at the New World Symphony Center in Miami, is competing against Ricardo Arjona, Fonseca, Kany Garcia and Jesse & Joy for the prize.
In all, Juanes – who will be releasing his memoir in April –  has earned 19 Latin Grammys and one Grammy award during his career.

Juanes to Perform at Bruce Springstreen Tribute Concert

Juanes will be channeling The Boss next month…

The 40-year-old Colombian singer will perform at a special concert in Los Angeles in honor of Bruce Springsteen on February 8, according to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Juanes
Springsteen, the winner of 20 Grammy Awards, the first in 1985 for “Dancing in the Dark,” will be recognized for his impressive career and philanthropic activities.

The New Jersey native will be the person of the year at the MusiCares charitable concert, the funds collected from which each year are funneled to beneficial causes.

Juanes, who has sold 15 million albums worldwide, shared the stage last year with The Boss at a tribute in Texas to Woody Guthrie, an influential folk singer who particularly identified with social causes.

Also performing at the Springsteen tribute will be Sting, Elton John, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Tom Morello and Tim McGraw, Mumford & Sons and Alabama Shakes, among other artists.

Juanes, who has won several Latino Grammys and is also known for his humanitarian work through his Mi Sangre Foundation, will continue his Loud & Unplugged tour in 2013.