Maluma & Carlos Rivera Pair Up for the Mariachi Ballad “100 Años”

Maluma is switchin’ genres…

The 26-year-old Colombian singer has joined voices with Carlos Rivera for a stripped-down mariachi ballad titled “100 Años,” produced by Edgar Barrera.

Carlos Rivera & Maluma

Maluma and the Mexican singer-songwriter’s unprecedented and emotional collaboration promises to be the next breakup anthem.

While it may bear a similar title to Mexican icon Pedro Infante’s “100 Años, ” Maluma and Rivera’s collaboration is a completely new song that they wrote with hitmaker Barrera and Vicente Barco.

“This song is an encounter between two friends who called a mariachi, and after a pair of tequila shots wanted to sing ranchera music, ” Rivera said in a statement.

“100 Años” may appear to be Maluma’s first stab at regional Mexican music, but he took on the genre in 2014 on “La Invitación” with his compatriot Pipe Bueno.

While “La Invitación” was a fusion of regional Mexican music and reggaeton, Maluma goes full mariachi singer on his take on “100 Años” and digs deep to capture the emotion of their heartfelt lyrics.

Anitta to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammys

Anitta is heading to the Latin Grammys

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer has been added to the list of performers set to take the stage at this year’s Latin Grammys, according to the Latin Recording Academy.

Anitta

Anitta appears on the final star-studded list of performers that includes Rauw Alejandro, J Balvin, Camilo, Lupita Infante, Juanes, Mariachi Sol De México De José Hernández, Ricky Martin, Natalia, Jimenez, José Luis Perales, Prince Royce, and Carla Morrison.

Those artists join previously-announced performers Anuel AA, Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Calibre 50, Pedro Capó, Julio Reyes Copello, Alex Cuba, Alejandro Fernández, Karol G, Kany García, Guaynaa, Los Tigres del Norte, Víctor Manuelle, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Nodal, Debi Nova, Fito Páez, Nathy Peluso, Raquel Sofía and Sebastián Yatra.

The 21st annual ceremony, led by 13-time nominee J Balvin, will also celebrate several Latin music icons, with special tributes including Julio Iglesias, Pedro Infante, Juan Luis Guerra, Roberto Carlos, and Héctor Lavoe.

Returning with a “music makes us human” theme that highlights musical excellence and the power of music in times of despair, the event will also showcase diverse stories of hope, community, sense of purpose, and celebration.

Hosted by Carlos Rivera, the 2020 Latin Grammys will air at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, November 19, via Univision.

The star-studded event will be preceded by the one-hour pre-show Noche de Estrellas, held virtually in Miami, where the majority of the categories will be awarded.

Trailer Released for Omar Chaparro’s Pedro Infante-Themed “Como Caído del Cielo”

Omar Chaparro is portraying a Mexican icon…

The 45-year-old Mexican actor/comedian is starring as Mexican singing star and movie idol Pedro Infante in Netflix’s Como Caído del Cielo.

Omar Chaparro

In the new film, which is being called a “comedic telenovela with a magic realist twist,” Infante takes over the body of one of his modern-day impersonators. 

In a plot that recalls Heaven Can Wait, the 1978 hit film starring Warren BeattyComo Caído del Cieloopens with Infante stuck in purgatory: although his voice and image were beloved by fans in Mexico and around the world, and remain so to this day, in the movie his deplorable machista behavior on earth has kept him from going to heaven. But when a Pedro Infante imitator named Pedro Guadalupe Ramos dies, the real Infante has a chance to come back to life in his body, and try and earn a place among the angels by showing respect for women, particularly Ramos’ wife. Not surprisingly, Ramos himself had been unfaithful.

Love songs sung by Infante-Ramos (Chaparro) throughout the movie are the key to romance, and a final resting place for Infante’s soul.

A soundtrack, with Chaparro singing Infante classics and “De Que Me Sirve El Cielo,” an original composition that’s the movie’s theme song, will be released at the same time on JN Records

The album was produced by Jorge Avendaño, who also co-wrote that song, and is known for writing themes for telenovelas and working with artists including Ricardo Montaner and Mexican singer and actress Edith Marquez.

Chaparro, best known as a comedic actor, has recorded two previous albums.

The film, the first original production from Netflix Latin America, debuts on Christmas Eve.

Iglesias Releases “Fallaste Corazón,” His First Spanish Single in 12 Years

Julio Iglesias is celebrating Mexico in a special way…

The 71-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter, the most successful Latin singer of all time, is planning to release a new album, Mexico – Julio Iglesias, in which he’ll interpret 12 standards from the country’s golden-era songbook.

Julio Iglesias

For his first single, Iglesias offers up “Fallaste Corazón,” by the prolific Mexican songwriter Cuco Sánchez. It’s a song many icons like Rocio Durcal and Pedro Infante have interpreted.

Iglesias’ forthcoming album, due September 18, is his first Spanish-language recording in 12 years. The singer first performed in Mexico in the ‘70s, conquering the largest Spanish-speaking market and then going on to sell more than 300 million records worldwide by recording in as many as 12 languages. But, Mexico still holds a special place in his heart. In fact, this is his second tribute album to a country that was instrumental to his career, the first of which came in 1976.

“Mexico is a country that I love dearly,” said Iglesias in a statement. “The Mexican people have given me many indelible moments in my life. I know this country as if it was my homeland, and I always carry it in my soul. This record is dedicated to the outstanding composers who, generation after generation, filled our lives with love, nostalgia, memories and moments. After all these years, they remain alive in our souls.”