Selena Gomez Releases Stripped-Down Unplugged Version of Single “Rare”

Selena Gomezis stripping things down…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has released a new unplugged performance of “Rare,” the title track from her recent chart-topping album.

Selena Gomez,

The song, recorded live from the Village Studio, finds Gomez accompanied only by a sparsely strummed acoustic guitar and a single female backup singer, giving a new emotional spin to the lead track from the album, which dropped in January. 

The unadorned take on “Rare” is in stark contrast to the more visually stunning official video, which she says in a pop-up version of the clip was shot in nature after she found inspiration during her philanthropic trip to Kenya with the WEorganization. 

The live clip opens with Gomez rehearsing and joking around with her crew before diving into the introspective lyrics. 

“Baby, you’ve been so distant from me lately/ And lately/ Don’t even wanna call you baby/ Saw us getting older/ Burning toast in the toaster/ My ambitions were too high,” she sings.

This is the second treat from Gomez in the last two weeks.

She released the single “Feel Me” on digital platforms last week, a fan-favorite song she played on her 2016 Revivaltour. It was only available on a Rarevinyl sold at Target.

Selena Gomez Releases Fan-Favorite Single “Feel Me”

It’s an ‘all the feelz’ moment for Selena Gomez

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has officially released “Feel Me,” a fan-favorite staple during her 2016 Revival tour.

Selena Gomez

“Feel Me,” Gomez’s anthem about an ex regretting his loss, is now available on digital platforms for the first time.

“Won’t be caught up in the middle/ Of your highs and your lows/ Baby, ‘long as you’re not with me/ You’ll always be alone,” she sultrily croons in the tune before the sparkling chorus: “Every time your lips touch another/ I want you to feel me.”

Before Friday, “Feel Me” was only available on the Rare vinyl sold at Target

In a fan Q&A Gomez held on Twitterto celebrate her recent album’s release back in January, she answered a question asking if the tune would ever see the light of day. 

“That song was from when I was in a different place and doesn’t fit with where I am right now,” she responded.

But Gomez has apparently had a change of heart to her fans’ delight.

Jillian Mercado to Guest Star on Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q”

Jillian Mercado is headed to the small screen…

The 32-year-old Dominican model will make her scripted television debut on the forthcoming The L Word: Generation Q, which is set to premiere December 8 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on Showtime.

Jillian Mercado

Mercado will play the character of Maribel Suarez, an immigration attorney and the little sister of Sophie (Rosanny Zayas). The two are very close, and Maribel is always there to give Sophie advice and support.

The L Word: Generation Q continues the stories of the critically acclaimed and groundbreaking series The L Wordwhich ran from 2004-2009. The new series has familiar faces and new ones as it follows the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) and Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig), along with Dani Nùñez (Arienne Mandi), Micah Lee (Leo Sheng), Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), Sophie Suarez (Zayas) and Gigi (Sepideh Moafi) as they experience love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.

Jillian Mercado

This season’s guest stars include Brian MichaelStephanie AllyneOlivia ThirlbyFortune Feimster and Latarsha Rose

The series is executive produced by showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan with series creator Ilene ChaikenKristen CampoAllyce OzarskiSteph Green (pilot), and original series stars Beals, Moennig and Hailey.

Mercado is best known as a model with muscular dystrophy and has been praised for her representation of the differently-abled in fashion. She has appeared on E! News and has modeled in campaigns for OlayBumble 100Calvin Klein fragrances, NordstromTargetand Tommy Hilfiger.

On the editorial side, she was featured on the cover of Teen Vogue‘s first digital cover and was in September issues of GlamourCosmopolitanJejune and many others. 

She’s also an active disabilities advocate who has spoken at various summits.

Alba Named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List

It’s a fantastic fortune moment for Jessica Alba

The 34-year-old half-Mexican American actress and entrepreneur has been named to Fortune’s 2015 40 Under 40 list, the magazine’s annual ranking of the most influential young people in business.

Jessica Alba

As an expectant mom, Alba – ranked No. 15 on the list – saw a void in the market for less toxic, more sustainable household goods. The Honest Company is rapidly filling that void. Last year, Alba’s company sold some $170 million worth of products like diapers and cleaning supplies in outlets like Costco, Target, Whole Foods and Nordstrom—nearly a threefold increase over 2013.

Now, Alba is looking to expand The Honest Company’s presence into new regions—South Korea is next and China is in the works.

She’s also expanding the company’s portfolio of products with Honest Beauty, a cosmetics and skin-care line launched earlier this month.

But Alba isn’t the only fortunate Latino to make the list…

Hugo Barra comes on at No. 14.

Years after initially getting turned down for a job at Google, the Brazil-born businessman found himself in a plum perch leading the search giant’s mobile aspirations as vice president of Android.

It came as a surprise when in late 2013 Barra announced he was leaving Google for the then relatively unknown Chinese startup Xiaomi, valued at $46 billion.

As vice president, Barra is responsible for leading the company into uncharted territory by ushering its inexpensive products to new international markets—growth areas that are more critical than ever for Xiaomi as China’s smartphone penetration reaches all time highs.

Click here to see the complete Fortune 40 Under 40 list.

Iglesias Releases His First-Ever Signature Fragrance, Adrenaline

Prepare for an Enrique Iglesias-instigated adrenaline rush…

Enrique Iglesias

Earlier this month, the 39-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter released his first fragrance.

Named Adrenaline after the Grammy-winning singer’s self-proclaimed appetite for adventure, Iglesias’ signature cologne hit the shelves at CVS, Target and Walmart on August 15 in partnership with cosmetics giant Coty, which also manufactures Jennifer Lopez’s scents.

Enrique Iglesias Adrenaline

The scent, which boasts “sensual woody notes, is being described as strong and a tad spicy. But unlike many men’s colognes that lean too heavily on woodsy or smoky notes, Adrenaline is far from musky. Expect a sweet finish thanks to a citrusy, mandarin infusion.

Ashanti to Release “Braveheart” Album in March

Ashanti has a brave future…

The 33-year-old part-Dominican American R&B singer/actress has announced plans to release her oft-delayed album Braveheart on March 4.

Ashanti

In addition to announcing the album’s release date, Ashanti has also unveiled the track list.

The 15-song studio effort, including Target exclusives, features guest appearances by French Montana, Jeremih, Rick Ross and Beenie Man.

While putting the finishing touches on Braveheart, Ashanti is writing music for the soundtrack to the upcoming 2015 Tupac biopic.

Last month, Ashanti recorded the official music video for “I Got It,” her duet with Rick Ross.

Here’s the complete Braveheart track list:

  1. “Intro/Braveheart”
  2. “Nowhere”
  3. “Runaway”
  4. “Count”
  5. “Early in the Morning” feat. French Montana
  6. “3 Words”
  7. “Love Games” feat. Jeremih
  8. “Scars”
  9. “Never Should Have”
  10. “She Can’t”
  11. “Don’t Tell Me No”
  12.  “I Got It” feat. Rick Ross
  13. “First Real Love” feat. Beenie Man/Outro
  14. “Bonafide Survivor”
15. “RIP” (Target Exclusive)

Shakira to Provide Target with Exclusive Deluxe Edition of Her Upcoming Self-Titled Album

Target has sets its (bulls)eye on Shakira

The retailer has set its first music partnership for 2014 with the 36-year-old Colombian pop star, who will provide the retailer with an exclusive deluxe edition of her upcoming self-titled album, due for release on March 25.

Shakira

Shakira’s new Target television spot will premiere during the 56th Grammy Awards on January 26, the same day her fans will be able to pre-order the album only at Target and Target.com.

The commercial, which will feature Shakira doing her trademark hip-shaking, was directed by Marc Klasfeld and was filmed in a small town outside of Barcelona, Spain, where the singer currently lives.

The Target edition of Shakira features three exclusive tracks that the artist says she penned specifically for the retailer.

“With three special bonus songs on our exclusive album, Shakira joins an unparalleled group of remarkable artists that partner with Target to give our guests more music,” Anne Stanchfield, divisional merchandise manager of entertainment, Target, said of the partnership. “Shakira is an international icon with an enormous following of fans that love her distinctive voice, boundless energy and hallmark dance moves. Guests will be thrilled with the three bonus tracks that can only be found at Target.”

Early buzz for the album has already helped catapult Shakira 15-5 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart this week, gaining an additional 750,000 new fans overall.

Part of that traction came from “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” featuring Rihanna, the first single off the singer’s new set. The song vaulted into the top 20 of the Mainstream Top 40 and Latin Pop Airplay charts after its first day of availability. She followed up the release of the duet with a Spanish-language solo version of the song, Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte.”

Estefan Releasing “The Standards” via Sony This Fall

Gloria Estefan is heading back to the standards with her old label…

The 55-year-old Cuban singer, who is developing a Broadway musical about her life, has signed a multi-album agreement to return to her longtime label Sony Music Entertainment, a deal that will begin with the release of her upcoming English-language album, The Standards, due out this fall.

Gloria Estefan

Estefan’s album will be a set of American standards, with the repertoire having special significance to Estefan, beginning with “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Good Morning Heartache,” which she performed at her very first Tonight Show appearance in 1985 with Miami Sound Machine.

Estefan spent 30 years with Sony, releasing albums in both English and Spanish, both as a solo artist and with Miami Sound Machine. Then, in 2011, she took a hiatus and released Miss Little Havana via a worldwide distribution and marketing deal with Verve Forecast and Universal Music Group. In the U.S., the physical album was sold exclusively through Target. Now, Estefan has returned to Sony and will be promoted through both its Latin and Masterworks arms.

“Gloria is one-of-a-kind — in any language, in any genre,” said Afo Verde, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal.

“Masterworks is thrilled to be a marketing partner with Sony Latin and Gloria Estefan on this very special project,” added Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Classical and Sony Masterworks. “It represents another landmark in the career of an artist who continues to be a creative inspiration in all styles of popular music.”

Herrera Receiving Special Fashion Group International Award

There’s no doubt that Carolina Herrera is a superstar in the world of fashion… And, now she’ll have an award to prove it!

The 73-year-old Venezuelan-American designer, who has designed a limited edition T-shirt for this year’s Key to the Cure campaign, will be honored by the Fashion Group International this fall as the recipient of their Superstar award.

Carolina Herrera

Herrera—one of 24 noted designers creating a holiday collection for Target and Neiman Marcus— will receive the honor at the group’s annual Night Of Stars gala on October 25

“Carolina is an international icon and a brilliant businesswoman. For over three decades, she’s remained true to her elegant design aesthetic in everything — from her signature collection to her bridal, accessories and fragrance collections — while presiding over a global business with a singular focus on excellence,” says Fashion Group president Margaret Hayes. “She has an innate understanding of what smart, chic women everywhere want when it comes to style and beauty.”

Last fall, Herrera gained international attention from new generation of fashionistas and increased her star power when she designed the wedding dress Kristen Stewart’s character Bella wore in the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I.

Past recipients include Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan.

In addition to Herrera’s Superstar prize, Haider Ackermann, Gareth Pugh and Derek Lam will also be honored with special awards, and the Marmotti Family of Max Mara will receive the Brand Heritage Award.

Herrera’s Limited Edition Designs Headed to Target

She’s one of the most iconic Hispanic designers in the world of fashion… And, now Carolina Herrera is preparing to share her designs with a wider audience.

The 73-year-old Venezuelan-American designer, who designed Kristen Stewart’s character Bella in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I, has signed on to participate in a joint partnership between Target and Neiman Marcus.

Carolina Herrera

The discount retailer is collaborating with the luxury department store on a holiday collection from 24 noted designers that will span from fashion to sporting goods.

The limited edition collection will be available at all Target stores and all Neiman Marcus locations, as well as online on both retailers’ websites, starting December 1.

More than 50 products from 24 designers, including Oscar de la Renta and Robert Rodriguez, will be available until they sell out. Items in the collection will cost from $7.99 to $499.99, but most will sell for less than $60.

“We definitely have our differences,” Kathee Tesija, Target’s executive vice president of merchandising, said of her company and Neiman Marcus. “They’re high end, and we’re mass appeal. But we both love design.”

Here’s the complete list of designers participating in the Target/Neiman Marcus partnership:

Alice + Olivia
Altuzarra
Band of Outsiders
Brian Atwood
Carolina Herrera
Derek Lam
Diane Von Furstenberg
Eddie Borgo
Jason Wu
Judith Leiber
Lela Rose
Marc Jacobs
Marchesa
Oscar de la Renta
Philip Crangi
Prabal Gurung
Proenza Schouler
Rag & Bone
Robert Rodriguez
Rodarte
Skaist-Taylor
Thom Browne
Tory Burch
Tracy Reese