HBO Max Releases Trailer for Docuseries “Menudo: Forever Young,” Featuring Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin will be reliving his young moments this month.

HBO Max has released the first trailer for the four-part documentary Menudo: Forever Young, featuring the 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar.

Ricky Martin, MenudoThe documentary series will be released on June 23.

From Angel Manuel Soto and Kristofer RíosMenudo: Forever Young chronicles the rise and fall of the most iconic Latin American boy band in history, bringing viewers into the world of the popular teen idols’ global tours, magazine covers, ‘80s outfits, and screaming fangirls. But the four-part documentary also exposes that behind the glitz and glamor was a web of abuse and exploitation.

Menudo was formed by producer Edgardo Diaz in 1977 with 5 original members: Ricky Melendez, brothers Carlos and Oscar Meléndez, and the Sallaberry brothers, Fernando and Nefty.

The group changed members often mostly after the pre-teen and early teenage boys aged out around age 15 or 16. Two of its most famous members include Martin and Draco Rosa (as Robbi Rosa).

Menudo: Forever Young is executive produced by Cristina Costantini and Jeff Plunkett of Muck MediaAlex Fumero of Trojan Horse, Bryn Mooser, and Justin Lacob of XTR, and Soto; co-executive producers are Maura Anderson and Rios.

Directors are Soto (E1-E4) and Rios (E3, E4).

HBO Max to Release “Menudo: Forever Young” Documentary This Summer

Here’s your chance to relive Ricky Martin’s breakthrough moments…

HBO Max will release Menudo: Forever Young, a new documentary about the Latin American boy band that helped make the 50-year-old Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and actor a star.

Ricky Martin, MenudoHailing from filmmakers Angel Manuel Soto and Kristofer Ríos, the documentary will be released on June 23.

The premiere will follow the project’s debut at the 2022 Tribeca Festival on June 11.

Menudo was formed by producer Edgardo Diaz in 1977 with five original members: Ricky Melendez, brothers Carlos and Oscar Meléndez, and the Sallaberry brothers, Fernando and Nefty. The group changed members often mostly after the pre-teen and early teenage boys aged out around age 15 or 16. Two of its most famous members include Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa (as Robbi Rosa).

Diaz, who served as the band’s manager, was accused of sexual abuse by multiple members beginning in 1991. He denied the allegations that same year on El Show De Cristina, a popular talk show at the time hosted by Cristina Saralegui.

Menudo disbanded in 2009 though reunion tours and performances have taken place with various former members.

The four-part documentary will deep dive into the rise and fall of the boy band, including the allegations against Diaz.

“The Puerto Rican diaspora in New York played a critical role in the success of Menudo and its crossover in the US, shutting down traffic for blocks surrounding the band’s hotel and selling out Madison Square Garden on multiple occasions,” said Soto in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to premiere this series in their backyard at TriBeCa and honor their contribution to the band’s legacy.”

Menudo: Forever Young is executive produced by Cristina Costantini and Jeff Plunkett of Muck MediaAlex Fumero of Trojan Horse, Bryn Mooser and Justin Lacob of XTR, and Soto.

Costantini and Fumero most recently collaborated on the popular Netflix documentary Mucho, Mucho Amor following the life of Walter Mercado.

 

Soda Stereo’s COVID-19-Postponed “Gracias Totales” Tour Getting an Early 2022 Reboot

Soda Stereo is preparing for a restart…

The Argentine rock band’s long-awaited Gracias Totales tour — which launched on February 29, 2020, in Colombia but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak – is set to resume with new U.S. dates.

Soda Stereo

Part tribute to the rock band’s late frontman Gustavo Cerati and part reunion of the band’s surviving members Zeta Bosio and Charly Alberti, the tour will resume on February 27, 2022, at Miami’s FTX Arena (formerly American Airlines Arena) and on March 3 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The Miami show will be presented by Move Concerts and Loud And Live and Live Nation will present the LA area show.

The Gracias Totales tour will feature special performances and state-of-the-art technology that will make it possible for fans to enjoy the voice and image of Cerati.

“It is exciting to hear the whole process of how the band is doing,” the tour’s production manager and the band’s first manager and sound engineer said in a statement. “I think that people are going to be moved, not only because of the technical aspects but also the spirit and energy are impressive.”

Fourteen invited artists were set to appear during the previous U.S. dates including Gustavo Santaolalla, Draco Rosa, Julieta Venegas, Richard Coleman and AterciopeladosAndrea Echeverri, to name a few. No word yet on the final guest lineup.

The previously announced shows in New York and Houston will not be rescheduled according to a “lack of availability of adequate venues because of the post-COVID concert schedule.” However, promoters will fully refund those who purchased their tickets.

Tickets for the Miami and LA shows are already on sale via ticketmaster.com.

Estrella TV to Release Yamil Ureña’s Menudo-Inspired Series “Súbete A Mi Moto” on February 14

Yamil Ureña is about to cannonball into the pop culture world…

The Dominican actor is set to star in the Menudo-inspired series Súbete A Mi Moto, which is set to premiere in the U.S. on February 14 on Estrella TV network.

Yamil Ureña

The drama series will chronicle the story of the first Latin boy band set against the backdrop of the band’s anthemic songs and iconic status, as told by its creator, Edgardo Diaz, who formed the band in 1977 in Puerto Rico.

Filmed in Mexico and Puerto Rico, the series will be encapsulated in fifteen 60-minute episodes with Ureña, Braulio Castro and Rocio Verdejo, among others, as cast members.

“We are truly delighted to bring Subete a mi Moto to the U.S. Hispanic audience. Menudo was an international smash hit and the first Latin pop band to cross over to the American mainstream market,” said Ivan Stoilkovich, evp, television programming, Estrella Media, Inc. “I am certain this series will appeal to nostalgic fans in the U.S. as well as transcend generations to attract new followers to Menudo’s musical legacy.”

Menudo featured different members including Grammy winners Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa. The boy band released 35 albums before disbanding in 2009.

Súbete A Mi Moto, which premiered in Mexico and Latin America in October 2020, is produced by Somos Productions, Endemol Shine Boomdog and Piñolywood Studios, and distributed by SOMOS Distribution.

Julieta Venegas to Take Part in Soda Stereo’s Gracias Totales Tour

Julieta Venegasis helping Soda Stereogive Gracias.

The 49-year-old Mexican American singer and Grammy winner will serve as a special guest on Soda Stereo bassist Zeta Bosio and drummer Charly Alberti’s Gracias Totales tour, which will be making stops in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston. 

Julieta Venegas

Soda Stereo and their guests will take the stage to sing some of the band’s greatest hits and honor the legacy of late frontman Gustavo Cerati.

In addition to Venegas, other special guests include Soda Stereo’s first vocalist and the Cerati’s great friend Richard ColemanAterciopeladosAndrea EcheverriDraco Rosa; and Gustavo Santaolalla

More than 10 years after Cerati last hit the stage at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena in 2007, Soda Stereo’s members – joined by their special guests via in-person or audiovisual format – will perform some of their timeless hits, like “De Musica Ligera,” “Persiana Americana,” “Tratame Suavemente” and more.

Coleman, Draco, Santaolalla and Venegas will join Zeta and Charly at their shows in New York and Miami. Echeverri will then take over Venegas’ spot at the Los Angeles and Houston shows.

Joining via video are Rubén Albarránfrom Café Tacvba; Cerati’s son BenitoBabasonicos’ Adrián DárgelosLos Tresand Pettinellis’ Álvaro HenríquezJuanesMon LaferteLeón LarreguiFernando Ruiz Díazfrom Catupecu Machu; and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin

The tour, presented by Loud and Live and Move Concerts, will honor the late Argentine frontman and guitarist Gustavo Cerati, who died on September 4, 2014, after suffering a stroke. According to an official statement, technology will allow Cerati’s voice and image to be part of the show.

The Gracias Totales tour marks Soda Stereo’s farewell trek. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.

Here are the dates:

April 14 — New York @ Barclays Center
April 17 — Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
April 22 — Houston, TX @ Smart Financial
April 25 — Los Angeles, CA @ Forum

Alejandro Fernandez to Perform with Son & Father for the First Time Together at Latin Grammys

Alejandro Fernandezis preparing for a family affair…

The Latin Recording Academy has announced the first group of performers for the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards , including all three generations of the Fernandez family.

Alejandro Fernandez,

For the first time, the 48-year-old Mexican singer, his son Alex Fernández and his father Vicente Fernández will perform together. No word yet on what the Fernandez men will sing, but Mariachi Sol de México will accompany them on stage.

Current nominees Paula ArenasBad BunnyAlessia CaraDraco RosaXimena SariñanaSech and Sebastián Yatra are also confirmed to perform, plus Natalia Jiménez and Olga Tañón

As customary, the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year (Juanes) is set to perform a medley with his best songs.

Last week, the Latin Recording Academy confirmed that Ricky Martin will host alongside Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega

The annual ceremony will broadcast live on Univision on November 14 from 8:00–11:00 pm ET/PT (7:00 pm Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pablo Alborán to Perform at the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year Gala Honoring Maná

Pablo Alborán is set to honor Mexico’s most popular rock band…

The 29-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter will perform at the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year gala honoring Maná.

Pablo Alborán

Alboran, a three-time nominee for this year’s Latin Grammys, joins an all-star list of artists paying homage to the Mexican band for their creative accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the Latino community.

In addition to the “No vaya a ser” singer, the other performers include fellow 2018 nominees Enrique Bunbury, Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, Iza, Beatriz Luengo, Vetusta MorlaMonsieur PerineGilberto Santa Rosa and Sebastian Yatra.

In addition to four-time Latin Grammy winner Pepe Aguilar and two-time Latin Grammy and Grammy winner Draco Rosa, José María Cano accompanied by his son Dani, Daniel HabifArthur Hanlon, Ara Malikian, La Marisoul, Orianthi and Piso 21 will also perform at the star-studded event.

The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Gala, hosted by Jaime Camil and Soledad Pastorutti, will take place the night before the Latin Grammys on Wednesday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Draco Rosa’s “Monte Sagrado” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart

Draco Rosa is back at the summit…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican musicianhas earned his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart as Monte Sagrado, his 13th studio album, debuts in the top spot, on the chart dated November 10.

Draco Rosa

The album debuts with 2,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending November 1, according to Nielsen Music. Most of those units can be attributed to traditional album sales.

Monte Sagrado is a celebration of life and gratitude,” Rosa tells Billboard.  “I’m overwhelmed with the amount of love it has received from everyone.”

Rosareturns to the top of the list after five and a half years. He first landed atop the tally with Vida, his 12th studio album, which opened at the summit in April 2013 and reigned for two weeks. Vida is Rosa’s longest-charting title among eight entries; it remained on the chart for a total of 25 weeks, 17 of which were in the top 10.

Monte Sagrado, released via Sony Music Latin on October 26, benefits from sales generated by an in-store album-signing appearance in Puerto Rico on October 27, as the set also scores a No. 1 debut on the Latin Albums Sales chart. It opens at No. 9 on Top Latin Albums and No. 17 on Rock Album Sales.

Shakira Among Finalists for This Year’s Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

Shakira is known for her stellar songwriting… And, it could soon land her in the annals of history.

The 39-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter appears on the list of nominees in the performers (singer/songwriters) category to the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 2016.

Shakira

Shakira, who penned several of her hit singles, including “Inevitable,” “She Wolf,” and “Whenever, Wherever,” joins a list that includes fellow performers Juanes, Marco Antonio Solis and Draco Rosa.

Shakira won the Latin Grammy for Song of the Year in 2006 for her massive international hit “La Tortura.”

Non-performer (composers) finalists include Kike Santander, Carlos Lara, Chico Navarro and Alejandro Jean.

The final list of artists and composers chosen to be inducted into the LSHOF will be announced at the 2016 Latin Billboard Music Conference taking place in April.

The selected six winners will then be inducted into the esteemed hall during the fourth annual La Musa Awards at the Filmore Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theater on October 13.

Here’s the full list of LSHOF 2016 nominees:

PERFORMERS
Alejandro Lerner  (Argentina)
Caetano Veloso  (Brazil)
Juanes  (Colombia)
Shakira  (Colombia)
Chucho Valdés  (Cuba)
Joaquín Sabina  (España)
José Mara Cano  (España)
Marco Antonio Solís  (Mexico)
Los Temerarios  (Mexico)
Ruben Blades  (Panama)
Draco Rosa  (Puerto Rico)
Vico C  (Puerto Rico)

NON-PERFORMING
Claudia Brant  (Argentina)
Chico Novarro  (Argentina)
Erasmo Carlos  (Brazil)
Kike Santander  (Colombia)
Jorge Luis Piloto  (Cuba)
Alejandro Jaen  (España)
Jose Enrique (Chelique) Sarabia  (Venezuela)
Carlos Lara  (Mexico)
Miguel Luna  (Mexico)
Cheo Zorrilla  (República Dominicana)
Luis Fernando Ochoa  (USA)
K.C Porter  (USA)

The non-profit organization was founded by songwriters/producers Desmond Child and Rudy Perez in 2012 to celebrate and honor Latin music creators.

Bunbury to Tour the United States This Summer

Enrique Bunbury is heading across the pond…

The 48-year-old emblematic and enduring Spanish classic rocker will tour the United States this spring in support of his recent MTV Unplugged album.

Enrique Bunbury

Bunbury will kick off the tour in Los Angeles, his current hometown, on May 19. More dates in California and Texas immediately follow.

In June, Bunbury will play two consecutive nights at both Chicago’s House of Blues and Irving Plaza in Manhattan.

El Libro de las Mutaciones, Bunbury’s MTV Unplugged album, was released in late 2015.

Draco Rosa, Carla Morrison, Zoé vocalist León Larregui and Pepe Aguilar joined him for the recording in Mexico City. It’s likely some of those artists may make appearances on Bunbury’s tour, although no guests have yet been announced.

Tickets for Bunbury’s Mutaciones tour go on sale tomorrow, February 2.

Bunbury will be touring Latin America in March and April, and will spend the summer performing in his native Spain.

These are the U.S. concert dates and venues:

May 19: Los Angeles, Hollywood Palladium
May 23: Anaheim, House of Blues
May 25: San Diego, House of Blues
May 29: San Antonio, Aztec Theater
May 31: Houston, House of Blues
June 1: Dallas, House of Blues
June 3 and 4: Chicago, House of Blues
June 6 and 7: New York, Irving Plaza