Maldonado & Her Fellow Pentatonix Members Release Video for their Cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

Kirstie Maldonado is spreading the love

The 24-year-old half-Mexican, part-Spanish American singer and her fellow Pentatonix members have released a new music video featuring their own arrangement of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.

Pentatonix

The somber yet beautiful rendition is one of the seven tracks released from their latest album, PTX Vol. IV – Classics. The simple video, set against a black backdrop, focuses on the group, as the camera pans to each singer in a circle while their voices are woven in and out together by the melody.

Riding high on their recent album’s debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, the record also represents the five-member a capella group’s seventh top 10 album on the chart.

Here’s the full track listing of Pentatonix’s new album:

PTX Vol. IV – Classics Track List:
1.    “Bohemian Rhapsody”
2.    “Imagine”
3.    “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
4.    “Over The Rainbow”
5.    “Take On Me”
6.    “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
7.    “Jolene” feat. Dolly Parton

 

Ferreira to Make Feature Debut in the Indie Film “Elvis & Nixon”

Sky Ferreira has landed a King of a role for her feature film debut…

The 22-year-old part-Brazilian singer-songwriter has joined the star-studded cast of the film Elvis & Nixon, the true story drama that has begun shooting in Atlanta.

Sky Ferreira

The indie film centers on actor Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley, The King, has he embarks on a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet President Richard Nixon, being played by Kevin Spacey.

Liza Johnson is directing the film that also has Evan Peters, Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville and Tracy Letts in its supporting cast.

The movie tells of the infamous Dec. 21, 1970, meeting between Presley and Nixon, both men at the height of their power in their respective fields.

The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon an urgent six-page letter requesting a visit and suggesting that he be made a “Federal Agent-at-Large” in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Pettyfer is playing Jerry Schilling, Elvis’ best friend who accompanies the singer to D.C. In her screen debut, Ferreira will portray Schilling’s love interest.

Mars Earns Sixth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “Uptown Funk!”

It’s a chart-topping start of the New Year for Bruno Mars

The 29-year-old’s collaboration with Mark Ronson‘s, “Uptown Funk!,” has reached the summit on the Billboard 100 chart, rising 2-1 on the first chart released in 2015.

Bruno Mars

The song replaces Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” after seven weeks at the helm.

“Uptown Funk!,” released via RCA Records, earns Mars his sixth Hot 100 No. 1 and second as a featured artist: he previously reigned as a guest in his first appearance, on B.o.B‘s “Nothin’ on You” in 2010. In between, he led with his own tracks “Just the Way You Are” (four weeks, 2010), “Grenade” (four, 2011), “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man” (one, 2013).

Among male soloists in the Hot 100’s 56-year history, only nine boast more No. 1s than Mars. Michael Jackson leads with 13, followed by Stevie Wonder (10), Elton John, Paul McCartney, Usher (nine each), George Michael (eight), Phil Collins, Frankie Valli and Elvis Presley (seven each; note that Presley’s career predated the Hot 100’s 1958 launch by two years).

“Uptown Funk!,” the 1,041st Hot 100 No. 1 of all-time, reaches the summit with the majority (65 percent) of its chart activity from sales, as it rebounds 2-1 for a second week atop the Digital Songs chart with 382,000 downloads sold (down 12 percent) in the week ending Jan. 4, according to Nielsen Music.

“Uptown Funk!” pushes 4-2 on the Streaming Songs charts with a 14 percent surge to 10 million U.S. streams. On Radio Songs, it rises 10-9 with an 11 percent increase to 76 million in all-format audience.

“Funk!” previews Ronson’s album Uptown Special, due Tuesday (January 13).

“It’s definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Ronson says of his new Hot 100 leader. “And, I know that it’s one of Bruno’s favorite things that he’s ever done, as well.”

Mars Performs First-Ever Show at The Cosmopolitan’s The Chelsea

Bruno Mars has christened a new venue in Las Vegas in what could be a warm-up for his upcoming Super Bowl halftime show…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer performed for an intimate crowd of 3,000 people at resort casino and hotel The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’s new theater The Chelsea on December 30 — Mars’ first of eight shows at the space throughout 2014.

Bruno Mars

An energetic Mars riffed on an electric guitar, dressed casually in a black blazer and graphic tee and accompanied by his band members The Hooligans outfitted in suits and suspenders.

Once the youngest Elvis Presley impersonator when he was 4 years old, Mars delivered more than his hits. He earned a few laughs as well.

“I have so much hairspray in this shit right now, you have no idea!” he joked.

Later, he said to widespread protest, “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a man so bad, I just wanted to rip my shirt off onstage. But I’m too short and I’m too fat!”

Bruno Mars

Along with performing his hit tracks like “Just the Way You Are,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Treasure,” Mars performed covers of songs like Barrett Strong‘s “Money (That’s What I Want)” and Travis McCoy’s “Billionaire,” as well as Aloe Blacc‘s “I Need a Dollar,” Bobby Brown‘s “Every Little Step” and Janet Jackson‘s “That’s the Way Love Goes,” among others.

Mars returns to the newly christened stage for New Year’s Eve, Feb. 15-16, May 23-24 and Aug. 22-23.

Set List:
Money Make Her Smile
Treasure
Money (That’s What I Want)
Billionaire
I Need a Dollar
 / Show Me
 / Our First Time
Pony
Ignition 
/ Marry You 
/ If I Knew
It Will Rain
 / Runaway Baby 
/ Your Love
Poison
This Is How We Do It
Every Little Step
Let’s Talk About Sex
Candy Rain
That’s the Way Love Goes / 
Waterfalls
 /When I Was Your Man
 / Billie Jean
Dirty Diana / 
Just the Way You Are

Encore:
Locked Out of Heaven

Fox Confirms Mars as Next Year’s Super Bowl Headline Act

It’s official… Bruno Mars will be bowling over an international audience of football fans this fall…

As previously reported, the 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer will perform at  next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

Bruno Mars

Following the announcement on Fox NFL Sunday alongside co-hosts Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw and analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer, the Grammy-winning artist released a one-minute trailer on his headlining gig at the upcoming Super Bowl, taking place on February 2, 2014 at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Posting the video on his YouTube channel, Mars chronicles his rise to pop super stardom, from being a four-year-old child performer doing an Elvis Presley impersonation back in 1990 up to his Unorthodox Jukebox chart-topping days, using footage of his live performances with his Hooligans band and ending with the artwork for the 2014 Pepsi Halftime Show.

Mars himself confirmed the news on Times Square around 12:30 E.T. on Sunday, September 8 after it was reported that the “Locked Out of Heaven” singer had been booked for what annually is the most-watched television event in the U.S. His announcement on Fox NFL Sunday marks the earliest reveal of a Super Bowl Halftime Show performer, kicking off a fanfare-filled lead-up to the halftime show.

Mars will follow Beyonce‘s show-stopping halftime performance earlier this year, featuring a short reunion with Destiny’s Child. Beyonce’s set was watched by a whopping 110.5 million viewers, but it still fell short of Madonna‘s performance the year before that attracted 114 million viewers, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

Lopez Duets with Andrea Bocelli on “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”

There’s another high-profile musical collaboration on Jennifer Lopez’s resume…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress, who recently collaborated with Wisin & Yandel on “Follow the Leader,” has joined voices with Andrea Bocelli to record Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés’ classic “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás.”

Jennifer Lopez

The single appears on the Italian tenor’s fourteenth album Pasione, a collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with Lopez, Nelly Furtado and a virtual duet with Edith Piaf on “La Vie en Rose.”

Featuring acoustic guitars and Spanish flair, the Bocelli-Lopez track showcases la Lopez as an oh-so-enchanting background singer.

Passione, released this week, features Bocelli singing other Spanish classics like “Perfidia,” his operatic cover of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” and a duet with Furtado on the legendary Brazilian song “Corcovado.”

Mars Becomes the Tenth Man to Grace Playboy’s Cover

Bruno Mars is livin’ it up at the ten spot; and he’s got plenty of reason to celebrate…

The 26-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer/songwriter joins an elite group of men as only the tenth male to grace the cover of Playboy.

Bruno Mars Playboy Cover

Mars is featured in the men’s magazine’s April Sex and Music issue, out March 16. He appears on the cover alongside Raquel Pomplun, as well as in a fashion pictorial and interview inside. In his feature, Mars models spring designs by Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and more.

“Growing up in the showbiz world, I looked up to those guys: Frank Sinatra and of course Elvis Presley,” the Grammy-winning singer told Playboy of his idols. “My dad was into the 1950s doo-wop era. If you look at those groups, or at James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the Temptations in the 1960s, you’ll see you had to be sharp onstage.”

Bruno_Mars_Playboy

Mars displays his signature style and dresses sharply for his photo spread while donning his own personal Armani suit on the cover.

Surprisingly, the “Grenade” singer chose Jimi Hendrix, not Sinatra or Presley, as the musician he would most like to work with if given the opportunity.

“I think he’s the greatest guitar player in the world, and I would want to see him do his thing in person,” Mars said. “He’s the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place.”

As a Playboy cover star, Mars follows in the footsteps of several Hollywood icons. Peter Sellers was the first Y-chromosome to appear on the cover back in April 1967, followed by Burt Reynolds (October 1979), Steve Martin (January 1980), Donald Trump (March 1990), Dan Aykroyd (August 1993), Jerry Seinfeld (October 1993), Leslie Nielson (February 1996), Gene Simmons (March 1999) and Seth Rogen (April 2009).

Feliciano to Record Elvis-Tribute Album

He recently joined voices with Jencarlos Canela to release a Spanish version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”… And, now Jose Feliciano is preparing to tackle the music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The 66-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter will release an entire album dedicated to Elvis Presley.

Jose Feliciano

In an interview with Efe, the legendary “Feliz Navidad” singer decided to record the new album because he’d followed Presley’s music since he was 11, while living in New York after his parents moved there from Lares, Puerto Rico.

Feliciano, who says he’s recorded eight of the 12 songs on the album in the studio at his home, says he also identified with Presley because both were born in poverty.

While living in the Big Apple, Feliciano became an Elvis fan without forgetting his roots. He still loved the music of Puerto Rican artists like Tito Rodriguez, Davilita, Felipe Rodriguez and Johnny Albino.

“I have a tremendous musical education because I listened to all of those together,” said Feliciano, who recently performed at the celebration of Presley’s birth in Memphis.

In addition, Feliciano said he was “happy” to receive the San Sebastian National Prize this past Thursday in Old San Juan “for his musical career on the world level for more than five decades.”

Garcia to Be Subject of Documentary…

The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia will be the subject of a feature-length documentary…

Filmmaker Malcolm Leo, who has previously helmed movies about Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys, will create a documentary about the late part-Spanish guitarist, who died of a heart attack at the age of 53 in 1995. He’ll reportedly build the film around a three-hour interview he conducted with Garcia in 1987.

Jerry Garcia

Last summer, during Jerry Garcia Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Leo and his team shot a ceremony that included members of the Dead legacy band Furthur singing the national anthem and a world-record-setting performance of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” played by more than 40,000 fans on kazoos.

Leo and co-producer John Hartmann, who has managed bands like the Eagles and Crosby Stills & Nash, have secured the critical music rights to tell Garcia’s story, something that has eluded other potential filmmakers over the years.

Leo and Hartmann hope to have the film ready by spring.