Sanchez Releases New Yuletide EP, “Christmas with Jessica”

Jessica Sanchez is getting into the holiday spirit…

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American singer and former American Idol finalist has released a new yuletide EP, Christmas with Jessica.

Jessica Sanchez

“I have always wanted to do a Christmas album and covers,” Sanchez tells Billboard. “It’s just a gift for my fans because I love them.”

Recorded in just two days, the independently-released six song EP includes Sanchez performing a soulful rendition of Eartha Kitt’s classic, “Santa Baby,” a jubilant “Joy to the World” and a soaring version of “Ave Maria.”

The record, produced by James Daniels and executive produced by LA Mic Studios and Wise Owl Media Group, celebrates Sanchez’s love of the holiday season.

Adding to the holiday merriment is the announcement that the Season 11 runner-up will join other Idols Kris Allen, Pia Toscano, Ruben Studdard, Tamyra Gray, Elliott Yamin, Ayla Brown and Paris Bennett for the Orange County Christmas Extravaganza on December 23.

Former judge Randy Jackson is also scheduled to appear at the show — a benefit for the Jessie Reese Foundation — which supports children fighting cancer.

The show will be broadcast live from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on KDOC TV and other markets from 8 to 10 p.m.

“Christmas is my favorite holiday because you spend time with family,” she said. “I love the decorations, the music, and buying gifts for people. Everything about Christmas is the best.”

“Santa Baby” was the California native’s personal pick, and she chose to throw back to Kitt’s version when she went into the studio.

“I went with the earlier version, the classic, which is very soft spoken but sexy at the same time,” she said. “It was the most fun to record. There is so much room to mess around with the song, but I tried to keep it as classic as possible.”

Recording the EP had its challenges, Sanchez said.

“I was actually really sick during that time and I was worried how my voice would sound. I was afraid to put this EP out because my voice was not fully there and I’m such a perfectionist I don’t like putting anything out that is not my best,” she said. “But I had to put that aside and remember that this is for my fans and my supporters and it’s a little EP for them. I hope that it was good enough.”

In addition to the record, the singer has also launched her first merchandise store on her Website, Sanchez oversaw the selection of T-shirts, crop tops, hoodies, and a signature “snapback hat” is on sale on the Website until Jan. 2.

“We looked through a couple of things and I personally handpicked what I wanted. I have always wanted to do clothing because I’m a typical girl and I love clothes and shoes,” she said. “That was a lot of fun and I’m really happy with the way that it came out for my first  pieces of merch. The quality is nice, too.”

When the holiday season is over, Sanchez is launching straight into 2016 with plans for the follow-up to her debut album, Me, You and the Music.  The record, she said, will be more R&B “rhythmic pop” or “more soulful Tinashe.”

“I’m very excited to be working on the music that I really love,” she said.

The entertainer — who has signed on with new manager Mark Lamica — has more plans for 2016, including exploring acting roles, endorsements, and a possible return to Idol.  Sanchez said she is “sad” to see the Fox show ending, but hinted she “might make an appearance” before the final curtain.

“It was a big part of my life. It felt like I was on that show for years, and being in that Idol bubble it felt like a family with the staff and the judges and the contestants, so it’s sad seeing it end,” she said. “But I know they will be going out with a bang. This is their final season and they are going to kill it. I’m excited for that.”

With all that ahead of her, Sanchez has one New Years Resolution she has yet to conquer.

“Every single year I tell myself I am going to drive. It never happens,” she said. “I don’t know how to drive. I am already 20. This needs to happen.”

Christmas with Jessica is available on CDBaby, iTunes and Google.

Gomez Signs with Interscope Records

Forget Forever,” Selena Gomez has a new label…

The 22-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has signed with Interscope Records.

Selena Gomez

Gomez shared the news through her Instagram account over the weekend by showing a photo of her face next to what appears to be her new contract.

“Guess who’s officially an Interscope artist #thisiswhatdreamsaremadeof,” Gomez wrote in the photo caption.

The “Love You Like a Love Song” singer was previously signed to Hollywood Records, the pop division of Disney Music Group.

Her final release on the label was the best-of album, For You, which hit retailers and online music outlets on November 24. It features her latest single “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” which was inspired by her on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber.

Interscope’s current roster of artists includes Aloe Blacc, Fergie, Jessica Sanchez, Scotty McCreery, Gwen Stefani, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Sanchez & Iraheta Perform Backup for Jennifer Lopez on “American Idol”

It’s a special homecoming for American Idol alums Jessica Sanchez and Allison Iraheta

The 18-year-old half-Mexican American singer, the runner-up on the eleventh season of Fox’s hit singing competition, and the 21-year-old Salvadoran American singer, the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of long-running program, returned to the American Idol stage on Thursday night to help judge Jennifer Lopez perform her latest single “I Luh Ya Papi.”

Allison Iraheta, Pia Toscano, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Sanchez

Sanchez, Iraheta and season 10’s Pia Toscano joined J.Lo for a silly-sweet and harmonious intro to her live performance with French Montana.

The scene opened with la Lopez, Sanchez, Iraheta and Toscano talking on the stoop of a faux-Bronx brownstone, all three former contestants sharing their thoughts on which of the male singers from this season is the sexiest.

From there, Lopez lead them in a flawless four-part a cappella run of the song before taking center stage to perform “I Luh Ya Papi.”

Lovato (Neon) Lights Up Billbooard’s Social Media Chart

Talk about neon hot! Demi Lovato leads the charge of Latinos on social media this week…

Hot on the heels of the video debut for her latest track “Neon Lights,” the 21-year-old part-Mexican singer, actress and The X Factor judge rises 12-8 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart with a 13% rise in overall chart points.


Lovato re-enters the top 10 thanks in part to the clip’s bow on November 21.

The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.

The video, with its neon lights-festooned rave scene, helps drive conversation about Lovato on Facebook up 57% over the previous week, helping her to accumulate 225,000 new followers on the platform (up 3.4%). The video helped Lovato accumulate over 15 million plays across all of her videos hosted on Vevo, a 66% increase over the previous week.

Further down the tally, several artists featured on the new charity album Songs for the Philippines see gains. The set, which raises funds for the Philippine Red Cross to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda), features acts like Enrique Iglesias, Bruno Mars and Jessica Sanchez.

Iglesias ascends 30-23 with 278,000 overall fans added to his audience.

Meanwhile, Shakira moves 16-7 thanks to her usual family and baby-related postings on Facebook. A photo of her, husband Gerard Piqué and their son Milan received a staggering 2 million likes on Facebook since its posting on November 17. Other activity contributes to a 341% increase in conversation about Shakira on the Facebook platform, which helps grow her audience there by 329,000.

Miley Cyrus remains at No. 1 for the fourth week in a row while Eminem and Katy Perry hold at Nos. 2 and 3 respectively.

Mars Among Artists Contributing “Songs for the Philippines”

Count on Bruno Mars to help raise funds for typhoon disaster relief in the Philippines…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer, whose mother is Filipina, has contributed his single “Count on Me” to a special compilation album called Songs for the Philippines.

Bruno Mars

Released on iTunes on Monday, November 25, the 39-song set is available for $9.99. It is also available for streaming on iTunes Radio.

Mars and the other artists featured, record companies and music publishers have all agreed to donate all proceeds to the Philippine Red Cross.

Songs for the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, which hit the Philippines earlier this month, has killed, injured and displaced thousands of people in the Southeast Asian country. Officials have struggled to keep up with humanitarian aid demands.

Other Latino artists contributing tracks to the album include Pitbull and Christina Aguilera; Enrique Iglesias, whose mother is Filipina; and Jessica Sanchez, whose mother is Filipina.

The Songs for the Philippines tracklist:

1. The Beatles – “Across the Universe”
2. Bob Dylan – “Shelter From the Storm”
3. Michael Buble – “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”
4. U2 – “In a Little While”
5. Bruno Mars – “Count on Me”
6. Beyonce Knowles – “I Was Here”
7. Eminem – “Stan” (Live from BBC Radio 1)
8. Cher – “Sirens”
9. Adele – “Make You Feel My Love”
10. Katy Perry – “Unconditionally” (Johnson Somerset Remix)
11. One Direction – “Best Song Ever”
12. Fun. – “Carry On”
13. Lady GaGa – “Born This Way” (The Country Road version)
14. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
15. Justin Bieber – “I Would”
16. Alicia Keys- “New Day”
17. Imagine Dragons – “30 Lives”
18. Madonna – “Like a Prayer”
19. Pink – “Sober”
20. Kylie Minogue – “I Believe in You”
21. Enrique Iglesias – “Hero”
22. Red Hot Chili Peppers- “Factory of Faith”
23. Linkin Park – “Roads Untraveled”
24. Kings Of Leon – “Use Somebody”
25. Muse – “Explorers”
26. Lorde – “The Love Club”
27. Josh Groban – “Brave”
28. Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
29. Paolo Nutini – “Simple Things”
30. Ellie Goulding – “I Know You Care”
31. James Blunt – “Carry You Home”
32. Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment”
33. Earth, Wind & Fire – “Sign On”
34. feat Damian Leroy – “Going Out”
35. Sara Bareilles – “Brave”
36. Jessica Sanchez – “Lead Me Home”
37. Lily Allen – “Smile”
38. The Fray – “Love Don’t Die”
39. The Beatles – “Let It Be”

Sanchez Performs a Slowed-Down Version of Pitbull & Aguilera’s “Feel This Moment” on DTWS

Move over Christina Aguilera… It looks like Jessica Sanchez is slowing it down to really feel this moment

The 17-year-old half-Mexican American singer and American Idol runner-up made an appearance on Tuesday’s Dancing with the Stars season finale to perform a subdued version of Pitbull and Christina Aguilera’s hit dance single “Feel This Moment.”

Jessica Sanchez on DWTS

Sanchez’s toned down version of the up-tempo track was used as the music for a poignant montage of the DWTS finalists’ best moments on the show this season.

Singing Aguilera’s lyrics, Sanchez went for a more subtle, softer delivery that fit the  heart-tugging montage perfectly.

This year’s Mirror Ball trophy on ABC’s reality dancing competition was awarded to another American Idol alum, Kellie Pickler.

“Oh my God! This is amazing! Oh my God,” Exclaimed Pickler as she held onto her pro dancing partner Derek Hough,

Sanchez’s “Glee” Appearance Drawing Near

The members of Glee’s New Directions will be facing their biggest threat soon… And, her name is Jessica Sanchez.

The 17-year-old half-Mexican singer and American Idol season 11 runner-up will take center stage when Glee heads to Regionals in the finale for the Fox’s musical dramedy’s fourth season.

Jessica Sanchez on Glee

During the series’ “All Or Nothing” episode, New Directions heads to Regionals where the squad faces stiff competition in the form of the Hoosierdaddies, led by the small yet mighty Frida Romero (portrayed by Sanchez).

“I’m competition!” Sanchez recently told The Hollywood Reporter of her Glee arc. “There is definitely a little bit of drama there.”

“She’s the big weapon for her squad, and we’re not really prepared for that,” says co-star Chord Overstreet of the obstacles that await the New Directions in the May 9 season finale. “But I think we’ll hold our own, but it’s definitely something where we’re all freaking out and scrambling at the last minute.”

While the hour will reveal just who wins at Regionals, it’s unclear if we’ll see more of Sanchez come Glee‘s recently announced season five.

Glee airs Thursdays at 9:00 pm ET on Fox.

Sanchez to Present at the Radio Disney Music Awards

Jessica Sanchez has a date with Radio Disney

The 17-year-old half-Mexican American singer, who will be appearing on Fox’s Glee next month, will serve as a presenter at this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards.

Jessica Sanchez

The American Idol runner-up, who recently released the first single from her debut album, will make her appearance on the awards show being held on April 27 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

But Sanchez isn’t the only Latina set to present an award…

Selena Gomez, who performed her new single “Come and Get It” at this weekend’s MTV Movie Awards, will serve as a presenter and performer at the Radio Disney Music Awards. Gomez is also a two-time nominee.

Other presenters include Bella Thorne, Bridgit Mendler, Denise Richards, R&B singer Jason Derulo, NASCAR Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne and Zendaya.

Along with Gomez, Cher Lloyd, Mendler, Cody Simpson, Mindless Behavior, Austin Mahone and Coco Jones are also scheduled to perform.

Sanchez Releases Her “Tonight” Music Video on VEVO

Jessica Sanchez is about to “hop up on this rocket, take to the sky” in high-style…

The 17-year-old half-Mexican American singer has released the music video for her single with Ne-Yo “Tonight,” which the pair performed on last week’s American Idol results show, on VEVO.

Jessica Sanchez's Tonight Video

At the beginning of the four-minute video, a stylishly dressed Sanchez sways and sashays in front of a screen projecting images of the New York City skyline.

Ne-Yo then joins the Idol runner-up to help her get the party started in a club-like scene complete with a deejay and talented dancers.

About two minutes into the video, the pint-sized singer with the big voice – who  appears in five outfits – jumps in to show off her own dance moves in a high-energy dance sequence that already been watched more that 400,000 times since its release.

Sanchez’s new track is available for download on iTunes. Her debut album Me, You & the Music will be released on April 30.

Sanchez Wows with Her Performance of New Single “Tonight” on “American Idol”

Talk about showing American Idol’s new crop of finalists how it’s done…

Jessica Sanchez, last season’s runner-up, returned to Fox’s reality singing competition to perform the first track from her upcoming debut album.

Jessica Sanchez

Dressed in a sparkly silver midriff-exposing top, baggy pants and silver, high-heeled high tops, the 17-year-old half-Mexican singer took the stage to sing “Tonight,” her poptastic collaboration with R&B star Ne-Yo.

It’s hard to believe Sanchez was competing on Idol just a year ago after her seasoned pro-like performance on Thursday night’s results show. She strutted her stuff across the stage with confidence, showed her Jennifer Lopez-like sass in front of a wind machine and even busted a move with her backup dancers.

Following her performance, which earned a standing ovation from Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson, Sanchez confirmed to Idol host Ryan Seacrest that she’s having the time of her life.

Sanchez’s new track is available for download on iTunes. Her debut album Me, You & the Music will be released on April 30.