It's time again for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week, Billboard Magazine's associate editor of Latin music, Justino Aguila, is back with some new tunes.
Artist: Juan Gabriel
Album: "Mis 40 en Bellas Artes" (En Vivo Desde Bellas Artes, Mexico/2013)
Release Date: May 6
Songs: “El Noa Noa” and “No Discutamos”
Mexican balladeer Juan Gabriel returns with a live album celebrating four decades in the music business—a road that has taken the singer/songwriter from humble beginnings to superstar status in Latin music with fans around the world.
"Mis 40 en Bellas Artes," a CD/DVD set, chronicles the singer's life really as an artist who in 40 years has built a career based on music that has repeatedly resonated with fans in a major way. Often called the soul of Mexico, Gabriel recently began his first North American tour which in early April was interrupted by a bad case of pneumonia.
New tour dates, with most of them now scheduled for September, are now in place and until then, fans can catch up with the 64-year-old singer with this live album which was recorded in Mexico City last year. The album is a reminder of the longevity of this mesmerizing entertainer who has penned some of the most wonderful songs through the years—everything from romantic ballads to pop songs that have shown his versatility as a composer.
This project features the latest versions of the romantic song "No Discutamos" ("Lets Not Argue") and "El Noa Noa," the song that pays homage to a little club, which like many of Gabriel's songs, has become an anthem of celebration during his concerts which often close with the pop ballad that leaves everyone dancing.
Artist: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Album: "9 Dead Alive"
Release Date: April 29
Songs: "The Soundmaker" and "Torito"
Born In Mexico City, Rodrigo y Gabriela set out early to make it in the music industry regardless of what roadblocks they faced. It was a gamble that has led to thriving careers.
In "9 Dead Alive," the pair return with their 4th studio album takes the pair back to their roots in a project that has minimalistic elements. Each song is dedicated to someone who is no longer alive but still influential. The duo navigates swiftly through rhythmic acoustic sets with their guitars. The set has to be heard, and seen, to be appreciated. Together they are as soulful as ever and on top of their game.
Rodrigo y Gabriela' s style of performance especially shines in "The Soundmaker" and "Torito," allowing the intricate sounds to build rhythmically as you hear the quick hand work move throughout each song.
The duo's lives have been more public than ever as their story was recently part of a documentary, "For Those About to Rock—The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela." The filmmaker, Alejandro Franco, looked at the early work, the evolution and their path in the music business.
The "9 Dead Alive" 2014 U.S. summer tour was recently announced and will continue through the summer in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Artists: Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Santana, Wyclef Jean, Avicii, Alexandre Pires, among others
Album: "One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album"
Release Date: May 13
Songs: "One Love, One Rhythm" and "Dar um Jeito” (We Will Find a Way)
The 2014 World Cup begins in June and a new album features a group of musicians known internationally. They will be featured in the official album.
Pitbull leads the way with the official World Cup Song with "We Are One," a fast-paced song that celebrates unity and also features entertainer Jennifer Lopez.
Other artists on the album includes Sergio Mendes, The Isley Brothers, Arlindo Cruz and Wyclef Jean. The album and the music will be heard around the globe and in some ways define the summer as the music will be heard on the radio, TV and spots in support of the global event.
Santana and Wyclef Juan team up in “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way,” which is the official 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem; the song also includes Swedish entertainer Avicii, and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires.
Ricky Martin recently introduced the “Vida” music video, which was recorded in Rio de Janeiro. The song was composed by Elijah King, winner of the SuperSong, and produced by Salaam Remi.