Photos from the Billboard Latin Music 2016 Show Rehearsals
Photos from the Billboard Latin Music 2016 Show Rehearsals
By Monica L. Correa
Superstar singer, actor and entrepreneur Marc Anthony has been confirmed to take part in a Q&A panel discussion at the 27th Billboard Latin Music conference next April 27th at the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach.
Joining Anthony in the “Marc Anthony: Creating Music That Stands the Test of Time” panel will be fellow music producers Sergio George, Julio Reyes and Motiff who together will be sharing professional anecdotes as well as the secrets behind their musical approach to creating hit songs.
The platinum recording artist who has received numerous music awards is also a finalist for six 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards, including Hot Latin Song of the Year, Streaming Song of the Year and Tropical Songs Artist of the Year.
Since the start of his career Anthony has won a total of 23 Billboard Latin awards and has had the most No.1 albums on the Billboard Tropical Albums year-end charts to date.
Marc Anthony has managed to balance a busy musical career along with several entrepreneurial projects including the start of the Maestro Cares Foundation and the newly announced Magnus Media an artist management, marketing and music label.
The Billboard Latin Music Conference culminates with the Billboard Latin Music awards on April 28th where Anthony is schedule to perform live from the Bank United Center in Miami and airing live on the Telemundo Network.
After months of waiting for the highly anticipated return of professional soccer to Miami, internationally-renowned Colombian music star, Maluma, is scheduled to appear during pre-match and halftime at Miami FC’s home opener on April 9th against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The 22-year-old Latin Grammy nominee will be supporting the Miami FC, managed by Italian legend Alessandro Nesta, by performing at what will be a memorable evening for Miami’s soccer and music fans. With Maluma’s attendance now confirmed, the event is sure to be a major highlight in the clubs inaugural year.
With 10.5 million followers on Instagram, Maluma’s popularity has risen quickly after capturing the attention of Sony Music with his speedy success. Since then, his sophomore album “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums Chart in the U.S. as well as various countries throughout the world. His latest hit “Borro Casette” claimed the number one spot on the Billboard Latin Charts in the U.S. Maluma’s new single “El Perdedor” is currently number one in Mexico and rapidly climbing the charts in the U.S. Confirming his performance, Maluma said:
“I cannot wait to join the team and fans of Miami FC for its home opener. Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved soccer, so I’m honored and excited to be able to perform at the game. It’s going to be a special night and I’m looking forward to being on stage, singing in front of so many fans and seeing Miami FC win its home opener.”
The news of Maluma’s appearance comes after the recent announcement of Miami FC’s youth soccer program initiative. The team has partnered up with the local youth clubs to provide complimentary tickets to all registered youth soccer players for every home game. Friends and family members are eligible to purchase tickets at a discount for $10 a match.
“It’s fantastic to have the support of such an influential artist like Maluma for our home opener,” said Cesar Velasco, Miami FC General Manager. “Tickets are selling fast and with Maluma joining us, we’re expecting a great turnout for our historical home opener.”
Miami FC is scheduled to have its first home game at Ocean Bank Stadium at FIU against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 9 at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. For the home opener, the club is offering special ticket prices of $10 for adults and $1 for youth tickets. The team invites fans of all ages to come out for this historic event and give a warm welcome to Miami’s professional soccer club as it kicks-off its inaugural season.
For more information about Miami FC or to purchase tickets, please visit www.miamifc.com.
By Adriana Correa
The Colombian National soccer team and their sponsor Adidas released a picture of the special edition uniforms the Colombian players will be sporting in this summer’s “Copa America Centenario” (Centennial American Cup) games being played across the United States.
A message posted by Adidas Soccer on their social media accounts read, “prepare to dance to their beat” a fair warning to rivals and fans alike who by now are very used to seeing the Cafeteros showcase their signature moves on the pitch after each goal scored.
Inspired by some of Colombia’s very first jerseys of the 1940s the new Copa America Centenario jerseys will be all white with navy blue and red accent lines and a splash of yellow found on the team’s federation logo.
The team will also wear the more familiar jersey design a red and yellow stripes across the chest and an inverted dark blue color instead of the familiar bright yellow we are all used to seeing this season.
According to Colombian soccer aficionados, white was a common color for the team’s home games, while in the 70s and 80s white was used for away games.
Hosted by the US Soccer, the Copa America Centenario tournament will be played this summer from June 3rd through the 26th at various stadiums throughout the United States including California, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Florida and New York to name a few.
Colombia and the USMNT are set to kick-off the tournament with the first match taking place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on June 3rd.
The Copa America Centenario is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the American Cup, one of the oldest international soccer competitions in South America.
Photo gallery of jerseys released for other teams playing in the American Cup Centenario.
By Adriana Correa
Telemundo has just released a trailer for their highly anticipated narco series, El Señor de los Cielos season 4.
The network released the video on January 25th by posting a clip on the show’s Twitter account.
Fans of the popular super-series are reminded of Aurelio Casillas’s (Rafael Amaya) devilish ways of settling his business with his enemies.
Check out the video bellow:
The passion of South American soccer will be red hot this week at the FIU Stadium when Colombian professional soccer kicks off their 2016 pre-season on American soil.
The derby style exhibition games dubbed ‘El Clasico Vallecaucano’ gathers four teams from the Cali River region whose long-standing rivalries will stirr some great soccer excitement for soccer fans right here in South Florida.
The action between the four teams from Medellin and Cali will kick off next January 13th and 16th with double headers on both days.
By Adriana Correa
Looking to score big with American Travelers the country of Ecuador changes their tourism game plan by raising the stakes and advertising their new travel slogan “All You Need is Ecuador” during the Super Bowl’s half-time show making them the very first foreign country to advertise during the game.
The 30-second spot set to the tune of “All You Need is Love,” by the Beatles, highlights images of Ecuador’s most beautiful beaches and countryside.
The small nation with just over 15.7 million people, spent $3.8 million on the ad which is part of the “All You Need is Ecuador” travel campaign specifically aimed at Americans.
Here’s the ad in case you missed it:
In an interview with Yahoo Travel, Ecuador’s ambassador to the United States, Nathalie Cely said, “Tourism in Ecuador has grown 4 percent a year for the past 10 years, and the country wants to double that over the next five.”
The Country says that if they get a 1 percent growth on U.S visitors to Ecuador it will cover the money spent on the pricey ad.
Ecuador is popular among Americans who tend to travel to specific destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, the Montañita town for it’s world-famous beach resorts, and the small city of Baños which lies at the foot of the active volcano Tungurahua.
But with the already high number of American travelers who make their way to Ecuador year after year, Ecuadorian travel officials say they are looking to highlight more than the famous archipelago or the whitewater rafting adventures on the Amazon river by promoting other famous attractions such as Quito‘s urban life, Cuenca‘s colonial charm and more of the beautiful Ecuadorian rainforest.
“We’re going to try very hard to tell the world in 30-seconds what Ecuador is all about and how unique a proposition it is for Americans to visit,” Cely said.
Ecuador Photo Gallery:
By Adriana Correa
At just 22 years old Paulina Vega has won the 63rd annual Miss Universe pageant.
Vega from Barranquilla Colombia breaks a long standing 57 year losing streak and brings the Miss Universe crown to the South American country.
Since the moment the 88 pageant candidates arrived at Trump National Doral the international press immediately picked up on Vegas exuberant charisma and named her one of the favorites to win.
During the round of questions Vega showed her Colombian pride by saying, “Colombia has been an example to follow for the rest of the world. We are able to persevere in spite of so many challenges, we continue to fight for what we believe and we continue to shine on the world’s stage.”
Among the 5 finalist were USA, Holand, Ukraine, Jamaica and Colombia.
“It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.”
A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.” Vega told the Associate Press earlier this week.
Vega is studying business administration and is the grand-daughter of legendary tenor, Gaston Vega.
Miss Colombia’s designs were the creation designer Alfredo Barraza also from Barranquilla, Colombia.
Congratulations Miss Colombia!
By Adriana Correa
Latin-Urban idol Maluma who hails from Colombia has now become the first male Latin music artist to surpass two-million followers on the social media site Instagram.
“I have always said that I have the best fans and I suppose this is the very best end-of-the-year present they could have given me. I am so grateful for my fans and promise to share even more with them through social media in 2015,” said Maluma on a Sony Music press release.
Since the reggaeton star launched his career in 2010, the account @MalumaOficial has been getting a steady stream of subcribers surpassing many big names within his own genre as well as Latin pop artists like Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.
Maluma whose real name is Juan Luis Londoño rose to fame in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia by posting singles on YouTube starting in 2010. Two years later in 2012 he was signed by Sony Music Colombia and released his first album Magia which generated top hits like Obsession, Pasarla Bien and Miss Independent.
The 20-year old reached superstardom in 2013 after his mega hit La Temperatura reached the top of the music charts in all of Latin America and just this Summer Maluma appeared as vocal coach on Colombia’s La Voz Kids.
His second album album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy will be released in mid 2015.
By Adriana Correa
Just in time for the Holidays!
Real Madrid’s midfielder and star of the Colombian National team James Rodriguez has released a new collection for his popular and stylish underwear line.
Today, the Bronzini brand announced the release of the new J10 James collection for Bronzini Black. The Colombian brand released a series of photos featuring the international soccer star modeling a bolder and sexier looking collection.
In the new collection Rodriguez shows off his playful side and reveals a slightly more muscular and toned physique proof of his hard training schedule with the Real Madrid.
The J10 collection hit the market last August with a full underwear and sleepwear collection for men.
Check out the steamy pictures and behind the scenes video:
Behind the scenes video of the photo shoot
By Adriana Correa
Thanks to social media the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge movement has now gone viral in the U.S thanks to Pete Frates, a Boston College baseball player diagnosed with ALS in 2012, who helped the challenge gain momentum earlier this Summer after he began challenging others to donate via his Facebook page
From everyday people to celebrities, to athletes, and even world leaders the silly but very significant trend is also making waves across Europe. Joining the challenge this past week were some of Europe’s sexiest soccer hunks, here are my Top 5, let’s hope they all made a donation too!
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid scored the top spot on this list due to his clever move to complete his challenge in nothing but his underwear! The striker who usually models his line of CR7 underwear, was challenged by Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher. Nicely done Cristiano!
2. Lionel Messi: Also scoring big by taking the challenge in his briefs and a tight sleeveless tee is Argentinian player Leo Messi who plays for FC Barcelona. Messi completed his challenge inside the team’s shower room, and although the echo distorted the audio a bit, Messi says he was challenged by fellow teammate Dani Alves.
3. Falcao Garcia: Standing on his patio high above one of Montecarlo’s marinas is Colombian striker Radamel Falcao Garcia. Falcao (or El Tigre as he is known) plays for AS Monaco and accepted the challenge from fellow Colombian singers Carlos Vives and Maluma.
4. Marcelo Viera: Real Madrid’s Marcelo Viera, was challenged by Canadian soccer star Kaylyn Kyle. The player got a little help from teammate Cristiano Ronaldo who made his second appearance of the day in his blue CR7 underwear. Hey no complaints here!
5. Gerard Pique (and Shakira): Rounding off the top 5 list is Barcelona’s defender Gerard Pique who first helped his long-time girlfriend Shakira complete her challenge set by Brazilian model Giselle Bundchen. The task however got trickier for the Colombian singer when she had to pour the ice water over Pique, who was challenged by former Manchester United teammate Wes Brown. Very funny!
According to the ALS Association the Ice Bucket Challenge has now help raise well over $70 million in donations for the debilitating aliment known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease that affects nerve cells in the brain.
If you would like to donate click here.
By: Adriana Correa
In typical Cristiano Ronaldo flair the soccer star’s CR7 underwear line released its much anticipated 2014-2015 collection in several cities in Europe and here in the United States.
“I am really proud of my second CR7 Undewear collection and wanted to launch it in way that is personal to me and to have some fun with it,” said Ronaldo in a statement.
The images shot by famed photographer Rankin display the soccer player’s toned physique in various soccer-like poses projected onto seven iconic landmarks in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Lisbon and New York City.
The soccer player who wears the number seven on his Real Madrid jersey explains the reason behind why his brand chose to release the pictures in only seven cities.
“The number seven has always been close to my heart,” said Ronaldo. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Rankin and incredible to see the images released in this unique way.”
His army of followers across all of his social media platforms were treated to a special message from the 28 year-old striker expressing his excitement on the launch of his latest collection.
“I am very proud to finally launch my new Rakin X Ronaldo for #CR7Underwear campaign! The second collection launches today, hope you love it as much as I do!”
Ronaldo worked with ex-Donna Karen and Marc Jacobs designer Richard Chai and together with JBS Textile Group launched their first line in 2013. Both have been an integral part in helping the soccer star achieve his goals in the world of fashion.
The brand also released a video to go along the pictures where Ronaldo is seen twisting and kicking to show the unlimited range of motion offered by the stylish collection.
By Adriana Correa
Colombian international soccer star Radamel Falcao Garcia made his long awaited return to the pitch at the Emerites Cup in London Saturday.
The 28 year-old striker from soccer club AS Monaco made his first appearance in today’s friendly match against Valencia as a second-half substitue.
Falcao who has been out of the game for the past six-months ruptured his left-knee ligament earlier this year. The injury kept him from taking part in his home country’s World Cup campaign where Colombia made history by reaching the quarter-finals.
Greeted by a resounding cheer from the crowd el Tigre (The Tiger as he is known) entered the pitch during the last 18 minutes of the match when Monaco was trailing Valencia 2-1.
Falcao was sharp as always and played agressively but didn’t get a chance to score a goal. Instead his teammate, substitute, Lucas Ocampos evened out the score 10 minutes before the end of the match.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was pleased with Falcao’s performance and anticipates he will be part of the starting line up in tomorrow’s match against Arsenal.
Shortly after the match Falcao took to Twitter to simply express his gratitude to his wife, daughter and fans and added a psalm entry to express his deep emotion. His message read:
“Thanks to God for consoling me and giving me encouragement over the last six months. (Psalm 86:11) Thank you Lore (his wife Lorelei) for putting up with me over these 193 days when I was unbearable to handle. Thanks to my daughter, your smile makes me forget my sadness. Thank you everyone for your simple messages of encouragement.”
Falcao also spoke exclusevly with AS MonacoTV and said following:
“Following a long absence from the game, and going through a very difficult situation it’s overwhelming to be able to return. Just before I entered the pitch lots of things went through my head, but I tried to enjoy every minute even though it was just a couple of minutes of play. I thank everyone who came out, the Arsenal fans who were present at Emirates Stadium and cheered me on when I entered the pitch. It brings me great joy to know people recognize the work I do and are happy with my return to soccer.”
By Adriana Correa
43-year old fitness entrepreneur, Christopher Renzi filed a complaint in Rhode Island federal court against JBS Textile Group from Denmark. The complaint seeks a formal declaration from the court stating he is the sole owner of the trademark CR7 and not JBS.
The two letter and number combination which represents Ronaldo’s name and the number on his Real Madrid jersey, also stands for Renzi’s initials and his birthday which coincidentally is October 7th.
Renzi states in the complaint, he registered the moniker “CR7” in 2009 and has used it on several clothing items, a website and a workout video.
JBS on the other hand states on a separate complaint, they hold the exclusive worldwide license rights to market Ronaldo’s CR7 line, and say Renzi’s trademark of CR7, was used to profit from the soccer star’s fame.
Renzi insists his line was registered first and was used in commerce in the United States first. “It’s really based on who’s using it first. We can show we were the first use of the CR7 name,” Renzi told the New York Post.
Ronaldo who is currently on a tour with his team in the United States has been very active on all his social media platforms promoting his line and has not commented on the lawsuit.
CR7 underwear and socks for men and boys are marketed and sold JBS Textiles in Europe and plan to launch the line in the U.S later this year.
By: Adriana Correa
Last night, Real Madrid fans all over the world got an eye-full when their team stepped onto the pitch at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, sporting their brand new fuchsia colored away uniforms at the International Champions Cup match against AS Roma .
The Club unveiled their 2014/2015 kits last June, and although the white design for home games was up to par with previous Madrista styles, it was their eye-catching all-pink road digs that broke away from all Real Madrid tradition causing an a surprising uproar among the critics.
The new away kits inverts the colors of the white home kit with vibrant fuchsia as the predominant color, something never seen before in the 112-year history of the club.
The updated design by Adidas celebrate the team’s achievements of the past 10 seasons with a catchy new slogan “Wear it or Fear it.”
According to Adidas the garment incorporates Climacool technology which helps regulate body temperature during play.
Click to see gallery view:
By: Adriana Correa
The soccer player who simply goes by his first name ‘James’ pronounced HAAHM-ESS, and not JAY-MZ, played for Colombia’s national team and became THE breakout star of the World Cup in Brazil.
According to NBC Sports, the 23 year-old forward penned a six year deal for an estimated $107-million with the Real Madrid soccer club, one of the biggest clubs in Europe, making him one of the top fourth most expensive transfers of all time.
James, an already established soccer player in Colombia and Europe, catapulted to soccer super stardom in Brazil after scoring a goal in every game, leading the team into the round of 16. He then made history in the process, by helping his team advance-for the first time ever-into the quarter-finals match with two of his goals against Uruguay.
Although Colombia’s magic ended in a 2-1 loss against host Brazil, James went on to be awarded the Adidas Golden Boot for being the top scorer of the World Cup with a total of six goals. He was also awarded FIFA’s Best Goal of the Tournament for the goal against Uruguay in the round of 16 match-when he chested the ball down and then kicked it into the goalie with cannonball-like force. (see below)
There’s no doubt that soccer runs in James Rodriguez’s DNA, both his father and his uncle played professionally in Colombia in the 80s. Though his father did not play a role in his life, James’ mother Pilar Rubio and his step-father Juan Carlos Restrepo helped nourish his talent by enlisting James in a soccer academy when he was 5 years-old in the city of Ibague.
Destined for greatness, James moved to Medellin after he was signed to Antioquia’s Envigado soccer club, and made his professional debut at the age of 14. Two years later, his sharp skills earned him a spot on Colombia’s national Sub-17 team where he represented the South American country in FIFA’s 2007 World Cup U-17 tournament in South Korea.
It wasn’t long until recruiters from Argentina’s Banfield soccer club took notice of his talent and offered him a four-year contract at 17. James didn’t blink twice and with his mom’s blessings he moved to Argentina leaving his family and friends behind, all for the dream to play internationally.
In Banfield James quickly became the object of attention when he ended his first year as a title winner in the Apertura championship where he made history for being the youngest international player to score a goal in Argentina’s First Division.
Hard work and determination paid off for James after just two seasons in Banfield, Portugal’s Porto soccer club offered to buy him at the bargain price of €8.75-million according to the Colombian publication, El Espectador. While playing in the Portuguese league, James helped the team win the Europa League and three Portuguese League titles, he scored a total of 25 goal in three seasons.
In 2013 and after much success in Porto, James and his agent made a strategic move and agreed to a 5 year-deal with one of the top teams in the French league. The AS Monaco paid Porto the sum of €45-million for the the 21 year-old. During the 2013-2014 season he’s been recognized as one of the top players in the Ligue 1.
James has admitted to being extremely competitive and for that reason alone one of his biggest dreams has been to play for the Real Madrid soccer club, winner of 10 consecutive EUEF Champion League trophies.
Last Tuesday that dream became a reality when he was introduced to the world as a Madrista player wearing his signature No. 10 on his Real Madrid jersey.
By: Adriana Correa
With speculation in overdrive about the move of AS Monaco’s James Rodriguez to Spain’s Real Madrid soccer club. One sure sign that negotiations are moving forward is this picture taken by a young fan named Juan Manuel Gomez at the Barajas airport on Sunday. Gomez captured the Colombian soccer player along with his wife Daniela Ospina moments after landing in Madrid-home of the Real Madrid-one of the soccer clubs that has shown heavy interest in purchasing the the soccer star from Monaco.
According to Spain’s AS.com, the couple arrived at the Barajas airport at 2:50pm on board an Avianca airline flight out of Medellin, where Rodriguez has been vacationing following his stellar performance in the World Cup.
Juan Manuel and his younger sister boarded the flight in Medellin along with James. The boy told Cuatro Deportes, the flight crew tried to keep James from sight by hiding him in the cockpit.
Once all the passengers were seated, the soccer star came out and sat just a few feet away from the young fan. Gomez didn’t waste a second before asking James to pose for pictures and autographs causing a stir in mid-air.
Gomez took to twitter to announce to the world he had spotted the soccer star on his flight, his picture has been re-tweeted close to 3,000 times.
Soon after landing in Barajas, James and his wife boarded a connecting flight en route to Nice, France where speculation suggests he will meet with his bosses and finalize his contract with his current club, AS Monaco before signing with Real Madrid.
AS reports The Real Madrid club is expected to make an announcement about their latest acquisition later this week.
By Adriana Correa
In just a couple of hours Germany and Argentina will battle it out on the field at the final match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil’s Maracanã stadium.
As speculation mounts about which team will take home the golden cup, the anticipation and excitement is also building as to which of the top scoring players in the tournament will be winning the Golden Boot Award.
Should there be a tie, the rules state the player with the most assists would win the tie-breaker. If there is still a tie, the player who has played the least amount of games wins the award.
This year the top contenders for the 2014 Golden Boot are: James Rodriguez from Colombia, Thomas Müller from Germany and Lionel Messi from Argentina.
With six goals in five matches, Colombia’s James Rodriguez leads the way followed by forward and 2010 Golden Boot recipient Thomas Müller with five, and Lionel Messi with four.
Previous winners of the coveted accolade have been Miroslav Klose, Brazilian Ronaldo, Gerhard Müller, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, Just Fontaine, Sándor Kocsis.
The award is also called the Golden Shoe or the Adidas Golden Shoe.
In the 1994 United States World Cup two other awards were introduced the Silver Boot and the Bronze Boot. The awards follow the same guidelines as the Golden Boot Award.
Other FIFA trophies awarded to players are; Man of the Match, Adidas Golden Ball, Adidas Golden Glove, Fair Play Award, Hyundai Young Player Award.
Another exciting award is the the Most Entertaining Team award that can very well very well go to Colombia’s National team for providing its audience with a dance celebration after each goal they scored.
The dream of a World Cup win ended last Tuesday for the US Men’s National team following an intense filled game where the U.S fell 2-1 against Belgium in extra time.
Although the elimination from the World Cup’s round of 16 was a real let down for its players. Team USA’s attacking midfielder and South Florida native, Alejandro Bedoya didn’t give into despair and opted instead to celebrate his team’s accomplishments in Brazil with special gift that was a sure way to bring some cheer to the US team.
Soon after the painful defeat Bedoya handed each of his teammates a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Each bottle of the premium whisky blend, which retails well over $200 was personalized and engraved with the inscription “Brazil Was Just the Beginning, Keep Walking.”
“We can’t change the past, but we can take a moment to reflect on this experience and use it to drive us forward. What we decide to do next, whether it’s on or off the playing field, that’s where all of our potential lies. I’m inspired to keep walking down the road ahead,” said Bedoya.
Bedoya took to twitter and his other social media sites to celebrate his 2014 run in Brazil and to share a message of inspiration with his teammates and coaches
Bedoya who is of Colombian descent was born in New Jersey and grew up in South Florida. He comes from a strong soccer stock, his father played professionally with the Millionarios soccer club in Colombia and his grandfather with Deportes Quindio.
The 2014 World Cup was the first for Bedoya, he played in all of USA’s matches and logged in a total of 285 minutes. He now returns to France where he plays with the French club Nantes