Carlos Santana is planning another collaborative album with a series of Latino stars. The guitar great has tasted great success with his albums Shaman and Supernatural and now he's planning another star-studded release full of acts and artists with ties to South America.
Corazon, which will be released next year (14), will feature tracks with Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Juanes, Lila Downs and Miguel as well as a song Santana has recorded with his son Salvador.
Many of the guests on the album will perform their tunes with Santana at a concert in Guadalajara, Mexico on 14 December (13), which will take place a week after the guitarist joins Billy Joel among this year's Kennedy Center honourees.
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will salute the two musicians, among others, at the 36th annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. on 7 December (13).
Jazz star Gloria Lynne has passed away just weeks before her 82nd birthday. The singer died after suffering a heart attack at Columbus Rehabilitation Center in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday (15Oct13). She was set to celebrate her birthday on 23 November (13).
Born in Harlem, New York to a gospel singing mother, Lynne won the Apollo Theater's amateur concert aged 15, before finding national fame in the U.S. by appearing on Harry Belafonte's Strolling '20s TV special in the 1960s.
She joined her peers Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis on the country's jazz club scene and secured hits with ballads including I Wish You Love and I'm Glad There Is You.
Lynne continued performing throughout her life, giving her last show in August (13) at New York's 54 Below venue.
Jennifer Lopez was honoured at the 17th annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner on Saturday (05Oct13). Activist Gloria Steinem presented the superstar with the 2013 Ally for Equality Award at the Washington, D.C. event in recognition of her support for marriage equality, HIV/AIDS research, anti-bullying and youth anti-violence causes.
Last month (Sep13), the American Idol judge faced some controversy after it was announced she would receive the award following her performance for the president of Turkmenistan at a concert in July (13). Human rights activists have accused leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of overseeing one of the most repressive regimes in the world.
Lopez later admitted accepting the invite to perform in the Central Asian country was a mistake, adding, "I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions. I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes. But I promise that when I fall, I get back up. When I am wrong, I will learn the lesson and move on to face other challenges. For me, that's what creating your own life is. Doing your best work while being your best self."
"She stayed at our guest house in Miami Beach and she ran topless towards the paparazzi and the cruise ships and blinded them because she's very pale." Gloria Estefan on her one-time house guest, comedienne Kathy Griffin.
A White House event featuring Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin has been cancelled in the wake of the fatal shootings of 12 people in Washington, D.C. on Monday (16Sep13). President Barack Obama postponed the Musica Latina event following the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yards, which also left another 12 people injured. Suspect Aaron Alexis, a former petty officer in the U.S. Navy, was killed during a gunfight with police.
A statement from the White House reads: "In light of today’s tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard and out of respect for the victims and their families, Musica Latina will be postponed to a new date.”
Estefan and Martin were set to perform at the concert, which was scheduled to celebrate America's Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from 15 September to 15 October (13).
After hearing news of the cancellation, Estefan took to Twitter.com to write, "Out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, our show Musica Latina (at) The White House will not take place. Prayers & peace!"
Meanwhile, Martin passed on his condolences to the families of the victims: "Another mass shooting. So sad. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims of the NavyYardShooting."
"I just keep thinking of her mother and father watching this. I was not expecting her to be putting her butt that close to my son. The problem is, now I can never unsee it." Robin Thicke's mum Gloria Loring on her son's controversial performance with Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (25Aug13).
Miley Cyrus' former TV mum Brooke Shields has taken aim at the pop star for her provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (25Aug13), insisting the grown-up Hannah Montana star looked "desperate" onstage. Shields played Miley's mum on the hit Disney show and her daughters, aged six and 10, are big fans - but the actress wasn't impressed with her ex-co-star's saucy routine at the Barclays Center in New York.
The 20 year old stripped down to her rubber underwear and donned a giant foam hand to perform Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke, who seemed more than a little bemused as his stage partner danced provocatively in front of him and grinded her backside into his crotch, while making inappropriate gestures to the audience.
Shields was a co-host on U.S. breakfast show Today on Monday (26Aug13) and admitted she didn't like what she saw.
She joked, "I don't approve. What did I do wrong?" Shields then got serious, adding, "I just want to know who is advising her and why it's necessary (to do that). My six year old and my 10 year old, they can't watch that.
"She can sing beautifully, and I feel like if she lets that lead, rather than let her bottom lead… I feel it's a bit desperate - you're trying to be (Lady) Gaga... but it's different... She's trying so, so hard."
But Shields gave her one-time TV daughter top marks for grabbing the headlines: "She went for it... and we're all talking about her."
The actress wasn't the only famous mum stunned by Miley's moves - Thicke's mother, singer Gloria Loring, was also confused by what the former child star was trying to achieve.
She says, "I don't understand what Miley Cyrus is trying to do. I think she's misbegotten in this attempt of hers. And I think it was not beneficial. I didn't get what her point was. It was so over the top as to almost be a parody of itself."
"Somebody said, 'The video degrades women'. I said, 'No, no, no... excuse me. He's been with the same woman for 20 years, they met when they were 16 years old... and you don't live with Paula Patton if you don't respect women. You don't keep a woman like Paula Patton (if you don't respect women)." Robin Thicke's mum Gloria Loring defends her son against claims his saucy video for Blurred Lines, which features topless models strutting their stuff, is disrespectul.
"He called me and said, 'Mom, it's number one in 56 countries. This is my dream. I won the SuperBowl. I hit it.' He's setting records." Robin Thicke's singer mum Gloria Loring is proud of her son's success with hit song Blurred Lines.
The videographer who Kanye West allegedly attacked outside Los Angeles International Airport last month (Jul13) has filed an assault and battery lawsuit against the rapper. On Wednesday (21Aug13), less than a week after felony charges against West over the 19 July (13) fracas were dropped by officials working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Daniel Ramos and his attorney Gloria Allred staged a press conference to outline the legal action against the rapper.
Allred revealed there has been an investigation into the altercation and the case has been passed to the L.A. city attorney to consider possible misdemeanour charges against Kanye.
Ramos told the gathered media representatives that he was still in pain a month after the "unprovoked" attack on him, and he has taken to using a cane to help him walk after spending "two weeks on crutches".
The videographer, who is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, stated he felt "terrified" and "threatened" when the rapper reportedly charged at him after he asked him an on-camera question outside LAX airport.
He told reporters, "I told him twice, 'I don't want to fight you'."
Ramos was taken to hospital following his encounter with West and although Allred would not go into details about her client's injuries, she told reporters, "He's still in pain."
She also confirmed that she had alerted the rap star's legal representative and told him of the lawsuit, adding, "It will be important for Kanye to apologise. That would be a start... Kanye needs to do the right thing."
The lawyer also took issue with celebrities like Kirstie Alley and Cher, who applauded West for lashing out at a videographer on Twitter.com, stating Ramos was "simply trying to exercise his right to free speech".
The accuser added, "I was just trying to do my job," and added he was bringing the suit against Kanye because, "I don't want what happened to me to happen to anyone else."
During the press conference, the footage Ramos shot of West as he allegedly attacked him was shown.