"Jenni was someone really, really special, and I feel she is still here and she is still my friend. When something like that happens so close to you, so suddenly, you cannot really understand. It's hard." Singer Paulina Rubio is convinced her late pal Jenni Rivera is still with her in spirit following her tragic death in a 2012 plane crash.
Jenni Rivera's children throw a birthday party for the late star every year to honour her memory. The Mexican singer was killed in a plane crash in 2012 at the age of 43, and her eldest daughter has revealed the family will gather together on 2 July (14), the day she would have celebrated her birthday, for a special party of remembrance.
Chiquis Rivera, 29, explains they plan to throw the party every year to keep the music superstar's memory alive, telling People en Espanol, "It's a day to tell her that we love her, miss her, that we hope she's proud of what we're doing, how we are celebrating her life and legacy... On her birthday, we always think about her with much love and with the beautiful smile that she had."
Rivera would have turned 45 on 2 July (14).
Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi is making the transition into the reality TV industry to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at her work and personal life. The singer has teamed up with producers at Telemundo-affiliated network mun2 for Sin Filtros Y Sin Complejos (Unfiltered and Unapologetic), which will follow her as she completes her De Pelicula tour across the Americas.
Trevi isn't the first Latin star to land her own reality show - singer Larry Hernandez and the late Jenni Rivera also found success on the small screen.
News of the show comes six months after Trevi threatened legal action against the producers of new biopic Gloria, starring Sofia Espinosa as the singer, insisting she didn't authorise the script.
The movie is set to tell the story of Trevi's glittering 1990s music career, which came crashing down in 2000 when she was arrested in Brazil along with her manager, Sergio Andrade, on suspicion of luring kids into a child porn ring.
She spent almost five years behind bars before she was cleared of the charges in 2004.
Singer Marc Anthony swept the board at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday (24Apr14), scooping an impressive 10 prizes. The star took honours in categories including Artist of the Year, Top Latin Album of the Year for Spanish-language disc 3.0, and Hot Latin Song, Digital Song and Latin Airplay Song of the Year for Vivir Mi Vida, a track which spent 17 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart when it was released last year (13).
Singer Romeo Santos appeared set for an extra special night at the ceremony after landing 17 nominations, but he only came away with three awards for Songwriter and Producer of the Year and a joint prize with Enrique Iglesias for their song Loco.
Other big winners were Prince Royce, who picked up four awards, and late superstar Jenni Rivera, who scooped three posthumous accolades.
Shakira was also named Social Artist of the Year and Bruno Mars won Crossover Artist of the Year.
The 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards were broadcast live from Miami, Florida on Thursday.
Hundreds of fans of Jenni Rivera's singer daughter Chiquis were left disappointed on Tuesday (01Apr14) after her website crashed moments before the launch of her new online mini-series. Janney 'Chiquis' Rivera debuted Chiquis Confidential on her official site on Tuesday afternoon, but many frustrated devotees were unable to gain access to the page after its server struggled to deal with the huge surge of visitors.
The technical issue was promptly fixed, allowing fans to check out the premiere episode of the webseries, a behind-the-scenes look at the singer's life as she works on her new music.
Chiquis Confidential is due to air three times a week for 16 weeks.
Mexican-American superstar Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash in December, 2012.
Jenni Rivera's widower has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the jet which crashed and killed the singer in 2012. The 43-year-old pop star died, along with six others, when the private plane they were travelling in went down in Mexico, and now her estranged husband has launched a legal battle with the Learjet's owners.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Esteban Loaiza filed a wrongful death lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court, according to Billboard.com.
Rivera split from the former sports star before her death and filed for divorce just two months before the crash.
The lawsuit takes aim at the firm which owned the plane, Starwood Management, and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group, and seeks unspecified damages.
Singer Romeo Santos is set for an extra special night at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards after landing 17 nominations in 14 categories on Wednesday (05Feb14). The Odio hitmaker is up for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Tropical Albums Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year, among other top awards, for tracks released from his upcoming album Formula Vol. 2.
Meanwhile, Prince Royce has landed 16 mentions and Marc Anthony picks up 15. All three stars will compete for the Artist of the Year title alongside the late Jenni Rivera, who is up for eight awards.
Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias are nominated for seven trophies and Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez and La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho are both nominated for six.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards will take place in Florida in April (14).
Jenni Rivera's daughter has recorded a song in honour of her late mother. Janney 'Chiquis' Rivera, who was reportedly estranged from the star at the time of her fatal 2012 plane crash, debuted the track, titled Paloma Blanca (White Dove), on her YouTube.com channel.
The song is a tribute to the late Mexican star and opens with the words, "You don't know how much I miss you... today I miss your laugh. From a star you take care of me."
Superstar singer Rivera died when the private jet she was travelling in crashed in Mexico in December, 2012.
Latin actors Edward James Olmos and Gina Rodriguez have remembered their late Filly Brown co-star Jenni Rivera on the first anniversary of her death. The singer/actress passed away on 9 December, 2012, after the Learjet she was travelling in crashed in Mexico, killing four members of her entourage and the plane's two pilots.
Monday (09Dec13) marked the anniversary of the tragedy and the co-stars of her debut film, independent drama Filly Brown, have shared their thoughts and feelings.
Recalling Rivera's generosity on the set of the movie, which screened at Utah's Sundance Film Festival last year (12), Olmos tells People.com, "We were working with a very tight budget and no one was getting paid. Jenni found out that our still photographer was working with no pay and asked that her pay cheque go to him. She was always trying to help others. I miss her so much!"
Meanwhile, Rodriguez reveals she has been keeping Rivera's memory alive every day for the past 12 months, saying, "I remember everything about Jenni. I've spent the past year doing everything in my power to not forget a thing. She was a powerhouse. From her soft-spoken voice, when you first met her, to her informal, tender, love and care when she takes you in.
"Jenni was everything her fans believed she was - she was everything they wanted her to be: open, honest, loving, real, humble, talented, a down a** chick and, most importantly, a voice for those that didn't have a voice. I pray I can one day be a fragment of what she was and what she still remains. Her heart never left and it's with the utmost honour that I get to share these words of a heart I truly admired and adored."
Mexican authorities investigating the crash declared last week (ends06Dec13) that technical problems and possible pilot error were to blame for the accident.
Authorities in Mexico blamed technical problems and possible pilot error for the plane crash that killed Latin singer Jenni Rivera last year (12). The 43-year-old star perished along with four members of her entourage and two pilots when the Learjet she was travelling in crashed in Mexico on 9 December, 2012.
Officials at Mexico's General Civil Aviation Administration have now published a report into what caused the accident, just days before the first anniversary of the tragedy.
A "series of factors" have been pinpointed as possible causes, including the age of the plane, which was more than 40 years old, but the aircraft was too badly damaged for conclusive findings, according to the report.
The investigation also mentioned the age of the pilots - one was 78, and the other just 21 - as possible risk factors, and revealed the plane suffered a "sudden and abrupt lack of control" which caused a sheer vertical drop. This could have been caused by mechanical failure, according to the findings.
The report ruled out weather conditions, or a fire/explosion onboard the plane as possible factors in the crash.