“BEAUTIFUL/HERMOSA (Spanglish Version)” MARIAH CAREY
Mariah Carey has pushed back the release date of her new CD, The Art Of Letting Go. It was set to release July 23rd, but Mariah feels this material is so personal and meaningful that she wants to take the time to make it perfect. Great artistic decision! In the meantime, Mariah and Miguel have teamed up for a Spanglish version of “Beautiful” including a brand new video. Loved the sexy original version in a field but this time it feels more natural as studio recording scenes are mixed with Mariah touring an island village and frolicking in the Caribbean.
“MARIA” RICKY MARTIN
If you weren’t a fan of General Hospital or Menudo, then you’re first exposure to the Puerto Rican heartthrob, Ricky Martin, was his first international hit, Maria. The song was a double A-side single with La Copa De La Vida (The Cup of Life). In 1995, the song hit the Top 10 in countless countries worldwide and Ricky’s dynamic performance at the 41st Grammy Awards set the stage on the fire. Before long, Ricky Martin released his first English CD and scored his penultimate hit, Livin’ La Vida Loca.
“STAND BY ME” PRINCE ROYCE
From his self-titled debut CD, the 22 year old American singer, Prince Royce, hit #1 on the Billboard Tropical Album charts. Buoyed by this cover of the Ben E. King R&B classic and Corazon Sin Cara, the album went platinum three times over and became the biggest selling Latin record of the year. The CD introduced bachata to a whole new audience as the New Yorker won Best Breakout Artist of the Year.