To the Latino reader: 
I like Viajero's new single and I wanted to share it with you, To listen use this link http://www.viajerooficial.com/#method-link.
This is the press release I got from Azul PR (in Spanish), so don't expect me to speak it as good as it apears here. I may use diffrent language rather than English sometimes, so this is just an experimental try. Let me know what you think.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Enero 23, 2013) – Hoy miércoles se lanza oficialmente en las estaciones de radio de Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico la canción “Sé Que Te Vas” del cantautor nicaragüense VIAJERO. Con este sencillo se marca el debut mundial de esta joven estrella que desde ya ha generado mucha expectativa en la industria musical.

El primer sencillo de su disco debut, “Sé Que Te Vas” es una hermosa balada pop que explora los sentimientos de una ruptura con una letra muy original. La canción ya se encuentra disponible en iTunes.

Nacido en Nicaragua, de padre nicaragüense y madre costarricense, VIAJERO se ha consolidado en su país y en Centroamérica como una de las voces jóvenes y con mayor proyección internacional, no en vano desde los seis años comenzó su romance con la música cuando comenzó a tocar el piano y con el tiempo pasó a componer y tocar guitarra.

Motivado por el éxito y buenas críticas que recibió con una presentación en Premios Claro a la música Nicaragüense en Managua y luego de ser observado por el experimentado ejecutivo musical Pietro Carlos, juntos comenzaron a planear y trabajar lo que sería su estreno formal e internacionalización de su música y carrera. Así VIAJERO se embarcó en el 2012 en la producción de un disco muy completo que es su carta de presentación y con los mayores estándares de calidad y contenido.

Con un concepto claro de su primer álbum, VIAJERO compuso todas las canciones y luego sumó a su aventura al productor chileno Jaime Ciero (Alejandra Guzmán y Luis Fonsi, entre otros) y un grupo excelso de músicos que lo acompañaron en la grabación de su disco en Miami, Los Ángeles e Italia. Así, junto con el guitarrista Tim Pierce (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John), el baterista argentino J Morelli (Al Jarreau, Fito Paez, Enanitos Verdes) y con el respaldo en la sección de cuerdas del maestro Piero Vallero y su Orquesta Labirinto de Torino (Eros Ramazzotti, Alejandro Sanz) en Italia, se dio forma a un conjunto de canciones muy diverso y especial.

De esta forma VIAJERO comienza el 2013 desde ya, presentando su nueva canción, pronto su correspondiente video y un álbum debut que genera curiosidad y gran expectativa en la música latina para este año.

 in English

VIAJERO has his feet on the ground as his music transports us to fascinating destinations

The young singer/songwriter known as Viajero (Traveler) has a crystal clear idea of his place in the world and the role that his music has to play.

Born in Nicaragua to a Nicaraguan father and a Costa Rican mother, Viajero strongly believes that travel is not only the best way to keep growing as a person, but an appropriate metaphor for life. “Living something of a nomadic life has enriched my artistic career,” he says.

He spent all of 2012 writing and recording his international debut album El Viaje (The Journey). By juxtaposing elements of pop, Latin trova and singer-songwriter genres, he has created a sweeping, fascinating record with a signature sound.

El Viaje is produced by the Chilean maestro Jaime Ciero, whose production and songwriting credits include Alberto Plaza, Alejandra Guzmán and Luis Fonsi. Recorded in Miami, L.A. and Italy, El Viaje features contributions from the legendary Tim Pierce (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John) on guitar, and from Argentina’s great Jota Morelli (Al Jarreau, Fito Paez, Enanitos Verdes) on drums. Furthermore, the album’s gorgeous string arrangements are conducted by Piero Vallero with his Labirinto Orchestra (Eros Ramazzotti, Alejandro Sanz) from Turin, Italy. Mixing was handled by Matt Marrin (Celine Dion, Usher) with mastering by Chris Bellman (Elton John, Neil Young) of Bernie Grundman Mastering en Hollywood, California.

All of the songs are written by Viajero, and he marveled at shepherding his compositions from conception to arrangement to full production, while giving them a sound that’s distinctly his.

The first single, “Sé Que Te Vas” (I Know You’re Leaving), is a pop gem with a gorgeous guitar solo from Pierce that intersperses observations about nature with scenes from a breakup. “The aesthetics of Miami helped me put some poetry in the lyrics,” he notes.

Music always found a way to captivate Viajero, even when he wasn’t seeking it out. He started playing the piano at age 6. “I enjoyed it in a childlike way,” he says. “But my interest in it was very honest and natural.”

Over time, he picked up the guitar and figured out that playing music could be more than an end unto itself. It could also serve as the conduit between an inspired thought and an unforgettable new song.

Still, he was determined to show his mettle in other fields, and graduated from college with a degree in finance. But even as a dedicated student, he was constantly thinking up music and lyrics.

Shortly thereafter, in 2011, his music caught the attention of Nicaragua’s Premios Claro music awards, where he won five trophies. Among the judges – Pietro Carlos, the veteran record executive and manager to the stars who agreed to manage this young talent and is helping him launch a promising international career.

Now based in Miami, Viajero realizes that his viaje is just beginning.
 
 

Art Decade, the cross-genre outlet with music so beautifully mysterious, releases their debut album Western Sunrise via Eldest Only Recordings to the world. The accompanying video, which was made almost entirely using Procreate, a $5 iPad app, got major praise from such outlets as MASHABLE, HYPEBOT, MOTIONOGRAPHER, and many more.  Art Decade has teamed up with visionary animator and director, Whitney Alexander. The initial concept of a video was to create a sort of painting in motion in the style of the impressionists. WATCH IT HERE!

The outfit describes its music as neo indie classical, symphonic post-pop and rock, but it actually fits all these categorizations and more. You don’t have to listen long to pick up on a progressive electric guitar part here, and a club dance beat there. Were you to limit it mentally to only the classical/symphonic label, you may well miss out on also recognizing the group’s more aggressive rock instincts, which are very much on overt display.

Art Decade’s guitarist/vocalist/arranger Ben Talmi “grew up on a strict diet of the finest classical music there is,” and it shows. The group’s Western Sunrise album is filled with some of the most breathtaking string arrangements you’ll ever hear on a popular music album.  The band’s other half is Binod Singh, its lone Canadian and more of a Motown and soul guy, on bass. Talmi describes his band’s music as “very organized and clean. The albums are like architecture,” he continues, “every piece has a reason.”

Art Decade’s music is as entertaining, as it is thought provoking. Every once in a while, a band comes along that throws you for a loop. Just when you think you've got them figured out they hurl themselves in the opposite direction, making it impossible to confine them to a singular style. Art Decade is just such a discovery.
 
 
Patti LuPone, Norbert Leo Butz, Christiane Noll and Andrea McArdle, are the first four artists to be featured The Live Album Series, by Broadway Records and 54 BELOW
Broadway Records and 54 BELOW have joined in partnership to create a series of albums recorded live at the acclaimed venue, 54 BELOW, located just steps away from the heart of Times Square.  The album series will kick off with Patti LuPone and Norbert Leo Butz’s recordings due on January 15th, 2013

Patti LuPone Far Away Places - Live at 54 BELOW - available January 15th
Produced by seven-time Grammy nominee Robert Sher (2008 Gypsy Cast Recording) • Executive Produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium, and Ken Mahoney • Pre-order at http://amzn.com/B009OYOVLW

Norbert Leo Butz Memory and Mayhem - Live at 54 BELOW - available January 15th
Produced by Aaron Ankrum (Laura Osnes Dream A Little Dream) and Michael Moritz • Executive Produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium, and Ken Mahoney • Pre-order at http://amzn.com/B009OZ7EG0

Christiane Noll Gifts - Live at 54 BELOW - available February 5th
Produced by Aaron Ankrum • Executive Produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium • Pre-order at http://amzn.com/B00AIRHSFA

Andrea McArdle 70s and Sunny - Live at 54 BELOW - available February 26th
Produced by Aaron Ankrum • Executive Produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium, and Ken Mahoney • Pre-order at http://amzn.com/B009OYOVKS

“We are thrilled to be partnering with 54 BELOW on this exciting new live album series,” stated Van Dean, co-founder of Broadway Records. “We believe 54 BELOW has been, and will continue to be, host to a multitude of legendary concerts featuring Broadway’s brightest stars and this is an opportunity to capture these performances permanently for the fans.”

54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. Frankel said, “My partners and I are happy to add the live recording component to our 54 BELOW activities. It is exciting that some of the great performances will be available to audiences world wide.”

To check what performances planned for future, for tickets and for any other information visit www.54Below.com.  
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. NYC.

BROADWAY RECORDS is a new label dedicated to Broadway and Off Broadway-related recordings and is a division of the theatrical production and investment company, The Broadway Consortium. For more information visit www.BroadwayConsortium.com and www.BroadwayRecords.com.
 
 
by David Cohenphoto by Sarah A. Friedman

Aaron Neville My True Story • EMI Blue Note Records • To be Released January 22, 2013

Iconic soul/R&B vocalist Aaron Neville will release his debut record for EMI’s Blue Note Records My True Story. Produced by Keith Richards and Blue Note Records President Don Was, Neville revitalizes some of his favorite songs from the doo-wop era and beyond. 

“Aaron Neville is one of the most expressive and soulful artists of all time, it's such a thrill to hear him sing,” Was says. “His vocals have a way of reaching into your heart and stirring something really deep inside. It's a huge honor to welcome him to Blue Note Records, along with the legendary Keith Richards, in the production of this album.”

  All the songs were hand-picked by Neville and are close to his heart. “When I was a kid, doo-wop was like medicine to me, I didn’t care what else was goin’ on in the world as long as I could sing along with Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels, The Flamingos, The Clovers, Sonny Til and The Orioles, Clyde McPhatter—I was like a kid in a candy store.”

  A stellar group of session players was assembled to lay down the song tracks. In addition to Keith Richards on guitar, other musicians include: Greg Leisz on guitar (Beck, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), Benmont Tench on organ (founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), George G. Receli on drums (Bob Dylan, James Brown), and Tony Scherr on bass (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright). Richards sheds some light on the atmosphere in the studio as he explains, "This was a dream session. The band fell right into the groove and Aaron sang like an angel. It was an honor!”

With the ability to perform, collaborate and contribute to a wide range of genres, Neville has done it all. From the funky soul and R&B cuts with the Neville Brothers to Grammy a winning duet with Linda Ronstadt in 1989, “Don’t Know Much,” to the title track of 1993’s The Grand Tour which put Neville on the Country charts for the first time, to his many Gospel records including his most recent project, I Know I’ve Been Changed in 2010.

 
 
The new debuted of MIKA's new single “Popular Song” on iTunes, offers a fresh twist on "Popular" from the Broadway hit "Wicked", composed by Stephen Schwartz. In an historic move, Schwartz was so moved by this interpretation that he authorized the usage of his music for the first time ever.

"Popular Song" remains an inspiring and invigorating pop anthem that encourages the bullied and unpopular to rise above. MIKA tapped the charismatic and charming actress/singer Ariana Grande for the song, which showcases a powerful interplay between the two singers. Grande’s successful co-starring role on the hit show, Victorious, recently led to her own spin-off for NickelodeonSam & CatGrande’s presence extends far beyond her television notoriety. She’s also a highly talented and accredited singer, who’s debut album—due out 2013 via Republic Records—has her poised to become a major player in popular music.

The single arrives hot on the heels of Mika's recent sold-out U.S. tour in support of his new album, The Origin of Love, which followed up the multi-platinum worldwide smash, The Boy Who Knew Too Much.

Completely self-created and self-imagined, The Origin of Love has been a two-year DIY labour of love for Mika who has put together everything on the record himself, flying around the world under his own steam personally assembling an incredible roll call of collaborators – In addition to Nick Littlemore and Pharrell Williams, Mika has also worked with William Orbit, Benny Benassi, FrYars, Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Adele), and Klas Ahlund (Robyn’s Body Talk) as well as working with some brand new unsigned musicians he found himself online.

Mika has now sold over 8 million records and Gold or Platinum awards in 32 countries worldwide across his previous two albums ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ and ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’, winning Brit and MTV Awards in the process. For more information visit www.mikasounds.com.
 
 
“Stuart Price made the new seven-inch mix of ‘Memory of the future’ for us and then extended it into this fantastic futuristic dance mix. We've always liked Ulrich Schnauss's visionary albums and are thrilled that he has created a beautiful mix which sounds both like him and us.” – singer Neil Tennant on the new mixes of “Memory of the future”.

UK electro-pop legends Pet Shop Boys have just launched two new digital EPs in the US for their new single ‘Memory of the future’. The song, taken from their latest album ‘Elysium’, was released on New Year’s Day, and features brand new mixes by revered producer Stuart Price (Kylie Minogue, The Killers, Madonna). In keeping with previous single releases, there are also three brand new songs, and remixes from German ambient-techno maestro Ulrich Schnauss, as well as new interpretations from DJ Waldo Squash and Digital Dog.

Pet Shop Boys performed ‘Memory of the future’ live on German TV from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on New Year’s Eve. The band has already announced European tour dates in the Spring/Summer and hope to announce North American dates very soon. To find out more visit www.petshopboys.co.uk