Online Band Battle at MTV Tr3s
Latin acts hoping to be discovered can now audition online for the MTV Tr3s "Dame Un Break" (Give Me a Break) competition, part of a battle of the bands campaign at Ourstage.com. Viewers can vote at Tr3s' Latin Music Channel, with the winning act scoring a cash prize and an opportunity to create a music video with Tr3s executives and a Grammy Award-winning producer. Artists can submit videos through June 18 on dameunbreak.tr3s.com, with the voting period for finalists running July 2-16 and a winner revealed at the end of the month.
Estefan joins CW's 'Star Next Door'
Following her guest role in the season finale of "Glee," Gloria Estefan will be a judge/mentor on upcoming reality show "The Star Next Door." Co-produced by Queen Latifah, the program will feature Estefan and country singer John Rich mentoring up-and-coming artists who will then face off in a competition. "The Star Next Door" will debut on the CW this summer.
Bebo Backed for Spanish Salutation
Spanish pop singer Miguel Bosé and Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba are among those supporting a proposal to honor Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés with Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. The campaign for Valdés' nomination is spearheaded by the Barcelona-based Internet radio portal GladysPalmera.com, whose popular streaming channels and blogs focus on tropical Latin music. Valdés, who served as the house pianist at Havana's Tropicana nightclub before going into exile in the 1960s, began a spectacular comeback in his 70s that resulted in nine Grammy and Latin Grammy Award wins. Now 93 and retired, Valdés was last heard on the soundtrack to the 2012 Oscar-nominated animated film "Chico y Rita," directed by Trueba and partially based on Valdés' life story.