Marc Anthony’s Cuban Groove
Cuban duo Gente de Zona is the first act to sign to Marc Anthony’s new entertainment company, Magnus Media. The deal came about after Anthony agreed to be featured on GDZ’s new single, “La Gozadera.” The Puerto Rican salsa star first heard the song when mutual pal Pitbull invited the pair -- Randy Malcolm and Alexander Delgado -- to Anthony’s house in Miami several months ago. When Malcolm played the track on his phone, Anthony was hooked. “I heard the future of music,” he told Billboard at the La Voz Kids finale in Orlando on June 7. “The song is a smash.”
Empire’s First Lady Loves Cool James
Empire diva Taraji P. Henson expressed appreciation for more than LL Cool J’s talent at the taping of Spike TV’s Guys’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles on June 6. When Henson presented the rap pioneer with an accolade honoring his 30-year career, she said: “Let me tell you what he does for women and hip-hop -- LL, the way you lick your lips... I had to say it!” she exclaimed. Despite looking flustered, LL elicited squeals from the crowd when he licked his lips as he accepted his award. The show, which also featured Chris Pratt and The Rock, debuts June 18.