Backbeat: Juanes Performs for Industry, Media VIPs at  MTV Unplugged
Backbeat: Juanes Performs for Industry, Media VIPs at MTV Unplugged

It was a veritable industry gathering at the second day of taping for Colombian star Juanes' MTV Unplugged set at Miami Beach's New World Center. Accompanied by an acoustic band and just two guest artists-Brazil's Paula Fernandes and Spain's Joaquín Sabina-Juanes recorded new renditions of hits as well as new material for the special which will air on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más, in addition to MTV Latin America, MTV Spain and VH1 Brasil in May 2012. The special was produced by Juanes' good friend, Dominican star Juan Luis Guerra, who was largely behind the scenes but took the stage to conduct the 16-piece orchestra and the Frost Singers of the University of Miami for the show's grand finale.

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"I want to have him on the Billboard Latin Music Awards," said show producer Tony Mojena, who was among those in attendance. The Juanes album is slated for release in May, shortly following the April 26 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which air live on Telemundo.

Juanes performs at his Unplugged taping.

"Everything that's happening here is marvelous, and I have to thank you too much," said Juanes during his performance.
Concert-goers later converged at the rooftop of the New World Center for cocktails and at the Delano Hotel for an after-party hosted by Juanes' label, Universal Music Latin Entertainment.

Those in attendance included Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Penninsual Chairman/CEO Jesús López, UMLE president Victor González and Universal Music Latino GM Luis Estrada; AEG VP of Latin Booking & Talent Rebecca León, TV producer Tony Mojena, Enrique Iglesias manager Fernando Giaccardi, Colombian star Fonseca, WME head of Latin business Michel Vega, who is Juanes' agent, and long-time publicist John Reilly, VP Music for Rogers & Cowan.

Following Juanes' performance at New World Center, Fernando Giaccardi, manager for Enrique Iglesias; Manager/producer Andres Recio, who did A&R for Paulina Rubio's new album; UMLE president Victor Gonzalez; Universal Music Latino general manager Luis Estrada.

Also there was former WME agent Jeremy Norkin, who just opened his own agency, Norkin Talent Agency, representing Natalia Jimenez and Carlos Baute, among others.

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On his end, Giaccardi said Enrique Iglesias continues to capitalize on his extraordinary past two years and is currently discussing dates in Turkey, Morocco and Montecarlo for this coming summer.

Jose Tillan, GM of Tr3s, Juanes, Joaquin Sabina and Executive Producer Charlie Singer celebrate backstage at the New World Center in Miami Beach. (Photo: Craig Ambrosio)

Bruno del Granado, who manages Ricky Martin, also made it to the show despite shuttling back and forth between Los Angeles-where Martin filmed his appearance for "Glee, including an unforgettable bilingual rendition of "Sexy and I Know It" (to air Feb. 7)-and New York where Martin will play Che Guevara in Evita, beginning in April.

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At the rooftop of the New World Center, from left, WME's Miles Gidaly; Tr3s GM Jose Tillan; Mariauxy Castillo-Vitale of RM Entertainment Group; and RM Entertainment Group president Bruno Del Granado.