Argentine Singer Estela Raval Dead at 77
Estela Raval, the Argentine Latin jazz singer known for her romantic pop ballads, has died of cancer. She was 77. The songstress, who recorded more than 50 albums, was one of the best-known entertainers in Latin America and became famous with her band, Los Cinco Latinos. According to published reports, Raval died from a respiratory infection and complications from breast cancer. Raval and her band performed "Balada de la Trompeta" (Ballad of the Trumpet) on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964. Raval left the band a few years later, but reunited with the group in the early '80s.
Deezer Streaming Service Expands In Latin America
Music streaming service Deezer has teamed with local labels in Latin America to help offer legal, multi-device streaming to music lovers. Deezer has integration capabilities with several other sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm. Payment is available at several price points, including a 15-day free trial, a premium package for $4.25 or $3.49 depending on the country, or a premium-plus service at $8.49 or $6.99. (All prices are monthly.) Deezer reaches about 23 million people in 51 countries.
Marc Anthony Stumps For Obama
Salsa singer Marc Anthony has released a 30-second video on YouTube in support of President Barack Obama's bid for re-election. The crooner asks Latinos to back Obama: "Latinos are a force that can and will help decide this election . . . we have jobs, the economy, education, immigration," Anthony says in the video. "President Obama is on our side on all of it. We just need to make sure he gets four more years to make more progress." The award-winning singer is also scheduled to perform June 26 at an Obama fund-raiser in Miami.