– “Latin American Idol” Season 2 winner Carlos Peña is releasing his new single, “Desesperadamente,” in the U.S. this week as he prepares to perform at an inaugural celebration for President-elect Barack Obama.
The Guatemalan singer is signed to Sony in Latin America and is negotiating U.S. distribution for his sophomore album, “Estoy Aqui,” which is expected to be released by March, according to a spokeswoman for Peña. He is scheduled to perform at the Urban Ball, one of the American Music Inaugural Balls, being held in Washington, D.C. Jan. 20.
Since winning “Latin American Idol,” Peña has released one album, “Con Una Cancion,” with songs by Rudy Perez, Ricardo Montaner and Marcos Flores, and toured Central America on the Movistar Music Fest.
– Duranguense singer Diana Reyes underwent an operation Jan. 5 to remove a cyst and a polyp from her vocal chords. Reyes, known for her raspy voice and romantic, danceable fare announced she would temporarily stop performing until she fully recovers from her operation. Reyes underwent surgery in Mexico City.
– The family of regional Mexican singers Jenni and Lupillo Rivera will announce a tour that will put all singing family members together onstage for the first time. Jenni Rivera and brother Lupiilo Rivera, who have both had successful solo careers, will tour with brothers Juan and Gustavo and with their father, Pedro Rivera.
To date, only three tour dates have been confirmed, beginning with a Jan. 16 show at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno, Calif., which seats 1,800. Other shows are slated for theaters in Oxnard, Calif., on Jan. 17 and in Stockton, Calif., Jan. 18. According to a press release, conversations are underway to expand the tour to other venues in the United States and Mexico. More details are expected at a press conference Jan. 7.