UPDATE: You can earn a chance to sing with Juanes on his upcoming ‘MTV Unplugged’ album!
After a year of key changes in his professional life, the Colombian rock star/humanitarian is working on his first live album. (Getty Images)
UPDATE: Here’s some good news for die-hard Juanes fans who have their own dreams of musical super stardom: you now have a chance to join him onstage for the taping of his upcoming MTV Unplugged album. All you have to do is record a video of yourself singing one of the following hits by January 9, 2012—”Fotografia,” “Me Enamora,” “La Soledad,” or “A Dios Le Pido.” Our personal pick is “Fotografia,” but don’t let us sway you. A community of online fans will pick the best performances and narrow them down for Juanes, who will ultimately pick the winner.
Head to the OurStage site for more details on the “Uplug with Juanes” competition, presented by Tr3s. Good luck! And may the best man/woman win.
Remember those rumors that Juanes was retiring? We’re not even sure who started them, but they were clearly mistaken. Now Juanes is back to silence the skeptics with a brand new live album—his first of the sort, surprisingly— overseen by the maestro Juan Luis Guerra. You may recall that these two are more than capable of making magic together, as they did on Guerra’s politically-minded 2010 single, “La Calle.”
We talked to Juanes recently, and it was obvious he’s ready to get back in the game.
“I feel like I’m in the best part of my life,” he told us exclusively, adding, “at first I’m going to come out with a live album in the next year, which is something I’ve never done, so I’m excited about that. It will have a few new songs and then down the road I’ll record the new studio album.”
Guerra, for his part, is excited about the live project.
“Juanes’ vocals and performances are better than ever,” he said in a press release. “The Unplugged stage will be the perfect space to discover the intimacy of his music.”
The new Juanes MTV Unplugged album, part of the long-running franchise, will be shot and recorded in February 2012 from the New World Center, the home of the New World Symphony and Frank Gehry’s architectural marvel in Miami Beach. Surprise guests will be announced soon.
We’re going to go ahead and suggest one: Carlos Santana! Just weeks ago, he specifically told us he’s down to work with these two if and when they were to ever call on him.