Julieta Venegas Delivers an Unforgettable ‘MTV Unplugged’

Julieta Venegas Delivers an Unforgettable ‘MTV Unplugged’

Guest Musical Collaborations Included Gustavo Santaolalla, Marisa Monte, La Mala Rodriguez, Natalia Lafourcade and Juan Carlos Son of PorterThe acoustic performance was taped last night (March 6th) in Mexico City and will premiere on MTV Latin America on June 5th and on MTV Tr3s in the U.S. and MTV Spain in early June


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Mexico City. MX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PRNewswire)–March 11, 2008–MTV Latin America, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced today the successful taping of the “Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged.” The one-hour special was taped on Thursday, March 6th at Estudios Churubusco in Mexico City, marking the 20th MTV Unplugged production for MTV Latin America. “Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged” will premiere on MTV Latin America on June 5th and on MTV Tr3s in the U.S. and MTV Spain in early June (exact date to be announced); it will be made available to all MTV channels worldwide. Additionally, the “Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged” special will be released as a CD and DVD compilation by Sony BMG.

“Julieta delivered a truly unforgettable MTV Unplugged this evening,” commented José Tillán, Senior Vice President of Creative, Content and Music for MTV/VH1 Latin America. “Through her eclectic mix of instrumentation, arrangements and collaborations, Julieta provided an amazing musical experience. MTV is very proud to have Julieta’s name added to the great list of artists that are part of the Unplugged family.”

“This show was important not only for what an Unplugged represents, but also for what it means to me musically,” commented Julieta Venegas. ¨”I actually feel that this will definitely change my direction because it was amazing experience!”

The show provided an acoustic platform for the Tijuana native to showcase new songs and perform some of her biggest hits in an intimate setting before a live audience. During the show, Venegas integrated an eclectic mix of rhythm and harmony by incorporating an array of instruments including the tuba, clarinet, xylophone, flute and a string quartet, among others, giving a new twist to some of her classic hits such as “Limón y Sal,” “Lento” and “Me Voy.” New songs included “El Presente”, “Algún Día”, “Mira la Vida” and “Ilusión.”

Venegas was joined onstage by two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who accompanied her with a six-string banjo and background vocals for “Algún Día”, and renowned Brazilian singer, Marisa Monte, for “Ilusión,” a new song with Spanish and Portuguese lyrics. Also, Spain’s La Mala Rodríguez provided a strong hip-hop infusion on “Eres Para Mí”, while Porter’s lead singer, Juan Carlos Son, joined the Mexican sensation for a unique performance of “De Mis Pasos.” In addition, Natalia Lafourcade formed part of Venegas’ orchestra playing various instruments throughout the evening, while accomplished Brazilian composer/arranger, Jacques Morelenbaum, accompanied Venegas on cello for “Cómo Sé.” Venegas closed the evening with her popular hit “Me Voy.”

Jose Tillán served as Executive Producer of the show. The producer of the show was Michael Dagnery, Vice President of Ad Sponsored Development and Special Projects for MTV/VH1 Latin America and MTV Tr3s. Vicente Solís, Vice President of Content for MTV and VH1 Latin America, North Cone served as co-producer.

MTV Latin America’s MTV Unplugged concert series includes 19 productions that have prompted recognition from several industry giants. The Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged won two 2007 Latin Grammy awards in the categories of “Male Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Long Form Music Video.” The Alejandro Sanz MTV Unplugged won three 2002 Latin Grammy awards for “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” Mexican band Maná received a Latin Grammy in the “Best Pop Group or Duo” category for their 2000 MTV Unplugged. In 2002, Colombian sensation Shakira garnered a Grammy and two Latin Grammy awards for her MTV Unplugged album and most recently, Diego Torres quadrupled sales in the US and received a “Best Latin Pop Album” Grammy nomination for his MTV Unplugged compilation in 2004.

The MTV Unplugged series creates a space where artists can reinvent their music and perform new and well-known songs in an intimate, acoustic setting before a live audience. The series premiered on MTV U.S. in 1989 with the British rock band Squeeze, while MTV Latin America produced its first episode with Argentine band Fabulosos Cadillacs in 1994. To date, MTV has produced more than 100 MTV Unpluggeds internationally, 19 of which have been produced by MTV Latin America.

”Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged” Playlist

1. Limón y Sal

2. Sería Feliz

3. El Presente (new)

4. Algo está Cambiando

5. Eres para Mí with La Mala Rodríguez (Vocals)

6. Esta Vez

7. Algún Día with Gustavo Santaolalla

8. Mírame Bien (new)

9. Lento

10 De Mis Pasos with Juan Carlos Son (vocals)

11. Andar Conmigo

12. Ilusión with Marisa Monte (vocals)

13. Cómo Sé with Jacques Morelenbaum on Cello

14. Mira La Vida (new)

15. Me Voy

Images of the the “Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged” can be found at: http://www.mtvla.com/prensa/unplugged/julieta_venegas/

MTV Networks Latin America, Inc., a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates MTV Latin America, Nickelodeon Latin America, VH1 Latin America, Viacom Networks Brazil and the MTV Networks Digital Suite, a package of three digital services – MTV Jams, MTV Hits, and VH1 Soul. Customized versions of the brands in Spanish and Portuguese can be seen throughout Latin America in more than 20 countries. MTV Networks Latin America also connects with its audiences interactively through its websites: http://www.mtvla.com

Julieta Venegas Delivers an Unforgettable ‘MTV Unplugged’