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Marc Anthony's "Iconos" is "The Soundtrack of His Life"

July 16, 2010 5:29 PM | Marc Anthony | Comments (0)

Marc Anthony’s latest album called, "Iconos", is one of his most satisfying releases. He describes the feeling while recording it as a roller coaster of emotions.  In a recent interview he said "I felt the gravity of the responsibility, and also in the studio I felt the insecurity, the absolute bliss, uncertainty, total satisfaction, fear.

You invest all these years in this project. You go to the studio and you say, 'What do I have to offer? This song is perfect! Am I gonna fall short?’ And then it's over, and wow."

The album was released in late May, it top Billboard's tropical albums chart for several weeks. It includes classics by Mexicans Juan Gabriel and Jose Jose and Spaniard Jose Luis Perales, and Spanish ballads like "El triste," "Y como es el" and "Amada amante." He added that he listened to these songs as a kid growing up in NY City.

"I was raised with these songs that my parents listened to never realizing it was going to be the soundtrack of my life," he said, speaking in a mixture of Spanish and English. "Today I realize it and I get amazed by their importance."

The album includes 10 songs, with two originals. The composers are Anthony himself and Julio Reyes. He said the selections were chosen because of the song and not because of the artists. His favorite is "Almohada," a Jose Jose hit from the 1970s. It was recognized and had received positive comments from the original artists.

The 41-year old musician said proudly, "The arrangement is so cinematic. Even if you take the lyrics off there is a story. The song challenged me.

His wife Jennifer Lopez chose the order of the selections. "Jennifer absolutely loved it! She was there every step of the way. She actually sequenced the album. She's my muse," said Anthony.

"Perales wrote me immediately the sweetest note saying he was proud of the song. Juan Gabriel sent me a beautiful letter saying he was honored that I chose his songs, that he was very proud of me. It really took me by surprise," he said.

Anthony will have a Latin American tour which includes Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. He’ll be back in the US on September scheduled for a concert in Madison Square Garden on the 10th. He has plans of releasing a Salsa album before the year ends. "That time has come: I can't sleep anymore. That's when I know I'm ready, when I can't sleep thinking of the next project," he said, laughing. "We have the pot on the stove and we're getting the ingredients together to cook that salsa."


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