The music scene

Pitbull: Never slow down

 
Theo Wargo / Getty Images for Clear Channel

Mr. Worldwide has no plans to slow down in the New Year. His resolution: buckle up.

“Not too many people are going to make this ride,” said Cuban-American hit maker Pitbull, (real name Armando Christian Pérez) in an exclusive interview with the Miami Herald.

Pérez will ring in 2014 by performing at the AmericanAirlines Arena New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row. Part of the show will be broadcast live on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. The concert also features Dominican music man Prince Royce.

Mr. 305’s plate has been full since his last album, Global Warming, dropped in November 2012. This year, the Miami native opened a charter school in Little Havana, played a bullfrog in the children’s movie Epic and hosted the American Music Awards.

Don’t forget the promotions, either. Pérez has lent his name to such brands as Voli Vodka, Dr. Pepper, Kodak and Ft Lauderdale-based The New Miami Subs Grill. He even soft launched a self-titled fragrance line for men and women last month.

He said branding is a necessity and looks at his work as an “empire” he could pass down to future generations.

“If you don’t, they will,” Pérez said, referring to the danger of passing up the opportunities.

While the entertainer continues to bask in his current chart-topping single Timber, which features Ke$ha, Pérez said he is also sitting on records that can last him until 2015.

“I’m always recording, always listening to what the world is talking about,” he said.

His latest venture will be Enrique Iglesias’ next single, Freak (they collaborated on party numbers I Like It and I Like How It Feels).

Pérez said the single has a “Project X feel.” In other words: It sounds like an “off the chain” house party.

The King of Calle Ocho is also working on a track with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and his first Spanish album since 2010’s Armando.

“The album is just about having a great time,” he said. “With everything that’s going on in the world, the negative things, it allows people to escape.”

And he assured us he has not lost any creative control in the process.

“No way, shape or form, 100,000 percent,” he said, with a chuckle. “I’m basically giving the people my life.”

Mr. Worldwide adds that he’ll make a huge announcement New Year’s Day that involves “the world, sports and music.” He already has a tagline for 2015 too: make history.

Pitbull's New Year's Eve II with special guest Prince Royce: 9 p.m. Tuesday, AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami; $71-$112.35; ticketmaster.com

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Celebrity birthdays on Aug 1

    Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 84. Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 83. Blues musician Robert Cray is 61. Singer Michael Penn is 56. Singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is 55. Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy is 54. Rapper Coolio is 51. Singer Adam Duritz of Counting Crows is 50. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 41. Singer Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town) is 33.

  • Celebrity roundup

    Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley no longer speak: Is it because of Scientology?

    Que paso? Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley used to be so close. They met as partners on Dancing with the Stars and stayed in touch but these days they no longer speak. “She stopped getting along with me,” Chmerkovskiy told Andy Cohen on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. “I got a message now that I am associating with other people that she can't be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with, and sorry, but it is what it is.” Jennifer Lopez, rumored to be dating the dancer, is besties with Leah Remini, who recently left the Church of Scientology, and that perhaps doesn’t sit well with Alley, who remains loyal to Tom Cruise’s church.

  • On the shelves

    At 88, Hollywood legend Lee Grant looks back in ‘I Said Yes to Everything’

    Actress Lee Grant came that close to washing Shampoo out of her hair when co-star Warren Beatty told her how to play the scene when she learns he has seduced her character’s daughter. The matter got resolved after she spoke to the actual director, Hal Ashby, and then to Beatty again. Not only did she win an Oscar for the role, but she and Beatty became great friends, even sharing a few passionate kisses after filming ended.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category