The Penthouse Residences at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach and Sony Music Latin hosted a private listening party Monday for the debut album of Univision’s “La Banda” winners, CNCO, joined by none other than Ricky Martin, who judged and co-produced the show with Simon Cowell and Saban entertainment.
The five young members of CNCO--Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez, Joel Pimentel, Zabdiel de Jesús and Richard Camacho-- started the night at Tom Colicchio’s restaurant Beachcraft, while mentor Martin was busy wrapping up a music video shoot on Miami Beach. As CNCO made their way up the elevators to the 16th floor two-story Penthouse Residence at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, they could barely hold in their excitement as they were greeted with sounds from their debut album, filling the ocean front penthouse with cameras flashing and top Sony Latin music executives applauding them. Overcome with emotion the boys each made brief speeches and even gave acoustic previews before each song played. As the sun set on South Beach, the event continued to heat up with Martin making his grand debut. The boys lit up when they saw their mentor and posed playfully for photos with him.
The “pack” got into a huddle to block out the flashing cameras and crowds surrounding them. Based on the groups’ facial expressions, Martin, who came to fame in a similar manner with the popular group Menudo, was certainly giving them some words of advice and encouragement. The group made their way to the second floor of the Penthouse Residence to continue their conversation in private, likely for their upcoming junket planned for Wednesday at the Sony Music Latin office in Miami for their formal album debut.
Tennis star David Ferrer was seen Monday checking in to the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, in town training at nearby Crandon Park. Ferrer was also seen having a ball at the hotel’s virtual bowling alley and billiards room.
Rapper Rick Ross is hosting a big Labor Day party on Sept. 5 at Rockwell in celebration of the 10th anniversary of his debut studio album “Port of Miami.” The party is open to the public and cover charge varies.