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Charismatic Chayanne Brings The House Down, Anthony Talks About Breakup
POP MUSIC REVIEW
Charismatic Chayanne Brings The House Down
BY JORDAN LEVIN
July 15, 2002
Let's just call Chayanne a perfect pop machine. From his smoothly flashing moves, to the boyishly gleaming smile on his uncannily handsome face, to his relentlessly explosive party music, he's pure pop star.
That doesn't make him a great musician or a great singer. But he is a charismatic and entertaining performer, the shining center of the whirling, glittery bauble of a show that he put on at the James L. Knight Center Friday night.
It's not deep. Boom Boom was the song with which Chayanne opened and closed the concert, and that pretty much describes most of his music; a throbbing, uptempo dance pop with light tropical flavor, with songs that are almost identical rhythmically and melodically. But oh, do people have a good time with it. The Puerto Rican singer only had to smile or flash his muscular torso (not to mention the spinning jumps) and the sold-out house went screamingly crazy.
Women outnumbered men in the audience approximately three to one (two made it on stage, one managing to tear backstage after Chayanne as he ducked off for a costume change). But his sexiness is all part of the package; his movements and gestures so perfectly choreographed, and his whole persona so boyishly exuberant, that even when he gyrates up against one of the female dancers it just seems like good clean fun.
Chayanne's appeal doesn't really come from sexuality, but from an eagerness to please and celebrate. ''What matters most is that you all have a good time,'' he said. ''This night is full of stars and I'm not talking about outside.'' His earnestness humanizes all that glossy perfection.
This tour is promoting a greatest hits album, and the concert was heavy on older hits like Provocame, Ay Mama, and Enamorado. Starting out in black with a black leather vest, later shifting to jeans and various tight T-shirts, Chayanne outdanced his six dancers -- he's spectacular to watch, and the choreography for his concerts is better than for most Latin artists. He's not as compelling on ballads -- his voice is husky, light and thin, and he becomes convincing only when he can turn it into a power anthem, like he did in Hasta Que El Alma Resista (Until the Soul Resists). Candela, a sweet, bubbly tropical song that Chayanne dedicated to his home island, made for a welcome change of pace during a ballad sequence. It didn't last long before things amped up again. But with all that gorgeously shifting surface, you couldn't really expect to get depth too.
Anthony Talks About Breakup With Wife
July 18, 2002
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Marc Anthony spoke for the first time about his breakup with former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres after two years of marriage, saying the two are still in love and are good friends.
The Grammy-winning Puerto Rican singer said in an interview on NBC's "Access Hollywood" that he doesn't think he owes anyone an explanation, according to the program's Web site, which published a portion of the interview on Wednesday.
"First and foremost, I know there has been so much speculation, and I just want to say that we're really good friends and I genuinely love her and she genuinely loves me," said Anthony, whose separation from Torres earlier this month shocked his fans.
He and Torres, who's also Puerto Rican, have a 16-month-old son, Cristian Anthony.
The 33-year-old attributed the separation, in part, to the hectic rhythm of his work schedule - not because of "hatred." He's on tour in the United States until September and appeared with Torres, 26, in the music video "I've Got You" from his latest album, "Mended."