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November 30 , 2001

Christina, J. Lo charity single hits Billboard - song unveiled at White House

Christina in the studio
Christina records
her contribution
to the charity single
'El Ultimo Adios'

'El Ultimo Adiós (Last Goodbye),' the Latin charity song Christina participated in, entered the Billboard Top Latin Album chart at #3. The maxi-single is now on sale everywhere. Profits go to the American Red Cross and United Way to support the victims of the September 11th tragedy.

You can order the CD online now.

Tracks include:
1. El Ultimo Adiós - All Star Version
2. The Last Goodbye - Jon Secada Version
3. El Ultimo Adiós - Arturo Sandoval Instrumental Version
4. El Ultimo Adiós - Gian Marco Version

Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada premiered 'El Ultimo Adios' at the White House on October 12, 2001, the same day the charity single was sent to radio stations. The two recorded the song with a virtual supergroup of Latin music luminaries including Christina, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and Shakira. The song was recorded on September 27, 2001.

The song, written by Estefan and Secada with Gian Marco, was also recorded in English and titled 'The Last Goodbye.'

Emilio Estefan Jr., the famed Miami-based producer and his wife, singer Gloria Estefan, along with jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, singer Jon Secada, and more than a dozen artists are among those who performed the song during a Hispanic Heritage Month ceremony hosted by President Bush at the White House.

Estefan Jr. put together the lineup, which features more than 70 artists including Jose Feliciano, Tito Puente Jr., Celia Cruz and Alejandro Fernandez in Mexico City, Thalia in New York and actor Andy Garcia and singer Jaci Velasquez in Los Angeles. Other performers include Lucero, Marc Anthony, Gian Marco, Chayanne, Carlos Vives, Luis Fonsi (Christina dueted with him on 'Mi Reflejo'), Alejandro SanzPilar Montenegro, Yuri, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, and Ednita Nazario.

Basic tracks were recorded in Miami, while the voices of such performers as Ricky Martin, Christina, and Jennifer Lopez were later added to the track, in New York, Milan, Italy, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, San Juan, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

'In the four minutes of this song, we are sending a message of unity and hope that will last a lifetime,' Emilio Estefan Jr. said in a statement. 'Different music genres were represented, (and) all the artists sang together to inspire faith and hope to all affected by this tragedy.'

The video of the song aired on 'Sabado Gigante,' the Univision television variety show hosted by Don Francisco.

The CD includes both the Spanish-language and English versions when released. The English version, 'The Last Goodbye,' was recorded by Secada, according to the publicist.

- Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen

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All the artists sang together to inspire faith and hope to all affected by this tragedy. - Emilio Estefan, Jr.



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