Some final words from the late Mexican-American singer and TV star Jenni Rivera will be out this summer. Atria Books announced Monday it’s publishing a memoir by the multimillion-selling artist, who died in a plane crash in December at age 43.
“Unbreakable” is scheduled to come out in July. It will come out simultaneously in Spanish. It has been authorized by Rivera’s family.
Rivera had been working on “Unbreakable” for several years. Atria says “Unbreakable” will reveal the “heart and soul” of Rivera, a mother of five and grandmother of two known for her frank talk about her life.
Rivera was born in Los Angeles and launched her career by selling cassette tapes at flea markets. She went on to sell more than 15 million copies of her 12 major-label albums.
Obama strategist Axelrod lands NBC gig
David Axelrod, former strategist and aide to President Obama, has landed a new job at NBC News. The network said Tuesday that Axelrod is joining as a senior political analyst. He’ll contribute to broadcasts on both NBC News and the cable network MSNBC. Axelrod helped run Obama’s successful campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and worked as an adviser to the president during his first term. The former political writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune started his own political and media consulting firm in 1984. NBC already employs Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to Obama’s 2008 opponent John McCain, as an analyst.
Brit-aroo: There will be a British invasion of the main stage at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo music festival this year. Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons are among the headliners for the four-day festival, held on a rural 700-acre farm near Nashville June 13-16. Returnees Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers also hold down a headliner spot. Then things get a little crazy with R&B star R. Kelly, alternative queen Björk and Wu-Tang Clan celebrating its 20th anniversary.
morehouse gets potus: President Obama will deliver the commencement address at all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta this spring. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is among the historically black institution’s alumni. Commencement is scheduled for May 19. Obama typically speaks each spring at a handful of college and university commencement ceremonies, including at one of the military service academies. Last year, he spoke at commencement ceremonies at all-female Barnard College in New York.