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Draco Rosa, Battling Cancer, Delays Duets Album

The release of "Vida"

The release of "Vida," an album of songs composed by Robi Draco Rosa and sung by the artist in duet with many of Latin music\'s biggest stars, has been postponed until February, according to Sony Music.

The record had been set for a November 13 street date. The first single, "Penélope," performed with Mexican rock group Maná, was released in September.

Produced in Draco\'s Los Angeles studio last year after the Puerto Rican artist was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin\'s lymphoma, "Vida" ("Life") includes tracks with Juan Luis Guerra, Romeo Santos, Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, and Ricky Martin, among others.

Draco recently underwent a stem cell transplant at City of Hope in Duarte, California, from which he is recuperating at his L.A. home. According to his manager, Angel Medina, he is now cancer free.  

"Draco has been very brave throughout this process," Medina said in an email sent to the media. "…He\'s grown as a human being, and we\'ve seen how this sensitive man has come through like toughest gladiator. He\'s a warrior."

Draco, as he is commonly known, is perhaps most widely recognized as the author of a string of hits for Ricky Martin -- his former band mate in the teen pop group Menudo -- including "Livin La Vida Loca," which he co-wrote with Desmond Child. But throughout a long career as a solo recording artist, his poetic songs and enigmatic stage persona have earned him many followers among rock fans, as well as the respect of the high profile artists who perform his classics on the much anticipated "Vida."

--Judy Cantor-Navas