Marc Anthony recording three albums

Billy Joel, Babyface collaborating on pop album

NEW YORK -- Latin superstar Marc Anthony is recording three studio albums: a tropical album, a Spanish ballad album and an English-language pop album on which he's collaborating with the likes of Billy Joel and Babyface, Billboard has reported.

"We are aiming to release them simultaneously by the end of the year," Anthony said.

Meanwhile, the artist is preparing to headline the fourth Juntos en Concierto (Together in Concert) tour. The outing's first stop will be an Anthony solo show July 26 at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre, followed by multi-act shows in Chicago, New York, Miami, Houston and Irvine, Calif., through September.

Each show will feature different acts and will be tailored to the market. "It's the perfect excuse to bring acts that you wouldn't necessarily find together in an arena setting with a spectacular production," Anthony said.

The tour's original version in 2005, produced by Live Nation, was groundbreaking because it put three major Latin artists -- Anthony, Chayanne and Alejandro Fernandez -- together on one stage. According to Billboard Boxscore, 200,000 people attended 17 shows, which grossed $13.6 million.