August 27, 2004

LATINO LOOP

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Cafe Tacuba, Akwid, Ozomatli, Paulina Rubio, Incubus, Marco Antonio Solis, Bebo Valdes, Diego El Cigala, and Roselyn Sanchez have been announced as performers for the 5th annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking place September 1st at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and airing live on CBS. Confirmed presenters include Gael Garcia Bernal, Cheech Marin, Black Eyed Peas, Esai Morales, Freddy Rodriguez and others.

After performing at the closing party of the Democratic National Convention, Latin GRAMMY nominated pop-star Paulina Rubio’s “Algo Tienes”, the second single from the album PAU-LATINA, is the #1 song on the Billboard Hot Latin Contemporary Charts this week.

POD frontman Sonny Sandoval has been tapped as on-air talent and music director for video game outfit Gamecaster Inc - and why not, rockin’ music and video games go hand in hand. Sandoval will develop Gamecaster’s music program.

Volumen Cero released their third album, ESTELAR, on August 24th. The album features 2 English-language tracks - a first for the band, as well as a cover of the Argentine classic “A Donde Quiera Que Voy”. Already the album is getting a great buzz, with the band being spotlighted on Advance Warning airing on MTV and MTV2 throughout the month of August. You can catch a sneak-peak at the video for the single “Autos” at www.mtv.com, then select Advance Warning.

Univision will air the “Premios Juventud” this September 23rd, where hip, young Hispanics honor their idols from film, music, fashion and sports. The 2-hour special will be broadcast live from Miami, and feature unconventional award categories such as “CD to Die For”, “Dream Chick”, “Hottest Romance”, “All-time Best Flick”, and more. Marc Anthony and Thalia lead the nominees, with 13 each, other nominees include Paulina Rubio, Luis Miguel, Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Juan Gabriel and Jennifer Lopez.

Congrats to alternative rockers Zoe from Mexico, who are #1 on the Radio & Records Latin Alternative Chart.

Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls) and Benicio del Toro will star in director Julian Schnabel’s movie “Before Cortez”, a tale set in Mexico circa 1511, at the height of the Hernan Cortes conquest, about a Spanish soldier (Bardem) who finds himself in having to adapt to the Mayan way of life. Sean Penn will also star in the saga, which will be filmed throughout Baja California.

Jimmy Smits may be joining the cast of NBC’s West Wing this season. Rumor has it, Smits is up for a role as a Houston congressman who has his eyes on the White House and possibly Martin Sheen’s job.

The stars have lined up to honor legendary musician Carlos Santana as the 2004 Latin Recording Academy “Person of the Year”. The tribute gala takes place August 30th at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and will feature performances by La Ley, Julieta Venegas, Cafe Quijano, Fher of Mana, Ozomatli, Robi Rosa and others.

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