July 9 2004

Christina Takes The Summer Off

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Christina Aguilera is taking advantage of this summer’s cancelled tour to churn out two new albums, one English, one Spanish language. Although not going into too much detail about the new albums, Aguilera did hint that she’s been “flirting with old ’20s and 30’s looks and styles and movies and old pinups”.

The Latin Recording Academy has unanimously elected songwriter and producer Kike Santander as its new Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Starbucks will be selling a compilation CD featuring Juanes, Santana, Alicia Keys and others from the “We are the Future” concert, which took place in Rome this past May. The CD will be available at Starbuck locations throughout North America in July with all proceeds to benefit the We Are the Future program.

Did you know that there are currently about 9 million Hispanic females in the US age 16 - 49, and of these, more than half (55%) consider themselves “Bicultural”? Source: Roper ASW’s Latitudes Study

Gloria Estefan’s upcoming world tour in 2004/2005 will be her last, according to a letter to fans on the singer’s website. Estefan plans to continue writing and recording music and will also be working on her film project based on Connie Francis’ life.

Congrats to Latin GRAMMY winning act La Ley who sold out Chicago’s Navy Pier this week as part of its Chivas Regal US summer tour. The tour hits Florida next with shows at the Hard Rock Cafe in Ft. Lauderdale and Masquerade in Tampa, onto various stops in Texas, and continuing to the West coast with stops in Las Vegas, San Diego, Fresno, Los Angeles and more. For exact dates and cities, check out www.LaLeysite.com

A new comic book hit stores this week, featuring a Latina teen super hero. “Amazing Fantasy”, which takes place in New York City, and whose main character is Aranya Corazon. Not your typical super hero, the 15-year old gymnast from Brooklyn sports tennis shoes, cargo pants and a baby doll t-shirt with a spider emblem. The Marvel Comic character doesn’t have a “super hero” name yet (Aranya is the character’s real name), but has several of the same abilities as Spider Man.

Cheech Marin is set to make his directorial debut in the romantic comedy “Señor Dracula”, based on the 1930’s version of “Dracula” which was shot in both English and Spanish using the same set and different casts.

Freddie Prinze Jr is suing his ex-manager, Ric Beddingfield, alleging that Beddingfield urged him to hire an accountant that wasn’t a CPA, causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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