June 25 2004

The latest in Hispanic entertainment news and views!

Is J.Lo Pregnant? According to some of J.Lo’s employees, Marc Anthony’s new wife is pregnant and apparently there was no pre-nuptial agreement. When Ojani Noa, J.Lo’s first husband was asked what he thought of the marriage, he said, “She was someone I loved and respected very much... I lost it long ago. I think liars and cheaters deserve each other.” Ouch!

SBC Communications hosts a Summer Concert Series with Joan Sebastian and Marco Antonio Solis in Gira de los Grandes, bringing together two Mexican legends for the first time. The series joins the two 2004 Latin Grammy award-winners on tour from June to October in California, Texas, Nevada, and Illinois with a total of 12 concert dates with a San Diego stop scheduled for September 25 at the Sports Arena. Leading up to the concert, SBC radio partners will give away concert tickets to loyal customers through radio remotes at Cingular stores in select markets. Joan Sebastian’s performance in this tour will include his equestrian show where he performs both on stage and mounted on his beautifully mastered horses.

Ozomatli, LA’s beloved Afro-Latin-and-beyond style mashers, return with their first full-length studio album in three years, Street Signs, was released June 22nd on Concord Records. “Street Signs” bears a new Middle Eastern influence, played out in typical Ozo style, by mixing it into their trademark blend of hip hop and Latin styles. The album also shows guitarist Raul Pacheco assuming a greater role as vocalist. A significant presence on Ozomatli’s previous two full-length releases, Raul sings lead on three of Street Signs’ thirteen tracks.

Ground-Zero Latino, a division of Ground Zero, which acquires and distributes Latino films, recently launched covering a variety of genres from the full Latino spectrum. “The Latino video market is where the Urban video market was ten years ago,” says Anthony Perez, President and CEO of Ground Zero Video Distributor at the recent Video Expo in Burbank, CA. “The retailers are at odds as to how to market the product to the diverse Latino population,” Perez adds. Recently, the independent distributor inked a deal with Excalibur to distribute a 75-film catalog of Latino sports-oriented programming and other Spanish titles.

Ricky Martin has launched the global publicity campaign in Puerto Rico for “People for Children”, a Project of the Ricky Martin Foundation. The mission of “People for Children” is twofold: to raise consciousness and educate the general public about the sexual exploitation of children and to work with lawmakers and governing officials in various countries to penalize those who are found guilty of these crimes.

Telemundo will cover the 2004 Olympics from Athens, Greece with 169.5 hours in Spanish, over 18 days, focusing on soccer, boxing and baseball. The Spanish-language broadcast will provide the first exclusively non-English language Olympic broadcast in U.S. television history and NBC will cover the Summer Games in high definition for the first time. Telemundo (along with MSNBC) will also carrying opening soccer matches on August 11 and 12 from 1-8pm.

Grammy award winning Regional Mexican artist Pepe Aguilar begins his tour on July 8 in San Diego, with dates scheduled throughout California, Central U.S., Texas, Atlanta, NY and Chicago, wrapping the tour in September. The 90 minute musical repertoire will include songs from his most recent production “Con Orgullo Por Herencia.”

June 26, 2004. The Mariachi USA Festival returns to the newly renovated historic amphitheater, the world-famous Hollywood Bowl, on Saturday, June 26, for its 15th anniversary concert. Celebrating a milestone as a Los Angeles cultural fixture, the world’s preeminent Mariachi festival will host a diverse line-up of lively Mariachi musicians, dancers and performers. Ticket prices are: $127, $80, $70, $45, $40, $30, $20, $12, and $5. The $5 tickets are a special anniversary price for top of the Bowl seats.

Los Lobos Tour: Hollywood /Mammoth Records recording artists Los Lobos are currently on tour in North America. The three-time Grammy-winning rock band will debut songs from their new album THE RIDE. The group performed on the Late Show with David Letterman on June 15 and will be on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on August 3, but you can catch them Aug. 19 at Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay.

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