September 17, 2004

The Latino Loop

Alejandro Wins Grammys

Congrats to all the winners and nominees of the Latin GRAMMY awards! Alejan-dro Sanz was a big winner, taking home numerous a-wards for “No Es Lo Mismo”, including Record, Album & Song of the Year, as well as Best Male Pop Vocal Album and more. Other notables include Brazilian Maria Rita for Best New Artist & Best MPB Album, Cafe Tacuba for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song “Eres”, Vico C for Best Urban Music Album, Julieta Venegas for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album, La Ley for Best Rock Album, Javier Limon for Producer of the Year, Soraya for Best Singer-Songwriter Album, Sin Bandera for Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group and Robi Draco Rosa for Best Music Video “Mas y Mas”. For a complete listing of winners visit www.GRAMMY.com

With online Hispanic consumers purchasing new cars at four times the rate of the general population, AOL Latino has partnered with Autobytel Inc. to launch a new Spanish-language channel called Automoviles. The channel will provide car search and comparison tools, as well as performance and safety info, and the ability to submit an online request to buy from a local Autobytel dealer.

Los Lonely Boys will be in the studio collaborating with Santana on the bands unreleased track “I Don’t Want To Lose Your Love”, which will be featured next year on Santana’s new album.

MTV Latin America announced its nominees for the 3rd annual MTV Video Music Awards Latin America. Julieta Venegas and Cafe Tacuba top the list with 5 noms each, Alejandro Sanz, Diego Torres and Baba-sonicos receive 4 noms each. Other nominees include Alex Ubago, Bersuit, Capri, Cartel de Santa, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Molotov and Vicentico. The award show will be broadcast live on October 22st at 9:00 pm ET from the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami.

Our condolences go out to the friends and family of GRAMMY winning producer, Tom Capone, who passed away last week as a result of a car accident, just hours after the Latin Gram-my ceremony in which he was a 5-time nominee.

The Red Zone, playing the best Latin rock, hip-hop, reggae and electronic music now airs every Tuesday night from 10pm - midnight on LA’s Indie 103.1FM - touted as “America’s coolest commercial station” by Rolling Stone. The Red Zone was the first English-voiced, specialty radio show highlighting Latin Alternative music on an English-language commercial station and features music and live interviews from artists spanning the globe. You can also catch The Red Zone live online at http://www.indie1031.fm. For more info, check out http://www.cookman.com

Big ups to alt rockers Volumen Cero who were one of the first Latin Alternative acts to make MTV’s top 40 video chart on Billboard after being spotlighted on MTV’s Advance Warning show in August. The video “Autos” is from their new album Estelar, in stores now. The band will be holding record release parties in LA, New York and Miami in the following weeks - for more info, check out http://www.volumencero.com

Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Aleks Syntek, Ana Torroja, Ivy Queen, Jennifer Pena, A.B. QUintanilla & the Kumbia Kings, Fulanito and Akwid will perform at the Premios Juventud awards, which take place in Miami and will air live September 23rd at 9pm on Uni-vision network.

Rosario Dawson and Latino youth advocate Phil Colon have launched Voto Latino, a new non-partisan and non-profit organization dedicated to motivate Latino youth to participate in the nation’s political process. The launch campaign will include PSA’s featuring Dawson, Fat Joe, Nina Sky, Zoe Saldana, Tego Calde-ron, John Leguizamo and AB Quintanilla among others. The spots are called “People Make Power and will debut on MTV Networks this fall, with the tagline “It’s your country, Represent”. http://www.votolatino.org

Latino Loop and Sony Music invite you to enter for a chance to win the latest CD releases from cool artists such as Los Lonely Boys, Robi Draco Rosa, Julio Iglesias, Maria Mena, Rosa Passos, and David Sanchez. To check out music from these artists and to enter, click here: http://www.sonymusic.com/contests/latinoloop/

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