Vazquez Sounds, a trio of 2 brothers age 13 and 15 and their 10-year-old sister from Mexicali, has signed a record deal with Sony Music. Their version of "All I Want For Christmas is You" has been a YouTube sensation this week: http://youtu.be/xbHI6nMsVHE
Cristian Castro was named the Latin Pop Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine for his album "Viva el Principe" which was the highest-selling pop album in the U.S. and Mexico in 2011.
Sofia Vergara received a SAG Award nomination as well as a Golden Globe nod for her role as Gloria on "Modern Family".
Demian Bichir received a SAG Best Actor nomination for his role in "A Better Life".
Luis Miguel is slated to be the first artist to perform at the new Arena Mexico City, which is scheduled to open in February.
A three-year Justice Department investigation into Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office found that the office violated the civil rights of Latinos.
Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall died last week at age 28 after battling breast cancer.
Uruguayan authorities are investigating the apparent suicide of Argentina's 34-year-old deputy commerce secretary Ivan Heyn. Heyn's body was discovered by a hotel maid asphyxiated by his belt. Heyn was attending the Mercosur summit.
Lori Berenson arrived in New York with her 2 -year-old son, her first visit to the U.S. since being arrested in 1995 and later jailed for aiding Marxist rebels in Peru.
Mexico City plans on closing the Bordo Poniente garbage dump, one of the largest in the world, by Dec. 31st. The new plan focuses on turning garbage into reusable materials and energy with Cemex SAB agreeing to buy 3,000 tons of garbage daily to turn into energy.
Maria Jose Paredes Navarrete, one of a pair of 10-month old conjoined twins, died at a hospital in Santiago, Chile this week after doctors performed a surgical separation.
Marketing and Media
People en Espa??ol plans to launch a version for tablets on December 30th, the first Spanish-language magazine to do so.
NBC News plans to launch NBC Latino, an English-language Hispanic news and lifestyle site in early 2012.
MEC Bravo plans to launch Precision, a tool to track Hispanic consumers TV viewing habits and purchasing behavior to determine the impact of campaigns on sales.
Sony Music Latin laid off several employees last week including long-time VP of marketing Paula Kaminsky.
According to Nielsen data, mun2 experienced double-digit, year-over-year growth in all demos in 2011 with 22% more adults 18-49, 15% more viewers and 12% more Young Latino Americans (YLA) 18-34.
Karen Barcheski has joined nuvoTV as VP of Research.
RCN TV's Fernando Gaitan is among those to receive the NATPE Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the upcoming NATPE 2012 Conference taking place in Miami on Jan 23-25th.
Draftfcb has named Javier Campopiano as regional creative director general for Latin America. Campopiano was formerly executive creative director at DraftFCB Buenos Aires.
Maria Conchita Alonso got into a verbal sparring match with Sean Penn at Los Angeles International airport recently. Alonso called out Penn on his ties to Hugo Chavez and Mahmood Ahmadinejad calling him a "communist a**hole" after Penn allegedly called Alonso a "pig".
Former NYU professor Jose Angel Santana has filed a lawsuit against the university claiming that he was fired after giving actor James Franco a "D" in his "Directing the Actor II" class after Franco only attended 2 of the 14 classes.
Five bodies were discovered last week buried beneath the headquarters of the Federation of Guadalajara Students in Guadalajara, Mexico. Three of the dead were identified as high school students who were reported missing last week after complaining about the student group demanding money to sell snacks outside of a school campus.
Olga Ta??on's tour bus was robbed last week in Venezuela where thieves took off with her crew's wallets and luggage, including passports.
ESPN Deportes' Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales kicked off the NBA Season with a press conference today in Miami.