La Ley Rocks the Vote

And more entertainment news from the Fuerte Report

Published on LatinoLA: July 11, 2003

La Ley Rocks the Vote

FUERTE REPORT for the week of July 7 - 13, 2003

Grammy winning rockers La Ley have teamed up with Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom of expression and empowering young people to change their world. Rock the Vote
street teams will conduct voter registration at all of La Ley?s upcoming US concert dates for their new album appropriately entitled ?Libertad?. Make your voz heard ? register to vote. To find out where/when you can register at Le Ley?s concerts, visit http://www.laleysite.com.

Legendary ex-Sony Chairman/CEO Tommy Mottola will be heading up the revived
Casablanca Records for Universal Music Group. Casablanca was previously run
by the late Neil Bogart and featured such artist as KISS, Donna Summer and
the Village People.

J-Lo in court again...the singer/actress/designers has filed a petition with the California Labor commission alleging that her former manager Benny Medina secured employment on her behalf, violating the state?s Talent Agency Act, which requires that anyone procuring employment on behalf of a performer must be a licensed talent agent. J-Lo wants millions in back commissions ? plus interest! Medina issued a statement saying the allegations against him were false, and stating the diva was adding him to the ?long list of people whom she has used and discarded after she took from them all she could get?.

HBO Latino launches the on-air campaign "Habla", showcasing voices from the
Hispanic community to provide a candid look at how U.S. Latinos see themselves today -- not how they are depicted in the media. The vignettes feature unknowns, to comedians, poets and actors and consist of clips that speak directly to the cultural diversity of Hispanics in the U.S., dealing with issues like what it's like to speak with an accent, cross-cultural dating, the growing popularity of "Spanglish," stereotypes, hair relaxants, catcalls, body images -- and even the strange fascination Latinos have with pork.

The Journey Within, the debut album from New York Yankee star and guitarist/composer Bernie Williams will be released on July 15th. The album features collaborations with Ruben Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa and others. There will be a special event celebrating the launch of the album at the House of Blues in Chicago on July 13th, featuring a special guest artist. Williams is also the first Latin and jazz artists to be signed to Sir Paul McCartney?s music publishing company, MPL communications.

Roberto Garza, the Atlanta Falcons? #63 offensive lineman will be appearing in a PSA TV campaign to attract Hispanic parent participation and increase the number of Hispanic volunteers (mentors) for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.

Mexican pop divas ?Las Bandidas? will make a special appearance in Alfonso Arau?s film ?Zapata?. The main character, Zapata, will be played by Mexican crooner Alejandro Fernandez.

StarMedia, the web portal serving Spanish-speakers in the Americas, has upgraded its site by offering Xtream Ad, which lets advertisers run full-length video/audio commercials via the web, as well allowing its US subscribers increased email capacity to 10 megabytes.

Urban Latino TV has a great lineup this week, featuring the hot new Reggaeton artist, Tego Calderon, Latino radio DJs who are making their mark on the industry, LA?s Q-V magazine ? the only Latino gay magazine, and a special report on Bodegas in Latino neighborhoods. For local times and channels, visit http://www.urbanlatinotv.com

Congrats to Juanes, whose duet with Nelly Furtado, Fotografia, was #1 last week on the BDS radio charts for Latin singles ? continuing his chart run for his 59th consecutive week in the top 10.

Local LA band Quetzal?s new album ?Worksongs? was released this week. The album is produced by Steve Berlin, of the famed Angelina band Los Lobos. Quetzal will be performing several dates throughout Southern California in support of the tour, as well as in-stores in Los Angeles and San Diego, a contest on LATV Live, and a record release party on July 17th at the Key Club. For more info, visit http://www.quetzalmusic.org

Telemundo is asking the FCC to delay a decision on Univision's proposed $3
billion purchase of Hispanic Broadcasting ? citing that the deal would harm competition.

Claxson Interactive Group, Inc. will launch of a new online chat service for America Online Latin America, programming and hosting a web-based chat service for AOL Mexico and AOL Argentina that combines the brand and users of AOL and El Sitio in these country's services.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Urban Latino?s ?Latin Music A ? Z" special issue, now on newsstands. Yerba Buena takes the cover, and also featured are Caetano Veloso, Flaming Sideburns, Gloria Estefan, Gotan Project, Jaguares, Hector Lavoe, Thievery Corporation, Volumen Cero, and many other cool Latin artists.

Nielsen SoundScan will begin compiling sales of permanent music downloads.
These sales will be includeding its "non-traditional" category, along with Internet, mail-order and concert-venue sales of physical music. Billboard Charts will also features sales of downloaded singles and albums, with sales data to come from Apple?s iTunes Music Store, MusicNet, Pressplay and others.

Congrats to Michel Vega of William Morris Agency, who is now a Vice President of the company, and will be opening up an agency office in Miami next week.

Opera star Placido Domingo and comedian/actor Cheech Marin will provide the
voices of the lead characters in the first big Hispanic animated movie to date ?Sian Ka?an?? a historical musical set in the ancient Maya empire directed by Spanish animator Raul Garcia.

Target is offering an exclusive six-track CD featuring songs from Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, who are currently on tour together.

Univision Records debuted AKWID recently at LA?s House of Blues, one of the artists who are spearheading the new Urban Regional genre which consists of Hip Hop and urban beats fused with Regional Mexican music. The event was sponsored by Que Buena, a regional station in LA, and drew more than 1,000 people to the event. AKWID will be performing at the LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) Showcase on August 15th, for more info on the conference and other artists performing, check out http://www.LatinAlternative.com

Los Tigres del Norte will be releasing a ?best of? compilation featuring 20 of their most unforgettable ?corrido? hits, as well as a DVD featuring 7 of their greatest videos of all time.

Sofia Vergara (Chasing Papi) will join Snoop Dogg and Method Man in ?Soul Plane?, an urban version of the classic 80?s comedy ?Airplane?. Vergara will a bombshell flight attendant...of course.

Los Lonely Boys out of Texas made a splash last weekend while playing Willie Nelson's Annual 4th of July picnic outside of Austin. Nelson joined the band on stage for a song and hailed them as his favorite Austin band. Los
Lonely boys shared the bill with greats such as Neil Young, Billy Bob Thornton, Shawn Colvin and others. Their self-titled debut album comes out on August 12th, check out www.loslonelyboys.org

Check out a remix of Latino rockers POD?s ?Satellite? by Paul Oakenfold on the soundtrack to ?Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life? due out July 22nd on Hollywood Records. Others included in the soundtrack include Saliva, Crystal Method and Moby.

Congrats to actor/comedian John Leguizamo, who married his longtime girlfriends, Justine Maurer, last week in New York.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of legend soul singer Barry White, who passed away last week at the age of 58.

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