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Calle 13 Taking a Break

Grammy-winning duo to focus on independent work. This and much more from Latino Loop.

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: July 30, 2015


Calle 13 Taking a Break


Arts and Entertainment

Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 have announced an indefinite hiatus to focus on independent work. Calle 13 won a record-breaking 21 Latin Grammys and three Grammys during their 10-year career and have produced five critically-acclaimed albums.

Netflix has ordered a 20-episode series titled Ingobernable, about the life of Mexico's first lady, featuring Kate Del Castillo in the starring role. Production will begin in Mexico in early 2016.

Upon its debut last week, J Balvin's new video for Ginza has become the most watched-Spanish language music video premiere, garnering over 2.5 million views on the first day of release.

Battlestar Galactica, the highest-rated series ever on Syfy, will be broadcast for the first time in Spanish for U.S. television by NBC Universo.

The Before Columbus Foundation announced the winners of the 36th Annual American Book Awards which include Carlos Santana, poet Craig Santos Perez, San Antonio-based writer Manuel Luis Martinez and San Francisco-based historian Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in San Francisco in the Fall.

The 10th Annual Latin Mixx DJ Choice Awards will be held on July 30th in New York City. Honorees Include Slick Rick, Alex Sensation, Sal Abbatiello and Gustavo Lopez.

Community

Salvadorians, Dominicans and Guatemalans have displaced Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans as the fastest growing Latino groups in the U.S., with immigrants from El Salvador and the Dominican Republic reaching a growth of about a half-million people in the last 10 years.

The unauthorized immigrant population of the United States has remained stable for the past 5 years, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, with an estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2014, a number that has remained constant since 2007.

Media and Marketing

Univision Communications announced the launch of the Univision Creator Network, a network of content creators who will team with with advertisers to provide consumers and partners with content and advertising opportunities geared to the bilingual millennial.

Los Angeles KMEX 34 Univision won nine local Emmy awards this past weekend. The station was the most-nominated and highest-winning TV station. Among KMEX's winners was the station's daily evening newscast Noticias 34 a las Seis and the daily morning show Primera Edicion.

Luis Jimenez has left his syndicated morning show on SBS' Amor 93.1 WPAT-FM in New York less than a year after returning to the network. This was his second opportunity with SBS, after a stint with Univision Radio.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) will honor Telemundo journalist and MSNBC host Jos?® D?¡az-Balart with the NAHJ Presidential Award of Visibility at its "Hall of Fame & Honors" luncheon in Orlando on September 19th.

Promusicae, a Spanish music industry association, has released a new report which finds that music streaming services have grown 40% in the first six months of 2015 in Spain. Overall, music sales in Spain from January to June totaled Ôé¼70.6 million ($77 million), an increase of 11%. The report includes findings that show a higher profit from digital sources versus physical sources.

Crime

Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera has been fired from his position as Mexico's soccer coach following an altercation in which he allegedly punched TV Azteca sports anchor Christian Martinoli at a Philadelphia airport after Mexico's Gold Cup win this past weekend.

The U.S. has banned some cilantro grown in Mexico after discovering unsanitary growing conditions at several cilantro farms in Puebla where human feces and toilet paper were found. The growing conditions led to an outbreak of cyclosporiasis that sickened over 300 people in the U.S. last year, mostly in Texas.

Sports

Pedro Martinez becomes the eighth Latino to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Martinez finished his 18-year career with a 219-100 record and 3,154 strikeouts.

Colin Cowherd, who will be joining Fox Sports later this year, is off the air at ESPN because of derogatory remarks he made last week about baseball players from the Dominican Republic. His inflammatory remarks alluded to the sport's lack of complexity given the fact that many Dominicans play the game, remarking on how the Dominican Republic has "not been known ... for world-class academic abilities."

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