Sharika Numero Uno

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Published on LatinoLA: June 20, 2005

Sharika Numero Uno

Shakira's new album, Fijacion Oral Vol.1, made history as the biggest selling Spanish-language album debut, selling 160,000 copies in its first week. The album is #1 on Billboard's Top Latin Album Charts, and #4 on The Billboard 200.

Christina Aguilera, Kate Moss, Rachel Hunter and Serena Williams are just a few of the women who posed dressed in nothing but Jimmy Choo shoes and a single piece of Cartier jewelry, for the coffee-table benefit book "Four Inches". Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, who will make sure that it gets to female African AIDS sufferers.

Atlantic Records has signed Puerto Rico's Tego Calderon to a long term, worldwide deal with the Reggaeton star's own Jiggiri Records label. Under the new label, Calderon will release its debut album "The Underdog" in October.
Michelle Rodriguez will join the cast of regulars on ABC's hit series "Lost" beginning this Fall.

Did you know that the Latino population grew by 2.9 million during a one-year period from July 2003 to 2004? Latinos now number at 41.3 million, accounting for 1 out of every 7 Americans in the US. Amazing! Source: US Census Bureau

Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions will produce UPN's new one-hour drama "South Beach". The series will debut in the 2005/06 season, and will star Marcuss Coloma, as an urbanite who leaves the big city for Miami?s tropical

Congrats to Cafe Tacuba, who broke all attendance records when 170,000 fans showed up to their performance at the Zocalo in Mexico City on June 4th - it was outrageous! Chayanne previously held the record for attendance, drawing 150,000 fans.

Wu-Tang Latino is a new label formed by RZA of the Wu, along with Ray Acosta, former VP of Musica Latina & Marketing at UBO. The new label was launched in an effort to maintain Latino culture within the Hip Hop genre.

Sabado Gigante TV personality, Don Francisco, is donating $125,000 to La Casa del Migrante, a non-profit organization in Tijuana, Mexico. The donation was derived from profits from the "Mi Homenaje Gigante a la Musica Nortena" benefit compilation CD released last year.

Manu Chao and Shakira join artists such as Craig David, Placebo and others in the Paris, France Live 8 benefit concert on July 2nd. Live 8 is part of a day of action across the world, calling on the leaders of the world's richest countries to act when they meet in Gleneagles on July 6 - 9. Concerts take place in London, Edinburgh, Washington, Berlin, Rome and Paris, as millions come together to call for a complete debt cancellation and better aid and trade justice for the world's poorest people. To get involved, visit www.live8live.com

Univision Communications, Inc. has come to an agreement with Nielsen Media Research, to provide comprehensive ratings for Univision's local television stations. Under the new terms, Nielsen will provide local ratings for the 34 Univision and Telefutura owned-and-operated local stations through the Nielsen Hispanic Station Index and Nielsen Station Index, including the Local People Meter service in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Dallas.

Lupillo Rivera presented his new double disc "El Rey De Las Cantinas" with a press conference and intimate performance at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. Rivera performed in traditional Charro attire with Mariachi accompaniment, a first for the artist, whose new double album is also the first to feature music from both the Banda and Mariachi genres.
Chiqui Cartagena was named Managing Director, Multicultural Communications for Meredith Integrated Marketing, a new position within the company. Cartagena, formerly with The Ad Age Group, is also the author of Latino Boom! Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Business in the US Hispanic Market, published last year by Ballantine Books.

Fox Sports en Espanol has partnered with Comcast's On Demand en Espanol service to feature 10 hours of the network's marquee events, including select soccer events such as the 2004 Copa Libertadores finals, the 2005 Copa de Campeones featuring Saprissa and Pumas, the 2005 Copa Libertadoers Second Round match with Chivas vs. San Lorenzo, and more.
Tower Records is targeting Latino consumers with its' "Viva La Musica!" campaign, offering its entire Latin music and DVD selection on sale at Los Angeles and Orange County Stores, and on Tower.com. The retailer will also feature several in-store appearances and performers such as Jaguares on June 21st at its Sunset Blvd. location, and free posters of Daddy Yankee, Vicente Fernandez, Julieta Venegas and other to all customers purchasing Latin titles.

Support Latin Film! The 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival takes place June 16 - 26, featuring a special CineCultura program, focusing on numerous Latino films such as La Sierra, Maid in America, Al Atro Lado and others.

English-language Latino network Si TV, received 10 Promax Award nominations for on-air promotions targeting young, urban viewers known as Generation Si. Additionally, MakinE, Si Tv's creative agency, received 6 nominations for campaigns created for the network. The Promax Awards are judged by a panel of promotion and marketing professionals, honoring overall creativity, production, quality and marketing results by companies and individuals.

Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags New England are hosting a special "Latino Day at Six Flags", presented by Coca-Cola and Latin Entertainment. The artist line up features stars from the Salsa, Reggaeton, Rap, Merengue and Bacahata worlds, such as Don Omar, Victor Manuelle, Cuban Link, Monchy y Alexandra, Hector el Bambino and others. Ivy Queen will be making a special appearance at the New England venue. The events take place in New Jersey on 6/18 and in Massachusetts on 6/19.

Congrats to Clara Reyes, winner of the National Association of Hispanic Publication's 2005 Latina Publisher of the Year award, and Elektra Sanchez, winner of the 2005 Latina Journalist of the Year award. Reyes is the publisher of Dos Mundos Newspaper in Kansas City, and Sanchez is a reporter for La Voz in Phoenix, AZ.

Santaolalla, which was selected as one of only 4 essential CDs for Vibe Magazine's July issue "Out of the Box" recommendation.

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