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The Latin Grammys announced that this year's event will be hosted by Victor Manuelle and Lucero with performances by Conjunto Primavera, Luis Fonsi, Ana Gabriel, Man?, Joan Sebastian, Thal?a, and Wisin & Yandel. The awards will be broadcast on Univision on Nov. 2nd from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Diane Almodovar announced her departure from BMI to pursue her "entrepreneurial spirit". Almodovar was VP of Latin Writer/Publisher Relations at the performing rights organization and a successor has yet to be named.
Texas musician Freddy Fender passed away this weekend from cancer at his home in Corpus Christi. The legendary performer was 69 years old.
A soldier in Oaxaca was arrested on Sunday after opening fire on demonstrators, killing one and wounding another. The soldier apparently was arguing with demonstrators after leaving a bar.
Menudo is back again. Epic Records and MTV have joined forces for a new reality show documenting the development of another version of Menudo, this time bilingual and with an urban edge. Both the series' debut on MTV and the band's album release are scheduled for late 2007. Auditions for Menudo kick off in Puerto Rico on October 21st and will be held in San Diego, Orlando and Chicago among other locations with MTV Tr3s covering the auditions and airing the special "Road to Menudo".
DNA evidence was collected from the remains of ex-Argentine leader, Juan Peron, to confirm whether or not Martha Holgado is his daughter. Holgado claims to be the product of a brief affair between Peron and her mother.
Manu Chao performed to a record audience of 120,000 fans at the closing night of this year's Rock Al Parque festival in Bogota.
A recent Los Angeles Times article cites Latinos as the largest movie-going ethnic or racial group.
With tensions mounting between Televisa and Univision (the on-going legal disputes and last week's announcement that Televisa will be selling its stock in Univision), the future of Univision's telenovelas is cloudy. A legal battle is currently brewing over the 25-year programming agreement the two media giants signed back in 1992.
Mexican bishop Rafael Gu?zar y Valencia was made a Saint this week by Pope Benedict XVI. He is the first Latin American bishop to be canonized.
"Ricky Martin: MTV Unplugged" will air on MTV Tr3s on November 1st, the same night that Martin will be honored as the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year. Miguel Bose, Chambao, Juan Luis Guerra and Ednita Nazario will participate in this year's Person of the Year event. The Unplugged special will be released on CD and DVD November 7th.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet recently visited Villa Grimaldi, the site where she was imprisoned and tortured during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile during the 1970's.
Ecuador's first-round presidential elections took place on Sunday leaving the two top candidates in a runoff, banana billionaire Alvaro Noboa and left-wing economics professor Rafael Correa.
Colombian rockers Aterciopelados will release "Oye", the group's first studio album in 5 years, on October 24th. The duo will be in the U.S. to support the album with live shows across the country.
According to the Feminist News Daily, Nicaragua is currently considering legislation to ban abortions, even in cases where the woman's life is in danger.
Three Mexican fishermen who survived on the open seas for nine months have sold their story for almost $4 million to a company that will pitch the story to film companies, book publishers and merchandisers.
Peruvian ex-president Valentin Paniagua died at age 70 this week. He had been in a coma for several days. Paniagua in addition to running for the presidential office this year, was interim president in 2000 following Alberto Fujimori's resignation
Promax/BDA will host its "Noche de Celebracion" on December 12th in Miami. The annual awards ceremony honors the best in design, promotion and marketing in electronic media to the Latino market. Visit www.promaxbda.tv for more information.