Carlos Vives Criticizes Shakira

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Published on LatinoLA: April 7, 2007

Carlos Vives Criticizes Shakira

Carlos Vives criticized his compatriot Shakira at the Congreso Internacional de la Lengua Espa??ola in Cartagena stating that Shakira should ‘«£get closer to the Magdalena than the Mississippi‘«ō.

According to data released by TNS Media Intelligence, 15% of growth in ad spending in TV, newspapers and magazines in 2006 can be attributed to Spanish-language media.

Spanish rock band Heroes del Silencio sold an impressive 12,000 pre-sale tickets in just a few hours for their only U.S. show in Los Angeles in September.

Paulina Rubio has filed suit against her ex-manager, Angelo Medina, and is demanding $1.4 million stating that Medina did not keep proper books for the costs of her shows in 2002. Rubio blames Medina for her recent woes with the Mexican tax authority.

Patron Tequila is under fire by the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. in connection with various complaints about its ads, linking sexual prowess to the consumption of alcohol. The tequila brand withdrew one of its racier ads in light of the council‘«÷s decision.

News agency EFE is reporting that Antonio Banderas is preparing for a role on Broadway as Don Juan, complete with a score composed by Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla and script by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Nilo Cruz.

A new plan hatched by Mexico City's mayor will create four beaches in the city so that going to the beach is not a pastime reserved only for the city's wealthy population. The beach plan was inspired by existing artificial beaches in cities like Paris, Berlin, Rome, Amsterdam and Budapest.

An American businessman was shot and killed in Colombia this week and his Colombian wife injured while driving to the Cali airport. The man ran a website introducing foreign men to "young, sexy, exotic and beautiful Latin women".

Alejandro Sanz has begun work on what will be his first English-language album.

Jennifer Lopez is under fire from Latin music retailer Ritmo Latino for not visiting Latino retail outlets to promote her Spanish-language album ‘«£Como Ama Una Mujer‘«ō. Ritmo Latino president David Massry stated ‘«£if she wants to discriminate against the Latin community, then we will not sell her product‘«ō.

Gustavo Arrellano‘«÷s popular and controversial ‘«£Ask a Mexican!‘«ō column has taken book form. The columnist takes on stereotype-based questions with his unique tongue-in-cheek humor.

Television upfront season is quickly approaching and predictions are swirling about what to expect from the Hispanic market. According to an article recently published in Media Life, higher prices for media buys are expected due to the impact of Hispanic networks being added to the Neilsen ratings system.

RBD will launch their new foundation ‘«£S?Ūlvame‘«ō in May with a free concert in Rio de Janeiro. The pop group started the foundation to help homeless kids after 3 fans died and 38 were wounded at one of their concerts in Brazil last year.

Advertising Age is now accepting entries for this year‘«÷s Hispanic Creative Advertising Awards.

Andres Ordonez has been tapped as VP-creative director of Zubi Advertising in Miami. Ordonez was formerly VP-creative director at BBDO Puerto Rico.

Gael Garcia Bernal has signed on for his next role, a film adaptation of the Mexican novel ‘«£Pedro P?Ūramo‘«ō by Juan Rulfo. Garcia Bernal was also recently named international embassador for the Latino Commission on AIDS.

Brazil reacted to a recent report by the World Health Organization stating that circumcision could be effective in preventing the transmission of HIV by stating that the country would not adopt the practice of circumcision despite the report. An advisor for the Brazilian Health Ministry said that the study might give men the impression that they can have unprotected sex because they are circumcised.

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