Cafe Tacuba Leads Latino Grammy Nomination

Hector "El Father" Delgado, Mun2, Mexico's postal service and more on Latino Loop, September 10

Published on LatinoLA: September 10, 2008

Cafe Tacuba Leads Latino Grammy Nomination

Latin GRAMMY nominees were announced this morning. Caf?® Tacuba leads the nominees with six nominations, followed by Juanes and Gustavo Santaolalla with five each. Other nominees include Julieta Venegas, Andres Calamaro, Gloria Estefan, Ximena Sari??ana, Manu Chao and Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible. The awards will be broadcast on Univision live from Houston on November 13th.

Hector "El Father" Delgado announced that he is retiring from the reggaeton world to become a Christian preacher. His upcoming and final CD, "Final Judgement", will feature Christian messages and lyrics. After the release Delgado will donate his jewelry to charity and devote his career to preaching.

Mun2 launched its "VOTE 4 UR Future" campaign, a multi-platform effort to register 18-34 year-old Latino voters.

"Peanuts" animator Jose Cuautemoc "Bill" Melendez passed away this week at age 91. Melendez worked on "A Charlie Brown Christmas" among several other animated projects and also provided the voice for Snoopy.

Mexico's postal service underwent an image overhaul with a new logo, uniforms and post offices all done in hot pink and lime green.

Hurricane Ike hit Cuba this week leaving 4 dead and destroying hundreds of homes. The storm killed 80 people in the Carribean.

Mana drummer Alex Gonzalez opened his third "de Santos" restaurant, and first U.S. location, in New York's West Village this week.

Gerardo Vergara joined Nacional Records as VP of Operations. Vergara was previously at Univision Music Group.

New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has begun an investigation into Arbitron's PPM (Personal People Meter) after being pressured by the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, the Spanish Radio Association, the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, Border Media, Entravision, Univision, SBS and ICBC Broadcast Holdings, among others. The groups filed a joint complaint claiming that the PPM dramatically undercounts and misrepresents the listening habits of minorities.

Latin indie online music store MisRolas.com closed its doors last week after three years in operation.

Sauza tequila has put its account in review after breaking with Publicis Worldwide.

According to information released to the Los Angeles Times by Western intelligence officials, Hezbollah has set up a new base of operations in Venezuela with intentions to kidnap Jewish businessmen in Latin America and take them back to Lebanon.

Telemundo announced its NTI ratings for the month of August, showing an average of 600,000 adult viewers aged 18-49, and a 20% share of viewers watching the three major Spanish-language networks during the Monday through Friday primetime segment, an 8% increase over last year.

Adrian Alonso ("La Misma Luna"), is the new spokesperson for Tang's Hispanic campaign presenting its new flavors.

Gorki Luis Aguila Carrasco, lead singer of Cuban punk band Porno para Ricardo, was released from jail after being arrested and charged with being a danger to society for his open criticism of the Castro government. The charges were dropped and Aguila was convicted of public disorder and released after paying a fine. The arrest drew international outrage.

MTV Tr3s announced its Hispanic Heritage Month programming with its "Rants" and "Words" vignettes. "Rants" is a collaboration with the Latino Comedy Project while "Words" introduces characters from the upcoming animated series "Soy Mono".

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