Do You Remember La Macarena?

Art, entertainment, national and international news from LatinoLoop, September 18, 2008

Published on LatinoLA: September 18, 2008

Do You Remember La Macarena?

"Macarena" by Los del Rio tops the Billboard All-Time Top Latin Songs list, compiled from charts over the last 50 years. "Maria Maria" by Santana featuring the Product G&B came in second, followed by Jennifer Lopez "I'm Real" and Los Lobos "La Bamba".

Renan Almendarez Coello, "El Cucuy", has left his morning show on SBS La Raza 97.9 FM in Los Angeles to create his own radio network. Coello currently co-owns a station in New Mexico.

Kat DeLuna was booed by fans at a football game in Dallas this week after singing an off-key, lackluster rendition of the National Anthem.

"El Hombre Delgado que no Flaquear?í Jam?ís", a short film by Edouard Salier and starring Enrique Bunbury, premiered on Bunbury's website, www.enriquebunbury.com, this week. Visitors to the site can stream the seven-minute film.

Zune software updates released this week allow users to discover, tag and purchase songs directly from the device's built-in FM radio. Zune and Nacional Records will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Tijuana culture on September 24th at Zune LA with an event featuring Tijuana graphic and visual artists Acamonchi and VJ PR4, DJ sets from Loud Noises and Tremolo Audio as well as a live performance by Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible.

Gustavo Santaolalla received the Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival opening night this weekend.

Explosions rocked Morelia, Mexico's central plaza this week during Independence Day celebrations, killing at least seven people and injuring over a hundred. The explosions appear to be caused by grenades, and although there is no confirmation, suspicions lean toward the drug cartels.

Protests in eastern Bolivia this week turned violent with protestors opposed to President Evo Morales setting fire to a town hall and blockading highways. The riots have resulted in at least 30 deaths, and Morales declared martial law on Friday dispatching troops to control the situation. Morales and opposition leaders signed a pledge this week to hold talks over reforms sought by both factions.

Televisa and Univision will go to court on October 14th over a three-year-old dispute about royalty payments that Univision apparently withheld from Televisa. The royalties are part of a programming deal between the two media conglomerates that expires in 2017.

The New York Times published a story on Chile's "ponceo" movement, a trend among Chilean teens exploring sexual behavior and prodded by websites where teens exchange suggestive photos and organize parties where partygoers are encouraged to make out with as many partners as possible.

Concert promoter Eddie Serrato filed a suit against Pepe Aguilar last week after the artist was a no-show at two shows in Boise and Salt Lake City that were supposed to take place in August.

Manny Manuel is grieving the loss of his sister Enid Hernandez Santiago this week. Hernandez Santiago took her life with a gun after her ex-girlfriend refused to rekindle their relationship.

Father Miguel d'Escoto has been appointed head of the United Nations General Assembly. D'Escoto was an advisor to Nicaragua's Sandinista guerrilla movement in the 80s.

HBO Latino premiered its new series, "Capadocia, set in a Mexico City women's prison, this week. The series stars Ana de la Reguera, Juan Manuel Bernal and Cecilia Suarez and will also be available on HBO on Demand with English subtitles.

Conill took home the most awards, including Agency of the Year, at the Advertising Age Hispanic Creative Advertising Awards with La Comunidad following close behind. Toyota was the most awarded marketer, winning for campaigns executed with Conill, Puerto Rican agency Badillo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi and Nobox Marketing Group.

Gregory Nava's 1983 film "El Norte" celebrates its 25th anniversary with a screening at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival tonight. A special edition DVD release is scheduled for release on January 20, 2009.

ALMA award nominated film "Tortilla Heaven", the story of a New Mexico town gone wild when the face of Jesus Christ appears on a tortilla, comes out on DVD October 14th. The film, directed by Judy Dumontet, stars George Lopez, Ana Ortiz, Miguel Sandoval and Olivia Hussey, among others.

The Colombian Consulate of Los Angeles will present the first Colombian Cinema Showcase, taking place at the Laemmle Theaters Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on November 21-25th.

Spain's Grupo Zeta is launching label El Volcan Music. El Volcan will be headed by Javier Li??an and will focus on releasing Spanish music as well as latin alternative music. El Volcan will release albums from Josele Santiago and Alberto Pla as well as licensing releases by Plastilina Mosh, Nortec Collective and Aterciopealdos from California-based Nacional Records.

Target launched four pop-up Bullseye Bodegas at Target stores in Manhattan featuring products by twenty-two designers. The bodegas will be up for a limited time featuring specially-priced home, fashion, beauty and accessories.

Telemundo announced the launch of its "El Poder de Saber" campaign urging young Latinos and their families to seize the power of education by staying in school. PSAs began airing on the network this week.

Warner Music Group announced changes among its management this week in hopes of streamlining its global strategy by creating three regions rather than just U.S. and non-U.S. operations. The newly created regions are continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and U.K./Americas. Michael Fleisher will head global corporate strategy and Lyor Cohen will run North American operations as well as heading up recorded music operations in Britain and Latin America.

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