Digital Fania All Stars

Zune Marketplace rolls out a custom collection of Fania albums, including releases from Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Latin

Published on LatinoLA: October 2, 2008

Digital Fania All Stars

The Zune Marketplace rolled out a custom collection of Fania albums, including releases from Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, La Lupe and more, marking the first time these albums have been available for legal digital download.

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 35 million residents nationwide speak Spanish at home. In Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, one in five residents speaks Spanish at home.

Tejano singer Emilio Navaira is back in the hospital this week after another car accident. Navaira was involved in a bus accident earlier this year and is still recovering from major injuries related to that accident. He and his wife crashed into a truck this week as they returned from a rehabilitation session.

Spanish authorities arrested 121 people last week as part of a crackdown on child pornography.

The U.S. Census Bureau is hosting a "Facts for Features" website offering a wealth of information and statistics about the U.S. Hispanic population and the origin of Hispanic Heritage Month. For More Info Visit: www.census.gov

The Latin Media & Entertainment Commission of the City of New York (LMEC) and LatinVision Media will host the Convergence 2008 Conference on October 15th in New York. Nacional Records' Tomas Cookman, LARAS' Gabriel Abaroa, People en Espa??ol's Lucia Ballas-Traynor, Telemundo's Don Brown, Rafael Urbina from Batanga and Univision COO Ray Rodriguez are among those confirmed to speak at the event.

Hugo Chavez expressed interest this week in accepting Russia's offer to help develop a civilian nuclear power program.

Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Senator Richard Durban wrote to Arbitron Chairman/President/CEO Steve Morris this week urging Arbitron to wait until its PPM (Portable People Meter) is accredited by the Media Rating Council before it continues to rollout the system. Several minority broadcasters and organizations have joined forces to protest the PPM system claiming that it does not accurately reflect the behavior of minority consumers.

LARAS will honor Vikki Carr, Cheo Feliciano, Astrud Gilberto, Angelica Maria, Maria Dolores Pradera and Estela Raval with the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on November 12th in Houston.

According to a recent study by the LIFE Foundation, 49% of Hispanics don't have enough life insurance coverage.

U.S. Border Patrol agents have ramped up surprise inspections on domestic trains, buses and ferries across the country in states like Vermont, Washington, Louisiana and New York.

American Latino TV and LatiNation will debut new seasons this weekend expanding both shows reach into new markets, with American Latino premiering in 105 cities and LatiNation in 85 cities nationwide.

Mexico has launched a national campaign "Vamos por un Millon de Kilos" ("Let's Lose a Million Kilos") in order to combat obesity and the rise in diseases related to obesity. According to statistics, nearly half of Mexico's population is overweight.

A new deal between Televisa and Telemundo, grants Telemundo the U.S. rights to broadcast all of the soccer matches for six Mexican teams that are played at their home stadiums, including the playoffs, semifinals and finals of the Mexican National Championship.

New research from Mintel shows that Hispanic adults are two times more likely than non-Hispanics to reward their children's good behavior with salty snacks.

McDonald's announced its upcoming Latin music initiatives including the Fiesta Tour McDonald's Music Experience, a partnership with the Latin GRAMMY in the Schools program, the Latin GRAMMY Street Parties and a sweepstakes tied into a trip to the Latin GRAMMY Awards in Houston.

HipChicas.com, a Latina-themed site for tween girls, is launching its Beta trial this week.

Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable will host the sixth annual Hispanic Television Summit in New York on October 22nd and 23rd. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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