Go Betty Go Singer Goes American Idol

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Published on LatinoLA: February 5, 2009

Go Betty Go Singer Goes American Idol

Emily Wynne-Hughes, lead singer of Latina alternative act Go Betty Go, is a finalist on this season's American Idol.

ASCAP will hold its Latin Awards ceremony on March 3rd in Puerto Rico. Ricardo Montaner will receive the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award, Luis Fonsi will receive the ASCAP Voice of Music Award, and Omar Alfanno will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award.

Telemundo launched its "Hazte Contar!" campaign to increase awareness of the 2010 Census among Hispanics in the U.S.

Terra.com has partnered with Telemundo to launch www.futbolestelar.tv, a new online soccer site.

Mexican retailer Mixup is launching a DRM-free digital download store this year.

Chicago radio station, "La Kalle" switched formats this week to Recuerdo, an oldies format.

People en Espa??ol has reportedly deleted all of its English-language content from the website.

Argentine musician, Gustavo Cerati is recovering from a shoulder injury after a fall while on vacation last month in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

According to Spain's Promusicae, Spanish music's combined digital and physical sales fell 10.4% in 2008 to $338 million. Digital sales were up just over 8%, however physical sales dropped 12.4%.

Bajofondo, Molotov, Morrissey, Zizek and Mexican Institute of Sound are among those scheduled to perform at this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

ESPN Deportes will air exclusive Spanish-language coverage of all 39 games of the 2009 World Baseball Classic starting on March 5th.

Penelope Cruz received a Goya Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and Benicio del Toro won for Best Actor for his role in "Che".

The 3rd Annual Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference will take place in Los Angeles May 6th and 7th at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel.

BestBuy will continue its multi-platform strategy targeted at the U.S. Hispanic market this year with campaigns created around sports and entertainment.

Cary Joji Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre" took home the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

People en Espa??ol, Yahoo! En Espa??ol and Telemundo have partnered to launch the "51st Most Beautiful" Search. Yahoo! En Espa??ol users can submit photos at text www.51bello.com to compete for the title and be featured in the 50 Most Beautiful issue.

Ponder This Productions has launched text www.geniusinmotion.com, a site dedicated to people of color behind the camera in film an television. The site offers interviews, networking, blogs, groups, job postings and more. Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Night at the Museum, Hellboy II) and Ugly Betty Executive Producer Salma Hayek are among those that will be featured on the site.

Colombian FARC rebels released five hostages this week including three policemen, a soldier and former governor Alan Jara.

Facebook deleted a group entitled "Global collection to hire a sharpshooter to liquidate Evo Morales", created by 20-year-old Hony Pierola. The group had 8,069 members.

The FCC sent letters to several Latin radio stations in Texas as part of an on-going payola investigation.

Caraca's oldest synagogue was vandalized by an armed group last week, leaving graffiti saying "we don't want murderers" and "Jews, get out". The attack came after Hugo Chavez asked Israeli diplomats to leave the country and Israel responded by expelling Venezuelan diplomats.

Miss Sinaloa, Laura Zu??iga, was released from jail last week after being arrested while riding in a car with several gangsters transporting a cache of firearms.

Three New Jersey residents, Maria Contreras-Luciano, Amber Crespo and Dyanne Velasquez, are facing charges of kidnapping, assault and conspiracy after abandoning an ex-friend in 8-degree weather with only a dress on. The dispute was apparently over an insurance claim, and the 19 year-old victim suffered frostbite to both feet.

Calixto Simon Cun will be the first Guatemalan citizen tried for physical aggression towards his wife. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of violence against women with 4,000 crimes reporter since 2000.

15 people were killed at a "Latin-style" bar in China after setting fireworks off at their table, setting fire to the bar.

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