Wisin y Yandel Nominated for MTV Video Music Award

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Published on LatinoLA: August 5, 2009

Wisin y Yandel Nominated for MTV Video Music Award

Wisin y Yandel were nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Music Video for "Abusadora" alongside Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Cobra Starship. Watch it at:

John McCain confirmed that he will oppose Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor when the Senate votes on her confirmation.

Four earthquakes hit Mexico's Gulf of California on Monday, the largest of which measured 6.9 on the Richter scale. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Latin GRAMMY Awards nominations will be announced on September 17th in Los Angeles.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Telemundo continued its 10-month consecutive streak of year-over-year growth in the Monday through Sunday prime with an average of 577,000 viewers in July (up 4% over July 2008).

According to data from Ibope Nielsen, Brazil leads the pack in Twitter worldwide penetration. 15% of all Brazilian cybernauts visited the Twitter website in June, compared to 10.7% in the U.S. and 9.4% in Great Britain.

The Tejano Music National Convention will take place in Dallas on August 21st and 22nd.

According to Radio Ink, 34 Venezuelan radio stations are off the air this week after government regulators refused to renew or revoked licenses, and more than 200 FM stations are being invesigated for alleged licensing irregularities.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a suit against Wells Fargo Bank alleging that the company illegally discriminated against African American and Latino homeowners by selling them high-cost subprime mortgage loans.

Ricky Martin has begun work on his next studio album, which will be produced by Lester Mendez (Jewel, Macy Gray, Santana). The album will feature songs in English and in Spanish and is slated for release in 2010.

Border Media flipped San Antonio Latin Pop station KRIO-FM to Regional Mexican formatted "La Compa".

A federal judge ruled that the New York Fire Department written exam excludes blacks and Latinos from jobs in the department, with a disproportionate amount of blacks and Latinos failing the exam in comparison to white applicants.

ESPN Deportes will premiere "The Lost Son of Havana" on August 9th, a documentary about Cuban pitcher Luis Tiant's return to Cuba after 46 years.

The Pew Hispanic Center released data on the Puerto Rican population in the U.S. describing demographic, employment and income characteristics. The report can be found on the center's website: www.pewhispanic.org

A New York Times article examines Venezuela's relations with Colombian FARC rebels, presenting evidence from computer material captured from rebels that the Venezuelan government has assisted FARC leaders in arranging weapons deals and obtaining identity cards.

As part of its bid to lure tourists back to Mexico City, the city has launched a Tourist Assistance Card offering free travel and health insurance to visitors.

Daisy Fuentes has signed on to host and co-executive produce American Latino TV this Fall.

According to the El Paso Times, July was Ciudad Juarez's deadliest month ever with 248 homocides. There were 300 homocides total in 2007.

New data from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that the number of English-speaking Hispanics that went online via handheld mobile devices went up to 29% in 2009, compared to 18% in 2007.

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