Friday, November 21, 2014

Latin Grammys 2014: Rubén Blades wins Best Tango Album

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Rubén Blades's new album Tango wins a Latin Grammys award, and there are wins for Enrique Iglesias and Placido Domingo.

Rubén Blades won his fifth Latin Grammys awards last night for his new album Tango.
Enrique Iglesias, Calle 13, Placido Domingo, Niña Pastori and the late flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, were also winners
Blades spoke recently about the benefits of choosing tango over salsa.
Tango was also nominated for album of the year and the 66-year-old from Panama City said: "People probably have to rub their eyes and say, 'What, Ruben Blades in the tango category?' I was surprised because you never know about Grammy nominations. My album Siembra, arguably the biggest seller in the history of salsa, never got nominated for a Grammy. Read more.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ruben Blades Tangos His Way to Latin Grammys

Ruben Blades says he never imagined his CD "Tangos" would be nominated for a Latin Grammy.
Instead, it's up for two ? album of the year and best tango album.
"People probably have to rub their eyes and say, 'What, Ruben Blades in the tango category?' I was surprised because you never know about Grammy nominations. My album 'Siembra,' arguably the biggest seller in the history of salsa, never got nominated for a Grammy," said the 66-year-old Blades, who has won four Latin Grammys and six Grammys.
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Univision searches for ultimate Latino boy band

Univision Communications has opened online auditions to select the first participants for La Banda, a reality TV show developed by the US Hispanic network, Fremantle Media Latin America and Syco Entertainment.
La Banda aims to create the world's ultimate Latino boy band via a massive search in the US. Contestants will compete for a place in a band called La Banda and for a coveted recording contract with the Sony Music Latin label (home to many Latin music artists) along with Simon Cowell's Syco Music, One Direction's record label.
"I'm very excited about this show. There is a huge amount of talent out there and La Banda is going to give five guys the opportunity of a lifetime," commented Simon Cowell.
"We are proud to start the search for the next great Latino boy band," added Alberto Ciurana, president for programming and content at Univision Communications. "There is vast talent in our community and with La Banda we will find and launch the next generation of musical superstars."
The first phase of the auditions will take place online, with interested parties submitting information to the site The best contestants will receive a ticket to take part in a private audition in front of the production team. The online casting will be followed by casting events across the United States and Puerto Rico in the spring of 2015.
"The launch of is the first step in what I know will be more than a television show but a life-changing experience for many young talents, and one that will change the Latin music industry," said Alejandra Espinoza, who will be the host of the Univision show.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rubén Blades & The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Demi Lovato Says Her Latino Roots Changed How She Views Her Body

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Demi Lovato is no stranger to body image issues -- but the singer says her Latino roots are one reason she learned to love her curves.

A seemingly bare-faced Lovato, 22, graces the cover of Glam Belleza Latina’s winter issue. The “Neon Lights” singer spoke to the magazine about the importance of “self-care,” her new skin care collection and how her Latin background has impacted the way she views her body. Read more.

Top 10 bestselling books by Latino authors

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Want to stay on top of your Latino literature? Well here is the list of bestselling Latino authors in the US that have taken the top 10 spots in the last month. The great thing is most of these selections are printed in both Spanish and English editions for your reading enjoyment.

Here is the list.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Disney's 'McFarland, USA' Tackles Latino Themes With Inspiring True Story

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For decades Disney has suffered from a dearth of real Latino stories, but the studio seems to be changing that with “McFarland, USA.”
The upcoming movie is inspired by a 1987 true story and follows a group of Latino students in a California farming town who, with the help of their P.E. teacher Jim White (Kevin Costner), build their high school’s first cross-country team. The boys run into a series of issues on and off the track but learn to band together to prevail.
“This is a farming town. These kids working here are invisible. They come from the fields and they go back to the fields,” is how the film’s trailer, released last week, opens. Right from the start audiences know this sports drama will not only follow the vein of its inspiring predecessors (think “Field Of Dreams,” also starring Costner), but will deal with social issues that are a reality for many Latino children who are migrant workers. 

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Watch the trailer.