Thalia in L.A.

Banda el Recodo, Ricky Martin, 3BallMTY, Tito el Bambino y mucho m?ís from the good folks at Latino Loop

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: March 8, 2013

Thalia in L.A.

Arts and Entertainment

Banda el Recodo will receive BMI's Icon Award at the 20th annual Latin Music Awards ceremony taking place in Las Vegas on March 21st.

Ricky Martin stars in a new promotional video for his role as a judge in "The Voice Australia".

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame will hold its inaugural induction gala on April 23rd in Miami. Mauricio Abaroa and Claudia Brandt were named Sr. VPs of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame this week.

Billboard en Concierto announced this year's headliners, 3BallMTY and Tito el Bambino, for a series of concert events in April in Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and New York.

"The Clemente Effect", a feature-length documentary about the life and accomplishments of Roberto Clemente, will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on Sunday, March 10th.

Afropop Worldwide reporter Marlon Bishop recently traveled around Mexico with a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to produce "La Bamba: The Afro-Mexican Story", a documentary radio program tracing the history of the African presence in Mexico through music.

Thalia will kick off her first tour in almost a decade on March 24th in Chicago. The "Viva" tour will also hit Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Mexico City.


Paulina Rubio and Nicolas "Colate" Vallejo Nagera have reached an agreement in their divorce proceeding. The agreement, although confidential, was reported in People en Espa??ol and apparently Rubio will pay her ex $243,000 over the next three years and the couple will share custody of their son.


Julio Acevedo was identified as the hit-and-run driver that killed a young couple, both 21-years-old, and their soon to be born baby. Acevedo, who reportedly has a history of violence and a prior drunk driving arrest, slammed into a taxi while the couple was in route to the hospital in Brooklyn to deliver the baby.

Photographer Dulce Pinzon's depictions of everyday Latino workers as superheroes, "The Real Story of Superheroes", is now available for sale in book format. www.dulcepinzon.com

Edith Ramirez was appointed as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission. Ramirez was previously an FTC commissioner and also was director of Latino outreach for the Obama 2008 campaign.


Elba Esther Gordillo, the head of Mexico's teacher's union, was charged with embezzling about $160 million from union funds and organized crime and faces 30 years in prison if found guilty. Prosecutors site evidence of nearly $3 million in purchases from Neiman Marcus stores, $17,000 in plastic surgery bills from the U.S. and the purchase of a million-dollar home in an upscale neighborhood of San Diego, CA using union funds.

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez passed away at age 58 after a long battle with cancer.

Alexandre Magno Abrao, 42- year-old lead singer of Brazilian rock band the Charlie Brown Jr. band, was found dead in his Sao Paulo apartment this morning. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

A recent NPR "Morning Edition" piece profiles Armando Martin Due??as, the Mexican cobbler who made outgoing Pope Benedict XVI's favorite leather loafers. The three pairs of shoes were a gift to the Pope during his visit to Mexico last year.

Colombia's coffee crops have taken a hit the last few years, with coffee output hitting a three-decade low last year in a report from the GlobalPost. A combination of heavy rains, crop disease and an overvalued national currency are attributed in the report to the decline of coffee prices for Colombian coffee, which has caused protests and strikes and led to the import of coffee from Peru and Ecuador.

The NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series made its first appearance on U.S. soil last week in Phoenix with Abraham Calderon winning his first career NASCAR victory.

Media and Marketing

According to new data released by Pew Research, Black and Latino users over index on Instagram with 18% of Latinos using Instagram, compared to 11% of whites. 18% of white internet users are on Pinterest, compared to 10% of Hispanics, and 19% of Hispanic internet users are on Twitter, compared to 15% of whites and 26% of black internet users.

Robert Rodriguez' El Rey network inked a three-year deal with Georgeville Television where Georgeville will produce a minimum of six 13-episode series for El Rey with budgets of $3 million per episode and higher.

Target launched its first bilingual baby campaign this week, "The Adventure Begins Here", featuring the bilingual lullaby "Clap Your Hands" sung by 16-year-old Paulina Cerrila of NBC's "The Voice".

Executives from Zumba, Spotify, Sony, Muve Music, Pandora and Goya Foods have joined the lineup of speakers at the Billboard Latin Music Conference taking place April 23rd-25th in Miami.

P&G's Orgullosa program, a virtual community that empowers bicultural Latinas, announced the first-ever Board of Faldas, a group of three Latina professionals that will provide experties, tips and advice to the Orgullosa community. The Board of Faldas is Evette Rios, Maria Marin and Maribel Lieberman.

Telemundo local stations in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Bay Area and Chicago will offer extensive daily coverage of the papal conclave live from the Vatican.

Entravision launched a new morning show, "Carlos Alvarez en la Ma??ana", on Super Estrella 107.1 FM in Los Angeles.

Laurence Boschetto, CEO and President of Draftfcb, Adam Ostrow, Chief Strategy Office of Mashable and Mark Tutssel, Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide have signed on as keynote speakers at this year's AHAA 2013 Conference taking place April 29- May 1st in Miami.

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