Latino Loop: The Latin Alternative Now Podcast

Paul Simon impersonator, Pepsi/Pesi, HPRA Social Media Conference, y mucho m?ís

Published on LatinoLA: February 11, 2010

Latino Loop: The Latin Alternative Now Podcast

Nationally syndicated radio show "The Latin Alternative", hosted by Josh Norek and Ernesto Lechner, made its podcast debut this week.

Mexico City's same-sex marriage law will go into effect on March 4th allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

Costa Rica elected it's first female president, Laura Chinchilla, in a landslide win.

Rafael Ramos was arrested in New York this week after attempting to impersonate Paul Simon and empty his bank account using a forged driver's license and social security number.

Pepsi just launched a new ad campaign in Spain, based on last year's "Pecsi" campaign in Argentina, featuring soccer star Fernando Torres pronouncing the brand name "Pesi".

According to a new report by the CDC, HIV infection rates in infants are significantly higher among blacks and Hispanics. The rate of HIV infection at the time of birth is 4 times higher for Hispanic babies than for white babies.

"The Wolfman" starring Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins opens in theaters on Friday.

A recent AP article explores the phenomenon of Mexican drug cartels running drug rehabilitation centers and recruiting recovering addicts as hit men and smugglers.

Luis Miguel has inked a multi-million dollar deal with Live Nation Entertainment for his 2010-2011 tour.

Voto Latino has partnered with iTunes to offer a free "Be Counted, Represent" Census soundtrack to help drive participation in the upcoming 2010 Census. The soundtrack features tracks from Mos Def, Morrissey, Pitbull, Aventura, Nortec Collective and more. Go to www.becountedrepresent.com to download the compilation.

The Viradouro samba group's choice of 7-year-old Julia Lira as its Carnaval queen has created a controversy in Brazil, with government officials and state agencies questioning the propriety of the choice considering her age.

Nacional Records' publishing arm, Canciones Nacionales, has inked a worldwide administration deal with Universal Music Publishing's Rondor Music.

Selena Gomez covered Selena Quintanilla's "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom at a recent show in San Antonio. Check it out on youtube.

The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) will hold its Hispanic Public Relations & Social Media Marketing Conference in Dallas May 10-12th.

Telemundo began airing Colombian telenovela "Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso" this week replacing the word "tetas" in the title with "***" and replacing the "e" and "t" in the word with the image of a bra in the show's title graphic. The network aired a U.S. remake of the series entitled "Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso" back in 2008.

ASCAP will hold its Premio ASCAP awards ceremony on March 23rd in Los Angeles. Joan Sebastian, Anthony Santos and Tommy Torres will share this year's "Songwriter of the Year" award.

The AP and Univision Communications plan to survey 2000 Hispanics in the U.S. about their media use in conjunction with Stanford University and the Nielsen Co. The results will be reported in May.

Data from CAPIF shows that CD sales in Argentina were down almost 15% in 2009 with 13.6 million units sold. Digital sales made up 7% of the total market.

ESPN Deportes debuted a new series "Frente Al Reto" this week that will air every Monday at 8:30 PM EST. The series follows eight Mexican soccer stars as they try to make the Mexican National World Cup team. The soundtrack will feature several tracks from Nacional Records including Aterciopelados, The Pinker Tones, Pacha Massive and Latin Bitman.

Brazil cracked down on websites and blogs hosting unauthorized filesharing shutting down 8 sites.

MTV will be hosting it's Spring Break 2010 programming from the Playa Suites Hotel in Acapulco from March 14-18.

ESPN Deportes La Revista increased its frequency from six times a year, becoming a monthly publication starting with the February issue.

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