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Pepe's Dance comes to Miami

Miami, FL November 16, 2009 .- The creators of the famous "Pepe's Dance", Double T and Croke, arrive in Miami to present the hit that has been chanted by thousands of fans and artists, including Don Omar, Tito El Bambino, Zion & Lenox. On November 21st, they arrive in Florida and plan several appearances in Orlando and Miami as well as meeting with the mainstream media of the Sun City. These young 17-year olds have become favorite pop stars thanks to the catchy song "Pepe", one of the most danced to in nightclub, and currently in the top positions of the Tropical Billboard charts. Michael Anderson, better known as Double T and Michael Valdes, known as Croke, have known each other since childhood, in the Capotillo neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Since the age of 13, they joined together musically to create urban songs with a focus on popular tastes. At 17 years of age, their hit "Pepe" keeps moving up the charts. Their first album “Los Pepe (Doble T y El Crok): Otro Formato Diferente” ("The Pepe (Double T and Croke): Another Different Format") will go on sale December 8th, produced by Victor Reyes of MVR and recorded between Santo Domingo and New York
Latin Grammys

A new installment of the Latin Grammys (Estefan Grammys?) that leaves a lot of doubts, is to emphasize that the award categories are inherently questionable providing very little opportunity for Tropical Music and dozens of countries and their music as opposed to the enormous amount of categories for Brazilian and Mexican music. This discrimination eventually acts clearly as a deterrent for new production and is blatantly unfair. Within the Tropical category, the capricious selection of nominations was as always questionable, overloading the Contemporary Tropical category with an immeasurable variety of rhythms and artists of diverse backgrounds that run across the entire American continent. It makes any winner debatable,  similar to the suspicious Traditional Tropical category.
The salient point this year was reflected in what the media reported (or decided not to report) on the awards ceremony of November 5 that took place at 8pm in the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, as it partially informed (hid? omitted?) about the multiple winners of the evening. The Puerto Ricans, Calle 13, expressed their concern about the excesses of the music industry and his address along with that of Ruben Blades about Latin American unity was noted only when referring to the recently defunct Argentine singer, Mercedes Sosa. These same media did not echo the words of Omara Portuondo as to the damage of the blockade and the discrimination against the Cuban artists; even worse, they forgot to mention the special prize given to Charly Garcia.
Here are the winners in some categories:
Record of the Year: No hay nadie como tú – Calle 13 con Café Tacuba
Album of the Year: Los de atrás vienen conmigo – Calle 13
Best Alternative Song: No Hay Nadie Como Tú - Calle 13 con Café Tacuba
Best Latin Jazz Album: Juntos Para Siempre - Bebo Valdés y Chucho Valdés
Best Urban Latin Music Album: Los De Atrás Vienen Conmigo - Calle 13
Best Urban Song: Abusadora - Wisin y Yandel
Best Short Form Video: La Perla - Calle 13 y Ruben Blades
Best Salsa Album: Ciclos - Luis Enrique 
Best Contemporary Tropical Album: Gracias - Omara Portuondo 
Best Album de Cumbia / Vallenato: El Caballero "Del Vallenato"  - Peter Manjarrés y Sergio Luis Rodríguez
Best Tropical Song: Yo No Sé Mañana - Luis Enrique
Best Traditional Tropical Album: Una Navidad Con Gilberto - Gilberto Santa Rosa

Marc Anthony and Aventura with Obama

Miami, FL, October 14, 2009 .- (F & F Media Corp) To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a group of famous Latin artists were invited by the U.S. President, Barack Obama, White House holiday this historic meeting, called "Fiesta Latina" present were several stars of the Latin world, such as Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio Estefan Jr, Thalia, Jose Feliciano, George Lopez, New York (and international) salsa star Marc Anthony, among others including the representative of Bachata, Grupo Aventura. Aventura was welcomed by the president, and were surprised to hear him admit being a big fan of Bachata. The members of the group performed their latest hit "Your Poison" for the President, his wife Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, who were delighted with their rhythm. The band's latest album "The Last" is causing a sensation, now ranking the top of the chart of album sales measured by SoundScan. Aventura was nominated for the next edition of the American Music Awards to be held on November 22, in the category "Favorite Latin Music Artist.
50 years of Polito Vega

Miami, FL, - Spanish Broadcasting System (NASDAQ: SBSA) ("SBS") announced today that the King of the New York radio and emblematic personage of tropical music, Polito Vega, will be honored with two mega concerts organized by WPAT- 93.1 FM Amor and WSKQ- 97.9 FM Mega, next Friday the 28th and Saturday 29th of August, in the Madison Square Garden of New York.
Friday the 28th at 8 p.m., 93.1 Amor will organize the first mega concert where Juanes will present a tribute to Polito as well as other pop artist performances and ballads of the stature of Enrique Iglesias, Paulina Rubio, Alejandro Sanz, Laura Pausini, Luis Fonsi, Cristian Castro, Don Omar, Gloria Trevi, David Bisbal, Arthur Hanlon, Alexander Acha and Fanny Lu.
On Saturday the 29th of August at 8 p.m., 97.9 Mega will present the second concert in honor of Polito. This event will be full of salsa and merengue and will include the performances of artists of the stature of Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle, the Torito, Millie Quesada, Olga Tañón, Oscar de Leon, Luis Enrique, Elvis Crespo, Grupo Mania, Toño Rosario, Hermanos Rosario, Jose Alberto "El Canario", India, Tito El Bambino, Henry of Grupo Adventura, Alexis & Fido, Aymee, Domingo Quiñones and Flex.  The MCs for both concerts will be the stars of Mega TV Fernando del Rincon and Alexis Valdes, who without a doubt will keep the public entertained during the event. The 93.1 Amor program hosts will be Gloria B. and "Tony & los Lunáticos"; whereas those of 97.9 Mega will be the DJs Alex Sensation, El Jukeo, DJ Lobo and J.I. Star.
For Polito Vega it's been a 50 year track record where he's excelled as an entertainer, master of ceremonies and host of innumerable communitary events, as well as of innumerable concerts and legendary performances. The tireless "King of the Radio" has consistently, and for decades, occupied the top rating with his radio show "Salsa With Polito", aired Saturdays and Sundays, from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m on Mega 97.9 FM.  

Orquesta Canela, Going to Japan

Due to a recent DVD/CD record: "CANELA MORE INTERNATIONAL", the girls of the band will have a series of activities that will take them to travel the land of the orient. As a first engagement on June 27, they will attend an invitation to perform in the most important Congress of Salsa in Philadelphia, named: "THE POWER OF WOMEN IN SALSA". There they will share the stage with Yolandita Rivera, Annette Carrion, America and its Tumbancha and Doremi from Japan. Afterwards, they will take part in acts that the different Colombian communities in the United States have scheduled in celebration of Colombia's Independence Day during the month of July. In August they will travel to Japan, China, and Hawaii in representation of Colombia, for the development of the mentioned Congress. The girls of CANELA will wear T-shirts with the Colombian colors, taking great pride in their music and beauty as they conquer new lands.
Sony Music announces their artista nominations for the Billboard Awards

The label is proud to announce that: Vicente Fernández, Julieta Venegas, Los Pikadientes de Caborca, Calle 13, Yuridia, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Sin Bandera, Ednita Nazario, Ha*Ash, Los Cuates de Sinaloa and Reik will all be competing for this award The ceremony will take place April 23 at the Bank United Center at the University of Miami Miami, FL, February 17, 2009.- Sony Music proudly presents the nominations to the prestigious Billboard awards of Vicente Fernández, Julieta Venegas, Los Pikadientes de Caborca, Calle 13, Yuridia, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Sin Bandera, Ednita Nazario, Ha*Ash, Los Cuates de Sinaloa and Reik. Vicente Fernandez heads up the list with 7 nominations in the categories of "Hot Latin Songs, Best Artist," "Best Top Latin Album," "Best Artist," and "Best Male Hot Latin Song", for his "Para Siempre." Likewise he is up for "Best Regional Mexican Airplay Song by a Male Solo Artist," for "Para Siempre" and "La Derrota," and for "Best Regional Mexican Album, Solo Artist," for "Primera Fila" and "Gira del Año." Following, with six nominations, Los Pikadentes will compete in these categories: "Best Hot Latin Song by a Group or Duo," "Best Hot Latin New Song," "Best Regional Mexican Airplay by a Group or Duo", and "Best Mastertone Latino" for "La Cumbia del Río". Meanwhile their album, "Vámonos Pa'l Río", is competing for "Best New Top Latin Album" and "Best Regional Mexican Album by a Group or Duo." Julieta Venegas competes in five categories. She is nominated for "Best Hot Latin Song by a Female" with "El Presente," "Best Female Top Latin Album," for "Julieta Venegas: MTV Unplugged," "Best Female Pop Airplay" for "El Presente" and two nominations for "Best Rock/Alternative Album" for "Julieta Venegas: MTV Unplugged" and "Realmente Lo Mejor." Listing one nomination each, are the following: Calle 13 with Café Tacuba's "No Hay Nadie Como Tú" for "Hot Latin Song, Vocal Collaboration", Ednita Nazario's "Real. En Vivo" for "Best Female Latin Top Album," Yuridia's "Ahora Entendí" for Best Female Pop Airplay," Ha*Ash's "No Te Quiero Nada" and Reik's "Inolvidable" are both up for "Best Pop Airplay by a Group or Duo," Sin Bandera's "Hasta Ahora" is up for Best Pop Album by a Group or Duo, and Gilberto Santa Rosa competes in the "Best Tropical Album by a Solo Artist" with "Una Navidad Con Gilberto". Sony Music received a total of 11 nominations as a record label and publisher. The award ceremony will take place this upcoming April 23rd at the Bank United Center at the University of Miami. This music celebration will be broadcast on the Telemundo network.
Michael Stuart Will Perform At Inaugural Events For President-Elect, Barack Obama

Miami, FL, January 19, 2009.– Being conscious that the entire world is living through moments of great transformation, that heightened with Barack Obama's victory as President-elect of the United States, the celebrated Puerto Rican singer, Michael Stuart, has had the initiative to create the “Younitenow” movement, along with a song with the same title, and thus deliver a message of awareness to all. Certainly his urgent call to the people is starting off on the right foot, as the popular salsa artist has been invited to participate at the events for Obama’s presidential inauguration. Stuart will take this opportunity to perform the new anthem "Younitenow" at the inaugural gala for the Organization of American States (OAS), which will be celebrated today, Monday, January, 19th, at 7:30 p.m., at the OAS headquarters, located on Constitution Avenue, in Washington, D.C. Only members of the diplomatic corps are invited to this event. Already confirmed to attend are: OAS Secretary, José Miguel Insulza, California congresswoman, Hilda Solis (nominated for Secretary of the Department of Labor, under the new Obama administration) and Colorado senator and new Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. Also, scheduled to appear are the ambassadors for all the permanent Latin American countries in Washington, D.C. “People are thirsty for unity. I had this initiative to create the Younitenow movement because of everything that is happening in the world, and all that has been generated as a result of the triumph of the new President of the United States. The world longs to live in peace, harmony, equality and freedom. Our movement is still being developed but we are going on strong, because our objective is clear," said Michael Stuart. In regards to the opportunity to sing “Younitenow," during the official activities for Barack Obama’s inauguration, Stuart points out: “This is the best thing that could happen, because 'Younitenow' is a call of urgency. It is not an organization, but a movement to act for a common cause. I have this thirst to pass on a new message to this generation. It’s a mission that I have taken up since a few months ago and one I will not rest on this new year, which is just starting.” Sure of the task he has taken up, the singer adds, “the idea of having a song and a movement came up at the same time. All due to the concern that I started to feel while watching people in such need for change, and seeing the result in Obama’s election. The new President of the United States articulated precisely the feeling of the people with a new vision of change. The song is a music mirror that encompasses the feeling of the global unity movement, 'Younitenow'. The change is up to you and inside of you. We should all act with urgency!” The performer of hits such as “Pido Perdón" and “Un Amor Tan Grande", said that he decided to compose “Younitenow" alongside Yoel Henríquez because “the world longs to live in peace, harmony, equality and freedom.” The verses of “Younitenow,” which are already being very well received, tell us “we are soldiers of peace” and “united we can put an end to all the hate that can hurt us and add the souls to build.” As such, it’s Michael Stuart’s commitment to take this message to schools, community groups, government and civil entities, as well as the general public, through the use of the media and personal appearances.


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