Don Omar to hit Medellin

Puerto-Rican reggaeton artist Don Omar is set to give an exclusive performance in Medellin, where he will perform at the official opening night of new nightclub Dollhouse International on Friday. The singer - officially known as William Omar Landron - is considered one of the world's leading reggaeton performers. His 2006 release "King of Kings" was the highest-ranking reggaeton album ever in the U.S. music charts, while his debut album earned him a Latin Grammy nomination.


Aventura: ‘We don’t want to be sell-outs’

A day before the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards be held in Puerto Rico for the first time ever tonight, Aventura is clear on one thing: Recording new material in English is not an option.

The New York urban group of Dominican origin — dubbed “The Kings of Bachata” and last year’s biggest-selling tropical act (according to Nielsen Soundscan) — said on Wednesday that it is not interested in making a crossover into the Anglo mainstream market with English material because it wants to keep its winning musical formula intact and genuine.

“If we ever decide or have the chance to collaborate with, say, Justin Timberlake or Usher, I would like them to sing bachata in Spanish and step into our Latin culture first so they can appreciate our Hispanic traditions and way of life and not the other way around,” said the group’s lead singer Anthony “Romeo” Santos on Wednesday during a one-on-one interview with Leila Cobo, Executive Editor of Latin Content and Programming for Billboard, on the second day of the Billboard Latin Music Conference being held at a Condado hotel.

“We don’t want to be sell-outs,” he added.

The group of two brothers and two cousins — all with the last name Santos — broke into New York’s underground music scene 14 years ago, but it wasn’t until some five years ago that it burst successfully onto the international music scene, becoming the best-selling tropical act today for its infectious fusion of romantic bachata, R&B, hip hop and pop.

In 2005, the band signed a distribution deal with Sony Music, and since then its music has reached the far corners of the world, including Holland and Dubai, among other European and Middle Eastern countries.
Among its most popular hits are “Hermanita,” “La Guerra” and “Obsesión.”
But the road to success was all but a walk in the park for Aventura.

“When we started, we took our music to several multinational record labels (which I’m not going to mention), but no one was interested in it,” recalled “Romeo,” who has become a sex symbol for legions of female fans throughout the US and Latin American markets.

“With ‘Obsesión,’ we became an underground hit, but we really never entered the mainstream market. It was tough . . . we began with nothing, and we never imagined we would be where we are today. It was hard work, but we eventually pulled it off,” he added.

With its 2009 concert tour titled “The Kings: Live,” the band played a record-breaking, five-concert series at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Hato Rey, and a four-night gig at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“Even Marc Anthony had a hard time bursting onto the mainstream music scene when he started . . . music execs would say that he was not singing salsa,” said “Romeo,” adding that it would be interesting to collaborate with Daddy Yankee.

“And look who’s Marc Anthony today,” he added.

Although Aventura members — Mikey, Lenny, Henry and Anthony — will continue working as a team, they also said that this year they plan to embark on solo careers as well.

“The most important thing for us is Aventura, but we also want to record solo albums as well and do our own thing,” said “Romeo,” who’ll begin recording songs for his upcoming record as a soloist in four months.

“None of us ever thought that we would pack Madison Square Garden, much less four nights,” he said.

“But I think that having chemistry as artists and musicians has helped us a great deal.”


Oscar De La Hoya To Receive Award:

For Achievement in Hispanic Television At The 8th Annual Hispanic Television Summit
Acknowledgement for De La Hoya's Contribution To Television Targeted To Hispanic Viewers

Award To Be Presented by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at the Hilton New York

NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading television industry publications Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News have announced that the 2010 recipient of their coveted Lifetime of Achievement in Hispanic Television Award will be Oscar De La Hoya, the Olympic gold medalist (1992), 10-time boxing world champion, author, Latin Grammy-nominated recording artist, entrepreneurial businessman, and philanthropist.

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The award will be given in acknowledgement of De La Hoya's outstanding contribution to television targeted to Hispanic viewers.  Among his many achievements are record-setting pay-per-view bouts, which have traditionally attracted a large base of Hispanic fans.  One of the most notable events was the fight against Felix Trinidad in 1999, which broke the previous record for pay-per-view revenues. Another was the bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr, in 2007, which generated hundreds of millions of dollars from 2.4 million pay-per-view buys. The 2007 fight set the current record for the greatest number of orders ever for a boxing event.  De La Hoya continues to make his contribution to Hispanic television through his boxing business, Golden Boy Promotions, and ventures like the Major League Soccer team, Houston Dynamo.  

"Oscar De La Hoya has had a remarkable impact on the television business, especially with Hispanic viewers. We feel strongly that he deserves to be recognized for the role he has played, and continues to play, in helping to generate significant revenues for the industry," said Larry Dunn, Group Publisher for Broadcasting & 
 Cable and Multichannel News.  

The two TV trade publications annually present the Hispanic Television Summit during which they collectively bestow the award for a Lifetime of Achievement in Hispanic Television. There is only one recipient per year. This year, the award will be presented at a luncheon ceremony during the Summit, on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

Previous recipients of this award include Sabado Gigante host, Don Francisco; sportscaster Andres Cantor; host of Al Rojo Vivo, Maria Celeste Arraras; talk-show personality and host of El Show de Cristina, Cristina Saralegui; network news journalist and anchorman, Jorge Ramos and General Manager of North America Marketing at Procter & Gamble, Edgar Sandoval.

"We at Golden Boy are proud that Oscar will join the esteemed ranks of the previous Award honorees", said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.  Schaefer went on to say, "The Hispanic viewer is to be credited for much of Oscar's success. Now, through his philanthropic ventures, Oscar has been "giving back" to the audience that has given so much to him.  We are pleased to see that Oscar is being acknowledged for what he has achieved so far, both in the ring, and out."


Enrique Iglesias - New Music Featuring Pitbull

We have all new music from Enrique Iglesias. The all-new dance track that features Pitbull is set to hit radio stations on Monday, but the song was leaked on the Internet early Saturday morning. The song titled I Like It also includes a cameo performance by Lionel Richie. He performed a bit of his classic 80s song, All Night Long, to be included in the song.

The song is a first single off his next to be released album. He has been writing new material for the effort for the last four years apparently. Enrique had the following to say about the process: "I can’t wait to finish making this album. It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before. It taps into so many different styles of music - it’s been really exciting for me to experiment and explore new territory."

Check out the new single by Enrique Iglesias below. What do you think? Do you like it?