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Blowin’ up: HBO’s ‘Latin Explosion’ shows music’s impact on U.S. culture

Friday, November 13, 2015, 4:49 PM

The story behind Latin music’s path to mainstream popularity in the U.S. has been packaged into an upcoming documentary.

Debuting on HBO and HBO Latino on Nov. 16, “Latin Explosion” chronicles the narrative of the U.S. Hispanic demographic and its influence on pop culture through its music, from the Cuban sounds that found their way into big city nightclubs in the 1930s, to the meteoric rise of Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin in the late 1990s.

“I try to tell the story through music to keep people’s eyes and ears and senses alive while we were giving them all the important headlines about immigration, about politics, about all the things that are in this movie,” says Tommy Mottola, the former Sony Music chairman who produced the documentary.

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Stars are aligning for Latin Grammys’ ‘big night’ on Nov. 19

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 2:15 PM
Prince Royce, a nominee for Best Urban Song for “Back It Up,” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.
The Latin Grammys aren’t billed as “the biggest night in Latin music” for nothing.

The tagline — a legal trademark belonging to the Recording Academy, by the way — is hardly hyperbole.

Because when the music starts on Nov. 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, most of the biggest stars in the Latin pop universe will be under the same roof.

The ceremony, which begins at 9 p.m., will be broadcast on Univision, and the network’s coverage will include a special pre-show, “Noche de Estrellas,” starting one hour prior.

Catalina Garcia of Colombian band Monsieur Perine, nominated for Best New Artist.

Leading the pack of nominees this year are a pair of Mexican artists. Leonel Garcia, a former member of Sin Bandera, gathered six nominations for his romantic album “Amor Futuro,” including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, meanwhile, got five nods for her delicate confessional effort, “Hasta la Raíz,” including Album of the Year and one nomination shared with Garcia for the album’s title track.

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Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull set to lead iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Concert in Miami

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull will headline the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina concert in Miami this November, which will be streamed live online.

Other performers joining Lopez and Pitbull at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami include Don Omar, Wisin, Prince Royce, Marco Antonio Solis, Camila, Becky G., Fonseca and Voz de Mando.

The Nov. 7 event will be streamed live on Yahoo Live. iHeartMedia Spanish-language stations will also broadcast the event and Telemundo will have a special re-broadcast on Nov. 15.


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Photos: Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega at MSG

El Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega concluded with many highs and many lows. La Mega 97.9 may claim it was a total success on their site but for such a highly promoted event with some of the biggest headlining acts you would think people would leave happy, that was not the case on this night.

First and foremost Pitbull who was number 1 on the roster (or 2 after J. Lo?) did not show up and Jennifer Lopez was gone in the blink of an eye, according to fans who specifically went to see her. On El Jukeo, El Pacha reported that Pitbull decided not fly out of Miami despite the station’s efforts to get him to New York on time. They said Pitbull did not answer their phone calls and they also denied that artists were not paid for their performance. We don’t know if Pitbull has released a statement to fight these claims, but we’re interested in hearing what he has to say! Maybe he was still recovering from partying with Taylor Swift?

For me the biggest disappointment of the night was not that Pitbull was a no show, it was the fact that I had seat tickets but instead decided to stick around in the press room to get a close up and maybe a shout out from J. Lo. After all I was told everyone performing including her would make their way there. J. Lo, Wisin, and Tego Calderon were no where to be seen in the press room.

When I finally realized I was missing the whole show I made my way to the front of stage to catch what was left of the “historic” event. I went out to find Polito Vega sitting in his golden throne to receive a certificate of recognition from Cesar Perales, current Secretary of State. La Caballota Ivy Queen came out looking like something from another planet, and I say that in the best way possible. She looked like a creature from outer space with her silver sequined pants and scaly blue top. Her outfit all the way from her hair to her nails was just over the top, we loved it!


Next was Tego Calderon, closing off the night with some Sandungueo, fire, and a confetti filled finale. Stay tuned for our video recap to see Ivy Queen and Tego in action!!  According to our recapers in the seats La India saved the night with her tremendous voice, the audience enjoyed every moment until they cut her time short. Among others that gave a fantastic show was Jay Ruiz, Luis Enrique, Wisin, Hector Acosta ‘El Torito’, Elvis Crespo, Grupo Mania, Ivy Queen and Tego.

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Check out photos from the NY Daily News on J. Lo’s Megaton performance and her most hottest moments…

Jennifer Lopez put her famous curves on display in a plunging bodysuit as she commanded the stage during the Mega 97.9 Megaton Concert at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 28, 2015 in New York City. READ MORE AT NYDAILYNEWS.COM

Jennifer Lopez put her famous curves on display in a plunging bodysuit as she commanded the stage during the Mega 97.9 Megaton Concert at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 28, 2015 in New York City. The 46-year-old stunner wore a sparkly ensemble with fishnet tights and knee-high boots as she performed for the screaming crowd.


MEGATON MUNDIAL de Polito Vega is here!!!

It’s that time of year again where the biggest Latino artists get together to celebrate the biggest party of the year. The king of Latin radio Polito Vega knows how to throw a party and he has been the voice of New York radio for decades. This time he is getting together with the biggest of the biggest including none other than Mr. Worldwide Pitbull and the queen Jennifer Lopez.

Alongside these artists you will also get to see a reunion of Los Hermanos Rosario, Toño Rosario, Grupo Mania and Elvis Crespo. Salsa will be catered by the talented Victor Manuelle, La India and Domingo Quiñones. And of course the Party would not be jumping if we didn’t have un poquito de Reggaeton with big names like Ivy Queen, Tego Calderon, Wisin and Vico C. Three new artists to look out for are Puerto Rican Bachata Singer Jay Ruiz, along with Mozart la Para and Messiah.

These are just a few of the artists who will perform at the World’s Greatest Arena Madison Square Garden on Wednesday October 28, 2015.

TICKETS are going from as low as $21.00 – $300.00



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Prince Royce – “Back It Up” (Feat. Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull)

Here is the official video for Prince Royce and Jennifer Lopez’s  song “Back it up” with Mr Worldwide Pitbull. This is a fun & flirty video with “Papi chulo” sound bits that sound super sexy sung by Jennifer. Although J. Lo is no longer Jenny from the block she proves once more that she is still a Mami Chula.

Prince Royce’s new single “Back it up” will appear on the Latin star’s forthcoming debut English-language album that is expected to hit stores later this year via RCA Records.

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Pitbull Double Trouble! @ Madame Tussauds

International superstar Pitbull met his match in Orlando, as he unveiled his new wax figure for Madame Tussauds in Orlando on Friday, May 29 at the attraction’s new location at I-Drive 360, the entertainment and dining destination on International Drive.

“I’m ready to see my figure! Looking back, it was a great experience to sit with the Madame Tussauds artists who worked hard to capture every detail,” said Pitbull. “Having been born and raised in Florida, it truly is an honor to have this figure in Orlando.”

If you’re in the area go check him out! To plan your visit, click here. –>

Pitbull (right) with his wax figure COURTESY OF MADAME TUSSAUDS ORLANDO

Pitbull (right) with his wax figure

Pitbull – “Celebrate” from movie Penguins of Madagascar

The official music video for international music sensation Pitbull’s “Celebrate (from Penguins of Madagascar),” a track featured in the upcoming DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox CG comedy. The video includes a special appearance by Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, the aforementioned “Penguins of Madagascar” starring in their very own action adventure comedy after memorable stints in the beloved “Madagascar” franchise.

“Celebrate (from Penguins of Madagascar)” was released this past weekend as the second single off Pitbull’s upcoming album GLOBALIZATION. Penguins of Madagascar opens in theaters nationwide Wednesday, November 26.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it. Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith and produced by Lara Breay and Mark Swift, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR also stars Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru and Peter Stormare.

Here is a sneak peak at how these four friends began their journey.