August 20, 2014 6:07 AM EDT
In case you’ve been living on a space station for the past month, the social media phenomenon is driving money and awareness toward Lou Gehrig's disease by confronting celebrities and everyone else to either pour a bucket of freezing water over their head or donate $100 to support the cause.
The sound of tropical-laced romance dominated radio airwaves for the first half of the year, according to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs recap of hits charting in the issues dated Dec. 7, 2013 through June 28, 2014.
The Uforia Music Festival had plenty of big names in the incredibly eclectic lineup, designed to bring together Latin music and hip-hop artists. The L.A. fest featured Dirty South sandwiched between Latin headliners La Arrolladora Banda El Limon and Ludacris.
Pandora is hitting home with Hispanics. According to ComScore, 25 percent of the Internet radio provider’s 76.4 million monthly unique visitors are Latino, outpacing Univision Digital, which had 10.5 million MUVs in June.
Regional Mexican singer El Dasa reaches the Billboard album charts for the first time as Alegre y Enamorado opens at No. 2 on Latin Albums and No. 1 on Regional Mexican Albums with 2,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Following the success of his first-ever all Spanish-language album "Corazon," Santana will release a live CD/DVD package titled "Corazon, Live From Mexico: Live It to Believe It" (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) on Sept. 9 that includes a live CD and DVD plus a documentary film shot in different Mexican locales.
Singer/songwriter Luis Fonsi has joined the singing competition show Yo Soy El Artista (I'm the Artist) and will be seen as a judge and vocal adviser on the program during the show's premiere in September.