Billboard Bits: Premios Lo Nuestra, Five For Fighting, Powersolo
Norteno band Intocable and Mexican hitmakers Mana were the big winners at the 19th Premios Lo Nuestro a La Musica Latina, taking home three prizes each. The awards aired lived last night (Feb. 22) onNorteno band Intocable and Mexican hitmakers Mana were the big winners at the 19th Premios Lo Nuestro a La Musica Latina, taking home three prizes each. The awards aired lived last night (Feb. 22) on the Univision network.
Other winners included RBD, bachata duo Monchy & Alexandra, Olga Tanon, Aventura, Wisin & Yandel and Joan Sebastian. Special awards were given to bachata icon Juan Luis Guerra (the Excellence Awar) and ranchera singer Graciela Beltran (the "Youth With Future" award).
Performers for the evening included Gloria Trevi, Rakim & Ken-Y and Pepe Aguilar. Winners were voted upon by radio programmers.
-- Leila Cobo, Miami
"World," a track featured on Five For Fighting's new CD, "Two Lights," has spawned a charity-driven Web site, whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com. Launching Feb. 26, the site will raise awareness and funds for several charities, hand-picked by Five For Fighting singer/songwriter John Ondrasik, including Save the Children, Fisher House and VH1's Save the Music.
"World" will also be featured in a national TV campaign for the multi-city breast cancer three-day walk benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust.
-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.
Quirky Danish rock trio Powersolo will be the first of Copenhagen indie Crunchy Frog's roster to receive a U.S. release through a new deal with Ryko USA, which will issue the band's third album "EGG" April 24. "EGG" was released last May in Denmark. Releases in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France are being lined up.
Powersolo's distinctively twisted take on Americana arrived on the self-released debut album "Lemon Half Moon" (2001). Crunchy Frog released the Aarhouse, Denmark-based band's follow-up "It's Race Day ... And Your Pussy Is Gut" (2004).
Crunchy Frog is hoping the current use of "Race Day" track "You Ain't Looking Right" in an international TV ad campaign for automaker Renault may act as the band's calling card in other territories.
-- Charles Ferro, Copenhagen