Rhapsody Radar Touts Newcomers
Spanish DJ Juan Magan and regional Mexican singer El Bebeto are among those who appear on Rhapsody Radar 2012, a list by music journalists of up-and-coming acts advancing in the music business. This year's picks include 25 new acts across several genres, from Latin and country to electronic dance music. The team behind the picks include veteran music critics, and artists who make the final tabulation are determined based on both commercial and critical strength. Others on this year's hit list include country act Love and Theft, hip-hop artist Danny Brown and pop singer Rita Ora.
Pitbull Bites Into Sub Chain
Rapper Pitbull has purchased equity ownership of Florida-based New Miami Subs Grill. News of the deal comes shortly after a "Win Lunch With Pitbull at Miami Subs" sweepstakes that included a webisode series about the restaurant chain and the award-winning artist. "When you think about music, it's the universal language," Pitbull says. "When you think about food, it brings everyone together in the same way." The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based fast-food chain, which recently introduced Angus steak burgers to its menu, plans new locations across the United States and Latin America through 2013.
Latinos Major Tech Consumers, Study Says
Latinos continue to lead the way in the United States as trendsetters and early adopters of new technology. Digital media company Terra recently participated in a consumer study by comScore that shows the Latino consumer is more socially engaged online, has a stronghold on mobile device ownership and has increasingly made purchases on mobile devices. The study also shows that Latinos are significant consumers of digital advertising engagement, they outpace non-Latinos with smartphone adoption, and digital advertising has great influence on Latinos' purchasing decision process.