Thalia Didn’t Really Get a Diamond

by Latin Gossip Staff on 07.13.2006 - Musica, Thalia

ThaliaEMI Latin, the record label Thalia belongs to, held a press conference at the Mandarin Hotel in Miami to celebrate her eight nominations for Premios Juventud and for selling more than 10 million copies in her musical career.

This is most definitely a milestone, but they announced that she was receiving a Diamond certification. I verified with the Recording Industry Association of America and their site says on March 16, 1999, the RIAA® launched the Diamond® Awards, honoring sales of 10 million copies or more of an album or single. Because Thalia sold 10 million copies total of all her albums combined, is it still considered Diamond?

I don’t want to rain on Thalia’s parade, but I also don’t want to be misled at her parade. Those parades can be dangerous.

UPDATE: I checked with the RIAA and they let me know that a Diamond certification was not issued to Thalia. They also provided me with a link to a searchable database that shows no such certification given to Thalia. This is most likely just a recognition award given to Thalia by her label. Nonetheless, she has sold 10 million copies in her career and that is a big accomplishment in itself. Diamond or not.

Latin Spotlight : JD Natasha

by Latin Gossip Staff on 07.12.2006 - Chisme

JD NatashaLatin Spotlight is an opportunity to focus on one Latin public figure. The last two weeks have consisted of two well-known celebrities, Eva Mendes and Wilmer Valderrama. Latin Spotlight also serves another purpose of promoting talent that may not be as recognizable.

JD NatashaThis week I am putting the spotlight on JD Natasha, who hails from Miami. She is an 18 year-old singer-songwriter who performs in both English and Spanish. Her father is from Argentina and her mother is Cuban American. JD Natasha has released her music in both English and Spanish essentially building a fanbase in both markets simultaneously.
JD NatashaShe released an album titled “Imperfect-Imperfecta” and Emilio Estefan mentioned that it was one of his favorite albums of the year. Because of her young age, she caused some commotion when she appeared on the cover of Maxim en Español.
JD NatashaShe has performed and presented in various award shows including MTV Latin VMAs, Premio Lo Nuestro, and The Latin Billboard Awards. She is usually pardoned for her outlandish fashion fashion fauz pas because of her rock roots and the fact that she is young.

Thalia vs. Alejandra Guzman

by Latin Gossip Staff on 07.12.2006 - Chisme, Thalia

Alejandra GuzmanIt seems that Paulina Rubio may not be the only Latin diva that hates on Thalia. Alejandra Guzman has also been heard making harsh remarks against Thalia reportedly saying that “she has no talent.” Alejandra has not come out in public with these statements and is trying to be as civilized as she can. When asked if she would ever sing with Thalia on stage, Alejandra answered:

“I would not work with her because our voices are different. We work in different genres. Shas has hers and I have mine. It wouldn’t make sense.”

I don’t believe this boring answer because people have always mixed genres a la Aerosmith and Run DMC. Both Mexicanas are in Miami this week for Premios Juventud. Hopefully we’ll catch these two together and have them both fight over me.

Univision Continues to Reign Over Others

by Latin Gossip Staff on 07.12.2006 - Deportes, Televisión

UnivisionUnivision.com, the website owned by Univision Communications, has announced that they have had the largest traffic level on their site during the World Cup since its inception. During the tournament, the site had about one million daily visits per day.

“With Univision Online’s unparalleled accountability to advertiser results, we are extremely proud of delivering this year’s FIFA World Cup(TM) sponsors our largest online audience and most enthusiastic wireless subscriber participation to date,? said Javier Saralegui, President, Univision Online.

I’m not jealous though. One million visitors a day is nice and all, but my mother always taught me that I should appreciate quality over quantity. So there.

Now Alex Rodriguez Can Join You For Breakfast

by Latin Gossip Staff on 07.12.2006 - Deportes

Alex Rodriguez WheatiesA Wheaties Box featuring Alex Rodriguez was unveiled yesterday as the Yankees third-baseman was also recognized as the reigning American League Most Valuable Player. Not such a bad thing to happen to the D.R.-American mostly known for inking the most lucrative contract in baseball history – A 10 year, 252 million dollar deal.

“It’s an honor for me to join the great Yankees legends who have appeared on the Wheaties box through the years,” Rodriguez said.”Every athlete dreams about one day seeing themselves on the cover ofthe ‘Breakfast of Champions’ package.”

Looks like he opted for plastering his face on cereal boxes rather than gambling in illegal poker dens. Wheaties – The breakfast of champions and addicted gamblers.