Shakira defends her title as most downloaded Latin music artist.

Shakira defends her title as most downloaded Latin music artist.

Shakira defends her title as most downloaded Latin music artist.

Ahead of the hotly anticipated Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place in Miami on April 28, the latest global download survey by Nokia’s Ovi Music* reveals Shakira is the world’s most popular Latin musician in 2011 for the second year running. Claiming five of the world’s ten most downloaded Latino tracks, her lead single Waka Waka still dominates the Latin charts having scooped most downloaded song globally of 2010.

Colombian superstar Shakira, famous for her infectious Latino pop songs including She Wolf and Hips Don’t Lie, is nominated for 13 awards at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, including ‘Latin Artist of the Year’ and ‘Hot Latin Songs Female Artist of the Year’.

If downloads from Nokia’s Ovi Music service determined the winner, Shakira would be the hot favorite. She currently tops the Latin download charts in over 38 countries and claims five of the world’s ten most downloaded Latino tracks ‘ with her lead single Waka Waka currently top of the Ovi Music Latino download charts.

Meanwhile Pitbull, who has worked with artists including Usher and Jennifer Lopez, is nominated for seven awards at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards and claims three of the world’s ten most downloaded Latino tracks: DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love, Hotel Room Service and Shut It Down.

TOP TEN LATIN MUSIC ARTISTS GLOBALLY (based on 2010-2011 Ovi Music downloads):

Country of origin

1. Shakira

2. Pitbull

3. Alejandro Fernández

4. Vicente Fernández

5. La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

6. Lena

7. Maná

8. Raul Seixas

9. Wisin Y Yandel
Puerto Rico

10. José José

TOP TEN LATIN MUSIC DOWNLOADS GLOBALLY (based on 2010-2011 Ovi Music downloads):


1. Shakira featuring Freshlyground
Waka Waka

2. Usher featuring Pitbull
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love

3. Shakira
She Wolf

4. Pitbull
Hotel Room Service

5. Shakira

6. Pitbull featuring T-Pain
Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)

7. Pitbull featuring Akon
Shut It Down

8. Shakira

9. Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
Hips Don’t Lie

10. Lena

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The Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show.

eurovision-song-contestAlready for 53 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show. After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. Read on to find out how it all started over half a century ago…
After 53 years, the database with Eurovision Song Contest facts and figures, stories and anecdotes is huge! A true, die-hard fan knows how many points Luxembourg got in 1980 (56), who came last in 1972 (Malta, with 48 points) and how many times the Netherlands got 12 points in 1996 (once, from Austria). Because no one can expect you to become a living Eurovision Song Contest encyclopedia, takes you through the contest’s history in fast forward. It’s all you need to know before you dive into the rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest…

How it all begun
Did you know that not only stars like ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias took part, but also dance act Riverdance thanks its fame to the Eurovision Song Contest? The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was formed on 12th February 1950 by 23 broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean at a conference in Devon, United Kingdom. It was on the 6th of June, 1954, that Montreux became the venue for the first transmission by the EBU’s Eurovision Network of the Narcissus Festival and its flower-bedecked procession floats. The first Eurovision viewers eagerly watched on four million television sets in homes, bars, and shop windows in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Ambitious project
In 1955, the EBU came up with the idea of an international song contest whereby countries, represeted by their respective public broadcasters, would participate in one television show, to be transmitted simultaneously in all represented nations. This was conceived during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 by Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU. The competition was based upon the Italian Festival di Sanremo, held for the first time in 1951, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: In those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist yet at that time, and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network. Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne was born!

The successes
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversity 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.

The 2008 running saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.

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