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

Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010.

Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010.

Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010.

Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010. Say what you will about the state of the economy, but it was harder to score a ticket to the biggest shows of the year than ever. Selling out arenas and venues all over the US, our readers couldn’t get enough of these music stars on stage. After hundreds of votes, these are the Top 10 Live Acts of 2010.

 Top Live Acts of 2010

10. Copeland

The Florida rockers performed their farewell tour this Spring, disbanding after eight years and five studio albums, bringing other great bands Deas Vail and Person L along with them for the bittersweet ride.

9. Pink

With a jaw-dropping “Glitter in the Air” performance at the Grammys early in the year, Pink kept up her high-flying stunts during her overseas Funhouse Summer Carnival tour which made her the only female artist selling out stadiums this year.

8. Pretty Reckless

However you see her, foul-mouthed brat or teenage provocateur Taylor Momsen, who flashed her 17-year-old breasts to the audience during a Pretty Reckless show earlier this year, has made her and her band seem like Courtney Love Jr. and Hole-lite.

7. Adam Lambert

The “American Idol” almost-winner set out on his first headlining tour this year, giving fans all the glitter, glam, and throaty wailing they could hope for.

6. Paramore

The Hayley Williams-fronted rockers set out on a headlining tour in support of last year’s “Brand New Eyes,” which included plenty of cell phone-lit renditions of their hit “The Only Exception.”

5. Rihanna

Before she was the “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna was on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour, performing hits off last year’s “Rated R” and her mega-hit “Umbrella.”

4. The Black Eyed Peas

Though it was their “E.N.D.” tour, the Black Eyed Peas showed absolutely no signs of slowing down this year. They spent nearly the entire year selling out arenas worldwide while performing their latest #1 hits, including “Imma Be” and “I Gotta Feeling.”

3. Shakira

The Colombian pop princess earned one of the biggest international hits this year with the World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (Time For Africa)” and one of its biggest tours, in support of her latest album “Sale El Sol.”

2. Robyn

Robyn released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year with “Body Talk” and her North American outings this year, where she performed singles like “Dancing On My Own” and “Hang With Me” to a throng of sing-along crowds, had Billboard calling her “one of the greatest pop performers of this decade.”

1. Lady Gaga

The “Bad Romance” singer kicked off the year with one leg of her “Monster Ball Tour” and is closing out 2010 with yet another. Continuing on through 2011, the tour will finally wrap in May after 200 performances. Performing hits off “The Fame,” “The Fame Monster,” and soon to be amended with material off her upcoming “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga continues to mesmerize her little monsters with one of the biggest tours of the year, enough to be voted as the #1 Live Act of 2010.

Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart.

Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart.

Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart.

Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart. The increasing popularity of music on YouTube, Facebook, and other social network sites has spawned a brand new chart on Billboard debuting this week, the Social 50. Rihanna is the first artist to top the chart, followed closely by Justin Bieber.  
Joining charts like the Billboard Hot 100, which currently factors online streaming into its rankings, the Social 50 chart tallies artist popularity using weekly song plays, artist page views, additions fans and followers, and more on sites like Facebook, Twitter, iLike, YouTube, and MySpace. Billboard will use the social music tracking service Next Big Sound. Rihanna enters at #1 on the chart’s debut week, followed by Justin Bieber at #2 and Eminem at #3. Lady Gaga is at #4, while Nicki Minaj, who just released her debut album, rounds out the top 5. “The Social 50 provides a weekly snapshot of the artists that music fans engage with the most in the social arena, which in today’s world is a significant validation of their investment in an act,” says Billboard Chart Director, Silvio Pietroluongo. “We continue to adapt the way we chart the changing landscape of music,” says Billboard Editorial Director, Bill Werde. “The Social 50 is yet another step in the evolution of Billboard and an important response to our changing times.” “The volume of online activity that top artists now receive is too big to ignore,” says Next Big Sound CEO, Alex White. “We are thrilled that social music activity now receives the same emphasis as the music charts for which Billboard is synonymous.” Elsewhere on the chart, which is available in full on, are Michael Jackson at #12, the cast of “Glee” at #25, Girl Talk at #36, and Demi Lovato at #47.

Billboard Social 50 Top 10

For the Week Ending December 11th, 2011

1. Rihanna

2. Justin Bieber

3. Eminem

4. Lady Gaga

5. Nicki Minaj

6. The Black Eyed Peas

7. Katy Perry

8. Ke$ha

9. Linkin Park

10. Shakira

Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win Artist of the Year prize

Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win Artist of the Year prize

Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win Artist of the Year prize

Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win Artist of the Year prize. Justin Bieber became the youngest person ever to win the Artist of the Year prize at the American Music Awards (AMAs) last sunday. The ‘Pray’ hitmaker was the big winner of the evening, taking home four accolades including Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favourite Album and Breakthrough Artist of the Year during the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Accepting the Artist of the Year honour, the 16-year-old star thanked his mentor Usher and invited the ‘OMG’ singer to join him on stage. He said: “I really was embraced by a man named Usher Raymond. It would be only right if I invited him up here to share it with me.” Usher picked up two gongs himself, Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favourite Soul/R&B Album, while rapper Eminem walked away with statuettes for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist and Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Other winners at the 38th annual ceremony included country stars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley; British rock band Muse, R&B singer Rihanna and Colombian pop star Shakira. Michael Buble was heard shouted ‘ love winning things” when he picked up the Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist award. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kid Rock and Bon Jovi, all performed at the ceremony and boy bands New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) and Backstreet Boys joined up for their first collaborative live stage effort before they kick off a joint American tour next year. Pink ‘ who announced last week she is pregnant with her first child ‘ did not allow her pregnancy to slow her down putting on an energetic dance routine to perform new song ‘Raise Your Glass’.

American Music Awards (AMAs) 2010, full list of winners:

Favourite Soul/R&B Album: Usher, ‘Raymond v. Raymond’
Favourite Pop Rock Band/Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favourite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite Latin Music Artist: Shakira
Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
Favourite Country Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Favourite Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
Favourite Alternative Rock Music Artist: Muse
Favourite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Michael Buble
Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
Favourite Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
Favourite Country Album: Carrie Underwood, ‘Play On’
Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist: Eminem
Favourite Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber, ‘My World 2.0′
Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: MercyMe
Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Eminem, ‘Recovery’
Favourite Soundtrack Album: ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers’

Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Adele Returns With Second Album “21″ In 2011. Grammy Award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album, “21.” The follow-up to the acclaimed “19,” “21” marks London native’s return to the music scene after nearly three years. Like “19,” “21” is named after Adele’s age at the time the songs were written. The now 22-year-old is getting ready to release her next set on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album will be led by first single “Rolling in the Deep.” The album features production from Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson), Rick Rubin (Weezer, Shakira), Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Plan B), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks), and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz). She also re-teamed with producers Jim Abbiss and Francis “Eg” White, who co-wrote her hit “Chasing Pavements.” “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with,” said Adele about some of the artists who influenced her sound on “21.” “Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor,” she said. “There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired ’21.’” First single “Rolling in the Deep” hits radio this month, while the video, directed by Sam Brown (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Doves), will premiere in December. Adele will perform “Rolling in the Deep” live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.

Lady Gaga set to shatter Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream at MTV Europe Music Awards

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga set to shatter Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream at MTV Europe Music Awards.  Princess of pop holding off late surge from Katy Perry, according to Ovi Music Downloads. Ahead of Europe’s most anticipated music award ceremony, the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards, Nokia’s Ovi Music reveals Lady Gaga is set to scoop all five award nominations ‘ if music downloads are anything to go by. Lady Gaga, the self-styled Princess of Pop, is the world’s most popular female artist, according to music downloads from Ovi Music across 38 countries*. She is going head-to-head with pop rival Katy Perry who is also up for five awards, and the two will lock horns in Best Pop, Best Female, Best Song and Best Video categories. If downloads from Nokia’s Ovi Music service determined the winner, Lady Gaga would wipe the floor with Katy Perry. She currently tops the download charts in over 38 countries and claims two out of the world’s five most downloaded tracks ‘ Bad Romance and The Fame According to track downloads from Ovi Music, Lady Gaga has a 40 percent share of downloads compared with rival female nominees including Shakira, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Alexandra Burke and Miley Cyrus. Bad Romance is the most popular Lady Gaga track, followed by The Fame and Alejandro. The UK accounts for the largest number of Gaga downloads across 38 markets ‘ followed by China, Finland and Brazil** Female artist nominees Share of downloads (based on the % of total music downloads from Ovi Music)

1. Lady Gaga

2. Rihanna

3. Ke$ha

4. Shakira

5. Katy Perry

6. Miley Cyrus

7. Alexandra Burke

Dora the Explorer is calling on Shakira for help.

Dora the Explorer is calling on Shakira for help.

Dora the Explorer is calling on Shakira for help.

Shakira, Salma Hayek Help Dora The Explorer Celebrate Anniversary. Dora the Explorer is calling on Shakira and Salma Hayek, among others, to help celebrate her 10th anniversary. Who knew the Spanglish-speaking animated tyke had such hot friends? The two Latin stars are among the celebrities joining Dora for her milestone, which is being anchored by an all-new hour-long TV movie, “Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure.” John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, and Hector Elizondo are all lending their voice talents to the upcoming animated movie. In “Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure,” Dora and Boots explore the Magic Storybook Land and take a page out of “The Wizard of Oz,” where they encounter La Bruja (the witch), voiced by Perez, the Flying Monkeys (Leguizamo) and the Wishing Wizzle (Elizondo). Shakira, Hayek, and others, including Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd of “The View,” will be among the celebrities featured on a special 12-minute Dora 10th Anniversary tribute executive-produced by Academy Award- nominated Brett Morgen. The mini-documentary features the show’s creators and celeb commentators discussing the series’ cultural and educational impact. “For the past 10 years, Dora the Explorer has been a pioneer – a symbol of empowerment, diversity and education,” said Brown Johnson, President of Animation for Nickelodeon. “She has captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world and will continue to inspire and entertain preschoolers for many years to come.” “Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure,” along with the special tribute, premiere Sunday, August 15th, at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

Shakira new fragrance, simply titled S, in store later this year.

Shakira new fragrance, simply titled S, in store later this year.

Shakira new fragrance, simply titled S, in store later this year.

When she’s not making people go “Waka Waka” with her hit World Cup anthem, Shakira is expanding her international brand. She recently unveiled her new fragrance, simply titled S, which is sure to smell like success.  S is said to contain notes of benzoin, amber, vanilla, as well as fresh woods and Indian jasmine Sambac. “Like a song, a perfume is composed of different individual notes, which together form a harmony,” Shakira said about her new fragrance. The fragrance is set to hit stores worldwide later this year. Also set to hit stores later this year is her follow-up to last year’s “She Wolf.” The spanglish album is said to be influenced by sounds from Dominican Republic and Colombia, as well as more rock sounds. It’s due in September.

Shakira addicted to chocolate and cake.

Shakira addicted to  chocolate and cake.

Shakira addicted to chocolate and cake.

Shakira is addicted to chocolate. The ‘She Wolf’ hitmaker admits she only realised how strong her cravings for the sugary treat were when she woke up tearful after dreaming of it while dieting to get in shape for a music video. She said: ‘I love chocolate. I’m addicted to it. Do you know when I realised that? Shortly before we started shooting the video for ‘She Wolf.’ ‘I needed a whole month to get back into shape. I danced, worked out and had to stick to a strict diet – only fish, spinach and a specially-prepared dessert with tofu. For the first time in my life I was dreaming of chocolate and cake and always woke up with tears in my eyes.’ However, the Columbian-born beauty made sure she made up for her deprivation as soon as filming the video was complete. She added to website ‘When we finished shooting the video I went to a cafe in Los Angeles and had five pieces of chocolate cake in one go!’

Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller Among FHM’s “Sexiest Women In The World”

Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller

Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller

Kristen Stewart, Britney Spears Among FHM’s “Sexiest Women In The World”. The list is out and FHM has compiled the “100 Sexiest Women In The World” for 2010. The list includes Hollywood actresses, multi-platinum singers, television stars, supermodels, and more, with celebrities like “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart, Megan Fox, and Britney Spears placing near the top.  Coming at #1 is Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller. The svelte blonde beauty has also hit #1 on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list as well and earns the title for the first time. At #2 is Megan Fox, who may have lost her role in the “Transformers” films, but has plenty of devoted male fans who would line up to see her in anything.  At #3 is the star of the upcoming movie “Eclipse,” Kristen Stewart, who might have to fight off more than just Edward and Jacob for her heart. At #4 is pop queen Britney Spears who got back in top shape, big top shape that is with her sold-out “Circus” tour last year. The rest of the top 10 includes “Gossip Girl” Blake Likely at #5, Jessica Alba at #6, “Glee” powerhouse Lea Michele at #7, Lady Gaga at #8, Taylor Swift at #9, and Leighton Meester at #10. The rest of the list, available for viewing on FHM’s website, includes female stars like Hayden Panettiere, Kim Kardashian, Hilary Duff, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, and Shakira, among others.

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