2007 Cuervoton music contest is underway
Posted by Elena del Valle on March 2, 2007
Jose Cuervo Especial tequila
Photos: Jose Cuervo
New York, New York — Jose Cuervo, one of the world’s largest Tequila companies, partnered with urban singer Pitbull, Hip Hop artist Chingo Bling and rising talent Malverde on the second annual talent search for “La Nueva Generación.” Cuervotón, the contest, described as recognizing the next generation of Latino artists in urban music, promises to provide exposure to unsigned artists through a partnership with, BMI, Gibson, Def Jam’s Roc La Familia and Atlantic Records. Jose Cuervo is also partnering with LIFEbeat, an AIDS charity organization.
Cuervotón began touring the country in January 2007 in search of the hottest up-and-coming talent. Finalists have a chance to share the stage with popular urban music stars and tour with Cuervotón in 2008. Semi-finals will be in New York, Chicago, Miami, Phoenix and Houston. The final concert event will take place in Chicago in May 2007.
“As someone who grew up with obstacles to overcome, I know what it’s like to get a break and work tirelessly to achieve your dreams,” said Pitbull. “This competition provides an opportunity for success to some very talented people who otherwise may never have had the chance. Cuervotón is all about shining a light on Latino musicians and giving them a shot.”
Last year, Cuervotón was led by Chingo Bling and DJ Tony Touch with the support of record labels Machete Music and Wu-Tang Latino. According to promotional materials, the campaign reached over 30,000 consumers across five cities in 12 weeks, while partnering with LIFEbeat to promote the message “Drink Responsibly, Play Safe.” The final concert took place in Times Square’s Nokia Theater in New York City with performances by Pitbull, N.O.R.E., and Chingo Bling.
“As a Latin American company, Jose Cuervo recognizes the potential of Latino artists and the influences they have on today’s urban music,” said Bertha González, commercial director Jose Cuervo Portfolio in North America. “The Cuervotón movement will help solidify the future of Latino artists in the U.S. for generations to come.”
Mexican Tequila producer Jose Cuervo exports more than 50 million liters annually. The Jose Cuervo portfolio of tequilas includes Jose Cuervo Especial, Jose Cuervo Clásico, Jose Cuervo Flavored Tequilas, Jose Cuervo Black Medallion, and Jose Cuervo Tradicional. Jose Cuervo Tequila is imported and marketed in the United States by Diageo North America, a subsidiary of Diageo plc.
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