Shakira Joins President's Educational Excellence Commission

Shakira Joins President's Educational Excellence Commission

Shakira Joins President's Educational Excellence Commission
President Barack Obama has asked GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning artist and 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Shakira to join his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Shakira joins a group of educators, including Eduardo Padron, Miami Dade College president, and Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas system. The commission met on Oct. 6 and will meet again on Oct. 7 at the White House in Washington, D.C., to offer advice to Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. (10/7)

U.S. Album Sales Stay Strong
U.S. album sales, including track equivalent albums, are up 5.4 percent for the year to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan data. Physical albums sales are down 3.6 percent, a smaller deficit compared to the 18–20 percent declines experienced over the last five years, and digital album sales have reached 74.1 million units, up 19.7 percent compared to the same period in 2010. Overall U.S. album sales are up 3.3 percent for the year to date, and music sales are on track to increase over the previous year, a feat that hasn't been achieved since 2004, according to Billboard.biz. (10/7)

Baker Honored At Gramophone Awards
GRAMMY-winning mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gramophone Awards 2011 on Oct. 6 in London. The Recording of the Year prize went to the Pavel Haas Quartet for Dvorák's String Quartets 12 (American) And 13, the Artist of the Year prize went to conductor Gustavo Dudamel and classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić was honored with the Young Artist of the Year award. The awards honor the best international classical music recordings and are voted on by a panel of critics from Gramophone magazine. (10/7)

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