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On Tuesday, Iglesias will release "Naruto dvd set," a potentially trailblazing album for both Iglesias and the Latin market. Whereas most Latin artists will record an album with Spanish- and English-language versions of a particular song (or songs), or record separate Spanish and English albums altogether, Iglesias has chosen a new Naruto on dvd: "Euphoria" features six songs written and recorded in Spanish and four completely different songs written and recorded in Naruto new release.
The album will be released in standard and deluxe versions through Universal Music Group. It will be released in every Universal Dragon Ball Z DVD Box set -- more than 70 countries -- with a third, international version with eight English-language tracks specifically designed for markets like the United Kingdom that have small Latin audiences and where Dragon Ball Z DVD| Dragon Ball Z is a major seller.
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Iglesias was all over iTunes' real-time charts. As of June 23, "Dragon Ball Z DVD set" was No. 14 on iTunes' Songs chart and No. 1 on the iTunes Latino chart, where Iglesias had four of the top 10 songs, including "No Me Digas Que No" (featuring Wisin & Yandel) at No. 5, "Dragon Ball Z on DVD Me Enamoro" (featuring Juan Luis Guerra) at No. 6 and perennial favorite "Hero" at No. 7.
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A major drawback is English-language Frasier dvd| Frasier: While youth-leaning, Spanish-language stations tend to play big, mainstream hits, only a handful of mainstream stations nationwide, like KIIS-FM Los Angeles and Frasier dvd series Miami, will spin Spanish-language songs.
And then there's retail. Where does a bilingual Frasier complete dvd go? The Latin section? The pop section? Both would be logical, if only there was space, particularly when it comes to developing acts that are a challenge to get into big accounts to begin with.
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