Though Lady Gaga has been getting a ton of the attention from the media these days, she is going to be forced to share the international spotlight when her Monster Ball tour stops in NYC tonight. Gaga is scheduled to play four (impressively) sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, but Bronx-born bachata group Aventura managed to one-up her, selling out Madison Square Garden (which holds more than double the capacity of Radio City) for a quartet of concerts also kicking off this evening.
Aventura's fifth studio album, The Last, has been holding steady at the number one spot on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart for 20 weeks, the longest run at number one on that chart since 2006! They may not enjoy the same media notoriety as Gaga, but the boys of Aventura have carved a niche out for themselves at the top of the Latin music world. Billboard recently named the Aventura phenomenon—encompassing huge album sales and sold out tours—"the biggest Latin music success story of 2009.”
Aventura, comprised of half-Dominican, half-Puerto Rican cousins Anthony (Romeo), Lenny, Max, and Henry Santos, is making a personal donation of $25,000 to the Red Cross for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and the group's tour sponsor, Anheuser-Busch, is matching the donation with an additional $25,000. The Red Cross will have volunteers at MSG to take additional donations from fans in attendance at the sold out shows.
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