NEW YORK – The most Earth-shattering event in Brazil this weekend took place in New York, where singer Ivete Sangalo played a sold out show at Madison Square Garden. Too bad, few Americans even noticed. A superstar in her native Brazil, where she can pack a 70,000-capacity soccer stadium and commands crowds of millions during Carnaval, Sangalo kept the almost-entirely-Brazilian audience on its feet over the course of three hours and five costume changes. Dancing frenetically, the crowd of 14,500 sang along with every word of her samba-inflected dance pop songs like "Festa" (Party) and "Acelere" (Accelerate). "I just want you to be proud of me, and I want you to be proud zumba of the show I brought here," Sangalo said from the top of a massive, thrusting stage pulsing with lights and video — designed by the man responsible for this year's Super Bowl halftime show, Bruce Rodgers. 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Shows by non-English-speaking acts there tend to top out at around 3,000 Dell Inspiron 500m battery to 4,000 people, unless they sing in Spanish, which is spoken by a large and growing percentage of the U.S. population. The only other Brazilian to headline a show at the Garden, singer Roberto Carlos, did so by reaching out to Latin audiences and singing in Spanish. The closest comparison might be the Korean pop singer Rain, who 42T4680 Battery sold out two nights at the smaller Madison Square Garden theater, which seats 4,000, in 2006. Concert promoter John Scher said people have been calling him to ask who Sangalo is. "I don't think there's been anything quite like this. There are Latin (Spanish speaking) artists who can sell Dell Inspiron 510m battery out the Garden, but this is a pretty unique situation really," Scher said. "There's a lot of interest in the music industry, if not with the public." Sangalo, 38, got her start singing as a teenager from the top of the IBM Lenovo IdeaPad S9 S10 S12 battery sound trucks that ply their way through the packed streets of Salvador da Bahia during Carnaval time. When she left the Carnaval group Banda Eva to go solo in 1999 she was already one of the country's biggest stars. But her brand of Carnaval-inspired dance-pop, known friends dvd as axe (pronounced ah-SHAY'), isn't what U.S. listeners usually think of as Brazilian music, and her audience tends to be concentrated among teenagers and twenty-somethings looking for a chance to hook up. Her lyrics express the irrepressible optimism of youth, and her sound is a world away from the Dell Inspiron 600m battery cool, cerebral bossa nova of Joao Gilberto or the smooth sounds of Caetano Veloso and Marisa Monte, all of whom are better known in the United States, even if Sangalo outsells them all at home. 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