Juan Gabriel, the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter and performer, climbs to No. 1 on Top Latin Albums (dated March 7) with Los Duo, scoring his first chart-topping set in 18 years, after debuting last week at No. 2.
Rising star J Balvin scores his first No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs as "Ay Vamos" hops 4-1 in its 25th week on the chart (dated March 7). The track takes Digital Gainer honors, climbing 78 percent (to 5,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music), fueled in part by a performance of the song on Univision's Premio Lo Nuestro award show on Feb. 19, where he took home four awards including Urban Artist of the Year.
Verizon has joined with Los Angeles’s Cookman management and Nacional Records in a search for “unsigned músicos” from the Western states. At stake is a recording session with Grammy-winning producer Andres Levin. Geared toward Latino artists.
Mexican pop legend Juan Gabriel scores his first top 40 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the star-studded duets album Los Duo bows at No. 25. Gabriel, whose career launched in the early 1970s, didn't reach the all-genre Billboard 200 until 1997 with Juntos Otra Vez.
In its quest to find the next Latin boy band, “La Banda” (The Band), the reality show developed by Univision with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Saban Brands, will add boy-band alumni extraordinaire Ricky Martin as executive producer and judge of the reality music competition show.
NBC UNIVERSO (formerly mun2), will air the 2015 Viña del Mar Music Festival (Festival Internacional de Viña del Mar 2015) in the U.S., live from Chile. The fest, the biggest and longest running in Latin America, kicks off Feb. 22 and will feature performances by Luis Fonsi, Ricardo Arjona, Alejandro Fernandez, VIcentic, Yandel and Reik, among others.
Ricky Martin debuts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as his latest studio set A Quien Quiera Escuchar opens with 25,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 15 (according to Nielsen Music), earning the singer his sixth chart-topping set.
The documentary details boogaloo’s rise from the streets to the clubs and the charts, a grass roots phenomenon that gave voice to the children of Puerto Rican immigrants in East Harlem. “You had these kids who were becoming more and more Americanized, who were assimilating, because they were born and raised in New York," director Mathew Ramirez Warren says. "It took this fusion of soul music into the Latin sound to get them to perk up their ears.”
Mana blasts in at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs with "Mi Verdad," featuring Shakira, becoming the only act with three No. 1 debuts in the 28-year history of the chart. With the No. 1 arrival, Mana bumps Enrique Iglesias' "Bailando" out of the top slot (1-2) after a record 41 weeks at No. 1.
Citing the stormy weather conditions that have slammed the Northeast, Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel has postponed his Washington, DC and Ucansville, CT shows, originally slated for this weekend, for March 5 and October 31, respectively.
Luis Fonsi, Ricardo Arjona, Alejandro Fernandez, Vicentico, Emmanuel, Romeo Santos, Yandel and Yusuf Cat Stevens are performing at the International Viña del Mar Song Festival (Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar) Feb. 22-27. Latin America's longest-running music fest turns 55.