J Balvin, whose new single “Ay Vamos” completed 10 weeks at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs, will join Farruko, Nicky Jam, Justin Quiles and Plan B at the “New Latin Urban Movement” panel taking place during the Billboard Latin Music conference. The session will be moderated by Alex Sensation, the well-known New York radio personality and DJ who’s been a trend setter for Latin dance and urban music in the U.S.
When The Dead Daisies play Havana on Feb. 28, the concert will be seen by Cubans and Americans alike as a symbol of the much-publicized renewed relationships between the U.S. and Cuba. But the band still won’t get paid.
Pop star David Bisbal, Mexican singer/songwriter Mario Domm and regional Mexican group La Original Banda El Limon de Salvador Lizarraga will receive special honors during ASCAP’s 23rd annual Latin Music Awards. The dinner ceremony will take place March 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Sergio George, the producer whose recordings with Marc Anthony, the Salsa Giants, Prince Royce and many other artists have revolutionized the sound of tropical music, will be honored with the BMI President's Award at the BMI Latin Awards gala on March 31.
Maná will embark on a U.S. tour in June in support of the group’s upcoming album, with sponsorship from Mexican Montejo beer, representatives of the brand revealed exclusively to Billboard. The announcement coincides with the release today (Feb. 9) of the Mexican rock superstars’ first single and video from their upcoming album. “Mi Verdad” is the band’s first collaboration with Shakira.
Following groundbreaking years that saw them set records in multiple arenas, Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias lead the list of finalists for the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm.
Contemporary Cuba’s iconic dance band Los Van Van is planning an extensive U.S. tour for summer 2015. The tour will be the band’s fifth in the States, but the first without Van Van founder Juan Formell, who died last May at the age of 71.
“We Mexicans like to suffer, and make people suffer," says Mexrrissey creator Camilo Lara. "Melodrama, Irony, Sarcasm. We share with Morrissey those. If Mexico’s top pop art form are the telenovelas, you can see why Mexicans love Morrissey."
In its bid to continue expanding its Latin programming, SiriusXM is launching a new biweekly, bilingual show hosted by Spanish DJ Juan Magan. “MixDown with Juan Magan” premieres Friday, Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. The one-hour show will air the first and third Friday of every month with replays Wednesdays at 3 p.m. on SiriusXM La Mezcla, channel 149.
With a sound that references soul, psychedelica and vintage Latin rock, Brazilian Tropicalia and cumbia, Chicano Batman has a retro Latino power vibe that echoes the history of their native L.A. As heard on their recent album, 'Cycles of Existential Rhyme,' this is music that needs no translation.
Reggaetón diva Ivy Queen's 10th studio album is a four in one project. Titled Vendetta, it features an urban album, a bachata album, a salsa album and, naturally, a hip-hop album, with guest appearances by acts like Vico C, J Alvarez and Andy Montañez. Each album features original material rather than simply versions in different genres.