Billboard Bits: 'Estudio Billboard,' Sammy Hagar, Trentmoller
Top Latin artists will reveal their creative process via in-depth interviews and intimate live performances on "Estudio Billboard," the new series on Spanish-language television network V-me.Top Latin artists will reveal their creative process via in-depth interviews and intimate live performances on "Estudio Billboard," the new series on Spanish-language television network V-me.
Hosted by Leila Cobo, Billboard's executive director of Latin content and programming, the hour-long weekly show is recorded in front of a live audience in Miami. Renowned acts such as Mana, Franco de Vita, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano and Daddy Yankee will discuss their lives, careers and influences -- and will have instruments at the ready to expand on those discussions in song.
"Estudio Billboard" debuts Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. ET. V-me is presented locally by public TV stations and nationally on the DISH Network.
-- Ayala Ben-Yehuda, L.A.
Sammy Hagar will celebrate his 60th birthday next month with six shows at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The birthday show will be held Oct. 13 and will also feature ex-Van Halen mate Michael Anthony and as-yet-unannounced guests. Tickets are handed out first-come, first-served at the club on the day of the show.
Hagar and his band the Wabos will also play at the venue Oct. 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Afterward, they will embark on an extensive North American tour that runs through July 12, 2008, at St. Louis' Busch Stadium,
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Danish artist Anders Trentemoller -- better-known simply by his last name -- released his debut full-length last year. "The Last Resort" (Poker Flat) was a moody collection of deep electronica, offset by delicately rendered vocals and live instruments. The artist adapted the material for a live band and took it on the road, touring small clubs as well as Europe's big festivals. (His nine-date American tour kicks off Oct. 3.)
That was 2006. So why, one year later, are we gifted with "The Trentemöller Chronicles" (Audiomatique), a retrospective? Chalk it up to MySpace. "Many people, especially on MySpace and also when we were touring, always asked if it wasn't possible to get more rare stuff and B-sides on CD for normal people, not DJs," Trentemoller says.
"Chronicles" is one CD of rarities plus another of his best remixes, including the ones that cemented his star status: Moby's "Go" and Royksopp's "What Else Is There?"
-- Kerri Mason, N.Y.