1. Luke Bryan Leads Latest Hot Tours Tally

    December 24, 2014 2:40 PM EST Bryan's That’s My Kind of Night tour was the highest-grossing tour by a country artist in 2014 Country superstar Luke Bryan tops the weekly slate of top-grossing touring artists (see below) with the final 2014 box office stats reported from his That’s My Kind of Night Tour that wrapped…

  2. Watch Olga Tañón Sing the Bejesus Out of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

    December 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Puerto Rican diva and her special needs daughter send Christmas message on Spanish "Aleluya." Latin music fans must not have been good this year, considering the scant number of new Spanish-language Christmas songs that artists have given them in 2014. So “Aleluya” for Olga Tañón…

  3. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  4. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  5. Vevo Reaches 1 Billion Monthly Views in Mexico

    December 15, 2014 3:31 PM EST Mexico is now the largest Vevo market outside the U.S. Vevo's Mexico service registered over 1 billion views in November, a significant milestone that now makes the country Vevo's second largest market after the United States. The 1 billion views translates to a 49 percent…

  6. Cuban Rapper El B Disputes Reports of U.S. Agency Infiltration

    December 12, 2014 11:13 AM EST Los Aldeanos' El B doesn’t “need financing" to say what he thinks. Bian Oscar Rodriguez Gala , the Cuban rapper known as El B , has responded to an Associated Press report detailing how the United States the Agency for International Development used members of Havana’s hip-hop…

  7. Billboard Year in Music 2014: The Story Behind Carlos Santana's No. 1 Spanish-Language Album, 'Corazon'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hall of Famer Corazon 6 Weeks on Top Latin Albums The idea for Carlos Santana 's first Spanish-language album was hatched between the guitarist and his manager, Michael Vrionis, over dinner in 2012. "He asked me, 'Have you ever wanted to do a Latino Supernatural ?'…

  8. J. Balvin & Jenni Rivera Collect New No. 1s

    December 11, 2014 4:00 PM EST Also: Romeo Santos' 'Yo Tambien' hits top 10 on Hot Latin Songs. Rising urban act J. Balvin continues his chart ascent as "Ay Vamos" becomes the second No. 1 on Latin Airplay for the Colombian singer. A 10 percent audience increase, to 10.7 million audience…

  9. The 10 Best Latin Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:25 PM EST What do Romeo Santos and the trio of Niña Pastori , Lila Downs and Soledad have in common? They’ve all performed with Carlos Santana . And they made Billboard's year-end list of the best Latin albums of 2014. Read on for more rootsy sounds and unabashed romance hailing from all over…

  10. The 10 Best Latin Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:25 PM EST We admit we love to dance. So we couldn't help but include tracks like “Bailando” and “6 A.M.” among our list of the best Latin songs of the year. But a little bit of rock, rap and, of course, love also made the cut. Read on for which singles had the most impact in 2014. (And see our…

  11. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  12. Juan Flores, Scholar of Nuyorican Music and Culture, Dies at 71

    December 10, 2014 10:23 AM EST New York University professor was writing Eddie Palmieri biography. Juan Flores, a professor and writer whose work often explored music’s role in Latino identity, has died. The 71-year-old author of books such as  From Bomba to Hip-Hop, Flores had reportedly been working on a biography of…

  13. Plan B, Daddy Yankee, J Alvarez & More Set for Best Latino Urbano Show at MSG

    December 10, 2014 10:03 AM EST Presale announced for Feb. 6 all-ages show to also spotlight Arcangel, Alexis y Fido, Tony Dize. Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Plan B will headline The Best Latino Urbano concert at Madison Square Garden. Appearances by Daddy Yankee , J Alvarez, Arcangel , Tony Dize , Alexis y Fido , and…

  14. Juanes' Song 'Juntos' Will be Featured in Disney's Upcoming 'McFarland, USA'

    December 09, 2014 6:26 PM EST Disney’s upcoming feel-good movie, McFarland, USA , will feature a new song by Colombian star Juanes in its end credits. Juanes wrote "Juntos," which translates to "together," specifically for the film, which is directed by Niki Caro and stars Kevin Costner and Maria…

  15. The Year in Latin 2014: Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias Lead Songs and Albums

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST The year in Latin music saw the continuation of a tropical wave, as Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony maintained their presence at the top of the charts. It was a male dominated year across Latin genres, led by veteran Enrique Iglesias and newer artists like J Balvin and Remmy Valenzuela…

  16. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  17. Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga Wrap Up Their Tours on Top

    December 05, 2014 6:44 PM EST The Rolling Stones lead the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $21.7 million in sales reported from the final four concerts on its 14 On Fire tour that played in 19 countries on 3 continents this year. The tour's final leg through seven cities in Australia and New Zealand wrapped with a…

  18. Grammy Latin Nominations Cast a Wide Net

    December 05, 2014 4:55 PM EST Latin Grammy winners like Carlos Vives, Juanes, Calle 13 & Camila compete against virtual unknowns. A mix of well-known acts and total outliers ruled the Latin nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards . While many big names hailing from many countries -- most armed with critically acclaimed…

  19. Tito 'El Bambino' Leads Latin Album Chart Debuts

    December 05, 2014 3:20 PM EST The veteran Puerto Rican artist arrives with the genre's highest entrance this week. Tito "El Bambino" enters Billboard 's Top Latin Albums chart at No. 3 with Alta Jeraquia (3,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music). The predominantly urban set, with…

  20. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

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