1. The Latin Music Industry in 2014: Romeo Strikes Again as Streaming Breaks Through

    December 16, 2014 1:52 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Jenni Rivera's Estate Launches Lawsuit Against Learjet Owners

    December 08, 2014 11:26 PM EST The estate of Mexican-American superstar Jenni Rivera on Monday sued the owners of a Learjet that crashed two years ago, killing the singer and several members of her entourage. The negligence case is against Starwood Management Inc., which owned the Learjet 25 jet that crashed in northern…

  5. Puerto Rican Music and Media Executive Carlos "Topy" Mamery Dead at 54

    December 02, 2014 1:23 PM EST Married to Puerto Rican Diva Yolandita Monge, Mamery was Recently Appointed VP/GM of SBS Puerto Rico Puerto Rican producer, manager, concert promoter and music executive Carlos “Topy” Mamery has died unexpectedly. Mamery, 54, reportedly suffered a massive heart attack the morning of Dec. 2.…

  6. Spanish Star Isabel Pantoja Enters Prison

    November 21, 2014 8:18 AM EST Singer and pop-culture icon starts two-year term for money laundering. Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja stepped out of a gray Mercedes and entered the gates of a women’s prison near Seville early on Friday morning. The artist known throughout Spain and Latin America as one of the all-time…

  7. Spanish Star Isabel Pantoja Headed to Jail

    November 11, 2014 5:51 PM EST Multi-million-selling singer & celebrity media staple to start two-year sentence for money laundering. Isabel Pantoja , one of Spain's best-known singers and a pop-culture icon throughout the Spanish-speaking world, is expected to turn herself in at a relatively luxurious women&…

  8. mun2 Becomes NBC Universo in Move to Rebrand

    November 04, 2014 3:51 PM EST The bilingual cable network will relaunch on Feb. 1 with mix of entertainment and sports offerings NBCUniversal's bilingual cable network mun2 is re-launching with new programming, a new logo and a name change: NBC Universo.  The rebrand, which officially launches on Feb. 1, includes a…

  9. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  10. Former UMPG Head Zach Horowitz Reflects on His Latin Side, Accepts Latin Songwriter Hall Award

    November 03, 2014 4:19 PM EST Among all the honorees at the recent Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame gala was one who isn’t Latin at all. Zach Horowitz , who recently stepped down as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, was honored with the Ralph S. Peer Premio Editores ("Editors Award"). The…

  11. Ariana Grande Instagrams Big Sean Couple Pic

    November 03, 2014 11:57 AM EST Their relationship is now at the "We Attend Big Family Events Together" phase. Ariana Grande Instagrammed a picture of herself with new boyfriend Big Sean , along with the caption, "on our way to grandps' celebration of life earlier  @bigsean ." Grande's…

  12. Will Fox Score Another 'Glee' With 'Dynasty'-Style Hip-Hop Soap Opera 'Empire'?

    October 31, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The network that launched 'American Idol' and the studio that birthed 'Glee' team up with Columbia Records and Timbaland for a 'Dynasty'-inspired hip-hop soap, but will it produce stars and sales? "Once I picked my mouth up off the floor, the idea of…

  13. Juan Luis Guerra Goes to No. 1 on Tropical Airplay Chart

    October 30, 2014 10:05 PM EDT Juan Luis Guerra notches his 11th No. 1 hit on Tropical Airplay as "Tus Besos" (Capitol Latin/Universal Music Latin Entertainment) steps 2-1. The doo-wop-inspired bachata track rises 7 percent (to 611 plays) at the format in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen BDS.…

  14. Ariana Grande Confirms Relationship With Big Sean

    October 13, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Ariana Grande has officially confirmed her relationship with Big Sean .   Grande was asked by The Telegraph if she was dating the rapper. "Yes," replied the 21-year-old. "He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I…

  15. Jenni Rivera's Family Now Suing Late Singer's Manager Over Book

    October 05, 2014 11:32 PM EDT In the second chapter -- or is it the third or fourth? -- in a dispute over Jenni Rivera , the Mexican-American pop superstar who died in a 2012 plane crash, her family has filed a copyright lawsuit against Laura Lucio , Rivera's former manager. The lawsuit aims to stop Lucio from…

  16. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  17. Reggaeton Star Don Omar Arrested in Puerto Rico

    September 17, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 17) in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence. Authorities said in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was detained early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta.…

  18. Big Sean to Release New Album 'Hopefully by the End of the Year': Exclusive

    September 15, 2014 4:29 PM EDT The rapper adds that Jay Z & Kanye West will be involved in his forthcoming album: 'You can expect something.' Things aren't just G.O.O.D. for Big Sean right now, they're great. He signed a management deal with Roc Nation, has a brand-new Adidas sneaker in stores and…

  19. Big Sean Releases 4 New Songs With Kanye West, DJ Mustard & More

    September 12, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Soon after announcing his signing to Roc Nation , Big Sean released four new songs. The surprise project includes collaborations with a handful of today's most-wanted producers, including DJ Mustard , Kanye West , Mike WiLL Made-It and more. The first track, "Paradise," is…

  20. Families Attempting to Settle Jenni Rivera Lawsuit

    September 09, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Attorneys for singer Jenni Rivera 's company and relatives of some of those killed alongside her in a plane crash told a judge on Tuesday (Sept. 9) that they are trying to settle a lawsuit against the late Mexican-American superstar's company. Jenni Rivera's Second Life: The…

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