1. Celia Cruz's Manager on What Fidel Castro's Death Would Mean to Her: Exclusive

    November 28, 2016 4:45 PM EST When Celia Cruz returned to Guantánamo to perform for American troops in 1990 -- 30 years after she left her beloved Cuba -- she knelt, kissed the ground and said: “I have kissed the earth in name of all the Cubans in exile.” Until the time of her death to cancer in 2003 at 77 years old, the…

  2. Camila Cabello, Residente & More Artists React to Fidel Castro's Death

    November 26, 2016 1:55 PM EST From jubilation to toned-down reflective posts, Fidel Castro's death on Friday night (Nov. 25) caused an outpour of mixed reactions on social media from musicians, including Fifth Harmony 's Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui, and Gloria Estefan .  Cuba's longtime communist…

  3. Jeimy Osorio Talks Skin Darkening to Play Celia Cruz, Congratulates Zoe Saldana on Her Transformation for Biopic

    March 05, 2016 1:53 PM EST Puerto Rican actress Jeimy Osorio plays Cuban singer Celia Cruz in the series Celia! She spoke to Billboard about playing a Cuban icon, acting and race and Zoe Saldana’s role as Nina Simone in the controversial biopic Nina . Telemundo Goes the 'Empire' Route With Celia Cruz 80…

  4. The 50 Greatest Latin Songs of All Time

    November 12, 2015 9:00 AM EST They made us dance and they made us sing, and they still do so today. When it comes to music, there's no objective right or wrong, good or bad – but that never stops passionate music fans from sharing and defending their favorites. From pop hooks to album covers to beats, we're…

  5. Celia Cruz to be Honored at Latin American Music Awards With Tribute by Maluma, India & More

    September 28, 2015 7:42 PM EDT Celia Cruz ’s presence will be felt at the first-ever Latin American Music Awards in a major way, thanks to a musical tribute produced by Sergio George. The tropical veteran has rounded up a diverse group of performers to honor the late queen of the salsa’s legacy during the Oct. 8 telecast…

  6. The Scoop on 'Celia,' the Telemundo Series Inspired by Celia Cruz (Exclusive)

    July 16, 2015 9:00 AM EDT On July 16, 2003, the world lost an icon. Celia Cruz , known as the Queen of Salsa, died at 77 after losing her battle with cancer. But her legacy remains intact, as proven by a new, scripted drama series inspired by her incredible life story. Slated for a fall 2015 premiere on Telemundo,…

  7. Luis Enrique: My Top 5 Salsa Superheroes

    April 13, 2015 11:27 AM EDT On his newest album, Jukebox ,  Luis Enrique pays homage to some of his favorite singers of all genres by covering their hits and giving them the romantic salsa treatment. It was his first time doing a covers album, and the idea was both a challenge and an exciting opportunity, says the…

  8. Latin Music Legend Rubén Blades Turns Teacher For New York City High School Students

    March 20, 2015 2:26 PM EDT Singer Rubén Blades is known as a legendary star of Latin music, a winner of multiple Grammy Awards, an acclaimed TV and film actor, a political figure in his native Panama, a committed social activist -- and now, for at least one day, a New York City high school teacher. In a recent…

  9. Watch Celia Cruz Sing 'Jingle Bells' to a Pre-Revolution Cuban Beat

    December 24, 2014 11:55 AM EST Let’s do the rumba again this Christmas, as the U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic relations. During Cuba's last Christmas season before Fidel Castro claimed victory for the Revolution at the start of 1959, the great Cuban orchestra Sonora Matancera recorded a holiday album featuring the…

  10. 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…

  11. Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions

    December 17, 2014 7:29 PM EST Industry Is Optimistic, but Still Evaluating President Obama’s announcement that he planned to “normalize” relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner. But also,…

  12. CAA Signs Latin Music Label Fania Records

    December 16, 2014 1:47 AM EST A half-century after its founding, Fania Records is experiencing a renaissance . The iconic Latin music label is capping off its 50th anniversary by signing with CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Founded by Dominican Republic-born bandleader Johnny Pacheco and attorney…

  13. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  14. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  15. How Celia Cruz Became a Google Doodle

    October 21, 2013 2:38 PM EDT Millions of Google users worldwide woke up this morning to find a Google-Doodle on the home page of a woman with multi-colored hair wearing a sweeping blue gown. It's the late Cuban singer Celia Cruz, who would have turned 88 years old today.  Known as the "Queen of…

  16. Fania All Stars and Salsa Giants Announce Fall Concert Dates

    August 30, 2013 3:23 PM EDT Marc Anthony continues tour in support of his hit salsa album '3.0.' Salsa's summer comeback continues into fall with the announcement of concerts by Sergio George’s "Salsa Giants" and Salsa’s original super group, the Fania All Stars. Marc Anthony, whose salsa…

  17. Jenni Rivera's Album Sales Gain 1,014% After Death, Has Top Three on Latin Chart

    December 18, 2012 9:56 PM EST The late Jenni Rivera 's presence is felt strongly on many of Billboard's music charts this week, following her death on Dec. 9.   With the most recent Nielsen SoundScan tracking week ending on Sunday, Dec. 16, the new Billboard charts reflect the first full week since her passing. …

  18. 2011 Billboard Music Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    May 23, 2011 12:45 AM EDT If you were one of the millions watching the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, you witnessed a star-studded night full surprise performances ( Britney Spears !) emotional tributes ( Beyonce and Neil Diamond ), A-list collaborations ( Mary J. Blige with Lil Wayne ) and much more. But there was…

  19. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Backs Gay Marriage, Devo Scouts Charlie Sheen

    March 09, 2011 6:25 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears on Gay Marriage: 'I Think Everyone Should Be Treated Equally' In her e-mail interview turned cover story for OUT Magazine, the "Femme Fatale" herself revealed her views on other…

  20. Marc Anthony, Los Temerarios To Be Honored At Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 14, 2010 8:46 AM EDT Superstar Marc Anthony and iconic Mexican group Los Temerarios will be honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope and Billboard Lifetime Achievement Awards, respectively, during the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm, airing live from Puerto Rico on the Telemundo network…

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