1. 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…

  2. 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 …

  3. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No Victory

    December 18, 2014 3:30 PM EST Miami-based Cuban tropical artist calls decision 'a defeat for those of us who want to see a free, sovereign Cuba.' On Nov. 19, Miami-based Cuban tropical star Willy Chirino accepted a Latin Grammy for lifetime achievement at a ceremony in Las Vegas. "This is dedicated to all…

  4. What the U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough Could Mean for Music

    December 17, 2014 9:43 PM EST Could Obama's 'fresh approach' strengthen both Cuba's draw as a music destination and Cuban artists' popularity in the United States? How could restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba impact musicians in both countries? According to…

  5. USAID's Covert Cuba Hip-Hop Project 'Reckless' & 'Stupid,' Says Sen. Patrick Leahy

    December 11, 2014 11:14 PM EST A U.S. agency's secret infiltration of Cuba's underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was "reckless" and "stupid," Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday after The Associated Press revealed the operation. On at least six occasions,…

  6. 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…

  7. Carlos Vives Shines at Sold-Out Miami Show: Watch Him Sing With 4-Year-Old Fan

    December 08, 2014 2:19 PM EST It's a raucous party at AmericanAirlines Arena, even with nostalgia & tears. For all its danceability and party ambience, Carlos Vives ' brand of folk/rock/pop is impregnated with melancholia. It's no accident that Gabriel García Márquez and his magical realism and Vives…

  8. Ricky Martin Rockets to Top 10 After Latin Grammys

    November 27, 2014 1:00 PM EST Ricky Martin scores his 24th top 10 as "Adios" jumps 16-9 on Hot Latin Songs . The rise is fueled by Martin's performance of the uptempo song on the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards , which aired on Univision on Nov. 20. The performance boosted the tune's digital sales…

  9. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  10. Latin Grammys 2014 Preview: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

    November 19, 2014 5:06 PM EST The 15th Latin Grammy Awards are a little more than 24 hours away, with artists vying for awards in 48 categories. Here are our picks on who will nab awards this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. " alt="" width="510"> Enrique Iglesias (Getty…

  11. Latin Grammys 2014: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees

    November 17, 2014 2:57 PM EST This year's Best New Artist nominees at the Latin Grammys -- all 10 of them -- have roots in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela. Below, we highlight their work and music and what's going on in the musical minds of these artists who'll be sharing an international…

  12. Chris Cornell Announced as Keynote Q&A for Billboard Touring Conference

    October 27, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Industry leaders Geiger, Light, Rotella and Roux also set for Q&As at premier touring confab Chris Cornell , the legendary front man for pioneering bands Soundgarden and Audioslave , will be featured as the Keynote Q&A at the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, set for Nov.…

  13. Who’s the Next Enrique? Five Latin Artists on the Verge of Stardom

    October 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT From Luis Coronel to brothers Rio Roma, find out about the Latin performers on the verge of stardom.  Farruko , 23 The featured act (and co-writer) on J B alvin ’s hit “6 AM,” this Puerto Rican reggaetonero is already in high demand to perform shows here and in Europe as his single “Passion…

  14. Calle 13 Lead Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 24, 2014 7:49 AM EDT Perennial Latin Grammy favorites Calle 13 once again topped the list of nominees for the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards, notching nine nods. Eduardo Cabra , one half of the Puerto Rican rap duo, was the overall leader with 10 nods, thanks to his work with Calle 13 and as a producer on…

  15. Exclusive: Bette Midler Announces 'It's The Girls,' Her First Album Since 2006

    September 23, 2014 10:17 AM EDT For her first studio album in eight years, Bette Midler is revisiting some of the vocalists who shaped her the most -- girl groups -- on It’s The Girls , due Nov. 4 via Warner Bros. Records (Nov. 17 in the UK via East West Records/Warner Music UK.) The album spans seven decades of famous…

  16. Latin Noise: We Want Our Ballads

    September 10, 2014 7:43 PM EDT How Latin radio lost its pop love sound and how to get it back. This week, Chayanne 's new studio set, En Todo Estaré , debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, and at No. 1 pretty much everywhere else in Latin America. Chayanne Crowns Top Latin Albums But wait a…

  17. Disco Legend Sylvester Remembered With Musical and Rainbow Honor Walk Plaque

    September 05, 2014 1:18 PM EDT It’s been almost 26 years since disco legend Sylvester passed away, but his legacy is having a huge moment right now. As the curtains prepare to open tonight (Sep. 5) on Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical , an off-Broadway musical in New York, visitors to San Francisco’s Castro…

  18. Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and Others Dish on Their 2014 Latin Chart Smashes

    August 19, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The stories behind 10 of the hottest midyear hits from Prince Royce, Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony. The sound of tropical-laced romance dominated radio airwaves for the first half of the year, according to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs recap of hits charting in the issues dated Dec. 7,…

  19. Mexican Star's Death Spurs No. 1 Chart Return

    August 07, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Following the death of Banda Los Recoditos' Luis Fernando Muñoz Castro  on July 25, the group re-enters Regional Mexican Digital Songs at No. 1 with "Mi Ultimo Deseo." The track sold 3,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a 685…

  20. Royksopp & Robyn's 'Again,' Idina Menzel's Remixed 'Go' Crown Dance Charts

    June 05, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Norwegian duo Royksopp (Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland) and Swedish singer Robyn team up for each act's first Dance/Electronic Albums No. 1, as the EP "Do It Again" bows with 15,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the set's title cut single…

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