1. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

  2. Gustavo Cerati RIP: Shakira, Zeta Bosio, Ricky Martin Pay Tribute to Legendary Rocker

    September 04, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Legendary rocker Gustavo Cerati is mourned by his musical peers. The news of the death of iconic Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati flooded social feeds this afternoon, with many of his musical colleagues expressing their sorrow. After a stroke in 2010, the Soda Stereo front man, and revered…

  3. Latin Rock Icon Gustavo Cerati Dead at 55

    September 04, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Millions of fans mourn the loss of Latin America’s most emblematic rock star and one of the region's most celebrated artists of all time. Gustavo Cerati , the front man of the legendary Argentine pop-rock group Soda Stereo , who went on to a brilliant but too short solo career, has died.…

  4. Santana's 'Corazon' Live Concert Package Out Sept. 9

    August 14, 2014 6:21 PM EDT Following the success of his first-ever all Spanish-language album Corazón , Santana will release a live CD/DVD package titled Corazón, Live From Mexico: Live It to Believe It (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) on Sept. 9 that includes a live CD and DVD plus a documentary film shot in different Mexican…

  5. Nortec Collective Premiere New Track 'Camino Verde': Listen

    August 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT If anyone partied like it was 1999, it was the guys from Nortec Collective.  After all, it was the year that the ensemble was founded. And in many ways, they were ahead of the pack using technology to create music, beats and fresh rhythms heard around the world from music halls to…

  6. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  7. Latin Conference: Afo Verde, Sony Latin CEO, on the 'Art of A&R'

    April 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT In some ways music executive Afo Verde, who gave a presentation during the Billboard Latin Conference in Miami yesterday, is a rock star. He not only provided keen insights into the industry during his talk, but at one point a member of the audience gave him a demo -- which was followed by at…

  8. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  9. Young the Giant Performs 'Crystalized' and 'Firelight' at Billboard Studio: Watch Here

    January 28, 2014 12:42 PM EST The release of Young the Giant’s sophomore album “Mind Over Matter” is two years in the making. They began drafting songs for the set at the top of 2012 in the midst of their headlining tour supporting their self-titled debut. Their first album was a quiet success, slowly swelling to sales…

  10. Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Zoé Heading to Vive Latino Festival in Mexico City

    December 09, 2013 2:40 PM EST Fifteenth edition of the massive music festival set for March 27-30 Arcade Fire, Zoé, Nine Inch Nails, Los Bunkers, Los Tigres del Norte, Calle 13, La Maldita Vecindad and Placebo are among bands who will play the 15th edition of the massive Vive Latino Festival, set for Mexico City in March.…

  11. Carlos Santana to Release First Spanish Album on Sony Latin/RCA

    November 20, 2013 9:12 PM EST Live Concert Event to Air on HBO in Spring Carlos Santana will release his first-ever Spanish language album in early 2014, he announced in a press conference today at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. The set, titled "Corazón," will be released jointly by RCA/Sony Latin Iberia, part…

  12. Kaskade's 'Atmosphere' Heats Up Dance Charts

    September 19, 2013 6:25 PM EDT The DJ collects his second No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums. Plus, Zedd, Steve Aoki, Diplo and Britney Spears dent Dance/Electronic songs with new debuts. Kaskade collects his second No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums as “Atmosphere” enters atop the list with 19,000, according to Nielsen…

  13. Yandel to Release Solo Debut in November

    September 13, 2013 2:10 PM EDT Reggaeton artist Yandel has signed with Sony Music. Born Llandel Veguilla Malavé, the Puerto Rican-born star has launched a solo career with his first project scheduled for release in November. "I'm very excited for this new phase in my career," Yandel, who earlier announced…

  14. Daft Punk Sends 'Dance' Into Top 10 on Dance Chart, Gaga's 'Applause' Remains at No. 1

    September 06, 2013 6:07 PM EDT The duo follows "Get Lucky" with another Pharrell-featuring anthem. Plus, Lady Gaga reigns, Krewella debuts and dance vets Kylie Minogue and Howard Jones add to their chart histories. Daft Punk zooms into the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Lose…

  15. Gloria Estefan Readies New, Multi-Lingual Take on the Standards Album

    August 20, 2013 4:45 PM EDT "Recording this album was like coming home, and I hope to do it again" On Sept. 2, 1978, at an intimate celebration in his parents' home, newlyweds Emilio and Gloria Estefan danced their first dance as husband and wife. It was to "El Dia Que Me Quieras," the…

  16. Bubbling Under: Panic! at the Disco Lifts Lolo Onto Charts

    August 09, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Lolo, Andre Mieux, Bush Hawg and Jenny and the Mexicats. LOLO Thanks to a featured vocal turn on Panic! At the Disco's new…

  17. Garrix Zooms; Icona Pop, Avicii and Kaskade Climb the Dance Chart

    August 05, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Martin Garrix zooms ten spots, the largest positional jump on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, with festival banger “Animals” (32-22). Taking 66% of its points from sales, the song is also seen vaulting 38-17 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (9,000 units, up 86%). Icona Pop’s “All Night,…

  18. Cher Runs the 'World': Diva Talks No. 1 Dance Single and 'Eclectic' New Album

    August 02, 2013 10:40 AM EDT "Closer To The Truth" will feature collaborations with P!nk and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears... but not Lady Gaga. In Cher's latest No. 1 Dance Club/Play Songs chart hit "Woman's World," she sings, "I'm dancin' solo, in the dark, on…

  19. Curren$y Joined by Lupe Fiasco, Action Bronson and More at New York Show

    January 04, 2013 11:19 PM EST It's a smoggy smoke-filled evening inside New York City's SOBs as Curren$y packs the venue for a sold-out show. The New Orleans Spitta was ready to dust off his catalog of hits, selecting titles from both his albums and from his myriad of mixtapes for a performance punctuated by…

  20. Cesaria Evora, Grammy-Winning Singer, Dead at 70

    December 17, 2011 11:15 PM EST Cesaria Evora, who started singing as a teenager in the bayside bars of Cape Verde in the 1950s and won a Grammy in 2003 after she took her African islands music to stages across the world, died Saturday. She was 70. Evora, known as the "Barefoot Diva" because she always performed…

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