Top Stop Music, the tropical label headed by Gregory Elias and Sergio George, presented a showcase at Miami's Grand Central last night as part of the Billboard Latin Music Conference. The six disparate artists - salsero titan Tito Nieves, Bachata singer Leslie Grace. ex-Bacilos Jorge Villamizar, emerging boy band 5 Solz, heartthrob Toby Love and crooner Jonathan Moly -- were united in their fiery sets.
The third annual Billboard Latin Marketing Awards honors went to Coca-Cola, Spanish Broadcasting System, Net 10 and Mastercard Mexico during a ceremony at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm in association with Pepsi.
While plenty of major brands are rushing to scoop up Latin artists for partnerships as that market segment explodes, Pepsi boasts a long history of doing so already. The soda giant enjoyed center stage late Tuesday afternoon at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in a panel dubbed "Vive Hoy Con Pepsi: Pepsi's Journey Through Latin Culture."
Trendy music streaming services like Spotify, Rhapsody, and Rdio get frequent press, but they only serve a small segment of the music-loving public -- according to the founder of one upstart digital streaming service. Jeffrey Toig, the SVP of Muve, spoke yesterday at the Billboard Latin Music Conference alongside Skander Goucha, SVP Digital for UMLE, in a panel titled "Case Study: The Cricket/Muve Solution."
Commanding the intimate Miami Design District venue The Stage during the BMI/Peer Music/Sony Latin showcase at Billboard's Latin Music Conference, acts like Kat Dahlia, Niña Dioz, and a Band of Bitches came off raw, organic, and ready to grab the industry by the throat.
At the Billboard Latin Music Conference's Mas y Mas Música Showcase yesterday evening, hopeful performers aimed clearly for the top of the Latin Pop Songs charts -- or even the Hot 100. Held on the third-floor ballroom of the J.W. Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Miami, the showcase featured a handful of artists whose sounds boasted roots in Latin styles but possibly seemed poised for crossover.