In his first U.S. interview in more than a year, Colombian pop-rock star Juanes shared his creative process and commitment to social activism during the keynote Q&A at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami.
A panel of Latin teens told a Billboard Latin Music Conference audience Tuesday that they rely mostly on radio to discover new artists, and on illegal downloads to get single tracks -- but that they're willing to pay up for concert tickets and even CD's for the artists they love.
Though digital distribution has proven to be a boon for unsigned and indie artists, panelists at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami revealed it's not merely a shortcut around the label system.
Latin social networks and artist Web sites are offering more ways than ever for artists to reach existing fans and find new ones directly. But the more the artists themselves participate in the process, the more effectively those sites can be used.