Bachata

  1. Prince Royce Launches D'León Records and Signs Mexican Pop Singer Sofia Reyes

    June 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bachata crooner Prince Royce, who begins a major North American tour in July, is launching his own record label in partnership with Warner Latin Music.  The New York-born singer/songwriter, who in April took home four trophies at the Billboard Lat ...

  2. Latin Pop: Not Popping

    May 28, 2014 2:29 PM EDT Urban and bachata's rule leaves stars like Carlos Vives and Luis Fonsi facing "new cultural reality." This article first appeared in the May 31st issue of Billboard Magazine . Commercial Latin music was once synonymous with romantic ...

  3. Bachata Superstar Prince Royce Partners with Pepsi

    April 23, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Crooner Prince Royce celebrated his partnership with Pepsi in Miami this week where the entertainer jumped up several times chanting "Pepsi, Pepsi" during an intimate gathering as the 16-time 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist t ...

  4. Romeo Santos Honored As Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Awards

    January 11, 2013 6:46 PM EST Romeo Santos, whose solo debut Formula, Vol 1 (Sony) was 2012's top-selling Latin album, will be honored as songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards taking place March 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This marks ...

  5. Porfirio Pina Launches Managment Company

    August 16, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Porfirio Piña, the longtime senior director of writer/publisher relations at BMI, has left the organization to launch his own management and consulting agency. Porfirio Piña Entertainment, which officially launched today (Aug. 16), will be based i ...

  6. Polito Vega Never Goes Out Of Style

    June 28, 2012 5:30 PM EDT The joke goes like this: Two friends are standing on Fifth Avenue in New York as Polito Vega and the Pope stroll by, talking together. One of them asks, "Who's that?" The other replies, "I don't know who the old guy with t ...

  7. Romeo Santos To Star In ABC-TV Comedy Produced By Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment

    October 12, 2011 6:45 PM EDT As the Nov. 8 date of his solo debut approaches, Romeo Santos, the lead singer of urban/bachata group Aventura, has announced he will star in a comedy series slated to air on ABC. The as yet untitled project will be produced by Overbrook Entertain ...

  8. Backbeat: Romeo Santos' Private L.A. Show; Talks Collabs With Usher, Pitbull, Lil Wayne

    October 04, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Shirley Rodriguez (VP of marketing/Angelo Medina group), Paula Paminsky (vp of marketing/Sony Music Latin), the evening's main attraction Romeo Santos and Karina Puente (Sony Music Latin) Univision Radio executive VP Jack Hobbs and Mexican po ...

  9. Label Executive Franklin Romero Facing Drug Charges

    March 02, 2011 10:35 AM EST Franklin Romero, owner of the indie label Premium Latin, is in custody in New York after being arrested on 10-year-old drug charges. Romero pled not guilty at a hearing March 1 in Manhattan Federal Court and a detention hearing is slated for March ...

  10. Aventura Singer Santos Signs Album Deal With Sony Music, Jive Records

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Anthony "Romeo" Santos, the lead singer and songwriter of chart-topping urban bachata group Aventura, has signed a multi-million, five album deal with Sony Music and Jive Records. According to published reports from the EFE agency, Santo ...

  11. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Aventura Discusses Career Successes, Failures

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Stories of success, failure and Bronx vernacular figured prominently in a candid Q&A with urban bachata superstars Aventura at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. The quartet flew to the conference toda ...

  12. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Elvis Crespo Takes The Stage

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Crespo brought laughs to the Billboard Latin Music Conference on Tuesday, as he held forth on tropical music and the state of the industry. In a one-on-one session with Billboard’s executive director of Latin content and programming Leila Co ...

  13. Aventura Reveals Latin American Leg Of Tour

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Urban bachata act Aventura, which had the top-selling Latin album in 2009 with "The Last" and sold out four nights at New York's Madison Square Garden during its recently completed 21-date U.S. tour, announced the Latin American leg ...

  14. Latin Briefs: Chris Syler, Top Stop Music

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Chris Syler, co-writer of Tony Dize's "El Doctorado," has signed a co-publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The Miami-based singer-songwriter, who is half Bolivian, has also co-authored songs for bachata artist Optimo. Sy ...

  15. Latin Briefs: Universal Latino, Aventura, Viva 105.7

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Universal Latino will release a line of budget catalog EP's for the fourth quarter called "6 Super Hits." Priced at $5.99, the titles from Paulina Rubio, Gloria Trevi, Akwid and others come out Nov. 17. EMI Mexico is releasing &q ...

  16. 60,000 Join Madrid's VivAmerica Celebration

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some 60,000 people, mainly Latin American, danced and sang their way down a central Madrid boulevard for four hours late Oct. 11, on the eve of the Oct. 12 Day of Hispanity, which marks the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the ...

  17. Urban bachata Duo Xtreme To Star In Reality Show

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Urban bachata duo Xtreme will star in “Xtreme: On the Verge,” a new reality show on mun2 that premieres May 7. The bilingual cable channel will follow Xtreme’s Steve Styles and Danny D for seven episodes as they navigate their business, record mus ...

  18. Latin Panel Discusses Audience Reach Of Urban Acts

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the going gets tough, the tough get creative, industry professionals agreed on the first day (April 20) of the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami. That held true just as much for urban artists trying to reach a fragmented audience with ...

  19. Latin Briefs: Liberman Broadcasting, Granda

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Liberman Broadcasting has flipped its Latin rhythmic KZZA (Casa 106.7)/Dallas to a Spanish oldies format, "La Bonita." The station was broadcasting grupero, cumbia, banda, ballads and bachata on Tuesday, with no on-air talent. The chan ...

  20. Latin Briefs: "Batalla de las Americas," Raul Acosta

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Spanish Broadcasting System’s Mega TV and Worldvibe Entertainment is casting a music reality show, “Batalla de las Americas,” to form the latest Menudo offshoot XM2. The primetime show will debut in April after auditions in New York, Los Angeles, ...

  21. Aventura Lines Up Record Run

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Urban bachata group Aventura will play a fifth consecutive show in Puerto Rico's Coliseum, establishing a new record for most consecutive performances at the venue. Aventura plays its first show tonight (Dec. 4), and then will play Dec. 5, 6, ...

  22. Verizon Backs Toby Love

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Romantic urban bachata singer Toby Love is in the midst of a five-date, West Coast tour sponsored by Verizon as part of the release of his sophomore album, “Love Is Back” (Sony). Love kicked off his “Love Is Back” tour with a show at San Diego’s B ...

  23. Italian Indie Label Plots U.S. Expansion

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian indie Planet Records, which has pioneered the entry of multiple tropical acts into the European market, is opening offices in the United States by the beginning of 2009. Planet, which licensed the likes of Monchy & Alexandra and Papi S ...

  24. Premium Latin, Sony BMG To Release 'Sanky' CD/DVD

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The soundtrack and DVD of Dominican movie “Sanky Panky” goes on sale in the U.S. July 1. The CD/DVD is distributed by Sony BMG, and the movie was produced by Premium Latin Films, a division of the music label known for urban bachata group Aventura ...

  25. PDs Weigh Role Of Local Programming

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Programming locally in markets with diverse Spanish-speaking populations can present a challenge, but also an opportunity to discover new talent, program directors said today at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Julie Garza, on-air personality ...

  26. Wu-Tang Latino To Distribute Download Cards For New Comp

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wu-Tang Latino will promote its first compilation, “Wu Latino Presenta La Familia,” with 200,000 free download cards distributed at college campuses. The Latin urban label is partnering with digital distributor The Orchard to make the album availa ...

  27. Feliciano At Work On All-Bachata Album

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Icon José Feliciano is in the studio in Miami recording an all-bachata album. Feliciano, whose last album featured Latin standards performed as duets with various artists, will again record standards, but this time classics of Puerto Rican and Dom ...

  28. Infinity Flips WHFS To Spanish

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a surprising move, Infinity Radio has converted 20-year modern rock bastion WHFS Washington, D.C., to Spanish, as "El Zol" 99.1. The station will play a mixture of salsa, merengue and bachata, targ In a surprising move, Infinity Radio ...

  29. Latin Notas

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Monchy & Alexandra's romantic bachata earns their highest debut yet on the Billboard Top Latin Album chart. Read Leila Cobo's column. Monchy & Alexandra's romantic bachata earns their highest debut yet on the Billboard T ...

  30. Juan Luis Guerra Inks One-Off Deal

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Vene to release new Christian album. In a one-off deal, bachata star Juan Luis Guerra will release a Christian album on Vene Music on Aug. 31. Guerra remains signed to indie label Karen Records, but the worldwide rights of his new album, "Par ...