Latin American culture

  1. 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 ...

  2. Countdown to the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference: 2004-2013

    April 18, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. In honor of the 25 anniversary of the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards , which kicks of this Mond ...

  3. Roselyn Sanchez, Raul Gonzalez and Laura Flores to Host the Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 15, 2014 6:29 PM EDT TV personality Raul Gonzalez, actress Roselyn Sanchez and singer/TV host Laura Flores have been tapped to host the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24 live from Miami on Telemundo.  Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Co ...

  4. Chayanne to Debut New Single at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 09, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne is set to launch the first single from his new album live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24.   Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ1 ...

  5. Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal to Headline Billboard Latin Music Conference's 25th Anniversary Concert

    April 02, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Global pop stars Luis Fonsi and David Bisbal will share the stage for the Billboard Latin Music 25th Anniversary Concert, taking place April 23 at Liv Nightclub in Miami Beach. Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & ...

  6. Grammys 2014 Latin Categories: Tradition Rules

    December 07, 2013 10:27 AM EST Major labels and major commercial releases for the most part dominated the Latin fields for the Grammy nominations, heralding spirited competition in all four Latin categories: pop, regional Mexican, tropical and that hybrid of alternative/Urban/r ...

  7. Olga Tañón, Carla Morrison, Kany Garcia, America Sierra: Latin's Leading Ladies Discuss Success On Their Own Terms

    April 25, 2013 12:23 PM EDT Panel: Latin's Leading Ladies Moderator: Justino Aguila, Associate Editor for Latin Music, Billboard Speakers: Kany Garcia Carla Morrison America Sierra Olga Tañón Outspoken, confident and charming, the four woemn who comprised the “Latin L ...

  8. Prince Royce Signs With Sony Music Entertainment

    April 01, 2013 9:23 AM EDT Bachata crossover act Prince Royce has signed a recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment to release albums in Spanish through Sony Music Latin and in English through RCA Records. Royce’s first Spanish-language album is due this fall and his ...

  9. 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 th ...

  10. 2013 Grammy Awards: Latin Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:09 AM EST whether multicultural or region-specific, the contenders for top honors all struck a chord BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM Campo Campo LABEL: Bizarro Records PRODUCERS: Juan Campodónico, Gustavo Santaolalla, Anibal Kerpel ENGINEERS/MIX ...

  11. Jenni Rivera's Family Asks Radio Stations to Play 'La Gran Senora' at Noon Thursday

    December 19, 2012 6:54 PM EST The family of Jenni Rivera asking radio programmers to play Rivera's hit "La Gran Señora" tomorrow (Thursday) at noon, PT. "All of you contact all of the radio stations," Gustavo Rivera, Jenni's brother, told the audi ...

  12. Jenni Rivera's Memorial Services Scheduled For Wed. at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheater

    December 17, 2012 4:51 PM EST Singer Jenni Rivera's memorial service is scheduled to take place on Wed., Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheater in a ceremony led by the late entertainer's brother Pedro Rivera, Jr., according a spokesper ...

  13. Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, 3BallMTY Join Don Omar Atop Latin Charts

    December 14, 2012 8:24 AM EST Uptempo hits, collaborations galore and a smattering of high-profile new sounds stand out on the year-end Latin chart recaps. Following 12 months of continuous radio hits, Don Omar -- who has also been a major online presence -- nabbed the No. 1 s ...

  14. Jenni Rivera's Family Holding On to '5 Percent' Chance that She Survived Plane Crash

    December 10, 2012 10:47 PM EST The family of regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera said they still believe their famous relative is alive. This comes after Mexican authorities confirmed the American-born artist died with seven others in a Learjet that crashed on Dec. 9 in the no ...

  15. Jenni Rivera: Female Voice of a Musical Family Dynasty

    December 10, 2012 5:41 PM EST The Rivera family; back row, L-R: Juan, Jenni, Lupillo, Gustavo; front row: Pedro Jr., Rosy, Don Juan, Doña Rosa (Photo: Marco Antonio Gonzales Velasco) In the early hours of Sunday, December 2, Jenni Rivera made a surprise appearance on stage at ...

  16. Updated: Jenni Rivera Remembered by Regional Mexican Artists, Industry Execs

    December 09, 2012 11:25 PM EST Regional Mexican and Latin pop artists and members of the music industry reacted to news of singer Jenni Rivera's death with disbelief, prayers and memories of a woman they recalled as a true star, whose friendships were as strong as her reno ...

  17. Jenni Rivera, Big-Voiced Queen of Banda, Dead at 43

    December 09, 2012 10:58 PM EST Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexican female star of her generation was confirmed dead after the small private plane in which she was traveling in Mexico crashed . Rivera was 43 years o ...

  18. Jenni Rivera Dead at 43

    December 09, 2012 9:50 PM EST Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera -- one of the most successful female performers on contemporary Latin charts -- died in a plane crash earlier today, her father and brother confirmed to Telemundo . She was 43 and leaves behind five children an ...

  19. Jenni Rivera Discusses Her Success: Exclusive Billboard Latin Conference Video

    December 09, 2012 8:59 PM EST Tonight (December 9), with the sad news that singer Jenni Rivera is believed to have died in a plane crash in Mexico , we look back to a candid Billboard video interview from April in which the Mexican-American artist talked about her multi-facete ...

  20. Prince Royce, Romeo Lead 'Premio Lo Nuestro' Music Awards Nominees

    December 03, 2012 1:51 PM EST Romeo, Prince Royce, Don Omar and Maná are among the acts nominated for the 25th annual Premio LoNuestro music awards, taking take place at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Feb. 21. Bachata singers Romeo and Prince Royce each top the list o ...

  21. Fania Records Launching Pop-Up Store at Art Basel Miami

    December 03, 2012 11:29 AM EST Latin soul will invade this week's Art Basel Miami Beach, when Fania Records launches their Armada Fania club and pop-up store for four days near Miami's trendy Wynwood Arts District, a center of the art fair's social life. Similar ...

  22. En Breve: Pepsi looks to Latin music for Super Bowl

    November 19, 2012 12:38 PM EST Pepsi looks to Latin music for Super Bowl Pepsi will target the Latin market during the 2013 Super Bowl with music partnerships including a concert with Univision. The Fan Jam Concert takes place Feb. 1 and will feature such acts as reggaetón r ...

  23. Backbeat: Antonio Orozco Performs at Heineken Acoustic Brunch Before Latin Grammys

    November 15, 2012 5:47 PM EST Heineken showcase brings out music executives in support of singer/songwriter Antonio Orozco. (L-R) Sebastian Ducamp, GTS Global Talent Services (manager); Jesus Lopez, chairman Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula; Orozco, Latin Gr ...

  24. Ricardo Arjona, Jesse & Joy, Alejandro Sanz, Ana Victoria, Don Omar: Our Latin Grammy Predictions

    November 14, 2012 10:28 AM EST As is our tradition, here are our yearly predictions for the Latin Grammy Awards, airing live Nov. 15, in key categories. This year presents a challenge, as for the first time, there are 10 contenders in each of the main categories (which we think ...

  25. Leonardo Favio, Argentine Filmaker, Singer Dead at 74

    November 08, 2012 12:01 PM EST Argentine filmmaker, singer and songwriter Leonardo Favio died on Nov. 5 after years of health problems. He was 74 years old. With a dramatic tenor that veered from flamenco to tango-tined, Favio was recognized throughout Latin America as one of t ...

  26. Prince Royce Fires Back at Top Stop, Files Counterclaim Against Label (Update)

    October 25, 2012 7:14 PM EDT (Note: This story was updated with a quote from Top Stop's Sergio George who responded for our request for comment after press time.) After being sued by his label, indie Top Stop Music (TSM), for breach of contract and unjust enrichment last ...

  27. 3BallMTY, Gerardo Ortiz Dominate Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 18, 2012 11:00 PM EDT (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Young talent and a bold new musical trend dominated the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, with 3BallMTY, the edgy tribal music troupe, winning nine awards, including New Artist of the Year, Artist ...

  28. Behind The Boards: Producers & the Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 15, 2012 6:56 AM EDT Here are the finalists for producer of the year at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Julion Alvarez A second-time finalist in the producer category, the frontman of Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda has had a busy year. As a finalist in multip ...

  29. Power Of The Pen: Songwriters & the Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 15, 2012 6:53 AM EDT The finalists for songwriter of the year at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards are four prolific composers who have made major contributions in the regional Mexican genre. Here are some of their accomplishments. Ariel Barreras Ariel Barreras has ...

  30. Pepe Aguilar earns Artistic Legacy Award

    October 15, 2012 6:50 AM EDT When Pepe Aguilar was 3 years old, his parents -- singer/actor Antonio Aguilar, considered one of the world's great ranchera voices, and screen siren Flor Silvestre -- handed him a microphone onstage at New York's Madison Square Garden ...

  31. Viva Mexico!

    October 15, 2012 6:43 AM EDT Billboard and Telemundo reunite to present second Mexican music honors. For the second consecutive year, Billboard celebrates the rich diversity, quality, depth and continuing commercial success of regional Mexican music through its Premios Bill ...

  32. Celebrating Mexican Music's Best Artists

    October 15, 2012 6:40 AM EDT Trio 3BallMTY tops ranks of finalists. A rich array of artists are finalists for the second Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Presented by State Farm, the awards can be seen on Telemundo live from Los Angeles on Oct. 18. Finalists-and winners-are ...

  33. Larry Hernandez, La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga, More To Perform at Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 09, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Larry Hernandez, La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga, Los Huracanes del Norte, Conjunto Primavera and Yuridia have joined the line-up of performers at the second edition of the Billboard Mexican Music Awards. The awards show, broadcas ...

  34. Song of the Year Nominees Highlight Latin Music's Best Writers

    October 08, 2012 1:59 PM EDT One of the biggest Latin Grammy Award honors goes to those who have created some of the most memorable songs of the year. It's a category that recognizes the creative process by honoring the songwriter, as opposed to record of the year, whi ...

  35. Latin Music's Big Night

    October 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Nominations expanded in key categories as Latin Grammys return to Las Vegas. The 13th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards returns to Las Vegas this year and will air live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Univision on Nov. 15. The Span ...

  36. 3BallMTY, Pepe Aguilar, Julion Alvarez y su Norteno Banda To Perform at Billboard Mexican Music Awards.

    October 01, 2012 3:12 PM EDT BallMTY attend the 2011 Billboard Mexican Music Awards on Oct. 20 in Los Angeles (Getty Images) Performers at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards will include 3BallMTY, the group of young DJs that leads the finalists for the awards with nods in 12 ...

  37. Carlos Vives Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs With New Track

    October 01, 2012 1:26 PM EDT Eight years since the release of his last album in the U.S. and following a seven-year absence from the Billboard charts, Colombian star Carlos Vives debuts at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart with "Volví a Nacer" today. The track is t ...

  38. Sergio Lopes Departs Capitol Latin

    September 26, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Sergio Lopes, who for over a year served as the head of Capitol Latin in the U.S., has left the company. Sources say Lopes' position was eliminated a little over a week ago. Lopes had been appointed senior VP of Capitol Latin in the U.S. in a ...

  39. Juan Luis Guerra Leads Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 25, 2012 1:20 PM EDT A slew of Latin artists, from pop star Ricardo Arjona to Brazilian icons Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and rockers Carla Morrison and Juanes, are nominated for Album of the Year for the 13th annual Latin Grammy Awards, ...

  40. Latin Recording Academy Honoring Luz Casal and Rita Moreno, Among Others

    September 13, 2012 6:15 PM EDT The Latin Recording Academy is honoring several artists from around the globe, including Spanish singer/songwriter Luz Casal, Argentinian crooner Leo Dan, Puerto Rican-born Rita Moreno and Brazil's Milton Nascimento during a November ceremony ...

  41. Young Acts Lead Finalists For Second Annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    September 11, 2012 9:30 AM EDT A trio of young acts that espouse different, bold sounds dominates the list of finalists for the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Telemundo Oct. 18. Presented by ...

  42. Carlos Vives Signs With New Management, First U.S. LP in Eight Years Due Next Year

    September 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT After a lifetime with one manager, and following an eight-year hiatus since the release of his last album in the U.S., Colombian star Carlos Vives has signed a new management deal with Walter Kolm, former president of Universal's Latin pop/ur ...

  43. Mexican Group Banda el Recodo's Tour Bus Crashes in South Texas, Six Injured

    August 31, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Several members of the popular regional Mexican group Banda el Recodo were airlifted to a local hospital in San Antonio after their bus crashed in a rural section of South Texas, according to a spokesperson for the band, who added that all were li ...

  44. The Business of Brooklyn's West Indian Day Parade

    August 31, 2012 10:32 AM EDT Brooklyn's West Indian American Day Parade is New York City's largest and the country's largest Caribbean cultural event. A kaleidoscope of colors and a cacophony of adrenaline pumping soca rhythms are at the core of the West Indian ...

  45. Elvis Crespo's 'Monster' Comeback

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Crespo tops the charts again after 14 years with a new twist on his sound. In the late '90s, Elvis Crespo was the king of Latin music, with his infectious brand of ultra-fast, energetic merengue. Singles "Tu Sonrisa" and "Suave ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Juanes Among Tr3s' Best Latino Artist of the Year Nominees

    August 14, 2012 8:42 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Romeo, Juanes and Wisin & Yandel have been nominated for bilingual cable network Tr3s'Latino artist of the year and the winner will be crowned during a transmission of the "2012 MTV Video Music Awards," ...

  48. Jairo Varela, Founder of Colombia's Grupo Niche, Dead at 62

    August 08, 2012 6:03 PM EDT Jairo Varela, the iconic founder and leader of celebrated Colombian salsa band Grupo Niche, died suddenly of apparent heart failure in his home in Cali, Colombia. He was 62 years old. Varela created a signature salsa sound characterized by its fas ...

  49. Univision's Youth Awards Offer Big Chart Boosts

    August 02, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Univision's annual youth awards, known as Premios Juventud, took a chance this year by highlighting only performances by new and lesser-known acts for perhaps the first time in its nine years of broadcasts. Some of these performances delivere ...

  50. Mariachi Goes Majestic: A Latin Symphony Orchestra

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Mariachi veteran Jose Hernandez has performed with some of the biggest names in music. Last year, for example, he and Lady Gaga belted out a heartfelt mariachi version of "Born This Way" in a little downtown L.A. nightclub where the pop ...

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