Latin American culture

  1. En Breve: Telivisa's New Launch,

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Televisa Launches Production Firm Mexican media giant Televisa is launching Televisa USA, a U.S.-based production company set to create English-language content for American TV. The venture follows in the footsteps of Pantelion Films, launched in ...

  2. Brasil Summerfest Brings Brazilian Music to New York All Week, With Shows by Bebel Gilberto, Criolo, More

    July 24, 2012 1:49 PM EDT (L-R): BSF co-producer Béco Dranoff, Summer Stage artistic director Erika Elliott, and festival founder Petrit Pula pose at the Brasil Summer Fest on Saturday. (Photo: Emmanuelle Saliba) As a tropical breeze made its way through the city, thousand ...

  3. Gustavo Dudamel, Ruben Blades and Franco De Vita Join For 'Viva la Musica'

    July 19, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Los Angeles Symphony conductor Gustavo Dudamel, pop star Franco De Vita and actor/salsa icon Ruben Blades will perform as part of a massive concert in Veneuzlea on July 22 called "Viva la Musica," which is being billed as a "concert ...

  4. LAMC Wraps-Up With Big Hopes for Latin Alternative as 'Demographic Growing Exponentially'

    July 16, 2012 4:45 PM EDT The LAMC "Licensing in 2012: Are Advertising, Games & Synchs the New Radio?" panel. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City wrapped up on Friday and Saturday with three panels on topics ran ...

  5. Latin Alternative Music Conference Day Two: Much Ado About the Media

    July 13, 2012 11:29 AM EDT The panel room at the Latin Alternative Music Conference. (Photo: Karlo Ramos) On day two of the 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York, the conversations kept coming back to evolving media opportunities for the "Latin Alternativ ...

  6. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  7. Latin Alternative Music Conference Day 1: Lots of Alternative, But Not Much Rock

    July 12, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Monica Lionhert performs at the LAMC Indie Showcase. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference kicked off Wednesday evening in New York City with a pair of concerts of very different scale: an outdoor show at Central Park& ...

  8. Franco De Vita Reflects On Three Decades Of Hits, Summer Plans

    July 12, 2012 12:10 PM EDT After nearly a year of touring, the first thing Franco De Vita plans on doing this summer is . . . nothing. "I'm not doing anything," he says. "I'm going to throw myself on the beach, and I won't want to know anything ...

  9. N'Klabe's Success: Is It A Latin Dance Comeback?

    July 12, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Salsa, that most emblematic of Latin musical genres, has rarely been a top seller in the United States. So, whenever a new salsa album creates a noticeable blip on the radar, we ask, "How did that happen?" During the week ending July 1, ...

  10. En Breve: RIP Yomo Toro, Wisin & Yandel Jump Ship, Latin Grammys Stick With Univision

    July 12, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Guitarist Yomo Toro Dead at 78 Yomo Toro, a master of the cuatro, a guitar with five pairs of strings often referred to as the national instrument of Puerto Rico, died June 30 in New York. Bringing traditional acoustic rhythms to mainstream Latin ...

  11. Beto Cuevas Named New Judge on 'La Voz Mexico' Beside Paulina Rubio, Miguel Bose and Jenni Rivera

    July 11, 2012 2:48 PM EDT Beto Cuevas, the former lead singer of the Chilean rock band La Ley, will be joining Spanish crooner Miguel Bose, pop star Paulina Rubio and regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera as the fourth coach on the second season of Mexico's version of ...

  12. Homero Patron, Mexican Composer and Producer, Dead at 61

    July 07, 2012 12:41 PM EDT Mexican composer, arranger and producer Homero Patrón, known for his elegant renderings of Mexican music, passed away July 4 in Los Angeles. He was 61 years old. An unfailingly polite man who worked with a wide array of acts-including Marco Antoni ...

  13. Yomo Toro, King of the Cuatro, Dead at 78.

    July 02, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Master of the cuatro, the guitar with five pairs of strings often called the national instrument of Puerto Rico, Yomo Toro brought traditional acoustic rhythms to the mainstream of popular Latin music and beyond. Toro, who died Saturday (June 30) ...

  14. Wisin & Yandel Drop Off Jennifer Lopez/Enrique Iglesias Tour, Cite 'Unresolvable Issues'

    June 30, 2012 6:57 AM EDT Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel have dropped out of the upcoming North American concert tour with Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez due to "unresolvable issues," according to a spokesperson for the artists. "It is with sadness ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Univision to Keep Latin Grammys Through 2018

    June 27, 2012 4:42 PM EDT The Latin Recording Academy and Univision have signed a six-year deal that will keep the Latin Grammys on the Spanish-language network until 2018, according to LARAS officials. The Latin Grammys, scheduled to air later this year on Nov. 15, will a ...

  17. Paulina Rubio, Jenni Rivera, Miguel Bose Named For Mexico's 'The Voice'

    June 07, 2012 9:28 AM EDT Mexico's popular version of "The Voice," "La Voz Mexico," is coming back for a second season on the Televisa network, but this year with a new slate of coaches expected to mentor contestants including Spanish crooner Migue ...

  18. Premios Juventud VIP Tour to Feature 3BallMTY, Luis Enrique, Others

    May 22, 2012 6:13 PM EDT Ball MTY, Jerry Rivera, Larry Hernandez, Luis Enrique, Plan B and Sensato will perform as part of the 2012 Premios Juventud VIP Tour. Billboard Latin Music Conference Leaders Panel Talks Morphing Scene, Success of Prince Royce, 3Ball MTY The seri ...

  19. Latin Urban Duo Wisin & Yandel Score 'Unplugged' Special on MTV Tr3s

    May 16, 2012 8:34 PM EDT On the heels of a major summer tour with Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel have also signed on to appear on their own "Unplugged" special on MTV Tr3s, according to a spokesperson for the c ...

  20. Backbeat: Chris Perez Charms Fans, Features New Music During Grammy Museum Showcase

    May 16, 2012 10:30 AM EDT (L-R): Drummer Robin Lopez, guitarist Chris Perez, manager Pete Salgado and vocalist Angel Ferrer take some time to mingle after the Chris Perez Project showcase at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on May 12. The band performed for about an hour as ...

  21. Jamaica's Reggae Film Festival Tells Island's Rich Music Story

    May 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT While it's unlikely any of the movies presented at the recently concluded 5th Annual Reggae Film Festival (RFF) will attract the widespread interest generated by director Kevin McDonald's "Marley" documentary, many are just as ...

  22. Tomas Cookman of Nacional Records on 'Complex and Diverse' Latin Music Market (Video)

    May 02, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Billboard sat down at the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards with Tomas Cookman, President of the Latin alternative label Nacional Records. whose impressive roster includes Nortec Collective, Manu Chao, Aterciopelados, Bomba Esetero, The ...

  23. Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Announce Summer Tour

    April 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, two Latin pop stars undergoing impressive career revivals, have joined forces to co-headline a summer tour. The initial 16 dates of the North America trek were announced on Monday (April 30), with more dates to ...

  24. Pitbull, Don Omar, Prince Royce, Paulina Rubio: Billboard Latin Music Awards Photo Gallery

    April 27, 2012 11:45 AM EDT On Bended Knees: Don Omar with his eight Billboard Music Awards . (Photo: Telemundo) Pitbull in mid-shimmy during Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Telemundo) Marc Anthony who won a Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame Award (Telemundo) Paulina Rubio ...

  25. Backbeat: Billboard Latin Music Awards After Party

    April 27, 2012 11:38 AM EDT (L-R): DJ Shotgun, El Arquitecto, and Tu Dulcero arrive at the Billboard Latin Music Awards after party. (Photo: Michael Seto) Billboard Executive Director of Content and Programming for Latin Music Leila Cobo , laying in the corner of a sofa on t ...

  26. 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards Complete Winners List

    April 26, 2012 11:16 PM EDT Billboard Latin Music Awards WINNERS (GANADORES de Premios Billboard de la Música Latina 2012) Premios Billboard de la Música Latina 2012 Presentados por State Farm Producidos y Transmitidos por Telemundo Artist of the Year (Artista del Año) ...

  27. Backbeat: Elvis Crespo, Juan Magan, Nir Seroussi, Victor Gonzalez, More at Latin Conference's Billboard Bash

    April 26, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Elvis Crespo is mobbed by the crowd during his performance at the Billboard Bash. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Bash , presented by State Farm , brought together members of the music industry to celebrate music with special performances by D ...

  28. Latin Conference: the Value of Going Independent, 'Breaking Out of the Latin Industry Ghetto'

    April 25, 2012 5:24 PM EDT (L-R): Intocable's Ricky Munoz, The Entity co-owner Sergio Rosenblat, and Venetian Marketing Group president Jeff Young at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) The first panel of the Latin Billboard Music Conference ...

  29. Backbeat: 360 Group, AJ Music, Cardenas Execs Wind Down at La Salsa Vive Party

    April 25, 2012 12:30 PM EDT The scene at the "La Salsa Vive" party, which closed out day one of the Billboard Latin Music Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) With video footage of Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco performing "Quimbara" as a backdrop and N' ...

  30. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Meet The Contenders

    April 24, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Finalists for this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm, have all had a major impact throughout the Latin music industry, displaying unique qualities and strengths in a variety of Latin genres. While these artists have ...

  31. Pedro Arroyo, Puerto Rican Radio Programmer and Salsa Advocate, Dead at 60

    April 15, 2012 5:21 PM EDT Puerto Rican radio programmer Pedro Arroyo, a salsa musician and lover who founded "El Día Nacional de la Zalsa" (National Salsa Day), a massive annual concert dedicated to the genre, died Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was 60 yea ...

  32. St. Jude To Honor Juan Luis Guerra in Gala Hosted By Juanes

    April 12, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Dominican star Juan Luis Guerra will be honored during the 10th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala in Miami, benefitting St. Jude Children's Research hospital. The gala will be hosted by Colombian star Juanes and his wife Karen Mar ...

  33. Gerardo Ortiz, 3BallMty, Michel Telo To Perform, Intocable To Get Lifetime Achievement At Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 11, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards are right around the corner, and more artists are being added the closer it gets. The latest round of announced performers includes Gerardo Ortiz, 3BallMty, Michel Telo, El Bebeto, Larry Hernandez, and America ...

  34. SBS Flips Miami's Clasica To Zalsa y Mas!

    April 03, 2012 1:19 PM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) has flipped its longstanding oldies Miami station, Clásica 92.3 FM, to Z 92, Zalsa y Más! (92.3 FM) Don't miss the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm taking place April 23- ...

  35. Pitbull Confirmed For Q&A @ Billboard Latin Music Conference

    March 31, 2012 10:53 AM EDT Billboard will host a Q&A with superstar Pitbull as part of the 23rd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm and taking place April 23-26 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami. The intimate, in-depth convers ...

  36. Pitbull, Songwriters, Publishers Honored At BMI Latin Awards In Las Vegas

    March 31, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Entertainer Pitbull received the BMI President's Award and top industry songwriters and publishers were also recognized at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards at the Encore Las Vegas on March 30. Pitbull, known for his energetic musical an ...

  37. Billboard Latin Music Conference Marketing Awards Announce Finalists

    March 29, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Music from Camila, Chino y Nacho, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar, Pitbull and Paulina Rubio, among others, make up some of the advertising, branding and sponsorship campaigns up for honors in the second annual Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards ta ...

  38. Don Omar, Prince Royce, Paulina Rubio to Perform at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    March 29, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Prince Royce, Paulina Rubio, and the previously-rumored Don Omar will be performing at the Billboard Latin Music Awards this year on April 26 at the BankUnited Center in Miami. The trio will join Daddy Yankee, Juanes, and Jenni Rivera among those ...

  39. Backbeat: Luis Fonsi, Jorge Mejia, More at Billboard's Leila Cobo's Book Tour

    March 22, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Cobo with Billboard chart-topping singer/songwriter Luis Fonsi at the signing of The Second Time We Met at Books & Books. Earlier that day, Fonsi tweeted about the book to his more than 3 million followers. (Photo: Andres Recio and Carlos Chah ...

  40. Marc Anthony Honored, Sony/ATV Wins Big at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    March 20, 2012 10:00 PM EDT Marc Anthony was honored with ASCAP's Founders Award during the 20th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Marc Anthony To Receive Founders Award At ASCAP Latin Music Awards Anthony received ...

  41. Juanes Forsakes Stadiums For Intimate SXSW Q&A, Performance

    March 18, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Juanes performing at Austin's ACL Live at the Moody Theater with rock crit Dave Marsh who hosted a Q&A with the Latin superstar . (Photo: Judy Cantor-Navas) Juanes tore into a set of his Latin chart hits at ACL Live at the Moody Theater F ...

  42. Elvis Crespo Signs to Venemusic

    March 15, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Don't miss the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm taking place April 23-26, 2012 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami. This year's conference includes Q&As with Pitbull and Jenni Rivera, the 2nd annua ...

  43. Gloria Trevi and Reik To Headline 2012 Billboard En Concierto

    March 13, 2012 6:40 AM EDT For the third consecutive year, Billboard is teaming up with Telemundo Media and Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) for its 3rd annual Billboard Latin Music Series. "Billboard En Concierto," presented by State Farm in association with Bud ...

  44. Gerardo Ortiz, 3BallMTY Announced For Billboard Latin Conference's Regional Mexican Music Panel

    March 08, 2012 4:30 PM EST Gerardo Ortiz, who has been announced for 2012's Billboard Latin Music Conference, was the big winner at last year's Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Recording artists Gerardo Ortiz and 3BallMTY are scheduled to appear on a panel about th ...

  45. Jenni Rivera To Perform, Participate In Q&A At Billboard Latin Music Conference And Awards

    March 05, 2012 5:57 PM EST Jenni Rivera, one of the most prolific entertainers in the Hispanic entertainment industry, will sit down for an exclusive one-on-one Q&A during the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm and taking pla ...

  46. Backbeat: Jenni Rivera Premieres 'I Love Jenni' Season Two At Party With Gerardo Ortiz, mun2 Execs

    March 05, 2012 10:25 AM EST Regional Mexican singers Jenni Rivera and Gerardo Ortiz at the launch party for Rivera's "I Love Jenni" reality program at My House in Hollywood. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera capped off the premiere pa ...

  47. Backbeat: Daddy Yankee, Telemundo Execs, More at Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists Announcement

    March 01, 2012 10:19 AM EST Daddy Yankee with Billboard's Leila Cobo at Telemundo Studios. Dozens of journalists from around the country flew to Telemundo Studios in Miami to the set of morning show Levántate (Wake Up!) for the live announcement of the finalists to the ...

  48. Backbeat: Latin Music Industry Rocks at Premios Lo Nuestro Afterparties

    February 21, 2012 10:18 AM EST From the left, Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV's Sr. VP for Latin America & U.S. Latin; Melissa Esposito of Sony U.S. Latin; and Ruben Leyva of Sony U.S. Latin at Sony's PLN afterparty. The live telecast of Univision's Premios Lo Nuestro ...

  49. Shakira, Prince Royce Win Big At Premio Lo Nuestro Awards

    February 17, 2012 2:06 PM EST MIAMI (AP) - With four awards each, Shakira and Prince Royce were the top winners on Thursday's Premio Lo Nuestro, although the Colombian star was not there during the evening, which was full of colorful performances but not both awards. The ...

  50. Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentine Rock Pioneer, Dead at 62

    February 10, 2012 7:40 AM EST Luis Alberto Spinetta, one of the fathers of South American rocanrol and an archetypal Argentine rebel whose music became arallying cry against political repression in the 1970s, died Wednesday, February 8, in Buenos Aires. Spinetta died of lung c ...

Pages