Latin American culture

  1. Emilio Estefan, Jose Valle Confirmed for Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, April 23-26 In Miami

    February 09, 2012 3:32 PM EST Entertainment mogul Emilio Estefan, Univision Radio President José Valle and Target VP of entertainment John Butcher are among the top executives already confirmed as speakers for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented b ...

  2. Backbeat: Juanes Performs for Industry, Media VIPs at MTV Unplugged

    February 08, 2012 11:30 AM EST It was a veritable industry gathering at the second day of taping for Colombian star Juanes ' MTV Unplugged set at Miami Beach's New World Center. Accompanied by an acoustic band and just two guest artists-Brazil's Paula Fernandes a ...

  3. Urban Act Chino y Nacho Partner With McDonald's In Happy Meal Campaign

    February 03, 2012 8:16 PM EST Chino y Nacho, the Venezuelan urban and tropical act, are partnering with McDonald's in a campaign that will have the entertainers tied to the popular Happy Meal with their images and a chance to hang with the duo. The Happy Meal campaign, &q ...

  4. Pitbull To Receive BMI President's Award

    February 01, 2012 7:52 AM EST Pitbull, a permanent force on the Billboard charts in the past 24 months, will be honored with BMI's President's Award at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards taking place March 30 at the Encore Wynn Las Vegas. The awards will honor th ...

  5. Daddy Yankee, Puerto Rican Rapper, To Release Signature Headphones Line

    January 13, 2012 3:13 PM EST Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee has signed on with Section 8 to create a signature line of headphones, according to a spokesperson for the artist. News of the partnership was officially announced this week at the 2012 International CES, the largest co ...

  6. Manny Manuel, Puerto Rican Singer, In Stable Condition After Accident

    December 30, 2011 2:43 PM EST Puerto Rican merengue singer Manny Manuel is said to be listed in stable condition after being hit by a car in San Juan as he walked home in the early morning hours, according to a rep for the entertainer. An online video of shows the singer blood ...

  7. Jose Juan Segura, Regional Mexican Manager, Survives Shooting in Sinaloa

    December 13, 2011 3:16 PM EST José Juan Segura, a respected manager in the regional Mexican music realm whose client list includes Los Cuates de Sinaloa and Tigrillo Palma, is in a hospital after being shot numerous times while driving in Sinaloa, Mexico. According to publishe ...

  8. Shakira, Tito El Bambino Lead 'Premio Lo Nuestro' Music Awards

    December 01, 2011 8:17 PM EST Shakira, Tito El Bambino, Maná, Prince Royce, Ricky Martin, Alejandra Guzman and Larry Hernandez are among the artists nominated for the 24th annual Premio Lo Nuestro music awards, to be held at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Feb. 16. Sha ...

  9. Jenni Rivera, Cristian Castro Both Have Top 10 Albums on Billboard Latin Chart; Romeo Santos Holds No. 1

    December 01, 2011 12:45 PM EST In a rare occurrence on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, two artists find themselves with two albums simultaneously on the top 10 of this week's tally: Jenni Rivera and Cristian Castro, both Universal Music Latin acts (Rivera on Fonov ...

  10. Top Stop Music, Home to Prince Royce, Inks Distribution Deal With Atlantic Records

    November 28, 2011 3:19 PM EST Top Stop Music, the indie Latin label home to new urban bachata star Prince Royce, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Atlantic Records for the U.S. The deal encompasses Top Stop's entire roster, including Prince Royce, salsa star ...

  11. Backbeat: Jenni Rivera Talks New Album, mun2 Production Deal & Upcoming Edward James Olmos-Produced Film

    November 23, 2011 7:40 AM EST Regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera takes time to show members of the media and her fans the dress she donated to the Hard Rock Café at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles during a press conference to support the release of her two albums, "Jo ...

  12. mun2's Roberto Isaac Promoted To Director of Music Programming

    November 21, 2011 5:30 PM EST Longtime mun2 manager Roberto Isaac has been promoted to director of music programming, the bilingual cable network has announced. Isaac, who joined the network as manager of music programming in 2006, will continue to lead and develop the network ...

  13. Ten Things You Didn't See On the Latin Grammys

    November 11, 2011 8:15 AM EST The Latin Grammys aired Nov. 10 on the Univision network form the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Here's what you didn't see on screen. CORRECTION : While a Disney spokesperson confirmed that Demi Lovato has recorded a Spanish-l ...

  14. Latin Grammys: Calle 13 Makes History in Star-Studded Night

    November 10, 2011 8:20 PM EST The 12th annual Latin Grammys, which were telecast live from the Mandalay Bay, made it a night the Puerto Rican rapping duo Calle 13 will not soon forget as they dominated the awards show with a staggering nine wins including record of the year, b ...

  15. Backbeat: Arthur Hanlon Films TV Special With Marc Anthony, Natalia Jimenz, Cheo Feliciano in Puerto Rico

    November 09, 2011 7:45 AM EST At the show after party, the conversation turned to editing and distribution. From the left, Pedro Guzmán,VP of A&R Universal Music Latino and Machete music; pianist Arthur Hanlon; Terrel Cass of Terrel Cass Productions, Terrel Cass, President ...

  16. Backbeat: Ricardo Arjona Talks About The 'Freedom' Of Independent Album @ L.A.'s Conga Room

    October 31, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Pop singer Ricardo Arjona performs for at a private concert for fans in Los Angeles at L.A. Live's Conga Room. The entertainer performed music from his newest album, "Independiente." (Photo by: DDPixels.com) Pop singer/songwriter Ri ...

  17. Gerardo Ortiz Sweeps Inaugural Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 21, 2011 2:00 AM EDT Hardcore corrido singer Gerardo Ortiz was the big winner at the inaugural Billboard Mexican Music Awards, taking home six honors, including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Albums Artist of the Year (for 2010� ...

  18. Rey Ruiz Debuts Radio Show, J.Lo Teams With AOL, Obama Appoints Shakira to Commission

    October 14, 2011 12:52 PM EDT Salsa Artist Rey Ruiz Debuts Radio Show Salsa singer Rey Ruiz now has his own radio show. "El Rey de la Mañana" is heading the weekly morning drive on tropical WXDJ (El Zol) Miami. The show, heard live from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., kicked of ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Billboard Mexican Awards to Honor Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Jenni Rivera, Paquita la del Barrio

    October 10, 2011 3:32 PM EDT Norteño icons Los Tucanes de Tijuana, legendary singer Paquita la del Barrio and multi-faceted diva Jenni Rivera will be honored by Billboard and Telemundo with special awards during the inaugural Premios Billboard de la Música Mexicana . The awar ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Jenni Rivera, Gerardo Ortiz, Intocable, Larry Hernandez, Shaila Durcal To Play Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    September 28, 2011 9:32 AM EDT A stunning roster of Mexican stars--including leading diva Jenni Rivera, leading finalists Gerardo Ortiz and Larry Hernandez, Julión Alvarez y su Nortño Banda, iconic group Intocable, Grupo Montez de Durango, Banda Los Recoditos, Los Horóscopos de ...

  23. Jenni Rivera To Host Radio On Entravision

    September 26, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Jenni Rivera renewed her recording contract with UMLE/Fonovisa. She has a reality TV series on bilingual channel mun2. And now, she has her own radio show. "Contacto Directo con Jenni Rivera" will begin airing October on radio properties ...

  24. Backbeat: Marc Anthony Celebrates Birthday In Miami With Two Sold-Out Shows And A Party

    September 19, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Marc takes the stage in Miami Saturday, Sept. 17. (Photo by Maggie Rodriguez) Singer/producer Marc Anthony celebrated his birthday with fans in Miami this weekend, at a Friday night birthday bash hosted by Kohl's and at two sold-out shows at ...

  25. Calle 13 Sweeps Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 14, 2011 1:02 PM EDT Calle 13, the Puerto Rican urban duo and Latin Grammy favorites who cull multiple nominations for the award with every album they release, have done it again. The duo made up of Eduardo Cabra and Rene Perez-which already has 10 Latin Grammy awards ...

  26. Marc Anthony Officially Launches Kohl's Clothing Line, Kicks off Tour Friday

    September 07, 2011 12:36 PM EDT Marc Anthony officially unveiled his new clothing collection for Kohl's Department store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kohl's in Jersey City today. The Marc Anthony Collection includes outerwear, sportswear, suit separates, sport coa ...

  27. Juanes, Ruben Blades to Be Honored by Hispanic Heritage Foundation

    September 06, 2011 5:50 PM EDT Colombia's Juanes and Panamanian salsa singer/songwriter Rubén Blades will be honored for their accomplishments in music and beyond at the 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Sept. 15. The ...

  28. Ortiz, Paz and Hernandez Are Top Contenders For Billboard's Inaugural Mexican Music Awards

    August 25, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Gerardo Ortiz, Espinoza Paz and Larry Hernandez, a trio of young acts with bicultural appeal and heavy online presence and following, are the lead contenders for the first annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards (Premios Billboard de la Música Mexic ...

  29. Jenni Rivera, The 'Diva of Banda,' Renews Contract With Universal Music Latin/Fonovisa

    August 23, 2011 7:20 PM EDT Regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera has renewed her contract with Universal Music Latin Entertainment/Fonovisa, UMLE president Victor Gonzalez tells Billboard.biz. Rivera, known as the Diva of Banda Music, has become a top-selling name in the reg ...

  30. Punk Rock Band SoCal Releases Second Album

    August 12, 2011 9:30 AM EDT Growing up in Los Angeles, Matthew Caughthran became a fan of punk bands like the Ramones and Black Flag at the same time that he was exposed to Mexican music in the predominantly Latino suburb of Pico Rivera. Caughthran, 32, now fronts Mariachi ...

  31. Diego Garcia and Other Latin Acts are Revisiting the '60s, '70s for Musical Inspiration

    August 05, 2011 11:50 AM EDT For Diego Garcia, recording his solo debut album, Laura, wasn't about moving fast for the sake of putting music out. Instead he spent five years perfecting a fresh and distinctive sound that also felt nostalgic. His lyrics, all in English, ...

  32. Latin Power Players: Gustavo Lopez

    August 02, 2011 12:54 AM EDT Gustavo Lopez Executive VP of brand partnerships, business development and digital, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Gustavo Lopez capped his last year as president of Universal-owned Disa and Fonovisa (the position has since been eliminated) s ...

  33. Latin Power Players: Jorge Mejia

    August 01, 2011 11:59 PM EDT Jorge Mejia Senior VP of Latin America/U.S. Latin, Sony/ATV Music Publishing With 45 charting titles on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart in the past 12 months, Sony/ATV Music Publishing continues its streak of hits, second only to Universal ...

  34. Latin Power Players: Afo Verde

    August 01, 2011 10:08 PM EDT Afo Verde President of Latin region, Sony Music Afo Verde took over the reins of Sony's entire Latin operation -- including the United States and Latin America -- in October 2009. Since then, he has been intent on establishing the label as &q ...

  35. Joe Arroyo, Legendary Colombian Salsa Star, Dead at 55

    July 26, 2011 12:33 PM EDT Joe Arroyo, the salsa star and composer whose piercing, high tenor and groundbreaking songs-including "La Noche"-made him a groundbreaking force in Colombian salsa and one of its major ambassadors abroad, has died. He was 55 years old. A ...

  36. Prince Royce, Pitbull, Mana Among Univision's Premios Juventud Winners

    July 22, 2011 12:15 PM EDT The Latin "Voice of the Moment" is Prince Royce, according to Univision's Premios Juventud. He was the big winner at the audience choice youth awards, which aired tonight (July 21) from Miami's Bank United Center on the Spanish ...

  37. Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony's 'Q'Viva: The Chosen': 'The Show Will Go On'

    July 18, 2011 7:56 AM EDT With Friday's news of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's split after seven years of marriage comes the inevitable question of who gets what? But even before the world starts speculating on the power couple's assets, there's the ...

  38. New Sounds, New Approaches, Old Challenges Are Hot Topics at Latin Alternative Music Conference

    July 11, 2011 2:29 PM EDT NEW YORK -- Hanging like a specter over the 12th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference , which concluded Saturday, was the hulking shadow of Pitbull -- or "Pit," the endearment favored by his associates. He didn't attend, but hi ...

  39. Manuel Galban, Grammy-Winning Cuban Guitarist and Buena Vista Social Club Alum, Dead at 80

    July 08, 2011 4:50 PM EDT >Manuel Galbán, who died Thursday in Havana, was best known in Cuba for the grooving electric guitar stylings that backed the Cuban vocal quartet Los Zafiros, who catapulted to international fame in the '60s. He found new audiences wor ...

  40. TR3S: MTV, Musica y Mas, Nacional Records Announce "La Hora Nacional"

    July 07, 2011 12:48 PM EDT Bilingual network for U.S.-based Latinos Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más and Tomas Cookman, the founder of the indie label Nacional Records, are joining forces to create a new program, "La Hora Nacional," featuring alternative Latin artists for ...

  41. LA's Mariachis Form Union in Bid to Boost Prices

    July 05, 2011 7:21 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - The musicians looking for work at the city's famed Mariachi Plaza are singing a lot of ai-yai-yai's these days. With the number of gigs plummeting by more than half over the past two years, competition has gotten so cut-thr ...

  42. Horacio Rodriguez: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Horacio Rodriguez Director of Product Development, Universal Latin Entertainment Horacio Rodriguez, 29, manages the product development and digital marketing operation for Universal Music Latin Entertainment's four labels (Disa, Fonovisa, Mac ...

  43. Victor Gonzalez, Gustavo Lopez Named To Executive Posts at Universal Music Latin Ent.

    June 29, 2011 9:22 AM EDT Universal Music's Latin operation will announce today (June 29) two major appointments in its executive leadership for North and Central America, Biz has learned. In what constitutes a major change in its organization, Universal Music Latin E ...

  44. Gustavo Dudamel, CNN En Espanol Docs Focus on Music Education

    June 21, 2011 12:52 PM EDT The importance of music education at an early age and for children of all socio economic levels will be highlighted in two closely linked documentaries. "Crescendo-Why Music Is Life," produced by CNN en Español, is a 20 minute production ...

  45. Colombia's Discos Fuentes Partners With Concert Promoter AG Producciones

    June 13, 2011 4:50 PM EDT In an effort to maximize resources in a difficult market and make up for lost music sales, Colombian indie Discos Fuentes-a powerhouse that carries some of the country's top tropical artists-has partnered with Colombian concert promotion and ...

  46. Carlos Baute, Joey Montana To Perform at SESAC Latina Awards

    June 08, 2011 3:12 PM EDT Venezuelan singer/songwriter Carlos Baute and urban-pop artist Joey Montana will perform at the SESAC Latina awards gala in Los Angeles on June 29. The event, which is being held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, will recognize affiliates in categories ...

  47. Jerry Rivera Signs With VeneMusic; Pee Wee Inks With Top Stop

    May 19, 2011 5:50 PM EDT Jerry Rivera with Venevision's Jorge Pino Veteran Puerto Rican salsa star Jerry Rivera, who was part of the salsa renaissance of the 1990s, has signed with indie label VeneMusic, which will release his upcoming tropical album, "El Amor E ...

  48. Nacional Records Concert Series Coming To California Venues This Fall

    May 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Latin alternative acts Los Amgios Invisibles, Nortec Collective's Bostich + Fussible and Ana Tijoux have signed on to be part of the Heineken and Nacional Records Road Trip series this fall. The California-exclusive concert series is schedule ...

  49. Billboard and Telemundo Sign Multi-Year Agreement for Latin Music Awards and More

    May 17, 2011 10:44 AM EDT Telemundo has signed a new multi-year deal with Billboard to present the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards and to expand the companies' alliances into different musical areas. Aside from the successful Billboard Latin Music Awards, the agre ...

  50. Regional Mexican Act Alacranes Musical Attacked On the Road

    May 09, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Less than a month after regional Mexican singer Gerardo Ortiz was shot at leaving a night gig in Mexico, an attack that left his manager dead, yet another regional Mexican act came under gunfire in Mexican territory. Alacranes Musical, the durangu ...

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