Latin American culture

  1. SBS Flips Miami Regional Mexican Station La Raza 106.3 FM to Colombian Music

    May 06, 2011 1:24 PM EDT SBS Entertainment has flipped its regional Mexican station in Miami-La Raza 106.3 FM-to a tropical format geared toward Colombian listeners and fans of Colombian music. The new WRAZ-Cima programs mostly cumbia and vallenato, eminently Colombian ge ...

  2. Billboard Latin Music Awards Deliver Strongest Ratings Yet

    April 29, 2011 11:00 PM EDT The 2011 edition of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm, which aired live April 28 on Telemundo, delivered the highest ratings ever in the network's 13-year history of presenting the show. According to Nielsen Media Rese ...

  3. Photos: 2011 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, Behind the Scenes

    April 29, 2011 10:55 PM EDT The Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards is the longest running and most prestigious event in the Latin music industry. For three days and four nights, the hottest artists and the most prestigious industry personnel gather to discuss, consi ...

  4. Video: Gloria Estefan, Prince Royce, Luis Fonsi on the Billboard Latin Music Awards Red Carpet

    April 29, 2011 10:52 AM EDT MIAMI -- Although ominous gray clouds hung low and temperatures reached into the high 80s, the red carpet scene at the Latin Billboard Awards was as full of colorful pageantry as ever. Musicians, actors and industry honchos alike all strutted down ...

  5. Stars Shine At Billboard Latin Music Awards, But Enrique Iglesias Rules The Night

    April 29, 2011 12:41 AM EDT Fire Walker: Enrique Iglesias won nine Billboard Latin Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Best Latin Pop Album By a Soloist. (Photo: Telemundo/Gary Rothstein) MIAMI -- There's no question that Enrique Iglesias ruled the 2011 Billbo ...

  6. Enrique Iglesias, Shakira Win Big at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 28, 2011 11:00 PM EDT Big Winner: Enrique Iglesias at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards accepting one of nine awards he won. (Photo: Getty Images) MIAMI -- After a year that saw pop going bigger than ever, it's perhaps not surprising that two crossover superst ...

  7. Photos: Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Many More Rock Billboard Latin Music Awards Red Carpet

    April 28, 2011 9:21 PM EDT Marc Anthony, six-time 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards nominee, on the red carpet. (Photo: Getty Images) MIAMI -- Although ominous gray clouds hung low and temperatures reached into the high 80s, the red carpet scene at the Latin Billboard Award ...

  8. Watch: Don Omar Talks 'Fast Five,' Busta Rhymes and More at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 27, 2011 3:07 PM EDT Fresh off his Billboard Latin Music Conference panel, "My Big Vast Social Network," Reggaeton superstar Don Omar sat down for a video interview with Billboard's Leila Cobo, Executive Director of Content and Programming for Latin Mus ...

  9. Donata Poveda Leads a Singalong, Luis Fonsi, Lenny y Max Tell Stories at Billboard Latin Music Conference Songwriting Panel

    April 27, 2011 2:28 PM EDT How I Wrote that Song Panelists: (from left to right) Donato Poveda, Luis Fonsi, Jorge Villamizar, Lenny and Max (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner) Pitbull sadly could not make it to the "How I Wrote that Song" panel at the Billboard Latin ...

  10. Regional Mexican Music Experts Discuss the Way Ahead, Narcocorridos at Latin Music Conference

    April 27, 2011 12:51 PM EDT Regional Mexico Panelists: Raul Brindis, Host, "El Show de Raul Brindis," Univision; Fernando Comacho, La Arrolladora Banda El Limode Rene Camacho; Ivan Fernandez, President, Viva Entertainment; Luis Del Villar, President Del Records; Ro ...

  11. Don Tetto, Mia Mont, Celia Cruz All-Stars, More Rock Billboard Latin Music Conference's New Artist Showcase -- Check Out Photos!

    April 27, 2011 12:35 PM EDT Fellini-esque: Performers at the Billboard Latin Music Conference's New Artist Showcas helped create a carnival-like atmosphere ( Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) MIAMI -- The Billboard Latin Music Conference ended a day of serious di ...

  12. Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards 2011: Ahead Of The Curve

    April 26, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Today, April 26, marks the beginning of the 22nd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm in association with AT&T. Following a successful foray in Puerto Rico, Latin music's largest, most influential event returns ...

  13. Labels, Publishers Vie For Honors at 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 26, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Companies Recognized For Consistent Hits Brimming with projects throughout the eligibility year that put them on top of their game, the four major labels have a substantial presence among the finalists for the Billboard Latin Music Awards. But the ...

  14. Aylin Mujica, Rafael Amaya, Daniel Sarcos To Host 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 21, 2011 7:23 PM EDT A trio of celebrities will host the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 28, live on Telemundo, featuring some of the biggest names in music including Banda El Recodo, Chino y Nacho, Camila, Don Omar, Juanes, Lucero, Maná, Marc Anthony, and ...

  15. Billboard's Latin Music Conference & Awards Central

    April 20, 2011 5:41 PM EDT April 29, 2011 |Photos Photos: 2011 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, Behind the Scenes The Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards is the longest running and most prestigious event in the Latin music industry. For three days and ...

  16. Gloria Estefan, Emmanuel To Receive Special Honors At 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 13, 2011 2:26 PM EDT Gloria Estefan will receive recognition for her philanthropic work and Emmanuel will be given a career achievement honor at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami on April 28. Premios Billboard, airing at 8 p.m./7 p.m Central live on Telem ...

  17. El Cata, Cultura Profectica, Dyland and Lenny, 24 Horas To Perform At Billboard Bash During Latin Music Conference

    April 11, 2011 1:44 PM EDT Merengue star El Cata, Puerto Rican Rock/reggae band Cultura Profética, rising reggaetón duo Dyland & Lenny and bachata newcomers 24 Horas will perform at the annual Billboard Bash, taking place April 27 at Mansion in Miami Beach as the prelud ...

  18. Sony Music Mexico Releases Double-Album To Benefit Japan Quake Victims

    April 05, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Sony Music Mexico has released a double-CD featuring tracks by nearly 40 artists to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. "Voces por Japón" was released March 29, with all proceeds to be donated to the Mexican Red Cross, w ...

  19. Tito 'El Bambino,' Sony/ATV Win Big at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    March 25, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Tito "El Bambino," who has transcended his reggaetón roots to foray successfully into pop and tropical music, received his first Songwriter of the year award at the 19th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards March 24 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel ...

  20. Label Vet George Zamora Joins Latin Indie Top Stop Music

    March 23, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Veteran record label executive George Zamora has been named VP of label operations and A&R at indie Latin label Top Stop Music. Top Stop was launched by producer Sergio George and George Elias. Zamora, who in the past worked as president of Wa ...

  21. Horacio Palencia, Espinoza Paz, Arpa, Universal Lead Winners At BMI Latin Music Awards

    March 11, 2011 10:33 AM EST Songwriters Horacio Palencia and Espinoza Paz, along with publishers Editora Arpa Musical and Universal Music Publishing Group were the lead winners at the 18th annual BMI Latin Music Awards, which took place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Thursday. ...

  22. Gocho, Wise To Release Solo Albums In 2011

    March 03, 2011 6:05 PM EST Puerto Rican Latin urban music producer and composer Gocho, who's worked with the likes of Don Omar, Angel y Khriz and Daddy Yankee, has signed with Venemusic to release his first solo album. "Mi Musica" (My Music) is slated for rel ...

  23. Ralph Mercado III Completes Acquisition Of Father's Company, RMP

    March 03, 2011 5:11 PM EST Ralph Mercado III, the son of the late label and promotions executive Ralph Mercado, has fully acquired his father's promotion company, RMP (Ralph Mercado Presents). Mercado III had already taken the helm of the company in 2007, when his fath ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Premio Lo Nuestro: Mana, Camila, Wisin y Yandel, Ricky Martin & Prince Royce Shine

    February 18, 2011 1:53 PM EST With three awards each, pop trio Camila, reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel , regional Mexican act Banda El Recodo and newcomer Prince Royce led the list of winners for Univision's annual Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards, which aired live Thurs ...

  26. Enrique Iglesias, Shakira Among Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists

    February 10, 2011 9:50 AM EST This was the year that went pop around the world, and Latin music was no exception, with Enrique Iglesias and Shakira, both crossover acts with big up-tempo pop albums, leading the list of finalists for the 22nd annual Billboard Latin Music Awards ...

  27. Joan Sebastian Inks With Universal

    February 08, 2011 10:21 AM EST Regional Mexican singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian, a recipient of Billboard's Lifetime Achievement Award and widely considered one of the genre's leading names and voices, has signed a recording deal with Universal Music Latin Entertainm ...

  28. Publisher Hip Latin Music Signs Deal With Akwid and Del Melodies

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Indie publisher Hip Latin Music has signed a deal to administer two high profile catalogs in Mexico. One is the urban/regional Mexican duo Akwid, made up of brothers Sergio and Francisco Gomez and considered one of the leading urban regional acts ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. S2BN Entertainment Launches Latin Division

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST S2BN Entertainment, the international family show and event entertainment company launched by Michael Cohl, has formed a Latin-centric division that will be run by veteran Latin label executive Oscar Llord. Llord was appointed president and managi ...

  31. Veteran Latin Record Exec Tony Moreno Dies

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tony Moreno, the veteran record executive who founded MP records and worked with some of the biggest names in tropical music has died. Moreno succumbed to complications of liver cancer on Nov. 14 at the University of Miami Hospital in Miami. He wa ...

  32. Juan Luis Guerra, Gustavo Cerati, Camila Win Big At 2010 Latin Grammys

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Latin Grammy voters gave a big thumbs up to developing acts by awarding Mexican trio Camila -- a group that has taken Latin pop in a new direction -- major awards during the 11th annual Latin Grammys. The act's hit single, "Mientes," ...

  33. Prediction Time: Here's Who Will Win Latin Grammys

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST It’s time again for us to make our annual predictions for the Latin Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nov. 11. Projecting winners is an imprecise science, but here’s who we think will take home tro ...

  34. Gustavo Cerati Wins Big At Annual Premios Gardel Awards

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gustavo Cerati, still in a coma since he collapsed after a concert last May, was the big winner of the annual Premios Gardel awards, winning in seven categories, including the Golden Gardel, the award's top honor. Winners of the awards, which ...

  35. Pepe Aguilar Signs To VeneMusic

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After several years of self-releasing his albums, ranchera star Pepe Aguilar has signed a licensing deal with VeneMusic for his upcoming album, "Bicentenario." Due out Nov. 16, the set commemorates the Mexican bicentennial with a reperto ...

  36. Nortec Collective's NYC Show To Mark Mexican Independence

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New York will celebrate the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution with a week-long schedule of events that includes performances by Nortec Collective and young classical music students. The "Reveali ...

  37. On The Latin Charts: Enrique Iglesias, Luis Miguel, Don Omar and more

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the market prepares for an avalanche of big-name Latin releases, this week’s Top Latin Albums chart remained stable, with Enrique Iglesias, Luis Miguel and Prince Royce encoring last week’s positions at No. 1 (“Euphoria” on Universal), No. 2 (“ ...

  38. Fonovisa To Host Second Web Chat With Marco Antonio Solis

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For only the second time ever, Fonovisa is hosting a Web chat for one of its artists as part of the regional Mexican's label continued efforts to establish its acts in the digital realm. Marco Antonio Solís, one of the biggest names in region ...

  39. Fania Records Links With !K7 For Overseas Deals

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Legendary tropical label Fania Records has struck a partnership with !K7 to distribute its releases in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia and to license key releases through !K7 imprint Strut. The first project under the new partnership was the Sept ...

  40. Latin Recording Academy Unveils Lifetime Honorees

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As part of the Latin Grammy celebrations in November, the Latin Recording Academy (LARAS) will honor several music industry veterans and artists with its Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards at a private ceremony Nov. 10. Artists João Donato, ...

  41. BACKBEAT: Plácido Domingo, Marcos Wit, Sebastian Krys and More Celebrate La Gota de La Vida

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Plácido Domingo ; Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villarraigosa ; Christian music star Marcos Witt ; pianist Arthur Hanlon and producer Sebastian Krys were among the celebs present at the Sept. 7 premiere of “La Gota de La Vida,” the song and video reco ...

  42. Marc Anthony In Gucci Deal

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony, always a dapper performer, is taking things a notch higher. The singer has announced that Gucci will dress him for the U.S. leg of his 2010 tour, which kicks off tonight (Sept. 10) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony will s ...

  43. Iglesias Returns To No. 1

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a rather static Latin chart week—both for radio and sales—Enrique Iglesias returns to the No. 1 spot on the Top Latin Albums chart with “Euphoria” (Universal Music Latino/Republic), claiming the position for the eighth week since its July 2 ...

  44. Latin Grammy Nominations Are In

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Latin Grammy darlings Alejandro Sanz and Juan Luis Guerra, along with past nominee Jorge Drexler, led the nominations for the 11th edition of the awards with four nods each, tying Mario Domm, the lead singer and songwriter of pop group Camila. The ...

  45. Latin Stars Unite For City Of Hope

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Plácido Domingo and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villarraigosa were among the VIPs who attended the official launch of "La Gota de la Vida" (The Drop of Life), the song and video recorded by 46 Latin stars -- including Enrique Iglesias, Glo ...

  46. Mayor: JLo, Anthony Want To Build PR Film Studio

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Puerto Rican mayor says husband-and-wife pop stars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony hope to transform his northeast coastal city into the Hollywood of the Caribbean. Fajardo Mayor Anibal Melendez said that the singer-actors - both born in New Yor ...

  47. UMLE Scores On Latin Charts

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With Enrique Iglesias leading the charge atop Billboard’s Top Latin Albums sales chart for the seventh consecutive week, Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) artists managed to claim the top spot in every single Latin sales chart for the wee ...

  48. UPDATED: New Albums From Don Omar, Shakira, Juanes Among Others

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT UPDATED SEPT. 2. The release date of Shakira's upcoming release is Oct. 19, not Nov. 2. The Latin marketplace is preparing for a hectic fall release schedule that includes albums by some of the genre’s top selling names. The lineup: Don Omar, ...

  49. Marc Anthony U.S. Tour Goes On Sale Friday

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tickets for Marc Anthony’s 2010 U.S. tour go on sale tomorrow as the pop star begins a string of dates in Latin America. Both legs are produced by Chicago-based Cardenas Marketing Network. Anthony, whose latest Spanish-language album “Iconos” is N ...

  50. Aventura, Chayanne Win Big At Premios Juventud

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shakira floated in on a magic carpet, Pitbull did the bump-and-grind with Mexican pop star Belinda and Wisin & Yandel performed with the dancers from "Step Up 3D" at the seventh annual Premios Juventud ("Youth Awards"), bro ...

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