Latin American culture

  1. Olga Guillot, The Queen of Bolero, Dies

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Cuban singer Olga Guillot, known as “the queen of bolero”, died Monday in Miami Beach of a heart attack at age 87, according to published reports. Known for her emotional treatment of the Cuban romantic ballad, accompanied by exaggerated and often ...

  2. Fania Records Targets New Audience With Classics

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Venerable salsa label Fania Records has partnered with youth lifestyle media company Fader Media to produce remixes of classics from the Fania catalog to be marketed to a younger audience. The association is expected to result not only in music bu ...

  3. 'Voces Unidas Por America' Concert To Protest Arizona Law

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ozomatli, Pee Wee and Cristian Castro will headline “Voces Unidas Por America,” a July 17 concert in Albuquerque, N.M., intended to protest Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. The free, ticketed event will take place at the Sandia Casino & ...

  4. El Shaka Shot Dead

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sergio Vega - known as El Shaka - has been shot dead just hours after he denied reports he had been murdered. The 40-year-old Mexican singer was shot and killed on Saturday (June 26) while driving his red Cadillac, according to Mexican media. He w ...

  5. Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club Miss U.S. Show

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first of three U.S. concerts scheduled by Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club was canceled because of a delay in getting U.S. visas, their U.S. lawyer said. The band made famous in a 1999 documentary by German director Wim Wenders was supposed ...

  6. Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club To Play U.S., Europe

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club will make its first appearance in the United States since 2003, with concerts this week in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles before heading off to Europe. The Cuban band will be the latest of Cuba's enterta ...

  7. Vicente Fernandez Cancels Phoenix Concert

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ranchera icon Vicente Fernandez has canceled his July 18 show at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. Live Nation didn't respond to inquiries at press time about the specific reason for the cancellation. But it comes in the wake of other Latin a ...

  8. Marc Anthony Tops Latin Chart With 'Iconos'

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony’s elegant “Iconos” (Sony Latin), a tribute to singers and this of yore, debuts this week at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. With more than 24,000 scanned copies, it’s the top-selling debut on the chart so far this year, ...

  9. Stone Temple Pilots Returning To Top Of Billboard 200

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Stone Temple Pilots will return to the tally after a long absence as its new self-titled set will be the chart's highest debut. Industry prognosticators think the album -- the band's first stu ...

  10. Mexican Rock Acts Headline Concert To Protest Arizona Law

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock acts Molotov, Jaguares and Maldita Vecindad played a protest concert in Mexico City on Sunday to express opposition to Arizona's controversial new immigration enforcement law. According to published reports, the "Prepa Si Yo ...

  11. What 'Buena Vista Social Club' Might Have Sounded Like

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Although the 16th La Mar de Musicas festival in Cartagena, Spain, between July 9-24 is dedicated this year to Colombia, it kicks off with London record label boss Nick Gold seeing his dream come true of bringing together musicians from Cuba and Ma ...

  12. VIDEO: Marc Anthony @Billboard Latin Music Conf.

    May 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony sits with Billboard's Leila Cobo at last week's Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards to discuss his music, his family, the Miami Dolphins and much more. WATCH: Billboard Staff News Marc Anthony , Leila Cobo ...

  13. VIDEO: Spirit of Hope Winner Marc Anthony on 'Iconos'

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard spoke with Marc Anthony, winner of this year's Spirit of Hope Award for his philanthropic work in support of children's health and education, at the just-wrapped Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards presented by State ...

  14. Aventura Tops Winners At Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Aventura, the urban bachata group from the Bronx that has re-energized the tropical music scene, was the big winner at the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards, snaring nine trophies, including Latin album and digital album of the year for "The ...

  15. UMLE Dominates Awards At Latin Billboard Bash

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) and its fully owned labels -- Universal Music Latino, Machete and Disa -- were the big winners at the annual Billboard Bash, honoring the top labels, publishers, producers and songwriters of the year in L ...

  16. @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 ...

  17. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Marc Anthony Talks New Album, Jennifer Lopez

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony previewed his new album and explained how music and Jennifer Lopez changed his life during an in-depth Q&A Wednesday at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Anthony is set to perform at the Billboard Lati ...

  18. @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 ...

  19. Marc Anthony, Wyclef Jean To Perform At 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Superstars Marc Anthony, Wyclef Jean, Paulina Rubio and Chayanne are the newest addition to the roster of performers for the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards , presented by State Farm live from Puerto Rico. The awards will air April 29 on the Tel ...

  20. El Compa Chuy, Los Dareyes Storm Billboard Stage

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CDs, bras and shoes went flying at the stage Saturday night at the Los Angeles installment of "Billboard en Concierto," the nationwide Latin concert series leading up to the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Regional Mexican stars El Compa C ...

  21. Marco Antonio Solis, Wisin y Yandel Confirm Billboard Latin Music Awards Performances

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nelly Furtado, Ricardo Montaner, Wisin y Yandel, Luis Fonsi, Marco Antonio Solis, Jencarlos Canela, Banda Los Recoditos, and Gilberto Santa Rosa have confirmed performances for the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm, broadca ...

  22. Juan Luis Guerra To Host Benefit Concert For Haiti

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dominican star Juan Luis Guerra will host a benefit concert for Haiti in Santo Domingo’s Olympic Stadium April 18. The show will feature performances by Guerra along with a handful of other stars with whom he’s collaborated in other philanthropic ...

  23. Billboard Latin Music Awards' 'Finalists' CD Released

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Billboard Latin Music Awards’ “Finalists 2010” compilation is out today. The Universal-distributed collection, available only at Target, target.com and on itunes.com/target, reflects songs and artists that are finalists for this year’s awards. ...

  24. Billboard Latin Music Awards To Honor Marc Anthony, Los Temerarios

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Superstar Marc Anthony and iconic Mexican group Los Temerarios will be honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope and Billboard Lifetime Achievement Awards, respectively, during the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm, airing ...

  25. Latin Briefs: Univision, Gracenote, Thalia and More

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Univision and Gracenote have teamed up on a searchable lyrics database on Univision.com. The site is accessible from Univision.com's music page and provides both English- and Spanish-language lyrics from the four major publishers as well as ...

  26. Billboard En Concierto Series Kicks Off In Miami

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Newcomer Jencarlos Canela and comeback kid Luis Enrique played for nearly 2,000 fans at the inaugural "Billboard en Concierto" show at Miami's Fillmore Theater. Presented by State Farm, the show was the first of five performances pr ...

  27. Juan Luis Guerra, Thalia, Pitbull Confirm Billboard Performances

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Juan Luis Guerra, Camila, Thalia, Tito “El Bambino,” Joan Sebastian, Pitbull, and David Bisbal are the first confirmed performers at the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm live from Puerto Rico. The awards show will broadca ...

  28. Additional Panelists Announced For Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A roster of established and developing artists, executives and producers will take part in the annual panel discussion on urban Latin music that has become a staple of the Billboard Latin Music Conference. "Rising Above: The Evolution of the ...

  29. Three Tie For ASCAP Latin Songwriter Honor

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Joan Sebastian, Anthony Santos (of Aventura) and Tommy Torres were named songwriters of the year at the 18th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards. It was the first time in the awards' nearly two-decade history that three songwriters tied for the t ...

  30. Top Argentine Acts Throw Benefit Concert For Chile

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some of Argentina’s top musical artists, including Gustavo Cerati, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Gustavo Santaolalla and Andres Calamaro, gathered March 13 to perform a massive free concert to help their Chilean neighbors. An initiative of Argentine si ...

  31. Espinoza Paz Named BMI Latin Songwriter Winner

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Regional Mexican hitmaker Espinoza Paz was named BMI's Latin songwriter of the year for the third time in a row Thursday night, in a ceremony that also named Hussein Barreras' "Te Presumo" song of the year and Editora Arpa Musi ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Marc Anthony Set For Billboard Latin Music Conference

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Superstar Marc Anthony will sit down for a rare interview during the Billboard Latin Music Conference, during which he will discuss of his upcoming release and different artistic and business ventures, including his film career and his purchase of ...

  34. Universal/Machete Promotes Pedro Guzman

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pedro Guzman has been promoted to VP of A&R for Universal Music Latino and Machete Music, Universal’s Latin pop and urban labels. Based in Miami, Guzman was previously director of A&R for the labels, where he worked on releases from David ...

  35. 50 Latin Stars Gather To Record 'Somos El Mundo'

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The atmosphere at Miami's Bongo's restaurant, perched on top of the American Airlines Arena, was almost festive as an endless stream of Latin acts began to file inside. They were there to record "Somos el Mundo," the Spanish-la ...

  36. Aventura Wins Big At Premio Lo Nuestro

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST As expected, Aventura was the big winner of the 2010 Premio Lo Nuestro, taking home five awards, including the newly minted "Entertainer of the Year" award. Other big winners included Luis Fonsi, who won in the male artist of the year aw ...

  37. European Acts Dominate Premios Dial Latin Gala

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST More artists performed live at the Premios Cadena Dial Latin music gala award ceremony than ever before this year - but only two of them were from Latin America. Despite this, the Spanish language gala was broadcast live or delayed on 1,090 radio ...

  38. 'El Bambino,' Wisin & Yandel Lead Billboard Latin Awards Finalists

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Urban-leaning acts led the finalists' charge for the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards, with Tito "El Bambino" competing for 18 awards for his album "El Patrón" (Siente/Universal) and the single "El Amor." Foll ...

  39. Apodaca Promotions Wins $100K Judgment

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Houston-based Apodaca Promotions has won a judgment of $100,000 plus attorneys' fees and interest against parties it sued last year over alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition with Colombian cumbia act La Sonora Dinamita. Apoda ...

  40. Mexican Gov't Targets Drug Songs With Legislation

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Mexican government has put forth new legislation meant to mitigate the popularity of narcocorridos, the danceable songs that speak about drug dealers and their exploits. Mexico's ruling National Action Party introduced legislation Jan. 20 ...

  41. Live Nation Confirms 2010 'Los Tres' Line-Up

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mexican superstars Alejandro Fernández, Marco Antonio Solís and Joan Sebastian will team for a nine-city U.S. tour that kicks off April 10 in Anaheim, Calif. The “Los Tres” tour will be produced by Live Nation and tickets go on sale Feb. 12. The & ...

  42. La Quinta Estación, Calle 13 Among Early Grammy Winners

    January 31, 2010 12:00 AM EST Few surprises were in store Sunday in the Latin category at the 52nd Grammy Awards, with Spanish pop group La Quinta Estación winning a Grammy for Latin pop album and Calle 13 winning for Latin rock, alternative or urban album. Calle 13's &qu ...

  43. Latin Briefs: Angel Kaminsky, Universal, Juanes

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Angel Kaminsky has been named VP of Latin artists marketing for Universal Music Latin America , replacing Jose Puig, who was appointed last week to the post of GM for Universal Music Mexico. Kaminsky, who has an extensive background in marketin ...

  44. Latin Briefs: Jorge Villamizar, MTV, Selena

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST - Colombian singer-songwriter Jorge Villamizar has signed a new worldwide management deal with The Sixth House. The next solo album from the ex-Bacilos frontman, who just won a Latin Grammy for his co-write of Luis Enrique's "Yo No Sé Ma ...

  45. Cuba's Los Van Van Plan Long-Awaited U.S. Tour

    December 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning Cuban band Los Van Van are celebrating 40 years of salsa revolution with a long-awaited return to the United States. Often called the 'Rolling Stones of salsa', the group will perform in Key West, Florida on January 28, en ...

  46. Cuban Govt Honors Kool And The Gang

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cuban culture minister Abel Prieto presented U.S. band Kool & the Gang with an honorary award from the Cubadisco 2009 Festival, given to artists who contribute "to human improvement," Cuban media reported. Cubadisco is the annual Cub ...

  47. Latin Briefs: Sony Ericsson, Diana Reyes, Capitol Latin

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Sony Ericsson 's Latin America office in Miami is closing and moving its operations to Atlanta, where it will be part of Sony Ericsson Americas. There was no immediate information on when the Miami offices will close but all Latin American ...

  48. Argentina Extends Copyright Term

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Argentina has extended the term of protection on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. The move, which will benefit labels and performers, was announced at the "Tango National Day" celebrations in Buenos Aires when the modification to Ar ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Universal Music Latino, Machete Shift To LA

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Latino and Machete are shifting their operations from Miami to Los Angeles. The move is the latest following the restructuring of Universal's Latin division and the creation of Universal Music Latin Entertainment last year fol ...

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