Latin American culture

  1. Year End: Universal Music Latino, Artists In Lock Step On A&R

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Latino was the Hot Latin Songs Label of the year with 21 charting titles, including Luis Fonsi’s “No Me Doy Por Vencido” and Paulina Rubio’s “Causa y Efecto” at No. 1. The thrust behind the chart toppers, says label president Walte ...

  2. EMI, Televisa End Joint Ventures, Maintain A&R Ties

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI and Mexican broadcasting giant Televisa have ended their four-year-old label joint ventures, sources say. EMI's U.S. Latin operation, now known as Capitol Latin, is headed by senior VP Diana Rodriguez. She assumed leadership in September ...

  3. Juanes Honored With Colombian Peace Prize

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes was awarded his country's National Peace Prize for his involvement with the problems generated by Colombia's armed conflict. Juanes has worked actively with his Mi Sangre (My Blood) foundation to reduce ...

  4. Jenni Rivera Takes Top Honor At Premios De La Radio

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Banda diva Jenni Rivera was named artist of the year Tuesday night at the tenth annual Premios de la Radio, the regional Mexican music awards show presented by Liberman Broadcasting. Rivera, who was also named female soloist of the year, capped of ...

  5. Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Starts Nov. 15

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 15th annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio kicks off its week of competitions, workshops, school and community performances Nov. 15-22. The festival, which is the largest and longest-running mariachi event in the state, is capped ...

  6. Juan Gabriel Steals Show, Calle 13 Sweep Latin Grammys

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Urban duo Calle 13, which led nominations for the 10th annual Latin Grammys, were also the lead winners of the evening, taking home five Latin Grammys. Those included album of the year and best urban music album for “Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo” ( ...

  7. Calle 13 Leads Nominations For Latin Grammys

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With nominations in five categories including album of the year, the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13 is a favorite to win a Latin Grammy in Las Vegas - which might have producers of the international awards ceremony on edge. Residente, whose r ...

  8. Emotions Run High At Lifetime Achievement, Trustees Awards

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A cadre of veteran acts and ambassadors of Latin culture received Lifetime Achievement Awards and Trustees Awards from the Latin Recording Academy during a ceremony held Nov. 4. “It took me nine months to be born and it’s taken me 88 years to rece ...

  9. Latin Stars Give 'Life' To City Of Hope Project

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group will promote and distribute an original song, "La Gota de la Vida," ("the drop of life") to benefit Los Angeles cancer research center City of Hope and its Hispanic outreach campaign for bone marrow donati ...

  10. Latin Stars Sign On For Latin Grammys

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pepe Aguilar, Oscar D'León, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Wisin & Yandel and Juan Gabriel have joined the roster of acts performing at the 10th annual Latin Grammys, taking place Nov. 5. Other ...

  11. Juan Gabriel Faces Nov. 2 Vegas Court Date

    October 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Juan Gabriel's attorney says she's trying to vacate a Las Vegas judge's order for her client to appear in court Nov. 2--days before he's to receive the Latin Grammys' Person of the Year honor in the same city. The singer w ...

  12. Latin Briefs: Universal Latino, Aventura, Viva 105.7

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Universal Latino will release a line of budget catalog EP's for the fourth quarter called "6 Super Hits." Priced at $5.99, the titles from Paulina Rubio, Gloria Trevi, Akwid and others come out Nov. 17. EMI Mexico is releasing &q ...

  13. Worlds Collide At Premios MTV Latinoamerica

    October 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Wisin & Yandel and Panda were the big winners at Thursday’s Premios MTV Latinoamerica, an event that highlighted the tricky balance of pleasing a pan-regional audience. The reggaeton duo took home “tongue” statuettes for artist and video of th ...

  14. Panda, Wisin And Yandel Winners At Los Premios MTV

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock bands and reggaeton artists were big winners at Los Premios TV in Los Angeles, where the political leanings of the host, Calle 13's Residente, also had some time in the spotlight. Host Nelly Furtado opened the show Thursday with ...

  15. Calle 13, Ruben Blades To Perform Together At Latin Grammys

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Urban alternative act Calle 13 will perform with salsa icon Ruben Blades at the Latin Grammys Nov. 5, the Latin Recording Academy announced. Nominees David Bisbal, Shaila Durcal and Luz Rios were also revealed as performers at the 10th annual awar ...

  16. 60,000 Join Madrid's VivAmerica Celebration

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some 60,000 people, mainly Latin American, danced and sang their way down a central Madrid boulevard for four hours late Oct. 11, on the eve of the Oct. 12 Day of Hispanity, which marks the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the ...

  17. Alejandro Fernandez Discusses His ‘Two Worlds’ At Billboard Summit

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singing star Alejandro Fernandez dished on stage fright, coming out of his famous father’s shadow and his two forthcoming albums in a candid and sometimes raunchy keynote Q&A today (Oct. 9) at the Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit in Los ...

  18. Rivera Family Delivers Emotional Discussion At Regional Mexican Confab

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Laughter and plenty of tears marked the Rivera family's frank discussion of their musical dynasty today (Oct. 8) at the Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit in Los Angeles. The family patriarch Pedro Rivera and his children -- artists Jenn ...

  19. Buena Vista Leads New Impala List

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Cuban veterans of the Buena Vista Social Club head the latest list of European sales awards issued by independent labels trade body Impala. The 1997 set "Buena Vista Social Club" (World Circuit) has been certified double platinum, ma ...

  20. TV Producer Ricardo Peña Dies

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TV producer Ricardo Peña, who for more than 30 years executive-produced Venezuela's variety show "Súper Sábado Sensacional," died Tuesday. According to published reports, the 68-year-old died of a heart attack in his home after tapi ...

  21. Banda El Recodo Re-Signs With Fonovisa

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Banda el Recodo has re-signed with its longtime label Fonovisa, sources tell Billboard. The group's next album is slated for release Nov. 24. Banda el Recodo, one of regional Mexican music's top acts, is an over-70-year-old institution. ...

  22. BILLBOARD Q AND A: VICTOR MANUEL MORENO VALADEZ

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Earlier this year, Televisa Networks named Victor Manuel Moreno Valadez executive producer of its regional Mexican music and lifestyle channel Bandamax. The 23-year Televisa veteran spoke with Billboard ahead of his scheduled appearance as a panel ...

  23. Cuban Artists Allowed To Perform In US

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in six years, Cuban musicians will be allowed to perform in the United States. The U.S. State Department has supplied visas to veteran singer Omara Portuondo to perform shows in California at the end of October, and also to sing ...

  24. Snoop Dogg, Placebo Join MTV Latin America Lineup

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Snoop Dogg and reality show star Kim Kardashian will be presenters at the 2009 Los Premios MTV Latin America awards. British rockers Placebo and pop duo Jesse & Joy have joined a line-up of performers that includes Wisin & Yandel, P ...

  25. Latin Recording Academy Announces 2009 Lifetime Awards

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Latin Recording Academy will honor Cuban percussionist Candido Camero, samba icon Beth Carvalho, Argentine rock pioneer Charly Garcia, world music artist Tania Libertad, romantic singer Marco Antonio Muñiz and Christian preacher/artist Juan Ro ...

  26. Latin Briefs: Fonseca, Microsoft, Andrea Bocelli, Sears

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Colombian artist Fonseca will release his "Gratitud" album in Spain the first week of November. The release will be distributed by EMI but marketed by Fonseca's management team at 10 Music. -Mexican rock band Moderatto will partner ...

  27. Calle 13 Leads Latin Grammy Nods

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With five nods to their name, Latin Grammy darlings Calle 13 led the list of esoteric nominees for the 10th annual Latin Grammy awards. The eclectic Puerto Rican urban group, which has already won several Latin Grammys in the past, is up for award ...

  28. Rivera Family Set For Billboard's Regional Mexican Summit

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rivera family - stars Jenni Rivera, Lupillo Rivera, Juan Rivera and their father, industry icon Pedro Rivera - will all sit together in a unique and historic industry panel during Billboard's Regional Mexican Music Summit in October. The ...

  29. Editorial: Playing For Peace

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes' Peace Without Borders concert, slated for Sept. 20 in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución, has unleashed a maelstrom of debate about the ethics of performing in the country. Juanes will perform with Puerto ...

  30. Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit Lineup Expands

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The roster of talent for the Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit continues to grow, with Fonovisa acts Iván, Jazmin López, Roberto Tapia, Conjunto Azabache and El Potro de Sinaloa confirmed to perform at the Fonovisa 25th anniversary party. Th ...

  31. The Billboard Q&A: Walter Kolm

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Universal Music Group (UMG) restructured its U.S. Latin operations last year in the wake of its acquisition of Univision Music Group, it put its Latin pop, urban, tropical and rock repertoire under the leadership of Walter Kolm, formerly seni ...

  32. Chayanne Re-Ups With Sony Music Latin

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After nearly two years out of contract, Puerto Rican superstar Chayanne is close to re-signing with his longtime label, Sony Music Latin, sources say. Chayanne had been reportedly speaking with other labels after his contract expired in 2007. Now, ...

  33. Regional Mexican Artist Representative Murdered

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Juan Carlos Casillas Castañeda, whose company Producciones Esperanza booked and managed regional Mexican artists, was shot to death as he left a wedding in Puerto Vallarta on Saturday night, according to published reports. Casillas, who until six ...

  34. Residente To Host Los Premios MTV 2009

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Residente, one half of urban duo Calle 13, will host this year’s edition of Los Premios MTV 2009. The award show will air live Oct. 15 from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on MTV Latin America and on MTV TR3s in the U.S. As is customary, th ...

  35. Juanes 'Peace' Concert Stirs Debate Over Cuba

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Plans for Colombian rocker Juanes' "Peace Without Borders" concert in Cuba Sept. 20 continue despite an unabated maelstrom of debate and opinion that the show that will be staged in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución. Although det ...

  36. KTZR/Phoenix 'La Preciosa' Flips To Spanish AC

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel station KTZR-FM in Phoenix, which was carrying Mexican hits format “La Preciosa,” has now shifted to Latin adult contemporary. The new Mia 97.1 FM will play hits by the likes of Shakira, Alejandro Fernandez and Paulina Rubio. The sta ...

  37. Colombia To Be La Mar De Musicas 2010 Guest Country

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Colombia is to be the guest country at the 16th La Mar de Músicas world music festival in Spain next year, following this year's edition with Morocco as the invited country, festival organizers have announced. More than 60,000 people watched ...

  38. Premios Juventud Helps Boost Tito el Bambino, Luis Fonsi Sales

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Although sales reaction following Univision’s Premios Juventud wasn’t quite as strong as in past years, several artists saw very significant gains on Billboard’s sales chart in the days following the July 16 show. Most notable among them was Tito ...

  39. Regional Mexican Music Summit To Feature Alejandro Fernández Q&A

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alejandro Fernández, one of the few Latin music artists to successfully straddle the pop and ranchera markets, will be the superstar Q&A at Billboard's Regional Mexican Music Summit. Now in its fourth year, the summit will take place Oct. ...

  40. Average Ratings Down, Fonsi Up At Premios Juventud

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Luis Fonsi was the big winner at Univision's Premios Juventud last night, snapping up 10 trophies - a record for a single year in the youth-oriented entertainment show's six-year history. Among the awards Fonsi won were Red Hot Artist, F ...

  41. Industry Exec Zamora Launches Label

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Latin industry executive George Zamora has launched a new label, Zamora Music Group (ZMG). ZMG will be distributed by Sony Music Latin, which has an equity interest in the upstart label and is backing it. Zamora describes ZMG as a "bo ...

  42. Los Van Van Cancels Tour

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Major Cuban salsa and timba band Los Van Van has canceled its European summer tour after drummer and music director Samuel Formell suffered a domestic accident in his kitchen in Havana. Formell, son of Van Van double-bassist, leader and founder Ju ...

  43. Alejandro Fernandez Show Draws 150,000 Fans

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Authorities estimate some 150,000 fans showed up for singer Alejandro Fernández's "Jalisco en Vivo" show in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico on June 27. The free show was the second of two staged by Fernández - who is tourism amb ...

  44. Don Omar Sings Jingle In AT&T Campaign

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Don Omar stars in a new TV and radio campaign for AT&T promoting the LG Neon phone. The 30-second TV spots were shot on the set of Don Omar’s video for his single “Sexy Robotica” and directed by music video veteran Carlos Perez. The spots feat ...

  45. Alicia Villarreal Signs Admin Deal With Sony/ATV

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican singer/songwriter Alicia Villarreal, former lead singer of Grupo Limite, has signed a worldwide, co-publishing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Sony/ATV will now exclusively administer Villarreal’s catalog, Camixes Publis ...

  46. Latin Briefs: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, MTV, 'Descarga'

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs have canceled their headlining performance at Central Park’s SummerStage July 11, to be replaced by Calle 13. According to a statement from Cadillacs management, the cancellation came as a result of having to reschedule t ...

  47. Alejandro Fernandez Stages Free Mexican Show

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mexican star Alejandro Fernandez hosted the first of two free mega concerts he financed and produced in Mexico to entice tourism back into the country following the breakout of swine flu. The first "Jalisco En Vivo" (Jalisco Live), title ...

  48. 'Latin Alternative' Radio Show To Debut July 4

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT “The Latin Alternative,” an hourlong weekly radio show devoted to highlighting acts such as Manu Chao, Café Tacvba and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, will debut July 4 on public radio station WEXT 97.7 FM in Albany, N.Y. Hosted by former Nacional Record ...

  49. 'Latin Alternative' Flips Switch On July 4

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "The Latin Alternative," an hour long weekly radio show devoted to highlighting acts such as Manu Chao, Café Tacvba and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, will debut July 4 on public radio station WEXT 97.7 FM in Albany, N.Y. Hosted by Nacional Re ...

  50. Aventura Hit High Mark With 'The Last'

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With first-week sales of over 47,000 copies, Aventura's album "The Last" has the best sales week for any Latin album in the U.S. since 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last time a Latin album had a better sales week was whe ...

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