Latin American culture

  1. Grammys Fold Latin Urban Album Into Rock/Alternative Field

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After two years on its own, the trustees of the Recording Academy (NARAS) have voted to eliminate the Latin Urban Album category for the Grammys, combining it once again with the category for Latin rock and alternative albums. The re-designation o ...

  2. LAMC Reveals Lineup For 10th Anniversary Event

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Latin Alternative Music Conference has announced its lineup of showcases and panels for this year's 10th anniversary event, taking place July 7 - 11 in New York. In addition to previously-announced Central Park SummerStage and Celebrate B ...

  3. Luis Fonsi Takes 13 Premios Juventud Nods

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Luis Fonsi, continuing his most successful year to date as a recording artist, received 13 nominations for Univision's 6th annual Premios Juventud Awards. The awards show, which will air live July 16 on the Univision Network ...

  4. Sting, Edin Karamazov Honored At Cubadisco

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. singer Sting and Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov won one of three International awards at the 13th Cubadisco music trade fair in Havana, for their album "Songs From The Labyrinth" (Deutsche Grammaphon). Cubadisco is held this yea ...

  5. CMN, Billboard Team For Latin Concert Series

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment marketing company Cárdenas Marketing Network (CMN) has joined forces with Billboard to present a series of Latin music concerts tied to the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The Billboard Latin Music Concert Series is tentatively schedul ...

  6. Obama Raises Hopes For Revived Interest In Cuban Music

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As the annual Cuban music trade fair Cubadisco kicks off May 16 in Havana, promoters in the United States are hoping that a thaw in relations with Cuba could revive interest in the island's music. Encouraged by President Barack Obama's r ...

  7. Emusica Sells Assets To Investment Firm

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Miami-based Emusica Entertainment Group has sold its assets, including the historic Fania catalog, to New York investment firm Signal Equity. Emusica will continue to operate for the time being during its phase-out, in order to pay out royalties. ...

  8. Univision Radio, Smirnoff Ice Back Latin Shows

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Univision Radio has launched a partnership with Smirnoff Ice to produce and promote a series of summer concert events aimed at the Latin marketplace. The concert events, called Fiestas Chulas, are part of a national Smirnoff Ice promotion and will ...

  9. Billboard Latin Music Awards' Ratings Up

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm, which aired live on the Telemundo network on April 23, reached 5.8 million unique viewers, 300,000 more than the year before, according to Nielsen Media Research data. According to Nie ...

  10. Flex Takes Eight Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Propelled by the runaway success of his hit single "Te Quiero," Felix Danilo Gómez, the Panamenian DJ and singer better known as Flex, was the big winner at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music awards presented by State Farm Insurance on April ...

  11. Latin Briefs: Fonseca, Reik, Victor Manuelle

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- As part of Western Union's presenting sponsorship of Fonseca's current 14-show tour, the Colombian pop star has recorded a radio spot for the money transfer company set to air around Mothers Day. A Fonseca song to be determined will a ...

  12. Urban bachata Duo Xtreme To Star In Reality Show

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Urban bachata duo Xtreme will star in “Xtreme: On the Verge,” a new reality show on mun2 that premieres May 7. The bilingual cable channel will follow Xtreme’s Steve Styles and Danny D for seven episodes as they navigate their business, record mus ...

  13. Latin Panel Discusses Audience Reach Of Urban Acts

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the going gets tough, the tough get creative, industry professionals agreed on the first day (April 20) of the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami. That held true just as much for urban artists trying to reach a fragmented audience with ...

  14. Iglesias, Daddy Yankee Set For Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Superstars Enrique Iglesias, Daddy Yankee, Aventura, Wisin & Yandel, Akon and Rubén Blades and his legendary band, Los Seis del Solar, have been added to the lineup of performers for the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards. They join a roster of ...

  15. Latin Briefs: Liberman Broadcasting, Granda

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Liberman Broadcasting has flipped its Latin rhythmic KZZA (Casa 106.7)/Dallas to a Spanish oldies format, "La Bonita." The station was broadcasting grupero, cumbia, banda, ballads and bachata on Tuesday, with no on-air talent. The chan ...

  16. Celia Cruz Estate Wins Domain Battle

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Celia Cruz may have been known as the Queen of Salsa, but when it came to the Web, she had no domain. For the past decade, a Cayman Island-based corporation has held control over the celiacruz.com Web domain. But now, the name will revert to the l ...

  17. Luis Fonsi To Launch U.S. Tour In April

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Luis Fonsi, whose single "No Me Doy Por Vencido" is in its 38th week on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, will tour nine U.S. cities between April and June on the first leg of his "Palabras del Silencio" stateside tour. F ...

  18. Conjunto Atardecer Drummer Killed

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Roberto Villa, drummer of regional Mexican group Conjunto Atardecer, was killed in an attack by armed commandos that left four other people dead. He was 24 years old and an original member of Atardecer, a duranguense group that, since its creation ...

  19. Paz Takes Home BMI Latin Songwriter Of The Year Honor

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Young singer/songwriter Espinoza Paz received his second consecutive Latin Songwriter of the Year award at the 16th annual BMI Latin Music Awards, celebrated March 12 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. Paz, who has also launched a successful solo ...

  20. Billboard To Honor Santana, Daddy Yankee, Alarcon

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of its Latin Music Conference and Awards, Billboard will honor icon Carlos Santana, reggaetón star Daddy Yankee and industry maverick and impresario Raul Alarcón Sr. with special discretionary awards. Sa ...

  21. Industry Veteran Ralph Mercado Dies At 67

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music impresario Ralph Mercado, founder of legendary indie salsa label RMM and long known as the executive behind a new generation of tropical music, has died. Mercado, who had battled cancer for two years, passed away at Hackensack University Med ...

  22. Finalists Announced For Billboard Latin Music Awards

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST A varied list of artists, from veteran to newcomers, dominates the finalists for the 11th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place April 23 in Miami. Icons Vicente Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis and Mana, along with pop star Enrique Igles ...

  23. Buena Vista Social Club Bassist Lopez Dead At 76

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, considered the "heartbeat" of Cuba's legendary Buena Vista Social Club for his internationally acclaimed bass playing, died Monday of complications from prostate surgery, fellow musicians said. He ...

  24. Juanes, Jaguares, Jose Feliciano Take Grammys

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Best Latin Pop Album went to last year's Latin Grammy sweeper Juanes, for his "La Vida Es…Un Ratico." Producer Gustavo Santaolalla accepted the award on behalf of the Colombian pop star today (Feb. 8) during the Grammy pre-telecast ...

  25. Latin Briefs: "Batalla de las Americas," Raul Acosta

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Spanish Broadcasting System’s Mega TV and Worldvibe Entertainment is casting a music reality show, “Batalla de las Americas,” to form the latest Menudo offshoot XM2. The primetime show will debut in April after auditions in New York, Los Angeles, ...

  26. Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle Plot Tour

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Contemporary salsa stars Gilberto Santa Rosa and Victor Manuelle are going on tour together. The trek, titled "La Historia Continua," is produced by Sony Music Latin's Day 1 Entertainment. "La Historia Continua" begins Feb ...

  27. Former, Current K-Paz Members Prep Albums

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Majestad de la Sierra, a group formed by several former members of duranguense superstars K-Paz de la Sierra, is scheduled to release its debut album "Nueva Ilusion" on Disa Mar. 10. The band, led by vocalist Humberto Duran and musical d ...

  28. Tropisounds' Mario Marrero Dies From Cancer

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mario Marrero, a composer, executive producer and pastor who worked in A&R at indie label Tropisounds, has died. He was 55. Marrero passed away from cancer at the University Hospital Medical Center in Broward County, Fla., on Wednesday, accord ...

  29. Premios Lo Nuestro Awards Nods Unveiled

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST With five nods each, Juanes and salsero Gilberto Santa Rosa led the nominations for the annual Premios lo Nuestro awards. Juanes is up for best artist and album of the year as well as for three awards in the rock category. Santa Rosa is also up fo ...

  30. Fonovisa Plans Anniversary Campaign

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fonovisa Records, previously the top-selling Latin indie label in the United States, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an ambitious, year-long release schedule. Under the slogan "Fonovisa 25 Aniversario: La Historia de los Exitos" ...

  31. Latin Briefs: Idol Winner, Diana Reyes, Rivera Tour

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - "Latin American Idol" Season 2 winner Carlos Peña is releasing his new single, "Desesperadamente," in the U.S. this week as he prepares to perform at an inaugural celebration for President-elect Barack Obama. The Guatemalan s ...

  32. Rihanna, Iglesias, Fall Out Boy Set For Super Bowl Bash

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy and Lifehouse will play the National Football League's Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash at Tampa, Florida's Ford Amphitheatre. The two-night event Jan. 29 - 30 leads up to the Super Bowl Feb. 1. Tickets ...

  33. Univision Taps 'Esta Navidad' For Holiday Theme

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Esta Navidad," a song written and performed by pianist Arthur Hanlon and sung by Puerto Rican pop artist Janina, is the Christmas theme song for several local Univision TV stations. A TV spot featuring both artists is airing in New York ...

  34. Alejandro Fernandez Signs To Universal

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mexican superstar Alejandro Fernández, who during his career has successfully married ranchera and pop music, has signed a new recording deal with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE). The deal, which had been negotiated for months, was fina ...

  35. Juanes, Luis Miguel, Luis Fonsi Up For Grammys

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fresh off his Latin Grammy sweep, Juanes was nominated for best Latin Pop album at this year's Grammys along with Luis Miguel, Jorge Drexler, Luis Fonsi and Tommy Torres. The nominations spanned both traditional and contemporary sounds within ...

  36. Aventura Lines Up Record Run

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Urban bachata group Aventura will play a fifth consecutive show in Puerto Rico's Coliseum, establishing a new record for most consecutive performances at the venue. Aventura plays its first show tonight (Dec. 4), and then will play Dec. 5, 6, ...

  37. LA Mayor, Calle 13 Appear At Premios De La Radio

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and urban group Calle 13 were surprise guests Wednesday night at the Premios de la Radio at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheatre. The annual regional Mexican awards show is presented by Liberman Broadcasting' ...

  38. Juanes, Kany Garcia Lead 2008 Latin Grammys

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Commercial success stories triumphed over critical darlings at Thursday's Latin Grammys, with Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Wisin & Yandel, Flex and Kany Garcia emerging victorious during 9th annual awards in Houston. Colombian rock star Juane ...

  39. George, Wisin & Yandel Win Early Latin Grammys

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tropical producer Sergio George and and reggaeton hitmakers Wisin & Yandel were early winners tonight (Nov. 13) at the 9th annual Latin Grammy awards, presented at Houston's Toyota Center. On the strength of his work on Marc Anthony' ...

  40. Latin Recording Academy Honors Legends In Houston

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an emotional ceremony that served as a reminder of music’s ability to transcend time and adversity, nine living legends of Latin music were honored with special awards by the Latin Recording Academy (LARAS) tonight (Nov. 12) in Houston. Venezue ...

  41. Celia Cruz Exhibit/Album Offer To Hit In 2009

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A museum exhibit featuring memorabilia from the late salsa legend Celia Cruz will begin traveling next summer, starting at Colombia's National Museum in Bogota. Nelson Albareda, CEO of entertainment company Eventus, tells Billboard.biz that v ...

  42. Eventus Releases Celia Cruz Live Album

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eventus Entertainment/Latinum Music, the label arm of concert promotions company Eventus, today released what it says is salsa legend Celia Cruz’ first live solo album. “Su Música por el Mundo,” distributed by Sony, contains live versions of “La V ...

  43. Juanes, Tokio Hotel Big Winners At MTV Latin Awards

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With four nods each, Juanes and Tokio Hotel were the big winners at the Los Premios MTV Latin America 2008 awards, which took place Oct. 16 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The seventh annual awards ceremony, which aired live from the Telmex Auditorium, ce ...

  44. Verizon Backs Toby Love

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Romantic urban bachata singer Toby Love is in the midst of a five-date, West Coast tour sponsored by Verizon as part of the release of his sophomore album, “Love Is Back” (Sony). Love kicked off his “Love Is Back” tour with a show at San Diego’s B ...

  45. Siente To Distribute Marcy Place

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Siente Music has signed a licensing deal with Orfanato Music Group, the label that belongs to reggaetón star Don Omar, to market and distribute urban bachata group Marcy Place. Marcy Place’s debut album, “B From Marcy Place,” will be released Nov. ...

  46. Orchard Inks Key Regional Mexican Labels

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor The Orchard has signed up two key labels in the regional Mexican genre. Cintas Acuario, home to early recordings from Jenni Rivera, Lupillo Rivera, Valentin Elizalde, Chalino Sanchez and El Chapo de Sinaloa, has joined The Orch ...

  47. Regional Mexican Revival

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In mid-September, youthful duranguense group Alacranes Musical debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart with its album "Tu Inspiración" (Fonovisa). With 20,000 copies scanned, it was Alacranes' best-selling week e ...

  48. Sony/ATV Signs Worldwide Deal With Claudia Brant

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a long-term, worldwide publishing agreement with singer/songwriter Claudia Brant, one of Latin music’s most successful contemporary songwriters, Billboard.biz has learned. Sony/ATV will exclusively administer B ...

  49. Ricardo Arjona Switches Management Team

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following the recent announcement of his shift to Warner Music Latin America, after spending the majority of his career with Sony BMG, singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona has also added a new management team. Effective immediately, the artist will be ...

  50. Ricardo Arjona Signs With Warner Music Latina

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After spending the majority of his career signed to Sony, and later, Sony BMG, Guatemalan singer/songwriter and top-selling artist Ricardo Arjona has signed a long-term recording deal with Warner Music Latina. The deal was closed this month, and A ...

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