Latin American culture

  1. Final Lineup Set For Billboard Regional Mexican Summit

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican music's top acts will meet the digital world's most important players Oct. 6 - 8 at the third annual Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit in Los Angeles. In response to interest by the regional Mexican industry in adv ...

  2. Jenni Rivera Grabs First No. 1 Debut

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Banda diva Jenni Rivera has the first No. 1 debut of her career on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart this week for her latest on Fonovisa, "Jenni." The album moved 16,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it Rivera' ...

  3. Fonovisa-backed Voting PSAs Target Latinos

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to encourage Latinos - particularly newly-naturalized citizens - to register to vote, Voto Latino has partnered with leading regional Mexican label Fonovisa/Disa to produce a series of PSA's that will air on radio stations nation ...

  4. Cafe Tacvba Leads Latin Grammy Nods

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alternative Mexican band Cafe Tacvba is the leading nominee for the ninth annual Latin Grammy Awards , garnering six nods including album of the year (for "Sino") and song of the year (for "Esta Vez"). Juanes netted five nomina ...

  5. Juanes Tops Los Premios MTV Nominations

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With seven nods, Colombia's Juanes tops the list of nominees for the seventh annual Los Premios MTV awards. Juanes' nominations include video of the year (for "Me Enamora"), artist of the year and solo artist of the year. His s ...

  6. Luis Fonsi Grabs Career-best Sales Week

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Luis Fonsi's "Palabras del Silencio" debuts on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart at No. 1 this week with the best sales week of his career. The album on Universal Latino shifted about 30,000 copies in its debut week, according ...

  7. Disa Records Founder Returns To Label

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Domingo Chavez, who founded regional Mexican powerhouse label Disa Records with his family more than 30 years ago, has returned to the label as its president, Billboard has learned. Based in Los Angeles but dividing his time between Mexico and the ...

  8. Italian Indie Label Plots U.S. Expansion

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian indie Planet Records, which has pioneered the entry of multiple tropical acts into the European market, is opening offices in the United States by the beginning of 2009. Planet, which licensed the likes of Monchy & Alexandra and Papi S ...

  9. Fonovisa To Unveil New Regional Mexican Series

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fonovisa Records is preparing to launch a new branded series of regional Mexican music albums. Titled "Idolos (De Mexico Para el Mundo)," which translates to "Idols From Mexico to the World." The first edition will feature trac ...

  10. Premios MTV Adds Ringtone, Fan Club Categories

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reflecting changes in music discovery and monetization, this year’s Premios MTV Latin America have introduced five new categories: Best Ringtone, Best Music in a Videogame, Best Tour, Best Music Film and Best Fan Club. Fans can register their club ...

  11. Cubadisco Music Fair To Test U.S. Blockade

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rico is to be the guest territory at the 2009 Cubadisco music fair in Havana between May 16 and 24, even though the territory is affected by the U.S. blockade. Organisers of the Cuban music event, which is now in its thirteenth year, say th ...

  12. Universal Latin Pacts With Rayovac For Download Promo

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment is partnering with Rayovac batteries in promoting full-track online downloads in Latin America. Customers can find codes inside the battery packs that can be redeemed for free downloadable tracks at Rayovac' ...

  13. Fonovisa Marketing Director Arciniega Dies

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Roberto Arciniega, the longtime marketing director for Fonovisa Records, passed away Aug. 1 in his California home. He was 58. The cause of death was unknown at press time, although sources say Arciniega had recently stayed home sick with the flu. ...

  14. SBS To Unveil Integrated Chayanne Push

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SBS radio network will launch a "Chayanne Music Release" weekend Aug. 1 at 7 a.m. in which songs by the Puerto Rican pop star will play in heavy rotation on four key SBS stations nationwide. The Chayanne push comes in support of the trac ...

  15. Salsa Star Ruben Blades Signs With UMPG

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Actor, singer, composer and politician Ruben Blades, possibly the single, best known name in contemporary salsa, has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), Billboard.biz has ...

  16. Mobile Carrier Centennial Preps Talent Competition

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rican mobile carrier Centennial is touting what it calls "the first vocal talent competition via the cellphone." The promotion, dubbed "Phonestar," calls for contestants to dial a code (*7827) on their Centennial phones ...

  17. Lopez, Aventura Win Gongs At Univision's 'Premios Juventud'

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Forget the trophies doled out at the fifth edition of the Univision Network's "Premios Juventud" (Youth Awards). Rather, the popular awards show, which aired live from Miami's BankUnited Center on July 17, was all about music p ...

  18. Iglesias, Aventura Team Up For Tour

    July 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In what amounts to an unlikely pop and tropical alliance, Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias is teaming up with urban/bachata group Aventura for a U.S. arena tour. The "Enrique Iglesias/Aventura" tour kicks off Sept. 4 in Laredo, Texas, a ...

  19. Banda El Recodo Seals Booking Deal

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexico's venerable Banda El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga has signed a booking agreement with Nueva Generación Music Group Inc. Effective immediately, Nueva Generación will begin booking U.S. dates for the group, which is celebrating its 70th ...

  20. Latin Briefs: Fonsi, Olympic Games, Signos Music

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Luis Fonsi recorded a special version of his new single "No Me Doy Por Vencido" for use in the AT&T campaign centered around this year's Olympic Games . Net proceeds from mobile downloads of the tracks by the wireless company& ...

  21. Jorge Villamizar Signs Deal With Cabeza De Raton

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ex-Bacilos leader and solo artist Jorge Villamizar has signed with Bogota-based firm Cabeza de Raton to represent him in his native Colombia. The two-year management deal is the latest for the upstart firm, founded last year and headed by Rodolfo ...

  22. Premium Latin, Sony BMG To Release 'Sanky' CD/DVD

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The soundtrack and DVD of Dominican movie “Sanky Panky” goes on sale in the U.S. July 1. The CD/DVD is distributed by Sony BMG, and the movie was produced by Premium Latin Films, a division of the music label known for urban bachata group Aventura ...

  23. Los Premios MTV Latin America Preps 15th Anniversary

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Los Premios MTV Latin America will celebrate their 15th anniversary in the region by holding the awards show in Guadalajara, Mexico. The show will air live on Thursday, Oct. 16 from Guadalajara's Telmex Auditorium in two dozen countries in La ...

  24. Intocable Launches Social Network

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Norteño group Intocable has re-launched its Web site with a social network where fans can make profiles and post their own photos, blogs and videos. The new site, designed by InStyle! Software, also allows fans to chat, buy merchandise and use a w ...

  25. BMI Honors Top Latin Songwriters

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three singer-songwriters -- Juan Luis Morera Luna and Llandel Veguilla Malave (better known as Wisin & Yandel), along with troubadour Espinoza Paz -- tied for the Latin songwriter of the year award at the 15th annual BMI Latin Music Awards. Th ...

  26. Fonseca Show To Launch Univision Concert Site

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Univision.com is premiering its new concert micro site , "En Directo," this week with a free Fonseca show. Thursday's concert at 7 p.m. ET will feature the Colombian artist performing 10 songs from his latest album on EMI Televisa, ...

  27. Marc Anthony At Work On Three Albums

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Salsa star Marc Anthony has always had a penchant for recording different albums, and even different styles - like pop and salsa - simultaneously. Now, he's in the middle of recording not two, but three projects. "I'm in the studio ...

  28. LAMC Announces Lineup

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh and DJ Bitman will play Central Park's SummerStage July 12 as part of the 9th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City. The July 8-12 conference's other performances include Brazilian Gi ...

  29. Marc Anthony Plans Third Juntos Concert Series

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Salsa star Marc Anthony will announce the third edition of the Juntos en Concierto concert series, slated to kick off this July. Anthony's announcement will be made today during a press conference with representatives from financial instituti ...

  30. Sony/ATV Signs Latin Hitmakers

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed four worldwide co-publishing agreements with songwriters and producers in a wide range of Latin genres. The signings include Juan Jose Hernandez, author of Gilberto Santa Rosa’s hit “Conteo Regresivo,” as well ...

  31. Latin Superstars Highlight Poverty Benefit

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A lineup of Latin mega-stars including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bose and Los Tigres del Norte performed simultaneously on stages in Buenos Aires and Mexico City on Saturday, raising awareness for the needs of ...

  32. Juan Luis Guerra Preps U.S. Trek

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tropical star Juan Luis Guerra is preparing to kick off his first U.S. national tour in over a decade. The "La Travesía" (The Voyage) tour, so named after one of Guerra's hit songs, starts July 12 at the American Airlines Arena in M ...

  33. Sony/ATV, Solis Take ASCAP Latin Honors

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing was named publisher of the year and Marco Antonio Solis won songwriter of the year at the 16th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards. Sony/ATV took home publisher of the year Friday (May 16) with 43 songs among the performing r ...

  34. UMPG Inks Reyes

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has signed producer/songwriter Julio Reyes Copello to an administration deal. Reyes is known for his work with Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Paulina Rubio, among others. UMPG Latin America senior VP Ed ...

  35. 'Rodeo' Set For September Run

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Los Tigres del Norte, Pepe Aguilar and El Chapo de Sinaloa will perform "The Rodeo of the Decade," a U.S. tour slated to begin in September. The three superstars of norteño, pop/ranchera and banda will be joined by horses in a "musi ...

  36. Latin Stars Sign On For Free Concerts

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shakira, Juanes, Maná and Juan Luis Guerra are part of an all-star lineup of Latin acts set to perform free concerts May 17 on behalf of impoverished children in Latin America. The ALAS (América Latina en Acción Solidaria) organization is putting ...

  37. Miguel Lends Image To ATT

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican crooner Luis Miguel is the face of a new ATT campaign, timed with Mother's Day on May 11. Beginning April 18, through May 11, television stations in the U.S. will air an ATT ad that features snippets from Luis Miguel's new video, ...

  38. Touring Briefs: Rozone Productions, Pachanga Latino Music Festival

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Austin, Texas-based Rozone Productions has been named the exclusive facility promotion and production team for Sturgis, S.D.'s Glencoe Amphitheater, home to the annual Sturgis Bike Week. In its new role, Rozone Productions will recruit tal ...

  39. Ratings Spike For Billboard Latin Awards

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bolstered by a star cast of performers that included Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Marco Antonio Solís, Ricardo Montaner, Juna Luis Guerra and Wisin & Yandel, the 2008 Billboard Latin Music Awards saw their ratings rise by 43% in comparison to the ...

  40. Array Of Acts Score Big At Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rare eclecticism marked the 19th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, with no one artist or genre dominating the list of winners. Instead, the changing Latin demographic, already reflected in increasingly diverse radio formats and broader TV optio ...

  41. Sony BMG Norte Takes Five Awards At Billboard Bash

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Norte picked up five awards during the Billboard Bash, the annual pre- awards celebration held as a preamble to the Billboard Latin Music Awards. During the April 9 event, which features performances by finalists and honors labels, publis ...

  42. Panel Discusses 'New Music Business' Strategy

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One size doesn't fit all artists when it comes to new business models and ways of dividing Latin music revenue, a Billboard Latin Music Conference panel concluded today (Tuesday). Declining record sales have spawned new ways of slicing up the ...

  43. Latin Grammys Head To Houston

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 9th annual Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Toyota Center in Houston on Nov. 13. This will mark the first year the awards show is held in Houston. Previous Latin Grammy shows were held in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and Las ...

  44. PDs Weigh Role Of Local Programming

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Programming locally in markets with diverse Spanish-speaking populations can present a challenge, but also an opportunity to discover new talent, program directors said today at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Julie Garza, on-air personality ...

  45. Opinion: Getting The Reggaeton Business—And Music—In Order

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite what critics said when reggaetón first came on the scene, it proved to be a force to be reckoned with as a genre of Latin music. In 2004 and 2005, reggaetón artists and producers established that the genre had the ability to appeal to a di ...

  46. Iglesias, Latin Stars Embrace Changing Media Climate

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When the first single of Enrique Iglesias' new album, "95/08," was ready to be sent to radio, Iglesias had one request: The track, "Dónde Están Corazón," could not be made available for digital download prior to the album& ...

  47. ASCAP To Honor Manuelle, Black: Guayaba

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will give special honors to salsa star Victor Manuelle and Puerto Rican rockers Black: Guayaba at its 16th Annual Latin Music Awards, to be held May 16 at the Ritz Carlton in Miami ...

  48. Barnasants Readies Release Of Aute's Cuba Concert

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new Spanish joint venture label is planning to launch a CD-book and DVD of a tribute concert for veteran Spanish singer/songwriter Luis Eduardo Aute. The Barnasants-Canción de Autor label was created last year by Barcelona's Barnasants sing ...

  49. MTV's 'La Zona TV' To Debut In April

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Latin America is premiering a new show, La Zona TV, in which three new and independent artists with profiles on MTVLA social/music network LaZona.com will be highlighted every week. Viewers will then be able to vote for their favorites online ...

  50. Palmieri Celebrates Career Milestone At Latin Jazz Fest

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eddie Palmieri will headline this year's Los Angeles Latin Jazz Festival, one of two Latin music festivals to be presented this year at L.A.'s Greek Theatre by promoter Eddie Rodriguez' Latin Works Music in association with Nederlan ...

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