Latin American culture

  1. Cuban Bass Player Israel Lopez 'Cachao' Dies

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuban bass player Israel López "Cachao," whose place in history as one of the creators of the mambo was forgotten literally for decades before he was rediscovered and launched to a broad audience in the 1990s, has died. He was 89 years o ...

  2. Billboard To Honor Conjunto Primavera, Juanes

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Iconic norteño group Conjunto Primavera and socially conscious Colombian rocker Juanes will receive Billboard's 2008 Lifetime Achievement and Spirit of Hope Awards, respectively. Both acts will be honored during the 19th annual Billboard Lati ...

  3. Univision: Music Business Sale Priced At $153 Million

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Univision Communications on Monday disclosed that it received $153 million for the sale of its music recording and publishing business to Universal Music Group -- a deal announced last week at an undisclosed sum . Univision, in a regulatory filing ...

  4. K-Paz Tops Latin Albums Chart In Debut

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST K-Paz de la Sierra's "En Vivo Desde El Auditorio Nacional" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart this week. The Disa release is the second K-Paz title to top the chart since the December murder of lead singer Se ...

  5. Universal Music Group To Acquire Univision

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following months of protracted negotiations, Universal Music Group has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Univision Music Group. The deal will include Univision's music recording and publishing division. The acquisition, which is sub ...

  6. Wu-Tang Latino To Distribute Download Cards For New Comp

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wu-Tang Latino will promote its first compilation, “Wu Latino Presenta La Familia,” with 200,000 free download cards distributed at college campuses. The Latin urban label is partnering with digital distributor The Orchard to make the album availa ...

  7. White Departs Balboa Records

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Frank White, Balboa Records' longtime national director of promotions, has left the company. White, who had been with Balboa over ten years, is now running the U.S. offices of pop/ranchera star Pepe Aguilar. Aguilar recently won a Grammy for ...

  8. Juanes Flying High On Latin Chart

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Colombian rocker Juanes is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart this week with the track "Gotas de Agua Dulce." To reach the top spot, Juanes had to oust himself. His previous single, "Me Enamora," spent 20 weeks at No. ...

  9. Guerra Leads List Of Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vying for seven honors, Dominican singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra tops the list of finalists for the 19th Billboard Latin Music Awards. Guerra and his group 440, whose album "La Llave de Mi Croazón" (EMI Televisa) and its eponymous si ...

  10. Cuban Percussionist Güines Dies At 77

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Celebrated Cuban percussionist Tata Güines, known as "the king of the drum", died Monday in Havana, aged 77, according to family sources. Local TV confirmed his passing away in the early hours, 10 days after being admitted to hospital wi ...

  11. NFL, Univision Make Digital Pact

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a bid for the Latin audience, the National Football league is partnering with Univision Online and Latin pop artists this Superbowl weekend. NFLatino.com, a new Spanish-language Web site powered by Univision.com, is offering video highlights of ...

  12. LATV Names Bentivoglio VP Of Programming

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Luca Bentivoglio has been appointed VP of programming at LATV. He reports to the bilingual entertainment channel's president Daniel Crowe, and is responsible for content and scheduling at the Los Angeles-based network. A former programming an ...

  13. Ex-Manager's Murder Shakes Mexican Music Community

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Roberto del Fierro Lugo, former marketing manager of Mexican musician Jesus "El Flaco" Elizalde, died early Wednesday after he was shot on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Mexico. Del Fierro Lugo, 47, died from a single shot to his head, the newe ...

  14. MP3 Cards To Feature Latin Acts

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alejandro Fernandez, Calle 13 and Camila are among the Latin acts whose albums will be available on Sony BMG's Platinum MusicPass MP3 cards. The label revealed Monday that the artist-specific digital album cards, which retail for $12.99, woul ...

  15. Disa Preps Live K-Paz Release

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Disa Records will release "K-Paz En Vivo Desde El Auditorio Nacional" Feb. 19. The live CD will be packaged with video of one of the duranguense group's Sept. 2007 concerts at the Mexico City venue. The live album features duets wit ...

  16. Gongs Handed Out At Premios Principales Gala

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Actor and occasional rapper Will Smith was the big surprise at Madrid's 2nd Premios Principales music awards on Dec. 14, organized by Spain's most popular national music radio network, Top 40 format Los 40 Principales. The network belong ...

  17. Premios Premmusa Awards To Air Dec. 18

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST The first ever Premios Premmusa awards for regional Mexican music, which took place as part of Billboard's 2007 Regional Mexican Music Summit, will air Dec. 18 at 8 PM on the Azteca América network. The airing will feature performances by Con ...

  18. K-Paz Sales Jump In Wake Of Singer's Murder

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Following the murder in Mexico of Sergio Gómez, lead singer of duranguense group K-Paz de la Sierra, the group's most recent album, "Capaz de Todo Por Tí," jumped to No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart for the week endi ...

  19. Mexican Trumpet Player Aquino Found Dead

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST A trumpet player was found dead with his hands and feet bound and a nylon bag over his head in southern Mexico, in what authorities said was apparently the country's third murder of a musician in less than a week. Jose Luis Aquino, 33, had be ...

  20. K-Paz De La Sierra Singer Gomez Murdered

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sergio Gómez, lead singer of the duranguense band K-Paz de la Sierra, was kidnapped and later executed Sunday morning (Dec. 2) in Mexico's Michoacán state. He was 34. Accompanied by Victor Hugo Sánchez and Javier Rivera, K-Paz' Mexico- a ...

  21. Calle 13, Don Cheto Team For Banda Remix

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Calle 13 and Los Angeles regional Mexican radio host Don Cheto have teamed for a banda remix of "Pa'l Norte," winner of best urban song at last month’s Latin Grammys. The original Calle 13 pro-immigrant anthem featuring Orishas, pea ...

  22. Conjunto Primavera To Celebrate 30th With Nokia Show

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Conjunto Primavera will celebrate its 30th anniversary as a group by playing the first regional Mexican show at AEG's newly-inaugurated Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The concert at the 7,100-seat venue, located within the L.A. Live complex, i ...

  23. JCPenney To Sponsor Fernandez Special

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST JCPenney will sponsor a one-hour Univision TV special with Alejandro Fernandez, "Regalo de Navidad," and use one of his songs in a holiday campaign. The special, set to air Nov. 23 at 10 p.m. ET, features an interview with Fernandez at h ...

  24. Lopez, Fernandez Among Premios Amigo Nominees

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Spain's music industry will experience a new look award ceremony on Nov. 27 when the Premios Amigo gala is held for the first time in six years. Details of the return of the top music industry award gala were revealed today in a four-page pre ...

  25. Rivera, Rieleros Win Big At Premios De La Radio

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Liberman Broadcasting KBUE (Que Buena)/Los Angeles' Los Premios de La Radio were handed out Wednesday (Nov. 14) at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Among the night's big winners were Jenni Rivera, who took home Artist of the Year, ...

  26. Day 1 Preps 'Yo Soy Barrio' Tour

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Latin's artist management arm, Day 1 Entertainment, is kicking off its "Yo Soy Barrio" tour in tandem with three new releases by its artists. Urban acts Voltio, Alexis y Fido and Toby Love are performing together on the tou ...

  27. Crespo Onboard With Energizer Campaign

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Merengue act Elvis Crespo is one of the new faces of Energizer's Musica Que Sigue y Sigue (Music That Goes On and On) campaign. Inspired by the Energizer logo, Crespo wrote and recorded "Esto No Para" (This Doesn't Stop), set t ...

  28. Juan Luis Guerra Dominates Latin Grammy Awards

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Juan Luis Guerra was the big winner at the Latin Grammy Awards tonight (Nov. 8) at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, taking home honors for album of the year, song of the year, record of the year, tropical song and best merengue album, for his single ...

  29. Latin Recording Academy Honors Guerra

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST In an event that had industry heads literally dancing between the aisles, Dominican innovator Juan Luis Guerra was feted last night (Nov. 7) in Las Vegas as the Latin Recording Academy's person of the year. Guerra's album "La Llave ...

  30. Manuelle To Release Christmas Album

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Salsa star Victor Manuelle is releasing an all-Christmas album, due Nov. 13. "Victor Manuelle Una Navidad a Mi Estilo" is slated for release on Manuelle's own label, Kiyavi, via a distribution deal with Machete Music. Manuelle recen ...

  31. Latin Acts Set For First-Ever Arka Fest

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An ambitious lineup of nearly 100 Latin alternative rock, ska and punk bands from the U.S. and Latin America is set to take over Los Angeles' Pico Rivera Sports Arena in the first-ever Arka Fest. Billing itself as "the first U.S. nationa ...

  32. Mana, Camila, Belinda, Avril Win Big At Premios MTV

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With two awards each, Mexican rockers Maná, pop trio Camila, teen diva Belinda and Canadian pop rocker Avril Lavigne were the big winners at the Premios MTV Latin America 2007. Now in its sixth year, the awards took place Oct. 18 in Mexico City� ...

  33. Latin Grammys Name Artists, Performers

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Person of the year and five-time nominee Juan Luis Guerra is one of the artists confirmed to perform at the 8th annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking place Nov. 8 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Other confirmed performers are regional ...

  34. Cuba's Rodríguez Gets Digital Debut

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 21-album catalog of Silvio Rodríguez has been made available in digital form for the first time, thanks to a unique deal between iTunes and sDae, the digital division of the Spanish authors' and publishers' society, SGAE. Rodríguez i ...

  35. 'Estudio Billboard' To Kick Off Oct. 16

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Top Latin artists will reveal their creative process via in-depth interviews and intimate live performances on "Estudio Billboard," the new series on Spanish-language television network V-me. Hosted by Leila Cobo, Billboard's execut ...

  36. Timberlake Up For 4 MTV EMAs

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With four nominations, Justin Timberlake grabs pole position heading into the 14th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 1 at the Munich OlympiaHalle. The former *NSYNC singer, who hosted the 2006 MTV EMAs in Copenhagen, is in the runnin ...

  37. 'Feel the Noise' Coming Sept. 25

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Columbia/Sony Norte will release the soundtrack to Sony BMG's movie "Feel the Noise," the first feature produced under Sony BMG's film unit, Sept. 25. Columbia is currently working Omarion's single "Cut Off Time" ...

  38. Disa Extends Los Creadorez Deal

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chicago-based "duranguense" group Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense has renewed its contract with Univision Music Group's Disa Records label. Los Creadorez, a spin-off from popular Chicago-based duranguense group, Grupo Montez de ...

  39. Cuban Trombonist Jiménez Dies At 90

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary Cuban trombonist Generoso Jiménez, who redefined the role of the trombone in Cuban music and Latin jazz, died Sept. 15 in Miami of renal failure. He was 90 years old. The prolific and tireless Jiménez worked nearly to the day of his deat ...

  40. McDonald's Lauches Companion Exhibit To Latin Grammys

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of its sponsorship of the 8th annual Latin Grammys, McDonald's has launched a traveling exhibit labeled "Museo de la Musica McDoanld's" (McDonald's Music Museum). The museum on wheels launched Sept. 6 in Los Angele ...

  41. Lineup Set For Peru Benefit Concert

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peruvian pop star Gian Marco will lead "Canto Por El Sur," a benefit concert for victims of the Aug. 16 earthquake in his home country, at Lima's Estadio Nacional Sept. 29. Alejandro Fernandez, Juan Luis Guerra, Reyli, Fonseca, Chri ...

  42. Department Store Chain La Curacao To Launch Digital Store

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Department store chain La Curacao will launch a digital music store by the end of the year called Pasito Tunes. Powered by digital entertainment provider MusicNet, the bilingual service will offer Latin music downloads in genres such as salsa, cum ...

  43. Warner Readies 'Selena' Special Edition

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Home Video will release a digitally-restored tenth anniversary edition of "Selena," the 1997 film starring Jennifer Lopez as the slain tejano music star, Sept. 18. The two-disc set includes the original movie, a director's cu ...

  44. Belinda Leads Premios MTV Latin America Nods

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With five nominations including best pop artist, best solo artist and artist of the year, Mexican pop star Belinda leads the list of nominees announced today for this year's Premios MTV Latin America . Spain's Alejandro Sanz and Argentin ...

  45. Former K-Paz Member Launches New Band

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gerardo Ramirez, former keyboardist of regional Mexican band K-Paz de la Sierra, has launched his new group, AK7, after announcing his split with K-Paz earlier this year. Ramirez, plus other ex-members of K-Paz, make up AK7, who will release their ...

  46. Feliciano At Work On All-Bachata Album

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Icon José Feliciano is in the studio in Miami recording an all-bachata album. Feliciano, whose last album featured Latin standards performed as duets with various artists, will again record standards, but this time classics of Puerto Rican and Dom ...

  47. Juanes Partners With Sprint For New Album

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Latin pop superstar Juanes is partnering with Sprint for the Oct. 23 release of his latest album on Universal, "La Vida Es...Un Ratico." Starting today (Sept. 4) and for the next two weeks, first single "Me Enamora" is availabl ...

  48. Guerra Leads Latin Grammy Nominations

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Juan Luis Guerra, a veteran star with a flair for innovation, is the lead nominee for the 8th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Guerra picked up two nod-Album of the year and Merengue Album of the year-for "La Llave de mi Corazon, (EMI Televisa)&qu ...

  49. Carlos Exits EMI Televisa

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pietro Carlos, EMI Televisa VP of marketing and promotion, has left the company, Billboard.biz has learned. Carlos, who had long successfully run his own independent promotion company, PCM Entertainment, was hired as VP of promotions for EMI Latin ...

  50. Latin Academy Honors Guerra

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tropical music icon Juan Luis Guerra will be honored as the 2007 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Guerra, known for his contemporary reinterpretations of traditional bachata, will be fetted at a Nov. 7 tribute dinner and concert in Las ...

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