Latin American culture

  1. Premios Premmusa Nominees Announced

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the 2007 Premios Premmusa, which honor artists in the regional Mexican genre, were announced Aug. 15 by the Promotores Unidos concert promoters' association. The awards will round out the Billboard Regional Mexican Summit and wil ...

  2. GoTV Adds ES Musica

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT GoTV networks is adding a Latin Music channel, ES Musica, to its original programming lineup. The channel will feature Latin pop, rock, hip-hop, reggaeton as well as daily news, interviews, music videos, live performance and behind-the-scene foota ...

  3. Jesse & Joy In The Hunt For Oye Awards

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexico's Sixth annual Oye Awards is slated to take place Aug. 23 in Veracruz, Mexico. The gala is organized by Mexico's National Academy of Mexico, and honors products released in Mexico between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. Leading th ...

  4. MTVLA Awards Return to Mexico City

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Premios MTV Latin America will return to Mexico City for a second year, with the awards show scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Palacio de los Deportes. Avril Lavigne and Mexican rock group Café Tacuba are scheduled to perform on the show, which mov ...

  5. Rivera, Reyes, Terrazas To Speak At Billboard Summit

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jenni Rivera, Diana Reyes and José Luis Terrazas, leader of Grupo Montez de Durango, are among the artists confirmed to speak at the Billboard Regional Mexican Summit, taking place Oct. 1-3 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles. The Billboard sum ...

  6. Update: Lopez, Anthony Confirm Joint Fall Tour

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As exclusively revealed here last week , superstar Latin husband-and-wife duo Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will tour together for the first time this fall. The trek will kick off Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J.; the full itinerary will be unvei ...

  7. Fernandez To Visit U.S. Arenas

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pop and mariachi star Alejandro Fernandez has announced the first U.S. leg of his "Viento a Favor" tour. The Live Nation-produced trek starts Aug. 31 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Fernandez will hit the San Jose Events Center S ...

  8. Rizo Exits EMI Music

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alvaro Rizo, president of EMI Music Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru has left his post, Billboard.biz has learned. EMI had not announced a replacement at press time. Rizo has spent nine years heading EMI's Colombian operation. During tha ...

  9. Univision Readies 'Linea de Oro' DVD Series

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Univision Music Group is launching a DVD version of its popular "Línea de Oro" (Gold Line) economy series. The "Línea de Oro" series consisted of hit compilations by top selling acts at a budget price. The DVD version of the se ...

  10. Spanish Music Awards Stage Comeback

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spain's Premios Amigo music awards are back on the national calendar after a four-year moratorium called by record label body Promusicae to protest against rampant piracy in the country. Since 2003 the only all-music awards ceremony in Spain ...

  11. Pagan, Torres Ink With Warner Chappell

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Writer/producer José Luis Pagán and singer/songwriter Tommy Torres have been scooped up for publishing deals with Warner Chappell's Latin division. Pagán, who has recently worked with Jennifer Lopez, Thalia, Marc Anthony and Chayanne, among o ...

  12. Legendary Mariachi Singer Aguilar Dies

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary mariachi singer Antonio Aguilar, also known as "El Charro de Mexico," died today following a long illness. He was 88. Aguilar, whose full name was Pascual Antonio Aguilar Barraza, was the most veteran icon of mariachi music and ...

  13. Salsa Singer Gomez Dies

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary salsa singer Tito Gomez died June 11 of a heart attack in a hospital in Cali, Colombia. He was 59. Gomez, recorded seven albums under Musical Productions, most recently 2004's "Comenzando en Cero." His hits include "L ...

  14. 'Celia' Musical To Hit Off-Broadway

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tickets go on sale June 11 for “Celia,” an off-Broadway musical about late salsa legend Celia Cruz’ life and music. The production at New York’s New World Stages is directed by Jaime Azpilicueta and produced by event promoter Henry Cardenas and Da ...

  15. Univision Boosts Online Video Offering

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music videos, artist interviews and highlights of shows like "Primer Impacto" and "Despierta America" are now available at Univision.com's new video portal , launched today. The free site is searchable by program, genre an ...

  16. Latin 'Singing And Dancing' Tour Being Prepped For Summer Run

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Based on the popularity of TV reality shows "Cantando por un Sueño" (Singing For A Dream) and "Bailando por un Sueño" (Dancing For A Dream), event promotion company Roptus is launching the "Cantando y Bailando por un Sueño ...

  17. Calle 13 Line Up Stateside Summer Trek

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rico's Calle 13 will hit both U.S. coasts this summer in a series of concerts in support of its latest album for Sony BMG, "Residente O Visitante." The hip-hop/reggaeton/alternative duo will hit Irvine, Calif.'s Reventon ...

  18. Colombian Composing Legend Barros Dies

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Colombian composer Jose Benito Barros, who gained worldwide renown for works like “La Piragua,” “El Pescador” and “Navidad Negra,” died May 12 in the coastal city of Santa Marta, Colombia. Barros was 95 years old. Born in the small town of El Banc ...

  19. Roof Records, Machete Music Team

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie label The Roof Records is partnering with Machete Music for four releases this year in the urban mambo genre, including a DVD on the developing style of spoken word over a lightning-quick drumbeat. The first compilation, "Mambo Factory ...

  20. Liquor Distro, Latin Acts Ink Co-Branding Deal

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Liquor distributor Harbrew Imports is launching a new line of liquors branded around specific Latin artists. The line encompasses three distinct products, branded around three separate acts: Urban tropical star Magic Juan, regional Mexican singer ...

  21. Indie Artists, New Styles Dominate Billboard Latin Awards

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a year awash in reggaeton and pop, the big winner at the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards was a romantic regional Mexican singer with both youth and adult appeal. Mariano Barba, a virtual unknown until his song "Aliado del Tiempo" ...

  22. From The Magazine: From Reggaeton To Regional Mexican

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An unlikely suitor is reaching out to the young regional Mexican consumer. Machete Music, the two-year-old Latin urban music label owned by Universal, is now debuting Machete Regional. Like its urban counterpart, which focuses on youth-driven musi ...

  23. Sprint Second Life

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator Sprint Nextel is opening a virtual concert venue in Second Life exclusively for Latin music fans. Called the Sprint Center, the site is modeled after the real-life concert venue of the same name currently under construction in Ka ...

  24. Juanes To Release Fourth Album In Fall

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Juanes will release his fourth album, "La Vida Es Un Ratico," this September or October via Universal Latino. The album, Juanes' first since 2004's "Mi Sangre," reunites the 12-time Latin Grammy winner with Oscar-winn ...

  25. Review: Chayanne's 'Mi Tiempo'

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chayanne: "Mi Tiempo" Producer: Estéfano Sony BMG Release Date: April 10 Chayanne has always been masterful at selecting just the right material to fit his voice and the tastes of the times. Here, as usual, he mixes big ballads like &quo ...

  26. Billboard Latin Music Awards Performers Revealed

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Joan Sebastian, David Bisbal, R.K.M. & Ken-Y, Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense, Los Horoscopos de Durango, Diana Reyes and Mariano Barba are the first performers announced for the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The event will air live ...

  27. Peermusic Extends Reach In Latin Market

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic has entered into a worldwide joint venture publishing agreement with Vicky and Marisol Terrazas, the sisters who head Los Horóscopos de Durango, one of the top-selling duranguense groups in the market. The company, called Black & Blo ...

  28. Solis Wins Big At ASCAP Latin Awards

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solis was named songwriter of the year at the 15th annual ASCAP Latin music awards. The ceremony, held March 21 at New York City's Nokia Theatre, also honored Venezuelan Franco de Vita and Mexico's ...

  29. Intocable, Mana Win Big

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Norteño band Intocable and Mexican pop, rockers Maná were the big winners of the 19th Premios Lo Nuestro a La Musica Latina, taking home three prizes each. The awards aired lived Feb. 22 on the Univision network. Other winners for the evening incl ...

  30. Dover Up For Half Dozen Premios Awards

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST With six nods, rock group Dover heads the nominees for the 11th Premios de la Música awards on the back of their first electronic album "Follow The City Lights (EMI)." Dover has also been nominated for best song ("Let Me Out"), ...

  31. Chayanne Preps For Most Extensive U.S. Trek To Date

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne will follow the April 10 release of his album "Mi Tiempo" (Sony BMG), with the launch of his most extensive U.S. tour to date. Chayanne's "Cautivo Tour 2007," which already kicked off in Chil ...

  32. Newcomers Top Billboard Latin Award Finalists

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rakim and Ken-Y, the reggaeton newcomers who aptly blended romance with dance beats on their debut album, "Masterpiece: Nuestra Obra Maestra" (Pina/Universal Latino), lead the list of finalists for the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards. ...

  33. Mexican Albums Run Hot Stateside

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the first time in the Nielsen SoundScan era, each of the top five regional Mexican albums exceeded sales of 10,000 copies last week. Also, in a first for the genre since June 2004, the releases swept the top five slots on Billboard's Lati ...

  34. Exclusive: J. Lo's First Spanish Album Due In April

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jennifer Lopez catapulted her acting career with her starring role in "Selena," a biopic on the Latin Tejano star who sang in Spanish and was on the verge of an English-language crossover prior to her death. Ten years after "Selena, ...

  35. Univision To Crown Ivy Queen Signing

    January 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Univision Music Group is expected to announce its signing of female reggaetón artist Ivy Queen at a press conference this afternoon (Jan. 12) in Miami. Ivy Queen's previous album, 2006's "Flashback," was released on La Calle/Un ...

  36. 2007's Best Bets: Global Uprising

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST In the Latin music world, international hits come from unexpected places, with slickly produced pop often vying for the top spot in the charts with the most regional of sounds. As the new year kicks off, we queried executives and industry observer ...

  37. El Canto Del Loco Wins Three At Premios Awards

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST El Canto del Loco, David Bisbal and Shakira were the main winners at the Premios Principales award ceremony, held at the Palacio de Deportes in Madrid on Saturday (Dec. 16). Pop/rock group El Canto del Loco won three of the 10 awards: best nationa ...

  38. UMPG Inks With Emusica

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an administration deal with EMusica, the owners of the legendary Fania Records and Kubaney, both veritable treasure chests of tropical Latin music. Fania, in particular, is widely regarded as a seminal c ...

  39. BMI Promotes Orjuela

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Delia Orjuela has been promoted to the position of assistant VP, writer/publisher relationships, Latin Music for BMI, Billboard.biz has learned. Based out of Los Angeles, Orjuela was previously senior director of Latin Music. Now, with the departu ...

  40. Shakira, Calle 13 Win Big At Latin Grammys

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Colombian bombshell Shakira and reggaeton newcomers Calle 13 of Puerto Rico dominated the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards last night (Nov. 2) in a show celebrating music from throughout the America Colombian bombshell Shakira and reggaeton newc ...

  41. Univision Completes Disa Acquisition

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Purchases remaining 50% of company. As expected , Univision Communications Inc. has purchased the remaining 50% of Mexico-based Disa Records and Edimonsa Publishing. Univision purchased 50% of Disa from the Chávez family of Monterrey, Mexico, in J ...

  42. Panda Wins Big At MTV Latin Video Awards

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Colombian diva Shakira donned a flowing red and black dress for a mariachi trumpet-backed performance that got thousands of fans on their feet to open the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, Thursda Colombian diva Shakira donned a flowing red an ...

  43. Hosts, Performers Named For Latin Grammys

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala to be held Nov. 2 in NYC.. The just-announced hosts and first batch of performers for the 7th Latin Grammy Awards point to a very traditional Latin award show. Mexican singer Lucero, also a favorite of Mexican television, will host the event ...

  44. Mexican Star Lupillo Rivera To Host Radio Show

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Syndicated offering to begin in November. As initially reported in Billboard magazine (October 7), regional Mexican star Lupillo Rivera has finalized a contract with Radio Network to launch his own syndicated radio show. The two-hour weekly show, ...

  45. Fonseca Signs With EMI Music Pub

    October 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Inks worldwide co-publishing agreement. Colombian singer/songwriter Fonseca has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with EMI Music Publishing. Fonseca garnered national attention in his native Colombia with the hit single "Te Mando Flo ...

  46. Molotov To Host Los Premios MTV

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Event slated for Oct. 19 in Mexico City. Mexican rock band Molotov and "Nacho Libre" actress Ana de la Reguera will host Los Premios MTV Latinoamerica Oct. 19. Robbie Williams, Mexican electronic act Belanova, Nelly Furtado, Evanescence ...

  47. Los Premios MTV Latinoamerica Nominees Announced

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Winners will be chosen via MTVla.com Julieta Venegas leads the pack at this year's Los Premios MTV Latinoamerica with six nominations, including artist of the year and video of the year. Following the singer-songwriter are rock group Mana and ...

  48. Peermusic Acquires RMM Catalogs

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal includes songs from Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz. Peermusic has acquired the worldwide copyright to all the works of Caribbean Waves and Crossing Borders Music, the catalogs once affiliated with tropical indie powerhouse RMM Records. Peer acquire ...

  49. Sony BMG Mexico Reveals Management Changes

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Names managing director, senior VP. Sony BMG has revealed management changes in its Mexican operation. Miguel Trujillo, who was most recently running the label's West Coast operation, has been appointed managing director in Mexico. Trujillo, ...

  50. MTV Brings Latin Awards To Mexico

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MTV will hold its annual Latin American music awards show in Mexico City this year, marking the first time the event has come to the region. MTV will hold its annual Latin American music awards show in Mexico City this year, marking the first time ...

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