Latin American music

  1. UMLE Signs Deal with MeccaLani to Sign/Develop Latin Urban Acts (Exclusive)

    April 03, 2014 6:49 PM EDT In an effort to expand its urban music roster, Universal Music Latin Entertainment is partnering with Miami-based management/production company MeccaLani to develop and sign urban acts to its roster. MeccaLani is headed by music attorney Angie Mar ...

  2. Tomas Cookman of Nacional Records on 'Complex and Diverse' Latin Music Market (Video)

    May 02, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Billboard sat down at the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards with Tomas Cookman, President of the Latin alternative label Nacional Records. whose impressive roster includes Nortec Collective, Manu Chao, Aterciopelados, Bomba Esetero, The ...

  3. Ten Things You Didn't See On the Latin Grammys

    November 11, 2011 8:15 AM EST The Latin Grammys aired Nov. 10 on the Univision network form the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Here's what you didn't see on screen. CORRECTION : While a Disney spokesperson confirmed that Demi Lovato has recorded a Spanish-l ...

  4. New Sounds, New Approaches, Old Challenges Are Hot Topics at Latin Alternative Music Conference

    July 11, 2011 2:29 PM EDT NEW YORK -- Hanging like a specter over the 12th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference , which concluded Saturday, was the hulking shadow of Pitbull -- or "Pit," the endearment favored by his associates. He didn't attend, but hi ...

  5. SBS Flips Miami Regional Mexican Station La Raza 106.3 FM to Colombian Music

    May 06, 2011 1:24 PM EDT SBS Entertainment has flipped its regional Mexican station in Miami-La Raza 106.3 FM-to a tropical format geared toward Colombian listeners and fans of Colombian music. The new WRAZ-Cima programs mostly cumbia and vallenato, eminently Colombian ge ...

  6. Day 1 Entertainment Brazil Lines Up New Festival

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There is perhaps no country closer—or further—from Latin America than Brazil, a placed joined to its neighboring countries by geography and ethnicity but separated by language. The division also exists in music, with few Spanish-speaking artists g ...

  7. Aventura Reveals Latin American Leg Of Tour

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Urban bachata act Aventura, which had the top-selling Latin album in 2009 with "The Last" and sold out four nights at New York's Madison Square Garden during its recently completed 21-date U.S. tour, announced the Latin American leg ...

  8. Latin Briefs: Chris Syler, Top Stop Music

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Chris Syler, co-writer of Tony Dize's "El Doctorado," has signed a co-publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The Miami-based singer-songwriter, who is half Bolivian, has also co-authored songs for bachata artist Optimo. Sy ...

  9. Spain's Grupo Zeta Launches Label

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Zeta is launching a "360-degree" music label called El Volcan Musica. The Barcelona-based group says its new arm has three chief aims: to árecord and release "quality Spanish music made in Spain" ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Latin Shipments Stumble

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Q1 2006 net shipments dipped by 18%. Latin music, the most robust segment of the music market for two years running, has stumbled in the first quarter, according to RIAA numbers obtained by Billboard. Perhaps the most surprising trend the numbers ...

  15. RIAA: Latin Shipments Up 14% In 2005

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT According to Latin year-end numbers released by the RIAA, Latin music shipments to retail in the U.S. and Puerto Rico totaled 55.6 million units for 2005, a 14% jump over the 48.6 million units record According to Latin year-end numbers released b ...

  16. Spanish Singer Rocio Durcal Dies

    March 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Battled cancer for past five years. Spanish actress and singer Rocio Durcal, who found fame as one of Mexico's most popular folk singers, has died following a long battle against cancer, her family said on Sunday (March 26). Durcal, born Mari ...

  17. Latin Notas

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fueled by reggaetón and a broadening mix of Latin hip-hop, dance and urban music, Spanish-language stations across the United States have embraced a youth-driven Latin sound that a year ago was mostl Fueled by reggaetón and a broadening mix of Lat ...

  18. Latin Notas

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As reggaetón gains mainstream popularity, Latin rock continues to wait for its own mass appeal. Read Leila Cobo's column. As reggaetón gains mainstream popularity, Latin rock continues to wait for its own mass appeal. Read Leila Cobo ...

  19. Puerto Rico's Guatauba Links With EMI

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Label focuses on urban Latin, reggaetón. Label focuses on urban Latin, reggaetón. News ...