Machete Music

  1. Yandel of Wisin & Yandel to Premiere Solo Single, Confirming Rumors of Temporary Split

    June 06, 2013 6:43 PM EDT In the past few months, rumors have swirled about the imminent separation of reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel -- management denied the separation but admitted the two were working on individual projects.  Now, it's official. Yandel, real na ...

  2. 'Harlem Shake' Samples Used Without Permission; Artists Seek Payment

    March 11, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Baauer's "Harlem Shake" has spent the last three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and racked up millions upon millions of listens via its widely seen YouTube dance craze. But key moments of the song, including voices urging peopl ...

  3. Hold The Applause for Cafe Tacvba

    October 15, 2012 7:25 AM EDT After a five-year hiatus, Cafe Tacvba returns with a unique approach to the live album. On a cool summer night in July, music industry tastemakers were called to a clandestine meeting at East West Studios in Hollywood. Electronic devices had to ...

  4. Latin Power Players: J.J. Cheng

    August 02, 2011 12:50 AM EDT J.J. Cheng Associate VP, SESAC Latina The adjective that most frequently crops up next to J.J. Cheng's name is "passionate." For SESAC Latina, she's a tireless advocate of her roster of writers, which may be smaller than that o ...

  5. Victor Gonzalez, Gustavo Lopez Named To Executive Posts at Universal Music Latin Ent.

    June 29, 2011 9:22 AM EDT Universal Music's Latin operation will announce today (June 29) two major appointments in its executive leadership for North and Central America, Biz has learned. In what constitutes a major change in its organization, Universal Music Latin E ...

  6. Wisin & Yandel To Premiere New Album On Bilingual Mun2 TV

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Bilingual TV channel mun2 will premiere the new album by Wisin & Yandel on Sunday, not via a live performance but a live, intimate listening session with fans. The duo will play its new album, "Los Vaqueros: El Reseo," due out Jan. 2 ...

  7. Publishing Briefs: Sheer Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Bug Music and more

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- In a joint venture agreement, pigFACTORY Music and Sindee Levin Music will serve as the sub-publisher in the U.S. and Mexico for South African music publishing company Sheer Publishing . Sheer Publishing is comprised of Pan-African music. " ...

  8. Machete Music Tour 2010 To Launch With Sold Out NY Concert

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Machete Music Tour 2010, organized by Latin urban label Machete Music as part of its five-year anniversary celebration, starts Friday night with a sold-out show at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York. The tour broke ground in the ...

  9. UPDATED: New Albums From Don Omar, Shakira, Juanes Among Others

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT UPDATED SEPT. 2. The release date of Shakira's upcoming release is Oct. 19, not Nov. 2. The Latin marketplace is preparing for a hectic fall release schedule that includes albums by some of the genre’s top selling names. The lineup: Don Omar, ...

  10. Brothers of the Road

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Five years ago, Machete Music broke ground with reggaetón, a Latin urban sound that caught on like fire to Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina.” While the genre has evolved in a more pop-friendly direction, the Universal Music Latin Entertainment label is st ...

  11. Ivy Queen Signs With Machete Music

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ivy Queen, perhaps the best known female reggaeton artist in the market, has signed a multi-album deal with Machete Music, the urban music imprint of Unviersal Music Latin Entertainment. Machete will release the singer’s upcoming album, “Drama Que ...

  12. Universal/Machete Promotes Pedro Guzman

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pedro Guzman has been promoted to VP of A&R for Universal Music Latino and Machete Music, Universal’s Latin pop and urban labels. Based in Miami, Guzman was previously director of A&R for the labels, where he worked on releases from David ...

  13. Latin Radio Briefs: Buitrago, 'Juan'

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Gabriel Buitrago has been named national director of promotion for Universal Latino and Machete Music. He now oversees the labels' national promotion efforts and staff and reports directly to Universal Latino and Machete president Walter Kol ...

  14. Vocalist Arcangel Preps Debut Solo Album

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arcangel, who has been a featured vocalist on countless reggaeton compilations and on hit tracks such as "Chica Virtual" and "Algo Musical," is prepping for the fall release of his first solo album, "La Maravilla." Th ...

  15. Elvis Crespo Preps Anniversary Gig

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merengue star Elvis Crespo will celebrate the anniversary of his hit "Suavemente" with a show at the Rio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas July 13. The show, called "Elvis Live From Las Vegas," will be taped and released as a live albu ...

  16. Universal Music Latin Appoints Top Execs

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment, the new company created following the acquisition of Univision Music Group by Universal Music Group, has made its first appointments to its senior executive team, Billboard has learned. As previously reported, ...

  17. Lozano Signs With Orjuela Entertainment

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Telenovela actress and recording artist Karyme Lozano has signed to Orjuela Entertainment and US Marketing for representation. The agreement covers branded promotional appearances and singing engagements. Lozano released her debut album, "Pro ...

  18. Wisin & Yandel: Empire Building

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wisin & Yandel had an epiphany a year ago in December, while playing a 17-and-under party in New York. "We looked around, and all you saw was kids listening to their music on their phones and sharing the ringtones," manager Edgar And ...

  19. Billboard Goes Backstage At The Grammys

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST News and notes from backstage at the 50th annual Grammy Awards, held Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Amy Winehouse and Kanye West were the big winners, with five and four awards, respectively. —An ebullient Herbie Hancock was thrille ...

  20. Wisin & Yandel, SunCom Launch Branded Phone

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Reggaetón power duo Wisin & Yandel have partnered with wireless company SunCom Wireless in Puerto Rico to launch their own cellphone, in alliance with Motorola. The MOTOKRZR K1 Wisin vs. Yandel Limited Edition, on sale today, will contain Wisi ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Machete Takes Up-And-Comers To The Movies

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Machete Music will promote its new compilation of mostly up-and-coming West Coast Latin urban artists, "Rikraf Entertainment Presents: La Costa Nuestra," in movie theaters nationwide. Beginning this week, single "Back to You" b ...

  23. Label Heads Talk Declining CD Sales At Mexican Summit

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A panel of executives from five major and indie labels said they now take a cut of artist ancillaries such as touring to make up for a decline in CD sales. Though some artists have resisted that encroachment, label heads said searching for other r ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. UMG's Machete Music Names GM

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Junk previously MD of Universal Music Russia. David Junk has been named GM of Machete Music, a full service label from Universal Music Group dedicated to the Latin urban music market. Junk reports directly to Gus Lopez, president of the company, a ...

  27. Machete Grabs Wisin & Yandel

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton duo sign multi-album deal. Reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel, best known for their single, "Rácata," and their R. Kelly collaboration, "Burn It Up," have signed a multi-album recording deal with Machete Music, Universa ...

  28. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference Kicks Off

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Wed: indies, how money is made, reggateon and more. The sixth annual Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks R&B/Hip-Hop Conference kicked off with a bang on Wednesday in Atlanta at the Intercontinental Hotel. Execs from all over the globe con ...

  29. UMG's Machete Picks Up 50% Of VI Music

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Machete Music, Universal Music Group's new urban Latin label, has acquired a 50% stake in VI Music, <i>ELW</i> has learned. MIAMI -- Machete Music, Universal Music Group's new urban Latin label, has acquired a 50% stake in VI ...

  30. UMG's Machete Picks Up 50% Of VI Music

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton label storming Latin chart. Machete Music, Universal Music Group's new urban Latin label, has acquired a 50% stake in VI Music, Billboard.biz has learned. Puerto Rico-based VI, widely considered to be the most successful reggaeton l ...

  31. UMG Bows Urban Latin Label

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has launched a label dedicated to urban Latin music, <i>ELW</i> has learned. MIAMI -- Universal Music Group has launched a label dedicated to urban Latin music, ELW has learned. Los Angeles-based Machete Music is ...

  32. UMG Bows Urban Latin Label

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has launched a label dedicated to urban Latin music, Billboard.biz has learned. Universal Music Group has launched a label dedicated to urban Latin music, Billboard.biz has learned. Los Angeles-based Machete Music is the firs ...