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  1. Ben Folds Sets Sail For Jamaica Cruise

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ben Folds will join the ranks of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Barenaked Ladies by headlining his own musical cruise, the Ben Folds Experience, which sets sail Feb. 21 from the Port of Miami and will stop in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The event was organized by Six ...

  2. Nokia, Live Nation Partner For Ticket Rush

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nokia and Live Nation have teamed up in North American with Ticket Rush, a free presale program providing access to choice tickets for concerts and other live entertainment events. The program is a melding of sponsorship, concert promotion, and ti ...

  3. Menudo Casting Calls, Finalists to Get Spotlight

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV Tr3s will reveal the top contenders for a re-formed Menudo beginning with a four-part series chronicling the auditions for the boy band starting May 12. The band's final lineup will be shown on MTV Tr3s' "Road to Menudo: The Fin ...

  4. Tower.com Rebirth, Are Stores Next?

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online merchant Caiman Inc., which acquired the Tower.com, the Tower logo and the company's intellectual property for $4.2 million in a March auction, has big plans for the brand. That's the word from Caiman Inc. CEO Didier Pilon, who sa ...

  5. Juanes Breaks Silence At Latin Confab Keynote

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In his first U.S. interview in more than a year, Colombian pop-rock star Juanes shared his creative process and commitment to social activism during the keynote Q&A today (April 25) at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami. At a packed ...

  6. Industry Moves To Cash In On Latin Mobile Surge

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With Latin mobile entertainment use outpacing that of the mainstream market, wireless aggregators, labels and artists are all looking to cash in on a surging, fragmented Latin market. The parties discussed the opportunities and challenges in the s ...

  7. Digital Distribution Bright Spot For Latin Acts

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Though digital distribution has proven to be a boon for unsigned and indie artists, panelists at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami revealed it's not merely a shortcut around the label system. Nielsen SoundScan figures presented by ...

  8. Latin Social Networks Bolstered By Artist Participation

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Latin social networks and artist Web sites are offering more ways than ever for artists to reach existing fans and find new ones directly. But the more the artists themselves participate in the process, the more effectively those sites can be used ...

  9. Latin Anti-Piracy Strategies Shift

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As piracy in the Latin recorded music market moves from physical to digital, trade associations and labels are updating their approaches to keep up. At a Recording Industry Association of America-sponsored panel at the Billboard Latin Music Confer ...

  10. MySpace Targets Latinos With New Sites

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MySpace en Espanol, a Spanish-language version of MySpace targeting US Latinos, and pan-regional site MySpace Latinoamerica have launched to service the Latin social networking space. Though MySpace currently counts about 6 million US Latino users ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Carrasco Launches New Label

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Latin music executive Angel Carrasco has launched a new music label to be distributed by Sony BMG Latin. Apollo Music, headquartered in Miami, will initially release projects by mostly established acts, including new albums by Puerto Rican ...

  13. Daddy Yankee To Hit The Road

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee will support his upcoming album "The Cartel: The Big Boss," due June 5 via El Cartel/Interscope, with a 40-city tour of the U.S. and Latin America, starting Aug. 31 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Billb ...

  14. Montaner To Receive Billboard Spirit Of Hope Award

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Venezuelan superstar Ricardo Montaner will be honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards. Montaner, a singer/songwriter known for his emotive vocals and well-crafted lyrics, receives the award for t ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Johnny Cash's Tennessee House Burns Down

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Tennessee home of late country icon Johnny Cash burned down on Tuesday as renovations were under way for its new owner, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, a local newspaper reported. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived together in the three-st ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Sony/ATV Ups Mejia To VP

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jorge Mejía has been promoted to VP at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Latin America, effective immediately. In his new role, Mejía will oversee Sony/ATV's operations in Latin America, as well as the Miami based Sony/ATV Discos operation. Mejía has ...

  19. Castello Branco Takes Reins At EMI Brazil

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Universal Music executive Marcelo Castello Branco has taken charge at EMI Music Brazil as managing director, effective April 2. Castello Branco, whose career spans 20 years in the music industry, was most recently the Madrid-based president ...

  20. Premios Handed Out In Spain

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spanish rock group Dover scooped three awards at the 11th Premios de la Musica awards ceremony, held outside Madrid for the first time ever Thursday night (March 29), at the Gran Teatro theater in Cordoba, southern Spain. The band, led by sisters ...

  21. Korn, Evanescence Team For Family Values Tour

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Korn and Evanescence will co-headline this year's Family Values tour, which will visit 31 North American cities starting July 16 in St. Louis. Sharing the main stage on this year's Live Nation-produced festival are Atreyu, Flyleaf, Helly ...

  22. The Police Add Two High-Profile Gigs

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Police have added two more high-profile stadium gigs to their itinerary this summer: July 5 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and July 14 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The band previously announced stadium shows at Commonwealth Stadium in E ...

  23. Core DJ Retreat VI Wrap-Up

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Friday afternoon at the Core DJ Retreat began at the South Beach hotel, The Marlin, for the Bad Boy Records listening party. Packed in, with all the Core DJ's, were Bad Boy promotion executives Shawn Prez, Hen-Roc and Rich Dollars, as well as ...

  24. Bose Takes Charge Of EMI Iberia

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Simone Bosé has been promoted to run EMI's operations in Spain and Portugal, EMI said today. In the role as managing director of EMI Music Iberia, Bosé takes over from Manolo Díaz, who steps down April 1 as president and CEO of EMI Music Iber ...

  25. EMI Latin Top Exec Exits

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Marco Bissi, who since 2003 was president and CEO of EMI Latin American, supervising both Latin American and U.S. Latin operations, has left the company. Bissi's departure is part of EMI's ongoing restructuring. Simone Bose, currently GM ...

  26. Core DJ Confab Unleashes New Talent

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Core DJ conference, taking place in Miami from March 15-17, is a conference held for both DJs and labels alike. Labels making an appearance at this year's confab included Universal/Motown, Interscope/Geffen, Warner Bros., Def Jam, Bad Boy ...

  27. TVT Slapped With $9.1M Verdict

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury in Miami slapped TVT Records with a $9.1 million verdict this week (March 14) for interfering with Slip-N-Slide's (SNS) release of "Pitbull Welcome to the 305." TVT released the debut album of Pitbull, "M.I.A.M.I ...

  28. B.B. King Blues Fest To Feature Green, James

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 14-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif., Billboard.biz has learned. ...

  29. EMI Music Pub Brazil Shifts

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Effective immediately, EMI Music Publishing Brazil, which functioned as a stand-alone entity, will fall under the jurisdiction of the publisher's Latin American division. Nestor Casonu, regional managing director, Latin America, will continue ...

  30. Country Music Looks To Hispanic Market For Growth

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hispanic listeners don't tune in all that much to country music stations, but they tune in enough to be considered an audience with significant growth potential. According to a survey released by the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) and Ediso ...

  31. Sanz Tour Hits US In June

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz's "El Tren de los Momentos Tour 2007" will kick off its US leg June 6 at Las Vegas' Palms Casino. Dates continue in 15 cities, including stops at LA's Gibson Amphitheatre, Miami's Ameri ...

  32. Ultra Music Fest Sales Strong

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST With the ninth annual Ultra Music Festival right around the corner, co-founder/executive producer Russell Faibish says ticket sales for the March 23-24 event at Miami's Bicentennial Park are right on track. "[Both days] are looking to se ...

  33. Auditions For New Menudo Set

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Casting calls for the new Menudo kick off Mar. 31 near Los Angeles, with the cameras rolling for reality shows on MTV and MTV Tr3s. A recording contract with Epic Records is already in place for the reincarnated Latin supergroup once it forms afte ...

  34. Ringtones Get A Pretty Face

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST A girl and a song. Warner Music Latin America is banking on that combination to bolster mobile music sales of its catalog. Beginning this month, a series of video ringtones featuring celebrity Latin models synchronized with hit Warner Music tracks ...

  35. Rick Ross Boosts Wade 2.0 Campaign

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Converse continues the product launch of NBA star Dwyane Wade's newest signature shoe, Wade 2.0, and apparel line with the debut of Converse's fully integrated All In ad campaign. The campaign kicks off March 3 and encompasses print, TV ...

  36. Universal Spain Appoints Benoit As MD

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Long-time Spain- and France-based music publisher Fabrice Benoit has joined Universal Music Spain as managing director. His appointment comes eight months after the dismissal of Marcelo Castello Branco as president of Universal Music Spain and Por ...

  37. Univision Agrees to Record FCC Fine

    February 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster has agreed to a record $24 million fine for failing to meet government rules for educational children's programming, a Federal Communications Commission official said Saturday (Feb. 24). ...

  38. Jimenez Univison Debut Set

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Popular radio host Luis Jimenez will debut "The Luis Jimenez Show" via Univision Radio in five markets Feb. 22. Jiménez starts anew at Univision, after having hosted NY's No. 1 morning show "El Vacilon de la Manana" at SBS ...

  39. 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"), ...

  40. Rapper To Host 'Pitbull's La Esquina'

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Cuban-American rapper Pitbull has added television host to his roster of activities. Beginning in May, Pitbull will be featured in "Pitbull's La Esquina," a new TV show that mixes episodic street sitcom with variety style entertainm ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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. ...

  43. Juanes Set For Billboard Latin Conference

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Colombian superstar Juanes will sit for an exclusive interview at Billboard's Latin Music Conference, to be held April 23-26 in Miami. This will be The artist's first public interview since the end of his world tour in the fall of 2006. ...

  44. Rockport Links With Lyfe Jennings, Yung Joc

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Looking to gain traction in the urban market, footwear company Rockport will feature R&B singer Lyfe Jennings, hip-hop artist Yung Joc, MTV personality Coltrane Curtis and actor Wood Harris in a campaign that kicks off in the spring. The featu ...

  45. 2008 Rock In Rio Comes To Spain

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The 2008 Rock in Rio festival is to be held for the first time in the Spanish capital, Madrid, organizers have confirmed. The giant concert event will be staged over two weekends, from June 27 to 28 and July 4,5 and 6, near the town of Arganda del ...

  46. Jacobsen Rises At Live Nation

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Neil Jacobsen of Live Nation's Philadelphia office has been promoted to the newly-created position of president of Live Nation Miami. In Miami, Jacobsen will oversee all of the company's concert booking, marketing and promotion in the st ...

  47. LATV To Enter New Markets This Spring

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Southern California bilingual entertainment channel LATV will begin national broadcast this spring on four Post-Newsweek stations, the TV subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. LATV, which began broadcasting in the Los Angeles market in 2001, ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Latin Recording Academy Restructures

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Latin Recording Academy has restructured positions within its Miami and Los Angeles offices, effective immediately. Aida Scorza has been promoted to VP of awards. She was previously senior director of awards. Luis Dousdebes, former senior dire ...

  50. 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 ...

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