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  1. Backbeat: Daddy Yankee, Telemundo Execs, More at Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists Announcement

    March 01, 2012 10:19 AM EST Daddy Yankee with Billboard's Leila Cobo at Telemundo Studios. Dozens of journalists from around the country flew to Telemundo Studios in Miami to the set of morning show Levántate (Wake Up!) for the live announcement of the finalists to the ...

  2. Hans Zimmer's Oscar Music With Pharrell Williams, Esperanza Spalding Released As Album

    February 29, 2012 8:15 AM EST Hans Zimmer's music for the Oscars on Feb. 26 has been released as a digital album on Apple's iTunes. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year "The 84th Academy Awards -- Celebrate th ...

  3. Backbeat: Reik Talk Adele, Perform Acoustic Show At Grammy Museum

    February 24, 2012 11:26 AM EST Reik, from left to right: Julio Ramirez, Jesus Navarro and Gilberto "Bibi" Marín answer questions from the audience. (Photo: M. Sullivan/WireImage) Mexican trio and Latin Grammy winners Reik performed an intimate, acoustic set at the Cli ...

  4. Backbeat: Latin Music Industry Rocks at Premios Lo Nuestro Afterparties

    February 21, 2012 10:18 AM EST From the left, Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV's Sr. VP for Latin America & U.S. Latin; Melissa Esposito of Sony U.S. Latin; and Ruben Leyva of Sony U.S. Latin at Sony's PLN afterparty. The live telecast of Univision's Premios Lo Nuestro ...

  5. Whitney Houston Funeral: Family, Friends, Fans Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:49 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Sa ...

  6. Ultra Music Fest Expanding To Six International Sites

    February 17, 2012 6:02 PM EST The Ultra Music Festival, which has long been a staple of Miami, is branching out in a big way. It was announced via a video uploaded on YouTube yesterday that the electronic dance music festival would be expanding beyond its Miami home base (Marc ...

  7. Shakira, Prince Royce Win Big At Premio Lo Nuestro Awards

    February 17, 2012 2:06 PM EST MIAMI (AP) - With four awards each, Shakira and Prince Royce were the top winners on Thursday's Premio Lo Nuestro, although the Colombian star was not there during the evening, which was full of colorful performances but not both awards. The ...

  8. Enrique Iglesias Returns to Zynga's CityVille

    February 17, 2012 8:05 AM EST NEW YORK - For the first time ever, social gaming giant Zynga has brought back an entertainer for a second integration into one of its games. CityVille, Zynga's biggest game with 47.5 million players each month, according to AppData.com, in S ...

  9. How Ana Free Became A YouTube Phenom, Topped Charts, Opened For Shakira Without Label or Mgmt

    February 14, 2012 3:30 PM EST Ana Free is a YouTube phenomenon. Her video channe l has recorded 82,000-plus registered subscribers,nearly 3 million channel views, and her videos have more than 31 million views. Without label, manager, booking agent or publisher, this young Ang ...

  10. Backbeat: Jorge Celedon, Jimmy Zambrano Ignite Colombian Patriotism in Miami

    February 14, 2012 10:48 AM EST Jorge Celedon, center, performed his hit "Ay Hombe" with guest star Luis Enrique, left, and his accordionist Jimmy Zambrano at Miami's James L. Knight Center. (Photo: Leila Cobo) Forget romance. Nostalgia may be the most powerful mo ...

  11. Emilio Estefan, Jose Valle Confirmed for Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, April 23-26 In Miami

    February 09, 2012 3:32 PM EST Entertainment mogul Emilio Estefan, Univision Radio President José Valle and Target VP of entertainment John Butcher are among the top executives already confirmed as speakers for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented b ...

  12. Afo Verde Appointed Chairman/CEO for Sony's Latin Region, Spain and Portugal

    February 08, 2012 12:33 PM EST Afo Verde, who since 2009 has been serving as president, Latin Region, for Sony Music Entertainment, has been promoted to the post of Chairman and CEO for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal. Verde, who had previously overseen the label's U. ...

  13. Backbeat: Juanes Performs for Industry, Media VIPs at MTV Unplugged

    February 08, 2012 11:30 AM EST It was a veritable industry gathering at the second day of taping for Colombian star Juanes ' MTV Unplugged set at Miami Beach's New World Center. Accompanied by an acoustic band and just two guest artists-Brazil's Paula Fernandes a ...

  14. Dance Music's Most Influential Executives

    February 03, 2012 4:45 PM EST It's no secret that dance music is bigger than its ever been - as the seven Grammy nominations for this week's Billboard cover stars , Skrillex, A-Trak and Diplo demonstrate. Here's a look at nine of the biggest executives in the ga ...

  15. Billboard Power 100: Peter Grosslight

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 32 Peter Grosslight Executive VP/Worldwide Head of Music William Morris Endeavor The Calm In The Storm... In a world where some view being a jerk as a career strategy, Peter Grosslight remains a dignified, understated power player. He runs one ...

  16. Backbeat: Telemundo Aims For Number One @ NATPE; Camila's Samo Performs

    January 24, 2012 10:18 AM EST MIAMI -- It was a morning of drama, steamy bedroom scenes and business news during Telemundo's media lunch at the annual NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) Market and Conference in Miami. Telemundo executives-includ ...

  17. News Corp Announces MundoFox, US Spanish-Language TV Network

    January 24, 2012 8:08 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is launching a Spanish-language broadcast TV network that aims to bring the flavor of the Fox network to Hispanic audiences in the U.S. The move is touted as a bold entry into a market dominated ...

  18. Morning Heds: RIM CEOs Out, HMV's New Banking Terms, Does Facebook Make People Sad?

    January 23, 2012 6:45 AM EST If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA? Ars Technica For more than a year, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have argued that existing laws were insufficient to deal with ...

  19. Senzari, New Internet Radio Service, Launches On Three Continents

    January 20, 2012 7:40 AM EST Senzari, a new music service that offers Internet radio with personalized recommendations and a full integration with Facebook, is preparing to officially launch at an international level by the end of February. Like Pandora, Senzari is Internet s ...

  20. This Week In Billboard History: President Elvis? Capitol's Beatlemania Headache; Gwen & Gavin's Labels Split

    January 18, 2012 1:48 PM EST The President & The King: Following the political campaigns of two country and western artists the Jan. 18 1960 edition of Billboard predicted that Elvis Presley (right) here with President Richard Nixon at the Whitehouse, will run for Preside ...

  21. Mana Announce New North and South American Tour Dates

    January 17, 2012 10:26 AM EST With a concert at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX., April 3, Mexican rockers Maná will kick off the second leg of their "Drama y Luz" U.S. tour. The group (@manaoficial), which had one of the top five Latin tours of the year in 2011 and ...

  22. Urban Power List: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 14, 2012 5:05 PM EST Ethiopia Habtemariam Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Website: MotownRecords.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Wonder Woman Without a doubt, one of this year's hottest unfolding stories is ...

  23. Ultra Music Fest, Featuring Skrillex, Tiesto and David Guetta, Sells Out

    January 13, 2012 3:10 PM EST Although The Ultra Music Festival (UMF) doesn't take place until the weekend of March 23-25, the event , which features such artists as Tiesto, Kraftwerk, Avicii, David Guetta, Skrillex, Armin Van Buuren, Mike Snow and M83, has already sold o ...

  24. Backbeat: Juanes, Colombian Star, Gets TV Special On TR3s

    January 13, 2012 11:05 AM EST As Juanes prepares for the taping of his first ever MTV Unplugged set in Miami, presenting network Tr3s: MTV Música y Más, is in the midst of producing a behind-the-scenes that chronicles the singer/songwriter's history and rise to fame. The ...

  25. Urban Power List: Rick Ross

    January 12, 2012 6:03 PM EST Rick Ross Founder, Maybach Music Group Website: RozayRaw.com Twitter: @RickyRozay Miami Street Machine In just three years, chart-topping Def Jam rapper Rick Ross (born William Leonard Roberts III) has built a label, a franchise and a movement pow ...

  26. Urban Power Cities: Miami

    January 12, 2012 3:40 PM EST DJ Khaled and Rick Ross attending the album release party for Rick Ross' Teflon Don at King of Diamonds in Miami (Photo by Vallery Jean/WireImage for Maybach Music Group) Miami is on fire. From the international reach of home-grown superstar ...

  27. I-Octane, Rising Dancehall Star, Poised to Break Through

    January 06, 2012 12:17 PM EST Dancehall artist I-Octane's sensitively fashioned love songs have made him a ladies' favorite while his outgoing personality is ideally suited to his role as Brand Ambassador for such products as Jamaican telecommunications company Digic ...

  28. Gloria Estefan First Woman To Debut Atop Hot Latin Songs Chart

    January 03, 2012 4:31 PM EST Gloria Estefan becomes the first woman in the 25-year history of Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart to debut at No. 1, as "Hotel Nacional" launches at the summit. The second single from Estefan's first album in four years, " ...

  29. Tiesto, Kraftwerk, Justice, David Guetta To Headline Ultra Fest; Skrillex, Mac Miller Added to Bamboozle

    December 27, 2011 11:51 AM EST The Bamboozle 2012 bolstered its impressive festival lineup Tuesday with the addition of Skrillex as a headliner alongside Bon Jovi and the Foo Fighters, as well as adding Incubus and Mac Miller to the main stage alongside previously announced Bli ...

  30. Vybz Kartel, Dancehall's 'World Boss,' Facing Mounting Legal Problems

    December 23, 2011 9:40 AM EST The litany of legal problems facing incarcerated dancehall artist Vybz Kartel is mounting almost as quickly as he used to record hit songs. On December 15th, Jamaica's Supreme Court judge Martin Gayle ordered Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, to pa ...

  31. R. Kelly Setting Sail On 'Love Letter' Cruise

    December 15, 2011 11:48 AM EST We've heard of soul trains before, but R. Kelly is about to set sail on a soul cruise. The R&B star will host the "Love Letter" cruise , a Caribbean jaunt scheduled for October 2012. The six-day cruise, aboard Carnival's De ...

  32. Exclusive: Theophilus London's Remix Album To Be Sponsored By Microsoft Bing

    December 14, 2011 4:20 PM EST Microsoft's Bing and Warner Bros. Records rapper/singer Theophilus London are teaming up for an upcoming remix album, due in April and sponsored by Bing. The team-up began Tuesday with an online contest that will let aspiring beatmasters remi ...

  33. Tiesto Talks CLVB LIFE Clothing Line, 2012 Plans

    December 14, 2011 7:29 AM EST DJ, Fashion designer Tiesto (center) cites Gucci, Tiger of Sweden, Acne and Bon Iver as current inspirations. (Photo: Clvb Life) Tiesto, one of he world's most famous DJs and dance-music producers, has brought his supreme mixing talents to th ...

  34. Bachata Star Romeo Santos Touring Arenas In Early 2012

    December 13, 2011 9:04 PM EST Bachata superstar Romeo Santos is going on a national arena tour in early 2012, according to a spokesperson. The Latin singer/songwriter, who is also the lead vocalist of Aventura, had a successful year as a solo artist in addition to being signed ...

  35. Ne-Yo, Cee Lo, Gym Class Heroes, More to Headline Revamped Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Fest

    December 12, 2011 6:05 PM EST With eyes set on making Miami Beach an essential New Year's party destination, New York-based Union Square Agency and Miami's Orange Bowl Committee have partnered to produce the 2nd annual Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival. The fes ...

  36. Lady Gaga's Career Comes Full Circle at Z100 Jingle Ball

    December 12, 2011 7:00 AM EST Lady Gaga 's career came full circle for a moment Friday night. The singer headlined Z100's annual Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden, an event that holds special meaning to the New York native. "This was the first live sh ...

  37. Backbeat: Tierra Cali Gets Early Christmas Gift--Two Gold Albums

    December 09, 2011 12:00 PM EST Humberto "El Ron" Plancarte , lead singer and songwriter for Regional Mexican group Tierra Cali, made a pre-Christmas Miami stop to pick up two Gold albums for RIAA certified shipment of 50,000 copies. One was for "Maldito Amor,&quo ...

  38. The Beat Generation: Electronic Dance Music Is Rapidly Becoming The New Sound Of Young America

    December 08, 2011 7:50 AM EST It happened in concert venues and arenas, where crowds of thousands sang along to beats instead of words . It happened in parks and open fields, where young people wore fuzzy animal ears and talked about peace, love, unity and respect-all without ...

  39. Juanes to Tape 'MTV Unplugged,' Juan Luis Guerra as Musical Director

    December 06, 2011 10:45 AM EST Colombian star Juanes will tape an "MTV Unplugged" special in Miami next February. The special will be produced by TR3s: MTV, Musica y Más, MTV's U.S. Hispanic network, and will air both in the U.S. and throughout Latin America. In ...

  40. Shakira, Tito El Bambino Lead 'Premio Lo Nuestro' Music Awards

    December 01, 2011 8:17 PM EST Shakira, Tito El Bambino, Maná, Prince Royce, Ricky Martin, Alejandra Guzman and Larry Hernandez are among the artists nominated for the 24th annual Premio Lo Nuestro music awards, to be held at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Feb. 16. Sha ...

  41. Small But Mighty

    December 01, 2011 4:20 AM EST The Top Independent Artist Nominees 4 Nominations Bon Iver Nominations: record of the year ("Holocene"), song of the year ("Holocene"), best new artist, best alternative music album (Bon Iver) Jagjaguwar In perhaps the most sur ...

  42. Backbeat: Shaila Durcal Treats Anti-Piracy Lawmakers To Recording Session @ Miami's Hit Factory

    November 29, 2011 12:12 PM EST Legislative Session: From left: Gregg Vickers, VP customer marketing, EMI North America; Congressman Lamar singer Smith; singer Shaila Durcal; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Sergio Lopes, Sr. VP Capitol Latin, at an impromptu recordin ...

  43. Wyclef Jean Defends Charity in Wake of Questionable Spending Report

    November 28, 2011 8:27 PM EST Wyclef Jean is defending his charity in the wake of a report that his Yele Haiti Foundation donated less than a third of the $16 million it collected last year to Haitian relief efforts. The hip-hop star told the Associated Press that he's pr ...

  44. Don DeVito, Grammy-Winning Producer and Longtime Columbia A&R Exec, Dead at 72

    November 28, 2011 4:55 PM EST Don DeVito clowning with Johnny Cash in an undated photo (Photo courtesy Columbia Records) Don DeVito, a Grammy-winning producer and A&R exec whose 40-year career was astonishingly spent at the same label, Columbia Records, died in New York on ...

  45. Black Eyed Peas To Take Indefinite Hiatus Following Miami Show

    November 23, 2011 11:10 AM EST Following a Wednesday, Nov. 23 performance in Miami, the Black Eyed Peas will embark on an indefinite hiatus. The group is quick to state that their time apart is merely a "break," and not a "break-up," as Fergie, will.i.am, Ap ...

  46. Backbeat: First-Ever Rola Music Fest Brings 30 Latin Acts To Miami: Oscar D'Leon, Diego Torres, Julieta Venegas, More

    November 22, 2011 6:47 AM EST It was one genre and different countries for every night. Venezuela's Oscar D'Leon represented salsa. (Photo: Sergio Alvarez/Imagine Entertainment Group) Miami hosted the first-ever Rola Music Fest, a three-day music festival that brough ...

  47. Twitter, SoundTracking, Ticketfly, Slacker, Shazam and More on the Socialization of Music @ Billboard FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 7:37 PM EST Left to right: CEO of Ticketfly Andrew Dreskin, SVP of Strategic Development at Slacker Jack Isquith, Director of Consumer Marketing at Shazam Jeff Roberto, COO at RevrbNation, Jed Carlson and VP of Client Services at Moontoast, Tim Putnam at the ...

  48. Backbeat: Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Rhymes Rock Google Music Launch Party

    November 17, 2011 4:50 PM EST Surrounded by diverse crowd of L.A. socialites, music industry executives and tech industry legends, Busta Rhymes, Maroon 5, and Drake performed highly energized sets Wednesday night at the Google Music Launch, in an extravagantly decorated wareho ...

  49. Kelly Clarkson Plots 'Stronger' 2012 Tour

    November 14, 2011 3:46 PM EST Kelly Clarkson will spend the first three months of 2012 on the road in the North America supporting her latest studio album, "Stronger." The pop star announced the first leg of her Stronger Tour 2012 on Monday (Nov. 14), with singer-son ...

  50. 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 ...

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