Salsa music

  1. Fania Records Launching Pop-Up Store at Art Basel Miami

    December 03, 2012 11:29 AM EST Latin soul will invade this week's Art Basel Miami Beach, when Fania Records launches their Armada Fania club and pop-up store for four days near Miami's trendy Wynwood Arts District, a center of the art fair's social life. Similar ...

  2. Jairo Varela, Founder of Colombia's Grupo Niche, Dead at 62

    August 08, 2012 6:03 PM EDT Jairo Varela, the iconic founder and leader of celebrated Colombian salsa band Grupo Niche, died suddenly of apparent heart failure in his home in Cali, Colombia. He was 62 years old. Varela created a signature salsa sound characterized by its fas ...

  3. Gustavo Dudamel, Ruben Blades and Franco De Vita Join For 'Viva la Musica'

    July 19, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Los Angeles Symphony conductor Gustavo Dudamel, pop star Franco De Vita and actor/salsa icon Ruben Blades will perform as part of a massive concert in Veneuzlea on July 22 called "Viva la Musica," which is being billed as a "concert ...

  4. N'Klabe's Success: Is It A Latin Dance Comeback?

    July 12, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Salsa, that most emblematic of Latin musical genres, has rarely been a top seller in the United States. So, whenever a new salsa album creates a noticeable blip on the radar, we ask, "How did that happen?" During the week ending July 1, ...

  5. Yomo Toro, King of the Cuatro, Dead at 78.

    July 02, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Master of the cuatro, the guitar with five pairs of strings often called the national instrument of Puerto Rico, Yomo Toro brought traditional acoustic rhythms to the mainstream of popular Latin music and beyond. Toro, who died Saturday (June 30) ...

  6. En Breve: Estela Rava's Death, Deezer Streaming Service, Marc Anthony and Obama

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Argentine Singer Estela Raval Dead at 77 Estela Raval, the Argentine Latin jazz singer known for her romantic pop ballads, has died of cancer. She was 77. The songstress, who recorded more than 50 albums, was one of the best-known entertainers in ...

  7. Backbeat: 360 Group, AJ Music, Cardenas Execs Wind Down at La Salsa Vive Party

    April 25, 2012 12:30 PM EDT The scene at the "La Salsa Vive" party, which closed out day one of the Billboard Latin Music Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) With video footage of Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco performing "Quimbara" as a backdrop and N' ...

  8. Pedro Arroyo, Puerto Rican Radio Programmer and Salsa Advocate, Dead at 60

    April 15, 2012 5:21 PM EDT Puerto Rican radio programmer Pedro Arroyo, a salsa musician and lover who founded "El Día Nacional de la Zalsa" (National Salsa Day), a massive annual concert dedicated to the genre, died Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was 60 yea ...

  9. SBS Flips Miami's Clasica To Zalsa y Mas!

    April 03, 2012 1:19 PM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) has flipped its longstanding oldies Miami station, Clásica 92.3 FM, to Z 92, Zalsa y Más! (92.3 FM) Don't miss the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm taking place April 23- ...

  10. Rey Ruiz Debuts Radio Show, J.Lo Teams With AOL, Obama Appoints Shakira to Commission

    October 14, 2011 12:52 PM EDT Salsa Artist Rey Ruiz Debuts Radio Show Salsa singer Rey Ruiz now has his own radio show. "El Rey de la Mañana" is heading the weekly morning drive on tropical WXDJ (El Zol) Miami. The show, heard live from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., kicked of ...

  11. Joe Arroyo, Legendary Colombian Salsa Star, Dead at 55

    July 26, 2011 12:33 PM EDT Joe Arroyo, the salsa star and composer whose piercing, high tenor and groundbreaking songs-including "La Noche"-made him a groundbreaking force in Colombian salsa and one of its major ambassadors abroad, has died. He was 55 years old. A ...

  12. Colombia's Discos Fuentes Partners With Concert Promoter AG Producciones

    June 13, 2011 4:50 PM EDT In an effort to maximize resources in a difficult market and make up for lost music sales, Colombian indie Discos Fuentes-a powerhouse that carries some of the country's top tropical artists-has partnered with Colombian concert promotion and ...

  13. Ralph Mercado III Completes Acquisition Of Father's Company, RMP

    March 03, 2011 5:11 PM EST Ralph Mercado III, the son of the late label and promotions executive Ralph Mercado, has fully acquired his father's promotion company, RMP (Ralph Mercado Presents). Mercado III had already taken the helm of the company in 2007, when his fath ...

  14. Veteran Latin Record Exec Tony Moreno Dies

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tony Moreno, the veteran record executive who founded MP records and worked with some of the biggest names in tropical music has died. Moreno succumbed to complications of liver cancer on Nov. 14 at the University of Miami Hospital in Miami. He wa ...

  15. Fania Records Links With !K7 For Overseas Deals

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Legendary tropical label Fania Records has struck a partnership with !K7 to distribute its releases in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia and to license key releases through !K7 imprint Strut. The first project under the new partnership was the Sept ...

  16. Fania Records Targets New Audience With Classics

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Venerable salsa label Fania Records has partnered with youth lifestyle media company Fader Media to produce remixes of classics from the Fania catalog to be marketed to a younger audience. The association is expected to result not only in music bu ...

  17. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Marc Anthony Talks New Album, Jennifer Lopez

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marc Anthony previewed his new album and explained how music and Jennifer Lopez changed his life during an in-depth Q&A Wednesday at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Anthony is set to perform at the Billboard Lati ...

  18. Billboard En Concierto Series Kicks Off In Miami

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Newcomer Jencarlos Canela and comeback kid Luis Enrique played for nearly 2,000 fans at the inaugural "Billboard en Concierto" show at Miami's Fillmore Theater. Presented by State Farm, the show was the first of five performances pr ...

  19. Marc Anthony Set For Billboard Latin Music Conference

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Superstar Marc Anthony will sit down for a rare interview during the Billboard Latin Music Conference, during which he will discuss of his upcoming release and different artistic and business ventures, including his film career and his purchase of ...

  20. La Quinta Estación, Calle 13 Among Early Grammy Winners

    January 31, 2010 12:00 AM EST Few surprises were in store Sunday in the Latin category at the 52nd Grammy Awards, with Spanish pop group La Quinta Estación winning a Grammy for Latin pop album and Calle 13 winning for Latin rock, alternative or urban album. Calle 13's &qu ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Juan Gabriel Steals Show, Calle 13 Sweep Latin Grammys

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Urban duo Calle 13, which led nominations for the 10th annual Latin Grammys, were also the lead winners of the evening, taking home five Latin Grammys. Those included album of the year and best urban music album for “Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo” ( ...

  23. Calle 13 Leads Latin Grammy Nods

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With five nods to their name, Latin Grammy darlings Calle 13 led the list of esoteric nominees for the 10th annual Latin Grammy awards. The eclectic Puerto Rican urban group, which has already won several Latin Grammys in the past, is up for award ...

  24. Los Van Van Cancels Tour

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Major Cuban salsa and timba band Los Van Van has canceled its European summer tour after drummer and music director Samuel Formell suffered a domestic accident in his kitchen in Havana. Formell, son of Van Van double-bassist, leader and founder Ju ...

  25. Emusica Sells Assets To Investment Firm

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Miami-based Emusica Entertainment Group has sold its assets, including the historic Fania catalog, to New York investment firm Signal Equity. Emusica will continue to operate for the time being during its phase-out, in order to pay out royalties. ...

  26. Latin Briefs: Liberman Broadcasting, Granda

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Liberman Broadcasting has flipped its Latin rhythmic KZZA (Casa 106.7)/Dallas to a Spanish oldies format, "La Bonita." The station was broadcasting grupero, cumbia, banda, ballads and bachata on Tuesday, with no on-air talent. The chan ...

  27. Celia Cruz Estate Wins Domain Battle

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Celia Cruz may have been known as the Queen of Salsa, but when it came to the Web, she had no domain. For the past decade, a Cayman Island-based corporation has held control over the celiacruz.com Web domain. But now, the name will revert to the l ...

  28. Industry Veteran Ralph Mercado Dies At 67

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music impresario Ralph Mercado, founder of legendary indie salsa label RMM and long known as the executive behind a new generation of tropical music, has died. Mercado, who had battled cancer for two years, passed away at Hackensack University Med ...

  29. Tropisounds' Mario Marrero Dies From Cancer

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mario Marrero, a composer, executive producer and pastor who worked in A&R at indie label Tropisounds, has died. He was 55. Marrero passed away from cancer at the University Hospital Medical Center in Broward County, Fla., on Wednesday, accord ...

  30. Salsa Star Ruben Blades Signs With UMPG

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Actor, singer, composer and politician Ruben Blades, possibly the single, best known name in contemporary salsa, has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), Billboard.biz has ...

  31. Marc Anthony At Work On Three Albums

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Salsa star Marc Anthony has always had a penchant for recording different albums, and even different styles - like pop and salsa - simultaneously. Now, he's in the middle of recording not two, but three projects. "I'm in the studio ...

  32. Palmieri Celebrates Career Milestone At Latin Jazz Fest

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eddie Palmieri will headline this year's Los Angeles Latin Jazz Festival, one of two Latin music festivals to be presented this year at L.A.'s Greek Theatre by promoter Eddie Rodriguez' Latin Works Music in association with Nederlan ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. '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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. National Geographic Launches Music Store

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Offers downloads, videos. National Geographic has expanded its representation of global cultures by creating a music exploration and purchasing site. National Geographic World Music blends a music store, powered by Calabash Music, with extensive c ...

  37. Lopez, Anthony To Star In Film 'El Cantante'

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Movie slated for release in 2006. Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony are to act alongside one another in a music-based movie, "El Cantante" (The Singer). The feature film, based on the life of iconic Puerto Rican singer Hector L ...

  38. Emusica Acquires Fania Assets

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Price tag reported in $9-12 million range. The assets of Fania, regarded as the most venerable and important catalog of tropical music in existence, have been sold to Emusica Entertainment Group. Emusica, a Miami-based music company whose holdings ...

  39. India Inks With SGZ

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Salsa diva India has signed with SGZ Records, the independent label launched last year by former Warner Latina president George Zamora and Grammy-winning producer Sergio George. Salsa diva India has signed with SGZ Records, the independent label l ...

  40. India Inks With SGZ

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Salsa diva India has signed with SGZ Records, the independent label launched last year by former Warner Latina president George Zamora and Grammy-winning producer Sergio George. Salsa diva India has signed with SGZ Records, the independent label l ...

  41. Infinity Flips WHFS To Spanish

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a surprising move, Infinity Radio has converted 20-year modern rock bastion WHFS Washington, D.C., to Spanish, as "El Zol" 99.1. The station will play a mixture of salsa, merengue and bachata, targ In a surprising move, Infinity Radio ...

  42. Latin Notas

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Salsa singer Tito Nieves aims to lose 100 pounds, then write a book about the experience. Read Leila Cobo's column. Salsa singer Tito Nieves aims to lose 100 pounds, then write a book about the experience. Read Leila Cobo's column. News ...

  43. Icons Remembered

    December 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music fans in 2003 mourned the loss of a country music icon, a Cuban salsa queen, a pioneering rock'n'roll producer, a deep-voiced master of soul, a unique jazz stylist, a member of one of pop's most Music fans in 2003 mourned the l ...