Universal Music Latin

  1. Tapia Plays To A Different Beat

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican star Roberto Tapia releases 11th album, moving from drug tales to more positive tunes. Performing since the age of 9, regional Mexican singer/songwriter Roberto Tapia was born to be an entertainer. It's quite literally in his ...

  2. 40 Under 40: Gustavo Lopez

    August 02, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Gustavo López Executive VP, Brand Partnerships, Business Development and Digital, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Website: Universalmusica.com Latin Deal Driver After presiding over regional Mexican powerhouse Fonovisa/Disa, Gustavo López, 39, ...

  3. Chino y Nacho & Coca-Cola, Daddy Yankee & Western Union Among Billboard Latin Music Marketing Award Winners

    April 25, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Angel Kaminsky (left), VP Universal Music Latino/Machete Music and Luis Estrada, GM Universal Music Latino/Machete whose Coca-Cola "Seremos Mas" campaign Featuring Chino Y Nacho won a Billboard Latin Music Marketing Award for Best Social ...

  4. Backbeat: Erick Rincon and 3Ball MTY Hit Red Carpet at Billboard's Inaugural Regional Mexican Awards

    October 21, 2011 10:46 AM EDT Erick Rincon 's life changed dramatically this year when he went from a revered DJ in Mexico to a label artist composing dance music in the relatively new genre, "tribal guarachero." Walking the red carpet Thursday night at the Bill ...

  5. Latin Power Players: Victor Gonzalez

    August 01, 2011 11:13 PM EDT Victor Gonzalez President, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Victor Gonzalez makes the Latin Power Players list for the first time months after being appointed president of Universal Music Latin Entertainment. The nod acknowledges the importance ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Year End: Aggressive Pricing Gives Fonovisa Reason To Celebrate

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fonovisa celebrated its 25th anniversary with an extensive retail, online and television cross-promotional campaign that sought to highlight multiple releases, both frontline and catalog. The end result is that Fonovisa was the Top Latin Albums Im ...

  9. Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit Lineup Expands

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The roster of talent for the Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit continues to grow, with Fonovisa acts Iván, Jazmin López, Roberto Tapia, Conjunto Azabache and El Potro de Sinaloa confirmed to perform at the Fonovisa 25th anniversary party. Th ...

  10. Industry Heavyweights Lined Up For Regional Mexican Confab

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Top artist manager Martin Fabian, Fonovisa and Disa president Gustavo Lopez, Bandamax executive producer Victor Manuel Moreno Valdez, Mexico Musical president Javier Rivera and singer-songwriter Espinoza Paz have all been confirmed as panelists fo ...

  11. Larry Hernandez, El Compa Chuy Set For Billboard Regional Mexican Summit

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Artists new and established will be in full force at the fourth edition of the Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit, taking place Oct. 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Los Angeles. Performances by some of Billboard's top-charting names wi ...

  12. Feud Over Alacranes Musical Naming Rights Sparks Lawsuits

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A feud that has split one of regional Mexican music's most successful groups has raised several legal issues as well as the age-old question: What's in a name? Alacranes Musical, the youthful Chicago group that blends an urban image and ...

  13. Latin Briefs: Germán Montero, Piracy Raids

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Up-and-coming regional Mexican star Germán Montero has signed with SESAC Latina. The young singer/songwriter, formerly a vocalist for La Arrolladora Banda El Limón, launched his solo career last year with his album “Pensando en Ti.” Two of Monter ...

  14. Siente To Distribute Marcy Place

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Siente Music has signed a licensing deal with Orfanato Music Group, the label that belongs to reggaetón star Don Omar, to market and distribute urban bachata group Marcy Place. Marcy Place’s debut album, “B From Marcy Place,” will be released Nov. ...

  15. Fonovisa-backed Voting PSAs Target Latinos

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to encourage Latinos - particularly newly-naturalized citizens - to register to vote, Voto Latino has partnered with leading regional Mexican label Fonovisa/Disa to produce a series of PSA's that will air on radio stations nation ...

  16. Latin News Briefs: 'La Fabrika del Reggaeton,' Pesado

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Riding a wave of hits by Panamanian artists, Live Nation, Orjuela Entertainment and label Panama Music are presenting a Los Angeles concert Nov. 8 headlined by Eddy Lover, La Factoria and Mach & Daddy. Panama Music/Machete labelmates Makano, ...

  17. Disa Records Founder Returns To Label

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Domingo Chavez, who founded regional Mexican powerhouse label Disa Records with his family more than 30 years ago, has returned to the label as its president, Billboard has learned. Based in Los Angeles but dividing his time between Mexico and the ...

  18. Fonovisa To Unveil New Regional Mexican Series

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fonovisa Records is preparing to launch a new branded series of regional Mexican music albums. Titled "Idolos (De Mexico Para el Mundo)," which translates to "Idols From Mexico to the World." The first edition will feature trac ...

  19. Banda El Recodo Seals Booking Deal

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexico's venerable Banda El Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga has signed a booking agreement with Nueva Generación Music Group Inc. Effective immediately, Nueva Generación will begin booking U.S. dates for the group, which is celebrating its 70th ...

  20. 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, ...

  21. UMG Completes Univision Acquisition

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After an extraordinary seven-year run, Univision Music Group has been acquired in full by Universal Music Group. The final acquisition, announced today following the Federal Trade Commission's approval of the deal, makes UMG the largest Latin ...

  22. Univision: Music Business Sale Priced At $153 Million

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Univision Communications on Monday disclosed that it received $153 million for the sale of its music recording and publishing business to Universal Music Group -- a deal announced last week at an undisclosed sum . Univision, in a regulatory filing ...

  23. Universal Music Group To Acquire Univision

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following months of protracted negotiations, Universal Music Group has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Univision Music Group. The deal will include Univision's music recording and publishing division. The acquisition, which is sub ...

  24. Univision Launches Budget Catalog Line

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST As Univision Music Group awaits announcement of its sale by its parent company, the label group launched its newest budget catalog line, Epoca Dorada, to retail today (Jan. 8). The series, which features product by top regional Mexican acts, will ...

  25. Brazeros Musical Keyboardist Dies

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Juan Filiberto Valdez Aguirre, keyboardist for the Disa Records act Brazeros Musical de Durango, died Monday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Mexico City-Queretaro highway. He was 28. The group had been preparing for a promotional tour in ...

  26. Univision Music Group CEO Sues Parent Company

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST In the midst of the sale of Univision Music Group, the company's president and CEO, Jose Behar, has filed a lawsuit against parent company Univision Communications and against Univision Music, alleging unfair business practices, promissory fr ...

  27. Reports: Univision Music Group Begins Auction

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The long-predicted sale of Univision Music Group appears one step closer, with the parent company reportedly starting the process of auctioning off the music division . Sources confirm to Billboard.biz that sales talks between Univision and major ...

  28. A Regional Mexican First

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a sign of the continuing maturation of the Latin music market, four major regional Mexican releases are slated to street on a single date. Conjunto Primavera (Fonovisa), Los Creadorez (Disa), Diana Reyes (Universal) and the late Valent?n Elizal ...

  29. Univision Names Young VP Sales

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jeff Young has been appointed VP of sales for Univision Music Group. Young was previously the senior VP sales and marketing for indie Disa Records, which Univision recently acquired in full. Young will be in charge of sales for all UMG labels: Uni ...

  30. Disa Sues Univision Music

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims breach of contract in lawsuit. Latin music label Disa Records said on Tuesday (July 18) it has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the music unit of Hispanic media company Univision Communications Inc. Mexico's Disa Records said ...

  31. Univision To Fully Acquire Disa Records

    June 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indie sold 50% stake in 2001. Univision Music Group is slated June 30 to complete its acquisition of Disa Records from the Chavez family in Mexico. Disa, one of the mightiest forces in regional Mexican music, commands nearly 14% of the Latin music ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Univision Sees Q3 Gains

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Univision Communications entered the fourth quarter of the year with a bang, announcing strong financial results for the third quarter ending Sept. 30. Univision Communications entered the fourth quarter of the year with a bang, announcing strong ...

  34. Univision Reports Q3 Increase

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Reggaeton fueled net revenue. Univision Communications is kicking off the fourth quarter with a bang, revealing strong financial results for the third quarter ending Sept. 30. The company posted a net revenue increase of 4%, up from $477.4 million ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Latin Vet Ricky Correoso Dead At 57

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Latin music executive Ricky Correoso died Friday (July 30) in Miami after a long fight with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 57 years old. Veteran Latin music executive Ricky Correoso died Friday (July 30) in Miami after a long fight with pulmon ...

  40. Univision Tops 2003 Latin Sales

    January 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST In a first, an independent label has taken the lead in sales of Latin music in the U.S. California-based indie Univision Music Group, founded three years ago, was the top-selling label in the genre la In a first, an independent label has taken the ...