As we take one last look at 2005, we review trends in the Latin music world we hope will continue to be hot in 2006 and will keep making our hearts beat faster, as well as the ones we hope are left behind. Read Leila Cobo's column.
Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has elevated the managing directors of its three front-line U.K. labels to become presidents. Separately, the company's Island Universal Records division has been split into separate functioning labels.
Homegrown artists accounted for seven of the top ten places on Italy's year-end annual albums chart for 2005, according to figures prepared by ACNielsen, the official compiler of the weekly national sales charts for labels body FIMI.
The major labels' use of "most favored nation" clauses in deals with download and subscription retailers are receiving increased industry scrutiny in the wake of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's probe into digital music pricing.
Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (Warner Bros.) takes over from Robbie Williams' "Intensive Care" (Chrysalis) at the European Top 100 Albums summit for a second time. The album displaced Williams at No. 1 by debuting there in November, before itself ceding the top spot to Williams late in the year.