1. Rubén Blades Q&A: Salsa’s Crossover Pioneer Gets Emotional on 'Tangos'

    May 28, 2014 3:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rubén Blades takes an emotional turn with “Tangos,” a set of versions of his songs, including “Pedro Navaja,” “Pablo Pueblo” and “Juana Maya,” recorded with Argentine tango musicians. Blades brings tango’s characteristic drama to his classics withou ...

  2. Fania 50th Anniversary Concert Series Partners with SummerStage

    May 15, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The 50th anniversary of the iconic Latin label Fania Records will be celebrated this summer in partnership with Central Park's SummerStage program.   Starting June 14, the City Parks Foundation will feature a concert series, dance and theater ...

  3. Fania All-Stars, Daddy Yankee Honored at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    March 19, 2014 5:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 The thread that connects the past and present of Latin music was in full display March 18 at the annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with legendary musicians Fania All-Stars sharing the stage with today’s stars in what became one of those once-in-a-lif ...

  4. Past and Present Meet at ASCAP's Latin Music Awards

    March 19, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The thread that connects the past and present of Latin music was in full display March 18 at the annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with legendary musicians Fania All-Stars sharing the stage with today’s stars in what became one of those once-in-a-l ...

  5. Romeo Santos, Andres Castro, Daddy Yankee Honored at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    March 18, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Romeo Santos, who last month scored the top-selling debut on the Top Latin Albums chart in eight years, and guitarist/producer Andrés Castro, who has scored a series of No. 1 hits co-written with Carlos Vives, shared the Songwriter of the Year awa ...

  6. Artists from Rubén Blades to Enrique Iglesias Voice Support for Venezuela, Criticize Gov't

    February 21, 2014 9:02 PM EST Salsa greats and social activists Rubén Blades and Willie Colon have, separately, been the most outspoken of the many music artists who have expressed solidarity this week with protestors in Venezuela. In the case of Blades, Venezuelan President Ni ...

  7. Draco Rosa To Close L.A. Recording Studio Phantom Vox

    February 13, 2014 4:12 AM EST Phantom Vox, the West Hollywood studio owned by Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning artist Draco Rosa, is set to close at the end of the month. The studio has hosted musicians ranging from Mexican band Kinky and Spanish rock star Enrique Bunbury to Co ...

  8. Latin Recording Academy and Eventus Join for Third Annual Acoustic Sessions

    September 20, 2013 3:26 AM EDT The Latin Grammy Acoustic Sessions, a series of invitation-only shows by well known Latin artists, will take place in five cities leading up to the Nov. 21 Latin Grammys.   On the night of Sept. 25, after Latin Grammy nominations are announced tha ...

  9. Latin Recording Academy and Eventus Join for Third Annual Acoustic Sessions

    September 20, 2013 3:26 AM EDT The Latin Grammy Acoustic Sessions, a series of invitation-only shows by well known Latin artists, will take place in five cities leading up to the Nov. 21 Latin Grammys.   On the night of Sept. 25, after Latin Grammy nominations are announced t ...

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  11. 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 ...

  12. Los Lobos Talk 'Rubic's Cube' of Options for 40th Anniversary

    August 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Until then, band celebrates 20 years since release of classic "Kiko" album Los Lobos celebrates the 20th anniversary of its lauded "Kiko" album this week with three special release, but an even more important milestone -- the gro ...

  13. Gustavo Dudamel, Ruben Blades and Franco De Vita join for 'Viva la Musica' Event

    July 19, 2012 7:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel , pop star Franco De Vita and actor and salsa icon Ruben Blades will perform as part of a massive concert in Venezuela called "Viva la Musica," which is being billed as a "concert for ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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, ...

  16. Juanes, Ruben Blades Set For L.A. Philharmonic Americas & Americans Fest

    June 22, 2012 11:26 AM EDT The Hollywood Bowl is set to draw Latin music fans this summer when Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra and Rubén Blades perform at Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel's Americas & Americans Festival. The series opens August 14, ...

  17. Backbeat: Secret Show at Draco Rosa's Studio Inaugurates L.A.'s Fairfax Sessions

    June 13, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Artyom Manukyan and Arto Tunçboyaciyan performing at Phantom Vox studio's Fairfax Sessions. (Photo: David Navas) While the usual stream of cars rumbled down West Hollywood's Fairfax Avenue outside Phantom Vox Studios , a secret show was ...

  18. Ruben Blades and Cheo Feliciano Record Each Other's Tunes

    June 07, 2012 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 Nearly a decade ago, salsa greats Cheo Feliciano and Ruben Blades were chatting with flutist Bobby Valentin and radio programmer Pedro Arroyo at Valentin's home in Puerto Rico. An idea began to brew: Feliciano and Blades would record a new album ...

  19. Universal Music Publishing Latin America Names John Echevarria EVP; Eddie Fernandez Departing

    June 04, 2012 12:41 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has announced the appointment of John Echevarria as executive VP for UMPG Latin America and confirmed to Billboard.biz that Eddie Fernandez, Sr. VP of UMPG Latin America, is departing. Both men have long careers in ...

  20. Singer/Songwriter Robi 'Draco' Rosa Signs With SESAC, Preparing New Album

    May 21, 2012 6:08 PM EDT Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Robi 'Draco' Rosa, who also has a new album due later this year, has signed with SESAC, a spokesperson for the performing rights organization has announced. News of the signing comes about ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Chart Highlights: Beyonce 'On Top' of Dance/Club Play Songs

    April 02, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bey banks her 18th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, moving her within one of Janet Jackson for the seond-most leaders in the chart's history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the t ...

  23. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  24. Fernando Rojo Named To New Post at Universal Music Publishing

    January 20, 2012 2:53 PM EST 0 0 In a bid to continue growing relationships with brands and advertising agencies, Universal Music Publishing Group in Miami has appointed producer/composer Fernando Rojo to the new post of Senior Director, Creative/New Business Development. Rojo will r ...

  25. Latin Grammys: Calle 13 Makes History in Star-Studded Night

    November 10, 2011 11:55 PM EST 0 0 0 The 12th annual Latin Grammys, which were telecast live from the Mandalay Bay, made it a night the Puerto Rican rapping duo Calle 13 will not soon forget as they dominated the awards show with a staggering nine wins including record of the year, bes ...

  26. Juanes, Ruben Blades to Be Honored by Hispanic Heritage Foundation

    September 06, 2011 5:50 PM EDT Colombia's Juanes and Panamanian salsa singer/songwriter Rubén Blades will be honored for their accomplishments in music and beyond at the 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Sept. 15. The ...

  27. Latin Grammy 2010 Predictions: And the Winner Is...

    November 10, 2010 5:00 PM EST 0 0 0 It's time again for us to make our annual predictions for the Latin Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday night (Nov. 11.) Alejandro Sanz , Juan Luis Guerra , Jorge Drexler and Camila le ...

  28. Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra Lead Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 08, 2010 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Latin Grammy darlings Alejandro Sanz and Juan Luis Guerra , along with past nominee Jorge Drexler , led the nominations for the 11th edition of the awards with four nods each, tying Mario Domm, the lead singer and songwriter of pop group Camila . Th ...

  29. Latin Grammy Nominations Are In

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Latin Grammy darlings Alejandro Sanz and Juan Luis Guerra, along with past nominee Jorge Drexler, led the nominations for the 11th edition of the awards with four nods each, tying Mario Domm, the lead singer and songwriter of pop group Camila. The ...

  30. Salsero Gilberto Santa Rosa Branches Out With New Album

    June 25, 2010 1:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa has a velvety, entreating voice that's made him an icon of the genre, with more than 20 albums under his belt, a successful-and vibrant-touring itinerary, a steady sales record and a string of radio hits that wi ...

  31. Calle 13, Ruben Blades To Perform Together At Latin Grammys

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Urban alternative act Calle 13 will perform with salsa icon Ruben Blades at the Latin Grammys Nov. 5, the Latin Recording Academy announced. Nominees David Bisbal, Shaila Durcal and Luz Rios were also revealed as performers at the 10th annual awar ...

  32. Iglesias, Daddy Yankee Set For Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Superstars Enrique Iglesias, Daddy Yankee, Aventura, Wisin & Yandel, Akon and Rubén Blades and his legendary band, Los Seis del Solar, have been added to the lineup of performers for the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards. They join a roster of ...

  33. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78. 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renais ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. This Day in Music

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Intonation Music Festival opens its gates at Chicago's Union Park and manages to achieve a goal for all first-year festivals: it sells out. Headliners included the Decemberists, Tortoise, L 2005 - The Intonation Music Festival opens ...

  36. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78. 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renais ...

  37. This Day in Music

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - The Intonation Music Festival opens its gates at Chicago's Union Park and manages to achieve a goal for all first-year festivals: it sells out. Headliners included the Decemberists, Tortoise, L 2005 - The Intonation Music Festival opens ...

  38. This Day in Music

    September 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Australian rocker Ted Mulry dies in a Sydney hospital, following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He is 49.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who exp ...

  39. Ruben Blades Named To Panama Gov't Post

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Singer to serve as Minister of Tourism. Singer/songwriter and actor Ruben Blades has been named Panama's Minister of Tourism. Blades will be part of the cabinet of new president-elect Martín Torrijos Espino. Blades, who was born and raised in ...

  40. Ruben Blades Named To Panama Gov't Post

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Singer to serve as Minister of Tourism. Singer/songwriter and actor Ruben Blades has been named Panama's Minister of Tourism. Blades will be part of the cabinet of new president-elect Martín Torrijos Espino. Blades, who was born and raised in ...

  41. Blades Settles Suit Vs. Labels, Pub Firms

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST A suit filed by singer/producer/actor Ruben Blades against his former record and publishing companies was settled quietly Sunday (March 7), the day before it was scheduled to go to trial. A suit filed by singer/producer/actor Ruben Blades against ...

  42. Trial Begins In Ruben Blades Royalty Dispute With Record Labels

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST The trial involving Ruben Blades' lawsuit against his former record and publishing companies begins Monday in New York federal court. MIAMI--The trial involving Ruben Blades' lawsuit against his former record and publishing companies beg ...

  43. Ruben Blades Taking Former Label, Publisher To Court

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A suit filed by singer/songwriter/actor/producer Ruben Blades against his former record and publishing companies is set to go to trial March 8 in New York Federal court. A suit filed by singer/songwriter/actor/producer Ruben Blades against his for ...