Billboard Bits: BB Latin Awards, Robi Draco Rosa, Mogwai

News on BB Latin Awards, Robi Draco Rosa, Mogwai

CarlosActress Roselyn Sanchez, singer/actor Carlos Ponce, and actor Miguel Varoni have been tapped to host the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The May 8 event at the Miami Arena will be taped for May 11 broadcast on Telemundo.

As previously reported, Ricky Martin, Pilar Montenegro, Chayanne, Intocable, Thalia, Alexandre Pires, A.B. Quintanilla III & Kumbia Kings, Grupo Limite, Eros Ramazzotti, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and David Bisbal will perform.

2003 marks the first time that tickets to the event are available to the general public. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and at the Miami Arena box office.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

RosaRobi Draco Rosa will release his latest album, "Mad Love," Aug. 26 through Columbia. The former Menudo member and co-writer/co-producer of Ricky Martin hits such as "Livin' la Vida Loca," Rosa wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album with such noted songwriters as George Noriega, Luis Gomez Escolar, Parthenon Huxley, Rusty Anderson, Itaal Shur, Walter Afanasieff, and Billy Mann.

Rosa co-produced the set with Noriega, save for two tracks produced with Afanasieff. Van Dyke Parks arranged strings on several cuts. Described as "a collection of rock tracks and wildly romantic songs," the album is the follow-up to 2001's "Libertad Del Alma," which reached No. 5 on Billboard's Latin Pop chart and No. 11 on the Top Latin Albums tally.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

MogwaiScottish instrumental rock outfit Mogwai will release its latest album, "Happy Songs for Happy People," June 17 via Matador. It's the follow-up to 2001's "Rock Action," which hit No. 16 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 20 on the Heatseekers tally.

The new album finds Mogwai turning away slightly from its trademark soft-to-loud transitions, allowing for songs such as the eight-minute "Ratts of the Capital" to gradually evolve in sound and tone. The group will unveil the new material during a busy spring/summer tour schedule, beginning Saturday (May 3) at the Bergen Music Festival in Bergen, Norway. A North American trek kicks off on the day of the album's release at New York's Irving Plaza.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.