On a cool summer night in July, music industry tastemakers were called to a clandestine meeting at East West Studios in Hollywood. Electronic devices had to be checked at the door. Inside the invite-only event, Mexican alternative rock band Cafe Tacvba was in a back room preparing to perform 10 new songs, to be recorded live for an album that would put a new twist on the unplugged acoustic theme.
Here are the finalists for producer of the year at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards.JULION ALVAREZA second-time finalist in the producer category, the frontman of Julion Alvarez y Su NorteÃ±o Banda has had a busy year. As a finalist in multiple categories, the prolific producer continues making music that resonates with fans of regional Mexican. His group's "Olvidame" spent seven weeks atop B
The finalists for songwriter of the year at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards are four prolific composers who have made major contributions in the regional Mexican genre. Here are some of their accomplishments.Ariel BarrerasAriel Barreras has become a prolific and sought-after songwriter. Barreras wrote La Arrolladora Banda el Limon's "Llamada de Mi Ex" (Call From My Ex), which spent 19 weeks at
For this year's Billboard Mexican Music Awards, the eligibility year for labels and publishing companies ran from Aug. 27, 2011, until Aug. 18, 2012 -- a time period when regional Mexican music has continued to be a vibrant genre in the United States. Finalists are chosen based on their performance during the period on Billboard's regional Mexican charts.Four labels are finalists in the sales-driven
A rich array of artists are finalists for the second Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Presented by State Farm, the awards can be seen on Telemundo live from Los Angeles on Oct. 18. Finalists-and winners-are determined by Billboard chart performance during the eligibility period of Aug. 27, 2011, through Aug. 18, 2012. Award categories are based on album and digital track sales data provided by Nie
Rapper Yahira Garcia -- aka Flakiss -- was supposed to be the next big act in Latin hip-hop nearly a decade ago when she signed to Univision Records. In 2006, after asking to be released from her contract after only three albums, she almost abandoned music all together. Unhappy with the music business, Garcia went her own way in 2008 to rethink her life, career and have a family. She co-hosted a radio s