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  1. Latin Briefs: Sello Movistar, Estrella TV

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Sello Movistar, the wireless carrier's digital label, has signed its first Latin American act, reports Aliado Digital . Colombia's Camilo Atuesta, also known as CAMO, was one of 250 artists in that country who uploaded their music to Se ...

  2. Pitbull Brings Imprint to Polo Grounds/RCA Music Group

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Pitbull has signed with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Music Group through his Mr. 305 Inc. imprint. The move reunites the Miami rapper with Polo Grounds Music president Bryan Leach, who signed Pitbull to TVT Records six years ago. In addition to r ...

  3. Telemundo Goes Hi-Def

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telemundo, the NBC Universal-owned Spanish-language network, will start broadcasting in high-definition beginning in April. Telemundo said it would be the first Spanish-language network to offer HD content both at the local and network levels. (A ...

  4. Luis Fonsi To Launch U.S. Tour In April

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Luis Fonsi, whose single "No Me Doy Por Vencido" is in its 38th week on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, will tour nine U.S. cities between April and June on the first leg of his "Palabras del Silencio" stateside tour. F ...

  5. Amor FM Adds Soccer To Programming

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System's Latin pop 93.1 Amor FM (WPAT) has added soccer to its programming for the first time. The station has signed an affiliate agreement with Fútbol de Primera to become its exclusive New York radio broadcaster for th ...

  6. Latin Briefs: Internet Usage Growth, Telemundo, Televisa

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet use by Hispanics between 2004 and 2008 grew by 43% in Phoenix, Ariz., according to a study by Scarborough Research . The study looked at rates of Hispanic Internet use in 13 markets, of which Phoenix had experienced the highest growth, fo ...

  7. Business Briefs: IODA, Kelly Clarkson

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Independent digital distributor IODA has announced worldwide distribution agreements with five new dance/electronic music labels and three new boutique retailers. New labels include AEI Media Ltd, Easy Street, MN2S, Naked Music, and Soulheaven. ...

  8. Ferro Exits SBS

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pio Ferro, SBS' VP of programming, has left the company sources say. SBS had no comment on Ferro's departure and has not announced a replacement. Ferro had been with SBS since 2000 and was appointed VP of programming in 2005. SBS is the ...

  9. Billboard To Honor Santana, Daddy Yankee, Alarcon

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of its Latin Music Conference and Awards, Billboard will honor icon Carlos Santana, reggaetón star Daddy Yankee and industry maverick and impresario Raul Alarcón Sr. with special discretionary awards. Sa ...

  10. Spanish Icon Raphael Plans Trek

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish icon Raphael is preparing to kick off the North and South American leg of his 50th anniversary celebration tour with a show April 16 in Buenos Aires' Luna Park. Last year, Raphael released the album "Raphael 50 Años Después" ...

  11. Latin Briefs: El Tigrillo Palma, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Zizek Club

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST -El Tigrillo Palma scores his best sales week and highest position on the Top Latin Albums chart this week. "Al Cien Por Millon" on Fonovisa debuts at No. 2 with 4,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. -Jose Luis Gonzalez, host of ...

  12. Cut Copy Preps Third Album

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian electro-pop outfit Cut Copy is itching to get back into the studio to record tracks for a new album. The Melbourne-based band's exhaustive stretch of international dates over the past year in support of their critically-acclaimed s ...

  13. Spinal Tap Trio Announce "Unwigged" Tour

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are leaving the costumes and wigs at home but will still play the music of their cinematic alter egos Spinal Tap, as well as the Folksmen from "A Mighty Wind" on a 30-date concert tour ...

  14. Gloria Estefan To Tour South America

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Gloria Estefan is bringing her greatest hits tour to South America for the first time. The first leg will bring her to Punta del Este, Uruguay April 9, followed by dates in Chile (April 15), Argentina (April 18), Peru (April 21) and Ecuador (April ...

  15. SESAC Latina Summit Set For March

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST SESAC Latina is presenting a one-day conference that will discuss digital distribution specifically as it pertains to the Latin marketplace. The "Latin Music Digital Summit" 2009 will consist of one industry panel and a showcase featurin ...

  16. Mun2 Picks Up L.A. Cable Carriage

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mun2, the bilingual entertainment channel geared toward Latino youth, has reached a major distribution goal: it will now be seen in its home market of Los Angeles on Time Warner Cable. The cable operator has picked up carriage of the NBC-Universal ...

  17. Finalists Announced For Billboard Latin Music Awards

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST A varied list of artists, from veteran to newcomers, dominates the finalists for the 11th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place April 23 in Miami. Icons Vicente Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis and Mana, along with pop star Enrique Igles ...

  18. Touring Briefs: Ultra Music Festival, ICM, Celtic Thunder

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST - The Black Eyed Peas, MSTRKRFT, Shiny Toy Guns, Sneaky Sound System, Josh Wink, Stanton Warriors, Heidi, BT, the Bloody Beetroots, Riton and Rye Rye, among others, have been added to the 2009 Ultra Music Festival , to be held March 27-29 at Bicen ...

  19. Ximena Sariñana Preps U.S. Tour, SXSW Showcase

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana will embark on her first full U.S. tour April 18. Sariñana, a Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee and MTV Tr3s "Descubre y Download" artist, will play in support of "Mediocre," her Seitrack ...

  20. Festivals Return Despite Struggling Economy

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The international music festival market took a hit last week with the cancellation of the Langerado Music Festival in Miami and the Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, but other large-scale music festivals are returning for a second year despite a ...

  21. Latest News: The 51st Annual Grammy Awards

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST For Billboard.biz's Grammy Awards microsite featuring exclusive articles, interviews, sales analysis and more, click here . 2009 Grammy Award Winners The full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Cente ...

  22. Kings Of Leon Following MSG Sellout With Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Kings Of Leon will follow up their Jan. 29 sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden in New York with another run of North American arena shows, beginning April 19 at Agganis Arena in Boston and wrapping at the Bill Graham Civic Center on May ...

  23. Ricardo Arjona Sets 18-Stop U.S. Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ricardo Arjona announced the dates of his summer tour in support of his latest Warner album, "Quinto Piso." Arjona's trek will take him to major markets from Miami's American Airlines Arena July 30 to Las Vegas' the New Jo ...

  24. Rivas Opens Up Entertainment Co.

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Josue Rivas, who was formerly senior media director for EMI Televisa, has opened up his own promotion, production and PR company, Rivas Cavazos Entertainment Marketing Company. For the past two years, Rivas has worked independently for several art ...

  25. Slow Ticket Sales Sink Langerado Festival

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Langerado Music Festival in Miami is the first large-scale U.S. festival to fall victim to a poor economy in 2009. The seventh annual event, which was set for March 6-8 at Bicentennial Park, has been cancelled "due to sluggish ticket sale ...

  26. Aterciopelados To Tour U.S. In April

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Colombian alternative band Aterciopelados will tour the U.S. in April in support of their latest release on Nacional, "Rio." The tour starts April 2 at the State Theatre in Washington, D.C. and continues to 11 other cities. Below are Ate ...

  27. Modest Mouse Returning To The Road

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Modest Mouse is returning to the road next month for a 12-date U.S. tour, beginning Feb. 22 in Oakland, Calif. The trek concludes March 8 at the Langerado Festival in Miami. Former Grandaddy guitarist Jim Fairchild will join Modest Mouse on stage ...

  28. Latin Briefs: "Batalla de las Americas," Raul Acosta

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Spanish Broadcasting System’s Mega TV and Worldvibe Entertainment is casting a music reality show, “Batalla de las Americas,” to form the latest Menudo offshoot XM2. The primetime show will debut in April after auditions in New York, Los Angeles, ...

  29. Lil Wayne Producers Are Surprised 'Queen' Song Is First Single

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Although Infamous and Drew Correa got their first major placement as a collective when their track, "Mr. Carter," appeared on Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" album last year, the Miami-based producers didn't think they&# ...

  30. Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle Plot Tour

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Contemporary salsa stars Gilberto Santa Rosa and Victor Manuelle are going on tour together. The trek, titled "La Historia Continua," is produced by Sony Music Latin's Day 1 Entertainment. "La Historia Continua" begins Feb ...

  31. Death Cab For Cutie Readies Spring Tour

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Death Cab For Cutie will begin a spring tour April 7 at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Pa. Cold War Kids will support in April, with Matt Costa taking over for dates in May. Ra Ra Riot will open all shows. Exclusive fan club pre-sales begin Wed ...

  32. Kat DeLuna Set For Eight-City Tour

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fresh off her move from Epic Records to Universal Motown, Kat DeLuna is embarking on an eight-city tour of gay clubs, produced by Granda Entertainment and Club Papi Productions. The tour starts Feb. 7 at San Francisco's Space 550, then hits M ...

  33. Billboard Latin Music Awards Return To Telemundo

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live April 23 on the Telemundo network, both in the United States and internationally. The Latin music industry's most prestigious award show returns to Telemundo following the extension of Billboard& ...

  34. Arrests Over Alleged Blackmail Of David Bisbal

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spanish paramilitary Civil Guards and Dominican Republic police have arrested four people in that Caribbean nation who are accused of demanding more than $100,000 from Spanish multi-platinum singer David Bisbal in return for not making public demo ...

  35. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs To Tour U.S. In April

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Los Fabulosos Cadillacs will kick off their initial leg of U.S. tour dates April 3 at Chicago's Congress Theater, followed by an April 5 show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, Miami's American Airlines Arena April 8 and Los A ...

  36. Billboard Q&A: Slip-N-Slide CEO Ted Lucas

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST After introducing Miami MCs like Trick Daddy and Trina in the 1990's, Slip-N-Slide CEO and founder Ted Lucas has coasted through this decade with new rappers, Plies and Rick Ross. And this December, Lucas isn't just celebrating the holid ...

  37. Univision Taps 'Esta Navidad' For Holiday Theme

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Esta Navidad," a song written and performed by pianist Arthur Hanlon and sung by Puerto Rican pop artist Janina, is the Christmas theme song for several local Univision TV stations. A TV spot featuring both artists is airing in New York ...

  38. Dominican Rapper Vakero Headed For 'CSI'

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Dominican rapper Vakero's "Se Partio El Lapiz" will be heard in an upcoming episode of "CSI: Miami." The featured song is from his 2007 album "Pa Ke Te Mate," on Jeremy Records. Also, an unreleased track from Vak ...

  39. Gibson Launches Dark Fire Guitar

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Gibson Guitar's new Dark Fire guitar is being produced in limited quantities of 2,000. It goes to retail today (Dec. 15). The guitar features second generation Robot technology, expanding on the Robot guitar Gibson introduced in 2007, which, ...

  40. Rapper DMX Arrested In Miami On Warrant

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper DMX is back behind bars again in Miami after he was arrested by federal authorities for allegedly skipping out on a court appearance. The 37-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested Tuesday (Dec. 9) afternoon on a warrant iss ...

  41. Death Cab, Snoop, Ryan Adams To Rock Langerado

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Death Cab For Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Dashboard Confessional, Broken Social Scene and Girl Talk lead the bill for the seventh Langerado Music Festival, to be held March 6-8 at Bicentennial Park in Miami. Thievery Corporati ...

  42. Franco De Vita Books Anniversary Tour

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Venezuelan singer/songwriter Franco De Vita is celebrating his 25th anniversary in the music business with a U.S. tour that kicks off March 5 at the Nokia Theater in New York City. De Vita's "Simplemente La Verdad" (Simply the Truth ...

  43. Ultra Music Festival Unveils 2009 Lineup

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tiësto, Carl Cox, Bloc Party, Deadmau5, the Ting Tings, Cut Copy and Crystal Castles, among others, will perform as part of the 2009 Ultra Music Festival, to be held March 27-29 at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. Other artists scheduled to pe ...

  44. Britney Spears Plots 'Circus' Tour

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST As first tipped here in October, Britney Spears will embark on her first arena tour in five years next spring. The "Circus Starring Britney Spears" jaunt begins March 3 in New Orleans, with support from the Pussycat Dolls. Spears will st ...

  45. Warner Music Latina Taps Garrocho

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Latin music industry veteran Miguel Garrocho is joining Warner Music Latina as director of marketing, based in Miami. Garrocho, whose most recent major-label post was EMI Televisa's senior marketing director, has been running his own GIG Ente ...

  46. Madonna Tour Grosses $91.5 Million In North America

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Madonna wraps the North American leg of her Sticky & Sweet tour tonight in front of 50,000 people at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The 28 dates in North America have grossed about $91.5 million and moved about 550,000 tickets, according to tour pr ...

  47. Line-Up Confirmed For MTV Africa Music Awards

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first ever MTV Africa Music Awards is set to stamp an Afrocentric flavour on the ceremony. Organisers of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain have revealed that the show will feature a tribute to the late, legendary Afrobeat artist Fela Aniku ...

  48. ABKCO Taps Firm For Digital Print Deal

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST ABKCO Music, Inc., a leading independent music publisher based in New York, has tapped Alfred Publishing to be exclusive licensing agent for its physical and digital print rights for the ABKCO catalog. ABKCO's catalog includes songs composed ...

  49. Update: Univision Radio Revenue Down 3%

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The continuing erosion of the overall advertising market took a bit of a toll on Los Angeles-based Univision Communications during the third quarter. Univision, a giant in the world of Spanish-language radio and television operations, said revenue ...

  50. Ritmonet To Promote Spanish Singles In U.S.

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Spanish labels body Promusicae is asking U.S. music radio stations to use its free online digital distribution service Ritmonet to source new Spanish singles. Carlos García Doval, Promusicae's director of planning and development, visited New ...

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