Univision Communications announced the launch of the Uforia music service and upgraded radio app focused on content curation with deep Latin genres. The announcement was made by Univision Radio president Jose Valle and executive VP of content and entertainment Evan Harrison. “Univision Communications is committed to continuing our legacy of bringing the most cutting-edge entertainment to Hispanic America,” Valle said in a statement. “By leveraging the size and scale of the company’s media platforms, we provide an unparalleled promotional platform for established and emerging artists while transforming the digital music experience for our audiences.” On April 26, Univision Radio premiered Marc Anthony’s new salsa single, “Vivir Mi Vida.” The debut was promoted by Univision’s social media properties as well as local and national digital extensions. Univision Radio has also hosted multiplatform debuts of singles from other artists including Vicente Fernandez, Carlos Vives, Juan Luis Guerra and Wisin y Yandel.
A federal judge postponed Lauryn Hill’s tax evasion sentencing on April 22, but not before scolding the eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer for reneging on a promise to make restitution by now. Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. At that time, her attorney said she would pay restitution by the time of her sentencing. It was revealed April 22 in court that Hill has paid $50,000 of a total of $554,000. U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized the artist for relying on the promise of a recording contract to pay the tax bill. “This is not someone who stands before the court penniless,” Arleo said to Hill attorney Nathan Hochman. “This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”
Lady Antebellum will partner with Citi in a record release show for the group’s new album, “Golden,” at the McKittrick Hotel in New York on May 7. The hotel is the home of theater group Punchdrunk’s immersive play “Sleep No More.” In a deal brokered by Daniel Miller at Lady A management company Borman Entertainment, and MAC Presents on behalf of Citi, the intimate show will be presented by Citi, with tickets available for purchase exclusively through Citi’s Private Pass entertainment access program. Citi card members can purchase up to two tickets on CitiPrivatePass.com. A limited number of tickets will be available, and all event attendees will receive a CD copy of “Golden.”