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La Tocada Music Festival Returns with Cafe Tacvba, Mon Laferte, Jesse & Joy

Mexican band Café Tacvba, Chilean singer Mon Laferte and pop act Jesse & Joy are making their way this summer to the fifth edition of La Tocada Music Festival.  Presented by Live Nation and Frías Entertainment, the Aug. 4 event takes place at Los Angeles State Historic Park with a line-up that also includes Panteón Rococó, Molotov, Porter, Little Jesus, Caloncho and Camilo Séptimo.  “We couldn’t ask for a more exciting destination than the center of downtown Los Angeles,” said John Frías, CEO of Frías Entertainment and founder of La Tocada Music Festival. “We believe fans and artists will be in the heart of their element within this iconic music city.” Two stages will feature the performs from Latin alternative, rock and pop artists at the newly renovated ...

CNCO Signs Management Deal With Walter Kolm Entertainment

They join WK’s roster of Maluma, Carlos Vives, Wisin & Silvestre Dangond, among others. Walter Kolm, who manages the careers of superstars Maluma, Carlos Vives, Wisin and Silvestre Dangond, among others, has taken over the management of chart-topping boy band CNCO. The group, which formed during Univision reality show La Banda, had been managed since its inception by Ricky Martin’s team. Martin, who also came from a boy band — Menudo — was a producer and judge on La Banda. He will continue acting as a mentor and personal adviser for the band, and Kolm’s WK Management will take over day-to-day full-time management duties. CNCO will continue to be signed to Sony Music Latin. “CNCO was a major priority for Sony Music and Ricky Martin has been our great partner in all our...

Zoe Frontman Leon Larregui Talks 20th Anniversary Tour & Why the Band Will Not Make Urban Music

As the Zoé tour makes its way through California, the Mexican rock artist looks back at the early days. It’s late morning and Leon Larregui sounds a little groggy, but it’s understandable. By night he’s the frontman of Zoé currently on a 15-city tour of the United States and seeing more sold-out shows than ever before. By day, he sleeps in and rests. “Each time you get more ruco,” says Larregui with a slight chuckle, referring to growing older. “It’s a little more painful now being away from home, but it’s also beautiful.” For 20 years, Larregui has been writing and singing for the band that has seen its share of ups and downs. In the early days, they experienced the pangs of finding their sound, being rejected by labels, making albums ...

6 Moments Juanes Made Us Think About Love During The ‘Mis Planes Son Amarte Tour’: Watch

Colombian rock star Juanes was joined by Chilean singer Mon Laferte for a captivating performance at the Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday (May 12). Billboard captures highlights from the Mis Planes Son Amarte (My Plans Are to Love You) tour and some special moments shared by fans.  It’s Mother’s Day and moms have a way of making things better. An image of Juanes hugging his mom doesn’t need much explanation but it’s good to know that even rock stars look to matriarchs for inspiration: Juanes’ tribute to the late Juan Gabriel with a performance of “Querida” illustrates the Colombian singer’s appreciation for masterful songwriting, but it also shows the depth and versatility of Juanes’ musical talents: Juanes’ song “Es Tarde&#...

Latin Connection Podcast: Chayanne Is Back to His Romantic Ways & Ready to Tour

In the new episode of the Latin Connection Podcast, Chayanne speaks about his new music video for “Di Que Sientes Tu,” which marks his return to romanticism after venturing into the urban genre with Wisin and Ozuna. The music video — available below the podcast — was recorded in Mexico and has the classic touch that always characterizes Chayanne. And now that the superstar has returned to his genre, he is also more than ready for his Desde El Alma Tour, which begins August 23 in San Jose, California. The Latin Connection Podcast also reveals which song is the new No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs, replacing “Despacito” after 52 weeks up top. [embedded content]

Leonard Cohen’s Havana Adventures Chronicled in New ‘Drawn & Recorded’ Season: Watch a Preview

The fourth season of the animated series, narrated by T Bone Burnett, premieres Friday. When Leonard Cohen died in November 2016, Cuba’s national newspaper, the Communist Party’s Granma, published a heartfelt tribute to the singer and poet. The article recalled a moving rendition of “Hallelujah” that Rufus Wainwright had performed at a Havana club some months earlier. But there was no mention of Cohen’s own adventures in Cuba as a young man, which included being arrested by soldiers in the early days of the Revolution and almost missing one of the last commercial flights off the island when he was again detained at the airport. (According to Cohen biographer, Sylvie Simmons, the Canadian artist had been mistaken for both an American envoy and a Cuban deserter, leading to the detainme...

Bad Bunny Wraps Up His First-Ever U.S. Tour With Sold-Out Shows in Miami & Orlando

Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny, has become the king of Latin trap, and as proof of this, the singer just wrapped up his first-ever tour in the United States with two sold-out shows in Miami and Orlando. The singer, who last week participated as a panelist at the Billboard Latin Music Conference, arrived in Miami with his La Nueva Religion Tour and deliberated a two-hour show that began with his hit “Tu No Metes Cabra” and included “Me Acostumbre,” “Vuelve,” ” Te Bote,” the “Dura” remix, “Amorforda” and “Chambea.” La Nueva Religion Tour — which visited 14 cities in total — is Bad Bunny’s first tour in the United States without the artist having released a record. All Bad Bunn...

7 Magical Moments From Cirque du Soleil’s Soda Stereo-Inspired ‘Sep7timo Dia’ Show

Even in the esoteric realm of Cirque du Soleil, creating a show around the music of Soda Stereo is a reach. After all, while Soda Stereo may be Latin America’s most iconic rock band, their music — from the 1980s and ’90s — remains little known outside the Latin music world. However, Sép7imo Día – No Descánsare (Seventh Day, I Won’t Rest), Cirque du Soleil’s Soda Stereo-inspired show and only the fourth ever artist-inspired Cirque tribute (after the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley), is a success, both commercially and artistically. It’s a two-hour spectacle of color and movement where the action is seamlessly integrated into the audience, with sets and acrobats moving in and out of the theater floor, close enough for fans to actually touch the action ̵...

CNCO at Billboard Latin Music Awards: ‘This Is a Dream We All Had Since We Were Little’

CNCO caught up with Billboard’s Griselda Flores and Justino Aguila on the red carpet at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday (April 27) to chat about their success as a band and who they are most looking forward to meeting at the event. Discussing how the group is able to work so well together, member Richard Camacho said: “That’s the crazy part about CNCO, it’s five different minds, five different cultures, so it’s so hard to get five minds together. But we’ve managed to cope with each other and understand each other.” “Throughout these two years, we’ve learned a lot from each other,” he continues, “so it’s been a little easier and we’re just very blessed for everything that’s happening, enjoying the journey together and dreaming together. This is a dream that we all had sin...

Pitbull Announces 2019 Tour With Life Coach Tony Robbins: Exclusive

During his Star Q&A at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Las Vegas, Mr. Worldwide talked music, going off the grid & his passion for motivational speaking. Pitbull is adding a motivational tour to his résumé. The iconic rapper talked about having a back-to-basics approach when it comes to music, but it’s his love for inspiring audiences that he declared on Wednesday (April 25), announcing that his childhood hero, Tony Robbins, will be part of his motivational tour in 2019. “My mother looked at him as a hero [when I was about 10 years old],” Pitbull said during an interview with Billboard‘s Leila Cobo, adding that later, as he became a recording artist, he got to meet Robbins and they became friends. Pitbull is eyeing a 2019 tour with Robbins in an effo...

Watch the 4 Best Moments From Maluma’s Panel at Billboard Latin Music Conference

Maluma never thought that his career would grow so quickly. But Billboard’s new cover co-star is now a Latin superstar and on Wednesday (April 25), the Colombian singer made his way to the Billboard Latin Music Conference to talk about his career over the last three years, how passionate he is for futbol and his family. Below, Billboard has gathered the best moments of Maluma’s panel at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Discussing his new company Royalty, Maluma says he’s considering signing new artists. He gives a fan a hug. Maluma teases the collaborations on his new album FAME. Besides music, there’s futbol and  family.

Christian Nodal Reveals How He Would Celebrate Winning Best New Artist at Billboard Latin Music Awards: Watch

Backstage during Billboard Latin Music Week 2018, Mexican singer-songwriter Christian Nodal discussed his nomination for best new artist and how he would celebrate should he win. Nodal, who is up for the prize against Alta Consigna, Bad Bunny and El Fantasma y Banda Populares del Llano, says that winning a Billboard Latin Music award would feel like a shared victory with his fellow Mexicans. “As you know, I am 19 years old. I can’t drink here or celebrate much,” he says. “My roots, I am from Caborca Sonora — Hermosillo is just a tiny jump from Caborca. If I win, I will go celebrate with my people over there.” At the BBLMAs, Nodal is also up for regional Mexican artist of the year – solo, regional Mexican song of the year for both “Adios Amor” and “Probablemente” and “Me Deje Llevar,”...