Sony Music Entertainment, Grupo Prisa and Crescent Moon have formed a new joint venture label to discover, develop and establish Latin music artists around the world. The new label name will be announced shortly.

The American Music Awards (AMAs) and The Coca-Cola Company, together with dick clark communications (DCC) and The CMJ Network (CMJ), launched "The American Music Awards presents the Coca-Cola New Music Award" competition.

Puerto Rican hardcore champions Puya are ready to take their genre-defying show on the road with the announcement of a 40 city North American tour with Fear Factory. The trek is in support of the group's new album 'Union', an album that redefines the notion of modern, heavy rock.

CARMEN--the soundtrack to the music network's groundbreaking "first hip-hop musical"--is a modern retelling of Georges Bizet's 19th century opera "Carmen" incorporating contemporary urban music penned largely by Kip Collins and Sekani Williams.

While legal issues surrounding the downloading of music from the Internet continue to make headlines, song-seekers throughout the world are forging ahead with their online activities.

DMX Music announced the first annual Latin DMX MUSIC Awards Show, where music fans can win prizes, while positively impacting the careers of their favorite artists by voting online to determine award winners.

International recording legend Julio Iglesias will be honored as the 2001 Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Person Of The Year, it was announced by Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy.

For much of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo marks the victory of the Mexican Army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. And for MP3.com, Inc.

Albert Torres Productions will present The 3rd Annual West Coast Salsa Congress at the Hollywood Park Casino May 25 through 27, 2001, this Memorial Day weekend, honoring Grammy Award winner and Latin music icon Cachao.

Close to 30 million American adults have downloaded music files over the Internet and it has been one of the fastest growing Internet activities in the past half-year, especially among men.

Hot Latin stars, sizzling music and celebrity presenters highlighted the Billboard Latin Music Awards Show at Miami Beach's Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts in Miami Beach, Florida. The Telemundo Network televised the event in the U.S.

Performing rights organization BMI presented its 8th Annual Latin Awards with top honors going to "Morir De Amor," songwriters Robert Dee Blades, Jose de Jesus Navarro and Kike Santander, and publisher Foreign Imported Productions and Publishing, Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. announced that it has entered the music recording and publishing businesses through the creation of the Univision Music Group. The new Univision division will be led by music industry veteran, Jose Behar, and will be headquartered in Los Angeles.

Latin sensation Son By Four, nominated in seven categories, has been added to the list of performers set to take the stage for the "Heineken en Vivo" Presents Billboard Latin Music Awards Show at Miami Beach's Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts on April 26.

For the first time ever, a compilation of Latin alternative rock and hip-hop has landed on the Billboard "Latin 50 Albums" sales chart (entering at #38 - and outselling titles by Mana, Shakira and the Gipsy Kings!).

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