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UMG’s Jonathan Dworkin: ‘Despacito is more than just a hit’ (#SlushMusic)

As SVP of digital strategy and business development at Universal Music Group, Jonathan Dworkin is playing a significant role in how the biggest major label wants to steer the digital music world in the years to come. His...
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Beats 1 launches its first Spanish-language radio show

Beats 1 tiene un nuevo programa de radio que es en español y se enfoca en la música latinoamericana. Or to switch back into English: Beats 1 has a new Spanish-language radio show, focusing on Latin American music.
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Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heights

Earlier this week, the RIAA revealed that US (recorded) revenues from Latin American music had grown by 44% in the first half of 2017, compared to overall industry growth of 8.1%. But as 'Despacito' has shown, the Latin boom...
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Despacito video nears 4bn views – or 5.6bn including UGC

Cast your minds back, way way back, to when Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ became the first video to reach 3bn views on YouTube. Oh wait, that was only a couple of months ago. Yet the video is now storming...
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BE-AT.tv boss talks livestreams, big-tech platforms and ‘exploding’ Mexico

BE-AT.tv was founded in 2008 as a livestreaming website specialising in electronic music. Since then, it has seen a number of competitors emerge, as well as watched various business models come and go. Through it all,...
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Carlos Vives surprises fans with new video… and phone calls

Colombian artist Carlos Vives has been giving fans a treat this month with a new music video, but also with surprise phone calls. Fans visiting his website were asked to enter their name and phone number, and were then...
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Latin artists are a third of YouTube most-viewed musicians in 2017

Congratulations to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, whose official music video for ‘Despacito’ has just overtaken Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ to become the most-viewed YouTube video of all-time. Not only that:...
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‘Mi Gente’ tops Spotify chart in latest show of Latin power

The Bieber-infused remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ has finally been dethroned as the top track on Spotify’s global chart. But its replacement is a song sung entirely in Spanish: ‘Mi Gente’...
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Deezer launches a reggaetón channel for the Americas

Deezer has been trying to do more to support local musical scenes in recent months: it started with grime in the UK, and is also targeting gospel music in Brazil. Now the streaming service has launched a dedicated reggaetón...
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Indie labels on how to find success in Latin America

Mexico and Brazil are experiencing a streaming-fuelled boom for music, with other countries in Latin America also seeing encouraging growth. How can independent labels from the continent and beyond make the most of this...
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Digital music trends from Russia, China, Africa and Latin America

The music industry is getting even more excited about emerging markets in 2017, from Latin America to Russia, China and India. A panel at our NY:LON Connect conference today explored some of the challenges and opportunities...
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AfterCluv boss hails ‘the ultimate era of fusion in dance music’

“Competition is global. The Spotify global chart has become one of the most relevant metrics to track the development of a song.” Luis Estrada is managing director of AfterCluv, Universal Music Latin America’s dance...