Arjona Bringing His “Viaje” Tour to the United States Next Year

Ricardo Arjona is ready for an American voyage

The 50-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter has announced plans to bring his Viaje (Voyage) tour to the United States, with the kick off concert set for the American Airlines Arena in Miami on February 27.

Ricardo Arjona

The announcement comes after Arjona sold more than 500,000 tickets in South America alone as part of his popular tour.

Arjona’s tour, as of now, will hit 13 markets, including New York, El Paso and Los Angeles. Tickets will go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.

Arjona’s tour is shaping up to be one of the biggest U.S. tours for a Latin act in 2015. His last U.S. arena stint — which started in February 2012 and ended a year later, following his Latin American tour — featured 14 dates in 12 venues and played two nights at both the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico’s Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot. All told, Arjona grossed $13.5 million in ticket sales, according to BoxScore, and came in as the fourth highest-grossing Latin tour of 2013.

This time around, Puerto Rico dates haven’t been announced yet, and the tour is already bigger, with stops in cities Arjona didn’t play the last time around, including Hidalgo and El Paso, Texas.

Prior to his U.S. dates, Arjona will also tour Mexico, including five shows at the 10,000-seat Auditorio Nacional.

The tour is named after his Viaje album, which debuted at No. 1 in May and is the ninth top-selling Latin album this year to date, according to Soundscan. It’s also nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Singer/Songwriter album category, while the single “Lo Poco Que Tengo” is currently at No. 18 on Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart.

Arjona, who branched out as an independent artist four years ago — albeit distributed by Sony Music — has been aggressively investing in his tour and promotion, and his live show has grown increasingly complex and lucrative.

The Viaje show features a train station set that’s more 60 feet tall, with over 200 robotic lights and more than 40 tons of equipment onstage. While the scale is seen with major mainstream acts, it certainly isn’t common for a Latin act on the road. But it’s been giving steady dividends. In Buenos Aires alone, Arjona became the first artist to play seven GEBA Stadium shows, which were seen by more than 200,000 people.

Here are Arjona’s 2015 U.S. tour dates so far:

Feb. 27 – Miami, American Airlines Arena
March 1 – Fairfax, Patriot Center
March 6 – Chicago, Allstate Arena
March 8 – New York, Madison Square Garden
March 13 – El Paso, El Paso Coliseo
March 14 – Phoenix, ComericaTheatre
March 15 – Las Vegas, Axis Theater
March 18 – Hidalgo, State Farm Arena
March 20 – Dallas, Verizon Theatre
March 22 – Houston, Toyota Center
March 26 – San Jose, SAP Center
March 27 & 28 – Los Angeles, Nokia Theatre
March 29 – San Diego, Viejas Arena

Chayanne to Debut New Single at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

Chayanne is making a triumphant return to music at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican pop star is set to debut the first single from his new album with a live performance at the awards show on April 24.

Chayanne

Chayanne’s last album A Solas Con Chayanne, which was recorded during his two concerts at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico in June 2011, was released on February 7, 2012. His last single, “Me Enamoré de Ti“, which served as the theme song for the 2009 telenovela Corazon Salvaje, was released in November 2009.

Chayanne, who has recorded 23 albums and recorded more than 50 music videos, has sold more than 40 million albums around the globe.

He has 28 Top 10s on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, the fourth-most chart toppers on the list and four No. 1s on the Top Albums chart.

The entertainer has also appeared on the big and small screens on projects such as the film Dance with Me and the iconic TV show Ally McBeal.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will be broadcast on April 24 at 7:00 pm ET on Telemundo.

In addition to Chayanne, the awards show will feature performances by Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, David Bisbal and Luis Fonsi.

Bachata singer Prince Royce will also perform including Colombian superstar Juanes.

Sanz Adds Two Additional Mexico City Concert Dates

Alejandro Sanz is expanding his time south of the border…

The 44-year-old Spanish singer has announced plans to offer two more concerts in Mexico after nearly selling out the shows planned for October, according to organizers.

Alejandro Sanz

The October 1 and October 2 shows at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional are almost completely sold out, prompting the singer to add performances on October 4 and October 5 as part of his La musica no se toca world tour.

Sanz launched his tour on October 12, 2012 in Mexico City before traveling to cities in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

The singer plans to visit Mexico before the concerts to participate in the August 28-September 8 International Mariachi and Charreria Festival in the city of Guadalajara.

Spain is the guest country at the gathering and the singer is scheduled to perform at a concert on September 7 at Guadalajara’s Auditorio Telmex.

Sanz also plans to perform in the northern city of Monterrey on October 11.

Belinda Launching Her “Catarsis” Tour in Mexico City

Belinda is preparing to launch a high-octane tour to promote her fourth studio album…

The 24-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter says the opening show of her Catarsis tour will be full of “surprises” and special guests.

Belinda

Belinda is reportedly is working hard to ensure that this Friday’s performance at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City is “very big,” according to Efe.

The spectacle will include a supporting cast of 15 musicians and 30 dancers, with all of the action captured on camera and transmitted to 10 giant television screens, announced Belinda.

Along with singing the material from Catarsis, which was released last month, she plans to perform songs from her three previous albums Belinda, Utopia and Carpe Diem.

Catarsis, which quickly rose to the top of the Latin pop charts in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, features a duet with rapper Pitbull, as well as the dancetastic first single “En El Amor Hay Que Perdonar.”