Swizz Beatz to Co-Host Alicia Keys’ HIV/AIDS Charity Event Black Ball

Swizz Beatz is helping raising awareness about HIV and AIDS…

The 36-year-old half-Puerto Rican hip-hop artist and record producer is set to co-host his wife Alicia Keys’ annual charity event, which aims to shine a spotlight on HIV and AIDS.

Swizz Beatz

Keys announced Tuesday that her husband will co-host the 11th annual Black Ball alongside Diddy on October 30 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Keys, Nas, David Byrne and Angel Haze will perform.

Keep a Child Alive, Keys’ charity launched in 2003, offers assistance to people affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.

Last year’s Black Ball raised $4 million and featured Carole King and Pharrell Williams.

Pitbull Receives Family Day Artist Achievement Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation

Pitbull has added another award to his resume…

The 33-year-old Cuban American rap superstar, the top-ranking Latino artist on Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts list, was honored with the first ever Family Day Artist Achievement Award at the T.J. Martell Foundation Family Day, recently held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Pitbull

The T.J. Martell Foundation uses Family Day, a carnival-style fundraiser with silent auctions and musical performances, to help raise money for cancer, leukemia and AIDS research. To date, the foundation has raised over $5 million, with Corson and his team contributing over $300,000.

Orangizers said the decision to highlight Pitbull, who headlined the day’s musical showcase, was an easy one, considering the artist’s history in the industry and path to stardom.

“He’s one of the great stories in music in the last five or six years. I know what family means to him, and I know that he’s a guy that really stands behind causes. I just hoped he would do it, and he agreed in an instant.”

Pitbull, born Armando Christian Perez, was thrown out of his parental home and spent time with a foster family with whom he never felt fully comfortable.

“Something like this doesn’t come with a whole lot of hard work,” Pitbull said while accepting the award, just moments after finishing his set of hits, including his most recent singles “Fireball” and “Timber.”

“I didn’t grow up with much of a family, so everybody that’s out here enjoying Family Day together, this is what it’s all about. There’s nothing like family.”

The event was hosted by Hilary Duff and also featured performances by Timeflies, Bleachers, Us the Duo and Bea Miller.

Daddy Yankee’s “Limbo” Recognized at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards

Daddy Yankee has plenty of reason to celebrate…

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter’s “Limbo” has been named Song of the Year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

Daddy Yankee

The track, released as a Spanish-language song and bilingual track, peaked at number one on Billboard’s Latin Songs and Latin Pop Songs charts.

“Limbo” was written specially for Zumba Fitness to highlight the dance fitness company’s presence in the Latin music industry.

Daddy Yankee said he wanted “Limbo to invite the imagination, ignite creativity, to step away from the norm and bring something completely different.”

But that wasn’t the only prize Daddy Yankee picked up…

He also received ASCAP’s Voice of Music award. Looking visibly emotional, Daddy Yankee accepted his award and addressed the crowd in general and his fellow musicians in particular.

“It’s such an honor to be here. For me everything began as a young guy in Santurce, Puerto Rico in the 90s. I still have that passion in my heart,” he said.

Meanwhile, legendary musicians Fania All-Stars, this year’s Heritage award recipients, shared the stage with today’s stars in what became a true once-in-a-lifetime musical moment.

“I want to thank these boys for being with me so many years,” said 78-year-old Fania founder and bandleader Johnny Pacheco when accepting the award. “To me, this is the best salsa orchestra in existence.”

Colombian Andres Castro shared the Songwriter of the Year award with Romeo Santos (who was on tour but sent a video greeting).

Held in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the awards celebrate the most-performed songs, publishers and composers of 2013, with Sony/ATV winning publisher of the year and Mayimba Music winning Independent Publisher of the year.

Café Tacvba to Tour in 14 U.S. Cities Starting in August

Café Tacvba is ready to perk up the United States with the band’s Latin art rock sounds…

The Mexican band, consisting of Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega, Emmanuel “Meme” del Real Díaz, José Alfredo “Joselo” Rangel Arroyo and Enrique “Quique” Rangel Arroyo, has announced plans to perform in 14 U.S. cities including L.A.’s Nokia Theatre, New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and Austin City Limits Live.

Café Tacvba

Café Tacvba’s tour will kick off August 29 at The Warfield in San Francisco.

It’s the first extended U.S. tour by the eminent Mexican quartet since the release of their album El Objecto Antes Llamado Disco, widely acclaimed for the 20-plus-year-old group’s progressive fusion of rock, folkloric and electronic sounds.

Earlier this year, the band gave its first-ever performance at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, as well as took the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

Watch Café Tacvba perform their classic “El Baile y el Salon” at Coachella earlier this year.

Heres a look at Café Tacvba’s U.S. tour dates:
Aug 29 –  San Francisco (The Warfield)
Aug 30 – Los Angeles (Nokia Theatre)
Aug 31- Fresno, CA (Rainbow Ballroom)
Sept. 1 – Ventura, CA (Ventura Theater)
Sept. 4 – San Diego (Humphreys)
Sept. 5 – Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theatre)
Sept. 6 – El Paso, TX (Speaking Rock Casino)
Sept. 7 – Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Live)
Sept. 8 – Houston Arena Theatre)
Sept. 11- Dallas (Verizon Theatre)
Sept. 13 – Chicago (Aragon Ballroom)
Sept. 14 – Milwaukee (Eagles Ballroom)
Sept. 16 – New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Sept. 17 – Washington, DC (The Fillmore)

Thalía Releases Her Brand New Single “Manías”

If you’ve been waiting for new music from Thalía, you’re in luck…

The 41-year-old Mexican singer has just released her brand new single “Manías.”

Thalia

“’Manías’ is a very powerful track” shares Thalía. “It’s a song of mixed feelings and interpreting it filled me with indescribable emotions.”

The single is the first track from Thalía’s forthcoming album Habítame Siempre, which she previewed in front of some 1,200 special guests on September 21stin a private concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

The event was recorded as part of a television special, as well as to be used to promote the new album.

Habítame Siempre is scheduled to go on sale on November 20th.

Thalía has been focused and dedicated to every detail of the album to ensure that it is the best performance of her career.

Manías” is available on iTunes.