Don Omar Announces Retirement Tour, Forever King… The Last Tour

Don Omar is taking his final bow…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer and actor, known as El Rey, has announced his retirement through his Forever King… The Last Tour.

Don Omar

Don Omar made the official announcement this week, posting a black and white photo on his social media accounts, while announcing that the tickets for his home country shows at Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan will start at 99 cents each.

The tour-launching shows will take place Dec. 15-17.

The specially priced tickets go on sale Sept. 9 at the arena ticket office from 7:00 -10:00 am. Regular tickets will be available the same day.

“It will be a great opportunity to thank everyone on my island and return what I received,” said Omar.

The final tour will be produced by SBS Entertainment.

No dates have been announced for the U.S. leg.

“It is an honor to be part of a historic moment for Don Omar and Puerto Rico, and we thank him and the Puerto Ricans for allowing us to create and bring the best entertainment,” said Lucas Piña, SBS Entertainment senior vice president.

Martin to Perform at First-Ever Calibash Las Vegas

Ricky Martin is ready to kick some Bash

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor is set to perform at a special edition of Calibash in Las Vegas at the Hakkasan night club.

Ricky Martin

Calibash, the multi-artist show that’s become the signature event for urban Latin music in the U.S., will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the special edition in Sin City.

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Calibash Las Vegas will take place on January 26 at the T-Mobile Arena and will feature performances by Martin, Don OmarWisinNicky Jam and Residente.

The huge span of acts highlights just how diverse the genre has become. On the one hand is reggaeton icon Don Omar, who this year celebrated the 10th anniversary of his seminal album King of Kings; Residente, formerly of Calle 13, who espouses an alternative approach to rap with socially-minded lyrics; current chart-toppers Wisin and Nicky Jam, and pop act Ricky Martin, who most recently reached the top of the charts with “Vente Pa’Ca,” his collaboration with Maluma.

Other confirmed acts to date include Zion & Lennox, Pipe BuenoFarruko, J AlvarezPlan B, Nely “El Arma Secreta”, OsunaDe la Ghetto, AlmightlyArcangel, Gente de Zona, ChacalOsmani Garcia, Divan and CNCO.

Calibash will once again be produced by SBS Entertainment and presented by LaMusica. This marks the first time the show will take place in Vegas, and will also be the first time a multi-artist concert will take place at the T-Mobile Arena, also the site of this year’s Latin Grammys. If you are finding for the wedding DJ then Wedding DJ Auckland is a best option for your wedding function.

“This is without doubt, a strong start to the future of Latin Entertainment in Las Vegas,” says Lucas Piña, SVP of SBS Entertainment.  “It is a challenge, but we are confident with the quality performers that we will produce a successful January sold-out event, as we have done in New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities.”

Recent editions of the fest have also included major mainstream acts.

J.Lo Bringing a Little Pop to SBS’ Megaton Mundial Concert

Jennifer Lopez is bracing for a mega(ton) performance….

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress has joined the roster of acts performing at the SBS network’s annual Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega, taking place on October 28 at Madison Square Garden.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez is the only pop act so far on a roster that, as is traditionally the case with Megatón, features predominantly tropical and urban music.

The Megatón will also feature performances by Pitbull, veteran rappers Tego Calderon and Vico C, Cuban duo Gente de Zona and Ivy Queen.

Salsa performers include Luis Enrique, Pirulo y la Tribu, Tony Vega, Hector Tricoche and Nino Segarra, while merengue will be represented by Elvis Crespo, Grupo Manía and La Dinastía Rosario. Bachata will be present courtesy of El Torito, Bachata Heightz and Jay Ruiz.

SBS’ annual Megatón, produced by SBS Entertainment, bears the name of popular radio personality Polito Vega, who’s been on the air more than 50 years.

Vega is one of the iconic voices of Mega 97.9 FM, the top-rated Spanish-language station in the country.

J Balvin to Perform at DJ Alex Sensation’s La Mega Mezcla Live (Mega Mix) Show

J Balvin is preparing for a mega show…

The 29-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer, who recently notched his first-ever No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Ay Vamos,” is among the list of Latin urban acts announced to perform as part of DJ Alex Sensation‘s La Mega Mezcla Live (Mega Mix) show at Madison Square Garden on April 14.

J Balvin

In addition to J Balvin, the lineup includes appearances by Prince Royce, Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderon, Plan B, Farruko, Maluma, Nicky Jam, French Montana and Maffio.

The show is produced by SBS Entertainment, the concert division arm of radio network SBS, which includes Mega 97.9 FM, New York’s top-rated Spanish language station and home to Sensation’s Monday-Saturday mix show, La Mega Mezcla.

Sensation has hosted his radio show for 15 years, amassing a major fan base that allows him to spin in clubs across the country. Along the way, he’s also mixed tracks for multiple artists — collaborating with the likes of J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam — and paired up with major brands. In 2011, Sensation launched his first live concert with friends at MSG. It has become an annual fixture and as of last year, branched out to Miami. There, Sensation’s Miami Bash takes place April 10 with a slightly different lineup.

This year’s roster of acts performing at the New York show is particularly impressive, which also includes J Álvarez, Zion & Lennox, Arcángel, De la Ghetto, Reykon, French Montana and pop singer Alejandra Guzmán.

The show is a precursor to Sensation’s next step as a recording artist. A first single, featuring Yandel and Shaggy, is due out this spring.

Sensation will be the moderator of the New Latin Urban Movement during the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 27-29 at the Ritz Carlton in Miami Beach.

J Alvarez to Perform at the Calibash Festival in January

J Alvarez is bringing his preguntas to Southern California…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican reggaetón artist and “La Pregunta” singer will perform at the Calibash festival, which is set for January 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

J Alvarez

This year’s lineup includes PitbullDon Omar, Carlos Vives, Tego Calderon, WisinPlan BFarruko3BallMTYGente de Zona and Maluma.

The lineup joins some of the most established Latin music acts with a strong representation of emerging artists who have become familiar names on the charts, including Alvarez, Farruko (“Passion Wine”), and Gente de Zona (“Bailando”).

The festival should be a magnet for the bilingual young Latino crowd.

Calibash, billed as “the leading urban Latin music festival in the world,” is presented by SBS Entertainment, AEG Live and Mega 96.3 FM. The latest edition of the 7-year-old festival was previously scheduled to take place on Nov. 22.

SBS moved the Calibash date ahead when iHeartMedia launched its own Latin mega concert, the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, on that same November date.

Tickets for Calibash 2015 go on sale on November 21 through axs.com.

Jesse & Joy Among the Headline Acts for This Year’s ‘Amor a Nuestra Música’ Event

Jesse & Joy are ready for a little amor

The Latin Grammy-winning Mexican pop duo, comprised of siblings Jesse Huerta and Joy Huerta, will be among the headliners at Spanish Broadcasting Systems‘ annual Amor a Nuestra Música multi-act show, taking place December 5 at Nassau Coliseum.

Jesse & Joy

Jesse & Joy, big winners at the 2012 Latin Grammys, join a roster that includes Luis Fonsi, Ricardo Montaner, Gloria Trevi, Pablo Alborán and Natalia Jiménez, along with Dominican bachatero Frank Reyes.

The show, which brings together top pop acts every year, is produced by SBS Entertainment — the event promotion arm of SBS — with support from SBS New York radio station 93.1 FM, Amor.

“We’re always looking to present the most innovative shows possible for the Latin community,” said Lucas Piña, SVP of SBS Entertainment. “Amor a Nuestra Música will feature a fantastic stage and cutting edge production. It’s out way of thanking our listeners for their support throughout the year.”

SBS has a long tradition of putting together massive, multi-act shows in major Latin markets in tandem with their local stations, which includes Mega 97.9 FM (La Mega) in New York, the most-listened to Spanish-language station in the country. The station’s annual “Megaton” took place in September, and featured performances by Juanes, Carlos Vives and Juan Luis Guerra, among others.

Amor, SBS’ pop station, is behind the annual “Amor a Nuestra Música” show, which features mostly pop acts and last year had performances by Ricky Martin and Vives, among others. SBS Entertainment also produces the annual Calibash in Los Angeles and El Día Nacional de la Salsa (National Salsa Day) in Puerto Rico, in addition to concert tours by multiple acts.

Tickets to Amor a Nuestra Música are available on Ticketmaster starting at $21, but listeners can also vie for free seats by tuning into Amor or registering at the station’s website.

Martin Among the Performers at the First-Ever iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina

Ricky Martin is ready for a little iHeart action…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer has been named one of the performers at iHeartMedia’s first-ever Latin mega concert.

Ricky Martin

The iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 22, with a high-octane performance from Martin, as well as Daddy Yankee, Roberto Tapia, Alejandra Guzmán, La Original Banda el Limón feat. Voz a Voz and Jesse & Joy.

The event will be co-produced by iHeartMedia and Live Nation.

The iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will be the newest of iHeartMedia’s multi-act concert events, modeled after the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour and the iHeartRadio Country Festival.

But in a twist, the inaugural Latin concert is taking place in the same city and the same date as Calibash, the big radio festival that Latin radio network giant SBS has produced for the past seven years.

As it has for the past several years, Calibash will take place at the Staples Center, also on Nov. 22, and is co-produced by SBS Entertainment together with AEG Live. Calibash is a predominantly urban show, and has sold out at the Staples every year, bringing in between 14,000 and 15,000 people. It’s one of multiple SBS mega concerts around the country, including the recent “Megatón” which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York last month.

IHeartMedia has a history of launching new events to compete with existing events. The iHeartRadio Awards, for example, premiered May 1, less than three weeks ahead of the Billboard Music Awards. But launching the same day as the competition may be a first, particularly for a niche genre like Latin.

“IHeartMedia’s Spanish and English radio stations reach 93 percent of the Hispanic population in the U.S. — more than any other media company — and our listeners have been asking for a show like this for a while,” says Tom Poleman, iHeartMedia’s president of National Programming Platforms, in a statement.
 
Despite iHeartMedia’s huge reach, the company has only 20 Spanish-language radio stations, none of them in Los Angeles.

Beginning on Oct. 2, iHeartMedia will launch a four-week nationwide promotion to give fans the opportunity to win a trip to the festival. The promotion will run on iHeart’s Spanish language stations and on key iHeartRadio markets. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 11.

The Latin music festival market also features major multi-artist concerts by many Latin radio networks, including Univision Radio, which produces its Uforia Music Festival in Los Angeles in the summer.

Vega to Be Honored at This Year’s El Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega Show

This upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, Polito Vega will have extra reason to celebrate.

The 76-year-old Puerto Rican radio personality, El Rey de la Radio in New York, will be honored on September 21 during a concert at Madison Square Garden featuring performances by some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Juan Luis Guerra, Don Omar, Chayanne and Carlos Vives.

Polito Vega

El Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega show, presented by MEGA 97.9 FM, will celebrate Vega’s 30 years of service to the Hispanic community in a showcase that will also feature J’Martin, Don Miguelo, Alex Sensation, DJ Lobo and DJ Aneudy.

The third edition of this concert will celebrate a career arc that spans more than five decades for Vega, who moved to New York in 1952 to work in radio and went on to have major influence in Latin music across the U.S.

“It’s a great pleasure and honor to have a celebration this summer in New York with major artists,” said Lucas Piña, senior VP, SBS Entertainment, the company producing the event.

Vega has for decades been a popular personality on radio and has beat the competition consistently through Mega 97.9FM and AMOR 93.1FM.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15.