Swizz Beatz to Receive ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award

Swizz Beatz is a voice of the future

The 42-year-old half Puerto Rican recording artist, music producer and entrepreneur will receive the ASCAP Voice of the Culture award alongside Timbaland and D-Nice to kick off the 2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 22.

Swizz Beatz

Following the presentation, the music creators will take part in a 2021 ASCAP Experience conversation, “Voices of the Culture: How Swizz Beatz, Timbaland & D-Nice United the World Through Music,” at 12:00 pm ET/ 9:00 am PT.

The virtual conversation will explore how Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’s virtual music battle series Verzuz and D-Nice’s Club Quarantine became tools for uplift within the Black music community and touchstones of empowerment during the pandemic.

To join the conversation, participants can RSVP at www.ascapexperience.com/schedule. They can also submit a question for the three creators before June 10.

Verzuz has featured such epic matchups as Gladys Knight vs. Patti LaBelle, Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott, Earth, Wind & Fire vs. The Isley Brothers, and Snoop Dogg vs. DMX.

Club Quarantine attracted a virtual community of millions to Instagram Live for sets of funk, disco, hip-hop and R&B.

In addition to launching these popular events, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and D-Nice are accomplished music creators in their own right.

Grammy-winning songwriter-producer Swizz Beatz has been in the music and business worlds since he was 16. He began DJing and working at his uncle’s company, Ruff Ryders Entertainment, while still in high school. Within a short time, Swizz produced the company’s first hit, by DMX. More success followed as a producer and artist. As a producer, Swizz has worked with a diverse array of artists, including Jay-Z, Madonna, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Metallica.

The 2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards is a virtual celebration that takes place on social media from June 22-24. The event recognizes songwriters, composers and publishers behind the most performed R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel songs of the past year. Friends and fans can join the online festivities as ASCAP shares photos, videos, acceptance speeches and more from some of its top songwriters and publishers, posted with the hashtag #ASCAPAwards to @ASCAPUrban on Instagram and @ASCAP on Twitter and Instagram.

The ASCAP Experience takes place twice a month on Wednesdays through the end of 2021. Songwriters, composers and music business professionals can join the ASCAP Experience community for access to conversations with songwriters and producers from across the musical spectrum, plus panels with top industry executives, song feedback, networking opportunities and more. The virtual sessions are free to attend and take place on a variety of platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and on the ASCAP Experience website.

Carla Morrison to Take Part in Special Panel at This Year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference

Carla Morrison is opening up about being creative while in quarantime…

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) has announced the panelists and performers for their 2021 virtual event, including the 34-year-old Mexican singer and composer.

Carla Morrison

Morrison is scheduled to appear in a panel entitled “The Creative Process in Pandemic Times.” She’ll appear alongside Guaynaa, Eduardo Cabra, Alizzz, Aureo Baqueiro and Universal Music Latin‘s Aldo González.

 

For the second edition of its “Wonder Women of Latin Music” event, this year’s honorees and panelists include Sony Music‘s Maria Fernández, ASCAP‘s Gabriela González, Universal Music Spain‘s Alicia Arauzo, YouTube‘s Sandra Jimenez, Warner Music Latin‘s Gabriela Martinez and The Orchard‘s Laura Tesoriero.

Other panels include “Afro-Latino!” The panel includes producer Sergio George and artists Mabiland, Fidel Nadal, Carlos Alomar, La Dame Blanche and Akapellah.

The touring panel will focus on the topic of “Post Pandemic Touring” with CMN‘s Henry Cardenas, OCESA‘s Andrés Sánchez, WME‘s Richard Lom, Seitrack‘s Javier Montemayor, PopArt Music‘s Diego Sáenz and Electric Feel Entertainment‘s Austin Barmak. Other panels set to take place are “Publishing and Opportunities,” “Rompan Todo Y Ahora Qué?,” “Streaming Strategies,” “Digital Marketing and Promotions” and “Exploring Alternative Revenue Sources.”

Showcasing performers for this year include Vanessa Zamora, Silvana Estrada, Los Master Plus, KHEA, YENDRY, Niña Dioz, among many others.

Like last year, the 22nd annual LAMC will offer free registration for panels, workshops and showcases. For the latest on the LAMC’s schedule and to register, click here.

Daddy Yankee Named Songwriter of the Year at This Year’s ASCAP Latin Music Awards

Daddy Yankee is celebrating a massive honor…

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has revealed the 2021 winners of the ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with the 45-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer/rapper earning the top prize.

Daddy Yankee

Honoring the most performed Latin songs of the past year, Daddy Yankee nabbed the title of ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for the third time, following his songwriter-artist of the year wins in 2019 and 2017. Yankee has a total of 42 ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

The reggaeton veteran had a promising year with many collaborations that included Sech, Play-N-Skillz, Zion & Lennox, Anuel AA, and Kendo Kaponi, to name a few.

He closed off 2020 with his Marc Anthony-assisted salsa single “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta,” which arrived at No. 6 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated Dec. 26). His current single “Problema” debuted at No. 9 on the chart dated March 13, earning him his 36th top 10 on the list, which blends airplay, streams, and digital sales.

Meanwhile, Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s viral collaboration “Tusa,” which became the first song by two lead female artists to debut at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs, received the ASCAP Song of the Year award.

“Tusa,” which is an empowering ode to heartbreak, was written by Keityn and Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez and published by Girl Power Publishing, JCV Music, KCMusic, Kobalt, and Sony Music Publishing.

“We are so thrilled to honor your amazing achievements of the past year at our El Premio ASCAP, our annual Latin Music Awards,” said Paul Williams, ASCAP chairman of the board and president, in a video. “Once again we will come together in spirit and solidarity. Starting today, we welcome your fans from all over the world to join in and celebrate your success. On behalf of your ASCAP family, I want to say congratulations to all of this year’s winners for your incredible musical achievements. Felicitaciones!”

Hosted by Colombian singer, rapper, and songwriter Farina, the event kicked off with a livestream concert featuring winners Danny Ocean, Elena Rose, and Vibarco.

The ASCAP Latin Music Awards are presented until March 25 in both Spanish and English via @ASCAPLatino and @ASCAP on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtags #ElPremioASCAP and #ASCAPAwards.

Here’s the complete ASCAP Latin Music Awards winners list:

ASCAP Composer of the year: Daddy Yankee
Song of the Year: “Tusa”
Composers: Keityn, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Publishing: Girl Power Publishing, JCV Music, KCMusic, Kobalt, Sony Music Publishing
Publishing of the Year: Sony Music Publishing

WINNING SONGS

ADICTO
Composers: Jhay Cortez
Publishing: A Million Dollar Dream, Warner Chappell

ADMV
Composers: Miky La Sensa, Vibarco
Publishing: Dynasty Publishing Group, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Vibarco Publishing, Warner Chappell

AGUA
Composers: Lex Borrero, Jhay Cortez, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen McDannell Hillenburg, Keityn, Blaise Smith, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Publishing: 22 Words, A Million Dollar Dream, JCV Music, KCMusic, Sony Music Publishing, Tunes By Nickelodeon, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

AY DIOS MIO!
Composers: Danny Ocean
Publishing: OCNS Publishing, Sony Music Publishing

BLANCO
Composers: Bull Nene
Publishing: Black Koi Entertainment, Warner Chappell

BONITA
Composers: Mauricio Rengifo, Sebastián Yatra
Publishing: Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

CABALLERO
Composers: José Luis Roma
Publishing: Sony Music Publishing

CADA VEZ TE EXTRAÑO MÁS
Composers: Miguel Luna
Publishing: Editorial LGA Nueva Generación, Pacific Latin Copyright

CARAMELO
Composers: Gotay El Auténtiko, Yazid Rivera López, Felix Ozuna
Publishing: Gotay Autentik Music Publishing, Kobalt, Los Tesla Publishing, My Money 3

CON TUS BESOS
Compositores: José Ángel Del Villar
Publishing: BMG, Del World Song

DÁKITI
Compositores: Jhay Cortez, Mora
Publishing: A Million Dollar Dream, RSM Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

DEFINITIVAMENTE
Composers: Daddy Yankee, Nekxum
Publishing: Cangris Publishing, Nerdy Beats Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

EL CIRCO
Composers: El Fantasma
Publishing: Melodies Of Afinarte, Melodies Of Rigoletto Music Publishing

EL ENVIDIOSO
Publishing: Melodies Of Afinarte, Melodies Of Rigoletto Music Publishing

ESCONDIDOS
Composers: Abbel
Publishing: Editora Anval

ESTA VEZ SOY YO
Composers: Mario Ernesto Martínez Cuevas
Publishing: De Calibre Music

FANTASÍA
Composers: Chris Jedi, Luis E. Ortiz Rivera, Nino Karlo Segarra
Publishing: Isla Estrella Publishing, Jedy Squat Music, ORL Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

FANTASÍAS
Composers: DJ Urba, Eric Duars, Windel B. Edwards, Farruko, Franklin Martínez, Sharo Towers
Publishing: The Beat Tower Publishing, Duars Music Publishing, Holl Up, Kobalt, Music By STB, Primestar Hits Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Urbani Music Publishing , Warner Chappell

HASTA QUE SALGA EL SOL
Composers: Gotay El Auténtiko, Jamal F. Rashid
Publishing: Gotay Autentik Music Publishing, Los Tesla Publishing, Mally Mall Music

HAWÁI
Composers: Bull Nene, Jowan, Keityn, Miky La Sensa, Andrés Uribe, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Publishing: Dynasty Publishing Group, JCV Music, KCMusic, Rudeboyz Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

KEII
Composers: Chris Jedi, Luis E. Ortiz Rivera,Nino Karlo Segarra
Publishing: Isla Estrella Publishing, Jedy Squat Music, ORL Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

LA DIFICIL
Composers: Mora
Publishing: RSM Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

LA JEEPETA (REMIX)
Composers: Benny Benni, Brray, Flow La Movie, Myke Towers, Nío García, Juanka
Publishing: Ah Ent Music Publishing, Canaliense Music, House Of Haze Music, León Negro Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell, White World Music Publishing

LA MEJOR VERSIÓN DE MI (REMIX)
Composers: Joss Favela, Natti Natasha, Raphy Pina, Romeo Santos
Publishing: Acustic Music, I Love Amiguita, Kobalt, La Dura De Las Duras Publishing, Los Magnífikos Music, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

LA SANTA
Composers: Daddy Yankee
Publishing: Cangris Publishing, RSM Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

LA TÓXICA
Composers: Andy Bauza, Everton Bonner, DJ Joe, Farruko, Franklin Martínez, Luis Angel O’Neill, Héctor Pagán, Sharo Towers, John Christopher Taylor, Tempo, Lloyd Oliver Willis
Publishing: Ankk Tempo Music, The Beat Tower Publishing, Carbon Fiber Hits Publishing, Holl Up, Irish Town Songs, Kobalt, No Stop Music Publishing, Primestar Hits Music Publishing, RSM Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Trebol Clan Official Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

LO QUE TE DI
Composers: Marc Anthony
Publishing: Sony Music Publishing

MAMACITA
Composers: Bruce R. Gaitsch, Gotay El Auténtiko, Madonna
Publishing: Gotay Autentik Music Publishing, Los Tesla Publishing, Warner Chappell, Webo Girl Publishing

ME GUSTA
Composers: Joan Antonio González, Chris Jedi
Publishing: Canciones De Caballero Music, Jedy Squat Music, Universal Music Publishing Group Warner Chappell

ME LA AVENTÉ
Composers: Javier González, Carin León
Publishing: Klak Hits

ME QUEDARÉ CONTIGO
Composers: Eliosbel Galarraga “El Brujo”, Jacob Forever, Lenier, El Micha, Ne-Yo
Publishing: Kobalt, Pen In The Ground Publishing, Rottboyz, Rottweilas Miami, Songs 305, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

MUÉVELO
Composers: Daddy Yankee, Kenton Nix
Publishing: BMG, Cangris Publishing, Contenido Auténtico, Play for Play N Skillz Music, Skillz for Skillz N Play Music, Sony Music Publishing, Twenty Fifteen Avenue Music, VMG West End Copyrights

PORFA
Composers: Esteban “Wain” Higuita Estrada, Feid
Publishing: Dynasty Publishing Group, Universal Music Publishing Group

QUE CALOR
Composers: Bull Nene, Diplo, Keityn, Ronald “El Killa” Hernandez T.
Publishing: BMG, I Like Turtles Music, KCMusic, Kobalt, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

QUÉ PENA
Composers: Wissem Amine Larfaoui
Editoras: Sony Music Publishing

QUE TIRE PA LANTE
Composers: Everton Bonner, Daddy Yankee, DJ Urba, Philip Smart , John Christopher Taylor, Lloyd Oliver Willis
Publishing: BMG, C And I Jah Bless Music, Cangris Publishing, Irish Town Songs, Kobalt, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Urbani Music Publishing

RITMO (BAD BOYS FOR LIFE)
Composers: Francesco Bontempi, Michael Gaffey, Peter Wilfred Glenister, Annerley Gordon, Keith Harris, Giorgio Spagna
Publishing: BMG, Fresh Me Fresh U Music Publishing, Roynet Music, Warner Chappell

ROJO
Composers: Nicolás Ignacio Jana Galleguillos, Luis Angel O’Neill
Publishing: Black Koi Entertainment, Kobalt, No Stop Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

SAFAERA
Composers: DJ Orma, Missy Elliott, Jowell, Bob Marley, Randy Nota Loca, Sting International, Timbaland, Lloyd Oliver Willis
Publishing: Fifty Six Hope Road Music, Irish Town Songs, León Negro Music Publishing, Mass Confusion Productions, ODNIL Music Limited, RSM Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Sting International Music, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

SI ME DICES QUE SI
Composers: Ricardo Arjona, Camilo, Julio Ramírez Eguía, Farruko, Sharo Towers
Publishing: Arjona Musical, The Beat Tower Publishing, Holl Up, Sony Music Publishing

SI TE VAS
Composers: Simón Restrepo
Publishing: Universal Music Publishing Group

SIGUES CON ÉL (REMIX)
Composers: Arcángel, Keityn, Omar Rivera, Angelo Roca V “Jvy Boy”, Romeo Santos, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Publishing: I Love Amiguita, JCV Music, Jvy Boy Publishing, KCMusic, Kobalt, La Maravilla Music Publishing, Omi Mgmt Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

TATTOO (REMIX)
Composers: CAMILO, Eric Duars, Rafael Alfonso Rodríguez, Daniel Ignacio Rondón, Elena Rose
Publishing: Daniel Rondón Music, Duars Music Publishing, Rafa Rodríguez, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

TE QUEMASTE
Composers: Chris Jedi, Luis E. Ortiz Rivera, Nino Karlo Segarra
Publishing: Jedy Squat Music, Isla Estrella Publishing, ORL Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Warner Chappell

TUSA
Composers: Keityn, Juan Camilo Vargas Vásquez
Editoras: Girl Power Publishing, JCV Music, KCMusic, Kobalt, Sony Music Publishing

TUTU (REMIX)
Composers: Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López
Publishing: Lola Words & Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing,Trainer Red Publishing, Warner Chappell

UN DÍA (ONE DAY)
Composers: Lex Borrero, Clarence Bernard Coffee, Dua Lipa
Publishing: 22 Words, Best Coffee in Town, Kobalt, RSM Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

VETE
Composers: César Batista, Edgar Wilmer Semper Vargas, Xavier Alexis Semper Vargas
Publishing: Best Music by Kartier, Editora De Música Mambo Kingz, RSM Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

YO PERREO SOLA
Composers: Nesi
Publishing: RSM Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, White Umbrella

YO YA NO VUELVO CONTIGO
Composers: Fabián Pacheco, José Ángel Del Villar
Publishing: BMG, Del World Son

Bad Bunny Wins ASCAP Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

It’s a special first for Bad Bunny

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has revealed the winners of the most performed songs of the past year in Latin music, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican singer and rapper taking the top honor for the first time in his career.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny, who’d previously won the ASCAP Song of the Year award for his Cardi BJ Balvin collaboration “I Like It.,” was named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards. He won the prestigious award on the strength of seven of his recognized singles, including “Callaita,” “La Cancion,” “Que Pretendes,” and “Solo de Mi.”

Romeo Santos picked up the Songwriter/Artist of the Year award. The 38-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer earned the honor for penning the recognized singles “Aullando,” “Canalla,” and “Inmortal.”

The Song of the Year award went to Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma,” featuring Snow.

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper/singer’s uptempo reggaeton and dancehall song, a reimagination of Snow’s chart-topping single “Informer,” was YouTube’s most viewed music video of 2019.


Other recognized artists include Gerado Ortiz (“Aerolinea Carrillo”), Becky G (“Bubalu”), FarrukoPedro Capo (“Calma (Remix)”), Marc Anthony (“Parecen Viernes”),Jhay Cortez (“Reggaeton,” “Hola” ) and Carlos Vives(“Si Me Das Tu Amor”).

Universal Music Publishing Group was bestowed the Publisher of the Year award and the Independent Publisher of the Year award went to Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.  

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s winners were announced via ASCAP’s social media platforms: @ASCAPLatino and @ASCAP. The innovative virtual format allowed fans, friends and peers to join in the online celebration.

The virtual event, hosted by Greeicy Rendón and Mike Bahía, also included special performances and appearances by: Marc Anthony, Descemer Bueno, Pedro Capó,Desmond Child, Jhay Cortez, Darrell, Natalia Lafourcade, Lunay, Silverio Lozada andSebastián Yatra, among other music creators. 

The complete list of winners is available on the ASCAP website.

Medrano to Participate at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference

Manuel Medrano is representing the next generation of hitmakers…

The 29-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter will speak at the “I Write the Song, the New Generation” panel at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Manuel Medrano

Medrano will be joined by fellow hitmakers Joss Favela, Servando, Horacio Palencia, Erika Ender and The Rude Boyz on the panel..

Medrano is a Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter known for his romantic ballads like “Una y otra vez“; regional Mexican singer Favela is ASCAP‘s 2016 & 2017 songwriter of the year; while Palencia is a five-time BMI songwriter of the year.

Servando is the songwriter behind Enrique Iglesias‘ Grammy-nominated hit “Duele el corazón“; Ender co-wrote Luis Fonsi‘s chart-topping hit “Despacito“; and to round out the panelists are The Rude Boyz, hitmakers behind Shakira’s “Chantaje” and Maluma’s “Borró cassette.”

The “I Write the Song” panel will take place April 26. Other confirmed panels and panelists include “Socializing Maluma” featuring the Colombian superstar; “The Latin Trap Panel” with artists like Farruko, Ozuna and Bad Bunny; and the memoirs and biopics panel titled “Me, Me, Me” with Ednita Nazario.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference will kick off on April 24 with more panels and panelists set to be announced in the upcoming weeks leading up the conference.

The conference will take place on April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach. To register, visit BillboardLatinConference.com.

Garcia to Perform at This Year’s ASCAP Latin Music Awards

Kany Garcia is preparing for her great ASCAP

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter will perform at the 25th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

Kany Garcia

Garcia, a two-time Latin Grammy winner, including Best New Artist in 2008, joins a lineup of confirmed performers that includes Jacob Forever, Noel Schajris, Joss Favela and Silverio Lozada.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado in Puerto Rico on March 15.

This year, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will honor iconic salsa group El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico and singer/songwriter Vico C during the ceremony hosted by José Santana.

El Gran Combo will be honored with the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award in recognition of their “unique and enduring contributions to Latin music” while urban music pioneer Vico C will receive the ASCAP Vanguard Award.

ASCAP will also present accolades to songwriter of the year, singer/songwriter of the year, publisher of the year, independent publisher of the year and Latin song of the year.

Last year, the annual awards show was hosted at the Ritz Carlton in South Beach, Miami, with standout performances by Natalia Lafourcade, Favela, who became the youngest-ever songwriter of the year winner, and Gente de Zona.

Blacc to Appear at This Year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo

Aloe Blacc is about to Expo himself…

The 38-year-old Panamanian American singer-songwriter is among the 17 hit songwriters and producers announced for the 12th annual ASCAPI Create MusicExpo, which runs April 13-15 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

Aloe Blacc

Blacc joins a roster that includes Desmond Child, Ashley Gorley, Darrell Brown and ASCAP president Paul Williams.

The Expo will also feature sessions with a new generation of songwriters, including: Bibi Bourelly and Deputy who teamed up for Rihanna‘s “Bitch Better Have My Money” (Deputy was also a producer on J.Cole‘s 2016 4 Your Eyez Only); the production trio Captain Cuts, whose hits include a co-write on Walk The Moon‘s “Shut Up and Dance;” and country songwriter Matt Jenkins, whose wrote “Setting the World on Fire,” recorded by Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk.

“We are elated to have some of today’s top songwriters and producers joining us for this year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO,” said Williams in a statement. “Some have been creating music for a long time; others have just enjoyed the success of their first hit song. All will be excited and ready to share their personal experiences and hard-won knowledge with ASCAP EXPO attendees.” Williams, a multiple-Grammy and Oscar winning songwriter, will moderate EXPO’s annual legislative panel.

Other panelists include: London-based producer Harmony Samuels (Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5); Ryan Leslie, a Grammy-nominated producer and musician who founded SuperPhone and has produced songs for Britney Spears, Beyonce and New Edition; Brett McLaughlin and Britten Newbill were co-writers on Daya’s 2015 single “Hide Away;” songwriter/producers Matt Rad and Steve James (“In the Name of Love,” Martin Garrix feat. Bebe Rexha); Big Taste (“Company,” Justin Bieber); and Rooty (“Too Little Too Late,”Jojo).

As for the veterans: Blacc attended his first Expo in 2010 and soon after worked with Avicii on their hit “Wake Me Up,” which sold over 11 million units worldwide.

At 2015’s Expo Blacc interviewed the legendary Bill Withers;

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has some 600,000 members and represents more than 10 million copyrighted works. It is owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

Jesse & Joy Honored at the ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards

Jesse & Joy have a new premio to add to their trophy case…

The Mexican pop group, comprised of the brother-sister tandem of Jesse Huerta and Joy Huerta, was honored by its peers Monday at ASCAP‘s 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards, which honor the composers behind the top films at the box office, the most-performed television music and the top video game music of 2014.

Jesse & Joy

Jesse & Joy were honored for penning their single “Mi Tesoro,” which served as the theme song for the Mexican telenovela Qué Pobres Tan Ricos, starring Jaime Camil and Zuria Vega. The duo previously earned a Best Theme Novelero at the 2014 Premios Juventud.

But Jesse & Joy weren’t the only Latino honorees…

Enrique Iglesias and Descemer Bueno were also honored at the ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards.

The Spanish superstar and the Cuban singer were honored for Iglesias’ duet with Marco Antonio Solis, “El Perdedor,” which served as the opening theme to Mexican telenovela Lo que la vida me robó. It’s the fifth time that an Iglesias song was chosen as an opening theme of a telenovela after “Cosas del Amor“, “Nunca Te Olvidaré“, “Cuando Me Enamoro” and “Marisol.” The song was composed by Iglesias and Bueno.

Meanwhile, Gustavo Santaolalla was honored in the Top Box Office Films category. The legendary Argentine musician and film composer was honored for his work on the animated film The Book of Life.

Other Latino honorees in the film category include Brazilian composer Pedro Bromfman for his work on RoboCop, Brazilian composer Heitor Pereira for If I Stay, and Spanish composer Fernando Velázquez  for Hercules.

Bisbal to be Honored at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards

David Bisbal has is the voice

The 35-year-old Latin pop star will receive special honors during ASCAP‘s 23rd annual Latin Music Awards.

David Bisbal

Bisbal is receiving ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award, given to artists whose music represents the spirit of a generation. Past honorees include Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks and Luis Fonsi.

Mexican singer/songwriter Mario Domm, the lead singer for Camila and also the author of many hits for other acts, will receive the Golden Note Award, given to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Jose Feliciano, Victor Manuelle and Pharrell Williams.

Regional Mexican group La Original Banda El Limon de Salvador Lizarraga will receive the ASCAP Latin Heritage Award, presented to music creators in recognition for their unique and enduring contributions to Latin music. Past recipients include Ricardo Arjona, Celia Cruz and Alejandro Sanz.

The awards will also honor top Latin publishers and songwriters of 2014, with awards given to the Songwriter of the year, Publisher of the year, Independent publisher of the year and Latin song of the year, as well as awards in pop, tropical, regional Mexican, urban and television categories.

The dinner ceremony will take place March 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Nazario Among This Year’s Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Finalists

Ednita Nazario may soon earn a special spot in Latin music history…

The 59-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter has been named a finalist for the third annual La Musa Awards 2015. The eventual winners will be inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in a ceremony on October 15 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach.

Ednita Nazario

Nazario, a Latin Grammy nominee, received the Latin Heritage Award from ASCAP in 2004, as well as the Recording Academy Honors from NARAS in 2005.

A total of 12 nominees were announced in both the performers (or singer/songwriters) and non-performers categories. Other names included Joan Sebastian, Diego Torres, Juan Gabriel Myriam Hernandez, Roberto Carlos and Ruben Blades in the performers category and Lalo Schifrin, Gustavo Santaolalla, Leo Brouwer and Ramon Arcusa in the composers category.

Voting, which is open to LSHOF members at latinsonghall.com, began January 28, immediately following the finalist announcement during a press conference at the YoungArts Jewel Box in Miami, and will close March 15 at midnight. The artists and composers chosen for induction in the Hall of Fame will be announced during the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Conference in April.

Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization founded by renowned songwriter/producers Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez in 2012 to honor and celebrate Latin music creators. Created under the auspices of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, its nominating committee is comprised by songwriters, performers, musicians, producers, engineers, music critics, and industry executives.

Many of these were present during the press conference announcing the nominees. Those in attendance included Latin Grammy winner for best new artist Mariana Vega, Colombian singer/songwriter Cabas, singer/songwriter Yunel Cruz, composer/producer Julio Reyes and both Child and Perez.

LSHOF 2015 Full List of Nominees

PERFORMERS  

Diego Torres               (Argentina)
Roberto Carlos             (Brazil)
Caetano Veloso            (Brazil)
Myriam Hernandez      (Chile)
Pablo Milanes               (Cuba)
Álvaro Torres                (El Salvador)
Juan Gabriel                  (México)
Joan Sebastian              (México)
Rubén Blades                (Panamá)
Ednita Nazario              (Puerto Rico)
Camilo Sesto                 (Spain)
Franco de Vita              (Venezuela)

NON-PERFORMERS

Chico Navarro                                   (Argentina)
Gustavo Santaolalla                            (Argentina)
Lalo Schifrin                                       (Argentina)
Erasmo Carlos                                     (Brazil)
Alberto Plaza                                       (Chile)
Héctor Ochoa Cárdenas                        (Colombia)
Leo Brouwer                                       (Cuba)
Rubén Fuentes                                    (México)
Ramón Arcusa                                     (Spain)
Luis Gomez Escolar                             (Spain)
Jose Maria “Chema” Puron                   (Spain)
Jose Enrique “Chelique” Sarabia            (Venezuela)