Congratulations To Tayno, December El Headliner Winner!

Congratulations to our latest El Headliner winner, Tayno. Bringing his music all the way from Puerto Rico, Tayno has made a significant impact on Latin markets across the U.S., including our own Tr3s Latin Music Channel. With new tracks in the works, Tanyo’s grand prize of spotlight features on Tr3s Network’s Top 20, Music My GüeyDescubre y Download, and Blogamole, couldn’t come at a better time.

You can check out  the winning song, “Tu Manera” below.

Exclusive Q&A: Daddy Yankee

[Léelo en español abajo.] There are musicians who find a market in their corner of the world, finding comfort in familiar surroundings and culture. They can climb through the underground to become national treasures, occasionally with minor tours around the world. Then there are international superstars who are more likely to be found on a trans-continental flight, taking the world by storm all at once. Of these, Daddy Yankee is decidedly the latter. Over the course of his career, Daddy Yankee has set the bar for pop artists, including both Latin musicians and artists worldwide, with a steady stream of hits that permeate cultures around the globe. Now, having just finished 2012 with yet another multi-national trek, Daddy Yankee speaks with OurStage about his journey to the top, what aspiring artists can do to reach their own career goals, and what fans can expect from him in 2013.

If you’re a Latin musician looking to take your career to the next level be sure to enter the Tr3s “El Headliner” Competition for a chance to win artist features on Tr3s’ show Top 20, as well as Tr3s.com’s Music My Güey, Descubre & Download, and Blogamole.

OS: Since OurStage.com is the leading online destination for emerging artist in the US, can you talk about your first big break in music?

DY: My first big break really came in 2004 when the release of my album Barrio Fino opened the door for me not only in the states, but worldwide. That album included the classic song that launched it all for me, “Gasolina.”

Who are some undiscovered artist that you’re excited about?

I’m always trying to support undiscovered talent in the Latin market. For instance I’ve taken under my wing an incredible production team called Los De La Nazza, who were unsigned and trying to make it, and have proven to be a key element in my success.

In the US, your music crosses many radio formats, including Latin, Urban, Rhythm, and Pop. Talk about why you think audiences of all types love your music?

Music is a universal language; sometimes you don’t have to understand the words that are being spoken to enjoy it. My style of music is unique – it makes people want to dance and have fun. I have fans from all around the world that don’t speak either English or Spanish, but they still buy my music and go to my shows. I don’t limit myself. I like to try new things and new sounds and I’ve been blessed by the success it’s brought me.

What’s next for Daddy Yankee? What can fans look forward to in 2013?

I’m looking forward to 2013. In addition to all my Latin projects, I’m also going to be putting more focus in targeting the mainstream market. This last album I released has a song called “Lose Control” that has been receiving a lot of love from English radio over the past few months. I’ve also got a great collab with French Montana due out in 2013 [and] I’ve been working with some incredible DJs and producers in the Dance genre that are helping put a new spin on the Daddy Yankee sounds that everyone already knows and loves.

What would you say to undiscovered artists who are working so hard to catch that first big break?

We live in a moment in music where the power is in the hands of the artists themselves and their fans. There are no excuses, the Internet is [the] most powerful platform to get your music out to the masses. If you stick with it and are committed, your time will come. As long as what you’re doing in the studio is right, you have just as good of a chance as anyone else in landing your big break.

[Léelo en español abajo.]

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Enter To Be The Next El Headliner!

Calling all Latin artists. OurStage and Tr3s have partnered up to give one artist an incredible opportunity for coverage on Top 20Music My GüeyDescubre y Download, and Blogamole. All you have to do is enter your best song into the Tr3s Latin Music Channel by March 23. Good luck!

 

SXSW Announces Third Wave Of Bands

One of the music industry’s largest and most highly anticipated events, South by Southwest, has just announced a third wave of bands who will be performing at the festival. For those not doing the math, that brings the list to just under a whopping 1,300 live acts set to take the stage in Austin, Texas this March. Newcomers to the lineup include Tegan and Sara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Black Lips, and Vampire Weekend. You can check the full list of performing acts for this year’s festival right here.

If you like Tegan and Sara check out OurStage artist Vic and Gab.

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'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Moves To New Time Slot

Late night fans, it’s time to adjust your alarms! One year shy of its 10th anniversary on the air, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be moving to a new 11:35pm time slot beginning next week.

For artists who want to do more than just watch at home, you can take advantage of our latest competition, which places one artist per month on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform in front of millions. Another chance to compete will be coming up in just a few short weeks, so keep checking back for the latest updates.

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L.A. Reid Leaving 'The X Factor'

Just as The X Factor‘s second season is coming to a close, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records, L.A. Reid has chosen to step down from his spot in the judge’s chair.

Although his presence resulted in multiple contestant signings to Epic Records, Reid says of his departure, “I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected.” Reid continued, “I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists, and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing ‘the me’ show and get back to doing ‘the them’ show.”

Among Reid’s upcoming Epic Records projects will be Ciara‘s next album and Avril Lavigne‘s latest album.

If you like Ciara, check out OurStage artist Jasmyn Howard.

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