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Billboard to unveil 2018 Latin Music Power Players List

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Inaugural Power Players Event, Presented By Lexus, Will Honor Top Executives

Billboard is thrilled to announce its 2018 Latin Power Players List and inaugural Latin Power Players cocktail event presented by Lexus. 

The list recognizes the most authoritative voices in the Latin music industry across labels, management companies, streaming services and multi-sector organizations. 

At the event, Walter Kolm, Owner/Founder of WK Entertainment will be presented with the Executive of the Year Award by two of his superstar clients, Wisin and CNCO.
"Latin music is experiencing an exceptional moment. Since the success of 'Despacito,' the genre has continued to top the charts thanks to extraordinary collaborations and vital work from rising artists who are making these sounds more relevant than ever. We are proud to honor the executives who are making this happen in every area of the business," Leila Cobo, Billboard's Executive Director, Latin Content & Programming, said.
The evening will also feature performances by singer Abraham Mateo as well as Latin Grammy nominees Manu Manzo and Justin Quiles. 

As one of Spain's biggest rising stars, Mateo has over 15 million social media followers and has collaborated with Jennifer Lopez and Yandel among others; Manzo's new single, "Caminando," is out November 2 on In-Tu-Linea, and Quiles' current hit "No quiero amarte," featuring Zion & Lennox, has seen great success on the Billboard Latin charts.
"The future of music is global and polyglottal, and few genres think as broadly or collaboratively as Latin. Billboard couldn't be happier to host the influential individuals who are are pushing boundaries and eliminating borders," Ross Scarano, Billboard's Vice President, Content, said.
The complete list will be revealed November 1 at 10 a.m. EST on billboard.com and in the November 3 issue.

ABOUT BILLBOARD MEDIA GROUP:
Billboard is the world's largest voice in music, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com, the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry's most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike. Billboard has a social media footprint of 16.4 million social followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and creates more than 200M cross-platform video views per month. Billboard magazine has published major news-generating covers recently including Travis Scott, Zayn, Janet Jackson, Lil Wayne, Demi Lovato, Cardi B, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, DJ Khaled, Shakira, BTS, and an open letter to Congress signed by 180+ of the music industry's biggest stars and executives. In December 2017, the Billboard Women in Music ceremony, which honored Selena Gomez as Woman of the Year, was live-streamed globally on Twitter.

In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group acquired Spin Media's storied music assets Spin, Vibe, and Stereogum, establishing the world's largest music brand by digital traffic, social reach, and audience share. The combined entity of music and entertainment properties now reaches 40 Million + unique visitors and more than 20% of U.S. millennials.

ABOUT LEXUS:
Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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