UNIVISION MUSIC GROUP ACHIEVES RECORD SWEEP AT 2003 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

UNIVISION MUSIC GROUP ACHIEVES RECORD SWEEP AT 2003 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

Leading Latin Record Label Takes Top Honors Following First Full Year of Operation


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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–May 9, 2003–Univision Music Group, the country’s leading Latin music label, won an impressive 11 awards, including Top Latin Albums Label of the Year and Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year, in the 2003 edition of the Billboard Latin Music Awards held in Miami on May 8, 2003.

Univision Music Group is composed of Univision Records, Fonovisa Records and 50% ownership of Disa Records. Collectively, the group garnered a record 31 nominations, winning 11 of the most important awards of the night.

Fonovisa Records earned perhaps the highest accolade in the Regional Mexican genre by winning the Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year award. In addition, Fonovisa’s Los Temerarios swept the two categories that they were nominated in — Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year and Regional Mexican Album of the Year, Male Group for “Una Lagrima No Basta.” In like manner, Conjunto Primavera won Regional Mexican Airplay of the Year, Male Group for their track “Perdoname Mi Amor.”

Univision Records’ Pilar Montenegro tied for the highest number of nominations and snared three of the seven awards for her internationally acclaimed #1 hit “Quitame Ese Hombre,” which won for Latin Pop Airplay Track of the Year, Female Artist, Regional Mexican Airplay Track of the Year, Female Artist and Regional Mexican Airplay Track of the Year, New Artist. Jennifer Pena, also with Univision Records, won Regional Mexican Album of the Year, Female Artist for her solo debut album “Libre.”

“We are grateful to our artists, our sales and promotions staff and our Universal Music and Video Distribution family, for they are all part of this success. We are proud of our artists for their creative contributions and their well-deserved victory last night, and enthusiastically look forward to continue supporting their talent and musical aspirations,” stated Lupe De La Cruz, VP National Marketing, Univision Music Group.

During the past year, Univision Music Group has consistently topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks Charts and dominated the Regional Mexican Airplay lists with its impressive artist roster and strategic album releases. In addition, it has maintained a steady presence on the Nielsen SoundScan charts averaging 32 albums in the top 100 of all Latin albums sold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico since January 2003.

Univision Music Group, the only major Latin record companyheadquartered in Los Angeles, is a subsidiary of Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE:UVN), the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. UMG is the leading Latin music recording and publishing company in the U.S. and Puerto Rico with a 35% market share. Univision Music Group has three primary labels under its corporate umbrella — Univision Records, Fonovisa Records and a 50% ownership in Mexico-based Disa Records. For more information, visit http://www.univisionmusic.com.

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CONTACT:

Univision Music Group

Marco Antonio Gonzales, 818/577-4700

UNIVISION MUSIC GROUP ACHIEVES RECORD SWEEP AT 2003 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS