Omy de Oro Signs Distribution Deal with Caroline

Omy de Oro has landed new representation…

Caroline has added the 25-year-old up-and-coming Puerto Rican trap and reggaetón artist, whose real name is Denis Omar Aponte, to its roster after signing a distribution deal with him.

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Caroline, which is the independent distribution and label services arm of Capitol Music Group, will help develop the singer, who recently collaborated with global superstar Bad Bunny on the track “Subimos de Rango.”

Omy de Oro joins other Caroline signees including urbano artist Brytiago, rapper Lil BabyK-pop boy band NCT 127 and hip-hop artist Trippie Redd.

Omy de Oro launched his music career on the Freestyle Mania platform, where he uploaded freestyle videos to showcase his talent.

It wasn’t until 2019 that he got his big break, collaborating with reggaetonero Alex Rose on “No Te Asustes.” In 2020, he performed “Subimos de Rango” alongside Bad Bunny and Shootter Ledo at Calibash in Los Angeles.

Wilmer Valderrama Renews First-Look Deal with CBS Television Studios

Wilmer Valderrama still has the (first) look…

The 40-year-old Colombian/Venezuelan American actor and NCIS co-star has renewed his first-look deal with CBS Television Studios, the studio behind the popular CBS drama series.

Wilmer Valderrama 

Valderrama stars as Special Agent Nick Torres on NCIS, which was just renewed for an 18th season. He has been on the show since Season 14, with the first-look producing pact running parallel to his acting deal for the show.

Under the first-look agreement, Valderrama has developed several series projects for CBS Television Studios through his WV Entertainment banner, including Hipster Death Rattle, a dark comedy based on the book by Richie Narvaez, with writer Rafael Agustin and Corinne Brinkerhoff; as well as the previously announced, The Turners, a half-hour single-camera autobiographical family doctors comedy from writer Naomi Ekperigin at ABC with Two Shakes Entertainment co-producing; and Patriots From the Barrio, a WWII drama about a Mexican-American unit, based on the book by Dave Gutierrez, from writer John Covarrubias.

Valderrama previously created and produced the MTV series Yo Momma, also serving as the host for all three seasons, in addition to producing other MTV series like Punk’dBlowin’ Up and Trippin’.

On the film side, Valderrama most recently was featured in Blast Beat, a coming of age drama that premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He voiced the first Latino Prince Charming in the 2018 animated feature film Charming. Valderrama also voiced the main character of Disney’s popular animated children’s show Handy Manny, which introduced preschoolers to Spanish. 

Robert Trujillo & His Metallica Mates Release Batch 100 Limited-Edition Blackened American Whiskey Boxed Set

Robert Trujillo is enjoying the (di)still of the night…

The 55-year-old half-Mexican American bassist and his Metallic band mates havelaunched their Batch 100 limited-edition box set of Blackened American Whiskey

Metallica

The set pairs with two 12″ vinyl picture discs of Metallica’s playlist used in the distilling process.

The “Black Noise” custom sonic-enhancement process plays a unique mix of Metallica’s rare, live and studio recordings from its wide-spanning career, which was curated by master distiller/blender Rob Dietrich, at such a low frequency that it assists in the actual making of the liquor.

The low vibrations “pummel the black brandy casks during the finishing process, agitating the whiskey and extracting more flavor from the wood,” according to a press release.

Dietrich, who’s the first person outside of the band to blend the official playlist for one of its 19 batches of Blackened American Whiskey, adds a special personal touch by including the live version of “One,” which he played during his deployment in Somalia.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to be able to create a whiskey and pour so much of myself personally into the process,” Dietrich said in the release. “Music and distilling are two things I have dedicated my life to, and I do not take for granted how rare it is to be able to blend, literally, these worlds.”

Metallica frontman Lars Ulrich approved of his picks. “When I look at Rob’s playlist, I love the selections. I love the variety and I love that he’s gone for two deeper live tracks from the Damaged Justice tour,” he said in a statement. “I love seeing both the Binge & Purge and Through the Never eras represented. And he even tapped the Helping Hands album, so it’s clear he is not a part-timer!”

The Batch 100 limited-edition box set not only comes with the booze and accompanying beats but also with a first-edition Blackened Zine, which features Dietrich and Ulrich’s commentary on the whiskey blending process, iconic images of the heavy metal heavyweights, and behind-the-scenes footage of Metallica’s headquarters and rehearsal space.

Fans can purchase the Batch 100 limited-edition box set for $149 (although prices may vary by state) here and catch Ulrich’s unboxing video, as well as the tracklist for the two vinyl discs, below.

Kehlani’s “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t” Predicted to Be Her Highest Charting Album on the Billboard 200

Kehlani’s thisclose to achieving a personal best…

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American singer-songwriter’s latest album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, is expected to debut in the Top 10 on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.

Kehlani

Kehlani’s album is predicted to reach around 75,000 equivalent album units sold in the week ending May 14, putting it in the race for the No. 2 stop on the chart. 

And if the numbers hold up, Kehlani could capture her highest charting album, and best week in terms of units earned, with this latest release. Kehlani’s new album is supported by a small range of merchandise/album bundles.

Presently, her highest charting set is SweetSexySavage, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2017 with 58,000 first-week units (her biggest week, in terms of volume).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which comprises traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). 

The top 10 of the May 23-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s website on Sunday, May 17. 

Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez Looking to Make Bid for the New York Mets

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have the New York Mets on their minds…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar and her 44-year-old Dominican American fiancé and former-baseball-star-turned-sports-commentator have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the Mets team, according to multiple reports.

Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez

A three-time American League MVP, Rodriguez retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball‘s drug agreement and labor contract.

A-Rod earned about $448 million as a player. The 14-time All-Star started his career with the Seattle Mariners, signed a record contract with the Texas Rangersin December 2000, and then moved from shortstop to third base when he was traded from the Rangers to the New York Yankees ahead of the 2004 season.

Lopez, a multi-hyphenate, has launched a number of companies, as well as invested in others globally.

The Mets’ ownership is headed by Fred Wilpon, brother-in-law Saul Katza nd Fred Wilpon’s son Jeff, the team’s chief operating officer. The team said December 4 it was negotiating an agreement with Steve Cohen. The hedge fund manager bought an 8% limited partnership stake in 2012 for $40 million. The deal under discussion would have seen him acquire an 80% controlling share in a transaction that values the team at $2.6 billion, and the Wilpons would have remained in place for five years.

The sides announced the deal’s collapse on February 6, and the Mets’ owners said they intended to find a new buyer. Allen & Co. represents the Mets’ owners.

Given the drop in equities prices caused by the new coronavirus pandemic, the next few months figure to be a difficult time to raise money for a bid.

Bad Bunny’s “YHLQMDLG” Headed to Historic Debut on Billboard 200

Bad Bunny is ready to make history…

The 25-year-old Latin trap and reggaeton singer is heading for a historic debut on the Billboard 200 chart with his new album YHLQMDLG.

Bad Bunny

Forecasters believe the set, which was released late in the evening on February 28 via Rimas, could debut at No. 2 on next week’s Billboard 200 chart and earn between 125,000 and 145,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 5. 

That would mark the biggest week for a Latin album, in units earned, since Billboard began tracking titles by equivalent album units in December 2014.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the March 14-dated Billboard 200 chart (where YHLQMDLGcould debut at No. 2) is scheduled to be revealed via Billboard’s website on Sunday, March 8.

Most of YHLQMDLG’s starting sum will be powered by streaming activity, with perhaps as much as 25,000 generated by album sales. Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG is profiting from merchandise/album bundle offers sold through his official webstore.

Further,YHLQMDLG will likely land the biggest streaming week ever for a Latin album, surpassing the record set by Ozuna’s Aura, which bowed with 53.2 million on-demand audio streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data (chart dated Sept. 8, 2018).

Bad Bunny has charted two previous albums on the Billboard 200: Oasis (with J Balvin, No. 9) and X 100PRE (No. 11), both in 2019.

Sebastian Hofmann Signs First Look Deal with Exile Content Studios & Endeavor Content

Sebastian Hofmannhas a new deal…

The 40-year-old Mexican filmmaker and visual artist has closed an exclusive first-look deal with Exile Content Studios and Endeavor Content.

Sebastian Hofmann

Hofmann directed Tiempo Compartido, the R.J Mitte-starring feature film that won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festivalin 2018 and airs on Netflix.

Hoffman’s first project under the deal is elevated horror series Jabalí, which chronicles the disappearance of a local activist in a forgotten village in rural Mexico in the midst of the traditional feast of the boar.

Exile is focused on developing and producing long-form content for global audiences in English and Spanish. In addition to Netflix’s El Chapo,it was behind Emmy Award-winning documentary Science Fair, which won the Sundance Audience Award in 2018, and Netflix’s Who Killed Malcolm X

The company recently struck a partnership with Endeavor Content to finance, develop, and produce Spanish language scripted television projects, as well as to create a fund to acquire IP and pursue development deals with high-profile and emerging talent across Latin America and Spain.

“To be given the opportunity to develop an auteur-driven series is a dream come true for any filmmaker. Exile and Endeavor Content are creating a strong new platform for contemporary Latin American voices. I am proud and grateful to be a part of it,” said Hofmann.

“Sebastian is truly masterful at creating some of the most sophisticated horror films in Latin America, and we want to invest in introducing his voice to the global scripted series market,” said Exile’s Head of Development Alonso Aguilar.

“Sebastian’s ear for gripping horror stories, his eye for compelling visuals, and his unique storytelling style all make him a world-class showrunner, writer, and director, and we’re looking forward to seeing all that he will create through this partnership,” said Endeavor Content’s VP, International Strategy Kelly Miller.

Monica Barbaro Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Monica Barbaro has new representation…

The 29-year-old part-Mexican American actress has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).

Monica Barbaro

Barbaro will appear as ‘Phoenix,’ the sole female fighter pilot, in the upcoming Paramount/SkydanceTom Cruisesequel Top Gun: Maverick set for release on June 26.

Barbaro recently appeared in ABC’s Stumptownand reprised her recurring role in Splitting Up Together for the same network.

Additionally, Barbaro starred in the Netflix series The Good Cop opposite Josh Groban and Tony Danza. She’s best known for her role as Yael on the second season of Lifetime’s critically acclaimed series UnREAL

She continues to be represented by Main Title Entertainmentand Meyer & Downs.

Armando Espitia Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Armando Espitia is ready for Hollywood…

United Talent Agency (UTA) has signed the 29-year-old Mexican actor in all areas. 

Armando Espitia

Espitia most recently starred in Heidi Ewing’s drama I Carry You With Me, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Awardand Grand Jury Awardin the Next!categories.

Espitia first came to prominence with his leading role in Amat Escalante’s Cannes Film Festival title Heli and also starred as the lead in Nuestras Madreswhich opened at Cannes in Critics’ Weekwhere it picked up the Caméra d’Or.

Additionally, he has appeared in several features including Ayúdame A Pasar La Noche,and Open Cage

On the television side, his credits include Amazon’s Diablo GuardiánTelemundo’s El Recluso as well as History Channel’s Texas Rising

He also founded the theater company Conejo Con Prisa.

Lenny Tavarez Signs Record Deal with Warner Music Latina

Lenny Tavarez has a new deal…

The 32-year-old Argentine & Puerto Rican singer, whose real name is Julio Manuel González Tavárez, has signed an exclusive record deal with Warner Music Latina

Lenny Tavarez

The signing comes on the heels of his just-released collaborative single with Justin Quiles, “La Pared 360. ” 

“We are truly excited to have Lenny as part of our family, he represents today’s powerful musical movement,” Gabriela Martinez, SVP Marketing Warner Music Latin America/General Manager Warner Music Latina said in a statement. “We have a great sense of responsibility and we are committed to taking his unique style and sound to the level he deserves.” 

On his new venture, Tavarez added: “I feel like I signed a marriage, one which I was waiting for. I have a responsibility with my music and with those who will listen to it. A responsibility that has really led me to make the best of me, to explore things and capabilities that I didn’t know I had. But above all, I feel blessed to be able to live this dream. To sign with a multinational label that I feel wants to give everything for me, who trusts my music, who trusts my project, trusts the team I brought along with and they trust my experience. I feel a bit nervous because it is not the same to release a song as to prepare an entire album and make a worldwide release, but that is the feeling that I like, I like the challenge and I know that we have the best album of the year.” 

Tavarez isn’t new to the Latin music game. He kicked off his musical career in the early 2000s as part of the reggaeton duo Dyland & Lenny, before embarking on a solo career in 2013. He’s ultimately helping push the Latin R&B movement to the forefront. The color of his sound is a sensual fusion between Latin pop, reggaeton and R&B, never shying away from raw lyrics about love and sex, as heard on his 2018 EP, Pop Porn