Mariah Carey Shares Her Hand-Selected Holiday Gift List on Amazon

Move over, Oprah… Mariah Carey is sharing her own favorite things…

The 49-year-old Grammy-winning songstress has shared her hand-selected Mariah Must-Haves list on Amazon, giving her Lambilya one-stop shopping experience this holiday season. 

Mariah Carey

Mariah’s list features some fan essentials, like the 20th anniversary deluxe and vinyl editions of the Mariah Carey Merry Christmas album, a Mariah Funko Pop Christmasfigurine and her All I Want For Christmas is You book and animated feature film.

“If you know me, you know how much I love good tea! Find you tea, dahhlings!” Mariah says in a message on the Amazon shopping site, which luckily includes a Vahdam x Mariah Carey Christmas Joy Tea Gift Set, with two different holiday chai tea blends ($34.99), as well as a temperature-controlled smart mug ($129.95) and a Victrola vintage bluetooth suitcase with speakers ($42.99) to pump out Mariah’s holiday hits while you’re chilling out by the fire.

“No holiday party is complete without holiday music,” Mariah writes in a caption next to the turntable. “I like to use this festive record player to listen to my vinyl collection. This holiday season you can listen to ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ exclusively on vinly! Vintage! So adorable.”

The collection also features an RHM karaoke machine ($219.95), a Vitruvistone oil diffuser ($119), some holiday-themed Mariah onesies, a Wickedbone smart bone interactive toy for dogs and cats ($99), WindNSun Monarch butterfly kit ($19.95), a bluetooth-enabled ReignCharmHollywood vanity mirror ($389.99), Cinemood portable movie theater ($315.00), the Dapper Dog Box full of curated dog treats and toys ($25.90), and many more items.

Mariah Signs with Universal Music Publishing Group

Mariah is going global…

Universal Music Publishing Group(UMPG) has signed the rising Puerto Rican-Cuban singer-songwriter to an exclusive global publishing deal.

Mariah Angeliq Perez,

“Mariah is a star in the making whose talent, fierce creativity and determination will empower her to go the distance,” says Alexandra Lioutikoff, UMPG President of Latin America and US Latin, in a press statement.

Mariah, who’s signed to Universal Music Latino, was discovered by UMPG reggaeton producer Nely “El Arma Secreta” (Josias De La Cruz) and is represented by GTS management.

This year, Mariah made her debut by “Perreíto” which recently received a gold certification from the RIAAin the United States and Puerto Rico.

“I feel blessed to be part of the UMPG family. I believe that the team will do an excellent job in the development of my career,” added Mariah.

Sech Signs Worldwide Booking Deal with CMN Entertainment

Sech is ready to hit the road globally…

The 25-year-old Panamanian urban singer has signed a multi-year worldwide booking deal with Henry Cardenas’ CMN Entertainment


The event and concert promotion firm will serve as the exclusive booking company for the singer, who’ll embark on a tour of the U.S. in 2020.

Sech’s partnership with CMN was first reported in the current issue of Billboard.

Nominated for three Latin Grammys, Sech’s Sueños Tourkicks of its first let on February 28, before heading to Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, Chicago and New York. 

The pre-sale begins on October 24th with tickets going on sale a day later.

“We know Sech will be the next leader in the urban genre not only in Latin America but in Europe as well,” said Cardenas, CEO and founder of CMN.

Sech is managed by Rich Mendez and his son Josh Mendez for Rich Music.

“Sech continues to make huge strides and building a strong team is key.,” commented the senior Mendez. “So we at Rich Music are excited to team up with Henry and the whole CMN family.”

Here are the Sech’s tour dates:

Feb. 28:  Dallas
Feb. 29:  Houston
March 1: Los Angeles
March 6: Orlando
March 7:  Miami
March 12: Chicago
March 14: New York

Manuel Abud Named Chief Operating Officer of the Latin Recording Academy

Manuel Abudis taking the helm…

The Mexican American media executive, an industry veteran with domestic and international experience, has been named the Latin Recording Academy‘s chief operating officer (COO).

Manuel Abud

Abud, formerly Azteca America‘s president and CEO, begins his new role along with Latin Recording Academy staff Luis Dousdebes, who has been named chief awards, membership and preservation officer, while Aida Scorzabecomes senior vice president of awards.

“I’m thrilled about the future of The Latin Recording Academy,” said Latin Recording Academy president/CEO, “As we build on two decades of excellence in Latin music, our organization is stronger Gabriel Abaroa Jr. than ever.”

Abud’s extensive entertainment experience as a strong leader with operational skills, Abaroa said, made him a logical choice as the Latin Recording Academy continues to grow domestically and internationally. As COO, Abud will be working on several international and local growth initiatives in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Latin Recording Academy. His areas of focus include business development, production, communications, marketing, and digital. He will report to Abaroa.

Abud’s career trajectory makes him an expert in U.S. Hispanic television and Latin entertainment. He began working at Azteca America in 2014. In his 20-plus media industry years, the executive played a key role in the news and entertainment landscape.

At Azteca America, he carried out a full-scale network turnaround and lead the November 2017 acquisition by HC2 Holdings, Inc., according to his official Latin Recording Academy bio. Previously, he held leadership positions at NBC Universal, where he spent more than 14 years as president of the Telemundo Station Group, TV station president and general manager in Los Angeles and Dallas, and president of Telemundo Cable. Earlier, Abud was president of CBS Telenoticiasand also worked at Mexican companies Televisa,Medcom, and ICA.

Abud’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexicoin addition to an MBA in management from Houston Baptist University, according to his LinkedIn profile.

J Balvin Commemorating SpongeBob SquarePants’ 20th Anniversary with Special Collaboration

J Balvin is heading under the sea for a special anniversary…

SpongeBob SquarePants continues to celebrate his 20th anniversary and this time, the aquatic animated character is teaming up with the 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton star.

J Balvin

This week, J Balvin shared a very short clip teasing fans about his upcoming collaboration with the cartoon. 

The Instagram caption simply stated “coming soon” with a rainbow and ocean wave emoji. SpongeBob, Nickelodeon, visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman and J Balvin’s accounts were all tagged. 

Billboardcan confirm that the forthcoming project will feature art, apparel and home goods. 

“In honor of SpongeBob SquarePants‘ 20th anniversary, Chicago-based visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman joins forces with music superstar and fashion/Pop Art connoisseur J Balvin for a special collaboration of art, apparel, and home goods celebrating the iconic figure’s impact on pop culture over the last two decades,” says a representative for J Balvin.

Klaudia Reynicke Signs with The Gotham Group

Klaudia Reynicke has new representation… And, she’s hoping that leads to a TV deal.

The 43-year-old Swiss-Peruvian filmmaker has signed with Los Angeles management and production outfit The Gotham Group.

Klaudia Reynicke

Reynicke’s latest project Love Me Tender screened in the Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery strand this year, and now The Gotham Group plans to spearhead efforts to adapt the film into a television series.

Love Me Tender world premiered at Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival in August. Reynicke also wrote the screenplay, which tells the story of Seconda, played by Barbara Giordano, a rebellious young woman with agoraphobia who is abruptly left alone by her unreliable father.

The film was produced by Switzerland’s Amka Films. Rome-based Summerside International is handling global sales. The feature will next screen at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Reynicke’s debut feature was 2016 drama The Nest, which also premiered in Locarno. 

She was born in Peru but lived in Florida for much of her youth; she is now based in Switzerland.

Luis Figueroa Signs with Sony Music Latin

Luis Figueroa is ready to expand his musical empire…

After announcing his affiliation with Magnus Media, the Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, has joined Sony Music Latin.

Luis Figueroa

“Luis has diligently developed every facet of his career including singing, songwriting, producing, acting, live performance and promotion,” says Alex Gallardo, President of Sony Music US Latin. “We are very pleased to join him in this next major step of his development.”

Figueroa graduated from Berklee College of Music, was Romeo Santos’ backing and featured vocalist during the last two international tours and, in 2017, performed at Billboard Latin Music Awards.

“I feel honored to sign with Sony because my favorite artists growing up, like Marc Anthony and Romeo Santos, are here,” adds Figueroa.

Also, in the past year, Figueroa has been working as a songwriter on tracks like “Por Perro” with Sebastián Yatraand Lary Over, and “Telepatía” with the Norwegian EDM star Matoma. Plus, he appears as a featured artist on Yashua’s “Pa Las Babies” which was co-written by Cris Chill.

“I am ready to have a record out, and ready to have an album out,” concludes Figueroa, who will release his debut single “La Especialista” on October 4.

Cardi B is the Youngest Artist on Forbes’ Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts List

Cardi B is all rapped up in the dough…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar is the highest ranking Latina/o on Forbes’ Highest Paid Hip-Hop Act list.

Cardi B

The “I Like It” singer, who just made her big screen debut in the Jennifer Lopez-led film Hustlers, comes in at No. 13 on the chart, with reported $28 million worth of pre-tax income from June 2018 through June of this year. 

Cardi B is the youngest artist in this year’s rankings—and she joins Nicki Minaj(No. 12, $29 million) as one of only two women on the list, the latest example of a pay gap that has long plagued hip-hop.

Swizz Beatzranks as the top Latino on the chart…

The 41-year-old part Puerto Rican hip hop recording artist, DJ, record producer, art collector, and entrepreneur, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, comes in at No. 14 on the list, with reported earnings of $23 million during the tracking period.

Pitbull rounds out the list…

The 38-year-old Cuban American rapper, commonly referred to as Mr. 305 and Mr. Worldwide, comes in at No. 20 with earnings of $18 million.  

Here’s the full list:

20. Pitbull ($18 million)
19. Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)
18. Nas ($19 million)
17. Future ($19.5 million)
16. Birdman ($20 million)
15. Meek Mill ($21 million)
14. Swizz Beatz ($23 million)
13. Cardi B ($28 million)
12. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)
11. J. Cole ($31 million)
10. Childish Gambino ($35 million)
9. Migos ($36 million)
8. Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)
7. DJ Khaled ($40 million)
6. Eminem ($50 million)
5. Travis Scott ($58 million)
4. Diddy ($70 million)
3. Drake ($75 million)
2. Jay-Z ($81 million)
1. Kanye West ($159 million)

Jennifer Lopez Earns Best Live-Action Box Office Opening of Her Career with “Hustlers”

Jennifer Lopez is proving the hustle is worth the effort…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar’s latest film Hustlers earned a stellar $33.2 million-plus from 3,250 theaters at the U.S. box office, the best start ever for STXfilms and the best live-action opening of J.Lo‘s career, according to early returns.

Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers

The female-led ensemble film came in a strong second behind New Line and Warner Bros.’ holdover It: Chapter Two, which earned $40.7 million in its sophomore outing.

Hustlers — buoyed by a diverse audience — is based on real-life events chronicled in a 2015 New York magazine story and stars Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B and more as strippers who lead a band of dancers in a plot to drug and steal from their Wall Street clientele in Recession-era New York City.

Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Lizzo also star in the film from writer-director Lorene Scafaria, which earned rave reviews out of its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. 

Hustlers cost a reported $20 million to make before marketing and is a much-needed win for STX (the indie studio’s previous biggest opening was Bad Moms with $23.8 million, not adjusted for inflation).

Females made up 67 percent of Hustlers‘ audience, while Caucasians represented 36 percent of ticket buyers, followed by African Americans (26 percent), Hispanics (27 percent) and Asians/Other (11 percent).

Kevin Ortiz Signs with SESAC Latina for Worldwide Representation

Kevin Ortiz is ready to take over the world…

The Regional Mexican rising star has joined the SESAC Latina roster for worldwide representation, excluding Mexico.

Kevin Ortiz

“Kevin launched his career at a very young age and has shown a commitment to working on his skill set and evolving for the next phase of his career,” says Celeste Zendejas, SESAC Latina Director of Creative Services in a press statement. “He is an outstanding addition to our roster of Regional Mexican creative talent, and we’re thrilled he has joined the SESAC Latina family.”

So far, Kevin Ortíz has already released three albums and scored six songs on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart including “La Niña Más Linda,” “A Los 18,” “La Indicada,” and “Un Minuto.” 

Ortíz debuted in 2012 after collaborating with sibling Gerardo Ortiz in the “Tal Como Eres.”