Ezequiel “EZ” Rivera Agrees to Long-Term Publishing Agreement with Sony/ATV

Ezequiel “EZ” Riverais joining the Sony Musicfamily…

The Puerto Rican urban producer and songwriter has entered in to a long-term publishing agreement with Sony/ATV, according to Billboard.

Ezequiel “EZ” Rivera

“We are so happy to have EZ join our Sony/ATV family,” Jorge Mejia, president and CEO at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, tells Billboard. “He is an outstanding writer and producer, and we can’t wait to work side by side with him as he continues to develop his awesome career.”

Rivera has worked with artists like Arcangel, FarrukoAnuel AA, to name a few. Some of the hits he produced and co-wrote include Farruko’s “Delincuente” in collaboration with Anuel AA and Kendo Kaponi, and “Secreto” by Anuel AA and Karol G.

“Since day one Sony/ATV believed in me and made me feel part of a family,” EZ says. “I am thrilled to be part of their team and look forward to what the future will bring.” Currently, EZ is working with Anuel AA and Farruko on their upcoming individual releases.

Rivera was represented in the deal by attorneys Matt Greenberg and Stephanie Chopurian.

Luis Gerardo Méndez Signs with William Morris Endeavor

Luis Gerardo Méndez has new representation in Hollywood

The 37-year-old Mexican actor and producer, on the rise after starring in and executive producing Netflix’s first Spanish-language original series Club de Cuervos and stealing scenes in the streamer’s Adam SandlerJennifer Aniston film Murder Mystery, has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME).

Luis Gerardo Méndez

The move comes as Méndez shoots the Focus Features film Half Brothers.The comedy, which he developed with co-writersEduardo CisnerosJason Shumanand director Luke Greenfield, revolves around two very different half-brothers (Méndez and Connor Del Rio) forced on a road trip together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their dad took as an immigrant from Mexico to the U.S.

Méndez also will appear in Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot, which hits theaters on November 15. 

His previous film credits in Mexico include the Netflix boxing drama Bayoneta and the Warner Bros. comedy The Noble Family, which grossed $26 million there in 2013. He also co-starred in the 2014 biographical film Cantinflas, which became the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. that year.

Club de Cuervos’ fourth and final season hit the streamer in January.

Méndez continues to be repped by manager Kenny Goodman at Goodmanagementand attorney Rick Genow.

Vicente Garcia Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal with Warner Chappell Music Colombia

Vicente Garcia is going global…

The 36-year-old Dominican musician has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Colombia, covering his past albums as well as future projects, according to Billboard.

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Garcia debuted his solo album Melodrama in 2011, which includes collaborations with Ximena Sariñana and Cultura Profetica

His sophomore album, A La Mar, nabbed Garcia best new artist, best singer-songwriter album, and best tropical song for “Bachata En Kingston” at the 2017 Latin Grammyawards.

“Vicente is a fearless and dynamic artist whose creativity has no boundaries,” said Gustavo Menendez, president, Warner Chappell Music Latin Americain an official statement. “He is constantly evolving by experimenting across multiple genres all while staying true to his Dominican roots. We have admired his work for a long time and we are thrilled to now welcome him to the Warner Chappellfamily.”

Daniel Mora, managing director, Warner Chappell Music Colombia, added: “I’m extremely proud to count Vicente among our fast-growing Warner Chappell Music Colombia roster. He is one of the most trail-blazing tropical and alternative artists of our generation, with a very unique perspective and writing style.”

García recently toured the U.S., United Kingdom, Colombia, Netherlands, Spain, Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, and Chile, to name a few, in support of his third studio album Candela released in May.

Anitta Signs Worldwide Management Deal with Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Entertainment

Anittais under new management…

The 26-year-old Brazilian superstar has signed with Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Entertainment for worldwide management, joining a roster that includes Normani and Jacob Banks.

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“Anitta is a global superstar who continues to push the envelope musically,” said Silverstein in a statement. “At S10, we’re excited to continue to both build her international platform and extend her influence throughout North America. It’s an honor to join her family and kick off this chapter with her.”

Silverstein added a “special thanks” to Anitta’s brother, Renan Machado, and attorney, Ed Shapiro.

In the past two years, Anitta has crossed over from the Brazilian marketplace to global stardom, with hits both in Spanish and English. The move is rare for a Brazilian artist, but Anitta has managed to connect not only through her music and strategic collaborations with the likes of J BalvinDJ Snake and Major Lazer, but also through huge following on social media.

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“After five years taking care of my own career, I’ve decided to pass the baton,” Anitta wrote on Instagramto her more than 40 million followers in a lengthy Portuguese-language post typical of her openness with her fans.

“After searching for a long time, I found the American version of my head. Truth is, the mix of my head and and my brother’s was always the perfect balance for our crazy ideas. Brandon comes to our Anitta family, like everyone else has, learning humbly about us, with a lot of respect for everything we’ve built and eager to win.”

Anitta was previously managed by Shots Studiooutside Brazil and has parted ways amicably with company heads John and Sam Shahidi, who were among those posting congrats on Instagram.

She’s currently working on a new album and continues to tour internationally. Her docuseries, Vai Anitta, can be seen on Netflix.

Jason Genao & His “On My Block” Castmates Complete Salary Renegotiation Talks with Netflix

Jason Genaois back on the Block

Netflixhas posted a video with the cast of On My Block, including the 23-year-old Dominican American actor, marking the start of production on Season 3 of the coming-of-age comedy.

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In addition to Genoa, the video features the series’ other leads Sierra CapriBrett Grayand Diego Tinoco.

On My Block, from Awkward creator Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalezand Jeremy Haft, is a coming-of-age comedy about bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high school in LA’s South Central neighborhood. The series’ writers have been working since April, churning out scripts for the upcoming third season.

The quartet had been embroiled in salary renegotiation talks with Netflix. The negotiations had stretched well into July, with the impasse threatening to impact the start of production.

As was the case of 13 Reasons Why last summer,it got down to the wire, but Deadline.com reports the core cast has successfully completed salary renegotiations, scoring significant salary increases.

Genoa, Capri, Gray and Tinoco, who each made $20,000 an episode in the first two seasons, went into the negotiations with an opening salvo of $250,000 an episode. Netflix countered with an offer for $40,000 an episode, leading to a $225,000 an episode response from the actors’ camp.

The actors all reportedly got substantial raises, tripling or more their previous paychecks.

No official word from Netflix on the exact amount.

Dave Navarro Signs Deal with Primary Wave Music Publishing

Dave Navarro has a new deal…

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired a stake in the 52-year-old half-Mexican American singer-songwriter-guitarist’s publishing catalog, master revenue streams and writer’s share royalties. 

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The worldwide publishing deal also includes a co-publishing agreement for Navarro’s future output.

“When I partnered up with Primary Wave, the first question they asked was, ‘So, where would you like to see your music being heard?’ I had never before been asked for my artistic input from a corporate entity and I was instantly relieved to know that I had finally found a home for my catalog,” said Navarro in a statement. “This was something new and fresh. In addition to this being a team partnership, Primary Wave utilizes its resources to put my music in front of ears that would have otherwise never heard it. They protect their artists and their catalog.”

Navarro is a member of Jane’s Addictionand a former member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who he played with from 1993 to 1998. 

The Primary Wave deal includes such Navarro-penned songs as “Been Caught Stealing” and “Jane Says” (with Jane’s Addiction) and “Aeroplane” (with Red Hot Chili Peppers). He has additionally released two solo records, including the 2001 album Trust No One.

“We are honored to have a legendary artist such as Dave join our growing Primary Wave family,” added Primary Wave CEO and founder Lawrence Mestel. “Dave’s accomplishments speak for themselves. His contributions to Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers left an indelible impression, influencing future generations of musicians.”

Founded in 2006, Primary Wave is a full-service music company that has acquired copyrights to over 15,000 songs from legendary artists like John LennonKurt CobainWhitney HoustonSmokey RobinsonAerosmith and Bob Marley.

Cardi B Designing Set of Headphones for Muzik

Cardi B is (head)phoningit in…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar and her rapper husband Offset are partnering with Muzik to design a set of headphones.

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Cardi B took to Twitter earlier this week to reveal the partnership with MUZIK,as well as askher followers, “what style would you guys like?”

There’s no word on when the headphones will be released.

This isn’t Cardi B’s first brand collaboration. She’s delved into the fashion world many times, teaming up with Fashion NovaSteve Maddenand Reebok in the past. 

Mariah Carey Returning to CAA for Worldwide Representation

Mariah Careyis headed back to her old agency…

The 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer has returned to CAA for worldwide representation in all areas. 

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Carey was with CAA until 2015, when she moved to UTA.

Carey, a five-time Grammy winner and diamond-certified singer, will mark the 25th anniversary of her holiday hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” this year.

The modern Christmas classic is one of Carey’s long list of hits from her catalog of notable albums including Mariah Carey, EmotionsMusic BoxMerry ChristmasThe Emancipation of Mimi, E=MC2and Caution.

Many of her albums are among the best-selling of all time, like Music Box, which sold more than 28 million albums, and Daydream, which became her second Diamond-certified album, selling 20 million copies.

Carey has also graced the screen in shows like American IdolEmpire and appeared in films including Glitter, Wisegirls, Preciousand Lee Daniel’s The Butler.

Carey is managed by Melissa Rudermanat Roc Nationand her attorney is Ed Shapirofrom Reed Smith LLP.

Mariah Angeliq Perez Named Brand Ambassador of Bulova’s “Tune of Time” Campaign

Mariah Angeliq Perez is havin’ the time of her life…

The 19-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American singer, one of Billboard’s 10 Artists to Watch earlier this year, has been named as the brand ambassador for Bulova’s “Tune of Time” campaign. 

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The Miami-based artist flaunts her Caribbean roots in the nearly two-minute spot. Mariah is seen walking around some of Miami’s tourist spots, including Calle OchoMiami Beach, and the famed 24-hour Nicaraguan restaurant, El Yambo, which is owned by her grandfather. 

“I’m super proud to be from Miami. 305 till’ I die,” the “Perreito” singer says in the clip. “And I’m Latina. Puerto Rican and Cuban. That’s just a dope mix.” 

“Mariah, as a young and talented emerging artist, amplifies some of the core values that Bulova holds: being innovative and breaking barriers,” a Bulova brand representative tells Billboard. “Alongside its ‘Tune of Time’ campaign, Bulova ties in their ‘History of Firsts’ message, celebrating a moment in a person’s life that is remembered forever. In this case, Mariah touches on the first time she realized she wanted to pursue a career in music.”

The watch brand launched the new short-form video series “Tune of Time” to spotlight some of today’s most promising emerging musical artists under the mentorship of the legendary Nile Rodgers

According to the website, the partnership is “a new reflection of our deep commitment to music, established by Bulova’s ongoing partnerships with the Grammyawards, Latin Recording Academy, and Grammy Museum, and the recognition that music underscores many of life’s most memorable moments.” 

Cimafunk Signs with Marc Anthony’s Talent Agency Magnus Media

Cimafunk has new representation…

The Cuban music group has signed with Magnus Media, the Miami talent agency founded by Marc Anthony and Michel Vega.

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“Live shows are one of the most important things for me,” frontman Cimafunk (aka Erik Alejandro Iglesias) tells Billboard. “The partnership with Magnus is to above all reinforce the quality and the reach of our shows.”

The band’s energetic afro-Cuban soul has garnered attention beyond Havana over the past year, and is on tour this month in France and Spain.

The Magnus roster also includes Jennifer Lopez, Fonseca and Gente de Zona.