Marco Antonio Solís Signs Three-Year Worldwide Deal with Warner Chappell Music (WCM)

Marco Antonio Solís is going to the Chappell

The 61-year-old Mexican musician, singer, composer and record producer, one of the most respected, prolific and successful singer/songwriters in Latin music, has signed a three-year worldwide deal with Warner Chappell Music (WCM), according to Billboard.

Marco Antonio Solis

The deal covers future works as well as most of Solís’ vast catalog, which includes global hits like “Si No Te Hubieras Ido,” “Más Que Tu Amigo,” “O Me Voy O Te Vas,” and “A Donde Vamos a Parar.”

Solís, who writes alone, holds the record for most No. 1 albums (12) on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. He has also placed 50 songs on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including 11 No. 1s.

“For decades [Marco’s] music has transcended time, touching the lives of music fans across generations,” says Gustavo Menendez, president U.S. Latin & Latin America, WCM. “As both a songwriter and recording artist he’s made a massive impact, laying the foundation for many who have followed him in both the regional Mexican and Mexican pop space. It’s an honor to represent one of the most important and hugely influential Latin music catalogs of all time.”

Solís, who began his storied career as the lead singer and composer of regional Mexican group Los Bukis, eventually launched a solo career, standing out as one of only a handful of regional Mexican acts who have successfully crossed over into pop music. Beyond his success as a recording artist, with five Latin Grammys to his name, Solís was also a prolific songwriter who’s been covered by a veritable who’s who of Latin stars, including Maná, Paulina Rubio and Enrique Iglesias.

Long signed to indie label Fonovisa, which was eventually acquired by Univision and later, by Universal, Solís decided to go independent a few years ago and has been releasing music under his own label, Marbella.

Likewise, his songs have long fallen under his own Crisma publishing.

Netflix Renews Diego Boneta’s “Luis Miguel: La Serie” for Third & Final Season

There are more Luismi moments in Diego Boneta’s future…

Netflix has renewed the 30-year-old Mexican singer/actor’s Luis Miguel: La Serie for a third and final season.

Diego Boneta

The announcement comes ahead of the series’ Season 2 finale.

The musical biopic series, a production of MGM and Gato Grande Productions, a joint venture between MGM and Mexican entrepreneurs Miguel Alemán Magnani and Antonio Cue, is touted as the only officially authorized series about the fiercely private titular international Latino sensation and multi-platinum artist.

In Season 2, returning lead Boneta stars as the Grammy and Latin Grammy award-winning Puerto Rican-born Mexican singer Luis Miguel.

Diego Boneta, Luis Miguel: The Series

The show also features Macarena Achaga as ‘Luismi’s’ daughter Michelle Salas; Fernando Guallar as Mauricio Ambrosi; Pablo Cruz Guerrero as Patricio Robles; Juan Ignacio Cane as José Pérez; Teresa Ruiz as Azucena; Valery Sais as young Michelle and Axel Llunas as her younger brother.

The series intimately explores the difficulties Miguel faced to balance his family and his professional life and public persona, from the start of his flourishing career as a child star up to the early aughts.

Details about Season 3’s cast have yet to be confirmed.

The second season of “Luis Miguel: La Serie” was directed by Humberto Hinojosa and Adrian Grunberg, with scripts by Daniel Krauze, Ana Sofia Clerici, Anton Goenechea, Diego Ayala, Karin Valecillos and Paulina Barros.

Mark Burnett, Carla González Vargas, Pablo Cruz and Boneta executive produced.

It premiered worldwide on Netflix on April 18 and consisted of eight, hourlong episodes. Other Season 2 stars include Sergio Basteri; Camila Sodi; Cesar Bordon; Juan Pablo Zurita; Cesar Santana; Martin Bello; Lola Casamayor; Pilar Santacruz; Kevin Holt and Gabriel Nuncio.

Mark Burnett, current chair of MGM Television Group, helped develop the series and led Gato Grande in its first scripted project aimed at the burgeoning U.S. Hispanic market.

Luis Miguel: La Serie was first distributed in Latin America and Spain by Netflix in 2018.

Sech Renews Recording & Publishing Deal with RichMusic

It’s renewal time for Sech

The 27-year-old Panamanian singer has renewed his recording and publishing deal with independent record label RichMusic.

Sech

Sech, a chart-topping, Latin Grammy-nominated artist known for his anthemic reggaeton songs like “Otro Trago” and “Relación,” signed the multi-million dollar deal last week in Miami.

During the signing, Sech was represented by Matt Greenberg (Ritholz, Levy, Fields, LLP) and RichMusic was represented by Oswaldo Rossi (Hertz Lichtenstein Young & Polk, LLP).

Under the new agreement, RichMusic will continue to exclusively release Sech’s recordings worldwide, and publish his music under the company’s new publishing division, The Pencil Pushers.

Chiquis Becomes First Latina Act to Release Own Digital Collectible

Chiquis is off the (block)chain…

The 35-year-old Mexican America Regional Mexican artist  is set to release her first-ever NFT in partnership with crypto gaming company AnRKey X, according to Billboard.

Chiquis Rivera

The digital NFT (non-fungible token), a one-of-a-kind cryptographic token that exists on a blockchain, will come in the form of a gaming card inspired by her “Spiritual Gangsta” persona, which will be able to be used in AnRKey X’s game Battle Wave 2323 – a blend of cyberpunk, hip-hop and Marvel universe-inspired game characters.

“‘Spiritual Gangsta’ is in my Instagram bio – part Chiquis and part Janney,” the Latin Grammy-winning artist told Billboard. “I’ve always seen [that] character as an alter ego and thought that it would even be perfect for a video game character!”

Only a handful of Latin acts, like Ozuna and Rudy Mancuso, have experimented with this once-considered niche method of cryptocurrency, and Chiquis becomes the first female Latin act to release her very own digital collectible.

“It is so exciting to be on the forefront of new technology and bring my fans and followers along for the ride,” the “Anímate y Verás” singer says. “There is so such a vast space for incredibly creative and innovative ideas in the NFT and crypto world. You all know me as an artist, TV personality, philanthropist and business woman so I see there are big possibilities ahead in this sector.”

Mana Releases Revamped Version of “Eres Mi Religion” Featuring Jesse & Joy’s Joy Huerta

Mana is bringing a little Joy to one of its hit singles…

The legendary Mexican rock band has joined voices with Joy Huerta of Latin Grammy-winning Mexican duo Jesse & Joy for a revamped version of “Eres Mi Religion,” nearly 19 years after its original release.

Mana & Joy Huerta

“My loves, Maná invited me to be part of this song and it was impossible for me to resist,” Joy expressed on Instagram.

“Eres Mi Religion” is a timeless love anthem about finding your soul mate and being devoted to them.

Conserving the original’s essence, the 2021 version of “Eres Mi Religion” is still a romantic rock song. What’s different is its gospel-like intro and more instrumentation, likes the cajón. Notable is Joy’s powerhouse vocal throughout the track, beautifully harmonizing with Fher Olvera.

On the Billboard charts, the track peaked at No. 17 on Hot Latin Songs chart dated January 4, 2003, and at No. 10 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart dated January 4, 2003, earning the Mexican rock group its 10th top 10 at the time (the group has a total of 26).

It’s the latest re-do for Mana.

For two years now, the band has been sporadically releasing new versions of some of their biggest hits. In 2019, they released “Rayando el Sol” featuring Spanish crooner Pablo Alborán and “No Ha Parado de Llover” in collaboration with Sebastian Yatra.

Victoria La Mala & Chiquis Team Up for Women’s Empowerment Anthem “Sexo Debil (TNMDQH)”

Victoria La Mala is empowering women with her latest single…

The Mexican singer has teamed up with Chiquis, whom she met about six years ago, for their first-ever collaboration “Sexo Debil (TNMDQH).”

Victoria La Mala & Chiquis

“I wrote the song a couple of years ago with Claudia Brant,” La Mala tells Billboard. “I was holding on to it for a while because I loved it so much and it meant so much to me.”

“Sexo Debil (TNMDQH),” short for “tu no me dices que hacer” is a Western-tinged corrido that fuses to an infectious cumbia melody towards the middle. It’s an anthem to remind women that they are in no shape or form the weakest sex.

“Every word we wrote was something that was told to me,” she adds. “I wanted to let women feel that they are empowered, have control of their lives and that they can do whatever they want.”

For the track, La Mala reeled in Latin Grammy winner, Chiquis, because “she’s such a strong woman and she’ll be able to relate.”

“Us women who are in this industry understand how hard it can be and the discrimination that happens,” Chiquis notes. “I love what Victoria did on this song because it comes from the heart. She’s really embracing who she is, she’s hip-hop, she’s Regional, she’s a little bit of everything and I love that she did something different. This song gives women power and reminds them that they can do whatever they want.”

In the music video, both Mexican artists are just as unapologetic and fierce as the track.

“I’m obsessed with this video! We had so much fun and I think it reflects that,” La Mala says. “I wanted to do this whole late ‘90s, early ‘00s aesthetic because I grew up with that. We filmed it in a day and we got to hang out with each other and let loose.”

With the release of “Sexo Debil,” part of Soy Mala EP coming out on May 5th, both La Mala and Chiquis hope to encourage more and more women in Regional Mexican to collaborate.

“Why can’t we get together the way Becky G and Natti [Natasha] collab? I want that in our genre so now it’s happening and hopefully it keeps on going,” Chiquis expresses.

“We’re the generation that’s doing it!” La Mala agrees. “There’s space to support all the women and grow together. We’re more unstoppable that way.”

Natalia Jiménez Teams Up with Banda MS for Love Anthem “Qué Bueno Tenerte”

Natalia Jiménez is teaming up with Banda MS once again…

After previously recording a reimagined version of Banda MS’ “El Color de Tus Ojos” two years ago, the 39-year-old Spanish Grammy and Latin-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and the Mexican band have now gifted fans with “Qué Bueno Tenerte.”

Natalia Jiménez

The true love anthem was penned by Omar Angulo Robles and produced by Sergio Lizárraga, Banda MS and Jimenez’s manager.

“Singing again with Banda MS gives me immense pleasure,” Jimenez said about “Qué Bueno Tenerte.” “Meeting them again and presenting an unpublished song is a pleasure since they are the most international banda in Mexico.”

 

The track is the first single from her upcoming album México De Mi Corazón II, which is the sequel to her ranchera project from 2019.

Nathy Peluso to Trek Across Spain for First Major Tour

Nathy Peluso is ready for her first major tour in Spain.

With an already sold-out show at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona this Friday and a following sold-out set at Granada’s Granada Alive! on May 28, the 26-year-old Argentine singer-songwriter and producer is bring her “Calambre” España Verano Tour to 17 confirmed dates.

Nathy Peluso

Peluso, who’s expected to sing songs from her edgy and versatile 2020 album, including her Latin Grammy-nominated “Buenos Aires” and viral “BZRP Music Sessions #36,” helmed by produced Bizarrap, will visit cities like Seville, Madrid and Valencia, to name a few.

“I want to have the best show of my life and tour the whole world,” the former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise previously told Billboard. “Live shows are my passion.”

On Instagram, Peluso assured fans that she created her album Calambre with the purpose to sing it live.

“You know that I’m ruthless on stage, so get ready for the sugar and the flavor that I prepared for each person who comes to these shows,” she expressed, promising that she and her entire band are ready for showtime.

Camilo to Appear on Ntertain’s Original Docu-Series “Los Montaner”

Camilo will be spending a lot of time with the in-laws…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer, songwriter and record producer, whose full name is Camilo Echeverry, will appear in the original series Los Montaner.

Camilo

Hailing from Ntertain, the recently launched multimedia company from Neon16’s Lex Borrero, music mogul Tommy Mottola and Range Media Partners, the unscripted docu-series will offer an exclusive look inside Latin music’s influential family, the Montaners, who have a social media audience of over 150 million and over eight billion video content views.

Borrero will executive produce the series, with Range Media Partners co-financing the project, handling global sales of the series. The series will film globally, as the crew follows the daily life of the Montaner family.

Featured on Los Montaner are:

  • Multiple Latin Grammy nominee & Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ricardo Montaner
  • Marlene Rodriguez, Ricardo’s wife, and filmmaker
  • Award-winning recording artist and member of Mau y Ricky, Ricky Montaner
  • Actress, model, and TV host, Stefi Roitman, fiance of Ricky Montaner
  • Award-winning recording artist and member of Mau y Ricky, Mau Montaner
  • Sara Escobar, creative director, wife of Mau Montaner
  • Actress, singer, songwriter, Evaluna Montaner
  • Camilo Echeverry, Evaluna’s husband and Latin Grammy winning singer, songwriter.

Ntertain was founded earlier this month as a new entertainment and media company focusing on the creation, development, and production of premier content leaning in on Latin talent, brands and culture.

Rosario Dawson to Host Inaugural Confab W, a Celebration of Latinas During Women’s History Month

Rosario Dawson is helping celebrate Latinas…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actress, activist and Voto Latino co-founder will host the inaugural Confab W from content producer Ingeñuity and AARP.

Rosario Dawson

The free two-day virtual event will celebrate Latinas during Women’s History Month and will livestream on March 30 and 31 at 8:00 pm EST.

The first annual Confab W is designed as a series of shows and vignettes featuring dynamic conversation, music, spoken word, and comedy — all revealing inspiring secrets of life success, recognizing extraordinary Latina stories of achievement, and celebrating “herstory” milestones and significant moments in time.

The event will include appearances from pop culture queen Charo, American musical icon Vikki Carr, Latin Grammy winner Gaby Moreno, among others.

“Women play very important roles in the Hispanic community. From taking care of their families in multigenerational homes to serving our country, their contributions are invaluable, said Yvette Peña, VP of Hispanic/Latino Audience Strategy, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. “This Women’s History Month we are highlighting women who are not only shattering the preconceived notions that exist within our society’s gender roles, but also disrupting the stereotypes of aging. At AARP we proudly support initiatives that empower, engage, and inform Latina women. We are really honored to be part of Confab W’s first annual conference, and to be able to bring these inspiring stories to life.”

“Confab W was created to share universal stories that can inspire, transform, and motivate women of every age across America,” said Sarah Ruiz Chavez, Confab W Creator and President of Ingeñuity. “These two days are all about changemakers that are crushing it, confident compadres in motion, and ‘sheroes’ hidden in plain sight.”

Here’s a look at the two-day schedule:

MARCH 30

  • Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez: My Life, My Story, A day in the life of Cuban American author, musician, screenwriter, film producer and journalist Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, the best-selling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club.
  • Heart To Heart: A Timeless Conversation Between Mother and daughter, revealing the special bond between mother and daughter, with artist, designer, and activist Rosario Dawson & producer Isabel Celest Dawson and actress and comedian Angelica Vale & “la novia de Mexico” singer-songwriter and actress Angelica Maria.
  • A HerStory, Historic Moment in Time, featuring the late Celia Cruz and Patti LaBelle’s 1998 ALMA Awards performance accompanied by retrospective testimonials.
  • Comedian and actress Gina Brillon’s Real “Funny” Talk.
  • Queens of Mariachi: American Royaltysaluting all-female mariachi group founders across the U.S., with a special finale virtual performance, uniting two-time Grammy Award winners Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Mariachi Las Alteñas, and Mireya Ramos of the Latin Grammy winners, Flor de Toloache.
  • Charo! Pop culture queen + humanitarian and activist honors the legendary virtuoso guitarist, singer, composer, actress and comedienne who has entertained millions throughout her career.

MARCH 31

  • Vikki Carr, An American Musical icon recognizing one of the world’s foremost classic entertainers for over six decades.
  • Singer-songwriter, Latin Grammy Winner Gaby Moreno’s, “I Am Woman” rendition of the late Helen Reddy classic song as a tribute to Latinas.
  • Hear Us Roar: Latina “Firsts” Shattering Glass Ceilings profiles “firsts and pioneering achievement” with a spotlight on the first woman and first Hispanic, the 14th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Antonia Novello, and on the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) Borinqueneers of Puerto Rico.
  • Elida Reyna: Musica Y Colores a retrospective of Tejano superstar and two-time Latin Grammy winner Elida Reyna.
  • All In La Familia hosted by comedian Erik Rivera, unites comedians Aisha Alfa, Vanessa Gonzalez, and Kira Soltanavich in a conversation of siblings, new mom experiences and other humorous stories.

Visit ConfabW.com for registration and details.