Tiago PZK Signs Recording Deal with Warner Music Latina, via Partnership with Grand Move Records

Tiago PZK has a new recording deal…

The 20-year-old soulful Argentine singer and rapper, who has already placed three songs on the Billboard Global Excl U.S. chart, has signed a recording deal with Warner Music Latina, via a partnership with indie Grand Move Records.

Tiago PZK

Tiago PZK, whose real name is Tiago Uriel Pacheco, uses the suffix PZK in honor of his freestyle crew in Argentina, but his music defies categorization, often shifting from R&B and pop to rap.

Moreover, instead of resorting to the sexually explicit lyrics that define so many reggaetón hits today, Tiago’s themes lean more toward love and loss and his own journey from the housing projects of Buenos Aires to nascent fame.

His breakout single “Sola,” for example, talks about his childhood and his mother’s abuse at the hands of his father.

Tiago PZK’s signing to Warner makes him the youngest in a string of urban-leaning acts defining a new Argentina music scene that includes acts like Nicki Nicole, Duki, Maria Becerra, Cazzu and Paulo Londra who are making waves internationally.

News of his deal coincides with this week’s release of the remix of “Entre Nosotros” with fellow Argentines Killah, Nicki Nicole and Maria Becerra.

The original track alongside Killah, which has garnered more than 212 million views on YouTube, was No 1 on Argentina’s Billboard charts entered the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart last year. The remix is this week’s highest entry on Spotify’s Top Songs Global chart at No. 44.

“For me, having signed with Warner was a very big step professionally; it is good to be able to enlarge the team and know that much bigger projects are coming with the support of a company full of good and hardworking people, willing to give it their all in order for us to take the world ahead. I am very happy and grateful,” said Tiago PZK.

Tiago began gaining notoriety around 2016 with his participation in local rap battles in Argentina and his self-released track, “Andamo en la Cima.” In 2019, he signed to indie SyP Recors in Argentina, eventually catching the eye of concert promoter Phil Rodriguez, the CEO of Move Concerts, one of Latin America’s biggest indie promoters. Rodriguez signed Tiago to management and to his new Grand Move Records label.

Moving to a major label was the next step for an act with increasing international traction. Alejandro Duque, president of Warner Music Latina, set his sights on Tiago since he was appointed to his post in mid 2021. Now, the new deal includes both future and past works.

“He is a young artist with a great ambition and a natural talent,” Duque said in a statement. “His lyrics resonate with a massive audience. At his young age and short musical career Tiago PZK, has managed to make his music known not only in Argentina but has placed several of his singles on the Billboard and Spotify Global 200 Charts. Our goal at Warner is to lead Tiago PZK to conquer the world and become a global superstar.”

“Our decision to close with Warner Latin was not taken lightly,” says Rodríguez, a veteran executive who has worked in some capacity with most Latin industry leaders. “The deal closer was the enthusiasm and commitment that Alejandro Duque and the Warner Latina team transmitted to us at every step on the negotiations. Tiago PZK is a unique and amazing artist that truly is “the real deal.”

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Roselyn Sanchez to Co-Host “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” from Puerto Rico

Roselyn Sanchez is heading home for the New Year…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican actress, singer and Fantasy Island star is set to co-host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Puerto Rico.

Roselyn SanchezThe show also will feature reggaeton superstar and San Juan native Daddy Yankee in a special hometown performance.

Puerto Rico will serve as the inaugural destination for the show’s first-ever Spanish-language countdown.

The new year’s bash will take place on the grounds of the Puerto Rico Convention Center at DISTRITO T-Mobile, Puerto Rico’s newest entertainment and nightlife complex.

The show will air Friday, December 31, live on ABC at 8:00 pm EST.

Puerto Rico’s countdown will occur at 11 pm EST/12 am AST.

Sanchez joins Ryan Seacrest, who will be in Times Square with first-time co-host Liza Koshy, along with co-host Ciara heading up the LA Party, co-host Billy Porter from New Orleans, and Powerball correspondent Jessie James Decker, who will announce the “Powerball First Millionaire of the Year” live from New York.

Additional performers will be announced in the lead-up to show night.

Sanchez stars as Elena Roarke in Fox’s reboot of the classic series Fantasy Island. She previously starred in the ABC drama Grand Hotel and in Devious Maids from Marc Cherry. She will make her feature length directorial debut on Diario, Mujer y Café and made her directorial debut with the award-winning short film Satos. Her other credits include Rush Hour 2, Act of Valor, The Game Plan, and CBS’ Without a Trace.

Daddy Yankee, known as the “King of Reggaeton”, release his international hit single “Gasolina” in 2004, which is credited with introducing reggaeton to audiences worldwide, and making the music genre a global phenomenon. Since then, he has sold around 30 million records, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists. Most recently, he was awarded Songwriter of the Year for the third time at the 2021 ASCAP Latin Music Awards and received the Billboard Hall of Fame Award becoming the first urban Latino artist to enter. His other global hits include “Despacito” (with Luis Fonsi) “Con Calma” (Ft Snow), “Dura” & most recently “Problema”.

Daddy Yankee Becomes Co-Owner of Puerto Rican Baseball Team Los Cangrejeros de Santurce

Daddy Yankee is getting’ in the game…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter has become a co-owner of the Puerto Rican baseball team Los Cangrejeros de Santurce.

Daddy Yankee

The reggaeton superstar, born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, is also an investor and will be joining Chairman Thomas Axon and President Justo Moreno as owners of the San Juan-based team, which hosts its home games at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

For Yankee, who was raised in Santurce, this new career move hits home.

“I know what it means to a kid, I’m a product of the little league and grew up going to the Cangrejeros games at the Hiram Bithorn,” he tells Billboard. “ I’m part of something that I’m really passionate about and that’s baseball.”

Ally Brooke Releases First-Ever All-Spanish Solo Single “Mi Musica”

Ally Brooke is sharing her musica with the world…

For her first solo, all-Spanish single, the 28-year-old Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony band member taps into the reggaeton realm with “Mi Musica,” marking a new direction for the former Dancing with the Stars competitor.

Ally Brooke

“This song is purely from my heart, and it is as ‘me’ as it gets,” Ally Brooke said in a statement. “I am proud to say I helped to write this song that means so much to me. The message of ‘Mi Musica’ is that I am nothing without my family, dear friends and fans. I have everything because I have them, and to them, I dedicate this song.”

Co-written by Brooke, Yofred, Azzi and King Mora, Brooke’s first Spanish single is a preview of her upcoming first-ever Spanish-language album, which will also be her debut album as a solo artist.

Natti Natasha Getting Her Own Original Amazon Prime Series

Natti Natasha is embracing the love

The 34-year-old Dominican-Honduran singer/songwriter is getting her own original series on Amazon Prime.

Natti Natasha

The six-episode series titled Everybody Loves Natti will premiere on November 19 on the streaming platform.

The series will offer a glimpse into Natti Naasha’s journey, including her personal and professional life.

Over six episodes, Everybody Loves Natti will cover details of the reggaeton star’s personal life, including her fertility issues and her experience with her latest album, Nattividad.

The series will also feature her friends and collaborators Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce, Becky G, Yovanna Ventura, Ariadna Gutiérrez and more.

Mona Scott-Young, producer of the Love & Hip Hop franchise, serves as series creator and executive producer, along with executive producers Natasha and Raphy Pina.

Ivy Queen Among Latin Recording Academy’s ‘Leading Ladies of Entertainment’ Honorees

Ivy Queen is officially a leading lady

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican singer, rapper, songwriter and actress will be minted as one of the 2021 Leading Ladies of Entertainment by the Latin Recording Academy.

Ivy Queen

Ivy Queen, known as the “Queen of Reggaeton,” joins a list of honorees that includes composer Mónica Vélez, publicist and marketer Mayna Nevarez and Spotify’s managing director for Latin America, Mia Nygren.

Due to limitations imposed by COVID-19, the four women, representing different arenas of Latin music, will be honored during a virtual ceremony November 16 instead of the traditional lunch that has defined the event.

Launched five years ago, the Academy’s Leading Latin Ladies initiative was created to honor and recognize “professional and socially-conscious women within the arts and entertainment fields who have made significant contributions and inspired the next generation of female leaders.”

Since its inception, the initiative has honored both artists and musicians along with executives, and this year is no exception.

Ivy Queen, considered the pioneer female artist in reggaetón, is being honored alongside Vélez, a two-time Latin Grammy winner who has written for the likes of Marc Anthony and Luis Fonsi. But she’s also being honored with Nygren, who oversees Spotify’s Latin America operations, and Nevarez, whose company – Nevarez Entertainment — is the longtime agency of superstars like Daddy Yankee and Carlos Vives.

This year the event is also partnering with She Is The Music on a collaborative mentorship program that will pair past honorees with a She Is The Music mentee.

“On behalf of The Latin Recording Academy, I am proud to honor these powerful women as this year’s Leading Ladies of Entertainment,” said Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, in a statement. “These dynamic women give us a chance to reflect on the challenges female professionals face in today’s arts and entertainment environment. There is still a lack of gender parity in the industry, and we remain focused on continuing our work to overcome the challenges that women face through educational programs, partnerships and a transparent voting process.”

The Leading Latin Ladies event will take place the week of the Latin Grammys, which will air live on the Univision network from Las Vegas on November 18.

Julieta Venegas Teams Up with Tainy & Bad Bunny for New Single “Lo Siento BB:/”

Julieta Venegas is feeling her new collaboration…

The 50-year-old Mexican American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer has joined voices with Bad Bunny and Tainy to release “Lo Siento BB:/,” the first single off the Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter forthcoming debut full-length studio album Data.

Julieta Venegas, Tainy, Bad Bunny,

The ultra-melancholic song — a modern-day “no strings attached” love story — kicks off as a ballad with Venegas on piano, and ultimately transitions into a soft reggaetón groove with a sparse drum beat, and Bunny in tow.

Initially, the plan was to kick off with Bad Bunny swearing off love and any sort of attachment, and have Venegas’ part come at the end of the song with her response to Bunny’s lyrics.

“The idea was to add an interlude after the song and have somebody do their own version of what this track was — but in a more acoustic way, just a piano and vocals,” explains Tainy. “Right away Julieta came to my mind — because I’m a huge fan and also because she does magic with a piano, and I thought, ‘This is the closest I can get to have her be a part of this.'”

The producer says he originally sent Venegas just the piano melody with Bad Bunny’s vocal part, “because I didn’t want to throw her off thinking she would have to dive into our world. I wanted her to be as authentically herself as possible. And the most basic way was just send her the piano, what he’s saying, and ask her to answer Benito.”

Once Venegas received the song in its original form, she says she “started listening to it like 20 times a day — and thinking, ‘What I would actually answer to what he’s saying?’ The way he invited me seemed so generous. I mean to invite you not only to sing a song but to elaborate the story, it’s really the best invitation ever.”

After adding Venegas’ response to the end, Tainy sent the new version to Bunny. “Benito had no idea I had reached out to Julieta so it was a surprise for him. I sent it to him and he’s like ‘nah, put Julieta in the intro.’ He said it was the perfect buildup to his part and the chorus. And he was right. It was the missing piece we needed for a song that didn’t have an intro. Everything happens for a reason. I’m super happy.”

 

So what did Venegas think about Tainy reaching out to her for the collaboration? “Really, me?” But unbeknownst to Venegas – whose pop-leaning classics like “Lento,” “Andar Conmigo” and “Me Voy” soundtracked the early 2000s – the chart-topping producer is a fan of the Mexican singer-songwriter that helped inspire his career.

“People see me as a reggaetón producer, but growing up, I listened to all types of music,” says Tainy, producer of the year winner at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards. “Julieta was a huge part of what I was listening to — and her music influenced how I saw melodies, chords and ambiences in my music. When it was time for me to be a producer, I put a little bit of that into my music, hoping and dreaming that some day I could work with her.”

It’s the first time Venegas has teamed up with Bunny and Tainy on a song — and while the collaboration may be unprecedented, now seemed like the ideal moment for them to link up, as genre lines are increasingly becoming blurrier than ever.

“This collab probably didn’t make sense for people on the outside,” says Tainy. “They thought, ‘He would never work with her,’ or ‘She would never work with him.’ I’m so grateful that music is where it is right now, and I was able to find a way to make this happen.”

Venegas adds, “What I like about Tainy is that he’s very intuitive with his collaborations. This was the best possible way for us to meet; through music and working together.”

Don Omar Signs Groundbreaking Multi-Year Partnership Deal with Saban Music Group

Don Omar has a new deal…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican award-winning reggaetón legend has signed a groundbreaking multi-year partnership with Saban Music Group.

Don Omar

Saban Music Group CEO and Latin music industry veteran Gustavo López, who helped foster Omar’s career, will continue their working relationship under the new deal, which includes advancing all recording and marketing costs — a standard for all of the label’s artists.

“Don will always be family to me,” said López in a statement. “When the opportunity to work together again came up, it felt as if not a single day had passed. And yet, he’s now making the best music of his career.”

“I am thrilled to be joining forces with Saban Music Group and being backed by the savvy business and artistic instincts of Haim and Gus,” said Omar in a statement. “And I can’t wait to connect with my loyal fans and audience by doing what I love most and introduce them to the exciting new music I have coming.”

Omar has been working on his long-awaited eighth studio album. He has 41 entries on BillboardHot Latin Songs chart, including five No. 1s.

He’s also notched 10 projects on the Top Latin Albums chart, five of which have hit No. 1. Omar has been working on his long-awaited eighth studio album.

He has 41 entries on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart, including five No. 1s.

He’s also notched 10 projects on the Top Latin Albums chart, five of which have hit No. 1.

Saban Music Group was founded in 2019 by multi-billionaire entertainment mogul Haim Saban, who serves as chairman/CEO of Saban Capital Group LLC. Last July, SMG entered into an exclusive global administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group.

“Don Omar is one of the most transcendental music stars of the past two decades, he set the pace for the entire Latin Urban genre,” Saban added. “Without his charismatic stage presence, deep compositional skills, and powerful vocal delivery, Latin music would be an altogether different animal today, and we’re honored to join forces with him.”

J Balvin Kicks Off NPR’s “El Tiny” Home Concert Series in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Size doesn’t matter for J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian singer has kicked off NPR‘s “El Tiny” series in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

J Balvin

Balvin’s performance on September 16 was the first of 10 “El Tiny” concerts that will feature Latin artists like Camila CabelloPrince RoyceSech, Nicki Nicole and Silvana Estrada. The series will run through October 15, the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Backed by the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of the East River, the chart-topping artist kicks off his 15-minute mini concert, singing new tracks off his latest and most personal album yet, Jose. He kicks off the set with “Vestido” and goes on to perform “Que Locura,” “OTRO FILI,” “F40” and closes with fan favorite “In Da Getto.”

“Even though we have some of the biggest names in Latin music scheduled, our ‘El Tiny’ takeover of the Tiny Desk (home) concerts is more than just entertainment,” Felix Contreras, host of NPR Music‘s Alt.Latino, said in a statement. “I firmly believe that music has always been an accurate barometer of what’s going on in the Latin communities here in this country. Reggaetón hip-hop, soul, Afro Latino, jazz — it’s all reflected in our lineup and shows how diverse our listening habits, and our community, is.”

 

The nine-time finalist at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards recently spoke to Billboard about his 24-track set released on September 10. “The album was made thinking about myself and what I like to do,” Balvin said. “When I realized I didn’t have to box myself into a concept, like I did with Colores, I said, ‘The concept is me.'”

Bad Bunny Named One of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2021 (TIME100)

Bad Bunny is having the TIME of his life…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has been named one of the Most Influential People of 2021 by TIME.

Bad Bunny

This week, the magazine revealed its annual TIME100, featuring “extraordinary leaders from around the world working to build a better future, from entertainers striving to make Hollywood more inclusive to activists fighting for sustainability and human rights. … They are disrupters, fixers, doers, iconoclasts, problem solvers — people who in a year of crisis have leaped into the fray,” said Edward FelsenthalTIME CEO and editor in chief, in a press statement.

J Balvin was selected as the guest contributor to write about Bad Bunny. The two global reggaeton stars were introduced to each other in 2016 by DJ Luian at one of Balvin’s concerts in Puerto Rico. The rest, as they say, is history.

“When I saw him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s another weirdo like me. I’m not the only one now.’ We immediately went to the studio and cut a song, ‘Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola.’ It blew up,” Balvin wrote in his essay. “He’s a phenomenon when it comes to music, but it didn’t happen overnight; he was working at the supermarket back then, and had to struggle too. We’ve since worked together on an album, Oasis, and the Super Bowl halftime show.”

The Colombian artist describes Bad Bunny’s career evolving from a “little monster” to “Godzilla,” who has reached superstar status and has connected with fans through his “amazing lyrics,” creation of his brand, advocacy for self-expression, and freedom.

“He’s an artist, period. A true artist,” he wrote. “Now he’s at his peak, taking Latin culture to another level. The records he’s broken are amazing. He’s different. Special. People wait for someone to die to say, ‘Oh, he was a legend.’ But I’m telling Benito now: You are one of the greatest artists in Latin music history.”

But Bad Bunny isn’t the only Latinx person to make this year’s list.

Olimpia CoralMelo Cruz, a women’s-rights activist from the Mexican city of Puebla, is a survivor of revenge porn—sexual content that is shared without the consent of those featured within it. She turned her experience into action, and in April 2021, Mexico passed Olimpia’sLaw, federally prohibiting the sharing of such content without the subject’s permission.

Swizz Beatz and fellow hip-hop icon Timbaland have been named for creating the hip-hop phenomenon and game-changing hip-hop battle series, Verzuz.

In a business world still dominated by men, a Brazilian woman, Luiza Trajano, has managed to make Magazine Luiza a massive success. She is the only Brazilian to appear on this year’s list.

Elisa Loncón Antileo is a Mapuche linguist and indigenous rights activist in Chile. In 2021, Loncón was elected as one of the representatives of the Mapuche people for the Chilean Constitutional Convention. Following in the inauguration of the body, Loncón was elected President of the Constitutional Convention.

A staunch believer in the science of climate change, GM CEO Mary Barra spearheaded General Motors’ (GM) commitment to sell only zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

In a sea of despair, a Cuban doctor is a ray of hope. Dairon Elisondo Rojas, who is seeking asylum in the US, provides lifesaving care to fellow migrants in the Matamoros makeshift camp.

The knowledge possessed by Mónica Ramírez‘s giant heart is just what makes her the breath of fresh air needed in a civil rights attorney. Her work through organizations like Justice for Migrant Women is only a fraction of proof of how hard she fights for the migrant worker.