Amazon Acquires Global Rights to Tessa Thompson’s Romantic Drama “Sylvie’s Love”

Tessa Thompson’s latest Love is headed to Amazon…

Amazonhas acquired the global rights to Sylvie’s Love, starring the36-year-old half Afro-Panamanian and part-Mexican American actress/singer,for an amount that’s reportedly in the high-seven-figure range.

Eugene Ashe wrote and directed the film, which played in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Ashe is a former Sony Music recording artist from Harlem, New York, who has performed on numerous film soundtracks and is a fellow of the Writers Guild of America East Diversity Lab at Columbia University.

Tessa Thompson,

Set in the summer of 1957 in New York, Sylvie (Thompson) helps around her father’s record store as she awaits her fiancé’s return from war—until sweet saxophonist Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) walks in looking for a day job to subsidize his residency at the Blue Morocco lounge. Their chance meeting kindles a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they’ve felt before. Sylvie’s mother immediately disapproves and reminds Sylvie of her engagement, while Robert’s band books their first big gig overseas. As time passes, the sexual revolution begins, and Motown becomes king, the two fall in and out of each other’s arms, but never out of love.

Sylvie's Love

Thompson’s previous credits include Selma, the Creed franchise and Men in Black: International. And she portrays Valkyrie in the superhero films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Carlos Vives’ Label Partners with Sony & The Orchard to Launch Three New Artists

Carlos Vives is expanding his efforts to help the next generation of Colombian artists and musicians…

Carlos Vives

The 58-year-old Colombian singer, who launched his own record label—Gaira Local Music—in the early 1990s to support emerging talent from his country and put all aspects of Colombian music on the radar, has now partnered with Sony Musicand The Orchard, which specializes in media distribution, marketing and sales, to present three new artists signed under the label: Pacific BrodersDistrito Especial, and Esteban Nieto.

“Gaira Musica Local has been avant-garde and has been in the genesis of the new Colombian sounds. We have a history that reflects our identity and that is why today we want to deliver the brand with new proposals,” Vives said in an official statement. “We started with Pacific Broders, Distrito Especial, and Esteban Nieto because they represent part of our identity, they go from the Pacific, through national rock to the Caribbean with the tropical and vallenato.”

Marking each artist’s first single, the three tracks were recorded at the GML Studiosin Colombia. 

Distrito Especial

Esteban Nieto

Pacific Broders

Gaira Local Music was born in 1993 with the release of Vives’ Clásicos de La Provincia album.

Andy Cohen’s Book Imprint to Publish Mariah Carey Memoir

Mariah Carey is getting her word out…

A memoir by the 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer is on the list of titles from Andy Cohen Books.

Mariah Carey

Henry Holt and Company announced this week that Cohen’s self-named imprint will launch in 2020. It says the imprint will feature three non-fiction works by women.

Carey’s memoir will be about her journey to superstar status.

She rose to fame in the early 1990s after signing to Columbia Records and releasing her eponymous debut album, which topped the U.S. Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks. Soon after, Carey became the only artist ever to have their first five singles reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, from “Vision of Love” to “Emotions“.

Following her marriage to Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey achieved worldwide success with follow-up albums Music BoxMerry Christmas, and Daydream.

The other works are The Queen V, by Dr. Jacqueline Waters, a cast member on Bravo’s Married to Medicine, and Bodacious Dreamsand Bevelations, by Bevy Smith, a former co-host of Page Six TV.

Cohen is the TV producer behind the Real Housewives Bravo franchise and host of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

Holt is the publisher of Cohen’s three best sellers: Most TalkativeThe Andy Cohen Diaries and Superficial.

The imprint was announced in 2016.

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.

Maluma to Make Acting Debut Opposite Jennifer Lopez in “Marry Me”

Malumais hitting the big screen…

The 25-year-old Colombian singer/rapper will make his acting debut in the Jennifer LopezOwen Wilson romantic comedy Marry Me.

Maluma

Returning to Universal Picturesafter its initial set-up at STX, the film is being directed by Kat Coiro.

Described as Notting Hill meets The ProposalMarry Me centers on a pop superstar (Lopez) who, moments before marrying her rock-star fiancé at Madison Square Garden, finds out he was cheating with her assistant and spontaneously melts down onstage and picks a random math teacher (Wilson) out of the crowd to marry instead. What starts as a goof ends up becoming an exploration of relationships, expectations and destiny. 

Maluma will play Lopez’s cheating fiancé. 

The film is based on a graphic novel by Bobby CrosbyJohn Rogersand Tami Sagheradapted the screenplay with a rewrite by Harper Dill.

Marry Me goes into production this October in New York.

Maluma is signed with Sony Music, and has a Latin Grammyand two Latin American Music Awards. He has collaborated with artists like ThalíaShakiraMadonnaand Ricky Martin. His songs “Chantaje” with Shakira and “Medellín” with Madonnahave reached the top of the Hot Latin Songschart.

Antonio “Rayito” Rayo Signs with SESAC Latina

It’s a new deal for Antonio Rayo… 

SESAC Latina has signed the Spanish composer and producer, known as Rayito.

Antonio "Rayito" Rayo

His notable writing credits include Shakira’s “Me Enamoré” and Karol G’s “Mi Cama” and “Punto G.”

Originally from Madrid, Rayito was touring as a flamenco guitarist at the age of 8, and recorded his first album when he was 10. 

At just 15, he moved to Miami and began collaborating with Latin pop stars. Rayito previously had a publishing deal with Sony Music.

Among Rayito’s other credits, he wrote and produced several tracks on Ricky Martin’s 2015 album A Quien Quiera Escuchar and co-wrote Diego Torres’ hit single “Hoy Es Domingo.

Sony Music Latin Partners with Jenni Rivera’s Siblings to Develop Regional Mexican Stars

Jenni Rivera’s family is keeping her legacy alive…

Juan and Rosie Rivera, siblings of the late Mexican American Banda and ranchera singer who passed away in December 2012, have joined Sony Music Latin in a new venture to develop the next generation of regional Mexican stars.

Juan & Rosie Rivera

The announcement was made in Los Angeles earlier this week, where the Rivera family and Sony executives officially signed and agreed to commence a partnership between the Rivera’s Linea, LLC, and Sony.

“Juan and Rosie have been in the [music] game since they were born,” said Nir Seroussi, Sony Music Latin president, in an exclusive interview with Billboard. “Juan is very focused and chill. Rosie is very sharp and eloquent. We’re confident that Linea will soon become a major player in the market.”

It’s been nearly five years since Rivera died in a plane crash, while working in Mexico and since that time, numerous projects themed around the Long Beach, California, -born recording artist have been released, from albums to reality shows and merchandise.

Rosie, whose close-knit relationship with Jenni was undeniable, has spent the last five years helping to complete some of her sister’s dreams from releasing music to caring for her foundation and making sure she was there for her sibling’s children.

This new chapter, Rosie said, continues to honor her sister, but it’s different in that she will now have a more active role in the industry along with her brother, which is something that Jenni encouraged them to do years ago. While Jenni was signed to Fonovisa, under Universal Music Latin Entertainment, this new venture with Sony has nothing to do with Jenni music other than the fact that she always wanted to help launch the careers of others.

“I think Jenni would be very happy,” says Rosie. “I can see her smiling with tears of joy and her wide eyes. She invested so much love and discipline in her dreams. She told us she envisioned this for Juan and myself and she’s cheering us from heaven.”

In 2013, Rosie announced a similar venture, but it was in the form of a new label called JRE/Divina Music, which had already been in the works in 2010, two years before the singer died. That label was established to complete Jenni’s goals and that was met by supporting other artists. The new chapter begins with joining forces with Sony.

Rosie, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker, is the youngest of the Rivera family of singers. Since her sister’s death she has gone more public about her own struggles in the hopes of helping others. In 2015 she founded the movement Sister Somalia to support women who have been victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, drugs and domestic violence in Latin America. Additionally, Rivera is active in her family’s Christian outreach ministry, helping single mothers find affordable housing through the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation.

Besides overseeing the Jenni Rivera estate with his sister Rosie, Juan is a recording artist with nearly a dozen albums to his name and has appeared in several reality shows with his family of singers that includes Lupillo Rivera and Chiquis Rivera.

Seroussi said that more details will be unveiled soon and those aspiring artists hoping to break into the business through the regional Mexican genre will have a chance to participate. The Sony executive wouldn’t confirm or deny what types of projects will be unveiled, but he reassures that they will be part of a thrill ride.

“This is a very special venture,” Seroussi said. “Having Juan and Rosie makes it that more exciting. Many things are going to happen.”

Shakira Releases New Single “Chantaje,” Featuring Maluma

It’s a serious case of musical blackmail for Shakira

The 39-year-old Colombian superstar has released her highly anticipated new single, “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma.

Shakira & Maluma

After revealing several details of her new single through guessing games on social media throughout the week, Shakira’s highly anticipated new single “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma, is finally here.

The pop/reggaeton-infused track, which Shakira promoted via guessing games on social media, is the first collaboration between the Colombian singers, although recently, Maluma premiered his remix to Shakira and Carlos Vives‘ summer hit “La bicicleta.”

After working on the remix, Maluma confessed to Billboard that he couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with the pop star again.

The “Chantaje” collaboration was made possible thanks to Sony Music, who proposed the idea after the “La bicicleta” remix.

“I was in Barcelona working with Shakira and it was an amazing experience,” Maluma says about the collaboration. “She’s a great artist and I learned a lot while working with her.”

Aterciopelados Working on First Studio Album in Seven Years

Aterciopelados is readying for a comeback…

The Latin alternative rock band, led by Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, is hard at work on their first studio album since 2008’s Rio, Buitrago tells Billboard.

Aterciopelados

“We have been playing some new songs on tour and are at work on more,” says Buitrago.

Aterciopelados plans to release the album at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.

Meanwhile, a DVD by Buitrago and Echeverri will be out in February on Sony Music. It will feature versions of well known Aterciopelados songs recorded live in Bogota with guest artists including Zoé singer León Larregui and Spanish fusionist Macaco.

Echeverri and Buitrago reunited in 2014 to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Aterciopelados after working respective solo projects; the band toured the U.S. in October.

Buitrago has also written the music for Another Word For Beauty, a play by Motorcycle Dairies screenwriter José Rivera.

The play, which will feature a live band, centers on the real-life story of contestants in an inmates’ beauty contest held at Bogota’s Buen Pastor women’s prison in Colombia.

Another Word for Beauty opens at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre on January 16.

Ortiz’s Concert Film “Como Un Sueño” to Debut in Nine AMC Theaters

Gerardo Ortiz is headed to the big screen…

On October 9, AMC Theaters will debut the 25-year-old Mexican American singer-songwriter’s concert film in nine U.S. cities.

Gerardo Ortiz

Como Un Sueño chronicles Ortiz’s life against the backdrop of his tour and the release of his album Hoy Más Fuerte.

The 90-minute film was produced by the directed by Jessy Terrero, who along with being a film director, is known for directing high concept, high production videos for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Daddy Yankee.

The film was produced by Big Vida Entertainment and Del Studios, an arm of Del Records, the indie label Ortiz is signed to (with distribution by Sony Music U.S. Latin).

According to Ortiz, “Film goers will see moments that have never been filmed.”