Calacote Signs Exclusive, Global Publishing Deal with Universal Music Publishing Group

Calacote is going universal

The 22-year-old Dominican urban Latin artist, whose real name is Luca Newton, has signed an exclusive, global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).

CalacoteThe ambitious singer-songwriter, who was born in North Carolina and is of Dominican and French descent, hopes to revolutionize the Dembow movement with his Caribeño and European roots, and trilingual lyrics.

Through his new deal, Calacote will be given the opportunity to collaborate with many of UMPG’s composers in English, Spanish, and French.

“Calacote represents a new sound within the Latin urban community,” Alexandra Lioutikoff, president of US Latin and Latin America at UMPG, said in a statement. “UMPG is thrilled to sign a multilingual talent like him with truly global potential as both a songwriter and an artist.”

Ana Rosa Santiago, vice president of Latin Music at UMPG, added that the newcomer is “energetic, versatile and a fresh new prospect in Latin Music.”

Calacote, who unearthed his talent and passion for composing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, moved from Canada to Miami for a shot in the music industry.

He was discovered by the award-winning Latin hitmaker Maffio, and later signed to his label Alkatraks Music Group in 2021. The artist’s proposal is a “unique and unheard of” musical mixture full of witty hooks and experimental fusions with Dominican dembow always at the forefront.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the amazing team at UMPG,” Calacote noted. “This marks an exciting chapter in my career, and I am excited to have the opportunity to collaborate creatively with UMPG’s writers in the U.S. and abroad as well to develop commercially with Alexandra’s and Ana Rosa’s input. I know we will achieve great things together.”

“Alexandra and Ana Rosa understand our vision and we are excited to be collaborating with them and the entire UMPG global team on the development of Calacote’s career,” said Maffio.

On Jan. 14, Calacote will release his third single “Intercambio” in collaboration with Venezuelan rapper and Latin Grammy nominee Akapellah. The single follows his debut track “Azafata” and his Kiko el Crazy-assisted “Bruja.”

His debut album is slated to be released in the second quarter of 2022.

Mala Rodriguez, aka La Mala, Agrees to Global Co-Publishing Deal with Peermusic

Mala Rodriguez has new peers…

Peermusic has signed the 39-year-old Spanish hip hop rapper, known as La Mala, to an exclusive global co-publishing agreement, according to Billboard.

Mala Rodriguez, aka La Mala

Kathy Spanberger, president and COO, peermusic Anglo American Region, and Yvonne Drazan, vp, Latin Division, West Coast, peermusic, announced the news, revealing that the Spanish singer/songwriter is now part of their family.

“Mala is the impressive combination of a vanguard artist who has inspired a worldwide audience and achieved Platinum success,” said Spanberger in a press release. “She’s breaking records doing things her own way and people are paying attention. It’s exciting to be a part of her journey.”

Drazan agreed, adding: “Mala is a welcome voice and a catalyst for change in the Latin Pop & Urban markets.”

Mala kicked off her music career in the late 1990s, becoming one of the hottest female rappers in Spain’s hip-hop scene. She was the first female artist to win the Latin Grammy for Best Urban Song (“No Pidas Perdon,” 2010) and Best Urban Album (Bruja, 2013). In 2018, she made a highly-awaited comeback, dropping new music including collaborations with Juan Magan, Beatriz Luengo, and Stylo G.

Now, she’s thrilled about her new venture with peermusic.

“I am very excited to receive such a warm welcome from my new publishing home, peermusic. I am honored and proud to be a part of the family,” she said in an official statement. “I am profoundly grateful to three beautiful and powerful women, Kathy, Yvonne and Mary Megan for having confidence in me and I send them each love and respect. I am so happy to be here and excited about what’s ahead — we are just getting started!”