Tony Gonzalez Signs with United Talent Agency

Tony Gonzalez has new representation…

The 48-year-old part-Mexican American former American football tight end and Pro Football Hall of Famer has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).

Tony GonzalezGonzalez will continue to represented by SMAC Entertainment and Jill Fritzo PR.

Gonzalez is considered one of the greatest tight ends in National Football League (NFL) history. He played in the league for 17 seasons, primarily for the Kansas City Chiefs and then for the Atlanta Falcons for his final five seasons in the league. He’s the NFL’s all-time-leader in touchdowns and yards by a tight end as well as consecutive starts and Pro Bowl appearances by a tight end.

After retiring in 2013, he began working as an analyst for The NFL Today and other NFL programming at CBS. He currently co-hosts Thursday Night Football for Amazon Prime Video.

Gonzalez has branched out into acting in recent years. He’ll guest star in the seventh episode of Season 6 of the CBS comedy series The Neighborhood. He will appear in the episode as Derrick, Calvin’s (Cedric the Entertainer) new physical therapist. Season 6 of the series launched on February 12 after being delayed due to the double writers’ and actors’ strikes.

He also appeared in the Amazon film The Underdoggs opposite Snoop Dogg and Tika Sumpter, the Paramount+ film Fantasy Football, and the Spectrum Originals drama series Long Slow Exhale.

His other credits include XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and multiple episodes of NCIS.

Gonzalez is active in philanthropy as well, working with organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Shadow Buddies, Scholars’ Hope and Give Power.

Snow Tha Product Signs Global Agreement with YMU’s Yvette Medina

Snow Tha Product is preparing for a global takeover…

The 36-year-old Mexican American rapper has entered a global agreement with Yvette Medina, the executive manager and head of Latin at YMU, an international artist management company.

Snow tha ProductBolstered by her relentless and rapid-fire vocal delivery, Snow Tha Product (real name Claudia Feliciano) is quickly establishing herself as a force in hip-hop. As a bilingual artist, she has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ty Dolla $ignNatanael Cano and Santa Fe Klan among others.   

“It has been hugely rewarding to be a part of this journey alongside Snow and continue to represent women in music and our culture,” Medina said in a statement shared with Billboard. “Snow is a fiercely independent trailblazer whose work ethic is unmatched, and together we are going to continue to amplify what she has achieved while expanding her global presence.”

To date, the San José, Calif.-born artist has released the EP Half Way There…Pt. 1 (2016) and full-length album To Anywhere (2022), and has achieved the top 20 of Billboard‘s Latin Digital Songs Sales chart. Her viral “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 39” also landed her on the Billboard Global Excl. US chart. The song earned her a Latin Grammy nomination.

She has also demonstrated her acting skills in the Netflix series Queen of the South as the character Lil’ T.

In November 2023, Snow wrapped up a 32-city U.S. headline tour at the Palladium in Los Angeles and was also an opening act for Santa Fe Klan’s national tour. Last August, the wordsmith was named by Billboard Latin and Español as one of the most essential Spanish-speaking rappers of all time.

Snow Tha Product is currently nominated for New Artist Female at 2024’s Premio Lo Nuestro which will air Feb. 22 via Univision.

Santa Fe Klan Signs Management Deal with Prajin Parlay Inc.

Santa Fe Klan is under new management…

The 24-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter and rapper has signed a management deal with Prajin Parlay Inc., effective immediately.

Santa Fe Klan,The indie record label is also home to música Mexicana phenomenon, Peso Pluma.  

“Santa Fe Klan has accomplished an incredible amount for música Mexicana and his community over the last few years,” CEO and manager of Peso, George Prajin, said in a press statement. “He is an impressive young man and we are looking forward to helping him continue cultivating his skills as both a musician and businessman.”

“As I enter this next chapter in my career I’m excited to join the Prajin Parlay roster and I’m excited for my fans to see everything we have planned for 2024,” added the renowned Mexican rapper born Ángel Quezada.

Additionally, Prajin is a partner in Doble P Records alongside Peso, who expressed “I’ve always admired Santa Fe Klan and I know he’s going to make a great addition to our family.”

On the 2023 Billboard Year-End charts, Prajin Parlay Inc.—also home to Jasiel Nuñez, Tito Doble P, and more—landed No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs Publisher chart.

The label, next to Doble P Records, had a breakthrough year ranking high on many of the year-end Billboard charts including Hot Latin Songs Imprint, Regional Mexican Albums Labels and Independent Labels, to name a few.

Born in Guanajato, Mexico, Santa Fe Klan (his artistic name is an ode to his barrio) recorded and uploaded his own music to YouTube and SoundCloud when he was a teenager. His love for rap and hip-hop music was inspired by artists such as Cartel de Santa and MC Davo, and his ultra-personal and raw lyricism ultimately landed him collaborations with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Lupillo Rivera and Calibre 50.

His first entry on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs arrived in April 2022 with “Mar y Tierra,” part of his fifth studio album Mundo, which debuted at No. 4 on Latin Pop Albums and No. 11 on Latin Rhythms Albums.

Earlier this year, Santa Fe earned his first career No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart with the Los Ángeles Azules and Cazzu-assisted “Tú y Tú.”

Mariah Carey Appears Alongside Her Twins in new The Children’s Place Holiday Campaign

Mariah Carey is helping children get into the holiday spirit… And she’s getting an assist for her own kids.

The 54-year-old half-Venezuelan American actress, the self-proclaimed Queen of Christmas, has teamed up with The Children’s Place to help the public get excited about the upcoming holidays.

Mariah Carey, Children's PlaceCarey and her twins, Moroccan and Monroe Cannon, star in the final installment of the brand’s three-part holiday campaign, released on Tuesday, October 17.

Carey poses alongside her adorable twins outfitted in looks from The Children’s Place’s new holiday collection. And it’s the first time that Carey and her children have appeared together in a joint campaign.

“The holidays are all about family – spending time with each other and making memories that will last a lifetime. Holiday traditions are big for us at the Carey house. There is nothing sweeter than baking Christmas cookies and cuddling around the fireplace and matching in The Children’s Place pajamas together!” Carey said in a statement.

Mariah Carey, Children's Place

“I’ve always been a fan of The Children’s Place … they are a household name and dominate the children’s apparel space. Also, as someone who absolutely loves the holidays, and specifically, Christmas, I’ve been watching what The Children’s Place has been doing for the last few years and they have my stamp of approval for the place to shop for all matching family Christmas pajamas and outfits!”

The Children’s Place campaign also includes a visual element: “An Iconic Holiday: Part 3” — a commercial soundtracked by Carey’s holiday anthem “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” In the video, Carey and her kids wear Mama Claus and Santa’s Helper graphic tees while decorating a Christmas tree, and “We Are Family” matching family pajamas while baking Christmas cookies.

The Children’s Place’s new campaign also showcases Carey in a custom red velour, strapless A-line dress that inspired “The Dress by Mariah Carey” — a limited-edition gown designed by the music icon herself. The dress retails for $149.99 exclusively at childrensplace.com.

Carey’s dress comes complete with a plaid, oversized bow in the back that matches The Children’s Place’s signature family holiday plaid collection worn by Moroccan and Monroe.

The Children’s Place’s three-part holiday campaign pays homage to millennial nostalgia with former boy band members AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men and Snoop Dogg.

Carey, meanwhile, is gearing up to return to the stage for the holidays — her busiest and favorite time of the year.

The music icon, who released a holiday book titled The Christmas Spirit: The Adventures of Little Mariah last year, recently announced Merry Christmas One And All!, a round of holiday shows launching on November 15 in Highland, California.

The singer will make stops in Montreal, Chicago, New York and other cities including two nights in Los Angeles. Carey added a second date to her stop at the Hollywood Bowl and will now perform on November 17 and November 19.

Mariah Carey, Children's Place

Cardi B Stars in New Photo Campaign for SKIMS’ Cotton Collection

Cardi B is comfortable in her own skim(s)

The 31-year-old half-Dominican American Grammy-winning rap superstar appears in the photo campaign for SKIMSCotton Collection, which was released on Monday, October 16.

Cardi B The “Bongos” singer, who likes “snatched” and “comfortable,” is a huge fan of the brand’s loungewear.

“I’ve always loved the SKIMS Cotton Collection,” Cardi B said in a statement. “It’s so sexy and makes me feel snatched yet comfortable while hanging out at home. The new styles and colors I wore on set are even better, and I can’t wait to wear them all the time.”

The campaign features Cardi B in fan-favorite pieces from SKIMS’ Cotton Collection with a few updates, including new branded waistbands, new cuts and new colors.

Cardi B For the campaign, a red-headed Cardi poses in a sleeveless long dress ($78), scoop bralette ($36) and boy short ($24), plunge bralette ($36), cotton rib legging ($54) and more. 

The new pieces will be available in seasonal green and off-white, but they probably won’t be in stock for long. The collection drops on October 19 at 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT.

Click here to shop what’s still available — or sign up to join the waitlist for early access.

SKIMS’ Cotton Collection campaign was shot and directed by photographer and longtime SKIMS collaborator Vanessa Beecroft. Kim Kardashian’s shapewear, loungewear and lingerie brand has tapped other rappers and singers for its campaigns, including Nelly FurtadoIce SpiceSZA and Snoop Dogg.

Working with SKIMS adds another major fashion campaign to Cardi B’s list. In September, the Bronx native starred in an Uggs campaign announcing the official launch of “Ugg Season.”

Banda MS Announces Upcoming Collaboration with Ice Cube

Banda MS is breakin’ the ice

To celebrate their 20-year career, the Regional Mexican group’s has announced their next international collaboration will be with rapper Ice Cube.

Banda-MSBanda MS and manager Sergio Lizárraga made the announcement via a short video where they simply said “we want to do something special for our 20th anniversary” and then tapped Ice Cube on the shoulder saying “come join us, ready Cube?” to which the hip-hop star said “Listo! I’m ready!”

The upcoming track will follow the group’s second banda-meets-rap collaboration following their Snoop Dogg-assisted “Que Maldición,” which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in May 2020.

Gloria Estefan to Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Gloria Estefan is entering the Hall

The 65-year-old Cuban Grammy-winning singer/songwriter will become one of the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 52nd Annual Induction and Awards Gala.

Gloria EstefanEstefan, who has been named one of the Top 100 greatest artists of all time by both VH1 and Billboard, will be joined by Sade Adu (better known simply as Sade), Alanis Morrisette’s longtime collaborator Glen BallardSnoop DoggElectric Light Orchestra founder Jeff Lynne, New Jack Swing pioneer Teddy Riley, and Taylor Swift collaborator Liz Rose as part of the Class of 2023.

The event is set for Thursday, June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.

The hall announced the latest inductees today, with Chairman Nile Rodgers saying in a statement, “The music industry does not exist without songwriters delivering great songs first. Without them there is no recorded music, no concert business, no merch . . . nothing, it all starts with the song and the songwriter.”

He added that the 2023 slate of inductees “We are therefore very proud that we are continually recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time and that the 2023 slate “represents not just iconic songs but also diversity and unity across genres, ethnicity and gender, songwriters who have enriched our lives and, in their time, literally transformed music and the lives of billions of listeners all over the world.”

The songwriters, and their key songs cited by the Hall of Fame, are:

Sade Adu p/k/a Sade: Smooth Operator, No Ordinary Love, The Sweetest Taboo, By Your Side, Is It A Crime

Glen Ballard: Man In The Mirror, You Oughta Know, Hold On, The Voice Within, The Space Between

Calvin Broadus Jr. p/k/a Snoop Dogg: Drop It Like It’s Hot, Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang, Young, Wild & Free, Gin & Juice, Next Episode

Gloria Estefan: Anything For You, Don’t Wanna Lose You, Words Get In The Way, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Let’s Get Loud

Jeff Lynne: Mr. Blue Sky, Don’t Bring Me Down, Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing, Telephone Line

Teddy Riley: Make It Last Forever, I Want Her, Just Got Paid, I Like, My Prerogative

Liz Rose: You Belong With Me, Crazy Girl, Girl Crush, All Too Well, White Horse

Gloria Estefan Among Finalists for 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame

Gloria Estefan is one step closer to entering elite compay…

The 65-year-old Cuban Grammy-winning singer, actress and businesswoman is among the finalist for the 2023 class of inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Gloria EstefanTwelve performing songwriters or songwriting teams and 12 non-performing songwriters or songwriting teams are vying to join the SHOF. Three songwriters or teams in each of these two divisions will be inducted at the SHOF’s 54th Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 15, 2023, in New York City.

Estefan is among a list includes rapper and entertainer Snoop Dogg, rock poet Patti Smith, Broadway writers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and country pros Vince Gill, Liz Rose and Dean Dillon.

The “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” singer previously received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song three years ago in tandem with her husband Emilio Estefan.

A songwriter with a notable catalog of songs qualifies for induction 20 years after the first significant commercial release of a song.

Eligible voting members have until 12:00 pm ET on December 28 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from the non-performing songwriter category and three from the performing songwriter category.

Here’s a look at the final nominees:

Performing Songwriters       

Bryan Adams – “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” “Heaven,” “All for Love,” “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?,” “Summer of ‘69”
Clem Burke / Debbie Harry / Chris Stein (p/k/a Blondie) – “Call Me,” “Heart of Glass,” “Rapture,” “One Way or Another,” “Sunday Girl”
Calvin Broadus Jr. (p/k/a Snoop Dogg) – “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang,” “Young, Wild & Free,” “Gin & Juice,” “Next Episode”
Tom Johnston / Michael McDonald / Patrick Simmons (p/k/a The Doobie Brothers) – “Listen to the Music,” “Long Train Running,” “What a Fool Believes,” “China Grove,” “Black Water”
Gloria Estefan –  “Anything for You,” “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” “Words Get in the Way,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Let’s Get Loud”
Vince Gill – “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” “When I Call Your Name,” “I Still Believe in You,” “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “Whenever You Come Around”
Ann Wilson / Nancy Wilson (p/k/a Heart) – “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” “Dog and Butterfly,” “Straight On,” “Even It Up”
Jeff Lynne (ELO – Electric Light Orchestra) – “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Evil Woman,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Telephone Line”
Bill Berry / Peter Buck / Mike Mills / Michael Stipe (p/k/a REM) – “Losing My Religion,” “Everybody Hurts,” “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” “Radio Free Europe,” “The One I Love”
Sade Adu (p/k/a Sade) – “Smooth Operator,” “No Ordinary Love,” “The Sweetest Taboo,” “By Your Side,” “Is It a Crime”
Patti Smith – “Because the Night,” “Redondo Beach,” “Dancing Barefoot,” “Frederick,” “People Have Power”
Steve Winwood – “Higher Love,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “I’m A Man,” “Valerie.” “Roll With It” 

Non-Performing Songwriters

Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty – “Journey to the Past” (Anastasia), “Once Upon a December” (Anastasia), “At the Beginning,” “Wheels of a Dream” (Ragtime), “Make Them Hear You” (Ragtime)
Glen Ballard – “Man in the Mirror,” “You Oughta Know, “Hold On,” “The Voice Within,” “The Space Between”
Dean Dillon – “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Ocean Front Property,” “Here for a Good Time,” “The Chair,” “I’m Alive”
Franne Golde – “Nightshift,” “Dreaming of You,” “Don’t Look Any Further,” “Don’t You Want Me,” “Stickwitu”
Bobby Hart / Tommy Boyce – “Last Train To Clarksville,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “Come a Little Bit Closer,” “(Theme From) The Monkees,” “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight”
Sandy Linzer / Denny Randell – “Working My Way Back to You,” “Let’s Hang On,” “Lover’s Concerto,” “Native New Yorker,” “Opus 17 (Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me)”
Roger Nichols – “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “I Won’t Last a Day Without You,” “Out in the Country,” “Times of Your Life”
Dan Penn / Spooner Oldham – “I’m Your Puppet,” “It Tears Me Up,” “Cry Like a Baby,” “Sweet Inspiration,” “A Woman Left Lonely”
Dean Pitchford – “Footloose,” “Fame,” Holding Out for a Hero,” “All The Man That I Need,” “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”
Teddy Riley – “Make It Last Forever,” “I Want Her,” “Just Got Paid,” “I Like,” “My Prerogative”
Liz Rose – “You Belong With Me,” “Crazy Girl,” “Girl Crush,” “All Too Well,” “White Horse”
Tom Snow – “He’s So Shy,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Dreaming of You,” “Don’t Know Much,” “After All”

George Lopez to Star in Snoop Dogg’s Sports Comedy “The Underdoggs” for MGM

George Lopez is embracing the underdogg status…

The 61-year-old Mexican American comedian/actor will star in MGM’s Snoop Dogg sports comedy The Underdoggs.

George LopezLopez joins a roster of cast additions that includes Tika SumpterMike Epps and Andrew Schulz.

Meanwhile, the kid team of actors added to the cast include Jonigan Booth, Adan James Carrillo, Kylah Davila, Caleb Dixon, Alexander Michael Gordon and Shamori Washington.

Billed as The Bad News Bears in the world of Youth Football, The Underdoggs tells the story of Jaycen Jenning, “2J’s” (played by Snoop Dogg), a former NFL superstar who, after a run in with the law, agrees to coach a youth football team in lieu of prison in the hopes of relaunching his fledgling career.

Charles Stone directs off a script by Danny Segal and Isaac Schamis based off a pitch by Snoop Dogg and Schwartz-Morini.

The film is produced under Snoop Dogg’s Death Row Pictures banner, with Kenya Barris and Mychelle Deschamps for Khalabo Ink Society, Snoop Dogg’s longtime producing partner Constance Schwartz-Morini of SMAC Entertainment and Jonathan Glickman for Panoramic Media.

Production is underway for an October 20, 2023 theatrical release.

Lopez is currently shooting his upcoming multi-camera comedy series Lopez vs. Lopez, featuring his real-life daughter Mayan Lopez, and is performing stand-up in arenas across the country on his OMG Hi! Comedy Tour, through October.

Lopez will join the DC Extended Universe in the upcoming superhero film Blue Beetle, releasing in-theaters August 2023.

His extensive film credits include Walking with Herb, the modern-day Western No Man’s LandThe Tax CollectorEl Chicano, the romantic comedy box-office hit Valentine’s DayThe Spy Next DoorThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, and Spare Parts, which he also produced. Lopez has produced and starred in the series Lopez, co-created and starred in the series Saint George, hosted TBS’ inaugural late night talk show, Lopez Tonight, and co-created, wrote, produced and starred in the hit sitcom George Lopez.

Carrillo began his career at the age of nine and has shared the screen with Robert DeNiro in About My Father, appeared in David E. Kelley’s Lincoln Lawyer, as well as As We See It from creator Jason Katims, and Mayans M.C. from creator Elgin James.

Davila appeared in the pilot episode HBOMax’s Gordita Chronicles, and the short film Troop InvadersThe Underdoggs reps her first feature film role. An actor and gymnast, Davila hails from Manhattan Beach, California.

Gerardo Ortiz to Perform at Los Angeles’ First-Ever LA3C Festival

Gerardo Ortiz is helping celebrate culture and creativity…

The 33-year-old Mexican American Regional Mexican singer has been added to the lineup for the first-ever LA3C culture and creativity festival.

Gerardo OrtizSponsored by Penske Media, the event is set for December 10-11.

In addition to Ortiz, new additions to the main stage performance lineup include Free Nationals, Fonseca, Marc Segui, Shawn Wasabi, Monogem, Shea Diamond, and Chicocurlyhead.

The festival will take place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Los Angeles.

The name, LA3C, stands for Los Angeles the Capital of Culture & Creativity.

The diverse lineup of performers join previously announced headliner and three-time Grammy-winner Megan Thee Stallion and Latin chart-topper Maluma, with performances by K-Pop stage-breakers Seventeen and Snoop Dogg.

Tickets are on-sale now at LA3C.com.

“We are thrilled to share our full music lineup today,” said Juan Mora, CEO of LA3C. “Our goals were to create a lineup that celebrates the range of musical genres Los Angeles offers including Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, K-Pop, Regional Mexican Music, EDM and more and for attendees to discover new artists while enjoying names they know and love.”

LA3C has also announced its partnership with HIN Events LLC, Hot Import Nights Brand, the world’s largest indoor/outdoor automotive lifestyle event producer.

As part of the partnership, HIN Events will host a second stage featuring headliner Mustard and performance sets from AJ Hernz, ARIUS, Cam Girl, Freya Fox, Kill Bambi, Kim Lee, LOLO, Lucky Light, Madds, MEIRLIN, Peach, Rose Gold, Soda and Vice.

Additional talent for the two-day culture and creativity festival will be announced in the coming weeks including chefs, restaurants and artists.