Anitta Reportedly Taps Rebeca León to Serve as Her New Manager

Anitta has a new manager…

Rebeca León has been tapped as the 30-year-old Brazilian singer, songwriter, acress and television host’s new manager, according to Variety.

AnittaLeón is the CEO and founder of Lionfish Entertainment, an artist management and production company operating in the music, film, TV, and digital businesses.

Representatives for Republic Records, Anitta’s new label, and León did not respond to requests for comment from Variety.

Anitta was formerly managed by Brandon Silverstein, the founder/CEO of S10 Entertainment, who helped build the multi-lingual singer’s career in the United States.

Just a few months ago, Léon amicably parted ways with her longtime client Rosalía, with whom she started a partnership in 2018. As a manager, she’s worked with numerous renowned Latin acts, including overseeing the fruitful career of Colombian superstar Juanes, and the emergence of J Balvin (they amicably split in 2019).

Before Lionfish, León led Latin operations as senior VP for AEG/Goldenvoice.

This shift in Anitta’s team comes as she’s also switched labels: Anitta had signed a new deal with Universal’s Republic Records in late April, just weeks after her highly-publicized split from Warner Music.

She cut ties with Warner after 11 years at the company and a big effort by the company’s Warner Records label to launch the singer’s career in the U.S. with her multi-genre latest album “Versions of Me,” released just over a year ago.

“After eleven years of successful partnership, we’ve agreed to go our separate ways,” read a statement from the label and artist. “Anitta would like to thank the Warner Music team for all their support. And the Warner team wishes Anitta all the best in future.”

Anitta recently announced the incoming release of her first Republic Records single titled “Funk Rave.” She’s also said to be releasing a new project, a “Brazilian album of English and Spanish,” that pays homage to the early beginnings of Brazilian music.

“I think Brazilian funk is opening its room right now and I want to show more about where this was born and it’s my culture, my community, my place so I feel happy to have this in hands with Republic,” Anitta told Variety.

Justin Quiles Added to Deezer NEXT 2018 Roster

Justin Quiles has NEXT

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer has been added to Deezer NEXT 2018, which focus on new emerging talent with a special emphasis on Latin artists.

Justin Quiles

The Deezer NEXT program includes 12 months of profile development, playlisting and taking part in creative artist marketing campaigns.

Quiles, who has written for artists like Daddy Yankee, Lil Jon and Maluma, joins a new roster that includes Brytiago, Greeicy and Javiera Mena.

Quiles has been signed to record label Rich Music. And in February 2017, the label and Quiles signed a distribution deal with Warner Music‘s Latin division.

Brytiago is signed to Daddy Yankee’s El Cartel Records and is the first Latin artist to be named a local Deezer NEXT act in both the US and in Latin America. The Puerto Rican singer was endorsed by the “big boss.”

“I am always looking for artists with longevity over an ‘in the moment’ artist without lasting power,” said Yankee.

Mena is a Latin Grammy nominee and Chilean Indie electro-pop musician; and Greeicy is a Colombian actress, singer-songwriter.

“I am excited for the journey with Deezer NEXT and look forward to being able to bring my songs to more people than ever before,” said Brytiago.

Deezer Next 2018 Latin class also includes Irie Kingz, a Colombian duo comprised of Oliva and Yeyo mixing Spanish and English known for “Me Want Party” and Mike Bahía, a Colombian popstar. Both acts were announced earlier this year.

Zion y Lennox Add Latin Flavor to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”

Zion y Lennox are getting in Shape… with a Latin twist.

The Puerto Rican reggaetón duo has added some sabor to Ed Sheeran’s chart-topping track “Shape of You.”

Zion y Lennox

The remiz, which was released over the weekend, has managed to make Sheeran’s already-catchy tune even more irresistible.

The collaboration was made possible thanks to the duo’s music label Warner Music, which is also Sheeran’s label.

“We were thrilled to work on this amazing track because everything about it is beautiful. The rhythm, which is very Carribean, everything. It’s very representative of what he can do with music. We saw him last year and he had a country song, you’d never imagine it’s Ed Sheeran. For us it was great news to be able to make this happen,” Zion y Lennox previously told Billboard adding that they recorded the remix in a hotel room in Guatemala. “The result is epic.”

On the charts, Sheeran’s “Shape” tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated April 1) for an eighth week. Zion y Lennox’s Latin remix joins other remixes by Major Lazer and Wale. 

Jesse & Joy to Release Fourth Album “Un Besito Mas” on December 4

Jesse & Joy are ready to kiss and tell about their upcoming album…

The Mexican pop duo, comprised of siblings Jesse Huerta and Joy Huerta, will release their fourth album, Un Besito Más, on December 4 via Warner Music.

Jesse & Joy

For their latest album, Jesse & Joy expanded their production roster to include Fraser T. Smith (AdeleSam Smith), Grammy winner Martin Terefe (who handled production on their previous album, ¿Con Quién Se Queda el Perro?, which won them four Latin Grammy awards),and Dominican legend Juan Luis Guerra, alongside Jesse.

The first single, the hauntingly powerful ballad “Ecos de Amor,” positions Joy as a soulful songstress in her prime. The visuals to the official music video are equally stunning, thanks to Samuel Bayer who directed the single’s video.

It’s been 10 years since the pair’s Esta es mi Vida debut, and, as Jesse will humbly tell you, “we know there’s something we do that connects.”

So Jesse & Joy tried to staying true to their sound while exhibiting growth this time around.

“Coming from an album like ¿Con Quién Se Queda el Perro? the challenge was big. We got to that point because we did things we had never done before and I think this album is one of the most diverse we’ve done in terms of rhythms. It’s a bit riskier, even though the first single “Ecos de Amor” doesn’t necessarily show that riskier side. We chose that as the single because we wanted it to be that bridge between where we came from and where we are. We wrote most of the songs for this album during the ¿Con Quién Se Queda el Perro? tour, in between hotels and studios in different cities that we played in,” said Jesse in an interview with Billboard. “In fact, we wrote ‘Ecos de Amor’ three years ago and we’ve always sort of done it that way. We take our time. Right after a tour we take some time to depressurize and spend time with family. Then we go back and see what we have, what we love, what’s left to do, and then we finish an album.”

Read the complete interview here.