Juan Gabriel Estate Inks deals with Virgin Music, Universal Publishing

The estate of the late Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Virgin Music US Latin and extended its agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. Under the new agreement, Virgin Music US Latin will now represent Juan Gabriel’s post-2008 catalog and future recordings, while UMPG will represent its entire catalog through an expanded, exclusive global publishing deal that brings Gabriel’s music under the Universal Music umbrella.

New music will be released “in the coming months,” it said, including the highly anticipated “Los Duo 3,” which includes duets with Mon LaFerte and Gloria Trevi, as well as posthumously recorded duets. Billboard notes that Gabriel, who died in 2016, left dozens of unreleased recordings, including new songs and re-recordings of older ones.

During his 45-year career, Juan Gabriel released more than 47 albums and helped bring Latin music to the world’s attention. One of the most popular Mexican singers in the history of Spanish-language music, Juan Gabriel’s hits include “Hasta que te conocí”, “Abrázame Muy Fuerte”, “Querida”, “Amor Eterno” and “Así Fue” among others. The Latin music icon has sold more than 150 million albums, composed more than 1,800 songs and released 32 studio albums.

Ivan and Simona Aguilera, Juan Gabriel’s son and daughter-in-law, said: “After many years of work, we have assembled a team of professionals who we believe have the qualifications we were looking for, around my father and the family legacy he left in my care. Our desire is to continue the vision my father had for the future of the Latin American community, Mexican culture and the fine art of music that he loved so much. My father wanted the world to experience his love for music and his beloved Latin American culture and to bring that experience through music to the world around him. Our dream is to continue what he started and make all the beautiful things he created and imagined available to the fans who have stood by him over the years and to the generations to come. We are proud of the team we have chosen. We look forward to working together to make all the work my father left behind. God bless!”

“I am very honored to have the opportunity to work on preserving the great musical legacy of Juan Gabriel, who I consider to be the most prolific singer-songwriter and performer in Latin America. His globally recognized influence is more alive than ever,” said Victor González, President of Virgin Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula.

Alexandra Lioutikoff, President Latin America/US Latin for UMPG, and Yadira Moreno, Vice President New Business Development/General Manager, UMPG Mexico said, “Universal Music Publishing is privileged to continue managing Juan Gabriel’s catalogue. His influence on music around the world is undeniable, Juan Gabriel has been a fixture in Mexico and Latin America for generations and we would like to recognize the honor of being responsible for his works.”

+ The company behind the new 500-seat music venue Brooklyn gave gifts has acquired two adjacent buildings and plans to open two more music venues in 2023-2024 – a medium-sized room with a capacity of 1,200-1,500 and a larger room with a capacity of 2,000-2,500, which will be connected by a bar and lounge and to one combined can accommodate 4,000 people. The three venues, located across from Brooklyn Made, will combine into one music complex in the Bushwick neighborhood.

The two new venues will total more than 22,000 square feet and, like Brooklyn Made, will feature lighting design by Jeremy Roth (Wilco, Dead & Company, Nathaniel Rateliff) and sound by D&B Audiotechnik. The two spaces, covering more than 22,000 square feet, will be built in collaboration with Brooklyn design and build firm LSC, production and installation teams from Technical Arts Group (TAG) and City Production Services. The two spaces are linked by a newly built bar and lounge, which can be opened up for special events to create a massive space for 4,000 people.

President and CEO Anthony Makes comments, “These new acquisitions will enable Brooklyn Made Presents to compete at every level in the NYC market and provide a lasting home for bands at every stage of their careers in our unique, elite and uncompromising venues.”

+ waxman, a global communications and strategy consulting firm serving the blockchain, fintech and web3 industries, has announced the opening of Wachsman Los Angeles, combining offices in Singapore, Dublin and New York. The LA office is located in Beverly Hills and is managed by Ally Nortonpreviously at Shore Fire Media and SpinLab Communications.

“Since its inception in 2015, Wachsman has grown from a New York-based boutique startup to a 140-strong global agency at the forefront of the most disruptive innovations of the century,” said CEO-Founder David Wachsman. “Blockchain continues to permeate all facets of our lives – from healthcare to real estate to education to the supply chain. Wachsman’s Los Angeles opening reflects his newest frontier: entertainment.”

+ Big Machine Label group promoted Erin DD Burr to Vice President of Communications. Since joining the company nearly twelve years ago, she has worked closely with Reba McEntire, Carly Pearce, Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow and many others.

“Erin Burr’s dedication to creating and executing media campaigns is second to none,” said Jake Basden, senior vice president of communications at BMLG. “Her tireless work ethic and love of music have greatly influenced Big Machine Label Group and its artist roster for over a decade. This incredibly well-deserved promotion to Vice President is a tribute to the past and a celebration of a bright future.”

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