Warner/Chappell Music Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Reggaeton Duo Calle 13

08/08/07
Three-Time Latin Grammy Award Winners Are Latest Addition to Music Publisher's Renowned Roster of Songwriters
NEW YORK, NY, Aug 08, 2007 -- Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG), today announced a worldwide publishing agreement with three-time Latin Grammy Award-winning group Calle 13, a reggaeton singing/songwriting duo comprised of brothers Rene "Residente" Perez Joglar and Eduardo "Visitante" Jose Cabra. Under this agreement, Warner/Chappell Music will publish their catalog of work including their 2005 debut album, "Calle 13," their second album, "Residente o Visitante," released in 2007, as well as future compositions.

In making the announcement, Gustavo Menendez, Regional Director for Warner/Chappell Music, Latin America, said, "Since debuting in 2005, Calle 13 has emerged as one of the hottest new artists in popular Latin Music. Their genre-bending style incorporates elements of hip-hop, jazz, rock and electronica, setting them apart from their more traditional reggaeton counterparts. Their innovative sound, energetic live shows and critically acclaimed lyrics have established them as first-rate performers and songwriters. We are very excited to have them join the Warner/Chappell family."

After generating significant radio play in Puerto Rico with their lead single, "Se Vale To-To," Calle 13 released their eponymous debut album in November 2005. Their second single, "!Atrevete Te, Te!," began getting stateside airplay in 2006, catapulting the group to number six on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. "Calle 13" remained on the charts for much of 2006, achieving platinum status.

Hailed by TIME as "One of the best Latin Grammy nominees" for their "clever--often hilarious" lyrics, the group won three Latin Grammy nominations at the 2006 awards ceremony for "Best New Artist," "Best Short-Form Video," and "Best Urban Album." They also received three nominations at the MTV Latin America Awards and won for "Best New Artist." In addition, the album received the nomination for "Best Reggaeton Album of the Year" at the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Since releasing their debut album, Calle 13 has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Nelly Furtado and Alejandro Sanz. All the while, Calle 13 has continued to gain notoriety in additional Latin markets such as Mexico and Spain as well as the U.S.

In April 2007 the duo released their critically acclaimed second album, "Residente o Visitante" which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Top Latin Albums. The first single, "Tango del Pecado," is a collaboration with Oscar-winning Argentinean music producer Gustavo Santaolalla.

Calle 13 is currently touring the U.S., Latin America and Europe to promote their new album, "Residente o Visitante."

About Warner/Chappell Music

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