Tego Calderon Signs
Global Deal with Atlantic
6/10/05 - LatinRapper.com news / Atlantic press release
Atlantic Records has
announced the signing of Latin rap superstar Tego Calderón
via a long-term, worldwide deal with Calderón's own
Jiggiri Records label.
Heralded as the king of the
Puerto Rican-bred music known as reggaeton, Calderón is
the first artist in this rapidly burgeoning genre to ink a
global pact with a major label. His debut Jiggiri/Atlantic
album, to be entitled "THE UNDERDOG," is slated for
release in October.
The announcement was made today by Atlantic Co-Chairman/COO
Craig Kallman, who commented: "With the continuing creative
and commercial explosion of new Latin music in the U.S., I am
thrilled that one of its signature artists, the brilliant Tego
Calderón, has joined the Atlantic family.
The reggaetón and Latin hip-hop movements are rapidly merging
into the mainstream of American music and media, and Tego's
innovative style, street credibility, and charismatic presence
have already made him a cultural icon, placing him at the
leading edge of the vibrant new urban-driven Latin scene.
Atlantic is committed to the aggressive development of Latin
artists, nurturing their music and broadening their reach into
the global mainstream. The signing of Tego is a proud moment
in Atlantic history, signaling our enthusiasm and our
long-term belief in this boundary-crossing music."
"This is a new stage in my life, and I am very excited about
my venture with Atlantic Records," stated Tego Calderón. "I
have the freedom I have been looking for, and I am proud to
have Atlantic's and Craig's support backing me up with a team
that believes in me. For the first time, I feel like I have
control of my career."
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Tego Calderón - AKA "El
Abayarde" - has earned international acclaim for his unique
musical style, which mixes salsa and Afro-Caribbean rhythms
with hip-hop and dancehall reggae influences. Lyrically, he
has forged a revolutionary flow inspired by his authentic
street roots, creating a social chronicle that openly
addresses such issues as racism, poverty, and class
oppression. Combining hip '60s slang with modern urban
language, and set apart by his unmistakable Afro hairstyle and
captivating stage presence, Calderón's appeal transcends
economic, social, and age barriers, as he creates music with
truly universal appeal.
Among Calderón's achievements are Latin Grammy and Billboard
award nominations, the 2004 Source Hip-Hop Music Award for
International Artist of the Year, a Tu Música award, and
nominations for La Gente and Lo Nuestro awards. Calderón's
debut was followed in January 2004 by a remix collection
entitled "EL ENEMY DE LOS GUASÍBIRI." Primarily a compilation
of material recorded prior to the launch of his solo career,
its heavy street influence reflected Calderón's belief that
traditional salsa music needed to be in closer touch with the
reality of the young Latin audience.
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