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Warner Music Group ‘Taps Into the Explosive Spanish Language Market’ Via Gibson-Sponsored Prime Video Series

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Warner Music Group is gearing up to bring a Spanish-language 13-episode musical series to Prime Video in February which will be sponsored by Gibson and will star two Warner Music Latina artists.

According to an official release, Warner Music Latina artist Yas Gagliardi is starring as the titular character of the “coming-of-age, young adult dramedy” with Melody co-creator Sarah Lenore joining the Argentina native as Layla.

The series was shot in Miami, Florida and Buenos Aires.

The project is being billed as a “cross collaboration” between Warner Chappell Music (WCM), Warner Music Latina, Warner Music Entertainment, and Buenos Aires’ Trinity Entertainment and the series will feature music crafted by WCM’s Jose Luis Pagan.

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Bad Bunny Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Moving Towards Settlement

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The lawsuit that was filed in 2021 by AOM Music, Inc. that claims “Safaera” contained music from DJ Playero’s Playero mixtapes—specifically referencing “Besa Tu Cuerpo,” “Choca con Bicho,” and “Sigan Bailando” is heading towards a settlement.

Omar Merced, who is behind the lawsuit, has reportedly reached a preliminary “settlement in principle” with Bad Bunny and his collaborators on the “Safaera” track during a recent mediation session, according to Pitchfork.

An original draft of that settlement will now go through a rigorous review process with multiple corporate and individual parties, and with the conclusion of mediation a federal judge in California has suspended hearings for the case.

However, if a formal dismissal of the case isn’t filed by February 17th, then parties must report on the settlement process.

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Flo Rida Awarded Close To $83 Million by Florida Jury in Breach-Of-Contract Suit

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Hip hop superstar Flo Rida has been awarded close to $83 million by a Florida jury in his breach of contract lawsuit against energy drink Celsius who were found to have withheld payments to Flo Rida as part of the 2014 contract and improperly concealed related information, per reports.

Celsius allegedly “failed to notify” Flo Rida when the sales targets ($1 million in co-branded gross revenue during a 12-month period) were officially hit and allegedly decided not to pay “additional royalties” and stock options that were triggered by hitting certain sales benchmarks.

Additionally Flo Rida claimed, via a contract from 2016, to be owed a piece of the stateside income from “certain company products,” including cases of the drink’s Sparkling Orange variety and boxes of “powdered sticks.

You can catch of on the live streams of the trial here.

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De La Soul Catalog Arriving on Streaming Services in March

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For the first time ever, De La Soul’s catalog of music will make it’s way to streaming services on Friday, March 3rd, according to Reservoir Media, who acquired Tommy Boy Music back in June of 2021.

Reservoir indicated that “the group’s iconic catalog will be released on digital streaming services for the first time ever on” Friday, March 3rd, which will mark the 34th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising’s release.

Along with De La Soul’s work albums with Tommy Boy Music, the release will also include Buhloone Mindstate (1993), Stakes Is High (1996), Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2000), and AOI: Bionix (2001). De La Soul will also release a digital edition of “The Magic Number” (the opening track, aside from an intro, on 3 Feet High and Rising) on Friday, January 13th.

Chrysalis Records (which Reservoir acquired back in 2019 and subsequently relaunched) is expected to handle the actual distribution.

Chrysalis “will devote comprehensive marketing support to the group with a robust release campaign,” according to Reservoir.

“When Reservoir acquired Tommy Boy, the first call we made was to De La Soul,”

“When Reservoir acquired Tommy Boy, the first call we made was to De La Soul,” EVP of A&R and catalog development Faith Newman said in the statement. “We vowed to bring their music to streaming, and it means the world to our team to make good on that promise and expose a whole new generation of listeners to one of the most important catalogs in hip-hop history.”

Reservoir president and COO Rell Lafargue added: “We identified this opportunity when we were in the preliminary stages of acquiring Tommy Boy. Over the past 18 months, we have worked tirelessly with De La Soul, maintaining a heightened attention to honoring the group’s original musical details, including bringing Prince Paul and the original team to the studio to prepare the catalog for streaming.”

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