Latin Music Youth Idol Maluma Joins ASCAP for Representation of Public Performances of His Songwriting Catalog
July 24, 2017
Pictured (l-r): ASCAP's Karl Avanzini, Maluma, ASCAP VP of Latin Membership Gabriela Gonzalez, attorney Felipe Carreño
NEW YORK, July 24, 2017 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, announced today that Latin music youth idol Maluma has joined the Society for representation of public performances of his music catalog.
The twenty-three-year-old is one of the music industry's most important new voices. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister.
Maluma’s latest single, “Felices Los 4,” just reached #1 on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay chart and only days after the introduction of a salsa version of the smash hit featuring music icon Marc Anthony, the tune occupies the #1 position in E.U. Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Paraguay. He released his latest album Pretty Boy Dirty Boy in 2015 under the Sony Music US Latin label which debuted at #1. In his first year and a half in the U.S. market, Maluma garnered five #1 songs on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart. He is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots Billboard's Latin Airplay chart (with "Sin Contrato" and "Chantaje”) and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat. Maluma is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 4.2 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 26.8 million Instagram followers (making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram). His official YouTube/VEVO channel has garnered over 5 billion views and has more than 10 million subscribers. With his Maluma World Tour he has achieved unparalleled success as an urban artist including selling out three consecutive nights at Argentina’s Luna Park and three sold out concerts at Mexico City’s Auditorio National. He is the only urban artist to sell out the Arena de Mexico.
“Maluma has a powerful and deep connection with his audience,” said Gabriela González, ASCAP Vice President, Membership, US Latin and Latin America. “He has had an incredible start to his career, and we are excited to support him as he continues to grow as a songwriter and an artist.”
“The team at ASCAP is a genuine family and I am proud to be part of an organization that is home to so many legendary songwriters and composers,” said Maluma.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 690,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.
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Media Contacts ASCAP:
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