Teen reggaetón star Miguelito, who at nine years old became the youngest artist to win a Latin Grammy, has signed with indie label BlastMusic (Beach Boys, Paul Wall, Eamon, Rakim) to release an English-language album this fall.
Blastmusic began as a digital marketing services company primarily focused on pop and hip hop. But this year, says CEO Ralph Tashjian, it decided to launch a Latin division to serve acts in the marketplace who were looking for full service label support.
Tashjian tapped veteran Latin music exec Rogelio Macín -- who most recently was a partner in indie Mock & Roll before launching his own Roma Music in 2009‹to head the Latin division and drive Blastmusic’s Latin initiatives in the U.S. and abroad.
"I see all the Latin countries working in synergy through digital platforms on the Internet," says Tashjian. "As the economy recuperates and the music industry sees an increase in sales, I believe the Latin Division will be as important as any other genre in the general market of the U.S."
Miguelito, who was already working with producer Andrew Lane on an English-language album, became the first Latin act to sign to the division. The album, called "Here to Stay," is slated for release this fall.
Now 14 years-old, Miguelito has released a handful of albums in addition to inking multiple endorsement deals and launching his own line of clothing, hair gel and kid vitamins. He is repped by his father, Wascar Valenzuela.