CEO, Angelo Medina Group
The Latin music business includes precious few top artist managers. But among them, Medina stands out as someone who can navigate superstars like Maná, established artists like Ednita Nazario and Manny Manuel, alternative acts like rappers Calle 13 and Black Guayaba, and respected singer/songwriters like Tommy Torres and Robi "Draco" Rosa. In addition, as a longtime, respected concert promoter, Medina has the know-how and contacts to book his acts' tours, a crucial competitive edge in today's environment.
The past 12 months have been particularly sweet for Medina, who as Maná's manager was integral in orchestrating the debut of the group's new single, "Lluvia al Corazón," at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart and the album Drama y Luz at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as well as negotiating and booking the group's current U.S. tour, including four sellout dates at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
"He makes things happen," Maná lead singer Fher Olvera says of Medina, who negotiated the group's deal with AT&T. Medina has also expanded the reach of Calle 13 in Europe, co-managed Aventura and now, lead singer Anthony "Romeo" Santos, whose first radio single debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Medina is working on the release of Santos' solo debut as well as an upcoming album by Nazario.
"We've had to reinvent ourselves," says Medina, whose offices are in Puerto Rico. "We have to increase the dosage of perseverance and optimism, but also be more selective in choosing projects."