Jerry Rivera Signs With VeneMusic; Pee Wee Inks With Top Stop
Jerry Rivera Signs With VeneMusic; Pee Wee Inks With Top Stop

Jerry Rivera
Jerry Rivera with Venevision's Jorge Pino

Veteran Puerto Rican salsa star Jerry Rivera, who was part of the salsa renaissance of the 1990s, has signed with indie label VeneMusic, which will release his upcoming tropical album, "El Amor Existe," July 26. Rivera has inked a licensing deal with VeneMusic whereby the label will have a share of non recording activities. In turn, VeneMusic is distributed by Universal.

"I've known Jerry for many years. This album comes at a time when we need a great salsa release," said Jorge A. Pino, Music VP for Venevision International, VeneMusic's parent company. Pino worked with Rivera when the singer first signed to Sony Music in the early 1990s, where he released a handful of albums. Rivera was most recently signed with EMI Latin, with whom he released his last album, 2007's "Gardel Tropical."

"This is a new beginning for my career," said Rivera, who said his album is an homage to Venezuelan singer/songwriters. A first single, "Solo pienso en ti," will impact radio this week.

In other signing news, Mexican American singer Pee Wee, formerly a singer with the Kumbia Kings, has signed a recording deal with Top Stop Music, Prince Royce's label. Label president Sergio George said Pee Wee's new album would be "urban pop." A first single will impact radio this summer. Top Stop's roster also includes Nicaraguan tropcial star Luis Enrique.