Venezuelan singer/songwriter Carlos Baute -- who after nearly a decade as a recording artist found international success with his 2008 breakout single "Colgando en Tus Manos" ("Hanging On Your Hands") -- has signed with SESAC Latina.

The society will now represent Baute's performance rights in the United States and Puerto Rico in conjunction with Spain's performance rights society SGAE, which represents him for the world.

"Ever since he was based in Venezuela, I have followed his phenomenal growth and success," SESAC associate VP J.J. Cheng of Baute said. "I'm proud that he's joined our creative family at a time when his career is a massive success."

Baute had already recorded four solo albums in 2004 when he signed with Warner Music and released the album "Peligroso." Baute had major success in Spain, where he lived, and in other countries. But true pan-regional success came with his 2008 album, "De Mi Puño Y Legra," and the single "Colgando en tus manos," a duet with Spanish diva Martha Sánchez. The song became a hit in Spain, the United States and throughout Latin America.

Baute's eighth album, "Amarte Bien," was released late last year. His current single, "Quien te quiere como yo," is at No. 31 this week on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart and at No. 10 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart.

Batue is signed as a writer to EMI Music Publishing.

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