Singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solís, one of Latin music’s most storied artists, has renewed his contract with Universal, this time through Universal Music Latino, the label’s pop imprint.  Solís new album of pop material, Gracias Por Estar Aqui, slated for a Fall release, will fall under the new contract and will be worked by the Universal Music Latino team, albeit supported by staff at Fonovisa, his previous label.

Solís, who holds the record for most No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart—eleven—is widely recognized as one of the most eloquent voices in Latin music and one of its top contemporary songwriters, with a repertoire that straddles both pop and romantic regional Mexican music. Indeed, Solis started his career as the lead singer/songwriter for Mexican romantic group Los Bukis before branching out on his own.

Even as part of Los Bukis, Solís was signed to Fonovisa, back then the leading regional Mexican indie in the market. When Fonovisa was acquired by Universal, Solís stayed on and renewed his contract with the label.

Now, Solis has switched to sister label Universal Music Latino, in keeping with his increasingly pop-leaning fare. The label is also home to Alejandro Sanz, Juanes and Paulina Rubio. Solís’ new album was recorded with producer Benny Faccone and the new recording contract was signed in Facoone’s studio in Los Angeles.

“The Universal Music family is proud that Marco Antonio Solis has decided to continue the relationship that he has had with the company throughout so many years and maintain his catalog under one roof,” said Jesus López, CEO/chairman of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Penninsula. “Marco is an artistic pillar in the Latin world who has had great influence and success crossing over between the Regional Mexican and Latin pop genres.”

“I have made this decision with God’s help, convinced that together with the Universal team, with which I feel at home, we will face new challenges with the enthusiasm, dedication and expertise that characterizes them. I still have so much music to share and I know that the best is yet to come,” said Solis.

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