Album title: Prestige
Label: El Cartel/EMI
Management: El Cartel
Release date: TBD
In the past year, Daddy Yankee has released three singles while debating where to take the new studio album he was recording on his own El Cartel Records. He chose EMI (following distribution deals with Sony and Universal), which will release "Prestige" this summer, distributing the album in the United States and licensing it for the rest of the world. Fans have been teased with "Llegamos a la Disco," "Ven Conmigo" (featuring Prince Royce) and "Lovumba," which topped Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart in February and has spent 20 weeks in the top 10. An English-language remix of "Lovumba" is getting play on top 40 and rhythmic stations, and new single "Pasarela" is on the horizon. "Pasarela" will be used in Verizon's "My Fabulous Quince" campaign and appear in TV and radio spots promoting an essay contest in which teens will vie for a sweet 15 party, with a Yankee performance as part of the prize. "Prestige" includes such guests as Aussie duo Yolanda Be Cool (of "Me No Speak Americano" fame) and Spanish singer Natalia Jiménez.
Yankee just finished a European tour, and he'll launch a U.S. club tour in July with plans to leverage his multiple sponsorship deals to help push album sales. For example, he will sell his Section 8 headphones as part of a promotional pack that includes the CD at Walmart. He also expects to launch his own tequila line - Tequila Cartel - this summer.
Album title: Transformacion
Label: Warner Music Latina
Management: Amir Agai
Release date: June 26
The second solo album from Beto Cuevas, former frontman of Chilean rock band La Ley, has a decidedly dance sound, judging from first single "Quiero Creer," which features Flo Rida rapping in English. It's a departure for Cuevas, who wrote the album's 12 tracks (Jared Lee Gosselin produced) and collaborated with Leire and Deborah Del Corral. The album includes one all-English track, written by Cuevas with his son, Diego.
Album title: Que Pensabas
Management: Eddie Orjuela, Primera Fila Entertainment Group
Release date: June 23
For nearly a decade, award-winning songwriter Horacio Palencia has been penning songs of love and heartbreak. And for many years, artists in the regional Mexican genre have lined up to record his compositions. Now, Palencia is singing his own songs with the release of his first CD, "Que Pensabas" (What Were You Thinking). The album, recorded mostly in banda style, features 13 songs, including such classics as "Niña de Mi Corazón" (Girl of My Heart).
Wisin & Yandel
Album title: Lideres
Label: Machete/Universal Latin Music Entertainment
Management: Edgar Andino, Andino Marketing
Release date: July 3
Reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel has been everywhere lately. Since releasing the single "Follow the Leader" with Jennifer Lopez on April 10, the pair shot an action-packed video with her in Acapulco, announced a North American summer tour supporting Lopez and Enrique Iglesias that begins in July and performed with Lopez on the "American Idol" season finale. In June, Wisin & Yandel will release their eighth studio album, "Lideres." The 15-track set, which is mostly in Spanish, includes "Algo Me Gusta de Ti," featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain, who sing in English (while W&Y rap in Spanish), and the "Spanglish" remix of Timbaland's "Pass at Me."
Album title: El Primer Ministro
Label: Del Records/Sony U.S. Latin
Management: Angel Del Villar, Del Records
Release date: July 10
A popular YouTube following led Gerardo Ortiz to a recording contract with Del Records. Now, more than three years later, the singer/songwriter of corridos and romantic ballads is preparing to release his fifth album. The title track brings back Ortiz's edgy lyrical style chronicling Mexico's drug scene, compositions that have catapulted the young singer to stardom.
Album title: Encanto del Caribe
Label: Universal Music Latino
Management: Arthur Hanlon Music
Release date: Aug. 14
Marc Anthony, Natalia Jiménez and Laura Pausini are among the stars who join Arthur Hanlon for this CD/DVD concert project. For the release, the musicians were given rare access to Puerto Rico's historic fort Fuerte San Cristóbal, and the structure's beauty will be a highlight of a public TV special airing nationwide in August. The first single, featuring Jiménez singing the Latin standard "Historia de un Amor" with Hanlon on piano, goes to radio in June.