Pitbull Drops WME, Picks UTA for Worldwide Representation

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Just 17 months after signing with WME, the rapper and businessman is on the move again.

Rapper Pitbull is on the move again, dropping WME just 17 months after signing with the agency to be represented by United Talent Agency across all areas worldwide.

The well-known musician, business entrepreneur, motivational speaker and education advocate, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, just completed his second co-headlining tour with Enrique Iglesias this year and supported Britney Spears on her European tour. Earlier this year Pitbull wrapped his two-year “Time of Our Lives” Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood and is set to host his annual “Worldwide NYE,” event at Bayfront Park in Miami this New Year’s Eve. Pitbull has two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, ten songs that charted within the Top 10 and 44 songs overall that have charted on Billboard's top songs chart. Last year, he released his 10th full-length album Climate Change and first-ever Greatest Hits album.

In May 2017, Pitbull left CAA after an eight-month-stint to join WME, announcing he hoped to continue his ventures in music and beyond, including raising his global profile as a motivational speaker. In April, he announced a tour with his childhood hero, Tony Robbins, at the Billboard's Latin Music Week and said he didn't plan to release several new tracks on platforms like Spotify.

"I even told [my] team not to register it," Pitbull told Billboard's Leila Cobo, "I'm just being a revolutionary to wake everybody else," adding, "Music brings everybody together." 

Pitbull has signed on to the STX UglyDolls franchise, based on the ubiquitous pop culture Uglydoll characters. He will write and perform an original song for the UglyDolls movie, slated for release in 2019, and will lend his voice to one of the film’s key characters. Pitbull scored the film Gotti, starring John Travolta, and the movie soundtrack includes the original Pitbull song "Amore" featuring Leona Lewis.

Pitbull has developed several consumer brands including Voli 305 vodka and the fragrance line “Pitbull” for men and women. Pitbull is currently gearing up to open iLov305 a new restaurant and nightlife concept on Miami’s famed Ocean Drive. Pitbull was chosen by Norwegian Cruise Line to be the “Godfather of Norwegian Escape,” and completed his second “Pitbull Cruise” this year. Pitbull has a commercial-free channel on SiriusXM (Ch. 13) called Pitbull's Globalization and serves as brand ambassador for Bud Light, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Kodak and Dodge. He also serves as ambassador to the Sports Leadership Arts and Management (SLAM!) charter schools he has helped to establish in the Little Havana section of Miami where he spent some of his youth.