J&N Publishing Purchases Aventura Song Catalog, Including 'Obsesion' & More: Exclusive

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Lenny Santos (L) and Romeo Santos of Aventura perform during the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 25, 2019 in Las Vegas. 

Independent publisher J&N has purchased the catalog of songs recorded by bachata superstar group Aventura. The collection of 84 songs, including global hits “Obsesión,” “La boda,” “Un beso” and “Amor de Madre,” were mostly written by Aventura lead singer Anthony “Romeo” Santos, who left the band in 2011 and went on to become one of Latin music’s biggest superstars as a soloist. 

The Aventura catalog of compositions was previously owned by Premium Latin Music publishing, the publishing arm of Premium Latin Music -- the company that originally signed Aventura to album and publishing deals. (The Orchard purchased Premium Latin’s recorded music catalog in 2015.)

Santos signed a global publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing in 2016 for his solo material, which he owns. It was his first publishing deal with a major. 

Although J&N president Juan Hidalgo had long spoken to Premium Latin founder Franklin Romero about the Aventura song catalog, the deal was crafted in just 24 hours, he says. “Unlike a major, we, as independents, can make decisions immediately,” he told Billboard

J&N began operating as a one-stop distribution company in the 1980s and is now one of the biggest, legacy names in Latin music, with a focus on merengue, salsa and other tropical genres, including bachata. Founded by brothers Juan Hidalgo and Nelson Estevez, the label has released artists including Monchy & Alexandra and Frank Reyes. On the publishing side, J&N represents more than 25,000 songs, including an enormous group of classic bachata works and big tropical hits like “El tiburón” and “La ventanita.”

“We are honored to represent these fantastic songs, and shall do so with the respect and integrity they deserve,” Hidalgo said about the Aventura catalog. “We have grown, but we are still a 'ma and pa' company with our doors always open to composers and creative people in general.”

“These are fantastic songs. They are classic songs,” added Marti Cuevas, whose company administers both Premium and J&N’s publishing catalogs, among others. “The catalog is vibrant, and J&N will be a great steward of the copyright.”