Nicky Jam‘s riding high on the wave of his current hit single with Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdón” (Forgiveness), and now has something more to celebrate. He’s signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Sony/ATV music publishing, Billboard has learned.
At the same time, Jam (real name Nick Rivera Caminero) has also signed with SESAC Latina for worldwide representation for his public performance rights, on the heels of his signing as an artist with Sony Music Latin in February.
“Nicky Jam is coming into our family of composers at a great time in his career that’s’ reflected by his simultaneous presence in various Billboard lists,” said J.J. Cheng, VP of SESAC Latin. “El Perdón” is currently at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay and Hot Latin Songs chart, and Jam’s “Travesuras” and “Si Tu No Estás” are sitting at No. 8 on Hot Latin Songs and No. 14 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, respectively.
“Nicky is the new generation of entrepreneurial artist who are entering the big leagues through hard work, perseverance, and social media savvy,” said Jorge Mejía, EVP of Sony/ATV for Latin America and U.S. Latin. “We couldn’t be more excited.”
Jam’s current chart success is a stunning reversal of fortune.
He started as a reggaetón act in Puerto Rico together with pal Daddy Yankee, then branched out solo and signed with indie Pina Records, scoring singles on the Billboard charts in 2005 and 2008.
Then, Jam disappeared from sight.
He went to live in Colombia and worked for years re-crafting his sound. Last year he resurfaced, with a vengeance.
In July of 2014, “Travesuras,” released on his own label, La Industria, debuted on the Hot Latin Songs chart, peaking at No.4 in December.
Now, 10 years after he first made it onto the Billboard charts, Jam has finally risen to No. 1 with “El Perdón.”