Sony Music Latin

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Sony Music Latin
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Parent company Sony Music
  • 1980;39 years ago (1980)(as CBS Discos)
  • 1991 (1991)(as Sony Discos)
  • 2003 (2003)(as Sony Norte)
  • 2004 (2004)(as Sony BMG Norte)
  • 2009 (2009)(as Sony Music Latin)
  • Self-distributed
  • (in the US)
  • Sony Music Distribution
  • (outside the US)
Genre Latin
Country of originUnited States
Location Miami, Florida, U.S.
Official website

Sony Music Latin is a record label owned by Sony Music. The label focuses on artists of Latin music.

Sony Music American music company

Sony Music Entertainment (SME), recognised as Sony Music, is an American global music conglomerate owned by Sony Corporation of America and incorporated as a general partnership of Sony Music Holdings Inc. through Sony Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sony. It was originally founded in 1929 as American Record Corporation and renamed as Columbia Recording Corporation in 1938, following its acquisition by the Columbia Broadcasting System. In 1966, the company was reorganized to become CBS Records, and Sony Corporation bought the company in 1988, renaming it under its current name in 1991. In 2004, Sony and Bertelsmann established a 50-50 joint venture known as Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which transferred the businesses of Sony Music and Bertelsmann Music Group into one entity. However, in 2008, Sony acquired Bertelsmann's stake, and the company reverted to the SME name shortly after; the buyout allowed Sony to acquire all of BMG's labels, and led to the dissolution of BMG, which instead relaunched as BMG Rights Management.



In 1979, CBS Records (now Columbia Records) ended its partnership with Caytronics after eleven years of distribution. The company established its own division for Latin music in 1980 called CBS Discos (also known as Discos CBS). [1] In 1988, CBS Records was acquired by Sony and its Latin division was renamed to Sony Discos in 1991. [2] In 2003, Sony Discos was re-branded as Sony Norte following the departure of former Sony Discos president Oscar Llord. [3] A year later, Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) merged with Sony Music and Sony Norte was renamed to Sony BMG Norte. [4] After BMG sold its assets in 2008, Sony BMG Norte was retitled to its current name Sony Music Latin in 2009. [5] Nir Seroussi is the current President of Sony Music Latin.

Columbia Records American record label; currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment

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Oscar Llord International Music Executive

Oscar Joseph Llord is a Latin music entertainment executive, producer and businessman. He is the owner of We R 1 Music Group. Llord headed Sony Music Entertainment's Latin division from 1996 through 2003.

Bertelsmann Music Group Record label company

Bertelsmann Music Group was a division of German media company Bertelsmann before its completion of sale of the majority of its assets to Sony Corporation of America on 1 October 2008. Although it was established in 1987, the music company was formed as RCA/Ariola International in 1984 as a joint venture to combine the music label activities of RCA Corporation's RCA Records division and Bertelsmann's Ariola Records and its associated labels which include Arista Records. It consisted of the BMG Music Publishing company, the world's third largest music publisher and the world's largest independent music publisher, and the 50% share of the joint venture with Sony Music, which established the German American Sony BMG from 2004 to 2008.

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List of artists on Sony Music Latin

This is a list of artist currently signed on to Sony Music Latin. [6]

Aleks Syntek Mexican singer

Raúl Alejandro Escajadillo Peña, known by his stage name, Aleks Syntek, is a Mexican singer and songwriter. He is married to Karen Coronado, sister of talk show host Ingrid Coronado. He has earned nine nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards, a Grammy nomination, five nominations for the MTV Latin Awards, and is the winner of three Latin Billboard awards. He has also received an Ariel award from the Cinametografia Mexican Academy for Best Film Music. He has sold over 4 million copies of his work as a singer.

Ana Gabriel Mexican singer

María Guadalupe Araujo, better known as Ana Gabriel, is a Mexican singer and songwriter from Guamúchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. She first sang on the stage at age six, singing "Regalo A Dios" by José Alfredo Jiménez. She moved to Tijuana, Baja California and studied accounting. At age 21, in 1977, she recorded her first song, titled "Compréndeme". During her long career, she has hits in three different genres of music: Latin pop, Latin rock, and Mariachi.

Bad Bunny Puerto Rican singer

Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer. While working in a supermarket as a bagger and studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, Bad Bunny gained popularity on SoundCloud and he was signed to a record label. "Soy Peor" was his 2017 breakthrough single, and was followed by a number of hits, notable appearances, and a collaboration with Cardi B and J Balvin on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "I Like It" and with Drake on "Mia". His debut album, X 100pre, was released in December 2018.

List of former artists on Sony Music Latin

These are artists who were formerly signed on to Sony Music Latin.

Alejandro Fernández Mexican singer

Alejandro Fernández Abarca is a Mexican singer.

Alexis & Fido Puerto Rican reggaeton duo

Alexis & Fido, a.k.a. Los Pitbulls, Los Reyes Del Perreo, are a Latin Grammy nominated reggaeton duo from Puerto Rico. They are CEOs and co-founders of Wild Dogz Music. In 2008, "Sobrenatural" was nominated for Album Urbano. In 2012, "Energía" was nominated for Canción Urbana. In 2013, "Rompe La Cintura" was nominated for – Interpretación Urbana. Nominated for the 2014 awards, “Album Urbano” with “La Esencia”.

Amaia Montero Spanish singer

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