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DELACRUZ FEELS A PULSE
6/3/21

PULSE Music Group has inked Latin music producer Delacruz to a global publishing deal. The deal covers Delacruz’s entire catalog as well as his future works.

With over 1b+ streams and multiple #1s, Delacruz has produced hits like Jhay Cortez, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin’s “No Me Conoce (Remix),” which was recognized with a BMI Latin award, as well as two #1 albums for Bad Bunny, Las Que No Iban A Salir and El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo.

He’s also worked with artists like Myke Towers, and, more recently, produced two tracks on Ozuna and Anuel AA’s joint album, Los Dioses, which hit #1 on the Top Latin Albums chart.

“Delacruz has had incredible success in a very short period of time, and we believe he’s only getting started,” said Steven Gringer, Sr. Director, Creative, PULSE Music Group. “I can’t wait to see what he does next, and I’m thrilled that PULSE will be a part of it.”

“Delacruz’s sound is pushing the creative boundaries of Latin music, and he’s shown that he has the talent to be a cross-genre star. We’re proud to welcome him to PULSE and to be a part of his future,” said Scott CutlerJosh Abraham and Ashley Calhoun in a shared statement.

“I'm excited to have the chance to work with a team of creative people who are as respected as Steven, Ashley, Josh and Scott and to join the PULSE family. Together we will continue to expand my global reach across all genres,” said Delacruz.

Photo Credit: Alex Visuals

WCPM OPENS TWO STUDIOS
6/2/21

Warner Chappell Production Music has opened the doors to two new recording studios—SkyLight Studios in L.A. and Sandtrack Sound in Nashville. 

Partnering with Criterion Acoustic’s David Kotch, SkyLight Studios, a former mastering lab, was redesigned to offer digital and analog recording capabilities, Pro Tools systems, a Neve console, vintage microphones, tape machines, outboard gear and a 500-square foot tracking room with a 9' concert grand piano.

SkyLight also provides custom music services as well as recording and mixing support for the WCPM library. Its staff includes five-time Grammy-winner and House Engineer Ryan Freeland as well as WCPM’s VP of Production, Scott Reinwand. Both will report to WCPM’s Head of Production, Pat Weaver.

“The transformation of this space has been a year in the making and very much a labor of love. We’re extremely excited to be a part of the creative community here in Hollywood and have assembled a top-notch team to help expand our custom services and step up our game across the board,” said Weaver.

Located on Nashville’s Music Row, Soundtrack Sound offers an 8,200+ square foot building, which was previously known as Emerald Sound Studio and later, Benchmark Sound. Built in 1981 by acoustic designer Tom Hidley, the studio has seen the creation releases from the likes of Johnny Cash, George Strait, Bon Jovi, Olivia Newton-John and more. 

Featuring three studios, Studio A, which is the largest, can hold 30+ musicians. New equipment includes a custom hybrid Avid S6/Tonelux 1628 console and microphone preamplifiers by Rupert Neve Designs, among others. The studio will be overseen by SVP of Production, Aaron Gant, alongside long-time House Engineer, Mark Lonsway.

“We’re thrilled to be working out of such a historic studio and using it to bring together Music City’s talented songwriters and musicians to record for Warner Chappell Production Music. Our team is extremely excited for the future,” shared Gant.

For more info on the studios, click here.

Photo Credit: Eric Staudenmaier

ORTNER'S PRIMARY CONCERN
6/2/21

Amy Ortner has joined Primary Wave Music as General Counsel and a member of the Senior Executive Team.

Based in Los Angeles, she will be responsible for structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements for the company’s acquisitions of music catalogs. She also will handle contract negotiations and other legal matters for Primary Wave Music’s publishing division, as well as its artist management, film & TV, marketing and branding divisions.

She spent more than two decades in private law practice, most recently with Loeb & Loeb LLP where she was an integral part of their music and entertainment group for 20 years. While there, she handled several a Primary Wave acquisitions including the Piano Guys, Chynna Phillips and Carnie Wilson.

“Amy has been part of our extended family for many years and recently helped usher several acquisitions on our behalf,” Primary Wave COO Ramon Villa said. “She is a pleasure in life and in work. We are very happy to now have her with us day to day helping build our growing marketing and artist initiatives.”