Capitol Latin

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Capitol Latin
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Parent company
  • 1989; 31 years ago (1989) (as EMI Latin)
  • 2009 (2009) (as Capitol Latin)
FounderJose Behar
StatusIt was merged with Universal Music Latin Entertainment following Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI.
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California, U.S.

Capitol Latin (formerly EMI Latin[1][2]) was a subsidiary of EMI which focused on Latin American music. Since its acquisition by Universal Music Group, it functions as a brand of its Universal Music Latin Entertainment division.


In 1989, Jose Behar, the former head of CBS Discos, signed Selena to EMI Latin, because he thought he had discovered the next Gloria Estéfan.[3]

In 1990, EMI Latin acquired San Antonio, TX-based Cara Records in order to capitalize on the popularity of Tejano. Artists under the Cara label included Mazz, David Lee Garza, and La Mafia.

Popular EMI Latin performers linked to the EMI Televisa Music and Televisa networks included Thalía, Pedro Fernández, RBD, Maria Daniela y Su Sonido Lasser, and Kudai. The label also signed reggaeton artists like DJ Flex and Tito el Bambino.

In 2009, EMI Latin ended its partnership with Televisa, moved from Miami, Florida, to Los Angeles, California, and was renamed Capitol Latin.[4] After Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI in 2012, Capitol Latin merged with Universal Music Latin Entertainment.[5][6] The Capitol Latin record label is now a brand of Universal Music Latin Entertainment division and continues to be distributed by Universal Music Group.

Label artists[edit]

The following is a select list of artists currently or previously signed to the label:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cobo, Leila (January 26, 2010). " Q&A: Diana Rodriguez, Senior VP of Capitol Latin". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  2. ^ "EMI Latin holds official kickoff celebration per Billboard magazine's September 2, 1989 issue" (PDF). Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "EMI Latin A Retrospective". Billboard. 111 (17): LM-20. April 24, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (September 8, 2009). "EMI Televisa President Exits". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  5. ^ Universal Music Latin Entertainment Announces Key Senior Appointments in Mexico, Latin America 29 January 2013
  6. ^ Cobo, Leila. "David Alvarado Named VP of Entertainment Publicity for Telemundo". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Capitol Latin Artistas". Capitol Latin (in Spanish). EMI Music Group. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2014.

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