Nacional Records

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Nacional Records

Nacional Records is an independent record label based in Los Angeles, California. It is home to numerous artists including Manu Chao, Grammy-nominated Mexican electronica group Nortec Collective, Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, Argentine rock group Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, American new wave band Tom Tom Club, and French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux.


Nacional Records was founded by Tomas Cookman in 2005. Cookman is the president and owner of Cookman International,[1] a multi-faceted company that specializes in artist management, publishing, marketing, special events such as the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) and Supersonico, original content (La Hora Nacional TV show on MTV Tr3s and weekly radio show, LAMC Mixtape on SiriusXM) and the Latino Loop (a weekly industry newsletter emailed to over 100,000 tastemakers) among other endeavors.[2]

The label's first album release was Aterciopelados lead singer Andrea Echeverri's self-titled solo album on March 8, 2005. It went on to be nominated for both a Grammy and a Latin Grammy. Since then, Nacional has released more than 100 albums, winning its first Latin Grammy in 2007 with Aterciopelados' Oye as Best Alternative Album and Manu Chao's "Me Llaman Calle" as Best Alternative Song. Other achievements since then include 51 Latin Grammy and Grammy wins and nominations.

Nacional Records released the first-ever Starbucks compilation of modern Latin music, Café Con Musica, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World and Latin Pop charts.

Nacional Records music has appeared in many top movies, videogames, TV shows and commercials, including Breaking Bad, Jersey Shore, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, EA Sports' FIFA Games Series,[3] Need For Speed, Jack & Jill, Fast Food Nation, Entourage, CSI Miami, Ugly Betty, Target, ESPN[4] and others.

Since May 2013, Nacional Records and Search Party Music created together El Search Party, a new venture focusing on Latin music placement and licensing[4]

In a June 2009 article about Nacional, Cookman was hailed as a "self-propelled phenom", by Jonny Whiteside in LA Weekly.[2]

Artists and releases (past and present)[edit]


  1. ^ Reed Johnson (January 12, 2013). "Nacional Records shakes up the Latin music mix". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Jonny Whiteside (23 June 2009). "Nacional's Pastime". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 7, 2015
  3. ^ admin (December 20, 2012). "DJ raff Latino & proud featured in a highlight reel of actual FiFa game play + LA Vida Boheme wins best song in a video game for FiFa 12". Nacional Records. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Judy Cantor-Navas (13 May 2013). "Nacional Records, Search Party Launch...". billboardbiz. Retrieved May 7, 2015.

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