From BallerStatus.com -- As his two singles -- "Krazy" and "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" -- gain steam on radio and the charts, rapper Pitbull announces a new record deal, after becoming a free agent last year.
He has inked a deal with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Music Group for his own Mr. 305, Inc imprint, where he will release music, set up tours, and explore branding opportunities.
According to Pitbull, he was weary about signing with a major label, after going through problems with TVT. But, he came to his senses, thanks to industry vet Bryan Leach.
"Being an artist who comes from an independent mindset, I was skeptical about signing with a major label," Pitbull admits. "But being that Bryan Leach and I have shared success in the past, combined with the fact that we both come from the TVT school of hard knocks, I know that Polo Grounds and RCA/Jive Label Group will be the perfect fit for 'Mr. 305'. Barry Weiss' success with that same indie spirit only reinforces what I know -- we're about to make history."
"Being able to be a part of Pitbull's career again after signing him to TVT Records six years ago is amazing," said Polo Grounds Music President Bryan Leach. "Being able to do this under Polo Grounds Music is even more satisfying. Pitbull's work ethic is like no other -- he and his team prove that it's still about making music, taking chances and having fun."
"Pitbull has been grinding for years and with such great visibility with the 'I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)' and 'Blanco' singles, now is the time to fully maximize his career," added Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO, RCA/Jive Label Group.
Pitbull's current Ultra Records single "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is presently no. 13 on the Rhythm charts and is the follow-up to his hit single "Krazy," which featured Lil Jon, and went on to sell 700,000 downloads. The rapper's digital download success just earned him a nomination in the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Awards in the newly created category: "Latin Digital Download Artist of the Year."
While ascending the charts with one smash single, Pitbull has another hit in the works -- the recently released "Blanco" featuring Pharrell, is the first single from the original motion picture soundtrack for "Fast & Furious 4", released March 31st. Its video premieres this week.
His forthcoming album is still untitled. Stay tuned for details.