Concert promotion firm The Commission Presents is expanding into artist management, signing female rap pioneer Lil' Kim and Latin singer Victor Manuelle as its first clients.
The East Coast-based company has previously promoted concerts with both artists. Lil' Kim, nicknamed Queen Bee, most recently appeared on the 10th anniversary special of Dancing With the Stars to perform the Labelle classic "Lady Marmalade" with Patti LaBelle and Glee's Amber Riley. Her cover of the hit with Christina Aguilera, Pink and Mya won a Grammy in 2002 for best pop collaboration. The Grammy-nominated Manuelle -- aka El Sonero de la Juventud (the Singer of Youths) -- just notched his record-setting 25th No. 1 on Billboard's Tropical Songs chart with "Agua Bendita."
In a press release announcing the management division's launch, The Commission Presents CEO Artie Pabon stated, "We are beginning with a bang. "
The Commission Presents' 2015 spring/summer slate includes shows starring Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds & Fantasia, Pitbull, Trey Songz, Romeo Santos, R. Kelly, Deep Purple and Juanes. (billboard)