Joan Sebastian, 1951-2015

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our client and friend, the enormously talented performer, songwriter and artist Joan Sebastian. The most awarded Mexican performer in Grammy history, his remarkable 38-year career was highlighted with five Grammy Awards, and seven Latin Grammy honors. 

At my first client office meeting with Joan, we had lunch in Century City near my old offices. During that lunch I learned how powerful and culturally impactful Joan Sebastian and his music were: By the end of our hour-long meal, virtually every employee in the restaurant had come by our table to pay homage to the much-loved icon.

I will never forget the first time I saw him perform. Although all of his lyrics were entirely in Spanish (and my Spanish is mediocre), his songs required no interpretation. The depth, feeling, and emotion conveyed though his music was understood -- as pure love.

 From Joan's classically handsome face and smile, his gracious charm and mass appeal, Joan was an absolute gentleman and loved working with women (so he told me!) I feel so blessed and privileged that he welcomed me as his lawyer into his inner circle. 

He was a true class act. He leaves behind an incredibly beautiful body of work and a remarkable life story. I salute Joan Sebastian and send my deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and team Tony Navarro, Polo Molina, and Edmundo Monroy. 

Much love,
Helen Yu
 

Yu Leseberg Dominates Charts

Dear Friends, 

It is my pleasure to announce one of our proudest achievements - as noted by Billboard last year, the Yu Leseberg law firm negotiated and lawyered the highest number of charting "singles" on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R & B 100 for a single talent representative than any other law firm in the entertainment industry.  

31 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard R & B Hot 100 in 2014! 

From the bottom of our hearts to yours.....we thank you for your continued support and loyalty. It is only through your friendship and partnership we continue transforming dreams into reality. 

Many continued blessings,

Helen Yu

Hollywood Reporter: Don Henley Sues; T. Rex Bangs; Wyclef Jean Wins

"Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan, has obtained 144 copyrights connected to the band's songs, including those on the album “Electric Warrior” like "Get It On (Bang A Gong).” In July 2013, Feld sued publisher Westminster Music Ltd. for ownership, on the basis that rights revert to an author’s heirs when the author dies during the initial copyright term. Feld's case then got a big boost when the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year addressed another reversion case — involving the classic film Raging Bull — and limited the application of laches (a defense based upon the prejudicial effect of a plaintiff's delayed filing) in intellectual property cases. The parties then worked out a settlement with the result leading to the return of copyrights to the Feld family. Feld was represented by Helen Yu and other attorneys at ‎Gradstein & Marzano, the same firm that is litigating some of the pre-1972 lawsuits on behalf of the Turtles."

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The Power of Dance Mixes to Drive Chart Hits

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Mariah Carey's long-awaited single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)" featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Play charts (October 23rd). This single was injected with an irresistible club-banging energy by Dutch DJ producer Laidback Luke making his kinetic dance version of the song certified as Mariah's 16th #1 Dance Hit. 

As DJs and mixers are moving from behind the board and into the spotlight, Laidback Luke has become one of his genre's most visible practitioners. 

"Triumphant (Get Em)" extends a celebrated string of hit mixes that includes tracks for artists including Madonna ("Turn on the Radio,"), Steve Aoki & Lil Jon ("Emergency"), Rita Ohra, Subfocus, Tiesto and others. 

For younger audiences, more accustomed to hearing music through a variety of mediums - YouTube, social media, and peer-to-peer sharing - creating an ideal environment for the dance music experience can propel a song into the listener's consciousness.

With his epic "Super You & Me Events," Laidback Luke, who was born in Manila and raised in the Netherlands, has thrown massive parties in locales including Ibiza, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Seattle, where he invites dance music superstars like Chocolate Puma, Afrojack and Calvin Harris as special guests. His "Speak Up" bus tour reached over 125,000 fans, with whom he has communicated in over 100,000 tweets. (A new tour is planned for 2013). 

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In 2004, Laidback Luke founded Mixmash Records as a vehicle for his own releases. Eight years later, A-list names such as Tiesto, A-trak, Steve Aoki, Steve Angello, Afrojack, Sidney Samson, Tocadisco, Avicii are all part of Mixmash's imposing catalog of 100+ releases. 

Laidback Luke is managed by well known veteran music manager Olga Heijns, principal of Unmanageable Artists B.V. based in the Netherlands. Olga is known for bringing the careers of several well known DJ's to the next level, including Laidback Luke. His legal counsel is Helen Yu of Yu Leseberg, based in Los Angeles, California. 

Helen notes the increasing influence of dance music on the pop charts.... "When thousands of people are transported by an extended remix in a club or festival setting, it underscores the communal experience the kids want. As Electronic Dance Music (EDM) continues its ever-expansive sphere, dance music is evolving into a dominant and increasingly mainstream force."