Daddy Yankee Opening His Own Museum in Puerto Rico

Daddy Yankeeis inviting you to celebrate his storied career…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican rapper’s Barrio Fino album just turned 15, and to celebrate, Daddy Yankee is launching his own museum called “El Jefe” Daddy Yankee Museum, at Plaza Las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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“During the creating process of ‘El Jefe’ Daddy Yankee Museum, I discovered that there are not many memories of reggaeton since its inception,” Daddy Yankee tells Billboard.

Yankee’s first-ever museum is an 8,000-square-foot exhibit that re-creates the history of his life in chronological order starting in his neighborhood, then his biggest achievements, including his iconic outfits, exclusive interviews for the museum, awards and the history of the urban genre.

Opening Friday, admission to the exhibition is free for all fans who reserve a ticket online. It will remain open until January 2020.

“I am not good at giving advice, but I am good at giving my testimony,” concluded the reggaeton legend.

Bruno Mars Takes Home Five Trophies at the Billboard Music Awards

Bruno Mars’ name is lighting up Billboards

The part-Puerto Rican R&B singer picked up five trophies at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards.

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Mars, who’d previously taken home one award in 30 tries from 2011 to 2017, was one of the night’s big winners on the strength of his most recent Grammy-winning album, 24K Magic.

Mars won the awards for Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Tour and Top R&B Song for his hit single “That’s What I Like.”

But Mars wasn’t the only five-time winner…

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee finally reaped much-deserved awards for their inescapable global hit “Despacito.”

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer and 41-year-old Puerto Rican rapper took home some of the night’s biggest prizes, including Top Hot 100 Song, Top Streaming Song (Video) and Top Selling Song for their collaboration with Justin Bieber.

These were the first-ever Billboard Music Awards for Fonsi, and the latest for Daddy Yankee, who’d previously claimed two awards in 2005 for his album Barrio Fino.

Another first-time winner… Ozuna.

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer was named Top Latin Artist, and his album Odisea won for Top Latin Album.

Meanwhile, Cardi B was makin’ money moves at this year’s BBMAs.

The 25-year-old half-Dominican American rapper was named Top Rap Female Artist, her first-ever Billboard Music Award.

Camila Cabello was another first-time winner…

The 21-year-old Mexican and Cuban singer and former Fifth Harmony member won the fan-voted award of Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Kelly Clarkson, were broadcast from the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Top Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top New Artist: Khalid
Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello
Top Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
Top Hot 100 Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Song Sales Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Radio Songs Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Social Artist: BTS
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top R&B Artist: Bruno Mars
Top R&B Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Top R&B Female Artist: SZA
Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars
Top Rap Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Rap Male Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
Top Rap Tour: JAY-Z
Top Country Artist: Chris Stapleton
Top Country Male Artist: Chris Stapleton
Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris
Top Country Duo/Group Artist: Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Rock Tour: U2
Top Latin Artist: Ozuna
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers
Top Christian Artist: MercyMe
Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Top Billboard 200 Album: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Top Selling Album: Taylor Swift, reputation
Top Soundtrack: Moana – WINNER
Top R&B Album: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Top Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Top Latin Album: Ozuna, Odisea
Top Dance/Electronic Album: The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open
Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection
Top Gospel Album: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit
Top Hot 100 Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Top Streaming Song (Video): Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Top Selling Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Top Radio Song: Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Top Collaboration: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Top R&B Song: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Top Rap Song: Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Top Country Song: Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
Top Rock Song: Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Top Latin Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Top Christian Song: Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name”
Top Gospel Song: J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It”

Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

Daddy Yankee Becomes First Latino Artist to Lead Spotify’s Global Artist List

Daddy Yankee is the latest Spotify sensation…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, known as the King of Reggaetón, has ousted Ed Sheeran from the No. 1 spot on Spotify to become the first Latino artist to lead the music platform.

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Daddy Yankee has hits that include “Gasolina,” ”Shaky Shaky” and “Despacito,” a song co-written with Luis Fonsi.

He’s surpassed 44,735,586 monthly listeners to reach the first global spot, Spotify announced on Sunday in an email sent to the Associated Press.

“Being the first Latin artist to reach #1 in Spotify marks a precedent not only for my career but for the industry in general,” Daddy Yankee, whose real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, said in an email. “The musical digital revolution has unified the world and this is the proof. We are all in the same boat with no labels or stereotypes.”

He recalled that when he started his career in 1992 in Puerto Rico, many didn’t believe he would last more than three years, much less that he would become an international sensation.

“But I never stopped,” he said. “I had to keep fighting. I had to make big sacrifices, to miss important moments with my family, to feel the prejudice of many people that didn’t open the doors for me.”

Rocio Guerrero, Spotify’s head of Latin culture, shows and editorial says: “Spotify has been supporting Latin music for many years, and this is the moment that shows our passion and love for the genre are equally supported by our audience. We are grateful for all of our artists, and specifically for Daddy Yankee’s influence in bringing global appreciation to Latin music.”

The remix to “Despacito,” featuring additional vocals by Justin Bieber, is No. 1 on Spotify’s global charts.

More than a decade after Daddy Yankee’s best-selling album Barrio Fino and the single “Gasolina” that made him a global star, the Latin Grammy winner is still one of the most influential and recognizable names in reggaeton.

“Today, this genre is the most listened to in the world,” Daddy Yankee said. “Thanks to all the fans and colleagues that gave me the opportunity to collaborate with them. We did it!”

Plan B to Headline The Best Latino Urbano Concert at Madison Square Garden

If you live in New York City, there’s no need to formulate a Plan B

The Puerto Rican reggaeton duo, consisting of Chencho and Maldy, will headline The Best Latino Urbano concert at Madison Square Garden.

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Appearances by Daddy Yankee, J Alvarez, Arcangel, Tony Dize, Alexis y Fido, and Dominican artists El Mayor, Secreto and El Alfa have also been announced for the February 6 all-ages show.

Plan B’s August release Love & Sex, on Pina Records, was a major player in the past year’s full-blown reggaeton comeback, bringing the urban beat back after a period in which reggaeton superstars had detoured into dance pop.

Love & Sex, which some fans have deemed as important to the genre as Daddy Yankee’s seminal Barrio Fino, is at No. 4 on the latest Billboard Latin Rhythm Albums chart. Alvarez and Alexis y Fido are among the guests on that album.

Plan B performed for an audience of a reported 16,000 at San Juan’s Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot in November.

Felix Cabrera, who produced Romeo Santos’ two-night run at Yankee Stadium last July, is the promoter of The Best Latino Urbano concert.

Discount presale tickets are currently on sale on Ticketmaster (Code: MEGA).

Daddy Yankee Releases First English Track “This Is Not a Love Song”

Daddy Yankee is switching tongues…

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter and actor has released the uptempo song “This Is Not a Love Songen ingles.

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Daddy Yankee’s new track was produced by the Cataracs, who’ve worked with everyone from Enrique Iglesias to Beyonce. It also features newcomer Duncan.

There are currently no plans for an English-language album, according to a spokesperson for the entertainer, one of the most revered rappers in Latin music.

But Daddy Yankee is releasing the 10th-anniversary edition of Barrio Fino on October 7.

Yankee, who has been working with producers like Diplo and Jim Jonsin, was searching for the right English-language song. When the Cataracs song surfaced, it struck a chord.

“Over these past 10 years I focused on bringing my music to the forefront of the Latin music world, but when I got this track from The Cataracs, I knew I had to run with it,” Yankee said in a statement. “Most people have only ever heard me in Spanish so it shocks everyone to hear me rap all in English. The hook helps bring it to life. Duncan’s voice is one of a kind and he just adds that magic touch to the record.”

A decade ago, Barrio Fino was heard around the world. In the U.S., sales have totaled 1.08 million to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album debuted at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums on July 31, 2004. It spent 24 weeks at No. 1 and holds more weeks at No. 1 than any other urban album in the chart’s history. Only four other albums have had more weeks at No. 1. The ranking:

  1. Gloria Estefan, Mi Tierra (58 weeks at No. 1)
    2. Selena, Dreaming of You (44 weeks)
    3. Luis Miguel, Segundo Romance (29 weeks)
    4. Ricky Martin, Vuelve (26 weeks)
    5. Daddy Yankee, Barrio Fino (24 weeks)

The album peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 on April 16, 2005.

“Ten years ago ‘Gasolina’ introduced me and my music to the mainstream market and helped pave the path for many artists that came after me with a vision and a dream,” Yankee added.

“This Is Not a Love Song” went on sale Tuesday (Sept. 9) through iTunes and other digital platforms.