Daddy Yankee to Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame at 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Daddy Yankee is heading into the Hall (of Fame)

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and rapper, known as the “King of Reggaetón,” will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Billboard and Telemundo have announced.

Daddy Yankee

Given to artists who have achieved worldwide recognition for their work, transcending musical genres and languages, the accolade will honor the “Con Calma” hitmaker for his fruitful career that spans over three decades as a pioneer and top exponent of reggaeton.

Daddy Yankee will receive the award during the ceremony set to take place Thursday, September 23, live from Miami where he will also perform his latest hit “Métele al Perreo” for the first time on television.

The chart-topping, global star — known for reggaeton anthems such as “Gasolina” and “Dura” — has sold more than 17 million albums and placed 84 entries on the Hot Latin Songs chart, with seven of those hitting No. 1 and 36 landing in the top 10.

On the Latin Airplay chart, he has logged a total of 73 titles, including 24 No. 1s and 42 top 10s.

On the social front, his philanthropic work through “Daddy’s House” has been recognized by Billboard with the spirit of hope award.

Past recipients of the Billboard hall of fame award include José José, Vicente Fernández, Rocío Durcal, Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastian, Marc Anthony, Franco de Vita and Alejandro Fernández, among others.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will be broadcast live on Telemundo, kicking off at 7:00 p.m. ET with the traditional red carpet special, followed by the awards show at 8:00 pm.

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!”

Daddy Yankee Scores 50th Hit on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Hula Hoop”

Daddy Yankee is officially in the same circle as some of Latin music’s superstars…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer/rapper has earned his 50th hit on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, as “Hula Hoop” earns the Hot Shot Debut, arriving at No. 30 on the March 25-dated tally.

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The reggaetonero becomes one of only seven acts, and the only urban artist, to have placed 50 or more songs on the 30-year-old chart.

Even more impressive, Daddy Yankee earns the feat quicker than anyone other act, netting his first 50 hits in 12 years, four months, and three weeks. (Luis Miguel had previously accomplished it the fastest: 16 years, five months, two weeks).

Daddy Yankee debuted on the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2004 with his international hit, “Gasolina.” In total, he has gathered 21 top 10s and five No. 1s on the list.

“Hula Hoop” bows with 3,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending March 9, according to Nielsen Music, concurrently notching a No. 3 debut on the Latin Rhythm Digital Song Sales chart. Streaming totaled 740,000 in its first week, with 54 percent stemming from YouTube, where a lyric video has amassed 16 million global views since its release on March 2.

Elsewhere, the new single lands at No. 25 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, with 1 million audience impressions in the week ending March 12. WLZL, Washington DC, was the track’s biggest supporter, supplying 74 spins.

Artists With at Least 50 Hot Latin Songs hits:
Number of chart hits, artist
66, Los Tigres del Norte
58, Vicente Fernandez
57, Luis Miguel
53, Ednita Nazario
53, Intocable
50, Daddy Yankee
50, Marc Anthony

The new track originates from a remix for Daddy Yankee’s “Shaky Shaky,” featuring Nicky Jam and Plan B. Released in October, the remix included a “hula hoop” line, not present in the song’s original version, inspiring Yankee to derive a new song based on the catchy hook.

Meanwhile, Daddy Yankee remains at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs for a fifth straight week, as a featured guest on Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.” The track earns its best streaming week yet, collecting over 8.8 million streams in the most recent tracking week (a four percent increase). It slips 52-56 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its eighth charting frame on the overall-genre ranking.

Daddy Yankee is the Face of Allstate’s New App-Focused Campaign

Daddy Yankee is in good hands

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter leads Allstate‘s brand new, app-focused campaign.

Daddy Yankee

The ad begins with the “Gasolina” singer using an app to find his car in a crowded parking lot. Then, for 30 seconds, Daddy Yankee proceeds to make the concept of car insurance cool.\

The campaign, titled “Estar en buenas manos nos da más,” is the Spanish iteration of Allstate’s “It’s good to be in good hands.” Except that for the first time in any language, the insurance company is using a pop artist to get its point across

“We wanted to leverage someone who was really well known and who really transcended all Hispanic cultures,” says Georgina Flores, Allstate’s vice president of product marketing. “He really was our first choice.”

Instead of going for a venerable, older celebrity, Allstate went for younger-but-respected. “We wanted younger, yes, but also broader,” said Flores. “We wanted to make sure that the artist an his or her music would be popular regardless of precedence.”

Daddy Yankee Takes Home Three Awards at Telemundo’s 2016 Premios Tu Mundo

Daddy Yankee is celebrating Mundo madness…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actor and record producer proved to be the big winner at Telemundo‘s 2016 Premios Tu Mundo, which kicked off with a high energy performance by the “Gasolina” singer.

Daddy Yankee

The fifth edition of the annual awards show broadcast live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, where the fan-voted awards recognized pop culture stars, mainly focusing on television, music and social media.

Daddy Yankee took home three trophies, including Favorite Urban Artist and Favorite Party-Starter Song for his collaboration with Chino & Nacho, “Andas en mi Cabeza.”

Rafael Amaya, meantime, was the big winner in the acting categories. The 39-year-old Mexican actor took home the awards for Favorite Male Protagonist in a Super Series, Favorite Protagonist with Bad Luck and Perfect Couple in a Super Series alongside his El Señor de los Cielos costar Fernanda Castillo.

Other winners include Gloria Trevi, Gaby Espino and Adamari Lopez.

Norteño band Intocable took home the special award of the night “El poder en ti (The Power In You)” for their charitable work.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

  • Favorite Super Series: El Señor de los Cielos IV
  • Favorite Novela or Series: Bajo El Mismo Cielo
  • Favorite Female Protagonist in a Super Series: Fernanda Castillo
  • Favorite Actress in a Super Series: Sabrina Seara
  • Favorite Actress in a Novela or Series: Carolina Gaitan
  • Favorite Female Protagonist in a Novela: Danna Paola
  • Favorite Male Protagonist in a Super Series: Rafael Amaya
  • Favorite Male Protagonist in a Novela: Gabriel Porras
  • Favorite Protagonist with Bad Luck: Rafael Amaya
  • Favorite Daily Show: Caso Cerrado
  • Favorite Weekend Show: ¡Que Noche! With Angelica and Raul
  • Favorite Specials or Realities Host: Gaby Espino
  • Favorite Entertainment Host: Adamari Lopez
  • Favorite Regional Mexican Artist: Calibre 50
  • Favorite Pop Artist: Gloria Trevi
  • Favorite Tropical Artist: Chino & Nacho
  • Favorite Urban Artist: Daddy Yankee
  • Favorite Party-Starter Song: “Andas en mi Cabeza” by Chino & Nacho feat. Daddy Yankee
  • Sexiest Female Villian in a Super Series: Maricela Gonzalez
  • Sexiest Female Villian in a Novela or Series: Erika de la Rosa
  • Sexiest Male Villian in a Super Series: Rodrigo Guirao
  • Sexiest Male Villian in a Novela or Series: Luis Ernesto Franco
  • Favorite Actor in a Super Series: Lincoln Palomeque
  • Favorite Actor in a Novela or Series: Alejandro Speitzer
  • Perfect Couple in a Novela or Series: Danna Paola and Eugenio Siller
  • Perfect Couple in a Super Series: Fernanda Castillo and Rafael Amaya
  • Revelation of the Year: Gala Montes
  • Fan Club of the Year: #DYArmy
  • Favorite Influencer: Caeli
  • “I’m Sexy and I Know It”: Gaby Espino

Daddy Yankee & Don Omar to Take Part in This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference

Daddy Yankee and Don Omar are headed for a clash

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and the 38-year-old Puerto Rican recording artist – the two most iconic names in reggaeton – will share the stage at a special panel discussion taking place during this year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Daddy Yankee & Don Omar

The “Clash of Titans” panel will offer audiences an inside look at the The Kingdom: Daddy Yankee vs. Don Omar Tour, one of the most anticipated tours of all time in the Latino market. The two stars will give the industry an inside look at the reunion and the marketing behind the 60-date, two-year international tour that launched on Dec. 5, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The panel will also include a discussion about their future and past recording projects and how both stars have changed the face and direction of Latin music.

Although reggaeton has long been an established and dominant force on the Billboard charts, its popularity exploded at an international level due in large part to Daddy Yankee and Don Omar, who both rose to stardom a decade ago and notched huge international hits like “Gasolina” and “Danza Kuduro.”

Between them, the two artists have placed 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart, 28 top 10 hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart and over 4 million combined views on their Vevo channels.

News of their joint tour, which had been discussed for years, resulted in four sold-out shows in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last December.

The Kingdom Tour will launch in the U.S. in May, following the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards, where Don Omar and Daddy Yankee are also slated to perform, marking their first time ever to sing together on national television. The awards will air live on the Telemundo network April 28.

The “Clash of Titans” discussion will take place at 2:30 pm ET on Wednesday, April 27.

For more information on the Billboard Latin Music Conference, please visit BillboardLatinConference.com.

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.

Daddy Yankee to Perform at Messi’s Charity Soccer Match

Daddy Yankee is partnering with soccer star Lionel Messi to raise money for at-risk children…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton star will perform Thursday in Bogota during Match of the Stars, a benefit soccer match that aiming to raise money for the Leo Messi Foundation.

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“I wanted to accompany Messi and the rest of the players who are getting behind this cause,” Daddy Yankee said about the project organized by the 24-year-old Argentine futbolista, who was recently named the world’s best soccer player for the third straight year.

Daddy Yankee, the mastermind behind the popular songs “Gasolina” and “Impacto,” will sing during the halftime show at the exhibition game to be played at Bogota’s iconic El Campin stadium.

The money raised for the Messi Foundation will be used to help needy children in Colombia.

“Colombia has given me a lot and we have to support every initiative that helps make sure that the different foundations sheltering poor boys and girls in Colombia can to keep caring for them,” said Daddy Yankee.

During his halftime show, Daddy Yankee will premiere his new single “Pasarela” for the Colombian audience, as well as perform his hit song “Lovumba.” Both singles are included on his latest album Prestige, which goes on sale later this summer.

The lineup for the Match of the Stars will include the Argentines Messi and Javier Mascherano, Uruguayans Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez and the Colombian Radamel Falcao, all of whom will take part in the World Soccer Masters Tour at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, June 23.