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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande Biography

Ariana Grande Biography

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American actress, singer, and model. She was born on June 26, 1993, in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the daughter of Edward Butera and Joan Grande. Ariana also has the Italian and British nationality. Since she was a girl she suffered from hypoglycemia, so she has to eat sweets to strengthen her energies.

In her childhood, Ariana Grande played the character of “Annie” at the children’s theater in Fort Lauderdale, which was her first role, she also participated in other musicals such as The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.

In 2001, during a vacation with her family on a cruise, she sang in a karaoke room, where she was heard by Gloria Estefan, who advised the girl to continue in music, as she had all the skills to be a star. She sang for orchestras such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops, and Symphonic Orchestras, and debuted on national television with the United States anthem for the Florida Panthers.

For the year 2005, she auditioned for the musical Broadway 13 with the character of Charlotte. There she managed to win the first recognition of her career when the National Youth Theater Association Awards recognized her the award for best-supporting actress, recognizing her excellent performance in the musical.

Later, Ariana Grande auditioned for the Nickelodeon series, “Victorious” which began recording in 2008 and was released on March 27, 2009, where the girl played Cat Valentine.

After finishing the first season of Victorious, Ariana Grande focused more on music and started working on her first album. To strengthen her vocal strength, she started working with vocal coach Eric Vetro. She worked on several recordings, where she played songs by Adele, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey, which she uploaded to YouTube. A friend of Monte Lipman, director general of Republic Records, saw one of Ariana’s videos and was shocked with her voice, so he sent the links to Lipman, who managed to get the singer to sign a record deal with his record label.

In December of 2010, she released her debut single “Put Your Hearts Up” which she did not like because of the bubblegum pop sound since she had no interest in recording music of that genre. That same year, she lent her voice to the character of Princess Diaspro, in eleven episodes of the Nickelodeon animated series, “Winx Club.”

For the year 2011, the Nickelodeon channel created a series called Sam & Cat, which was starring Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy, where she played the characters of Cat Valentine and Sam Puckett respectively.

On November 17, 2012, Ariana Grande released her first album titled “Yours Truly” which debuted in the first position on Billboard 200, thanks to sales that exceeded 138 thousand copies in its first week. After the success of the album, Ariana became the first female artist to debut with an album in the first position of the Billboard 200, something that had not happened since 2009, she was also the fifteenth female artist in the history of the music industry in achieving this positioning.

On March 26, 2013, she released the first single of her debut album, titled “The Way” this time with the collaboration of rapper Mac Miller. The song reached the ninth position of the Billboard Hot 100.43 count and was also certified with several platinum records in the United States, which was the first success of the artist.

The Billboard 21 Under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors 2013 list placed Ariana Grande in the fourth position, being one of the youngest girls under 21 years old. On November 24 of that year, she made a presentation at the American Music Awards 2014, where she performed the song “Tattooed Heart.”

For the month of January 2014, she worked on her second album with Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco; at that time, she also won the People’s Choice Awards in the category favorite revelation artist. On March 4 of that same year, the president of the United States Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama invited the artist to sing at a special concert organized at the White House. She was also awarded as the revelation artist of the year by the Music Industry Association, thanks to her musical success in 2012.

She published her second album titled “My Everything” on August 25, 2014, which was in the first position of Billboard 200. The album was successful and very well criticized. One of the most successful singles on the album was “Problem” which she recorded with the rapper Iggy Azalea and with which she won several platinum albums for the RIAA, and received certifications from ARIA, IFPI, GLF, and RMNZ, among other awards. On July 29 of that same year, “Bang Bang” was released, a song where Ariana collaborated with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J.

On August 21, 2014, Ariana Grande was placed in the first position of the Billboard Artist 100 list, being the first woman to get the first place in the list. Around that time, she announced her first world tour called The Honeymoon Tour. Later, she appeared at the MTV Europe Music Awards, where she opened the ceremony singing his hits “Problem” and “Break Free.” In addition, she won the prize for the best female artist and the best song for “Problem.” Also, she made a presentation at the Bambi Awards held in Germany, in that gala she received the award for the best new artist. A year later, Ariana appeared at the Grammy Awards of 2015 performing “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart” where she received two nominations. After a while, she paid tribute to Stevie Wonder in a special concert organized by the Grammy. It was also confirmed that Ariana Grande would be part of the cast of the new Fox series, “Scream Queens.” On May 20, 2016, Ariana Grande released her third album titled “Dangerous Woman.”

 

THEATER

  • 2008: Musical 13.
  • 2016: Hairspray Live.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

  • 2011: Snowflake, the White Gorilla (Voice).
  • 2013: Swindle.
  • 2015: Underdogs (Voice).
  • 2016: Zoolander 2.

 

TELEVISION

  • 2009: The Battery’s Down.
  • 2010-2013: Victorious.
  • 2011: iCarly.
  • 2011-2013: Winx Club.
  • 2013-2014: Sam & Cat.
  • 2014: Family Guy (Voice).
  • 2015: Scream Queens.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

  • Yours Truly: 2013.
  • My Everything: 2013.
  • Christmas Kisses: 2013.
  • Love Me Harder: 2014.
  • The Remix: 2015 (Compilation released only in Japan).
  • Christmas & Chill: 2015.
  • Dangerous Woman: 2016.

 

BEST KNOWN SINGLES

  • 2013: The Way.
  • 2013: Baby
  • 2013: Right There (with Big Sean).
  • 2014: Problem (with Iggy Azalea).
  • 2014: Break Free (with Zedd).
  • 2014: Bang Bang (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj).
  • 2014: Love Me Harder (with The Weeknd).
  • 2014: Santa Tell Me.
  • 2015: One Last Time.
  • 2015: Focus.
  • 2016: Dangerous Woman.
  • 2016: Into You.
  • 2016: Side to Side (with Nicki Minaj).
  • 2017: every day (with Future).
  • 2017: Beauty and The Beast (with John Legend).

 

AWARDS

  • American Music Awards Award for New Artist of the Year: 2013. Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards Award for Best New Artist: 2013. MTV Video Music Awards Award for Best Pop Video, for Problem: 2014.
  • Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards Award a Best televised presentation: 2014.
  • Billboard Woman In Music Award to rising star: 2014.
  • Bambi Awards Award for Best New Artist: 2014.
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards Award to Young Influence: 2014. American Music Awards Award to Favorite Female Artist Pop / Rock: 2015.
  • ASCAP Pop Music Awards Award for Most Performed Song, for “Problem”: 2015.
  • ASCAP Pop Music Awards Award for Most Played Song, for “Bang Bang”: 2015
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards Award for Collaboration of the Year, by Bang Bang together to Jessie J and Nicki Minaj: 2015.
  • American Music Awards Award to Artist of the Year: 2016.
  • ASCAP Pop Music Awards Award to Most Performed Song, for “Love Me Harder”: 2016.
  • CelebMix Awards Award for Best Female Artist: 2016.
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Metallica history

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Metallica history

Metallica is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles and based in San Francisco. It is considered one of the leading groups in the subgenre and throughout its 35-year career it has won numerous awards, including 9 Grammys, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV awards, 2 Billboard awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1980 – Beginnings

The history of the band begins in 1980 when Lars Ulrich, the son of tennis player Torben Ulrich, placed an ad in the magazine Recycler looking for a guitarist for a metal band influenced by the British New Wave of Heavy Metal. James Hetfield responded to the ad and joined Ulrich as the first members of the band. Ron McGovney joined as bassist and Lloyd Grant as lead guitarist. With this first formation, the band recorded its first demo, Hit the Lights, considered one of the first thrash metal songs. However, they soon realized that the lineup was not working and Lloyd was replaced by Dave Mustaine.

Despite the early disastrous performances due to the lack of experience of the members, the band continued and released No Life ’till Leather, showing a more aggressive sound. Additionally, Ron McGovney was replaced by Cliff Burton as bassist and Dave Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett due to his alcohol addiction. Since then, James Hetfield has taken on both the role of rhythm guitarist and singer.

1983 – Release of ‘Kill ‘Em All’

With this new lineup and having Johnny Zazula as their manager, the band released in 1983 Kill ‘Em All, which gained notoriety in the metal scene and sold more than 300,000 copies. After a tour of the United States and a concert in Holland where they reached their largest audience to date, with 5,000 people, the band released the album Ride the Lightening with Megaforce Records in 1984, which received critical acclaim for its melodic sound.

“1991 – Release of the ‘The Black Album'”

After this work, the band released Master of Puppets in 1986 and embarked on a promotional tour that was cut short by an accident in which the bassist Cliff Burton died. After reflecting on their future, the band incorporated Jason Newsted and recorded …And Justice for All, an album with a denser sound that, despite its commercial success and a Grammy nomination, received criticism for being unoriginal and moving away from heavy metal. However, it wouldn’t be until the release of their album Metallica in 1991, known as The Black Album, that they reached great success, selling half a million copies in the first week of sales in the United States and reaching the top of the Billboard chart. This work led to two similar albums, Load in 1996 and ReLoad in 1997, which received negative reviews for their proximity to alternative rock and their distance from traditional heavy metal, disappointing their older fanbase.

“2001 – Documentary, Tours, Awards”

In 2001, Jason Newsted left the band and Metallica struggled to find a suitable replacement for some time. Therefore, they had to record their next album, St. Anger, with their producer Bob Rock playing bass. However, Robert Trujillo soon joined the band’s lineup. Three years later, the documentary Some Kind of Monster was released, which portrays the recording process of the last album and the internal conflicts that the band had with Dave Mustaine. After a tour in 2006 in which they played Master of Puppets again to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the release of a compilation of their videos titled The Videos, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Later, they released Death Magnetic in 2008 and the conceptual album Lulu in 2011, which was poorly received by their fans. In 2012, the band founded their own record label, Blackened, and performed a concert in Antarctica to raise awareness about polar melting and environmental crisis. In 2016, they released Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. Currently, the band is still active.

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Joaquín Sabina

Joaquin Sabina
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Biography of Joaquín Sabina

Joaquín Ramón Martínez Sabina (February 12, 1949) is a composer and singer of urban folk-rock, poet, and painter, widely known as Joaquín Sabina. He was born in Úbeda, Jaén, Spain. His mother, Adela Sabina del Campo, was a housewife, and his father, Jerónimo Martínez Gallego, worked as a police inspector. His family, being very Catholic, enrolled him in a school run by the Carmelite nuns. From an early age, the young Sabina demonstrated his ability in writing poetry and composing music. He formed a band with his friends called Merry Youngs, which mainly covered rock singers such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard.

At that time, he had his first girlfriend, known as Chispa, who was the muse of many of his compositions and some love poems. From the beginning, the father, a notary from Úbeda, of the young woman was against this relationship. So, a few months later, they went on a series of adventures to be together. Joaquín and Chispa went to Granollers and then reunited to escape to the Aran Valley located in Lérida, where they lived together for a time. Sabina returned to resume his studies in a school run by the Salesian Order. He continued writing and learned about Fray Luis de León, Jorge Manrique, and José Hierro. He also read Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Herbert Marcuse.

He received his first guitar from his father. After finishing high school, he obtained a job as a composer and director of a theater group in Granada. In 1976, he decided to temporarily reside in England, but later returned to Spain and settled in Madrid. During this period, he was closely associated with La Mandrágora, a bohemian art venue where he met Javier Krahe and Alberto Pérez, musicians. Sabina secured a contract with the record label Movieplay and in 1978 released his first album: “Inventario”. Then came “Malas Compañías” with the Epic label.

The previous album, which was a hit in 1980, achieved several successes thanks to the songs: “Pongamos que hablo de Madrid”, “Calle Melancolía” or “Círculos viciosos”. A year later, “La Mandrágora” was released, an album that was well received. His figure began to be compared and placed on the level of great established figures such as Ana Belén, Miguel Ríos, Javier Gurruchaga, Hilario Camacho, Juan Antonio Muriel and Los Secretos. He was invited to participate in the television program “Si yo fuera presidente” by Fernando García Tola and compose television theme songs for programs such as “Con las manos en la masa” and “Esto es lo que hay”. In 1985, he established his own label BMG-Ariola.

From his label came the album “Joaquín Sabina y Viceversa,” its release was promoted on television, but a controversy arose and the song “Cuervo Ingenuo,” performed by Javier Krahe, had to be censored for its reference to President Felipe González. From then on, several important productions were released that were well received among the Spanish audience, and even internationally, these were: “Hotel, dulce hotel” (1987), “El hombre del traje gris” (1988); with songs like “Con un par” from the album “Mentiras piadosas” (1990), and “Nos dieron las diez” from his next work “Física y Química” (1992).

Definitely, since Joaquín Sabina began his music career, he managed to attract the attention of a younger audience than his own generation and was established as a worthy heir to a throne occupied for a long time by the singer Joan Manuel Serrat. This was reaffirmed by the success of his following works: “Esta boca es mía” (1994), his famous song “Ruido,” composed by him and Pedro Guerra; “Yo, mi, me, contigo” (1996) was number one in sales, selling 80,000 copies in just one week. He then continued with “Enemigos íntimos” (1998), an album made with Fito Paez, which contains “Llueve sobre mojado,” composed and performed by both, and the memorable “19 días y 500 noches”.

He has been deserving of several awards for his musical career, receiving the Ondas award for best Spanish artist at the end of the 90s. He was also the winner of the Spanish Music Awards for best pop rock author, created by the Spanish Society of Authors (SGAE) and the Association of Performers or Performers (AIE). He also had a productive and successful tour throughout Spain and Latin America where he shared the theme “19 días y 500 noches”, presented “Nos sobran los motivos” (2000).

Upon his return, he worked on “Ciento volando,” a book of sonnets inspired and dedicated to filmmakers, actors, writers, bullfighters and singers. Unfortunately, Sabina suffered a cerebral ischemia that prevented him from being on stage for several months. After his recovery, he released “Dímelo en la calle” (2002) and published a book with his entire songbook, “Con buena letra” (2002). At that time, he devoted time to writing and published “Ciento volando de catorce,” selling 150,000 copies. Between 2005 and 2006, he released the album “Alivio de luto.” Shortly thereafter, he gave a recital at the Madrid Conference Center. In the summer of 2006, he embarked on a tour called “Carretera y top manta.”

After several years away from the music scene, in 2011, the singer began the tour “El penúltimo tren” in various countries of Latin America, this would also be held for the first time in the United States. But due to acute diverticulitis, it had to be suspended until October at the Manhattan Center in New York. He was also at the “Músicos en la naturaleza” festival, held in Hoyos del Espino. He embarked on a tour where he presented his musical work with Joan Manuel Serrat: “La orquesta del Titanic.” In 2013, he published the book “Muy personal,” which included drawings, poems, and fragments of song lyrics. After several successful projects, such as “Garabatos,” he released his album “Lo niego todo” in 2017.

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Myke Towers

Biography of Myke Towers

Biography of Myke Towers

Michael Torres, known by his artistic name Myke Towers, is a Puerto Rican rapper and songwriter born on January 15, 1994 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. In 2017, he slightly modified his name from Mike Towers to Myke Towers as a tribute to the music movement Young Kingz of which he is a member, changing the “i” to a “y”, first letter of the name of the movement. Myke Towers has been in the underground rap scene in Puerto Rico since his adolescence, publishing his first compositions and freestyles on his SoundCloud account. He became known in 2014 with songs such as “Día de cobro”, “Por Mí”, “Es Normal” and “En los Bloques”. He also drew attention from the urban music scene with his freestyle “La Nueva Droga” and his interpretation of the original song “0 to 100” by Drake.

Beginnings of Myke Towers

From an early age, he showed a great interest in music, especially in the urban genre. He began to take his first steps in this field while he was making himself known through his SoundCloud account, where he uploaded his first compositions and some freestyle with beats from other artists. His talent allowed him to gain space in the urban music scene.

Musical career

The artist’s career began in 2013 with Young Kingz Entertainment. With them, he released songs such as “Comencé y Termine Abajo”, “Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti”, “Pound Cake”, among others. The following year, he continued to make slow progress in the Puerto Rican hip-hop scene, with the release of songs such as “Por Mí”, “Es Normal”, “En los Bloques”, “Sorry Bout”, “No se Endiablen”, “Tarde o Temprano” and “Contra Quien Sea”, among others, which were uploaded to the artist’s SoundCloud account. That same year, he participated in the documentary about the Puerto Rican urban music scene, titled “Trilligans Island”, produced by the Remezcla blog. This shows how the Puerto Rican music industry moves in relation to Hip Hop, emphasizing the artists that were making waves that year. It should be noted that there are numerous artists who were left out of the documentary. During the program, Myke Towers was one of the standout MCs. After his performance in the documentary, Myke Towers began to make a name for himself in the music industry.

Collaborations with other artists

At the beginning of 2015, he participated in the song “Alerta Roja” with Xantos, which has a music video produced by Artilleric Music. Throughout the year, he uploaded several freestyles on his SoundCloud account, among which stand out “6 pm in New York”, “Energy” and “Off the Rip”. In October of the same year, he released the first single from his highly anticipated mixtape, titled “Dinero en Mano”. This was produced in collaboration with Young Kingz, the company with which he has worked since the beginning of his career as a rapper. The following year, he began to make various collaborations with prominent urban genre artists such as Brray, Joyce Santana, Rafa Pabón, Bad Bunny, Lyanno, Lunay, Álvaro Díaz and Sousa, among others.

Mixtape “The End of the Beginning” – 2016

In February 2016, he participated in the song “Tigueraje” along with Joyce Santana and Brray. The song was uploaded to Santana’s SoundCloud account and currently has 239,954 plays on the platform. The following month, he released several projects. The first was the music video for the single “Déjate ver”, one of the tracks from his mixtape. Later, he uploaded the freestyle “Work” to SoundCloud, and three days later, he released his first mixtape, “El Final del Principio” (2016), under the record label G Starr Entertainment. The mixtape consisted of ten explicit content songs, characteristic of the hip hop music scene. Among the most listened-to songs on the album are “Dinero en Mano”, “Déjate Ver”, “No Sabe Nada” and “Alternativas”. The album was a great success, debuting at No. 1 on the iTunes chart.

2017 – Projects with other artists.

After the release of his successful mixtape, he participated in the remix of “Condenada” with Lyanno, a young singer from the new generation who is making his way in the urban music scene. Later, he released “Ahora mismo,” a song produced by The Twilight Zone, followed by the collaboration on “Como Baila” by Rafa Pabón. He then joined Brray, Álvaro Díaz, Joyce Santana and Sousa in the remix of the song “Pa que le de,” the original version by Bad Bunny. In June, he released “Inverso” with Messiah, produced by The Twilight Zone. He then worked with Álvaro Díaz on “De Todos Nosotros,” and released the songs “Mala Vibra” and “Amor Juvenil.” Closing the year, he collaborated with Lary Over on “Perdóname” and released the song “Volverá.” Throughout 2017, he continued to make a name for himself in various projects with urban scene artists. He started the year by participating in the remix of “Que Quieres de Mi” with Randy and Miky Woodz, followed by the collaboration on “Si Me Permites” by Rauw Alejandro, then he appeared on “De Negro” remix with Ñejo, Lito Kirino, Tali and Jamby. Later, he worked with Amarion on “Culpa” and ended the year with “D.M.D

During 2018, he participated in the songs “Gangster”, “Te Juro”, “31 Como Miller” (remix), “Dos”, “Ta to Gucci” and “Puesto pal’ Millón” (Remix). Currently, Myke Towers is considered one of the most promising artists in the Puerto Rican music industry. With only five years of career, he has managed to consolidate himself and has caught the attention of the new generation of genre representatives, with whom he has worked in recent years. His talent and popularity promise him great success in the coming years, being recognized as the future of the genre.

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Yandel

Biography of Yandel
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Biography of Yandel

Yandel, born on January 14, 1977 in Cayey, Puerto Rico, is a urban genre singer whose birth name is Llandel Veguilla Malavé. His parents are Julio Veguilla and Lucy Malavé. Since his school days, Yandel has shown skill in rapping and interpreting reggaeton songs. In school, he met Wisin, with whom he would later form the duo known as Wisin and Yandel. Both dedicated themselves to barbering after leaving school, although Yandel studied theater and interpretation simultaneously.

Beginnings in music

Wisin and Yandel debuted by recording some songs on compilation albums, including the album No Fear 3 produced by DJ Dicky in 1997 and the compilation La Misión, Vol 1 edited by the label Fresh Production. The success of this compilation led to the singers producing their first album, Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio. The duo continued to release songs and win important awards, including the Tu Música award for best rap and reggaeton duo in 2002.

Rumors about the separation of the Wisin & Yandel duo

However, after the success and rise of this duo, rumors began to surface about their separation. The following year, Wisin tested his acting skills by starring in the film Mi vida… My life. Wisin also participated in this production. In 2004, the first solo albums of Wisin, El Sobreviviente, and Yandel, ¿Quién contra mí?, appeared. The sales figures of both works were noteworthy. In 2005, Wisin and Yandel, as if to deny the rumors, presented Pa’l Mundo.

This album included songs that quickly became famous and were nominated for the Billboard Awards in a short time. Yandel has always been a person with a dreamy spirit, which is why he was able to consolidate one of his projects: creating his own record label, WY Records. In 2007, they received the nickname Los Extraterrestres because of the impact they generated in the world of reggaeton. In particular, the Wisin & Yandel duo was considered one of the best reggaeton artists of the moment next to Don Omar. From then on, they released successful productions such as Los Extraterrestres Reloaded, Otra Dimensión and Wisin & Yandel: La Mente Maestra.

Separation of the Wisin & Yandel duo

But his moment of glory began to decline and Yandel made the decision to separate from Wisin. This separation affected Wisin more. Several artists in this genre wrote lyrics mocking and criticizing him. However, Yandel continued with his career, releasing successful songs such as Hasta abajo with Daddy Yankee and Don Omar. He also got a job as a mentor on the reality show La Voz México and La Voz Kids (United States). At that time, he was happily married to his teenage girlfriend, Edneris Espada, with whom he has two children: Adrián and Dereck. Yandel states that his wife is a great support for him and his musical career. He is a person who enjoys being with his family and his children.

Collaborations with other singers

In June 2014, he began working on his album and obtained the collaboration of Chayanne and Gilberto Santa Rosa. On August 25th, he released Legacy – De Líder a Leyenda Tour – EP, which is composed of five unreleased songs. On February 3rd, 2015, Legacy – De Líder a Leyenda Tour – Deluxe Edition, a live album with several unreleased songs, went on sale. It includes collaborations with Gilberto Santa Rosa, Farruko, J Álvarez, El General Gadiel and others. He was invited to open the Viña del Mar Song Festival on February 22nd.

Release of the song “Explícale”

Months later, he released his first single from a new album: “Calentura”, the first single of “Dangerous”, the full album. Finally, on November 6th, “Dangerous” was released with collaborations from Nicky Jam, Pitbull, French Montana, De La Ghetto and others. In 2016, the music video for “Loba” was released and the following year, Yandel reaffirmed his fame and popularity with “Explícale” alongside Bad Bunny. In addition, other artists such as Maluma, Zion & Lennox, J Balvin, Plan B, Ozuna, Becky G, Luis Fonsi and Wisin participated in the album. Afterwards, the singer released several popular songs such as “Despacio”, “Todo comienza en la disco”, “Hacerte el amor”, “Fiebre”, “Se acabó el amor”, “Cuida’o”, “Hecha para mí”, “Curiosidad”, “Que tu novio no se entere” among others.

Collaboration between Wisin & Yandel

Despite the dissolution of the Dynamic Duo, Yandel and Wisin continue to make songs together, such as “Todo Comienza en la Disco” and “El Regreso”. It is important to note that Yandel has had greater projection and has managed to keep his solo career afloat. They surprised their fans when they announced they would carry out a tour.

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Don Omar

Biography of Don Omar
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Biography of Don Omar

William Omar Landrón Rivera, known in the artistic world as Don Omar, is a reggaeton singer and actor born on February 10, 1978 in Villa Palmeras, Puerto Rico. He is considered one of the leading exponents of this urban genre and has also ventured into other rhythms such as salsa, merengue, bachata and mambo. From a young age, he showed interest in singing and began singing in the choir of an evangelical church. With the help of a friend DJ, he obtained his first public performance at a nightclub. Gradually, he gained popularity and worked as a chorus member of the duo Héctor & Tito, who motivated him to start his solo career. Don Omar is characterized by his humility and dedication to work and has always avoided cameras and yellow news.

2003 – Release of the album “The Last Don”

In 2003, Don Omar released his album “The Last Don”, which marked the beginning of his career in stardom. Both the studio version and the live version of the album were certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It featured the collaboration of well-known reggaeton singers such as Daddy Yankee, Glory, and Hector El Father, among others. The album sold around 411,000 copies on the Billboard and received a platinum record in 2004. The first single, “Dale Don Dale”, was successful in Latin American countries and was widely used to perform various dance choreographies in prominent academies. The album was nominated for “Pop Latino Album of the Year” and “Revelation Rap/Hip-Hop Latino Album of the Year” at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2004 and at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2005.

2004 – King of Kings, one of the best-selling albums in the history of reggaetón.

The following year, Don Omar’s album “King of Kings” reached the number one spot on sales charts in America and number one on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Radio chart with its single “Angelito.” Additionally, it broke the sales record at Disney World’s Virgin Music store previously set by pop star Britney Spears. “Angelito” is the best-selling album in the genre with over 6 million copies worldwide and was chosen as the album of the decade. “King of Kings” was awarded as the best-selling Latin album of the last decade and the most successful album in the history of reggaeton.

Reissue of the album “King Of Kings: Armageddon Edition”

In April 2006, Don Omar achieved great success by receiving the Latin Billboard award for Reggaeton Album of the Year for his work on “King of Kings”. Additionally, the singles “Salió El Sol” and “Conteo” managed to position themselves at the top of the charts in Latin America. Months later, a reissue of the album titled “King Of Kings: Armageddon Edition” was released, which included the original songs from the first edition plus four new tracks: “El Rey”, “Ayer La Vi”, “Adiós” and “No Se De Ella”, “My Space” featuring Wisin & Yandel. The song “Ella y yo”, made in collaboration with Romeo Santos, also had great success. Don Omar also had the opportunity to sing with Gilberto Santa Rosa at an event at Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2008.

2009 – Release of the album “iDon”

“iDon” was released on April 28th, 2009. This album was dedicated to his cousin Cordell Brown. The most requested song on Latin radio stations was “Virtual Diva”. Afterwards, he released another well-known song called “Sexy Robótica”, which was released on July 6th, 2009. The Puerto Rican singer also received a Gold Record for the high sales of his album “iDon” in Argentina. After this, he released the 2.0 version of “iDon: The Prototype”, which had great success through digital downloads. A significant aspect of this musical production is that Don Omar reunited with Daddy Yankee, with whom he had distanced himself from for more than 5 years. From this union, three songs emerged: “Desafío”, the remix of “Hasta abajo” and “Miss Independence”. Two of his songs also appear in the videogames “Grand Theft Auto IV” and in the expansion pack “Grand Theft Auto: La balada de Tony Gay”.

“Danza Kuduro” – One of his most successful songs

Other songs by Don Omar appeared in the movie “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” in the end credits. His song “Danza Kuduro” was included in the movie “Fast Five”. The album “Meet the Orphans” was released on November 16th, 2010 and includes the promotional single “Hasta Abajo” and the single “Danza Kuduro” with Portuguese-French singer Lucenzo, as well as collaborations with artists from the Orfanato Music Group such as Kendo Kaponi, Syko, Plan B, Zion & Lennox, Yaga & Mackie, and Danny Fornaris.

“Danza Kuduro” reached over 900 million views on YouTube and was at the top of the Billboard chart. The song remained at number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Song chart for 14 consecutive weeks and also reached number one on other charts in other countries around the world. “Fast Five” was one of Don Omar’s songs that was featured on the “Fast and Furious” series, in addition to other songs that have been part of the soundtrack. Don Omar has truly been one of the artists with the most musical productions, with a large number of awards and recognitions. He usually works with the record labels Pina Records and Machete Music.

Retirement from music, tours, legal issues

His concerts are known for being of high quality, with great production and show. One of the characteristics that makes them interesting is the use of fireworks, the use of multiple screens where the audience can watch music videos, and the singer’s good management of the stage. He has performed on various stages, festivals and has carried out several tours in countries such as the United States, Argentina, and Colombia. His last tour was “Forever King…The Last Tour”, in which he announced his retirement from music. Later, he performed his last concerts in his home country, Puerto Rico, at the end of 2017. However, the singer has had several legal issues, such as when he was found with firearms and marijuana. On the other hand, Don Omar has been accused by rapper Nando Boom of plagiarizing the song “Enfermo de amor”, by using the chorus of the original song.

Another of the many legal controversies in his career occurred in 2014, when his ex-partner accused him of domestic violence. He was released after 20 hours in custody, after paying a bail of 600,000 dollars. Currently, he is married to journalist Jackie Guerrido and has three children. Recently, Don Omar has begun to venture into acting. He has recorded several advertisements, notably one for LG Mobile. He also appeared in the fourth and fifth installment of the “Fast and Furious” saga, in which he plays Rico, a hired criminal linked to illegal racing.

Recognitions:

  • Latin Grammy Award 2006 (2006)
  • Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Song (2012)
  • Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Music Album (2012)
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