Daddy Yankee
Reggaeton artist
Daddy Yankee
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known by his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Latin Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican Reggaeton and Rap songwriter and recording artist. Ayala was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and was raised in the Villa Kennedy Housing Projects. While still dabbling in music, Ayala aspired to be a professional baseball player. As a teenager, Ayala tried out for the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball team.
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My TV Wish List for Future: Latin-Culture Network but with English Dialogue
Huffington Post - about 1 month
By Amanda Osorio UCF Forum columnist I am watching beautiful, empowering African American women being celebrated on a BET show called Black Girls Rock! The audience is full of African Americans celebrating their accomplishments, and network CEO Debra Lee and first lady Michelle Obama come out onstage to address these successful women. I am watching with the feeling of awe and empowerment for myself, but as a Latin woman instead. Then I stop for minute and ask my mother, "Why isn't there a Latin network like BET?" She replied, "There is: Univision and Telemundo." I flip to them during the commercial break and watch. "It's in Spanish," I responded. "You asked for a Latin network. There it is," she said. I can't accept this. I didn't grow up watching a predominately Spanish-speaking network. I speak English and my favorite shows do not consist of Spanish soap operas or outrageous game shows made for my abuela in the middle of the afternoon. The Latin network I look fo ...
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Daddy Yankee Says 'El Imperio Nazza' Album Will Have 'Mystic Touch'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Michael Lopez It looks like the seventh time may be the charm in Daddy Yankee’s universe. The reggaeton maestro is prepping album number seven and told fans it may be his best work yet. Titled "El Imperio Nazza", the record is reportedly a back-to-basics collection of hard thumping songs. DY describes it as “pure” and “raw” and something his longtime fans will appreciate. “It’s an album with a mystic touch,” he said at a recent Grammy event. “It’s a totally powerful disc for all fans who love reggaeton.” And from what we’ve heard so far, El Big Boss may be right. The leadoff single, “La Nueva y La Ex,” has drawn a ton of praise and already reached over one million YouTube views. Read more Blogamole's News and Chisme here.
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Zumba Creates New Fan Base For Latin Stars
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Zumba Fitness instructors worldwide are not only using a Latin-heavy song lineup in their classes, they're also creating new fans for artists such as Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar.
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Zumba is creating a new fan base for Latin stars
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Zumba Fitness instructors worldwide are not only using a Latin-heavy song lineup in their classes, they're also creating new fans for artists such as Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar.
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Daddy Yankee's 'Noche De Los Dos' Music Video Featuring Natalia Jimenez Premieres (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Ikam Acosta There’s a new Daddy Yankee video debuting Friday June 14, ‘A La Noche De Los 2,’ featuring Spanish singer Natalia Jimenez. Read More... More on Latino Entertainment
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Daddy Yankee: después de la falsa salida de closet la gente reacciona (TWEETS)
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Después de la falsa salida del closet de Daddy Yankee con desmentida de parte de sus representantes y el enojo de regaetonero con insultos de por medio, la gente no se quiso quedar al margen y mientras muchos decidieron apoyarlo, otros ignorarlo, hubo quienes se burlaron de los sucedido. A continuación una galería con las reacciones de la gente en Twitter, los fans, los no fans y una guerra de palabras. More...
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Daddy Yankee Clarifies Sexual Orientation
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
After several online news sites said reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee had publicly come out on Wednesday, the artist completely denied the rumors. Earlier that day, reports affirmed the Puerto Rican artist had issued a statement from a gay nightclub where he allegedly admited he was gay and talked about some compromising pictures that supposedly show him with another man. The Huffington Post contacted Daddy Yankee’s manager who completley denied the allegations and clarified the performer was just a victim of defamation. "Once again social networks are the protagonists in spreading false news, which have been replicated by other media involving a public figure. The story that is circulating about Daddy Yankee’s homosexuality declaration is a false story written by an Internet portal as many others, dedicated to fabricate and disseminate news through social networks,” said Helga García, president of Perfect Partners Public Relations. Meanwhile, the singer also turne ...
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LOOK: Their Real Names Will Surprise You!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Hispanic celebrities' real names are only seconds away from finally being revealed... Of course we knew it was (almost) impossible that Pitbull, Daddy Yankee or Taboo were born with those names, but what you woud've never imagined is what other Hispanic celebrities were also hiding behind their professional pseudonymous. Take a look below at what stars like Celia Cruz, America Ferrera, Gloria Estefan and Bruno Mars, among others were really called before launching their professional careers. And don't forget to tell us which one was your favorite pre-fame name.
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Daddy Yankee Clears Up The Rumors About His Sexuality
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
By Michael Lopez In the past few weeks, rumors about Daddy Yankee’s sexuality have been surfacing, though none of them have been consistent. One said he “came out” during a press conference and another said he was spotted in a gay club. Well DY has gone on record to officially clear the air, telling his fans that he is “100 percent straight.” Taking to Twitter, El Big Boss spoke openly and criticized those who believe everything they read on the web. “Once again, ignorance has come into play,” he said. “The internet is where lies become truths and the truth becomes myth.” And don’t take Daddy’s statement to mean he’s critical of the gay lifestyle. Last month he spoke about accepting all people, regardless of their sexual preferences. “I have people on my team who are gay and I respect them,” he told the Spanish press. Originally published on Blogamole as Blogamole Daddy Yankee Addresses Gay Rumors
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LOOK: Elton John, Jonas Brothers, And The Best Of Viña Del Mar 2013
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Chile has become famous for bringing some of the most important Latino and international artists worldwide, to form part of their renowned musical celebration “Festival de la Canción de Viñal del Mar.” This year wasn’t the exception, with the participation of popular stars like Elton John, Jonas Brothers, Albert Hammond, Daddy Yankee, Romeo Santos, among others. Using a black piano on stage on Thursday, Elton John sang some of his biggest hits, and was later awarded by the audience and the event’s organizers with the gold statue, the biggest symbol of recognition given in the festival, the Associated Press reports. But it was the Jonas Brothers who made Chileans fans go frantic, making the audience sing along while carrying posters with love messages. Other artists like Spanish singer Miguel Bosé, Venezuelans Chino y Nacho and Mexican band Maná, attended the special event during the week amusing their followers with some of their most successful songs. The ...
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Daddy Yankee's Newest Venture: The Red Cross
Huffington Post - about 4 years
By Michael Lopez It’s always great to hear about celebrities doing good deeds. And this week, Daddy Yankee has become our latest Agente de Cambio. El Big Boss just announced a major partnership with the Red Cross, which will help provide for Puerto Ricans in need. DY held a press conference announcing the news and specifically called out to his younger fans, encouraging them to do charitable work. “I’m part of the Red Cross, because I love service,” he said. “The message is simple: trying to raise awareness among the youth and have them be better acquainted with the Red Cross, and through the social networks I always try to (help) people know more.” Yankee will be part of a new Red Cross “Unete” campaign specifically targeting Puerto Rico. And to help sweeten the deal, he kicked off a contest that will give one public school some VIP time with El Big Boss. Originally published on Blogamole as Daddy Yankee Partners With The Red Cross
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Sabado Gigante Turns 50
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It’ll be a special “Sábado Gigante” tonight. Univision’s variety show celebrates its 50th anniversary Saturday. The three-hour show has aired continuously since 1962, when its iconic host “Dan Francisco” launched it as “Sábados Gigantes” in Chile -- earning it’s place as the longest-running television show in the Guiness Book of World Records. Univision acquired the program in 1986 and brought it to Miami. For the uninitiated, NPR’s Mandalit del Barco proffered a good description of the cooky program: For half a century, Sábado Gigante has been a raucous romp, with hours and hours of musical guests and dancers. It's a variety show; it's a talk show; it's a game show. Think Price Is Right meets American Idol meets The Gong Show. Francisco has his regular sidekicks, like "La Cuatro," who gets slapped for being naughty and sings very badly, and a masked character known as "El Chacal," the jackal. Whenever there's a really awful singer, he blows his trumpet and gets ...
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The Week In Music: What To Read Now, Insider Edition
NPR - over 4 years
For you: smooth jazz, Daddy Yankee, Baroness, white girl rappers and broke indie rock royalty. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Joshua Estrin: Paulina Rubio, Daddy Yankee and Vanilla Ice Turn Up the Volume on Health and Fitness
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It is hard to deny that with every point and click or changing of the channel that we are constantly bombarded with an overwhelming amount of bad news or media-generated fluff, or are simply bogged down as we wade through the muck of commercials that promise to super-size our lives and our waistlines. Some of the greatest minds have argued that the end will come not with a bang but a whisper. So perhaps change will not be a simple or quiet evolution, but instead a peaceful yet no less vigorous revolution; and how better to move the masses than through music, fitness and dance? At a time when the music industry has lost some of its greatest talents, and joyful noise is often traded for the salacious, an unexpected bright spot is burning red-hot in the name of all things Zumba. With a rich history in leading the pack, the brand has once again defied all the odds and broken all the rules by bringing together a seemingly mismatched team including the likes of Latin mega-s ...
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Review: A warp-speed Daddy Yankee at the Greek Theatre
LATimes - over 4 years
From 'Lovumba' to tracks off his upcoming new album, 'Prestige,' reggaetón star Daddy Yankee keeps his audience in party mode during his 17-song set at the Greek. Reggaetón star Daddy Yankee is a one-man pop conglomerate. Now 35, an age by which some performers already have burned through their bank accounts, Daddy Yankee presides over a diverse portfolio of assets: his own record label, a clothing line and lucrative promotional deals with soft-drink makers and sportswear manufacturers. He also has starred in movies as a vampire and a petty thug.
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Weekend roundup: Quince expo, Weaving Home project, Macy’s summer reading
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
PRETTY PRINCESS: Verizon’s My Fabulous Quince Expo returns to Houston on 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Verizon store at 10721 N. Freeway. You’ll get budget tips for planning the perfect Quince, also called  Quinceaneras, a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in Latin America. Latin artist Daddy Yankee also will be there to sign autographs at the store. The expo [...]
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Birthday Boy Prince Royce Leads 'Premios Juventud' Nominations
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Happy Birthday, Prince Royce! Today, the Dominican bachatero turns 22 and what better way to celebrate his cumpleaños than with 10 nominations for this year's Premios Juventud Awards. The "Stand By Me" singer is up for Red Hot Artist, The Catchiest Tune for "Las Cosas Pequeñas"; Favorite Video for "Las Cosas Pequeñas", My Ringtone for "Las Cosas Pequeñas", My Tropical Artist; Favorite Ballad for "Las Cosas Pequeñas"; Follow Me (Best Social Media) and two nominations for The Perfect Collabo: "Ven Conmigo" with Daddy Yankee and "El Verdadero Amor Perdona" with Maná. Other singers with multiple nominations include Romeo Santos, Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, and Ricky Martin. The ninth Annual Premios Juventud Awards will air live from Miami on Univision at 7 p.m. on July 19, 2012. Happy Birthday, Prince Royce! And congratulations on all of the nominations! IN HONOR OF HIS 22ND BIRTHDAY, CHECK OUT 22 PHOTOS OF PRINCE ROYCE:
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Weekend Picks: T&A with Scarlett James, House of Boys, Daddy Yankee and a ... - Montreal Gazette (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
I bumped into festival founder and star Scarlett James last night at CJAD 800 when we did back-to-back segments. There I discovered the Montreal Queen of Burlesque began her career just four shorts years ago! This weekend (August 25-28) marks the third
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Concierto de DADDY YANKEE en Caracas fue cancelado - EntornoInteligente
Google News - over 5 years
Por actividades gubernamentales, el concierto de DADDY YANKEE en Caracas (Venezuela) ha tenido que ser CANCELADO. ICARO SERVICES INC., lamenta esta cancelación que nada tiene que ver con el artista, ni con nosotros como agencia
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El Frente Wins 5® Gum 'Vive Tu Musica With 5™' Battle of the Bands - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The band competition was followed by performances by the Mexican pop band Reik and Daddy Yankee. Visit to see all the shows and the Grand Finale online. Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Daddy Yankee
  • 2016
    Age 39
    On April 28, 2016, Daddy Yankee was awarded the "Industry Leader Award" during the 2016 Latin Billboard Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Ayala has negotiated promotional deals with several companies outside of the music industry, releasing merchandise under his name. In 2005, he became the first Latin artist to sign a deal with Reebok, in order to produce accessories, including the licensed clothing line "DY", which was released in 2006. He also teamed up with the company to have his own shoes and sporting goods made, which were first distributed on May 23, 2006. Reebok continued the partnership with the introduction of the Travel Trainer collection in July 2007. In August 2007, Pepsi began an advertising campaign titled "Puertas", in which Ayala is depicted returning to his youth by opening a series of doors.
  • 2014
    Age 37
    On September 9, 2014 he released his first totally English single called "This Is Not A Love Song" featuring new rapper Duncan.
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    From May 13 to June 22, 2014, Ayala performed on his King Daddy Tour, touring several cities in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details He has also toured in South and North American cities. In Spain, his concerts were on the 4º position in the box-office ranking, being the first Latin artist on the top 5 in this country, underneath Iron Maiden and The Rolling Stones, and over artists like Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Michael Bublé. On June 17, 2014 the single "Ora Por Mí" (Spanish for "Pray For Me") was released as part of the King Daddy's bonus tracks and uses the Scorpions' "Send Me An Angel" instrumental, with a rap sampler. The official video for "Ora Por Mí" was released on June 24, 2014. It was filmed in many locations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and talks about Ayala's life and the dark side of fame. According to Ayala, it is the most personal song of his career. On September 2, 2014, it was released another single called "Palabras Con Sentido" (Spanish for "Words With Sense"), which defends reggaeton and urban music of all the accusations of being a "society poison". Daddy Yankee expressed that all music has something good to give, and if his music is wrong, all them have to be censured, because people like Mao Tse Tung, Stalin, Hitler, Timothy McVeigh and "the murderer of the famous Beatle" listened to another genres and made horrible things to society. On his single, he also says that urban music gives work and also save lives, like his own, and the solution would be that churches have to remain, journalists have to tell the truth, artists have to have more inspiration, and the rich people have to help the poor ones.
    During an interview in a radio station in January 2014, Ayala announced the film, but he only mentioned that many reggaeton exponents would take part of it.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2014 it was confirmed that the movie will be about the boxer Macho Camacho's life. According to Ayala, he had the boxer's support to film the movie, but it remained in nothing after Camacho's death on November 24, 2012. The film is due for release in 2015. The most recent Daddy Yankee's out-music project was the release of his game Trylogy, a 3D video game based in Tower Defense games. The game was successfully presented at the New York Comic Con and both young and old people were impressed by the 3D action video game. It was released on November 29, 2013 and also features Ayala's songs like "Gasolina" and "Limbo". In 2008, Ayala participated in a campaign to promote voting in the 2008 general elections in Puerto Rico. This initiative included a concert titled "Vota o quédate callado" (Vote or Remain Silent).
  • 2013
    Age 36
    In 2013 he released music videos of "El Amante" featuring J Alvarez, "Summertime" and "Noche de los Dos" featuring Natalia Jimenez, with millions of views on YouTube.
    More Details Hide Details On October 29, 2013, Daddy Yankee released a mixtape entitled "King Daddy", produced by Los De La Nazza (Musicologo & Menes), as part the Imperio Nazza Mixtapes series and was released as a digital-format only. The mixtape was made because of the high demand from the fans and is a return to his original reggaeton roots. It includes 11 tracks with collaborations from J Alvarez, Arcángel, Yandel, Farruko, and Divino. According to Ayala, "King Daddy" was recorded in two and a half weeks, because there was "a lot of inspiration". The song "La Rompe Carros" has garnered popularity among the public, but his hit single was "La Nueva y La Ex" which has been widely received all over South America, Europe, and North America. During a press conference earlier this year, Daddy Yankee announced the physical release of King Daddy scheduled for later this year with 3 or 4 bonus tracks for a total of 14 or 15 songs included.
    In 2013, Daddy Yankee performed on his Prestige World Tour, touring several countries in Europe including, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.
    More Details Hide Details He has also toured in Colombia, Peru, Chile in to sold out audiences.
    Later in 2013, the three artists performed songs like "Hipnotízame", "Mayor Que Yo" and "Noche De Entierro" in two concerts (one in Puerto Rico and another in Colombia).
    More Details Hide Details On February 25, 2013, Daddy Yankee performed in the 2013 Viña del Mar International Song Festival, to a sold-out audience. He performed hits like "Limbo", "Gasolina", "Pose", "Ella Me Levantó" and "Descontrol". He won the Silver and Golden Torch and the Silver and Golden Seagull recognitions.
  • 2012
    Age 35
    It was also nominated for Best Urban Song at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details The third single, "Pasarela," was released on June 20, 2012. The album peaked at number 39 on the Billboard 200, number one on both the Billboard Latin Albums and Latin Rhythm Albums charts. It also peaked at number five on the Billboard Rap Albums chart. The fourth and last single, Limbo, was released with the album. The song had a great success, reaching three #1 Billboard charts (Hot Latin Song, Latin Pop Song and Latin Rhythm Airplay) and having more than 200 million views on YouTube. The album was certified as Gold by the RIAA on March 8, 2013. The year 2012 had one of the most important genre events of the year: the reconciliation between Daddy Yankee and Wisin & Yandel, after some years of rivalry. Six years after their last collaboration, Daddy Yankee appeared on the duo's remix song "Hipnotízame", with positive acclaim from fans. Two months later, on February 16, 2013, Wisin & Yandel collaborated in the remix of "Limbo".
  • 2011
    Age 34
    The second single, "Lovumba," was released on October 4, 2011 and was a number one hit on the Billboard Latin Charts and the Latin Songs chart.
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    The first single, "Ven Conmigo," featuring bachata singer Prince Royce, was released on April 12, 2011 and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Latin Charts.
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  • 2010
    Age 33
    The second single, "Descontrol", was released on January 12, 2010, and topped the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay.
    More Details Hide Details The music video was filmed in New York City and was released on May 17, 2010. "La Despedida" was the third single, released on August 4, 2010. The song reached #4 in both Billboard Top Latin Songs and Latin Pop Songs. Other songs, like "Bailando Fue" (featuring Jowell & Randy) and "Échale Pique" (featuring Yomo) were not included in Mundial. Daddy Yankee's 6th studio album, Prestige was released on September 11, 2012. It was scheduled to be released on November or December 2011, but a hurricane damaged El Cartel Records and half of the album was lost. The lost tracks had to be reworked and was finally released nine months later.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    The single, "Grito Mundial", was released on October 8, 2009, in order to promote his ninth album, Mundial.
    More Details Hide Details The song was going to be the official theme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but Ayala rejected the FIFA offer, which gave them 100% of the rights. Despite releasing "El Ritmo No Perdona (Prende)" more than a month before, that single was not considered the first official promotional single.
    On April 24, 2009, he received the Spirit of Hope Award as part of the Latin Billboard Music Awards ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details The recognition is given to the artists that participate in their community or social efforts throughout the year.
    On February 27, 2009, he performed at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Chile.
    More Details Hide Details In this event, the artists receive awards based on the public's reaction. After performing "Rompe", "Llamado de emergencia", "Ella Me Levantó", "Gasolina", "Limpia Parabrisas" and "Lo Que Pasó, Pasó" over the course of two hours, Ayala received the "Silver Torch", "Gold Torch" and "Silver Seagull" recognitions.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    On August 25, 2008, Ayala endorsed Republican John McCain's candidacy for President of the United States, stating that McCain is a "fighter for the Hispanic community".
    More Details Hide Details As part of this campaign, Ayala moderated a debate titled "Vota o quédate callado: los candidatos responden a los jóvenes", which was aired on October 9, 2008. In 2007, Daddy Yankee became the spokesperson of the environmental organization "Yo Limpio a Puerto Rico (I Clean Puerto Rico) founded by Ignacio Barsottelli.
    Talento de Barrio's debut was scheduled for July 23, 2008, in New York's Latino Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details After the premier, Ayala expressed satisfaction, saying that he had been invited to audition for other producers. On release, Talento de Barrio broke the record held by Maldeamores for the most tickets to a Puerto Rican movie sold in a single day in Caribbean Cinemas. Ayala has been involved in the administration of three organizations, the first being El Cartel Records which he co-owns with Andres Hernandez. He also created the Fundación Corazón Guerrero, a charitable organization in Puerto Rico which works with young incarcerated people. On April 26, 2008, he was presented with a "Latino of the Year Award" by the student organization Presencia Latina of Harvard College, receiving it for his work with Puerto Rican youth and creating Corazón Guerrero. On February 6, 2008, Ayala announced in a Baloncesto Superior Nacional press conference that he had bought part of the Criollos de Caguas' ownership. He has also been active with Cruz Roja Puerto Rico in several media campaigns.
    On 17 August 2008 was released his soundtrack album Talento De Barrio for the eponymous film.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the album's release, Ayala scheduled several activities, including an in-store contract signing. The album was awarded as Multi-Platinum by RIAA on 17 April 2009.
    In July 2008, Ayala announced that as part of his work, he would produce a cover version of Thalía's song, "Ten Paciencia".
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    He appeared on the 2008 Rockstar Games' videogame Grand Theft Auto IV as the DJ of Radio San Juan Sounds, with spanglish lines.
    More Details Hide Details The radio includes reggaeton songs from Ayala's colleagues, like Wisin & Yandel, Hector "El Father", Tito El Bambino and Jowell & Randy. San Juan Sounds also featured Daddy Yankee's hit "Impacto".
  • 2006
    Age 29
    He made an exception in 2006 when he spoke about his relationship with his wife and children in an interview with María Celeste Arrarás in Al Rojo Vivo.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that his marriage is strong because he and his wife are "friends above anything", adding that he has tried to ignore other temptations because "weakness is the reason for the downfall of several artists." His first daughter was born when he was seventeen years old, which he has described as confusing at first, adding that raising a daughter at that age was a hard experience. Film
  • 2005
    Age 28
    Barrio Fino also won the "Reggaeton Album of the Year" award in the Latin Billboard that took place on April 28, 2005, where he performed a mix of three of his songs in a duet with P.
    More Details Hide Details Diddy. The album was promoted throughout Latin America, the United States, and Europe, reaching certified gold in Japan. Due to the album's success, Ayala received promotional contracts with radio stations and soda companies, including Pepsi. His hit single, "Gasolina", received the majority of votes cast for the second edition of Premios Juventud, in which it received eight nominations and won seven awards. Ayala also made a live presentation during the award ceremony. "Gasolina" received nominations in the Latin Grammy and MTV Video Music Awards. The successful single, "Gasolina", was covered by artists from different music genres. This led to a controversy when "Los Lagos", a Mexican banda group, did a cover with the original beat but changed the song's lyrics. The group's label had solicited the copyright permission to perform the single and translate it to a different music style, but did not receive consent to change the lyrics; legal action followed. Speaking for the artist, Ayala's lawyer stated that having his song covered was an "honor, but it must be done the right way."
  • 2004
    Age 27
    Ayala has worked in the film industry as both an actor and producer. His acting debut was as an extra in the 2004 film Vampiros, directed by Eduardo Ortiz and filmed in Puerto Rico.
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered at the Festival of Latin American Cinema in New York, where it received a positive reaction. This led Image Entertainment to produce a DVD, internationally released in March 2005. Ayala played the main role, "Edgar Dinero", in Talento de Barrio, which was filmed in Puerto Rico and directed by José Iván Santiago. Ayala produced the film, which is based on his experience of growing up in a poor city neighborhood. While the film is not directly a biography, Ayala has stated that it mirrors his early life.
    He also performed in Rio Grande City, Texas before hitting the big stage in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Ayala won several international awards, making him one of the most recognized reggaeton artists within the music industry. The first award of the year was Lo Nuestro Awards within the "Album of the Year" category, which he received for Barrio Fino. In this event he performed "Gasolina" in a performance that was described as "innovative".
    Barrio Fino was released in 2004, and the album received numerous awards, including Lo Nuestro Awards and a Latin Billboard, as well as receiving nominations for the Latin Grammy and MTV Video Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Barrio Fino performed well in the sales charts of the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Japan, and it is one of the most important reggaeton albums in the history of the genre. Ayala's next album, Barrio Fino, was produced by Luny Tunes and DJ Nelson among others and released in July 2004 by El Cartel Records and VI Music. It was the most highly anticipated album in the reggaeton community. Ayala had enjoyed Salsa music since he was young, and this led him to include music of genres besides reggaeton in the album. The most prominent of these cross-genre singles was "Melao", in which he performed with Andy Montañez. The album was described as his most complete, and with it he intended to introduce combinations of reggaeton and other genres to the English-speaking market. Barrio Fino was followed up by an international tour with performances in numerous countries including the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Honduras, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, and the United States. The album has sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone and has sold well throughout Latin America and worldwide.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    In 2003, Daddy Yankee released a compilation album named Los Homerun-es, which contains his first charted single ("Segurosqui"), five new songs and 12 remakes of DJ Playero's albums songs. that was later charted, "Seguroski", being his first charted single after six of them.
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    In 2003, Ayala collaborated for the first time with the prestigious reggaeton producers Luny Tunes in the album Mas Flow, with his commercial success song "Cógela Que Va Sin Jockey" (a.k.a. "Métele Con Candela").
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    He released two compilation albums: El Cartel and El Cartel II, in 1997 and 2001, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Both albums were very famous around Puerto Rico, but were not very successful around Latin America. Between those years, Ayala released a total of nine music videos, including "Posición" featuring Alberto Stylee, "Tu Cuerpo En La Cama" featuring Nicky Jam and "Muévete Y Perrea". In 2002, El became Ayala's first album with international success, receiving coverage in the markets of New York City and Miami with hits including "Latigazo", "Son Las Doce", "Guayando" and other songs like "Enciende", which talks about different social problems of the era, mentioning 9/11, corruption and religion.
  • 1995
    Age 18
    His first official studio project as a solo artist was No Mercy, which was released on April 2, 1995 through White Lion Records and BM Records in Puerto Rico.
    More Details Hide Details Early in his career he attempted to imitate the style of Vico C. He went on to emulate other artists in the genre, including DJ Playero, DJ Nelson, and DJ Drako, taking elements from their styles in order to develop an original style. In doing so, he eventually abandoned the traditional model of rap and became one of the first artists to perform reggaeton. In 1997, Daddy Yankee collaborated with the rapper Nas, who was an inspiration for Ayala, in the song "The Profecy", for the album Boricua Guerrero.
  • 1977
    Age 0
    Born on February 3, 1977.
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