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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James Corden's Dad Rapping With Daddy Yankee At Grammys Is Everything
Huffington Post - 18 days
"The Late Late Show" host's parents had a blast covering backstage goings-on.
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Grammys 2018 performers and presenters
Fox News - about 1 month
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Pink and Childish Gambino are set to take the stage at the 2018 Grammys.
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A Man In Japan Plays 'Despacito' On Calculators
NPR - 6 months
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee had the song of the summer with "Despacito." In an unusual cover of the song: two calculators are used to play the tones on each key that mimic the notes of the hit song.
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'Despacito' tops 3 billion views, becomes YouTube's most popular clip ever
LATimes - 7 months
The music video for the No. 1 hit song “Despacito” has a new record — it's become the most popular clip on YouTube of all time with more than 3 billion views. YouTube announced Friday that Luis Fonsi's ubiquitous song with Daddy Yankee has surpassed previous record holder “See You Again,” the song...
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This Is the New Most-Watched YouTube Video of All Time - TIME
Google News - 7 months
TIME This Is the New Most-Watched YouTube Video of All Time TIME "Despacito" does it again. This time, the Spanish-language song from Luis Fonsi, featuring reggaeton king Daddy Yankee, has finally taken the crown as the most-watched video on YouTube. (Last month, it nabbed the title as most-streamed song of all time ... The Meaning of 'Despacito' in the Age of TrumpNew York Times La Perla Neighborhood After 'Despacito': This is How They Do It Down in Puerto RicoBillboard 'Despacito' Has Just Become The Most Popular Video Of All Time On YouTubeForbes The Verge -HuffPost -Salon -ABC News all 74 news articles »
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Daddy Yankee Becomes First Latino Artist To Reach No. 1 On Spotify
Huffington Post - 7 months
“I had to face prejudice and marginalization, but today this genre called Reggeaton is the most heard around the world.”
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Daddy Yankee Singing 'Despacito' With Cancer Patient Needs No Translation
Huffington Post - 8 months
Move over, Biebs.
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Spotify Ad Calling Justin Bieber A 'Latin King' Infuriates Latinxs
Huffington Post - 8 months
Spotify has officially pulled an ad naming Justin Bieber a “Latin King,” after uproar from Latinos around the web. The advertisement seemed to connect Bieber with the mainstream success of Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” (featuring Daddy Yankee) in the United States. The Canadian star remixed the already global hit in April and that version became the first No. 1 Spanish-language single in the country since the “Macarena” in 1996. The ad garnered attention after one Twitter user posted a screenshot and a short message directed at Spotify on June 14. The message in the tweet included a few words asking the streaming company to take down the ad on behalf of the Latinx community.   dear @Spotify , take this down. this is disrespectful. I'm sure we all agree. -sincerely, ALL LATINXS. pic.twitter.com/GZ56lzHncn — paletero papi (@pablocurates) June 14, 2017 Latinos have pointed out that the Spotify ad whitewashed the work of the Latino artists who were truly behind the...
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Flight Attendant Gives 'Despacito' The Sky High Remix It Deserves
Huffington Post - 9 months
A flight attendant from Spain is on cloud nine after his reworked version of “Despacito” went viral. Javier Otero, a steward for low-cost Irish airline Ryanair, sang his interpretation of the Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber smash hit over the intercom during a flight from Gran Canaria to Seville last week. Video of his passionate performance, in which he changed the song’s lyrics and title to “Dos Euritos” (two little Euros) to promote the sale of scratch-off tickets, was shared to Facebook on Saturday: The video also features Spanish former Arsenal and Atlético Madrid soccer player José Antonio Reyes clapping Otero on. It had garnered more than 4 million views by early Wednesday. “I am the one who does the public announcements,” Otero, from the southwestern city of Cadiz, told BuzzFeed España. “And I like to do them my way, with a little grace, so that they are not boring, since in Ryanair they give me a freedom that other airlines do not give its...
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The 'Despacito' Lyric Guide That Every Non-Spanish Speaker Needs
Huffington Post - 9 months
Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” became the No. 1 song in the country last week, a feat that hasn’t been achieved by a Spanish-language song since the “Macarena” in 1996. The hit’s original version features reggeaton superstar Daddy Yankee. But in April, Justin Bieber decided to join the worldwide phenomenon and collaborated on a remix that quickly climbed the U.S. charts.  Bieber sings in Spanish for the first time on the track, and Fonsi said the Canadian artist learned the lyrics phonetically in less than a week. The Spanish lyrics didn’t seem to stick, however, as the singer appeared to forget all the words to the song during a New York City club performance on Tuesday. We get it, “Despacito” can be challenging for non-Spanish speakers. That’s why HuffPost Latino Voices is giving English-speaking fans a quick lyric guide.  Here’s a rough translation of what the No. 1 song in the country is actually talking about. And yes, we’re using the lyrics from the original version.  “...
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'Despacito' Is The First Spanish-Language Song To Be No. 1 In The U.S. Since The 'Macarena'
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi's ‘Despacito’ Remix Just Had 2017's Biggest YouTube Debut
Huffington Post - 10 months
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” has become a worldwide phenomenon since its release in January. With over a billion views on YouTube, the hit is looking like a top contender for song of the summer. Even Justin Bieber is a fan. The Canadian singer lent his star power and voice to the recently recorded remix of “Despacito.” The new version features Bieber singing in Spanish for the first time and has already left its mark on YouTube since its release Sunday. The remix audio video had approximately 20 million views in the first 24 hours since its release, making it the biggest debut of a music video on YouTube in 2017 so far, according to Billboard.  Thanks for the invite to the show @justinbieber Fui a ver el show y termine arriba del escenario #Despacito #DespacitoRemix #VersionImprovisada #Choliseo A post shared by Luis Fonsi (@luisfonsi) on Apr 18, 2017 at 8:37pm PDT Bieber gave fans in Puerto Rico a special surprise...
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Why This Mom Is Glad Millions Have Watched Her Dance While In Labor
Huffington Post - 12 months
When Amber Bush was finally ready to welcome her baby a week after her due date, her birth plan “kind of got thrown out the window.” She did manage to check one thing off her list, though, and danced before meeting her new addition. On Dec. 28, Bush was pregnant at a hospital in Newport News, Virginia, awaiting the arrival of her daughter, Amelia. While six centimeters dilated and wearing mesh underwear because her water had broken, Bush decided to start dancing with her sister-in-law to try to speed up the process. Bush’s doula, Jessica Weisbrod, captured Bush dancing to the V.I.C. song “Wobble” and posted it on her Facebook page Birthing in Love, where it has been viewed more than 8 million times.  Bush told The Huffington Post she also danced to songs by Pitbull, Nicki Minaj and Daddy Yankee. Dancing had been part of her original birth plan, but many of the other things she wanted to do didn’t go as planned. When her doula asked if she could post the video on...
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My TV Wish List for Future: Latin-Culture Network but with English Dialogue
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 f...
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Daddy Yankee Says 'El Imperio Nazza' Album Will Have 'Mystic Touch'
Huffington Post - over 4 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 4 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 4 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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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Daddy Yankee
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 39
    On April 28, 2016, Daddy Yankee was awarded the "Industry Leader Award" during the 2016 Latin Billboard Awards.
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  • 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.
    From May 13 to June 22, 2014, Ayala performed on his King Daddy Tour, touring several cities in Europe.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    In 2013, Daddy Yankee performed on his Prestige World Tour, touring several countries in Europe including, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.
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    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).
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    It was also nominated for Best Urban Song at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards.
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  • 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.
    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.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    The second single, "Descontrol", was released on January 12, 2010, and topped the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay.
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    The single, "Grito Mundial", was released on October 8, 2009, in order to promote his ninth album, Mundial.
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    On April 24, 2009, he received the Spirit of Hope Award as part of the Latin Billboard Music Awards ceremony.
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    On February 27, 2009, he performed at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Chile.
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  • 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".
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    Talento de Barrio's debut was scheduled for July 23, 2008, in New York's Latino Film Festival.
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    On 17 August 2008 was released his soundtrack album Talento De Barrio for the eponymous film.
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    In July 2008, Ayala announced that as part of his work, he would produce a cover version of Thalía's song, "Ten Paciencia".
    He appeared on the 2008 Rockstar Games' videogame Grand Theft Auto IV as the DJ of Radio San Juan Sounds, with spanglish lines.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    He also performed in Rio Grande City, Texas before hitting the big stage in 2004.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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").
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 20
    He released two compilation albums: El Cartel and El Cartel II, in 1997 and 2001, respectively.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 0
    Born on February 3, 1977.
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