Daddy Yankee Publicizes Retirement With Farewell Tour, Album – Billboard


Daddy Yankee has introduced that he’s retiring from music.

The reggaetón star, born Raymond Ayala — whose profession exploded with 2004’s breakthrough hit “Gasolina,” launching a style that altered the sound and enterprise of Latin music and have become a worldwide phenomenon — will culminate his musical run with Legendaddy, his first new studio album in 10 years, and a world tour. Daddy Yankee had hinted at retirement and a final album and tour throughout an interview at Billboard’s Latin Music Week final 12 months, however had but to make an official announcement.

“At present, I’m saying my retirement from music by providing you with my greatest manufacturing and my greatest live performance tour,” Daddy Yankee mentioned in a press release in a press launch issued on Sunday (March 20). “I’ll say goodbye celebrating these 32 years of expertise with this new collector’s merchandise, the album Legendaddy. I’m going to provide you all of the types which have outlined me, in a single single album.”

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Daddy Yankee’s Legendaddy is about to be launched on Could 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

His La Última Vuelta World Tour, a five-month trek, is about to kick off on Aug. 10 in Portland, Oregon and run by way of December. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale on March 25, with a normal public sale to observe on March 30. A full set of present tour dates is on the market on his official web site.

Daddy Yankee has had six No. 1s on the Prime Latin Albums chart, beginning with 2004’s Barrio Fino, the first-ever reggaetón album to hit that spot. As of March 2022, he’s seen 76 entries on Latin Airplay and 86 on Scorching Latin Songs, together with the record-shattering “Despacito” alongside Luis Fonsi.

“I wish to say I took the bullets,” he advised Billboard in 2021 of bringing reggaetón to the mainstream music market. “I needed folks to know my essence, the place I come from, what I characterize. However on the identical time, I needed to take my tradition to the very high. I can’t let you know there was a formulation. Reggaetón was initially solely recognized on the East Coast. Once I launched Barrio Fino, the West Coast didn’t get it. I’d go to Los Angeles or Mexico and other people knew Daddy Yankee, however they didn’t know what reggaetón was. I needed to take the tradition with me in all places so it turned everlasting as a substitute of really fizzling out like different genres the place artists merely promote themselves. Once I did promotion, I talked about all of the artists in my album: ‘That is me. However this album additionally options Zion & Lennox, Plan B, Ivy Queen.’ I needed to play their music and say, ‘That is them. That is reggaetón.’”

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Daddy Yankee has introduced that he’s retiring from music. The reggaetón star, born Raymond Ayala — whose profession exploded with 2004’s breakthrough hit “Gasolina,” launching a style that altered the sound and enterprise of Latin music and have become a worldwide phenomenon — will culminate his musical run with Legendaddy, his first new studio album…

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