Daddy Yankee thanked followers for serving to him make reggaetón a worldwide phenomenon all through his 32 yr profession.
NEW YORK — Daddy Yankee stunned his followers by saying his imminent retirement from music with an album and a farewell tour, greater than three a long time after beginning a profession that put reggaetón on the world map with hits together with “Gasolina”, “Somos de Calle”, “Con Calma” and “Despacito.”
His success has made him one of many largest idols in Latin music and a winner of six Latin Grammy Awards.
“This profession, which has been a marathon, ultimately I see the end line,” the 45-year-old Puerto Rican star stated in Spanish in a video posted Sunday evening on his web site. “This style, individuals inform me that I made it world, nevertheless it was you who gave me the important thing to open the doorways to make this style the most important on the planet.
“Immediately I announce formally my retirement from music by supplying you with my finest manufacturing and my finest live performance tour,” added Yankee, who in 1995 launched his first album, “No Mercy,” and reached worldwide stardom a couple of years later with the long-lasting “Barrio Fino.”
Yankee, whose actual identify is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, will launch “Legendaddy” on Thursday evening, which he outlined as “a collector’s merchandise” that can embrace all of the types which have outlined him. “‘Legendaddy’ is wrestle, celebration, battle, romance,” he stated of the album, his first in a decade since 2012’s “Status.”
In the summertime, he’ll launch “La Última Vuelta” (which suggests the final lap or the final spherical,) a 41-date tour kicking off August 10 in Portland, Oregon that can take him throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America, ending on December 2 in Mexico Metropolis.
Pre-sale tickets might be obtainable on Friday, whereas the overall sale begins on March 30.
“I at all times labored to not fail you, to not search for any issues, with a number of self-discipline, to have the ability to encourage youngsters to be leaders, to dream of progress, to not take into consideration limitations, and to work for his or her households and their individuals,” stated the singer generally known as the “King of Reggaetón.”
“Within the neighborhoods the place we grew up, most of us needed to be drug sellers. Immediately, I am going right down to the barrios and small villages and most of them need to be singers. Which means rather a lot to me.”
He concluded by expressing his gratitude to his followers, his colleagues, producers, broadcast media and press, “and particularly you, who’ve been with me from the underground, from the roots, from the start of reggaetón.”