Daddy Yankee, the pioneering superstar of reggaeton
Daddy Yankee is known as the "King of Reggaeton", having coined the term himself to describe the music that he plays. This is a form of music originating in his native Puerto Rico, a mixture of Jamaican dancehall with hip-hop and Latin American music. He became a world superstar thanks to the hit song "Despacito", which he performed with Luis Fonsi. This is his archetypal sound that has made him one of the most sought-after performers on the global circuit, making it always worthwhile buying or selling Daddy Yankee tickets on StubHub.
From the edge of Major League Baseball to Latin pop stardom
Daddy Yankee was originally going to be a professional baseball player in the USA, having almost signed with the Seattle Mariners Major League organisation when he was involved in a freak shooting accident that ended his sporting aspirations. He'd already begun to record his first album by this time, so was able to devote himself to his musical career as a consolation – little knowing that this would bring him fame and fortune far beyond what he was likely to gain from a baseball career. He focused on the sounds that were coming from the streets of his home town, which had begun to incorporate American hip-hop styles into traditional Caribbean music, adding a touch of his favourite reggae dancehall music to come up with what he would introduce to the world as Reggaeton. His first single was a massive hit. "Gasolina" captured the imagination of the entire Latin music world, as well as making inroads into the US hip-hop and dance markets, resulting in an international hit on his first attempt. A lead-off home run, if you will. Experience this infectious music style when you get your own Daddy Yankee tickets.
The best-selling Latin artist of the decade
From there it got even sweeter for Daddy Yankee, and indeed his fans, when the aforementioned "Despacito" became the most played song ever on YouTube in 2017. Astoundingly, it has amassed over a billion views, and was also the most streamed songs on Spotify in the same year. Yet even before that, the man who started life as Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez had already released the biggest selling Latin music record of the 2000s. This is clearly a man who was destined for the stage rather than the baseball diamond, and his having outsold the likes of Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé and Michael Bublé in many countries around the world is certainly a testimony to that. He now also has his own line of Reebok accessories, has released a 3D video game and opened the world's first museum of reggaeton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He's nothing short of a cultural icon, and an international music phenomenon, and we can highly recommend getting Daddy Yankee tickets whenever he plays in concert. As always, make StubHub your first port of call to get them.
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