Take A Look Close At Don Omar’s Career Before His Retirement In 2017

Don Omar has been at the top of the reggaetón scene since his first solo album dropped in 2003. In the last 15 years, he’s had an insane career, and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. His much-discussed feud with Daddy Yankee was finally settled with The Kingdom World Tour in 2016, and he announced his retirement less than a year later. Even though he’s reportedly retired, he’s still making music, and with the rise of other big reggaetón artists like Ozuna, Natti Natasha, and Gustavo Elis, it’s important to pay homage to one of the original kings. Here are some facts you gotta know about the legendary Don Omar.

1. His full name is William Omar Landrón Rivera 

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William Omar Landrón Rivera was born in 1978, the oldest son of William Landrón and his wife Luz Antonia Rivera. He says that from a young age he’s been interested in music, especially the work of Vico C and Brewley MC.

2. He was born in a barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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He’s extremely proud of his Puerto Rican heritage, even going so far as to tattoo the Puerto Rican coat of arms on his bicep. He was raised around the Villa Palmeras area.

3. He was an active member of his church growing up and only left to focus on his singing career. 

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As a young teenager, he joined a Protestant church called Iglesia Evangélica Restauración en Cristo and hoped to become a preacher. He even gave sermons to fellow worshippers. He only left the church to dedicate himself to music.

4. He started his career with nightclub performances and singles on compilation albums 

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Don Omar started his career with performances in smaller nightclubs accompanied by DJ Eliel Lind Osorio. He developed a good reputation, and quickly switched to writing and producing songs on compilation albums, alongside other popular Puerto Rican artists like Luny Tunes and Noriega.

5. It was Héctor El Bambino who gave him his first big break

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Héctor El Bambino, aka Héctor El Father was a popular rapper and producer working in Puerto Rico at the time. He offered Don Omar the chance to sing backup for his duo Héctor & Tito, and was so impressed by what he heard that he helped to produce Don Omar’s first solo album.

6. The Last Don brought Don Omar into the mainstream

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The release of his first studio album in 2003 rocketed Don Omar into the mainstream. The album featured collaborations with soon-to-be-rival Daddy Yankee, and onetime benefactors Héctor & Tito. It hit #2 of the Billboard Top Latin Albums and was certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

7. His next album, King of Kings, was the highest ranking reggaetón LP at the time. 

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Not content with hitting No. 2 on the charts, Don Omar’s next album King of Kings spent an unbelievable 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The album was released in May 2006, and even though a special edition of the album leaked online, sales of the final album still went gold.

8. Don Omar’s third studio album is dedicated to his cousin, Cordell Brown. 

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After King of Kings, Don Omar went back into the studio and made iDon, his third studio album. iDon is dedicated to his cousin Cordell Brown.

9. Don Omar created the Orfanato Music Group in 2007 

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The Orfanato Music Group, which also goes by the acronym OMG, functions as an independent record label, which represents many up and coming artists working across multiple Latin genres. Currently, the artists represented by OMG include Don Omar, Danny Fornaris, and Xavi “The Destroyer.”

10. In 2010, Don Omar solidified himself as a kingmaker with Don Omar Presents: Meet The Orphans. 

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Three years after OMG was first created, Don Omar released an album called Meet The Orphans, which featured tons of new and upcoming artists from his label. The lead track was “Danza Kuduro”, which quickly became a gigantic hit.

READ: 11 Of Your Favorite Reggaetoneros Then And Now

11. He was detained in Bolivia in 2007 

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He was held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, after a dispute between himself and a concert promoter got out of hand. The matter was settled before a local judge.

12. Overall, he’s released 5 studio albums and has a sixth upcoming 

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His sixth album, Sociedad Secreta, is expected in April 2019.

13. Don Omar is also an actor

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Don Omar has appeared onscreen as Rico Santos in the Fast and the Furious franchise three times now. His character is a thief who joins Dominic Toretto’s team. He even starred in the short film Los Bandoleros, which bridged the fourth and fifth film.

14. His song “Danza Kuduro” was featured on the Fast Five soundtrack. 

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Based on an earlier French-Portuguese song called “Vem Dançar Kuduro”, “Danza Kuduro” featured at the very end of Fast Five and appeared on the soundtrack.

15. He has almost as many live albums as studio albums 

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Right now, that’s a total of four live albums, five studio albums, and one greatest hits collection, Los Bandoleros Reloaded. 

16. His most famous rivalry is with Daddy Yankee 

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The two artists were born within a year of each other around San Juan, and have been publicly feuding for almost a decade over the title ‘The King of Reggaetón”. In 2016, they announced that they would be performing together on The Kingdom World Tour. Tour tickets sold out in minutes.

READ: Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The One And Only Daddy Yankee

17. He has four kids  

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His first marriage was to Melissa Del Valle, and they have one son, Nicolas Valle Gomez. His next relationship was with Jackie Guerrido, a Univision journalist. The couple has three children named Diana, Derek, and Daniel, all of whom have Omar as a middle name.

18. He’s been in two publicly serious relationships. 

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His first relationship with Melissa Del Valle lasted for one year. Although he was married to Guerrido for three years, the couple divorced in 2011.

19. He has several tattoos 

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Don Omar has several visible tattoos, including a totem pole on his right forearm, and the coat of arms of Puerto Rico on his left arm. Below the coat of arms, there’s a half-sleeve of intricately designed scrollwork.

20. He has a ton of different nicknames 

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Like Daddy Yankee, he calls himself El Rey. In fact, it was only in 2016 that the pair agreed to stop their feud and both accept the title. He’s also known as D.O., and the King of Kings. His social media profiles suggest that he’s recently started using the nickname Kong.

21. He announced his retirement in 2017 

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On Sept. 1, 2017, Don Omar announced that he would officially be retiring from the music industry after a series of concerts at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan. He even released a number of tickets that only cost 99 cents in an effort to ensure that anyone regardless of income could attend. Even though these November 2017 concerts were meant to be his last, he recently embarked on a collaboration with Bad Bunny- so it’s possible diehard fans will be able to see El Rey in concert again one day.

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Bad Bunny Talks New Music And His Future In Reggaetón In A Powerful New Interview


Bad Bunny Talks New Music And His Future In Reggaetón In A Powerful New Interview

So much of this year has been spent inside our apartments singing and dancing to Bad Bunny hits like “Safaera” and “Yo Perreo Sola” or looking through countless magazines that made him their cover boy.

It seems that 2020 is peak Bad Bunny, as the reggaetónero takes over the world bringing us hit after hit while bringing perreo into the mainstream.

Now, in his latest cover story in The Culture Issue of the New York Times, San Benito gives us insight into what his 2020 has been like, what we can expect from him in the not so distant future and what being a Puerto Rican super star means to him.

Bad Bunny is taking over the world and his latest interview with the New York Times details just how he plans to do it.

‘The World According to Bad Bunny’ – that is what graces the cover of the New York Times’ latest Culture Issue. And it catches your eye – his full face, including his now signature mustache – force you to do a double take to soak in all of his glory. Or maybe that was just my reaction…

Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio — more popularly known as Bad Bunny, San Benito, El Conejo Malo — is the reggaetónero we’ve all fallen in love with and who is topping charts throughout the world. 

His latest feature story covers everything from his love for Puerto Rico to his next album, but it’s also another major step for the artist in putting both is home and the Latino community on the world stage.

His profile begins with Bad Bunny discussing his album YHLQMDLG, which begins with the song “Si Veo a Tu Mamá”, which has a verse we can all relate to in 2020: “maldito Año Nuevo” (or “this damn new year”). But despite all the BS that 2020 has thrown our way, Bad Bunny has managed to shine through by being an advocate when it comes to so many issues.

Bad Bunny says he feels like an “athlete representing his Puerto Rico at the Olympics.“

San Benito has made it his mission to put his homeland on the map and to showcase to the world the problems that Boricuas face on the island. In the interview, Bad Bunny describes himself as an athlete representing Puerto Rico in the Olympics.

Those problems he speaks of include the island’s status as a commonwealth territory of the U.S. which means its citizens on the island cannot vote for president or have any voting representatives in Congress. 

The natural disasters of Hurricane Maria, Irma and the earthquakes that rung in 2020 also add to the laundry list of problems, and also came with little financial help from Trump’s federal government, which has left Puerto Rico in a vulnerable state to this day.

In language, Caribbean Spanish like that of Puerto Rico is heavily criticized by the so-called sophisticated Latin Americans, but they all bop their heads to Bad Bunny tunes like “Safaera,” “La Romana,” and more.

So many of us love Bad Bunny for his constant activism and he doesn’t disappoint in this NYT piece.

Bad Bunny is known for breaking cultural stereotypes, shattering boundaries others couldn’t dream of, and advocating for women. He’s even openly talked about depression, and shown the world it is okay not to feel okay.

His activism has also shown support for the trans community with the video “Yo Perreo Sola,” dressed in drag, or when he’s done public appearances wearing a skirt and a shirt that read “mataron a alexa, no a un hombre en falda.”

However, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Benito was suspiciously mute — no posts on social media, no interviews. He seemed to have disappeared at a moment that so many of us could of benefited from his compassion. Many criticized the singer for his silence.

But on June 12, a TIME article was published about him speaking out, through email exchanges, and how he did not want to just send a basic message, but rather go deeper to “support the fight against a systematic monster that’s been [around for] centuries.”

Bad Bunny also speaks out about reggaetón’s black roots – which so often go unmentioned.

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As for inspirations, Benito called out the prominent Black stars who helped shape reggaetón into the phenomenon that is it today. He admits that’s something he’s still learning about. “As a child, for better or worse, I always lived in my bubble,” Benito says. “Now, I could say – and people do say – it’s a form of privilege. But it’s always been my way of being. Me, in my house and in my bubble, imagining a better, more magical world.”

As he ascends into the pop mainstream, Bad Bunny also opens up about returning reggaetón to its Puerto Rican roots on his album YHLQMDLG. “Since reggaetón went pop all over the world, I don’t feel like people really know the sound that raised me, that I grew up studying,” he says. “This is the album I would’ve wanted to release when I was 15 and dreamed of being a singer.” Benito also hints to the next project, adding, “My next album doesn’t have anything to do with YHLQMDLG.”

It’s a long interview but, come on, it’s with Bad Bunny so the entire interview is worth the read. You can check out the NYT piece here.

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The McDonald’s x J Balvin Collaboration Is No Longer Happening


The McDonald’s x J Balvin Collaboration Is No Longer Happening

Update January 19, 2021

If you have been looking forward to the J Balvin and McDonald’s collaboration, you might be disappointed. After months of anticipation, the collaboration is no longer happening.

The highly anticipated J Balvin and McDonald’s collab is not happening.

J Balvin fans were so excited to get their hands on some limited edition J Balvin and McDonald’s merch, including sandals and beanies. McDonald’s was hoping to cash in on the J Balvin fandom like they did with Travis Scott. There was a J Balvin mean which consisted of a Big Mac with no pickles, medium fries with ketchup, and an Oreo McFlurry.

According to Business Insider, the collaboration was canceled due to production issues. Namely, the products did not reach their expectations. An email to customers who placed orders states that everyone will receive a full refund along with a beanie and note from J Balvin.

Original: If you thought J Balvin couldn’t get any more successful than he already is, you were wrong.

On Monday, McDonalds announced a surprise collaboration with the chart-topping Colombian reggaeton singer.

According to their press release, McDonalds and J Balvin have teamed up to create a signature “J Balvin Meal”. The meal will consist of a Big Mac, fries with ketchup and an Oreo McFlurry. Customers who order the meal through the app will get the McFlurry for free. The meal will be available until November 1st, so it is indeed, a limited-time offer.

“As a longtime McDonald’s fan, I am excited to join the short list of global icons who have had a meal named in their honor,” Balvin said in the press release. “I am looking forward to sharing my signature order with my fans, along with more surprises that are to come with this partnership. ¡Lego!”

McDonald’s had been teasing the meal for days, tweeting out messages like “reply to this tweet and we’ll tell you a secret about our next collab meal”. They also sent out a cryptic tweet where they just posted a bunch of rainbow-colored circles (for those of you who don’t know, J Balvin loves rainbow colors so much that he named his fifth studio album “Colores” and called his tour the “Arcoiris” tour).

The J Balvin x McDonald’s collab comes on the heels of the fast food chain’s wildly successful collaboration with rapper Travis Scott.

The Travis Scott Meal (which was literally just a quarter pounder with cheese topped with lettuce and bacon, fries with barbecue sauce, and a Sprite) was so popular that McDonald’s reported nationwide shortages of the meal’s key ingredients, like lettuce, slivered onions, and bacon.

It makes sense that the most popular artist in the world is getting his own McDonald’s meal. And naturally, fans have some thoughts…

The opportunity to express their opinions about this unconventional collaboration was just too tempting to pass up.

The memes about the possibility of multi-colored burgers were plentiful.

If McDonald’s offered multi-colored burgers, something tells us they would have people lining up out the door.

Of course, people couldn’t help but take a jab at McDonald’s *constant* broken ice-cream machines.

McDonald’s might as well have added a disclaimer to their press release explaining that the McFlurries would only be available at locations in the U.S. with working ice-cream machines (all ten of them).

Some people were even brain-storming ideas for the next famous artist and McDonald’s collab:

Considering McDonald’s prides itself as a family-friendly establishment, we’re not sure how they could pull this one off…although we’d love to see them try!

We wonder what artist McDonald’s plans to collaborate with next!

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