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.

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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.

Bad Bunny Surprises With Release Of New Album ‘Las Que No Iban a Salir’ Extending His Reign As Reggaeton’s Leading Man


Bad Bunny Surprises With Release Of New Album ‘Las Que No Iban a Salir’ Extending His Reign As Reggaeton’s Leading Man

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I know we’re all in quarantine and millions are still in lockdown. But Bad Bunny is making these super strange times a bit less horrible thanks so his constant stream of entertainment.

From his album ‘YHLQMDLG’, which he just released in March, to free concerts on Instagram Live and some seriously perfect Instagram stories – Bad Bunny is making sure we’re all well-stocked with Bad Bunny content during this pandemic.

And now, our beloved Conejo Malo kicked off his Mother’s Day celebration by dropping a collection of tracks – which were definitely teased during his next-level Instagram Live from last weekend – titled Las Que No Iban a Salir, or The [tracks] That Weren’t Going to be Released.

Las Que No Iban a Salir is just the latest in epic drops from the epic reggaetonero.

Just two months after the release of his last album, Bad Bunny is back with a surprise new album. It’s called Las Que No Iban a Salir. Among the guests on this surprise 10-track collection are: Zion & Lennox, Yandel, Don Omar, Nicky Jam, Jhay Cortez and his girlfriend, Gabriela Berlingeri.

The new album comes just two months after his sophomore album, YHLQMDLG, made history.

Bad Bunny released YHLQMDLG in March and it made history on the Billboard charts. YHLQMDLG debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, scoring the highest charting all-Spanish-language album ever.

Listeners have returned to the album consistently in the weeks since its release. YHLQMDLG hasn’t left the Top Ten, and its racked up nearly a billion streams in the U.S. alone. The album conquered old-school mediums as well as the digital world. “Yo Perreo Sola” and “La Dificil,” a pair of legit reggaeton singles, are both Top 20 on Latin radio this week.

There are some serious bops on this album. I’m already obsessed with ‘En Casita’!

“En Casita” (At Home) features his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri, who he has been quarantined with in his native Puerto Rico during the Coronavirus pandemic. Berlingeri who previously avoided the spotlight has been making frequent appearances on Bad Bunny’s social media channels.

Then there’s his SNL skit which was hilarious.

The Latin Grammy Award-winning artist made his debut on Saturday Night Live during their April 25 broadcast where Kenan Thompson played baseball star David Ortiz, better known as Big Papi. The skit titled “Big Papi’s Cooking Show” featured Bad Bunny as a character named Big Bunny ready to sell audiences pots and pans for any kitchen, as well as sweatpants.

Bad Bunny is living his best life during this pandemic and I am so grateful he’s helping us all cope with new music during these truly strange times.

Reggaeton And K-Pop Battle It Out With J Balvin Leading The Charge In ‘Trolls World Tour’


Reggaeton And K-Pop Battle It Out With J Balvin Leading The Charge In ‘Trolls World Tour’

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“Trolls World Tour” is now streaming so everyone who can’t go to the movie theaters can see the highly anticipated animated film. The movie is giving all kinds of musical genres love showing the wide world of music. Don’t worry. Reggaeton finds its way into the movie and J Balvin is carrying the torch.

J Balvin is giving reggaeton and Latino music some serious representation in “Trolls World Tour.”

“I am a troll and represented reggaeton 🌈🌈🌈 for the culture. #colores @trolls the movie !! LATINO GANG,” J Balvin wrote on his Instagram caption.

Honestly, this kind of representation for children is something that we all need to celebrate. J Balvin’s character Tresillo is fighting for reggaeton and it’s admirable. Not only are we hearing some Spanish in the movie, Tresillo corrected the mispronunciation of his name and that is something that we can all relate to.

Tresillo is the kind of character so many people are able to relate to.

Who would want to live in a world without reggaeton? That kind of world just doesn’t seem like the kind of world worth living in. Imagine a world without Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, or Bad Bunny. What a sad world that would be.

The way he corrects the pronunciation of his name is everything.

How many times have you had to correct the way someone mispronounced your name? Bonus points if the person acted offended or thought you were being too dramatic. A name is something that is so important to a person. No name is too hard that people can’t pronounce it. After all, people can pronounce Zach Galifianakis so why should they struggle with pronouncing any of our names?

Truly, Tresillo might be the kind of visual distraction so many of us need to make it through this time.

Thank you for giving us some representation even in all of this. It is really so small but in a world like this, it can really make the difference. Children stuck at home can now see themselves represented in the Trolls universe.

This troll even moves with the culture.

Get it, J Balvin. Thank you for always doing it for the culture and doing it right. You can watch “Trolls World Tour” now.

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