SANTA MONICA, Calif.-- Time magazine has proclaimed Daddy Yankee as the "
Reigning Champ of Reggaeton
" and featured the artist as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in its May 8, 2006 issue and on its cover. For Daddy Yankee, born and raised in the rough-and tumble barrios outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, the honor is a tribute to his talent and his work ethic as well as his fans. For them, and to help introduce him to others who will soon be fans, Daddy Yankee's
El Cartel Records
and Interscope Records will release his latest album, "Barrio Fino En Directo," as a CD only on
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Originally issued last December as a CD/DVD package, "Barrio Fino En Directo" will be released at a lower price and will now be accessible to an even greater audience. As a bonus, Daddy Yankee replaced the original version with a remix of his hit "Rompe" which now also features
Lloyd Banks and Young Buck
"I wanted my fans to be able to buy the CD part of 'Barrio Fino En Directo' on its own," said Daddy Yankee. "But I also wanted to give them something new, add something they can't get anywhere else to keep the momentum while I work on my new album."
In its CD/DVD form, "Barrio Fino En Directo" charted Top 25 in Billboard Magazine's top 200 and #1 Latin for 13 straight weeks and spun off the original mix of "Rompe" which peaked Top 25 Pop, Top 20 Rap and #1 Latin. "Machucando" reached #2 Latin. The CD's other studio recordings are "Gangsta Zone," featuring hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, a remix of the club anthem "Machete" with Houston's latest sensation, Paul Wall, and "El Truco." The 15-song collection also boasts 10 electrifying live performances--among them renditions of the Daddy Yankee hits "Lo Que Paso, Paso," "Corazones" and the international phenomenon "Gasolina"--before tens of thousands of screaming fans at massive arenas across North and South America.
"Barrio Fino En Directo" is the live-and-more companion piece to 2004's groundbreaking "Barrio Fino," which spearheaded the emergence of the reggaeton movement by making Daddy Yankee its first platinum-certified star. He has since produced and starred in the motion picture "Talento de Barrio," which will be released this year in the continental U.S. after having premiered in Puerto Rico in 2005, and become host of a weekly two-hour nationally syndicated radio program, "Daddy Yankee On Fuego," which airs Saturday nights on ABC Radio Networks. He has also become a spokesperson for such companies as Pepsi and Sean John. On May 23, he launches
, his own footwear, clothing and accessory line for Reebok.
On the awards front, "Barrio Fino En Directo" was named Reggaeton Album of the Year at the 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Daddy Yankee also took home Billboard awards for Latin Albums Artist of the Year and Reggaeton Song Of The Year ("Mayor Que Yo" from Baby Ranks, Daddy Yankee, Tonny Tun Tun, Wisin Y Yandel and Hector "El Father"). At the recent ALMA Awards, which celebrates Latinos in the entertainment world and will be telecast on ABC on June 5, Daddy Yankee was honored as Outstanding Musical Performer (Male).