La Despedida

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"La Despedida"
La despedida single cover.jpg
Single by Daddy Yankee
from the album Daddy Yankee Mundial
Released August 4, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre merengue
Length 3:23
Label Sony Music
El Cartel Records
Songwriter(s) Ramón Ayala
Producer(s) Musicologo & Menes
Daddy Yankee singles chronology
"La Despedida"
"Ven Conmigo"
Tony Dize singles chronology
"El Doctorado"
"La Despedida (Remix)"
"Si No Le Contesto (Remix)"

"La Despedida" (English: "The Farewell") is a single by Puerto Rican Reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee. It is the third official single released on August 4, 2010 from his album Daddy Yankee Mundial.[1] The official remix of the song features Puerto Rican singer Tony Dize. This song resembles his other song Que Tengo Que Hacer. The music video also resembles his other song's music video Llamado De Emergencia.

Critical reception[edit]

Matthew Wilkening from AOL Radio Blog said that the song "combines an infectious mid-tempo dance beat with Latin horns and percussion, as Daddy Yankee bids farewell — but seemingly refuses to give up a lover who is moving away from him, despite his friends' best advice".[1] It received and award for "Urban Song of the Year" at the 2012 ASCAP Awards, which are awarded annually by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in the United States.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on August 23, 2009. It was directed by George Rivera and Juan Esteban Suárez.[3] It shows the artist's mother-in-law going to the hospital for brain cancer, and shows the artist's wife shaving her head as a sympathy gesture.


  • Album version
  • Official Remix (featuring Tony Dize)
  • Bachata version
  • Instrumental


  • Edson R'S Official Club Mix
  • Edson R'S Official Instrumental Club Mix
  • J. Rhythm & Ricky Luna Club Remix

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2010–11) Peak
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[4] 16
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[5] 4
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[6] 3
US Tropical Airplay (Billboard)[7] 4
US Latin Rhythm Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100[8] 16

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (2010) Position
US Latin Songs Year End 2010[9] 28
US Latin Pop Songs Year End 2010[9] 23

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Mexico (AMPROFON)[10] Gold 30,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Daddy Yankee, 'La Despedida' -- New Song". AOLRADIOBLOG. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  2. ^ "20th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards - Canción del Año Urbano". ASCAP Latin Awards. United States: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. 2012-03-20. Archived from the original on 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  3. ^ a b "LA DESPEDIDA DE DADDY YANKEE #1 EN BILLBOARD". 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  4. ^ " – Daddy Yankee – La Despedida" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  5. ^ "Daddy Yankee – Chart history" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Daddy Yankee. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  6. ^ "Daddy Yankee – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Daddy Yankee. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  7. ^ "Daddy Yankee – Chart history" Billboard Tropical Airplay for Daddy Yankee. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  8. ^ "Bubbling Under and Other Charts". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 122 (47). 2010-11-27. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  9. ^ a b "2010 Year-End Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Certificaciones – Daddy Yankee" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 

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