Wisin & Yandel
|Wisin & Yandel|
Wisin (left) and Yandel (right) performing in 2008.
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|Origin||Cayey, Puerto Rico|
Wisin & Yandel are a Puerto Rican reggaeton duo, composed of Juan Luis Morera Luna (Wisin) and Llandel Veguilla Malavé (Yandel). They started their career in 1998 and have been together since, winning several awards during that time, including a Grammy in 2009, being the first and the only reggaeton artists who won it. In late 2013, they announced to take a pause in their careers as a duo, after their Líderes tour. According to Yandel, they have not disbanded.
In 1998, Wisin & Yandel participated in the album No Fear 3, produced by DJ Dicky as well as on the compilation album La Misión Vol. 1, edited by Fresh Productions label. The success of this collection (which was certified gold) led the label to produce Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio, the first album by Wisin & Yandel.
From that moment the duo started a successful career. They continued posting new topics in the successive editions of La Misión and recorded three new albums: De Nuevos a Viejos (2001), Mi Vida... My Life (2003) and De Otra Manera (2004), all of which were certified gold. The duo also received the Tu Música Award for Best Rap/Reggaeton Duo in 2002.
In 2004, the duo released two separate solo efforts: El Sobreviviente by Wisin and Quien Contra Mí by Yandel, which sparked speculation about a possible separation. Sales of the albums were unimpressive, and the duo remained together.
Pa'l Mundo and WY Records (2005–06)
The duo started their own label under the name of WY Records. In 2005, they released their first album under it, Pa'l Mundo, which became their most successful album to date. The album reached international status when it reached countries like China, Japan and some European countries. The album also peaked at #1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums and was certified gold by RIAA. After the success of Pa'l Mundo, Wisin & Yandel released Los Vaqueros in 2006, which featured appearances of WY Records artists like Franco "El Gorila", Tony Dize, and Yomille Omar, as well as guest artists like Don Omar and Hector el Father.
International consolidation (2007–12)
On November 7, 2007, Wisin & Yandel released the album Los Extraterrestres, which featured collaborations with international artists like Eve and Fat Joe. The album was received positively by the Puerto Rican media, with mainstream newspaper Primera Hora awarding it a score of 4 out of 5. The review praised the fusion of styles found in the album, claiming that the production continued the "musical evolution" found in its predecessors.
Following the release of Los Extraterrestres the duo commenced an international promotional tour. After organizing concerts throughout Latin America and Europe, Wisin & Yandel noted that they would like to expand their markets to Africa and Australia. Wisin & Yandel participated in the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Viña del Mar Festival. The tickets for the event sold out, which the duo described as a "real honor". On June 2, 2008, the duo began a tour to promote Wisin vs. Yandel: Los Extraterrestres, Otra Dimensión, visiting several radio stations in Puerto Rico.
In June 2008, Wisin & Yandel participated in the 2008 edition of New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade, organized on June 8, 2008. On June 12, 2008, they traveled to Los Angeles to attend the BMI Latin Awards, in which they received a nomination for Writer of the Year. Later they also received four Juventud Awards. They also made a guest appearance in an album titled Caribbean Connection released on June 24, 2008. The production featured several Latin American artists including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Hector "El Father" along Jamaican musicians like Inner Circle, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man and Wayne Wonder.
On July 19, 2008, the duo made a presentation before a sold-out crowd in Venezuela. The duet were selected to perform in "KQ Live Concert" on September 27, 2008, organized by KQ 105 FM, which included several Puerto Rican and Latin American artists. On August 12, 2008, the mayor of their hometown of Cayey, Rolando Ortíz Velázquez, recognized Wisin & Yandel as "Ambassadors from Cayey to the world" during the city's annual Fiesta patronal. On April 24, 2009, Wisin & Yandel received the Latin Rhythm Album of the Year, Duo Or Group Latin Billboard Music Award for Los Extraterresres. Besides this recognition, the duo also received nominations for "Ahora Es" and "Síguelo" in the Tropical Airplay Song of the Year, Duo Or Group and Latin Rhythm Airplay Song of the Year, Duo Or Group categories.
In May 2009, Wisin & Yandel released their next album La Revolución, which featured rapper 50 Cent. Like their previous album, it peaked at #1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums. On October 15, 2009, Wisin & Yandel won the Latin American MTV Award for "Artist of the Year" and "Video of the Year". In 2011, the duo released Los Vaqueros: El Regreso which peaked at #1 on several charts.
On April 30, 2012, the duo announced that they will be the opening act for Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and American artist Jennifer Lopez at the Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez in Concert but later decided to opt out on June 29, 2012. Their album Líderes has a release date of July 3, 2012. Wisin & Yandel have both decided to release solo albums in 2013. Wisin's "El Regreso del Sobreviviente" was released on March 18, 2014. Yandel's "De Lider a Leyenda" was released on November 5, 2013.
Wisin & Yandel were coaches in the 3rd season of La Voz... México.
Hiatus and solo careers (Late 2013–present)
In November 2013, after the duo's Líderes tour, the dúo went into hiatus, but although rumors saying their split was because of differences between them, Yandel denied such claims, assuring fans that they have not disbanded. Early April, 2014 Wisin said on Radio Fórmula: "I think that late 2015 or 2016 we're ready with a new album as Wisin & Yandel -- This is just a facet; it's a pause to refresh ourselves to make something different." Late in August 2014, Yandel said: "Wisin & Yandel is a registered trademark, we always work together -- We are now providing separate projects, will soon be seen together again."
Wisin is currently working on his second solo album, El Regreso del Sobreviviente and Yandel completed his first solo tour this year, promoting his second solo album De Líder a Leyenda. In September 2014, they both confirmed they were working on a new track that would premiere and be performed for the first time on Yandel's De Líder a Leyenda tour on October 4, at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- Juan Luis Morera Luna, born 19 December 1978 , is from Cayey, Puerto Rico. He is married to Yomaira Ortiz Feliciano. They have two children, Yelena and Dylan.
- Llandel Veguilla Malavé, born 14 January 1977 , is from Cayey, Puerto Rico. He is married to Edneris Espada Figueroa. They have two children, Adrian and Dereck.
Main article: Yandel discography
Awards and nominations
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- "Lucen los boricuas en Premios Juventud" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-07-19. Archived from the original on May 21, 2009. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
- "Se juntan los "mostros"" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-06-03. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
- "Llenan con su "flow" a Venezuela" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-07-21. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
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- ""Embajadores" de los cayeyanos Wisin & Yandel" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 2008-08-15. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
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- "Residente le tira con to' a Fortuño". Primera Hora (in Spanish). 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
- "Wisin y Yandel will not tour with JLo & Enrique Iglesias - Terra USA". Music.terra.com. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
- "Proyecto con Yandel no termina; habrá nuevo disco". Radio Fórmula. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- "YANDEL: "PRONTO VOLVERE CON WISIN"". DiarioShow (in Spanish). 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
- "Wisin & Yandel: Cocinan su junte para el Choliseo". PrimeraHora (in Spanish). 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
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