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Wisin & Yandel
Wisin (right) and Yandel (left) performing in 2008
Wisin (right) and Yandel (left) performing in 2008
Background information
Also known as
  • El Dúo De La Historia
  • La Gerencia
  • W / El Sobreviviente (Wisin)
  • Y / La Leyenda (Yandel)
OriginCayey, Puerto Rico
Years active1998–present
Associated acts

Wisin & Yandel is a Puerto Rican reggaeton duo consisting of Wisin and Yandel. They started their career in the late 1990s and have been together since, winning several awards including a Grammy Award in 2009. They became the first and the only reggaeton artists to win one. In late 2013, they announced they would take a pause in their career as a duo, after their Líderes tour.[1][2] In a 2014 interview with People en Español, Yandel confirmed that the group would not be disbanding.[3] In February 2018, following a 5-year hiatus, the duo announced they would be reuniting, and are set to embark on a world tour, as well as release new music.[4][5]

Music career[edit]

Beginning (1998–2004)[edit]

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 the 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)[edit]

The duo started their own label under the name of WY Records. In 2005, they released their first album under it, titled Pa'l Mundo, which became their most successful to date. The record 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)[edit]

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.[6] The review praised the fusion of styles found in the album, claiming that the production continued the "musical evolution" found in its predecessors.[6]

Yandel performing.

Following the release of Los Extraterrestres the duo commenced an international promotional tour.[7] After organizing concerts throughout Latin America and Europe, Wisin & Yandel noted that they would like to expand their markets to Africa and Australia.[7] Wisin & Yandel participated in the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Viña del Mar Festival.[8] The tickets for the event sold out, which the duo described as a "real honor".[8] 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.[9]

In June 2008, Wisin & Yandel participated in the 2008 edition of New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade, organized on June 8, 2008.[10] 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.[10] Later they also received four Juventud Awards.[11] 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.[12]

Wisin performing.

On July 19, 2008, the duo made a presentation before a sold-out crowd in Venezuela.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] On April 24, 2009, Wisin & Yandel received the Latin Rhythm Album of the Year, Duo Or Group Latin Billboard Music Award for Los Extraterresres.[16] 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".[17] 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.[18] 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 2013–2017)[edit]

In November 2013, after the Líderes tour, the dúo went into hiatus,[2] causing rumors to arise about their split, saying it was because of differences between them. Yandel denied such claims, assuring fans that they have not disbanded.[3] In 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."[19] Later in August 2014, Yandel said: "Wisin & Yandel is a registered trademark, we always work together – We are now providing separate projects, we'll soon be seen together again."[20]

Wisin completed his second solo album, El Regreso del Sobreviviente in 2013, releasing it in 2014. Meanwhile, Yandel made his first solo tour and promoted his second solo album De Líder a Leyenda around the same time period. 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.[21]

Beginning in 2017, the two have made collaborations for each other in a couple of songs. On September 8, 2017, Yandel released the single "Como Antes" from his new album featuring Wisin, which came after their long-awaited return as a duo. On November 24, 2017, Wisin featured Yandel and Daddy Yankee in "Todo Comienza en la Disco".

Reunion and New Album (2018–present)[edit]

In February 2018, the duo announced their reunion from their hiatus.[4][5] One month later, they announced their first US concert at Madison Square Garden. The concert, held on June 8, was to celebrate their Puerto Rican heritage. The concert took place during the Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend in New York City.[22] In May 2018, Wisin & Yandel announced on their Instagram a concert for November 30, 2018 at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico.[23] The show sold out quickly and resulted in the addition of more shows – the duo ended up having 8 back to back shows at this venue. In October 25, 2018, they released "Reggaetón En Lo Oscuro" as the lead single from their upcoming tenth studio album. On December 14, they released their latest album "Los Campeones del Pueblo / The Big Leagues," which features collaborations with many artists including Ozuna, Maluma, and Bad Bunny.



Concert tours[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Hernández, Damaris (October 23, 2013). "Yandel confirma las razones de la separación del dúo". El Nuevo Día. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Wisin & Yandel darán su último concierto juntos en México". EsMas. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Yandel Denies Reggaeton Duo Will Be Breaking Up". Cosmopolitan. July 22, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Yes, This Time It's For Real: Wisin & Yandel Get Back Together". Billboard. February 6, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Former Reggaeton Duo Wisin and Yandel Reunite for World Tour Featuring New Music". People. February 6, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Así". CD Rankea'o: Otro acierto de Wisin & Yandel (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: Primera Hora. November 24, 2007. p. 44.
  7. ^ a b Leyra E. González Pérez (June 8, 2008). "Flash". Sin pausa. El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). Puerto Rico.
  8. ^ a b Cristina Fernández and Patricia Vargas (February 24, 2008). "Flash!". Viña del Mar: Entre llegadas y cumpleaños (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. p. 92.
  9. ^ Frances Tirado (June 2, 2008). "Wisin & Yandel sin perder el contacto". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Archived from the original on May 21, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2008.
  10. ^ a b Leyra E. González Pérez (June 9, 2008). "Flash". Tú eres mío (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día.
  11. ^ "Lucen los boricuas en Premios Juventud". Primera Hora (in Spanish). July 19, 2008. Archived from the original on May 21, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2008.
  12. ^ "Se juntan los "mostros"". Primera Hora (in Spanish). June 3, 2008. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2008.
  13. ^ "Llenan con su "flow" a Venezuela". Primera Hora (in Spanish). July 21, 2008. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2008.
  14. ^ Aixa Sepúlveda Morales (August 5, 2008). "Mezcla de géneros en una sola tarima". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  15. ^ ""Embajadores" de los cayeyanos Wisin & Yandel". Primera Hora (in Spanish). August 15, 2008. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2008.
  16. ^ "Brillan los boricuas". El Vocero (in Spanish). April 25, 2009. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2009.
  17. ^ "Residente le tira con to' a Fortuño". Primera Hora (in Spanish). October 15, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2009.
  18. ^ "Wisin y Yandel will not tour with JLo & Enrique Iglesias – Terra USA". Music.terra.com. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  19. ^ "Proyecto con Yandel no termina; habrá nuevo disco". Radio Fórmula. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  20. ^ "YANDEL: "PRONTO VOLVERE CON WISIN"". DiarioShow (in Spanish). August 31, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  21. ^ "Wisin & Yandel: Cocinan su junte para el Choliseo". PrimeraHora (in Spanish). September 6, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  22. ^ "Wisin & Yandel Announce Madison Square Garden Concert Date". Billboard. March 16, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  23. ^ "Noviembre 30 2018 @wisin @yandel #ComoAntesTour @coliseopr proximamente se anuncia la Pre-Venta Exclusiva @wisinyyandel @nolimitconcerts #Pendientes #ElDuoDeLaHistoria". May 6, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.

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