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Daddy Yankee, “El Rey del Reguetón,” announced he is retiring from music. He did so through a video posted on his website and social media.

The 45-year-old singer has left the music world in shock with the news.

After 32 years of career, Daddy Yankee didn’t give details about his following projects or how life would be outside the music industry.

In the three-minute video posted on his social media, the singer also took the opportunity to promote what will be his last album and his best production, “Legendaddy,” currently on pre-sale on his official website. The singer also announced his latest world concert tour, “Tour Legendaddy #LaUltimaVuelta.”

The tour will kick off this year on August 10th in Portland, Oregon. It will culminate on December 2nd in Mexico City, Mexico, passing through the United States, Canada, and several Latin American countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Honduras.

In his short farewell, he thanked all the people who have supported him throughout his artistic career. I retire with the greatest gratitude to my audience, my colleagues, all the producers, radio, press, and television. It was you who gave me the keys to open the doors and turn this genre into the biggest in the world,” the singer said.

A foretold goodbye

Last September, Daddy Yankee was in the spotlight and went viral on social media after hinting in a thank you speech he was approaching his “last musical round.” He was then being inducted as part of the “Billboard Hall of Fame.”

Three months later, the singer posted a video on his social channels talking about his last performance before the pandemic and what would his “last round” in 2022 be like.

The King of Reggaeton

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ramón Ayala (aka Daddy Yankee) became one of the biggest music icons worldwide and one of the greatest exponents of the urban music genre after the release of his single “Gasolina” in 2004.

Daddy Yankee has become a global phenomenon and has been the inspiration for hundreds of urban artists in Latin America. His album ‘Barrio Fino’ became the best-selling album of the decade (2000-2009), and his collaboration with singer Luis Fonsi on the song ‘Despacito’ made history by becoming the first Spanish-language song to reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 since 1996’s “Macarena” by Los del Rio. 

The song was also the most viewed video of the decade on YouTube.
Similarly, Daddy Yankee was the first Latin artist to reach the status of “most listened artist worldwide” on the streaming platform Spotify in June 2017. His success has earned him more than 100 awards and 310 nominations at various award ceremonies.