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Daddy Yankee honoured at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

March 19th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee was among the honourees who were feted with special prizes at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Latin Music Awards on Tuesday (18Mar14).

The Gasolina hitmaker took home two awards during the ceremony at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, nabbing Song of the Year for his track Limbo, as well as the Voice of Music Award, and he was visibly emotional when he stepped up to accept the prizes in front of his own personal music idols, salsa group Fania All-Stars, who were sitting in the audience.

He said, "It’s such an honour to be h...

Rumor Patrol: Jada Pinkett Smith's Open Marriage, Courtney Love To Judge A Talent Show, More

April 6th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
Jada Pinkett-Smith & Will Smith
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have an open marriage in which they can have sex with anyone they want.

Verdict: Appears to be true. This rumor has been circulating for years, and although Pinkett hasn't explicity said they swap partners, the actress told HuffPost Live, earlier this week, "I've always told Will, 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be OK...

Daddy Yankee Representative Slams Homosexuality Reports

April 4th, 2013 8:37am EDT
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A spokesperson for Daddy Yankee has dismissed reports suggesting the reggaeton rapper has 'come out' as gay.

The Gasolina hit-maker, real name Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, was believed to have issued a statement confirming his sexuality, and news of his announcement was widely reported by media outlets around the world on Wednesday.

Daddy Yankee was quoted as saying, "I am a human being like any other, with virtues and defects, and I don't believe that this is a defect."

However, the Puerto Rican star's representative, Mayna Nevarez, has now moved swiftly to set the record straight.


Shakira And Prince Royce Dominate The 2012 Lo Nuestro Awards

February 17th, 2012 2:30pm EST
Pop stars Shakira and Prince Royce dominated Latin music's Premio Lo Nuestro Awards on Thursday, taking home four awards each.

The Hips Don't Lie hit-maker scored gold in the Pop categories for Artist of the Year - Female, Album of the Year for Sale El Sol, and Song of the Year for Rabiosa, while she was also presented with the prestigious Premio Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year honor.

Bachata star Prince Royce triumphed in the Tropical awards, earning Artist of the Year - Male, Tropical Traditional Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for El Amor Que Perdimos, and Collaboration of the Yea...

Prince Royce Rules The Univision Awards

July 22nd, 2011 2:26pm EDT
Prince Royce
Latin pop star Prince Royce was the big winner at the Univision Network's Premios Juventud Awards in Miami, Florida on Thursday, walking away with four top honors.

The singer opened the show at the University of Miami's BankUnited Center in spectacular style with Daddy Yankee, performing the reggaeton rapper's song Ven conmigo (Come With Me) with 1,200 dancers taking part in a futuristic light show.

The night continued to go well for Royce as he walked away with accolades for Red Hot Artist, The Super Tour, My Tropical Artist and My Favorite Video for his hit Corazon sin Cara (Heart Wit...

Daddy Yankee Facing Lawsuit Over 2006 Track

May 29th, 2011 11:00am EDT
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Rapper Daddy Yankee has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit over his hit 2006 song ROMPE.

Musician David Moser is taking legal action against the reggaeton star amid claims Yankee based Rompe on his 1998 track Anoche, which received radio airplay in Mexico City.

The star went on to score huge commercial success with the song and Moser, who is based in San Miguel, Mexico, is suing for at least $150,000 in damages, in addition to a share of Rompe's profits, according to

Legal papers filed in a court in Illinois state: "The infringing song and plaintiffs (sic) ...

Enrique Iglesias And Shakira Dominate Billboard Latin Music Awards

April 29th, 2011 8:59am EDT
Enrique Iglesias and Shakira were the toast of the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards as they each landed a haul of trophies.

Iglesias scooped nine honors, including Latin Artist of the Year, while his Euphoria disc was named Latin Album of the Year and Latin Pop Album of the Year.

Colombian superstar Shakira picked up six prizes included Latin Pop Airplay Solo Artist of the Year and Hot Latin Songs Female Artist.

Her track Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) was voted the Latin Digital Download of the Year.

Other big winners were newcomer Prince Royce, who took home four awards, Aventu...

Daddy Yankee Breach Of Contract Lawsuit Dismissed

January 27th, 2011 3:17pm EST
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Daddy Yankee has landed a small victory in a breach of contract lawsuit filed against him by a group of U.S. musicians - a Massachusetts judge has dismissed the case because the Latin rapper has no ties to the state.

Members of the Springfield Crew, a band from Springfield, Massachusetts, claim they were lured to the artist's native Puerto Rico by a producer affiliated to Yankee to collaborate on writing and recording an album.

But they claim once they arrived, they were forced to live in a tiny room with no furniture and sleep on the floor for months as they worked on new material. They ...

Daddy Yankee Robbed

November 1st, 2008 10:03am EDT
Daddy Yankee
Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee has been robbed in Argentina. The singer lost his passport, Blackberry cellphone and other personal items in a raid on hotel rooms used by him and his crew on Wednesday.

His entourage also had laptops and money stolen. A hotel staff member is believed to be the prime suspect in the burglary.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Daddy Yankee Launches Scent

October 22nd, 2008 9:47am EDT
Scent Launcher
Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee is launching his own cologne for men.

The Grammy Award winner is giving fans the chance to smell just like him, by designing a scent for the Falic Fashion Group.

A spokesperson says, "For us, it was a very clear project. We know who his fans are and we know our target audience."

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

September 12th, 2008 11:34am EDT
How I Met Your Mother
1.) Starpulse User NPHFan101 asks, "Is How I Met Your Mother coming back?"

"How I Met Your Mother" will return for the new season on Monday, Sept. 22, at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

2.) daddy yankee 2 asks, "What is Daddy Yankee's real name?"

Daddy Yankee was born Ramon Ayala on Feb. 3, 1977, in Puerto Rico.

3.) pebles43751 asks, "I heard a rumor that Madonna might have had a change of heart about divorcing Guy Ritchie, has she?"

The couple is still together despite recent rumors that Madonna hooked up with baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

Have a ...

Daddy Yankee Battles Fat Joe Over McCain Support

September 9th, 2008 12:20pm EDT
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Rapper Daddy Yankee has hit back at fellow Puerto Rican Fat Joe for criticizing his public endorsement of U.S. presidential nominee John McCain.

Fat Joe lashed out at Yankee last month, calling him a "sellout" for supporting the Republican Senator, who's competing against Democratic nominee Barack Obama in the race to the White House this November. The Lean Back hit-maker continued his tirade, challenging the reggaeton star to a debate, adding: "If he debates me about politics, he will never talk another word about a politician for the rest of his life."

However Yankee has refus...

Daddy Yankee Offers Support To John McCain

August 27th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Daddy Yankee
Presidential candidate John McCain has received an odd endorsement from reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee. While the music world's trendsetters and heavyweights offer their support to the Republican's opponent, Barack Obama, the Puerto Rican hitmaker is urging his fans to back McCain.

Daddy Yankee tells Latina magazine the Senator made a strong impression on him when they first met two years ago.

He says, "I thought he was a really cool person, and this was way before he was even a presidential candidate, and I liked him a lot. He invited me (to Washington) and I went. We talked ab...

Daddy Yankee Launches Scholarship Program

February 29th, 2008 8:05am EST
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Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee is offering to help put juvenile delinquents through college as part of a new scholarship program in his native Puerto Rico.

The hitmaker has teamed up with the Ana G. Mendez University System and the Juvenile Institutions Administration in Puerto Rico to start up the Educate con Impacto project, which will provide scholarships for youngsters who have committed a crime.

He says, "Once you get an education, you're free. And these scholarships are to help them get ahead, so they don't get arrested. This is my legacy to fight the cycle of violence tha...

Serena Williams Joins Nike Sport

February 25th, 2008 5:30pm EST
Serena Williams
Want to know how an athlete like Serena Williams achieves her combustible mix of electric speed and long haul endurance? Find out from her custom-made workouts that are designed to improve speed, build stamina, and give you a boost when needed.

The first workout out is a 30-minute interval run set to a series of high-octane hits by Timbaland, Nicole Scherzinger, Fergie, Daddy Yankee and other Interscope Records artists. While you listen to the music, Serena sets the pace and offer tips and encouragement to help you complete your run.

Serena coaches you through a dynamic sequence o...

Daddy Yankee Buys Share In A Pro-Basketball Team

February 7th, 2008 12:08pm EST
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Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee is moving into the sports industry - he's bought a share in a local Puerto Rican basketball team.

The Gasolina hit-maker has become a co-owner of professional team Caguas Creoles, having followed in the footsteps of hip-hop mogul Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter, who has a share in the New Jersey Nets. And Yankee, 30, hopes to make the most of his courtside access, reports

He says, "Since I support the talent here, I feel like I have to support the sport. These guys, these great athletes, give 100 per cent on the court. It makes us happy to s...

Fergie Collaborates With Mexican Band

January 4th, 2008 9:38am EST
Black Eyed Peas star Fergie has teamed up with Mexican band Los Tigres Del Norte to record a new track. The singer, 32, was keen to work with the band, according to frontman Jorge Hernández, and is preparing for the release in March.

Hernández tells, "She said that she'd like to do something with us. They didn't speak directly with me. What I do know is that Fergie's producer and the person in charge of her projects got in contact with people from the company (Univisión Music), and they were chatting about how they wanted to do some things with us."

Ferie has...

Music Snippets

December 18th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Rapper Chingy is set to become the latest celebrity to launch a fragrance when he releases "Confident By Chingy" in 2008.

Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee's El Cartel: The Big Boss has been named the best-selling Latin music album of 2007 by Billboard.

Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez Jr. wed journalist Mara Patricia Castaneda in a civil ceremony in Mexico City on Saturday. Stars like Gloria Trevi, Ana Gabriel and Veronica Castro were among the guests.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Super Bowl half-time performance in February will be seen by nearly 1 billion people in over 230 c...

Manu Chao Ends Marc Anthony's Latin Reign

September 13th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Manu Chao
Marc Anthony's seven-week reign atop the Billboard Latin albums chart has been brought to an end - Manu Chao's La Radiolina has debuted at number one.

The salsa singer's soundtrack for the Hector Lavoe film biopic, El Cantante, slips down to third position, while Camila's Todo Cambio is at number two 19 weeks after its release.

Beyonce's Irremplazable - the Spanish version of her hit LP B'Day - moves down one spot to number four, with Ricardo Arjona's Quien Dijo Ayer close behind in fifth place.

In the singles chart, Gloria Estefan's No Llores takes the top spot back from D...

Iglesias' Latin Chart Reign Ends

August 9th, 2007 4:21pm EDT
Enrique Iglesias
Pop star Enrique Iglesias has had his 14-week reign at the top of the Billboard Latin singles chart ended by Conjunto Primavera.

The group's song Basta Ya has climbed from fifth to first place, causing Iglesias to drop one spot to number two with Dimelo.

Aventura remains at number three with Mi Corazoncito for another week, while La Arrolladora Banda's De Ti Exclusivo and Casa De Leones' No Te Veo round out the top five in fourth and fifth position respectively.

Meanwhile, in the Billboard Latin Album chart, singer/actor Marc Anthony remains in pole position for the second co...

Daddy Yankee Sued

August 6th, 2007 6:15pm EDT
Daddy Yankee
Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit after failing to compensate a songwriter for the alleged use of a tune. Plaintiff Victor M. Lopez Jr claims Daddy Yankee used a musical composition he created on Salud Y Vida, and he has yet to be properly credited.

Lopez's lawyer Peter Afrasiabi, says, "Daddy Yankee's representatives tried to negotiate a deal with Lopez to include the song on the Barrio Fino album, but when negotiations broke down, they simply used the composition without permission."

Lopez is seeking an undisclosed amount from Un...

Marc Anthony Tops Latin Chart With His New Film Soundtrack

August 2nd, 2007 1:14pm EDT
Marc Anthony
Singer/actor Marc Anthony's soundtrack album for his new movie El Cantante has entered the Billboard Latin Album chart in the number one spot. Anthony stars opposite his wife Jennifer Lopez in the biopic of salsa singer Hector Lavoe and the soundtrack has ended Grupo Montez De Durango's three-week reign on the charts, with Agarrese slipping to second place.

Daddy Yankee's El Cartel moves down one spot to number three, while Wisin Y Yandel Presentan: Los Vaqueros The Wild Wild Mixes is another new entry at fourth place, followed by Camila's Todo Cambio in fifth position.

In the s...

Enrique Iglesias Stays Atop Latin Chart

July 28th, 2007 9:41am EDT
Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias is still at the top of the Billboard Latin Singles chart with his hit track “Dimelo.” The heartthrob singer has beat off competition from chart climbers La Arrolladora Banda's "De Ti Exclusivo," Aventura's "Mi Corazoncito," Casa De Leones' "No Te Veo" and Los Rieleros Del Norte's "Un Juego" - which shot from 35th place to fifth.

In the album chart, Grupo Montez De Durango's Agarrese stays top for a third week ahead of previous number one Daddy Yankee's El Cartel, Camila's "Todo Cambio," Christian Castro's "El Indomable" and Aventura's "K.O.B: Live."

(This news a...

Daddy Yankee Recovering From Stomach Virus

June 11th, 2007 10:18am EDT
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Reggaetón star Daddy Yankee is recovering in hospital after he was struck down with a stomach virus. The Rompe hitmaker was hospitalized on Friday for an intestinal virus and dehydration, forcing him to miss Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities in New York last night.

His spokeswoman, Mayna Nevarez tells the New York Daily News, "We were getting ready to fly to New York on Thursday morning (from Miami) when it became clear he was too ill to travel.

"This is the first time he stops working in three years."

Doctors are currently running tests on the rapper to decide whether he i...

Daddy Yankee Honored By Akon's Approval

June 7th, 2007 9:47am EDT
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Reggaetón star Daddy Yankee now has the confidence to rap more in songs, after he received praise from hip hop star Akon. Yankee duets on new track Bring It On with the Smack That rapper and he was honored Akon approved of his new singing style.

He tells MTV, "It's one of my favorite songs, and the people who have heard the album say it's one of their favorites too. Akon gave me the beat, and when he heard me on that song, he was like, 'Oh my God, I didn't know you rapped.' And coming from Akon, him telling me I'm a professional - and he's on top of the game right now and real talent...

Daddy Yankee Helps Troubled Youths In Puerto Rico

May 24th, 2007 9:23am EDT
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Kind-hearted Daddy Yankee is helping soon-to-be-released prisoners in his native Puerto Rico by teaching them vital skills to adjust to life out of jail.

The reggaeton superstar has launched his own charity - the Warrior Heart Foundation (Fundación Corazón Guerrero) - to help troubled youths and is delighted he can make a difference.

He says, "We're helping the youths that nobody wants to help, and now we're working with the prisons in Puerto Rico and the youths who are getting out soon.

"We're going to enter them into the program, teach them about computers and give them the...

Daddy Yankee Teams Up With Reebok

May 24th, 2007 9:03am EDT
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Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee is celebrating becoming the first celebrity to promote Reebok's custom sneakers. The Puerto Rican rapper is delighted to have signed a deal with the sportswear giants, and is proud they chose a Latin musician to make history with.

He says, "It's the first time in history that Reebok has used a celebrity to promote their custom sneakers, and I feel very blessed that they picked a real Latino. From all the diverse talent and artists that Reebok has, they choose Daddy Yankee to be the person to make history this time around with Reebok."

(This news artic...

Tickets To Daddy Yankee's Summer Tour Available For Pre-Order Exclusively From iTunes And Ticketmaster

May 15th, 2007 7:45pm EDT
Daddy Yankee
Interscope Records today announced that Reggaeton's first platinum-certified star, Daddy Yankee, has made his latest album The Cartel: The Big Boss available for pre-order on the iTunes Store ( Additionally, fans who pre-order the album will receive a special Ticketmaster password that can be used to advance purchase tickets for Daddy Yankees upcoming concert tour.

Beginning today fans of Daddy Yankee who pre-order his latest album, The Cartel: The Big Boss, on iTunes will immediately receive an "Impacto Remix" and advance access to purchase tickets for his summer tour....

Brother Recalls The End Of Daddy Yankee's Baseball Career

April 19th, 2007 9:16am EDT
Daddy Yankee
Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee was forced to give up a promising baseball career after he was shot in the leg. The hitmaker, 30, was caught up in street violence in his native Puerto Rico in the mid-1990s - and it cost him his hopes of becoming a baseball star for the Seattle Mariners.

His older brother Nomar tells Giant magazine, "The bullet had broken his femur, and the swelling was horrendous. I don't think I'll ever forget that image. On an emotional level, it was really frustrating for Yankee because the first thing the doctors said was that he wouldn't be able to play baseball...

Daddy Yankee Sets Release of His First Studio Album in Three Years, 'The Cartel: The Big Boss,' for June 5

April 3rd, 2007 10:04am EDT
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Daddy Yankee's first studio album since 2004's groundbreaking Barrio Fino promises to pour more gasolina on the fire that is reggaeton. The Cartel: The Big Boss, to be released June 5, continues to expand reggaeton's power and reach by featuring such diverse guest artists as Fergie, Jim Jones, Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls, Akon, and from Black Eyed Peas.

Both Akon and also produce, as do Mr. ColliPark and Scott Storch (the latter producing the first single, "Impacto") along with Reggaeton producers Eli "El Musicologo", Tiny Tunes, Diesel and Menace.


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