One day, you're part of the most successful pair of Extraterrestres in reggaeton, taking home a collection of Billboard Latin Awards, selling 500,000 albums, and getting millions of hits on Youtube. The next day, you wake up, realize you're one hot papi, and think to yourself, "Why don't I make some musica pa' que se mueven las nenas on my own?"
That's exactly what happened to los reggaetoneros boricua, Wisin y Yandel. Last year, los musicos decided to give Wisin y Yandel a break, and pursue their solo careers.
Now, they're releasing their own albums, starring in their own music vids, and putting on one-man shows. And on April 12, Yandel will be making his way to la playa for gozadera at the Fontainebleau Hotel's BleauLive Concert Series.
And what's better than seeing one-half of the shade-bearing Grammy award-winning twosome doing the "Rakata" on the beach? A pair of free tix, of course.
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This isn't the first time Wisin y Yandel have attempted going at it alone. About four years after their reggaeton debut in 2000 with Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio, Juan Luis Morera Luna (Wisin) spent some alone time in the recording studio working on El Sobreviviente, while Llandel Veguilla Malavé (Yandel) dedicated hours to Quien Contra Mí.
The two failed at their solo attempt, so they got back together, started WY Records, and in 2005, released what's become their most successful album to date, Pa'l Mundo, which includes some of their biggest hits: "Rakata," "Llamé Pa' Verte (Bailando Sexy)," and "Pam Pam."
Proving to be a better outcome than their solo works, Wisin y Yandel's fifth studio album made them international shade-bearing estrellas, reaching China, Japan, and some European countries. Stateside though, Pa'l Mundo hit number one on Billboard's Top Latin Albums, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
But it was 2007's Los Extraterrestres that gave 'em the most recognition. After almost a decade in the biz, the two finally snagged a Grammy Award for Best Latin Urban Album in 2008 and a Billboard Latin Music Award for Best Latin Rhythm Album of the Year, Duo Or Group, in 2009, among others.
Their next few albums, which featured collabs with 50 Cent, T-Pain, Chris Brown, and Jennifer Lopez, placed them right above Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart yet again. While their 2011 album, Los Vaqueros: El Regreso didn't create much buzz, Winsin y Yandel made headlines the following year after dropping out of Jenifer Lopez' first world tour with Enrique Iglesias.
The news was broken just 12 days before the tour was scheduled to kick-off and their latest album, Líderes was to be released. While Wisin y Yandel promised "to do [their] best to announce an upcoming U.S. tour in the very near future," we all know that never happened.
Instead, they decided to give the whole solo thing another shot. And this time around, things are looking a lot brighter.
The November release of Yandel's De Lider a Leyenda has risen him to the top once again, and Winsel's 2014 El Regreso del Sobreviviente isn't lagging far behind.
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Guess you can say their solo careers are finally lanzando.
Yandel. As part of the BleauLive series. Saturday, April 12. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Dinner and show packages cost $95. Call 305-538-2000 or visit fontainebleau.com.