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Don Omar

Don Omar
Born William Omar Landrón Rivera
(1978-02-10) February 10, 1978
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Other names El Rey
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts
Website .com.orfanatomusicwww

Don Omar (born William Omar Landrón Rivera; February 10, 1978) is a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, songwriter and actor. He is sometimes referred to by his nickname El Rey (Spanish: "The King").


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Controversies and legal issues 4
  • Discography 5
    • Studio albums 5.1
    • Live and Special edition albums 5.2
    • Compilation albums 5.3
    • Greatest hits albums 5.4
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • Filmography 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life

Omar was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the oldest son of William Landrón and Luz Antonia Rivera. From an early age, he showed interest in the music of [1]


His first public performance in a night club was accompanied by disc jockey [1]

Omar's career rose to stardom with the release of his first studio album, The Last Don. Both the studio version and its live edition have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Worldwide, The Last Don: Live [CD & DVD] has sold over one million copies, according to his official website. He earned awards for Latin Pop Album of the Year and New Artist & Latin Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year by the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2003. The Last Don: Live [CD & DVD] was also nominated for Urban Music Album at the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards.

Omar's May 2006 album King of Kings, became history's highest ranking reggaeton LP in the top 10 US charts, with its debut at #1 on the Latin sales charts and the #1 spot on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Radio Chart with his single “Angelito”.[2] Omar was also able to beat the in-store appearance sales record at Disney World's Virgin music store previously set by pop star Britney Spears.

With the highest charting debut by a reggaeton artist, Omar's King of Kings entered at No. 7 with 74,000, beating Daddy Yankee's No. 24 entry with 2005's "Barrio Fino En Directo". In April 2007, Don Omar received the Billboard Latin Music Award for Reggaeton Album of the Year for King of Kings.[3] Billboard recognized that King of Kings was the most successful album of the decade in Latin America, besides being the most successful in the history of the genre of reggaeton. Billboard estimated that the album sold over 4.1 million copies by the end of 2009.[4]

The album's track "Salió El Sol" is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, and the track "Virtual Diva" was featured in the expansion pack Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony. The songs "Los Bandoleros" and "Conteo" were featured in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in the ending credits. His song "Danza Kuduro" was featured in the movie the Fast Five.

Omar participated in Gilberto Santa Rosa's presentation in an event titled "Concierto del Amor", presented in the Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2008. He closed the event and performed reggaeton themes.[5]

Omar's third studio album, iDon, was released on April 28, 2009. This album was dedicated to his cousin Cordell Brown. "Virtual Diva" became the most requested song on Latin radio stations.[6][7] The second official single, titled "Sexy Robotica", was released on July 6, 2009.

The album Don Omar Presents: Meet The Orphans was released on November 16, 2010. The album features the artists under Don Omar's Orfanato Music Group label and other reggaeton artists. The album includes the promotional single Hasta Abajo and the album's lead single Danza Kuduro featuring Portuguese-French singer Lucenzo, as well as collaborations from Orfanato Music Group artists including Kendo Kaponi, Syko, Plan B, Zion & Lennox, Yaga & Mackie and Danny Fornaris. Danza Kuduro appears on the Fast Five soundtrack and is the song played at the conclusion of the movie. He is signed to VI Music and Machete Music through Universal Music Latino.

The album Don Omar Presents MTO2: The New Generation was released on May 1, 2012. The album features newly signed to Orfanato Music Group Natti Natasha as well as many other signed artists and other reggaeton artists like Zion Y Lennox. The album includes the singles Hasta Que Salga El Sol, which won the award for Best Urban Song at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards, and Dutty Love featuring Natti Natasha, which was also nominated. The album also features collaborations with Juan Magan, Mims, Syko, Vinny el Vendito, and Yunel Cruz. The album has been well received as it won the award for Best Urban Music Album at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards[8] and is a top seller on iTunes.

His Song for Pepsi's Pura Vida makes the official song to Copa América Chile 2015 best.

Personal life

Omar married forecaster/journalist Jackie Guerrido on April 19, 2008.[9] Divorce rumors surrounded the couple two years into the marriage and were compounded by comments Omar made via Twitter. Don Omar now is dating Gabriela [10] In March 2011, it was revealed they had divorced.[11]

Controversies and legal issues

On September 18, 2007, Omar was briefly detained in

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  • Official page at MySpace
  • Official page at Facebook

External links

  1. ^ a b Biografías, Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  2. ^ "Don Omar On Top of Charts with ‘King of Kings’ Debut". Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  3. ^ Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards. April 7–10, 2008.
  4. ^ King of Kings Album Reviews, Billboard. Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  5. ^ Tirado, Frances (2008-01-25). "Don Omar y Gilberto Santa Rosa juntos en concierto del amor". Primera Hora. Archived from the original on 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  6. ^ Entertainment as a Second Language with Carlos Santos.
  7. ^ "Orfanato Music Group es el sello de Don Omar". Wikiton Magazine. 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  8. ^ Dery, Yanik (2012-11-16). "Latin Grammys : Don Omar wins the Urban categories". Reggaetonline. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  9. ^ "Our Wedding Will Be a Fairy Tale" People en Espanol. February 21, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2008
  10. ^ Don Omar amenaza a Jackie Guerrido en Twitter. People en Espanol. February 7, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2011
  11. ^ "Jackie Guerrido y Don Omar ya están divorciados". People en Espanol. March 27, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2011
  12. ^ Maderazo, Jennifer Woodard. "Don Omar Detained and Released in Bolivia", Vivir Latino, 19 September 2007.
  13. ^ "Cantante 'Don Omar' recobra libertad en Bolivia", El Mercurio Online, 18 September 2007.
  14. ^ a b c d "Flash!". Don Omar: Pasa horas detenido (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. 2007-09-19. p. 103. 
  15. ^ Ladron,W.(2009)
  16. ^ Brunton, Richard. (2006-05-26) Don Omar in new Fast and the Furious film. Retrieved on 2012-01-29.
  17. ^ "Don Omar starring alongside Vin Diesel". Retrieved 2015-01-29. 


See also

*Uncredited archive footage.

Year Title Role
2009 Los Bandoleros Rico Santos
2009 Fast & Furious[16][17]
2011 Fast Five
2015 Furious 7*


Awards and nominations

Greatest hits albums

Compilation albums

Live and Special edition albums

Studio albums


[15] soccer stadium.Tahuichi Aguilera television and returned the next day to hold his concert in Santa Cruz's Argentine on Buenos Aires Omar was allowed to leave the country in order to comply with a previously scheduled appearance in [14] After the case was presented before a local judge, both parties reached an agreement.[14] Omar responded that he canceled the concert because the company did not provide air tickets in time.[14]

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