Daddy Yankee Reveals U.S. Tour Plans
Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee will support his upcoming album "The Cartel: The Big Boss," due June 5 via El Cartel/Interscope, with a 40-city tour of the U.S. and Latin America, starting Aug. 31 atReggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee will support his upcoming album "The Cartel: The Big Boss," due June 5 via El Cartel/Interscope, with a 40-city tour of the U.S. and Latin America, starting Aug. 31 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Billboard.com has learned.
The 18-city U.S. leg, which wraps Oct. 14 at the Toyota Center in Houston, will be Daddy Yankee's first Stateside jaunt since 2005's Who's Your Daddy arena trek. This year's Da Big Boss tour will visit such markets as Boston, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas, among others. Ticket prices will range from $40 to $100.
Eight-year-old reggaeton artist Miguelito, who is signed to Daddy Yankee's El Cartel label, is slated to serve as the tour's opening act in the United States, according to concert promoter Henry Cardenas, CEO of Cardenas Marketing Network.
Daddy Yankee's 2005 tour marked the first time a reggaeton act headlined an arena tour in the United States. "There have been other acts that have tried to do arenas, but they haven't sold tickets," Cardenas tells Billboard.com. "[Daddy Yankee] appeals to Latinos and the general market, so it's a winning situation."
Leading up to the U.S. concerts, Daddy Yankee will play two warm-up shows in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, according to attorney Edwin Prado. And beyond the U.S. gigs, he will also perform 20-plus concerts in Mexico and South America through early December. In those markets, he'll play both arenas and 30,000 to 40,000-capacity stadiums.
For the American shows, Daddy Yankee is teaming with Ticketmaster and Apple's iTunes Music Store to give fans who pre-order "The Cartel: The Big Boss" a chance to score concert tickets through an early presale, says Prado, who was still locking down the deal at press time. The concept has also been used for album releases for Bob Dylan ("Modern Times"), Depeche Mode ("Playing the Angel") and Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Stadium Arcadium").
In 2008, Daddy Yankee will play select cities in the United States and Latin America, along with dates throughout Europe and Asia, according to Prado.
Further details about Da Bigg Boss tour will be announced at this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards, set for April 23-26 in Miami, Cárdenas says.
Here are Daddy Yankee U.S. tour dates:
Aug. 31: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
Sept. 2: Boston (Agganis Arena @ Boston University)
Sept. 7: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Sept. 8: Washington, D.C. (Patriot Center)
Sept. 9: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Sept. 14 Miami (American Airlines Arena)
Sept. 15: Orlando, Fla. (TD Waterhouse)
Sept. 21: Hidalgo, Texas (Dodge Arena)
Sept. 22: Laredo, Texas (Laredo Entertainment Center)
Sept. 23: San Antonio (AT&T Center)
Sept. 28: Phoenix (US Airways Center)
Sept. 29: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
Sept. 30: Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
Oct. 5: San Francisco (Cow Palace)
Oct. 6-7: Los Angeles (Gibson Amphitheatre)
Oct. 13: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
Oct. 14: Houston (Toyota Center)