Reggaetón star Daddy Yankee has struck a publishing pact with EMI Music Publishing for the world excluding the United States, Billboard.biz has learned.

Reggaetón star Daddy Yankee has struck a publishing pact with EMI Music Publishing for the world excluding the United States, Billboard.biz has learned.

The deal covers catalog and his hugely successful July 2004 release "Barrio Fino" (El Cartel/VI), which won Reggaetón album of the year at this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards. EMI Publishing retains first negotiation and matching right for future albums.

The pact was jointly arranged by London-based EMI Music Publishing U.K. managing director Guy Moot and Nestor Casonu, Miami-based regional managing director for the company's operations in Latin America.

"We are really excited to conclude this deal with Daddy Yankee. The Reggaetón sound has spread across the world almost overnight and Daddy Yankee is at the forefront of this movement," comments Martin Bandier, chairman/CEO EMI Music Publishing.

The Puerto Rican-artist (real name Raymond Ayala), who has just completed a promotional visit to Europe, is expected to announce a U.S. tour in the coming days. The itinerary will include a concert at Madison Square Garden on August 27. His latest single “Gasolina” (Machete) opened today (July 25) at No. 5 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.

A source close to the artist says he has begun work on a new album.