"At this moment in my career I want to make my own decisions," he tells Billboard
In the past few months, rumors have swirled about the imminent separation of reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel -- management denied the separation but admitted the two were working on individual projects.
Now, it's official. Yandel, real name Llandel Veguilla Malavé, will officially release his new solo single to radio tomorrow. "Hablé de Tí" will premiere exclusively on the Univision Radio network and goes on sale June 11. Yandel is also in talks to perform the track during Premios Juventud in July.
While the singer says he will continue to work with Wisin, "at this moment in my career I want to make my own decisions," he told Billboard in an exclusive interview.
Yandel is releasing "Hablé de Tí" on his own label, Y Entertainment, and is covering all production and promotion expenses, including a video to be filmed next week in Los Angeles and directed by Carlos Pérez of Elastic People.
However, he is in conversations with several labels for his solo album, "La Leyenda," which is already recorded and is slated for release later this summer.
Yandel's foray into a solo career comes after 14 years as one half of Wisin & Yandel. Long signed to Machete Music, the duo released hit after hit, with their most recent single -- "Algo Me Gusta De Tí" (feat. Chris Brown and T-Pain) becoming their 10th No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, a record for a duo on the Billboard Latin Music charts.
However, the group's deal with Machete ended earlier this year and they have not renewed nor signed with another label. Likewise, Wisin & Yandel's longtime manager, Edgar Andino, is not handling Yandel's solo career, although the duo continues touring together and also has multiple joint sponsorship deals.