Wisin & Yandel
Though Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel (born Juan Morera and Lladel Vegilla) were around for some time (their debut album, Reyes del Nuevo Milenio, was released in 2000) and gained fans and recognition with records like 2004's De Otra Manera and 2005's Mi Vida: La Pelicula, it wasn't until Pa'l Mundo hit the number one Latin album spot on the Billboard charts that they began to be recognized outside the Spanish-speaking community.
That record, which featured guest appearances from reggaeton star Daddy Yankee and Aventura, was released in 2005. Los Vaqueros (2006), a group effort also including affiliates Tony Dize, Gadiel, and Jayko, followed. With their popularity at a fever pitch in the wake of Pa'l Mundo's long string of high-charting hits, Wisin & Yandel released a variety of material in 2007, including a new studio album (Los Extraterrestres), a remix album (Los Vaqueros: Wild Wild Mixes), a live album (Tomando Control), and a collection of repackaged archival material (2010 Lost Edition). Their 2009 effort La Revolución added more electronics and dance music to their sound. The album was supported by a worldwide tour, which was documented in 2010 by the live albums La Revolución Live, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. The reggaeton cowboys returned in early 2011 for their eighth studio album, Los Vaqueros: El Regreso, an LP meant to evoke 2006's crew-laden Los Vaqueros. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi