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Wisin & Yandel Biography


Wisin and Yandel are a reggaeton duo from Cayey, Puerto Rico.  Wisin was born Juan Luis Morera Luna on December 19, 1978.  Yandel was born Llandel Veguilla Malavé Salazar on January 14, 1977.


The duo began collaborating in music in 1998.  Over the course of their career, the group has earned 11 Platinum plaques in the United States and Puerto Rico. 


Under a different sales tier in Latin America, the duo received 11 Platinum and eight Gold albums. 


Since 2005, the duo holds the record for most "Number One" positions held on the Billboard "Latin Rhythm Airplay" charts with nine different songs.  Wisin and Yandel also holds the record for most Number One positions for a group on the Billboard "Latin Songs" chart, with six distinct songs.


In 2008, Wisin & Yandel received two Latin Grammy awards for their album "Los Extraterrestres"  The same album would later earn the duo a Grammy award for "Best Urban Latin Album."  Wisin & Yandel were also voted "Favorite Latin Artist" at the American Music Awards for two straight years.


Wisin & Yandel have collaborated with a wide variety of American recording artists, including 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Enrique Iglesias, T-Pain, Eve, R Kelly, and Akon. 


The duo are also known for their acts of charity.  In 2009, they donated a portion of their tour proceeds towards "Habitat for Humanity."  The artists donated over $150,000 to the program, which builds homes for needy families.  They also contributed $100,000 towards the rebuilding of an orphanage in Port Au Prince, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.


On Saturday, July 26 2008, Wisin married fellow Puerto Rican Yomaira Ortíz Feliciano.  His girlfriend since 2004, Yomaira was already the mother of Wisin's nine-month old daughter Yelena Ortiz.  The wedding ceremony and reception were held in Jájome Terrace restaurant in Cayey, Puerto Rico.  In June of 2009, Yomaira give birth to Dylan, their first son together.

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