Don Omar – reggaeton singer and songwriter from Puerto Rico
Don Omar (real name William Omar Landrón Rivera) was born on 10 February 1978 in Puerto Rico. The artist enjoyed music when he was young but didn’t make it a hobby until much later. When he was a teenager, Omar became interested in religion. He even preached sermons in the local protestant church. However, several years later Omar decided that it was time for a change and chose music.
Omar’s career began in 1999 when he worked on the popular song “Dejame cazarlos”. Soon he decided to try his luck on stage and performed at the local nightclub with DJ Eliel Lind Osorio. After the performance, several organizers wanted to book Don Omar for private events. He also received an invitation to work with a duo Héctor & Tito as a back vocalist. At that moment, Omar started thinking about a solo career. However, his first album didn’t come out until several years later.
In 2003, the artist debut LP The Last Don was released. The album reached the second spot on Billboard Top Latin Albums. A while later, after selling over half a million copies, it earned a gold status from RIAA. The live version of the LP, The Last Don: Live (2004), became even more successful. More than a million copies were sold all over the world. In the USA, the album became platinum. It brought Omar several prizes at Billboard Latin Music Awards.