Wisin y Yandel
Puerto Rican duo Wisin y Yandel are without question the most successful reggaeton artists in the history of the genre, outselling all the other heavyweights. Anyone remotely familiar with the genre will recognize their song "Rakata," originally off the Mas Flow II compilation, then later released on their 2006 release, Pa'l Mundo. That, along with "Llame Pa' Verte" ("I Called to See You") off the latter album, solidified them as major players in what many in recent years have dubbed a waning movement.
Funnily enough, since the release of their last two albums, 2007's Los Extraterrestres and this year's La Revolucion, the duo have insisted that their music isn't reggaeton at all but rather pop. Either way, they've continued to dominate the charts with songs like "Sexy Movimiento" and their collaboration with 50 Cent, "Mujeres in the Club." These tracks display a clear evolution from the standard dembow beat so easily recognized (and, frankly, abused) by many reggaeton proponents, instead opting for electronic beats and melodies consistent with those in mainstream pop and hip-hop.
This evolution seems to be suiting the pair's fans just fine. Since its release in May, La Revolucion has dominated Latin sales charts, and Wisin y Yandel's popularity seems more firmly rooted than ever.
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