Daddy Yankee By The Numbers: Reggaeton Pioneer’s Two Decades Of Live

Daddy Yankee performs at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 2019. Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Daddy Yankee’s box-office history stretches back 20 years to 2003 when the reggaeton star first appeared on a Pollstar chart. Throughout his career, ticket sales were reported for 154 of his headlining concerts at 79 venues worldwide. Overall, his career grosses total $243 million with a sold-ticket count of 2.5 million.

In the past two decades, he has headlined 12 tours including last year’s “La Última Vuelta,” his farewell tour that grossed $205 million from 1.9 million sold tickets at 84 reported concerts through the end of 2022. The tour included his highest gross ever reported for a single engagement at one venue: $23.8 million from five shows at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Nov. 29 through Dec. 4. A total of 322,028 tickets were sold during the run.

Among other highlights from last year, his top gross in South America was $19.4 million from 196,917 tickets at Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago, Chile, while the top gross in a Central American country was $5.2 million from 68,025 sold seats at San José, Costa Rica’s Estadio Nacional. After Foro Sol, Kia Forum in the Los Angeles market logged his top North American gross of $9.6 million from 59,226 tickets.

His first headlining tour, “Barrio Fino,” in 2004 was booked in both Latin and North American cities through the summer of 2006 and included one of his first big arena dates: a co-bill with Carlos Vives at New York’s Madison Square Garden that drew a crowd of 9,062. He also appeared at Staples Center (now Arena) in Los Angeles on that tour, playing for 7,539 fans. An early date on the tour was a performance in December 2004 at Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan with 6,340 tickets sold.

The arena, a prominent destination throughout his career, also hosted the opening shows on his next tour, “The Big Boss” (2007-2008) on Aug. 24-25, 2007. The ticket count in San Juan was 17,990 with a gross of $1.28 million – the highest reported on that tour. He also performed at other U.S. arenas as well as Latin American soccer stadiums and, in the summer of 2008, six venues in Europe. The 16 North American shows reported on the tour averaged about $300,000 per show with a ticket average of 5,441.

In 2009, Daddy Yankee’s third tour supported the soundtrack for the 2008 film “Talento de barrio” that he co-produced and starred in as the lead character. It was followed by the “Mundial” tour (2010-2011) with performances in North and South America and Europe. Next was 2012’s ”European” tour, also supporting the Mundial album. Then, in February 2013, he launched the “Prestige” world tour behind his seventh studio album that dropped the previous September. It was booked primarily in Latin America and Europe.

The “King Daddy” tour followed in 2014 and 2015 with most dates set in European venues. One of the few shows booked in North America was the tour’s finale on Oct. 17, 2015 – a performance at Staples Center that drew 6,088 fans. He also returned to Madison Square Garden in the previous month for his first headlining appearance there in a decade and sold 13,912 tickets.

The “Kingdom” tour (2015-2016) featured Daddy Yankee and Don Omar in a co-headlining trek that grossed $6.9 million from nine performances including four at Coliseo de Puerto Rico that drew 45,752 fans in December 2015. Arena dates in Las Vegas, New York, Miami, Orlando and Los Angeles followed the next year.

His next two tours were 2017’s “Tamo En Vivo” and 2018’s “Dura,” both booked primarily at venues in Latin America and Europe. He joined the lineup for Mexico City’s “Coca-Cola Flow Fest” in both years, performing for a total of 76,204 fans at Foro Sol.

On 2019’s “Con Calma” tour, he played Latin America and Europe but also performed in Israel as well as a handful of North American stops. The 45-show tour wrapped in San Juan with an 11-show run at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico with grosses topping $10.8 million from 150,888 tickets.