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‘El Bambino’

SANTIAGO, Chile - Tito “El Bambino,” the famous 28-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, swooned the crowd last Saturday at the Movistar Arena in Santiago.

Four days after dancing it up in the White House with President Barack Obama, Tito gave Santiago its turn – 10,000 people came to see him perform music from his latest album, “La Patron,” which has been nominated for a Latin Grammy.  

“La Patron” is his third album and features tropical-sounding reggaeton characterized by its organized sounds and still fits under the category of “urban reggaeton.” It is a mix between reggaeton, the meringue, the bachata and a variety of tropical music.

The album, released in March, has already gone platinum in the Untied States, selling 100,000 copies with chart toppers, “El Amor” and “Under.”  

He kicked off the concert with one of his most popular hits worldwide, “Mi cama huele a ti.”  

Besides the third-album toppers, the crowd also had fun dancing to some of his past hits, including “Siente el boom,” “El Tra” and “Sol, playa y arena,” all of which can still be heard playing in most of the discotecas of Santiago.

Tito “El Bambino,” now with three successful solo albums, first received fame in 1998 as part of the Hector & Tito duo, one of the most sought-after duos in the reggaeton genre.

They paved the way for future artists of Puerto Rico such as Tedo Calderon and Daddy Yankee, being the first to sell out at a large concert in Puerto Rico.

After Tito perceived dishonesty from Hector, the pair split up and went solo. Tito signed with EMI Televisa, and with a collaboration of artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Beanie Man, Tito produced his first solo album “Top of the Line” in April 2006 with 20 new songs.  

There were a number of featured hits, amongst them the most popular being “Caile” that got to be second on the Billboard Hot Latin charts.  The album eventually went platinum, selling more than 200,000 copies.

His second album, “It’s My Time,” was released in October 2007 and also grabbed international attention.  

The first single released was “Solo dime que si,” and it hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Latin Charts.  

Several others became very popular, including “El Tra” and “Sol, playa y arena” as heard in the concert on Saturday.

This Saturday he is set to perform in New Orleans at the Sugar Mill Club.

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