Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981), known professionally as Pitbull, or nicknames “Mr. 305” and “Mr. Worldwide”, is an American rapper, brand ambassador, entrepreneur, actor, and philanthropist.
Pérez began his career in the early 2000s, recording reggaeton, latin hip hop and crunk music under a multitude of labels. In 2004, Pitbull released his debut album M.I.A.M.I. under TVT Records and the executive production of Lil Jon. Pitbull later released his second album El Mariel, in 2006 and his third, The Boatlift, in 2007. His fourth album, Rebelution (2009), included his breakthrough hit single “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”, which peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the UK Singles Chart.
After rebranding himself as a pop artist, Pitbull’s next English-language album, Planet Pit, featured his first US number one single “Give Me Everything”. His 2013 track from Global Warming: Meltdown, titled “Timber”, topped the charts in twenty nations, and hit #1 in fifteen countries, including the US and UK. He performed the song “We Are One (Ole Ola)” along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, which served as the official theme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Pitbull’s music has sold over 100 million records worldwide, as well as number #1 singles in 15 different countries. Pitbull’s other ventures include brand ambassadorship and for various entities, activism and philanthropy in the Latino American community, and a radio station (Pitbull’s Globalization) on Sirius XM Radio. As of May 2019, Pitbull has won 35 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Pitbull released his latest album Libertad 548 on September 27, 2019, and on December 6, 2019 in a physical format with two bonus tracks. The album spawned the Spanish hit single “No Lo Trates” featuring Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha, which is RIAA certified 4x Platinum (240,000+ sales). The album also spawned the promotional single “Winning” featuring Yomil y El Dany, which is part of the Boost Mobile “Dale Más” advertising campaign.