Pitbull Plans to make his Vegas Residency Permanent.

 
Mr. 305 is taking over the 702 with his seven-date Sin City residency that launches September 23rd.

Pit’s Time of Our Lives limited-time engagement will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort’s theater, The Axis, from September 23rd through October 7th with tickets ranging from $36 to $169 (without fees).

This morning, September 10th, Pitbull talked with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, On Air with Ryan and revealed that he is planning on making his stay in Vegas permanent. 

“When everything went down in the Revolutionary War in Cuba, basically the mob and everybody went to Vegas. So for me, it’s not only an honor like I said before, but it’s also deeply-rooted. So we’re going to take it from a temporary residency to a permanent residency!” said Armando on his Vegas shows.

For more information on his Sin City takeover, click here.

In the interview he also mentioned his guest appearance on FOX’s hit TV-show, Empire. Pit will be playing himself and he will perform the song, “No Doubt About It” with Jussie Smollett who plays Jamal Lyon, the new head Empire Records.

“I come on,  I do a performance and then me and Lucious have a conversation about some business,” he describes his guest role on Empire. “And me and Cookie have a conversation about what we got going on down here in Miami. It was a lot of fun.”

At the beginning of the interview he also said that he was about to go into a meeting for his World Tour next year!

For more information on his guest appearance on Empire click here and here.

Listen to the full interview Perez did on On Air With Ryan here.

Pitbull to open up Charter School in Las Vegas.

 
Pitbull helped launch SLAM! (Sports Leadership & Management Academy), a Little Havana-based charter school in 2013. The charter now has over 1,000 students in attendance and many more on the waiting list. In an interview he did in Fall 2013 on The Late Show he said that he and his team just got approved to open five or six more charter schools. Earlier this year in January, he announced that he will be extending the SLAM! Miami campus by adding a connecting SLAM! Junior, which will teach grades Pre-K through 5th.

Now today, he announced in an interview he did with the Las Vegas Review Journal, if everything goes according to plan, he will be opening a SLAM! campus in Vegas in August of 2017.

“Man, to me, I think that’s what this whole journey’s about — you know, to be able to grab a young mind and teach it how to focus, believe in himself, work hard, envision and achieve, I mean, there’s no price to that.” Perez explained about his Charter Schools.

“So to be able to see these kids, I see me in these kids,” he said, “and a lot of these kids, I can look at them and know their story without having to even, I would say, have a conversation. So it’s… I wouldn’t even use the word ’empowering’… It’s something that I can’t even describe in words, to be honest with you.”

Like its Little Havana counterpart, SLAM! Las Vegas will offer a curriculum that focuses on sports-related majors, in addition to offering traditional-core classes to grades 6th through 12th.

“Everybody knows that kids love — we all love sports,” he explained about why he chose to use sports in the curriculum. “But the beautiful thing about sports is, you’ve gotta understand, it teaches general principles, as far as teamwork, punctuality, reliability and to be resourceful. So when you’re able to teach these kids around that and use those general principals and apply to anything they’ve got going on — you’ve gotta see these kids and what they’ve got … it’s phenomenal.”

He credits his own experiences with schools and education during his childhood, as to what motivated and inspired him to launch his own schools.

“Hope Martinez was somebody that changed my life and believed in me when I would say… not that nobody believed in me — my mom always believed in me — but she was the one that seen the musical talent and said, ‘Hey, you need to go to this video shoot, and that’s basically how this all started,” he recalls, “so she was, I would say, one of the first real visionaries in my life.”

“I’ve gone to…in my life, I’ve done about 30 schools,” he continued, “So growing up, touring schools in the public school systems, all I said was, when I sat down with my partner, and I said, ‘Hey, we need to make school exciting again, sexy again, where the kids… the kids get sick, they still want to go school. You know, they’re not looking for a cop out. How do we do that?’ Now he’s had an amazing system. All we did was took his system and just remixed it a little bit. That’s all we did, as far as taking the curriculum and making it around sports.” he added, “You know, the more kids that we can touch,” he stated, “and let them know, ‘Hey, I was you — I am you — and look what we’ve achieved by believing in ourselves.’ And using our stories as strength and not as, I would say, victimizing stories… it’s something that is, I’ll say it again, priceless.”

Read the full article and interview Pit did with the Review Journal here!

Pitbull says he’ll Definitely Perform in Cuba.

In a recent interview for Fusion’s “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” Pitbull said he’ll definitely perform in Cuba. And when he does, he expects up to 4 million people to watch him!

“I’m definitely going to go to Cuba when Cuba opens up, and I think that’s right around the corner. As we see that Cuba right now is a hot spot, everybody wants in. And we will be a part of it one way or another when the time’s right, and we will be performing in Malecón to 3 million, 4 million people.” says Pitbull.

Ramos then asked Pit if he would perform in Cuba while Castro is still ruling and here’s what he said, “Listen to me, it’s bigger than the Castro’s, it’s what’s great for the Cuban people, it’s what’s great for the rest of the world to enjoy what’s in our blood, why we are who we are and what we’ve become. Why I got a chance to step into the music business and be one of the only Cuban-Americans to not just touch Spanish, English, but to touch the world. Now we go back down there and we build.”

At the end of the interview Pit reminds us to, “Remember what they always say even from when you’re a little kid, it’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up.”

Watch the full interview on Fusion’s “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” tomorrow, Tuesday July 21st at 9pm CST.

Until then, watch this clip from the interview:

Pitbull gets Interviewed by Billboard. 

 

Pitbull recently got interviewed by Billboard’s Leila Cobo and he talked about, “Dale”, his Vegas residency, Trump and more!

Read the article below!

“Dale” (as in dah-le in Spanish) is Pitbull’s word of choice. “Dale” as in let’s get started, let’s get going, let’s do this. “Dale!”

So when it came to titling his first Spanish-language album since 2010’s Armando, it’s no surprise Pitbull (real name Armando Pérez) came up with Dale. And not just any “Dale.” During a flight with producers Jorge Gomez and DJ Chino, his longtime on-the-road DJ and now co-producer and writer, Pitbull came up with an acronym for Dale: Disfrutando (Enjoying), Armando, Locuras (Craziness), Etc.

“We did it while having a party at 45,000 feet in the air,” Pitbull tells Billboard with a laugh.

On the eve of Dale’s release on July 17, Billboard spoke to Pitbull about an album that’s already delivered a handful of hits, his collaborations with new musical acts and, yes, about Donald Trump.

You’ve always mixed Spanish into your English songs and conversation. How do you decide what words to use in your songs and when, for example, you host the American Music Awards?


I don’t choose anything. I just talk. I don’t overthink it. I don’t have to oversell the fact that I am who I am.

And, who are you?


I’m the epitome of the American dream, the underdog, the fighter, the forever hungry, forever appreciative, that’s me. And no matter whether I speak Spanish, Portuguese, English, any language, we speak the most powerful language which is music. No matter what words we throw.

While all Latin crossover acts have gone to pains to differentiate both their careers and languages, you’ve capitalized on being Latin.


I don’t think it’s about capitalizing on being Latin. It’s just who I am and how I’ve grown up. I don’t think a Jamaican artist capitalizes on being Jamaican. He just grew up listening to reggae. It is what it is. Same thing with an African-American who grew up in the Bronx. It’s not about capitalizing. I think we have to be real careful on how we throw culture around because it’s not about capitalizing from our culture; it’s about teaching people about our culture. That’s why I’ve strayed away from, ‘Oh you’re a Latin artist.’ No, I’m an artist that happens to be Latin. That doesn’t mean that I can’t rap with the best of them just because I’m Latin.

You started your career at a time when Spanish just was not part of popular culture nor was it heard on mainstream pop stations. Yet you’ve very aggressively put your “Latin-ness,” if you will, in the music and the words and everything you do. Were you ever concerned it would limit the places where your music could be heard?


I was never concerned. It was always about teaching them about my culture. I am very proud of who I am and where my family is from and who I represent. I don’t try to invade anybody’s space. It’s more like, “Hey, maybe you’d like to learn more about our culture.”

Why a Spanish album now?


It was time. We had a bunch of records we were sitting on. DJ Chino and Georgie basically produced pretty much all the album and we had amazing features. I said, why not? And our first record, “Piensas,” went No. 1 with Gente De Zona. Bottom line it was just time.

Tell me about some of the other featured names on the album.


Osmani Garcia (featured in “El Taxi” and “Chi Chi Bon Bon”) is someone who’s building up a name for himself right now. He’s where Gente De Zona were five years ago, when I was first dealing with them. I love to catch artists before they explode because then we can build a really good relationship. I had a record called “El Taxi,” and he loved it and he asked if he could shoot a video. I said yes, and sure enough, he’s exploded the record in Latin America. It has more than 28 million views [on YouTube]. It’s a record that’s become huge through the streets.

You have another up and comer, El Micha.


I don’t have a problem doing records with new artists because I know what It felt like to be able to get that first feature and say, “Wow, this is the opportunity that’s going to allow me to take my career to the next level.” So, it’s always an honor to be able to do that. I’ve been recording with Gente De Zona since my first Spanish album, for example. I’ve been dealing with them since ’08. 

There are a lot of Cuban names here: El Micha, Osmani GDZ. Did you specifically want more Cubans?


Not even. They are guys that are working very hard in the streets right now and I understand that fight because I’ve been there. But, Fuego (featured in “Mami mami”) is Dominican. Don Miguelo is Dominican. Papayo (featured in “Haciendo ruido”) is Venezuelan. In one way or another we’re working with all Latinos, and with the world. Mohombi is African. He’s a great guy and these guys that we’ve worked with are guys who will have great careers in the near future.

A lot of the music in this album is very street and very different from some of the big pop records you’ve put out in recent years.


You have records for the clubs and the streets. You have your huge records like “Baddest Girl in Town” which has sort of a Michael Jackson feel to it. You have “Haciendo ruido” with Ricky Martin which has a big world feel to it. And “Hoy se bebe” with Farruko has a big world feel to it also. “No puedes más” with Yandel [which references “Don’t You Want Me Baby”], there’s nothing in Spanish radio like that. The Yandel record has that ’80s feel to it and it reminds me of ’80s music and freestyle music. That’s my favorite record on the album. We’ll be working on these records for the next year and a half, two years.

That’s a long time to work in Spanish. Will you lose your mainstream clout?


Not at all. When Piensas was out I had “Times of Our Lives” on the charts [it hit No. 9 on Hot Latin Songs]. Now “Fun” is at No. 40 and we’re working “Baddest Girl in Town” in Spanish. To me, records are like air traffic control: I make sure they can land and that they have enough airspace to be able to breathe. I’ve used that analogy not only for records, but also for PR, for social media. People think that by just throwing things out there people are going to get the message. But what they need is a clear runway to take off and land.

Aside from promoting the album, what are your plans for the near future?


I have a Las Vegas residency Sept. 23 to Oct. 7 in Planet Hollywood. It’s called “Time of Our Lives.” We will be on tour next year. And I’m already recording English records for the new English albums.

And I have to ask what you thought about Donald Trump’s comments during his speech several weeks ago…


My mom used to say the two biggest diseases in the world are greed and ignorance. I think Trump is far from ignorant, but I don’t think he really understood what he was saying and the power of Latinos. [He didn’t understand] how we’re always united, and how we truly respect this country way too much; we respect the liberty it gives us to control our own destiny, and the opportunities it gives us to take our families to other levels. I don’t think he really put all that together. But, to each his own. El tipo se comió tremendo cable! [The guy is in hot water]. 

Pitbull Talks Vegas Shows, Dale, and more with Entertainment Weekly!

 
Pitbull did a short interview with Entertainment Weekly where he talked about music, his new album, his upcoming Vegas Residency and more!

Read the article on Mr. Worldwide below!

Within moments of connecting with Pitbull, it’s apparent how he earned the nickname “Mr. Worldwide.” From collaborating with Latin American upstarts for his forthcoming Spanish-language record Dale to sharing the bill for a July concert with Keith Urban and Nick Jonas, the 34-year-old chart-topping rapper has a keen sense of his music’s global appeal.

“The beautiful thing about music is that it’s a universal language,” Pitbull tells EW. “If people want to categorize it, that’s cool. But I think that these people, to share a stage with them is showing the power of music.”

Perhaps that’s why Pitbull, born Armando Christian Pérez to Cuban parents in Miami, seems to flow effortlessly between No. 1 hits with Kesha, Dale’s young talent (“If I told you the names, you’d be like, ‘What the f—k?’” he quips), and mixed bills like the one with Urban and Jonas planned for the July 19 #PlentiTogether concert in New York. But Pitbull places himself in a more timeless context, evidenced as he waxes poetic about his seven-night Las Vegas residency scheduled for the end of September.

“Vegas was spawned by Havana, Cuba, back in the days when you had guys like Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel to get together and put up the Stardust,” he explains. “I feel like my culture is very deeply rooted in the blossoming of Vegas. It’s beautiful to be there, amongst the amazing names that have been there — Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack. It’s definitely an honor.”

Honor or not, Pitbull plans to bring his usual party vibe to Vegas. “They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” he deadpans. “Well, what happens in Vegas with a Miami guy never happened. The night is going to be called ‘Convenient Amnesia.’”

That cavalier attitude dissipates when the conversation turns to Dale, only the second of Pitbull’s nine studio albums to be recorded entirely in Spanish. “It’s great to see young talent coming up, and to give them an opportunity and a platform to showcase that,” he says, referencing his perceived responsibility toward smaller artists. “It’s also a great learning experience for myself, because you always keep your ear to the ground and it keeps you on your toes.”

That’s why Dale, which takes its name from an acronym Pitbull has popularized on his records meaning “basically having fun with Armando,” epitomizes the rapper’s feel-good persona: “The album is all about great global music that’s an escape for all the negative things that are going on in the world.”

Pitbull at Kiss FM UK.

Yesterday, Mr. Worldwide stopped by Kiss FM in the UK for a few minute interview!

He talked about wanting to own part of the X-Factor, how great it is collaborating with Chris Brown, how he makes hits and more!

Pitbull also said that he has a song that he’s working on right now, that he would love Ed Sheeran to jump on!

Check out the full interview and photos of him in the studio below!

   

See full pics here!

Pitbull at BBC Radio 1!

Mr. Worldwide stopped by BBC Radio 1 in London today! He chatted for about twenty minutes with Scott Mills and Chris Stark!

Check out the audio of the interview below!

 
Pitbull also received a plaque for 4.4 million combined UK record sales!

Check out some photos of Pit in the BBC studio and with his new plaque below!

See more pics here!