Luis Fonsi (Luis Alfonso Rodríguez Lópe-Cepero) was born on April 15, 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fonsi is the eldest child of Alfonso Rodríguez and Delia López-Cepero. He studied music at Florida State University on a full scholarship, but later dropped out to pursue his career in music, and was eventually offered a recording contract with Universal Music Latin.
In 1998, his first album Comezaré peaked at the number 11 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. In 2000, his second album Eterno was even more successful than his first. Eterno featured a duet with Christina Aguilera, “Si no te hubiera conocido.” Fonsi also performed at the White House in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks.
In 2002, Fonsi released his third album Amor Secreto. Also that year, he debuted his first English album, Fight the Feeling. His fifth album Hug the Life dropped in 2003 and peaked at the number 3 spot on Billboard Top Latin Albums. In 2005, he released his sixth album Paso a Paso, which debuted at number one on the Latin Billboards. This album sent Fonsi into international markets.
In 2008, Fonsi’s seventh album Palabras del Silencio debuted and stayed in the number one position for weeks. His single “No Me Doy por Vencido” reached number one on Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.
2009 brought Fonsi a Latin Grammy Award for “Song of the Year” for his composition “Aquí Estoy Yo”. Then in 2011, he released the album “Mainland” and on July 9, Billboard named him “Leader of Latin Music’s New Generation”. In 2014, he released his ninth album 8 as a reference to his eighth career album and dedicated it to his daughter Mikaela.
In 2017, he released the infamous “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee. The song is almost number one in nearly all of Latin Billboard Chart, and the most viewed video. In November 2017 he released the song “Échame la Culpa”, featuring Demi Lovato. The song won Song of the Year at the Latin American Music Awards in 2018. Fonsi also released the song “Imposible” on a collaboration with Ozuna.