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Pitbull

Pitbull

Armando Christian Pérez (born 1981), known professionally by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, brand ambassador, businessman and philanthropist. Pérez was born in Miami, Florida. After his parents separated, he lived with his mother but later stayed with a foster family in Georgia. Perez began his career in the early 2000s, recording reggaeton, Latin hip hop, and crunk music under a multitude of labels. In 2004, he 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 four 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 eighteen countries, including the US and UK.