From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, rose from the streets of Miami to exemplify the American Dream and achieve international success. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a Grammy®-winning global superstar, business entrepreneur, education ambassador and motivational speaker.
Pitbull has landed #1 hits in over 15 countries, sold over 80 million singles, has more than 84 million Facebook/Twitter/Instagram followers and over 13 billion views on YouTube. In addition to the United States, his sold-out world concert tours have taken him to North and South America, Europe and the Far East. He has also completed headlining tours in China and Japan. Along the way in his journey, he has co-headlined with Enrique Iglesias, toured with Britney Spears in the U.K. and Europe, and spoken to thousands as part of Tony Robbins’ motivational seminars.
Pitbull ushered in 2019 with his fifth annual New Year’s Eve event at Bayfront Park in Miami and wrapped another stellar year in 2018 that included scoring the film Gotti, starring John Travolta; having a featured song, “Ocean to Ocean,” on the Aquaman soundtrack; and opening the first iLov305 themed nightlife destination in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 2018, he released his tenth full-length album, Climate Change; completed a second co-headlining U.S. tour with Enrique Iglesias; and released his first-ever Greatest Hits, plus a new Spanish single.
Whether it’s his Voli 305 Vodka, which has its own signature cocktails at multiple Sugar Factory American Brasserie locations, or the fragrance line “Pitbull,” his influence has catapulted. His Las Vegas residency, “Time of Our Lives” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has now accomplished multiple consecutive runs that include new dates in spring 2019 at Zappos Theater. In January 2019, Pitbull celebrated the opening of iLov305, a restaurant and nightlife concept on Miami's famed Ocean Drive. Pitbull has signed on to the STX UglyDolls franchise, based on the ubiquitous pop culture Uglydoll characters. Pitbull will write and perform an original song for the UglyDolls movie, slated for release on May 3, and he lends his voice talent to one of the film’s key characters. Norwegian Cruise Line handpicked him as Godfather to Norwegian Escape, one of the most innovative cruise ships ever built. Globalization, his 24/7 commercial-free channel on Sirius XM (Ch.13), has become one of the platform’s fastest-growing channels following its 2015 launch.
Pitbull also serves as ambassador to the Sports Leadership Arts and Management (SLAM!) charter schools he has helped to establish. First opened in the Little Havana section of Miami where he spent some of his youth, SLAM! schools are now located in Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas. Always striving to implement its mission to bring relevant experiences to its students, the SLAM! Foundation launched a new initiative in 2019: The first student -run national radiobroadcast on SiriusXM (Ch. 145).