Cartel: Calle 13, La Maldita Vecindad, Cartel de Santa, Panteón Rococó, Los Daniels, Los Marty, Jessy Bulbo, Ventilader, The Stupids Rock & Roll, Los Milky Brothers, Atto & the Majestics, Botas Negras, Mamastróficos
Short Biography Cartel: Calle 13, La Maldita Vecindad, Cartel de Santa, Panteón Rococó, Los Daniels, Los Marty, Jessy Bulbo, Ventilader, The Stupids Rock & Roll, Los Milky Brothers, Atto & the Majestics, Botas Negras, Mamastróficos
White Lion signed Calle 13 soon afterward, and the label financed the duo's first video, for "Se Vale To-To," which Residente shot and edited himself with the help of his cousin at the cost of $14,000. Furthermore, de LeÃ³n hooked up Residente with established reggaeton vocalist Julio Voltio, who was also signed to White Lion, and the two collaborated on the song "ChulÃn CulÃn Chunlfy," which became a sizable hit. After generating some buzz on Puerto Rico radio with lead single "Se Vale To-To," White Lion released Calle 13 in December 2005. The album opened well, at number six on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart; however, the sales were heavily Puerto Rican in basis (the self-governing island is a U.S. commonwealth and therefore eligible for Soundscan computation) and subsequently languished until late summer 2006, when a second single, "Atrevete-Te-Te," began getting stateside airplay, beginning in Southern California. Another boost came when Nelly Furtado, concurrently riding high on the chart-topping success of "Promiscuous Girl," invited Residente to collaborate with her on a new version of "No Hay Igual" that would be released to Latino markets as a single and video.
The buzz continued to build month by month, partly fueled the September 2006 announcement of three Latin Grammy nominations, for Best New Artist, Best Short-Form Video, and Best Urban Album (all of which would be won). In addition, there was the announcement of three nominations for MTV Latin America Awards; the duo was invited to perform with Furtado on the awards show, too. In fact, the Furtado affiliation proved quite fortuitous, as MTV also invited Calle 13 to accompany the pop singer for the world premiere of the new MTV Tr3s channel targeting acculturated Latinos. By this point, toward the end of 2006, Calle 13 was the hottest new artist in popular Latin music. The duo's year-old debut album had become a Top Ten success, as the pace of its sales grew week by week, and their videos were exceptionally popular Internet streams. All the while, Calle 13 continued to gain notoriety in additional Latin markets such as Mexico and Spain. ~ Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide