Fact: Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg are set to ring in 2017 in Miami, Florida after signing on to co-host rapper Pitbull's New Year's Eve party. The Timber hitmaker previously fronted the star-studded televised concert himself, but he has handed over the reins to the two rap icons for the third annual bash, which will be broadcast live in the U.S. from Bayfront Park. The line-up has yet to be revealed, but Sean 'Diddy' Combs and pals headlined last year's (15) show.
Fact: Drake, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Usher and U2 were announced as part of the line-up at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday (25Jul16). The event will take place in the city's T-Mobile Arena, on 23 and 24 September (16) and will also feature performances from Pitbull and British rockers Tears For Fears.
Tweet: "Teachers are the real revolutionaries. Thanks for all you do." Rapper Pitbull, who founded the Sports Leadership Academy of Miami (SLAM) school in 2013, celebrates America's Teacher Appreciation Day with a special shout out. He is opening a second academy in Las Vegas.
Fact: Justin Bieber and Pitbull have been added to the lineup of performers at the upcoming Grammy Awards on 15 February (16). They join other artists including Adele, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd at the live ceremony in Los Angeles.
Fact: Rapper Pitbull is joining his pal Jennifer Lopez in Las Vegas for a second run of residency shows. The hip-hop star debuted his Time of our Lives gigs at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in September (15), and he will return for a two-week stint in March (16). J.Lo will launch her All of Me set at the same venue later this month (Jan16).
Quote: "That was a lot of fun by the way, congratulations to Sofia and Joe... Sofia, she knows how to have a good time. Sofia, you're very blessed to have phenomenally powerful, beautiful-looking women not only in your country but at the party. I got to dance with Sofia on stage, but I looked to the other side and said, 'Woo, wait a second, Sofia, you're gorgeous and amazing, but officially taken… I got to go this way'." Rapper Pitbull enjoyed hanging out with newlyweds Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello at their recent wedding reception, where he performed before dashing off for a gig in Nicaragua.
Fact: Latin superstars Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull have been tapped to headline the second annual iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina concert on 7 November (15) in Miami, Florida. Other artists on the star-studded line-up include Prince Royce, Becky G, Camila, Wisin, Marco Antonio Solis and Don Omar.
Fact: Rapper Pitbull has landed his first ever number one record on the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums chart with his latest effort, Dale. Although the feat marks the first time one of his albums has hit the top, the Cuban-American star is no stranger to the charts after previously landing 34 entries on the Hot Latin Songs list since 2006.
Fact: Tourmates Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias have been transformed into puppets for their new music video. In Let Me Be Your Lover, the two pals become party puppets hitting the streets of Los Angeles. The track is the latest single from Iglesias' album Sex and Love.
Quote: "It was his birthday not too long ago and I (texted him), 'Happy birthday papa!' and he wrote back, 'Did you hear? I'm your new boyfriend!' I said, 'I heard! I know it's your birthday; don't go cheating on me tonight!' And of course he said, 'Of course I will.'" Superstar Jennifer Lopez is enjoying having fun with her collaborator and close pal Pitbull as they laugh off tabloid rumours of a budding romance.
Quote: "He's joking. He has his hands full - there ain't no room in that life for me. Everytime I see him, he's like, 'This (girl) is Monday, this is Tuesday, this is Wednesday.' And you know what I'm talking about." Jennifer Lopez dismisses recent reports she's started a romance with longtime collaborator Pitbull, after he recently admitted he has a crush on her and dubbed their couple name, 'Pit-Lo'.
Quote: "Vitamins in the morning, then I drink a little Voli (vodka) with water and three limes before I go onstage. And in the afternoon, tea keeps me going. And sex!" Pitbull on what helps him keep his energy up on tour.
Quote: "One year we had no Christmas tree, so we put up a palm tree we found in the street and decorated it with beer cans, bottles and beer cartons." Rapper Pitbull recalls a memorable Christmas from his youth.
Quote: "What's that saying? I'd rather die an alcoholic and famous than an alcoholic anonymous." Rapper Pitbull enjoys a good drink.
Fact: Rapper Pitbull will perform his new song Fireball with iconic New York dance troupe The Rockettes on the live season finale of hit Tv show America's Got Talent on Wednesday (17Sep14).
Fact: Rapper Pitbull was honoured with the inaugural Icon Award at the 2014 Streamy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (07Sep14). The Give Me Everything hitmaker was handed the trophy in recognition of his achievement in online video and entertainment at the fourth annual ceremony which celebrates web content.
Quote: "Jay Z is someone that I idolise, not only on the business side as an artist, and Celia Cruz, one way or another." Rapper Pitbull has set his sights on collaborating with the rap legend and the salsa icon, who died in 2003.
Quote: "I grew up around so many alcoholics and drug addicts that I saw early on in my life what I didn't want to do. I had a mother that went to Alcoholics Anonymous, I sat through the classes. I've seen the 12 steps, the chips, the whole nine (yards)." Hitmaker Pitbull doesn't need much incentive to keep him away from excess.
Quote: "We all have Scarfaces in our family... It (film) wasn't exaggerated. (Martin) Scorsese, Oliver Stone, (Brian) De Palma - those guys were right on the money. I wanted to be (drug lord) Sosa, educated, good-looking, a good dresser, and he's the one who was running it. And notice, he never got his hands dirty. He sipped his tea. He was nice, not aggressive. And at the end of it all, he was the one that stayed. So I realised around 18 that Tony (Montana)'s the wrong guy to be looking up to." Pitbull on cult movie Scarface, about a Cuban gangster living in Florida.
Quote: "People need their space. The good thing is she came out on a high horse. Sometimes, it's a blessing in disguise." Pitbull reveals he hasn't spoken to his Timber collaborator Kesha since she left rehab earlier this month (Mar14), when their hit was still at the top of the charts around the world.
Fact: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Pitbull are among the acts who will headline the first ever iTunes festival in America next month (Mar14). The event has run annually in the U.K. since 2007, and it will launch in the U.S. in March (14) as part of the South By Southwest music festival in Texas.
Fact: Rapper Pitbull has landed one of his biggest gigs - he has been asked to host this year's American Music Awards. The 24 November (13) show will feature performances from Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, MACklemore & Ryan Lewis and One Direction. Pitbull will also pull double duty and take the stage to perform his latest track, Timber, with Kesha.
Quote: "I don't know how to dance. I just listen to music. The music tells me what to do and I just do it." Rapper Pitbull is not a very good dancer.
Fact: Pitbull's gig at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday (18Jun13) turned into superstar night at the fabled Los Angeles venue - Enrique Iglesias, Chris Brown and former couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony showed up onstage to perform with the co-headliner.
Quote: "That's great. I want to say to the United Kingdom, everybody in Britain, London, thank you very much for banning the video." Rapper Pitbull is thrilled his racy video for new single Don't Stop The Party has been banned in Britain - because the fuss has given him a huge publicity boost.
Quote: "I wanna say thank you to Christina Aguilera because that was a surprise. It wasn't planned at all. She said, 'I might go out there, I might not', because she had the set right before us... Next thing I know... she's next to me, I was like, 'Hey! Woah, oh, this is great!' And she's definitely got some things to look at. That's what made it even more stunning!" Rapper Pitbull was pleasantly surprised when Christina Aguilera joined him onstage at the American Music Awards on Sunday (18Nov12).
Quote: "First of all, I would throw the biggest concert that Cuba's ever seen and what we would generate would go right into the free Cuba." Rapper Pitbull on his plans to return to his family's homeland if Cuba's borders ever come down.
Quote: "It was amazing. She's strong and bendy. You've got to be careful with Pink." Pitbull was impressed with Pink's performance dance set at the American Music Awards on Sunday (18Nov12).
Fact: Christina Aguilera and Pitbull have teamed up to revamp a-ha's 1985 smash-hit Take On Me for a new track on the rapper's upcoming album, Global Warming. Feel This Moment samples the Scandinavian trio's tune.
Fact: Pop star Fergie has teamed up with rapper and Voli co-owner Pitbull to release a low-calorie vodka range. The Black Eyed Peas star will also serve as the Voli Lyte spokesperson. She says, "It's less guilt for me... It's a little bit less proof, so you can drink it straight. Especially the flavours, they're delicious."
Tweet: "I want 2 personally thank @VH1 for telling my story with class and integrity and I want 2 thank my fans for giving a s**t." Rapper Pitbull was very happy with his Behind The Music documentary, which debuted on Vh1 in America on Thursday night (15Mar12).
Fact: Rapper Pitbull kicked off his birthday celebrations on Friday (06Jan12) with a party for fans at the 1 Oak Las Vegas hotspot in Sin City's The Mirage. The Give Me Everything hitmaker turns 31 on 15 January (12).
Fact: Rapper Pitbull is the new spokesperson for Voli light vodkas.