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Birth name Austin Santos
Also known as La Maravilla, El Fenómeno, El Maravilloso, Austin La Maravisha, Austin Arcangel Santos
Born December 23, 1986 (age 23)
Origin Dominican Republic
Genres Reggaeton, hip hop, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, rapper, actor
Years active 2004–present
Labels Flow Factory Inc., Full Records, UMG, Machete, Mas Flow
Associated acts Arcángel & De La Ghetto, Don Omar, Full Records, Daddy Yankee, Luny Tunes, De La Ghetto
Website www.arcangellamaravilla.Net

Austin Santos[1] (born December 23, 1986)[2], better known by his stage name Arcángel, is a Dominican singer-songwriter, rapper and actor.[1] He was born New York City to Dominican parents. He moved to Puerto Rico in 2002 with hopes of following in the footsteps of the reggaeton genre.[3] While living in Puerto Rico, he would eventually form part of a popular then-underground reggaeton act, Arcángel & De La Ghetto. The duo eventually went on to make songs that became popular among reggaeton fans in the United States and Puerto Rico, including "Agresivo", "Sorpresa" and "Mi Fanática" during the mid-2000s.[1]

Arcángel went on to release his debut studio album, El Fenómeno, in late 2008. The album included songs that were produced in 2008, as well as the DJ Nelson produced "Chica Virtual", which was produced in 2007. Half of the album also included newly produced tracks, ones including "Pa' Que la Pases Bien" and "Por Amar a Ciegas", which went on to become successful airplay songs on American Latin Urban radio stations across the United States.


Early life

Arcángel was born New York City, New York and also lived in the Dominican Republic. He was born eldest to Dominican parents.[3] His mother was a former member of the all-women merengue group, Las Chicas del Can, who were popular during the early 1980s to the late 1990s.[4] He grew up listening to various types of music and has been a fan of rock music, particularly Robi Draco Rosa, a Puerto Rican pop rock artist and a former member of Menudo.[2] Arcángel was not always a fan of reggaeton; he claims that it is not his favorite type of music, but it is easy to sing to.[3] During the early 2000s, Arcángel grew fond of the new kind of music. Listening to artists like Tego Calderón and Tempo, it inspired him to pursue a singing and rapping career in reggaeton music.[1]

Music career


2004–2007: Beginning of career

After moving to Puerto Rico in 2002, Arcángel decided to follow in the footsteps of the upbringing of reggaeton music ,,.[3] He went on to form an underground reggaeton duo, Arcángel & De La Ghetto. The duo was signed to reggaeton singer-songwriter Zion Baby Records from making continuos hits for Zion's record label, Baby Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. The duo were also involved with Machete Music in 2004 during the time that they were recording for reggaeton compilation albums. Arcángel & De La Ghetto rose to fame in 2006 on the reggaeton compilation album hosted by Héctor "El Father", Sangre Nueva, with their hit song, "Ven y Pegate."[5] They were also featured on the Luny Tunes-hosted compilation Mas Flow: Los Benjamins in 2006.[5]

Though an active musical duo, Arcángel & De La Ghetto never released a studio album since the formation of the duo. Any production they had been involved with only resulted in tracks and recordings being included on compilation albums or leaked onto the Internet. This was due to a conflict with Baby Records because the company was not releasing any material by Arcángel & De La Ghetto onto an album of their own. Arcángel claimed to have even spent $150,000 on producing an album, which resulted in the label not releasing it to market. The tracks produced were said to have been leaked onto the Internet instead.[2] Arcángel had then filed a lawsuit with Baby Records in 2007 for US$1,000,000 and would eventually leave the record company in December 2006, when he announced that he was embarking on a solo career and founding a label of his own.[2][5]

After the separation of the duo in 2007, Arcángel went on to perform solo, working with various reggaeton producers and performers on compilation albums. Most notable of them was a compilation album produced in 2007, Flow la Discoteka 2, which was produced by songwriter and record producer DJ Nelson.[6] The album was an upbringing of different artists trying to rise to fame, one of those including Arcángel, who made a track titled "Chica Virtual", which went on to be one of his most recognizable songs, as well as being a popular airplay single on American Latin Urban radio stations, charting at number 9 on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.[7] It also charted at number 22 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.[8]

2008–present: Solo career and debut album

Since the departure from the duo, as well as his former record label Baby Records, Arcángel originally decided to release his debut studio album titled La Maravilla in early 2008. The decision to release the album, however, was cancelled due to the album being leaked onto the Internet during Spring 2008.[5] The tracks were distributed through his official website and file sharing sites relating to reggaeton under the title La Maravilla.[9] One of the internet leaks, a song titled "Pa' Que la Pases Bien", went on to be a popular airplay track on American Latin Urban radio stations across the United States. The unreleased album being leaked onto the internet resulted in making Arcángel more popular among reggaeton fans in the United States, as well as Puerto Rico. He had made many songs by then until they were leaked on to the internet which helped his fame.

Arcángel founded Flow Factory Inc. in 2008, and his mother became his manager afterward.[2] He claimed that it was easier having his mother be his manager so that he would not have to pay 20 percent of money received from record sales to his record label and manager.[2] He went on to release his debut album, El Fenómeno, in late 2008.[5] The album included songs that were produced in the last quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2008, including the DJ Nelson produced "Chica Virtual". Half of the album was tracks that he originally produced for an album that was to be released in the first quarter of 2008. The other half of the album also included newly produced tracks, ones including "Por Amar a Ciegas", which went on to become a successful airplay single on American Latin Urban radio stations across the United States.

In mid-January 2009, Arcángel announced plans of a European tour sometime during 2009, in promotion of his debut album, El Fenómeno, and to receive more exposure across the world from reggaeton fans.[10] To comment on the tour, he claimed that in order for it to be successful, good equipment would be highly important, and by going along with the tour, he will be able to learn more on what the continental tour experience is like.[10] Arcángel confirmed to be touring in several countries, including Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, England, Netherlands and Denmark.[11][12]. Arcangel was also featured on a Daddy Yankee single "Pasion". On October 26, 2009, Arcangel released the single entitled "Como tu me Tocas" off the compilation "Golpe de Estado".[13] The second single off the album, released one week later, is a song called "La Velita", which features Arcángel, Ivy Queen, Zion & Jadiel. Now he has just singed a contract with Pina Records and will work on making the video of Mi Amor Es Pobre.

Film career

In 2008, Arcángel starred in the independently-produced film Muerte en El Paraíso, which told the story of two brothers who make it into the music industry, but are swindled by two record company executives.[14] The film was directed by Abimael Acosta and opened on March 5, 2008 in selected theaters.[14] In the film, Arcángel starred as "Kalil", one of the brothers who was new to the music industry. The film was distributed by independent film company, Producciones Nuevo-Enfoque, and was produced by Jeancarlo Rodríguez and Doel Alicea.



  1. ^ a b c d Arcángel Biography. ArcangelLaMaravilla.Net. Retrieved on 08 March 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e f González-Andino, Heriberto (2009-02-26). "El Arcángel urbano, en su disco ‘El Fenómeno’, el cantante va más allá del reggaetón" (in Spanish). La Opinión (ImpreMedia). Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d Pérez-Duthie, Juan (2009-01-23). "Arcángel da la batalla" (in Spanish). Billboard en Español (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. ^ Martínez Tutek, Andrés (2009-03-04). "Arcángel: el irreverente del reggaetón" (in Spanish). People en Español (Time Inc.).,22490,1883211,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Arcángel Biography. Allmusic (Macrovision Corporation). Retrieved on 10 March 2009
  6. ^ DJ Nelson Flow La Discoteka 2 CD. Retrieved on 12 April 2009
  7. ^ Latin Rhythm Airplay. Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved on 08 March 2009
  8. ^ Hot Latin Songs. Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved on 08 March 2009.
  9. ^ ArcangelLaMaravilla.Net - Home. Retrieved on 12 April 2009
  10. ^ a b Mo, Zayra (2009-01-15). "Arcángel se prepara para conquistar Europa en el 2009" (in Spanish). EFE (Yahoo! Noticias). Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Arcángel aprovecha para descansar". ArcangelLaMaravilla.Net. Retrieved on 11 March 2009
  12. ^ "No olvida a su barrio". Viste Lily jajaja! ArcangelLaMaravilla.Net. Retrieved on 11 March 2009
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  14. ^ a b Muerte en el Paraiso Overview. Cinemovida Entertainment. Retrieved on 10 March 2009

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