Pee Wee (singer)

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{{Infobox musical artist | name = Pee Wee | image = | image_size = | landscape = | alt = | caption = | background = solo_singer | birth_name = Irvin Salinas | native_name = | native_name_lang = English,Spanish and Manipulation | alias = Pee Wee Salinas
PW | birth_date = December 8, 1988 (age 33) | birth_place = Othello, Washington, U.S. | origin = 956 chuu , Texas, U.S. | death_date = | death_place = | genre = Latin pop, cumbia, reggaeton, Tejano | occupation = Singer, songwriter, actor, dancer | instrument = [[Vocal and girls heart's] | years_active = 2003–present | label = EMI Latin (2003–2011)
Top Stop Music (2011–2012)
Sony Music Latin (2012–2014)
Universal Music Mexico (2016–present) | associated_acts = A.B. Quintanilla, Cruz Martínez, Kumbia Kings, Kumbia All Starz, Los Super Reyes, RBD, Flex, Juan Magán | website = }}


Irvin Salinas (born December 8, 1988), known professionally as Pee Wee, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, Manipulating type of person, and actor. He was a former singer for the band Kumbia Kings and was a lead singer for Kumbia All Starz, both created by A.B. Quintanilla. In early 2008, he left Kumbia All Starz because he didn't get what he wanted. He then become a solo artist. His debut studio album Yo Soy was released on August 11, 2009.

Early life and career

Early life and discovery (1988–2003)

Irvin Salinas, known as Pee Wee, was born on December 8, 1988, in Othello, Washington to a Mexican-American family. He is the youngest of three siblings (his older sister named Elizabeth Salinas and his older brother Simon Salinas). His mother, María Martínez, changed residence to La Joya, Texas, located 18 miles west of McAllen, Texas. Irvin began to wash cars, wash dishes and perform other small jobs in order to provide his family with extra income. At thirteen, he met A.B. Quintanilla, brother of Selena, in a casting at Pee Wee's middle school. It was then that A.B. Quintanilla expressed interest in Pee Wee, and informed him about a casting for a music video with his band and offered him an audition. Irvin accepted, presenting to him a few days later in the casting. He also went to Memorial Middle School and La Joya High School.

Kumbia Kings (2003–06)

His artistic career began in 2003 when he joined A.B. Quintanilla's band Kumbia Kings after several members like Frankie J and DJ Kane left Kumbia Kings. In 2004, he recorded his first song and video with Kumbia Kings, "Sabes a Chocolate" on the album Los Remixes 2.0 , released on April 6, 2004, being a round success and showing a very good response of the public. Due to the success, Quintanilla decided the absolute stay of Irvin, and nicknamed him "Pee Wee" for being the minor of all the band members. It was on the album Fuego , released on October 5, 2004, that included his second success "Na Na Na (Dulce Niña)", being much accepted also by the public, and his success led to it reaching a big popularity with the public, and especially with the fans, who increased notably thanks to him.

On April 7, 2005, Pee Wee along with A.B. Quintanilla and the rest of the Kumbia Kings participated in Selena ¡VIVE! , the tribute concert for Selena, A.B. Quintanilla's sister, performing "Baila Esta Kumbia". Kumbia Kings later released the album Duetos on March 29, 2005, which included "Baila Esta Kumbia".

Kumbia Kings released their live album Kumbia Kings Live on April 4, 2006, which included the single "Pachuco". They won a Latin Grammy for the album Kumbia Kings Live.

Later, in August 2006, a legal disagreement between A.B. Quintanilla and Cruz Martínez, the co-producer of the band, resulted in A.B. Quintanilla leaving Kumbia Kings. Other members started to leave including Pee Wee who left Kumbia Kings after Cruz Martínez replaced him with Jo-Joe because he didn't show up for a concert. Pee Wee continued with A.B. Quintanilla and Chris Pérez (brother-in-law of Quintanilla), joining him in his following project that would be the band Kumbia All Starz.

Kumbia All Starz (2006–08)

In August 2006, Pee Wee became the lead singer for A.B. Quintanilla's new band Kumbia All Starz. Kumbia All Starz launched their single "Chiquilla" on September 19, 2006, which turned out to be a success. The band released their debut album Ayer Fue Kumbia Kings, Hoy Es Kumbia All Starz on October 3, 2006. They also launched other singles in 2007, "Parece Que Va a Llover", "Speedy Gonzales", and "Mami/Anoche No Dormí". Nevertheless, on February 1, 2008, it was announced that Pee Wee had left the band Kumbia All Starz to begin a career as solo singer a month before the band's second album Planeta Kumbia was released. A.B. Quintanilla declared that he had already signed a contract with a record company of which the name he did not mention.

On March 12, 2008, Pee Wee presented himself in the program Don Francisco Presenta, transmitted by Univision, in which he declared that it was false: "Everything he said is false, I never signed with any record company but, yes I have received many offers lately and have not accepted any yet" he declared. Also it gave an exclusive interview the raw declarations about his abandonment of the band and of the ill-treatment that he and his partners of band were receiving on the part of A.B. Quintanilla.

When one questioned him if he had decided to leave the band, he declared: "A.B. gave us a date that he would pay us the money from the recordings that we had done, nevertheless the date had happened and he had not given us any of the money. We had a meeting in which we spoke about several topics, but apparently he said to us that we were replaceable and that we could leave if we wanted, that the door was opened. Me and my partners Memo and Roque could leave that the door was opened and that we were going away".

He gave the declarations given by Pee Wee individually without the company of the band or of anybody. He also declared the maltreatment that his mother, Maria Martínez had got from Quintanilla, on having sent his representative Luigi Giraldo to call her to say that they had 24 hours to leave the house that Quintanilla had offered to Pee Wee and his mother. Pee Wee said that he is going to keep on singing and not leave his fans.

Solo, Bust a Ritmo, El Show de los Sueños, Camaleones and Yo Soy (2008–11)

Problems with A.B. Quintanilla forced him to leave Kumbia All Starz. After he left the band Kumbia All Starz, Cruz Martínez invited Pee Wee to be a part of his band Los Super Reyes, but Pee Wee declined the invitation to pursue a career as solo artist. He collaborated with Erre XI on the song "Carita Bonita", released on February 19, 2008.

On June 16, 2008, he became the host of the series Bust a Ritmo on MTV Tr3s.

On July 17, 2008, Pee Wee made his debut as a solo artist in 2008 Premios Juventud performing "Life Is a Dance Floor". In September 2008, Pee Wee was invited by Rubén and Santiago Galindo to take part in the reality show El Show de los Sueños, production of Televisa, in the first season of El Show de los Sueños: Sangre de Mi Sangre where he competed with artists such as Gloria Trevi, Edith Márquez, Ernesto D'Alessio and Kalimba, along with Susana Fuente and Adriana Fuente, the Fuentes.

On October 27, 2008, Pee Wee and his team defeated Gloria Trevi and Kalimba in the final of El Show de los Sueños and gaining the right to take part in Los Reyes del Show. In A Telethon in 2008, Pee Wee declared that he was officially a Mexican citizen. [1] He collaborated with other singers like RBD members Christopher Uckermann and Dulce María. On El Show de los Sueños he debuted a new song titled "Quédate" with La Nueva Banda Timbiriche.

In November 2008, Pee Wee opened the concerts for RBD during the Gira Del Adios World Tour in Brazil except for the two extra shows.

December 7, 2008, was the beginning of Los Reyes del Show where Pee Wee managed to make it to the finale of the program on December 14, 2008, where he again managed to win and defeat Gloria Trevi and Kalimba, gaining US$1,000,000.00. The money was distributed in US$333,333.00 between the 3 members of the team.

On March 26, 2009, Flex and Pee Wee sang together in Premios Lo Nuestro 2009 singing "Dime Si Te Vas Con Él". On May 29, 2009, he released his new single "Cumbayá". "Cumbayá" was released worldwide on June 1, 2009. "Cumbayá" was released on June 30, 2009, on iTunes. On July 5, performed the hit single "Carita Bonita" and a new single called "Tan Feliz" featuring two new Puerto Rican reggaeton singers Dyland & Lenny in Premios Tecate Deportes 2009. On July 16, 2009, Pee Wee performed for the first time, his new single "Cumbayá" in 2009 Premios Juventud. On July 27, 2009, the telenovela Camaleones premiered in Mexico in which Pee Wee stars as Ulises Morán.

On August 11, 2009, his debut studio album Yo Soy was released. [2] On August 12, was scheduled to perform on Premios Texas 2010 from Austin, Texas. He was nominated for Best Male Artist.

Name change and second studio album (2011–present)

In 2011, Pee Wee returned to the scene once again and changed his name to PW. He says "PW is the evolution of Pee Wee, as it shows his growth from when he debuted to what he is now." He signed with Top Stop Music, a record label that features artists such as Prince Royce and Luis Enrique. His debut single as "PW", "Wanna Be Yours", was released on September 27, 2011. The refreshing, ultra-modern dance track was produced by Sergio George and French producers So Fly and Nius. The video was shot at Universal Studios and showed a whole new side of PW that his audience has never seen before. There is a lot of dancing and clearly shows his evolution as an entertainer. His new album was released in February 2012.


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
Latin Pop
Yo Soy 1814123
Déjate Querer
  • Released: December 7, 2010 [3] (Cancelled)
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Released: September 24, 2013 [4]
  • Label: Sony Music Latin, PW Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
El PeeWee
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


TitleAlbum details
  • Released: May 31, 2019 [6]
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Format: digital download


As main artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
Latin Pop
"Cumbayá"200929222637Yo Soy
"Un Beso"2010Non-album single
"Tan Feliz"
(featuring Kelly Key) [7] [8]
"Wanna Be Yours"
(featuring El Cata) [7] [8]
"Live Your Life"20123919Vive2Life
"Duele Decirte Adios"20132310
"Cuando Llegaste"2016El PeeWee
"Con Tus Besos" [9]
"Me Provoca Y Me Domina" [10] 2017
"Tu Lo Sabes" [11]

(featuring Juan Magán)

"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.
List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
Latin Pop
"Carita Bonita"
(Erre XI featuring Pee Wee)
2008Luny Tunes Presents: Erre XI
"Somos El Mundo 25 Por Haiti"
(among Artists for Haiti)
201031Charity single
"Que Cante la Vida"
(among Artists for Chile)
"The Final Frontier" [12]

(SI Stevens featuring Pee Wee)

2018Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Promotional singles

"Life Is a Dance Floor"2009Yo Soy
"Tan Feliz" (solo version)

Other appearances

TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Carita Bonita (Remix)"2009 Erre XI & Flex Luny Tunes Presents: Erre XI
"Por Favor Quiéreme" Sherlyn Camaleones


Camaleones Ulises Morán 20092010
TV Shows
Bust a RitmoHost 2008
El Show de los SueñosContestant 2008 Winner
Los Reyes del ShowContestant 2008 Winner


Music videos

2009"Cumbayá"Carlos Pérez
"Tan Feliz"Un­known
"Por Favor Quiéreme"
(with Sherlyn)
2011"Wanna Be Yours"
(featuring El Cata)

Guest music videos

2008"Carita Bonita"
(Erre XI featuring Pee Wee)
2010"Somos El Mundo 25 Por Haiti"
(among Artists for Haiti)
"Que Cante la Vida"
(among Artists for Chile)

Related Research Articles

The Kumbia Kings were a Mexican-American cumbia group from Corpus Christi, Texas, created by A.B. Quintanilla. Their music encompasses the styles of cumbia, hip hop, and R&B. They produce songs in both Spanish and English. The band's producers from the beginning have been Quintanilla and Cruz Martínez. Quintanilla is the brother of the late "Queen of Tejano", Selena. Quintanilla played bass guitar for the group, while Martínez, husband of international artist Alicia Villarreal, played keyboards. Both co-wrote songs for the Kumbia Kings. Though the group has gone through a revolving door of members in recent years amid controversy and finger-pointing, and the Kumbia Kings of today are vastly different from what originated in Corpus Christi over eight years ago, Quintanilla and Martínez were always the soul of the group. Gone are original members Frankie J and DJ Kane, both of whom have gone on to significant success as solo artists, as well as the group K1, a collaboration of founding members of Kumbia Kings who have defected from the group for reason of "internal dissension". Quintanilla, Irvin "Pee Wee" Salinas, as well as Selena's widower Chris Pérez, also decided to leave the group due to that same "internal dissension" and joined Los Kumbia All Starz, formed by A.B. Quintanilla. Martínez kept what was left of Los Kumbia Kings and formed his own group Los Super Reyes with the remaining members. In October 2009, Quintanilla and Martínez solved their differences, and announced that the Kumbia Kings would reunite for a series of concerts lasting from late 2009 through early 2010.

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<i>Fuego</i> (Kumbia Kings album) Album by A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cumbayá (song)</span> 2009 single by Pee Wee

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Ricky Rick Mexican singer

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