The first Latino artist to take the number one spot on Spotify, just kicked Ed Sheeran of the coveted position.
Spotify announced that Puerto Rican singer Daddy Yankee, who has reggaetón hits that include Gasolina, Shaky Shaky and Despacito. He has surpassed over 44,735,586 monthly listeners which placed him at the global number one spot.
“Being the first Latin artist to reach #1 in Spotify marks a precedent not only for my career but for the industry in general,” Daddy Yankee, whose real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, told press. “The musical digital revolution has unified the world and this is the proof. We are all in the same boat with no labels or stereotypes.”
He recounted how back when he first started in 1992, that people back home told him he’s never going to last three years, much less become internationally recognized.
“But I never stopped,” he said. “I had to keep fighting. I had to make big sacrifices, to miss important moments with my family, to feel the prejudice of many people that didn’t open the doors for me.”
Rocio Guerrero, Spotify’s head of Latin culture, shows & editorial says: “Spotify has been supporting Latin music for many years, and this is the moment that shows our passion and love for the genre are equally supported by our audience. We are grateful for all of our artists, and specifically for Daddy Yankee’s influence in bringing global appreciation to Latin music.”
Despacito, which was co-written with Luis Fonsi, was pushed to the number one Spotify global charts after being remixed and feature additional vocals by Justin Bieber.
Even after ten years since released his best-selling album Barria Fino and the classic reggaetón song Gasolina that pulled him into the international spotlight, the Latin Grammy Award winner is still one of the most influential names in reggaetón.
“Today, this genre is the most listened to in the world,” Daddy Yankee said. “Thanks to all the fans and colleagues that gave me the opportunity to collaborate with them. We did it!”