Daddy Yankee Named First Latino Artist To Top Spotify Charts
Daddy Yankee has made history as the first Latino artist to top the Spotify charts.
The Puerto Rican star, whose real name is Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, surpassed 44,735,586 monthly listeners to take the number one position from Ed Sheeran on the music platform.
- Daddy Yankee onstage at Telemundo’s Premios Tu Mundo “Your World” Awards at American Airlines Arena on August 25, 2016 in Miami, Florida – Photo: Jason Koerner/Getty Images North America.
Of the news, Rodriguez told the Associated Press in an email, “Being the first Latin artist to reach #1 in Spotify marks a precedent not only for my career but for the industry in general. 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.”
“Today, this genre is the most listened to in the world. Thanks to all the fans and colleagues that gave me the opportunity to collaborate with them. We did it!”
Among Rodriguez’s biggest hits is Despacito, the song that he co-wrote with Luis Fonsi which features additional vocals from Justin Bieber. The remix of the tune is currently number one on Spotify’s global charts.
Rocio Guerrero, Spotify’s head of Latin culture, shows and editorial, added, “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.”