Daddy Yankee is the First Latin Artist to Hold the #1 Spot on Spotify
Spotify, the leading global music streaming service, announced today a new worldwide leader in the platform, Daddy Yankee. The Reggaeton artist, whose hits include ‘Gasolina,’ ‘Shaky Shaky,’ and most-recently ‘Despacito – Remix,’ has surpassed 44,735,586 monthly listeners, beating Ed Sheeran out of the #1 spot. The Puerto Rico native is the first Latin artist to ever hold the #1 top spot globally.
This has been a long time coming for Yankee, whose success in 2004 for his mainstream breakthrough album ‘Barrio Fino’, credited him with transcending cultural boundaries. His success continued to soar into positioning him as an international brand name by the time his 2007 follow-up album, ‘El Cartel: The Big Boss,’ was released.
“My job as an artist is to unify the whole world through my music, and we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” said Yankee during a recent video he made for Spotify, speaking about his recent ascend. This is only the beginning for the international Reggaeton sensation, as he takes on the remaining leg of his European concert series, the “Tamo En Vivo” tour.
“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,” said Rocio Guerrero, Spotify’s Head of Latin Culture, Shows & Editorial.
Spotify users can find Daddy Yankee on Spotify’s This is: Daddy Yankee playlist, as well as his complete catalog and enjoy free access to over 30 million tracks, from their mobile device, computer or tablet.
Spotify now has more than 140 million users and over 2 billion playlists, the majority of them created by users. Beyond user-generated playlists, the service touts editorial playlists that help great songs and the artists behind them obtain even more visibility in a crowded field.