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Daddy Yankee Surpasses Ed Sheeran to Make History as Latino Artist

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The numbers speak for themselves. Daddy Yankee is number one in the world.

The Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, whose hits include ‘Gasolina’ and most recently ‘Despacito – Remix,’ generated over 44,735,586 monthly listeners on Spotify. This milestone crowns him as the number one artist worldwide, as confirmed by the global music streaming service.

This achievement by the Latin artist, who is currently on his European tour “Tamo En Vivo,” isn’t only for the international music market, which includes all genres, but he also earned the number one spot for Latin music on Spotify.

“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 told Associated Press in an email. “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.”

Daddy Yankee also revealed that when he began his career over 20 years ago, there were those who doubted he could make in the music industry—or even as an international star at that. However, he didn’t let any of the skepticism shape this future. “But I never stopped. 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,” he said.

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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.”

Spotify recently reached more than 140 million users with over 2 billion playlists. Daddy Yankee’s playlist is titled “This is: Daddy Yankee” and can be accessed via cellphone, computer or tablet.

“Thanks to all the fans and colleagues that gave me the opportunity to collaborate with them. We did it!” said Yankee.