Daddy Yankee hit No. 1 on Spotify Sunday, taking the spot from Ed Sheeran and becoming the first Latin artist ever to reach the milestone in the process.
Spotify announced that the “Despacito” and “Gasolina” singer had surpassed 44,735,586 monthly listeners to reach the top spot globally.
“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 Puerto Rican superstar said to AP. “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, whose real name is Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, also sent out a tweet with a video in Spanish to announce the feat, and to thank Spotify.
Daddy Yankee also told AP that he remembers when he was first starting his career in Puerto Rico in 1992 most people didn’t think he’d make it. “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.”
“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!”
“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,” said Rocio Guerrero, Spotify’s head of Latin culture, shows and editorial. “We are grateful for all of our artists, and specifically for Daddy Yankee’s influence in bringing global appreciation to Latin music.”
The remix to “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber, which Daddy Yankee co-wrote with Luis Fonsi, is also the No. 1 song on Spotify’s global charts.