‘We are all in the same boat’

Daddy Yan­kees first Latin artist to reach No. 1 on Spo­tify

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS

Singer Daddy Yan­kee ousted Ed Sheeran from the No. 1 spot on Spo­tify to be­come the first Latino artist to lead the mu­sic plat­form.

The Puerto Ri­can su­per­star of reg­gae­ton has hits that in­clude “Ga­solina,’’ ‘’Shaky Shaky” and ‘’Des­pac­ito,” a song co-writ­ten with Luis Fonsi.

He’s sur­passed 44,735,586 monthly lis­ten­ers to reach the first global spot, Spo­tify an­nounced Sun­day in an email sent to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

“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 Ra­mon Luis Ayala Ro­driguez, said 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.’’

He re­called that, when he started his ca­reer in 1992 in Puerto Rico, many didn’t be­lieve he would last more than three years, much less that he would be­come an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion.

“But I never stopped,’’ he said.

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