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This Song That Your Parents Danced To Is Finally About To Be Eclipsed By ‘Despacito’ On The Charts

In an article out this week by Rolling Stone, Daddy Yankee commented on the success of “Despacito,” his huge international hit with Luis Fonsi. According to Rolling Stone, the song had the second fastest climb to a billion views on YouTube ever, only behind Adele’s “Hello.”

The song is poised to do as good or better than the last Spanish language song to break the top 10 back in 1996: “La Macarena.” That’s right, not since the year your parents were doing “The Macarena” has a Spanish language song made it to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. “Despacito” is currently sitting at number three.

Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi currently have the hottest Spanish language song on the Billboard 100 since this was a thing:

Although they’re sitting at #3 in the US, they have already reached Number One in the UK.

Which marks the first time a song by a Puerto Rican (or in this case Puerto Ricans with both Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi on the track) has gotten to the top of the UK charts since “Livin La Vida Loca.” According to Forbes, it’s the first foreign language song to reach the top of the UK charts since Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”

“Despacito” might move past “Gasolina” and become Yankee’s biggest hit, climbing to a billion views in only 97 days…

Credit: LuisFonsiVEVO / Youtube

Although it’s still got a long way to go before it gets the most Youtube  views ever. “Gangnam Style” still holds that title with 2.85 billion views.

He was so excited about the view count, Yankee himself tweeted about it, too.

And he threw in a scraggly looking arrow just incase you didn’t see it.

The remix with Justin Bieber was the special sauce, helping the song soar into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Credit: LuisFonsiVEVO / Youtube

Yankee was all about Bieber’s role in the remix. He praised Bieber’s style and involvement in the remix saying, “What I heard is that he [Bieber] was in the club in Colombia and heard the song… He liked it and jumped on it. Justin Bieber always does a great job when it comes to interpretation. I like the way he makes music.”

All in all, Daddy Yankee is ecstatic about the attention he and Luis Fonsi are getting for this song.

Credit: LuisFonsiVEVO / Youtube

He finished up his interview by saying, “Right now we’re surpassing the numbers for ‘Macarena… So our names are going to be part of music history.” We’re excited to see if they get to number and surpass Macarena, it’s about time Latinos get to the top of The Hot 100.


READ: Fans Lost Their Minds When Justin Bieber Sang In Spanish Live With Luis Fonsi


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Latin Music Revenue in the U.S. Grew in 2020, Up 20 Percent in Streaming

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Latin Music Revenue in the U.S. Grew in 2020, Up 20 Percent in Streaming

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that grips the globe, Latin music in the U.S. saw a 20 percent rise in streaming revenue in 2020. The genre posted a fifth consecutive year of overall revenue growth last year, according to the RIAA on Wednesday.

Latin music posted its best revenue in the U.S. since 2005.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) released the 2020 year-end report on Latin music.

“Latin music continues to ‘punch above its weight’ – posting its fifth straight year of growth amidst the challenges and disruptions of the COVID economy,” wrote RIAA COO Michele Ballantyne in an annual revenue report.

After accounting for 5 percent of overall music revenue in the U.S. in 2019, that percentage rose to 5.4 percent last year. Latin music is heavily consumed on streaming and video platforms. Revenue for the genre is at its highest since 2005, the era when reggaeton music first broke through thanks to Puerto Rican acts like Daddy Yankee, Ivy Queen, and Tego Caulderón.

Bad Bunny had the highest-certified Latin music single of 2020.

Over a decade later, and it’s still reggaeton and Boricua artists that are leading the pack of Latin music stars. According to the RIAA, Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola” was the highest-certified Latin music single of 2020. The hit song from his Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning YHLQMDLG album was certified 24-times Diamante. The RIAA is responsible for certifying albums and singles as platinum and gold. Latin music accounted for 15 percent of the certifications in 2020.

The news about Bad Bunny shouldn’t be a surprise as Spotify revealed last year that he was the most-streamed artist globally on the platform. He was followed by Canadian superstar Drake and Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin.

The RIAA credits Latin music’s 20 percent streaming growth in 2020 to the fans who are turning to paid streaming subscriptions. YouTube is another major platform where Latin music is consumed. Billboard reported that 30 percent of the top 100 music videos of 2020 were from Latin music artists.  

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Read: Bad Bunny and Kali Uchis Win Their First Grammy Awards, Jhay Cortez Performs “Dákiti” with Benito

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Daddy Yankee Debuts “Problema” Live on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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Daddy Yankee Debuts “Problema” Live on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Daddy Yankee shut down traffic for the live debut of his new single “Problema.” The Puerto Rican icon performed the song during Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Daddy Yankee performed the song outside of downtown Miami.

Daddy Yankee performed “Problema” live from Miami. With a marching band and a team of dancers, he took over a freeway bridge leading into the city. That could’ve been a problema for local drivers, but the reggaeton music pioneer put on one heck of a spectacular show.

As if DY fans did not get enough of “Problema,” he also performed the song on Tuesday during Good Morning America. His marching band and dancers joined him for a live rendition of the hit during the daytime.

“Problema” is going viral on TikTok.

“Problema” is Daddy Yankee’s first taste of new music in 2021. He wrote it with Boricua singer Justin Quiles and the song’s producers, Dímelo Flow, BK, and Snow Mike. On the slinky track, he raps about a woman that’s giving him a hard time. DY can’t get her out of his head. The perreo breakdown at the end of “Problema” makes it one of the more exciting reggaeton releases this year.

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Aquí mis bailarinas diciéndome que me atreviera hacer el #ProblemaChallenge me retaron y tiré pa’lante 😂😂😂 #problema

♬ PROBLEMA – Daddy Yankee

“Problema” is going viral on TikTok thanks to the dance challenge associated to the song. Daddy Yankee’s music going viral from dance videos actually predates TikTok. He experienced similar success with his past hits “Con Calma” and “Dura.”

During last month’s Premio Lo Nuestro awards, Daddy Yankee gave the first live performance of his hit “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta” with Marc Anthony. That was one of the show’s highlights as he did a one-two step alongside the salsa music giant.

Read: Alert La Familia! There’s a Marc Anthony Livestream Concert Coming in April

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