Daddy Yankee Headed for Number 1 on the British Singles Chart

by VVN Music

Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Daddy Yankee (born Ramón Rodríguez) is riding on the biggest hit of his twenty-five year recording career with Despacito by Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee and, on the new mix, Justin Bieber.

The Official Charts Company is predicting that the single will hit number 1 on the British Singles chart when it is released on Friday. If it can keep its lead, it will be the first Spanish language song to hit the top in the U.K. since Loca People by Sak Noel in 2011.

Previously, he only had charted once in Britain when the 2005 single Gasolina went to number 5.

The story is even bigger in the U,S. where the best that he has ever done was with Rompe which went to 24 in 2005. As of last week, Despacito was at 4 and is expected to climb to 3 when the new Hot 100 is announced tomorrow.

Daddy Yankee first gained notice in 1992 on DJ Playero's mixtape Playero 34. His first album, No Mercy, was released in 1995 on White Lion Records and, two years later, he collaborated with Nas on the single The Profecy.

His big breakthrough came with his third album, 2004's Barrio Fino which contained the hits Gasolina and Lo Que Paso, Paso. While he only had two top forty hits in the U.S. prior to Despacito, he made the top ten on the Hot Latin Songs sixteen times and twenty-one times on the Tropical Songs.

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