9. Daddy Yankee
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known by his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actor, rapper and record producer. Ayala was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and grew up in the vicinity of Villa Kennedy Housing Projects. According to the New York Times, he is known as the “King of Reggaeton” by music critics and fans alike.
In 2017, Daddy Yankee, in collaboration with Latin pop singer Luis Fonsi, released the hit single “Despacito”. It became the first song in Spanish to reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since “Macarena” in 1996. The single achieved global success. The official video of “Despacito” on YouTube received its number one billion view on April 20, 2017 after 97 days, becoming the second fastest video on the site to reach the milestone behind Adele’s “Hola”.His success led Daddy Yankee to become the world’s most listened-to artist in the Spotify broadcast service in June 2017, becoming the first Latino artist to do so.