Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma,” featuring Snow, debuts at No. 6 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated Feb. 9), granting Yankee his 26th top 10 and Snow his first. The track is a reworking of Snow’s former No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, which spent seven weeks atop the list in 1993.
The tune starts in the top tier after its first full tracking week of activity, mainly on the strength of streaming (6 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 31, according to Nielsen Music) and digital sales (10,000 sold). The track was released on Jan. 24 (the final day of the chart’s previous tracking week).
“The effect of the music and what #ConCalma has triggered has transcended existing limits,” Daddy Yankee tells Billboard. “The vibe of ‘Con Calma’ is special and I am more than grateful with the support worldwide.”Continue reading
Latino superstar Daddy Yankee has topped global iTunes charts and racked up more than 30-million views on his Jan. 23 clip for “Con Calma,” a dancehall bump-and-grind Spanish cover of Snow’s 1992 “Informer” reggae hit.
Written by Snow, M.C. Shan, Edmond Leary, Shawn and Terri Moltke, with Jeffrey Silva, “Informer” was the lead single from Snow’s debut 12 Inches of Snow album, which sold over 8M records worldwide and is certified RIAA Platinum in the US and CRIA Triple Platinum in Canada. Listed as one of VH1’s Greatest Songs of the ’90s, “Informer” spent seven consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart, securing the #28 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 decade-end chart (1990-1999).
Daddy Yankee’s amorous and rhythmic rendition (El Cartel Records/UMC) features the Canadian reggae rapper who also makes a cameo appearance in the video from a pay phone booth in Toronto.Continue reading
Con Calma – Daddy Yankee ft. Snow
Official video release.
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“Informer” is one of Canada’s most recognizable songs of the ’90s. Recorded by Toronto reggae artist Snow, the track became a No. 1 hit in the U.S., Australia, Denmark and many other countries.
It was a divisive song and drew criticism for its “incomprehensible” lyrics, but whether you loved it or hated it, Snow and his smash hit are part of our country’s musical history. It also served as a positive turning point in the artist’s life, helping him find an escape from a life of crime.
Crime itself is what first inspired “Informer,” actually. While some laughed off the song’s lyrics, Snow was actually channeling his frustrations with the criminal justice system into lyrics like: “Tective man a say, say daddy me Snow me stab someone down.” (Snow says he never stabbed anyone during this incident.)
Watch below as Snow looks back at the success of “Informer” and breaks down the real meaning behind the song.
Watch Snow play Jam or Not a Jam on CBC Music.