It’s a bit more of a haul than expected, via transit and feet, to the studio on the neglected, lower-western industrial fringes of North York where Snow — yes, that Snow — is holed up on a recent Friday night, so this conscientious music writer feels apologies are in order for intruding at the end of what must have been a long and tiring day of recording.
“No, no, man. I just woke up,” he laughs, once a couple of pals and the two-man video crew that was shooting the Star photographer shooting Snow when I turned up leave us alone in the control room and the apology is extended again. “I just woke up and came here and now it starts now and we’ll see what we’re gonna get into tonight.”Continue reading
Daddy Yankee & Snow’s “Con Calma” earned the #2 position on last week’s Global YouTube Music Videos Chart.
It improves to #1 on this week’s listing.
The hit video captures the throne thanks to the 58.2 million streams it received during the February 22-28 tracking period. The count tops last week’s mark by a healthy 37.1%.
Pedro Capo & Farruko’s “Calma,” last week’s #1 video, slips to #2 this week. It received another 45.9 million views during the tracking period.
Anuel AA & Karol G’s “Secreto” holds at #3 with 38.7 million views, while a play count of 35.4 million keeps Maroon 5’s enduring “Girls Like You (featuring Cardi B)” at #4.
Up three places on the heels of the big Oscar showcase, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” earns #5 on this week’s chart. It received 32.4 million views during the tracking period, besting last week’s mark by 16.2%.
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