Daddy Yankee was thrilled to find out from Billboard magazine that his album El Cartel: The Big Boss was the best-selling Latin music album of 2007. In an interview with EFE news agency in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the reggaeton superstar said he was “in a cloud.”
And he deserves to be there. His album has sold half a million copies in the United States since hitting stores in June. The disc has been received with opened arms in Mexico as well, where he’s sold more than 50,000 copies. Yankee said he feels “more Mexican” every time he visits the country.
The honor also gives the 30-year-old singer a sense of satisfaction because of what it means for reggaeton music. By beating out albums from artists likes Juan Luis Guerra, Maná and Juanes, the genre has passed the “official test,” Yankee said.
The artist mentioned that he’s tired of the rivalry amongst reggaetoneros, adding that Don Omar isn’t even on the same level as him. He also had some words for the tabloid press that has questioned his talent in the past: “When it comes to critics, I’ve got the last laugh.”