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Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise: Brytiago
Brytiago always knew he wanted to reach for the sky, and not only because as a kid he wanted to be a pilot, but because his interest in music allowed him to dream big.
Although he didn't become a pilot, the new Cartel Records signee sure is flying high with the support of one of his biggest idols, "The Big Boss" Daddy Yankee.
"At 8 years old, I took a picture with Daddy Yankee. Like any other fan who grew up listening to his music, I took a photo with him," the Puerto Rican singer tells Billboard. "But I never imagined that years later I'd be singed under his music label or that an artist like him would give me the support and help me in my career. It's one of the biggest blessings I've received in my life."
Years after that initial meeting, a good friend of his introduced him to the "Shaky Shaky" singer who, after listening to Brytiago's music in his studio, told him: "I'm going to take your number ... I'll give you a call soon."
"To be honest, I thought he would never call. But he did, and after I showed him more of my songs, he opened the doors to his studio and eventually I was signed under Cartel Records," explains Brytiago, who in the future wants to collaborate with artists like Marc Anthony, J Balvin, Shakira or Maluma.
Meet this week's Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise:
Name: Bryan Santiago
Big break: Getting signed to Daddy Yankee's label El Cartel Records.
Major accomplishment: His latest single "Bebé" has surpassed the 1 million views after just one month of being on YouTube.
Recommended song: "'Bebé' really represents who I am as an artist and it allowed me to go back to my roots -- in Puerto Rico I started as a trap artist. The song is young and fresh and can be enjoyed by anyone. The song is timeless. 'Bebé' defines who Brytiago is."
What's next: Brytiago is currently promoting new singles including "Bebé" "Hagámoslo" and "Punto G" while also working on his debut album with hopes of dropping the LP in 2017.