Charly Black collabs with 'Despacito' star
After earning platinum and diamond plaques and hitting the 100 million mark on Spotify, dancehall artiste Charly Black continues to make strides on the international scene with a reiteration of the pervasive song, 'Gyal Yuh A Party Animal'. Charly Black recently added his vocals to a remix of the summer smash hit 'Despacito' by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, and the reggaeton artiste has since returned the favour, adding his vocal stylings to a remake of the deejay's song.
The remake was premiered exclusively on Billboard.com. According to Black's manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths, the collaboration was motivated by bigger heads from major record label, Republic.
"They are looking at this as the follow-up to Despacito. They're aiming high for it. Even though it's done well mainstream, they still believe they can fulfil real potential," Jones-Griffiths told THE WEEKEND STAR.
"Party Animal never really connected in the US, but they always believed in it, and refused to give up on it. They are convinced that it's a hit record, so they're using Luis Fonsi's momentum from Despacito and giving it the push. Me and Charly had a meeting with the head of Republic about a remix. Charlie Walk, one of the top executives at Republic, he was very excited, and put a lot of energy into making this remix happen," he added.
Gyal Yuh A Party Animal was originally released under major label Universal Music, and comes back with more assistance from AfterCluv Records the team behind Despacito.
With Luis Fonsi being signed to Universal Latin and Black's song dominating the Latin American space (distributed by French-based Allezgo Productions), the collaboration seems like a no-brainer. Unlike Fonsi's global smash Despacito, on Gyal Yuh A Party Animal, he sings in English, while adding in some Spanish words to keep maintaining the Latin element. The remake of the song was produced by Atella and mixed by Josh Gudwin.
"It's an undeniable hit. Let's see if it gets what it deserves. There was actually another big female artiste," the manager revealed. "She was from another major label, and clearance was becoming an issue."
Although there are high expectations for the remake of the song, Jones-Griffiths took time to highlight the original song's executive producer, Kurt Riley, and official beat-maker, Demarco.
"I want him to get his props. He made the beat and not enough people know that," he said.