Newcomer Katherine Alexander's debut single "Put It In a Kiss" bounds 5-1 on Latin Airplay, becoming the first chart-topper on the list by a female since Thalia reached the summit in May, 2013 with "Te Perdiste Mi Amor" featuring Prince Royce. Prior to Thalia, one would have to go back to October 27, 2012 to find another woman at the summit, when Leslie Grace hit No. 1 with her debut single "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
Alexander's Spanglish adaptation of Irving Berlin's classic "Puttin' On the Ritz" claims Greatest Gainer honors as the track jumps 30% to 11.5 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. The song climbs 11-8 on Hot Latin Songs, despite not being available on streaming partners or for digital download. Latin radio network SBS has rallied around the track, placing it in heavy rotation on most stations, including their large market outlets such as WSKQ New York (2.1 million audience impressions this week) and KXOL Los Angeles (1.1 million). WXDJ Miami, also an SBS station, posted the most plays in the current seven-day tracking period with 110 total spins.
JUANES RETURNS: Colombian rocker Juanes jumps 24-22 on Hot Latin Songs with new single "La Luz," rising to 4.6 million audience impressions (a 25% increase) according to Nielsen BDS. The song debuted on the chart on January 4th at No. 30, during Billboard's print hiatus, and climbed to No. 24 the subsequent week. Juanes, who has logged eight No. 1s on the list, last charted with "Me Enamora" which peaked at No. 2 in July 2012. A music video for the upbeat single was released on December 19 and boasts 1.9 Worldwide views at the time of this post. "La Luz" is the first cut from his upcoming studio album, although an official release date has yet to be announced.
Juanes also recently collaborated with Carlos Santana on "La Flaca", a remake of the Spanish rock group Jarabe De Palo's 1998 cut. The track is the first single off of Santana's upcoming Spanish-language album Corazón, due in the Spring, which features collaborations with a diverse pool of Latin artists including Maná, Romeo Santos, and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. The project also includes a live concert special, filmed in Guadalajara on December 14. "La Flaca" debuted at No. 7 on the Latin Digital Songs chart on December 14th.