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'Mi Gente' Dethrones 'Despacito' at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs Chart 

J Balvin
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J Balvin performs onstage during the 16th Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 19, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Plus, Daddy Yankee & Bad Bunny’s “Vuelve” debuts in top 20 on Hot Latin Songs, Helen Ochoa bows in top 10 on Regional Mexican Albums.

J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente,” now featuring Beyoncé, tops the Hot Latin Songs chart for the first time, ascending 2-1 on the chart dated Oct. 21. It moves to No. 1 in its 14th chart week, dethroning Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, after 35 consecutive weeks at No. 1. For Balvin, it’s his fourth leader on the chart, while it’s the first for both William and Beyoncé.

“Mi Gente” had been stuck at No. 2, behind “Despacito,” for the past 11 weeks.Thanks to “Mi Gente’s” new remix boasting Beyoncé, the song earns the chart’s Greatest Gainer awards for digital song sales, airplay and streaming.

It hikes 2-1 on the Latin Digital Song Sales chart (79,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music; up 436 percent, with 87 percent of its sales from its new remix) and 2-1 on the Latin Streaming Songs chart (28.7 million, up 50 percent). It also climbs 32-29 on the all-format Radio Songs chart (46 million in audience impressions, up 18 percent) and 2-1 on the Latin Airplay chart.

“Despacito” continues to have the second-most weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, trailing the 41 weeks at No. 1 by Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando,” featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona. “Despacito” could return to No. 1 in the coming weeks, as the excitement around the Beyoncé-assisted remix of “Mi Gente” dissipates.

Beyoncé’s Third Top 10 on Hot Latin Songs: “Mi Gente” not only gives Beyoncé her first No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs, but her third top 10 overall. She previously hit the region with “Beautiful Liar,” a No. 10-peaking duet with Shakira, in 2007, and “Irreemplazable,” which hit No. 4 that same year.

Daddy Yankee & Bad Bunny Debut: Elsewhere on the Hot Latin Songs chart, Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny debut at No. 20 with “Vuelve.”It’s the 54th chart entry for Daddy Yankee and the 12th for Bad Bunny.

The single concurrently enters at No. 3 on the Latin Digital Song Sales chart, with 4,000 downloads sold. It also bows with 2.4 million streams.

With the arrival of “Vuelve,” Daddy Yankee has five concurrently charting titles on the Hot Latin Songs chart. In addition to his debut, he’s also at No. 2 with “Despacito,”  No. 25 with “Bella y Sensual,” No. 48 with “No Quiere Enamorarse” and at No. 49 with “La Formula.”

Helen Ochoa Earns Second Top 10 on Regional Mexican Albums: Singer-songwriter Helen Ochoa debuts at No. 9 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart and at No. 25 on the Top Latin Albums chart with her EP De Mi Enamorate (1,000 units earned, nearly all from traditional album sales). She previously hit the top 10 on the former list with 2016’s Si Yo Fuera Un Chico (which also hit No. 11 on Top Latin Albums).

The EP also debuts at No. 1 on the Latin Album Sales chart.