In addition to Shakira, Karol G and Minaj, only one other song with a woman on a lead role has debuted at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs: Gloria Estefan with “Hotel Nacional” in January of 2012. Meanwhile, two other titles with female acts in featured roles have bowed atop the tally: “Mi Verdad” by Mana featuring Shakira (February 2015) and “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake, featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B (October 2018).
“Tusa” grants Karol her third No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs. Her first leader arrived over a year ago through another collaboration: Pitbull’s “Dame Tu Cosita,” with El Chombo, featuring Cutty Ranks (May 2018).
Notably, it’s Minaj’s first No. 1 on any Billboard Latin chart. Minaj continues to expand her collection of No. 1 songs across Billboard's various genre charts, as she's previously claimed No. 1s on such charts as: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs, Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Hot Gospel Songs, Reggae Digital Song Sales, World Digital Song Sales, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Dance Club Songs, Rhythmic Songs airplay, and Pop Songs airplay.
“Tusa” is Minaj's sixth entry on Hot Latin Songs, and her second top 10, following the 2017 No. 5-peaking hit “Krippy Kush,” with Farruko, Bad Bunny, 21 Savage and Rvssian.
“Tusa,” Colombian slang for heartbreak, was released Nov. 7 in conjunction with the song’s music video and was produced by Ovy on the Drums and written by him, Karol, Minaj and Keytin. It soars in at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs mainly on the strength of streaming activity and digital sales.
The song logged 9.5 million U.S. streams in its first week (ending Nov. 14), according to Nielsen Music and bows at No. 1 on the Latin Streaming Song chart. It’s just the second song to debut at No. 1 on the list in 2019, following “China,” the former nine-week ruler, where Karol G also takes a lead role alongside Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and J Balvin.
“Tusa” concurrently starts at No. 78 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Karol’s fourth chart entry and Minaj’s 106th. Minaj extends her record as the female artist with the most Hot 100 hits.
The song was presented for the first time during the 2019 Latin Grammy week, as part of a Google Pixel 4 motion sense experiment alongside DJ Felo at The Palms, on November 14.