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The Year in Latin Charts 2019: Bad Bunny Is Year's Top Artist, Owns Top Album & Song

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Ramona Rosales

Bad Bunny photographed on Jan. 26, 2019 at El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Plus: Karol G is top female artist, Rosalía & Pedro Capó don’t let Latin pop go unnoticed.

It has been yet another year in which the indomitable urban genre sustained its commanding expansion. In turn, the 2019 year-end Top Latin Artists chart is primarily governed by reggaetón and trap artists with eight of its top 10 acts being the powerhouses of the format and only one female contender among a male-dominated list. While Bad Bunny leads at No. 1, Ozuna takes the runner-up slot and J Balvin brings home the third-place trophy. Meanwhile, Karol G proves her force thriving among a sea of male artists at No. 9.

Only two other acts belonging to different genres claim a spot in the top ranking: tropical and regional Mexican hold the reins as Romeo Santos ends up at No. 5 and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga occupies the No. 10 spot.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance during the charts dated Nov. 24, 2018, to Nov. 16, 2019. Data registered before or after a title’s chart run is not considered in these standings. That methodology detail, and the December-to-November time period, account for some of the differences between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music.

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The year ends with a significant lack of female representation on the year-end Top Latin Artists tally, with a gender gap growing as only six female acts secure a spot on the 50-deep list. Male acts leave a space for only six women, five of whom are established acts -- including the late Selena at No. 19 -- and the surprise appearance by the only newcomer on the list: singer-songwriter Rosalía. The Spaniard has steadily populated the Latin charts, captivating the industry with her flamenco genre-bending sonority and stylistic musical collision making the 26-year-old a trailblazer of the genre. Her second studio album, the flamenco-pop/urban-tinged El Mal Querer, arrived at No. 10 on the Top Latin Albums chart and she has claimed four titles on the Hot Latin Songs chart, all of which have arrived in the current tracking year, including the hit No. 13 high, “Con Altura” with J Balvin and El Guincho.

Bad Bunny at the Forefront: At only 25 years old, the Latin trap and reggaetón singer Bad Bunny closes 2019 as the No. 1 artist on the year-end Top Latin Artists chart and the year-end Top Latin Artists – Male list thanks in part to his long streak atop the weekly Top Latin Album chart with album debut X100PRE. The set spent 34 weeks at No. 1 during the 2019 chart year. (It’s then perhaps no surprise that X100PRE also is the No. 1 title on the year-end Top Latin Albums roundup.)

Also helping Bad Bunny’s coronation as the year-end Top Latin Artist: his field-leading 32 charting tracks on the weekly Hot Latin Songs chart during the 2019 chart year.

Bad Bunny is also the only Latin artist on the overall all-genre year-end Top Artists list, finishing at No. 31. In 2018, three Latin artists secured a spot on the list in 2018 (J Balvin, Ozuna and Bad Bunny).

Only one non-urban act occupies a spot on the year-end Top Latin Artists – Male list’s top five: bachata power player Romeo Santos at No. 5.

“MIA” is Year’s Top Hot Latin Song: Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” featuring Drake, is the year-end No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs recap, leading a collaborations-filled ranking. Bad Bunny actually has five titles among the top 10, as he also has tracks at Nos. 7-10. The highest-ranked song on the year-end Hot Latin Songs tally that is not a collaborative track -- and the only one amoung the top 20 -- is Maluma?’s “HP,” which finishes at No. 16.

Karol G Stands Tall: While the 27-year-old closed 2018 as the No. 3 act on the Top New Latin Artists chart, Karol G continues to make waves in the Latin domain as she takes the crown of the 2019 year-end Top Latin Artists – Female chart and is the only female presence in the top 10 of the year-end Top Latin Artists tally. The Colombian’s sophomore album, Ocean, became the highest-charting album by a female artist in 2019 (May 18-dated list) and the third-largest debut among all Latin albums released in 2019.

Meanwhile, while Natti Natasha ends up at No. 2 on the Top Latin Artists – Female ranking, the late Selena lands at No. 3 and Shakira at No. 4. The No. 5 rank is occupied by Becky G, who placed seven titles on the Hot Latin Songs chart in the tracking year, all of which came through collaborations.


Banda Sinaloense Represents: Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga is the only regional Mexican act to nab a spot on the year-end Top Latin Artists chart, taking the No. 10 ranking. The 16-member ensemble, likewise, takes home the crown as it finishes at No. 1 on the Top Latin Artists – Duo/Group chart, thanks in part to its 36-week charting period with two titles on the Hot Latin Songs tally and a lofty 53-week ranking with two titles on the Top Latin Albums list in the tracking year. The other two regional Mexican acts nabbing a spot in the top five of Top Latin Artists – Duo/Group? T3r Elemento and Los Angeles Azules.

Sech Is the Revelation: The all-male year-end Top New Latin Artists chart is led by Panamanian singer-songwriter Sech, who beguiled the Latin urban world with his charisma, bookended by an effective use of R&B and reggaetón elements on his songs. The 25-year-old scored his first Top Latin Albums top 10 with first chart entry Sueños, his album debut that peaked at No. 3 on the Aug. 3-dated list. While he has locked up eight entries on the Hot Latin Songs chart, he achieved his first No. 1 with the all-star remix of three-week ruler “Otro Trago,” alongside Ozuna, Darell, Nicky Jam and Anuel AA. Sech lands at No. 15 on the Top Latin Artists list, the only newcomer within a scrum of war dogs of each genre, including Ozuna at No. 2, Santos at No. 5, Banda MS at No. 10 and Luis Fonsi just two spots ahead of the urban crooner, at No. 13.

Move With “Calma”: Pedro Capó stacked his best sprawling composition with the remix of “Calma,” with Farruko. The reggae-infused tune, which later included Alicia Keys for the bilingual remix, became his best charting title on Hot Latin Songs. Peaking at No. 3 (May 4-dated tally), the tune organically meshes Capo’s pop flair with Farruko’s urban pulses and has earned the Puerto Rican his longest-charting title with a total of 47 week on the tally.

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