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It's No Curse: Banda MS & Snoop Dogg's 'Que Maldición' Debuts at No. 4 on Hot Latin Songs Chart

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Banda MS and Snoop Dogg

Both acts earn their first top 10 debut with first collaboration.

Regional Mexican and rap collide on the Hot Latin Songs chart’s top 10 as Banda MS de Sergio Lizárrga and Snoop Dogg’s “Que Maldición” debuts at No. 4 on the May 16 survey. It’s the highest debut for a regional Mexican song since Joan Sebastian’s “Me Gusta” arrived at No. 3 on August 2015. Prior to that, Los Huracanes del Norte took the baton in 2007 with “Volé Muy Alto” (No. 4 debut).

Their first collaboration arrives in the top tier mainly on the strength of streaming activity. “Que Maldición” (which translates to "What a Curse"), earned 5.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending May 7, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

"I've always been a fan of banda music, and the collab just felt right with Banda MS,” Snoop Dog tells Billboard. “I've been feeling all the love and positive feedback from around the world. More than ever, the world needs some fun and joy, which this song brings to everyone."

“It was an organic collaboration,” Alan Ramirez, one of two Banda MS’ lead vocalists, tells Billboard. “It all started when we received a few videos by Snoop singing our songs. We then realized he liked our music! We first recorded ‘Que Maldición’ in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, and then sent our part to Snoop for his blessing. He loved it and returned the song with his built-in magic.”

“Que Maldición” was released May 1 via Lizos/Sony Music Latin. It was written by Pavel Ocampo, Snoop Dogg, and Omar Tarazón under the musical supervision of Sergio Lizárraga, and blends Banda MS’ banda music grounded with a robust horn section and Snoop Dogg’s signature flow.

“The philosophy of Banda MS has always been to take the genre to high places,” Oswaldo Silvas, second lead vocalist, adds. “This is an unprecedented collaboration. We are very proud for Banda MS and for the genre in general. Thanks to this song and to Snoop, an icon of its kind, a door has been opened. This is the beginning of more fusions and it’s is 100 percent positive.”

“Que Maldición” grants both acts their first top 10 debut on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data. For Banda MS, it’s its highest debut since “Solo Con Verte” arrived at No. 15 in November 2015.

Snoop Dogg, meanwhile, secures his highest ranking on the tally in more than 13 years. Akon’s “I Wanna Love You,” which features Snoop Dogg, peaked at No. 16 in December 2006 (back when the Hot Latin Songs chart was an airplay-only ranking).

While Banda MS’ claims its first entry on Hot Latin Songs with an accompanying act, all of Snoop’s entries have been collaborations.

Beyond its Hot Latin Songs arrival, “Que Maldición” also conquers other Latin charts. The song opens at No. 1 on the Latin Digital Song Sales chart with 4,000 downloads earned in the week ending May 7.

Elsewhere, the tune debuts at No. 3 on Latin Streaming Songs chart. It earns Snoop his first chart entry and marks a return for Banda MS who last debuted on the chart with “Mejor Me Alejo" in 2018.