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Karol G Nabs 10th Top 10 on Hot Latin Songs Chart With 'Bichota'

KAROL G "BICHOTA"
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KAROL G "BICHOTA"

She is the first female artist to debut in the list’s top 10 without another act since 2012.

Karol G clocks her 10th top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart as “Bichota” debuts at No. 7 on the Nov. 7 survey.

She is the first female artist to debut in the list’s top 10 without another act since 2012 when Gloria Estefan achieved the feat with “Hotel Nacional” (No. 1 debut). Who did it before Estefan? Paulina Rubio planted her solo flag six years prior with “Ni Una Sola Palabra” (No. 4 debut, Sept. 2006).

“’Bichota’ is a song we created to gift a moment of power to those who listen to it, especially women,” Karol G tells Billboard. “A moment of feeling sexy, flirtatious, daring, strong, empowered, and to a certain extent, translate into personal motivation and self-confidence.”

The Hot Latin Songs chart blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data. “Bichota” arrives at No. 7 mainly on the strength of streaming activity. The song earned 4 million on-demand streams in the week ending Oct. 29 and yields a No. 5 debut on Latin Streaming Songs.

“Bichota” also secures a No. 1 arrival on Latin Digital Songs chart with 1,000 downloads sold.

Notably, out of the 26 songs that have debuted on Hot Latin Songs in 2020 so far, only seven include a female artist -- whether in a lead role or as a featuring act. Out of those, only one debuts in the top 10 without another act: Karol G’s “Bichota.”

Concurrently, out of the 11 titles with a female act that secured a spot in the chart’s top 10 in 2020, only two arrived without a collaborative act: Karol G’s “Ay, Dios Mío” (peaked at No. 5, Sept. 12-dated list) and her own “Bichota,” which, as previously mentioned, debuts at No. 7 on the current chart.

“This year I‘ve had four songs which are part of Billboard’s top 10 most important titles in the Latin market, two of them as a solo act,” Karol G adds. “My personal challenge this year was to achieve it on my own and the best part of this incredible result is to continue to carry the message of the great things one can achieve. We are all super Bichotas inside. It’s about believing and working so that the rest of the world can see it too.”

With Karol G’s “Bichota” arriving in the Hot Latin Songs top 10, let’s take a look at the 2020 debuts by a female act:

Artist, Title, Debut Position, Debut date

Rosalía & Travis Scott, “TKN,” No. 2, June 13
Ozuna, Karol G & Myke Towers, “Caramelo,” No. 7, June 27
J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy, Un Dia (One Day),” No. 1, Aug. 8
Ozuna, Doja Cat & Sia, “Del Mar,” No. 10, Sept. 19
Anitta feat. Cardi B & Myke Towers, “Me Gusta,” No. 5, Oct. 3
Jennifer Lopez & Maluma, “Pa' Ti,” No. 9, Oct. 10
Karol G, “Bichota,” No. 7, Nov, 7