Shakira's World Cup-Inspired 'La La La' Storms Charts

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Shakira's "Dare (La La La)" makes great gains on Billboard's charts this week, thanks to the surging popularity of its World Cup-inspired remix and music video. 

It rises 32-5 on Latin Airplay, 33-18 on Streaming Songs and jumps 83-53 on the Billboard Hot 100. (On the latter chart, it has already surpassed the No. 58 peak of Shakira's last single, "Empire.")

On Latin Airplay in "Dare's" second week on the chart, it earned 7.3 million in audience for the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen BDS (up 59 percent). Meanwhile, its rise on Streaming Songs was caused by its 3.2 million U.S. streams collected in the week (up 49 percent).

The song was first released in March on Shakira's self-titled album. In May, a World Cup-inspired remix  of the song was issued — with alternate lyrics and a guest turn from Brazilian singer Carlinhos Brown.

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The new version, titled "La La La (Brazil 2014)," is similar to the original "Dare (La La La)" in music, but some of its lyrics were changed to be more soccer-centric. (All versions of the song are merged together for tracking purposes on our charts.)

The remix's English-language video, which has collected more than 140 million global views on YouTube, features a bevy of soccer stars, including Shakira's boyfriend Gerard Pique. Shakira teamed with Activia for the clip to support the World Food Programme and its school meals initiative. (A Spanish version of the remix video has notched nearly 10 million views.)

All versions of the track combined sold 18,000 digital downloads in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan (a 55 percent increase), following the commencement of the 2014 World Cup on June 12. Of its weekly sum, 74 percent were from sales of the new "La La La (Brazil 2014)" remix.

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TORRES IS TOPS: Noel Torres scores his first No. 1 on Regional Mexican Albums with “La Balanza”.  The set, which moved 2,000 units in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, also marks Torres’ highest chart peak on Top Latin Albums, entering at No. 4.  On Hot Latin Songs, “Para Que Tantos Besos” hops 40-37 in its 19th week. . 

SANTOS' VIDA HITS NO. 1: Henry Santos jumps 4-1 on Tropical Airplay with “La Vida,” featuring MaFFio, to secure his second No. 1 on the list as a lead artist. The urban infused merengue track grows 21 percent at the format (to 609 plays), taking Greatest Gainer honors.  Santos previously reached the top for a single frame with “My Way” in May 2013.  Santos’ cousin, and former Aventura band-mate Romeo Santos, has topped Tropical Airplay on seven occasions, while the band itself enjoyed eight trips to the peak during its time together.  

ANOTHER VIDA, ANOTHER NO. 1: Also claiming a new No. 1 is Don Omar, who steps 2-1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay with “Pura Vida”.  It’s the 10th chart-topper for the Puerto Rican artist, moving him one step closer to tying Daddy Yankee (11) for most No. 1s in the chart’s  history. “Pura Vida” grows by 6 percent (to 7.2 million audience impressions) in the track’s seventh charting week.  On Latin Rhythm Digital Songs, “Vida” dips 9-10, moving nearly 1,000 downloads (a 16 percent drop), according to Nielsen SoundScan. 


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