Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito,' Shakira's 'El Dorado' Rule Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2017 Latin Charts

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Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee "Despacito"

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s inescapable hit “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, is far and away the biggest Latin song of the first half of 2017, according to Nielsen Music. The tune collected 624.4 million on-demand streams (video and audio combined) during the tracking period of Dec. 30, 2016, and June 29, 2017, according to Nielsen. The next biggest song, Shakira’sChantaje,” featuring Maluma, trailed far behind with 140.3 million streams.

Speaking of Shakira, the superstar has the biggest Latin album overall so far in 2017, as her latest release, El Dorado, earned 131,000 equivalent album units. (Equivalent album units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums [TEA] and streaming equivalent albums [SEA].) El Dorado is also the year’s biggest-selling album, with 33,000 copies sold.

Total Latin album consumption, as measured by equivalent album units, increased by 30 percent in the first half of 2017, compared to the first half of 2016. The genre generated 7.03 million units, up from 5.43 million in the first six months of 2016.

On-demand streams of Latin songs grew 29 percent (jumping from 17.38 billion to 22.42 billion), while traditional album sales fell 16.9 percent (falling from 1.8 million to 1.5 million) and Latin digital song sales grew 9.1 percent, thanks largely to “Despacito.” The track is the No. 1-selling Latin digital song so far in 2017, with 1.43 million downloads sold. Total Latin digital song sales stand at 7.86 million in 2017 -- up from 7.20 million at this point a year ago. (“Despacito” sales represent 18.2 percent of all Latin digital song sales in 2017.)

2017’s Mid-Year Top 10 Latin Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units)
1. Shakira, El Dorado (131,000)
2. Nicky Jam, Fenix (121,000)
3. J Balvin, Energia (80,000)
4. Prince Royce, Five (58,000)
5. Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 2 (57,000)
6. Maluma, Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (53,000)
7. CNCO, Primera Cita (46,000)
8. Selena, Ones (42,000)
9. Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes, Andamos En El Ruedo (40,000)
10. Marco Antonio Solis, 40 Anos (36,000)

2017’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Latin Albums
1. Shakira, El Dorado (33,000)
2. Prince Royce, Five (31,000)
3. Juan Gabriel, Mis Numero 1… 40 Aniversario (19,000)
4. Juan Gabriel, Los Duo (18,000)
5. Selena, Amor Prohibido (14,000)
6. Nicky Jam, Fenix (14,000)
7. Selena, Ones (13,000)
8. Juan Gabriel, Los Duo 2 (12,000)
9. Alejandro Fernandez, Rompiendo Fronteras (11,000)
10. Marco Antonio Solis, 40 Anos (11,000)

2017’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Latin Songs
1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito” (1,427,000)
2. Shakira featuring Maluma, “Chantaje” (101,000)
3. Nicky Jam, “El Amante” (75,000)
4. Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox, “Subeme La Radio” (73,000)
5. Play-N-Skillz featuring Frankie J and Wisin & Leslie Grace or Becky G & Kap G, “Si Una Vez” (61,000)
6. Pitbull & J Balvin featuring Camila Cabello, “Hey Ma” (61,000)
7. Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona, “Bailando” (58,000)
8. Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta” (48,000)
9. Shakira, “Me Enamore” (47,000)
10. Don Omar & Lucenzo, “Danza Kuduro” (47,000)

2017’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Latin Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined)
1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito” (624,375,000)
2. Shakira featuring Maluma, “Chantaje” (140,274,000)
3. Nicky Jam, “El Amante” (85,532,000)
4. Christian Nodal, “Adios Amor” (80,876,000)
5. CNCO, “Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)” (69,348,000)
6. Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer” (66,007,000)
7. Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona, “Bailando” (65,886,000)
8. Ricky Martin featuring Maluma, “Vente Pa’ Ca” (63,780,000)
9. Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky” (58,856,000)
10. Ozuna, “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres” (57,894,000)

2017’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Latin Audio Streams
1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito” (316,581,000)
2. Shakira featuring Maluma, “Chantaje” (53,345,000)
3. Nicky Jam, “El Amante” (35,382,000)
4. Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer” (31,851,000)
5. Ozuna, “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres” (29,389,000)
6. CNCO, “Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)” (26,917,000)
7. J Balvin, “Safari” (26,521,000)
8. Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona, “Bailando” (24,408,000)
9. Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox, “Subeme La Radio” (23,953,000)
10. Zion & Lennox featuring J Balvin, “Otra Vez” (23,712,000)

2017’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Latin Video Streams
1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito” (307,795,000)
2. Shakira featuring Maluma, “Chantaje” (86,929,000)
3. Christian Nodal, “Adios Amor” (57,444,000)
4. Nicky Jam, “El Amante” (50,150,000)
5. Ricky Martin featuring Maluma, “Vente Pa’ Ca” (43,420,000)
6. CNCO, “Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)” (42,431,000)
7. Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona, “Bailando” (41,478,000)
8. Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky” (41,002,000)
9. Calibre 50, “Siempre Te Voy a Querer” (37,740,000)
10. Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer” (34,156,000)

Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period of Dec. 30, 2016-June 29, 2017.