Luis Fonsi Is Just Third Latin Act With Two Spanish-Language Songs in Hot 100's Top Half Simultaneously
Plus, Universal Music Latin Entertainment is the first label with 3 concurrent foreign-language songs in the chart's upper half.
Luis Fonsi becomes only the third Latin act to chart two Spanish-language titles in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously (since Nielsen Music data began fueling the chart in 1991). He earns the honor as "Echame La Culpa," with Demi Lovato, debuts at No. 47 (on the chart dated Dec. 9), while his "Despacito," with Daddy Yankee and featuring Justin Bieber, ranks at No. 19 (after spending a record-tying 16 weeks at No. 1).
Previously, Latin artists Daddy Yankee and Los Del Rio each seized two charted titles in the top 50 of the Hot 100 in the same week.
Puerto Rico native Daddy Yankee's "Oye Mi Canto" (by N.O.R.E. featuring Daddy Yankee, Nina Sky, GEM Star and Big Mato) and his own "Gasolina" spent four consecutive weeks in the top 50 in 2005 (on charts dated Jan. 1-22).
Spanish duo Los Del Rio spent a total of 16 weeks in the top 50 in 1996 (Aug. 10-Nov. 23) with their original "Macarena" and the remixed "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)." The latter pop culture phenomenon reigned for 14 weeks, while the former reached No. 23.
Concurrently, Fonsi and Lovato's "Echame La Culpa" opens at No. 3 on Hot Latin Songs chart. It begins atop Latin Digital Song Sales with 33,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen Music. It also debuts at No. 3 on the Latin Streaming Songs chart with 9.7 million streams.
Further, with Lovato on "Echame La Culpa," the track rounds out a top three on Hot Latin Songs each sporting a mainstream pop artist. Beyoncé is featured on J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente," at No. 1 for an eighth week, and Justin Bieber is featured on "Despacito," at No. 2 after 35 weeks at the summit.
Beyond Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Los Del Rio, other Latin artists have charted simultaneous songs in the Hot 100's top 50, but with English-language titles, a group featuring stars Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Secada, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Ricky Martin and Shakira.
As Fonsi achieves his rarity in the Hot 100's upper half, his label, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, makes history, becoming the first label to score three concurrent foreign-language entries in the top 50. "Mi Gente" (No. 12), "Despacito" (No. 19) and "Echame La Culpa" (No. 47) were all released on UMLE.
Meanwhile, this week marks the second frame of 2017 with three Spanish-language songs in the Hot 100's top 50. On the Aug. 5-dated chart, "Despacito" and "Mi Gente" ranked at Nos. 1 and 42, respectively, and Maluma's "Felices Los 4" (released on the Sony Music Latin label) placed at No. 48.