Latin Grammys 2018

J Balvin Celebrates 'Machika' Motoring to the Top of Latin Airplay Chart: 'To Earn a No. 1 Is a Blessing'

Orli Arias
J Balvin

The collaboration with Jeon & Anitta soars 8-1 in its ninth week on the list.

J Balvin logs his eighth No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart (dated March 24) with “Machika,” as the song soars 8-1 in its ninth week on the list. The collaboration with Jeon and Anitta collected 16.9 million audience impressions in the week ending March 18 (up 48 percent) according to Nielsen Music, and takes the week’s Greatest Gainer honors. The songs gives both Jeon and Anitta their first leaders.

“Machika is not conventional reggaeton; it’s a dancehall song, with another dimension and at a different speed,” Balvin tells Billboard. “It’s a song to dance to instead of a lyrical song, and I like to take risks. To earn a No. 1 is a blessing.”

The track also surges 7-1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, Balvin’s eighth No. 1 on that tally, and rises 17-12 on Hot Latin Songs.

“Machika” is the second single from Balvin’s upcoming album, following “Mi Gente.” The track, a collaboration with Willy William, featuring Beyoncé, spent 12 nonconsecutive weeks atop the list. Since “Mi Gente,” he’s also scored two more top 10s: “Bonita” (No. 7, with Jowell & Randy, featuring Nicky Jam, Yandel and Ozuna) and “X” (No. 10, with Nicky Jam).

“Machika” is one of J Balvin’s four titles on the current Latin Airplay chart. With “Machika” at No. 1, it joins “X” (rising 23-10), “Sensualidad” (holding at No. 32, with Bad Bunny and Prince Royce) and “Downtown” (29-37, with Anitta).