Will Smith Returns to Charts, Joining Bomba Estereo on Hot Latin Songs
Will Smith ends his nearly decade-long hiatus on Billboard’s music charts, as his new collaboration with Colombian group Bomba Estereo, “Fiesta (Remix),” debuts at No. 11 on Hot Latin Songs (dated Oct. 24).
Smith has been absent from Billboard’s music charts since early 2006, when his track “Switch” wrapped its chart run. “Fiesta” is also Smith’s fourth entry on Hot Latin Songs.
The surprise track was released on Oct. 2, and logged 843,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Oct. 8 (according to Nielsen Music), aiding in its arrival. The electro-pop song re-enters at No. 1 on Latin Pop Digital Songs (the original version of the song spent one week at No. 20 in March), selling 5,000 downloads.
Bomba Estereo is nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year for the original version of “Fiesta,” as well as for Best Alternative Music Album for the group’s most recent set, Amanecer.
In a behind-the-scenes clip for the upcoming music video (to be released Oct. 16 on Apple Music), Smith recounts how the collaboration came to fruition after first discovering the group during a trip to Colombia.
Cosculluela & Nicky Jam Jump: Elsewhere on Hot Latin Songs, rapper Cosculluela makes his first top 20 trip as “Te Busco” with Nicky Jam rises 23-19. The Puerto Rican MC first appeared on the list in 2010 when “Prrrum,” featuring Wisin & Yandel, reached No. 36. Streaming was the main cause for the new song’s climb, accounting for 48 percent of the total points contributing to its rank on the hybrid chart (which blends radio, sales, and streaming). The rise gives Nicky Jam his fourth top 20 hit.
Enigma Norteno Takes No. 2: Lastly, regional Mexican group Enigma Norteno takes the top debut on Top Latin Albums, bowing at No. 2 with La Vida Del Rey (1,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 8). It’s the best opening week and best chart rank of the band’s three charted sets.