Luis Fonsi Earns His Highest Debut Ever on Hot Latin Songs Chart

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Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee "Despacito"

Singer Luis Fonsi debuts at No. 2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated Feb. 4) with “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee, earning his 30th chart hit, his highest debut ever, and his highest-charting single since 2009.

Fonsi’s previous best debut was No. 12 with “Quisiera Poder Olvidarme De Ti” in 2002. “Despacito” is his highest charting effort since the No. 1 “Aqui Estoy Yo” in 2009.

“Despacito” joins only 22 other tracks to debut at No. 2 or higher in the 30-year history of the Hot Latin Songs, most recently Shakira’s “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma, bowed at No. 1 on the Nov. 19 chart; it remains at No. 1 for a 10th nonconsecutive week.

The reggaeton-pop single concurrently becomes Fonsi’s first No. 1 on the Latin Digital Song Sales chart, bowing with with 11,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 19, according to Nielsen Music.

2.7 million domestic streams boost the track’s entrance on Hot Latin Songs and the Billboard Hot 100 (it launches at No. 88 -- his highest-charting song ever on the tally), while also notching a No. 3 debut on Latin Streaming Songs. Of its streams during the tracking week, 66 percent stem from YouTube views, due in part to a music video that has 93 million global views to date, since going live on Jan. 12. According to Vevo, views of the video broke the record for first-day views for a Spanish-language clip, with 5.14 million views worldwide (breaking J Balvin’s previous record with “Bobo”).

At radio, the track begins at No. 19 on Latin Airplay, with 7.4 million audience impressions gained in the week ending Jan. 22. It’s his best entrance since 2002 when “Quisiera Poder Olvidarme De Ti” arrived at No. 12 (and later peaked at No. 3).

Fonsi first appeared on Hot Latin Songs in 1998 with “Dime Como,” peaking at No. 23 that year. He has since earned 11 top 10s (including “Despacito”) and six top 10 titles. Over on Top Latin Albums, he holds seven top 10s and three No. 1s.

“Despacito” marks Daddy Yankee’s 48th career Hot Latin Songs hit and also becomes his highest debut to date.

Nicky Jam’s Best Debut: Nicky Jam earns the second highest debut on Hot Latin Songs, bowing at No. 8 with “El Amante,” his highest debut to date. Released Jan. 16, the song arrives on the chart with four full tracking days for sales and streaming (through Thursday, Jan. 19). It sold 5,000 digital downloads, scoring a No. 3 debut on the Latin Digital Song Sales chart, and 1.4 million U.S. streams.

The latest single previews the chart debut of the urban act’s album, Fenix, released on Jan. 20, which is aiming for a No. 1 debut for the Feb. 11-dated Top Latin Albums chart during its first week as a consumption based ranking. The updated chart (published online on Jan. 31) will convert to a multi-metric methodology, blending pure album sales, track equivalent album (TEA) units, and streaming equivalent album (SEA) units. Nicky Jam’s digital-only set contains 26 tracks with includes collaborations with Daddy Yankee, J Balvin and Wisin, among others. 

Ozuna Makes Five: Finally, rising act Ozuna notches two debuts on Hot Latin Songs, lifting his total concurrent chart hits to five. The Puerto Rican reggaeton artist arrives as a guest on Klasico’s “Corazon de Seda (at No. 42) and also as a feature on Pusho’s “Te Fuistes” (No. 46). The entries mark the first Hot Latin Songs hits for Klasico and Pusho.

Both arrivals are supported mainly by streams, with minimal digital song sales contributing to its rank. Neither track received any airplay on chart reporting stations during the most recent tracking week. 

The new songs join Ozuna’s “Dile Tu Me Quieres,” at No. 12, “En La Intimidad “ (No. 27) and Karol G’s “Hello,” featuring Ozuna (No. 50).