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'YHLQMDLG' Celebrates 1 Year: Here Are 5 Ways Bad Bunny's Album Made History

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Ramona Rosales

Bad Bunny photographed on Jan. 26, 2019 at El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

It’s officially been a year since Bad Bunny dropped his record-breaking sophomore album YHLQMDLG, short for “Yo hago lo que me de la gana,” which essentially translates to “I do whatever I want,” on Leap Day (Feb. 29, 2020).

The set, released via Rimas Entertainment, is home to 20 innovative reggaeton and Latin trap songs and includes notable collaborations with Daddy Yankee, Sech, Anuel AA, and Jowell y Randy, to name a few. It also put newcomers Nesi, Mora and Yaviah on the map.

“When I make music, my vision goes beyond the numbers,” Bad Bunny previously told Billboard. “That’s why YHLQMDLG is historic! Thank you all who believed and who continue to believe in me. I do what I want, and it’s based on feelings; I don’t think about it. I do it for you and for the faith you have in me. I Love You!”

In celebration of the album’s first-year anniversary, currently nominated for best Latin pop or urban album at the 2021 Grammys, check out five ways it made history.

On the Billboard 200: Landing at No. 2 with 179,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 5, 2020, according to MRC Data, YHLQMDLG became the highest-charting all-Spanish-language album ever on the all-genre chart. Prior, the highest rank for an all-Spanish-language album was No. 4 by Mana’s Amar es Combatir (Sept. 9, 2006) and Shakira’s Fijación Oral: Vol. 1 (June 25, 2005).

On Top Latin Albums: YHLQMDLG arrived at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums and Latin Rhythm Albums, replacing himself at No. 1 on both charts. The last album to achieve this feat was Oasis, his joint album with J Balvin, which bowed at No. 1 on both charts (July 13, 2019) and bumped his own X100PRE to the runner-up slot.

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Bad Bunny "YHLQMDLG"

On Hot Latin Songs: Bad Bunny broke the record for the most career entries on the chart, placing all 20 tracks of the album on the March 14-dated chart, bringing his total entries on the chart to a record 83, surpassing runner-up Daddy Yankee’s 74 hits.

On the Billboard Hot 100: Out of his 23 songs on the Hot 100 chart, 11 of those were from YHLQMDLG, including “Si Veo a Tu Mama,” “La Dificil,” and “Vete.”

On Spotify: Garnering 3.3 billion streams, YHLQMDLG became Spotify’s most-streamed album globally of 2020. Bad Bunny was also crowned the music platform’s most-streamed artist of the year, with over 8.3 billion streams globally.