At 17 years and nine months old, Leslie Grace makes Billboard chart history as the youngest female singer to notch a Latin radio No. 1, as “Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow” zooms 7-1 on Latin Airplay.
Grace’s debut hit bounds by 57% to 11 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS, claiming the list’s Greatest Gainer award. All charts – including the revamped Latin Songs survey, which combines airplay, sales and streaming data, and where “Will” ranked at No. 4 last week – will be refreshed on Thursday (Oct. 18) on Billboard.com.
With her ascent, Grace passes Jennifer Pena, whose “El Dolor De Tu Presencia” reached No. 1 (Aug. 24, 2002) when she was 19 years and one month old.
Among all acts, Grace enters a tie as the fourth-youngest artist to post a Billboard No. 1 Latin airplay hit. Here is a look at the youngest artists to reign (including members of groups):
Age, Artist (No. 1, Date Reached)
14 years, 11 months, Pablo Portillo, of MDO (“No Puedo Olvidar,” March 27, 1999)
16 years, nine months, Florentino Primera, of Servando Y Florentino (“Una Fan Enamorada,” May 9, 1998)
17 years, four months, Luis Miguel (“Ahora Te Puedes Marchar,” Aug. 22, 1987)
17 years, nine months, Leslie Grace (“Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow,” Oct. 27, 2012)
17 years, nine months, Servando Primera, of Servando Y Florentino (“Una Fan Enamorada,” May 9, 1998)
“Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow” also soars to the top of Tropical Songs (3-1) with Greatest Gainer accolades. The song is an English/Spanish-language update of Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s classic composition which crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for the Shirelles for two weeks in 1961.