Amidyear recap of the hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart yields a top five tally of publishing corporations, led by Sony/ATV Music, which had 58 hits during the charting period. Universal Music and Warner/Chappell Music rank next, with 22 and 20 hits, respectively, followed by indies Arpa Music and Top Stop Music, with seven and five hits, respectively.
The midyear recap for this report was based on performance on Hot Latin Songs for the period beginning with the issue dated Dec. 1, 2012, through the June 29 issue. The chart takes into consideration airplay, streaming and digital sales.
The performance by the publishing corporations, in turn, is driven by the copyrights of specific publishing companies, as reported on the Billboard charts. EMI Blackwood, which ranks at No. 1 in the publishing company recap, is one of the catalogs administered by Sony/ATV Music following the acquisition in June 2012 of EMI Music Publishing by an investor group that includes Sony Corp. of America and the estate of Michael Jackson (the partners in Sony/ATV). EMI Blackwood is joined by Sony/ATV Discos, which is No. 3 in the publishing company recap, in contributing to the overall success of Sony/ATV on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
Here’s a look at the hits that drove the success of the top 10 Latin publishing companies during the recap period.
1. EMI Blackwood Music
EMI Blackwood Music leads the midyear recap with songs that have had major impact on Billboard’s charts. Pitbull’s “Echa Pa’lla (Manos Pa’rriba),” which spent 47 weeks on Hot Latin Songs, peaked at No. 2. Also contributing to the publisher’s ranking is Don Omar, whose “Zumba” spent 38 weeks on the chart. Carlos Vives, most recently on tour in Latin America and the United States, also helped the publisher achieve the top spot with “Volvi a Nacer,” which spent 28 weeks on the tally. Additionally, Daddy Yankee’s “Limbo” recently notched 43 weeks on the chart, with 15 of those at No. 1.
2. Del Melodies
Although the publisher launched only four-and-a-half years ago, Del Melodies slides into the No. 2 spot. Regional Mexican singer/songwriter Gerardo Ortiz is behind the company’s achievement with several songs, including “Damaso,” which has spent 25 weeks on Hot Latin Songs, recently peaking at No. 9. Luis Coronel, the 17-year-old from Tucson, Ariz., is still on the chart with Horacio Palencia’s composition “Mi Niña Traviesa,” which has reached the No. 7 spot. Daddy Yankee’s “El Amante” (featuring J Alvarez) recently achieved six weeks on the list. Also, “La Noche Esta de Fiesta (Hoy Si Que Se Bebe),” performed by reggaetón rappers J-King & Maximan and featuring regional Mexican act 3BallMTY, spent eight weeks on the chart.
3. Sony/ATV Discos
Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing enters the recap with such songs as salsa sensation Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida.” The composition recently spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs. Alexis y Fido’s “Rompe la Cintura” spent 21 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 8. Sony/ATV also benefited from the ongoing success of “Llorar,” recorded by brother-and-sister duo Jesse & Joy and featuring Mario Domm. “Llorar” spent 19 weeks on the chart and peaked at No. 12. Meanwhile, singer Vives recorded “Como le Gusta a Tu Cuerpo” (featuring Brazilian artist Michel Teló), which spent 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 3.
4. ARPA Musical
ARPA Musical comes in fourth thanks to the popularity of regional Mexican music. “Amor Express,” by Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, spent 20 weeks on Hot Latin Songs, while Chuy Lizarraga y Su Banda Tierra Sinaloense’s “Necesita un Hombre” also spent 20 weeks on the tally. Banda los Recoditos’ recording of “Cuando Te Entregues a El” spent 11 weeks on the chart, while La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho’s recording of “El Ruido de Tus Zapatos” spent 11 weeks on the list, peaking at No. 2.
5. Mayimba Music
Mayimba’s ranking is supported by compositions by bachata star Romeo Santos, including “Debate de 4,” which spent 20 weeks on Hot Latin Songs and peaked at No. 23. Santos also spent 11 weeks on the chart with “Que Se Mueran.” Soulful singer Leslie Grace recorded “Day 1,” which spent 13 weeks on the tally and peaked at No. 21. Plus, Dominican-born bachata singer Frank Reyes helped Mayimba stay on top with the ballad “Se Me Olvido Que Te Amaba,” which spent eight weeks on the chart.
6. WB Music
WB Music boasts a group of award-winning songwriters like Spanish artist Alejandro Sanz, whose romantic pop ballad “Mi Marciana” from La Musica No Se Toca spent 12 weeks on Hot Latin Songs, peaking at No. 35. “Rompe la Cintura” from Puerto Rican reggaetón duo Alexis & Fido spent 21 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 8. “Sin Ti,” recorded by Tommy Torres and Nelly Furtado, spent 14 weeks on the tally while rappers J-King & Maximan, along with Mexican DJ act 3BallMTY, charted for eight weeks with “La Noche Esta de Fiesta (Hoy Si Que Se Bebe).” “Cuando Se Va el Amor,” recorded by pop singer Kany Garcia, spent 11 weeks on the list.
7. PALABRAS DE ROMEO
Romeo Santos has become a major force in the music industry thanks to his popular bachata compositions. The New York-born artist’s empire continues to expand with publisher Palabras de Romeo, which enters the rankings at No. 7. Santos’ “Formula, Vol. 1” includes “Debate de 4,” which spent 20 weeks on the Hot Latin Songs chart. In addition, “Que Se Mueran” racked up 11 weeks on the tally, and “Soberbio” charted for six.
8. LGA Music
LGA Music Publishing’s regional Mexican songs showed their staying power. “Cuando Te Entregues a El” was recorded by Banda los Recoditos, landing the track on the Hot Latin Songs tally for 11 weeks, peaking at No. 35. Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga recorded “La Mejor de Todas,” which spent 32 weeks on the tally and reached No. 8.
9. UNIVERSAL-MUSICA UNICA
Universal-Musica Unica Publishing ranks at No. 9 thanks to songs recorded by Chino & Nacho, the Venezuelan duo whose “Sin Ti” recently spent 15 weeks on Hot Latin Songs. Hector Acosta (“El Torito”) recorded “No Soy Un Hombre Malo,” which racked 20 weeks on the tally, while Thalía’s “Te Perdiste Mi Amor,” featuring Prince Royce, spent 24 weeks on the chart and peaked at No. 4. Royce’s “Te Me Vas” has notched 29 weeks on the list. Chino & Nacho also spent 13 weeks on the chart with “Regalame Un Muack.”
10. MARCHA MUSICAL
Marcha Musical rounds out the list with regional Mexican fare. “La Fory Fay,” performed by Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda, recently entered its 10th week on the chart at No. 10. “Me Gustabas,” by Hermanos Vega Jr., spent 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 17. “Tu No Tienes la Culpa,” also recorded by Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda,” charted for 20 weeks and peaked at No. 19, while Cardenales de Nuevo Leon’s “De Norte A Sur” reached No. 47.