The new single, which is Japanese for “respect,” is from his upcoming debut album for Sony Music Latin, due out later this year. It adds his 14th top 10 on the list and follows the hit “Me Gusta,” with Shakira (No. 6 peak).
“Grateful to God and my fans for always being there,” Anuel tells Billboard. “Grateful to all radio programmers for the support with this new single.”
Fueling his top five debut is the song’s streaming activity. It registered 8 million U.S. clicks in the week ending Feb. 13, according to Nielsen Music/ MRC Data.
Throughout the 3-minute-plus track, the Puerto Rican artist name-drops some of his urban mates (Bad Bunny, Don Omar, J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Lunay) as well as some reggeaton hits (“Callaíta,” “Hasta Abajo,” “Taki Taki,” “X,” “Mayor Que Yo”).
“KEII” concurrently bows at No. 5 on Latin Digital Song Sales (with 2,000 sold in the week ending Feb. 13) and at No. 24 on Latin Airplay (with 4 million in audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 16).
Shakira & Anuel’s ‘Me Gusta’ Moves Up: Elsewhere on Latin Airplay, Shakira and Anuel’s “Me Gusta” enters the top 10 for the first time with a 12-9 lift in its fourth week, thanks to a 4% increase in audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 16 (rising to 7 million in audience).
“Me Gusta” is Shakira’s first chart hit since 2018’s No. 1 hit “Cladestino” with Maluma,. It spent one week at No. 1 on the Sept. 29, 2018-dated list.
Shakira ups her career count to 31 top 10s and continues to hold the record for third-most top 10s, behind Enrique Iglesias (39) and Daddy Yankee (35). Anuel, meanwhile, earns his eighth top 10.
India Returns: Lastly, India returns to the Tropical Airplay chart with her highest debut since 2010, as “Mi Propiedad Privada” debuts at No. 11. It’s the Puerto Rican’s first visit to the tally in over three years as it follows the 2016 No. 1 song “Me Voy a Acostumbrar,” featuring Juan Gabriel.
“Mi Propiedad Privada” is a tropical rendition of the vals (waltz) criollo classic by Lucha Reyes and produced by Tony Succar. It arrives with 1,000 in audience impressions.