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Jennifer Lopez & Becky G Are First Lead Women to Rule Top Two on Latin Airplay Chart Since 2009

Jennifer Lopez and Becky G combine for a first this decade for women in lead roles on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.

Jennifer Lopez and Becky G combine for a first this decade for women in lead roles on Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart.

On the new Feb. 3-dated tally, Lopez’s “Amor, Amor, Amor,” featuring Wisin, jumps 12-1 for its first week on top, and Becky G’s “Mayores,” featuring Bad Bunny, rises 4-2, tying her career-best peak.   

The last time that two women in lead roles ranked at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on Latin Airplay? Over eight years ago. On the chart dated Oct. 17, 2009, Shakira held the No. 1 spot with “Loba (She Wolf),” and Nelly Furtado placed at No. 2 with “Manos al Aire.”    

“Amor” is the second single from Lopez’s upcoming Spanish-language album. “I work hard at everything I do, but when a record goes to No. 1, it blows me away,” she told Billboard this week. “I’m on cloud nine. I really can’t believe it after 20-something years of doing this.”   

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Lopez lands her sixth Latin Airplay No. 1 with “Amor,” whose 12-1 vault marks the biggest jump to the top in nearly two years, since Carlos Vives’ “Las Cosas de la Vida” also surged 12-1 on March 5, 2016. “Amor” is Lopez’s first No. 1 as a lead act since July 2012, when her co-billed track with Wisin & Yandel, “Follow the Leader,” spent two weeks at the summit. (In between “Follow” and “Amor,” she led the list twice as a featured artist.)

Among women, only Shakira (13) and Gloria Estefan (11) boast more Latin Airplay No. 1s than Lopez. Enrique Iglesias leads all acts with 29 toppers in the chart’s 23-year history.

“Amor” jumps 59 percent to 15.3 million in Latin airplay audience, according to Nielsen Music, owed mostly to a gain in plays at SBS Radio-owned stations, following Lopez’s headlining gig at SBS’ annual Calibash concert Jan. 20 in Los Angeles.

Becky G matches her best Latin Airplay rank with “Mayores.” Her prior top 10, “Can’t Get Enough,” featuring Pitbull (her first chart entry), peaked to No. 2 in June 2014.

With Lopez and Becky G marking a long-awaited chart achievement for women, let’s look back at each previous instance in which women in lead roles ranked at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on Latin Airplay.

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Aug. 14, 1999
No. 1, Jennifer Lopez with Marc Anthony, “No Me Ames”
No. 2, Mille, “De Hoy En Adelante”

April 6, 2002
No. 1, Pilar Montenegro, “Quitame Ese Hombre”
No. 2, Shakira, “Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)”

Oct. 19, 2002
No. 1, Jennifer Peña, “El Dolor de Tu Presencia”
No. 2, Thalia, “No Me Enseñaste”

Oct. 26, 2002
No. 1, Thalia, “No Me Enseñaste”
No. 2, Jennifer Peña, “El Dolor de Tu Presencia”

Feb. 8, 2003
No. 1, Olga Tañon, “Asi Es La Vida”
No. 2, India, “Sedúceme”

Feb. 15 & March 8, 2003
No. 1, India, “Sedúceme”
No. 2, Olga Tañon, “Asi Es La Vida”

March 1, 2003
No. 1, Shakira, “Que Me Quedes Tú”
No. 2, India, “Sedúceme”

Feb. 21, 2004
No. 1, Paulia Rubio, “Te Quise Tanto”
No. 2, Thalia, “Cerca de Ti”

Feb. 21, 2004
No. 1, Thalia, “Cerca de Ti”
No. 2, Paulia Rubio, “Te Quise Tanto”

May 8, 2004
No. 1, Gloria Estefan, “Tu Fotografía”
No. 2, Paulia Rubio, “Te Quise Tanto”

Aug. 6, 2005
No. 1, Shakira feat. Alejandro Sanz, “La Tortura”
No. 2, Thalia, “Amar Sin Ser Amada”

May 13 & 20, 2006
No. 1, Anais, “Lo Que Son Las Cosas”
No. 2, Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean, “Hips Don’t Lie”

Sept. 12,19, 26 & Oct. 3, 2009
No. 1, Nelly Furtado, “Manos al Aire”
No. 2, Shakira, “Loba (She Wolf)”

Oct. 10 & 17, 2009
No. 1, Shakira, “Loba (She Wolf)”
No. 2, Nelly Furtado, “Manos al Aire”

Feb. 3, 2018
No. 1, Jennifer Lopez feat, Wisin, “Amor, Amor Amor”
No. 2, Becky G feat. Bad Bunny, “Mayores”