New Around the World: Kali Uchis, SZA & PARTYNEXTDOOR Highlight Global Latin Hits
Kali Uchis leads a trio of Spanish-language titles that debut on the Global 200 but miss the Global Excl. U.S. chart.
The Oct. 16-dated Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts sport a combined 23 debuts. Fewer than half, 10, are English-language songs by Americans, with five by one artist, as first-week streams for Meek Mill’s new album Expensive Pain impact the surveys.
Elsewhere, international acts, primarily from Asia and Latin America, enter the global charts.
Three Spanish-language songs debut on the Global 200, although they are absent from the Global Excl. U.S. list, against trend for typical non-English-language titles. Two are by Mexican artists as Ivan Cornejo’s “Esta Danada” and Grupo Firme’s “Ya Superame” start at Nos. 181 and 198, respectively. In the week ending Oct. 7, they drew 7.8 million and 6.8 million global streams, respectively, with both selling about 500 downloads, according to MRC Data.
Perhaps less surprising, Kali Uchis’ “Fue Mejor” arrives at No. 187 on the Global 200. The song comes in multiple versions, one with singer-songwriter PARTYNEXTDOOR and the other, released Sept. 29, features SZA. In both iterations, the song alternates between English and Spanish-language sections, much like Kali Uchis’ other 2021 global hit, “Telepatía,” which reached No. 10 on both the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts.
Kali Uchis and SZA are both American and PARTYNEXTDOOR is just upstairs in Canada, making the overperformance of “Fue Mejor” in the U.S. fairly logical. The song drew 76% of its global sales (400 total) and 55% of its streams (8.7 million total) from the U.S., far beyond the week’s respective averages of 54% and 24%. But its Latin rhythms and Spanish lyrics still cast it as an outlier among Latin songs in terms of its Global 200 debut while not ranking on the Global Excl. U.S. list.
Halfway around the world, South Korea is represented by bows for TWICE (“The Feels” at No. 10 on Global Excl. U.S. and No. 12 on Global 200) and aespa (“Savage” at Nos. 44 and 77). The former is the highest debut on both charts and is the most-streamed music video of the week, with 35.7 million clicks worldwide.
And slightly to the east, two Japanese artists debut on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, with back number’s “Yellow” at No. 99 and B’z’s “Unite” at No. 109.
(“Yellow” is one of two song titles to double up on the chart, as Coldplay’s 2000 song of the same name hangs at No. 130 in its 38th week on the survey. Elsewhere, “Loco” is at Nos. 45 and 124, by Itzy and Justin Quiles, Chimbalana and Zion & Lennox, respectively. The Kid LAROI and Eminem come close with “Without You” and “Without Me” at Nos. 100 and 167, respectively.)
Finally, three European acts join for a No. 192 Global Excl. U.S. debut, as Gabry Ponte, Prezioso (both from Italy) and LUM!X (Austria) enter with “Thunder.” It’s the first appearance for each artist on the ranking, although Ponte is no stranger to Billboard‘s charts. As part of Eiffel 65, he hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2000 with the act’s pop/dance classic “Blue (Da Ba Dee).”