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Maria Becerra Scores First Top 10 on Tropical Airplay Chart Thanks to Prince Royce Collaboration ‘Te Espero’

The track flies 16-3 in its second week.

Argentinian Maria Becerra earns her first top 10 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart as “Te Espero,” with Prince Royce, rallies 16-3 in its second week on the March 19-dated ranking.

The romantic bachata was released March 3 via Smiling Prince/WK/Sony Music Latin. It samples British rock band Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” — a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1987 — and was produced by D’lesly “Dice” Lora and Royce, and written by Royce alongside Becerra, Nelsen and Bobby Sierra.


“Te Espero” takes the Greatest Gainer honor of the week with 5.53 million in audience impressions, up 720%, earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 13, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.

The song races to the top 10 on Tropical Airplay in its second week, tying two other songs with an equal two-week ascent in 2022: Rosalía’s “La Fama,” featuring The Weeknd (14-8, Jan. 29-dated list), and Marc Anthony’s “Nada De Nada,” which jumps 11-7 on the current week with 3.67 million in audience impressions, up 98%.

For Becerra, “Te Espero” marks her first top 10. Royce, meanwhile, adds a 30th top 10 his Tropical Airplay chart account. He last reached the upper tier with the No. 7-peaked “Veterana,” with Elvis Martinez (Jan. 29-dated recap). Let’s take a look at the acts with the most top 10s since the chart’s inception in 1994:

62, Victor Manuelle

54, Marc Anthony

37, Gilberto Santa Rosa

34, Daddy Yankee

33, Elvis Crespo

31, Jerry Rivera

30, Prince Royce

28, Olga Tañon

27, Enrique Iglesias

27, Tito “El Bambino”


“Te Espero” narrowly missed a top 10 start on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart which debuts at No. 11; the highest entry for Becerra thus far, and the highest debut for Royce since “Las Cosas Pequeñas” bowed at No. 4 in 2012.

Elsewhere, “Te Espero” opens at No. 45 on the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart. While Becerra clocks her second entry, Royce captures his 35th total entry.