Prince Royce wins big as he replaces himself at No. 1 on the Tropical Airplay chart. On the Oct. 24-dated survey, his latest single “Lotería” climbs 2-1, bumping his own “Carita de Inocente” down 1-2. “Carita” earlier set the record for the most weeks at No. 1, and its total weeks atop the list now stand at 29.
“I guess knocking my own song ‘Carita de Inocente’ down to No. 2 with my new single ‘Lotería’ at No. 1 is a good problem to have,” Royce tells Billboard. “It feels great to have the top two Tropical Airplay songs in the country and I’m so thankful to everyone at radio and the fans who keep embracing my music and bachata.”
The last time an artist ranked first and second in the same chart week was Marc Anthony with “Lo Que Te Di” at No. 1 and “Parecen Viernes” at No. 2 (Jan. 25-dated lists).
The last act, however, to replace himself at No. 1 was Nicky Jam in January 2018. Romeo Santos’ “Bella y Sensual,” which features Jam and Daddy Yankee, ceded its five-week reign to “Cásate Conmigo,” his collaboration with Silvestre Dangond (Jan. 27, 2018-dated list).
“Lotería” leads the list dated Oct. 24, advancing from the runner-up position, thanks to a 34% gain in audience impressions, to 4 million, earned in the week ending Oct. 18, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
The tune helps the bachata singer-songwriter up his career No. 1 count to 19, extending his third-most record in the chart’s 26-year history. (Royce stands just behind Marc Anthony with 32 No. 1s and Victor Manuelle with 28.)
“Lotería” is from Royce’s Alter Ego album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated Feb. 22). The tune was produced by Royce alongside D’lesly “Dice” Lora and written by Royce, Lora, Yonathan “Mickey” Then and Ronald “Dae” López.
Over on Latin Airplay, “Lotería” enters the top 25, hiking 34-24.