Ready for Nicky Jam’s forgiveness?
The 35-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American rapper has released “Forgiveness,” the English-language version of his smash single “El Perdón,” featuring Enrique Iglesias.
The single, which sees its original Spanish-language version topping the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart for the 18th consecutive week, has been a massive hit throughout Latin America and Europe, where it currently tops Italy’s digital songs chart.
The mid-tempo, melancholy reggaetón song about lost love is the first No. 1 for Nicky Jam, whose climb to fame in the early 2000s was derailed by drugs, alcohol and bad decisions. His return to the charts, after years spent in Colombia redefining his sound, is one of perseverance, redemption and an impressive track.
Jam wrote “El Perdon” and invited Iglesias to sing with him after the star called him, expressing an interest in working together.
“I usually write or co-write most of my songs. But when he sent me the song, I called him up and I said, ‘I love it. I don’t care that I didn’t write it,’” Iglesias told Billboard.
“El Perdón” entered the Billboard Hot 100 in its Spanish language version thanks to streaming. Its English version will be marketed by Sony Music U.S. Latin and sister label RCA Records.