Bad Bunny’s “Dakiti,” Featuring Jhay Cortez, Remains No. 1 on Billboard Global 200 & Billboard Global Excl. U.S. Charts

Bad Bunny is still the (No.) 1…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton artist and Jhay Cortez‘s “Dakiti” continues at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez“Dákiti” by Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez logs a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200, with 103.7 million streams (down 6%), the week’s top total, and 4,000 downloads sold (down 14%) globally in the week ending November 19.

With “Dákiti” having tallied 110.2 million global streams in the previous tracking week, the song is the first to have logged back-to-back weeks of over 100 million streams since the Global 200 began.

Meanwhile, the track rules the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for a third week, with 83.9 million streams (down 5%) and 1,000 downloads sold (down 6%) in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending November 19.

The two charts (dated Nov. 28) premiered in September and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

Bad Bunny Appears Opposite Chester Cheetah in New Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos Commercial

Bad Bunny has a flamin’ hot friendship…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton star and Chester Cheetah are BFFs in a new Cheetos commercial.

Bad Bunny & Chester Cheetah

In the 30-second spot, Bad Bunny is seen making music at the recording studio. He’s then handed a bag of Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos by Chester, which sparks immediate inspiration for the song in the commercial.

“I dress like this, I’m not going to change/ If you don’t like it, you don’t have to see,” he chants in Spanish.

Speaking Spanglish and rocking Cheetos fingers, he then says: “In life, you can choose to leave things just like they are or you can choose to leave your mark.”

The commercial is part of the “Deja Tu Huella” campaign — a new multi-platform initiative designed to rally the next generation to leave their mark in their culture.

“I’m leaving my mark in many ways,” he previously told Billboard. “For me, it’s important to leave my mark with my creations in music but also as a human being. My music has traveled far around the world and 100 percent in Spanish with my Puerto Rican slang. Wherever I go, in every interview, I let everyone know that I am Latino and Puerto Rican and I think that I have left that mark well placed in the whole world.”

In addition, Cheetos teamed up with the singer’s Good Bunny Foundation to give back to the Hispanic community with a $500,000 commitment.

Cardi B Named Billboard’s “Woman of the Year”

Cardi B is WAP-ping up the year with a bang…

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has been named the 2020 Woman of the Year by Billboard.

Cardi B

Cardi B, who continues to thrive with her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “WAP,” a brand-new already-sold-out Reebok collection and her political activism, will be presented the award during Billboard‘s Women in Music event on December 10.

The 15th annual event will go virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and will stream live here starting at 8:00 pm ET. The ceremony will be hosted by Teyana Taylor.

Jennifer Lopez will be honored with this year’s prestigious Icon Award for her impact on the music industry and the greater artistic community, joining previous recipients Alanis MorissetteCyndi LauperMary J. BligeShania Twain and Aretha Franklin.

Following the success of her sophomore album, Future NostalgiaDua Lipa will receive the Powerhouse Award, given to an act whose music dominated streaming, sales and radio this year.

Dolly Parton is 2020’s Hitmaker Award recipient. The honor recognizes a songwriter whose compositions have significantly impacted culture.

Chloe x Halle will receive the Rising Star Award, and Jessie Reyez will be honored with the American Express Impact Award.

Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, the trailblazing minds behind #TheShowMustBePaused movement following the murder of George Floyd, will be honored with the 2020 Executive of the Year Award.

Bad Bunny’s “Dakiti,” Featuring Jhay Cortez, Becomes First Latin Song to Simultaneously Rule Billboard Global 200 & Billboard Global Excl. U.S. Charts

Bad Bunny’s latest single is officially a global phenomenon…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer’s new track “Dakiti,” featuring Jhay Cortez, becomes the first Latin music hit to simultaneously rule both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

The song ascends to its first week atop the former and leads the latter list for a second week.

The two charts, dated November 21, premiered in September and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

A week after Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’s “Dakiti” debuted on the Billboard Global 200 at No. 2, the song ascends to No. 1 with 110.2 million streams (up 32%) and 4,000 downloads sold (down 33%) globally in the week ending November 12.

The worldwide streaming sum for the song is the second-greatest in the Global 200’s brief history, bested only by the 123.8 million for “Lovesick Girls” by South Korea’s BLACKPINK‘s (October 17).

Hawái” by Maluma bounds 9-3 on the Global 200, surpassing its prior No. 4 high, with 85.7 million streams (up 53%) and 6,000 sold (up 149%). Its remix with The Weeknd was released November 5.

Following its arrival at No. 1 a week earlier, Bad Bunny and Cortez’s “Dakiti” retains its coveted rank atop the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart with 88.6 million streams (up 44%) and 1,000 downloads sold (down 12%) in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 12.

Maluma’s “Hawái” jumps 6-2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, where it spent a week at No. 1 in September, with 68.8 million streams (up 41%) and 3,000 sold (up 223%) outside the U.S. in the latest tracking week.

Thanks to “Dakiti” and “Hawái,” Latin music hits rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on the Global Excl. U.S. chart for the first time.

Lali Releases Her Fourth Studio Album “Libra”

Lali is back with new music…

The 29-year-old Argentine singer/songwriter and actress has released her fourth studio album Libra, which showcases her musical growth and versatility as an artist, from sensual trap to infectious pop fusions.

Lali

Libra features 11 tracks, including the previously-released “Laligera,” “Lo Que Tengo Yo,” “Fascinada,” and “Como Asi” featuring CNCO, in addition to collaborations with Mau y Ricky, Noriel, and the Cazzu-assisted focus track “Ladron.”

If naming the album after her zodiac sign is any indication, Lali is more unapologetic and woke than ever.

“This is the first album where all the songs are individual protagonists,” Lali tells Billboard, describing each song as having their own vibe.

Bad Bunny Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Dakiti,” Featuring Jhay Cortez

Bad Bunny has gone straight to the top…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer’s “Dakiti,” featuring Jhay Cortez, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart dated November 17.

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

The new collaboration is just the third song to debut atop the chart in 2020 and the seventh No. 1 of 2020 in total. It concurrently earns the biggest week in terms of streaming for a Latin song in 2020.

“Working with Jhay is always a good experience,” Bad Bunny tells Billboard. “We’ve worked together on the remix of ‘No Me Conoce,’ which was a global hit, and the remix of ‘Como Se Siente,’ and people have always enjoyed our collaborations. In this case, it’s the first time we were able to work together in the studio, unlike the other two songs that were done via phone. Sharing ideas in person is the key of the success of the song.”

“Dakiti” bows atop Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streams, mainly on the strength of streaming activity and downloads, after earning 22.2 million streams in the week ending November 5, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The song yields a No. 3 debut on the overall Streaming Songs chart and a No. 1 on Latin Streaming Songs. The song earns the biggest week for a Latin song in terms of streaming activity in 2020. What takes the runner-up slot? Well, his own “Si Veo a Tu Mamá,” which opened with 19 million streams on the March 14-dated list.

“Dakiti” concurrently sold 5,000 downloads in its first tracking week, prompting a No. 1 opening on Latin Digital Song Sales and No. 12 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart.

“The creative process of this song was different than my previous works,” Bad Bunny adds. “I usually have a main idea for a song. For this one, though, Jhay composed the base, the initial rhythm and the main idea together with Mora. I then added to the evolution of the production, rhythm and lyrics with Tainy. It was a combined effort, which is unusual for me, but when one works as a team, great things come out. It’s been like a drug, literally. Everyone has gone crazy over ‘Dakiti.’”

“Dakiti” is just the third title to open at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs in 2020. Notably, all three have had Bad Bunny as a lead act. Prior to “Dakiti” his own “Si Veo a Tu Mamá” and “Un Día (One Day)” with J Balvin, Dua Lipa and Tainy, both arrived at the penthouse on the March 14- and the August 8-dated lists.

As Bad Bunny clocks his sixth No. 1, Cortez captures his first No. 1 ever on a Billboard hybrid chart.

“Dakiti” is also just the seventh No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs in 2020. Let’s take a look at the leaderboard:

Chart Date, Title, Artist

Jan. 4, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life),” Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin
Feb. 1, “Tusa,” Karol G & Nicki Minaj
March 14, “Si Veo A Tu Mama,” Bad Bunny
July 18, “Mamacita,” Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna + J.Rey Soul
Aug. 8, “Un Día (One Day),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
Sept. 12, “Hawai,” Maluma
Nov. 14, “Dakiti,” Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

“Dakiti” concurrently achieves a No. 9 showing on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song becomes just the second all-Spanish tune to debut in the list’s top 10. The first was also a Bad Bunny tune (“MIA,” with Drake, arrived at No. 5 in October 2018.)

“It’s such an honor that this song is the second song completely in Spanish to debut top 10 in the Hot 100 chart,” Bad Bunny says. “The fact that the first song is also mine feels great. My dream was to record with Drake, it was an incredible experience, but this one is very special because it’s a song that came out of nothing. We didn’t expect to have success of this magnitude. Working with Jhay, both Latinos from Puerto Rico representing at a global level, fills me with pride as we are competing amongst great songs and artists.”

Bad Bunny to Perform at This Year’s American Music Awards

Bad Bunny is bringing his latest hit to the American Music Awards

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer has been added to the performers list for the annual awards show, which will take place on November 22.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny will offer the world premiere performance of his insta-smash hit single, “Dakiti,”alongside Jhay Cortez. The single recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart.

He performed “I Like It,” his chart-topping collaboration with Cardi B and J Balvin, on the AMAs two years ago.

Bad Bunny joins a lineup of recently added performers that includes Shawn Mendes, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Baby. The stars join the previously announced BTS and Dua Lipa.

It’s fitting that the AMAs are highlighting performances by Latin and rap/hip-hop stars. The AMAs this year are increasing their number of Latin categories from one to four and the number of rap/hip-hop categories from three to four.

The AMAs, which debuted in 1974, bills itself as the world’s largest fan-voted awards showTaraji P. Henson is set to host this year’s show, which will broadcast live from The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles for the 14th consecutive year.

The show is set to air on Sunday November 22 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on ABC. It will reportedly be seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

Bad Bunny’s ‘Dakiti,” Featuring Jhay Cortez, Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Billboard Global Excl. U.S. Chart

Bad Bunny has launched another global hit…

The 26-year-old Latin trap and reggaeton singer debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. ranking with his latest single “Dakiti,” featuring Jhay Cortez.

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’s “Dakiti” debuts at No. 1 with 61.5 million streams and 1,000 downloads sold in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending November 5.

The chart, dated November 14, ranks songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

“Dakiti,” meanwhile, enters the Billboard Global 200 at No. 2 with 83.5 million streams, the week’s top total, and 6,000 sold worldwide in its first week, following its October 30 release.

Lunay Named to Billboard’s 21 Under 21 List

Lunay isn’t old enough to drink in the United States, but he’s already making his mark in the music world.

The 20-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer has been named to Billboard’s 21 Under 21 list.

Lunay

Billboard‘s annual ranking of powerful young voices includes arena headliners and promising new talent, familiar names and new musicians quickly rising toward the mainstream. For groups, if most members are under 21, they were considered eligible.

Lunay is recognized for having total streams of 524.5 million.

After posting videos of himself freestyling on Facebook in 2017, Lunay got a call from producers Chris Jedi and Gaby Music. Two years later, Lunay was collaborating with reggaetón superstars Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny on “Soltera (Remix),” his first top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, peaking at No. 3 and raking in 343.2 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Signed to indie label Star Island, the rising artist, who has since scored collaborations with Ozuna and Anuel AA, credits his success to two things: “humility and hard work.”

But Lunay isn’t the only Latino artist to make the list…

Manuel Turizo earned a spot for having total streams of 328.1 million.

Back in 2017, the 20-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer, then only 16, scored a viral hit with debut single “Una Lady Como Tú.” Since then, he has topped the Mexico Airplay chart with “Quiéreme Mientras Se Pueda” and the Latin Airplay list with his Sebastián YatraRauw Alejandro collaboration “TBT.”

Turizo says his second album, Dopamina, will “dominate” 2021. “I hope that by the time I’m 60, people will still be consuming my music and going to my concerts,” he says. “It’s not about being at the top. It’s about acquiring an audience [that will be] by your side throughout your career.”

Natanael Cano has also made the grade…

The 19-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter has earned a total of 905.3 million streams in his short career.

Six months into 2020, Cano — who only launched his career in 2019 — became the third-most-consumed Latin artist in the United States, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s midyear report, ranking just behind Bad Bunny and Ozuna.

Since partnering with Bad Bunny on “Soy El Diablo (Remix)” in October 2019, Cano has released four projects, including Trap Tumbado in June, cementing his place as a leading force in trap corridos. And as his career continues to grow in the United States, by 2021, he says, “I’d love to reach every corner of Mexico.”

A committee of Billboard editors and reporters weighed a variety of factors in determining the 2020 21 Under 21 list, including, but not limited to, impact on consumer behavior, as measured by such metrics as album and track sales, streaming volume, social media impressions, and radio and TV audiences reached; career trajectory; reputation among peers; and overall impact in the industry, specifically during the past 12 months. Where required, record-label market share was consulted using Nielsen Music/MRC Data market share for album plus track-equivalent and stream-equivalent album consumption units. Unless otherwise noted, Billboard Boxscore and Nielsen Music/MRC Data are the sources for tour grosses and sales/streaming data, respectively.

Alejandro Escovedo Earns First Entry on a Billboard Latin Chart with “La Cruzada”

Alejandro Escovedo is celebrating a special first…

The 69-year-old Mexican American rock musician has notched his first entry on any Billboard Latin chart as La Cruzada, with Don Antonio, arrives at No. 8 on the Latin Pop Albums chart (dated November 7) with 1,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending October 29, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

La Cruzada is the Spanish version of Escovedo’s 2018 album The Crossing, with Don Antonio, which bowed at No. 6 on the Heatseekers Albums chart and at No. 28 on the Rock Albums Sales charts in September 2018.

Alejandro is a member of the storied Escovedo music family, which includes his brothers Pete and Coke, and niece Sheila E.

“It’s been a while since I was on the charts,” Escovedo tells Billboard from his home in Austin, Texas. “To have this record on the chart is very rewarding, such a beautiful thing for me. It seems my whole lifetime has led to this record. This is kind of the epitome of what I always wanted to do and express. I love the concept of an album, I love the storytelling of an album, this one gave me an opportunity to fully express in a way that I don’t think I had in previous records.”

Escovedo’s The Crossing, with Italian band Don Antonio -fronted by multi-instrumentalist Antonio Garmantieri, was co-written with Garmantieri and recorded in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Its Spanish version, La Cruzada, was released via Yep Roc/Redeye and pressed on red, white and green striped double vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day.

Two years after the release of its original English version, La Cruzada secures a spot on the Latin charts. “I thought the message had to be heard,” Escovedo adds. “My father was born in Saucillo, Mexico and crossed the border in 1907 when he was 12. I come from a musical family, my brother Pete and Coke Escovedo played for Santana, and Sheila E is my niece. The story of The Crossing and La Cruzada is really about my family, my father.”

He continues, “When (Donald) Trump came down the escalator and announced that some Mexicans were rapists and drug dealers I really took a stand, of course, as a lot of us probably did. I thought this is something that needs to be addressed. I’ve always tried to tell my Dad’s story, but I’ve never had a large Latin audience because I come from rock-and-roll, punk rock, and I sing in English.”

About La Cruzada’s 1,000 limited copies, Escovedo adds: “The record was just going to be a Record Store Day release in vinyl with the special packaging. Then the label was supposed to put it out as a general release for everyone on CD and vinyl, but because of Covid our tour was cancelled, and the release of the record was delayed. Not sure where that hangs right now with but hopefully with this Billboard attention they see there’s potential for a larger audience.”

“We used the same backing tracks we recorded for The Crossing,” Escovedo adds. “We translated the lyrics and Alex Ruiz, lead singer of band Del Castillo, recorded the vocals in Spanish at Rick del Castillo’s studio. I did some of the background vocals with him. I wanted Alex’s voice, though, I thought he could articulate the words in a way I probably wouldn’t because my Spanish isn’t that great.”

About the production of The Crossings Escovedo remembers: “My wife and I flew to Italy and spent a month making this record out there with Don Antonio. The distance somehow gave me the way of seeing the story and America in a different eye. Traveling is something I recommend, to see the world through other people’s eyes, to have a different view point.”

The album tells the tale of two boys — Diego from Mexico and Salva from Italy — who meet while working in a restaurant in Galveston, Texas to chase their American rock-and-roll dreams. La Cruzada gets the same treatment en español and earns Escovedo and Don Antonio their first top 10 on any Latin chart.

“It’s crazy!” Escovedo muses. “When my manager Randy gave me the news, it just went over my head and I didn’t understand it. I thought, ‘Oh, we’re going to do an interview with Billboard on the record,’ which I thought was wonderful, any attention is great. Then at the end of the conversation I said, ‘Tell me that again, what happened with the record?’ and he says: ‘You are No. 8 — in the top 10 — on the Latin Pop Albums chart.’ I flipped out; that’s something that’s never happened for me and this is a real blessing for us, it brought a lot of joy to another wise strange and dark and uncertain day.”