Nicky Jam’s “El Perdon” Spends 26th Consecutive Week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

There’s no doubt Nicky Jam’s latest single is a smash hit… But it’s now thisclose to making history.

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican/Dominican American singer’s collaboration with Enrique IglesiasEl Perdon” is now the second-longest-running No. 1 in the 29-year history of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, spending a 26th consecutive week at No. 1.

Nicky Jam

“I don’t believe it yet. It’s hard to digest,” Nicky Jam tells Billboard.

The track shot to No. 1 in only five weeks, after debuting at No. 50 on the chart dated Feb. 21. A music video, released in conjunction with the YouTube Music Awards (March 23), has garnered more than 229 million global views on YouTube. In addition, a lyric video on Jam’s YouTube channel has amassed 325 million views.

The 26th week at No. 1 trails only Iglesias’ own “Bailando,” featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, which shattered the record for most weeks at the top, when it spent 41 consecutive weeks at No. 1 (on the charts dated May 17, 2014, through Feb. 14, 2015). “El Perdon” surpasses Shakira’s 25-week No. 1 run with “La Tortura,” featuring Alejandro Sanz, attained in 2005.

Seemingly unaware of the track’s reach, a humble Nicky Jam says, “My manager scolds me because he said that I don’t know how big I am, and that maybe that’s the key.” He adds, “I try not to think about the success, because it’s pressure to continue making music. If I write songs trying to top other songs, it’s a lot of pressure.”

While Nicky Jam had his first three Hot Latin Songs-charted tracks between 2005 and 2008, “El Perdon” is his breakout international smash and follows a six-year chart hiatus. His return to the chart came in 2014 with “Travesuras,” also a sizable hit, reaching No. 4 on the list (Dec. 27).

An English version of the track, “El Perdon (Forgiveness),” has given the song extra legs in recent weeks — helping the crossover hit to scale the Billboard Hot 100. On the Sept. 12-dated chart, it hops 72-68 in its 23rd week (nearing its No. 66 peak). A music video for the new version was released Sept. 1 via a live stream at YouTube Space NYC, hosted by BuzzFeed Espanol. The clip was uploaded to Nicky Jam’s YouTube channel immediately following the broadcast.

The song’s 26th crowning week on the hybrid chart (which measures radio, sales, and streaming of the Spanish version only) is supported mostly by streams, accounting for 56 percent of total points contributing to its rank. It racked up 2.5 million U.S. clicks during the week ending Aug. 28, (up 6 percent, according to Nielsen Music), with the Spanish version receiving 89 percent of total clicks.

Any bumps in sales and streaming for “Forgiveness” are expected to impact the Hot 100 rank on the Sept. 19-dated charts.

Iglesias’ “Bailando” Video Makes History with One Billion Views on YouTube

Enrique Iglesias has a billion reasons to bailar

The 40-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter’s massive hit “Bailando,” has reached a new milestone, hitting one billion views on YouTube.

Enrique Iglesias

Iglesias’ urban-flamenco party anthem featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona is now the first Spanish-language song to reach one billion views online.

“Thank you guys so much for getting Bailando Spanish version to 1 BILLION views. Incredible!!!,” said the “I Like It” singer on Instagram.

Iglesias is currently on his Sex & Love tour, which, to date, has attracted over one million people around the world and counting.

Up next he’s nominated for two Premios Tu Mundo, in the favorite pop artist category and “party-starting song” for “El Perdón,” his other mega-hit with Nicky Jam. A new bilingual version of the song, titled “Forgiveness,” aims to get it a comparable amount of play as its Spanish-language counterpart.

Iglesias will probably have more to toast to in the future. His longtime manager Fernando Giaccardi, who made it onto the 2015 Billboard Latin Power Players List, recently said of his superstar client, “With Enrique, it’s never enough. It’s like, ‘Great, we did this. Now what?’ ”

Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias Release “Forgiveness,” the English Version of Their Hit “El Perdon”

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.

Nicky Jam & 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.