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.
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.”