Estefan Makes Billboard History on Latin Songs Chart

Wepa! It looks like Gloria Estefan can still break records…

The 54-year-old Cuban-born singer has become the first woman in the 25-year history of Billboard‘s Latin Songs chart to debut at No. 1 with her latest single, “Hotel Nacional.

The second single from Estefan’s latest album, Miss Little Havana—her first album in four years—was serviced to radio stations with new mixes the week of December 26 and storms onto the radio airplay survey with 12.3 million in audience, according to Nielsen BDS.

The debut of “Hotel Nacional” at the chart’s summit was spurred by massive first-week airplay at six stations in the Spanish Broadcasting System chain: WPAT (115) and WSKQ (96) New York; KXOL (121) Los Angeles; WXDJ (130) Miami; and, WODA (138 plays) and WMEG (124) San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Estefan’s “Wepa,” the lead single from the new album peaked at No. 28 on Latin Songs two weeks ago.

“Hotel” is the first song by a female artist and just the 11th overall to bow at No. 1 in the Latin Songs chart’s archives. Here’s a look at the tracks that have debuted atop the chart:

Title, Artist, Chart Date
“El Palo,” Juan Gabriel, July 15, 1995
“Enamorado Por Primera Vez,” Enrique Iglesias, Feb. 1, 1997
“Solo En Ti,” Enrique Iglesias, May 3, 1997
“La Venia Bendita,” Marco Antonio Solis, Oct. 11, 1997
“Por Que Te Conoci,” Los Temerarios, Feb. 7, 1998
“Tal Vez,” Ricky Martin, April 12, 2003
“Labios Compartidos,” Mana, Aug. 5, 2006
“Me Enamora,” Juanes, Sept. 29, 2007
“Lluvia Al Corazon,” Mana, March 21, 2011
“You,” Romeo Santos, May 28, 2011
“Hotel Nacional,” Gloria Estefan, Jan. 14, 2012

Meanwhile, “Hotel” is Estefan’s 15th No. 1 on the Latin Songs No. 1. Only Enrique Iglesias (22) and Luis Miguel (16) have more.

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