It’s a Sweet 16 for Shakira…
The 45-year-old Colombian superstar’s latest single “Te Felecito,” a collaboration with Puerto Rican singer Rauw Alejandro, surges to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated May 7.
“Te Felicito,” released April 21, debuted at No. 49 with only four days of airplay.
Now atop the tally, it evicts Becky G and Karol G’s “Mamiii” from its one-week reign.
The new champ arrives a year after Shakira scored her last No. 1 on the all-genre ranking: “Girl Like Me,” with Black Eyed Peas (March 2021).
“Te Felicito” rallies with 10.52 million in audience impressions earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 1, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. The song’s top five stations, by audience, in the tracking week were in New York, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. New York’s WSKQ led the pack (2 million in audience impressions), followed by WPAT New York (1.41 million), Los Angeles’ KXOL (884,000) and Puerto Rico’s WMEG (727,000) and WODA (712,000).
The song’s surge gifts Shakira her 16th No. 1. She continues to lead with the most chart-toppers among female acts. Rauw Alejandro secures his eighth.
Here is the recap of the women with the most champs since Latin Airplay launched in 1994:
13, Karol G
11, Gloria Estefan
10, Jennifer Lopez
9, Natti Natasha
5, Paulina Rubio
On the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart, “Te Felicito” debuts at No. 10, the highest start for Shakira since “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma, arrived at No. 1 in November 2016. Though “Te Felicito” is No. 1 on Latin Airplay — it’s streaming activity that powers the song’s start in the upper tier with 3.3 million U.S. clicks generated in the week ending April 28. (It also debuts at No. 18 on Latin Streaming Songs.)
The song’s downloads push it 14-4 on Latin Digital Sales with 1,000 sold.
Elsewhere, “Te Felcito” earns Shakira her second entry on both Global charts trailing her last appearance with “Girl Like Me” in 2020: No. 108 start on the Billboard Global 200 and at No. 95 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart.