It’s a special first for Maria Becerra…
The 22-year-old Argentine singer and former YouTuber has notched her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart as “Te Espero,” her collaboration with Prince Royce, rises 3-1 on the June 25-dated ranking.
“Te Espero” reaches the top of the all-genre tally, concurrent with its third week at No. 1 on the Tropical Airplay chart, due in part to a 19% gain in audience impressions, to 10.5 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 19, according to Luminate.
Released via Sony Music Latin on March 3, the song rises to No. 1 in its 15th week on the list and displaces another Sony Music Latin title from the top spot as Carlos Vives and Camilo’s “Baloncito Viejo” falls 1-7 after its one-week lead.
Further, “Te Espero” becomes the sixth song to reach the summit in 15 weeks or more in 2022.
Here’s a look at the ascent of these titles:
Number of weeks to the top, Title, Artist, Label
19, “Ley Seca,” Jhay Cortez & Anuel AA (Feb. 5)
17, “Mala,” Marc Anthony (March 12)
17, “Cúrame,” Rauw Alejandro (March 5)
17, “Sejodioto,” Karol G (Feb. 12)
16, “Medallo,” Blessd, Justin Quiles & Lenny Tavarez (May 21)
15, “Te Espero,” Prince Royce & Maria Becerra (June 25)
Becerra scores her first champ in her first try, all of which arrived in 2022. She’s also posted a pair of other titles, none of which hit top 20. Becerra, concurrently, becomes the eighth artist to claim a first leader this year.
Here’s the recap:
Artist, Title, Artists, Peak Date
Victor Cárdenas, “El Incomprendido,” with Farruko & DJ Adoni (Jan. 29)
DJ Adoni, “El Incomprendido,” with Farruko & Victor Cárdenas (Jan. 29)
Lisa, “SG,” with DJ Snake, Ozuna & Megan Thee Stallion (April 2)
Megan Thee Stallion, “SG,” with DJ Snake, Ozuna and Lisa (April 2)
Ed Sheeran, “Forever My Love” and “Sigue,” both with J Balvin (April 9 and April 16, respectively)
Blessd, “Medallo,” with Justin Quiles and Lenny Tavarez (May 21)
Lenny Tavarez, “Medallo,” with Justin Quiles and Blessd (May 21)
Maria Becerra, “Te Espero,” with Prince Royce (June 25)
Royce, meanwhile, captures his 15th hit on Latin Airplay, the third-most among tropical acts, trailing only Romeo Santos’ 19 No. 1s and Vives’ 16 champs. J Balvin continues at the helm with 35 leaders.
The surge in “Te Espero” plays also gives the tune a corresponding ascent on the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart, which measures airplay, streaming data, and digital sales.
There, the bachata hit rises 38-36, after its No. 26 peak on the May 14-dated survey.