Yahritza Martinez has earned a place in Billboard history…
The 15-year-old Mexican American singer has earned her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with her band Yahritza y Su Esencia’s first single “Soy El Único” in its debut week.
The band, which was featured on Billboard.com as this month’s Latin Artist on the Rise, also earns its first Billboard Hot 100 entry as the Spanish-language single debuts at No. 20.
In the process, Yahritza has become the youngest Latin performer to enter the all-genre tally.
“It is one of the greatest achievements in my young age and more than that, it is a reminder that we can all achieve our dreams.” Yahritza tells Billboard.
Yahritza has 733.6k followers on TikTok, and her following keeps growing.
She formed her band, Yahritza y Su Esencia, with her two older brothers, Jairo and Armando Martinez. Originally from Yakima, Washington — a city known for its fruit and apple orchards — the siblings grew up around Mexican music, waking up to hits from bands like Los Temerarios and Los Canarios playing throughout their house.
After Ramón Ruiz of the independent record label Lumbre Music found Martinez’s videos on TikTok, he flew out to Washington and signed her. Since then, the sibling trio has produced and shot the music video for “Soy El Único,” which is part of a four-part love story.
With her debut single, Martinez has established herself in Regional Mexican music, a genre that has been male-dominated for years.
In “Soy El Único,” Martinez writes about how heart-breaking it can be to love someone who doesn’t value you. It’s a single that goes well beyond Yahritza’s 15 years.