All the Bilingual Collabs That Topped Hot Latin Songs Chart in the Past 5 Years

From "Despacito" to "Tusa," here are all the bilingual collabs that topped Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart in the past five years.

All the Bilingual Collabs That Topped Hot Latin Songs Chart in the Past 5 Years

Over the past five years, bilingual (Spanish and English) songs such as “Despacito,” “Tusa,” “Hawái” and “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life),” among others, have topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

Scoring non-Latin acts such as Justin Bieber and The Weekend their first entries on the tally, Spanglish duets have become a growing trend across Billboard’s charts, scoring not only No. 1s on Latin surveys, but also topping all-genre charts such as the Hot 100.

From Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi’s Bieber-assisted “Despacito” to Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s “Tusa,” here are the nine bilingual collabs that have topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in the past five years.

“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber 

Spending 110 weeks on the Hot Latin Songs chart, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Justin Bieber-assisted “Despacito” peaked at No. 1 on the tally dated Feb. 17,  2017. The global smash hit also topped the all-genre Hot 100. “It was just another song in Spanish,” Fonsi said about the track making history. “I’ve been doing this for 21 years. It’s just, I’m putting out an album, let me do a new song. This idea pops to my head, then Daddy Yankee jumps on it, it starts to sound really cool. We release it, it becomes a huge hit.”

“Mi Gente” – J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyonce 

With Beyonce in tow, J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente” topped the chart on Oct. 20, 2017. It spent a total of 56 weeks on Hot Latin Songs. Before it was released, Beyoncé shared a 20-second video on Instagram announcing she had joined the remix and would donate all proceeds to disaster relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other recently affected Caribbean islands.

“Taki Taki” – DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B 

The rumba-infused, party-starting track nabbed both DJ Snake and Selena Gomez their first-ever No. 1 entry on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Peaking at the top on Oct. 12, 2018, and spending 41 weeks on the chart, “Taki Taki” became Cardi B’s third No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs and Ozuna’s eighth leader, at the time.

“Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry feat. Snow

Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma,” featuring Snow, is a remake of Snow’s 1993 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Informer.” The track, which fuses upbeat Caribbean dance rhythms with undertones of reggae, was later remixed by Katy Perry peaked and peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated May 3, 2019. The Perry-assisted remix spent 42 weeks on the chart. 

“Tusa” – Karol G & Nicki Minaj 

Spending 35 weeks on the chart, Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s anthem “Tusa” peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated Nov. 22, 2019. The triumphant team-up marked a number of milestones for the Colombian hitmaker. It was the first Latin song with all female artists to reach a billion streams on Spotify, and it was also the first song with a female lead artist to debut atop Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart since 2016.

“RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)” – Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin 

The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin’s “Ritmo” crowned the survey, reaching the No. 1 spot on Jan. 3, 2020. “RITMO” reworks Corona’s dance classic “The Rhythm of the Night,” which hit No. 11 on the Hot 100 in January 1995.

“Mamacita” – Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna & J.Rey Soul

On Hot Latin Songs, “Mamacita” peaked at No. 1 on July 17, 2020, spending 26 weeks on the chart. The catchy collab samples Madonna’s 1987 hit single “La Isla Bonita,” which reached No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. As “La Isla Bonita” was co-written by Madonna, she also got songwriting credit on “Mamacita,” and in turn received her first top 10 as a songwriter on Hot Latin Songs.

“Un Dia (One Day)” – J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy

Fusing the best of both worlds, the Spanglish bop by Balvin, Bad Bunny, Tainy and Dua laces seductive melodies of dream pop and flairs of dancehall and reggaeton. In his verse, Bad Bunny even samples part of Tito “El Bambino” and Jadiel’s 2007 hit “Sol, Playa y Arena,” adding a touch of old-school reggaeton. “One Day” peaked at No. 1 on Aug. 7, 2020, and spent 26 weeks on the chart.

“Hawái” – Maluma & The Weeknd

Spending 49 weeks on the chart, Maluma and The Weeknd’s “Hawái” peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated Sept. 11, 2020. Hitting No. 1 secured the Colombian chart-topping artist his second chart-topper on the tally and his first as a lead act.

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Ruben Rodriguez, Former Motown & Columbia Promotion Exec, Dies at 68

Ruben Rodriquez, a veteran record promotion executive whose career included successful tenures with Motown, Columbia, Elektra and his own Pendulum Records, died Sunday in his sleep. He was 68.

Ruben Rodriguez, Former Motown & Columbia Promotion Exec, Dies at 68

Ruben Rodriquez, a veteran record promotion executive whose career included successful tenures with Motown, Columbia, Elektra and his own Pendulum Records, died Sunday in his sleep. He was 68.

Known for his sophisticated sartorial style and affable personality, Rodriguez received the lifetime achievement award from the Living Legends Foundation in 2015. During that presentation, LLF noted of Rodriguez, “Since the very beginning of his 40-plus-year stint in the business, he was always dapper in appearance while remaining sharp in his professional focus on what would eventually afford him the moniker, ‘Radio’s Best Friend.’ This honor is being presented for the longevity of passion, integrity and creative spirit given so generously to an industry that has benefited tremendously from its donor.”

Raised in the Van Dyke & Tilden projects in Brooklyn, New York, Rodriguez began the first chapter in a 50-year industry career at the age of 18 as Northeast regional marketing and promotion manager at Motown Records. After running campaigns on behalf of projects by Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, Rodriguez further honed his promotion skills at Neil Bogart’s Casablanca Records where he worked with a diverse roster that included Donna Summer, Cameo, KISS, Parliament Funkadelic and the Village People.

From there, Rodriguez advanced to senior vp promotion at Chris Blackwell’s Island Records (Grace Jones) and to the same post at Columbia Records under Clive Davis. At the latter stop, his promotional achievements earned No. 1 albums for George Michael, Terrence Trent D’Arby, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, among others.

After exiting Columbia, Rodriguez pursued his entrepreneurial calling with the establishment of  label, Pendulum Records. The label made its breakthrough with the 1992 release of Digable Planets’ “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” which hit No. 1 on the rap chart and No. 15 on the Hot 100. The song subsequently won the group a Grammy Award for best rap performance by a duo or group in 1994.

While building Pendulum, Rodriguez simultaneously accepted another senior vp promotion post, this time with Elektra Records. Responsible for working the hits behind artists such as Anita Baker, Keith Sweat and Natalie Cole, Rodriguez helped forge the label’s hip-hop footprint in the early ‘90s through projects by Brand Nubians and Leaders of the New School, the group that brought Busta Rhymes to the forefront.

In addition to Pendulum, Rodriguez also operated label consulting firm Ruben Rodriguez Entertainment, Inc. and management company RAM Talent Group, Inc. One of the latter’s first clients was R&B singer-songwriter Donell Jones; later signings included Shaliek and Lords of The Underground. In 2003 Rodriguez was presented with the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award by The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

Preceded in death last November by his son Xavier, who worked with him, Rodriguez is survived by his daughter Erica.

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