Latinos have had a big year in music. First, there was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s summer hit “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, which sat on the Billboard‘s Hot 100 for 16 weeks, making history as the longest running No. 1 song since Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 “One Sweet Day.” That megahit seemed to set the tone for the rest of 2017.
For the week of Nov. 18th on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart four Latin artists ranked among the top ten: Camila Cabello’s “Havana” parked in the No. 3 spot; Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” made it to No.4; Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” sat at No.8; and J. Balvin’s “Mi Gente,” featuring Beyoncé, worked it at No. 9.
In September, Cardi B made history as the first female rapper to top the Hot 100 chart at No.1 without a featured act on “Bodak Yellow.” (Lauryn Hill was the first to nab the top spot with”Doo Wop” in 1993.) Cabello, another up-and-comer wiggling her way to the top, ascended the charts with “Havana,” an homage to her Cuban roots. On Sunday, Cabello released a sizzling hot Spanish-version of the song, remixed with “Despacito’s” Daddy Yankee.
With the help of Beyoncé, who sang her lyrics in Spanish and donated the proceeds from the song to disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, J.Balvin joined the upper ranks with catchy tune, “Mi Gente.”
Over the summer, when “Despacito” hit the top spot for the 16th week in a row, Luis Fonsi called it an “historic day for Latin music,” but it’s proven to be an historic year.