J Balvin Logs 10th Latin Airplay No. 1 With 'Ambiente'


The fourth single from “Vibras” rockets 10-1. Plus, Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes collect third top 10.

J Balvin earns his 10th Latin Airplay No. 1 with “Ambiente,” the fourth single f his latest studio album, Vibras. The song zooms 10-1 in its 11th week (chart dated July 7), and earns the week’s Greatest Gainer honors thanks to a 70 percent increase in audience (to 16.74 million in the week ending July 1), according to Nielsen Music. 

The nine-position leap is the biggest jump to No. 1 since March 10, when Wisin’s “Todo Comienza En La Disco,” featuring Yandel and Daddy Yankee, flew 11 ranks (12-1).

“Ambiente,” which was released on April 13, is Balvin’s third No. 1 the year. It follows “X” with Nicky Jam, which topped the list on the April 28-dated chart, ruling for two weeks, and “Machika” with Neon and Anitta which led for one week on March 24.

“I’m extremely grateful for so many blessings, for seeing how every day we are reinventing ourselves musically,” Balvin tells Billboard. “Thankful as we go surprising the audience with different sounds and “Ambiente” has not been the exception. I am very happy with this 10th  No. 1. Thank you for everything, onwards with the Latin culture.”

For a second week in a row, Balvin has three songs in the top 10 (“Ambiente” at No. 1, “X” with Nicky Jam steady at No. 2, and “I Like It” with Cardi B and Bad Bunny moving 7-10).

Further, for the first time in his career, Balvin holds down the top two at the same time — an achievement only seven other acts have managed in the chart's 23-year history. Balvin is also just the fifth act to be both Nos. 1 and 2 as a lead artist, and the first since Pitbull in 2011 (Oct. 15, 2011: “Rain Over Me,” featuring Marc Anthony was No. 1, and “Give Me Everything,” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer was No. 2).

“Ambiente” also lands atop the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, rising 8-1. It's Balvin's 10th No. 1.

Ulices Chaidez Leaps: Elsewhere on the Latin Airplay chart, Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes hit the top 10 with “Que Bonito Es Querer” with a 12-9 bump, fueled by a five percent boost in audience for the week (rising to 9.94 million audience impressions). 

As “Que Bonito” ascends, the Sinaloa trio, led by 18-year-old Chaidez, obtain their third top 10. They first broke the barrier a little more than a year ago when “Te Regalo” reached the top 10 on the April 22, 2017 chart. The song peaked at No. 9 on May 13. In September, “Porque Me Enamoré” also hit the region, and peaked at No. 5 on Sept. 23.

“Que Bonito,” meanwhile, continues steady at the summit on the Regional Mexican Songs airplay tally for a second week.