Plus: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin’s “I Like It” breaks into the list’s top 10.
Zion & Lennox land their fifth No. 1 on Latin Airplay with “La Player (Bandolera)” as the song leaps 6-1 in its 17th week (on the list date June 30). The track grabbed 17.5 million in audience impressions in the week ending June 24 (up 50 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Notably, it’s Zion & Lennox’s fifth chart-topper, but the first time they’ve hit No. 1 without any additional acts billed on a song.
“This is the biggest gift after working with such passion,” Zion & Lennox tell Billboard. “Each project is great significance as it brings lessons, new fan experiences, and the reaffirmation unconditional love and support from the audience after so many years with us.”
The Puerto Rican duo last hit No. 1 as one the featured acts on Enrique Iglesias’ “Súbeme La Radio” which also featured Descemer Bueno, ruling for one week (Apr. 15, 2017). “Súbeme” also earned Zion & Lennox their first Hot 100 chart entry.
Meanwhile, on Hot Latin Songs -- which blends airplay, sales and streams -- “La Player” ascends six ranks (18-12) taking the week’s Airplay Greatest Gainer and increasing in all metrics. Likewise the song leads the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, rising 6-1.
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin Break Latin Airplay’s Top 10: Elsewhere on the Latin Airplay chart, in its sixth week on the tally, Cardi B’s triple billed title “I Like It” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin reaches the top 10, rising 12-7 thanks to a 12 percent increase in audience (to 10.2 million).
The song debuted at No. 46 on the May 26-dated list and is Cardi’s second top 10. For Bad Bunny it’s his fourth, and his highest charting as a lead act, besting his No. 9 peak with “Te Bote” (with Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam and Ozuna; June 23). As for Balvin, “I Like” earns him his 13th top 10.
Notably, “I Like It” debuted on the April 21-dated Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8. It jumps 3-2 on the June 30-dated chart -- the highest charting song for both Bad Bunny and J Balvin. Previously, Bad Bunny peaked at No. 26 with “Te Bote” with Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam and Ozuna. With “I Like It”, Balvin bests his No. 3 peak set by “Mi Gente” with Willy William and featuring Beyoncé.