Chart topping Spanish hits Mi Gente & Despacito are making music history

 

The Billboard Hot 100 chart debuted 59 years ago and this has never happened before. Or as they say in Spanish, “Esto nunca ha pasado.”

Let that sink in, people: Latin music is where it’s at, Billboard reports.

The mostly Spanish language remix “Mi Gente” (My People) — by J Balvin and Willy William and featuring Beyonce — just dethroned “Despacito.”

The song, remixed to help disaster victims, is now the top Latin music hit in the U.S.

Thanks to “Mi Gente” and “Despacito,” Monday’s chart topping feat marks the first time that two primarily non-English-language songs have appeared in the Hot 100’s top 10 at the same time, dating back to the list’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception. Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” is currently at No. 11.

It’s rare that any non-English language song to reach the Hot 100’s top 10. Period.

Billboard adds that this year, 11 predominantly Spanish-language songs have debuted on the Hot 100, compared to just two in 2016 (Carlos Vives and Shakira’s “La Bicicleta” and Nicky Jam’s “With You Tonight“/”Hasta El Amanecer”).

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