Latin rhythm music once again planted its flag in the charts in 2020 with reggaeton acts dominating the charts thanks to a mix of sounds across genres. As a result, eight of the 10 best acts of the best Latin artists at the end of the year 2020 reside in the sphere of reggaeton. And for a second year in a row, Bad Bunny crossed the finish line as Best Latin Artist and Best Male Artist; Karol G leads the female herd by finishing as the best female artist for the second year in a row (and the only female in the top 10 at the end of the year); Eslabon Armado is the best duo / group and Natanael Cano is the best new artist.
Billboard Year-End Music Recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label, and music contributor in weekly charts from November 23, 2019 through November 14, 2020. Nielsen Music / MRC Year-End Rankings based on Summary data reflects equivalent album units, airing, sales or streaming in the weeks the tracks appeared on a respective chart in the tracking year. Any activity recorded before or after the ranking of a title is not taken into account in these rankings. This methodological detail and the period from November to November partly explain the difference between these lists and the calendar year recaps which are independently compiled by Nielsen Music / MRC Data.
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For the second year in a row, Bad Bunny crossed the finish line in first place in the end-of-year ranking of Top Latin Artists. In the follow-up year, he recorded 41 songs that dominated the Hot Latin Songs charts mixed with broadcast, streaming and digital sales (five of them spent time at No.1, sowing a booming closing year for Benito). Additionally, on the Latin Best Albums chart, he spent 45 weeks at No.1 in the chart year with three different No.1 albums.
J Balvin is the finalist in the ranking of the best Latin artists at the end of the year, Ozuna comes in third place, while Anuel AA, Sech and Maluma are respectively 4th and 6th. The male reggaetÃ³n brigade in the top 10 is closed by Myke Towers at No. 10.
Only two non-reggaetÃ³n artists make the top 10 list at the end of the year, as 19-year-old newcomer Natanael Cano ranks at No.7 (he is also the best new artist) and the power of the bachata Romeo Santos is at No. 9. The former year-end was aided by his seven Hot Latin Songs chart hits during the year, as well as his album Tumbados corridors spend half of the year locked in the weekly top 10 of the charts of the best Latin albums, placing him as one of the pioneers of the corridos tumbados team. In Cano’s footsteps, 18-year-old Junior H crosses the finish line at No.22 on the list of the best Latin artists at the end of the year. His second album, Atrapado in Un SueÃ±o, won the Guanajuato singer-songwriter’s first entry on any Billboard table of albums. The ensemble fell to No.5 in the ranking of the best Latin albums (dated April 11) and Junior H became the first corridos tumbados act to score a top five debut in 2020 at the time. The ensemble ends the year at n Â° 35 on the recap of the best Latin end-of-year albums.
The female representation finds itself in a difficult situation for the fourth consecutive year, with only one woman among the 10 best Latin artists at the end of the year: Karol G finishes as artist n Â° 8; she was No. 9 for 2019. (Shakira was the only woman in the top 10 in 2018 and 2017.)
Karol G was the only female act that records primarily in Spanish to reach No.1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in the 2020 chart year. She topped the list with âTusa,â a collaboration with the superstar hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj, who topped the roster for four weeks.
With a gigantic dominance of Latin rhythm in the charts in 2020, traditional tropical salsa, Latin pop and regional Mexican acts have been mostly sidelined. That said, some regional Mexican acts – in particular the new wave of tumbados trap singer-songwriters (like Cano) – have worked with the rhythmic genre, blending regional Mexican street sensibility with trap music.
Bad Bunny in the lead: Bad Bunny continues to entertain the masses with great success in the charts thanks to the unique nature of his performance. It comes home as number 1 out of five of the major Latin end-of-year charts: Top Latin Artists, Top Latin Artists – Male, Top Latin Albums Artists and Hot Latin Songs Artists. He also has the titles n Â° 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the list of the best Latin albums of the end of the year with YHLQMDLG, X 100PRE, Las Que No Iban a Dirty and Oasis with J Balvin, respectively. YHLQMDLG, X 100PRE and Las Que No Iban a Dirty handsets spent 45 weeks at # 1 in the year tracking on the weekly Latin Top Albums chart.
His arrival at No.1 on the year-end Hot Latin Songs Artists chart is fueled by the success of his 41 hits on the weekly chart during the monitoring period. Five of them spent time at No.1, including âUn DÃa (One Day)â with J Balvin, Dua Lipa and Tainy, who made his debut at the top of the table on August 8 and spent five consecutive weeks at # 1. Bad Bunny has 16 year-end Hot Latin Songs, including five in the top 10: âVeteâ (# 3), âYo Perreo Solaâ (# 4), âSafaera “(N Â° 5, with Jowell & Randy and Nengo Flow),” La Dificil “(n Â° 6) and” Si Veo a Tu Mama “(n Â° 9). (âUn Diaâ is just outside of the end-of-year top 10, ranked 12th.)
Bad Bunny is the first act to have three of the top five tracks on the year-end Hot Latin Songs chart since 2014, when Romeo Santos also had three of the top five.
Top among the women of Karol G: At the end of the 2020 charts year, Karol G – the best Latin artist of the year – Female – became the first woman to debut in the top 10 of the weekly Hot Latin Songs chart as a soloist since 2012, with “Bichota” (Graph of November 7). The song is “a moment of power for those who listen to it, especially women,” said Karol G. Billboard earlier in 2020.
Prior to âBichota,â however, she found No. 1 hit during the year with âTusa,â with Minaj, who ruled for four weeks.
by Karol ocean The album, released in 2019, also continued its ranking until 2020 on the best Latin albums, closing the year as No.26 of the best Latin albums of 2020.
Aside from Karol G, only four other women are among the 50 best Latin end-of-year artists: the late Selena at # 23, Becky G at # 29, Natti Natasha at # 30 and RosalÃa at # 30. No. 36.
RosalÃa’s “Yo x Ti, TÃº x Mi” by RosalÃa starring Ozuna, was the first of her five tracks in the weekly Hot Latin Songs chart in the year 2020. She earned her first two top 10 hits via a role starring in Sech’s “RelacÃon” with Daddy Yankee and J Balvin, and also starring Farruko (peaking at # 2) and “TKN” with Travis Scott (# 2).
She simultaneously landed her first two Latin Airplay No. 1s (“Yo x Ti, TÃº x Mi” and “RelaciÃ³n) during the chart year.
With flamenco as the foundation of her music, RosalÃa is also the only Spanish woman to appear in the list of the best Latin artists at the end of the year.
Eslabon Armado and Natanael Cano post Mexican regional breakthroughs: first album of Eslabon Armado You Veneno mortal arrived in the top 10 of the weekly Top Latin Albums chart dated May 16 (with a peak at # 7 in July), then, a few months later, the second album of the teenage trio, Noche vibras, bowed to No. 1 (August 1). This was the second track by a Mexican regional group to open at No.1 in 2020 and won the biggest week of the year – at this point – for a Mexican regional album in terms of album units. equivalent. The ensemble led by Pedro Tovar is at the top of the Top Latin Artists – Duo / Group end-of-year ranking.
19-year-old Natanael Cano brought a unique sound to the Mexican regional charts in 2020, as the changing textures of her street style hallways allowed her to finish as Best New Latin Artist. Sonora-born artist released his first set Tumbados corridors in 2019, which peaked at No.4 on the weekly Latin Best Albums chart and spent the rest of 2020 on the list. In the Regional Mexican Albums chart, the ensemble spent more than 20 weeks atop the tally during the 2020 follow-up period. Cano also placed seven hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart in the year 2020. , including his first hit, a collaboration with Bad Bunny on “Soy el Diablo”, a boastful tumbado corrido.
Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin topped the charts for hot Latin end of year songs: At # 1 on the year-end Hot Latin Songs chart is âRITMO (Bad Boys for Life)â by Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin. The track was the first Peas top 10 hit on the weekly Hot Latin Songs chart and went on to spend 24 weeks at No. 1 – all in chart year 2020. Peas’ “Mamacita”, featuring Ozuna and J. Rey Soul, ends the year at # 8 on the year-end Hot Latin Songs chart, after spending three weeks # 1 on the weekly Hot Latin Songs chart.
âRITMOâ marks the # 1 year-end debut on Hot Latin Songs for the Peas, but they’re no stranger to surpassing year-end counts. The act triumphed in 2009 with the Billboard Hot 100 best song of the year, “Boom Boom Pow”.
As for J Balvin, âRITMOâ is also his first year-end issue on the Hot Latin Songs recap. He had already approached the top in 2017 and 2018 with the second finalist (both years!) “Mi Gente”, with Willy William with BeyoncÃ©. (Number 1 in 2017 and 2018 was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s âDespacitoâ with Justin Bieber.)