For weeks, in some cases even months, J Balvin’s pre-release Colores singles have been anything but runaway hits.
That all changes this week, as three tracks off the Colombian reggaetón star’s new album reach Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs top ten for the first time. Bolstered by the release of Colores in the completed qualifying frame, January’s “Morado” rises to No. 7 and February’s “Rojo” takes No. 10. Nestled between those two is a No. 8 debut for “Amarillo,” the latest single and the opening cut off the full-length.
Overshadowed in 2020 on Hot Latin Songs by “Ritmo,” the Eurodance-sampling bilingual smash collaboration between Balvin and American pop act the Black Eyed Peas, the Vibras follow-up’s songs seemed incapable of reaching the charting heights of his prior No. 1 hits there such as “Mi Gente” with Beyoncé, “X” with Nicky Jam and the Bad Bunny collab “La Canción.” By comparison, before this week “Rojo” had peaked at No. 22, “Blanco” at No. 18, “Morado” at No. 13.
In addition to the four Colores singles cited above, the remaining six album cuts also chart on Hot Latin Songs this week, as previously predicted here. Entering at No. 22, “Azul” appears highest of this color-coded batch, while “Rosa” and “Negro” claim No. 31 and No. 36, respectively. “Gris” debuts at No. 38 and the Sky Rompiendo vocal feature “Verde” takes No. 43. A reunion with Oasis guest Mr. Eazi, “Arcoiris” arrives at No. 47, giving the Afrobeats singer his second placement on the Latin singles chart in as many years.
Not surprisingly, “Ritmo” continues to hold the top spot on Hot Latin Songs for a tenth nonconsecutive week. In fact, slots 1 through 3 are identical with the previous charting frame, with Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s “Tusa” in second place and Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG album opener “Si Veo A Tu Mamá” in third. Bad Bunny also holds the succeeding three positions, with “Vete” at No. 4, “La Dificil” at No. 5 and “Safaera” with Jowell & Randy and Ñengo Flow at No. 6. He also has “Ignorantes” with Sech at No. 9.
As Bad Bunny songs like “Bichiyal” and “Pero Ya No” naturally descend the chart, room has started opening up again for non-YHLQMDLG fare. Just below the top ten, Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee’s Los Cangris reunion single “Muévelo” reaches a new peak at No. 11, with a probable entry into the chart’s upper reaches coming as early as next week. Regional urbano rising star Natanael Cano’s “Amor Tumbado” resists the Balvin-Bunny surge-purge by only dipping one spot to No. 14. (Cano also has the only non-Balvin new entrant this week with “Pacas Verde,” which debuts at No. 49.)
Anuel AA’s former top ten hit “Keii” notches up to No. 17 and Arcángel’s “Sigues Con Él” rises to No. 18, while Ozuna’s late Nibiru single “Fantasía” reaches a new peak at No. 20. “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo” by Lenin Ramirez and Grupo Firme seems likely to crack the top twenty soon enough, rising to No. 23 in its 18th charting frame.