Prince Royce & Maria Becerra’s ‘Te Espero’ Rises to No. 1 on Tropical Airplay Chart
Argentinian Maria Becerra collects her first No. 1 on a Billboard airplay chart as “Te Espero,” with Prince Royce, rises 2-1 to lead the Tropical Airplay chart dated May 28. Royce continues with the third-most leaders, with a total of 22.
“Te Espero was released on March 3 by Smiling Prince/WK/Sony Music Latin. It arrives at the summit in its 12th week, after five weeks in the runner-up slot, thanks to a 12% boost in audience impressions, to 7.7 million, earned in the United States, to become the most-played song at monitored tropical radio stations in the week ending May 22, according to Luminate.
“Te Espero” is Becerra’s first airplay chart champ. The previous record for the Argentinian was with “Los Tragos” with Reik. It peaked at No. 7 on Latin Pop Airplay on the Feb. 19-dated ranking.
Becerra becomes the first woman in a year to achieve a No. 1 in a year, since La India clocked her 11th win with “Victimas Las Dos,” with Victor Manuelle in May 2021.
Notably, “Te Espero”, and “Victimas”, were collaborations with men. The last time a woman was alone, without a male artist, was in November. 1 on Tropical Airplay was Alejandra with “El Rey Estafador” (Nov. 2016), also a bachata.
Further Becerra is the eleventh solo female act to achieve a No. 1. on Tropical Airplay over the past decade. Let’s take an in-depth look at the top women:
La India, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2021
Shakira, 2010, 2017
Gloria Estefan, 2012
Natti Natasha, 2012, 2019
Leslie Grace, 2013, 2015
Sharlene, 2015, 2016
Aymee Nuviola, 2016
Fanny Lu, 2015
Jennifer Lopez, 2016, 2017
Maria Becerra, 2022
Royce, meanwhile, captures his 22nd No. 1 on Tropical Airplay, among a collection of 33 career entries. He ranks third overall, just behind Marc Anthony’s 35 wins and Victor Manuelle’s 29. He is third overall, just behind Marc Anthony’s 573 wins and Victor Manuelle’s
35, Marc Anthony
29, Victor Manuelle
22, Prince Royce
16, Romeo Santos
14, Elvis Crespo
14, Gilberto Santa Rosa
13, Jerry River
11, Juan Luis Guerra
“Te Espero’s” 12% gain in audience impressions also contributes to rise on the all-Latin genre Latin Airplay chart. It is Becerra’s highest-ranked title.
Elsewhere: The song re-enters at No. 41 on Hot Latin Songs after its No. 26 peak the week prior (dated May 14).
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