Mi Gente: Beyonce’s Charity Song Ousts Despacito On The Hot List


The Spanish remix of hit track Mi Gente which Beyonce did for the relief of hurricane victims has finally dethroned globally acclaimed hit Despacito.

The remix opened Wednesday on top of the US Latin song chart, unseating Despacito after a long battle for the top spot.

Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin created Mi Gente from the African dance rhythms of French DJ Willy William.  The track had lingered for 11 weeks at number two on the Billboard Latin song chart. It was beginning to get comfortable under the shadow of Despacito until recently.

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After a long struggle, Mi Gente finally got to the top spot for the week through October 5. This is all thanks to the track’s new version starring Beyonce, who sings partially in Spanish in the remix.

The pop superstar who sang that track as her first music since giving birth to twins in June said that all proceeds of the remix of Mi Gente, which means “My People,” would go into supporting victims of the powerful hurricanes that have ravaged the Caribbean and southern United States.

Just six months after its release, Luis Fonsi’s Despacito became the most-streamed song of all time with more than 4 billion plays across streaming platforms.

Subsequently, the Puerto Rican star’s mega hit track with rapper Daddy Yankee spent 35 weeks on top of the chart. It broke records as the second longest reign ever, trailing Enrique Iglesias’ Bailando which topped the chart for 41 weeks.

Despacito earlier also made history by tying the record for most weeks at number one of the mainstream Hot 100 chart of all songs in the United States, taking the top spot for 16 weeks.

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Fonsi who sings in Spanish said he’s still amazed by the success of the track. Though he planned to make a hit song at the time of writing the song, he never anticipated it to be this big.

Notwithstanding, the track now has a rival, a strong one.