As “Súbelo (Further Up)” by Static & Ben El, Pitbull and Chesca pushes 8-1 on the Latin Airplay chart (dated March 28), the Israeli pop duo and Chesca earn their first No. 1 on any Latin airplay chart, while Pitbull collects his eighth.
“We are thrilled to be part of such a fantastic achievement,” Static & Ben El tells Billboard. “We love what we do, and we will continue to press forward with more new and innovative content for our fans. We welcome the success and look forward to many more like this in the future, especially during these challenging times.”
“Súbelo,” which interpolates Ini Kamoze’s 1994 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Here Comes the Hotstepper,” is the Spanish version of Saban Music Group’s first release as a record label “Further Up (Na Na Na Na Na)” by Static & Ben El and Pitbull.
“Wow, so happy to be a part of this movement with ‘Súbelo (Further Up)’ reaching No. 1 along with my friends Pitbull and Static & Ben El,” adds Chesca.
The tune climbs to the top with a robust 94% gain (to 16 million) in audience impressions earned in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Oddly enough, “Hotstepper” is red-hot on Latin Airplay, as it’s also channeled in the No. 3 hit “Muevelo,” by Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee, which rises one spot with 12.9 million in audience (up 13%).
While “Further Up” is Static & Ben El’s first entry on any Billboard chart, Chesca scored her debut entry back in December on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart through her featured role on Pitbull and Lil Jon’s “Cinco de Mayo.”
“Súbelo” concurrently hikes 8-1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart and No. 2 on Latin Pop Airplay.
Over on the Hot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming data and digital sales, “Súbelo” surges 35-15 despite declines on digital sales (down 49%) and streams (dips 22%).