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Beyonce Blasts to No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 With 'Mi Gente'

Klaudia//October 9, 2017
Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third week, marking a new longevity record for a hit by an unaccompanied female rapper. Plus, J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente" blasts from No. 21 to No. 3, sparked by its newly added featured artist, Beyonce; Imagine Dragons' "Thunder" rumbles 17-7; and Demi Lovato hits a new best career rank, as "Sorry Not Sorry" rises 10-8 on the latest chart (dated Oct. 21).

As we do every Monday, let's run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (Oct. 10).

"Mi Gente" surges from No. 21 to No. 3 on the Hot 100 (after previously reaching No. 19), after the first full week of tracking for its new remix featuring Beyonce, scoring the chart's greatest gains in sales and streaming. It rockets 34-1 on Digital Song Sales (79,000 sold, up 436 percent, with 87 percent of its sales from its new remix) and 14-5 on Streaming Songs (28.7 million, up 50 percent), while also climbing 32-29 on Radio Songs (46 million, up 18 percent).

J Balvin and William each earn their first Hot 100 top 10, while Beyonce banks her 17th (as a soloist, to go along with 10 as a member of Destiny's Child). She had last reached the region with Lemonade track "Formation," which spent a week at No. 10 (upon its debut) in May 2016. She notches her highest rank since "Drunk in Love," featuring JAY-Z, peaked at No. 2 on Feb. 15, 2014.

The two lead artists on "Mi Gente" likewise top Digital Song Sales for the first time, while Beyonce tallies her sixth No. 1 on the chart and first in nearly a decade, since "Singles Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" reigned for three weeks in 2008-09.

Also impressively, "Mi Gente" dethrones Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, atop the Hot Latin Songs chart after the latter led for 35 weeks, six weeks shy of tying the record: Enrique Iglesias' "Bailando," featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, ruled for 41 weeks in 2014-15. Balvin earns his fourth Hot Latin Songs leader, while William and Beyonce each achieve their first. Of her four prior appearances, Beyonce had hit a No. 4 high in 2007 with "Irremplazable," her Spanish-language version of her 10-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Irreplaceable." (Her other Hot Latin Songs top 10: the No. 10-peaking "Beautiful Liar," with Shakira, also in 2007.)

"Mi Gente," meanwhile, follows in the footsteps of "Despacito," which bounded to the Hot 100's top 10 after Bieber joined as a featured artist and went on to top the Hot 100 for a record-tying 16 weeks. This week, it slips 5-9 on the Hot 100.