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Tainy & J Balvin Top Latin Airplay Chart With ‘Agua’: ‘We Have That Chemistry’

The SpongeBob-featured tune rises 2-1.

Tainy and J Balvin’s “Agua” top s Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart, rising 2-1 on the Sept. 5 survey.  Balvin accumulates 25 No. 1s, moving closer to Enrique Iglesias’ record 31. Tainy, meanwhile, ups his career count to two leaders.

The tune is from the forthcoming soundtrack to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. The song arrived in July, while the film is set to premiere at a date to be announced.

“It’s a career highlight,” Tainy tells Billboard. “This one is special because it was fun. Working with Balvin is always amazing. We have that chemistry, we are friends and it showed with the final product. We mostly had fun while creating. We’re both big SpongeBob fans who grew up watching the show, so everything just came out naturally. “

“It was a pleasure working alongside Tainy and an honor to be a part of the project,” J Balvin echoes to Billboard. “Its contagious yet nostalgic beat brought Latino Gang to Bikini Bottom and that is something that I never thought could happen! I’ve always been a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants and I know little Jose would be proud to know that this track hit No. 1.”

Adds Balvin, “Que siga el party bajo el agua!” (with the phrase translating to “let the party follow underwater”).

Lex Borrero, NEON16 president and Tainy’s manager, muses, “It’s not every day that you can collaborate with such a huge brand like the SpongeBob franchise. To have the opportunity and to see the song have success means the world to us. Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon have been great partners in this process and we are excited to share the rest of the soundtrack for this incredible feel-good film.”

“Agua” tops Latin Airplay with 11.2 million audience impressions, up 12%, in the week ending Aug. 30, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The song accompanies Tainy and Balvin’s fellow chart hit “Un Día (One Day),” with Dua Lipa and Bad Bunny.  The collab rises 10-7 on Latin Airplay, up 13% to 6.9 million in reach.  

“Agua” concurrently crowns the Latin Pop Airplay chart, where Tainy earns his first leader and Balvin collects his 14th, tying Mana for the third-most No. 1s, after Iglesias (24) and Shakira (19).

On Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, “Agua” ascends 6-5. Along with its airplay, it drew 3.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 27.


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