The artists from Argentina and Spain, respectively, make their first trips to the top of the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts.
By Gary Trust
Bizarrap, from Argentina, and Quevedo, from Spain, boast the biggest song in the world, as “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52” jumps from No. 5 to No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart and from No. 3 to No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. survey. The song marks the first leader on the lists for each act.
The two charts, which began in September 2020, rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Luminate. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.
Chart ranks are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.
’52’ Is No. 1 on Global 200
“Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52,” by Argentine producer/recording artist Bizarrap and Spanish artist Quevedo, soars from No. 5 to No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200, with 88.3 million streams (up 38%) and 700 downloads sold (up 53%) worldwide in the July 15-21 tracking week.
Bizarrap reaches the Global 200 summit for the first time, far outpacing his prior No. 20 high established with “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 49,” with Residente, upon its debut in March. Quevedo hit a previous No. 145 best, also in March, with “Cayo La Noche,” with El Ima, Cruz Cafuné, Bejo, La Pantera, Juseph and Abhir Hathi.
Bizarrap and Quevedo are the first acts from Argentina and Spain, respectively, to top the Global 200 over the chart’s nearly two-year history.
“The first ‘session’ back in 2018 wasn’t even planned,” Bizarrap (real name: Gonzalo Conde) told Billboard last year. “All I wanted to do was record a local rapper, who goes by Kodigo, and upload that to YouTube, because I was a big fan of his and I wanted others to listen to him, too. I thought, ‘Why not give these freestylers the production they deserve?’ So, that’s what I did.”
Bizarrap will speak at Billboard Latin Music Week, Sept. 26-30, at the Iconic Songwriter Q&A, presented by Sony Music Publishing. You can register here.