Bey­once char­ity song de­thrones ‘Des­pac­ito’

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NEW YORK — Bey­once’s Span­ish-lan­guage remix of “Mi Gente” for hur­ri­cane re­lief opened Wed­nes­day on top of the US Latin song chart, fi­nally de­thron­ing the global mega-hit “Des­pac­ito.”

“Mi Gente,” which Colom­bian reg­gae­ton star J Balvin cre­ated from the African dance rhythms of French DJ Willy Wil­liam, had lin­gered for 11 weeks at num­ber two on the Bill­board Latin song chart un­der­neath the colos­sus of “Des­pac­ito.”

“Mi Gente” fi­nally reached the top spot for the week through Oct. 5 in the track’s new ver­sion star­ring Bey­once, who sings par­tially in Span­ish in her first mu­sic since giv­ing birth to twins in June. Bey­once said that all pro­ceeds of the remix of “Mi Gente,” would sup­port vic­tims of the trio of pow­er­ful hur­ri­canes that have rav­aged the Caribbean and south­ern United States.

“Des­pac­ito” — led by Puerto Ri­can star Luis Fonsi with rap­per Daddy Yan­kee, and later with a con­tri­bu­tion by Justin Bieber — spent 35 weeks on top of the chart.

It was the sec­ond long­est reign ever, trail­ing Enrique Igle­sias’ “Bai­lando” which topped the chart for 41 weeks. —

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