At just 23 years old, Maluma is making history in the music industry, simultaneously holding the number one and number two spots on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Sin Contrato” and “Chantaje,” featuring Shakira.
The Colombian artist is the sixth singer to reach this milestone, in addition to being the youngest to achieve it, dethroning Selena, who at age 24 achieved this record, in 1995.
The other singers who have made their way up to the first two places on that list before Maluma are: Alejandro Fernández in 1998, Juanes in 2008, Juan Luis Guerra in 2010, and Pitbull in 2011.
Maluma, who faced criticism last year for his song “Cuatro babies,” also debuted on the Billboard charts at an early age. At the age of 22, he reached the number one spot of Billboard’s Latin Airplay with his first song “Borro cassette,” which stayed in its top spot for three weeks.
It seems that an important key to his success is that the singer has released chart-topping hits in collaboration with big stars – “El perdedor” (with Yandel), “Vente pa’cá” (with Ricky Martin), “Chantaje” (with Shakira) , “Sin contrato” (with Fifth Harmony for one version and with Don Omar and Wisin for another) – and all have reached the top of that famed list.
Aside from his familiarity on the Billboard charts, Maluma is one of the most followed male artists on social networks, and is the only singer with four videos in first place of daily views on YouTube. Just four months after its release, the “Cuatro babies” video surpassed 400 million views. Without a doubt, this is a young star making history.