Marc Anthony’s Revival of ’90s Song by Africando Hits Tropical Airplay Top 10

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Marc Anthony achieves his 52nd top 10 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart as “Pa’lla Voy” bows at No. 6 on the Sept. 4-dated survey. It’s his highest debut since 2012, when — as featured on Tito El Bambino’s “Por Qué Les Mientes?” with El Patrón — he arrived at No. 5.

“Pa’lla Voy” is a reworking of Senegalese band Africando’s “Yay Boy,” originally sung in the Wolof language by late lead singer Pape Seck and released in 1994 on the act’s Tierra Traditional, Vol. 2 album. The update adopts New York’s instrumental-leaning salsa gorda style popularized in the ’80s. It was produced by Marc Anthony’s collaborator Sergio George, and embodies a sound that they have long incorporated over their three-decade partnership.

“Pa’lla Voy” was released Aug. 27 and makes its chart debut after only three days of availability. It logged 1.4 million audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 29, according to MRC Data.

Anthony moves closer to Victor Manuelle’s record 62 Tropical Airplay top 10s. The latter added his latest, and his 28th No. 1, “Victimas Las Dos,” with La India earlier this year.

Anthony, meanwhile, leads Victor Manuelle for the most Tropical Airplay No. 1s, with 34. “Pa’lla Voy” follows Anthony’s longest leading No. 1, “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta,” with Daddy Yankee, which reigned for 22 weeks beginning in January and became his seventh straight entry to top the chart.

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