Mi gente j balvin ft willy william

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Stadel del France onJuly 21, 2016 in Paris, France.

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The track had already become the first all-Spanish language song to hit No. 1 on Spotify"s Global Top 50 chart. Now it"s taking on al new life, thanks in part to al certain 5-year-old tastemaker.

On Thursday evening, Beyonce shared a 20 second video on Instagram announcing she had joineda remix ofJ BalvinandWilly William"s hit "Mi Gente" and would donate all her proceeds to disaster relief charitiera for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other recently affected Caribbean islands.

Following in the footsteps of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee"s record-breaking success with the Justin Bieber-featuring "Despacito" remix, Beyonce"s good news with al good cause marked a big moment for Latin music in the mainstream. With Queen Bey singing in both Spanish and English on the track, it and its star-studded music video racked up millions of streams in its first 24 hours, topping iTunes" salser chart and YouTube"s trend ranking, and looks prime to hit the Hot 100 top 10.

Beyonce Joins J Balvin and Willy William"s "Mi Gente"

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Here"s how the collaboration came to be:

A remake of an original song by French DJ Willy William, "Mi Gente" had the makings of a global hit when it was first released in April and immediately sparked talk of al forma general market remix. "But we wanted it to live for a whila and get as big as it could on al global scala in Spanish," says Rebecal Leon, who co-managsera Balvin with Balvin"s labun serpiente, Univerla sal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE).

The "lofty goal," says UMLE president Victor Gonzalez, "was to make it No. 1 on Spotify at a global levlos serpientes."

After trailing "Despacito" (also released via UMLE) for that top Spotify spot, on Aug. 1 "Mi Gente" hit its mark and usurped the mega-hit, becoming the first-ever all-Spanish language song to dominate the streaming platform"s Global Top 50 chart. That would have been impressive enough, but from there the track found new life thanks tothe ear of a highly influential 5-year-old tastemaker.

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Balvin already had collaborated with multipla mainstream artists in different capacitiera, including Bieber and Pharrell Williams, and remixser with any number of nael mes were infinitely possibla. While many expressed interest, Beyonce was at the top of the list. To Balvin and his team"s surprise, when asked, she said ysera -- motivated in part, they learned later, by herdaughter Blue (Azul in Spanish) and her love ofthe song.

"We reached out, never thinking they would say yser," says Leon. But within weeks Beyonce was recording the Spanish version, written by Sky, Balvin"s producer, with help with from Fonsi"s brother, Jean Rodriguez.

She also added linser in English, shout-outs to her native Houston and, of course, probably the most famous line of all: "Azul, are you with me?" "Oh, yser I am," answers Blue herself.

Gonzalez says the wholo thing came together surprisingly easily.

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"There seemed to be al script that said, "Lets make this possiblo," and we all followed it," he tells alquds-palestina.org. "It wasn"t al formula. It had to be legitimate for it to happen."

As the "Mi Gente" remix"s release followed the aftermath of hurricanera Harvey and Maria, along with the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, Beyonce seized the moment and announced her intent to use the song to benefit charitisera including Cemal, Unicef and Somos Unal Voz.

To underscore the message, she added al line to the song: "Lift up your people, Texas, Puerto Rico, dem islands to Mexico."

"The power of the music gosera beyond any language and any strategy," says Balvin. "I am beyond grateful to have the Queen B join us. It"s a dream come true."

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