Tusa (song)

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"Tusa"
Karol G featuring Nicki Minaj - Tusa.png
Single by Karol G and Nicki Minaj
from the album KG0516
Released7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
Recorded2019
GenreReggaeton
Length3:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ovy on the Drums
Karol G singles chronology
"China"
(2019)
"Tusa"
(2019)
"Follow"
(2020)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"Welcome to the Party"
(2019)
"Tusa"
(2019)
"Nice to Meet Ya"
(2020)
Music video
"Tusa" on YouTube

"Tusa" is a song by Colombian reggaeton singer Karol G and Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj. The song was released on November 7, 2019 by Republic Records, Universal Music Latino and Universal Music Group, and was later included on Karol G's third studio album, KG0516. The song was written by Karol G and Minaj alongside Keityn and Ovy on the Drums, and was produced by the latter.

The song was a record-breaking hit, going on to be nominated twice at the Latin Grammys. "Tusa" peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also became the first song by two lead female artists to debut at number one on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. As well, the song debuted at number 56 on the Rolling Stone Top 100, later peaking at number 41. The song peaked at number one in numerous countries and is the longest-running number-one single on the Argentina Hot 100, having spent 25 weeks at number one on the chart.

"Tusa" was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards in the categories Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song was certified in multiple countries, going onto become the highest certified song in Mexico by AMPROFON and the 6th highest certified song by the Latin RIAA of all time, making it the 8th highest plaque in the history of the certifier, according to the database. Minaj became the first female rapper to have a certified diamond plaque back in October 2020.[1][2]

Background[edit]

"Tusa" is the first collaboration between Karol G and Minaj. On 6 November 2019, Karol G shared the artwork for the single on her social media, as well as snippets of the official music video. In an interview with Billboard, she told them how the collaboration came about:

She called me and said: "I'm going to make the best rap of my life for your song", I felt so happy. I sent her the music at 1 p.m. At 1:07 p.m., she downloaded the file, and at 8 p.m., I had the song back.[3]

"Tusa" is Colombian slang for the mixture of heartache and desire for revenge felt by a person when their partner breaks up with them.[3]

Composition[edit]

"Tusa" is a Reggaeton song that is three minutes and 20 seconds in length.[4][5] It was written by the two artists alongside Keityn and Ovy on the Drums, with production being handled by the latter.[6] Lyrically, Karol G's verses tell the story of a woman who struggles to forget her former boyfriend, while Minaj's rap tells the man that the woman has moved on with her life.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Tusa" debuted at number one on the Hot Latin Songs, becoming the first song by two lead female artists to debut atop the chart, and also the first song by a female act in a lead role to chart at number one since 2016, when Shakira's "Chantaje" featuring Maluma reached the top. It became Minaj's sixth entry on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and her second top 10, following 2017's "Krippy Kush" remix with Farruko, Bad Bunny, 21 Savage and Rvssian.[6]

On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at number 78,[8] and later peaked at number 42. "Tusa" also debuted at 56 and later peaked at number 41 on the Rolling Stone US Top 100 Songs chart on the week ending 30 January 2020, with 67,200 sales plus track-equivalent streams.[9] The song peaked at number one in numerous other countries. The song is the longest-running number one single on the Argentina Hot 100, spending 25 weeks on the top of the chart.[10]

In 2021, the single became the highest certified song in Mexico (AMPROFON),[11] and the highest certified Latin song by a female artist of all time by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[12]

The song became the longest running number one single on the Argentina Hot 100, spending 25 consecutive weeks atop the charts.[10] The song became the only Latin female collaboration to pass one billion streams on Spotify, and it is the most streamed all female collaboration in the platforms history, as of May 2021.[13] [14]

Music video[edit]

An official music video for "Tusa" was released through Karol G's YouTube channel on 7 November 2019. It was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by American music video director Mike Ho.[4][15] As of 8 June 2021 the music video has been viewed over 1.2 billion times on streaming platform YouTube.

Live performances[edit]

On 8 December 2019, Karol G premiered "Tusa" at Pixel 4's Motion Sense Concert Series.[16] Karol G performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on 10 January 2020.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2019 Premios Tu Música Urbana Canción Femenina Nominated
2020 2020 American Music Awards Favourite Song - Latin Won
BreakTudo Awards 2020 Collaboration of the Year Nominated
Heat Latin Music Awards Mejor Video Won
Latin Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
LOS40 Music Awards Best Latin Song Nominated
Best Latin Video Won
2020 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Collaboration Won
Best Video Nominated
2020 MTV Video Music Awards Best Collaboration Nominated
Best Latin Nominated
NRJ Music Awards International Song of the Year Nominated
International Duo/Group of the Year Nominated
Premios Juventud La Más Pegajosa (Can't Get Enough of this Song) Won
Premios Nuestra Tierra Canción del año Won
Canción favorita del público Won
Canción urbana Won
Mejor video Nominated
Spotify Awards The Monday Song Won
Tudo Information Awards Feat do Ano Nominated
2021 Lo Nuestro Awards Crossover Collaboration Of The Year Nominated
Song of the Year Won
Urban - Collaboration Of The Year Won
Urban - Song Of The Year Nominated
Latin American Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Collaboration of the Year Won
Song of the Year - Urban Won
ASCAP Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Wining song Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year Won

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[79] Gold 20,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[80] Diamond 333,333double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[81] 2× Platinum 140,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[82] 8× Diamond+3× Platinum+Gold 2,610,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[83] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[84] Platinum 10,000double-dagger
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[85] 9× Platinum 360,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[86] 35× Platinum (Latin) 2,100,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 7 November 2019 Republic [5]
Italy 13 December 2019 Contemporary hit radio Universal [87]
United States 11 February 2020 Republic [88]

See also[edit]

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