"Tusa" (Colombian slang for "heartache")[2] is a song by Colombian reggaeton singer Karol G and Trinidadian-American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj. The song was written by Karol G, Keityn, Ovy on the Drums and Nicki Minaj, and produced by Ovy on the Drums. It was released as a single by Republic Records, Universal Music Latino and Universal Music Group on November 7, 2019.

"Tusa"
Tusa.webp
Single by Karol G and Nicki Minaj
ReleasedNovember 7, 2019 (2019-11-07)
Format
Recorded2019
GenreLatin pop[1]
Length3:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ovy on the Drums
Karol G singles chronology
"China"
(2019)
"Tusa"
(2019)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"Welcome to the Party"
(2019)
"Tusa"
(2019)
"Nice to Meet Ya"
(2020)
Music video
"Tusa" on YouTube

It has peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song became Minaj's 106th entry on the chart and Karol G's 4th, and also extended Minaj's record for most entries on the chart by a female artist.[3] The song debuted at number 56 on the Rolling Stone Top 100.[4] It also reached number one in multiple Spanish-speaking nations.

BackgroundEdit

"Tusa" is the first collaboration between Karol G and Minaj. On November 6, 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.[5]

CompositionEdit

"Tusa" is three minutes and twenty seconds long.[6] It was written by Karol G, Keityn, Ovy on the Drums and Nicki Minaj, with production by Ovy on the Drums.[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.[5] 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 performanceEdit

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 the 2017's "Krippy Kush" with Farruko, Bad Bunny, 21 Savage and Rvssian.[8]

It become Karol G's second number one on the Hot Latin Songs chart and Minaj's first No.1 entry on any Billboard Latin chart.[9] On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at number 78, becoming Karol's fourth chart entry and Minaj's 106th entry.[10] It has peaked at number 42 on the Hot 100. "Tusa" also reached number 41 on the Rolling Stone US Top 100 Songs chart on the week ending January 30, 2020, with 67,200 sales plus track-equivalent streams.[11]

In addition, it also entered the charts in Italy, Ecuador, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Guatemala, Portugal, Costa Rica, France, Belgium, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal and Switzerland, reaching number one in Chile, Spain, Peru, Argentina, Nicaragua, Colombia, Honduras and El Salvador.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Tusa" was released through Karol G's YouTube channel on November 7, 2019. It was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by American music video director Mike Ho.[1][12] It has since accumulated over 500 million views.

Live performancesEdit

On December 8, 2019, Karol G performed "Tusa" at Pixel 4's Motion Sense Concert Series. [13] Karol G premiered the song on American television as she performed it at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on January 10, 2020.[14]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019–2020) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[15] 1
Argentina Airplay (Monitor Latino)[16] 1
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[17] 24
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[18] 6
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 98
Chile (Monitor Latino)[20] 1
Colombia (National-Report)[21] 1
Costa Rica (Monitor Latino)[22] 1
Dominican Republic (SODINPRO)[23] 1
Ecuador (National-Report)[24] 1
El Salvador (Monitor Latino)[25] 1
France (SNEP)[26] 104
Germany (Official German Charts)[27] 79
Guatemala (Monitor Latino)[28] 3
Honduras (Monitor Latino)[29] 1
Italy (FIMI)[30] 30
Nicaragua (Monitor Latino)[31] 1
Mexico (Mexico Airplay)[32] 6
Panama (Monitor Latino)[33] 2
Paraguay (Monitor Latino)[34] 4
Paraguay (SGP)[35] 1
Peru (Monitor Latino)[36] 1
Portugal (AFP)[37] 24
Puerto Rico (Monitor Latino)[38] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[39] 1
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[40] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[41] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[42] 42
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[43] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[44] 36
US Rolling Stone Top 100[45] 41

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Mexico (AMPROFON)[46] Diamond 300,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[47] 3× Platinum 120,000^
United States (RIAA)[48] Diamond (Latin) 600,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various November 7, 2019 Republic [citation needed]
Italy December 13, 2019 Contemporary hit radio Universal [49]
United States February 11, 2020 Republic [50]

ReferencesEdit

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