Juanes Notches 7th No. 1 Album on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart

It’s Lucky No. 7 for Juanes

The 47-year-old Colombian singer has earned his seventh No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albumschart dated December 7 as Más Futuro Que Pasadoarrives at the top position. 

Juanes

It’s his fourth straight debut at the summit, which also debuts at No. 9 on the overall Top Latin Albums chart.

“I am dearly grateful to all my fans around the world who continue to allow me to share my feelings through my songs,” Juanes tells Billboard.“I am forever grateful.”

His eighth studio album becomes Juanes’ eighth straight top 10 debut on the Top Latin Albums chart,which ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Más Futuro Que Pasado opens with 4,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending November 28, according to Nielsen Music. Out of that sum, 2,000 were in traditional album sales while a little over 1,000 account for SEA units. The latter equates to 2 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in its first tracking week. 

Más Futuro Que Pasado follows Mis Planes Son Amarte, a former one-week ruler on both Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts.

The new set, released November 22 via Universal Music Latino/UMLE, was preceded by three songs that hit the Hot Latin Songs chart -which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data: “Pa Dentro” (No. 41 peak. July 21), “La Plata,” featuring Colombian reggaetón act Lalo Ebratt(No. 40, March 16) and “Bonita,” with Sebastian Yatra(No. 27 peak, Nov. 23).

Sebastián Yatra Earns Second Chart-Topper on Billboard Latin Pop Albums Chart

Sebastián Yatra is two-for-two…

The 24-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter’s sophomore album Fantasia debuts atop the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart dated April 27, following his debut set Mantra to the top of the chart.

Sebastian Yatra

His sophomore set Fantasia launches at No. 1 with 5,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 18, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 3,000 were in album sales. Both figures mark the best weeks of his career, in terms of album sales and equivalent album units.

The LP concurrently debuts at No. 5 on the Top Latin Albums chart, his second entry, following the No. 3 debut and peak of Mantra.

Yatra scored his first Latin Pop Albums leader less than a year ago, when his debut set Mantra opened at No. 1 on June 2. The album also opened at No. 3 on Top Latin Albums and even reached the all-encompassing Billboard 200, at No. 192.

Yatra’s Fantasia is just the third album to be No. 1 on Latin Pop Albums in 2019 so far. Selena’s Ones ruled for the first six weeks of the year (of the set’s total 24 weeks at No. 1), followed by Luis FonsiVida for 10 weeks.

Thalia’s “Valiente” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart

It’s Lucky No. 7 for Thalia

The 47-year-old Mexican singer’s latest album Valiente debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart.

Thalia

Thalia’s 14th studio album, Valiente, released via Sony Music Latin on November 9, starts with a little over 2,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending November 15. Of that sum, 2,000 were in traditional album sales, while the remaining can be attributed to streaming equivalent album units and track equivalent album units.

Valiente is Thalia’s seventh chart leader and her first in more than two years. She’s now tied with Shakira for the most No. 1s on the Latin Pop Albums chart among women.

Thalia last reigned atop the tally with Latina (May 28, 2016), which led for two consecutive weeks.

The set has yielded one charting title on the Hot Latin Songs tally, which blends airplay, digital sales, and streaming activity: “No Me Acuerdo” with Natti Natasha ranked in the top 20 for ten weeks (No. 14 peak, September 22).

Concurrently, Valiente debuts at No. 7 on the Top Latin Albums and No. 1 on the Latin Album Sales charts.

 

Draco Rosa’s “Monte Sagrado” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart

Draco Rosa is back at the summit…

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican musicianhas earned his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart as Monte Sagrado, his 13th studio album, debuts in the top spot, on the chart dated November 10.

Draco Rosa

The album debuts with 2,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending November 1, according to Nielsen Music. Most of those units can be attributed to traditional album sales.

Monte Sagrado is a celebration of life and gratitude,” Rosa tells Billboard.  “I’m overwhelmed with the amount of love it has received from everyone.”

Rosareturns to the top of the list after five and a half years. He first landed atop the tally with Vida, his 12th studio album, which opened at the summit in April 2013 and reigned for two weeks. Vida is Rosa’s longest-charting title among eight entries; it remained on the chart for a total of 25 weeks, 17 of which were in the top 10.

Monte Sagrado, released via Sony Music Latin on October 26, benefits from sales generated by an in-store album-signing appearance in Puerto Rico on October 27, as the set also scores a No. 1 debut on the Latin Albums Sales chart. It opens at No. 9 on Top Latin Albums and No. 17 on Rock Album Sales.

Chucho Valdés to Pay Homage to His Late Father Bebo Valdés at the Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival

Chucho Valdés is preparing to honor his late father…

Renowned Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés would’ve turned 100 this coming October. His son, Chucho, of Irakere fame, and Diego El Cigala, the flamenco singer with whom Bebo recorded the remarkable 2003 album Lagrimas Negras, are among the artists who will pay homage to one of Cuba’s most celebrated musicians at this fall’s Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival.

Chucho Valdés 

Cigala will honor both Bebo’s centennial and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy-winning album, performing the evergreen boleros and Cuban classics he piercingly inflected with Spanish song on the recording, on which he was accompanied by Bebo’s timeless stylings. The album by the unexpected pair — which reached no. 4 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart — vaulted Cigala to international stages, and was the centerpiece of Bebo’s fabulous late career comeback. He was 84 years old when Lagrimas Negras was released. Bebo died in 2013.

At the just-announced concert on November 14 at Barcelona’s Palau de la Música, Cigala will perform with Jaime Calabuch, known as Jumituson piano. Cigala and Jumitus have also been announced for U.S. concerts at the Fillmore Miami Beach (November 9), and at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles (March 2019).

Chucho Valdés, who was named the Barcelona Festival’s “godfather” in 2014, will open the festival October 26 with music from his 1972 vanguard Cuban jazz album, Jazz Batá, which was influenced by Bebo’s earlier experiments with the sacred Afro-Cuban batá drums. In 1952 in Havana, Bebo premiered his new rhythm called batangá, featuring the batá, which at that time had yet to make the jump from their hallowed place in religious ceremonies to popular music stages. The combination of ritual rhythms and Cuban orchestral arrangements was before its time.

Chucho will perform with a group of next-generation musicians: Yaroldi Abreu y Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé and Yelsy Heredia, whose playing carries on the innovation characterized by both Chucho and Bebo throughout their careers.

Chucho and his band will also perform Jazz Batá in other European cities this fall, and on a jazz cruise from Ft. Lauderdale scheduled for January 2019.

Bassist Javier Colina, who recorded a live album with Bebo at New York’s Village Vanguard in 2005, and Cuban pianist Harold Lopez Nussa, are also part of the jazz festival’s Bebo Valdés tribute, which is a piece of the extensive program of the festival’s 50th anniversary edition. Flamenco guitarist Tomatito, Brazil’s Tribalistas, bassist Avishai Cohen, Malian music duo Amadou & Mariam, jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, the John Scofield Combo, the Bad Plus and Grupo Compay Segundo are among artists on the event’s October-December concert schedule.

Gloria Trevi to be Inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

Gloria Trevi is heading into the annals of Latin music history…

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame has revealed which five songwriters will be inducted at the prestigious hall this year, with the 50-year-old Mexican singer/songwriter making the grade.

Gloria Trevi

Trevi joins a roster that includes previous inductees, including last year’s Erika Ender, Carlos Vives and Ana Gabriel, to name a few.

Besides having a rebellious and over-the-top personality onstage, Trevi is also known as a songwriter and philanthropist. In her nearly three-decade music career, she’s penned more than 400 songs and released 13 albums, four of which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart: Gloria in 2011, El Amor in 2015, Immortal in 2016 and Versus in 2017.

Joining Trevi is Chucho Valdés.

As a pianist, composer and arranger, the 76-year-old Cuban artist become one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. He’s a winner of six Grammys and three Latin Grammys. On November 27, 2010, Chucho peaked at No. 8 on the Latin Pop Albumschart thanks to his collaboration with Buika on her album El Ultimo Trago.

Ecuadorian singer and songwriter Carlos Rubira Infante has also made the list. He’s known for bringing to the forefront the country’s national music style, pasillo and pasacalle music. At 96 years old, he was awarded the National Prize in ArtPremio Eugenio Espejo” in 2008 from the president of Ecuador and has penned more than 400 songs.

Another honoree, Fernando Osorio.

Born in Colombia but raised in Venezuela, this singer-songwriter is the man behind some of the most unforgettable Latin songs. His first international success was with “Solo con un Beso,” a song he wrote for Ricardo Montaner in 1988, peaking at No. 7 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Osorio nabbed the Latin Grammy for best tropical song in 2004 for composing Celia Cruz‘s “Rie y Llora” before her death.

And last but not least… KC Porter will be honored.

Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson and Laura Pausini all have one thing in common: KC Porter. The American record producer, songwriter, musician and singer is known for crossing over many artists into the Spanish-speaking market. He’s a nine-time Grammy winner for his production work on Carlos Santana‘s Supernatural and has written and produced some of Ricky Martin’s biggest hits, including “María.”

For the past six years, the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, founded by Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez, has honored the world’s greatest Latin music creators and their memorable songs.

The 2018 honorees will be officially inducted at the sixth annual La Musa Awards ceremony and gala, taking place October 18 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.

Mon Laferte’s “La Trenza” Enters the Top 5 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart

It’s a special first for Mon Laferte

The 35-year-old Chilean singer has earned her first top five-charting set on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums as her 2017 album La Trenza surges 11-4 in its fifth tracking week.

Mon Laferte

On the overall Top Latin Albums tally, it vaults 50-12 — the biggest jump on the chart since December.

The set earned 2,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 17 (up 126 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Most of that sum was driven by traditional album sales (up 167 percent). The title rallies thanks largely to sales generated by an in-store performance and album-signing appearance at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles on May 15.

La Trenza previously topped out at No. 10 on Latin Pop Albums for one week (May. 12).

La Trenza takes a striking 38-rank climb on the Top Latin Albums chart, as the set surges 50-12. It logs the largest positional jump since Puerto Rican Banco Popular’s compilation, Nuestra Isla, Nuestro Encanto surged 40 positions (45-5) on the Dec. 30, 2017- dated tally.

Concurrently, La Trenza leads the Latin Album Sales chart, jumping 7-1.

Kany Garcia & Fellow Latin Artists Help Raise Money for Puerto Rico with Banco Popular’s annual Christmastime album “Nuestra Isla, Nuestro Encanto”

It looks like Kany Garcia and Ozuna are giving Puerto Ricans a Christmas to remember… 

Banco Popular’s annual Christmastime album Nuestra Isla, Nuestro Encanto, featuring the 36-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and the 25-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer surges up Billboard’s Top Latin Albums (45-5) and Tropical Albums (9-2) charts.

Kany Garcia

The album has registered 3,000 equivalent album units earned (up 350 percent) — nearly all from traditional album sales.

The set (which was also released as a separate DVD) celebrates the many festivals, carnivals and events throughout Puerto Rico, and was produced over the last year.

The album includes many guest stars, including Diana Fuentes, Garcia, Vicente Garcia, Ozuna, Rey Ruiz and Olga Tañon.

Some of the proceeds from the sales of the album and DVD will support the Embracing Puerto Rico relief effort, supporting communities affected by Hurricane Maria.

Last year’s Banco popular album, Du Puerto Rico Para El Mundo, spent three weeks at No. 1 on both the Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts.

Alejandro Sanz Notches 11th Top 10 Album on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart 

Make that 11 hit albums for Alejandro Sanz

The 49-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter’s new live effort, +ES+: El Concierto, debuts at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart (dated December 30) with 3,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending December 14, according to Nielsen Music.

Alejandro Sanz

Most of that total is driven by traditional album sales, bolstered by an edition of the album that comes with a DVD of a live concert. The arrival gives Sanz his 11th top 10-charting set.

The live album — released December 8 via Universal Music Latino — is his 13th set to chart and features a bevy of guest stars. Among them: Juan Luis GuerraJuanes and Laura Pausini.

The new live album celebrates the 20th anniversary of his fifth studio effort, Mas, which was released in 1997 and peaked at No. 5 the following year. It was his first album to reach Billboard‘s charts.

Further, Sanz collects his eighth top five on the Latin Pop Albums chart as the new set opens at No. 2. He’s notched three No. 1s on the list: Sirope (2015, one week at No. 1), La Musica No Se Toca (2012, five weeks at No. 1) and Paraíso Express (2009, one week at No. 1).

The new release follows his Latin Grammys  performance (November 16), where he was honored as person of the year 2017.

Arjona to Release New Album “Circo Soledad” Next Month

Ricardo Arjona is circling with new music…

Less than a year after releasing his acoustic album Apague la Luz y Escuche, the 53-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter is set to drop a new album titled Circo Soledad on April 21.

Ricardo Arjona

Along with the release of the LP, Arjona will embark on a world tour in June, which will include a return to Europe after eight years with stops in London, Paris and Barcelona.

Arjona recorded Circo Soledad in different countries, including England, Colombia and his native Guatemala.

“I never recorded in a country pretending that that place would become the main character in the song. If this production took me to many countries, studios and allowed me to work with some of the most important musicians around the world, it was simply because the song needed it,” Arjona said in a statement.

Arjona’s Apague la Luz y Escuche spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Pop Albums chart.

The new album’s first single and music video “Ella” will be released on Friday.