Pedro Tovar Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Songwriters Chart

Pedro Tovar is writing his way to the top…

The Mexican American singer and Eslabon Armado lead vocalist has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Songwriters chart, due to nine writing credits on the latest Hot Latin Songs ranking dated August 1.

Pedro Tovar

The tracks all appear on Eslabon Armado’s new LP Vibras de Noche, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart with 23,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, earning the trio its first leader on the list.

Tovar is credited as the sole songwriter on all nine songs. He’s also credited as a co-producer on the tracks and debuts at No. 2 on the Latin Producers chart.

Of Tovar’s nine writing and producing credits on Hot Latin Songs, “Dame Tu Calor” leads at No. 5.

Here’s a look at the Tovar-penned songs on the chart:

Rank, Artist Billing, Title (producers in addition to Tovar)
No. 5, Eslabon Armado, “Dame Tu Calor” (Maurilio Pineda Jr.)
No. 15, Eslabon Armado, “Tal Vez” (Pineda Jr.)
No. 16, Eslabon Armado, “Con Tus Besos” (Edgar Jacobo)
No. 21, Eslabon Armado, “Sube Al Carro” (Pineda Jr.)
No. 22, Eslabon Armado, “Ganas Que Te Tengo” (Pineda Jr.)
No. 29, Eslabon Armado, “Donde Has Estado” (Pineda Jr.)
No. 37, Eslabon Armado, “La Trokita” (Pineda Jr.)
No. 46, Eslabon Armado, “Tu Cancion” (Pineda Jr.)
No. 47, Eslabon Armado, “24 Horas” (Pineda Jr.)

Tovar’s production partner Maurilio Pineda Jr. is credited as a co-producer on eight of the nine Armado tracks above, sparking the latter’s No. 3 arrival on the Latin Producers chart.

Meanwhile, Tainy logs his 40th week at No. 1 on Latin Producers, powered by eight production credits on the latest Hot Latin Songs chart. Bad Bunny‘s “Yo Perreo Sola” (co-produced with Subelo Neo and Bad Bunny) is tops among them at No. 3.

The weekly Latin Songwriters and Latin Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Latin Songs chart; As with Billboard‘s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

Eslabon Armado’s “Vibras de Noche” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

There are plenty of good vibes for Eslabon Armado…

The Mexican-American trio’s latest album Vibras de Noche has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart dated August 1.

Eslabon Armado

Eslabon Armado’s sophomore album becomes the second title by a Regional Mexican act to debut atop the chart in 2020. 

Vibras de Noche opens with 23,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 23, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Of the set’s starting count, 1,000 were in album sales and the bulk of the remainder attributed to streams. The set earns 2020’s biggest week for a regional Mexican album in terms of overall units.

Top Latin Albums 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).

Vibras de Noche is a special project for us,” 18-year-old Pedro Tovar, lead vocalist and composer of the group, tells Billboard. “Production wise, it meant a great effort as it we were super demanding in defining the sound we were looking for. We loved the result, that new zest we are infusing little by little in regional Mexican music.”

In addition to Pedro, the group is also comprised of Brian Tovar and Gabriel Hidalgo.

Selena’s “Ones” Becomes First Latin Title to Reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums Chart

Selena’s still the Ones… And, she’s still making history.

The late legendary Mexican American singer’s Ones compilation album is the first Latin title to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s nine-year old Vinyl Albums chart.

Selena

The new 2-LP vinyl picture disc of Ones, released July 3 via Universal Music Latin Entertainment, was such a hot seller during its first week, it helps the album re-enter at No. 1 on the all-genre Vinyl Albums sales chart. 

The vinyl edition of Ones sold 6,000 copies in the week ending July 9. 

Ones previously spent just one week on the list, at No. 4 on the November 5, 2016-dated list, after its original vinyl release.

With Ones‘ re-entry at No. 1, it marks the first time a Latin album has been No. 1 on that tally, which launched in January 2011 as vinyl album sales began making their comeback. (Vinyl albums sales have grown yearly from 2006 through 2019.)

Selena Ones Limited-Edition Vinyl

“Selena continues without a doubt to be one of the most influential artists in the music industry today and these accomplishments are a testament that her music transcends generations and will live on forever,” says Armando Rodriguez, SVP Commercial Partners, Universal Music LatinoMachete MusicCapitol Latin.

Selena’s posthumous compilation album was originally released on October 1, 2002, a little more than seven years after her death in 1995. It debuted at No. 4 on the Top Latin Albums chart dated October 19, 2002, and peaked at No. 2 on the March 4, 2017, chart.

The album is now back in the top five on the Top Latin Albums chart dated July 18 thanks to its 8,000 equivalent album units (up 198 percent) earned in the week ending July 9, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, nearly 6,000 are in album sales.

“Selena’s legacy is an inspiration for many fans and the artistic community, including Latin and non-Latin,” says Victor Gonzalez, president, Universal Music Latin Entertainment at Universal Music Group. “There is a deep connection between Selena’s old and new followers that puts her in a relevant position every time we revisit her music.”

Thanks to new vinyl edition of Ones, the set concurrently re-enters the all-genre Billboard 200chart at No. 116 after almost four years.

Onesincludes Selena’s No. 1 Hot Latin Songs hits “Buenos Amigos,” with Alvaro Torres (1992); “Donde Quiera Que Estés,” with the Barrio Boyzz (1994); “Amor Prohibido” (1994); “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” (1994); “No Me Queda Más” (1994); “Fotos y Recuerdos” (1994) and “Tú, Solo Tú,” Selena’s longest charting No. 1 title (1995). The set also includes a remixed version of “Si Una Vez“, by her brother, A.B. Quintanilla, retitled “Con Tanto Amor (Medley),” among other hits.

Sky Rompiendo Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Worldwide Deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sky Rompiendo is switching alliances…

Sony/ATV Music Publishing entered an exclusive multi-year worldwide publishing agreement with the Colombian producer and songwriter.

Sky Rompiendo

Formerly signed to Warner Chappell Music, Sky Rompiendo joins Sony’s roster as his career is on the rise. 

“This is a new challenge,” Sky said about the deal. “With the experience I have gained over the years coupled with this new alliance, I hope that I will be able to discover just how far music will take me.”

J Balvin‘s executive producer and longtime collaborator, Sky produced Balvin’s Colores, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘sTop Latin Albums chart and debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200.

Sky is one of the foremost producers and songwriters working in music today,” said Jorge Mejía, president and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s Latin American and U.S. Latin. “We are honored to have him join our family, and are so looking forward to being part of what’s next!”

Currently, the five-time Latin Grammy-winning producer is working with RosalíaManuel Turizo and Nicky Jam, among others. 

Most recently, the chart-topping producer co-produced Rosalía and Travis Scott‘s “TKN,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated June 13.

Bad Bunny’s “Los Que No Iban a Salir” Headed for No. 1 Debut on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Bad Bunny  could be his own usurpador

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer is looking to replace himself at No. 1, again, on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. 

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny’s surprise release Las Que No Iban a Salircould register more than 40,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 14, according to industry forecasters. 

If it starts as projected, the new album (LQNIAS) will bump his own YHLQMDLGfrom the top spot on the tally next week, where it’s held the pole position for 10 straight weeks since its debut at No. 1 on the chart dated March 14.

The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which comprises traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). 

Las Que No Iban a Salirdropped without warning in the mid-afternoon on Sunday, May 10, so it will only have about four-and-a-half days of activity before the tracking week’s end on May 14. (Most new releases tend to drop on Friday each week, the first day of the tracking week. Bad Bunny has bucked this trend repeatedly with his earlier albums, opting to release them at varying times of the week.)

Assuming Las Que No Iban a Salir starts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums, it will replace Bad Bunny’s own YHLQMDLG at the top. 

It would not the first time Bad Bunny has replaced himself at No. 1. WhenYHLQMDLG debuted at No. 1, it bumped X 100PRE from the top. And, whenJ Balvin and Bad Bunny teamed up for the Oasis collaborative album, it opened at No. 1 on July 13, 2019, replacing X 100PRE.

Bad Bunny’s new 10-track album is effectively a compilation of previously unfinished songs. 

The set includes, amusingly, simple-named songs like “Canción Con Yandel” with Yandel, and “Bad Con Nicky” with Nicky Jam.

Most of the first-week activity for Bad Bunny’s album will come via streaming services. (There are no merchandise/album bundles in play as of May 12.) The album has proven to be so popular out of the gate with streamers, that, according to Apple Music, it became the first Latin album to reach the top of Apple Music’s Top Albums tally. Apple Music’s Top Albums ranking ranks the most streamed albums within the service at any given point in time.

Anuel AA to Speak at This Year’s LatinFest+ 

Anuel AAis ready to talk the talk…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper and singeris set to speak at this year’s LatinFest+ by Billboard and Telemundo, taking place from April 20 to 23 in Las Vegas. 

Anuel AA

He’ll participate in a panel titled “Viva Live with Anuel,” where he’ll talk about the making of his upcoming new album to be released under Sony Music Latin.

Anuel earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albumschart with his 2018 debut album Real Hasta la Muerte(on the list dated July 28). 

After the global success of hits like “Ella Quiere Beber,” “Secreto,” and “China,” his new single “KEII” opens at No. 3 on the Hot Latin Songschart (dated February 22), earning him his first top 10 debut of the year on the tally and his 14th top 10 overall. 

The new single, which is Japanese for “respect,” adds his 14th top 10 on the list, following “Me Gusta,” his collaboration with Shakira(No. 6 peak).

Other stars confirmed so far to participate at Latinfest+ include OzunaJ BalvinRosaliaCarlos Vives, and Los Tigres del NorteSechLunayManuel TurizoNatanael CanoCazzuMariahMyke Towers, and Jhay Cortezwill also participate as part of the “On The Rise: The New Generation of Urban Men and Women” panel.

Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the three-day event and panel series, which has been revamped and expanded in a partnership with Telemundo, will unite Latin music’s top artists and industry leaders. The inaugural Latinfest+ also marks the 30th anniversary of Billboard’s Latin Music Conference, the longest-running and biggest Latin music gathering in the world.

Registration for 2020 LatinFest+ is already open at http://latinfestplus.com.

Prince Royce’s “Alter Ego” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Prince Roycenow has a handful of chart-topping albums…

The 30-year-old Dominican American singer has earned his fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart dated February 22 as Alter Ego debuts at the summit. 

Prince Royce

The set earned 11,000 in equivalent album units in the week ending February 13, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 8,000 were in album sales, while the bulk of the remainder was generated by streaming activity.

The double album consisting of the chapters Genesis and Enigma is the first set by a tropical music act to bow at No. 1 since Romeo Santos’ Utopíadebuted atop the tally nearly a year ago (April 20, 2019-dated chart.)

“I made this double album to give the fans a different musical journey,” Royce tells Billboard. “It feels great that people have embraced it, that it has debuted at No. 1.”

Royce’s sixth studio album, released via Sony Music Latin on February 7, got a sales boost in its first week thanks to eight in-store appearances the artist made during its release week in Florida, New York, Los Angeles, Illinois and Texas.

It’s the biggest sales week for a Latin album since Santos’ Utopía, which sold 9,000 units in its opening week (April, 20, 2019-dated chart).

Top Latin Albums 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).

Alter Egoregistered 3,000 SEA units, which equates to 4.8 million on-demand streams for the set’s tracks in its debut week. 

Alter Ego is Prince Royce’s fifth No. 1, and third consecutive set to debut at No. 1. He previously hit No. 1 with Five(March 18, 2017), Soy El Mismo(October 26, 2013), Phase II (April 28, 2012) and his self-titled album (April 23, 2011). HIs only charting album to miss the top was a greatest hits package titled #1’s, which peaked at No. 3 on December 8, 2012. 

The new album was preceded by four songs on theHot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, streams and digital sales, starting with “El Clavo,” featuring Maluma (No. 13 high, September 2018), “Adicto,” with Marc Anthony(peaked at No. 33, December 2018), “Cúrame,” with Manuel Turizo (No. 31, July 2019) and “Morir Solo” (No. 35, October 2019).

“It also feels great that I will soon be performing these songs in more than 40 U.S. cities on my Alter Ego Tour,” the 30-year-old adds. “All of this happening 10 years into my career is a wonderful blessing.“

Beyond its Top Latin Albums coronation, Alter Ego concurrently debuts at No. 1 on Tropical Albums, the first No. 1 debut of the year on the chart.

Marc Anthony Releasing “OPUS the Recording Session Series” on YouTube

Marc Anthonyis shining a spotlight on his grand opus… 

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican singer is offering an inside look at the making of his Grammy-winning 2019 album Opus

Marc-Anthony

The Latin music powerhouse is set to premiere a YouTubeseries titled “OPUS the Recording Session Series,” where fans will get a chance to witness Anthony’s “most intimate journey as a music creator,” according a press release. 

The album was recorded in Miami at Art House Society and Criteria Studios

Opus, produced by Sergio George, earned the salsa singer his 11th top 10 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albumschart (dated May 25, 2019) debuting at No. 2 logging his highest debut since his 2010 album Íconos

The Magnus Studios-produced series, which will go live on YouTube on Thursday (February 13) at 7:00 pm ET, will run for 10 weeks. Anthony is a four-time nominee at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards. He’s up for tour of the year, tropical artist of the year, solo and tropical song of the year for “Parecen Viernes.” The Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on Telemundo on April 23. 

Myke Towers Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart with “Easy Money Baby”

Myke Towersis celebrating a special first…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and composer has earned his first leader on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as Easy Money Baby debuts at No. 1 on the chart dated February 10.

Myke Towers

It’s Towers’ first appearance on any Billboard Albums chart, as it concurrently debuts atop the Latin Rhythm Albums chart. 

His sophomore full-length album arrives atop the chart with 12,000 equivalent album units accrued in the week ending January 30, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“This is a giant step in this new phase of my career,” Towers tells Billboard. “This is an album in which I gave it all for my fans who have long expected this release. The first time is always special and to debut at No. 1 not only on the Latin Rhythm Albums chart but on the overall Top Latin Albums chart is a dream come true!”

Top Latin Albums 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).

The bulk of EasyMoney’s opening sum is attributed to streaming activity. The 18-track effort registered a little over 11,000 in SEA units, which equates to 15.1 million on-demand streams for the set’s tracks.

The new father, who shares the album’s cover with his infant son, debuts at No. 1 in his first chart visit. Towers becomes the rare act to grab a chart leader in its first try since Bad Bunny secured his first No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with X 100Pre (January 5, 2019).

Rosalia to Appear at This Year’s LatinFest+

Rosalíais hittin’ the fest…

The 26-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter is set to take part in the 2020 LatinFest+, which is produced by Billboardand Telemundo.

The Grammy nominee for Best New Artist will be part of a superstar Q&A taking place the week of April 20-23 in Las Vegas. 

Rosalia

Hailed as one the breakthrough artists of the world last year, Rosalía was the only newcomer to secure a spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Latin Artistschart and one of only six female acts to claim a spot on the 50-deep male predominant list. She has steadily populated the Latin charts captivating the industry with her flamenco genre-bending sonority and stylistic musical collision making her a trailblazer of the genre.  

Her second-studio album, the flamenco-pop-urban tinged El Mal Quererdebuted at No. 10 on the Top Latin Albumschart and Rosalía has claimed four titles on the Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Con Altura,” with J Balvinand El Guincho, which peaked at No. 13 and won best urban song at the 2019 Latin Grammyawards.

Formerly known as Billboard Latin Music Week, the now substantially bigger weeklong event and panel series will unite Latin’s top artists, including Los Tigres del NorteOzunaand J Balvin, to celebrate Hispanic music and entertainment at large. 

The inaugural Latinfest+ also marks the 30th anniversary of Billboard’s Latin Music Conference, the longest-running and biggest Latin music gathering in the world. 

Latinfest+ will be an immersive, weeklong experience for the Latin entertainment industry, artists, executives and fans and will include superstar conversations, industry panels and workshops, celebrity fireside chats, live concerts, fan experiences and live activations of some of Billboard’s most celebrated franchises, including On the Riseand Growing Up Latino.

The full-run week of activities culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live April 23 on Telemundo. Finalists for the awards will be announced in February.

Registration for 2020 LatinFest+ is officially open at http://latinfestplus.com.