Farruko’s “La 167” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Farruko is back on top…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has returned to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart after nearly six years, as La 167 debuts atop the October 16-dated list.

Farruko

The 25-track set, released via Carbon Fiber/Sony Music Latin on October 1, starts with 17,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 7, according to MRC Data.

It secures Farruko his third win on the overall Top Latin Albums chart dating back to his first champ Farruko Presents Los Menores (No. 1 start in November 2014). In between, he’s placed one more leading album: Visionary in November 2015.

“I don’t work to get a No. 1, but it’s incredible that people like what I’m doing and that they are enjoying it,” Farruko tells Billboard.

La 167 is a nod to a highway that passes through his homeland in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and a gas station once owned by his late grandfather. The 100-minute set is stacked with Latin artists, including Myke Towers, Ñengo Flow, O’Neill, Pedro Capó, Jay Wheeler and more, and each has rendered a variety of Latin styles ranging from perreo and reggae, to pop, hip-hop and reggaetón.

“The most challenging aspect of the production was structuring an album that didn’t bore,” Faruko adds. “Where the production, lyrics and everything were different, varied; where I allowed myself to explore other genres which were not necessarily mine.”

As La 167 arrives at the summit, Farruko now has a total of six top 10s on Top Latin Albums, three of which, as previously mentioned, hit No. 1 for at least one week. Here’s a recap:

Ranking, Title, Debut Date
No. 1, Farruko Presents Los Menores, Nov. 15, 2014 (two weeks atop)
No. 8, The Ones, Sept. 19, 2015
No. 1, Visionary, Nov. 14, 2015
No. 3, Trapxficante, Oct. 7, 2017
No. 2, Gangalee, May 11, 2019
No. 1, La 167, Oct. 16

La 167 concurrently debuts at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums, also his third No. 1 there. Farruko also captures his highest album yet on the overall Billboard 200, clocking in at No. 26 (Gangalee’s No. 80 start in 2019 earned him his highest debut, and peak, until now).

La 167 was preceded by only two tracks on the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart: the No. 4-peaking “La Tóxica” (November 2020) and the now eight-week champ (and counting) “Pepas,” which takes the Greatest Gainer/ Digital honors of the week despite a 6% dip in sales (3,000 downloads sold for the tracking week ending in October 7).

“I connect with many of the tracks on the album, for instance the opening track ‘Ki,’ ‘$,’ and ‘Helicóptero’,” Farruko continues, “all based on personal experiences from a particular chapter in my life.”

In addition to “Pepas” holding strong at the penthouse, “El Incomprendido,” with Víctor Cárdenas and DJ Adoni, another rhythmic/EDM club banger, bows at No. 14. The latter interpolates Alice Deejay’s “Beter Off Alone,” the ’90s Eurodance hit that reached the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2000.

Jay Wheeler Releases First-Ever English Single “Take My Life,” Featuring Tyla Yaweh

Jay Wheeler is switching tongues…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has surprised fans with his new single “Take My Life,” for which he joined voices with Florida-based rapper Tyla Yaweh.

Jay Wheeler

Not only does he experiment with new fusions, Wheeler also sings in English for the first time ever.

“I used to believe the love that we had was forever, but now I can let it go,” Wheeler sings in the heartfelt collaboration.

Produced by DJ Nelson, the song laces trap music with emo-punk and alternative pop sounds.

“Take My Life” is a preview of Wheeler’s upcoming new urban English album that will drop in the fall.

J Balvin Teams Up with Jay Wheeler for New Heartbreak Single “Otro Fili”

Heartbreak’s got the best of J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has joined voices with Jay Wheeler for their new track and video “Otro Fili.”

J Balvin & Jay Wheeler

For their first collaboration togethere, J Balvin and the Puerto Rican artist pull at the heartstrings with a heartbreak ballad.

It begins with Jay Wheeler’s romantic vocals and higher notes that blend over slow reggaeton melodies. In the second chorus, J Balvin meets Wheeler with his raspy voice to give depth to the devastating new single.

The song has a melancholic vibe and will evoke memories of a lost love that might never come back. “

You gave 100% and I didn’t even give you half/ I didn’t say sorry, I regret it so come back,” they sing.

Jay Wheeler Releases New Single “Viendo el Techo”

Jay Wheeler is dealing with a little heartbreak…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has released his latest single “Viendo el Techo.”

Jay Wheeler

With the new single, Wheeler continues to demonstarte why he’s considered “La Voz Romantica.”

Wheeler, one of Billboard’s Latin Artists to Watch in 2021, drops the romantic urban bop that perfectly sums up one’s feelings after a breakup: emptiness, confusion, shame.

“I’m not good at pretending that I forgot you/ Baby, I miss you, the nights are long without you,” Wheeler, who penned the lyrics, sings.

The music video captures a heartbroken man in his bedroom remembering his best memories with his ex-girlfriend.

VF7 Teams Up with Lunay for New Reggaeton Track “Codigo Secreto”

VF7 is sharing a new secret

The teen Puerto Rican urban singer, whose real name is Valeria Fernández, has joined voices with Lunay to release the new single “Codigo Secreto.

VF7

The catchy reggaeton track is about two people who like each other and are going back-and-forth on why they’re so special.

“I don’t know what I need to do so you can understand that I’m yours and you’re mine,” sings Lunay.

“Codigo Secreto” is one of the two collaborations on VF7’s debut studio album  Núcleo, which flaunts her evolution and versatility as an artist.

The album is home to 10 songs including her Jay Wheeler-assisted “No Te Quiero Ver (Remix).”

Ally Brooke to Perform on This Year’s Premios Juventud Awards Show

Ally Brooke is gearing up for the Premios Juventud

Univisionhas unveiled the second wave of talent confirmed to perform at this year’s Premios Juventudawards show, with the 27-year-old Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony making the list.

Ally Brooke

Ally Brooke, who finished in third place on the last installment of Dancing With the Stars, recently released the Spanish single “500 Veces,” featuring Messiah. No word if she’ll perform that song.

In addition to Ally Brooke, the star-studded lineup includesJ BalvinNatanael CanoPedro Capo,CNCOKarol GKany GarciaGreeicyMau & RickyOzunaRafa PabonPitbullAlex RoseSebastian YatraCaly y El DandeeDanna PaolaThe Wailersand Zion & Lennox, who will bless fans with a special musical number from Puerto Rico in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

They join previously announced performers Anuel AARauw Alejandro,Neto BernalCamiloNatti NatashaGloria Trevi, Manuel Turizo and Jay Wheeler.

In a first ever, PJ-only version, The Wailers will be joined on stage by Cedellaand Skip Marley,Pedro CapoRauw AlejandroCamiloand Kany Garcia to send a message of love, justice and inclusion.

Pitbull will surprise fans with his first ever television performance of his single “I Believe That We will Win.”

The program will feature artists performing at the venue, a virtual audience, and an innovative integration of the latest state-of-the-art, augmented and virtual reality technologies for award presentations, intros and musical performances. 

Premios Juventud, which celebrate the hottest artists in Latin music, fashion, television and social media, will be broadcast live from Miami, with Becky G and Ricky Martin being honored as Agents of Change during the telecast

Premios Juventud 2020 will air at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 13 via Univision.

Anuel AA to Perform at This Year’s Virtual ‘Premios Juventud’ Awards Show

Anuel AA isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic stop him from helping celebrate this year’s biggest Latino talents.  

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper will be performing as part of Univision’s Premios Juventud next month.

Anuel AA

Anuel AA joins a list of performers that includes Rauw Alejandro,Neto BernalCamiloNatti NatashaGloria Trevi, Manuel Turizo and Jay Wheeler.

In addition, Sebastian Yatra and actress and activist Julissa Calderon will join Ana Patricia GámezFrancisca Lachapel, and Borja Voces as the hosts of the three-hour event.

Premios Juventud, which celebrate the hottest artists in Latin music, fashion, television and social media, will be broadcast live from Miami, with Becky G and Ricky Martin being honored as Agents of Change during the telecast

The program will feature artists performing at the venue, a virtual audience, and an innovative integration of the latest state-of-the-art, augmented and virtual reality technologies for award presentations, intros and musical performances. 

The special show will leverage technology and innovation to provide for a safe environment in delivering a live music awards show.

Premios Juventud 2020 will air at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 13 via Univision.

The awards show will be preceded by “PJ Takeover,” a one-hour pre-show hosted by Jomari Goyso and Clarissa Molina and Amara La Negra, beginning at 7:00 pm ET.