Marc Anthony’s “3.0” Becomes First-Ever Salsa Album to Earn RIAA’s Diamante Certification

Marc Anthony is shining bright like a diamond…

The 52-year-old Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, the best-selling tropical salsa artist of all time, has earned a spot in the annals of music history with his 2013 album 3.0, which at the time was his first salsa album in a decade.

Marc Anthony

The album, which was considered a risky release at the time with tropical music beginning to fade in popularity due to the resurgence of reggaeton, has became the first salsa album ever to be certified “Diamante,” the RIAA’s highest certification for a Latin album, for shipments of over 600,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

Anthony announced the major accomplishment on his Instagram page, posting a slideshow of photos that feature him cozying up to the Diamond plaque and grinning from ear to ear.

“Wow 3.0 First Salsa album ever to reach Diamond Status,” Anthony wrote in his caption. “Thanks to my team and everyone that worked on the album y Gracias a mis fans por siempre apoyar mi música y hacer este uno de sus favoritos. God bless!”

This major milestone for the project is only its latest accomplishment.

In 2013, 3.0 became the top-selling release of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The hit single from the album, “Vivir Mi Vida,” also spent 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, becoming the first tropical single in a decade to top the chart and the longest-running No. 1 tropical song in the history of the chart.

“It’s a huge honor for us at Sony Music Latin to work with Marc,” Sony Music Latin Iberia Chairman and CEO Afo Verde said as he presented Marc Anthony his RIAA Diamante plaque in a virtual ceremony. “He continues to break records time and time again and creates new ones all on his own. His music is forever. He’s proven that his recordings, from birth and even five, 10, 20 years later, are everlasting and will be sung by everyone for a lifetime.”

Anthony also talked about the milestone, revealing the confidence boost the success of the project gave him all those years ago.

“The arrival of this new achievement in this particular time is truly gratifying and inspiring for me,” Marc said. “3.0 was an album that I considered risky at the time of its release. The Latin music industry was beginning to shift and the main attention was going to other genres. The album was embraced by everyone in such a powerful way. That response gave a boost of reassurance in my career and my instincts as a music creator.”

With this accomplishment under his belt, Anthony is now working on new music.

Moreno Releases Spanish-Language Holiday Album, “Posada”

Gaby Moreno is getting into the holiday spirit… en español

The 32-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist has released a Christmas album that’s being heralded as an insta-Latin holiday classic.

Gaby Moreno

Moreno’s Posada, released in the U.S. on indie label Cosmica, blends the singer’s love of gospel, soul and piano jazz with acoustic sounds from her Central American roots to revive a set of traditional holiday songs.

Moreno performs standard Spanish-language hymns with passion, delivering a beautiful rendition of “El Niño del Tambor” and bringing a little naughty to “Peces en el Rio” in a revved-up cabaret version of the children’s Christmas classic.

On an album that includes English and German-language lyrics, the singer seduces with a retro “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” set to brushed drums. Moreno and her band add some honky tonk to “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

A video for Moreno’s spare and emotive “Primer Noel,” premiering on, features the artist reliving childhood holiday memories.

Unlike the album, which is notable for Moreno’s decidedly non-secular approach to holiday music, the video brings some typical Christmas commercialism to her message with a bottle of Pepsi placed prominently on her piano. Moreno recently appeared at a Pepsi holiday concert and in a commercial for the beverage’s holiday campaign in Guatemala.

Moreno has a strong bilingual following in her adopted home city of Los Angeles, and she’s most widely known to Spanish-speakers for her 2011 duet with Ricardo Arjona, “Fuiste Tu.” That track has neared 165 million views on YouTube, and it rose to #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay and Tropical Airplay charts.

Moreno parlayed that connection into a well-received Latin American tour for her 2012 album Postales, released on Arjona’s label Metamorfosis, which also produced her Christmas record.

Despite being named Best New Artist at the 2013 Latin Grammys, the singer still remains underappreciated in the U.S. Latin market. Postales sold 3,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Thalia’s “Amore Mio” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Make that three for Thalia

The 43-year-old Mexican singer/actress’ new album Amore Mio has debuted at the top spot on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.


Thalia’s latest set shifted 3,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It’s the third No. 1 for the Mexican pop star, and is the follow-up studio album to Habitame Siempre, which arrived at the top in 2012 (6,000 copies).

Thalia also debuts at No. 50 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chat with the album’s track “Por Lo Que Reste De Mi Vida,” her 24th charting song on the list.

Martin Notches His 24th Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

Ricky Martin is moving up the list of acts with the most top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer has scored his 24th top 10 on the chart as “Adios” jumps 16-9.

Ricky Martin

The rise is fueled by Martin’s performance of the uptempo song at the Latin Grammy Awards, which aired on Univision on November 20.

The performance boosted the tune’s digital sales 151 percent (to 3,000 downloads) in the week ending November 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rise in sales also drives the track 15-4 on Billboard’s Latin Digital Songs chart.

“Adios” moves Martin ahead of Gloria Estefan on the list of acts with the most top 10 hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Luis Miguel leads all artists, with 39 top 10s, followed by Enrique Iglesias (34), Chayanne (29), Cristian Castro (29), Marco Antonio Solis (25), Martin (24) and Estefan (23).

In addition to his solo turn on the awards, Martin also performed with Mexican duo Camila, singing their track “Perdon.” It also enjoyed a post-show sales bump (130 percent, to over 2,000 downloads), rising 21-9 on the Latin Digital Songs chart.

On the Latin Grammys‘ red carpet, Martin announced that his upcoming studio album will be released early next year.

Guerra’s “Todo Tiene Su Hora” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Juan Luis Guerra is having su hora

The 57-year-old Domincan singer-songwriter has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with his latest effort Todo Tiene Su Hora.

Juan Luis Guerra

Guerra’s album sold 6,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It’s the 15-time Latin Grammy and two-time Grammy winner’s third No. 1 album on the chart.

Meanwhile, the new album’s lead single, “Tus Besos,” spends a fifth consecutive week atop Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, making it his second-longest running No. 1 in his 25-year history on the chart, behind “Cuando Me Enamoro,” which led for 17 weeks in 2010.

“Tus Besos” likewise tops Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay chart for a second week.

Farruko’s Latest Album Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

The fourth time’s the chart for Farruko…

The 23-year-old Puerto Rican Reggaeton singer has earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with his fourth studio album.


Farruko reaches the summit with Farruko Presents Los Menores, which arrives with 4,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Meanwhile, the album track “Lejos de Aqui” climbs 14-13 on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart in its second week, rising 25 percent in audience (1.6 million impressions, according to Nielsen BDS).

Farruko spent three weeks atop the chart with “Passion Whine” featuring Sean Paul, in August. A remastered version of the track appears on the new set.

Farruko’s previous albums include El Talento Del Bloque, The Most Powerful Rookie and Imperio Nazza: Farruko Edition.

Lovato to Release New Album in 2015

Demi Lovato will be returning with new music in the coming year…

The 22-year-old part-Mexican American singer, actress and former The X Factor judge singer is expected to release a new album in 2015 via her longtime label Hollywood Records.

Demi Lovato

Lovato has spent most of this year on the road in support of her fourth studio album, Demi, which was released in 2013 and has registered three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. But now that her latest North American tour is wrapping up, she’s ready to return to the studio.

“She’s finishing up right now on the last leg of her touring for this year, and we finish it up with a couple of radio shows,” Lovato’s manager Phil McIntyre told Billboard last week. “Then the plan is for her to go back into the studio and start the next creative process. She’s already done some songs, but certainly the majority of it will kick off next year.”

Disney Music Group president Ken Bunt adds, “We’re really excited. We’ve got a new album coming from her next year. We’re not talking about release dates yet. And she’s going to continue her world tour throughout next year.”

Demi, released in May 2013, an featured the hits “Heart Attack,” “Really Don’t Care” with Cher Lloyd and “Neon Lights.” It has sold 426,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Following the album’s release, Lovato returned as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor, then set off on two arena tours in 2014 — the Neon Lights tour last spring and the Demi World Tour this fall. Lovato’s Neon Lights tour grossed $8.6 million over the 21 dates reported to Billboard Boxscore.

“I think she’s one of the handful of the music stars in the industry right now,” Bunt says of Lovato. “There’s not a lot of people who could go do two arena tours [in one year] anymore, and she’s one of them. There were three hits off of this record, and when she plays, there’s plenty of hits now.”

Following Monday’s performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Lovato will set off on a short European run, beginning in Istanbul on Nov. 16.

Valenzuela’s “Mi Vida En Vida” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums Chart

Remmy Valenzuela is back at the top of the album charts…

The Mexican singer, songwriter and composer of alternative Amandotecorrido and modern banda music has notched his second No. 1 album on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart with Mi Vida En Vida.

Remmy Valenzuela

Valenzuela’s album shifted nearly 2,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s also the highest debut on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, at No. 3.

Valenzuela, 23, last topped Regional Mexican Albums chart, as well as Top Latin Albums chart, with De Alumno a Maestro in July.

Daddy Yankee Releases First English Track “This Is Not a Love Song”

Daddy Yankee is switching tongues…

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter and actor has released the uptempo song “This Is Not a Love Songen ingles.

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee’s new track was produced by the Cataracs, who’ve worked with everyone from Enrique Iglesias to Beyonce. It also features newcomer Duncan.

There are currently no plans for an English-language album, according to a spokesperson for the entertainer, one of the most revered rappers in Latin music.

But Daddy Yankee is releasing the 10th-anniversary edition of Barrio Fino on October 7.

Yankee, who has been working with producers like Diplo and Jim Jonsin, was searching for the right English-language song. When the Cataracs song surfaced, it struck a chord.

“Over these past 10 years I focused on bringing my music to the forefront of the Latin music world, but when I got this track from The Cataracs, I knew I had to run with it,” Yankee said in a statement. “Most people have only ever heard me in Spanish so it shocks everyone to hear me rap all in English. The hook helps bring it to life. Duncan’s voice is one of a kind and he just adds that magic touch to the record.”

A decade ago, Barrio Fino was heard around the world. In the U.S., sales have totaled 1.08 million to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album debuted at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums on July 31, 2004. It spent 24 weeks at No. 1 and holds more weeks at No. 1 than any other urban album in the chart’s history. Only four other albums have had more weeks at No. 1. The ranking:

  1. Gloria Estefan, Mi Tierra (58 weeks at No. 1)
    2. Selena, Dreaming of You (44 weeks)
    3. Luis Miguel, Segundo Romance (29 weeks)
    4. Ricky Martin, Vuelve (26 weeks)
    5. Daddy Yankee, Barrio Fino (24 weeks)

The album peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 on April 16, 2005.

“Ten years ago ‘Gasolina’ introduced me and my music to the mainstream market and helped pave the path for many artists that came after me with a vision and a dream,” Yankee added.

“This Is Not a Love Song” went on sale Tuesday (Sept. 9) through iTunes and other digital platforms.

Chayanne Earns His Fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Chayanne is back at the top of the charts…

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actor and composer has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart with his latest studio album En Todo Estare.


Chayanne vaults 17-1, fueled by 10,000 copies sold in the week ending Aug. 31 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

His climb to the summit comes a week after early street-date violation sales pushed the album onto the chart at No. 17.

The climb marks Chayanne’s fifth No. 1 and first since No Hay Imposible spent two weeks at the top in 2010.

The new set’s first single, “Humanos a Marte,” peaked at No. 3 last month on the Latin Airplay and Latin Pop Airplay charts, and it remains in the top 10 on the latter chart (5-7).