Eslabon Armado Earns Fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums Chart with “Tu Veneno Mortal, Vol. 2”

It’s another No. 1 for Eslabon Armado

Six months after the Regional Mexican group’s Corta Venas debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart, the band takes the lead again as its latest effort, Tu Veneno Mortal, Vol. 2, debuts at No. 1 on the July 10-dated survey.

Eslabon Armado

It’s the act’s fourth No. 1 total, and all have come in less than 13 months.

The new 12-track set is the second volume of Tu Veneo Mortalthe debut albums of the then-trio, which topped the tally for eight weeks in 2020. Eslabon Armado is now comprised of brothers Pedro and Brian Tovar after Gabriel Hidalgo exited the group.

Tu Veneno Mortal, Vol. 2 starts with 8,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 1, according to MRC Data. Nearly all the set’s opening sum derives from streaming activity. That is 12.5 million U.S. on-demand streams for the tracks on the album.

As Tu Veneno Mortal, Vol. 2 arrives at No. 1, it earns Eslabon Armado a career milestone. The duo becomes the first Latin act to debut two albums at No. 1 in 2021 on any of the five Latin albums charts.

In 2020, Bad Bunny pulled three No. 1 debuts: on the Latin Rhythm Albums chart, with YHLQMDLG (March 14, 2020), Las Que No Iban a Salir (May 3, 2020) and El Último Tour del Mundo (Dec. 12, 2020).

Tu Veneno Mortal, Vol. 2 is Eslabon Armado’s third No. 1 debut in less than 12 months on Regional Mexican Albums, as the act also opened atop the list with Vibras de Noche on the Aug. 1, 2020-dated chart. Their first No. 1, Tu Veneno Mortal, debuted at No. 2 before climbing to No. 1 last June.

With 8,000 equivalent album units, Eslabon Armado earns the second-biggest week in terms of overall units in 2021 for a regional Mexican album. Who did it first? Well, the group itself, when Corta Venas arrived at the summit with 21,000 units (chart dated Jan. 2).

As Vol. 2 launches at No. 1, it dethrones Natanael Cano’s A Los 20 from its four-week coronation. It concurrently earns the Tovar brothers four successive champs. Here is the recap:

Title, Debut/ Peak Date/ Weeks at No. 1

Tu Veneno Mortal, June 13, 2020, eight weeks
Vibras de Noche, August 1, 2020, 11 weeks
Corta Venas, Jan, 2, 17 weeks
Tu Veneno Mortal, Vol. 2, July 10

With Vol. 2’s entrance on Regional Mexican Albums, Eslabon Armado places a total of four simultaneous titles on the list, the most since Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga had as many in September 2020.

Two Vol. 2’s songs debut on Hot Latin Songs on the strength of streaming activity: “Regresa Mami” at No. 25 and “No Dudes de Ti” at No. 45. The tally encapsulates airplay, streaming data and digital sales. Among both, the group registered 3.8 million U.S. clicks in the week ending July 1.

Elsewhere on the charts, Vol. 2 concurrently bows at No. 5 on Top Latin Albums and at No. 132 on the overall Billboard 200 chart.

Bad Bunny: The Top Latinx Winner at the Billboard Music Awards

Bad Bunny is celebrating a memorable night…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican superstar took home four awards at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, the most of any Latinx artist.

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Bad Bunny collected the awards Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Male Artist, Top Latin Song (“Dákiti“) and Top Latin Album (YHLQMDLG).

Bad Bunny, who performed “Te Deseo Lo Mejor” after accepting his Top Latin Artist award, presented by Lena Waithe, holds the record for the most top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with 104. He also holds the record for the most hits in total on that chart: 111. His chart-topping YHLQMDLG won him his first Grammy on March 14, when it was named Best Latin Pop or Urban Album.

In the Top Latin Artist category at the BBMAs, Bad Bunny was up against Anuel AA, J Balvin, Maluma and Ozuna.

“I share this [award] with all of my colleagues nominated who are doing big things for the genre,” he said in Spanish during his speech.

El Conejo Malo wasn’t the only one representing Latin music at the BBMAs. Colombian hitmaker Karol G also took center stage performing “Bichota” and “El Makinon” after being announced winner of the Top Latin Female Artist award, beating out Becky G and Rosalía.

Karol G, whose most recent album KG0516 debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, becoming her first No. 1 on that list, has amassed 25 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including three No. 1s. She has had 10 No. 1s on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart.

She performed a medley of her hits “Bichota” and “El Makinon,” both from her latest album KG0516. She also flaunted her “next level” dance moves that she rehearsed “very hard” for, as she told Billboard’s Leila Cobo.

“I’m happy and I’m nervous,” she said ahead of her big night. “A lot of power…with this performance, I want to express that I feel like a woman and a business girl. I feel so happy and grateful for everything that’s happening in my career and my life, and to have the opportunity to inspire girls all over the world.”

Finally, representing the Regional Mexican realm, Eslabon Armado took home the Top Latin Duo/Group award. The teenage trio was up against Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga and Los Dos Carnales in that category.

Known for their sierreño ballads, Eslabon Armado – comprised of brothers Pedro (lead vocalist) and Brian Tovar (bass and bajoloche), along with friend Gabriel Hidalgo (harmony and background vocals) – scored three consecutive chart-topping albums in 2020: Tu Veneno MortalVibras de Noche and Corta Venas.

“Always grateful to God, our parents, our label and our fans,” Eslabon Armado posted on their social media after they won the award. “This award is for all of you.”

Hosted by Nick Jonas, the ceremony also honored P!nk as the Icon, Drake as the artist of the decade and Trae Tha Truth as the Change Maker.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Top Artist: The Weeknd
Top New Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake
Top Song Sales Artist
: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
Top Social Artist (Fan Voted): BTS
Top R&B Artist:
The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist
: Doja Cat
Top Rap Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Male Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Female Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Top Country Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Male Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Female Artist: Gabby Barrett
Top Country Duo/Group: Florida Georgia Line
Top Rock Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Male Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Female Artist
: Karol G
Top Latin Duo/Group: Eslabón Armado
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist
: Elevation Worship
Top Gospel Artist
: Kanye West
Top Billboard 200 Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top R&B Album: The Weeknd, After Hours
Top Rap Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top Country Album: Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
Top Rock Album: Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall 
Top Latin Album: Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG 
Top Dance/Electronic Album
: Lady Gaga, Chromatica 
Top Christian Album: Carrie Underwood, My Gift
Top Gospel Album: Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1 
Top Hot 100 Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Streaming Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Top Selling Song: BTS, “Dynamite”
Top Radio Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Collaboration (Fan Voted): Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Rap Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Top Country Song: Gabby Barrett, “I Hope”
Top Rock Song: AJR, “Bang!”
Top Latin Song
: Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: SAINt JHN, “Roses (Imanbek Remix)”
Top Christian Song: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, “Graves Into Gardens”
Top Gospel Song: Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, “Wash Us In The Blood”

Eslabon Armado’s “Corta Venas” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums Chart

Make that three chart-toppers for Eslabon Armado.

The California trio claims its third No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart as Corta Venas debuts atop the list dated January 2, 2021.

Eslabon Armado

The latest chart reflects sales and streaming data compiled in the week ending December 24, 2020.

The trio’s third studio album concurrently arrives at No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart, becoming just the fourth regional Mexican effort to open in the top two on the all-Latin genre chart.

Corta Venas is my favorite album because I feel all songs are good and reflective,” says Pedro Tovar, lead singer of the group. “This album is different because it has a variety of flows I would say that it is a combination of my two previous albums.”

Tovar composed 22 of the 24 tracks of the set.

Corta Venas was released on December 18 via Del Records. It earns 2020’s second-biggest week for a regional Mexican album in terms of overall units. It comes close to Eslabon Armado’s own Vibras de Noche which started with 2020’s largest week for a regional Mexican set: 23,000 equivalent album units.

Regional Mexican Albums ranks the most popular regional Mexican 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).

In terms of streaming data, Corta Venas also takes the second-biggest streaming week for a regional Mexican album in 2020.

The set bows with 20,000 SEA, which equates to 31.6 million on-demand streams generated by the songs on the album. The group’s own Vibras de Noche spawned 32 million on-demand streams (chart dated August 1).

As Corta Venas arrives, all three of Eslabon’s albums grab a spot on Regional Mexican Album’s top five: the new album at No. 1, Tu Veneno Mortal at No. 3 and Vibras de Noche at No. 4. It’s the only group to place three simultaneous titles in the same chart week in 2020.

“We feel more than happy to be back at No. 1. Thank you to the fans, God, my family and the Del Records company that supports and trusts my ideas,” Tovar says.

Four cuts off the set arrive on the Hot Latin Songs chart, including one top 10. Here’s a rundown of Eslabon’s new arrivals to the list:

No. 10, “Ando Más Que Mal
No. 26, “La Mejor De Todas”
No. 28, “Mi Historia Entre Tus Dedos”
No. 47, “El Tiempo Nos Cambió”

Beyond its No. 1 start on Regional Mexican Albums and its No. 2 arrival on Top Latin Albums, Corta Venas also secures the trio their second entry on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, with a No. 56 debut.

Bad Bunny Leads Billboard’s Top Latin Artists Chart for Second Straight Year

Make that two in a row for Bad Bunny

Billboard has released its 2020 year-end Top Latin Artists chart, with the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer-songwriter coming in at No. 1 for the second consecutive year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny also ranks as the Top Male Artist.

Bad Bunny notched a field-dominating 41 charting songs on the airplay-, streaming- and digital sales-blended Hot Latin Songs chart during the tracking year (five of them spent time at No. 1, seeding a booming closing year for the artist whose full name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio). Plus, on the Top Latin Albums chart, he spent 45 weeks at No. 1 during the chart year with three different No. 1 albums.

J Balvin is the runner-up on the year-end Top Latin Artists chart, Ozuna comes in third place, while Anuel AA, Sech and Maluma are Nos. 4-6, respectively. The male reggaetón brigade in the top 10 is closed by Myke Towers at No. 10.

Karol G leads the female flock closing as the Top Female Artist for a second year in a row (and the only woman in the year-end top 10).

The 29-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter comes in as the No. 8 artist; she was No. 9 in 2019. (Shakira was the lone woman in the top 10 in 2018 and 2017.)

Karol G was the only female act who mostly records in Spanish to reach No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart during the 2020 chart year. She topped the list with “Tusa,” a collaboration with hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj, which led the list for four weeks.

Newcomer Natanael Cano earns the No. 7 spot on the Top Latin Artists chart (he’s also the Top New Artist).

The 19-year-old Mexican musician’s year-end finish was aided by his seven charting hits on the Hot Latin Songs chart during the chart year, along with his album Corridos Tumbados spending half of the year locked in the weekly top 10 of the Top Latin Albums chart, placing him as one of the trailblazers of the corridos tumbados squad.

Eslabon Armado is the Top Duo/Group.

The Mexican group’s debut album Tu Veneno Mortal arrived in the top 10 on the weekly Top Latin Albums chart dated May 16 (peaking at No. 7 in July), and then, just a few months later, the teenage trio’s second album, Vibras de Noche, bowed at No. 1 (Aug. 1). It was the second title by a regional Mexican act to open at No. 1 in 2020, and earned the year’s biggest week — at that point — for a regional Mexican album in terms of equivalent album units. The Pedro Tovar-led ensemble leads the year-end Top Latin Artists – Duo/Group ranking.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated November 23, 2019, through November 14, 2020. The rankings for Nielsen Music/MRC Data-based year-end recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-November time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

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.