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.

Manuel Turizo Releases New Single “Te Olvido”

Manuel Turizo is forgetting…

The 21-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer has released his latest single “Te Olvido,” in which he suggests he can forger about an ex-girlfriend overnight.

Manuel Turizo

Drawing inspiration from the early 2000s — from sporting denim-on-denim outfits to instant messaging chat rooms — Turizo narrates the tragic ending of a love story in the song’s music video, which was directed by P The Chemist.

“Don’t even bother giving my an explanation,” Turizo sings. “If you ever think of apologizing when you’re alone. I hope you don’t even try it. Just remember I was rooting for you, and you threw everything out the window.”

“Te Olvido,” which starts off like a ballad but ultimately transitions into Turizo’s signature slow-tempo reggaeton, is the new single from his forthcoming third studio album titled 2000, named after the year he was born.

His upcoming effort will follow ADN and this year’s Dopamina, which peaked at No. 15 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart. The former peaked at No. 8 on the survey dated September 6, 2019. Currently, the “Vaina Loca” singer is touring the U.S. with his Dopamina trek, making stops in cities like Chicago, Orlando, Houston, New York, among others.

Joss Favela Signs Worldwide Administration Agreement with Warner Chappell Music

Joss Favela has a new deal…

The 30-year-old Mexican award-winning singer-songwriter has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Warner Chappell Music.

Joss Favela

“His raw talent, creative instincts, and authenticity shine through in every performance,” said Gustavo Menéndez, WCM president, U.S. Latin & Latin America, who first saw Favela perform at the ASCAP Latin Music Awards a few years ago. “We’re glad Joss has chosen Warner Chappell as his partner in this journey and we look forward to working alongside him.”

Proud to be his publisher and excited to do “great things together,” Lazaro Hernandez, WMC vice president, A&R, U.S. Latin & Latin America, added: “Joss is a dynamic and genuine songwriter who at such a young age has already established himself as one of the greatest of his time.”

The Regional Mexican star, who has penned more than 100 songs for artists like Alejandro Fernandez, Banda MS, and Natti Natasha, made history at the 2016 Premio ASCAP as the youngest person ever to win songwriter of the year. He nabbed the title in 2017 and 2018.

On the Billboard charts, Favela has entered Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, Top Latin Albums, Regional Mexican Albums, and Regional Mexican Airplay, where he has five top 10’s.

“When my love for music started I never thought that I’d get to spend my life writing songs,” he said. “I’m continuously surprised by the beautiful things that happen to me, and joining the Warner Chappell family is one of them. I’m grateful for the songs that life has given me, but I’m even more grateful for the ones that are still to come.”

Favela, who is represented by Simran A. Singh and Christopher Navarro of Singh, Singh & Trauben, LLP, is nominated for best banda album at the 2021 Latin Grammys with Llegando al Rancho.

J Balvin Earns Fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart with “Jose”

Make that four chart-topping albums for J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian singer has notched his fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as Jose debuts atop the September 25-dated tally.

J Balvin

The set, released on September 10 via Sueños Globales/Universal Music Latino/UMLE, starts with 27,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week September 16, according to MRC Data.

Jose marks J Balvin’s sixth visit to the all-Latin genre Top Latin Albums chart, all of which have hit the top 10.

The rhythmic singer-songwriter first earned a No. 10 high with La Familia, his first studio album. A trio of No. 1s followed: Energía in 2016, two-week ruler Vibras (2018) and Oasis, with Bad Bunny, the eight-week leader starting July 2019. Colores, his fifth studio album and immediate predecessor to Jose, reached a No. 2 high in April 2020.

As Jose starts with 27,000 overall units, it becomes the second-largest debut week in 2021 after Anuel & Ozuna’s Los Dioses (29,000 in its opening week). In terms of largest week overall this year, Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour del Mundo continues at the helm with 38,000 units.

The 27,000-unit arrival for Jose easily marks Balvin’s best week, by units earned, for a solo album. His previous best week came through Colores‘ first full tracking week on the chart, when it earned 24,000 units on the April 4, 2020-dated chart. (Among all of Balvin’s albums, Oasis, his collaborative effort with Bad Bunny, holds his best week — with its 36,000 unit start on the July 13, 2019-dated chart.)

Out of Jose’s 27,000 units, 25,000 stem from streaming activity which equates to 33.8 million U.S. streams of the set’s tracks. The remainder 2,000-unit sum derives from album sales and track equivalent album units.

As Jose arrives, five of the set’s 24 tracks debut on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data. Let’s take a look:

No. 11, “Una Nota,” with Sech
No. 33, “Te Acuerdas de Mi,” with Yandel
No. 46, “La Venganza,” with Jhay Cortez
No. 48, “Perra,” with Tokischa
No. 49, “Billetes de 100,” with Myke Towers

Eight other tracks preceded the album on the all-metric chart: “Un Día (One Day)” (No. 1 peak and five-time ruler in 2020), “Otra Noche Sin Ti” (No. 5 peak, May 2021), “7 de Mayo” (No. 48 debut and peak (May 22-dated list), “Qué Más Pues?” (No. 14 peak, July 310-dated survey), “Otro Fili” (No. 26 debut and peak (June 26-dated chart), “Poblado (remix),” (No. 11 debut and peak, July 3), “In Da Getto” (peaks at No. 5 on the current chart), “Que Locura” (No. 41 debut and peak, August 28).

Jose concurrently starts at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums and at No. 12 on the overall Billboard 200 chart, his fifth entry there.

Don Omar Signs Groundbreaking Multi-Year Partnership Deal with Saban Music Group

Don Omar has a new deal…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican award-winning reggaetón legend has signed a groundbreaking multi-year partnership with Saban Music Group.

Don Omar

Saban Music Group CEO and Latin music industry veteran Gustavo López, who helped foster Omar’s career, will continue their working relationship under the new deal, which includes advancing all recording and marketing costs — a standard for all of the label’s artists.

“Don will always be family to me,” said López in a statement. “When the opportunity to work together again came up, it felt as if not a single day had passed. And yet, he’s now making the best music of his career.”

“I am thrilled to be joining forces with Saban Music Group and being backed by the savvy business and artistic instincts of Haim and Gus,” said Omar in a statement. “And I can’t wait to connect with my loyal fans and audience by doing what I love most and introduce them to the exciting new music I have coming.”

Omar has been working on his long-awaited eighth studio album. He has 41 entries on BillboardHot Latin Songs chart, including five No. 1s.

He’s also notched 10 projects on the Top Latin Albums chart, five of which have hit No. 1. Omar has been working on his long-awaited eighth studio album.

He has 41 entries on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart, including five No. 1s.

He’s also notched 10 projects on the Top Latin Albums chart, five of which have hit No. 1.

Saban Music Group was founded in 2019 by multi-billionaire entertainment mogul Haim Saban, who serves as chairman/CEO of Saban Capital Group LLC. Last July, SMG entered into an exclusive global administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group.

“Don Omar is one of the most transcendental music stars of the past two decades, he set the pace for the entire Latin Urban genre,” Saban added. “Without his charismatic stage presence, deep compositional skills, and powerful vocal delivery, Latin music would be an altogether different animal today, and we’re honored to join forces with him.”

J Balvin Ties Enrique Iglesias for Most No. 1s on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart (31) with “In Da Getto,” Featuring Skrillex

J Balvin has tied a Latin music icon…

The 36-year-old Colombian singer and Skrillex rise to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart as “In Da Getto” rises 3-1 on the September 11-dated survey.

J Balvin, Skrillex, In Da Getto

With the new chart-topper, J Balvin earns his 31st No.1 on the chart, tying him with Enrique Iglesias for the most leaders in the chart’s history.

Meanwhile, Skrillex secures his first No. 1 on any Latin airplay chart.

“In Da Getto” takes over the 26-year-old tally with a 15% gain in audience impressions, to 12.4 million, earned in the week ending September 5, according to MRC Data.

J Balvin’s collection of Latin Airplay No. 1s dates back to 2014, when he sent “6 AM,” the fourth single from his La Familia album to the summit –his breakthrough set which earned him a first top 10 on the overall Top Latin Albums chart (October 2014).

With the ‘90s dance interpolated “In Da Getto” taking over atop Latin Airplay, J Balvin ties Enrique Iglesias’ all-time No. 1 record, a mark Iglesias has held since 1996 as he placed five simultaneous tracks from his self-titled debut effort atop the all-genre Latin tally (“Si Tú Te Vas,” ‘Experiencia Religiosa,” “Por Amarte,” “No Llores Por Mi,” and “Trapecista”).

“In Da Getto” turns out to be profitable for the EDM DJ/ producer Skrillex having previously scored his first top 10 on the airplay-, digital sales, and streaming-blended Hot Latin Songs chart when the club banger debuted at No. 7 (dated July 17). It concurrently earned him a first No. 1 on any Latin chart with the track dominating the Latin Digital Song Sales on the same chart week.

The Skrillex and Tainy-produced tune also takes home the Greatest Gainer/Digital honors on Hot Latin Songs jumping three rankings (10-7) with close to 1,500 downloads sold, up 59%, logged in the week ending September 2.

 

On the streaming front, the track posts a 28% gain to 3.42 million U.S. streams, and re-enters Latin Streaming Songs at No. 12.

“In Da Getto” follows J Balvin’s one-week Latin Airplay reign of “AM,” with Nio García and Bad Bunny (July 10). In total, he’s placed four No. 1s in 2021, all through collaborations except for “Tu Veneno” (April 3-dated list), his ninth ruler as a solo act among his 31 chart toppers.

Enrique Iglesias to Release “Final” Album This Month

It’s the Final countdown for Enrique Iglesias

During a live Q&A on Friday, September 3, the 46-year-old Spanish singer/songwriter announced that his forthcoming album, titled Final, could be his last.

Enrique Iglesias

Iglesias revealed the news to Ricky Martin and Sebastián Yatra, and their millions of followers on Instagram, during a live chat to promote their upcoming tour set to kick off later this month.

Final is set for release on September 17.

“It might be my final album,” the “Bailando” singer told them. “It’s not something that I have been thinking about for the past few months. It’s something that I have been thinking about for the past few years. There’s going to be Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, but they’re final. I’m in that moment in my life, that chapter in my life, where I think it’s the right time to put it out and I’ve been thinking about this since 2015.”

Although it might be his last album, Iglesias reassured fans that it doesn’t mean he’ll stop making music. “I’m never going to stop writing songs because I love writing songs, but I’m going to do it in a different way — meaning they don’t necessarily have to be packaged as an album — so this project to me is important.”

Final Vol. 1 will be Iglesias’ 11th studio album and will follow 2014’s Sex and Love, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart (dated April 4, 2014).

Selena Gomez Teams Up with Camilo for New Spanish Single “999”

Selena Gomez is back with new Spanish music…

The 29-year-old Mexican American singer/actress has joined voices with Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo for the new Spanish single “999.”

Selena Gomez

The new single comes after Gomez released her first Spanish-language EP Revelación in March — with which she became the first woman to debut at No. 1 on BillboardTop Latin Albums chart since 2017.

Produced by Edgar Barrera and penned by Camilo, “999” — a rhythmic pop song that is a ballad at its core — marks the first collaboration between the former Disney Channel star and Camilo.

The track, which was released alongside a music video directed by Sophie Muller, finds the two artists, with Gomez donning colorful hair, trading verses about true love over a sparse drumbeat.

“I don’t want to go slow. I know you think of me … If you want to go at 1,000, I’m at 999,” they sing.

“Camilo is a fantastic songwriter and singer who proudly wears his heart on his sleeve which is something we connected on immediately,” Gomez said about Camilo. “I couldn’t have been more excited to collaborate with him.”

“Working with Selena Gomez is a huge honor. From the beginning, ‘999’ was written with the sound of her voice in mind and would not exist if it were not created dreaming of this collaboration,” Camilo added. “I’m so excited about the opportunity it represents for me and my career, a song as precious as this, with an artist whom I respect and have followed for so long. I couldn’t believe it because just two or three years ago they asked me in an interview with whom I dreamed of making a song and my answer was, ‘with Selena Gomez’ and now it’s a reality.”

“999” follows Gomez’s seven-track Revelación released March 12 via Interscope/IGA that marked the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman since 2017. The EP featured collaborations with rising Latin acts Myke Towers and Rauw Alejandro.

“I was the most nervous I have been in a long time because my heritage means so much to me and I have been talking about doing this for over 10 years,” Gomez previously told Billboard about Revelación. “I wanted it to be perfect. I am thrilled to see the response from my fans and also from people who might not have listened to my other music.”

Most recently, Camilo collaborated with Shawn Mendes on a remix for his ultra tropical love anthem “Kesi.” He’s currently on tour in Spain.

Karol G Releases Bubble Gum Inspired by Her Album “KG0516”

It’s a sticky situation for Karol G

The 30-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter is still celebrating her third studio album KG0516, this time with the release of her very own bubble gum in Colombia.

Karol G

Karol G has partnered with Colombian company Super de Alimentos and brand Oka Loka to create a special edition “chicle bomba” inspired by her latest album, featuring the hit singles like “El Makinon,” “Bichota,” and “200 Copas.”

“With the purpose that her music reaches all corners of her native country in the most fun and colorful way possible,” said a press statement about The Karol G gum, which features colorful packaging that represents Karol’s turquoise blue hair color. The packaging also includes a QR code so that fans can listen to all of her biggest hits.

Karol G Bubble Gum

With the release of KG0516, Karol earned her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. The climb to the top became the biggest week by a female act in nearly four years with 24,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending April 1, 2021.

J Balvin Releases New Single “Que Locura” & Announces New Album “José”

J Balvin is unleashing the madness

The 36-year-old Colombian singer has released his new single “Que Locura,” which he launched with an accompanying music video.

J Balvin

J Balvin, whose real name José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, also revealed that he will release his fifth studio album, Joséon Sept. 10.

José will be the follow-up project to 2020’s Colores, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart and won the Latin Grammy for best urban album.

Balvin recently spoke to Billboard about how his Miller Lite campaign, titled “Es José Time,” which embraces his namesake and who he really is behind his onstage persona.

“I’m really getting to know me, because I’ve been so caught up on J Balvin that I started to forget about José,” he said. “That’s what I love about this campaign. It’s showing my human side, chilling with my friends and being a normal guy.”

J Balvin is a finalist for the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards with nine nods, including artist of the year, songwriter of the year and hot Latin song of the year for “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” with the Black Eyed Peas.