Eslabon Armado Makes History on Billboard 200 Chart

Eslabon Armado is making history on the Billboard charts…

The California-based Regional Mexican group’s fifth studio album Nostalgia has stormed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart, as well as the top 10 on the Top Latin Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 charts (all dated May 21).

Eslabon ArmadoEslabon Armado — comprised of brothers Brian and Pedro Tovar (18 and 19, respectively), Ulises Gonzalez (20) and Damian Fidel Pacheco (20) — arrives at a new career achievement, scoring the first top 10-charting regional Mexican album ever on the Billboard 200. (Regional Mexican albums are defined as those that have hit Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart.)

Debuting at No. 9, Nostalgia bests the group’s previous three entries there, including a top 20 appearance (Vibras de Noche, No. 18, August 2020).

“We never expected to debut so high, it’s truly a blessing,” Pedro Tovar tells Billboard. “We hope this becomes our best project; we really love it.”

Further, Eslabon is the first group to score a top 10 with a Latin album on the Billboard 200 since Santana’s Africa Speaks arrived and peaked at No. 3 in June 2019.

Over on the Latin charts, Nostalgia, released May 6 via DEL Records, starts at No. 1 on Regional Mexican Albums with 29,500 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 12, according to Luminate.

The chart ranks the most popular regional Mexican albums of the week in the U.S. based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units, comprising album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

Nearly all of Nostalgia’s starting sum was driven by SEA units, which equates to 42.82 million on-demand official streams of the album’s 14 songs. That’s the biggest streaming week for a regional Mexican album.

The set’s arrival at the summit of Regional Mexican Albums marks the group’s fifth consecutive No. 1 — the entirety of its charting efforts.

The act previously topped the chart, which launched in 1985, with Tu Veneno Mortal, Vol. 2 (No. 1 for three weeks), Corta Venas (54 weeks), Vibras de Noche (11) and Tu Veneno Mortal (eight).

Corta Venas continues to have the third-most weeks at No. 1 on the chart, behind Christian Nodal’s Me Dejé Llevar (73 weeks) and Selena’s Amor Prohibido (97).

“The most challenging aspect of the creative process of the album was putting everything together, the guitars, the bass, the vocals,” Tovar continues. “Putting it all together with new band members made the magic.”

Nostalgia concurrently debuts at No. 2 on Top Latin Albums, the band’s best start, in terms of rank, since Vibras de Noche arrived at No. 1 with 23,000 equivalent album units in August 2020. The former arrives in the runner-up slot behind Bad Bunny’s monster start of 274,000 units with Un Verano Sin Ti.

As Nostalgia arrives, nine of its songs dot the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart.

Here’s a recap:

No. 27, “Si Supieras” with DannyLux
No. 28, “Dos Morritas,” with Junior H
No. 31, “Vete a la Fregada”
No. 32, ‘Modo Depre :(”
No. 35, “Hasta La Muerte,” with Iván Cornejo
No. 38, “La Perrie,” with Fuerza Regida
No. 39, “Luces Rojas”
No. 42, “Mente en Alto”
No. 43, “Solo,” with Erre

Bad Bunny Leads Pack of Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists with 22 Nominations

Bad Bunny is celebrating a banner year…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton superstar leads the list of finalists for the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards – with a bullet!

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny earned a whopping 22 nods in 13 categories, including artist of the year, songwriter of the year, Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, top Latin rhythm album and top Latin album of the year — with three of his releases up for awards.

It’s a stellar showing that caps an incredible year for Bad Bunny, who was able to place three albums — El Último Tour del Mundo, YHLQMDLG and Las Que No Iban a Salir — atop the Billboard charts during the eligibility period for the awards (Feb. 1, 2020, through the Aug. 7, 2021, charts).

Following Bad Bunny in the double digits is Maluma with 11 nods, including artist of the year and Hot Latin Songs artist of the year, with his global hit “Hawái” up for six awards, including airplay song of the year and Hot Latin Song of the year.

Other multi-finalists include J Balvin with nine nods, and Karol GAnuel AA and Black Eyed Peas with eight each.

Finalists and winners will be honored at the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will broadcast live on Telemundo from the Watsco Center in Miami on Thursday, Sept. 23, and which will cover 59 categories across the major music genres of Latin pop, tropical, Latin rhythm and regional Mexican.

Balvin and Anuel AA are both up for artist of the year in a category that also includes fellow reggaetón star Ozuna, who is up for seven awards. Balvin also garnered four nods for “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life),” the blockbuster track with Black Eyed Peas, who are also four-time finalists with “Ritmo.”

Fellow Colombian Karol G is a four-time finalist for her smash “Tusa” (with Nicki Minaj), while Anuel is up for Hot Latin Songs artist of the year and Top Latin Albums artist of the year, primarily on the strength of his sophomore album, Emmanuel.

But while urban music continued to drive the beat of Latin music, regional Mexican music wasn’t far behind, thanks to a new crop of acts who are revamping the genre’s sound and branding.

Leading the way is the group Eslabon Armado with seven nods that include three of their albums: Corta Venas, Tu Veneno Mortal and Vibras de Noche. They’re followed by Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga with four nods, including song of the year for “Que Maldición,” and Los Dos Carnales, who are up for three awards, including regional Mexican song of the year, where they compete against themselves with “El Envidioso” and “Cabrón y Vago.”

Beyond the growing strength of regional Mexican, another highly visible trend in this year’s list of finalists is mainstream music’s growing interest in Latin acts. The leaders of the pack are the Black Eyed Peas, whose album Translation featured mostly Latin acts, and which has two tracks, “Mamacita” and “Ritmo,” up for awards in addition to the Peas’ nod in the crossover artist of the year category. In addition, The Weeknd has seven nods on the strength of “Hawái,” his collaboration with Maluma; Minaj has six on the strength of “Tusa” alongside Karol G; and Snoop Dogg is a finalist for regional Mexican song of the year for “Que Maldición,” his collaboration with Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards were not immune to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility for the awards, whose finalists and eventual winners are based exclusively on performance on the Billboard charts, was extended from its usual one-year period to 18 months (from the rankings dated Feb. 1, 2020, through the Aug. 7, 2021, charts), as the 2020 awards were delayed by the pandemic.

And this year, given the pause in touring of the past 18 months, there is no touring category.

But there is a live awards show that will be broadcast once again on the Telemundo network at 8:00 pm ET and preceded by the red carpet one-hour preshow “La Alfombra de Premios Billboard.” The music special will also broadcast simultaneously on Spanish entertainment cable network Universo and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional.

 

BILLBOARD 2021 LATIN MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTAS

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna

 Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:

  • Camilo
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Kali Uchis
  • Myke Towers
  • Rauw Alejandro

 Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year:

  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ne-Yo
  • Nicki Minaj
  • The Weeknd

SONG CATEGORIES 

“Hot Latin Song” Canción del Año / Hot Latin Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Kali Uchis, “Telepatía”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

   “Hot Latin Song”, Colaboración Vocal del Año / Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Bad Bunny & Rosalía, “La Noche De Anoche”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

 “Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Masculino / Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Jhay Cortez
  • Maluma

“Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Femenina / Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:

  • Kali Uchis
  • Karol G
  • Natti Natasha
  • Rosalía
  • Selena Gomez

 “Hot Latin Songs” Artista del Año, Dúo o Grupo / Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Calibre 50
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Grupo Firme
  • Los Dos Carnales

 “Hot Latin Songs” Sello Discográfico del Año / Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:

  • Epic
  • Interscope
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

“Hot Latin Songs” Casa Disquera del Año / Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year:

  • Aura Music
  • Duars
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

 Canción del Año, Airplay /Airplay Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”
  • Ozuna, Karol G & Myke Towers, “Caramelo”
  • Prince Royce, “Carita de Inocente”

 Sello Discográfico del Año, Airplay / Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Remex
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

 Casa Disquera del Año, Airplay / Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • Aura
  • Fonovisa
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

 Canción del Año, Ventas / Sales Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna & J. Rey Soul “Mamacita”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj, “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

 Canción del Año, Streaming / Streaming Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Bad Bunny “Yo Perreo Sola”
  • Bad Bunny, “Vete”
  • Bad Bunny, Jowell & Randy & Ñengo Flow, “Safaera”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

ALBUM CATEGORIES 

“Top Latin Album” del Año /Top Latin Album of the Year:

  • Anuel AA, Emmanuel
  • Bad Bunny, El Último Tour del Mundo
  • Bad Bunny, Las Que No Iban a Salir
  • Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
  • Maluma, Papi Juancho

 “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año, Masculino / Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Ozuna
  • Romeo Santos

 “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año, Femenina / Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:

  • Becky G
  • Kali Uchis
  • Karol G
  • Selena Gomez
  • Shakira

 “Top Latin Albums” Artista del Año Dúo o Grupo / Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Aventura
  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Los Legendarios

 “Top Latin Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año / Top Latin Albums Label of the Year:

  • Glad Empire
  • Rancho Humilde
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Top Latin Albums” Imprint del Año / Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Del
  • Real Hasta La Muerte
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment


LATIN POP CATEGORIES
 

Artista “Latin Pop” del Año, Solista / Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo:

  • Camilo
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Kali Uchis
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Shakira

Artista “Latin Pop” del Año, Dúo o Grupo /  Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • CNCO
  • Maná
  • Mau y Ricky
  • Piso 21
  • Reik

 Canción “Latin Pop” del Año / Latin Pop Song of the Year:

  • Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna & J.Rey Soul “Mamacita”
  • Kali Uchis “Telepatía”
  • Reik, Farruko & Camilo “Si Me Dices Que Sí”
  • Sebastián Yatra, Rauw Alejandro & Manuel Turizo “TBT”
  • Shakira & Anuel AA “Me Gusta”

 “Latin Pop Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año / Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Epic
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

 “Latin Pop Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año / Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • Real Hasta La Muerte
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino
  • WK

       Álbum “Latin Pop” del Año / Latin Pop Album of the Year

  • Camilo, Mis Manos
  • Camilo, Por Primera Vez
  • Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)
  • Piso 21, El Amor En Los Tiempos del Perreo
  • Selena Gomez, Revelación

 “Latin Pop Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año /Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:

  • Interscope Geffen A&M
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Thirty Tigers
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

 “Latin Pop Albums” Casa Disquera del Año / Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Capitol Latin
  • Hecho a Mano
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino
  • Warner Latina

TROPICAL CATEGORIES 

Artista Tropical del Año, Solista / Tropical Artist of the Year, Solo:

  • Carlos Vives
  • Elvis Crespo
  • Marc Anthony
  • Prince Royce
  • Romeo Santos

 Artista Tropical del Año, Dúo o Grupo / Tropical Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Aventura
  • Gente de Zona
  • La Sonora Dinamita
  • Monchy & Alexandra
  • N’Klabe

        Canción Tropical del Año / Tropical Song of the Year:

  • Daddy Yankee & Marc Anthony, “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta”
  • Marc Anthony, “Un Amor Eterno”
  • Nio García, Casper Mágico, Ozuna, Wisin & Yandel, Myke Towers & Flow La Movie, “Travesuras”
  • Prince Royce, “Carita de Inocente”
  • Prince Royce, “Lotería”

 “Tropical Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año /Tropical Airplay Label of the Year:

  • El Cartel
  • LP
  • Pina
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Tropical Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año / Tropical Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • El Cartel
  • Hecho a Mano
  • Pina
  • Sony Music Latin
  • WK

Álbum Tropical del Año / Tropical Albums of the Year:

  • El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, En Cuarentena
  • Frankie Ruiz, TheGreatest Salsa Ever, Vol. 1
  • Gloria Estefan, Brazil305
  • Prince Royce, Alter Ego
  • Sonora Ponceña, Hegemonía Musical

“Tropical Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año / Tropical Albums Label of the Year:

  • Discos Fuentes
  • Sony Music Latin
  • The Orchard
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Zacarías Ferreira

 “Tropical Albums” Casa Disquera del Año / Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Norte
  • Premium Latin
  • Sony Music Latin
  • The Orchard
  • Top Stop

REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORIES 

Artista Regional Mexicano del Año, Solista /Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Solo:

  • Christian Nodal
  • El Fantasma
  • Junior H
  • Lenin Ramírez
  • Natanael Cano

 Artista Regional Mexicano del Año, Dúo o Grupo / Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Calibre 50
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Los Ángeles Azules
  • Los Dos Carnales

 Canción Regional Mexicana del Año / Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg, “Que Maldición”
  • El Fantasma & Los Dos Carnales, “Cabrón y Vago”
  • Lenin Ramírez, featuring Grupo Firme, “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo”
  • Los Dos Carnales, “El Envidioso”

“Regional Mexican Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año / Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Afinarte
  • Lizos
  • Remex
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Regional Mexican Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año / Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • Afinarte
  • Disa
  • Fonovisa
  • Lizos
  • Remex

 Álbum Regional Mexicano del Año / Regional Mexican Albums of the Year:

  • Christian Nodal, Ayayay!
  • Eslabon Armado, Corta Venas
  • Eslabon Armado, Tu Veneno Mortal
  • Eslabon Armado, Vibras de Noche
  • Junior H, Atrapado En Un Sueño

“Regional Mexican Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año /Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:

  • Afinarte
  • DEL
  • Rancho Humilde
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Regional Mexican Albums” Casa Disquera del Año / Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Afinarte
  • DEL
  • Fonovisa
  • Lizos
  • Rancho Humilde

LATIN RHYTHM CATEGORIES  

Artista “Latin Rhythm” del Año, solista / Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna

 Artista “Latin Rhythm” del Año, Dúo o Grupo / Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:

  • Jowell & Randy
  • Los Legendarios
  • Play-N-Skillz
  • Wisin & Yandel
  • Zion & Lennox

 Canción “Latin Rhythm” del Año Latin / Rhythm Song of the Year:

  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Bad Bunny “Yo Perreo Sola”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Karol G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”

“Latin Rhythm Airplay” Sello Discográfico del Año /Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year:

  • Glad Empire
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

“Latin Rhythm Airplay” Casa Disquera del Año /Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year:

  • Aura
  • La Industria
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

 Álbum “Latin Rhythm” del Año / Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:

  • Anuel AA, Emmanuel
  • Bad Bunny, El Último Tour del Mundo
  • Bad Bunny, Las Que No Iban a Salir
  • Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
  • Maluma, Papi Juancho

“Latin Rhythm Albums” Sello Discográfico del Año /Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:

  • Glad Empire
  • Rich
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 “Latin Rhythm Albums” Casa Disquera del Año /Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:

  • Aura
  • Real Hasta La Muerte
  • Rimas
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

WRITERS/PRODUCERS/PUBLISHERS CATEGORIES 

Compositor del Año / Songwriter of the Year:

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • Edgar ‘Edge’ Barrera
  • J Balvin
  • Tainy

 Editora del Año / Publisher of the Year:

  • RSM Publishing, ASCAP
  • Sony Discos Music Publishing LLC, ASCAP
  • Universal Music Corp, ASCAP
  • WC Music Corp, ASCAP

    Corporación Editora del Año / Publishing Corporation of the Year:

  • Kobalt Music
  • RSM Publishing
  • Sony Music Publishing
  • Universal Music
  • Warner Chappell Music

 Productor del Año / Producer of the Year:

  • Mora
  • Ovy On The Drums
  • Sky Rompiendo
  • Súbelo Neo
  • Tainy

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.

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

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.