'The Voice' Finalist Bryan Bautista Debuts at No. 1 on Latin Digital Songs
Plus, Tropical singer Manny Manuel tops Latin Albums and Victor Manuelle & Yandel arrive.
Brooklyn native Bryan Bautista, a semi-finalist on this season of NBC’s The Voice, debuts atop the Latin Digital Songs chart (dated May 21) following his performance of Romeo Santos’ bachata hit “Promise,” featuring Usher. Bautista, who is on Voice coach Christina Aguilera’s team, is one of the top eight contestants on the show. His rendition of “Promise” sold 8,000 downloads through the week ending May 5 (according to Nielsen Music).
The Spanglish track became one of Santos’ biggest hits in 2011, spending 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (it peaked at No. 83 on the Hot 100 that same year).
Like Santos, Bautista is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent and grew up in New York. He first auditioned for the ninth season of The Voice, but didn’t make the cut. Now, he continues to battle for the top spot with seven other finalists, with his next performance set for Monday, May 16.
Manny Manuel Crowns Top Latin Albums: Tropical act Manny Manuel earns his first No. 1 on Top Latin Albums, over 20 years after first appearing on the chart, as his latest set Pegate de Mi Mambo bows with 2,000 copies sold during the tracking week.
The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer debuted on the chart in 1995 with Rey de Corazones (which peaked at No. 30 on the Jan. 20, 1996 chart) and has totaled 13 charting albums, including the new project. Prior to Mi Mambo, Manuel’s previous best ranking set was earned in 2014 when Serenata: Vol. 2 entered at No. 3 (with 1,000 sold).
Victor Manuelle & Yandel Debut: Following a joint performance on the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards (broadcast live from Miami on April 28 on Telemundo), Victor Manuelle & Yandel’s collaborative single “Imaginar” bows at No. 8 on Latin Digital Songs (2,000 downloads sold). The entrance marks Manuelle’s first top 10 on the chart, while Yandel earns his seventh (as a solo act).
At the show, Manuelle took home the award for tropical album of the year, for his 2015 set Que Suenen Los Tambores – which spent four weeks atop the Tropical Albums chart.
Bomba Estereo Gets Target Boost: Colombian electo-pop duo Bomba Estereo debut on Latin Pop Digital Songs with “Soy Yo,” after a Target campaign featuring the song premiered during the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
The track soars 885 percent in sales to 1,000 downloads, arriving at No. 9 on Latin Pop Digital Songs. The group previously spent one week at No. 1 on the chart (Oct. 24, 2015) when Will Smith was featured on the remix of their single “Fiesta,” triggering 5,000 downloads in its first week.