After more than a month of slow sales, the Latin music market picked up with the release of Wisin & Yandel's "Los Vaqueros: El Regreso" (Machete/Universal) last week, and with Ricky Martin's "Música + Alma + Sexo" (Sony Music Latin) this week.
Martin's set debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart with nearly 32,000 scanned albums, making it the top-selling debut so far this year. The album also landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, making it the highest ranking mostly Spanish-language release on the chart since Selena's "Dreaming of You" debuted at No. 1 in 1995.
Martin's first single, "Lo Mejor de Mí Eres Tú," is also at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart and rose to No. 2 on the Latin Digital Songs chart, where Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" shows no signs of leaving that No. 1 spot. And on the Tropical Songs chart, Don Omar's endurable "Danza Kuduro," featuring Lucenzo, continues at No. 1, while Charlie Chruz's "Necesito Más de Tí" rises 13 to 7.
Following Martin's debut at No. 1, Wisin & Yandel drop to a comfortable No. 2 while Cristian Castro's surprise hit, "Viva El Príncipe," shifts to No. 3. Notable entries to the chart include the debut of regional Mexican band Agua Azul with a Valentine Day's set of romantic material, "Con Sentimiento Romántico," coming in at No. 3.