Mexican rock band Maná, the biggest-selling and touring Latin rock group, last year tied Britney Spears with eight sold-out shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center, but this week return to the Southland for another career milestone: three more nights, giving the rock act a total of 11 unprecedented sold-out shows at the venue.
The upcoming concerts -- April 19, 20 and 25 -- are part of the 2012 leg of their Drama y Luz tour, which launched in 2011.
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Known for its signature hits such as "Oye Mi Amor," "Eres Mi Religion," and "Mariposa Traicionera," Maná has captivated audiences since the 1980s and has continued to grow with a fanbase that keeps reaching new generations of music fans.
Last year, just days after releasing its new album and announcing their world tour, Maná made more Billboard chart news: its album "Drama y Luz" opened at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums with just under 47,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Maná's chart presence has continued. "Lluvia Al Corazon" was No. 1 for eight weeks on Latin Songs; "Amor Clandestino" was No. 1 on Latin Songs; "El Verdadero Amor Perdona" (featuring Prince Royce) was No. 1 for four weeks on Latin Songs and the most recent single, "Mi Reina Del Dolor," peaked at No. 37.
"Drama y Luz" has spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Latin albums, the most weeks at No. 1 among all their albums. Additionally, the album has spent one year on the charts as of last week (52nd week) and has sold 191,000 units.
During the band's last concert in L.A., Olvera paid homage to his homeland with a nearly five-foot Mexican flag that he planted onstage. The Staples Center was filled with screams and applause as the band received a standing ovation.
Since the 1980s, Maná has created music ranging in theme from romantic to the socio-politically conscious compositions that have garnered accolades and a strong following of fans. The remainder of the 2012 tour includes other stops in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida.