José José Scores Fifth Latin Pop Albums No. 1 Following His Death

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José José during a press conference for his comeback to the music stage on April 7, 2011 in Mexico City. 

It’s the Mexican singer-songwriter’s first leader since 1988.

Reactions to the death of José José on Sept. 28 sends the Príncipe de La Canción (Prince of Song) back atop the Latin Pop Albums chart as Serie Platino 20 Exitos, Vol. 2 opens at No. 1 on the Oct. 12-dated chart.

Serie Platino logged 3,000 in equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 3 (up 803%), according to Nielsen Music. The 1997 album earns José his first No. 1 in over 31 years as he last took the crown in 1988 with the nine-week ruler Soy Así.

The romantic balladeer claimed his first crown, however, when Reflexiones, his 20th studio album, landed at the summit in 1985 where it remained for eight consecutive weeks.

Three other José sets arrive on Latin Pop Albums: El Principe de La Canción at No. 6, Secretos at No. 7 and 20 Triunfadoras de José José at No. 11. With the four new albums visiting the tally for the first time, the Mexican artist now holds the record for the most chart entries with 32 (Juan Gabriel follows with 31).

The Latin Pop Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin pop albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Concurrently, Serie Platino, El Principe and Secretos debut on the Top Latin Albums chart at No. 13, No. 30 and No. 34, respectively; he's had 18 total charted titles since his first entry in 1994.

In the week ending Oct. 3, the singer-songwriter’s catalog of albums earned 8,000 equivalent album units (up 930%) and sold 2,000 copies (up from a negligible figure previously). Meanwhile, his songs logged 68 million total on-demand streams (up 1,318%).

As Serie Platino arrives, two of the greatest-hits album’s 20 tracks enter the Latin Digital Song Sales chart: “El Triste” at No. 16 and “Amar y Querer” at No. 25. It’s José’s first visit to the chart, which began on January 2010.

José José died at 71 of pancreatic cancer in Homestead, Fla.

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