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After 25-Year Wait, Alejandro Fernández Scores First No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay Chart With 'Caballero'

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Alejandro Fernandez performs during his ROMPIENDO FRONTERAS tour at American Airlines Arena on Aug. 25, 2018 in Miami. 

It’s the longest wait for a No. 1 by any act on the chart.

Following a fruitful musical career as a singer-songwriter of traditional Mexican ranchera and mariachi music since his origins in the early '90s, Alejandro Fernández earns his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart (dated Jan. 11), as “Caballero” ascends 3-1 in its 14th week.

Fernández crossed over into the Latin pop mainstream in 1997 with the 15-week Latin Pop Albums chart ruler Me Estoy Enamorando. Since then, "El Potrillo" has alternated between ranchera and pop efforts, after placing 37 hits -and four No. 1s- on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay chart and 15 titles on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart, including his most recent hit “Caballero.”

The single, which is from his upcoming all-mariachi album and first via Universal Music Latino/UMLE, earned 8.46 million in audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen Music (down 1%).

The No. 1 is also Fernandez's first hit on the list since "Estuve" hit No. 3 in 2009. Fernandez net his first appearance on the tally with 1994’s “A Pesar de Todo,” the same year the chart launched. In turn, Fernandez claims the longest wait for a No. 1, counting from his first entry to his first No. 1.

Over on the overall Latin Airplay chart, “Caballero” continues at the lead for a second consecutive week.

Grupo Firme & El Yaki’s First Top 10: Farther down Regional Mexican Airplay, Tijuana sextet Grupo Firme notches its first top 10 with “Cada Vez Te Extraño Más,” featuring Luis Alfonso Partida ‘El Yaki.’

The song, a cover of Banda El Recodo’s 2015 tune, moves 12-9 thanks to a 14% boost in audience impressions (to 5 million.)

It’s the first top 10 for the Eduin Caz-led band and El Yaki, former member of Banda El Recodo, who notably both made their first chart appearance in 2019.

Late Chalino Sanchez’ 80th Try: Over on the Regional Mexican Albums chart, the late Chalino Sanchez’ greatest hits album 15 Exitos 15 enters the top 10 for the first time as the set jumps 16-9 in its 80th week. It earns the narcocorridos singer-songwriter his third top 10.

The album, released in 1996 via Musart/Balboa/Sony Music Latin, made its chart debut in June 2018 remaining in the top 20 since.

15 Exitos 15 registered 1,000 in equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 2. Despite a 37% decline in streams, the set ascends to the top tier with a 40% increase in traditional album sales and a 26% rise in digital downloads.