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Willie Colón & Hector Lavoe's 'Cosa Nuestra' Debuts in Top Five on Tropical Albums Chart, Thanks to 50-Year Reissue

Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe
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Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe photographed in 1969.

The 1970 set bows at No. 3, thanks to its 50th-anniversary Record Store Day edition.

Thanks to a new 50th-anniversary reissue, Willie Colón and Hector Lavoe's Cosa Nuestra debuts at No. 3 on the Tropical Albums chart (dated Oct. 10).

Originally out in 1969, the eight-track set was re-released in 1970 via Craft Recordings. In celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary, Colón and Lavoe’s first-ever record was re-released in 180-gram black vinyl Sept. 26 via Fania/Craft/Concord in conjunction with Record Store Day.

Produced by Jerry Masucci with Johnny Pachecho as recording director, Cosa Nuestra opens with 2,000 equivalent album units, with the bulk of the set’s opening sum stemming from album sales.

The Tropical Albums chart ranks the most popular tropical 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).

The No. 3 arrival marks the highest debut for both Colón and the late Lavoe, both of whom secured their first Tropical Albums entry in 1985.

While Colón claims his highest-charting title since 1995 (Tras La Tormenta, with Ruben Blades, peaked at No. 3), Lavoe clocks his highest ranking since 2007 (El Cantante: The Originals peaked at No. 2).

Concurrently, Cosa Nuestra arrives at No. 37 on Top Latin Albums, both salsa legends’ third entry.