The eight-track Hegemonía was released June 4 via La Buena Fortuna/Sony Music Latin. It earns the band -- co-founded by Lucca's late father, Enrique "Quique" Lucca Carballo, in 1954 -- its fourth top 10 and first in more than 28 years, when Guerreando peaked at No. 10 in 1992.
“Although we started recording Hegemonía before the pandemic, we were able to capitalize on and turn the tough episode into something good.” Lucca adds. “We spent too many hours recording differently, with masks and making adjustments. We laughed a lot at the new dynamic, we also cried for our lost brothers and friends, but it’s all a continuous learning experience and we ought to walk forward with optimism.”
Sonora earned its first Tropical Albums entry in 1985 -- the same year the tally was launched -- with the No. 20-peaking 30 Años. Since then, the Puerto Rican ensemble has placed seven sets on the survey, including two other top 10s: Jubilee (No. 10 peak, Oct. 1985) and Back to Work (No. 5 high, 1987).
Sonora is just the third act to debut in the Tropical Albums list’s top 10 in 2021. It follows Tito Rojas Éxitos y Más (No. 5, Jan. 9-dated chart) and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico’s En Cuarentena (No. 3, April 24).
“We wanted to put together a production that appealed to our roots and the musical culture defined throughout Ponceña's career,” Lucca says. “Returning to the top 10 is truly gratifying and proves us we were able to achieve this by also applying contemporary elements for a more balanced result, thus touching the hearts of various generations of salsa players.”