“AlI can say is wow! I feel very honored and incredibly grateful,” Cornejo tells Billboard.
Newcomer Ivan Cornejo secures his first entrance on any Billboard chart as Alma Vacía, his debut album, arrives at No. 2 on the Regional Mexican Albums tally (dated Oct. 16). The seven-track set starts in the list’s top 10 mainly on the strength of streaming activity, with 6,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 7, according to MRC Data.
“AlI can say is wow! I feel very honored and incredibly grateful,” Cornejo tells Billboard. “I’ve known of many incredible musicians that don’t get the recognition they deserve and so to be on Billboard still seems very surreal, I’m still processing it through. I feel even more motivated to work even harder now that I’ve been given this opportunity.”
With Alma’s No. 2 arrival, 17-year-old Cornejo is the latest teenager to debut in the top 10. He follows Junior H (who was 18 when Atrapado En Un Sueño also launched at No. 2 in April 2020) and Natanael Cano (also 18 when Corridos Tumbados debuted at No. 1 in November 2019). Plus, Brian Tovar, of Eslabon Armado, was only 16 when Tu Veneno Mortal opened at No. 2 on the May 16, 2020-dated list.