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Ariel Camacho's Death Leads to Hot Latin Songs No. 1

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Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho

Following the Feb. 25 death of regional Mexican singer Ariel Camacho, frontman of Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, the group re-enters the March 14-dated Hot Latin Songs at No. 1 with "El Karma," the title track from the act's debut album.

A rising talent in the genre, Camacho died in a car accident after leaving a concert in Mexico. He was 22.

"El Karma" had previously peaked at No. 16 in January and was absent from the ranking for one week until a surge in streaming, sales, and radio launched the track back onto the list. It was the act's first single to chart. 

Regional Mexican Artist Ariel Camacho Dead at 22

Digital sales for "El Karma" rose 552 percent (to 3,000 downloads in the week ending March 1, according to Nielsen Music), re-entering it on Latin Digital Songs at No. 7; it previously spent a week at No. 40 in August. The song was streamed 1.9 million times in the U.S. during the tracking week (up 626 percent), with YouTube logging 86 percent of overall clicks.

A 28 percent airplay gain also aids in its ranking, with a 28 percent hike (to 4.8 million audience impressions), as the track jumps 15-9 on Regional Mexican Airplay.

It's the first time that a regional Mexican song has reached the top of Hot Latin Songs since 2012, when 3BallMTY spent two weeks at No. 1 with "Intentalo" featuring El Bebeto & America Sierra. While "Intentalo" is a more cumbia-electronic driven, it has been five years since a traditional style regional Mexican track (Norteño/Banda/Ranchera) has reached No. 1, when La Arrolladora Banda el Limon spent three weeks at the top with "Niña de Mi Corazon."

Two additional tracks from Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho's album debut on Hot Latin Songs: "El Toro Encartado" takes the Hot Shot Debut at No. 27 and "Te Metiste," the group's new single that was released the day before Camacho's death, arrives at No. 50.

The El Karma album also sees a swell in sales, re-entering Top Latin Albums at No. 4 (2,000 copies sold, up 893 percent for its best sales week); it reaches a new peak after debuting at No. 5 on the chart dated Oct. 11.

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