Natalia Jiménez Debuts at No. 2 on Top Latin Albums
Also, New No. 1s for Mana, Tony Dize, and Nengo Flow
Spanish pop singer Natalia Jiménez arrives at No. 2 on Top Latin Albums with her second solo studio album, Creo En Mi , which opens with 4,000 copies sold in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music. The entrance trumps her debut solo set, Natalia, which arrived at No. 4 in 2011 with 3,000 units. The album’s title track, and lead single, peaked at No. 12 on Hot Latin Songs in September, reaching her highest rank as a lead act. She spent two weeks at No. 1 as a featured guest on Ricky Martin’s “Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tu” in 2011. Jiménez is a coach on Telemundo’s talent show La Voz Kids, currently in its third season.
Mana’s Tie-Breaking No. 1: Mana adds a new Latin Pop Airplay No. 1 to its tally as “Mi Verdad” featuring Shakira steps 2-1, bringing the band’s career total to 12. The dozen chart-toppers breaks the group out of a tie with Cristian Castro, as they now rank as the act with the third-most No. 1s. For Shakira, “Verdad” helps her solidify her standing at the artist with the second-most leaders, as she and Mana both trail behind Enrique Iglesias (20) for the all-time mark.
Tony Dize Scores First Tropical No. 1: Over on Tropical Airplay, Tony Dize bounds 6-1 to take the top spot with “Ruleta Rusa,” taking Greatest Gainer honors (up 64 percent in spins) and earning his first No. 1 on the chart. “Ruleta” is the second official single from Dize’s forthcoming full length set La Melodia de la Calle: 3rd Season, due April 7.
Nengo Flow Flies Onto Album Chart: Puerto Rican rapper Nengo Flow (real name Edwin Laureano Rosa Vazquez Ortiz), arrives at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums with his most recent set Los Reyes Del Rap, with 1,000 sold (also landing at No. 5 on Top Latin Albums). The 15-track set includes collaborations with French Montana, De La Ghetto, and Randy (of Jowell & Randy), among others.
Natalia Lafourcade’s Digital Debut: Mexican singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natalia Lafourcade makes her first appearance on Top Latin Albums as Hasta La Raiz arrives at No. 12. The set, her sixth studio album, was only made available digitally in the U.S., and sold 1,000 downloads in its first week. The album will be available in physical CD format on Amazon On Demand starting April 14. La Fourcade first appeared on the Billboard charts in 2003 as a 19-year old, with “En El 2000,” which reached No. 35 on Latin Pop Songs. A music video for the latest single from the new set titled “Nunca Es Suficiente” was released on March 20.