CMA Awards 2018

CNCO Lands 2018's Biggest Week for a Latin Album, Debuts at No. 1 on Multiple Charts

Rose Marie Cromwell
From left: CNCO’s Joel Pimentel, Christopher Vélez, Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colón and Zabdiel De Jesús photographed March 16 at The Little Farm House in Miami. 

The group's 'CNCO' bows with the biggest week for a Latin album in seven months. Plus: Raymix hits No. 1 on Tropical Songs.

CNCO earns its second No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated April 21), as the group’s self-titled sophomore set bows with 16,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 12, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 13,000 were in traditional album sales. Both sums represent career-highs for the quintet, besting their first album’s debut frame, when 2016’s Primera Cita bowed at No. 1 with 12,000 units and 11,000 sold.

Concurrently, CNCO debuts at No. 1 on Latin Pop Albums (its second leader, following Primera) and at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums (its first on the tally). 

CNCO further racks up the biggest week, in terms of overall units, for a Latin album in seven months, since Ozuna's Odisea debuted at No. 1 on the list dated Sept. 16, 2017 with 18,000 units. Further, CNCO logs the biggest sales week for a Latin album in eight months, since Romeo SantosGolden bowed atop the list dated Aug. 12, 2017 with 26,000 sold.

On the new Top Latin Albums chart, CNCO bumps Odisea down to No. 2, after 32 consecutive weeks at No. 1 (the record for the most weeks atop the list for a male artist). 

"Once again, we are witnesses that in life one reaps what one sows," CNCO’s Zabdiel de Jesus tells Billboard. "This No. 1 is the result of hard work from all of us, our label, and our followers. From now on, there is nothing left but to continue working harder and harder and keep dreaming bigger and bigger.”

CNCO's big sales were supported by six in-store CD signing events during release week, which helped yield 11,000 in CD sales (versus 2,000 in digital album sales). That's the biggest sales week for a Latin album on CD since Santos' Golden bowed with 13,000 CDs sold.

Though none of the new album’s tracks are currently on the Hot Latin Songs chart, three have previously dotted the tally. The remix of “Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos),” with Little Mix, peaked at No. 6 last year. (The original version, without Little Mix, was included on CNCO’s debut album.) “Hey DJ,” with Yandel (No. 14) and “Mamita” (No. 28) followed “Lento.”

'Despacito' Still No. 1: On the current Hot Latin Songs chart, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, extends its chart domination to a 51st nonconsecutive week. The song claimed a spike in both sales (up 16 percent) and streams (up 1 percent), likely attributed to fans reacting to news generated by an April 10th hack which temporarily removed the song’s video from YouTube.

Raymix Takes Lead on Tropical Songs: Meanwhile, on the Tropical Songs airplay chart, Raymix’s “Oye Mujer” picks up his first No. 1, climbing to 8.41 million audience impressions in the week ending April 15 (up 21 percent), taking the Greatest Gainer honor of the week. The Mexican electro-cumbia artist also sees the track vault 21-10 on Latin Airplay — his first top 10 on the list.

Calibre 50 Notches 11th No. 1 on Regional Mexican Songs: Lastly, Calibre 50 secures its 11th No. 1 on Regional Mexican Songs airplay tally, as “Mitad y Mitad” ascends 2-1 with 9.53 million in audience (up 7 percent). The song also lifts 10-5 on Latin Airplay.