Maluma Scores Second Straight No. 1 on Top Latin Albums Chart With 'F.A.M.E.'

Jenny Regan
Maluma

The project earns the biggest week of the year for a Latin album by a solo act.

Maluma notches his second consecutive No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, as F.A.M.E. launches atop the list dated June 2. It earns the biggest week of the year for a Latin album by a solo artist in both units and traditional album sales, and the second-biggest week of 2018 overall. The title was released on May 18 through Royalty World/Sony Music Latin.

F.A.M.E. starts with 15,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 24 (with 7,000 of that sum in traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music. In terms of the biggest weeks for Latin albums in 2018, F.A.M.E.’s opening trails only the No. 1 debut frame of CNCO’s self-titled album both in units and sales (16,000 units, 13,000 sales; chart dated April 21).

F.A.M.E. follows Maluma’s previous leader, and last album, Pretty Boy Dirty Boy, which topped the chart in 2015. (It bowed with 15,000 units earned in its first week, of which 2,000 were in traditional album sales). Pretty Boy Dirty Boy has earned, in total, 222,000 equivalent album units, of which 27,000 are in album sales.

It’s a big week for Maluma on the charts, as F.A.M.E.’s third single “El Prestamo” also arrives in the penthouse on the Latin Airplay chart. It lifts 6-1 in its 10th week on the list with 20 million in audience impressions in the week ending May 27 -- up 74 percent. It earns Maluma his eighth No. 1 and second leader of the year.

Yatra and Garcia Arrive in Top Five: Meanwhile, two other albums arrive in the top five of Top Latin Albums: Sebastian Yatra’s debut studio album Mantra opens at No. 3 with 5,000 equivalent album units (2,000 in traditional album sales), while Kany Garcia’s fifth studio set Soy Yo launches at No. 4 with 3,000 units (nearly all in album sales).

Soy Yo is Garcia’s fifth top 10 effort, and marks just the second album by a woman to debut in the top five on Top Latin Albums in 2018. Earlier, on the March 31-dated list, Chiquis Rivera also bowed at No. 4 with Entre Botellas.

Garcia last visited the top 10 in 2016 when her last release, Limonada, debuted at No. 1 (June 11, 2016-dated list) and spent two weeks in the penthouse.

X’ Marks the No. 1 Spot: Lastly, Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X” crowns the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart as the song lifts 3-1 despite a 1 percent decline in spins. It’s the fourth No. 1 for Nicky Jam, and fifth for J Balvin.