This week also marks the No. 1 debut of the sultry "Natalie Cole Español" on Top Latin Albums. The chart success of Cole's first all Spanish-language production recalls Nat "King" Cole's heavily accented "Español" recordings from the late fifties and sixties, international hits in their time which are still cherished by Spanish-speaking fans. Natalie Cole's album includes some of the same classic songs, including "Acércate Más," by Cuban composer Osvaldo Farrés, performed as a father-daughter digital duet.
"Natalie Cole en Español" comes in at No. 91 on the Billboard 200, and also tops the Latin Pop Albums chart. The album's tropical vibe breezes through big band arrangements of mainstays like Bésame Mucho and "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás," and is enhanced by the inclusion of Juan Luis Guerra's "Bachata Rosa," in duet with Guerra.
Guerra's live album "Asondeguerra Live" is at no. 5 on a Top Latin Albums chart notably dominated by tropical music over Regional Mexican and Pop. The live concert recording "Salsa Giants," featuring Marc Anthony, and like "Vivir Mi Vida," produced by Sergio George, follows "Natalie Cole en Español" at No. 2.
Salsero Victor Manuelle's "Me Llamaré Tuyo" is at no. 3, with bilingual bachata-pop singer Leslie Grace's first album debuts in 4th position. Grace became the youngest woman ever to top the Latin Airplay chart in 2012, with her bachata cover of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
Colombian star Carlos Vives' comeback album "Corazón Profundo" is No. 7 on Top Latin Albums this week.
This week's complete Billboard Latin songs and albums charts will be posted tomorrow (July 4) on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz.