The Puerto Rican reggaeton singer's "De Camino Pa' La Cima" debuts at No. 2
The title of J. Alvarez's "De Camino Pa' La Cima" ("On the Way to the Top") reveals some typical urban swagger on the part of the Puerto Rican reggaeton artist. But Alvarez backs up the claim with the album's debut at no. 2 this week on Top Latin Albums, charting just below Marc Anthony's hit salsa album "3.0."
"It all started on the Internet," Alvarez, whose real name is Javid David Alvarez Fernandez, told Billboard. He was writing and performing songs at age 12, and launched his professional career in 2009 with the mix tape "El Dueño del Sistema." His single "La Pregunta," from his previous independent release landed at no. 8 on the 2013 year-end Hot Latin Songs chart. The only track by an emerging artist on a list populated by long-running Latin superstars, it placed between Santos' "Llevame Contigo" and Enrique Iglesias' "Loco."