Gerardo Ortiz Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Top Latin Albums

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Gerardo Ortiz rehearses for the 2015 Premios Lo Nuestros Awards at American Airlines Arena on Feb. 18, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  

No other artist has earned as many chart-topping albums this decade.

Regional Mexican singer Gerardo Ortiz enters Top Latin Albums at No. 1 with Hoy Mas Fuerte, earning his sixth chart-topping set, breaking his own record for most No. 1s this decade. Ortiz previously held the title alongside Jenni Rivera, both with five No. 1s. The latest arrival (on the June 6-dated chart) now gives Ortiz the title of sole record holder for most crowning albums from any artist since 2010. In addition to the Top Latin Albums entrance, Ortiz also earns his sixth No. 1 (and sixth chart-topping debut) on Regional Mexican Albums.

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Hoy Mas Fuerte sold 20,000 copies during the tracking week ending May 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his best opening week yet, and the fourth-highest entrance this year (following Ricky Martin, Juan Gabriel, and Mana).  The album nets a No. 24 debut on the Billboard 200.

Furthermore, Ortiz scored the highest sales week for a Regional Mexican set by a male in nearly seven years, since Marco Antonio Solis arrived at No. 1 with No Molestar in 2008 (23,000 copies). 

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Apart from Solis, Jenni Rivera is the only Regional Mexican act to exceed Ortiz’s 20,000-unit sales week since 2008, with two albums that were released following her death in December 2012; La Misma Gran Senora had three consecutive weeks with sales surpassing 25,000 copies (on the charts dated Dec. 29, 2012 through Jan. 12, 2013), and 1969-Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 1 sold 24,000 in its first week (Dec. 21, 2013).

Gerardo Ortiz’s Top Latin Albums No. 1s:
(Title, Weeks spent at No. 1, Peak chart date)
Morir Y Existir: En Vivo, one week, April 16, 2011
Entre Dios Y El Diablo, three weeks, September 24, 2011
El Primer Ministro, two weeks, October 27, 2012
Sold OutL En Vivo Desde El Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, one week, April 13, 2013
Archivos De Mi Vida, one week, December 14, 2013
Hoy Mas Fuerte, one week, June 6, 2015

Over on Hot Latin Songs, Ortiz jumps 24-17 with the set’s first single, “El Cholo,” in its third week on the chart. The lift is due, in part, by a 28 percent rise in airplay (to 5.2 million audience impressions), likely climbing 24-19 on the Latin Airplay chart.

The album features 26 tracks, the majority of which are corridos (Ortiz’s signature narrative song style), also including romantic ballads, bachata, cumbia and five bonus banda and mariachi versions of album songs.

Album track “Por Que Terminamos?” debuts on Hot Latin Songs at No. 48, spurred almost exclusively by streams. The arrival is aided by a pseudo audio video uploaded on Ortiz’s Vevo on YouTube channel, which has amassed over 1.2 million global streams since being published on May 1.

The momentum around the album release causes Ortiz to debut on the Billboard Artist 100 (No. 62), which ranks the top artists across all genres by music consumption and social metrics.