Kany Garcia's 'Limonada' Debuts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums
Plus, Nicky Jam climbs with help from Daddy Yankee & Prince Royce arrives with new single.
Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Kany Garcia earns her first No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as Limonada bows at the top of the chart (dated June 11) with 2,000 copies sold in the week ending May 26, according to Nielsen Music. It’s her first studio album in four years, since her self-titled set bowed at No. 5 in 2012. The album’s arrival bests Garcia’s previous high debut, earned when her 2014 live set, Kany Garcia: En Vivo, started at No. 4.
The new set’s lead track, “Perfecto Para Mi,” reached No. 33 on the Latin Pop Songs chart (Jan. 16 chart), while the second single, “Como Decirle,” spends a fifth week on the list, stepping 38-37 (it previously reached No. 32 on the May 21 chart).
Limonada was produced by Grammy Award winner David Kahne, and is the veteran producer’s first Spanish-language project. Kahne has produced such Billboard Hot 100-charting hits as Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning,” Paul McCartney’s “Dance Tonight," Kelly Clarkson’s “Never Again” and Bangles’ chart-topping “Walk Like an Egyptian."
Yankee Remix Powers Nicky Jam: A new remix of Nicky Jam’s “Hasta El Amanecer,” featuring Daddy Yankee, triggers a 3-1 jump on Hot Latin Songs, returning to the top for an 11th week. 6,000 downloads contribute to its climb, with 34 percent of that sum coming from the recently released remix.
Jam was once Yankee’s hypeman, during the beginning of his career in Puerto Rico. The pair went on to collaborate on hits including “En La Cama,” a cut from Jam’s 2001 set, Haciendo Escante. Jam says the early success drove him to a bout with drug and alcohol abuse, "I was making too much money. I was too young," he told Billboard in 2015. "I didn't know how to deal." After Yankee disapproved of Jam’s detrimental lifestyle, the two had a falling out and Jam moved to Medellin, Colombia in 2007, where he flew under the radar before emerging onto the charts in 2014 with “Travesuras” – his first top 10 hit on Hot Latin Songs (No. 4 peak). Yankee and Jam reconciled after a chance meeting, "I told him I was sorry, he told me he was sorry” said Jam. “He didn't need to. We're friends.".
Since then, he has earned four more top 10 hits including two No. 1s; “El Perdon” (with Enrique Iglesias, which spent 30 weeks at the top, becoming the second-longest chart-topping run in the chart’s history) and “Hasta El Amanecer.”
Prince Royce Rockets onto Hot Latin Songs: Over on the Hot Latin Songs chart, bachata star Prince Royce scores the Hot Shot Debut, touching down at No. 21 with “La Carretera.” The track is Royce’s second single leading up to his upcoming album, due later this year. The album’s first single, “Culpa Al Corazon,” peaked at No. 8 (Feb. 20 chart), becoming his 12th career top 10.
“Carretera” is powered by 3.7 million audience impressions at radio, as well as 3,000 downloads sold. The track enters Tropical Digital Songs at No. 1, earning Royce his second chart-topping debut of his total 22 charted titles (“Culpa Al Corazon” bowed at the top with 3,000 downloads sold on the Dec. 5, 2015 chart).