La Maquinaria Nortena, Justin Quiles, and Ricardo Arjona Lead Top Latin Album Debuts
For the first time in 10 months, the entire top three on the Top Latin Albums chart are all debuts, led by La Maquinaria Nortena’s third No. 1 (on the chart dated Aug. 20), Generacion Maquinaria Est. 2006. The latest albums from Justin Quiles and Ricardo Arjona round out the trio of new entries. The last time the chart greeted a top three filled with debuts was the Oct. 17, 2015-dated tally.
On the new chart, Generacion Maquinaria Est. 2006 sold 3,000 copies in the week ending August 4, according to Nielsen Music, earning the regional Mexican group its third chart-topper in a row. The album also crowns the Regional Mexican Albums chart, marking the band’s fourth No. 1. Lead single “Todo Es Diferente” spends a second week on Hot Latin Songs, jumping 49-42, aided in part by a four percent rise in airplay, to 4.2 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending August 7.
Despite three No. 1s on the Top Latin Albums chart, La Maquinaria Nortena has yet to reach the top 25 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. They’ve gone as high as No. 26 with “Para Que Amarte,” in 2015. They have, however, notched eight top 25-charting hits on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart, including two top 10s.
Justin Quiles Jumps In: Urban artist Justin Quiles comes in at No. 2 on Top Latin Albums with his first charting solo set, La Promesa (2,000 units). Earlier this year, his collaborative set with Los De La Nazza, Imperio Nazza: Justin Quiles Edition, bowed at No. 9. The new album’s single “Si Ella Quisiera” reaches a new peak on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, hopping 20-18 in its second charting frame.
All of Quiles’ five charting songs on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart have reached the top 20, starting with “Orgullo,” which peaked at No. 13 on the Feb. 22, 2014 chart. He followed it up with “Maria,” (No. 15 in 2014), “Me Curare,” (No. 17 in 2015), and as a feature on Los De La Nazza’s “Si El Mundo Se Acabara,” (No. 16 on the April 23, 2016 chart.)
As a songwriter, Quiles has penned songs for Latin acts including J Balvin, Yandel, and Maluma. The singer is currently on tour, rounding out some international dates with a show in Mexico City on August 13.
Arjona Arrives: Ricardo Arjona rounds out the top three on Top Latin Albums with the No. 3 entry of Apague La Luz y Escuche (2,000 copies). It’s the chart veteran’s 20th entry on the list, where he first appeared in 1994 with Historias. He had released four studio albums from 1985 to 1992, prior to the chart’s inception in 1993. Meanwhile, his first single in over a year, “Nada Es Como Tu,” slips 15-16 on Latin Pop Airplay and 35-41 on Latin Airplay.