Juan Gabriel Scores His Fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums Chart
Plus, J Balvin’s "Safari" gets chart boost post-video premiere & Sanluis earns first No. 1.
Juan Gabriel rules the Top Latin Albums chart for a fifth time (on the chart dated Sept. 3), as Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes, debuts with 1,000 copies sold in the week ending Aug. 18, according to Nielsen Music.
The chart-topper continues Gabriel’s hot streak on Top Latin Albums, where he’s notched four No. 1s in the last 18 months -- more leaders than any other artist in that span of time. (It’s actually double the next-largest total in that span. Four acts each earned two No. 1s in the last year-and-a-half: Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Gloria Trevi, Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda and La Maquinaria Nortena.)
The new No. 1 follows two chart-topping duets sets, Los Duo 2 (No. 1 for seven weeks in 2016) and Los Duo (No. 1 for seven weeks in 2015), and a greatest-hits compilation Mis Numero 1… 40 Aniversario (No. 1 for one week in 2015).
Vestido consists of a selection of Gabriel’s hits re-recorded and re-arranged with a symphonic orchestra by composer and musical director Eduardo Magallanes. The longtime collaborator of Gabriel signed the superstar to RCA Victor in 1971.
J Balvin’s ‘Safari’ Treks: On Hot Latin Songs, J Balvin's “Safari” re-enters at No. 22 following the release of the track’s music video, featuring Pharrell Williams, BIA and Sky. The clip bowed on Aug. 12 through Apple Music and spurs a 864 percent increase in downloads of the song (to 5,000). The track returns to the Latin Digital Songs chart at No. 3, where it previously peaked at No. 2 after its original June 17 release. The video will remain exclusive to Apple Music until September 2, when it will get a wide release.
Sanluis Shines: Venezuelan brother duo Sanluis (Luigi and Santiago Castillo) leap 5-1 on Tropical Airplay with “Se Acabo,” featuring Chino & Nacho. The track is the act’s first chart hit, and is up 57 percent in spins at the format in the week ending Aug. 21. WLZL, Washington DC championed the track with 74 spins in the tracking week ending Aug. 21 (up from 69 plays in the prior week), aiding in its No. 1 rise.
A music video for the track boasts over 96 million views on YouTube since being released in February. It’s the pair’s most watched clip, followed the lyric video for the track with over 10 million views.