New Ariel Camacho Tribute Album Includes Duets With Gerardo Ortiz, Luis Coronel & More
Two years after the tragic death of regional Mexican singer Ariel Camacho, DEL Records released a tribute album featuring duets with artists like Gerardo Ortiz, Luis Coronel and Régulo Caro on Friday (Feb. 24).
Titled Ariel Camacho Para Siempre Duetos Vol. 1, the album also includes a 15-minute DVD with never-before-released footage of the chart-topping artist, who died in a car accident at age 23 on Feb. 25, 2015.
The new set, which includes songs like "Te metiste" and "Arrodíllate," is a "celebration of Camacho's life and legacy," DEL Records Founder & CEO Ángel del Villar tells Billboard.
"Ariel's career was about to kick off when this happened. We had big plans for him here at DEL Records and after he died, it's been my personal project to continue his legacy. We have worked so hard to continue his dream with the help of the people who still consume and listen to his music," Del Villar adds.
Following the death of Camacho, his band Ariel Camacho Y Los Plebes del Rancho became Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, eight-time 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists up for awards like artist of the year and top Latin album of the year with Recuerden Mi Estilo.
While Recuerden Mi Estilo is under DEL Records, the group Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho is no longer with the label.
"Regardless of what happened with Los Plebes, in the nine years I've worked in this industry, I've never seen the main artist of a band pass away and add a new vocalist and still have the same success as the original lead vocalist. We created a new group to continue Ariel's legacy and we produced a great album (Recuerden Mi Estilo) that Ariel's fans accepted and loved. It's a lot of hard work but I give a lot of credit to the fans."
Recuerden Mi Estilo debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums (chart dated March. 10, 2016). The album was also No. 1 on our 2016 year-end Regional Mexican Albums, and the Mexican group crowned the year-end Regional Mexican Artists Albums.
"When I met Ariel I asked him what he wanted to accomplish and he told me that he dreamed about performing in big venues. That kid was so humble that it motivated and inspired me and I knew he was the type of artist I need in my label."