Alejandro Fernandez Earns Sixth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums Chart

Alejandro Fernandez performs in 2015
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Alejandro Fernandez performs at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 22, 2015 in New York City.  

Plus: Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” surpasses 10 million weekly streams, Christian Nodal scores first airplay No. 1, and Bad Bunny’s latest Hot Latin Songs debut.

Alejandro Fernandez’s latest album, Rompiendo Fronteras, vaults 39-1 on the April 8-dated Top Latin Albums chart, marking his sixth chart-topping set (with 6,000 album equivalent units earned, a 792 percent increase in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen Music). The climb ties the singer with his famous father, Vicente Fernandez, who has also crowned the list six times.

Of the album’s total units, 92 percent come from traditional album sales, boosted largely by sales of the set at the L Festival in Pico Rivera, Calif. on March 18 (Fernandez headlined the multi-act concert). The album sold 5,000 copies in the tracking week (up 1,433 percent), with nearly all of those sales coming from the Festival.

Rompiendo Fronteras simultaneously tops the Latin Pop Albums chart, notching Fernandez his 10th No. 1 on the chart, breaking him out of a tie with Enrique Iglesias for third-most chart-capping albums (Marco Antonio Solis leads the list with 12, trailed by Luis Miguel with 11).

Rompiendo Fronteras’ single “Se Que Te Duele,” with Morat, spends a second week on the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart, hopping 31-25 (up 31 percent in spins at the format, in the tracking week ending March 26). The set’s lead single, “Quiero Que Te Vuelvas” previously peaked at No. 13 on the chart (Nov. 12, 2016).

‘Despacito’ Dominates: Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee, spends an eighth straight week atop the Hot Latin Songs chart, collecting its highest cumulative weekly chart points on the multi-metric chart (which blends airplay, sales and streaming data).

The song crosses 10 million weekly U.S. streams for the first time (in the week ending March 23), earning a seventh week at No. 1 on the Latin Streaming Songs chart, with the highest points yet for a Spanish-language track (that does not have an accompanying English version) on the four-year old chart. Streams climb 5 percent, to 10.1 million weekly clicks, with 51 percent coming from YouTube plays where its music video has amassed nearly 700 million global plays to date. 

Elsewhere, the track spends a fifth crowning week on the Latin Airplay chart, earning over 22 million audience impressions for the second consecutive week (down 2 percent in the most recent week)– more than any song the last 10 years. Previous to “Despacito,” Juanes was the last act to receive as much audience at the format, in December 2007 with “Me Enamora” (the song spent 20 total weeks atop the chart).

Song sales reach a new nigh, rising 56 percent to 15,000 downloads sold, due in part to two newly released versions of the single: a salsa version, featuring tropical star Victor Manuelle, and a guitar-heavy pop version. Both renditions make up 10 percent of the song’s total weekly sales.

Christian Nodal Reaches No. 1: Rising regional Mexican singer Christian Nodal earns his first airplay No. 1 as his debut single “Adios Amor” steps 2-1 in its 11th charting frame (up 13 percent, to 11.8 million audience impressions). KSCA, Los Angeles, championed the track with 56 spins, and provided the highest audience impressions at the format (1.3 million).

The 19-year old concurrently spends a seventh week in the top 10 (rising 6-5) on Hot Latin Songs, aided by 4.3 million streams – his highest weekly streams yet. Song downloads also increase 53 percent (to 3,000), earning an eighth week at No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Digital Song Sales chart.

Bad Bunny’s Chart Streak: Rising urban act Bad Bunny debuts at No. 41 on Hot Latin Songs, alongside Jory Boy with “No Te Hagas.” The arrival gives Bad Bunny his fourth concurrently charting song on the list.

Bad Bunny holds the No. 25 spot as a featured act on J Balvin’s “Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola,” and climbs 41-36 with “Soy Peor,” while stepping 44-32 with “Me Acostumbre” with Arcangel. Three of the four songs appear on the chart triggered solely by sales and streams, while only “Soy Peor” has any airplay points. It received just 46 spins in the most recent week, across 12 nationwide reporting stations.

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