Residente's Debut Solo Album Bows at No. 1 on World Albums & Latin Album Sales Charts
The set, inspired by his ancestry, features an intro by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Residente's self-titled debut solo project arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums and Latin Album Sales charts (dated April 22), with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending April 6, according to Nielsen Music. The set concurrently bows at No. 3 on the multi-metric Top Latin Albums ranking, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA), with 4,000 units.
Residente, real name René Pérez Joglar, developed the idea for the new project by taking a DNA test in an attempt to trace his cultural roots. The rapper traveled to several countries in which he found genetic ties, including China, Ghana and Georgia, to collaborate with local musicians for the creation of the album. A documentary about the making of the set is expected to be released soon.
Residente opens with an intro by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, a cousin of Joglar's. Last year, Residente was a featured guest on a track on The Hamilton Mixtape, "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)," a collaboration also including K'naan, Snow the Product and Riz MC.
A video for the new set's second single, "Desencuentro," featuring Soko, has amassed 3.6 million global views since its March 31 release. Overall U.S. streams of the track surged 285 percent to 262,000 clicks in the latest tracking week. It also spends a second week in the top 20 of Spotify's Viral 50 chart (dipping 13-19), while Miranda's "Intro AND / DNA" debuts at No. 35.
Residente's lead single, "Somos Anormales," peaked at No. 16 on the Latin Rhythm Songs airplay chart (dated March 18).
Joglar first landed on Billboard charts in 2005 as half of Calle 13, the Puerto Rican duo with his stepbrother (Eduardo José Cabra Martínez, who went by Visitante). The act earned five charting sets on Top Latin Albums through 2014, while also notching 13 hits on Latin Rhythm Songs. Known for intense lyrics and unique videos, the pair has won a record 21 Latin Grammy Awards, as well as three overall Grammy Awards.