The Year in Latin 2014: Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias Lead Songs and Albums
The year in Latin music saw the continuation of a tropical wave, as Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony maintained their presence at the top of the charts. It was a male dominated year across Latin genres, led by veteran Enrique Iglesias and newer artists like J Balvin and Remmy Valenzuela staking their claims. Regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz and bachata singer Prince Royce each made strong showing on the year-end charts, and a parting of ways saw both Wisin and Yandel each achieve solo chart rankings.
Bronx-born bachata singer Romeo Santos finishes 2014 as the Top Latin Artist. A momentous year for Santos brought the follow-up to his debut solo album with the best first-week sales of any Latin set in eight years, and his U.S. tour included two sold out nights at Yankee Stadium.
Three of the top five Hot Latin Songs of the year belong to the Sony Music Latin singer, including “Propuesta Indecente” at No. 2. He also places “Odio” (featuring Drake) and “Eres Mia” in the top five (ranking at Nos. 3 and 5, respectively). Santos’ Formula, Vol. 2 album, released in February, closes out the year as the Top Latin Album. It shifted 85,000 units in its opening week, the best since RBD sold 110,000 copies of Celestial in 2006. Santos finishes as the highest-ranking male Latin act on Social 50 Artists (No. 22).
Enrique Iglesias’ crossover summer smash “Bailando,” featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, tops the Hot Latin Songs year-end chart. The Republic/Universal Music Latino single broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Latin Songs chart earlier in 2014, when it surpassed Shakira’s 25-week run in 2005 with “La Tortura.
"The song to me was always a special song, but you never really know," Iglesias told Billboard when the song broke Shakira’s record. "You don't know how successful a song is going to be. I have a tendency to always go with my gut. Sometimes you're right, sometimes you're wrong. This one just felt special."
“Bailando” also closes out the year at No. 1 on Latin Streaming Songs and Latin Digital Songs. For good measure, Iglesias claimed another track in the top five of the Hot Latin Songs year-end recap: “El Perdedor,” featuring Marco Antonio Solis, at No. 4. Thus, Iglesias and Santos rule the entire top five on the tally.
Santos and Iglesias also lead the year-end Top Latin Albums recap, as Santos’ Formula: Vol. 2 and Iglesias’ Sex and Love are Nos. 1 and 2. Anthony’s 3 is, appropriately enough, No. 3, while the late Jenni Rivera’s 1969 - Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Part 1 is No. 4.
The No. 5 finisher on the Top Latin Albums tally is veteran band Santana’s Corazon. It was the act’s first all-Spanish album and included collaborations with some of Latin music’s biggest players, like Diego Torres, Pitbull, and Gloria Estefan. Santana’s single “La Flaca,” featuring Juanes, reached No. 15 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart in April. The set enjoyed six weeks atop the weekly Top Latin Albums chart since its May release.
Marc Anthony closed the year as the No. 1 Tropical Artist, with five songs landing on the yearly Tropical Songs chart. Anthony reclaimed his record for most No. 1s on the airplay chart, posting three songs atop the list, raising his grand total to 25. “Flor Palida” and “Cambio de Piel” ended in the top 10 on the year-end ranking, No. 2 and No. 5 respectively.
An absence of female artists were from song charts in 2014 was noticeable, however Jenni Rivera remains present on the year-end album charts two years after her death. She holds the No. 4 and No. 12 spots the year-end Top Latin Albums chart with both parts of her live double album 1969-Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey. Thanks in part to the performance of those two albums, Rivera is the highest-ranking woman on the year-end Top Latin Artists list, and the only female within the top 25. She ranks at No. 5.