Gabriel, whose career launched in the early 1970s, didn't reach the all-genre Billboard 200 until 1997 with Juntos Otra Vez. However, he's been a fixture on Billboard's Latin music charts for decades and sees Los Duo blast in at No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart with 22,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 15 -- his biggest sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales data in 1991.
The album, a collection of his hits performed as duets with an array of Latin music's biggest stars, is his 27th-charted set on Latin Albums and 13th top 10 effort.
Lead single "Querida" featuring Juanes enters Hot Latin Songs (No. 46), marking Gabriel's return to the tally after five years (when "Por Que Me Haces Llorar" reached No. 21 in 2010). The track, which Gabriel originally released in 1984, launches onto the chart due in part by a two percent rise at radio (to 2.4 million audience impressions), and also arrives at No. 49 on Latin Airplay.
Other huge names grace the set's track list, including fellow Mexican icon Vicente Fernandez and Puerto Rican pop star Luis Fonsi. Gabriel's hit "Asi Fue," which reached No. 3 on Hot Latin Songs in 1998, was performed alongside Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja, while the members of Fifth Harmony lend their voices on "Vienes o Voy" -- a hit from Gracias Por Esperar which debuted at No. 4 on Top Latin Albums in 1994.
Mexican pop singer Joy (of sibling duo Jesse & Joy) collaborates with the ever-emotive Gabriel on "Hasta Que Te Conoci," a staple in his catalog (that reached No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs in 1987). The song has been covered over the years by the industry's biggest names, including Marc Anthony, Raul di Blasio and Mexican rock group Mana (whose version reached No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs in 2012).
Videos of several recording sessions from the new set, like the above clip of "Ya No Vivo Por Vivir," featuring Natalia LaFourcade (Mexican singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist), have been released on Gabriel's YouTube and Vevo channels, giving fans a glimpse into the creative process.
The album's release also spurs the extravagant singer onto the Billboard Artist 100 (No. 78) for the first time, our list of the week's most popular artists across all genres.
Gabriel is currently on the second leg of hs U.S. tour, Volver, which will also take the singer to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Two recent shows that were postponed due to weather, have been rescheduled for later dates.