Mexican star Vicente Fernandez arrives at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums (chart dated Oct. 31) with Muriendo de Amor (1,000 copies sold in the week ending Oct. 15, according to Nielsen Music), marking his 37th charting set (only four artists have placed more albums on the list) and sixth chart-topper. Fernandez also earns his 16th No. 1 on Regional Mexican Albums with the new set, breaking out of a tie with Los Temerarios to become the sole act with the second-most No. 1s on the chart (led by Los Tigres Del Norte, 23).
'Empire' Latin Entrance: Meanwhile, singer/actress Jamila Velazquez scores her first Billboard chart entry as “Lago Azul” bows at No. 6 on Latin Pop Digital Songs (1,000 downloads). Velazquez, a cast member on Fox’s Empire, performed the song on the Oct. 14 episode as her newly introduced character, Laura Calleros.
The song, originally written and performed by Roy Orbison in English as “Blue Bayou,” reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. Linda Ronstadt recorded an English and Spanish cover (translated to Spanish by Linda’s father Gilbert Ronstadt), and peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 with “Blue Bayou” in 1977. Velazquez’s interpretation marks the first Spanish song to be released from the TV drama.
La Adictiva Banda Climbs: Lastly, regional Mexican group La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas inches closer to the top 10 on Hot Latin Songs, stepping 12-11 with “Despues de Ti Quien,” reaching the band’s highest peak in almost four years (since “Nada Iguales” reached No. 3 on Jan. 7, 2012). The song earns the Airplay Gainer trophy, rising 16 percent to 7.9 million audience impressions.