Ken-Y’s solo debut album, The King of Romance, opens atop the Latin Rhythm Albums chart (dated Feb. 13), selling 1,000 copies of the digital-only release in the week ending Jan. 28, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the Puerto Rican singer’s third visit to the top of the chart, following a pair of No. 1s (in 2007 and 2008) when he was one-half of the duo RKM & Ken-Y.
The pair charted a string of hits on Hot Latin Songs between 2005 and 2013, when they split up.
Meanwhile, digital sales of the new album’s lead single, the Nicky Jam-assisted “Como Lo Hacia Yo,” spark a 24-18 jump on Hot Latin Songs. The track sold 2,000 downloads, causing a No. 8 debut on Latin Digital Songs, his highest peak on the chart to date.
Nicky Jam’s ‘El Perdon’ Chart Anniversary: Nicky Jam also continues climbing with his latest release, “Hasta El Amanecer,” hopping 8-4 on Hot Latin Songs, taking the Airplay Gainer and Streaming Gainer awards. A 78 percent increase in streams (to 1 million for the week) aids in the song’s rise, with YouTube accruing the most clicks (69 percent of total plays). The singer also remains at No. 3 with “El Perdon,” featuring Enrique Iglesias, which celebrates its 52nd week on the chart. In 2015, the song became the second-longest running No. 1 after spending an uninterrupted 30 weeks at the top (peaking on the March 21-dated chart).
“Amanecer” also leaps 24-8 on Latin Airplay, scoring his third top 10, with 9.1 million audience impressions (up 78 percent).
Pitbull’s “Taxi” Re-enters: After peaking at No. 13 on Hot Latin Songs on the Aug. 29, 2015-dated chart, and spending 25 weeks on the list, Pitbull’s “El Taxi,” featuring Sensato and Osmani Garcia, re-enters at No. 22. The growing airplay of a newly released Spanglish version featuring Lil Jon has triggered sales of the original Spanish version, helping it to come back onto the top half of the chart (Billboard only counts airplay from Latin stations, and sales and streaming of the Spanish version for songs with bilingual versions to maintain the chart as a Spanish-language ranking).
The song sold just over 6,000 downloads in the latest track week (up 1 percent), with 59 percent stemming from the Spanish version.
Meanwhile, the revamped Spanglish track spends a second week on Rhythmic Songs airplay chart, slipping 36-40 in its second week, despite a five percent increase in spins at the format.
Over on Latin Rhythm Airplay, “El Taxi” stands at No. 24 – following its No. 17 peak on the Jan. 23 chart. Pitbull simultaneously debuts his 37th charting hit on the chart, debuting at No. 22 with “Haciendo Ruido,” featuring Ricky Martin, from his album Dale.