Up and coming regional Mexican artist Gerardo Ortiz, known for his narcocorridos, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart barely two weeks after surviving an ambush attempt in Mexico that left his cousin and business manager dead.
Ortiz's sophomore set, "Morir y Existir" (Del Records/Sony), easily took over the top of the chart, with an almost 3,000 unit lead over No. 2 Prince Royce (Top Stop/Sony).
Royce, who's had one of the most extraordinary showings by a new artist in recent memory, saw his self-titled debut go 4-2. The album had peaked at No. 2 and returns to that rank this week for its third week on the spot. It has been on the top five for 27 weeks.
Gloria Trevi, who debuted with "Gloria!" (Universal) at No. 1 last week drops to No. 4 while Christian Castro remains entrenched at No. 3; Castro hasn't budged from the Top 5 in the 18 weeks since his album "Viva el Príncipe" (Universal) was released last December. The album was No. 1 for seven weeks.
On the Hot Latin Songs chart, Maná's "Lluvia al Corazón" notched its third week at No. 1, while Prince Royce's "Corazón Sin Cara" remains at No. 2. The track was previously No. 1 for two weeks.