RBD's "Celestial" (EMI Televisa) scanned nearly 117,000 copies on its first week in stores, notching the highest first-week sales for a Spanish language album so far this year.
Historically, "Celestial's" first-week sales fall behind only to Shakira's "Fijación Oral, Vol. 2," which last year scanned 157,000 on its first week.
The previous record was held by Ricky Martin's "Almas del Silencio," which scanned 65,000 copies on its first week of sales in 2003. RBD's showing is particularly significant, as "Celestial" was released on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and registered its sales in just three days versus a whole week.
The bulk of "Celestial's" scans came from mass merchant accounts, notably Wal Mart, which offered a CD/DVD pack that included the first season of TV show "Rebelde." RBD are slated to release their English language debut album, "Rebels," Dec. 19.