Despite the male-dominated Latin music industry, many women are part of the growing wave of talented girls in the biz.
Not afraid to change the game, pen their feelings in their music, and drop unfiltered, relatable tunes, women such as Thalia, Shakira, Ivy Queen and Karol G have used their platforms to empower women and inspire young girls around the world to follow their dreams.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Billboard put together a list of the last 15 albums by Latin women to debut in the top 10 on the Top Latin Albums chart.
Check out the list below:
Becky G’s Mala Santa debuted at No. 4 on 11/2/2019
“Everything feels so special with this being my very first album and I’m so happy that people love the album just as much as I loved creating it,” Becky G previously told Billboard. There hasn’t been a debut by a woman in the top 10 since Mala Santa.
Karol G’s Ocean debuted at No. 2 on 5/18/2019
Featuring collaborations such as J Balvin, Anuel AA, Simone & Simaria, Yandel, and Danay Suarez, Ocean is Karol G’s most personal album yet. “Basically, when you listen to my album, you won’t hear Karol G. You’ll [hear] Carolina, the person,” she said to Billboard.
Natti Natasha’s ilumiNATTI debuted at No. 3 on 3/2/2019
Natti Natasha’s debut album launched at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart dated March 2, scoring at the time the largest week for a Latin album by a solo woman in more than a year and a half.
Thalia’s Valiente debuted at No. 7 on 11/24/2018
In addition to debuting at No. 7 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated Nov. 24, 2018), Thalía’s Valiente concurrently debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart.
Rosalia’s El Mal Querer debuted at No. 10 on 11/17/2018
Rosalia landed her first top 10 and her first chart entry on the Top Latin Albums chart dated Nov. 17, 2018. “I can’t believe it!” Rosalía previously told Billboard. “I am very, very excited considering the album has a strong flamenco influence. It’s music from my roots, music I grew up with, so how can one ask for more!”
Kany Garcia’s Soy Yo debuted at No. 4 on 6/2/2018
Chiquis Rivera’s Entre Botellas debuted at No. 4 on 3/31/2018
Not only did Chiquis’ Entre Botellas debut at No. 4 on the Top Latin Albums chart dated March 31, 2018, but it was also the first album by a woman to debut at No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart since Chiquis’ late mother, Jenni Rivera, started atop the list dated Nov. 19, 2016, with Paloma Negra Desde Monterrey.
Karol G’s Unstoppable debuted at No. 2 on 11/18/2017
Karol G opened at No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated Nov. 18) with her first studio album Unstoppable via Universal Music Latino. The set debuted with 4,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 3,000 were in traditional album sales.
Gloria Trevi & Alejandra Guzmán’s Versus debuted at No. 1 on 7/22/2017
For the first time in the 24-year history of the Top Latin Albums chart, a collaborative album from two women debuted at No. 1. Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman’s team-up on Versus arrived atop the July 22-dated list. The set is Trevi’s fourth No. 1 on the chart and Guzman’s first leader.
Shakira’s El Dorado debuted at No. 2 on 6/17/2017
Shakira scored the biggest sales week for a Latin album in more than two years when El Dorado debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Album Sales chart (dated June 17) with 20,000 copies sold in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music.
Ednita Nazario’s Una Vida debuted at No. 8 on 5/20/2017
Ednita Nazario debuted at No. 8 on Top Latin Albums (dated May 20) with Una Vida, granting the Puerto Rican singer her 11th top 10 on the chart.
Natalia Jimenez’s Homenaje a la Gran Señora debuted at No. 2 on 12/31/2016
“I’ve been listening to her music for a very long time and I think that having the blend of banda with my pop music, it’s perfect,” Natalia Jimenez previously told Billboard of her tribute album to Jenni Rivera. “I told the record company that if I couldn’t have the family involved in the project, I didn’t want to do it,” she adds of working with Lupillo Rivera and Chiquis on the set.
Jenni Rivera’s Paloma Negra desde Monterrey debuted at No. 1 on 11/19/2016
The live album was released posthumously, four years after Rivera’s death. Home to live versions of “Paloma Negra,” “Mirame,” and “Sufriendo a Solas,” the album is a live recording of her final concert in Monterrey, Mexico, just hours before her tragic plane accident.
Gloria Trevi’s Inmortal debuted at No. 1 on 7/2/2016
Notably, four of Gloria Trevi’s albums debuted at No. 1, including Versus, her joint set with Alejandra Guzman (2017), Inmortal (2016), El Amor (2015), and Gloria (2011).
Kany Garcia’s Limonada debuted at No. 1 on 6/11/2016
Kany Garcia’s Limonada, home to songs such as “Mio,” “Libre,” “Como Decirle,” and the Abel Pintos-assisted “Aqui,” remained atop the list the most for two consecutive weeks.