Alejandro Fernández nabs his seventh No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart as Hecho en México debuts atop the tally dated Feb. 29. His 16th studio album opens with 12,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 20, according to Nielsen Music/ MRC Data. Of that sum, 10,000 were in album sales, mostly owed to a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with his upcoming tour, while the bulk of the remainder was generated by streaming activity.
“I’m super excited with this achievement,” Fernández tells Billboard. “‘Hecho en México’ is an album that connects the Latin community wherever we are. I’m proud to take our Mexican music to the rest of the world and it will be an honor to reconnect with the audience which always supports me during my Hecho en México tour.”
With his new coronation, Fernández becomes the first act to achieve No. 1s on Top Latin Albums in the 1990s, ‘00s, ‘10s, and ‘20s, starting with his first chart entry and 12-week ruler Me Estoy Enamorando in 1997.
Top Latin Albums ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Hecho, which was released Feb. 14 via Universal Music Latino/UMLE, registered a little over 1,000 SEA units in the week ending Feb. 20. That equates to 2 million on-demand streams for the set’s tracks.
The mariachi effort is the first regional Mexican album to debut at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums in over three years. Jenni Rivera’s Paloma Negra Desde Monterrey was the last set to achieve the feat in Nov. 2016 with 4,000 in sales, before Top Latin Albums flipped from an album sales-only ranking to a consumption chart.
Fernández returns to take the crown after almost three years. He last scored a No. 1 in April 2017 with Rompiendo Fronteras. His last No. 1 debut, however, was in 2014 when Confidencias Reales arrived atop the list with a little over 3,000 units.
Two tracks preceded the new album on Hot Latin Songs -which blends airplay, digital sales and streams. “Caballero,” the set’s lead single (No. 20 peak) and “Te Olvidé,” which was premiered live at Premios Los Nuestro 2020 on Feb. 20, debuts at No. 43 on the current chart week.
Over on Regional Mexican Airplay, “Caballero” topped the list for one week (Jan. 11-dated list) while “Te Olvidé” ascends to the top 10.
Beyond his Top Latin Albums coronation, Fernández celebrates another victory as Hecho arrives at No. 1 on Regional Mexican Albums; his first leader since 2009.
On the Bilboard 200 chart, Hecho opens at No. 65, Fernández first chart appearance since 2017.