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Gloria Estefan Returns to Billboard Albums Charts With ‘Brazil305’

Gloria Estefan Returns to Billboard Albums Charts with Brazil305

Gloria Estefan returns to Billboard albums charts with Brazil305, her 14th studio album, which debuts at No. 8 on the Tropical Albums chart (dated Aug. 29), marking her fifth top 10 on the list.

It’s Estefan first entry on the Tropical Albums chart since Oct. 2007 when 90 Millas bowed at No. 1 and ruled the list for seven consecutive weeks. That album marked her fourth consecutive No. 1 on the tally.

Brazil305 arrives with a little over 1,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Most of the set’s opening sum is attributed to album sales.

Tropical Albums ranks the most popular tropical 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).

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The 18-track set was released Aug. 13 via Crescent Moon Records/Sony Music Latin and marks Estefan’s first bilingual effort. Brazil305 was co-produced by Estefan along her husband Emilio Estefan and comprises of 14 re-recorded versions of her previous hits, two of those featuring Carlinhos Brown, in addition to four new songs backed by an orchestra with samba instrumentation with Laércio Da Costa on percussion.

Brazil305 was preceded by the set’s lead single, “Cuando Hay Amor,” which peaks at No. 8 on the current Tropical Airplay chart and at No. 16 on Latin Pop Airplay.

Estefan first visited Billboard’s album charts back in 1985, as the front woman of the group Miami Sound Machine. The act’s album Primitive Love spent three weeks at No. 1 on Latin Pop Albums in Dec. 1985 and peaked at No. 21 on the all-genre Billboard 200 the following October. (For Miami Sound Machine’s next album, Let It Loose, released in 1987, the act changed its name to Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine.)

Since then, Estefan has placed a total of three No. 1s on Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums and four No. 1s on Tropical Albums. On the latter chart, she has accumulated a record total of 94 weeks at No. 1.