Classical crossover quartet Il Divo earns its first showing on Top Latin Albums as Amor & Pasion arrives at the top of the chart (dated Dec. 5), selling 5,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music.
The 12-track Spanish-language set strays from the majority of Il Divo’s albums, which are performed predominantly in Italian and English. Over on the Top Classical Albums chart, Amor & Pasion enters at No. 5 — the group’s 10th top 10. Overall, Il Divo has seven No. 1s on the list with its debut self-titled album spending 29 weeks at the top in 2005.
Amor & Pasion includes classical versions of some well-known Latin tracks including “Don’t Wanna? Lose You (Si Voy A Perderte),” originally written and performed by Gloria Estefan. The group also interprets Julio Iglesias’ “Abrazame,” his 1975 hit from the album El Amor. Versions of Consuelo Velazquez’s “Besame Mucho” and Carlos Gardel’s “Volver” also form part of the track list.
Prince Royce Rolls In: Prince Royce claims the highest debut on Hot Latin Songs, as “Culpa Al Corazon” arrives at No. 19. It’s the third-highest arrival for the bachata star, and best in over two years, since “Darte Un Beso” began at No. 2 (Aug. 3, 2013).
“Culpa” comes on the chart aided by a 28 percent jump at Latin radio (to 3.06 million audience impressions in the week ending Nov. 22) — also causing it to soar 43-25 on the Latin Airplay chart.
Downloads of the song also help its entrance, selling 3,000 downloads. The sales trigger a No. 1 inception on Tropical Digital Songs.
Digital sales contribute the most points towards its arrival on the chart (which blends airplay, sales and streaming), with 3,000 downloads sold (also starting at No. 2 on Tropical Digital Songs).
“Traidora” becomes Gente de Zona’s second entry as a lead act, and comes on the heels of “La Gozadera,” which also featured Marc Anthony — a No. 1 hit on Latin Airplay this year (Aug. 29). It reached the No. 2 spot on Hot Latin Songs.